Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Middle Eastern Magic Inspiration board

Weave a seductive spell and treat your guests to a taste of the exotic with luxurious colours and textures and touches of pink and gold! 

Styling Notes (Brendan at Styled Events):

Table decorations consisted of a Mirror Base coupled with an eclectic mix of brushed gold vases, mixed with jewelled votives with the feature centre piece being the mirrored baroque candlesticks holding the bright flower balls. Gold Charger plates with fushia hot pink napkins adding a punch of spring flair.

Ornate lanterns and votives used on the bomboniere table to continue the jewel inspired feel along with ornate Gold Easels for holding small signs. Large glass goblet style candle holders and candelabra added to the sweet station to ensure a seamless, elegant yet bold Spring feel. Ornate lanterns and beaded votives along with small gold vases featured throughout the 'chill out' area to highlight the deep red couches, scatter cushions and gold topped tables. Mirrored ornate tray to hold the Argeli's and tobacco station elements ensuring a colourful presentation in an elegant form.

Stationery Notes (Cara at Invitation Station):
Invitations were made using a custom created pattern to suit in with the bold tones of the Middle East, bringing in hints of copper for highlights on one of our custom made ivory pocket bases. Matching menus were created and printed on the same ivory stock, bringing in a section of the pattern to carry across the theme from the invites backed on copper stock with a deep red ribbon to encompass the overall colour scheme.

'Reserved for the Bridal Party' Ivory based and copper backed table card, securing a sit down eating area for the actual bridal party, with the rest of guest being served cocktail style.

Crystal Swarovski beads and Swarovski pearls were created to hang from the candelabra, bringing in the jewell aspect of the event, while concentrating on the bright bold spring colours tying in with the table settings and flowers.

'Chill Out & Relax' sign created with copper and ivory stock and the swarovski drops to hang from the sheer curtains surrounding the lounge area.

Bomboniere Boxes wrapped in custom designed paper that was used on the invites, with labels stating the contents and the bride and grooms name, the 'Enjoy' card keeping with the them and incorporating Arabic terms. Small sweets section where we introduced some Middle Eastern sweets for guests to help themselves: Turkish Delight, Noga and Rose Noga all blending colours with small round tags naming the products.

Tobacco station with three different flavoured tobaccos for the Argeli's (a customary Arabic tradition). Lantern Guest Signing frame, with inked fingerprints becoming the coloured glass paneling in the lanterns, carrying through the theme and ensuring guest interaction, while creating a great momento for the bride & groom.

Flower Notes (Geraldin at Bouquet Boutique)::
Domed rich ruby red roses and massed mauve mokara orchids with a moss base and highlights of corokia, groomed into elegant balls to perch on the candelabras along with matching floral mini arrangements of scattered blooms in small decorative vases to mirror the floral domes.
Concept: Invitation Station & Styled Events
Styling - Brendan at Styled Events (www.styledevents.com.au)
Stationery - Cara at Invitation Station (www.invitationstation.net)
Flowers - Geraldine at Bouquet Boutique (www.bouquetboutique.com.au)
Photography - Adam Finch from Studio Impressions (www.studioimpressions.com.au)
Venue - Byblos Events & Catering (www.byblosbar.com.au)

Middle Eastern Magic Inspiration board is featured in our upcoming Spring issue of Queenlsand Brides - pre order your copy here >  www.queenslandbrides.com.au/magazine/subscribe/

After some more inspiration? Visit our inspiration galleries online .... have fun exploring! www.queenslandbrides.com.au/gallery/gallery/

Have a bright, colour inspired week! QB x

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gold Coast & Hinterland - Love that location!

Top image clockwise : ST Photography, Foster Photography  + David Tye Photography

Pristine beaches, mountain vistas, beautifully groomed parks and wedding-perfect weather – it’s easy to see why you (and your photographer) will fall in love with the Gold Coast & Hinterland. 

Find your perfect GC venue and wedding professional in our special Gold Coast & Hinterland blog showcase!

Top image clockwise : Silveredge Photography, Lovegreen Photography + Jessica Key. Bottom row : Silveredge 
Top tips for a beach wedding!
> Go with a beach theme: Relaxed Beach, Nautical; Gold Coast Chic; Beach Glam; Ocean Inspiration

> For dreamy beach photos, don’t forget to check sunset and tide times. Your photographer and coordinator will have these at their fingertips, or see our list of useful websites on the next page.

> Many of the coast’s most stunning reception venues are located within easy reach of the beach so consider this when you’re planning your ceremony site and venue. With plenty of accommodation and dining options, the Gold Coast is perfect for a wedding weekend. Encourage close friends and family to make a real holiday of it and plan a relaxed brunch or lunch the day after the wedding. If you are celebrating a summer wedding, it’s just too hot to be out in the midday sun so think about a beautiful morning or a romantic late afternoon ceremony. Arm your guests with decorative fans and bottled water with colourful waxed paper straws. 

> Have a Plan B ... no one can predict the weather with much accuracy, which makes hosting an outdoor ceremony extra exciting! Look for a covered area in the park or near the beach where you’re having the ceremony or consider a marquee or canopy, just to be on the safe side. It will provide shade if it doesn’t rain, so it’s a win-win situation. Keep guests sheltered with pretty parasols or umbrellas.

Backdrops & ceremony spots - take note!
Burleigh Headlands: John Laws Park
Benowa: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Ashmore Road
Broadbeach: Cascade Gardens, Gold Coast Highway
Coolangatta: Point Danger Park, Marine Parade
Currumbin: Kropp Park, Pacific Parade
Currumbin: Len Wort Park, 29A Teemangum Street
Miami: Mick Shamburg Park, Kelly Avenue
Palm Beach: Laguna Park, Laguna Avenue
Southport: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade

Top row: Pofyri Photogrphy. TWK Studios, Sterling Studios, bottom row TWK Studios
Top tips for a Hinterland wedding!
> Hinterland themes: Mountain Magic; Eco Elegance; Green, White & Wonderful; Intimate and Fun; Rainforest Romance; Vintage Elegance; Rustic Luxe.

