The Bride's Tree Issue 7

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contents real weddings

Real Weddings




Two Little Dickie Birds Married in a Dairy



Thistles, Kilts and Green – a Scottish Celebration!



Engaged and Married in Romantic Red



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Glitter & feathers & blooms, oh my!

inspiration shoots 10


Natural Elements meet Feathers and Glitter



Classic Speedboat Arrival and Glam Beach Styling

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Recent Blog Highlights Beauty on the Range

Celebrating Women – an Interview with Natalie Hunter Makeup Artist Pre-Wedding Pamper Facebook Faves – achieve newsfeed bliss Instagram Faves – instantaneous inspiration

editor’s note Have you noticed something different about us? No, it’s not the hair. It is, however, the magazine equivalent of the hair, the dress, the shoes, the… oh, I don’t know, forehead, maybe? Bit of botox, nothing too outlandish. We have a shiny new layout we are quietly confident you will find delightful. Confession: I have a girl crush. Or perhaps it’s a mind crush. Either way, I seriously can’t get enough of author, blogger, all-round amazing woman, Danielle La Porte. In business, she says if what you are doing is not lighting you completely ablaze – not just bright, but positively gazillion-watt blindingly bright – then it’s not for you. And you should walk away. She’s talking about your vocation primarily, but I have been applying this concept to every part of my life. I would challenge you, my dear brides, to do the same in planning your wedding.


Sally Townsend and Jenny Cooper

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Andrea Williams of Jaye Create

Copyright The Bride’s Tree 2013 CONTACT US PO BOX 1971, Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore, QLD 4558

The dress should have you feeling as bright as the sun. Your vows, in particular, should leave you feeling like you’re walking onto a 100-metrehigh stage with the brightest spotlight showering you with the warmth of true love. Not in a deer-caught-in-headlights kind of way, more like only-girl-in-the-world style. So take it on, brides. I challenge you to desire to be on fire for your wedding day. I hope we can help you out with this pursuit.

Sally xo

recent blog highlights

clockwise from top left: Coolum Beach wedding that makes us smile / Marquee wedding with floral chandeliers Caloundra Air Museum wedding

/ Touching hinterland wedding film / Yandina bridal

shoot with spirit / Sweet sunset engagement shoot / Garden wedding shoot on Noosa River / Lust-worthy bridal head piece collection



sparkles & light

Natural elements of wood and feathers teamed with sparkles create charming romantic textures. Rustic meets light delightfully in this wedding inspiration styled shoot.

rustic french doors adorned with festoon lights baby’s breath scattered with low lying candles

An aisle was created using glitter and tea light candles on the bare wood floors

the colour palette

sparklers and glitter-dipped feathers, sweetly wrapped cakes, glitter rolled jars and charming confetti bags

wrapped with a doily and twine were all hand crafted.



rustic and timeless vintage furniture

the dream team photography: ale & kim concept & styling: rustique wedding designs dĂŠcor & furniture: moments in vintage makeup and hair: the beauty case flowers: willow bud cake: cakes by lou stationery: gemma lauren invitations suit, dress & headpiece: when freddie met lilly venue: metro arts models: laura robinson & reuben chant film processing: raw digital and film lab

Peta & Paul


TWO LITTLE DICKIE BIRDS MARRIED IN A DAIRY Ceremony and Reception: Yandina Station Photographer: Boots Photography Wedding Budget: $25,000 Guests: 80

It had been raining non-stop for weeks but the sun came out on Friday and managed to dry out the ground just a little – but I was glad we were wearing boots.



Having my darling horse, Hugo, involved on the day was just amazing. Paul bought me Hugo just before we got engaged and has always said my diamond is the biggest one out there – about half a ton! It was a lot of effort teaching him to be ridden side saddle and in a big white dress, and then to be calm around all the people.

We looked at quite a few venues from Tamborine to Noosa and as soon as we went to Yandina Station we knew this was it. I actually cried while we were looking around because it was perfect!

WEDDING SECRETS Bridal gown: Justin Alexander Bridal from Sugar and Spice Bridal Accessories: Vintage Orton Pearls from Ebay Bridesmaid dresses: Myer Bridesmaids’ accessories: Prouds Groom and groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Spurling Formal DIY: Decorations, clip boards, signs, cake stands and board games

The photography was very important – it’s one of the few things you get to take away on the big day so you want it perfect.



