Thursday, December 22, 2011

Season's Greetings…


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Red Berry Photography

Your wedding day is an expression of your love, friendship and commitment to one another – an intimate time to celebrate and share your joy and expectations with those closest to you, so you will need Red Berry Photography to capture your day perfectly!

At Red Berry Photography their philosophy is to let your important day evolve without imposing while ensuring they are there at every moment as your storyteller. Using an unobtrusive photojournalistic style of photography, Red Berry Photography are able to create distinctive and timeless images that are a true reflection of emotion, passion, and style of your big day.  

Red Berry Photography is based in the beautiful New South Wales south coast town of Berry, servicing the greater south coast and southern highlands regions as well as Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Relaxed Summer’s Day…

Felicity Tuck & Jacob Ellis • 20th February, 2011

From the first time they met, Felicity and Jake recognised that they had a connection like no other. They just knew they were going to be together forever, and as Felicity says, when you know, you know!

But that didn’t stop Jake’s proposal coming as a big surprise. After ten years together, Felicity thought she would be able to guess when and how Jake would propose, but she was wrong. The couple was staying in Sydney for a fun run in which Felicity was participating. After the run, she met Jake and they went for a walk around Cockle Bay Wharf, which is when Jake asked her to be his wife. Still buzzing from the run, Felicity says the moment was surreal, and the beginning of a wonderfully romantic weekend.

Felicity and Jake’s wedding day was every bit as relaxed as they had hoped. The boys were casually attired in rolled up sleeves and untucked shirts, while the girls chose pretty maxi dresses. Felicity selected a stunning 1930s vintage gown with a delightful Grecian look, and opted for a hairstyle that matched her gown to perfection. Her bouquet was a simple yet sophisticated arrangement of Green Trick carnations, which created quite a talking point among the fascinated wedding day guests. 

The couple’s ceremony was held at the Rhododendron Gardens in Mt Pleasant, a tranquil location that was also a beautiful backdrop for some gorgeous wedding photos. And, after completing their photo shoot at Wollongong Harbour, it was time for a party! 

Because they wanted to create an informal, intimate atmosphere for their guests, Felicity and Jake arranged to have their reception room set up with cocktail bars and lounges and decorated with lots of candles and lantern lights. 

Felicity and Jake’s guests enjoyed delicious canapé style food followed by a large dessert buffet that no one could resist. The couple’s guest book was a chalkboard, a wonderful memento of a wonderful day that now hangs on a wall in their home.

Felicity and Jake’s choice of wedding cake represented another break with tradition: a three-layer milk, dark and white chocolate mousse tower that both looked and tasted sensational.
After spending their wedding night at a luxurious B&B in Mt Pleasant, the couple left for an amazing four weeks in beautiful Tasmania.

Ceremony Venue Rhododendron Gardens, Mt Pleasant
Celebrant Mhairi Clarke,
Reception Venue
Wedding Rings Simon’s Jewellery 02 4229 9430
Bridal Gown
Bridal Shoes Sacopele Shoes 02 4228 4427
Bridal Accessories Family heirlooms
Bridesmaids' Gowns
Men's Suits Rico Jordan 02 9526 6777
Honeymoon Tasmania

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beach Fan from Weddingstar

Compliment your beach wedding with these incredibly detailed coral hand fans with bamboo ribs from Weddingstar. Give them out as favours or supply them to your guests to help them beat the summer heat during the ceremony and reception!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sposabella Bridal

Let the friendly and creative team at Sposabella Bridal dress you in your dream gown. Choose from the vast range of unique designs to enhance your strengths and individual style. Stocking leading labels, including Demetrios, Pronovias, La Sposa, San Patrick, Peter Trends, Sophia Tolli, Rina Di Montella, Jasmine, Alfred Angelo, and many more. As well as being Wollongong’s leading bridal wear retailer, Sposabella Bridal also stock evening wear, bridesmaids’, flower girl, and mother of the bride gowns, exclusive bridal jewellery and other bridal accessories.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What A Stunner!

Meakins Jewellers have in stock, for a very limited time, a beautiful once in a lifetime piece! One of Meakins Jewellers leading diamond companies have designed an exquisite diamond ring featuring some of their most unique stones for the 20th Anniversary Jewellery Trade Fair. 

