Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team!

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 23, 2010

An Elegant Country Romance...

Katie Watson & Mark Woelner • 4th April 2009 

Katie and Mark met quite by chance. At the time, Katie’s older sister was dating Mark’s younger brother, and one Saturday night she invited Katie to join them and their friends for a night out. They all met at Katie’s sister’s boyfriend’s house (which was also Mark’s house) and were about to head off when Mark returned home from a fishing trip.

Taking one look at Katie, he immediately decided to join the group. Katie played hard to get but Mark was determined to get the catch of his life.

Six years later, Mark proposed during a trip to the Hunter Valley to celebrate Katie’s birthday. Of course, she said yes.

“The moment he reached into his pocket and presented me with the most breathtaking diamond ring and asked me to marry him, I burst into tears.” 

The couple chose Terrara House Estate for their elegant country romance wedding theme. Katie’s gorgeous gown featured hand sewn Chantilly lace with a rose at the waistline to match her rose headpiece.

The couple’s day was perfect from the first moment. They married under the giant fig trees in the estate grounds, a romantic setting for a very emotional ceremony. A relaxed photoshoot was followed by canapés with their guests in the Rose Garden, before a formal reception in the chandelier-lit marquee. The table decorations featured greenery and herbs from the estate’s gardens with crystals and flowers as centre-pieces.

“Our wedding day captured the beauty of dimly lit lights and crystals, the elegance of lace and silk, and the romance and tranquillity of the country.” 

Katie and Mark chose a traditional three-tiered cake with two layers of fruitcake and one of chocolate mud. With beautiful dusty pink roses spilling down one side, the cake was simple, yet very elegant.
For their bomboniere, the couple opted for cute little country-style jars of strawberry jam.

Following an unforgettable day, Katie and Mark departed for a fabulously romantic Cook Island honeymoon.

Photography: CloudFace 
Celebrant: Mr Greg Coss 0421 035 444 
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Terrara House Estate 
Wedding Rings: Chilton's Miranda 02 9524 0360 
Bridal Gown: Zoe Marie Couture 
Bridal Shoes: Alan Pinkus 
Bridal Accessories: Apple Eye Jewellery 
Mens’ Suits: Spurling Formalwear 
Hair Stylist: Cerise Hair Gallery 02 4283 8000 
Make-up: Aston Lee 
Cake: Delaney’s Cakes 
Videography: Sketchbook Weddings 
Transport: Sydney Mustangs 
Catering: The Butter Factory 
Entertainment: Short & Horny Jazz Band

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Profile: Dr Trish Vezgoff, Civil Celebrant

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have been talking to Dr Trish Vezgoff, a Civil Celebrant who has been officiating at weddings for the past 17 years. Trish spoke to us about her love of providing unique wedding services  tailored to the bridal couples' personality, as well as the wide range of exciting and emotional experiences she has had as a celebrant...

Tell us a little about your business…

I am a Civil Celebrant, having applied almost 25 years ago after having been to several civil weddings that I felt all lacked a great deal in both content and delivery. I then waited eight years for a response from Canberra before my appointment early in 1994.

•What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it

I am a sole trader, and still delight in being able to help couples achieve the ceremony of their dreams. I am also called upon frequently to write and officiate at other ceremonies such as baby namings, renewal of vows or even funeral ceremonies for families I have worked with before or who have referred me to friends.

• How long have you been working in the industry? 

I am entering my seventeenth year as a Celebrant.

• What are some of your past business experiences? 
The experience of being a Celebrant has taken me to many venues I may otherwise not have visited. Also, because I work so closely with clients to help them achieve their ideal ceremony, I have participated in formal and informal ceremonies, in themed ceremonies, on beaches, mountain tops, parks, and indoor settings including on boats on Sydney Harbour, reception centres and Canberra's National Library. Wet or windy weather cam often pose challenges as can shade free sites in hot weather. A couple of times ceremonies have had to stop in the middle because a member of the bridal party or a guest has fainted; once the best man had to scramble over a cliff face because a high wind had blown the table holding the documents and a large paperweight over the edge. Red carpets can also be hazardous on rough ground or in high winds. Too many more experiences to mention!

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business? 

A couple of moving experiences come to mind: the marriage of an eighty two year old man to his seventy-eight year old bride. 
A renewal of vows ceremony on a couple's sixtieth wedding anniversary at which five generations of the family were present. 
Another renewal of vows for a couple who had been married at a Registry Office overseas forty years before and who had both suffered serious illnesses in the interim. The 'bride' fulfilled her lifetime wish of having a proper white wedding with flowers and all the trimmings, and with their grown up children acting as their bridal party. 
Little children at a wedding, specially in a bridal party, can always be relied upon to provide unintended merriment and/or embarrassment.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life…

I work from a home office, and my family have become used to having to consult my desk diary before planning most family get togethers. My children are now grown with their own families so I have a rich and full life juggling work and play.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

In what spare time I have - not much - I love listening to music, going to the theatre, reading, travelling and socialising with friends over a good meal and nice wines.

• What is your most memorable life experience?

Too many to enumerate, but my own marriage, children, travelling around the world and also attaining my PhD as a mature age student would have to be high on the list.

• What are your plans for the future? 

Whilst ever I am fit and still blessed with curiosity, I hope to continue as I do at present.

Visit for more information on Trish's services

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Illawarra Community Carols

Christmas time is almost here - and the best way to get into the Christmas Spirit is with Christmas Carols! Join the Illawarra Community Carols this Saturday, December 18th at Figtree High School Oval from 5:00pm - 9:30pm.

Colin Buchanan will be doing a carols set for kids to start off the evening, then will be joined by his band to provide  entertainment for all ages.

As well as carols, there will be rides, great food, face painting for the kids and a fantastic fireworks spectacular to close the evening.

Visit for more information.