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Commemorate Your New Life Together... with a special Commemorative Marriage Certificate.

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Commemorative Certificates are a unique memento of your wedding day and can be displayed in a frame as a keepsake or become part of your album as an everlasting memory. Commemorative Certificates are purchased as a $74.00* package that includes a Standard Marriage Certificate (valued at $51.00) that can be used for official purposes. With each package, additional Commemorative Certificates can be purchased for $23.00 each. To apply for your certificate, speak to your celebrant, visit our website or call the Registry on 1300 655 236.

*Prices are correct at time of printing and include postage, handling and GST where applicable. Commemorative Certificates are A4 in size (210mm x 297mm).

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PUBLISHER April Briscoe GUEST EDITOR Carissa Dwyer SUB-EDITOR Nikki Williamson CONTRIBUTORS Leisa Anderson (Editorial) Amy Oram (Teeki) Anne Blair (Sales) Thank you to all contributing photographers and suppliers. A special thank you also to the brides and grooms for allowing us to feature their beautiful North Coast weddings. ENQUIRIES & SUBMISSIONS 02 6651 1984 DESIGN artgeko PUBLISHER April Briscoe 65 399 208 455 PO Box 2071 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 02 6651 1984 fb: northcoastweddings Contact the office for back issues

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from the editors Welcome to issue 10! Spring has sprung and the 2013 wedding season has well and truly commenced. It was a busy time in the lead up to this year’s wedding season with bridal fair mania sweeping the Nor th Coast of News South Wales. From the Byron Bay Bridal Showcase in the Nor th to Happily Ever After Bridal Fair, Por t Macquarie in the south the regions finest wedding vendors were on offer. One of the highlights was our very own Nor th Coast Wedding Showcase held at the Orara Valley Hall. Marvel at the creativity and passion of the stylists, photographers, decorators, florists and musicians who came together and made our showcase a huge success. See page 46 We kick off this edition with a feature ar ticle on “Planning Your Wedding Day”. In this ar ticle we provide practical tips and advice on how to ensure your wedding day runs smoothly and seamlessly. We cover every major wedding milestone and have also included a handy Wedding Budget Planner for those budget savvy brides. Our Girls Just Want to Have Fun ar ticle on page 37 is all about creative and unique ideas for your hens night or bridal shower. This ar ticle is jam packed with tips, hints, ideas, do’s and don’ts everything you and/or your maid of honour need to know about planning your hens or bridal event. We also profile two amazing wedding designers; to begin with we enter the world of cakes and share a candid moment with the one and only Bree Meldrum from The Cake That Ate Paris. In this interview Bree shares with us her experiences of star ting her own cake decorating business, tips on choosing the right cake and allows us the oppor tunity to swoon over her own real wedding. Interview and pics on page 26. For our second wedding designer profile we enter the world of fashion and share an intimate moment with Megan Zeims from the chic and very unique bridal label Grace Loves Lace. Megan and the team from Grace Loves Lace are creating a sensation not only here in Australia but internationally with their fresh and inspiring designs. Grace Loves Laces tailors specifically for the bohemians at hear t, lovers of lace and brides who aren’t afraid to take the non-traditional route to finding their dream dress. A must read find her on page 30. The biggest and most exciting feature of this edition is our fashion shoot! Coordinated by non-other than renowned stylist and jewellery designer Amy Oram. Collaborating with the likes of The Bridal Atelier, Samantha Wills, Helen Rodrigues, Leah Da Gloria and using pieces from her own Teeki Designs collection it could only ever turn out to be amazing. Be inspired on page 52. If at the end of our magazine you are left wanting more, you can always jump onto our website at www.nor for loads more inspiration and ideas or simply follow us on facebook to keep up to date with all the latest wedding information and trends! Happy Wedding Planning xo

April & Carissa

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YOU COULD WIN A BEAUTIFUL SET OF THREE TIMBER HANGERS This prize pack from Love That Name includes two timber hangers, one for the bride and one for the groom and one personalized hanger, made to your specifications with the bride to be’s new surname on it. Available in either dark or light timber and with a ribbon colour of your choice. These special hangers add that personal touch to your big day. Love That Name based in Port Macquarie on the mid north coast provides personalised decor and gifts for weddings, events, and around the home. For more information contact Alley at or

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contents planning your wedding 11 now you’re engaged we help you get started on planning your big day.

have your cake and eat it 24 when it comes to wedding cake design The Cake That Ate Paris is a creative force and we talk to the Bree Meldrum about her passion

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girls just want to have fun 37 everything you wanted to know in planning your hens party

natasha & matt bree & matt whitney & jay amanda & joel natasha & james jess & nathan kylie & tom

fashion 52

grace loves lace 30 we talk to Grace about her beautiful line of romantic boho vintage wedding dresses


real weddings

14 pages of gorgeous gowns and accessories

styling inspiration 17 46 49 70 76 77

pure elegance north coast wedding showcase you are my sunshine styling inspiration i love spring classic white

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what’s new what’s hot real bride’s tips jewellery fashion hair beauty cakes groom

the marketplace 89-91 an easy way to find local products and services

readers survey 94

win a bottle of french champagne

wedding timeline 95

your perfect checklist

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If you love reading our magazine, then visit our website - everything you like but on line! If you are planning your wedding then click on ‘The Guide’ for your quick and easy reference section full of information on all things wedding on the North Coast. Find us at and let us know what you think.

FEATURE STORY A direct link to the feature story of the current issue

THE GUIDE This is where you will find information on businesses to help plan your wedding

THE BLOG Join in the conversation or post us some pics

FASHION SHOOT A behind the scenes look at the latest fashion shoot


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READ ISSUE 9 ONLINE look through Nor th Coast Weddings Magazine as an emag

REAL WEDDINGS These will be real weddings from the magazine and from submissions. Great place to show off your day, your venue or service.

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news BOWERBIRD AND BROWNE High-end floral designer Bowerbird and Browne has launched a collection of exquisite bouquets for brides to keep, true heirloom pieces. Vintage brooches sourced from United Kingdom and across the globe, create your own Heirloom Bouquet – unique and individual, every time. With a client history including Cartier and Louis Vuitton this is a brand that demands quality bouquets for every bride.