It’s my job to protect the environment and waste has a huge impact, so I wanted to limit waste wherever possible in my wedding. The decorations were mostly collected jars and bottles that I cleaned up and decorated with string at very little cost. The roses they were filled with were directly from a local rose farm at Yandina, so were inexpensive.


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HAND-PICKED TEAM THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN Photographer: Boots Photography Florist: Flax Flower Cake: Sugar Dreams Transport: Champers Rolls Royce Hair and Makeup Artist: Beauty on the Move Entertainment: Freud Squad Stationery Supplier: Paper Ground Dance instruction: Raw Connection West Coast Swing Celebrant: Mark Robbins Wedding Night Accommodation: Yandina Station

GILLIAN & GARY Thistles, Kilts and Green – A Scottish Celebration! Ceremony: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Buderim Reception: Twin Waters Golf Club Photographer: Emma Nayler Photographer Guests: 38 Wedding Budget: $20,000

Wedding Secrets Bridal gown and veil: Roz Le Kelin Bridal Jewellery: A little stall at Eumundi Markets. The lady made up a pair of earrings and a pendant with some stunning drop Swarovski crystals I chose for $60! Shoes: Tony Bianco Bridesmaid dresses: Hills in Hollywood

“First and foremost we wanted a small intimate wedding with people close to us and a religious ceremony.“

“Our little boy, Logan, carried the rings into the church. He was very excited that he was asked to do this and was so well behaved.”



Wedding Secrets Groom and groomsmens’ suits and shoes: St Kilda Retail Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller DIY: Rolled Australian Natural Beeswax sheets into candles and wrapped in ribbon and lolly bags for favours Groom and groomsmens’ suits and shoes: St Kilda Retail Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller DIY: Rolled Australian Natural Beeswax

“I was born in Scotland and grew up in Australia, and Gary is Scottish, so we wanted a Scottish themed day. We had everything from kilts to thistles on the cake and a piper at the church. A lot of our guests travelled all the way from the UK.” “All four of our parents ‘gave us away’ at the Wedding rather than just the father of the bride, so when I approached the altar the priest asked, “Who presents this couple?”, and they responded with, “We do.” It was really lovely.”

“We had family shots taken at the Church and then went on to the Twin Waters Golf Course for the bridal party pictures. Emma Nayler, our photographer, was fantastic throughout the day.�

“I asked a few of the larger suppliers early on if I could pay off the balance in instalments. I was lucky to have such amazing people who were happy to comply and I paid a weekly amount to each of them! This really helps to ensure that everything is paid for well in advance of your big day.�

“We looked for a venue that could do all of the traditional “wedding stuff” for a small group without shoving us in a corner. So we had the dance floor, DJ, cake table, private space and bar, but with a small crowd of 38.”


THE CREDITS Photographer: Emma Nayler Photographer Florist: Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio Decorators: Cloud Nine Weddings Hair stylist: Rolling Scissors Makeup artist: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry Cake: Ideas in Icing Bombonnieres: QueenB Candles, Sydney and Sunshine Confectionery Outlet Transport: Noosa VIP Limos Entertainment: Moove It DJs Stationery: Vistaprint Officiant: Father Joe Duffy, St Mary’s Catholic Church Buderim


ON THE RANGE It’s only a short drive up the range to Maleny Retreat, where you will find some of the most stunning views the Sunshine Coast hinterland has to offer. Images by Jennifer Oliphant Photographer





THE DREAM TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER Jennifer Oliphant Photographer MAKEUP Gorgeous Make & Beauty HAIR Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing FLOWERS Twig & Blossom LOCATION Maleny Retreat DRESS Karen Willis Holmes HEADPIECE & VEIL Neil Grigg Millinery


natalie hunter PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST, NATALIE HUNTER, HAS TEAMED UP WITH SOME OF THE SUNSHINE COAST’S MOST TALENTED PEOPLE TO CREATE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING IMAGES THAT DEPICT A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN. The Women and Seasons project will eventually result in a printed calendar for 2015 and support a yet-to-be-chosen charity helping women. We had a chat with Natalie about this exciting project and how it curbs her insatiable appetite for creativity and beauty.