This spectacular ring features a natural pale green diamond, a natural brown pink diamond, a natural pale mauve pink diamond alongside fourty four smaller white diamonds. This piece has a total diamond weight of 1.13 Carats. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Your Wedding Night Accommodation

To make your wedding day complete, enjoy your first night together as a married couple in a luxurious boutique accommodation suite at, Above Wollongong at Pleasant Heights Bed and Breakfast. This fabulous b&b is a popular wedding night destination due to its privacy, relaxing atmosphere and stunning ocean views. 

Located just five kilometres from the Wollongong CBD and only an hour from Sydney, Above Wollongong provides exquisite accommodation that opens into a lush garden setting. Guests choose between an exclusive mix of individually styled suites: two stylish spa suites in exotic themes, chíc modern studios with views and a balcony. Each suite has its own entrance with either a courtyard, terrace or balcony, perfect for a secluded, romantic getaway. 

Above Wollongong’s wedding package includes chilled Sparkling Cuvee, chocolates and white fluffy robes, along with a lavish breakfast hamper in the morning. Above Wollongong provides couples with their own slice of paradise. It is a place you will always remember, in fact many couples return year after year for their anniversary.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Have Your Big Day at City Beach Function Centre

City Beach Function Centre is the Illawarra’s multi-award winning function centre perfectly positioned on the water’s edge with Wollongong’s lighthouse, golden sands and rolling surf forming the perfect backdrop.
During your wedding day celebrations you will experience uninterrupted ocean views, ambient fibre optic ceiling lighting, exclusive private balconies alongside professional service and exquisite five-star food. City Beach Function Centre has a dedicated and professional catering team. As winner of the Restaurant and Catering Association’s ‘Caterer of the Year’ three years running, City Beach Function Centre has built a reputation for excellence within the industry.
City Beach Function Centre provides professional, innovative service and facilities to couples wanting an individualised and enchanting reception. Your personal wedding co-ordinator will guide you through every aspect of your celebration.
The state-of-the-art facilities, picturesque views and relaxed atmosphere, combined with the gentle ambience and beauty of the ocean, sets City Beach Function Centre apart from all other wedding function venues. Offering two state-of-the-art function rooms, the Pearl Room, which hosts 130 to 300 guests and the Ocean Room, which hosts 80 to 110 guests.
Finally, a luxury venue in the heart of Wollongong with a professional and committed team who know you deserve nothing but the best.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Perfect Tulip Bouquet

We just love this stunning white tulip bouquet from Lilies and Lace Wedding Flowers. Made from real touch tulips, lizianthus and freesias, wrapped in tulip leaves and finished with white satin ribbon, this gorgeous boquet would compliment any garden themed wedding.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flower Girl Dresses From Cheboom Bridal & Formal Boutique

Be sure to stop by Cheboom Bridal & Formal Boutique when planning your wedding. Not only do they have a large range of wedding gowns but they also stock a great range of flower girl dresses!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bomboniere Ideas From Essentric

Bomboniere are thoughtful mementos that are given to your guests as a keepsake and reminder of your special day. They are a symbol of gratitude and affection, as a way of saying “thanks” to your guests for being a part of your celebration. At Essentric they are continuously searching for elegant, distinctive bomboniere ideas that will leave a lasting impression for you and your guests. 

Visit Essentric

Monday, October 31, 2011

Seacliff's Spring Menu

Dine at Wollongong’s newest premier venue Seacliff, overlooking the superb North Beach Wollongong. Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. With a backdrop to die for and a delicious new spring menu you can’t go past Seacliff for a wonderful dining experience.
Visit Seacliff or call 02 4228 5410

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Aviator Lounge

Situated at the Illawarra Regional Airport, The Aviator Lounge offers a reception venue with a difference. With breathtaking sunsets and stunning escarpment views it makes for the perfect backdrop for your special day.
While The Aviator Lounge is not your typical wedding venue, their uniqueness will provide you with a memorable evening to celebrate your special day with your family and friends. Accommodating up to 120 guests, the  relaxed atmosphere and extensive high quality menu, means they are able to individually tailor every aspect of your wedding reception to meet your every requirement. The friendly and experienced staff will ensure your every detail is attended to.

For that extra special touch, why not be the envy of your guests, by arriving at the door by helicopter or plane, The staff at The Aviator Lounge would be happy to assist you in arranging this unique experience.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sposabella Bridal

Choose from Sposabella Bridal's vast range of unique designs to enhance your individual style whatever size and shape you may be. Picture yourself on your wedding day, then allow the team at Sposabella Bridal to share your dream and make it perfect. 

