Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ka-Bloom Flowers & Event Design

Flowers are one of the most important elements in ‘setting the scene’ for your big day. Georgia Davies, chief floral designer, is committed to making sure that your wedding flowers represent your personality and style, and achieves this by getting to know you and your vision for your wedding. 

Ka-Bloom place a lot of emphasis on the consultation process and will happily meet you at work or home at your convenience. Ka-Bloom is an award-winning supplier of bridal flowers and will make sure that your wedding ceremony and reception are adorned with perfectly beautiful floral designs! They cover all of greater Sydney, Southern Highlands and the South Coast.

The possibilities are endless for wedding styling: Bridal party flowers (bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, hair pieces), Floral Cake-tops, Church/Ceremony arrangements (pedestal arrangements, floral Arches & pew-ends) and Reception Flowers (table decorations, general decoration of reception venue) and Floral Confetti.

Visit Ka-Bloom.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Duck Duck Goose Catering

You choose your favourite place, they cook your favourite food!

Duck Duck Goose cater with integrity. Integrity of ingredients, integrity of service and integrity in their approach to the environment.

They use local produce and serve it with inspiration. 

Based on the South Cast of NSW, Duck Duck Goose Catering draw fresh produce from their very own vegetable gardens and orchards. Their chickens and pigs are free-range and their pastry, bread and ice cream are handmade. 

The dedicated team at Duck Duck Goose Catering will ensure that their passion and commitment make your wedding, party or event memorable. No matter how large or small. No matter where. 

Visit Duck Duck Goose Catering.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Delaney's Cakes

For over 20 years, executive pastry chef and owner Paul Delaney, has been proud to offer custom-made cake creations for weddings and other special occasions. Together with his creative team at Delaney’s, each cake is designed to suit a particular individual, couple or event.

Delaney’s Cakes enjoys a reputation for providing excellent service and products to their many happy and satisfied clients, both within the Illawarra area and further abroad.

Make an appointment for a consultation with the decorator/designer. Bring to this appointment, any pictures you have of cakes that you like, colour samples, and flower choices, together with any theme you may be trying to carry through to the cake.

Ask for samples of the cakes to ensure you’re happy with taste as well as look.

Having your appointment on a Saturday means that you enjoy the chance of seeing all the cakes that are ready for collection and delivery that day. But as Saturday doesn’t suit everyone, Delaney’s are happy to schedule a consultation for another day, when you are available.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chifley Hotel Wollongong

The modern and chic 4 1/2 star Chifley Hotel Wollongong is the region’s brand new premium hotel and wedding venue, perfect for weddings, functions, events, as well as deluxe accommodation. This elegant and unique wedding venue is what you deserve on the biggest day in your life.

The hotel accommodation rooms feature picturesque views of Wollongong Golf Course, the escarpment, and the CBD. Through floor to ceiling windows, brand new facilities, elegant and contemporary function spaces, excellent food and beverage menus, the hotel is perfectly set up for your special event.

The largest function room (Grand Pacific Ballroom) caters for up to 500-cocktail style or 240-banquet reception style with 168 hotel rooms and suites – perfect for your first night as husband and wife, and also for any travelling guests. The Watersedge Room is by far our most popular, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hotel pool area, with a private outdoor terrace, and intimate layout. Watersedge can cater for up to 150 cocktail style or 130 banquet style.

Chifley Hotel Wollongong’s close proximity to beach and golf course is also perfect for photo locations while the all-inclusive wedding packages make planning your special day a breeze.

Their dedicated wedding co-ordinator and events team will ensure that every detail is attended to, so you and your guests can focus on the thing that matter most on your special day.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Illawarra Wedding Photographer – Ela Photography

The Illawarra’s youngest succeeding wedding photographer has now taken her business to the next level.

From the age of 18 years, Lake Illawarra High School graduate, Pamela Aurino, made a brand new path to a future she never saw coming. Deferring from her Univertisty Honours degree, Medicinal Chemistry, in mid 2008, Aurino claims she took a “leap of faith”.

