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ISSUE 01 | JUNE 2012


issue one | June 2012 editor | designer Lea Moate hello@ecobrides.com.au

creative director | photographer Fo Carson fo@ecobrides.com.au

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photographic contributors Moss Green Images | Dekuji Photography | Meaghan Cook Photography | Over the Moon | Pobke Photography

contributors Ann Lodberg | Amanda Rootsey | Frances Baker | Kith & Co. | Lemon Soy Canary | Lillipollen | Little Gray Station | Look Smart Alterations | Margan Restaurant | NVEY Eco | O’Reillys Eco Retreat | Organix | Paper Dolls | Satori Organics | Sundari Soul | Thea and Sami | VANI-T | White Willow Designs

disclaimer Eco Brides Magazine is an independent magazine. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. We accept no responsibility for inaccuracy in information. Content may not be reproduced in any way. Š 2012 Eco Brides Magazine. All rights reserved.

Eco Coastal ON THE COVER: Amanda Rootsey - Eco Model PHOTOGRAPHY: Moss Green Images HAIR and MAKEUP Ann Lodberg BOUQUET Lillipollen DRESS Frances Baker

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featured p.44 p.60 Soy Good!

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Easy Peasy DIY

eco finds

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eco beauty

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spiritual destination

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real wedding

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eco etsy finds

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up cycle your garb

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diy wedding decorations

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from the goodness of your garden

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eco destination

eco friendly on show organic skin care Bali retreats

handmade treasures ten tips on reusing

stunning string lanterns

organic wedding catering

o’reillys honeymoon escape

“i-do”yoga

de-stress from your planning

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eco-friendly wedding flowers mel and forrester gabrielle and peter sophie and jarryd

siobhan and peter

holly and mike


A note from the two of us! It is with much excitement and anticipation that we welcome you to the launch edition of Eco Brides Magazine, a bridal magazine dedicated to all things eco and sustainable! We are Australia’s only online guide to eco-chic weddings and are dedicated to providing information and inspiration relevant to like minded brides and grooms. We also felt it necessary to give eco wedding vendors a platform to share their wares! Both Fiona (Fo) and I (lea) are extremely proud of this issue and we are also very grateful to share this journey with you. We thank each and every one of you for your support, especially to our family and friends and our launch issue contributors. We have a fabulous mix of eco gorgeousness in the following pages including stunning real eco weddings from all over Australia, easy peasy DIY projects, a delicious Hunter Valley winery with it’s own kitchen garden and an article that will surely inspire you to connect on a deeper level with your better half. We hope there is something inside for everybody. enjoy! Much love

Lea and Fo xxx


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Wedding night pretties Looking for delicious intimates for your wedding night? Madonna Bain has a range of gorgeous eco intimates that will have you ooohing and ahhhhing. Madonna’s collection is made up of organic cotton luxury lingerie and sleep wear that is perfect for a bride who values natural fabrics and vintage style on her wedding night.

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Beautiful slips, intricately detailed lingerie and comfortable modern styling, Madonna Bain eco intimates is an eco brides gift to herself. www.madonnabain.com.au

Something for the groom Grooms can look sharp and still be eco conscious. These striking hand sewn bow ties created from vintage fabric remnants are perfect for the groom to be and his merry grooms men. These beauties are from designer Her and I and are stocked by Australian online store Poppy and Finch who feature products + stories of emerging designers as they pursue their craft. www.poppyandfinch.com.au

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eco finds

behind the scenes via instagram

Ann Lodberg MUA using eco beauty products for our editorial shoot

Sustainable Silver We had the absolute pleasure of using this fabulous jewellery by Sydney designer and metal smith Toby Eagle in our Eco Coastal editorial shoot last month. The attention to detail and high quality craftsmanship was amazing. Add to that the sustainability of her product and you have a gorgeous environmentally conscious jewellery collection. www.tobye.com.au Our Eco-coastal table scape

Our creative director Fo getting crafty at the BrisStyle craft caravan Follow ‘Eco Brides Magazine’ on Instagram to get your behind the scenes fix


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eco beauty

It’s a lifestyle More than just a fashionable word, at NVEY Eco, organics is a lifestyle, a responsible approach to cosmetics and an understanding of our environment. Neatly packaged in completely bio degradable packaging we had the opportunity to use the gorgeous talc free eyeshadow and mascara on our Eco Coastal shoot.

