31 May 2016

It’s the purrfect day! Cats have exploded on the internet and go perfectly together just as mason jars do with weddings – so why not skip everything in between and out cats and weddings together instead – crazy right?! It’s cuteness overload! It’s fun, stylish and totally unique. Fellow feline loving ladies, be prepared because this is your dream come true…

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Don’t leave any phrase unpunned – ‘just meowied,’ ‘furever,’ ‘hiss + purrs’ – the options are endless and are relevant to every aspect of your celebration. Balls of yarn make for the perfect centrepieces when scattered in different sizes and are available in so many colours to match your palette. If you are looking for an alternative to table numbers, naming each table a different type of cat is genius and keeps the theme flowing.

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Kitty ears are the perfect accessory addition for any bride and not to mention fun! If you and your partner have cats as a pet then it’s a cute idea to make references to them. Try naming the cocktails at the bar after them and their personalities, or have stickers of their faces on the favour packages. It will sure be one fun feline-fest that you will remember furever [see, even now we are getting in on the puns]!

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Wedding Decor  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling 

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31 May 2016

We're turning our fabulous focus to the fashion of the flower variety. Dress up your gorgeous wedding hair with this fresh selection of ‘straight-from-the-garden’ floral crowns brimming with bridal beauty. Adelaide’s finest wedding florists create wonderful wreaths for every celebration style. Beautifully bohemian, relaxed and pretty, super sweet and stylish, the flower crown is the perfect alternative to a traditional headpiece.

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Bouquets & Flowers  Flower Styling  Wedding Accessories  Wedding Flowers  Wedding Flowers 

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31 May 2016

Lady Charlotte Wellesley, the daughter of the Duke of Wellington, wed financier and philanthropist Alejandro Santo Domingo over the weekend in a lavish ceremony in Íllora, Spain, just north of Granada.

She looked every bit like a royal bride in a structured off-the-shoulder Emilia Wickstead wedding dress and cathedral-length veil embroidered with polka dots while arriving at the church on her fathers arm.

Joining in the celebrations were a number of VIPs, including The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, the former King of Spain Juan Carlos I and singer James Blunt, who is married to Lady Charlotte’s cousin.

Be prepared to be inspired by royalty…

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30 May 2016

Bright yellow - such a vibrant happy hue and one of our favourites here at Brides Of Adelaide Magazine. At the moment, we're adoring this lemon hue when combined with shades of charcoal, as it's a fabulous way to incorporate a sunny summer palette into the winter months!

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Yellow with the ever-versatile grey is such a great colour scheme to use when aiming for a theme of happy elegance on your wedding day. From your wedding decor and stationary, to your bridal look and wedding eats, drinks, and treats!

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Grey Wedding Style  Summer Weddings  Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding  Yellow Wedding Ideas 

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28 May 2016


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When Joseph left London to embark on the trip of a lifetime, he had little idea he would meet the love of his life halfway across the globe. That was until he met Kayla at a nightclub during an impromptu stop over in Adelaide, “At first sight her black hair, tan and funky style caught my eye, but it was her blue eyes that stood out to me the most. Kayla certainly had my attention!” Joseph recalls. It was, however, a certain Hollywood star that sparked the conversation between them. “I remember thinking that Joseph looked like Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow from ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ and the first thing he said to me was ‘Where’s all the rum gone?’, a line from that exact movie! I was wearing a bandana and had long dark hair and he said that I reminded him of Jack Sparrow!’” explains Kayla.

The pair later discovered that they were both standing in the queue for a couple of hours and almost did not even go inside the club…“It was fate for sure!” Joseph and Kayla spent the next two weeks together, until it was time for Joseph to return home. Smitten Kayla could not resist a trip to England to visit her newfound beau. “My favourite memory of Kayla would have to be the day she came to visit me in London for the first time. Just seeing her there in the airport with her pink little suitcase looking bewildered after a whole day of travel was one of the cutest things I had ever seen in my life” reminisces Joseph. Kayla also looks back fondly on that time, “After three visits to London to see Joseph, all in the space of five months, he made the move and left his family, friends and home to come here and be with me”. Fourteen months later, after a whirlwind romance in South Australia, Kayla arrived home from the hairdressers one evening to a home cooked meal surrounded by candles. After dinner, Joseph bent down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked his love to marry him.

Stunning natural scenery was the backdrop for the pair’s gorgeous ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ wedding in front of seventy guests. The dramatic décor epitomised the couple’s vibrant personalities! Guests were wowed with a black and white colour palette with touches of striking pink, water wave curls, red lips and luxe centrepieces created with huge white ostrich feathers and black and white damask table runners as a jazz and swing singer set the mood.

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Kayla and Joseph agree that their favourite part of marriage is having someone to love and share life with. “I love knowing that Joe will be there to support me, to laugh at my jokes even if they’re not funny and to listen to me or at least pretend he is listening to me” laughs Kayla, “it is just the best feeling knowing that I married my soul mate and even though he was from the other side of the world we still found each other.” It seems the pair has also perfected the secret to a happy marriage, as Joseph explains, “Always respect your partner and never make them feel alone. Show them that they are the most important thing you have.” Kayla agrees, and adds that it is also important to maintain your own identity, “laugh lots and lots and feel happy, healthy and confident within yourself, as it reminds your partner of the person they fell in love with.”

The couple have since been blessed with a gorgeous baby girl, Pearl Rosina, who joined the couple on their recent wedding anniversary at Victor Harbour. When asked about the future, Kayla and Joseph have similar views of their life in ten years time; happily married, healthy and chasing around a couple of beautiful children. “I think Barry White hit the nail on the head”, says Joseph “when he sang ‘you’re my first, my last, my everything.”…


27 May 2016

Rebecca Judd

Designer: J'Aton Couture

Inspiration: A gown fit for a princess! "The Rebecca Gown" features kilometers of fabric with the corseted bodice made in the finest, manipulated lace with every single bead hand fixed on the gown. The never-ending layers in the skirt consisted of four different fabrics, all hand cut.

The second dress of the day was a gorgeous mermaid cut strapless gown with sheer, shiny tulle. It featured heavy embellishments with different beads, curves in opposing places and more detail with criss-crossed laces.