She started her Wollongong portrait photography business, Ela Photography, in September 2008 with $2000 in her bank account, and built it up, so that in in 2011, the young entrepreneur had booked 45 weddings that year alone.

Pamela also had the opportunity to be featured on the cover of annual publication Illawarra Weddings magazine in 2011, which she claims was “a great honour”.

Last week Pamela’s website and brand, Ela Photography, launched and the response was “phenomenal”. Pamela claims “I had never been so overwhelmed at the support and kind words about my new vision”.

The young photographer hopes to use her Beauty Photography services in the Illawarra to change women, one face at a time. “The permission to feel beautiful” Pamela says. “Often women do not feel beautiful in their own skin. I’m going to change that”.

“I had a lady email in and say, I watched your video on your website and I cried .. I felt a deep connection .. You are truly inspiring”, said Pamela.

The photographer looks to team up with other business and services for women in hope of helping women feel confident, and in doing so will have a happier and empowered life.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Total Bliss Hair + Body Spa

At Total Bliss Hair and Body Spa, you can prepare for your big day with facials, body scrubs, tanning, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Then complete your final preparation with gorgeous hair and make-up, designed just for you. 

Call today to find out more about the special wedding package selections designed to suit your wedding group, or for preparation just for you and your groom. Hens day packages also available.

Total Bliss Hair and Body Spa are located in Wollongong, and are a perfect solution to taking the stress out of preparing your hair and make-up for that special day. Winner of various hair competition awards, we're sure that you'll be thrilled by the results provided by Total Bliss Hair and Body Spa, to get you looking perfect for one of the most important days of your life.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ela Photography Launch Brand New Website!

Ela Photography, aim to exceed your expectations in every medium of your experience for your special day. From the first inquiry to getting your album, they aim to make your experience both personal and professional. If you want a down to earth, bubbly young photographer with a passion and drive for nothing else but excellent photography, then you may have found your photographer!

There’s nothing better than having a personal relationship with your photographer.

It is essential to have pictures that are able to tell the story of the wedding as it unfolds.  
Ela Photography have a pre-wedding consultation before the big day to ensure everything will run smoothly. Preparation and determination is the key to photographing a wedding day. 

The Team at Ela Photography are excited to announce the launch of their new website and branding!

After rapid growth of the business over the last 12 months, they thought it was time for a bit of a refurb!

To celebrate their 4th year in business, Ela Photography have rebranded and expanded their team, and have incorporated some really cool features to the photography experience, such as:

- “Refer a friend Program”
How would you like to have your family portraits taken every year without having to pay for it? Ask about their amazing referral program for clients who rave about 
Ela Photography and get rewarded for it!

- NEW “Beauty Photography Sessions”
Amazing one-on-one beauty shoots in studio dedicated just for Her! Mums, sisters, daughters, wives or girlfriends .. Because let’s face it, when do we really do something for ourselves?

- “Monthly Newsletter”
Keeping up to date with the latest promotions, media activity, community projects AND most importantly the latest photos from 
Ela Photography!!

And coming soon ...

- “Online Store”
You all love shopping on eBay right? Well it’s the same thing! This means not even having to get out of your PJ’s and having your gift vouchers mailed to your door within 48 hours! A great gift idea for engagements, birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries etc.

We hope you love Ela Photography's new website as much as we do!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bode Photography

Vanessa Dekker has been creating amazing wedding images for the past 18 years. Her distinctive photographic style allows her to create photojournalistic images that have a contemporary and fashion-forward edge.

The images that Vanessa will create for you are all truly unique and special. She is an award-winning photographer, and has won numerous awards with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and is now recognised as an associate within the photography industry.

Whether you have Vanessa perform your wedding or family portrait photography, she will be able to create dynamic and explosive images that will truly portray the essence of the subject. The dedication she has to photography requires a passion for people and a unique ability to form a relationship with them to ensure those unique moments are captured forever. This is what makes her images unforgettable, real and everlasting...

At BODE, the "focus is on capturing images that are distinctive, blending, timeless, elegance, and candid. Unrepeatable moments for you to enjoy forever."