Minerals are a must!

Vani-T mineral make up is a natural alternative to harsh chemical foundations. Free from fillers, talc, artificial fragrance and colours this mineral powder foundation is ultra light, long lasting and effortlessly flawless. Suitable for all skin types and even provides a soothing and calming effect to irritated skin. A great alternative for your wedding day. www.vani-t.com

With added anti oxidants and vitamins your skin will love you and so will the Earth. www.nveymakeup.com

Lovely Locks Does your hair need a healthy dose of love before your big day? Nourish dry, over processed locks with the latest Organix hair care collection, Repairing Awapuhi Ginger. Organix products contain organic active ingredients, with natural, delectable scents, and are not tested on animals.

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i-do apps! Planning an eco friendly wedding has never been so easy with these paper free phone apps! Download them to your Iphone and have them at the ready. Budgets, look books and wedding music apps right at your fingertips!

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Spiritua

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connecting with your partner can be heaven on Earth words: by Heidi Albertiri and Lynda Bayada Sundari Soul

The path to happiness within a relationship is an ongoing journey that requires constant maintenance. Deepening your connection with your future partner can only benefit your relationship and build on the commitment you are about to make. Heidi and Lynda from Sundari Soul explain how recognising that marriage is a journey is the first step to building a deeper connection.

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like nature, “ Wethat recognise, communion takes work

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Being spiritual lends itself to natural therapies and earthiness. You may have heard hippies in the past say, “My body is a temple, man,” perhaps through a haze of pot smoke. That may be because they’ve cottoned on to the fact that, yes, actually, quick fixes in the way of pills and medication are exactly that, quick fixes. Inevitably the problem will return as we’ve only masked the situation. Who said that the path to healing or anything for that matter didn’t take commitment instead of quick action? A bit like a marriage really. That’s something to behold, to nurture, to consistently grow and put time, effort, thought, feeling and LOVE into. It’s a journey, not a final destination. Just as nature has it’s cycles, so too does a marriage. We mark the beginning with a grandiose celebration such as a wedding- a planting of the seed so to speak. What better way to lay the foundations then with something that acknowledges that seed for what it is; something sacred to be protected and nourished ongoingly in order to develop solid roots. We recognise like nature, that communion takes work and tender loving care, the seed of the initial planting wants to grow and evolve and with so many elements impacting on the day to day they ultimately effect and aid in this growth. Marriage is a journey. At Sundari Soul we call on the individuality of your spirit and marry it with ceremony, cultivating a sacred space and environment that gives your marriage the best possible foundation and grounding for your relationship’s journey. We do all this with respect and nurturing of the environment and of ourselves because, like the hippy, we come in peace and love. Heidi and Lynda run workshops and retreats in the birth place of spirituality, Bali. Set amongst breathtaking eco friendly resorts. It’s all about nurturing the mind, body and spirit. Discover yourself and build a deeper connection with your future partner at Sundari Souls, Soul Wedding retreats. Shanti!

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country bliss designs not only will your guests NOT get lost while finding your ceremony location...but they will be utterly impressed with how adorable this signage is! (and of course the fact that it’s using recycled timber can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!!)

urastarhouse seriously? SERIOUSLY? Could it get any cuter than these personalised wooden cake toppers? have all of your guests ooing and ahhing over them!

refinerii make a statement with this up cycled copper bouquet with a turquoise patina finish & sparkling crystals in matching colour, along with bronze & gold tones. includes the bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere & display stand.

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wild honey pie vintage this amazing dress is an original from 1909 and yet it would look amazingly modern and beautiful today. pair it with a pair of ankle socks and a pair of high heels, and a simple posey of wild flowers, and have your guests gasping in delight!

truly aesthetic what better way to say THANKS! to your bridesmaids than with this gorgeous box of all natural and organic Thyme Lavender herbal bath salts.

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ten tips to upcycling your old clothes and transforming them into something amazing! Looking for an eco alternative for your wedding dress that literally won’t cost the Earth? Why not up cycle! Finding a second hand dress and having it transformed into a garment that fits both your body shape and your style is so popular these days. Stylist, Sophie Hart and tailors Look Smart Alterations gives us their ten tips on up cycling and turning someone’s unwanted pretties into your own gorgeous garb. 1. Don’t be afraid – If you haven’t worn a piece or it has sat at the back of the wardrobe for years, chances are you aren’t going to wear it out anytime soon. So take the plunge, have a play with Up cycling and end up with something you love. 2.