CHRISTINE,S CHURCH OF THE TWO GRANDFATHERS Christine’s Church of the Two Grandfathers is an original and historic local church from 1897, which has been lovingly restored to enhance the original features. This charming venue is the perfect backdrop for a romantic and unique wedding ceremony. Featuring established gardens, spacious boardwalk, sweeping circular drive for a glamorous entrance, original stained glasswindows, original church bell and extensive lawns. STEP 3 For more information visit see how your new

STEP 1 take a photo of your hand

HELEN LUNA Since returning to the far North Coast seven years ago award winning jewellery designer Helen Luna is creating custom wedding rings inspired from nature see more on pag 82.

ring will look

STEP 2 choose your dream ring

Tiffany & Co. newest creation ‘Tiffany Harmony’


Tiffany engagement and wedding band

Tiffany takes its celebrated diamonds directly to the customer with the Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder, the jeweller’s first iPhone application. The app offers users the tools for selecting the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, from viewing the range of styles to learning about the superior qualities of Tiffany diamonds. The app also includes an accurate Ring Sizer that lets users determine their size by placing an actual ring directly on the screen. The rings are shown true-to-size and each style may be viewed with diamonds of six different carat sizes. For more information visit

LOVE ON THE LAWN Love On The Lawn is a beautiful new and creative way for wedding vendors that service the Hunter Valley region to showcase their work to potential brides and grooms. It is an innovative, personality filled wedding festival; YOU’VE completely unlike anything Australia HEARD OF has hosted previously. The day will MUSIC FESTIVALS boast live entertainment, wine tastings, NOW HERE’S A WEDDING food sampling – all complimented by FESTIVAL the opportunity to meet with the most inspirational vendors the Hunter Region has to offer. This is definitely not an expo but a FESTIVAL – our event space will be the picturesque lawns of the stunning Tower Estate. Set amidst the beautiful gardens and vineyards of Australia’s world famous Hunter Valley Wine Country. Sunday 10th November 11.00 to 5.00 p.m. Tickets $20 North Coast WEDDINGS



hot CREATIVE BITES BY MEL We are just loving these gorgeous cookies! The ever so talented Mel is now baking these sweet treats for hens nights and wedding favors. If you have a specific design or colour in mind Mel would be more than happy to create them for you! Find her on facebook or email at

PENNY LANE STUDIOS Smoking hot at the moment is Nicole Bull owner and creative talent behind the beautiful products at Penny Lane Studios! You only have to land on the home page of her website www. to know you have landed somewhere special. Full of whimsical, imaginative, bespoke paper stationery and décor for your wedding. Purchase any of Nicole’s products from her etsy store.


Photographs & Cake Stands: Cakes:


Going natural

Tree stump slices are proving to be every bit the decoration of the moment be it for place mats, cake stands or platters. They are a must inclusion for rustic and/or vintage weddings.


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Affordable & beautiful beach wedding anklets! Forever Soles collection is especially based on beach & outdoor themed weddings. Best place to shop for unique silver, charm & bell anklets in Australia. More information please visit

Photo: David Moore Photography

Ever dreamed of wearing a one of a kind head piece or can’t afford to splash out on expensive items of jewelry then look no further. With over 20,000 (yes 20,000!!) pieces in their collection Exquisite Jewels for Hire has everything from Art Deco to Edwardian pieces available for hire. Visit their showroom or view their collection online at

Planning your wedding You’re still on a high from becoming engaged but the questions are coming thick and fast: when are you getting married, where are the ceremony and reception going to be, what are your colours, how many in the bridal party, what kind of food‌the list is endless. So where do you start? How do you make sense of everything that needs to be done to have the wedding of your dreams run smoothly and seamlessly? Photo: Van Middleton

Story by Nikki Williamson

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complicated aspects of wedding planning, one who is creative to help make and write invites and place cards, and one who is sensible and rational to help with any family dilemmas and stressful moments. You can have as many bridesmaids as you need and can afford, and you don’t have to have a ‘chief bridesmaid’ or ‘maid of honour’, however do make sure you give anyone you ask to be in the bridal party the option of not being involved and be clear about what costs will be theirs and which ones yours.

WHO: Creating a final guest list can be stressful, especially if your budget is tight, but numbers impact costs substantially so it’s important to be clear about what you can afford. If it’s too hard to whittle down your head count you may want to think about alternatives to the traditional reception such as having guests buy their own meals in lieu of gifts. Using a restaurant for this style of reception is becoming more common, as is a more relaxed catered BBQ style arrangement. Both of these options can cater for larger numbers without blowing out the costs.

CEREMONY: Church or civil ceremony is the first decision to make followed by who is going to marry you. Be clear on the style of ceremony you both want and do your homework when it comes to choosing a civil celebrant. Make a list of who you would like to be involved and what you’d like them to do.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Homework is important here as is booking Pics left to right; Beautiful Weddings, Photo: Dreamstime


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your photographer as soon as you can. Make sure you check and double check what you’re going to get for your booking and how much it will cost. If you have a friend who is a stand out photographer ask them to take some snaps or think about minimising the formal photographs in favour of asking guests to send you their snaps of the big day.

THE CAKE: There are a number ways to go when it comes to cake. You can combine it with the desser t course of the reception, provide individual cakes or go the traditional path. If you want to have your cake made, you’ll need to book in well in advance so you can meet with the cake designer, have a tasting and make a firm decision about the final design. Again, if you know a great baker, ask them to make it, but have a clear idea of your design and if possible provide a photograph.

FINALLY: Once you’ve got your big bookings made and your major elements organised it’s time to star t layering the on the more decorative elements of the day. This includes the reception as well as yourself and the groom.

MUSIC OR MUSICIANS: There are many options available to you here. Make sure you understand what your venue will and won’t be able to handle and provide for you then star t looking for solo or group performers or a DJ. Word of mouth is a great way to find new and interesting acts that will suit the mood of your wedding without costing a bomb. Again, think outside the square and consider

including some alternative enter tainment for your guests enjoyment: acrobats, a burlesque dancer, or Spanish dancers can add great fun and difference to your day.

FLOWERS AND DESIGN: Keeping your flowers to those in season is a budget friendly choice, as is going for something less traditional, for example a bouquet of delicate Japanese paper flowers If you know someone creative buy your flowers at the market and get them to make up bouquets or centrepieces for you, alternatively raid the gardens of your friends and family. When it comes to design, less is often more so use the space to your advantage to minimise the purchase of decorations. It’s easy to overdo things at this stage as there are so many fabulous ideas out there. Keep to your mood board, experiment at home with borrowed bits and pieces and cheaper versions before you make your final decisions.

THE GOWN: A wedding gown can be a fabulously expensive outfit for one day of your life and while it is impor tant to have the dress of your dreams, it’s also impor tant to know what suits you and what doesn’t and if you can get what you want for less. Shop around, try on different styles and keep in mind your mood board – the wedding dress should style in with everything else to keep the look of your day flowing. Look at second-hand and warehouse gowns and local designers who do fabulous items for less than you think. If you know a seamstress, or are one yourself, you might be able to design and make your own unique gown.

