Archive | October, 2011

IKEA are looking for the perfect couple!

31 Oct

Have you ever dreamed of tying the knot at IKEA, or are you after a seriously unique wedding? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then keep on reading!

The wedding bells are ringing and IKEA are on the hunt for the perfect couple to tie the knot at one of their stores in Sydney. So what would an IKEA wedding involve? The venue, reception, decorations and food and drink for 80 guests is included, PLUS $1000 towards your dream wedding dress and a $5000 IKEA gift card! Don’t think it ends there…to make it a truly special event, they are throwing in a honeymoon to a surprise destination.

So if you would love to have your wedding at IKEA don’t muck around!! Entries close on November 15th and you need to be an IKEA Family Member to enter. All you need to do to enter is <a href=";”>email a photo of you and your partner, plus 100 words or less, why you would love to have your wedding at IKEA. The happy couple should also be comfortable sharing their experience each step of the way with all of their fellow IKEA Family Members.

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Runway Express Experience Melbourne Cup Competition Part 1

29 Oct

Ok, so this blog post isn’t technically wedding related, but I really wanted to share it with you all. This morning my sister and I were very privileged to spend the morning with Abbey from Runway Express Experience, for a fabulous makeup lesson! I was lucky enough to win the Runway Express Experience Melbourne Cup Competition which included 2 Members Tickets to Eagle Farm Race Course for Melbourne Cup Day, A makeup lesson for two with Abbey, a Fascinator, Spray Tans, Eye Lashes, a bottle of Moet and a whole bunch of products from the Napoleon Perdis Range!

The makeup lesson was fantastic! I must admit,  lately I have been trying much harder to experiment a little more with my makeup applications and the tips and tricks Abbey taught us will most definitely make it easier to recreate the look on Melbourne Cup Day!  my sister and I both chose the smokey eye look, as this is something that has challenged us for a while now. It’s amazing how easy it all seems when you have a pro explain it step by step. I love the concept behind the Runway Express Experience (you can read about that in a previous blog of mine here). It was all hands on, with Abbey letting us do most of the work so when we left, we really had the confidence to do it all again!

A BIG thank you goes to Abbey for our wonderful morning! Kell and I are very excited for Melbourne Cup Day! There will be plenty of photos and stories to come in Runway Express Experience Melbourne Cup Competition Part 2! To get in touch with Abbey email

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Stunningly Affordable Wedding Dresses

26 Oct

South Australian Brides this one is for you! Stunningly Affordable Wedding Dresses mission is for every bride to have an affordable dream wedding dress! If you are just starting to plan your wedding, you will quickly come to realise that weddings are not cheap and Stunningly Affordable Wedding Dresses understand that not all brides can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress. Quick fact, $2200 is the average amount that Australian Brides are spending on their wedding dress.

Stunningly Affordable Wedding Dresses offer their clients a range of designer label quality wedding gowns at affordable prices. I love that the Stunning Affordable Wedding Dresses website shows their extensive range of wedding dresses, as well as bridesmaids dresses, formal dresses, flower girl dresses and accessories. The website provides plenty of information for brides on choosing the correct size and colours. Stunning Affordable Wedding Dresses are hand-made to order, they do not come off a production line manufacturing thousands of the same item. I also love the fact that you can order your dresses online, which you guessed it, means not spending hours going from dress store to dress store, if that isn’t your style!

The Stunning Affordable Wedding Dresses team is genuinely committed to customer service and will do their best to accommodate your requests – they understand how important your big day is! So don’t wait, jump online and check them out. To find out more information or to get in touch, simply email

Images Courtesy of Stunningly Affordable Wedding Dresses

Favourite Celebrity Wedding Dresses

24 Oct

There have been plenty of celebrity weddings lately, so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite celebrity wedding dresses in no particular order!

1. Shannon Doherty – For her third wedding, Shannon chose not one but 3 Monique Lhuillier gowns, pictured below (number 1) featured a sweetheart bodice with a garnet sash. It is such a gorgeous dress and the sash combined with her choice of flowers is stunning.

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2. Klohe Kardashian – Klohe looked stunning in her custom-made Vera Wang Ivory Stretch-Silk Gown, complete with a silk organza flounce and  purple belt. Vera Wang created the dress in just a week!

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3. Dylan Lauren –The daughter of Ralph Lauren wore a handmade creation by her father. The duchesse satin and silk tulle, georgette embroidered dress with a tiered train was kept under security lock down at Ralph Lauren’s New York store prior to the wedding.

