Busy Times

10 Jul

Sorry for the lack of posts over this past week, I have been incredibly busy! Check out my two latest blog posts for Ellez Bride Magazine.

Interview with an Expert – Chris Young, Chris Young Photography

Wedding Transportation

I hope to knock over an assignment or two this week, so apologies if I am rather quiet. I have been sitting on this assignment for a couple of months now and I really need to pull my finger out!

 

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Oscar de la Renta Spring Bridal 2013

28 Jun

Today I thought I would feature some of the gowns from the Oscar de la Renta Spring Bridal 2013 collection. The majority of the collection was made up of traditional white gowns, which are absolutely stunning, featuring lace, illusion necklines, and layers of tulle. The collection also features gowns in jeweled accents, covered with intricate lace overlays. You also can’t miss the two striking red gowns, which started and ended the collection on the runway. The ready to wear collection appeals to a wide variety of brides, modern, chic, quirky and fun! A number of the dresses in the collection are also made in younger versions, for flower girls. How adorable!

 

Signature Drinks

26 Jun

So your reception menu is finalised, and your dream wedding cake is designed, so naturally the next step is to focus on the types of drinks that will be served at your reception. We all know the stock standards are your beer, wines, champagnes and soft drinks, but why not mix it up a little, and serve a ‘Signature Drink’. Signature Drinks are becoming more and more popular at wedding receptions and it is a great personal touch to your bar menu. So what is a Signature Drink? It is usually a form of cocktail, which stars either your favourite liquor, may match with your colour scheme or just sounds incredibly delicious! If you are particularly budget conscious, this is a great addition to the standards of beer, wine and champagne, rather than having an open bar. Here are some of my favourites to get your mouth watering!

1. Something Blue

Ingredients: Blue Curacao, White Wine & Ginger Ale

Method: Build the ingredients in a champagne flute. Serve & enjoy.

Photo Courtesy of Laura Ashbrook Photography

2. Blushing Bride

Ingredients: Peach Schnapps, Grenadine & Champagne

Method: Pour the Schnapps & Grenadine into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne.

Image Courtesy of thatsthespirit.com

3. The Newlyweds

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Fresh pineapple, Fresh ginger, Soda

Method: Muddle fruit and add remaining ingredients, except the soda. Shake hard and strain into tall ice filled glass. Add fizz and garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple wedge.

Image Courtesy of thatsthespirit.com

4. Frangelico Caipiroska

Ingredients: Frangelico, Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lime, Raw Sugar

Method: Muddle the lime and sugar in the bottom of a tumbler glass. Add all other ingredients, fill with crushed ice and stir gently.

Image Courtesy of Dan Murphy’s

Wedding and Events of Australia – Upcoming Event!

25 Jun

I am so excited to share with you all an upcoming event hosted by Wedding and Events of Australia. Sydney Brides and Grooms this is a unique opportunity to network with other couples and Wedding Industry Professionals.

The intimate cocktail style event is the perfect opportunity for Brides and Grooms to meet talented wedding professionals under the one roof, and go into the chance to win an amazing wedding reception package at the Audley Room.

This really is a unique opportunity that you do not want to miss. To be eligible to win the reception package, couples must be in attendance on the night.

For more information or to RSVP get in touch with Jess from Wedding and Events of Australia by emailing info@weoa.com.au

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Flower Inspiration

19 Jun

Spied these gorgeous little beauties at my local coffee shop this morning. They are always brining me beautiful flower inspiration! If anyone knows the name of green flowers please share. I am pretty sure the other ones are chrysanthemums..but I am no expert!

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves Married!

15 Jun

After six years together and two children, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves have married on June 9! The couple tied the knot during an intimate at-home ceremony in Austin, Texas. McConaughey says “We decided to embrace the ritual of marriage as an opportunity and adventure we’ll take together.”

Alves’ gorgeous wedding dress was handmade by one of her favourite designers from Brazil, choosing a pair of white Stuart Weitzman heels to walk down the aisle in. McConaughey chose a black Dolce & Gabbana tux! The guest list included the likes of Woody Harrelson, Reese Witherspoon, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp who even sang a song during the service!!

Guest were treated to a ‘island beach meets Texas’ themed reception, where they feasted on delicious food from Brazilian steakhouse Estância Churrascaria, including Brazilian top and bottom steak, chicken wrapped in bacon and pork sausages with cheese bread. Tables were a light with plenty of candles and string lights hung overhead and a band provided the music.

