Friday, February 15, 2013

Bridal Buzz: New News

Get the latest bridal buzz with what's new and noteworthy with weddings…
(as seen in Summer 2012/13 issue of QB p 87)

Affordable & Exquisite ...
Looking for the perfect petals? Bella Bloom Floral Designs is all about creating exquisite floral designs for your special day. Your Bella Bloom experience is about bringing your wedding vision and theme seamlessly together to express your personal style. Phone Kelly on 0432 076 906 to arrange a consultation and mention ‘Bridal Buzz’ to receive a complimentary throwaway bouquet when you confirm your booking.

Nick Evans Photography

Bayside Pampering
A happy bride-to-be is a relaxed and pampered one. So, for a welcome escape from wedding stress, grab the girls or your betrothed and check out the new Stephanies Vintage Spa Cleveland. Formerly known as L’Plunge home & Spa, this fresh offering combines the old-world charms of the landmark 1852 Queenslander (think luxe, shabby chic interiors and a French Provincial-inspired courtyard) with the European style and decadent therapies synonymous with the Stephanie’s spa brand.

Stewart Ross Photography
Comprising of a retail spa boutique, dedicated Medi Spa quarter, eight treatment suites and a vintage-inspired lounge, complete with numerous open fireplaces, guests can enjoy private one-on-one treatments, hens or spa parties, or romantic couple’s escapes. Stephanies Vintage Spa, 200 Middle Street Cleveland.

Summer Forecast 
Samantha Hayes-St Clair and good friend and business partner Kelly Starr of Amini Concepts, first started Epic Empire furniture to provide luxury boutique furniture hire for special events, including weddings. Their experienced team is available for consultations and can provide access to stunning and luxurious hire furniture options to help you transform your ceremony and venue spaces.

Samantha forecasts two very distinct trends for summer:
  1. Natural furniture with botanical styling. To achieve this look, Samantha recommends raw pallet bars and timber bentwood chairs accented by fresh green shrubbery and florals. 
  2. ‘Lounge destinations’ for guests to retreat to following dinner. Feature lounge settings make a statement and also look stunning in photos.
Kwintowski Photography
Regardless of your theme, Samantha says furniture should always be complementary, and at cocktail-style weddings the rule of thumb is to ensure half your guests have access to seating throughout the evening. Epic Empire can cater for all your furniture hire needs to suit any wedding with both contemporary and antique offerings including lounges, ottomans, dry bars, pews, bentwood chairs and other accessories.

Intimate Weddings Gain Favour

At QB we’ve noticed intimate weddings are rapidly gaining popularity, especially in the hinterland areas. With a tightly-edited guest list of under 100, many couples relish the opportunity to create their ultimate dream day, complete with plenty of customised, personal details and just the right location.

One of the venues that has seen this trend unfold first hand is Flaxton Gardens, one of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s most sought after wedding venues. Recognising the growing demand for intimate celebrations, proprietors Alan and Georgina Thompson have recently added a beautiful gazebo to the grounds in front of the original homestead as well as opened their award-winning restaurant to couples planning a bespoke wedding celebration for up to 60 guests. Offering tailor- made packages including a la carte dining options, Flaxton Gardens is now the perfect venue for an intimate wedding celebration. 07 5445 7450

Light the Way 
MILQUE Photography has a gorgeous new location! The talented team, headed by renowned Brisbane- based fashion photographer Nat Lynn, is revelling in their new base camp, Lightspace in Fortitude Valley. MILQUE’s modern natural style has become a favourite with Queensland brides and with Nat’s dance card already filling for 2013 and beyond, including weddings in Brazil, America and Indonesia, don’t wait before contacting them to plan your big day. 3373 1444

Books, books, books...

The Australian Wedding Book by Kate White
"Where do I start!?" is a common cry from newly- engaged couples. The journey can seem daunting but caterer and wedding planner Kate White has been involved with countless weddings over the past 15 years, so she knows a thing or two about 'I do'. Her beautifully-presented Australian Wedding Book outlines everything from how to announce your engagement to selecting each element of the day. Together with tips from some of Australia's leading jewellers, florists, cake makers and dress designers, it's a gorgeous engagement gift or coffee table essential. RRP$75 From all good bookstores.

Rustic Wedding Chic by Maggie Lord
Founder and editor of cult American website Rustic Wedding Chic, Maggie Lord, has just released her own book. From DIY projects to etiquette advice and real wedding inspiration, Maggie brings a dose of country goodness to everyone planning an eco-friendly, rustic or country celebration. Available through Amazon or Whispering Pines.

The Wedding Guests by Meredith Goldstein
Need to switch off from peeling stamps and poring over fabric samples? The debut novel from the author of the Boston Globe’s popular Love Letters column is a lighthearted tale of five nightmare wedding guests. It will give you a laugh – and hopefully not feel too close to home! RRP$19.95. From all good bookstores.

QB x

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