Start Small – If it’s your first go at Up cycling keep it simple. Why not try shortening a maxi or updating buttons?

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Know your limitations. Major alterations to garments should always be left to the professionals find your local tailor and let them do what they do best.

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Ask advice, your tailor may have a brilliant idea you may never have considered.

5. Look to current trends for ideas. Fashion rarely reinvents itself completely; it’s just about small changes. Transform last season’s sale rack into this seasons ‘it’ thing.

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Think about what you like in your wardrobe and works for you, your body shape and lifestyle. Use this as a guide when deciding how to Up cycle your clothing.

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Consider everything – change a neckline, shorten sleeves, add some darts – there’s so many parts of a garment that can be tweaked to bring them back on-trend.

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Do Up cycle signature pieces – it’s hard to throw out your formal dress or first corporate suit, so don’t. Instead, look at what’s different about what’s in now, and make those alterations to your sentimental pieces. It’s cheaper than buying expensive, new versions and means you can spend more on cute accessories.

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Once you’ve taken the first step into Up cycling, look in your wardrobe to see what else can be tailored and altered – it’s amazing what a few stitches can do to the look of an entire outfit.

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Be creative - Play with Up cycling and you’ll find the possibilities are endless!

Visit www.looksmartalterations.com.au for more information.


Photography by Dekuji Photography

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Venue with a conscience Nestled in the picturesque wine region of the Hunter Valley in the small village of Broke is a wedding venue with a conscience. Margan Restaurant and Tasting Room is a unique wedding destination that not only offers quality food, great wine and picturesque surroundings, but they are also leading the Hunter with a range of unique sustainability initiatives that will make your wedding a green affair! Margan has its very own one acre kitchen garden that aims to reduce the Restaurant’s carbon footprint wherever possible. 90% of the produce on the menu is sourced from the garden, which provides fruit, vegetables and eggs for the restaurant, keeping in line with the company’s ethos of ‘Estate Grown- Estate Made’. Restaurateur Lisa Margan said, “Our philosophy at Margan has always been to source as much fresh quality local produce as possible. We like to say that our ‘carbon footprint’ is 20 muddy footsteps from the garden to the backdoor of the kitchen.” “Being farmers, we are committed to looking after the land so that it is able to look after us for generations to come. As such, we are determined to ensure our carbon footprint is as small as possible.”

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“The sheer scale of our kitchen garden is quite unique to the Hunter. We take sustainability very seriously and have a dedicated horticulturist on hand to manage it using organic principles to ensure we steer clear of pesticides and herbicides whilst hand weeding wherever possible. This is just a fraction of what we do currently to ensure we are as responsible as we can be, and we’re excited to develop this even further,” said Mrs. Margan. Margan Restaurant is registered with an Environmental Management Scheme which includes a commitment to reducing its Carbon Footprint in the following ways: • Offering all guests filtered rainwater at no charge, rather than bottled mineral water • Recycling kitchen oil into bio diesel and reusing it to fuel farm machinery • All kitchen food waste is fed to the chickens or composted directly. The free range Margan chickens eat the scraps from the kitchen and the chicken house is then raked for the compost heap to enrich the soil • Purchasing environmentally friendly products; organic and bio dynamic produce, fair trade products - including coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate wherever possible


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Using quality Australian produce wherever possible and keeping to the ‘100 mile’ rule of thumb for sourcing The garden is maintained without the use of sprays and chemicals Sourcing free range eggs from chickens on the property Serving their own estate grown and estate made wines

Margan allows couples the flexibility to create the perfect wedding day, be it a small and intimate affair or big, bold and fabulous! Margan’s dedicated wedding coordinator will also be on hand to make sure it is a unique and memorable day. With two beautiful on-site ceremony options; a courtyard ceremony, which boasts an intimate and charming ambiance, or a Garden ceremony, overlooking the vineyards and with sweeping views to Yellow Rock and the striking Brokenback mountain range, Margan provides one of the Hunter’s most sought after Wedding venues. With reception options of a courtyard, bar, restaurant and barrel room, Margan offers an endless array of eco options for each couple to tailor make their celebrations to suit their individual style. Margan Restaurant is located at 1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke. For more information on weddings at Margan please visit www. margan.com.au Check out one of our real wedding features by Pobke Photography on page held at Margan Family Wines.