Visit Bode Photography.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Making Faces Make-up Studio

Making Faces Make-Up Studio offer bridal make-up and hair styling, servicing Kiama, Wollongong, the South Coast and Southern Highlands. Trials are advisable, so that they can design and record the special look that you desire for your special day.

Making Faces specialise in a natural but glamorous look, using professional photographic make-up that will last and feel light. 

The Making Faces Make-Up Studio professional team are dedicated to ensuring a bride's special day is a beautiful, relaxed experience, creating the look the bride and her bridal party will love and feel comfortable with. 

Making Faces are accredited members of the Australian Society of Make-up Artists, Australasian Bridal Industry (ABI) and Australian Bridal Service. They were also voted Make-up artist of the year at the Australian Bridal Industry Awards (ABIA).

Visit Making Faces Make-Up Studio for further information. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Our Wedding Expo" and Bridal Fair South Coast

If you are looking for a Bridal Fair or Wedding Expo to start or finalise your wedding plans “The Our Wedding Expo and Bridal Fair South Coast” will be providing Brides, Grooms & their Families of the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South Coast, Southern Highlands and Sutherland Shire an opportunity to view a huge array of wedding specialists all in one location. 

The Expo consists of:- Churches, Chapels, Celebrants, Reception Venues, Photographers, Videographers, Florists, Bridal Fairs, Bridal Wear, Fashion Parades, Formal Wear, Bridal Shoes, Jewellery, Beauty, Make Up, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Invitations and Stationery, Entertainment, Caterers, Bomboniere, Wedding Expo’s, Function Centres, Function Coordinators, Wedding Cars, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Planners, Wedding Decorators, Wedding Shoes, Wedding Venues, Wedding Rings, Honeymoon Destinations and Accommodation.

This is the Shoalhaven and South Coast Region’s Premier Wedding Expo of the year! The Illawarra region 1.5 hours south from Sydney is made up of the cities of Wollongong and Shellharbour and the township of Kiama. The Illawarra region will astonish you with its riches of a magical paradise with boundaries defined by sleepy historical villages, busy coastal cities and unique towns. The magnificent coastline of the Illawarra provides the very best in spectacular coastal photo opportunities. The Illawarra region will excite and entice you to create that perfect dream day that you will treasure forever.

What: Our Wedding Expo
When: Sunday 14th October (10am - 3pm)
Where: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

Visit Our Wedding Expos to purchase your tickets.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Panorama House Function Centre Wedding Open Day

Come and view Panorama House Function Rooms on Saturday 29th September. They will be showcasing a Marquee which you will be able to book to have your wedding in. Panorama House will also have recommended suppliers available on the day to answer any questions you may have. 

When: Saturday 29th September, 2012 
Where: 811 Princes Highway, Maddens Plains NSW 2516
Time: 9.00pm - 3.00pm
Entry: Free
Phone: 02 4268 3388

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Harbourfront Restaurant, Wollongong

Looking for the perfect venue for your wedding? The Harbourfront Restaurant is the ideal destination for your wedding. With three levels and two fantastic and flexible rooms, they can suit a wedding of any size, taste and budget.

Harbourfront offers two beautiful areas for your wedding reception: The Water Level Alfresco Room and the Upstairs Double-Level Reception Room. The extensive menu includes the freshest of local seafood, angus beef, lamb and poultry.

Both rooms boast not only amazing water views, but also private bar facilities, an enclosed deck and spacious dance floor, to ensure Harbourfront Restaurant is the ideal location for your cherished wedding memory.

The Harbourfront offers a professional service and welcomes your enquiry to view the beautiful surrounds and professional service. Harbourfront Restaurant also have a variety of wedding package options available.

Visit Harbourfront Restaurant.

Friday, July 20, 2012


Dressense is a multi-award winning bridal boutique located in Miranda, Sutherland Shire that stocks over 400 Australian and International designer label gowns. Their stunning range encompasses only the best variety of all styles, whether contemporary, classical, elegant, chic or vintage inspired. 