The search for the perfect gown at RSVP Bridal With a convienient CBD location, RSVP offers a spacious store, catering for the influx in customers and high demand for beautiful bridal and formal wear gowns. Locally owned and operated, with a relaxed environment and boutique feel, RSVP Bridal caters to all your wedding needs, with a stunning selection of bridal gowns, mother of the bride, maids and cocktail dresses. Labels include Alfred Angelo, Henry Roth and Brides Desire, with RSVP’s Facebook page regularly updating clients on the latest covetable arrivals. For the maids, select from Paco, Mr K,


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Alfred Angelo, Henry Roth, with the newest label to hit RSVP’s racks, Q’nique For that special occasion, RSVP stock beautiful floaty, soft silk cocktail length and full length gowns, by Truese. Labels, Laura K, Eve Hunter and Lovers will ensure that mum looks amazing as well, in a beautifully crafted, mother of the bride range. “We offer the largest selection of bridal, bridesmaids, evening wear cocktail dresses, and a mother of the bride range that is currently expanding to be the biggest and the best in the area,” says Tracey. The staff at RSVP promise personalised service

for the bride, bridal party, and guests, ensuring everyone is looked after. Appointments are preferred, especially on Saturdays, allowing staff to offer quality one-on-one service. For bridal alterations, RSVP recommend their talented seamstress, who has been altering bridal and form wear for over 25 years, and is available to meet with brides at a mutually convenient time, at the store. Find RSVP Bridal Formal Wear on Facebook, or phone Tracey and her team on 02 6652 7000, and start your search for the perfect gown.

Pure Elegance Silk and crystal, candlelight and lace, 40’s chic, meets modern elegance in a wedding designed to be both stylised and beautifully relaxed

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PURE ELEGANCE TEAM: Styling and Props: Rosie Pose Events 0415 974 496 Photography: Lyss & her Camera 0418 472 590 Venue Coordinator: Lauren Robertson 0404 116 550 Gown: Jade Kohl 0431 586 503 Suit: Wil Valor 0424 258 674 Flowers: Bowerbird & Browne 0488 424 004 Cake: Sweet Love Cake Couture 0429 586 659 Lolly Buffet: Candyland Buffets 0418 525 763 Models: Daniel Jhureea & Clancy Pierpoint Hair: Living Doll Premier Stylists 02 6699 2122 MUA: Samantha Thomson 0432 663 894 Jewellery: Samantha Wills

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MEMORABLE MOMENT The most memorable moment for me was a flower delivery that came during the day.

The flowers were gorgeous

orchids from Matthew, the

card read: “Dear Tash, can’t wait to see how beautiful you look today!

Love (your soon to be hubby) Matthew xoxo”


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Natasha & Matt

THE MEETING We first met when we were 17. We were in year 12 and went to different schools and our mutual friend Heather (who was a bridesmaid) introduced us at a party. THE PROPOSAL Matthew picked me up from work on a Thursday afternoon (our 10 year anniversary was coming up). We were driving home & he told me there was a surprise in the glove box. In it was a card he had designed saying that I had won a trip to Melbourne (and Happy 3640 day anniversary) & that I needed to pack my bags because we were leaving first thing in the morning. He had sneakily organised time off from my work with my boss so everything was organised. (I even got spending money to go shopping lol). When we arrived at the hotel in Melbourne Matthew dropped to his knee and popped the question! PHOTOGRAPHY BY APRIL WERZ APRIL WERZ

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Have your cake and eat it! When it comes to wedding cake design, Bree is a creative force making major inroads into the local wedding industry with her fabulous designs, passion for her work and desire to help couples top off the most amazing day of their lives with a sumptuous cake. By Nikki Williamson


inding your passion can be difficult, following it through to make a successful career out of it, even more elusive for many of us. Yet when you speak to those who have taken that leap of faith, their energy, enthusiasm and pride is inspiring. And so it is with Gold Coast based Bree Meldrum who has been tantalising tastebuds from the bright lights of the south coast of Queensland to Byron Bay and beyond for the last few years. When it comes to wedding cake design, Bree is a creative force making major inroads into the local wedding industry with her fabulous designs, passion for her work and desire to help couples top off the most amazing day of their lives with a sumptuous cake. With an attitude and personality that makes choosing the perfect wedding cake an easier task for brides and grooms, Bree, through her business, The Cake That Ate Paris, has been cooking up a storm becoming one of the most popular cake designers on the Queensland coast. Trained as a chef from an early age, Bree knew from the very start that the sweeter side of the taste spectrum was where her talents, and future, lay. “I have a really sweet tooth and I love being creative,” she says, “so becoming a cake decorator was the perfect way to combine these things”.


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Yet, like most stories of success, Bree hasn’t had her life changed overnight, instead she’s worked long and hard to get where she is. Combining work as a pastry chef on the Gold Coast, with a weekend sideline, Bree built a loyal following of clients by selling cake pops, cupcakes and sweet biscuits at the local markets before launching The Cake That Ate Paris as a full time business in 2010. It’s a name that catches the eye almost as much as her delicious cakes. “My dad actually came up with the name,” explains Bree. “I’m such an indecisive person and couldn’t for the life of me come up with something myself ”. It’s an unusual name but somehow familiar. “There’s an old Australian film called ‘The cars that ate Paris’,” says Bree, “so Dad changed it to The Cake That Ate Paris and it stuck”. It’s a name of course that’s a little bit retro, a little bit elegant and very much captures the variety and sophistication, fun and uniqueness of Bree’s work. “I was a bit wary of the name at first,” she tells me, “especially after watching the film! But I’m so glad I went with it, it’s had really positive feedback”. And great feedback doesn’t just come from the potential that the name implies, Bree’s cakes speak for themselves as gorgeous, tempting individual pieces of ar t. “I’ve always been ar tistic,” she says. “I come from a very ar tistic family so I’m

lucky it’s in my blood! In saying that everything takes practice, I look at some of my early work and cringe”. It is this persistence and willingness to evolve as an ar tist that has allowed Bree to become such a successful business woman. Yet the hard work doesn’t stop once you begin to experience success, there is always more to do and learn to keep at the top of your game. Indeed, while natural talent helps, the process of designing cakes takes time, effor t and patience, talents that enable Bree to keep refining her skills to offer such perfect cakes to her clients. It’s a process that is impor tant to all those involved – Bree, the ar tist and baker who wants her work to be beautiful and to taste amazing, and the couple who want to wow their guests with something that reflects who they are as a couple and to celebrate their future. It’s a process that Bree enjoys as par t of her job: “I invite couples for a consult and we go through everything including the best par t, the tasting,” she says. “They can then go home and have a good think about everything we’ve discussed and the rest can usually be done through email”. To help the process along, Bree suggests couples do some research first. “It really helps if they already have an idea of the kind of design they are after and how many people they would

Bree & Matt

THE MEETING At the then popular Sunday sessions at Fishos in QLD! THE PROPOSAL We were in Bali at a secluded beach restaurant. We were the only ones in the restaurant so I think Matt was pretty nervous haha! I was taking pictures of the scenery when Matt said ‘pity, it would’ve been a nice spot to propose’ I looked at him, rolled my eyes and said ‘yeh?!’ then he said ‘well will you?’ It took me a few minutes to believe him! THE WEDDING The wedding all took place at My parents home and the place I grew up. It was a perfect day. The weather was forcast as rain with a possible thunder storm which wasn’t good seeing as the whole wedding was outside with no real back up plan! The rain held off PHOTOGRAPHY BY BYRON LOVE FAWN North Coast WEDDINGS


MEMORABLE MOMENT The most memorable moments were walked down the isle with my dad and watching Jays face light up