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Photography by Moss Green Images Styling by the Eco Brides Team


Going completely eco on your wedding day might sound like a lot of effort but if you put your mind to it and allow yourself to think outside the box you can come up with some amazing ideas! Our eco coastal shoot was so much fun to design and really opened our eyes to the number of wedding vendors offering eco friendly products!


Having a table setting that just flows and isn’t too structured is perfect for the eco coastal bride and groom. Allow your style to organically grow using all sorts of recycled items from op shops, antique stores and collections you may have at home. A great eco friendly way to style your wedding is to hire your items, There are plenty of wedding stylists that hire out vintage and pre loved items. This means you are reusing and not having to find a place for everything afterward! There are no rules when it comes to styling your wedding. just make sure it is a reflection of the both of you.


feeling the sand between your toes, the waves lapping at


your feet, you are connecting with her, Mother Earth


clean, fresh, simple...the perfect eco coastal bride. nature at her finest.


A completely edible and sustainable bouquet full of succulents, ginger, purple carrots and seaweed all bound with natural fibres create a stunning eco textural centrepiece for you to hold.


CONCEPT: Eco Brides Magazine PHOTOGRAPHER: Moss Green Images STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSISTANT: Nat Doyle ECO MODEL: Amanda Rootsey HAIR & MAKE UP: Ann Lodberg FLORAL DESIGN & BOUQUET: Lillipollen DRESS: Frances Baker JEWELLERY: Toby E FURNITURE & PROPS: Little Gray Station TABLE LINEN: Thea and Sami STATIONERY: Paper Dolls ECO FRIENDLY MAKE UP: NVEY Eco and VANI-T


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fabric chandelier Words and photography by Judi Watts Wedding Stylist - Little Gray Station

Looking for something easy and eco to DIY for your wedding or event? Judi from Little Gray Station shows you how to make these gorgeous fabric chandeliers from vintage fabric for under $30!

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Materials Required: • Vintage fabric in your chosen colours. Look around your house or at your second hand stores • Scissors • Embroidery hoops • Ruler • Pencil Cost for this project is approximately $30.00 to make three hanging fabric chandeliers. BARGAIN!

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Start by laying out all of your required materials on a flat and clean surface: fabric, ruler, pencil, embroidery hoop and scissors. Lay your first piece of fabric out flat, measure 3cm strips apart by pencilling them on to the fabric.

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Cut each strip neatly and put aside in a pile. Continue this process until all your strips are cut up. If your fabric is easy to tear, simply cut a small incision in the fabric and tear the fabric upwards (this will save a lot of time); however the result is slightly more rustic.

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Once all of your fabric strips are cut, take your embroidery ring and separate the two rings (you will only require one ring). Start by tying one piece of fabric in a neat knot around the ring; continue this with each of your chosen fabric colours/patterns until there is no more room left on the ring. It is ok if your fabric is different length, it adds to the character of your DIY project.

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To hang your fabric chandelier, select four pieces of fabric already tied to the ring and bring them together at the top and tie them in all together. Use these four pieces you have tied together to tie your fabric chandelier to your designated spot.

As you can see these three hanging fabric chandeliers were a perfect backdrop at a wedding ceremony!

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This is a very simple but effective way to create your own string lantern which can be used as a very impressive hanging display or placed on your tables as a centerpiece.

words and photography by Kith & Co.

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They are a little fiddly and do require time for drying,but get your bridesmaids together for a little crafty working bee and you will have a very inexpensive but completely enchanting decoration for your special day.

what you need

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latex b iodegr adable string balloon s pva glu e

Once the balloons are blown up to the size that you require (for a hanging display, blow them up to different sizes), hang them somewhere so you are able to use both hands to attach the twine. Now simply saturate the twine in the glue and wrap around the balloon making sure that there is an opening at the top wide enough to place your hand in to light the candle. Also ensure that the base has enough layers to be able to hold the candle. Now just leave to dry.

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go grab a cuppa while you wait!


