Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Wedding by Julie Turner Photographer

We received this stunning wedding by the very talented Julie, of Julie Turner Photographer. We just love the bride's stunning gold Versace dress and the beautiful location shots in the gardens at University House.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quality Resort Horizons

Quality Resort Horizons on Lake Jindabyne, offers comfort and high country hospitality in the heart of the Snowy Mountains. 

Whether you are seeking the fresh mountain air of summer or the buzz of the alps in winter, Quality Resort Horizons promise you an unforgettable snowy mountains experience, with value for money always a priority. The friendly and helpful staff, exquisite accommodation and premium facilities come together to ensure your stay in Jindabyne’s leading resort is as relaxing or as energised as you wish. 

The history and romance of the Snowies, the beautiful lakefront setting and breathtaking mountain backdrop make Quality Resort Horizons the perfect choice for a truly gorgeous and memorable wedding. 

Quality Resort Horizons can cater to your every wedding day need and offer a range of beautiful locations for that perfect romantic photo opportunity, including amongst the gums or with the mountains in the distance. 

You can enjoy an exquisite outdoor ceremony at lake point or the rocky front. Bring your guests indoors to the spacious marquee style function room, elegantly decorated just for you or hold a more intimate reception on the private terrace. 

Being a resort your guests will have the opportunity to stay and relax for the entire weekend. The comfortable, chic and affordable accommodation will make your wedding even more memorable and enjoyable for family and friends.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Garden Delight


 Mellita & Steven Bingley • 12th March, 2011 

In November 2003, Steve, a member of the Australian Armed Forces based in Darwin, was visiting Sydney to play in a water polo tournament. On his first day in town he found himself at the Coogee Bay Hotel, where he was noticed by Mellita, for whom it was love at first sight. 

After making an excuse to strike up a conversation, Mellita met Steve and the pair continued to see each other every night for the week that he was in town. Initially unwilling to put a label on their feelings, they continued their long distance ‘friendship’ following Steve’s departure. However, after several red-eye flights between Sydney and Darwin, they made their relationship official in the New Year. As luck would have it, Steve’s transfer to Sydney was approved soon after. 

Steve proposed on Remembrance Day. Having promised Mellita an after-dinner treat, which she presumed would be a decadent desert, Steve dropped a box from Swarovski into her outstretched hands. Inside Mellita found a crystal-encrusted cuff bangle which she had secretly been wanting for weeks, and the words “Marry me?” written on the bottom of the box. 

The couple’s wedding was held at Steve’s family’s property in Sutton. Dressed in her divine Maggie Sottero gown, Mellita was driven to the ceremony in a 1972 two-tone Chrysler Shadow. Her bridesmaids looked elegant in full-length silk dresses, while Steve and his groomsmen wore black suits with tails, white French cuff shirts and self-stripe fat boy ties. 

After exchanging vows in a white pagoda, the couple’s guests showered them with rose petals. While the bridal party enjoyed a relaxed photo shoot, guests were served canapés and champagne on the front lawn. Large white market umbrellas provided shade and hay bales were scattered around for additional seating. 

Mellita and Steve’s reception was held in a beautifully decorated silk lined marquee. More than 60 tea lights in glass holders were scattered around the room and each table setting included love and food themed conversation starter cards. The couple’s guests enjoyed seafood, hot roast meats and an assortment of gourmet salads, sauces and antipasto favorites prepared by Mellita’s father, a chef, and her family. 

Mellita’s gown, embroidered with delicate fabric roses, lace, and beading, was a source of inspiration for the cake, which featured a single full blossomed rose cascading down a three tier confection of lemon sponge and caramel and gluten free chocolate mud cakes. 

Photography www.eshphotography.com.au
Ceremony & Reception Venue Family property, Sutton
Celebrant www.canberracelebrant.com.au
Marquee www.barlens.com.au
Wedding Rings www.hardybrothers.com.au
Bridal Gown www.maggiesottero.com
Bridal Shoes www.mollini.com.au
Bridal Accessories www.mimco.com.au, www.lovisa.com.au
Bridesmaids' Gowns www.portmans.com.au
Men's Suits www.johnhanna.com.au
Cake Made by a friend
Jukebox www.barlens.com.au
Stationery Linen tea towels designed by the bride
Honeymoon South Coast

Monday, February 20, 2012

Allure Skin & Body

Allure Skin & Body is a gorgeous new salon located in The Kennedy building in Kingston. The experienced therapists are highly trained in skin care, and specialise in luxurious performance driven facials, as well as microdermabrasion. 