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Whitney & Jay

THE MEETING We first cross paths at our Schoolies break in Queensland in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2009 that we officially met and began dating. From that day onwards we have been taking many adventures together in Australia and overseas enjoying each others company. THE PROPOSAL Jay suggested that I meet him at work at Por t Macquarie Marina where he suggested that we take a ride in one of the boats. The day was absolutely gorgeous, the sun was shining, there was no wind and the water was calm. Jay decides to pull up on onto Pelican Island which is a special place for Jay and I as we often paddle board around it, swim and have picnics there. There on the beach to my absolute surprised Jay turned to me and asked me to marry him. PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIC D PHOTOGRAPHY North Coast WEDDINGS


The Complete Wedding Destination


hen you’re planning your wedding, wouldn’t you appreciate someone handling all the finer details? At Opal Cove Resort (, the dedicated weddings team offers just that — with a selection of all inclusive packages, featuring some of the region’s most soughtafter suppliers. The packages offer a comprehensive range of inclusions: a professional DJ from renowned local company, Coffs Wedding DJ; stunning reception styling and décor by Beautiful Weddings; and complimentary bridal suite, with champagne upon arrival. Couples will celebrate


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their reception in the stunning Opals room, featuring 90 degree Pacific Ocean views. Designed to suit any budget, the wedding packages range from Silver to Platinum and are available for 80 to 110 adults, with children at a reduced price. The Silver Wedding Package offers a buffet reception with a two hour standard beverage package, and costs just $86pp. The Gold Wedding Package provides a 2-course seated menu with a four hour standard beverage package, at $96pp. Or, indulge your guests with the Platinum Wedding Package, including a 3-course seated menu and four hour all inclusive beverage package, costing $120pp.

Couples can also marry onsite, with Opal Cove Resor t’s two indoor, and two outdoor, ceremony sites. Packages include 30 chairs, red carpet and signing table. With an idyllic location at Korora Bay in Coffs Harbour, luxury accommodation options, and quality service from a professional team, you and your guests may never want to leave. For fur ther details, please contact Wedding Coordinator, Rykila Geerligs on 1800 008 198, email: or Follow Opal Cove on Facebook to view pictures of recent weddings and receive upcoming specials: t.

Girls just want to have fun!

Okay brides-to-be, it’s time to put down your menus. Drop those chair sashes. And step away from the bomboniere. After months of painstaking decision making and meticulous organising, you can now take a well-deserved break and enjoy your hen’s night. Story by Leisa Anderson

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Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour is the ultimate destination for a relaxing hens weekend away. A Beautiful beachside location with accommodation styles to suite any need. Relax in one of our luxurious 4 bedroom units, sleeping up to 8 people, Unwind with a cocktail by the pool, Enjoy dinner in our Fabulous Horizons Restaurant and Bar or Pamper yourself in the Opal Essence Day Spa. At Opal Cove Resort the Perfect Destination is closer then you think.

Uncover your creative side with this unique Life Drawing Class. Sophisticated, tasteful creative and hilarious, this one-of-a-kind event, champagne in one hand pencil in other, perfect for special occasions, hen’s & ladies nights, fundraisers and Xmas staff parties.You’ll receive a temporary tattoo, paint body art and learn some drawing skills. If you can draw a stick figure you will love this class. Trudy is completely mobile and will travel, local venues or homes parties. Book early!

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Love Rouge is a sophisticated female-focused adult boutique passionate about inspiring play, passion and pleasure in the bedroom. Our Pleasure Parties are a fun, interactive and enlightening addition to Hens parties... Our experienced Pleasure Party Consultants come to you and guide you through the latest and greatest in pleasure toys and bedroom essentials! Pleasure Par ty Consultants currently available in Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle / Hunter and the NSW North Coast.

The newest greatest thing on the mid north coast is At Garden of O we stock a large range of novelties and gag gifts to make your hens or bucks night a fun occasion. We offer helpful and friendly advice to assist you in catering to your individual needs. From size 8 to 26 available. Instore and online shopping for • Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Supplies • Lingerie & Shoes • Novelties & Games • Costumes for Private & Public • Potions & Lotions • Toy & Lingerie Parties

Wicked Waiters are an exciting and indulgent addition to your Hens Party and offer a range of services from Shirtless & Apron Waiters to complete Special Event Packages. Our Wicked Waiters are selected based on their charm and personality and are trained to excite, indulge and entertain you and your guests providing a memorable occasion for all! Winners of the 2012 Lismore Business Awards. Please visit our website to view our range of services. 0499 118 151

Enjoy your special Hen’s day with one of the best group activities around. Bellrowan Valley caters for beginners to experienced riders. Enjoy a half day experience or ride and stay over with your hen’s games around the cozy campfire! We can tailor your package for you.

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A La Fleur experice is waiting for you! La Fleur D’Alyse Cosmetic Laser & MediSpa is located at 296 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour. Our clinic offers the latest and safest nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to the Coffs Coast. Our private facility caters for individuals, couples and groups up to 10 people. Detox, lose weight, burn fat and rejuvenate your body in our Infrared Sauna. Our 1 to 4 person Sauna and our 2 to 10 person Spa or Private Spa Bath are perfect for winding away the stresses of everyday life. Our products capitalise on what science has discovered about natures anti aging properties, par ticularly Gold, Crushed Pearl, Essential Oils and are infused with a range of vitamins, minerals and Dead Sea Clay to bring out your natural beauty. We also offer a large range of facial peels including Aspect and TCA La Fleur D’Alyse’s spacious Spa Facility and perfectly manicured gardens make it the ideal venue for a wide array of gatherings, from hen’s celebrations to birthday parties, girls night to baby showers.

We also offer a full range of Beauty Therapy Treatments, waxing, wedding and special occasion’s makeup. Why not have a pre-wedding spa treat with your bridesmaids and mum and receive complementary trial makeup. We have plenty of spa packages for couples and for the groom and his suppor t team. We offer a full bridal plan beginning 12 months before and up to your special day to have you looking radiant. We utilise the latest in anti-aging techniques which include Oxygen Infusion Therapy and the Dynamic Lift Non-Surgical Facelift is another of our Rejuvenation tools.

La Fleur D’Alyse also offers less invasive cosmetic treatments. These include non-surgical facelifts using Promoitalia revitalizing absorbable threads. We also offer a full range of Injectable fillers. Why not have your lips kissable ready for your big day with our special Lip Enhancement Package. These treatments can last 6 to 12 months with others up to 2 years. At La Fleur D’Alyse we’re all about relaxation and indulgence our deluxe herbal tea of the day is a perfect way to begin and at the completion of your stay enjoy a complementary refreshing bubbly beverage garnished with gold leaf or hipiscus flowers and of course a devilishly good chocolate treat combined with a special take home gift. We offer a wide range of laser treatments including IPL, Yag and Radiofrequency for facial rejuvenation, hair removal, and broken capillaries. Find us online at www.lafleurdalyse., email us at or phone 6652 8943.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT The most memorable moment was seeing Joel for the first time in the church, he looked as nervous as I felt, and as soon as I was standing by his side I felt at ease.