Once the balloon is dry, pop it and you are left with your string lantern. You will need to attach string if you want to hang or just leave as is to use as a table decoration. We think these would look amazing on mass hanging under a tree if you are having an evening, outdoor wedding or suspended above every table as a very intimate way of illuminating a marquee. As a table centre they will cast intricate shadows across your tables. However you choose to display your lanterns they will no doubt leave a beautiful lasting impression on your guests and they will be astonished that they are handmade.

Kith & Co - Is a blog and online global store inspired by Fashion, Home and Lifestyle. Here you will find DIY Tutorials, Events Local and Abroad, Fashion and Home Styling Tips, Reviews, Travel, Market Updates and Global Treasures. Kylie Short and Megan Kay the creative minds behind Kith & Co also support Kiva by providing Micro loans to business people in third world countries, to help them achieve their small business goals and to give back to those communities where they source some of their wares. Brides may wish to contact Kith & Co about setting up a bridal registry for some of their unique homewares such as Vintage Recycled Indian Sari Bedspreads, Handmade Moroccan Leather Ottomans, Hand stitched wall hangings from West Bengal and other individually sourced treasures. Visit Kith & co at www.kithandco.com or if you are in Brisbane then Kith & Co will have a stall at The Teneriffe Festival on Saturday 7 July.

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From the goodness of your Garden words by Lindy from Satori Organics | photos by Kith & Co.

Using local, organic produce for your wedding catering isn’t as hard as some of you may think. There are a number of community gardens around your neighbourhood that are certified organic as well as organic caterers and restaurants right on your front door step. Lindy from Satori Organics in Brisbane tells you how beneficial and magical organic food can be. Nothing excites me more than the sweet smell of flowers blooming and sweet herbs dancing in the breeze, the crispness once freshly harvested. All these things go hand and hand with an eco wedding , green brings new beginnings, connecting earth and the love of nature with marriage bliss - a perfect combination... Organics is such a perfect balance of offering to a once in a lifetime momentous moment..fresh, clean, uplifting simple minimal fuss, placing the focus on the newly married couple. A simplistic approach takes the fussy away for the most important figure of this memorable day ! The bride and groom... Simple bio-plates, lovely fresh colours, untampered pure & simple vinaigrettes, and clean flavours. Knowing all will biodegrade into our precious mother earth ... Imagination is the key - all things natural, compliment an outdoor setting - muslin draped trestle tables with a natural earth inspired theme. Leaves dancing and frolicking in the breeze ! Lover of all things green, welcome to the world of ‘ Satori Organics ‘ - creating special with simple harvest ! ‘ Satori Organics ‘ compliments any outdoor or indoor wedding venue, careful planning, mind-mapping with the bride and groom creating a beautiful , crisp, clean wedding with all the trimmings.. You will be guided to a magical memorable journey...just visualise towers of roast honey pumpkin dips or beetroot and rosemary toffee, handcrafted cheeses, garnished with fresh , locally grown produce ! You will have your guests in awe! For more information on organic catering for your wedding day contact Satori Organics on 0404 044 266.

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Honeymoon in Situated in World Heritage listed rainforest behind Australia’s famous Gold Coast are the world class O’Reilly’s Eco Villas. Encircled by lush sub-tropical rainforest, the Villas are surrounded by bush walking trails, waterfalls and an abundance of unique Australian wildlife. The Villas are managed by the O’Reilly family, pioneers in eco tourism famous for providing legendary hospitality for over 85 years. Perched 8 metres above the ground, the Villas have an intimacy with the surrounding landscape, creating a tree house effect. All Villa’s have rainwater tanks and are constructed with materials sympathetic to the natural environment. The Villa’s are fully self-contained, stylishly appointed featuring an outdoor spa on a spacious timber deck with rainforest or valley view, a gas fireplace, modern kitchen, air conditioning and undercover parking. Each bedroom has its own en suite, and provides the perfect nature

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escape offering private, spacious and contemporary accommodation designed to connect with the natural surroundings. The Villas village features an infinity-edge pool with mountain views, a Conference Centre and the Lost World Spa: a secluded day spa offering therapeutic treatments and unique vino therapy. O’Reilly’s really is the natural place to escape and rejuvenate. For further information or to book your honeymoon hideaway, call 1800 688 722 or visit www. oreillys.com.au. Quote COUPLES VILLA CELEBRATION and mention Eco Brides Magazine and you will receive a special rate that includes a spa treatment, breakfast and dinner daily, a bottle of sparkling wine with strawberries and picnic lunch with wine tasting at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Sounds divine!