A very special event is taking place the weekend of the 28th and 29th of July, 2012. Dressense is coming to Mollymook with a “Direct to the Public” sale, allowing all their country clientele an exclusive opportunity to purchase a beautiful designer gown at a fraction of the normal recommended retail price. 

With over 300 gowns to choose from, they will range from new to excellent condition bridal sample gowns. All gown prices will be negotiable. 

Where: Mollymook Bowling Club 
When: 28th and 29th July, 2012 
Time: 10am-4pm. 

So make a day or a weekend of bridal gown shopping, this will be a trip well worth it! 

Visit Dressense or call 02 9540 5433

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Accapella Bridal

Accapella Bridal have just opened in Wollongong. Importing and stocking internationally designed gowns of the highest quality, Accapella Bridal is bringing a new kind of bridal couture to the Illawarra region. 

All of your consultations and alterations will be with owner of Accapella Bridal, Connie Di Genni personally. With over 25 years or bridal seamstress experience, Connie will help create for you the gown you always dreamed of. A gown from Accapella Bridal will be yours forever - it will fit seamlessly and age timelessly. 

Don't miss Accapella Bridal's amazing opening sale! Receive 15% off all gowns and 10% off accessories. Hurry as the sale ends July 9th.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

High Tea at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Join Novotel Wollongong Northbeach for a selection of scrumptious sweet and savory delights in the Lobby Bar. The perfect excuse to catch up with friends, have a ladies lunch or simply treat yourself!  High Teas are held in Lobby Bar every second Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. 

Scheduled High Teas 2012 are May 20th, June 3rd and 17th, July 1st, 15th and 29th, August 12th and 26th.

Cost: $45pp with a glass of sparkling wine or $39pp without. 
Inclusions: Chef selection of cakes and finger sandwiches and teas. 

Bookings are essential. Phone 02 4224 3111 to book a table (subject to availability).

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mercure Resort Gerringong Wedding Expo & Open Day

A day to discover the magic of Mercure Resort Gerringong… sampling and menus, décor, guided tours through the venue and honeymoon suites. It's a complete wedding experience just for you. Mercure Resort Gerringong is a contemporary wedding venue featuring stunning gardens and a gorgeous view. City style, local charm and only 90 minutes south of Sydney.

When: Saturday June 23 2012 
Time: 10am - 3pm
Where: Mercure Resort Gerringong by the Sea, 1 Fern Street Gerringong
Phone: 02 4234 1359

Friday, May 25, 2012

Meakins Jewellers

We just love this stunning engagement ring by Meakins Jewellers. The old cut diamond had been passed down through generations and was finished with smaller diamonds for extra sparkle. Both the wedding band and engagement ring feature hand engraving on the sides and shoulders and come together to make a gorgeous set. We are certain this lucky bride-to-be will adore her stunning engagement ring!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bellanifi Bridal Couture

With extensive experience in the bridal industry Bellanifi Bridal Couture is specially trained in bridal and theatrical couture. At Bellanifi the gowns have an inbuilt corset constructed by their very own European trained corsetiere. 

Capturing European decadence coupled with exquisite corsetry and theatrical mastery the Bellanifi bride will always be the centrepiece of her wedding. Whether your style is classic and traditional or bold and dramatic there is something for every bride-to-be. 

Fabricated with the finest silks and European brocades, embellished with couture beading and laces Bellanifi gowns are fashioned to express your individual and unique style.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Chifley Hotel Wollongong

Chifley Hotel Wollongong is a brand new ultra-modern hotel, located on the South Coast of NSW. The hotel boasts exceptional facilities for various sized weddings and offers the newest, most vibrant wedding venue in Wollongong.
Situated on Wollongong’s foreshore and offering 168 modern and chic accommodation rooms and suites, Chifley Hotel Wollongong ensures the perfect wedding setting for your special day. 

