Thursday, May 9, 2013

Winter Bridal buzz: New & noteworthy for weddings.

QB's Winter issue is out this week, and that means there's a whole host of new and noteworthy places, people and things for weddings; here's the latest...

Paper Trail

Cristina Re's new collection of designer DIY papers, aptly named 'Art of Elegance', incorporates stunning pearlised effects, embossing, foil and flock detailing to achieve a range of superbly intricate, artful designs. Cristina Re papers and accessories are available nationally through selected craft stores, paper stores and bridal boutiques. 
cristinare.com


I 'Garter' Have It 
A bridal accessory that made us go "wow", this hand-made Florrie Mitton garter is definitely one of the most glamorous we've laid our eyes on. The Glitterati wedding garter is made with pure silk, lined and fitted with soft touch lingerie elastic, so it will feel just as beautiful as it looks. RRP $99.95. 
Available through sweetpins.com.au

Shimmer & Shine
Clarins introduces three new pearly shades to the much- loved Instant Light Lip Perfector collection – Petal Shimmer, Candy Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer. Subtle natural tones with just a hint of gleam are the perfect bridal gloss solution, and the thin tube will fit discreetly into a small clutch or pocket. RRP$26 from department stores.

Sweet Treats
Attention dessert lovers! The Cheesecake Shop has just introduced a range of brightly-hued macaroons which they say will rival those of any patisserie! These melt-in-your-mouth goodies come in flavours such as Choc Caramel, Strawberry Shortcake and Passionfruit, and at $9.95 for a pack of six, are priced just as sweetly.
Visit cheesecake.com.au for store locations.

Squeaky Clean 
After 36 years in the diamond industry, family-run jewellery manufacturer Xennox would have more than their share of hints, tricks and advice on keeping your diamond sparkling. Here they share their top five cleaning tips sure to keep your rock shining bright for decades to come.
1. Use near boiling water
2. Add a small amount of detergent
3. Use an old toothbrush to clean around diamonds
4. Time to soak
5. Avoid using hand cream while your rings are on

A Winning Pitch 
You could definitely say Jonathan Krywicki doesn't have a 'run-of-the-mill' job. Creator and owner of Pitch & Woo, a boutique business specialising in the coordination of jaw- dropping proposals, Jonathan's days are filled with romance, intricate planning and a whole lot of nervous Blokes. Australia's 'I Do Guy' shares his top pieces of advice for someone planning to pop the big question. 
Expectations – Take your time to really understand your partner’s expectations.The worst thing you can do is propose in a way that really doesn’t resonate with her. 
Ideas – Don’t settle for copying someone else, being cliché, or worse still, doing something boring. Take this opportunity to really come up with something that will demonstrate your love and commitment to her. 
Ring – You either know what she wants because she told you or you don’t (my advice is don’t guess). Play it safe if you’re unsure and get her the diamond only. You can then design the ring together — it's quite a fun process. 

Right Hand Man
The ability to plan a wedding in less than a week? We weren’t too sure when we first heard Tenille Gregory’s claim that her new book The Wedding Checklist could accomplish such a feat. But after reading over the numerous lists, tips and handy explanations, we can confirm this one’s an absolute gem. The Wedding Checklist is packed with all the guidance you could ever want or need concerning your wedding; from selecting your bridal party through to choosing your menu, this book has even the most minute details covered. 
TheWeddingChecklist.com.au

Bridal Bliss 
Words: Alexandra Schultz 
eforea at Hilton, situated in the heart of bustling Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, is one of the international chain’s newest additions to its ever-expanding fleet of spas. Subtle oriental touches feature throughout the interior decor as well as the carefully compiled menu of luxurious treatments, which includes a full selection of therapies for the boys. I received the eforea Signature Full Body Repair, a heavenly 90-minute treatment which is a part of their ‘Essentials Journey’, focussed on results-driven, advanced technology. It began with a zingy herbal tea in the light and bright relaxation lounge, before I was led into my treatment room.The heavenly smelling salt scrub, divine full body massage, facial massage and eye treatment were clearly designed with the upmost care and attention to detail, the treatment flowing seamlessly from one moment to the next.The facial massage was an absolute standout – I was reduced to goose bumps within a second of my therapist’s expert touch. Post-treatment, I was left to shower and freshen up in the ladies washroom, which thoughtfully included all the girly essentials – luxe shampoo and conditioner, a hair dryer, deodorant and fluffy towels. I swanned out of the spa in a giddy haze; my baby-smooth skin confirmed that eforea’s promise of ‘emerging brighter’ was right on target.
Visit hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au/eforea-spa for the spa menu, price list and contact details.