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4. Beverley Mitchell – the 7th Heaven star walked down the aisle in a  Melissa Sweet’s (Michaela) strapless wedding gown. I absolutely adore this gown!

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5. Molly Sims –  choose  Marchesa’s “Isadora” wedding gown when she walked down the aisle in September. The drop-waist lace sheath gown, from the Spring 2012 collection, has a flare lace skirt and appliquéd cascade sleeves. There are buttons up the back and a sheer lace-trimmed overlay at the neckline. Gorgeous!

Image Courtesy of  InStyle

6. Sally Pressman – The Army Wives star choose the“Estelle” dress from the Kenneth Pool collection by Amsale Aberra for her big day! The dress features a silk organza bodice, hand-beaded tulle skirt, and a crystal beaded belt.

Image Courtesy of  InStyle

7. Ivanka Trump – wore a custom designed Vera Wang gown inspired by Grace Kelly for her walk down the aisle. The intricate dress features three different tiers of hand-appliquéd lace in different shades of ivory.

 Image Courtesy of  InStyle

Polka Dot Bride Guest Blog – Demystifying Dress Codes

21 Oct

Just in case you missed it earlier in the week – my brand new Guest Blog Post for Polka Dot Bride went live on Tuesday. If you get a spare moment, check out Demystifying Dress Codes!


Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Thai the Knot Weddings

19 Oct

Dreaming of that destination wedding in Thailand? Overwhelmed by the thought of trying to plan your wedding on a budget in a different country? Never fear! Thai the Knot Weddings have it covered! Thai the Knot Weddings, as the name suggests, specialises in planning weddings and renewals in Thailand on a budget. Annie from Thai the Knot Weddings has a passion for Thailand, and has frequently visited since 2005.

Thai the Knot Weddings are Brisbane based and really take all of the hard work out of planning your destination wedding. Having your wedding in Thailand can save you thousands of dollars, but local knowledge is the key. Thai the Knot Weddings consult on your behalf with a Thai based wedding planner who has over 15 years experience and has conducted over 2000 weddings.

You are spoiled for choice in both ceremony and reception location and styles. Secluded Beaches, Buddhist Temples, Elephant Weddings or Luxury Yachts, it doesn’t matter, Thailand offers it all. Western, Thai, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or Non- Religious ceremonies can be catered for.

Thai the Knot Weddings offer comprehensive starting packages that include everything from bridal flowers, hairdressing and makeup, a professional photographer including photo package, transfers to and from your hotel for you and your guests and so so much more!

Thai the Knot Weddings are focused on providing a high quality service, that exceeds your expectations for that dream destination wedding.  For more information, or to get a free quote,  get in touch with Annie via email – you will be one step closer to that dream destination wedding!

Image Courtesy of Thai the Knot Weddings

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Perth Lolly Buffets

12 Oct

Calling all Perth Brides-to-Be!! If you are after one of the hottest and yummiest trends for your upcoming nuptials, keep on reading! Perth Lolly Buffets can make all of your candy dreams come true no matter how different or unique your idea. A Perth Lolly Buffet is the perfect way to set your wedding apart from all of the others – your guests will be talking about it for years to come.

Perth Lolly Buffets have an amazing collection of apothecary jars, which are filled with your choice of delectable lollies and dressed to match your theme. Perth Lolly Buffets have really taken all the hard work out of creating the focal point of your wedding reception. Not only do they set up your desired buffet at your venue, they will also dismantle it, meaning no need to worry.

The options are endless with a lolly buffet from Perth Lolly Buffets, they stock a wide variety of yummy goodies, no matter what you fancy. Don’t worry if you are already overwhelmed thinking about the amazingly tasty options to choose from, the team at Perth Lolly Buffets will work with you to ensure that your colour design and theme are brought to life in candy!

If you are after the WOW factor for your wedding, don’t wait, get in touch with the team at Perth Lolly Buffets now. Don’t forget Lolly Buffets can be used for any special occasion, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Kitchen Teas, Corporate Events and Children’s Parties! Also stay tuned for more information on Perth Event Services, a compliment to Perth Lolly Buffets! Enjoy!

Images Courtesy of Perth Lolly Buffets  

Interview with an Expert: Hannah Leitch – Flawless Hair and Beauty

7 Oct

Choosing the right hair and makeup artist for your wedding day is almost as important as choosing the perfect wedding dress. Creating your ideal wedding look can often be a challenging task. I recently had a chat with Hannah Leitch from Flawless Hair and Beauty who was nice enough to answer a few questions for me. Hopefully you Brides to Be out there will find this as informative as I did!

What are the hottest looks for Bridal Hair and Make-up for 2012?