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Celebrity Wedding Style  Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion 

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27 May 2016

It’s the bloom that is sure to be noticed with its woolly sphere head – Echinops, commonly known as globe thistles add the perfect amount of texture and interest to any arrangement. In shades of blue, purple and white, they look beautiful paired simply with wild flowers and lots of foliage and equally hold their own next to more blousy blooms offering interest and an element of geometry…

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Bouquets & Flowers  Wedding Flowers  Wedding Flowers 

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26 May 2016

Southern brides have been using cotton balls in their wedding décor for years, and we can finally see why! More suited for a rustic affair, cotton looks particularly welcoming accented among wood/timber, twine and vintage vases. The natural and beautiful cotton ball is lovely in everything from bouquets to cake toppers—even garlands and chandeliers. Have a look below and be inspired about all the ways you can include cotton…

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For a winter wedding, use it to add fluffy white touches to ivory anemones, berries and even dusty miller for that icy, winter look. Tall cotton branches displayed in large vases or milking cans are perfect for venue entrances and even aisle décor – they can even be used in your bouquets too! If you’re looking for something a little different then cotton in your bouquet is perfect, and both modern and traditional.

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Autumn Wedding  Rustic Weddings  Wedding Decor  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding 

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25 May 2016

We love a fashion forward bride and the bridal fashion game has raised the stakes this year with the emerging trend of wedding dresses with capes – WE LOVE!! An impactful look, wedding capes are the modern day veil, perfect for a dramatic entrance as it trails behind you while you walk down the aisle.

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The adornment of a cape isn't just for fashion-forward brides looking to make a style statement on their big day — capes are a great alternative for ladies who need a modest layer for a religious ceremony, but want the flexibility of removing that layer for the reception. While a complete embellished, full-length layer is totally glam, there are more softer, subtle sheer lace capes out there too for the simplistic bride.

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Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion 

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24 May 2016

It’s time to take it bask to your teenage years where it seemed like a pretty big deal to have a dreamcatcher hanging up in your room. With everything from geometrics to feathers making a comeback, it was only a matter of time until dreamcatchers resurfaced. Originating as a Native American handcraft, dreamcatchers are said to snare bad dreams and only allow filter the good thoughts into your sleep – which makes them a pretty lovely feature for a day that’s filled with happiness, hopes and good vibes. Boho brides eat your heart out…

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Dreamcatchers look absolutely breathtaking as a backdrop to your ceremony or bridal table, but look equally as gorgeous hanging over receptions table as a suspended centrepiece. If you are worried about overdoing the dreamcatcher, your cakes are the perfect way to express this style – discuss with your cake supplier all the crafty ways you can include the elements on your cake design.

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Bohemian Wedding  Wedding Decor  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling 

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24 May 2016

Roses are red and so is the universal colour of romance which is why crimson is the most eye-catching choice when it comes to wedding colour palettes. Conjure up feelings of fervour in your wedding guests with this gorgeous red hue which works well for a modern classic look.

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Red is such a versatile colour and shines on its own or pops when paired with other colours. Red and grey is a very sophisticated and suitable palette for a winter wedding palette – the grey hues are a natural fit for winter, while the red is expressive, passionate and glamorous.

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With many of the prettiest wedding flowers available in red shades, you can feature just about any bloom you like and still create the perfect ruby-hued bouquet. Use classic roses, garden roses, peonies, clematis, anemones, or ranunculus for your red details.

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Autumn Wedding  Red Wedding Ideas  Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding 

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24 May 2016

Get ready ladies because we are about to bring you the shiniest, flashiest and most daring dresses complete with sky-high heels and some seriously insane cut-outs. This isn't Cannes, its the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, one of pop musics night of nights, where the biggest stars in pop come together to celebrate and award hard work and achievement. With the elegance of Cannes film festival wrapping up, we are so ready for the stars to bring on some serious edge! Be prepared for some serious inspo lovelies, we know we were...

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Celebrity Wedding Style  Wedding Fashion 

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24 May 2016

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Since Lauren Parkinson was a little girl she has been utterly fascinated with makeup, using every opportunity as a stepping-stone to her success into the wonderful world of glamour and beauty! “I have always loved makeup, I used to take hours to get ready... always mesmerised by the transformation. Mum used to take me to the Royal Show and all I wanted to see were the beautiful models in the wool parades,” says Lauren. With a strong passion for the beauty industry at a very young age, it is easy to see how Lauren’s dedication and love for all things gorgeously girly has led to her auspicious business today. “I used to go to every makeup store VIP session and learn every makeup trick I could. I still practice everyday and constantly keep hubby awake watching You Tube makeup tutorials.”

Lauren Parkinson is now the creative owner of Studio Fifteen and the tremendously talented face behind Lauren Parkinson Make Up Artist. “My proudest moment was opening the doors of my studio,” explains Lauren. With a core business structured around weddings, the studio offers a one-stop shop for stunning hair, make up and beauty, specialising in creating beautiful, glowing faces and natural spray tans for brides, fashionistas, models and more! “It’s a great space brides and clients are made to feel like princesses, and really enjoy coming in,” adds Lauren. The friendly, down-to-earth mobile makeup artist describes her incredible rise to success, “Things had to change when I had seventeen girls in my lounge room waiting for spray tans,” whilst confessing, “That leap of faith taking your brand to the next level is exciting and terrifying.”

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With a savvy business mindset and a multitude of career accomplishments, the talented bridal beauty magnet recalls one of her first unforgettable wow-moments. “Seeing my work on the cover of a magazine was mind-blowing! I was so proud sharing such an amazing achievement with my family and friends.” Lauren constantly gathers spectacular inspiration and superbly innovative ideas from her vivacious team at Studio Fifteen and the many young and creative artists she collaborates with. Always delivering exemplary professional service, the gracious and approachable artist explains, “I just really care about what I do and want my brides to have the best day ever.”

When she is not busy beautifying brides, Lauren works closely with The University of Adelaide’s marketing team on the CEO for a day competition, along with SA Women’s Health, assisting young indigenous women in enhancing their self esteem and wellbeing through her strong knowledge of recruitment and human resources and through workshops using makeup, fashion, presentation, skincare coaching and consultation. We were able to get up close and personal with the lady behind this ever-expanding empire and see just what it’s like to spend a day in her exquisite beauty shoes...

favourite industry leader...
I was recently invited to an event in Melbourne and was very lucky to meet the charming and dynamic blogger Nicole Warne (@garypeppergirl). I have followed her for quite some time now as I am in awe of her success and style. I follow many of the people she follows and I gain so much inspiration and knowledge from that young lady. Another blogger I was lucky enough to meet was Kaitlynn Carter, another girl who is capable of setting trends with a photo - I love her style! I also follow Kandee Johnson who is an incredibly talented make up artist from the United States. I think it is important to always connect with new trends and to be able to discuss this with my clients is paramount.