Sposabella Bridal stocks leading international labels such as Dememtrios, Pronovias, Peter Trends, Alfred Angelo and are Wollongong’s leading bridal retailer. Sposabella Bridal also have a variety of bride/groom and formal wear, exclusive bridal jewellery along with other bridal accessories.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The 2012 Illawarra/Southern Highlands Edition

We are delighted to announce the launch of the fabulous new 2012 Illawarra and Southern Highlands edition of The Bride’s Diary. With over 370 pages of great wedding ideas, it's our most stylish edition yet! And, we are also celebrating 10 years as the Illawarra and Southern Highlands' leading wedding magazine!

In this stunning 10th Anniversary edition you’ll find all the etiquette and advice you need to plan the perfect wedding, as well as the region's best wedding service providers, including photography, bridal fashion and accessories, reception venues, transport, and more.

In this edition you will find the opportunity to win a fabulous honeymoon to Sanctuary Rarotonga & Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, valued at $7700.00! You simply must enter!

Other features include:
• A new and improved What’s New section where we review the latest fab products
• Stunning Real Life Wedding profiles sure to inspire
• The Art of Romance – our superb jewellery feature
• Great styling ideas – 4 new divine colour themes
• Stunning reception venues
• Photographer’s favourite wedding image for 2012
• Australia’s most comprehensive wedding planner – also new and improved!
• Calendars, notes, checklists
• and so much more…

Our annual decorating shoot feature four gorgeous seasonal colour themes that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what season your special day will be held in. If you are planning a spring wedding you are sure to be inspired by Spring Carnival – our vibrant and vivid red and white theme. Our Summer Soirée theme will inspire the contemporary bride with fresh and modern styling in hues of grey and yellow. Autumn is a fabulous season for a rich and striking palette, and our Autumn Morning theme brings you warm, inviting colours for a wedding breakfast theme. Or for a winter wedding our Winter Banquet theme indulges the senses with a sumptuous colour palette and rich textures.

With over 370 inspirational pages, The Bride’s Diary is a ‘must-have’ publication for anyone planning a wedding in the Illawarra or Southern Highlands of New South Wales, so be sure to drop in to your local newsagent or visit our online store to order your copy today.

Visit The Bride's Diary to find out more about the new edition, including details on how you can get a copy today!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Romantic Wedding Cake Topper

The Picture of wedded bliss in hand painted porcelain. An imaginative cake or cup cake tower top. This relaxed, barefoot couple will make all your guests smile as they lean in for a kiss!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

South Coast Wedding Planners and Events

Too many brides-to-be become stressed and frustrated when planning their wedding day and trying to juggle commitments of everyday life. South Coast Wedding Planners and Events will help you to create your dream wedding day. They can handle every aspect of the day so you can relax and enjoy your big day, stress free.

South Coast Wedding Planners and Events will endeavour to ensure that every element of your wedding is of the finest quality. They will listen to what you want and work closely with you to achieve the wedding that you’ve always dreamed of regardless of budget requirements. 

South Coast Wedding Planners and Events can do as little or as much of the planning as you like. The focus is to tailor a wedding that suits your taste, style and budget. With refined negotiation skills, you can be sure you're getting the best deals and value for your money.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bawley Bush Cottages

Hold your wedding at the secluded lakeside 4 star eco-retreat on the NSW South Coast. Bawley Bush Cottages is stylish, comfortable and self-catered with a rustic feel that compliments its bush setting. 

The Cockatoo Room is a multi-purpose unlicensed celebration, entertainment or seminar space for self-catered or contract-catered groups.The room is designed so you can use its features and the commercial kitchen next door to create the event experience you want.

The Cockatoo Room is surrounded by coastal forest, lawns and gardens and overlooking Lake Willinga. It's grounds with lakeside view have now been chosen by many brides and grooms as the perfect place for their outdoor wedding and indoor reception. The room holds up to 80 guests seated up to 18- guests for a cocktail style reception.  