The salon has been created with luxury in mind. The treatment rooms are finished with plush soft furnishings, soft doonas and subdued lighting. Even the reception area has been finished with modern chandeliers and elegant curtains. Gorgeous dark wood flooring carries through from the reception into the treatment rooms. 

Whether it is a special treat or a regular waxing appointment, the therapists will look after you with exceptional client care. You deserve to be pampered.

Allure also specialises in bridal skincare and make-up. They can tailor your personal pre-bridal skincare and makeup requirements especially for you, starting with a private consultation in the salon. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mimosa Wines

Situated where mountain forests meet the Sapphire Coast, the Mimosa Wines Dry Stone Restaurant provides an ideal location for a country wedding. The classical vineyard setting, nearby pristine beaches and the stunning architecturally designed building itself offer all of the ingredients for a perfect wedding celebration.  

Mimosa Wines Dry Stone Restaurant extends its Good Food Guide reputation to customise a range of exquisite wedding reception packages to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether it be casual Tuscan style in the piazza, a classic À La Carte dinner or the Taste of the Coast gourmet indulgence, the chefs will create a culinary experience that your guests will remember for years. 

This is your special day and Mimosa Wines pride themselves on being available to assist you in fulfilling all of your dreams. The young and vibrant team have the experience, local knowledge and flair to make planning your wedding almost as exciting as the day itself. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Floral Wedding Cakes

Weddings are all about romance, and there’s nothing more romantic than flowers. Floral decorated cakes are not only timeless but you can go as subtle or dramatic as you want. Whether you're using paper flowers, sugar flowers, or real blooms, flowers always say 'wedding'. Here are some stunning floral wedding cakes from Cakes of your dreams

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kristine & Nathan's Wedding by Thorson Photography

We came across the gorgeous wedding of Kristine and Nathan on Thorson Photography's blog. We just adore Kristine's stunning wedding gown complete with black bow and elegant black bridesmaid dresses! The photos on the tennis court are simply devine! Here are some of our favourite images…

Monday, February 13, 2012

Canberra's Most Elegant Wedding Event!

Brought to you by the publisher of Canberra's leading bridal magazine, The Bride's Diary®, we are delighted to introduce Canberra's exciting new wedding event, The Bride's Diary® Wedding & Honeymoon Expo.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to meet the region's finest wedding specialists! Before you start your wedding planning, you must attend Canberra's exciting new bridal event, The Bride's Diary® Wedding & Honeymoon Expo!
Brides-to-be have the chance to win fabulous wedding prizes! Plus, receive a FREE wedding magazine and a showbag full of delightful wedding goodies, and so much more! 

At The Bride's Diary Wedding & Honeymoon Expo you will find all the ideas, inspiration and advice that you need to plan the perfect wedding. From bridal fashion, florists and reception venues, to photographers, cake makers, honeymoon destination and just about everything else in-between, this is your chance to meet Canberra's leading wedding service providers and discuss every aspect of planning your big day – all under the one roof! 

Sunday, 18th March 2012 9.30am - 4.30pm
National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra
Adults $15, Concessions $10, Children under 12 Free 

Tickets are available for purchase on the day. Or, to ensure you don't miss out, visit The Bride's Diary Online Store to pre-order your tickets today! And be sure to check out The Bride's Diary Events blog for more information on the expo.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Canberra Rex Hotel

With the completion of the innovative and distinctive state-of-the-art conference centre, The Canberra Rex Hotel boasts a spectacular range of impeccably appointed venues incorporating modern amenities with historical charm, making it ideal for your wedding celebration. Offering venue and package choices like no other, have your day, your way, at The Canberra Rex Hotel.
The Canberra Rex Hotel can cater for 20 guests or  350 guests with a selection of venues all flaunting high ceilings, access to your own private bar and foyer and with subtle detailing each room can be personalised to create your perfect wedding reception. 
The wedding co-ordinators have created the Premium and Rex wedding packages with the bride and groom in mind, incorporating inclusions such as centre-pieces for each guest table and a bridal suite for the bridal couple on their wedding evening, with a late checkout and gourmet breakfast the following morning.
In addition to these packages, the Your Day, Your Way package provides couples with the flexibility to build a package based on their individual preferences. The hotel offers exceptional menu choices as well as flexibility to couples who want to individualise their menus to epitomise and capture the vision they may have for their wedding reception.
Relax with the knowledge that The Canberra Rex Hotel's experienced team will ensure that your day is what you have always dreamt of.