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EDITORS April Briscoe & Michaela Slater SUB-EDITOR Nikki Williamson CONTRIBUTORS Leisa Anderson (Editorial) Charlotte Wild (Editorial) Amber Toms (Photography and retouching) Elizabeth DeVere Courtenay (Fashion Stylist) Tara Hoggan Makeup Artist (Fashion shoot make up) Living Doll Premier Stylists (Fashion shoot hair) 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 Concept Media ABN 95 534 907 495 PO Box 2071 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 02 6651 1984 Call the office for back issues North Coast Weddings Magazine is copyright. The contents of this magazine including stories and photographs are strictly not to be reproduced without the express written permission of the publisher, Concept Media. The advertisers and suppliers of editorial information and photographs warrant that any material published in North Coast Weddings is in no way an infringement of the copyright or other such acts, is not unlawful, defamatory or libellous or does not infringe the Trade Practices act or other regulations, laws or statutes. Advertisers and suppliers agree to indemnify Concept Media of any claims, damages or costs including legal expenses, penalties or judgements occasioned to the publisher in consequence of any breach of the above warranties.


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from the editors Welcome to the new look Nor th Coast Weddings magazine! We are so excited to bring you this issue and for all of the changes that are taking place here. We have a new look cover which is fresh and eye catching; a beautiful new layout; a new website complete with blog and probably the biggest news of all is the fact that we are now an online magazine. The print version will still be available so you can sit with your girlfriends over a cuppa and pour over the pages together, however if you are the techy type, then we have now joined the rest of the world and gone digital. This is an exciting new phase in the life of our magazine and can only bring good things for all. Make sure you go online and check it out. Two thousand and thir teen is shaping up to be a huge year for us and it seems everyone has star ted the year with a bang. Florists, fashion houses, stylists, photographers - you name it - they are all set for a big year in weddings. Someone that definitely has another huge year ahead is Samantha Wills. This busy Por t Macquarie gal will be fur ther expanding her jewellery empire to world-domination status. Dividing her time between New York and Sydney, Samantha took time out of her crazy schedule to talk to us and tell us what inspires her. See her interview on page 14. Another mind-blowing talent, Collette Dinnigan, has made her way onto our pages this issue and we couldn’t be happier. We were ecstatic when we were offered some of her gorgeous gowns for our fashion shoot. See all of this seasons hottest looks, featuring her gowns and many more, starting on page 60. If you want to see what local talents live right here on the NSW Nor th Coast then read on, because we have gathered some of the best this issue. We have seven stunning real weddings and several styling showcases that all feature the know-how of locals passionate about weddings. Couples in this area are truly spoilt for choice these days and weddings on the Nor th Coast have never been more beautiful then they are today. Enjoy

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contents you could win

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12 a Pandora ring stack

14 Port Macquarie local discusses her inspiration and successful jewellery brand

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renae & kevin jade & ross nadine & geoff sarah-jane & mike erica & simon sharee & matt

ask the experts


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14 pages of beautiful fashion for the bride & bridesmaids natural beauty

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styling inspiration

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lemon fresh pretty in pink floral jungle an elegant romance

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17 the insiders advice on food, photography, planning and styling

let’s eat cake 41 find out all there is to know about cake design and trends


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what’s news what’s hot what’s on cakes fashion flowers the groom jewellery hair & beauty

the marketplace 108 an easy way to find local products and services

readers survey 110 win an invitation pack wedding timeline 111 your perfect checklist

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a pandora ring stack valued at $421* PANDORA’s ring collection features sterling silver and 14 carat gold designs accented with a variety of beautiful gemstones. Mix and match to your heart’s desire. Your prize includes: PANDORA Sterling silver hearts ring RRP$59, PANDORA Sterling silver Princess ring RRP$79, PANDORA Sterling silver ring with white freshwater cultured pearl RRP$69, PANDORA Sterling silver ring with cubic zirconia RRP$159, PANDORA Sterling silver Tiara ring RRP$55

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news BUMPER CROP! A new wedding event was held in February this year and saw the cream of the wedding crop come together under one roof. The Wedding Harvest featured vendors from Brisbane to Byron who have a passion for bespoke wedding style and visitors weren’t disappointed. It was a fabulous event and we can’t wait to see what the team bring us next year. For a full event wrap up go to their website,

turning heads Making a bold debut is North Coast label House of DeVere. See the bespoke pieces made for our shoot on pg 60.

bo & luca Destined for big things is luxury bridalwear label Bo & Luca. With it’s first collection, ‘Bohindi’, available to the market now, this label is set to stand the test of time along with it’s quality heirloom pieces. Every tiny glittering emelishment is hand sewn into place and is born from boundless passion and attention to detail. The quality and design of Bo & Luca gowns and accessories is impecable and any piece will make for a stylish look for any bride.


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colour floral prints sheer coverage bespoke touches food vans rustic elegance lace individual style

This vintage caravan bar will add a cool quirky touch to your wedding.

Delicate lace teamed with intricate headpieces makes for a very stylish look.

Floral trend While most brides prefer ivory, cream or white for their wedding gown, why not stand out with a vibrant floral print.

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save the date! See you at our event North Coast in June wedding Showcase

With so much happening on the North Coast you won’t have to travel far to get inspired! So visit on of these fantastic events. ballina bridal Expo

happily ever after bridal fair

The biggest wedding expo on the North Coast will take place again this year with even more vendors to choose from. 7 April Ballina RSL Ballina

Come and be inspired at this brand new event where you will see the best the business from around the Hastings. 13 July Wauchope Showground Wauchope

mid north coast bridal Expo

the wedding party

This annual event always draws the crowds for its great prizes, fabulous suppliers and gorgeous fashion parade. 26 May Panthers Port Macquarie Port Macquarie

breakfree aanuka open day Explore all this venue has to offer, meet regional suppliers and the resor t staff that will help to make your day a dream. 10 May Breakfree Aanuka Beach Resort Coffs Harbour

10th annual coffs coast advocate brides & grooms expo The longest running bridal expo on the Coffs Coast is held on the grounds of this beautiful venue showcasing the best in the area. 2 June Bonville International Golf Course Coffs Harbour

The Manning Valley’s premier bridal and formalwear expo displays the the area’s industry leaders and cutting edge fashion designers. 5 May Taree Wingham Race Club Taree

Byron Bay Bridal Showcase Returning this year to wow it’s visitors, this event is an absolute must for anyone getting married in the Byron Bay area. 17 + 18 August Ewingsdale Hall Ewingsdale

Byron Bay Wedding Fair With one of the best views in the area, this fantastic event makes for a great day out with great 18 August Figtree Restaurant Ewingsdale

A wedding event like no other on the Coffs Coast…. Like no other wedding event on the Coffs Coast, the North Coast Wedding Showcase is a blend of creativity, style and passion for all things weddings. Moving away from the traditional expo style, the Showcase is just that – flaunting the best this region has to offer for weddings with vendors ranging from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie and the hinterlands. The Showcase will feature four distinct on-trend wedding styles – Rustic, Country, Glamour and Hamptons at the charming Orara Valley Hall and Church, where these themes will come alive in a designated space. Couples will be able to see how a real wedding could look in any one of these themes, with collaborative vendor teams working together to showcase each stunning style. The Showcase will be a delight for the senses with beautiful food, coffee, bubbles and entertainment to tempt and enjoy throughout the day. Throughout the day wedding Q&A sessions with a panel of experts will be held on planning the perfect wedding day. Guests can also enjoy an elegant fashion show, showcasing many locally designed and boutique bridal party wear, supported by the talents of many local hair and make-up artists. North Coast Weddings Showcase 2013 Sunday, 21 July 2013 10.00am-4.00pm Visit For the latest showcase information Follow us on Facebook


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The team at North Coast Weddings are very excited to launch the new website and digital magazine. This sample webpage will help you navigate your way around. Just visit and let us know what you think. feature story A direct link to the feature story of the current issue

the blog Join in the conversation or post us some pics

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

about us

The Guide This is where you will find information on the advertisers and suppliers in the current edition

read issue 9 online look through North 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.

Missed an issue Don’t worry you will be able to view past issues as emags newsletter Subscribe to our newsletter and always be up to date with the wedding scene on the Nor th Coast

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legant, whimsical, romantic and bold: these are all words that can be used to describe the gorgeous designs of Samantha Wills. Raised in Por t Macquarie, Samantha is an excellent example of the way hard work and a driving passion can bring amazing success. Spending her time between Sydney and New York, designing and running her jewellery empire, she is the epitome of the modern creative. With her love of all things beautiful and the keen suppor t of clients from the everyday bride to international celebrities, Samantha’s business is thriving. With her collections expanding to include an e-magazine, homeware and stationary

“My biggest inspiration,” she says, “are our SW fans and I always strive to deliver according to their wants”. there seems to be no limit to her creativity. And, like many successful entrepreneurs before her, Samantha chose a less traditional path to get where she is today going from Bondi Beach market stall holder to international star. “I’m a completely self-taught jewellery designer,” she says, “but I can credit my mum for starting me off by enrolling me in a bead making course when I was in primary school”. It’s an early talent and a belief in her ability that paid off immediately. From making jewellery for friends and family Samantha showed her first collection at Fashion Week in 2004. “Fashion Week in 2004 was where I placed my first big order. I quit my job the next day and star ted designing full time,” she says. Yet it’s not just about having financial success. “Jewellery making was always a hobby and a passion, so I can definitely say I’d still be making jewellery even if I wasn’t getting paid for it”. While her designs initially focused on elegance and difference in both evening and daywear, Samantha extended her collection in November 2012 to include designs specifically for bride’s

offering modern and romantic pieces. The inclusion of this category in her collection s t e m m e d from increasing customer feedback for a dedicated bridal line. These designs draw their inspiration from Art Deco chandeliers and incorporate back necklaces, turquoise stones and truly divine, drop earrings. It’s a style that is affordable, unique and completely elegant and continues the effor tless style she is famous for. Yet this isn’t all Samantha offers with this collection. “My biggest inspiration,” she says, “are our SW fans and I always strive to deliver according to their wants”. As such, Samantha also offers style advice through her website and e-magazine SW Brides. The bridal section of the site - including the magazine, ‘Visual Feast’ and shop - invites clients into an “…inspiration room that applies the SAMANTHA WILLS style to different themes of weddings, covering everything from invites to décor.” It’s a concept that Samantha is justifiably proud of and one that gives brides-to-be a tangible and complete style guide no matter what their taste or budget. From her website to her own look, it is clear that Samantha’s passion is gorgeous styling. To look through her work is to discover page after page of beautifully styled bodies and interiors, photographs that call you in with wishful longing. It’s the perfect place for any bride to start to look for inspiration. While Samantha is all for a woman staying true to their own personal style she does suggest thinking outside the square: “Choosing turquoise jewels can double up as ‘something blue,’ and cocktail rings for bridesmaids are beautiful bridal gifts,” she suggests.

And to help you along even fur ther, her style pages have ideas enough to enchant any bride-tobe. It’s the ideal tool for a bride who wants to style herself without the dramas of trying to coordinate pieces from a variety of outlets. It’s the kind of service that pushes Samantha’s brand ahead of all the others. “Our customers have been the most influential in deciding the direction of the brand,” says Samantha. “The opinion of our customers is very impor tant to us, and we always take feedback on board and incorporate it in future designs”. And it is this communication with clients that gives SAMANTHA WILLS the edge. “Developing a relationship with our customers is our highest priority, which works seamlessly with social media. Our customers are able to talk to us, and I love that we can talk back and have a two-way interaction,” she says. It’s a value and way of doing business that has enabled Samantha to go from strength to strength in the 8 years she has had her brand. “Staying true to the brand’s values and vision has been a big factor in keeping the business alive over the years,” she says. “It has also been a credit to the amazing team at SAMANTHA WILLS that the business has grown the way it has”. So who is the SAMANTHA WILLS client? “I don’t have a par ticular age or personality in mind when describing the SW woman,” Samantha says. “SAMANTHA WILLS is for anyone who wants to create a bohemian luxe style with statement jewels that take them from day to night”.