The hotel boasts 10 purpose built function rooms, all with the state-of-the-art technology, soundproof retractable doors, and two separate pre-function areas, all located on one dedicated function floor. The largest room, Grand Pacific Ballroom, offers modern décor with beautiful high ceilings. The Grand Pacific Ballroom can seat up to 280 guests banquet-style and 500 guests cocktail style.
The popular Watersedge room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views complemented by the hotel pool. The Watersedge room can seat up to 120 guests banquet style or 200 guests cocktail style. The Watersedge room offers direct and private access to an outdoor terrace, making it the perfect indoor and outdoor setting for your special day.
At Chifley Hotel Wollongong, the dedicated staff are well versed in creating unique, individual and special occasions. It is their attention to detail, flexibility and special touches that make all the difference. All you need to do, is spend your special day with your guests and create wonderful memories.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Classic Sand Ceremony From Weddingstar

The essence of the sand ceremony is to symbolise the union of "two lives becoming one." This unique sand version inspired by the more conventional candle unity ceremony is not only romantic and visually appealing, it is also more appropriate for an outdoor setting. Personalise using colours of sand that co-ordinate with the wedding theme. 

Visit Weddingstar

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sposabella Bridal

We just love this stunning Demetrios gown available at Sposabella Bridal. The organza and tulle, fit 'n' flare strapless gown features a beaded lace corset bodice with a sweetheart neckline and lace-up back. The skirt features beautiful organza flowers and layers of tulle and is available in ivory/sheer, ivory, white/sheer, white.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pink Ice Photography's Bridal Glam Session

Pink Ice Photography have just launched their brand new Pink Ice Studios and Bridal Glam Session's. Relax and de-stress on the morning of your wedding day in Pink Ice Photography's modern, state-of-the-art photography studio. 

The studio has a huge 200m square space that is dripping in glamour, features 3 hair and make-up stations*, a vintage-glam inspired dressing room, a chill out lounge area, music, champagne and canapes all under the one roof! 

To celebrate Pink Ice Photography's bridal revolution they are offering the ‘Bridal Glam Package’ FREE for all wedding photography packages booked during the entire year of 2012. It's a huge saving of $549!

To arrange a meeting call Jo on 0433 054 407 or email 

* Hair Dresser & Makeup artists are not included as part of this package. It is up to the clients discression to choose and supply their own hair/makeup artist.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gavin Cato Photography

One of our favourite images from the talented Gavin Cato of Gavin Cato Photography is this stunning image…

“Jaime and Andrew’s wedding was covered by torrential rain nearly all day long. They had an unusual timeline where their wedding and reception finished late in the afternoon, so with no night time reception to attend, we headed out to Hyde Park for photos. The combination of the rain, the reflections on the ground, the lights and Jaime and Andrew’s completely carefree attitude about the rain, makes this one of my favourite images.” - Gavin Cato, Gavin Cato Photography

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Classic Wedding Stationery from Moments to Remember

We love the classic range of wedding stationery from Moments to Remember. The classic range features a variety of wedding stationery that eludes timeless elegance in every way! The range is perfect for a classic themed wedding.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Southern Magnolia

We just love this beautiful wedding cake from Cupcakes For Poppy. Featuring 4 tiers, a single handmade southern magnolia and 24 carat edible gold leaf, this stunning cake can be customised with colour and size to match your wedding theme and number of serves required. You can choose from a range of delicious flavours and can have different flavour for each tier. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Gabbys at Berry

Gabbys at Berry is an idyllic setting for your wedding reception. With four quaintly historical churches within walking distance, Gabbys at Berry is located in the centre of the small and historic township of Berry.

Gabbys at Berry will provide an elegant atmosphere, a sense of welcome and superior service. There is a fully licensed bar as well as a dance floor in front of the stage. A sweeping timber staircase and balcony leads to a stunning mezzanine level. This area can also be used for pre dinner drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Leadlight windows on this level make it a desirable area for the actual ceremony to be held here if you wish. 

There is also have a private room for the bridal party with full ensuite facilities, for you to enjoy a short break from the limelight, freshen up and should you wish, have a shower and change before departing on your way. 

Your reception can be in the style of your choosing - a traditional wedding breakfast, cocktail party, buffet or brunch. For all of these styles, Gabbys offers an extensive choice of menus where you'll find a menu and drinks list to suit your budget.