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“I-DO ” YOGA words by Renee Jones - Viroga Yoga Studio

Fitness isn’t just for your physical health and wellbeing, it’s benefits reach into your mental and spiritual health as well. Yoga is an ancient philosophy that dates back thousands of years. It was designed as a path to spiritual enlightenment, but in modern times the yoga postures, breathing and meditation have found huge popularity as a pleasant form of exercise and effective stress management technique. For brides, grooms and the extended party, the practice of yoga has many benefits to offer. It can help focus the mind and soothe the nervous system - great for managing the stress of wedding planning. It helps to balance endocrine function keeping hormones happy – great for riding the emotional wedding wave. It can help tone and boost the digestive system – great for fitting into the wedding dress or tuxedo. It can help improve posture and nourishes circulation – creating the healthy glow and statuesque pose ideal for the wedding pictures. It can encourage mental and physical strength and endurance – giving you the energy and stamina to enjoy the whole day. It also helps to release muscle tension and increases flexibility and joint mobility – great for the honeymoon! Planning a wedding ranks at number four in the top ten list of stressful things to do in your lifetime so finding an activity to alleviate that stress and put things into perspective is a must do. Renee Jones from Viroga Yoga Studio gives you an insight into the benefits of “i-do’ yoga. Although exciting, wedding planning and the big day itself can be mentally, emotionally and physically challenging at times for the bride, groom and extended party. Practicing Yoga is a great way to help all members sustain the wedding journey and stay feeling calm and beautiful inside and out.

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Many have found that yoga, with its unique combination of muscle-toning and stress-busting techniques, is the perfect way to help you not only enjoy the task of picking out the wedding cake and enjoy eating it too! For more information about yoga classes and relaxing yoga retreats in beautiful Fiji contact Renee on 07 3314 1016 or info@viroga.com.au Renee is passionate about promoting simple healthy lifestyle practices that help to generate health, harmony and happiness for the body, mind and spirit.


Soy Good! words by Jasmin Ketchel | Lemon Canary.

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Candles at any wedding or event create the most amazing ambience and mood. So how do you create that mood and still be friendly to the Earth? By using a biodegradable and sustainable soy wax candle! Take it one step further and use soy wax candles in vintage, recycled glass ware, give them to your guests as gifts and you have a truly eco friendly way of capturing that mood. Jasmin Ketchel from Lemon Canary tells us about her soy wax products and how you can create a magical sensory experience for your guests. You want to appeal to the senses on your special day. Visual senses are appeased by gorgeous settings and the attention to detail in the little things that make up your theme. Your food & wine is chosen to delight the taste buds and indulge in the simple pleasures, eyes tightly shut savouring every bite. Our sense of smell is the light switch to our most beautiful memories. Scent your wedding to match your happiest memories and give your guests a little piece of this to take home, so that when they light their candles they are transported back to your magical, beautiful day. Why Soy? Soy’s wax is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink and paraffin prices increase, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow. Paraffin candles release chemical pollutants such as acrolein, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, toluene, benzene and acetone in to the air when burning, and that’s just to name a few, these may lead to health risks such as allergies, asthma and even cancer. Soy is a pure clean and sustainable wax. In addition to sustainability, a well-made soy candle will burn cleanly and slowly. While the performance and beauty of soy candles speak for themselves, soy wax is truly an eco-friendly, biodegradable and sustainable product. At Lemon Canary we can tailor a scent package to suit your wedding or event using high quality fragrances and essential oils blended with eco friendly soy wax and lead free cotton wicks. We source beautiful vintage glassware amongst others and can ‘dress’ our candles to match any mood. Choose from the Lemon Canary range or create your own. All of our candles are pure soy wax with cotton wicks, and hand poured with love. Fill your wedding with a gorgeous scent & give your guests a bonbonierie they will love.

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White Willow Designs are giving one of our gorgeous eco couples a chance to win a beautiful hand crafted brides fabric bouquet, grooms button hole and brides hair flowers to match! Valued up to $500! Using up cycled fabrics, vintage buttons and trims White Willow Designs showcase a unique collection of fabric wedding bouquets and accessories. Click here for details.