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she says. “It allowed me to take a step back and view the brand’s growth from when I star ted, to where I am now. It’s exciting times here at SAMANTHA WILLS!” It’s a wonderful and well deserved life that Samantha has created for herself, reflecting her passion certainly but also the commitment of hard work. She is at pains though, to make sure to give credit where credit is due. “The team that I work with is truly amazing,” she says. While business acumen is one thing it’s the nuts and bolts of design that hold a fascination for many. “Creativity and ideas can come at any time,” explains Samantha. “For me it’ll be at random, like sitting on a plane, or in the shower. I’m inspired by many things which contribute to my creativity”. Travel and design movements of the past seem to be the main inspirations for Samantha in her quest to create beautiful pieces of jewellery. Indeed she often names collections or pieces with the places she has been – Notre Dame, Morocco and San Francisco to name a few. So while Samantha loves to see the world and take inspiration from its beauty she is currently

“The team that I work with is truly amazing,”

“You can wear a cocktail ring during the day, and layered bracelet sets at night with an evening dress. It’s about accessorising how you feel,” she says. And this follows through whatever the occasion - from a day out shopping to your wedding day – being true to who you are is key. “Choosing one statement piece of jewellery, while keeping the rest of the jewels simple and understated is a tip that never fails!” Her style cer tainly has broad appeal with fashion magazines regularly carrying photographs of celebrities wearing her jewels. From Drew Barrymore to Rhianna, Taylor Swift


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to Kate Hudson, her work is seen everywhere. “Having your jewellery worn by a celebrity is flattering, because they have an endless list of designers to choose from,” she says. “It’s always exciting to spot a celebrity spor ting SW on the red carpet!” But it’s not just celebrities who have noticed Samantha’s brand, with those in the ‘know’ in the world of design and business acknowledging her talent and success as well. Named the ‘Break Out Star’ in 2011 by the New York Times has been an amazing moment for Samantha. “Reading that about myself in the New York Times was absolutely surreal,”

based in the US in New York, living and working within this thriving and creative city. “As the business is now starting to establish itself in the US, it’s beneficial for me to be based in America to attend events and work closely with our American agencies to grow our presence,” she explains. “And also - I love NYC!” The inspiration the city provides is certainly paying dividends with Samantha and her team planning to expand the business even fur ther. “There are many exciting things in the pipeline for SW in 2013! We have a clutch range in production, and of course we hope to extend our offering in our home wares category”. Having come so far and with so much still to look forward to, did Samantha always know such success would be hers? “I always knew I would do something creative! But I didn’t even know jobs like this existed. I led a very sheltered life in a good way,” she explains. “It wasn’t until I moved to Sydney that I really got a scope of what the creative possibilities are. I am still learning and discovering possibilities and that is the exciting par t!”

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P lanning a wedding can be an expensive and often stressful experience, yet it needn’t be either. There are any number of experts you can tap into for advice and practical help that can make the lead up to your wedding enjoyable rather than fraught. By Nikki Williamson

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sually the biggest expense in any wedding budget it is important to get the catering right. Many wedding guests remember the food more than anything else from a wedding so it’s important to get your choices and quantities properly organised. Again, research is vital so that you are making informed choices about food style and how much you’re going to need. Ask around and check out the websites of local catering companies, collect menus and taste. Because the catering is the biggest expense of any wedding you need to make the best use of your money while giving your guests a meal to remember fondly. Taking into consideration where the reception is located, how many guests you’re going to have, the style of your wedding and whether or not any of your guests have special dietary requirements is key to getting it all right. Happily, a good caterer will help with all of these issues but what should you be looking for? Jeremy, from The Larder in Byron Bay (thelarder., believes there are a number of factors you need to consider when choosing a caterer for your wedding day. “Quality, consistency, reputation and length of time in business are crucial,” he says. “You also want a caterer that keeps your needs in mind including budget, style of food, specific theme and level of service.” Communication is of course, key, so you need to make sure that you are comfortable with the caterer you choose. It’s no good having the best around if you can’t get them to listen to what you want and manage any changes. Make sure you meet with a few possible caterers and that you consider the rapport you have with each of them as well as cost and style before you commit. Once you have a caterer it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of choosing what to serve. “Keeping food along the same lines and feel as the reception is important,” points out Jeremy. “So if you’re having a casual beachfront wedding you probably wouldn’t then sit down to a formal three


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course dinner”. Instead, you might opt for cocktail food, a buffet or even share plates. The timing of your wedding and what guests may or may not have eaten before is also worth keeping in mind. “If a wedding ceremony starts at 2pm, most people would have skipped or at least only have had a light lunch,” says Jeremy. “Having sufficient food over the course of the afternoon/ evening is paramount to getting the balance of food (and alcohol) right”. While you might imagine that food options are pretty standard – cocktail food, sit down meal or buffet, if you’re the kind of bride that likes to do it differently, veering away from tradition to something more suited to you is an option. Jeremy suggests considering cocktail receptions with lots of well-presented interesting foods, flavours & textures such as mini degustation menu’s, miniature desserts, and locally sourced produce, or individual food stations with the chefs working in front of all the guests. Whatever your choices its paramount that guests have enough to eat and that you have made sure that anyone with food allergies is being taken care of. It’s also important to consider what your guests will be doing/eating the day after especially those who have had to travel long distances to get there. “My thoughts are normally for planning the day after the wedding also,” says Jeremy. “With all of the family and friends still around it’s a good idea to keep it casual, but have the caterer deliver platters of foods, interesting salads and a selection of things that can be cooked on the barbecue”.

The Cake But it’s not just the meal you need to organise for the reception. The wedding cake is a huge choice for any couple and can be lavish or simple depending on taste and budget. Just like choosing a caterer, you need to do some homework to make sure you’re going to get what you want. “When choosing a cake designer you should

have a good look through their portfolio to see what their style is like, says Bree of The Cake That Ate Paris ( “If you like what they’ve done then good chances are they can create something beautiful for you. If not, keep searching!” Another point is to not only consider the look of the cake but the taste as well.“Ask what flavours they can do,” suggests Bree. “Most cake makers should be able to bake pretty much any flavour. Also, make sure you understand what price range they cater for and the delivery options. You also need to consider whether or not you’re going to provide dessert as well as cake”. Before going to your chosen cake maker, says Bree there are a few things you should have thought about. “You should have a rough idea of the type of design you would like and the colours you want used. From there the designer can help fine tune what you want, but any photos of designs you like are always a good idea”. When it comes to the style of the cake, Bree says there are many different trends to look at. “At the moment there are a lot of bright pastels which I love. Traditional sugar flowers, cakes patterned with intricate stencils, and simple exposed butter cream cakes with fresh flowers are also gorgeous”. Remember to keep in mind the overall look and feel of your wedding as you plan your menu and cake. Styling should run through every area of the wedding ceremony and reception to create and reinforce an atmosphere that represents you and your groom. • Match the style of your wedding and the food for a harmonious transition from ceremony to reception. • Make sure both you and your caterer know exactly what is being served and when. • Do your homework and choose a reputable caterer.

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he colours, theme or style of your wedding is crucial and often the most stressful element of planning for brides because the look of your wedding sets the tone and mood for the entire day. Fun or funky, whimsically romantic or formally elegant the mood you set for your guests provides expectations of what is to come. The look of a wedding should reflect the personalities of the bride and groom and reflect their overall style as a couple. Narrowing down the kind of style that you want can be tricky, as can sourcing the elements you need to bring your vision to life. A stylist can save you a lot of time, energy and money when it comes to getting your look perfect. Finding a stylist can be as easy as asking your wedding venue for their recommendations, doing a Google search or word-of-mouth, says Trudy from Noosa based, Love Bird Weddings ( The important thing is in understanding what you’re getting. “When hiring a stylist, as opposed to a decorator,

you need to first understand the difference between the two,” explains Trudy. “A decorator typically sends out a decor list with prices and asks the bride what decor they are interested in. A stylist, I believe, works quite differently. They start with the end in mind, asking the bride and groom what they want to achieve from their wedding styling before going away to create a specific styling concept to fulfil the brief ”. The brief, says Trudy, should provide a holistic design covering all elements of your day, from ceremony, through to a canapé design, and then a sit down or cocktail dinner design. “As stylists, we will also recommend a floral concept, and we work very closely with our floral partners to achieve an integrated decor and floral design for our brides”. When deciding what kind of style you want for your wedding, Trudy suggests that looking for a theme is less important than the overall feel you want to create. “We focus on ambience and emotional impact,” she explains. “The reason for this is because we want our clients and their guests to have an emotional response to the weddings

we walk away with the warm fuzzies!” In this way, you also maintain the authenticity of who you and your partner are. “The most common mistake we see as wedding stylists is when couples are trying to achieve a style that is someone-else’s,” says Trudy, “meaning they have lost sight of what really reflects them, and their chosen venue”. It might be useful to think of something that you and your partner love to do together or the place you met. Having a starting point that is emotional – a remembered feeling of being together or meeting – can help to simplify a process that is often too busy with choice. • Think about the feel you want for the day and base your theme/style around that. • Stay true to you and your partner’s sense of style rather than trying to emulate someone else’s. • Shop around for the trinkets you need to style your day – don’t be afraid to borrow from friends or rent items if you need to.

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aving beautiful photographs of your wedding day is a must for any bride and careful planning well help to make sure that this is exactly what you get. “Choosing a photographer is a big thing,” says Kristy from Figtree Pictures (www.figtreepictures., “and with so many photographers and photographic styles out there, it is sometimes hard for a couple to know which way to go”. To start off with she suggests couples should first do their research. “Flick through magazines, trawl the internet or start a pinterest page to really work out which photos you are drawn to,” says Kristy, “and then start looking at local photographers that suit this style”. She also suggests looking at the many great wedding blogs out there, to give you some other photography ideas. “Once a couple knows what style they are drawn to, narrowing the field to two or three photographers that fit their styleguide short list would be ideal,” she says. Then it comes down to three different things. “Rapport, resonation and rate: “Do the couple have a good relationship with, and a good feeling about, the photographer? After all, they are going to be spending all day with them so it is crucial they get along and feel comfortable,” says Kristy. Laura from Captured With Love Photography ( agrees: “Your chosen photographer should be someone you connect with,” she says. “You will spend the majority of your wedding day with them so it’s important you feel relaxed and that you can have fun together”. She also suggests it’s important to find a photographer who is a natural storyteller and can capture all those little moments that join together to make up your wedding day.


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As with all choices for a wedding, budget is something all couples have foremost in their minds. “While money should not be the deciding factor, a couple still needs to stay true to their budget,” says Kristy. “On the flip side though, couples also need to think about whether paying a little bit extra is an important investment in something that they are going to love”. Part of recognising that your photographs are an investment is making sure that you know what you’re going to get for the money that you are going to pay. “Finding out what is included in the price on the day is really important”, says Kristy. As is making sure you own dual copyright on the images after the day. “It’s also important for couples to completely read their contracts from back to front and ask any questions you many have from that before signing on the dotted line”. “Find out whether your photographer has professional grade equipment that is regularly maintained and updated,” suggests Laura, “whether they have back-up equipment with them in case of damage or malfunction and whether or not they have insurance coverage”. While selecting a photographer is a major decision in itself, choosing where to have your photographs taken can also be a difficult decision. “When picking locations couples need to think about what the place means to them,” says Kristy. “It makes sense for couples to select areas that they will look back on fondly”. Other factors to consider are how far away the locations are and how that will impact on getting to the reception on time. Kristy suggests that you also need to keep in mind what you’ll do if the weather is less than ideal, how easy access to the area is especially for brides and their wedding gowns – and what the lighting is like at the time of the day the photos

are scheduled to happen. Once you’ve chosen your photographer and a location you need to decide what you really want from your photographs. “I think a good wedding photograph is one that tells a story within a story,” says Laura. “There are so many amazing little moments that join together to make up your wedding day. A good photograph captures the intimacy of these moments whether it’s the look a groom gives his bride as she walks down the aisle or the way a brides parents squeeze their hands a little tighter together as they watch their daughter say her vows”. And this is part of the trends currently occurring in photography says Laura. “Capturing detailed shots of all these little elements the couple have chosen to help tell their story is something that bride and grooms continue to look for,” she explains. “First looks are also gaining popularity and are always so sweet and fun to photograph”. Another great idea, she says, are photo booths at receptions, so all your guests can join in on the photo fun. “One of my favourite local wedding companies are In A Snap Photobooth www.”. • Do some research to decide what kind of style you want for your photographs. Check the web, wedding blogs, magazines and photographers websites. • Make sure the location you want for your photographs is practical, easily accessible and not too far away from the reception site. • Make sure you understand your contract, costs and what you will receive from the photographer.