My husband who is quite simply the most incredible business brain, he blows me away. I love to study people’s faces before I do their make up. When people say to me, ‘this is the best make up I have ever had done’, it is not a miracle. I have completed their make up look twenty times in my head before I meet them. I often ask brides to send me a picture of themselves in order to do the same thing. Also, I will often use the products I have in mind on paper, it helps me to visualise the look before I start working on a face.

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a fresh approach to weddings...
I enjoy following a mix of fashion bloggers! I am always studying make up and fashion trends and incorporating the two. I have found that travel to Asia has really brought new ideas to the table including new products. The products I find in Asia are just incredible. I believe product knowledge is very refreshing for clients.

today’s trends...
Definitely smaller wedding parties and the dream dress instead. I have really noticed brides are having their dream dress, larger bridal parties and smaller guest lists. Another trend is that men are engaging in make up and hair stylists for their big day. Studio Fifteen is offering this service and it is brilliant. ‘Bridal Deportment’ is another service we offer from our studio. The biggest anxiety I see on a wedding day is the bride and bridesmaids worried about walking down the aisle, stairs, getting in and out of cars, posing for photos and walking in their dress. I have some of the best models in Adelaide who can help with this. It’s fun and makes a massive difference for the bride and her bridesmaids - even dad can get involved!

best compliment...
when a bride looks at herself on her wedding day and smiles at me. It brings tears to my eyes that I can make someone so happy. I really have the best job in the world

most proud of...
my relationship with my husband Adam, we have been together for sixteen years and are such a great team. We never go to sleep on an argument, we communicate everyday, we have survived tough times, we have fun and he is the best part of my day.

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one thing about yourself people don’t know...
I have webbed feet.

the next big challenge...
Incorporating Studio Fifteen with our cellar door - more renovations!

what the future holds...
I cannot say yet... Watch this space!

if I wasn’t in the beauty industry I would be...
I absolutely adore Asia so I would be wandering around Arab Street in Singapore looking at fabrics to make kaftans. Or having a beer at Carpe Diem on Phi Phi Island and visiting our sponsored dogs in Ubud.

a typical day at work...
I am so lucky I am not tied to a desk with my job. Every day varies with new brides and new clients. I am continually meeting new people - it’s awesome! I could be performing beauty treatments at Studio Fifteen or travelling to do make up for a wedding or event. I have a lot of offices around South Australia in some amazing locations.

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first thing I do when I get to work...
I am on a never ending ‘health kick’ so I would first have a coffee or a juice. Next, check my appointment book, ensure my kit is packed properly, and have a meeting with my husband. The studio is also very close to the ocean so I enjoy taking that in. I open the doors and embrace the day ahead.

when I am not at work you will find me...
With my dogs Honey and Spartacus, cat Pamela Anderson and my Adam.

favourite place to hang out...
I love Udaberri, it has a fantastic wine list. I am also known to hit up a karaoke bar on a Tuesday night.

favourite place to eat...
We love the Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale - not sure if it’s the food or the gin list!

can’t live without...
My husband Adam, my dogs, make up, my new ZUCU make up bags, and shoes...

a song always in my head...
‘Drinking from the Bottle’ by Calvin Harris.

my wardrobe can’t live without...
Kaftans – I just love them! I am actually designing a range of kaftans myself.

top of the shopping list...
Jurlique Herbal Recover Eye Gel - I love it and push it onto all of my brides.

my idea of a good time...
Hanging out with my niece Mila, doing her hair and makeup when she stays with us. Also, sitting on our balcony with a wine in hand planning our next trip or anything that involves my family and friends.

what makes you laugh?
My girls at the studio are ridiculously funny. We laugh here a lot!

which five words best describe you?
Resilient, passionate, loyal, driven and grateful.

red wine or champagne?
Swire and Noble Moscato with a hint of gin, pink grapefruit and ice.

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22 May 2016

It was a star studded Mexican fiesta for Eva Longoria and José Antonio Bastón who tied the knot over the weekend in Valle de Bravo, Mexico!!

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The former Desperate Housewives star confirmed the news on instagram with a photo of her and her husband’s place cards captioning "In our garden, surrounded by a small gathering of people we love, Pepe and I tied the knot! #TalkAboutBlessed #ImStillFloating #OmgMyFeetHurt"

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Longoria looked stunning in a dress created by BFF Victoria Beckham. The creation featured a fitted silhouette and a sweetheart neckline with shoulder straps. She wore her luscious brown hair down and wavy, pinned on one side. Bastón looked equally handsome wearing a three-piece grey suit with a black tie

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Celebrity Wedding Style 

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21 May 2016

THE COUPLE: Alannah + Anthony


PALETTE: Our inspiration came from nature, incorporating green and white. At last minute I decided to add grey as a feature colour. My favourite flower has always been the pink protea which is why I carried this through the whole wedding in various sizes.

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THE DRESS: I searched for a timeless and unique gown that fit my body perfectly. I loved the simple drop of my dress and how it hugged my hips without being too revealing. The lace motifs on the train were exquisite and made me feel like a fairy. The gown is French chantilly lace with a V-neck, thin straps and a low back.

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THE CEREMONY: I grew up in Houghton only a few streets away from Glen Ewin Estate and had family who had worked at the property when it was once a jam factory. It was always a special place for me and was on the top of the wedding venue list!

In keeping with the rustic elegance theme, my father and I designed a flower arch made from birch wood to be the main feature for the ceremony. Our florist hung vines and proteas on the arch, which looked amazing! We also placed flower jars atop tree stumps at the beginning of the aisle.

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THE DÉCOR: We loved the rustic charm of the Pulpshed and wanted to keep it as simple as possible. My mother and I handmade the grey table runners which looked amazing with the vines and jars of flowers scattered along them. I made over one hundred candles of varying sizes and placed them in op-shop glasses to go along the tables. They were all salted caramel scented which filled the room with a scrumptious smell! We added a hanging ladder as the main display over the bridal table, and used a salvaged green door as our seating plan. Anthony and I placed two disposable cameras on each table for guests to use on the night. The photos are hilarious! We had our banquet menu printed on white card and placed on brown clipboards for guests to read, whilst each place setting included vintage silver cutlery to fit in with the theme.