For make-up, it’s all about the eyes! Thick dark mascara and smokey eyes in whatever colour makes each individual’s eyes “pop”! Lash extensions and false lashes are all the craze at the moment, so this  really helps us to make our eyes stand out and be noticed, as they should be.For hair, I would have to say  the timeless elegance of the tousled soft curls, pinned to a loose, low bun is quite a popular style, it suits everyone and is flattering on any face shape.

What should Brides take into consideration when trying to find a Hair and Make-up Artist?

You want to find someone who YOU are comfortable with. Someone who encourages you to have a trial, and talks you through every step of the process, giving you the attention you deserve. Also if you can find a mobile make-up artist/hair stylist your day will be much less stressful!

What are your top tips to keep Brides looking fresh on their wedding day?

Plenty of sleep! Be kind to yourself in the weeks leading up to the wedding and make sure you are well rested. The night before, if you can avoid it don’t have a late night! A lot of bride’s also forget to eat and drink plenty of water on their wedding day as their minds are off in so many other places, please don’t forget about YOU.

What are the differences between airbrush and conventional make-up?

Like anything, there are pros and cons for both types of make-up. Conventional make-up is generally cheaper; it’s been around for longer, so most artists generally have a lot more experience with it. There are so many types and brands, so you are bound to find a specific foundation that is just right for you. Airbrush make-up has a “weightless’ finish, leaving your skin feeling like you have barely anything on it. It has amazing lasting power and is great for defining and contouring. I think that both can be equally as effective, as long as the artist does it properly.

What preparation needs to be done to Brides skin/hair in the lead up to the wedding?

I ask all of my brides to shampoo (x2) and condition hair the night prior to their wedding day. No products or styling. Clean, natural, fresh hair is best to work with. I also ask that clients carry out a basic skin routine by at least cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, starting a couple of weeks prior to the wedding day. Again, clean, natural, fresh skin upon my arrival.

How long have you been in the industry and what do you love the most about being a hair and make-up artist?

I have been in the hair and beauty industry for over 10 years now and I still love every minute of it. Most of all I LOVE seeing the end result of any service I do. I love seeing my client’s reaction and knowing that I have helped make her feel great about herself.

Question from Amanda-What would be the most flattering but natural look for a young, fair-skinned, unnatural redhead Bride, for a garden wedding?

I would have to say  really soft, unstructured waves. This could be achieved by “scrunch drying” if you already have a natural wave, or using large hot rollers. You would then have the option of leaving it down; or even having it in a really lose braid, with a flower in one side. This would create a gorgeous natural look.

To get in touch with Hannah from Flawless Hair and Beauty, email

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Perfect Pearls

5 Oct

Pearls have always been admired for their classic beauty and sophistication. The Greeks believed that the pearl would promote marital harmony, symbolize love, success, happiness, modesty, chastity and purity. Contrary to these beliefs, other cultures believe that wearing pearls on your wedding day will cause a tear-filled marriage. Regardless of these honored traditions and being completely un-superstitious, I chose to wear pearls on my wedding day. I adore pearls and I think that they are the perfect addition to a Brides look for her wedding day. I have chosen to share with you a few of my favourite items in hope that you find them inspirational!

Image Courtesy of Pink Candy

Image Courtesy of Kristi Bonnici

Image Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

Image Courtesy of J.Crew

 Image Courtesy of Pink Paradox

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Events By Zoe

5 Oct

Do you have BIG dreams and ideas for your wedding day? Do you want your wedding to be unlike the last? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, then let Events By Zoe, plan your unique wedding. Events by Zoe can cater for all of your wedding and special event needs. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for event planning and coordination, theming and decor, or event stationery, do yourself a favor and check out Events By Zoe.

The team at Events by Zoe believe each wedding and event should be as unique as you are and are committed to creating an event that not only meets your vision, but exceeds your expectations! Events by Zoe particularly specialize in wedding and event theming and decor. The team absolutely love creating unique events that are a true reflection of their clients personalities. I love that Events by Zoe really do have a package for everyone, from the Bride who is willing to plan their own wedding day but has no idea where to start, or the Bride that simply wants the experts to take care of everything!

Events by Zoe also provide Wedding Day Coordination. You have done all of the hard work in planning your big day, and the last thing you want is for anything to go wrong. A Wedding Day Coordinator can be vital to ensure the smooth running of your day.

So with an obligation free quote, you have nothing to lose by contacting the team at Events By Zoe. With flawless execution, I know you and your guest will love the outcome.

Images Courtesy of Events By Zoe