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aving your wedding ceremony and reception at the one location can save on many planning issues and allows guests to be easily entertained while the photographs are being taken before the reception proper starts. It also means that you’ll have someone overseeing all of the details of the day for you. Venues such as Bonville Golf Resort have Function Managers that are available to help you with all the details of your day. They usually have many years of experience, are familiar with local suppliers, and can make time and money saving recommendations. “Kate has been here at Bonville Golf Resort for 7 years,” says Stephanie from Bonville Golf Resort (www.bonvillegolf., “so she has been involved in over 300 Bonville weddings, including my own wedding in September last year. Our experience in weddings allows us to recommend colour schemes, decorations and other touches that can set your wedding day apart from others”. One of the benefits of using a resort, golf club or retreat is that the natural surroundings mean that little is required in styling your day. “Bonville Golf Resort has won many awards especially relating to the beauty of the property because of its stunning gardens, tranquil settings (such as our rainforest ceremony area) and lush fairways,” says Stephanie, “therefore there is no need to go over the top with decorating and styling”. She suggests you keep it simple. “But don’t be afraid to use colour, the natural and neutral tones of our venues allow couples to truly reflect their personal style”. She suggests that personal touches and handmade items are perfect for reflecting the bride and groom as a couple. “Ensure there is a theme that runs through the entire wedding,” she says. “Try to not ‘match’ it as such but rather ‘compliment’ the colour or design - from the

invites and menus to the cake and bridesmaid dresses”. Something unique and different is always a winner too. “We love seeing new ideas when it comes to styling a wedding”. Apart from location and access to a functions manager, venues like Bonville also offer accommodation and transport to ensure the smooth flow of guests to and from the venue. “My role is to help plan the bride and grooms wedding day,” says Stephanie. “I assist with all things logistic for their wedding, from liaising with their suppliers for delivery and access times, to arranging guest transportation on Bonville’s two buses before the ceremony, then until the end of the evening getting the bride and groom home after being the last two left on the dance floor”. “My experience enables me to suggest timings for the ceremony and reception in relation to the daylight hours given the time of year, right through to assisting with menu and beverage selections,” says Stephanie. “I can also recommend professional wedding related businesses in the Coffs Harbour area who will be able to assist them further in planning their special day”. For brides’ with little time on their hands this kind of assistance is invaluable. Doing your homework early on in the planning stage can save time and money in the long run and can offer up surprising and delightful ideas. Making the most of wedding experts needn’t put a big strain on your wedding budget if you shop around and can be well wor th any costs. Whether it’s the catering or styling, photos or setting you don’t need to do it all on your own.



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So much more than a Bridal Fair… your creative juices flowing—you are even invited to a wedding! Evie and Harry tie the knot (just for fun, of course), in a carefully curated wedding, showcasing gorgeous bridal fashion and fabulous ceremony ideas. Everything the bride-to-be needs to know is on display, in a relaxed, fun and whimsical environment. The experience doesn’t stop once the show is over, with many of the region’s top wedding venues opening their doors on the day. Create your own “Happily Ever After” from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, 13th July at the Wauchope Show Ground, 93 High Street, Wauchope. For more information, please contact Carissa on 0405 151 938 or see the latest at



Awaken your senses and feed your inspiration with a bridal event that is so much more than a “fair”; the aptly titled Happily Ever After showcases the best the region has to offer, on Saturday, 13th July at the Wauchope Show Ground. With live music, a decadent selection of food and beverages, and a multitude of gorgeously themed ceremony and reception displays to lust after, attending Happily Ever After feels more like being invited to the prettiest of par ties. Enjoy displays by some of the most innovative, local suppliers and theming companies, and covet the looks of Bohemian Love, Sunny Days, Neutral Romantic and Rustic Australiana. And, if that isn’t enough to get

Be inspired! A bridal fair with a difference! Saturday 13th July 2013 11am to 3pm Wauchope Show Ground, 93 High Street, Wauchope NSW 2446

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Lemon Fresh Bring the warmth and vibrance of yellow into your wedding styling for an all-year-round summery feel. The hot zesty colour of lemons, warm buttery tones and fresh white all combine for a look that is both elegant and fresh.

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lemon Fresh team: Photography: Milque Photography + Films Design & styling: Little Gray Station Furniture & Props: Little Gray Station

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Flowers: Roacklea Flower Market Stationery: Paper Dolls Hair and makeup: Donna Sullivan Hair and Makeup

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MEMORABLE MOMENT I can’t separate two moments as being equally as special – the sharing of our personalised vows and the first dance which was just magical.


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Renae & Kevin

the meeting A mutual friend had tried in vain to set us up however nothing eventuated. A few weeks later we randomly bumped into each other at a bar and have been together ever since.

the proposal Every anniversary we stay at the same hotel in the city. When we met that afternoon Kev was acting a little on edge. He wanted to exchange presents even though it wasn’t our anniversary until the next day. Kev had 3 presents for me: 1. Ugg Boots, so I didn’t get “cold feet” (also in winter I always stole Kev’s,) 2. A mani and pedi, so my hands would look their best and finally my beautiful engagement ring. It was an amazing moment, and whilst

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emotional, instead of crying I actually started to laugh so much that Kev had to ask me twice. the wedding The day was really relaxed and went really quickly. It all felt like a bit of a dream until I was in the car driving to the ceremony. The day was a perfect 24 degrees and sunny so the Rainforest looked amazing. It was really impor tant for us to spend as much time as possible with our family and friends so we kept our photos as short as possible, which was easy with Scott- he is such a phenomenal photographer. the reception Our guests enjoyed canapĂŠs, drinks and games on the lawn before sitting down to a 3 course meal. We also hired a photo booth for the night to capture as many family and friends photos for the evening as possible - everyone loved it!


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renae & Kevin’s Team FLOWERS: Freelance Flowers DRESS: Collette Dinnigan CELEBRANT/ MINISTER: Ken Palmer ceremony and reception: Bonville International Golf Resort PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Carle Photography HAIR: Living Doll suits: Hugo Boss & Jack Simmons Menswear CAKE: Denise Hunter

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ess Connor, owner of Lavish Floral Design and Wedding Decoration, has been a florist for over ten years, and it is safe to say that weddings are her passion. Born from a love of floristry, the business has grown to be a stand out in the industry. Jess and her team put a lot of love, care and creativity into each wedding they do. They pride themselves on personalizing the wedding styling and flowers to suit each couple and will work with you to make your vision come to life. From a single flower to a designer bouquet, every piece is a work of art. Along with their floristry expertise and wedding flower service, they also have a growing collection of props, vases and wedding styling packages. Lavish know that your special day, whether it be a wedding or other event, is about the special touches and the wow factor.


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Pretty in Pink

Perfectly feminine pastel tones, lushly petalled roses, the heady scent of romance. Candy tones invite fun and whimsy, intimacy and joy.

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The Pretty in Pink team Venue: Sandbar & Grill Stylist: Little Gray Station Event & Shoot Planner:The Events Lounge Photography: Figtree Pictures Stationery Gurus: Paper Dolls Florals (bouquet, tables, hairpiece): Elyssium Blooms Balloons: Float Balloons Kombi Van: Woody’s Surf Car Hire Dessert buffet: RubyJu Wedding cake: The Cake that Ate Paris Men’s attire: Wil Valor Bridal gown & jewellery: Jennifer Gifford Designs Flower Girl outifts and crown: Venice & Me Hair & Makeup: Johanna Fern Makeup Artistry

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Brand new location, same personalised service After over eight years in its current location, RSVP is moving on to bigger and better premises at 9 Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour. With a new CBD location, RSVP will offer more than twice the space, catering for the influx in customers and high demand for beautiful bridal and formal wear gowns. The move is great news for brides-to-be: “We are so excited with our new premises,” says Tracey Hickson, of RSVP Bridal. “With all the improvements to the city centre, this is definitely a great move. We hope to be operating in this store by May.” 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, Alfred Angelo and Henry Roth, with the newest label to hit RSVP’s shelves, Tiny Holy.

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 oneon-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.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT I was so nervous before the ceremony I thought I would faint but as soon as I saw Ross at the alter all my nerves left me. It was so beautiful to see him so happy looking at me.


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Jade & Ross

the proposal Ross and I were totally in love from the star t. He was my one. He knew that I wanted to be married under a great big old tree, like one I had grown up alongside on my family proper ty. For a week before he proposed, he spoilt me with a bunch of flowers every day. It was Monday morning and he said we had to go for a walk. We ended up at the bottom of Mount Warning walking on a narrow track at the base of the mountain. He led me to a big old tree. Later on I found out he had asked a few people including my Dad, as to where he could find an old tree, he said it was one of the biggest in the area. He was on one knee and asked, “ Will you make me so happy and marry me?�

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What a perfect day! The ceremony was so touching as Ross and I wrote our own vows and added some personal touches to the ceremony. We both love the country and the rolling hills so we wanted an outdoor wedding reception under the stars. Guests were treated to a beautiful afternoon gourmet picnic in the sunshine while listening to a band. We arrived shor tly after the picnic and star ted to enjoy everything with our closest friends. Then as the par ty began, a wood fired pizza oven was put into full swing serving guests with hundreds of gourmet pizzas under the night sky.


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Ross & Jade’s Team FLOWERS: Friend and Beautiflora DRESS: Scarlets Wardrobe CELEBRANT: Christine Mills VENUE: Velleron House (private property) Photography: Figtree Pictures MAKEUP: Rococo Makeup Artistry and Aleisha Johnson HAIR: Wedding Hair by Leah SUITS: David Jones STYLIST: Little Gray Station

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Orara Valley Estate Imagine your wedding, on a private, secluded estate: a picturesque ceremony set against the backdrop of a rainforest, or within magnificent gardens. Whether you envisage a marquee reception, or an intimate gathering for close family and friends, Orara Valley Estate offers a truly romantic wedding experience for you and your guests. Escape the city to a serene retreat, with luxury accommodation available for up to 15 people. Inspired by New Mexico, the gardens of Tuscany and seaside villas of Santorini, this unique estate offers rejuvenation and relaxation. The stunning hinterland views are matched only by the retreat’s serene seclusion, yet it is just 20 minutes drive from the busy township of Coffs Harbour. The staff at Orara Valley Estate dedicate themselves to working with couples to create a tailored event. You have the freedom to


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choose your own suppliers, or the team can assist you with organising the elements of your day. Exchange your vows under the Tuscanstyle gazebo, or if you are dreaming of a garden wedding: hold your ceremony on the proper ty’s manicured lawns, overlooking the resort-style pool. For smaller weddings, the stunning terraced orchard, surrounded by a sweeping rainforest vista, is picture-perfect. Bathed in light and surrounded by the natural beauty of the region, breakfast weddings, lunchtime affairs, and afternoon ceremonies that flow into the night, are all possible. For couples choosing to elope, Orara Valley Estate offers the expertise and privacy to bring your vision to life. For more information, see oraravalleyestate. or call Amanda to conduct a site inspection of the proper ty, on 0414 934 385. Photo: Peter Sechi Photography

Let’s Eat Cake! Dreaming up your ideal wedding cake? Here’s your “go to” guide for all things sweet. By Charlotte Wild

The world of cakes is a beautiful and sophisticated one, it’s artisans skilled at creating something visually fabulous and tasty too. Every bride must enter this world in organising her reception so knowing your fondant from your marzipan, and the difference between coffee and dessert sizes can help you to fine tune your dream cake or dessert table. With a clear vision and a handle on the lingo organising the details with your cake maker will ensure the perfect cake on the day. Left: The Cake That Ate Paris (Little Posers Photography), middle & right: Sweet Love Cake Couture North Coast WEDDINGS


Cake Talk GANACHE Popular cake covering made from dark, white or milk chocolate and cream. It’s used as both a filling and a coating. It’s rich and fudgy and also gluten-free! BUTTERCREAM A creamy, smooth icing made from butter and icing sugar. In Swiss meringue buttercream, egg whites, sugar and butter are used which results in a silkier texture than straight buttercream. MOUSSELINE Another name for Italian meringue buttercream; a lush, buttery smooth cake filling that can be flavoured. MACAROONS These chewy and crisp delicate almond meringue biscuits are generally sandwiched together with flavoured ganache, jam or buttercream. They make a great addition to dessert tables and can be attached to tall cones to make a macaroon tower. TIER One level of a layered cake. Typical wedding cakes are one, two, three or more tiers. FONDANT The smooth finish icing that can be coloured easily. This pliable dough is made from sugar, glucose and vegetable fats. Cakes iced with fondant sweat when placed in a refrigerator and must be kept cool and dry. MARZIPAN Made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites; this sweet pliable almond paste is not


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as popular as it once was and is mainly used on Christmas cakes and decorations.