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THE FLOWERS: The bride and bridesmaid bouquets consisted of proteas, David Austin roses, peonies, blue gum, pink peppercorns and greenery. The flower girls also wore gypsophila flower crowns. The table flowers were a mixture of scattered vines and bundles of white and pink flowers, whilst the hanging installation included vines, blue gums and proteas.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Rustic, candid and relaxed! We wanted to have a lot of fun and not be too stiff or posed in photos. When I met Andrea I loved her work because it captured the pure joy of weddings. I was really impressed with Andrea’s leadership and knowledge on the day. She gave great direction to everyone in photos and really put us at ease.

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Real Weddings  Rustic Weddings 

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20 May 2016

Protea Red Pin Cushion is an unusual yet stunning flower that will add a touch of the exotic to your celebration. Getting its name after the bloom because it looks like a pincushion stuck full of pins, perched atop a tall, leafy stem. Ranging in colors from red to orange and yellow, stems of this unique flower is perfect for a bridal shower or chic wedding!

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19 May 2016

There is something so fitting about including fruit into an autumn and winter wedding. This is one unique wedding décor idea that is sure to make a statement and really make your styling pop! Like flowers, fruit comes in many vibrant colours and the trick is to work with one colour and play up its various tones.

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Incorporate smaller fruits, like cascading grapes or berries, into floral arrangements as an interesting filler or cluster fruit with a rind in glass hurricanes to create centerpieces without any flowers at all. Your opportunities are endless.

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If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, think about having infused water stations, which go perfectly with the theme or send your guests home with dome fresh fruit!

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18 May 2016

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Waking up to rain your wedding day in the colder months might feel like a huge bummer, but tradition has it that it is considered good luck! Many believe that rain brings fertility, cleansing, unity and renewal to your wedding day and marriage. The Hindus believe that a wet knot is harder to untie – meaning your marriage will be just as hard to unravel.

Nonetheless, no bride who doesn’t have a little panic attack at the thought of wet weather no matter how much good luck it can bring, but relax, we have you covered with our 5 tips on how to tackle a rainy day…


Photographers have literally seen and dealt with it all – especially wet weather weddings. Discuss with them the possible indoor locations that you can shoot at close by, or if you’re brave, talk about the potential of having your images taken in the rain – do we need to remind you of the stunning shot below?


There are so many umbrella choices out there; you just have to pick one! Don’t forget to purchase some for your bridesmaids as well as you do the dash from the car to the church. Rock a calm vibe and your best “I knew it was going to rain” face.


It’s a huge possibility that you’re probably going to cry on your wedding day so it’s a given that ANY bride knows that waterproof mascara and liner are your wedding day best friend. You might also want to discuss with your hairdresser a second option hairstyle to avoid frizz – topknots, buns and braids always work well. Don’t forget your powder touch up before the reception and a smoothing hair serum to combat flyaways.      


You’re a girl, we have all been there – the stiletto heel sinking into the grass situation – now add some water into the mix and your $$$$ wedding shoes will never stand a chance. A more relaxed bride might opt for the good old fun wellies in crazy patterns and colours to brighten up the day. If you’re a bride that MUST wear heels, then perhaps opt for a wedge instead or even a spare pair of shoes to do the dash from the car to inside then pop on your wedding shoes.


You can’t beat it and you can’t control Mother Nature in all her glory! Inform your guests that you WILL be going ahead with your wedding, it might be wet and cold, but it will be amazing nonetheless!!

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Autumn Wedding  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Photography  Wedding Planning Tools  Winter wedding 

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17 May 2016

Who wouldn’t want to break free of tradition with gowns like this! The Avant-Grade bride is a mix of Lady gaga and Nicki Minaj. Bold colours, whimsical flair, architectural layers and abstract bodices marry together to create a masterpiece gown for the inner diva. Just take a look…

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A bold statement, this is not for the faint-hearted bride but rather for the unconventional bride who exudes confidence. For this type of bride, her gown becomes an artistic expression, her language and personality. With scintillating fits like this, a minimalist approach to styling is taken to compliment the ostentatiousness that the gowns exude.

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Modern Weddings  Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion  Wedding Styling 

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17 May 2016

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Every girl wants to look like the best version of herself on her wedding day! Cue Adelaide beauty guru Karen Hedger. As the owner of the ever-popular mobile hair and makeup business, Complete Look Hair and Beauty, Karen is responsible for many of the city’s confident, radiant and glowing brides.

Her obsession with hair artistry started early, “I knew from a very young age I was going to be a hairdresser, I loved everything about it. I started out as an apprentice and once I was fully qualified I was given the role of Area Manager looking after twenty-five salons before I was promoted to General Manager six months later,” recalls Karen. Working with other artists in the field and taking on new challenges to keep her skills sharp, Karen understood the importance of building her beauty knacks and perfecting her product knowledge. “Once I completed my training, I regularly undertook additional classes plus one on one training with other professionals. I believe you can never stop learning, it keeps you motivated.”

Karen and hair styling go together like perfect brows and bold lipstick, so it’s only natural that she made the decision to open her very own salon. She spent years sharing her sought-after talents with an ever-growing clientele and educating young apprentices on their journey to become fully qualified hairdressers. Whilst immersed in the world of beauty, Karen was introduced to a new love... makeup! “From here I wanted to give my brides the full service so I commenced my make up training and absolutely loved it. It just made me feel complete.” As her wedding business began to boom, Karen decided to focus everything on her gorgeous brides-to-be, “I made the decision to sell my salon which was hard for me as I loved it so much, yet I have such a passion for my bridal work!”

Specialising in natural, long-lasting airbrush makeup and known for her meticulously styled up-dos, Karen’s wonderful services are now offered in the comfort of a bride’s home. “There were not many mobile hair and make up artists around. My brides would come into the salon on their wedding day and I thought how much nicer it would be for them to get ready at their home or hotel, so I started up my mobile business.”

“My passion is hair and make up. I can honestly say it’s not work when you do something you love so much. There is nothing more rewarding than creating a style or look that lights up your client’s face. Confidence is attractive and I love seeing people happy and confident.”

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A bride’s happiness! I love seeing her dress and from there I create a look that will complement it and her overall style. When I first meet a bride and spend time chatting with her, I gain an idea of her personality and what look would work perfectly for her. We browse through pictures of previous work I have done and also incorporate her style. Near enough isn’t good enough, everything has to be perfect!

most proud of...