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Amanda & Joel

THE MEETING The break wall at Town Beach, PMQ. New years eve 2000, We were both walking with friends in opposite directions when we stopped as our mutual friends star ted talking. We introduced ourselves and next thing we knew we were walking in the same direction, to celebrate the new year. We ended up watching the sun come up at town beach. THE PROPOSAL We were visiting Tanah Lot Temple, famous for its magical sunsets, Joel decided he wanted to get away from the crowds so we climbed up to the nearest headland, where we had the most beautiful view of the temple, sunset and beaches, almost all to ourselves. Wondering why he had gone to so much trouble to find a quite place, he then asked me to marry him, and of cause I said yes. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LITTLE GLIMPSES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY North Coast WEDDINGS




he winter weather couldn’t have been kinder to us as we welcomed more than 30 exhibitors and artisans to a centuryold Church Hall at Upper Orara, outside Coffs Harbour on Sunday July 21. Some 150 couples and their friends and family made the 15 minute country drive to join us in marvelling at the creativity and passion of the stylists, photographers, decorators, florists, musicians, jewellers, dance instructors, caterers, cake decorators and many more. On arrival guests were welcomed by the Showcase team with a show bag of information and giveaways then transported back in time by a beautiful period style carriage from Heritage Carriages. Our four styling themes pictured here were a great hit, showcasing the talents of many exhibitors on the day. It was standing room only when RSVP Bridal and Jade Kohl’s gorgeous gowns graced the stage complimented by beautiful pieces from Parrys Jewellers, hair and make up by Instyle Hair and Beauty Services and Abbeys Hair Studio with bouquets by Fran from Lotus Floral Studios. Special Occasions ceremony themeing was the perfect backdrop for the parade. For those with two left feet, we were given a marvellous exhibition of a bridal waltz ‘with a


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twist’ by Phil & Carol from Pacific Dance Studio. Outside in the garden Jenny Whitty’s beautiful piano playing chilled us out while later in the afternoon Christine Monneron and her six piece South American band had us dancing the salsa on the green. Handi-Hire Woolgoolga kept us shaded from the sun in a variety of marquees. Guests enjoyed delicious tastings from Spare Chef complete with frozen cocktails, and catering information from Savouries with a Twist and Macauleys Restaurant. If you were after the complete package then Opal Cove had you covered. For those with a sweet tooth delicious cakes from Sweet Love Cake Couture and La Pasteleria, washed down with excellent coffee from Rustic Bean served from their bright orange mobile Kombi Van. Weddings are when we want to look our best and to help you get into shape there was the Coffs Coast Health Club and Marion from Wedding Belles. The team from La Fleur D’Alyse and Ella Bache can star t your beauty regime well before the day, with makeup and pampering for the entire wedding par ty. The Dental Centre reminded us how impor tant a great smile is as well. Decorating is made easy with Stylicious Events and Tiers for Tea, complimented with beautiful

smoke free candles from Partylite Candles. Many of our exhibitors were new to the Nor th Coast wedding scene – stylist and decorator Kiri Eather from Rosie Rose Events has just star ted up locally. Nicole from Bowerbird and Browne has seen the light and moved from chilly Melbourne to settle here – offering her beautiful floral talents and bejewelled bouquets to the delight of us all. Lauren from Nor th Coast Luxury Weddings was introducing us to the cream of the crop in luxury wedding ceremonies and venues. Photo booth fun was had by all at In a Snap and The Photo Shack with dress up the order of the day, complete with complimentary photos to take home. And to capture your special memories were photographers, Emma Rhoades, Mike & Amy and Lyss and her Camera, each with their own individual style. As brides and grooms know, any event with huge numbers of different people and one chance to get it right ‘onstage’ takes months of planning and coordination. Events like the Nor th Coast Wedding Showcase are the perfect place to gather information, talk to the exper ts and see how your special day can look. See you next year!



hamptons Country & Hamptons: Emma Rhoades Photography / Vintage: Lyss & Her Camera / Glamour: Mike & Amy Photographers

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Welcome to Pasfields S

ituated in Korora, Coffs Harbour, Pasfields ( offers bridesto-be a tranquil haven for their wedding celebrations. The venue features two beautiful ceremony options, a choice of three reception rooms, and resort-style accommodation. Couples can exchange vows in the pictureperfect wooden chapel. Or, with the chapel as your wet weather option, you can marry under an old oak tree, in an idyllic setting complete with water fountain. For receptions of 60 guests or more, the stunning Deck offers panoramic views of the region. For intimate receptions or destination


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weddings, the Bar caters for a minimum of 20 guests. And for weddings of 100 to 300 guests, the newly-renovated Restaurant — with wooden floors, chocolate-coloured tables and chairs, and cosy candlelight — is a stylish, modern venue. “We believe any bride with any budget is attracted to our venue, as we are very flexible at building a wedding to cater to any special needs,” says Laura Skibba, Event Coordinator at Pasfields.“If brides have a lot of family and friends travelling to town, we have the accommodation available. For larger weddings, you can book the entire resor t and have exclusive use of the facilities.”

Food is perhaps the most impor tant element in any reception. And Pasfields doesn’t disappoint, with deftly crafted menus, and an extensive selection of wines and cocktails. As a family owned and operated resor t, couples will experience a warm atmosphere, with professional and personalised service throughout the entirety of their stay. The team also present High Tea, with scrumptious sweets and tasty teas. Make Pasfields your hens par ty venue. Contact the Events team on 02 6653 7710 to conduct a site inspection, or email

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Warm spring air, filtered sunlight, floral scents and the love of family and friends. Simple styling, chic touches and the sprawling beauty of a country garden make the day perfect.

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a moment a love a dream Concept, stylist and shoot director : Amy Oram / Photographer : James Frost Photography Make Up: Make Up By Megan / Hair : VHhair / Bouquets: Clementine Posy Location: Bendooley Estate / Model: Roxy, Five Twenty Model Management


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Dress: Ivy & Aster from The Bridal Atelier / Headpiece and flower crown: Teeki


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Dress: Leah Da Gloria / Headpice 1 and 2: Teeki

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MEMORABLE MOMENT For me it was the speech by my dad and by James! They were both so nervous and spoke so incredibly well!