Savour the Flavour

DOUBLE HEIGHT Standard tier height is 4”. A double height cake is an extended height i.e. taller than 4”

Hummingbird A moist mixture of banana & pineapple, lightly spiced with cinnamon. Similar in texture to carrot cake.

FONDANT FANCIES Squares of cake iced and decorated with coloured fondant, often displayed on a square cake board. They look similar to square, flat cupcakes and can have wording piped on.

Red Velvet A smooth soft deep red cake made using buttermilk, cocoa and red food colour. Partners well with white chocolate ganache or cream cheese icing.

CAKE POPS Delicious bite-sized globes of cake on a stick are dipped in milk, dark or coloured chocolate and then decorated. Perfect for lolly bars or dessert tables.

Coconut Becoming more popular a rich coconut cake is perfect for summer weddings. Generally buttery and containing real coconut and coconut milk, it pairs well with passionfruit and mango.

BOMBONIERE Also known as wedding favours, these are small gifts given by hosts to their guests. Traditionally consisting of a few sugared almonds in an organza bag, they now encompass any kind of sweet or symbolic item.They could be small rustic jars of homemade jams, cookies, lollies on ribboned sticks, miniature potted succulents or gourmet chocolates or fudge in tiny boxes. They are whatever fun or creative thing your heart desires to show gratitude and provide a memory to the people there on your special day.

Vanilla Chai This flavour started off in cupcake form and is now gaining popularity as a big cake flavour. It pairs particularly well with cream cheese icing mimicking the chai lattes so beloved these days.

CHOCOLATE BOXES Cute individual chocolate boxes or towers containing your cake flavour choice encased in chocolate ganache and shards of dark or white chocolate. Topped with chocolate curls or seasonal berries. The boxes are arranged on tiered stands for a dramatic and deliciously different look.

Cheese Yes, a wedding cake made entirely of cheese! There are alternatives to “Sweet Tooth” and one of them is cheese served with fresh fruit and biscuits; varied size wheels of your favourite cheese stacked into a wedding cake shape and laden with dark grapes, figs and berries.

Allergies? No problem Whether it’s the canapés, main or dessert, it is important to alert caterers and cake makers to any guests with allergies. These days there are many delicious alternatives to the traditional cake, and these can be served to everyone or

simply to those with an allergy. Bringing any issues up early in discussions will ensure that everyone enjoys the day. The most common allergy we come across is that associated with gluten. Such is the popularity of gluten-free now that most cake makers are offering a variety of gluten-free flavours. If you or any of your guests are gluten intolerant or coeliac it is important to advise your cake maker that the cake and the icing needs to be gluten-free. Some gluten-free icing options include the rich creamy chocolate ganaches and meringue buttercreams including the pure white buttercream made with copha. The icing sugar mixture used in standard buttercream sometimes contains wheat flour so this needs to be avoided and pure icing sugar used instead. The traditional and popular fondant icing also contains gluten. Another option to cater for your gluten-free guests is to have some gluten-free cupcakes made up separately from the main cake to serve at the same time. If any of your guests have any anaphylaxis to egg or nuts then it is important to clarify this with your cake maker. Egg-free cakes are completely possible and taste just as good as regular cakes!

Size Matters The size of cake that you will need depends on how many guests you have coming to your wedding. The standard portion sizes are coffee (approx 2.5 x 2.5 x 10cm) or dessert (approx 5 x 2.5 x 10cm). However, if you’re having a super rich mud cake for example, you may feel its fine to have smaller servings than if your choice is an airy vanilla sponge.

What’s the Budget? As couples are becoming increasingly conscious of ‘the spend’ when planning their weddings, especially when there’s a sizeable guest list, it’s comforting to know you can still have a gorgeous cake without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips on having maximum sweet oomph with minimum spend: • Buy a simple iced cake. Cake makers are usually happy to provide well priced, ready iced cakes that you can decorate simply and effectively. Buy two or three different sized tall cylinder cakes with plain white icing or buttercream and use hired footed cake stands to present them. Each cake can be a different flavour. And they can be decorated with vintage bunting, wooden dolls, large wooden letters or fresh/sugar flowers. Be aware that if you provide your own favourite cake stand it must be sturdy enough to hold a heavy cake! • Decorate with fresh flowers. When ordering your flowers, order a few large blooms to grace your cake. Buying cake flowers as part of your florist order will be cheaper than your cake maker supplying sugar flowers or elaborate piping work. • Fake It! While a cake to serve 35 guests will be big enough to feed your guests, it may not be the jaw-dropper you’d like your guests to wow over. It makes perfectly good sense to have one or two fake iced cake layers to increase the size of your wedding cake without significantly increasing the cost. • Cake for dessert. If your budget won’t run to a dessert and a cake and you’re having a sit down meal, just serve the cake as your

dessert. It doesn’t have to be a traditional cake; anything sweet that you like - lamingtons, brownies, macaroons or pannacotta - can be displayed on stands or platters at the reception. Why not consider giving your guests mini ice-cream cones with several lush flavours on offer? • Cakeage. This can make it or break it with some venues. It can seriously pile up costs so make sure you know what your caterer or venue charges to do this as sometimes it can equal the cost of the actual cake per guest.

The Wrap The more informed you are, the better the decisions you will make. Brides who have a clear idea of what they like, what pushes up or brings down costs and how the cake will fit in with the whole day usually finish up with an end product they will remember for years to come. It pays to Google up a few images and provide your cake maker with as much information as possible. Doing research online for images that appeal and emailing cake makers for quotes is worthwhile and helps fastrack the final creation. “As couples are becoming increasingly conscious of the spend when planning their weddings, especially when there’s a sizeable guest list, it’s comforting to know you can still have a gorgeous cake without breaking the bank.” “It pays to Google up a few images and provide your cake maker with as much information as possible.”

Cakes left to right: The Cake That Ate Paris (Little Posers Photography), Sweet Amor (Matt and Katie Photographers), Sweet Love Cake Couture, Deliciously Decadent Cakes, Trish Jackson, Rebellyous Cake Co (Down Bangalow Road), Atmosphere Cakes North Coast WEDDINGS


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The world of cakes, icing, design and dessert is a mysterious one to many of us, yet selecting a wedding cake is an important element of your big day. Whether you want something traditional, something unusual, or something right on trend a little knowledge can go a long way. This guide then, will get you ‘in-the-know’ so you can confidently and professionally organise a delicious and beautifully designed cake to impress your guests with.


Atmosphere Cakes and lolly buffets Your wedding day is one of the most precious days you have in your lifetime and your wedding cake should reflect this, a beautiful cake that is exquisitely boutique yet affordable. Here at Atmosphere Cakes & Lolly Buffets we design, bake and create each order to match every aspect for each individual taste and need. Contact Theresa Stritch for your chance to enjoy designing your dream wedding cake and/or lolly buffet to compliment your beautifully planed wedding. 0404 993 668




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Audrey’s Cakes

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As a former teacher of cake decorating, I have been baking & decorating cakes for 35 years and have seen many changes during that time. I enjoy the challenge of making cakes that are unique and special to each couple. I will work with you to suit your design. I also supply novelty cakes for birthdays, anniversaries etc. I supply and decorate “Chocolate, White, Caramel Mud, Fruit, Gluten Free and egg free cakes”. My prices are reasonable and I can organise delivery. A cake is the centre piece of any occasion. I can create that cake for you 6584 2440 PortMacquarie/AudreysCakes/

At “Cakes by Dianne”, Dianne prides herself on her attention to detail. From the traditional to contemporary, unique designs “Cakes by Dianne” can create your ideal wedding cake for your special day. A commitment to exceptional quality means that your cake will be both memorable and delicious.

02 6642 6612 or 0402481731


Deliciously Decadent Cake Design At DDCD they don’t just bake cakes, they create elegant, innovative and mouth watering works of ar t!! With 29 flavours to choose from you are sure to find that perfect desser t for your perfect day. A DDCD cake will be remembered long after the crumbs have settled!! 0412783336



5 Jo’s Cakery

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Offers Elegant, tasty cakes and cupcakes at an affordable price. All shapes and sizes available, your choice of flavours including cheesecakes. All Occasions catered for, specialising in Edible images. Everything hand made and edible. Bir thdays, Engagement, Wedding, anniversary, Baby shower, christening and more.

Just Love to Give is passionate about styling, giving and celebrating. We pride ourselves on styling gorgeous Sweet Lolly & Desser t Buffets as well as offering a unique range of Gift Favours for your special event. We’re based on the Gold Coast, Queensland and, we’d love to hear from you! To make an appointment at our Gold Coast studio, please contact us to make a time. 0421 999 756

Let’s Bake & Decorate has everything you will need to make the perfect Wedding Cake. Whether you are a novice or an expert we can help you. We offer Cake Decorating Lessons for the beginner and supplies for the expert. We also stock a beautiful range of fondants, readymade flowers, Cutters, Cake Toppers and accessories to finish your cake. W 02 6649 3521 MOB 0428493521 292698370782541

02 6652 2166 4a Moonee St, Coffs Harbour

Norelle Slater For over 30 years Norelle has been crafting beautiful cakes. She has a passion for baking and sugar craft, an eye for design and the skill to turn your vision into reality. Nothing is too hard and she cer tainly relishes a challenge. Norelle welcomes your call and will happily spend time with you looking through pictures and fine-tuning your design over a cup of tea, ensuring your cake fits perfectly into your theme.


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Rebellyous Cake co Rebellyous Cake Co based in Byron Bay can help you design and create your dream wedding cake. Rebel works closely with each couple to design a cake especially for them. Cakes from the Rebellyous kitchen are custom made and baked from scratch using only the finest ingredients to ensure they taste as good as they look!. Far left photo: Enigma Visions Photography

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Sugar Plum Cakes and Desser ts takes pride in baking mouth watering, custom made, vintageinspired cakes. Perfect for high-tea and desser t bar style celebrations, Sugar Plum offers a rustic alternative to traditional wedding cakes. We offer all things lovingly home baked, from cupcakes to biscuits and gateau’s! Whatever your sweet tooth, its ours too. For more information contact Amanda

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Sweet love cake couture Exquisite Cakes Creating edible works of art with a focus on intricate craftsmanship and flawless finishes Chic Designs Trained by world leaders in cake design and sugar artistry, our cakes are the epitome of style Luscious Flavours Always freshly baked to order using only the finest quality ingredients 0429 58 66 59

The cake establishment The Cake Establishment has one aim and that is to make your event wonderfully fabulous.
Based in Port Macquarie and servicing its surrounding areas we aim to provide a positive customer experience, and work with you to design a cake which perfectly compliments your special event and reflects its theme and style.
Not only will we make it look beautiful but taste great too.
If you are after a cake that will impress your guests, then call The Cake Establishment today.