You might find that outdoor locations for a Tamborine Mountain or Hinterland wedding tend to be kept a little more hush hush than on the coast. Given that these areas are outside the metropolitan area and noted for their national parks and walking tracks, your best bet for finding a gorgeous private site is through your wedding coordinator or reception venue. Some of the best kept secrets of the hinterland are within the beautiful grounds of wedding reception venues.

Having a hinterland wedding often means you can have the ceremony and reception in one place which is a plus for guests as they don't have to travel around what is probably unfamiliar territory. It also reduces the risk of weather disruptions. Vintage themes and details are perfect for a hinterland wedding. Think vintage cars, lace accents, trailing bouquets and antique decor. The GC Hinterland is renowned for its gorgeous forests and gardens, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear creeks. Ask your photographer about options near to your ceremony site.

There are loads of boutique accommodation options in the hinterland, which gives you the opportunity to catch up with guests for breakfast or a picnic the next day.
Above left Melanie Rose Photography, right TWK Studio

For a list of parks where you can hold your ceremony (Apply well in advance!) >

For sunrise and sunset times > 

For high and low tides >

Good luck planning your dream Gold Coast wedding! QB x

Friday, July 15, 2011

Real Life Wedding : Leeanna + Jonathan's Marcoola Beach Wedding

Leeanna + Jonathan submitted their real life wedding online with us earlier in the month (via our submission page online) and we were so taken by their Marcoola beach wedding, the 15 images we featured on our website just wasn't enough! So, this week's featured RLW blog post includes all those images we couldn't fit on our website.  Thankyou to Leeanna + Jonathan for sending us additional images, we hope you love being featured this week as our chosen Real Life Wedding! 
Simple and Fun (we think this shines through! Look all the smiling faces)

Flowers: A Sculpted Leaf, Maroochydore + Wedding gown: Jordanna Regan + Decorator: Splash Events 

Love the pearl details ...

Some shots of the girls getting ready! Hair: Bekki Brooker + Make-up: Kim Image Specialist

Engagement Ring, Wedding Band & Groom's Wedding Band: Diamonds International. Celebrant: Mary Burns.

.... sealed with a kiss!

Dreamy cupcakes! Cake: Ideas in Icing

Looking very handsome! Groom + Groomsmen's suits: Ferrari Formal Capalaba

Ceremony: Surfair Sand Dunes + Reception & night of dancing : Surfair Spinnaker Room

Honeymoon: Noosa

Photography: Corne Lategan Photography

Jon organised a picnic one afternoon at Cleveland Point, and just as the sun set he popped the question! I will not forget how nervous he was, even though he knew my answer would be YES!
Special Thanks: 

Very special thanks to all our suppliers, we cannot recommend them enough. They all did such a wonderful job and made us feel so at ease throughout the whole planning process up to the day of the wedding! We also want to say special thanks to our family and friends who were a part of our big day, there was definitely a lot of love in the air. 

Lastly, a very special mention and big hugs and kisses to my beautiful bridesmaids who were with me every step of the way and made sure everything went according to plan. I think they were more nervous than I was!
 Relax and just enjoy yourself, the day really does go so fast! Don't let the little things get to you, if you have great suppliers like I did, they will take care of any issues that may arise at the last minute!
Funniest Moment:
The day of the wedding - in true bridal style, the bridesmaids and I decided to have meat pies for breakfast!
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QB x

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bridal Buzz Event : The Wedding Collective.

Attention Brisbane brides to be! Are you interested in attending an evening of inspiration, innovation and entertainment present by leading industry suppliers? The Wedding Collective is being  launched this Tuesday July 19th at The Lightspace in Fortitude Valley (which, by the way is a fabulous new event/ exhibition venue > rustic industrial chic and an outdoor terrace with views across the city skyline!  more info: http://www.lightspace.net.au/)

Contact the collective to secure your spot > theweddingcollective@theprgals.com

What to expect on the night : Fine food and beverages,  exceptional entertainment and a showcase of the latest wedding styling, floral and cake design fashion and photography.  Below ... a few hand picked pics, showcasing what our local suppliers have to offer!  

Watch this space for more info + future events > http://theweddingcollective.tumblr.com/

It is so fantastic to see so much available for local Brisbane Brides!

Have a wonderful day ... and don't forget to see our blog giveaway below! QB x

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Larry Crowne - QB blog movie giveaway!

With thanks to PINNACE FILMS, QB is doing a special blog giveaway! We have 5 double inseason passes to up for grabs to see new Julia Roberts + Tom Hanks romantic comedy LARRY CROWNE!  (who doesn't love a Julie Roberts rom com?) 

Simply leave a comment in the comment box below before July 20th with your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to be in the draw! We will chooose winners at random! 

Director: Tom Hanks

Writer: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Nia Vardalos, George Takei.
When appealing everyman Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is inexplicably fired from his job as a big box store clerk, he realizes it’s time for some meaningful change in his life.  Deeply in debt and without direction, he returns to college where he befriends a group of scooter-riding students and eventually develops a real affection for his beautiful speech class instructor, Mercedes Tainot, (Julia Roberts).
Charming and smart, Larry Crowne reminds us of life’s small surprises.  Sometimes clouds really do have a silver lining.  It’s also about the power of new beginnings like the time Larry Crowne, an ordinary man with a gentle heart, was forced to downsize his world…and ended up expanding his life.

Out in cinemas across Australia > July 21st!

Good Luck! QB x
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