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Natasha & James

THE MEETING We first met each other at the age of 12 at primary school. We were friends throughout school. After a year of travelling after school we then star ted dating. THE PROPOSAL It was a random Wednesday night and James suggested dinner at my favourite restaurant in Brisbane. The restaurant was Japanese we were sitting on the ground. James had planned to ask in the restaurant however had forgotten about the sitting down aspect and didn’t want to be towering over me when he asked! There was a slight detour via the Kangaroo Point cliffs to see if the café was open to “get some coffee”. There in front of the beautiful night view overlooking the city James got down on bended knee! PHOTOGRAPHY BY VAN MIDDLETON North Coast WEDDINGS



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Photography: Little Glimpses / Styling: Sis & Co Wedding Styling & Events / Bohemian Love team: Cake & Lolly Buffet: Atmosphere Cakes & Lolly Buffets, Stationery, props The Depar tment Store, Wauchope, Flowers Glasshouse Flowers Gatsby Style team: Stationery: The Bold Dandelion, Props: The Department Store, Wauchope. Flower : Glasshouse Flowers, Cake: Atmosphere Cakes & Lolly Buffets


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country days

Photography: Little Glimpses / Styling: Sis & Co Wedding Styling & Events / Australiana Team - Stationery:, Props: The Department Store, Wauchope, Flowers: Sarah Hudson Flowers & Styling, Cake Trish Jackson Designer Cakes / Country Days team - Desert Table: Atmosphere Cakes & Lolly Buffets, Stationery: The Bold Dandelion, Props: The Depar tment Store, Wauchope, Flowers: Sarah Hudson Flowers & Styling North Coast WEDDINGS


MEMORABLE MOMENT Arriving back from our photos to see a huge rainbow.


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Jess & Nathan

THE MEETING Nathan and I had attended the same school since kindergar ten, it wasn’t until the tender age of 13 that we star ted dating and our relationship just blossomed from there. THE PROPOSAL After watching the sunrise from a Hot Air Balloon we landed at O’Reilly’s Winery in the Canungra Valley, Queensland for a champagne breakfast. Little did I know that Nathan had purchased my engagement ring the day before and after convincing me to take a walk along the banks of the picturesque Canungra Creek, Nathan got down on one knee and proposed. PHOTOGRAPHY BY IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY North Coast WEDDINGS


I love spring

It’s easy to create a romantic, quirky or relaxed atmosphere with the wide range of flowers available in Spring, so bring the outdoors in and enjoy the view with Ranunculus, Sweet pea, Poppies, Pieris, Rose Geranium and Jasmine.


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Whether it’s a simple design or something more complex, flowers bring light and colour, freshness and life to any room or table. For a classic look in white try Poppies, Freesia, Ranunculus, Pieris, Mint, Sweet pea, Daisies and Rose geranium

classic white

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MEMORABLE MOMENT we had an absolute ball partying and dancing and celebrating the night away with all of our nearest and dearest.


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Kylie & Tom

THE MEETING Tom and I first met in preschool. Went our separate ways for primary school but then met up again and became close friends in high school. Eventually, in year 10, we kissed one evening and soon after became a couple. We have been together ever since! THE PROPOSAL The day started with a limo (fully equipped with champagne and strawberries etc) to take us on a tour of the local wineries and lunch at a beautiful local restaurant.Tom had the limo drop me off at a local beauty salon for what Tom said was an afternoon of pampering. A note and a hotel key arrived at the salon; I was to meet Tom at a specific room at the Sails resort in half an hour. Upon arrival at the room I followed a trail of rose petals leading out to the waterfront balcony where Tom was waiting on bended knee! PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIC D PHOTOGRAPHY North Coast WEDDINGS



jewellery SWAROVSKI Palace pierced earrings POA

You can bring glamour to your wedding day, with statement pieces from pendants, cuffs and stunning earings.

THOMAS SABO ‘Opulance in Rose’ collection. Rose goldplated rosequartz and dazzling zirconia pendant and sterling silver ; 18K rose gold plated chain

THOMAS SABO Pendant with eyelet sterling silver ; 18K rose gold plated. $229rrp. with necklace $119rrp








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THOMAS SABO ‘Opulance in Rose’ collection. Rose goldplated rosequartz and dazzling zirconia earings

SWAROVSKI Viola necklace POA

PANDORA Sterling silver rings PANDORA Silver earring with rose coloured freshwater cultured pearl and cubic zirconia $69 rrp

Hancrafted designs by Helen Luna


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THOMAS SABO “Knot” bracelet with lobster clasp Sterling silver ; 18K rosé gold plated, zirconia-pavé $399rrp

THOMAS SABO “Knot” earrings Sterling silver ; 18K rosé gold plated, zirconia-pavé $229 rrp

SWAROVSKI Verseau necklace POA

SWAROVSKI Vita pierced earrings POA


THOMAS SABO Bracelet with ring clasp, sterling silver onyx. $369rrp with knot charm in serling silver

THOMAS SABO Bracelet with ring clasp, sterling silver black obsidian bevelled. $149rrp with knot charm in sterling silver

PANDORA Floral bouquet rings

SWAROVSKI Voile bangle POA

SWAROVSKI Lovely Crystals ladies watch POA

SWAROVSKI by Shourouk pierced earrings POA

SWAROVSKI by Shourouk cuff POA

Parrys Jewellers, Coffs Habour stockists of PANDORA, THOMAS SABO and SWAROVSKI North Coast WEDDINGS




Lucy balconnet bra and brief in black from Panache

Bridesmaids Only, Georgia

Bridesmaids Only, Hope

Marcie Tango Tuutti Frutti brief and balconnet bra from Panache


Mystique from Q’nique the new label now availble at RSVP Bridal Coffs Harbour

Marcie brief and balconnet bra from Panache

Arora (above) and Promise wedge from Fprever Soles


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Bridesmaids Only, Harlow Metallic Swirl

Bridesmaids Only, Amanda


Pamper yourself with gorgeous lingerie, champagne and chocolates



SWAROVSKI Playtime Silver

SWAROVSKI Nirvana Star bag

gorgeous glamour phone cases for iphone and samsung from Swarovski

Photography: Little Glimpses Photography / Styling: Sis & Co. Event Styling / Jewellery: Samantha Wills supplied by Wheatley & Co. Make up: Le Rouge Make Up Artistr / Chocolates: The Block Coffee & Chocolates Hair : Jolin Style Hair & Make Up / Ligerie: Heart to Heart Lingerie

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Hair Stylist Michelle Boskovski from Milans Hairdressing gives you practical tips and advice on how to get your hair wedding day ready. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BOOKING A HAIRDRESSER • Which style usually suits you and will have you feeling most comfortable on the day? If you wear your hair out ordinarily, consider doing the same for your wedding day. The goal is to look like “you” (though a more glamorous version!) on the day. • Are you wearing a veil or other hair accessory? • Which style will look best with your dress?

Hair by Lovely Locks Port Macquarie; Photos: Khym Mountain

• If you are going with a theme, is there a hair style that will best fit this theme? Eg. 1950’s period style needs structured curls with height or a beehive. WHEN CHOOSING A HAIRDRESSER • Look at recommendations from friends and family and look at the hairdresser’s website • Ask what experience have they had in this field of work? – You want a hairdresser that specializes in wedding hair, not in colouring etc. You can usually tell by the experience of weddings by their portfolio. • Ask to see their portfolio and look at their style of work • Ask how many weddings will they do on the day of your wedding? You don’t want a hairdresser rushing from your wedding to the next! • Look for a quick response, this means you won’t have to worry about chasing them!