Packaged Perfection 
Virginia Golf Club’s newly-released wedding packages take the guess work out of planning your big day.The club offers an all- inclusive option, comprising of absolutely everything from a styled ceremony in the gorgeous surrounds to all the traditional details spanning room hire, audio visual equipment, table décor and the professional assistance of a wedding coordinator. Packages even include wedding night accommodation at the Brisbane International Hotel! 
P: 3267 6333. virginia-golf.com.au

Stay at Sirromet
Holding an event at Sirromet has become even more convenient with The Merlot House now available for guests, so it is perfect for special events, such as wedding parties, birthdays and anniversaries. Situated in the grounds of Sirromet’s Winery, The Merlot House is a beautiful retreat, which delivers spectacular views of the grapevines, winery, and surrounding bushland. 
For further information please email reservations@themerlothouse.com.au or phone 07 3206 2999.

Health e Bride 
Derma e, which has just launched in Australia, is the ideal skin solution for the health-conscious bride. Packed with Vitamin E, which assists in the protection, age-prevention and correction of skin, the Skin Oil and Crème are also free from phthalates, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate and petrolatum.
Available through chemists and online at shop-vitalitybrands.com. Both products retail for $21.95.
Eco Chic
Looking to introduce some eco cred into your wedding? Dandi’s new ‘Succulent’ fabric range is made from a 100% organic, natural material which is grown and processed minus the nasties for a reduced carbon footprint. Perfect for rustic, natural styling with a modern twist. 
Precious Prints 
Petite Portraits’ prints are a unique and fun way to capture the memory of your wedding or hens night. At your celebration, draw yourself in the central frame and fill in the banners with your theme, name and date. Let your guests get creative and complete the print by drawing their self-portraits in the remaining frames. A fun activity that will create a lasting memento. 
artyink.co.nz

Heavenly Hideaway
With heavenly views over the Glasshouse Mountains and an elegant European-influenced ambience, Chateau Cedarton offers brides-to-be an outstanding venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Stay in the luxurious and spacious on-site accommodation to make the most of the views of rolling green hills, brilliant food and serenity of the Sunshine Coast region. 
P: (07) 5496 1789. chateaucedarton.com

Aesthetically pleasing
No longer are brides naive enough to believe a little 'beauty sleep' is all they require for that wedding day glow. Some careful skin preparation, nail buffing and grooming is a must, and Brisbane's aesthetica proves you don't have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. Their Festive Friday specials menu has a range of treatments, including eyes, hands and feet, all at $55 each. A beauty bargain if we ever saw one! 
P: (07) 3324 2111. aesthetica.net.au

Website Launch
Urban Weddings is currently busy working on an exciting new website! Online ordering promises quick turn around and lower priced invitations and stationery. They’re also introducing a host of new products and some great new features!

Sweet Dreams
It’s no secret that the lead up to your wedding day can be full of jittery sleepless nights. Introducing Chillax, a newly-released, all-natural relaxation drink which is clinically proven to prepare your body for sleep without any nasty side effects.The formula is made with Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice and Lactium, natural ingredients which have no next day sedative effect! 
RRP $3.50 from shop-vitalitybrands.com

Holiday Style 
Have you been searching for honeymoon attire that’s light, bright and breathable? Australian label Holiday has you covered. Their Talisman collection is full of beautiful and breezy cotton dresses, smocks and tops in a range of prints and colours. Perfect to pop over swimwear, or team with some wedges and jewellery for night.
Visit holidaydesign.com.au for information and stockists.

Cook Islands Escape
Listed as one of the world’s 12 best private islands by leading American travel magazine islands and recently featured on its cover, the sublime Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is the only resort located directly on what many regard as the world’s most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki. It’s cer tainly one of the must- see places to see! Here you will discover Champagne-sand beaches, million-dollar lagoon views, new Premium Beachfront Bungalows, exclusive Overwater Bungalows (unique in the Cook Islands), and the sumptuous Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa. Live the South Seas romance of your dreams in Aitutaki – whether for your honeymoon, anniversary, renewal of vows or milestone celebration.Heaven sent. 
AitutakiLagoonResort.com, info@aitutakilagoonresort.com

Wet Weather Magic 
They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck, so what better reason to embrace wet weather if the skies do decide to open? A bit of preparation by you and your photographer is all you need to end up with some pretty special results, as seen in the portfolio of stormy images captured by Jess Marks Photography.The team at Jess Marks is always prepared to deal with a downpour and pride themselves on spectacular photographs that could only have been captured beneath a grey sky.We agree that the rain definitely sets the mood for some stunning images! 
jessmarksphotography.com.au

Fabulous Freebie! 
A Fabulous Event, wedding planning and styling extraordinaires, have a brilliant May package — when you book any ceremony or reception styling with them, they will include their popular LOVE signs for free! With all services individually styled to suit every client and budget, A Fabulous Event are the go-to specialists for a totally bespoke celebration. 
P: (07) 5575 5235. afabulousevent.com.au

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