My family. They know I have to work every weekend for weddings and they still love hearing all about my day and seeing all of the pictures of the beautiful brides. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons I am lucky to have some quality family time.

a fresh approach to weddings...

No matter the current trends, the key for me is to listen. I think it is so important to hear what the bride wants for her wedding and to be able to sit and offer advice and show her what would work best. Hair and makeup trends quite often change, the key for me is to create something new and unique for each bride. I like the hair to look amazing from every angle and for make up to enhance their natural beauty. I always say to my brides, you have to love your hair and makeup; it’s the one day everything has to be perfect.

today’s trends...

At the moment it is all about textured hair, locks that aren’t perfectly sculptured and include plenty of movement. Braids are back, as well as two-strand twists, and hair that is creative from every angle. Makeup is such a personal thing, yet I am finding brides are opting for a more dramatic eye and highlighted cheeks. Lashes are a must to open up the eye and complete the look.

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a typical day at work...

Styling both hair and makeup makes every wedding a busy one for me. From set up to final touches, everything has to run smoothly to ensure the bridal party is ready for the photographer’s arrival. It’s always a day full of laughter and fun and I have to admit, I am a bit emotional and love seeing the special moments the bride shares with her family and the wedding party.

if I wasn’t in the industry I would be...

A lawyer.

the first thing I do when I get to work...

Smile! My work isn’t work; it is about being creative and making people feel their best. It is the most rewarding job ever.

favourite place to hang out...

I have three daughters so when we go out it is usually to the movies, the beach or shopping. For dinner I love La Trattoria, it’s authentic Italian food.

a song always in my head...

I’m a huge Noiseworks fan. ‘Take me back’ - love it!

my wardrobe can’t live without...

My maxi dresses are like outdoor pyjamas.

Top of the shopping list...

Clothes and handbags. I would love to book a personal stylist for a day to give me a new look.

Can’t live without...

My family - their love and support and all the crazy fun times mean the world to me.

What makes you laugh?

My friends, we always have such a great time.

which five words best describe you?

Loyal, honest, caring, hardworking and fun.

red wine or champagne?

Sauvignon Blanc - my favourite is ‘Secret Stone’.

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16 May 2016

It's as though blue and gold were made for each other - this colour combo is a match made in heaven! Glamorous, mysterious and everything in-between, add sweet nude hues into the mix and you've got the perfect wedding palette. Add extra sparkle to your night by using glitter or sequins to dazzle your guests. Consider a nude bridal gown or accessories for the perfect contrast against the deep navy of a grooms suit.

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Autumn Wedding  Blue Wedding Ideas  Gold Wedding Ideas  Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding Dresses  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding 

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14 May 2016

THE COUPLE: Erin + Andy


PALETTE: We chose yellows, greens and occasional reds through the florals using natives sourced by our florist and good friend. Gingham prints and picnic checks in red and white graced the tables and our reupholstered chairs for the signing table showed off a beautiful blue and white.

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THE DRESS: I was after a dress that was practical and slim fitting , allowing me to sit on the picnic rugs with friends and also pair with sneakers at some point in the day. It was a short, lace design with a high neckline.

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THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION: We are both naturalists who love bushwalking, gardening, native plants and camping. There is a nearby forest just a short walk from Long Gully which Andy and I both independently loved before we even met, and often enjoy walks there. We also grew up loving picnics with our families in the National Park so we thought it would be the perfect location to begin a family tradition. For the ceremony we had a two hundred and fifty metre long rope to line the aisle. It was set out and tied by my cousin, who was a navy seal in the US Navy. Flowers were also placed at the end of the white folded chairs. We repaired an old singer sewing machine table to sign the register on and reupholstered a number of stools with gingham prints to place around the table.

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THE DÉCOR: Keeping with the outdoor picnic theme, we hired long trestle tables and umbrellas, as well as picnic blankets, pillows and long deck chairs in a red and white or blue and white stripe. Bunting was hung between the umbrellas, with wine barrels scattered for people to stand around. It was the perfect space for the children, who had their own small tables and woodland toys and masks to play with. Guests were able to engage in a game of cricket, totem tennis or throw a Frisbee.

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THE FLOWERS: Our flowers were all natives, in keeping with our love of nature. The blooms were a mixture of yellow and red with green foliage, and were placed on the tables in glass jars and across wooden crates.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Evan Bailey was brilliant and captured the relaxed, outdoor and intimate atmosphere perfectly. The photos of Andy and I in the forest with the bridal party are particularly special whilst the snaps of the tug of war really showcased the fun-filled day.

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Real Weddings 

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13 May 2016

The pom-pom of the flower world, the round and bright yellow head sits atop an elongated stem to create a unique bloom. We absolutely love the idea of incorporating Australian natives into wedding floral décor – especially when it looks as pretty and fun as this. Billy Buttons are a common addition to floral arrangements as it gives the bouquet height and breaks up any larger floral varieties. Take a look at all the different ways you can use this unmissable bloom…

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There’s many ways one can incorporate Billy Buttons into their wedding - from appearances in the bouquets to buttonholes, headpieces, decor and bonbonniere.

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Bouquets & Flowers  Wedding Decor  Wedding Flowers  Wedding Flowers  Wedding Styling 

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13 May 2016

Olivia Palermo

Designer: Carolina Herrera

Inspiration: Preppy chic and fresh, a three piece wedding dress with a cream cashmere sweater, white shorts and full tulle skirt overlay with side split and floral details finished with cobalt blue heels for "something blue."

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Celebrity Wedding Style  Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion 

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12 May 2016

Industrial style is a long time favourite of ours, the mixing of so many raw materials together to create a visual delight! A minimalists dream, add some concrete to your wedding day décor. The hard texture of concrete looks amazing combined with soft garlands and greenery, not to mention metallic accents to add an air of elegance.

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Wedding Decor  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Stationery 

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11 May 2016

Lets talk seating charts and all the fabulous and creative ways that you can guide your guests to their seat for the night. Capturing your guests attention with a unique seating chart is the ideal way to make a remarkable first impression on them, whether you chose to print their names, or write on the surface, always remember to alphabetize the names and select a font that is easily read. We have compiled a range of images to help inspire you to create a seating chart that will WOW your guests...

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Wedding Decor  Wedding DIY  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling 

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11 May 2016

Ever wonder where the idea of “something old, new, borrowed and blue” came from or why its bad luck to see the groom before the wedding? Some wedding superstitions and traditions are so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even think to question them. We explored SIX and these are the results...