Joico Power Spray, fast drying finishing spray


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WEDDING ROMANCE this wedding season is shaping up to be so romantic with finger curls, headpieces and floral hair decorations


seasonal flowers for a natural spring look

Teeki bridal accessories Fudge Hair Shine



Glo Minerals Pressed Base

Supplied by Hayley from La Rouge Make Up Artistry. For further information contact Hayley rougecheeks80@

Photo: Amber Toms

MELTPROOF MAKE UP - With the weather warming fast, Ensure your make up is meltproof by using a transluscent finishing powder like the “Perfecting powder” by Glominerals. This is great If you are worried about shine or just want a long lalsting foundation, its light and transluscent! BEAUTY TIPS

Black Magic 8 Hour Regular has been designed for someone looking for a natural sun kissed look. Ideal for Brides, Grooms and Bridal Parties who want a natural glow.

LipSense, the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smearoff, rub-off or budge-off! $34.00rrp Glo Minerals Protective Liquid Foundation

BEAUTY TIP #3 Make sure you are glowing form the inside and out on your special day with a light reflecting liquid. Not only will it reflect and smooth the appearance of fine lines you will illuminate your skin tone creating a healthy luminous glow.

BEAUTY TIP #2 Extra Lip Product – Whether you pick a nude or a red lip remember to keep an extra lip color handy to avoid fading throughout your wedding day.

O. P. I Nail lacquer, Mod About You

Glo Minerals Perfect Lip Duo with Gloss

O. P. I Nail lacquer, My Vampire is Buff

Glo Minerals Volumising Mascara The Cinderella Collection from Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot RadianceBoosting Primer

DéVine Goddess Lipstick Aphrodite

Color Disc Cinders

O. P. I Nail lacquer, Don’t Pretzel my Buttons Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad 11


Glo Minerals Redness Relief Powder

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BEAUTY TIP #4 Eyelash ExtensionsLong luscious lashes that are perfect for every occasion. Your lashes will be tailor made to suit your life style and personality, from a natural to an accentuated glamorous look.

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Photo: Amber Toms



If you’re looking for the wow factor then look no further. Babalou delivers an unforgettable reception, with healthy lashings of retro cool. Proudly positioned beachfront, this venue will amaze and delight you and your guests.

Let the Coffs Coast’s most awarded Wedding venue, Bonville Golf Resor t create an Unforgettable, Romantic and Unique wedding day for you and your loved ones.

Kingscliff 02 6674 8764

Bonville 02 6653 4002



We make it our business to know all we can about organising weddings and celebrations in our local area- let us make the planning a stress-free process and make our experience work for you. Northern NSW 02 6685 5483

INROE HAIR AND BEAUTY Award Winning Stylists 2012 & 2013. Styling the North Coast’s most stylish and elegant bridessince 1993. Wedding Pamper Packages are our specialty. Gorgeous Hair, Beautiful Makeup,Your Perfect Day! Call now to avoid disappointment. Shop 18-20 Cinema Walk Arcade, 11 Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour 6651 5991



With an appreciation for quality and style, Bowerbird and Browne, will help you to create stunning flowers for a truly beautiful wedding. Call Nicole to talk flowers over coffee and bring your unique ideas to life. Northern NSW 0488 424 004


Located at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort is positioned on absolute beachfront and offers a peaceful, romantic, secluded and unique setting - everything your wedding day should be. Coffs Harbour 02 6652 7555

HANDI PARTY HIRE Create your dream wedding in one of our beautiful marquees, featuring a soft silk canapy complete with chandeliers. We can supply and deliver all your requirements from furniture, catering equipment & more.

We are renowned for our fresh, funky and vibrant approach to cake design having been described as ‘a breath of fresh air among cake designers that have gone stale’. Call us for a cake that will be remembered well after the crumbs have settled!

French Quarter Funk offers a variety of unique, retro, and vintage inspired party and wedding wares. We also offer a range of blankcanvas goods enabling you to add your own touch to your celebration.

SE QLD and NTH NSW 0412 783 336

All areas

NSW North Coast 02 6654 2033




For a personalized event to suit your style and to ensure that your day is special and perfect in every way. J and J Events can cater to you. We offer cost effective options, support, creativity, design ideas and strive to ensure you are satisfied in every way.

jade kohl. simply beautiful dresses. custom design from picture or sketch. bride. maids. events. consultations by appointment. LIKE us on facebook.

We capture all the details and emotions that make your wedding unique and special in a natural and relaxed way, presenting you with images that reflect your love for each other.

Mid North Coast & beyond 0457 717 180

Coffs Harbour 0431 586 503

Mid North Coast 0402 141 981 North Coast WEDDINGS


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LOVELY LOCKS HAIR AND BEAUTY Bridal Hair, makeup and beauty specialists for the Port Macquarie and Hastings area. Come and see us for a free consultation at 3/3 Murray Street Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie & Hastings 02 6583 1045

PRINCESS PIANO Soul lifting piano by Jen Poignant Classics Dreamy Cocktails Funky Jazz Contemporary

Photo: Tones Photography

NSW North Coast 0487 407 046

VINTAGE NOSTALGIA We specialise in creating beautiful spaces in unusual places.We have an eclectic, quirky & beautiful range of vintage & antique items for individual hire as well as D.I.Y pre-styled hire packages. Call Aunty Vintage to help you create your individual look. Mid North Coast & beyond 0431 375 390


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Arrive in style in our Chrysler 300 Stretch Limousine seating up to 10 in comfort. Cruise to our web site and have a look at the Photo Gallery!

Our kombis are the perfect solution for any couple who prefer something a little out of the ordinary. Nirvana & Mango love driving for weddings and their purpose is to make the trip as enjoyable as possible as well as catering to your needs on the day..

We cater for all weddings needs: Beautiful terrace or lagoon ceremony locations, catering for up to 300 guests on Opals ocean view room or our Ballroom. Gorgeous ocean views, complimentary bridal suite and champagne. Personalised service. Call to discuss your needs.

Port Macquarie to Byron Bay 02 6654 1556 / 0413 533 767

Coffs Harbour 02 6651 0527



Order a Commemorative Marriage Certificate package from NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.The standard certificate is included and essential if you want to change your name after marriage.

Pasfields offers a tranquil haven for their wedding celebrations. Couples can exchange vows in the picture-perfect wooden chapel, or marry under an old oak tree. We cater for intimate to large weddings complete with accommodation options.

We take pride in baking mouth watering, custom made, vintageinspired cakes. Perfect for high teas and dessert bar style celebrations, we offers a rustic alternative to traditional wedding cakes. Call Amanda for more info.

Sydney 1300 655 236

Coffs Harbour 02 6653 7710

Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour 0413 654 000


WEDDING VIDEO SOLUTIONS We love filming every moment as it unfolds, we put you first and we know the importance of your wedding and hope it will be remembered for many years to come. Call us for a chat about filming your special day. North Coast 0428 422 913

NSW North Coast 0401 864 528 fb: Sugar Plum Cakes and Desserts

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JUST FLOWERS & RUFFLES Ruffles and paper flowers have found their way into the wedding cake world this year making design possibilities endless. Go with ruffles or flowers or combine the two for a mix of modern and traditional.