Yvonne 0414 185 239


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the block coffee and chocolate With a name like The Block Coffee + Chocolate, you would expect a focus on chocolates, but be prepared to be wowed by the regions’ most extensive range of fine chocolates from Australia’s most accomplished ar tisan chocolate makers and macaroon collection. Located in Por t Macquarie’s CBD Coles building, experience the chocolate bar with over 20 exquisite handmade varieties on display, unique figurines and many other items ideal for a little self indulgence, table centre piece or as a thank you to someone special. 02 6584 4141 Coles Bldg/ 28 Hayward St, Port Macquarie


the cake that ate paris From her phenomenal baking skills and eye for detail, to her friendly down-toearth nature and genuine passion for her business, Bree pours her energy and flair for design into every cake she creates. Your dream wedding cake begins with a private consultation with Bree to discuss your style and wishes for your cake. (Of course, no meeting with Bree is complete without a tasting plate of various popular flavours to tempt your tastebuds.) It is recommended you book your consultation around 6 to 8 months in advance of your wedding date. From here, Bree will confirm your pricing, flavour choice and design. PHOTOS: Little Posers Photography

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Trish Jackson’s Designer Cakes Trish Jackson’s Designer Cakes located in Kempsey on the Mid North Coast, services from Bonny Hills to Nambucca Heads. Choose from a gallery of cakes or design your own. Make an appointment and discuss your ideas and create a design unique to you that will suit your personality and style .

The Cheesecake Shop Port Macquarie will bake and decorate your special cake made to order. Whether it is your wedding, engagement, kitchen tea or other special celebration, let Robbie and his team create a cake especially for you. 11/4 Bay Street, Port Macquarie 6583 7811

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Tiers for Tea Transform your desser t and reception tables with unique, handcrafted cake stands from Tiers for Tea, a Coffs Coast company which also offers a vintage china hire service with beautiful and authentic collections of fine bone china teacups, tableware and vintage accessories. Custom-made candles in teacups may also be hired.




vickers fudge Vickers Fudge has a growing range of Wedding Confectionery available for sale. Based near Wauchope NSW it manufactures most items in house Including customised wedding candy, fudge, lollypops, toffee & chocolates etc. We also hire clear acrylic displays (shipped flat pack) The Factory is open 7 days 8am till late or visit our website 02 6586 4499 North Coast WEDDINGS


Seasonal blooms

Wedding flowers are the ultimate accessory for your wedding day bringing together the colours and theme of your wedding through the creation of gorgeous bouquets, table arrangements and individual petals. While a bride may dream of a specific flower for her big day it’s always more practical and cost effective to try to use seasonal flowers. This will ensure the blooms will be at their best and brightest on the day. Spring weddings are warm and uplifting


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after the winter chill and there is nothing like a spring bouquet of Anemone, Sweet Pea, Ranunculus, Arum Lily or Stock. For a balmy Summer wedding try Dahlia, Peony, Calla Lilly or Orchids. When you’ve chosen your bloom it’s important to make sure that you talk to your florist so that you both know exactly what you want. Make sure you are clear on the size and shape of your bouquets and that you communicate what you need for table arrangements and other floral

pieces to decorate the reception space. If you would like to speak to a florist that will work with you to create the best seasonal look for your wedding and reception then give Natalie and Courtney a call. The girls can sit with you for a cuppa and a chat about designing the flowers for your wedding. Precious Petals Floral & Tea House located in Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour see adver tisement page 83.

Floral Jungle Fragrant, jeweled and wild. A wedding with a heavy

emphasis on flowers brings

the most exotic elements of nature to bear, enhancing

the passion of your day and igniting the senses.

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scented blooms and darkly lush tones are a gorgeous counterpoint to gauzy gowns and simple table design.


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The Floral Jungle team Photographer : Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography Floral Designer /Floral Accessories : Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens Cake : Andrea Adams of Classic Cakes Stationary: Announce this Design Hair : Neon Hair Design http:// Makeup : Cara Porter Makeup Venue : Hilton President Dresses : Red wine floral tulle gown by Alea Lovely. Sweetheart pink strapless a-line gown and Silk Layered Mermaid Gown By Jennifer Gifford Designs Australia Accessories: The Yellow Peony Vintage pieces/Jewelry/floral hat : Good Company North Coast WEDDINGS


The perfect place to celebrate one couples wedding day at Ballina Riverside function centre

Married on October 6 last year on a glorious spring day, Ashleigh and Andrew Colnan were determined to find the perfect reception venue to follow their Ballina Lighthouse wedding ceremony. The couple, originally from Ballina and now living and working on the Gold Coast, wanted somewhere to match their relaxed personalities and lifestyle, and if possible, at a location near the water. “It took us a long time to pick,” says Ashleigh, a nurse. “We just knew we wanted it in Ballina.” After looking at numerous venues, Ashleigh says they stumbled across Ballina RSL Club’s Riverside Function Centre which is located on the banks of the Richmond River. “It was just perfect,” she says. “It ticked all the right boxes for us.” In terms of food, and with 100 guests to cater for, Ashleigh says they wanted a nice modern Australian meal without breaking their budget. “Theirs was the best,” she says referring to the Centre’s menu. “They had a really big variety and you could choose alternate meals for each person. We had a vegetarian and a lamb option for entree, and chicken breast or steak for main. It was all absolutely beautiful”. It wasn’t just about the taste and value for money that made Ashleigh happy either. “The food came out hot and fresh, the service was really good – waitresses just came rolling out and had the food placed on the tables really quickly”. The guests, it seems, were very pleased too. “Usually you’ll find a couple of people will complain about some dish but everyone just raved about how good all the food was.” On the beverage front, Ashleigh was equally pleased. “I just told them what alcohol we wanted and we were able to put however much we wanted over the bar for guests to have,” she explains. It was easy”. Ashleigh is also highly complimentary of the Club’s staff, who, she says went out of their way to help make their night so memorable. “They were amazing from day dot,” she says. “I just can’t fault nor thank them enough. From booking it to the day after packing up, they were incredible and went above and beyond our expectations.” In addition to the incredible service, another bonus Ashleigh and Andrew found in using the Riverside Function Centre was the availability of


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time offered to them to arrange guest seating and decorations. “Our colour theme was that of the bridesmaids – white, purple and white,” she says. “We had white tablecloths and chair covers with purple satin ribbons around chairs, a light purple sash table runner and the centerpiece was a cylinder vase with white and purple fake roses that we twisted into the shape we wanted – it was gorgeous and simple.” This kind of decorating certainly takes time but thankfully for Ashleigh and her helpers, the Centre’s staff, were more than accommodating. “They let us have the venue the day before to

set up and the day after to pack up - they really were cruisey,” she says. “They made everything fall into place and run super smooth. Even when setting up on the day prior, staff kept coming in to ask if they could help - they were so nice.” And once formalities were over Ashleigh says it was just one big party. “We just let our hair down and danced the night away,” she says. “Everyone had such a good time. It truly was a night to remember.” Such positive feedback is not uncommon for Ballina RSL Club’s Functions Manager Sarah Dooley.“We really do pride ourselves on helping to make a couple’s wedding reception exactly as they would like it,” Sarah says. “Whether you’re looking for an intimate function space for a small wedding with close family and friends or a large traditional wedding with all the trimmings, the Riverside Function Centre is the perfect venue. Our experienced Functions team is on board to offer you personalized attention every step of the way. We really are dedicated to creating your perfect day.” Sarah says the award winning and widely acclaimed cuisine is headed up by their executive chef who will create, in consultation with you, a mouth watering wedding menu that showcases the Northern Rivers Region’s finest produce. The Centre, which is suitable also for ceremonies, offers a seated capacity of 400 maximum or cocktail receptions of up to 500 maximum. “And our functions team can coordinate all your wedding requirements from cakes to decorators, floral bouquets to wedding apparel and arriving in style,” says Sarah. “We also have access to an extensive list of wedding photographers and visual professionals to cater for every taste - all from as little as $49 per head”. Sweeping river views are just the beginning at Ballina Riverside Function Centre. Facilities include several reception rooms with private bars, complimentary car spaces, disabled access and private amenities. Their largest room also features a large parquetry dance floor, full stage, motorized catwalk and in-house lighting. For more information about hosting your wedding reception and/or ceremony at Ballina Riverside Function Centre, 240 River Street, Ballina NSW 2478, please contact Sarah Dooley on 02 66819529 or email sdooley@ballinarsl. or visit

Casuarina Weddings Situated in the pristine seascape of the Tweed Coast is the small, quiet but vibrant town of Casuarina. Located just 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast airport, and 30 minutes north of Byron Bay it’s not hard to see why Casuarina is quickly becoming the new sought after wedding hot spot. It makes for the perfect wedding destination without having to jump on a plane. The town itself is dotted with first class accommodation options, luscious parks and outstanding wedding locations. It’s the perfect holiday meets wedding location. Casuarina Weddings was launched early this year to help create and bring beautiful weddings to the area. The team at Casuarina Weddings

will work with you to show you all the available locations, provide ideas and information as well as point you in the direction of reputable suppliers. Best of all, using Casuarina Weddings is completely free. Casuarina Weddings’ flagship venue, the Sandbar & Grill Provincial Bistro, recently played host to the popular ‘Wedding Harvest’ event, and has also hosted many other stylish events in the area. If you have a wedding coming up they are able to provide a one-stop wedding planning service. Staff can assist you with every aspect of your wedding ensuring that all your requirements are taken care of. The Sandbar & Grill offers a perfect space for

the DIY or stylish couple, looking for something a little different with a rustic, industrial or beachside edge. For something completely outside of the box, the Spice Den at the Grand Mecure Santai, offers chic Thai dining in a five star space overlooking the resort pool. If you are looking to create a wedding with a difference, with an emphasis on food, wine and style get in touch with the Casuarina Weddings team now. You can follow Casuarina Weddings on Facebook, or check out their website & venues at www.casuarinaweddings. Or contact Kristy on 0413 517 302 for more information.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT Definitely walking in to the ceremony and seeing Geoffrey smiling out at me.


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Nadine & Geoff

the meeting We first met through a friend while watching a band in Byron Bay. I thought he was really cute then he started at my work the following week! We were very good friends for a long time before we had our first kiss.

the proposal Every Sunday we would go for a walk together with our 2 dogs around the local river loop in Melbourne. One Sunday Geoff said he didn’t want to come he wanted to work on his car so I really crankily set off on my own. Near the end I saw him sitting in the park that over looks the river with strawberries, champagne and roses- he got down on one knee it was really sweet. Photography by captured with love photography

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the wedding We had a lovely champagne breakfast with my family and the bridesmaids then got ready at the farm house. Our hair and makeup ladies came to us so it was very relaxed and lots of champagne! I kept peeking through the cur tains I was so nervous! It was lovely walking out and seeing all your friends and family smiling at you- the ceremony was very personal and beautiful. We both had our grandmothers sign as witnesses and we had written our vows in special little books to keep. Our photos were fun and relaxed and it was nice to spend that time unwinding after the ceremony with our bridal party. the reception we had Savouries with a twist cater our cocktail style reception. The food was amazing! There wasn’t space for a sit down but I liked having a cocktail style as it gave our guests a chance to move about and mingle.