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It’s a rhyme many of us have heard tie and time again when someone is getting married, but what is the reasoning behind it? “Something old” represents the brides past, while her “something new" symbolizes the couples happy future together. The brides “something borrowed” is meant to be something from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of the good luck in that person’s relationship rubs off on her. And lastly, “something blue” denotes fidelity and love for one another.

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No bride likes the thought of a torrential downpour running her wedding day, but in some cultures it is deemed good luck and symbolises fertility and cleansing.

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Beginning in medieval Europe, this superstition had many believing that it was scandalous for a woman to show too much enthusiasm about losing her virginity, so the groom carried her to avoid looking too eager. It was also believed that the bride was vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. Today the groom carries his bride over the threshold not to ward of evil spirits, but as a romantic way to welcome her into his life.

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This one dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when people believed that if the couple saw each other before the wedding, it would give them a chance to change their minds. Although arranged marriages are no longer common, most brides still choose not to see their groom before the wedding. Many believe it makes the day more exciting and memorable. However, some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony.

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In medieval times, it was considered lucky to get a fragment of the brides clothing – often resulting in the brides gown being torn apart, so they looked for alternatives, resulting in bouquets being tossed. When the bride and groom made it to their wedding chamber, the groom would throw the garter to the crowds of people waiting outside as a way of saying he was about to “seal the deal.” In time, the garter came to symbolize good luck and today the practice usually involves the throwing the garter and bouquet to a group of single women and men; whoever catches it is believed to be the next to marry.

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It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so the wedding and christening ceremonies were often linked, as were the respective cakes that were baked for each occasion. As the time between weddings and christenings widened, the two events became disassociated and the reason for saving the top tier changed. Nowadays, couples enjoy saving the top layer of their wedding cake to eat on their first wedding anniversary as a reminder of their special day.

Boa Edit  Wedding Information  Wedding Planning 

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10 May 2016

If you’re more of a morning girl than a night owl, then a romantic brunch soiree might be the celebration you! Gather your friends and family around in their Sunday best and host a breakfast sprinkled with lots of love and champagne. Create a morning filled with laughter, love and food for your wedding, engagement or beautiful bridal shower and thank your guests for “bean” here…

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Wedding programs inspired by the Sunday morning paper, crosswords at the dining table and nothing but a huge breakfast spent with all your friends and family – what’s not to love about a brunch wedding?! A waffle cake is the perfect addition to your brunch nuptials, why not pour syrup over it rather than “cut” the cake – just like in the photo below.

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A waffle bar, yoghurt station, coffee cart and bacon and egg buffet – the culinary opportunities are endless with a brunch soiree, just think of everything you love to eat for breakfast and put them on offer for your guests. Make sure you don’t forget your mimosa bar; there is no better way to enjoy fruit in the morning!

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Food and Beverages  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling 

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10 May 2016

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Let the vibrant team at Rubix Booths inject a bit of style, sophistication and above all – FUN into your wedding, engagement, bridal shower or in fact any celebration. As a unique, high-end open photo booth experience that offers a modern twist on conventional closed booths, their goal is to bring everyone together for hours of amusement and fantastic memory making!

Caitlin, Mark and John are the innovational co-founders of the socially interactive photo booth company. Running in the same friendship circle for quite some time, it wasn’t until a mutual friend’s wedding celebration that their business idea all started. Spotting a photo booth at the reception, they decided to take a few silly snaps. “Then it clicked,” explains Mark, ” It was then and there that we saw a niche in the market. We all shared a passion for photography and were confident we could be leaders within the photo booth industry.”

Assigning their roles, Mark as ‘IT/Photography Director’, Caitlin the ‘Creative Director’ and John, ‘Marketing & Design Director’, allowed the dynamic trio to gather ideas faster and ensure Rubix Booths hit the market in no time. Offering a gorgeous selection of leading-edge, customised backdrop designs and tailored options to suit, the sky is the limit for this terrific team. Take your pick from an enchanted flower wall, elegant white or red curtains and quirky photo props. Rubix Booths keep people laughing and goofing off all night long!

Taking some time to reflect on the outstanding success of their business, Caitlin demonstrates what truly sets them apart. “The creativity that is reflected within our custom backdrops sets us apart from other photo booths on the market. We work closely with our clients to ensure the style of backdrop they choose matches the theme of their wedding. Pairing this with high quality photography provides a great product and experience for the bride and groom and their guests. Rubix Booths is forever changing and we are always tailoring to keep up with the advancements of social media.”

With incredible work ethic and dedication, Caitlin, Mark and John remain extremely customer-focused, understanding the need for friendly, quality service and value-for-money. “We collaborate closely with our clients to create an atmosphere that complements each event. We’ve excelled in delivering industry leading results ensuring the best photo booth experience is achieved whilst capturing the true essence of photography – exceptional high quality photos. Our team is dedicated, flexible and passionate about what we do,” explains John.

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favourite industry leader...

John: Bart Kwan from YouTube, he took a risk to open a business and market through YouTube and has become very successful.

Mark: Oly Ruiz from Metrophoto. He’s always thinking about innovative ways to capture weddings and is the pinnacle of wedding photography in the Philippines. Definitely someone to look up to who is paving the way for young photographers.

people MAY NOT know...

We all still have full time jobs! Caitlin works in the health industry, Mark in finance and myself in hospitality. Mark and his father actually build all the booths themselves.

what the future holds...

Building additional booths and expanding into other areas of the photo booth market.

first thing we do when we get to work...

Coffee, we crave our morning coffee hit! When visiting venues we also get to know the owners/managers and map out the best place to setup within the venue.

favourite place to hang out...

John: Well, our team loves food and can’t get enough of it - my local would definitely have to be ‘Amigo’s Pizzeria’ on Magill Road.

Mark: I love this new restaurant on North Terrace, Niño’s Lamesita. They offer the best South East Asian cuisine on the market with some very delicious Filipino inspired food! Filipino food is the next big thing.

a song always in our head...

John: ‘What do you mean?’ by Justin Bieber

Cait: Anything catchy, like ‘Dessert’ by Dawin.

our wardrobe can’t live without...

Jeans. It’s the ideal staple item everyone needs in their wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down and is perfect for all occasions.

if we weren’t in the industry we would be...

John: I would love to be travelling the world!

Cait: Probably still working my full time job as a nuclear medicine technologist.

Mark: I’d love to drop everything and backpack Europe with my fiancé and business partner, Caitlin. I love the sense of adventure and being out of your comfort zone whilst travelling makes it all very exciting.

best compliment...