Bawley Bush Cottages offers south coast accommodation that is private and romantic but also great for couples, families and large groups. There is a variety of cottages that can comfortably sleep a group of 30-35 people so can continue your celebrations across the entire weekend.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Minimbah Farm Cottages

Minimbah Farm is a wonderful 150 acre property providing quality farmstay accommodation in one of the most stunning locations in Australia, the pristine and scenic Kangaroo Valley. Boasting some of the best views on offer in the valley, Kangaroo Valley is just 30 minutes to the beach and 40 minutes to the Southern Highlands. 

Whether you want to get away to relax, have fun and join with friends and family, or if you are planning to hold a large gathering such as weddings or corporate events Minimbah Farm will go far in exceeding your highest expectations. 

The farm and the self contained cottages are in a totally serene and private setting well away from the main road. Minimbah Farm has simply amazing views and is abundant in domestic animals and wildlife.

Minimbah Farm provides an amazing place for your wedding reception and ceremony. The property has an abundance of options to provide the perfect country venue and make your big day an occasion you will never forget. 

Minimbah Farm’s event marquee provides an all weather setting with absolutely stunning views of the beautiful golden escarpments of Upper Kangaroo River. It caters for up to 284 guests standing or 157 guests seated.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mimosa Wines

Nestled in the vineyard with stunning views across the mountains on the picturesque far south coast of NSW, Mimosa Wines is an ideal setting for your wedding day. 

The newly constructed building provides a beautiful, private venue. The building has floor-to-ceiling windows, polished floorboards, a Tuscan style courtyard, open fireplace and comfortable seating, creating a mood of warmth and intimacy. 

The 240 acre property is more than just a venue for your wedding, its an experience for you and your guests. Mimosa Wines has 2 self contained private cottages close to the reception centre, perfect for the bridal party, family or friends to prepare for the big day. A studio apartment attached to the reception area is available for the bride and groom for the day of the wedding and the wedding night.

Mimosa Wines’s menu incorporates locally grown food including seasonal produce, including award-winning oysters, crayfish, fish, meats and cheese.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat is a secluded and unspoiled river property located in NSW’s picturesque Kangaroo Valley. The natural bushland setting offers an intimate and unique country setting for your wedding. Located just two hours from Sydney and Canberra, Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat is a one-of-kind venue.

Celebrate your wedding with friends and family over the entire weekend. Book exclusive use of the property, accommodation and all on-site facilities to share with your friends and family for a truly memorable weekend of celebrations. Accommodating up to 68 guests on-site, and with a range of outdoor activities for your guests recreation and enjoyment.

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat can put you in touch with the best local service providers including celebrants and florists. There is also an in house caterer that will liaise with you to make your special day as memorable and stress-free as possible. 

There is a choice of magnificent natural venues to hold your wedding ceremony – from the distinctive cathedral-like rock cavity to the beautiful deck overlooking the valley. 

The function room adjoining the main guest lodge is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. With seating for 90 to 120 guests, serviced by a magnificent new industrial kitchen that can cater for up to 200 guests. Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat has everything you need to host a very special wedding celebration for your friends and family that can continue long into the night! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Photo Frame Coaster From Weddingstar

This double pack of photo frame coasters from Weddingstar is the perfect thank you gift for your guests. It features two charming baroque mirror frames, one with black detailing and the other white. Each coaster has a slot on the bottom in which you can insert the picture of your choice and are presented in a beautiful custom gift box.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Melbourne Cup Day at The Lagoon Restaurant

The Lagoon Restaurant is famous for Melbourne Cup Day, and this year they are honoured to have Susie Eleman host the Melbourne Cup festivities. There will be fashions on the field, lots of prizes to be won, sweeps, betting and much, much more. Cost is $115pp including a 4 course menu (bread, entree, main, dessert and Petit Fors).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Woodbyne Boutique Hotel

Woodbyne Boutique Hotel is acknowledged as one of Australia’s best luxury country boutique hotels. This small and exclusive property on the South Coast, provides 11 stylish and individually decorated guest suites and is the perfect venue for a garden ceremony.

Woodbyne Boutique Hotel is minutes away from historic Berry and Kangaroo Valley on the south coast close to National Parks, beaches, rainforests, Jervis Bay and Point Perpendicular. 

The 11 luxurious suites with ensuite facilities which can accommodate up to a total of 23 guests. The exquisitely appointed guest rooms are located in quiet seclusion around a central garden courtyard at the rear of the property. All suites enjoy panoramic views of either garden and rural meadows, opening onto a deck which leading to the plunge pool and lounging area.