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Nadine & Geoff’s Team DRESS:Thalia by Anna Campbell CELEBRANT/MINISTER: Stephen Cott ceremony and reception: Urunga Hall PHOTOGRAPHER: Captured with Love Photography HAIR & Make-up: Tenille Bennett Makeup Artist suits: Roger David Decorator: The Wedding Designers

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Retro Romance BABALOU at Kingscliff For brides that want that elusive “wow” factor, Babalou delivers an unforgettable reception, with healthy lashings of retro cool. Sitting proudly on the beachfront, in the hear t of Kingscliff, Babalou captures sweeping Pacific Ocean views, out to Cook Island and Fingal Headland. Babalou oozes retro rock ‘n roll attitude and just begs photographers to take just one more photo. Decked out with classic vintage furniture: lush velvet lounges, cane peacock chairs and the venue’s pride and joy: a one-off Veuve Clicquot Love Seat—your reception needs little theming. Babalou’s retro record lounge, pretty powder room and large dance floor create a uniquely playful atmosphere for your big day. With a dedicated Wedding Coordinator, Babalou’s team of professionals will ensure every detail of your day is expertly handled. Catering for up to 200 guests cocktail-style, or 130 for a seated event, Babalou’s real drawcard is their menu—creative and produceoriented, and beautifully complimented by their carefully selected winelist. Wedding packages start at just $55 per guest, with cocktail or seated receptions available. Babalou’s dynamic, hand-picked wine list is featured in their four hour beverage package, star ting at just $40 per person. With ample street parking and a varied range of accommodation close by, the venue is easily accessible for locals, and is less than half an hour from Gold Coast Airpor t for interstate travellers. Wedding enquiries can be directed to or Freecall 1800 445 982. Babalou is located Level 1, 102 Marine Parade, Kingscliff. You can find them on Facebook, or check out their online gallery: Photo: Angie Branch Photography


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Angie Branch Photography

La Fleur D’Alyse Cosmetic Laser & MediSpa was established by Dr John Wenman and his wife Sister Barbara Wenman over 20 years ago. They offer the latest and safest non-surgical cosmetic treatments to the Coffs Coast and are excited to introduce their new MediSpa to the region. MediSpa specialises in group bookings with a four person Sauna and eight person Spa. The spacious facility and perfectly manicured gardens make it the ideal venue for a Hen’s party or a quiet retreat before the big day. There is a full range of beauty therapy treatments on offer including, waxing, massage and wedding makeup. Start your experience with a Champagne foot bath, then unwind with a the lavish 24Kt Gold Facial, the exquisite Pearl Facial, or an exotic Aztec Chocolate Body Treatment.You will be on cloud nine and completely ready for your busy time ahead. If a little lift and rejuvenation is what you need then La Fleur D’Alyse utilises the latest in antiaging techniques used by many Hollywood stars. You will see lines relax and the face lift right before your very eyes with techniques such as the CACI non-Surgical facelift where the microcurrent stimulates and rejuvenates the muscle,

Where nature and science meet in the name of beauty

while stimulating the natural production of new collagen. If that sounds like it’s a step too far for you then consider one of the non-invasive cosmetic treatments including Botox or Dysport to treat forehead lines, crows feet, the neck lines and even excessive sweating. Regen is the latest cosmetic treatment available. It’s produced using a small amount of the clients own blood, mixed with a special gel solution and spun in a centrifuge to produce plasma rich cells which are then injected back into the area to be rejuvenated. These cells help to produce collagen and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance and because it’s your own blood it’s arguably the safest treatment available. Regardless of your beauty needs, MediSpa has a treatment or package to suit you. So to begin your journey to a younger more vibrant looking you, go online or give them a call for more information. Ph: 66528943 Enjoy a pre-wedding spa treat with your bridesmaids and mother and receive a complimentary trial makeup.

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palette PHOTOGRAPHER Amber Toms STYLIST House of DeVere MODELS Fleur Templeton from Dallys Models and Danielle Bonner HAIR Living Doll Premier Stylists MAKE UP Tara Hoggan Make Up Artist


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OPPOSITE: Fluer wears Collette Dinnigan Confetti Sequins, Silk Satin Gown $3,990.00 @ Hair: Bespoke Crowning Bow Hairpiece by House of DeVere $POA Jewels: Handmade 18ct White Gold and Diamond Engagement Ring, custom designed by Gorgeous on Main Fine Jewellers. ph:(07) 38227950

THIS PAGE: Fluer wears gown as opposite page. Hair- as opposite page Jewels- PANDORA Create and Combine Collection. from $59 @

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THIS PAGE: Collette Dinnigan Pearls and Palm Silk Organza Gown $POA. Hair: Bespoke Hairpiece by House Of DeVere $POA Jewels: SAMANTHA WILLS Running Heart Ring in Sorbet $125.00, @ Nik and She Coffs Harbour,


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Dani wears Henry Roth “Amanda” Gown. $1350 @ RSVP Bridal and Formal. Hair: Bespoke Fine Tuelle Bow Veil by House Of Devere, $POA . Jewels: Charcoal Jewel Pin (worn as ring) @ RSVP Bridal and Formal. Chair Stylists Own

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THIS PAGE: Henry Roth, “Esmerelda’ Gown $1499 @ RSVP Bridal and Formal Coffs Harbour. Hair: Bespoke Grand Teal Evita Veil by House Of DeVere , $POA. Jewels: One of a kind Princess Cut White Gold Engagement Ring crafted by Gorgeous on Main 07 3822 7950


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THIS PAGE: Alfred Angelo Ivory Satin and Tuelle Embroidered Black Lace Gown, $1450 @ RSVP BRIDAL AND FORMAL Coffs Harbour. Hair- Black Satin Bow Headband @ House of DeVere $POA Jewels- SAMANTHA WILLS BRIDAL “Yours Always” Silver Earrings Price: $99.00

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THIS PAGE: Collette Dinnigan French Corded Bridal Lace Long Sleeve Gown $4,990.00. (02) 9363 2698 Hair: Neutral Sinamay Hairpiece by House of DeVere $POA Jewels: SAMANTHA WILLS “Running Heart” Ring in Sorbet $125.00 @ Nik and She Coffs Harbour,


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THIS PAGE: (Left) Truese Bella 100% Silk Maxi in cameo $310, @ RSVP Bridal and Formal.: PANDORA “Compose” Pendant Earrings RRP $69 and hooks RRP $19

THIS PAGE:: (Right) Truese Bella 100% Silk Maxi in cameo $310, @ RSVP Bridal and Formal.; PANDORA White Freshwater Cultured Pearl Silver Drop Earring RRP $129 and hooks RRP $19 Both Girls wear a collection of assorted PANDORA rings from $59.00 @

Both wearing: Bridal Bow Veils by House of DeVere. $POA

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THIS PAGE: Alfred Angelo Ivory Mikado, Venise Lace Gown $1300 @ RSVP Bridal and Formal Hair: Cornflour Blue Floral and Feather Hairpiece by House Of DeVere. $POA Jewels: PANDORA Silver and Freshwater Pearl Earrings RRP $59 @ www.pandora. net


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THIS PAGE: Alfred Angelo, Tuelle Gown in Cameo $300, @ RSVP Bridal and Formal. Worn with House Of DeVere floral sash, $POA. Hair: Black Glass Bead and Netting Hairpiece by House Of DeVere $POA. Jewels: Engagement Ring as before by Gorgeous on Main

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THIS PAGE: Alfred Angelo “Christina” Gown $1550 @ RSVP Bridal and Formal. Hair: Bespoke Blush Hairpiece by House of DeVere, $POA Jewels- 18 Carat Gold Ring from PANDORA “Create and Combine” Collection @


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THIS PAGE: Brides Desire by Airs and Graces “Starlight” Gown $3100 @ RSVP Bridal and Formal Coffs Harbour. Hair: Black Sinamay, Wedgewood Blue Hairpeice $POA by House Of DeVere Jewels: Engagement Ring as before by Gorgeous on Main Chair and Backdrop Stylists Own.

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Memorable Moment The first time we sighted each other standing at each end of the aisle 76

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Sarah-Jane & Mike

the proposal Mike took me away to the Blue Mountains for our 5 year anniversary to a beautiful and intimate property. It was a relaxing weekend consisting of country walks, amazing food and drinking wine by the fire. On the last night a man who exudes confidence was struggling to put sentences together, it suddenly hit me that Mike was proposing.

Photography by Renae Bell studios

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the wedding We each had a lovely relaxing day with close friends and family leading up to the ceremony. Both of us were a little nervous but those nerves melted away the minute we locked eyes. It was just the two of us in our own cloud during the ceremony. Our reception was a sit down dinner which was to die for! We made sure there were a few things to do to ensure a fun and lively atmosphere. A fantastic band kicked things off to set the mood, a photobooth for plenty of giggles and flowing wine. It was the best day of our lives and we wish we could do it all again!


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Mike & Sarah-Jane’s Team FLOWERS: Sarah J Hudson DRESS: Peter Trends Bridal CELEBRANT/ MINISTER: Rainbow Ceremonies RECEPTION/VENUE: Cassegrain Winery & The Restaurant at Cassegrain PHOTOGRAPHER: Renee Bell Studios MAKE-UP: Blushing by Shannon Butler HAIR: Seiiki Hair JEWELLER: Christensens Jewellers Dural SUITS: Industrie WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: The Observatory, Port Macquarie

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Simple-Elegant-Trendy-Romantic Floral styling with Marilyn and Ashley from Touchwood Flowers There is nothing more beautiful to create an atmosphere that you and your guests will always remember than stunning fresh flowers. I don’t have a large budget, can I still create an atmosphere? Yes of course! Something as simple as several blooms of the one flower displayed in varying sizes of a glass vase surrounded by t-light can look fabulous. We work with all budgets – a single orchid tied to a napkin with jute- to a room that are filled with magnificent arrangements everywhere. What is really popular at the moment? We are still decorating lots of weddings with eclectic mixes of vases and flowers that suit the vintage theme; crystal and cut glass vases, preserving jars, milk bottles and jugs look so charming filled with mixed flowers.


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TOP 5 TIPS in selecting your flowers. 1. Order and pay a deposit early. Good Florists get booked out quickly. 2. DON’T SKIMP ON COST!!! Your bouquet will be a major part of all your wedding photo 3. Collect ideas of what you would love to have as your bouquet – during your consultation with your florist don’t be afraid to express your ideas, ask questions and trust their advice. 4. Make sure your florist has a lot of photo albums of completed weddings and testimonials from happy brides. 5. Relax and enjoy your wedding flowers consultation....It should be fun!!

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An Elegant Romance team: Venue: Verandahs, Byron Bay Photographer : Ryder Evans Photography Stylist, Furniture & Decor : Lovebird Weddings Gowns: Jennifer Gifford Designs Suits: Wil Valor Models: Division Management Stationery: With Love Flowers: Imbue Weddings – soon to be called Cotton Blossom Cakes: The Cake That Ate Paris Catering: Your Gourmet Hair : Wedding Hair by Leah Makeup: Lily Fontana

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Award Winning

Photo: David Moore Photgraphy

Bonville a two-time winner of Australia’s Best Resort Wedding Reception Venue in Australia Bonville Golf Resor t has again achieved what every resor t wedding venue Australia wide aims to be – The Best. Bonville was again announced as Australia’s Best Resor t Wedding Reception Venue in 2012 at the Australian Bridal Industry Academy’s Designer of Dreams Awards last month. This is a back to back win for the highly regarded Bonville Golf Resor t which was also recently awarded a ‘Hat’ by the 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. The Designer of Dreams Awards are competitively contested across many categories in the wedding industry including wedding dress design, cake decorating, hair & make up, honeymoon destinations and many others. This latest award has confirmed Bonville as a leader in the Australian wedding


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industry after placing in the Top 3 in 2009 & 2010. To be named as the best is an amazing achievement and one which their entire wedding team are very proud of. General Manager, Brad Daymond, said that the announcement was a great reward for all the staff at Bonville and recognised their continued efforts to strive for excellence and deliver the best wedding each and every time. “I believe our continued success is due to the combination of our beautiful resort, our wonderful staff and award winning food and beverage operation,” he said. “These factors see us hosting 50 weddings on the grounds at Bonville Golf Resor t each year”. This Wedding Award follows the announcement late last year that Bonville was again the winner of ‘Australia’s Leading

Golf Resort’ at the World Travel Awards (the Oscars of the Tourism & Travel Industry). This award has now been won by Bonville an amazing 3 times in 2006, 2011 & 2012 and is now Australia’s first and only triple winner of this par ticular title. Bonville is now in the midst of planning for the 10th Annual Coffs Coast Advocate Brides & Grooms Wedding Expo which is the regions largest and best annual wedding expo. The 2013 expo will again see over 45 wedding industry exhibitors displaying their wares on Sunday 2nd June 2013. All upcoming brides and grooms are encouraged to attend as entry is free and you could win one of over 20 lucky door prizes on offer. Businesses who are looking at exhibiting should contact the resor t to book their site to avoid disappointment.

Fare with Flair Traditionally around 40-50% of any wedding budget will go on the reception and the majority of that spend is the catering, so it’s essential that you get it right. Making decisions about the kind of food that you’d like to serve, the quantity and the timing of service is crucial for an easy flowing reception where guests are left neither hungry nor thirsty. “Your wedding day is such a long day for all involved. Making sure you have enough food for people is critical”, says Stefano, Head Chef and owner of Fiasco Catering. Quantity, quality and timing are all key to a memorable food experience for your wedding guests. For them, the celebrations start as soon as the bride and groom say “I do” so you need to get things going straight away.