Our high-quality photos and customised backdrop designs are always complimented. It makes the time and effort that goes in to creating and building these unique designs worthwhile!

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most proud of...

Establishing Rubix Booths as it is our first business.

can’t live without...

Our iPhones! It’s our daily organiser and we’re glued to them. They’re both a hindrance and a valuable asset.

favourite place to shop and eat in Adelaide...

John: My shopping is mostly online as it’s hard to get time to shop! I do love Nike and Urban Street Gear (USG). I love Mexican food, ‘Lucky Lupitas’, ‘Borsa’ for Italian and Niño’s Lamesita for Filipino food!

Cait: ‘Loose Caboose’ for breakfast and ‘Sunflower Vietnamese Restaurant’ for dinner. I am obsessed with homewares at the moment and love to shop at a variety of home decor shops.

Mark: Love a good bargain at Zara. The European styling is always a winner.

which five words best describe you?

Fun + Customised + Passionate + Quality + Modern = Rubix Booths.

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9 May 2016

Cranberry and mustard; could it be the new and improved peanut butter and jelly? We will let you be the judge of that but we certainly love the colour combo, it's the perfect palette to brighten up your autumn wedding!

The vibrancy of the colours are as perfect for each other as you and hubby. They look so good together we almost want to eat it!

Imagine providing your guests with a delicious beverage, matching the colour scheme. It's amazing how much of a 'wow factor' small touches like this will make.

Autumn Wedding  Red Wedding Ideas  Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding  Yellow Wedding Ideas 

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9 May 2016

Designers have broken out their finest tulle, lace and sequins as Aussie screen stars celebrate the annual 2016 TV Week Logie Awards – and boy did they not disappoint! It was all about the sexy bride vibe on the red carpet, from Olympia Valance’s J’Aton creation to Delta Goodrem’s ethereal Paolo Sebastian gown! Keep an open mind brides-to-be, some of these stunning dresses would look amazing in white as you walk down the aisle…

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7 May 2016

THE COUPLE: Heidi + Bradley


PALETTE: Bradley and I love mismatched styling and wanted the whole day to look pretty yet most importantly, be enjoyable for our guests. The wedding had a relaxed garden party feel with a combination of vintage and modern décor scattered around the ceremony and reception offering plenty of areas for our guests to enjoy themselves.

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THE DRESS: I was looking for a romantic and timeless dress that I could look back in a year to fifty years and still be in love with. The design consisted of a nude underlay with three layers of carefully placed sheer French laces and finishes with a small train. My favourite elements of the dress would have to be the low open back and the delicate lace work down the sleeves.

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THE CEREMONY: With a love of the beach, we looked for a coastal ceremony location for quite some time before we glanced at photos of Bradley’s friends new house in Seacliff, which had a gorgeous front garden. We joked about the idea of having the wedding there and the next day Bradley decided to ask him. Without batting an eyelid, he said yes! The garden had plenty of natural foliage so it required very minimal decor. For a ceremony backdrop my brother made an incredible wooden arch frame and Bradley’s mother attached curtains. Two grand floral arrangements sat perfectly at the top. White benches from my family farm made for the perfect guest seating whilst a cast iron claw foot bath sat between two palm trees to hold water and refreshments.

THE RECEPTION: The reception festivities were held on a run down tennis court adjacent to the home. We set up a large clear marquee with wooden flooring and four long tables to seat everyone. Having the reception in the same location was important to us as it allowed our friends and family time to relax and have fun after the ceremony, while we disappeared to have our formal photos taken.

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THE DÉCOR: Rose gold ice buckets were available for our guests to take a bottle of wine or water back to their tables. A large raw wooden table served as a focal point and displayed the cake, gifts, photographs of our late grandparents and a light up box with the hashtag of our wedding so family and friends could share their photos on social media. We hired the large clear pavilion, tables, bentwood chairs, lighting and sound system. With the help of my brother and father we made the arch frame for the ceremony, a makeshift ‘wine barrel and barn door’ bar, photo booth, an extended dance floor and large ‘H’ and ‘B’ letters from paper pom-pom flowers.

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THE FLOWERS: The bouquets consisted of tightly formed cluster roses in various shades of dark pink with olive branches wrapped in twine. The two large arrangements which hung from the arch frame were prepared with olive branches and flowers, all varying in shades of pink including cluster roses, ranunculus, rice flower, eriostemon, sweet pea, Erica flowers and ten gorgeous Australian proteas. Vases on guest tables and throughout the reception were filled with a mixture of olive branches, cluster roses, white pom pom chrysanthemums, sweet pea, Erica flowers and rice flower.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: We wanted our wedding photos to look timeless and offer an effortless feel that really captured the natural unfolding of the day. Mark from Bentinmarcs Photography was the perfect choice for us, not only is he extremely professional, he has such a wonderfully caring and calming charm that it felt as though a close friend had taken our photographs by the end of the day.

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wedding photos by bentinmarcs photography


6 May 2016

Who decided that weddings had to be all about white gowns and pastel pinks? Yep, we’re talking about fabulously feminine floral gowns for those brides who want a little something different for their special day…

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Whether you chose soft and subtle watercolour prints to bold floral patterns and embroidery, floral gowns are just simply stunning all year around. Full skirts and florals are nothing short of spectacular so opt for a dress in a ball gown shape and finish with a dreamy, soft up style or gorgeous tousle curls.

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Flower Styling  Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion  Wedding Flowers  Wedding Styling 

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6 May 2016

Victoria Beckham

Designer: Vera Wang

Inspiration: Understated glamour with a strapless fitted bodice and full A-line skirt in a gorgeous champagne hue - it was on trend then and its made a huge comeback in 2016!

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Celebrity Wedding Style  Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion 

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5 May 2016

There are so many options when it comes to décor and styling of shabby chic and rustic charm weddings, but one thing remains consistent, the essential detail that reclaimed wooden accents give. Wood can be incorporated in many ways to your celebration; a ceremony arch perhaps, or even welcome wedding signs, table centrepieces or even as a backdrop. Take a look at all the ways you can include the beauty of nature into your nuptials…

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Introduce your wedding guests to your rustic wooden element from the get-go with wedding invitations printed on thing wood veneer like the one above. Check out our local wedding stationery vendors for more details HERE.