MEL AND FORRESTER 11th February 2012 Ceremony: St Kilda Botanical Gardens under the giant Moreton Bay Fig Reception: Rooftop Deck and dining room at The Water Rat, South Melbourne Images by Dekuji Photography


CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER: Dekuji Photography FLOWERS: The Bride! with flowers from South Melbourne Market WEDDING DRESS: Vintage from ETSY STATIONERY Recycled paper from Paperpoint South Melbourne and scrap vintage wallpaper from Fat Helens, Windsor WEDDING PLANNER: Bride and Groom and their kick-ass friends! CAKE Chocolate mud, lemon tart and flourless orange from Zouki catering CEREMONY/ RECEPTION The St Kilda Botanical Gardens and The Water Rat rooftop deck and dining room South Melbourne BRIDESMAIDS OUTFITS No bridesmaids! Just my best gals wearing whatever they please HAIR My childhood friend Emma Burrows MAKE UP I did my own but the lovely Justine O did a few of my girl’s and also applied our lashes.


gabrielle and peter 11th February 2012 Ceremony - Koroit Catholic Church Reception: In the garden at Gabrielle’s parents house Images by Meaghan Cook


PHOTOGRAPHER: Meaghan Cook FLOWERS: O’Grady’s Florist Warnambool WEDDING DRESS: Vintage op shop, Ballarat, Adjusted by Noreen Kenny, Hamilton STATIONERY: Home made WEDDING PLANNER/DECORATOR: Home made CAKE: Anna Ham (Pete’s Cousin)


11th November 2011 Bellthorpe, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland photography by moss green images


WEDDING VENDOR CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHER: Moss Green Images FLOWERS: Local residents of Bellthorpe WEDDING DRESS: Anna Campbell WEDDING PLANNER/DECORATOR: Ourselves & Marcia Deakin (Great Aunt) CAKE: The Cheesecake Shop CEREMONY/RECEPTION VENUE: Bellthorpe - Joe & Joan Abercrombie & Bellthorpe Progress Association BRIDESMAIDS OUTFITS: Valleygirl HAIR: Elizabeth Barnard (sister/bridesmaid) MAKEUP: Mother of the bride ALTER CONSTRUCTION: Gary & Tracey Dean & Rhett Bryan TENT ACCOMMODATION: Tent City Hire - Brian Sansom & Kathy Kane TENT CONSTRUCTION: Keith Townson & Michael Hurley


28th January 2012 Margan Family Wines, Broke NSW images by Pobke Photography


CREDITS | PHOTOGRAPHER: Pobke Photography FLOWERS/ BOUQUET DESIGNER: Jade McIntosh Flowers WEDDING DRESS: Vera Wang STATIONERY: Mae Mae Paperie CAKE: Queen of Tarts, Cessnock NSW CEREMONY/RECEPTION VENUE: Margan Family Wines, Broke, NSW BRIDESMAIDS OUTFITS: Zimmermann & Custom Made by Soula in Paddington, NSW HAIR: Lisa Fowler Hair + Make Up CELEBRANT: Kerryn Tippett from Wed by Kez ENTERTAINMENT: The Baker Boys TRANSPORTATION: 2 London Cabs from Exclusive Vintage Wedding Cars JEWELLERY: Jennifer Behr & Samantha Wills


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holly and mike 25th February 2012 Images: Over the Moon Photography

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I recycled 100’s of grey plastic shopping bags from work with would only have been thrown out. These fluffy pom poms made quite an impact when hung outside on the outdoor umbrellas. Every guest commented on how ingenious they were.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Over the Moon Photography FLOWERS: Marlene Jaffray WEDDING DRESS: Lisa Ho STATIONERY: Holly Ditchburn and Emily French WEDDING PLANNER/DECORATOR: Holly Ditchburn CAKE: Schwarz Patisserie, Wentwork Falls CEREMONY VENUE: Evergaldes, Leura RECEPTION VENUE: The Hideaway Retreat, Wentworth Falls BRIDESMAIDS OUTFITS: Sheike HAIR: Lyndie Bryan MAKEUP: Dove Wiseman JEWELLERY: Holly Lolly Legs CELEBRANT: Joanne Vandyke RING DESIGNS: Tanya Coelho SINGER: Sophie Wilson and her band

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we hope you were inspired...

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