In a quirky twist during the ceremony, McConaughey and Alves opted to ‘whisper’ their vows into each other’s ears, rather than sharing them out aloud. How romantic! according to People magazine the bride is also set to take Matthew’s last name, becoming Camila McConaughey!

Congratulations Matthew and Camila!

Image Courtesy of People Magazine

Long Sleeved Wedding Gowns

4 Jun

Winter is now upon us, and the cooler weather is keeping us all on our toes. Winter weddings will soon be in full swing. When I think of the words ‘Winter Wedding’, I imagine snow capped mountains and trees, chalets filled with the smells of delicious warm food and of course, long sleeved wedding dresses. So today I bring you some beautiful , Spring 2013, long sleeved wedding gown inspiration.

Carolina Herrera

Monique Lhuiller

Oscar de la Renta

Sarah Jassir

Monique Lhuiller

Just In Case You Missed It

30 May

I am always keeping very busy with numerous projects on the go. Just in case you have missed any recently here are links to some of my recent work for the ever amazing Polka Dot Bride and Ellez Bride.

Polka Dot Bride

Ellez Bride

Melanie Rose Photography Studio Opening 23/05/2012

24 May

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Studio Opening for Melanie Rose Photography last night. The beautifully designed studio is now open for business on the Northside of Brisbane, at the recently renovated Stafford City Shopping Centre. I first became aware of Melanie Rose Photography via Facebook (who would have thought?!), which is where I caught eye of the beautiful wedding photography that is captured by a very talented group of all female photographers – Melanie Stubbs, Tania Stanley and Zita Makkos.

The studio is situated in prime position in the heart of the shopping centre, which is no doubt, going to catch the eye of every shopper who walks by. Last night though, the studio was set up for a celebration. The studio was full of family, friends and wedding industry professionals, all there to celebrate the wonderful achievement of Melanie Rose Photography.

The evening was catered by, Jerome from Dalton Hospitality. The canapés included the likes of Deep Fried Camembert, Lamb and Vegetable Mini Pies and White Fish Ceviche, Green Papaya and Caviar served in spoons. I must admit, these were some of the best canapés I have ever had the pleasure of tasting! Do yourself a favour and please check out the menus, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

With drinks flowing, it provided everyone with a great networking opportunity. I had the chance to meet some wonderful wedding industry professionals, who are experts in their chosen fields. A big shout out to Peter Hearnden from  Paramount Events, Linda Osborne from The Party Girls, Tania-Lea Nelson Mobile Makeup Artist Brisbane, Kay Franks from Life Events and Emily Morandy from Cakelady Creations.

Melanie Rose Photography, thank you once again for a wonderful evening and I wish you all the best for the future in your beautiful new digs!

Studio

Peter Hearnden and Melanie Stubbs

Sarah Dickens and Lauren McCorkindale

Dalton Hospitality

Kay Franks and Emily Morandy

Tania-Lea Nelson, Melanie Stubbs, Linda Osborne

Dalton Hospitality

Shada Jai, Tania Stanley, Melanie Stubbs and Zita Makkos

Dalton Hospitality

Kay Franks, Peter Hearnden, Sarah Dickens, Melanie Stubbs, Tania-Lea Nelson, Lauren McCorkindale, Linda Osborne, Emily Morandy and Jerome Dalton

All Images Courtesy of Melanie Rose Photography

Secret Celebrity Weddings

20 May

Recently the headlines have been full of details about the secret wedding of Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke and Model Kyly Boldy on the 15th of May. Kyly wore a stunning Alex Perry Wedding Gown, which she had a large hand in designing, with Michael wearing Louis Vuitton. The ceremony took place in the stunning New South Wales Blue Mountains, at Wolgan Valley Resort. The guest list was kept to approximately 40 family and close friends the couple considered to be family. The couple released a couple of photos via Twitter on Wednesday, choosing not to sell the rights to the wedding to TV or Magazines. Congratulations Michael and Kyly!

Images Courtesy of news.com.au

News is also spreading that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wed Priscilla Chan in Palo Alto, California on Saturday, May 19, 2012. It is believed that Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status to “married” following the couples nuptials. The ceremony took place in Zuckerberg’s backyard before less than 100 guests, who all thought they were there to celebrate Chan’s graduation as a Doctor. The couple have known each other since 2003, after meeting at a Harvard fraternity party. Zuckerberg, choose not to dress in his trademark hoodie, instead, choosing a dark blue suit and tie with a white shirt, while the bride, 27, wore a beautiful white lace gown. Congratulations Mark and Priscilla!

(AP Photo/Facebook Allyson Magda Photography )