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Instead of utilising wooden slabs on your centrepieces, why not place the wedding reception food or desserts on them to add that rustic charm. Customize a salvaged piece of wood with the text of your choice and include that in your décor – whether it is a welcome sign or seating chart.

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Autumn Wedding  Country Weddings  Outdoor Weddings  Rustic Weddings  Summer Weddings  Wedding Decor  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding 

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4 May 2016

A bride who dares to be different? Now that’s our kind of gal! Stylish and savvy brides have limitless options these days, and one trend we are seriously crushing on at the moment are bridal pantsuits – how could you not?! This style is for the fashionable bride who loves doing things their own unique way – whether its something sleek and structured or luxurious and embellished. Are you prepared to be wowed?...

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Wedding Dresses  Wedding Fashion  Wedding Styling 

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4 May 2016

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Mums play a huge roll in your life, and that doesn’t change when wedding planning comes around but they do have an uncanny way of zapping all the calm out of wedding planning. Whether she is obsessing over where your cousin twice removed is sitting or something as simple as what she is going to wear, you’ve got to find a way to get mum to seriously chill.


Talk to your mum and figure out what has her going crazy. She’s a mum, she has spent your whole life worrying and fixating on a seemingly small, silly issue while trying to express something totally different. Work through it together.


Consider if your mum is feeling left out of the planning process. She has probably been dreaming of your wedding day as long as you, if not longer which means there are probably certain expectations involved. Involve your mum in some decision-making so she feels like her ideas and opinions matter, or even bypass your maid of honour and talk to your mum about an issue you are facing. Involving her in the process will most likely calm her nerves,, at least she has some idea as to what is going on.


This is a good one for both of you. Wedding planning and decision-making can take a big toll on stress. Take some time out with your mum and go out and enjoy an activity together, preferably something that isn’t related to weddings. A winery tour, cooking class or even a day at the spa are all good places to start. Alternatively, find something that she loves to do and do it together, it will show her that you are still around to chat about things other than the wedding.


If your mum is eager to jump at the chance to help you and your bridesmaids with something, then don’t hesitate to gibe her a project. We aren’t just talking about the DIY favours you’ve decided on, it could be something like arranging invitation addresses or picking up the desserts for your bridal shower. An extra set of hands never hurt anyone!

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3 May 2016

We've got the sweetest, loveliest, most darling wedding style for ladies who love a little natural girly grace. Soft blush and cream hues are combined with florals, ribbons and the softest fabrics for a swoon-worthy wedding day of true femininity and romance and it's all waiting for you below...

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Light, airy and full of love. This wedding style is effortlessly beautiful. Fresh flowers are used as a focal point, creating a natural point of beauty without overtaking the style. Scrabble pieces are collected as beautiful photography props, and antique books are revamped to create sweet vintage-inspired wedding table numbers.

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If you're a lover of desserts, then it's a cute and decadent idea to have a 'desserts table' at your wedding like the one above. An antique chest of drawers holds the most mouth-watering desserts, decorated with a chalk board and more fresh flowers. Just try and stop guests from going back for seconds!

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Pink Wedding Ideas  Wedding Ideas  Wedding Styling 

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3 May 2016

As a graduate architect, Mark Annese has always had design in his blood. The master of graphics and design established Giftables from home in 1999, working as a retail store designer throughout Australia during the day and making appointments with customers after hours.

Giftables is a unique collaboration of event stationery, paper crafts and stunning giftware including Vera Wang, Kate Spade and Monique Lhuillier. With an amazing range of products that cover all the finishing details of any event, Mark prides himself on the fact that there truly is no other store like it in Adelaide.

“I didn’t choose this profession!” says Mark, “this profession chose me!” As the brand was already established, it seemed like a natural progression to take over a store in the Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre when the opportunity arose. “My father in law, Gerry, had always dreamt of expanding the Jenny and Gerry’s brand into a centre that provided the bride and groom with a ‘one-stop shop.’ Since then, the brand has grown and Mark is currently designing his own range of products which are retailed Australia-wide.

Mark lives by the motto ‘it’s all in the details’, a philosophy evident in his fine design skills and the craftsmanship of his work. Join us as we explore the wonderful world of Giftables..

favourite industry leader...

Steve Jobs; he revolutionised the way we think and work.


Traveling to trade fairs and seeing what other countries retailers are doing is always a great source of inspiration. Something very simple can trigger a collection of ideas.

a fresh approach to weddings..

Customers are always searching for unique ideas and provide us with a refreshing approach, so we source original inspired products from around the world. We are also known for our outstanding customer service!

changes over the years...

We have introduced new products ranges to extend to ‘life events’ after weddings. Our Christening range was introduced in 2013.

best compliment...

A customer called me a ‘genius’ - the girls still laugh about it today!

most proud of...

Taking Giftables from a one room part-time hobby to a successful retail and online store that ships to customers Australia wide. My two boys Thomas and James keep me grounded and provide me with balance in life.

favourite place to eat in Adelaide...

Nordburger! It reminds me on being in New York. Chinatown and the Central Market are always a buzz.

a typical day at work...

Checking emails, following up on customer enquiries and preparing the day’s proofs and print jobs. Organising postage to be packed, as well as any outstanding supply orders, taking lunch by 3pm if there’s time! I’m out the door to post by 4:45pm.

something people don’t know about me...

I’m colour blind...shhhhhh!

first thing i do when i get work...

Coffee. I can’t start the day without one!

in my wardrobe i can’t live without...

My New York Yankees cap, purchased earlier this year from Yankee Stadium.

if i was not a designer, i would be...

Designing for Lego!

what the future holds?

We are always developing new ranges and introducing exciting items. Stay turned!

my idea of a good time...

Good food, good wine and good friends talking about the good old days!

i can’t live without...

My family.

when i’m not at work you will find me...

Spending time with my family and cycling with my ‘Rio Coffee Team’.

which five words best describe you?

Particular, head-strong, ambitious, accommodating, genuine.

red wine or champagne?

Red wine, Penfold’s St Henri.

has anyone contributed to your success?

My wife!



2 May 2016

There is something so striking and appealing about a simple winter palette, which is why grey, white and green is up there as a fave. The muted tones of grey and green are warm and cosy and look lovely on a winter’s day. Imply quality, tranquility and comfort with these muses…

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Bridesmaids look lovely dresses in grey on a winter’s day. For the venue, opt for grey tablecloths and/or napkins to keep the feel and have everything flow with one another. Flower selections should include textured foliage such as dusty miller and brunia balls mixed with green foliage and white roses and ranunculus.

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