Total indulgance, with a cake made up of delicious local and imported cheeses

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White Twinkle

Black Square

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SONIA SPENCER Chunky Dome cuff links all $59.95

STYLISH FLOWERS Grooms show your idividuality and flair by designing your own buttonholes

ROGER DAVID burgundy bow tie THOMAS SABO Rebel at heart’ watch $398 rrp

DORA ‘s contempory and modern alternative to the traditional gold. DORA ‘s titanium & gold collection

DORA’s two-tone classics, this range offers flexibility in metals, widths & colours

Wil Valor does Bohemian! Mix different colours, eras, styles and tastes for that perfect spring/summer look.


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C Collection cuff links by Wil Valor

Photo: April Werz

Quick Reference Guide Beauty Hair and Pampering


Photography & Film

LOVELY LOCKS Port Macquarie 02 6583 1045

RSVP BRIDAL Coffs Harbour 02 6652 7000

EMMA RHOADES PHOTOGRAPHY Coffs Harbour 0430 535 487

JADE KOHL Coffs Harbour

LYSS AND HER CAMERA Coffs Harbour 0418 472 590

HOUSE OF DE’VERE Coffs Harbour 0477 278 951

MIKE AND AMY PHOTOGRAPHERS Coffs Harbour 0435 814 275

LOVE ROUGE Coffs Harbour 1300 797 684

DESIGN PATROL NSW North Coast 0423 510 009

LA FLEUR D’LYSE Coffs Harbour 02 66528943 Cakes and Caterers FIASCO CATERING Coffs Harbour 02 6652 2637 NORELLE’S CAKES Coffs Harbour 0427 256 867 OPTIONS AT ALSTONVILLE Alstonville 02 6620 0545 Venues and Accommodation ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT OPAL COVE RESORT Coffs Harbour 02 6651 0527 BONVILLE INTERNATIONAL GOLF RESORT Coffs Harbour 02 6653 4002 BREAKFREE AANUKA BEACH RESORT Coffs Harbour 02 6650 2541

Florists BOWERBIRD & BROWNE Coffs Habour LOTUS FLORAL STUDIO Woolgoolga 02 6654 9494 PRECIOUS PETALS Coffs Harbour 02 6652 7557 TOUCHWOOD FLOWERS Port Macquarie 02 6583 2657 General



PASFIELDS RESTAURANT Coffs Harbour 02 6653 7710

ART BY TRUDY SMITH Coffs Harbour 0408 329 009

DUNES ON SHELLEYS BEACH Ballina 02 6686 9014

WICKED WAITERS Ballina 0499 118 151

TOWN GREEN INN Port Macquarie 02 6580 7899

THE GARDEN OF O Kempsey 1300 805 357

SURF CLUB CAFÉ Coffs Harbour 02 6652 9870

BELLROWAN VALLEY HORSE RIDING Bellrowan Valley (Port Macquarie area) 02 6587 5227

NIC DONOHOE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Bonny Hills 0411 467 281 Wedding Styling and Decorating BYRON BAY WEDDING AND PARTY HIRE Byron Bay 02 6685 5483 TIERS FOR TEA Coffs Harbour 0428 188 631 ROSIE POSE EVENTS Coffs Harbour 0415 974 496 Jewellery PARRYS JEWELLERS Coffs Harbour 02 6651 1255 HELEN LUNA Mullumbimby 0409 152 885

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Photo: Nic D Photography

wedding timeline WHAT TO DO



IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROPOSAL m Announce your engagement to family and friends m Place an engagement notice in the newspaper m Organise an engagement party m Buy an engagement ring and decide on wedding rings m Set the date for your wedding m Decide on your wedding budget m Develop a theme or style for the occasion m Choose your bridal party m For an idea of numbers, do a preliminary guest list m Research reception and ceremony venues, obtain quotes m Arrange pre-wedding counselling and look for a minister or celebrant m Star t shopping for your dream gown m Research your photographer and videographer and obtain quotes

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m Book the reception venue m Consider the type of wedding transpor t you require and star t initial research m Book the catering and hire companies if required m Book the church/ceremony venue and the religious official or celebrant m Book your photographer and videographer

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m Visit a travel agent to discuss honeymoon options and packages

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m Research florists and obtain quotes

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m Research musicians and enter tainment services and obtain quotes


m Buy the wedding dress, veil and accessories m Select attire for the groom and groomsmen

m Star t a health and fitness program

m Organise quotes and view menus from caterers



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m Enlist the services of a wedding coordinator if you’re having one


m Shop with bridesmaids for dresses and accessories

m Research cake options, discuss them with cake designers and obtain quotes m Research hair and beauty stylists and obtain quotes m Draw up a guest list and research invitations and stationery m View wedding transpor t and obtain quotes

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WHAT TO DO m Make arrangements for time off work before and after the wedding m Book honeymoon flights and accommodation and wedding night accommodation m Research accommodation for any out-of-town guests


m Order your wedding rings m Finalise hire/purchase details for the attire of the groom and groomsmen m Order invitations, weddings stationary and bonbonniere m Book the florist and flower preservation specialist m Book the wedding transport m Book musicians and entertainment and select the MC m Book hair and beauty stylists and arrange trials m Ensure passports are up to date (if necessary) m Confirm if any visas or inoculations are needed m Meet with your photographer to discuss your requirements m Consider a Gift Registry m Order the wedding cake

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m Send invitations and advise guests of the gift registry m Have a pre-wedding photo-shoot and finalise details m Arrange wedding accessories m Collect your wedding rings m Organise ceremony and reception rehearsals m Finalise the order of speeches and speech makers m Have a practice-run spray tan



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m Have final fittings for all the bridal par ty and ensure all accessories are in order m Buy gifts for attendants and special helpers m Begin arrangements for name changes if applicable m Record all RSVPs and give the final number to the reception venue

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TWO MONTHS BEFORE m Complete the Notice of Intended Marriage Cer tificate and organise other documentation with your celebrant



THREE TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE m Finalise the menu and all details with the reception venue or caterer


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m Pay the final balance on your honeymoon bookings

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m Don’t forget your beauty plan! Have a facial, book final appointment for your nails, spray etc


m Organise CD’s to be played at the ceremony and reception if you are not having enter tainment


m Star t reception seating plan

m Arrange the order of events for the wedding day and any input such as vows/speeches m Enjoy your hen’s and buck’s nights!

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TWO WEEKS BEFORE m Have your engagement ring cleaned


m Collect the bride and bridesmaid’s gowns and hire suits if applicable


m Confirm ALL bookings and run through all details with each of them


m Re-confirm your final reception numbers and revise the seating plan


m Attend to finishing touches such as place cards and bonbonniere


m Hold the rehearsal and make sure the bridal par ty understands their individual roles


ONE WEEK TO GO m Pack for your honeymoon m Place announcement in the paper m Have a manicure and pedicure (+ spray tan) the day before the wedding m Relax, have a massage and get plenty of sleep

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All photos courtesy of Peter Sechi

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Issue 10 - Your must have guide to planning your wedding on the North Coast of NSW.

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