It is also important to remember that – depending on the time of day your wedding is – many guests will have eaten little and be relying on being provided with a good feed at the reception. Cutting back here really isn’t an option. With this expectation of eating is the expectation of good food. “Food is such an important part of the celebration. It’s remembered by most people whether it’s good or bad, so why not make it special?” says Stefano. And creating ‘special’ needn’t be stressful: there are many catering options out there and a menu can be created to suit any budget. From cocktail food, to share plates, buffets and sit-down meals the choices are wide and varied. All you need to do is stay true to yourselves and the style/ feeling of your wedding day.

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Erica & Simon

The proposal Simon proposed in New York City on our last day of holidaying in the USA. We had just spent the morning in Central Park and Simon suggested we go for a walk a few blocks down to the diamond district. We spent the afternoon looking through many shops. The next day we went for a bike ride stopping for a hot dog and milkshake when out of Simon’s pocket came the ring! It was an amazing day. We celebrated with my parents that night with dinner and dancing at the Cotton Club in Harlem.

The Wedding I was much more relaxed than I anticipated. Simon spent the morning with his family in town while my family

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did a few finishing touches on the shed. We were married under two trees (a red cedar and fig) that had grown together to become one. We wanted to be married outside but also wanted an Anglican service so we had to get permission to have the local priest marry us out of the church. It was special for us and we are very thankful for it!

The reception After the ceremony our guests walked up the paddock to the shed. We had cricket, ping pong and golf to entertain our guests. We fed them samosas and curries from Oberois Indian Resturant, Coffs Harbour. Our desser ts where all homemade cakes and slices from aunts, both our mums’, friends and family! They were a hit! Our cake was a giant stack of my Nan’s lamingtons. The day was full of family touches all my aunties and cousins rocked up with their cars full of baskets, vases and plants to help decorate the shed.


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Erica & simon’s team FLOWERS: Dominic Hillier Rose Farm DRESS: White Lilly Couture The flower girls dresses were from David Jones by oneredfly, they all wore their own ballet flats. MINISTER: Rev David Hanger - Woolgoolga Anglican Church PHOTOGRAPHER: Lyss and her Camera SUITS: Hugo Boss

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Johanna Fern Makeup Artistry Your wedding makeup can make or break your day: let the professionals at Johanna Fern Makeup Artistry create an unforgettable look, with makeup to last you through the evening, while looking perfectly flawless in every photograph. Using only the best in cosmetic brands, including products by Laura Mercier, Mac, Nars, YSL, Lancome, Benefit and Gorgeous cosmetics, your wedding day makeup session takes just 45 minutes for each person. Get mum and your bridal par ty together, and treat yourselves with a professional makeup session. Johanna Fern Makeup Ar tistry can also travel to you, for local or destination weddings. Not sure what look will suit your big day? Our makeup trial will prepare the makeup ar tist for a fast and efficient application on the day. We will discuss looks and products with you,


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and work together to create a style to suit you. For that extra touch of glamour, try individual eyelash extensions. They look so natural, no-one will be able to tell they aren’t your own. Airbrush foundation is a great tool for brides, with this signature service ensuring a flawless finish, perfect for photographs. For girls who love to be pampered, The Pamper Stand is designed to spoil your wedding par ty and guests, offering them personal touch-ups throughout your reception. It’s a great talking point, and everyone will look amazing; from the beginning, to the very end of your wedding. Enquire about your wedding today, phone Johanna on 0419 719 049 during business hours, or fill out a contact form at johannafernmakeupar Photo: © David Andreas –

Natural Beauty Styling Elizabeth DeVere Courtenay – House of DeVere Model Shannon Garner Photographer Lyss and her Camera Fashion Emporium Bellingen Hair and Makeup Jolin Style Location Bellingen Valley Lodge Floral garland Precious Petals

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Beachside Simplicity-White “Lapis” maxi dress with Ivory embroidered bead and sequin encrusted detail $399 designed by Sacha Drake @ Emporium Bellingen.

Casual garden chic -Cap sleeved Ecru floaty embroidered silk tunic $505 by Moss and Spy from Emporium Bellingen

Simple EleganceIvory lace cap sleeve Moss and Spy “Nancy” dress $480 from emporium Bellingen.


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Bohemian beautyIvory long sleeve lace “Keira” dress by Moss and Spy $525 from Emporium Bellingen (as on opening page).

1920’s inspired glamour for day or evening-finely beaded shift dress with shimmering underlay $459, Twin-Set By Simona Barbieri @ Emporium Bellingen.

Floral Garland Halo of seasonal blooms made with love from Precious Petals,$POA.

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memorable moment Mattie and I had just finished our bridal dance and the band had every single guest up dancing. Mattie and I stopped and just gazed around at all of guests having such a good time.


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Sheree & Matt

the proposal We were on a holiday at Treasure Island, Fiji. On the second last day we were talking about how fun it would be to do a treasure hunt on Treasure Island . That night Mattie handed me a treasure map! The last part of the treasure hunt led me down onto the beach I found the spot and dug up a box. Mattie came out of nowhere, took the box from my hand, got down on one knee and proposed.

Photography by Renae Bell studios

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the wedding It was a very emotional ceremony with lots of tears and smiles from everyone. We had a cocktail reception in a marquee which had fairy lights and candles. It was a classic spring wedding with a fresh colour theme of peach, gold and white, my favourite colour combination. Our flowers were gorgeous and included white avalanche roses, soft peach roses and white spray roses with gold back magnolia around the edge. There was a video booth set up so guests could record a special message for us and instead of wedding favours we had a table set up where our guests would choose a charity to support.


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sheree & Matt’s Team FLOWERS: Touchwood Flowers DRESS: Designs by Melanie Ford CELEBRANT/ MINISTER: Judy Thomson (Great Aunt) RECEPTION/VENUE: Roses Vineyard PHOTOGRAPHER: Renee Bell Studios MAKE-UP AND HAIR: Makeup - Jolin Style, Hair - Dollface, Port Macquarie JEWELLER: Melville Jewellers SUITS: Rundle Tailoring WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: The Observatory, Port Macquarie

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Handcrafted sugar flowers are a gorgeous and delicious touch 2





For a more vintage feel go for a cake table of goodies that look homemade




1 Norelle’s Cakes 2 & 6 Rebellyous Cake Co 3 & 8 Sweet Love Cake Couture, 4, 5 & 7 Deliciously Decadent Cakes 9 Sugar Plum Cakes & Desserts


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Modern Luxurious and Kid-Friendly BYRON LUXURY BEACH HOUSES “Luxurious, modern architecture and spacious,” is how Debbie Fowler, Marketing Manager of Byron Luxury Beach Houses, describes her nest of properties, situated just three minutes stroll from Belongil Beach. The 4 ½ star AAA Tourism accredited complex is perfect for brides and grooms preparing for, and enjoying, their wedding celebrations in the region. The enclave of high-end private houses has satisfied a niche in Byron Bay—upmarket, yet family-friendly accommodation. Situated on Shirley Street, guests are close enough to enjoy all Byron has

to offer, without the hustle and bustle of the town centre. Brides and grooms can book-out the property, with 48 guests comfortably catered for within the six, four-bedroom residences. With a shared pool on the proper ty, and sprawling, individual outdoor entertaining areas for each residence, the complex is perfect for couples who want to enjoy their wedding celebrations with family and friends. Local architect, Dan Connolly, designed the private houses, striking a careful balance between expansive living and enter taining areas, and privacy for each guest. Melbourne Interior Architect, Ann-Marie Rush, created the liveable, modern interiors, with an adept use of a modern colour palette and warming wood features. “The type of bride that books our proper ty is someone who is looking for a little luxury, as well as having all her guests together, without the interruption of others,” says Debbie. For more information, or to enquire about a booking, see au or “Like” them on Facebook for the latest news. For more, see their ad on page 79.

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Panache ‘Alice’ plunge bra and brief in Mineral Blue

Panache moulded t-shirt bra and high waisted brief in black

Panache ‘Elsa’ balconnet bra and brief in coral

Panache ‘Rosie’ full cup bra and full brief in blush

Amanda Garrett: Snowflake

Panache ‘Delphi’ basque in black and ivory.


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Mimco Stolen Treasure Heel in gold or silver $299.00

Alfred Angelo Style 8501 Lace over Charmeuse, Rhinestones, Crystal Beading, Pearls Chapel Train

Mimco Stolen Treasure Clutch $199.00

Panache ‘Bella’ balconnet bra and brief in aqua floral

Panache ‘Arquette’ balconnet bra and thong in navy and vanilla

Following in the footsteps of our greatgrandmothers’, lace is making a fabulous comeback.

Beautiful beaded gown and headpiece from Bo and Luca

Panache ‘Marcie’ balconnet bra and brief in aquamarine blue

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From the bold and vibrant to the most pale, delicate blooms, the Australian landscape offers up a myriad of choices year round.



Forget flowers as an after thought or traditional centre piece, the trend is to use flowers as an integral part of your styling.

Autumn and Winter flowers Tulips, Sweet Peas Singapore Orchids, Gladioli, Delphinium Lissianthus, Garden Roses, Hydrangea. Australian natives – for a bold statement try Waratahs and Proteas 5

6 1.Little Glimpses 2.Rebecca Ding Photography 3 & 5 Touchwood Flowers 4 Imbue Weddings, Photo by Ryder Evans Photography 5 Lavish Floral Design 102 North Coast WEDDINGS


High Tea Rendezvous What is High Tea? Originating prior to the 17th century in England, High Tea was a combination of afternoon tea and the evening meal. It was later made popular by Queen Victoria. In recent times, High Tea has become a very popular activity for both women and men with a number of chic hotels and restaurants offering the service. Rendezvous preserves the popular English tradition in the elegant surrounds of Rendezvous Restaurant with a delectable assor tment of sweet and savoury delights served with gourmet T2 teas. Tea-pot cocktails are also available for those who like to be a little daring! Is High Tea suitable for engagement and hen’s parties? Of course it is! High Tea is even a great idea for a wedding reception with a unique twist. Everyone who has tried High Tea has fallen in love with the utter indulgence that is High Tea at Rendezvous. Not only is the three tiered platter (full of sweet cakes, pastries

and savoury tar ts and sandwiches), absolutely delicious, the elegant and modern European décor of the Rendezvous restaurant provides the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated event. And if you’d like a less traditional High Tea, the restaurant serves delicious cocktails served in a tea-pot as well as a full bar menu. As well, Rendezvous’ stunning baby grand piano provides the option of hiring a pianist to entertain guests while they enjoy the High Tea experience.

celebration. Visit , call (02) 6652 3888 or email

How do I find out more information for my upcoming celebration? The 2012, Clubs NSW ‘Best Club Function Venue’ award winning Events Team at C.ex Coffs will help you create the perfect High Tea

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Thomas Sabo Rebel at heart fragrance for men $99 02 9417 0177 or

Thomas Sabo watch WA0151 $329

stylish grooms Go for simple accessories to complete your look - sleek watches, and cufflinks.

Thomas Sabo cufflinks MK44 $399

Thomas Sabo cufflinks MK52 $369 Thomas Sabo watch WA0152 $379

Thomas Sabo cufflinks MK45 $399

Suit in charcoal blue from Flair

Roger David


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Rodger David Ceasar Navy Jacket Ceasar Navy Trouser Olle Sky Stripe Shirt Preppy Floral Tie, cream

Roger David Skinny Charcoal Jacket Skinny Charcoal Trouser, Navy Pipe Stripe Shir t Floral Pattern Tie, Navy,

TEGRA-LITE International Carry-On 28120

Thomas Sabo watch WA0139 $659

Thomas Sabo cufflinks MK49 $399 Roger David Skull Skinny Tie, Navy

Thomas Sabo cufflinks MK47 $329

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jewellery Mimco Paradise bound feature neck $279.00

PandoraSilver stud earrings with white freshwater cultured pearl $59

With an emphasis on simple gowns comes a revival of bling. Heavily jeweled necklaces, ornate earrings and cocktail rings in a range of coloured gems, diamonds, beads, gold, silver and pearls.

Pandora COMBI silver bracelet

Mimco Stolen treasure crystal wrist $199.00

Mimco Empire stud $99.95

Mimco Empire linked wrist $199.00

Mimco Paradise cuff $169

Pandora Silver ring with14 carat gold and mother of pearl $199 Samantha Wills New York kiss studs in black

Mimco Hidden treasure drop ear $129

Samantha Wills Everything about you earings

Pandora LP 18 carat 8pod pavĂŠring, 0.56 ct diamonds $2,999 Samantha Wills All for you earings

Pandora Silver ring with cubic zirconia and white freshwater cultured pearl $129 Pandora 18 carat white gold pavĂŠ earring with 0,14 ct diamond POA


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A destination with it all

With stylish, modern rooms, suites, villas and luxurious four bedroom apartments nestled into a pristine, beach-front nature reserve at Coffs Harbour, the 4 star Opal Cove Resort offers couples a complete wedding destination. From your engagement party, to your hen’s and buck’s weekend, the rehearsal dinner, and your wedding and honeymoon—Opal Cove is the resort you don’t have to leave. For the buck, celebrate with friends at Horizons Restaurant and Bar, or get active with the resort’s tennis courts, gymnasium with sauna, and the Australiana-themed 18 hole miniature golf course.

And, for the girls, unwind at Opal Essence Massage and Beauty. Relax poolside with cocktails and finger food, and laugh the weekend away with your best friends in our spacious beachfront apartments—sleeping up to eight people. With four ceremony sites and two stylishlyappointed reception rooms, Opal Cove Resort offers everything you could want for your wedding day. Marry on the lawn at the Beachfront Lagoon, with sweeping ocean views, or have your ceremony on the Terrace, with ocean glimpses and beautiful gardens as your backdrop. For indoor ceremonies, the Ocean-view Foyer

seats up to 100 guests, complete with floor-toceiling glass windows displaying a stunning ocean view. Alternatively, the Wedding Atrium seats 80 guests, with standing room for 120 guests, and boasts lovely garden views—offering a quiet, intimate ceremony location. For your reception, The Opals room seats 110 guests, complete with ocean views and dance floor. For larger weddings, the beautiful Grand Ballroom comfortably accommodates 300 guests. To start organising your wedding celebrations, please call wedding coordinator, Rykila Geerligs on 1800 008 198 or email For more information, please see

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hair andbeauty nude palette With jewels and hairpieces now the trend, makeup becomes soft and subtle - think dewy skin, pale mouth and subtle eyes.

Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in Caramel Kiss RRP $27. Napoleon Perdis Off-Duty Tinted Moisturizer $48. www.

Divine Valentine Headpiece Samantha Wills

Faith rhinestone comb Percy Handmade

Mimco Empire embroidered headpiece, $34.95

Napoleon Perdis Nude Palette, RRP $79 www.

Lucy silk flower Percy Handmade

hair pieces

Harking back to medieval times and the styling of hippy 70’s, jewelled hairpieces are a unique and elegant addition to your look.


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Mimco King of Thieves chain headpiece, $169 Genevieve bridal comb Percy Handmade

Captured With Love Photographer, and self-confessed romantic, Laura Baker, is “in love with love.” Her natural style of photography, combined with her fun and relaxed approach, will effortlessly capture your love story—from engagement, to your wedding day. Captured With Love Photography packages start at just $1,000, with a complimentary engagement session included. The shoot is the perfect way for couples to become comfortable in front of the camera, and a great opportunity to get to know Laura. With your introductory shoot conveniently included, all that’s left to do on your wedding day, is to relax and enjoy the experience. Her gallery and blog showcase a dreamy collection of images; each one brimming with emotion and beauty. “I love

nothing more than a great love story,” explains Laura. “I love to take the time with couples, so that they can be themselves, and their natural beauty and love unfold for me to capture.” Laura’s personalised approach means that she will be there for the whole day, photographing “the moments that happen between the moments; all the little details that make each image as unique as the couple themselves.” Based in Coffs Harbour, Captured With Love Photography can travel to your wedding, be it local or further afield. Call Laura on 0438 348 485, or email her at au. View her online gallery: [1], or checkout her blog for the latest in real weddings.

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the marketplace

babalou 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.

Ballina Riverside Function Centre For a reception that ticks all of the boxes, the experienced functions team can coordinate all your wedding requirements. From cakes to decorators, floral bouquets to wedding apparel and even arriving in style.

bonville golf resort Let the Coffs Coast’s most awarded Wedding venue, Bonville Golf Resort create an Unforgettable, Romantic and Unique wedding day for you and your loved ones.

Kingscliff 02 6674 8764

Ballina 02 6681 9529

Bonville 02 6653 4002

byron luxury beach houses

in a snap photo booth

jolin style hair & make-up artist

Luxurious, modern and spacious. Perfect for couples preparing for, and enjoying, their wedding celebrations in the region. Book and be ensured privacy to celebrate with family and friends. Byron Bay 02 6684 7728

long black limo Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour Weddings –formals-hens party’s

Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour 0413 654 000


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BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort 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

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Straight from the glamorous world of television and fashion, Jolin brings with her the latest looks and hair styles that no one else can offer. Look a million dollars. Be confident. Live in the moment.

Mid North Coast 0402 377 865

Lovebird Weddings offers a boutique wedding planning and styling service. Every wedding is created with love, care and attention. We provide brides with custom-made colour and design palettes, and inspirational mood boards – helping to bring your wedding vision to life.

Port Macquarie and beyond 0431 739 295

Northern NSW 07 5471 2106

mike & amy photographers

NSW Registry of Births Deaths & marriages

one love wedding ceremonies

We love weddings! To us every wedding is a fairy tale and each wedding has it’s own emotions and stories along the way. We love to capture special moments in peoples lives in an interesting and natural style.

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.

Northern NSW 0435 814 275

Sydney 1300 655 236

A photo booth is part entertainment, part photographer, part bonbonniere.... and full of fun! Guarantee a wedding to remember by having an In A Snap Photo Booth at your reception.

Servicing Byron Bay & surroundings, One Love Wedding Ceremonies offers you unique, modern ceremony styling. We can create your dream ceremony at your chosen location. Northern NSW 0402 402 198

Quick Reference Guide Beauty Hair and Pampering

renee bell studios Your wedding day demands to be celebrated with stunning photography! Contact one of Greater Port Macquarie’s most sought-after wedding photography studios and ensure your memories are captured naturally and beautifully. Mid North Coast 02 6582 0144

JANE SMITH HAIR AND DESIGN Byron Bay 02 6684 7756 0437 965 968 JOHANNA FERN MAKEUP ARTISTRY Servicing northern NSW 0419 719 049 JOLIN STYLE Port Macquarie 0431 739 295 LA FLEUR D’ALYSE COSMETIC LASER AND MEDISPA Coffs Harbour 02 6652 9433 Cakes and Caterers FIASCO CATERING Coffs Harbour 02 6652 2637 THE LARDER Byron Bay 02 6680 8644 NORELLE’S CAKES Coffs Harbour 0427 256 867 OPTIONS AT ALSTONVILLE Alstonville 02 6620 0545

west high st remedial massage Book Susan to come to you, for your girls night or hens party. Remedial, relaxation and aroma therapy massage. Group discounts, gift vouchers, eftpos and health fund rebates available. Coffs Harbour area 0404 197 820

REBELLYOUS CAKES Mullumbimby 0459 090 964 Car Hire LONG BLACK LIMO Byron Bay 02 6620 9200 / 0413 654 000 Fashion RSVP BRIDAL Coffs Harbour 02 6652 7000 Florists LAVISH FLORAL DESIGN Lismore 02 6622 6430

PRECIOUS PETALS Coffs Harbour 02 6652 7557


TOUCHWOOD FLOWERS Port Macquarie 02 6583 2657

BREAKFREE AANUKA BEACH RESORT Coffs Harbour 02 6650 2541

General BYRON BAY BRIDAL SHOWCASE Ewingsdale 07 3342 0469

BYRON LUXURY BEACH HOUSES Byron Bay 02 6684 7728


C.EX COFFS Coffs Harbour 02 6652 3888 ORARA VALLEY ESTATE Coffs Harbour 0414 934 385

IN A SNAP PHOTO BOOTH Coffs Harbour 0421 649 818




Photography CAPTURED WITH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY Coffs Harbour 0438 348 485

Wedding Styling and Decorating BYRON BAY PROP SHOP Byron Bay 0427 171 087

EMMA RHOADES PHOTOGRAPHY Coffs Harbour 0430 535 487


FIGTREE PICTURES Northern NSW 07 5599 2880 LYSS AND HER CAMERA Coffs Harbour 0418 472 590 MIKE AND AMY PHOTOGRAPHERS Coffs Harbour 0435 814 275 RENEE BELL STUDIOS Port Macquarie 02 6582 0144 Venues and Accommodation ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT OPAL COVE RESORT Coffs Harbour 02 6651 0527

LOVEBIRD WEDDINGS Servicing northern NSW 07 5471 2106 OCCASIONS2IMPRESS Servicing North Coast 0422 958 414 ONE LOVE WEDDINGS Northern NSW 0402 402 198 RUBY JU Servicing northern NSW 0405 101 043


Photo: Mike & Amy Photography

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readers survey The team at Nor th Coast Weddings value your feedback and would love you to send us your completed survey so we may continue to improve the magazine. Plus, you have the oppor tunity to WIN a beautiful invitation pack from New Holland Publishers Australia - what’s not to love about that? Just post your entries to PO Box 2071, Coffs Harbour NSW, 2450. Don’t miss out! Entries close 30 September 2013. 1. How did you come across NCW? Newsagent Friend/Family Other _____________________________ 2. What appealed to you about NCW and made you want to buy it? Cover Title Content Par ticular ar ticle/section 3. How helpful have you found the magazine? Very Helpful Helpful Not helpful 4. On average, how often do you refer to NCW? Every day Every week Every month Not much 5. Who else has looked through your copy of NCW? Fiancé Mother Father Mother-in-law Bridesmaid Sister/friend Other ____________________________ 6. Would you recommend NCW to others planning a wedding? Yes No Why ______________________________ __________________________________ 7. What did you like about NCW? __________________________________ __________________________________ 8. What changes or additions would you like to see in the magazine? __________________________________ __________________________________ 9. What is your wedding budget? __________________________________ 10. Is there anything you have had to compromise on or go without due to your budget? __________________________________ __________________________________ 1. What is your income bracket? $25-50,000 $51-75,000 $76-100,000 $100,000+


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12. Where in our region do you plan to marry and why? __________________________________ __________________________________ 13. Tick as many of the following products/ services you have booked or plan to book from the magazine n Venues n Catering and alcohol suppliers n Wedding planner n Celebrants n Enter tainment n Gowns, suits and fashion n Accessories and jewellery n Cakes n Flowers n Stationary n Photography and Video n Transpor t n Accommodation and Travel Services n Beauty Hair and Makeup n Other __________________________ 14. Will there be any other important decision makers apart from you? Yes No If yes, who? Fiancé` Brides Parents Grooms Parents Other _______________

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19. If you have been to any expos, what did you like and dislike about the event? __________________________________ __________________________________ 20. If you have any other comments please leave them here. __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Entrants details Bride Name ___________________________ _______________________ Age:__________

15. Where are you doing most of your research? Magazines Internet Which do you prefer? ________________ 16. What other wedding magazines do you buy/have you bought? Please list. __________________________________ __________________________________

Groom Name _________________________ _______________________ Age:__________ Address ______________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Phone _______________________________

17. What are your favourite websites for research? __________________________________ __________________________________ 18. Have you or do you plan to attend any wedding expo’s? If yes, which ones? __________________________________ __________________________________

Email ________________________________ Location of wedding ____________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Engagement date _______________________ Wedding date _________________________

Photo: Figtree Pictures

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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(As these should be booked out well in advance)


m Book the reception venue m Consider the type of wedding transport 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 passpor ts 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 party 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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Commemorate Your New Life Together... with a special Commemorative Marriage Certificate.

Holding Hands



Diamond Rings

Cut the Cake

Marriage Rings

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 $71.00* package that includes a Standard Marriage Certificate (valued at $48.00) 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.

Commemorative Marriage Certificates do not contain security features and organisations may not accept them as a proof of identity document. *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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