NATALIE, WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE WOMEN AND SEASONS CALENDAR COME FROM? Myself and Robecca, the photographer, are very creative people, and as much as I LOVE weddings I have this other side of my creativity that needs to be free, so we came up with the idea of doing some really arty and creative shoots. HOW DID THE TEAM COME TOGETHER TO CREATE THESE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES? Each shoot has taken a lot of effort and work from all involved. Each of us do the behind the scenes preparation in our own time, such as making the leaves for the autumn shoot and shopping for accessories etcetera. HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH EACH OF THE CONCEPTS? About eight months ago we arranged our models, then had a big brainstorm as to what we could do with each of them, and which model would suit each season. IT MUST TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO EXECUTE EACH SHOOT. WHICH ONE HAS INVOLVED THE MOST PREP SO FAR? Well, the Autumn one was very time-consuming, having to make all the leaves - 300 all up. Then I have to say our summer angels was the longest onset preparation. The wings were made out of wire and each of us, including our models on the day, helped us wire the flowers all around them! They were so amazing, and we gave the wings and flower wreath to our models as a pressie to say thank you.


IT LOOKS LIKE YOU GOT REALLY CREATIVE WITH YOUR MAKEUP DESIGNS. WAS IT A LOT OF FUN? I am in my absolute element being able to create beauty. I have so much fun stepping outside the box and playing - thats all it really is, playing! I’m so blessed and grateful to be able to do this for a living.

THE IMAGE OF THE BEAUTIFUL PREGNANT MODEL IS SPECTACULAR! WHY DID YOU WANT TO USE A PREGNANT MODEL? When we had our initial brainstorm, the idea of a pregnant woman popped up for our spring ideas. Spring symbolises new life, so a pregnant woman was perfect for this.

WHY IS CELEBRATING WOMEN SO IMPORTANT TO YOU? I absolutely love working with women, so it was only natural to celebrate how amazingly special, strong and spiritual we all are. So with these shoots, I take great honour and pleasure to make these women look and feel like they are the most special person in the world.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CALENDAR BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE? At this early stage in the project, we are yet to go into all these details, but hopefully we can have them all around the Coast for the year 2015.

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PRIVATE SAND ISLAND WEDDING The important things to remember if you’re going to have your wedding on your own private Noosa island is to arrive in style, make it lush and look fabulous. Photography by A Look Photography

A castaway wedding requires the grandeur of lush furniture and fabrics. Lots of white looks effortlessly elegant on the sandy shores.


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This handsome family got together for mum and dad to renew their vows, with the bride once again wearing her original wedding gown


When the styling and location are predominantly shades of white, putting the groom in a grey suit with a crisp white shirt is perfect


Cruising the Noosa River in a classic wooden speedboat - you can’t get more romantic than that!


CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHY A Look Photography | BOAT Noosa Dreamboats CELEBRANT Jacqueline Gray | SUIT Suits Direct | HAIR PIECE, BRACELET & EARRINGS Cherrywood Designs | STYLING First Class Functions FLOWERS i-blossom | HAIR AND MAKEUP Beauty on the Move

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AMIE and BRAD ENGAGED AND MARRIED Photography by Matt Rowe Photography

the ENGAGEMENT An engagement photo session gave Amie and Brad a chance to practice being in front of the camera and get nice and comfortable with their photographer, Matt Rowe, before the big day. Amie booked her bridal makeup trial on the same day as their engagement shoot, which is a brilliant idea. This guarantees you will be looking your most spectacular for your loved-up shots, and allows you to see how your makeup translates photographically.



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Amie and Brad invited 86 guests to help celebrate their wedding ceremony and reception at Clio’s on Rosemount. Their day was full of romance with a classic red theme throughout the fashion and styling. Their beautiful photos were shot at Bli Bli, where country boy Brad felt very much at home.


Amie’s stunning makeup design of soft shimmer pinks and grey on the eyes, pink cheeks and a light pink lip is very bridal and beautifully applied by Kate from KJ Artistry. 42 38



Photographer: Matt Rowe Photography Venue: Clio’s on Rosemount Makeup: KJ Artistry Wedding night accommodation: SurfAir Marcoola

“We had canapĂŠs, which were amazing. They had sticky slowcooked pork belly that everyone was fighting over! There was also amazing duck spring rolls and sugar-cured trout. There was heaps of food and then later

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PRE-WEDDING PAMPER If you’re not the stumble-about-in-heelsand-sash-doing-inappropriate-things-withinterestingly-shaped-straws-type, you’re probably more the bridal shower type! To us, bridal shower means yummy food and pampering. Here we have two brilliant ways to both relax and celebrate your last days of singledom with your gal pals.

Mobile High Tea with Pampering Allure Bridal Stylists will bring the entire high tea to you. That is absolutely everything you will need from the food and drinks to the pretty porcelain tea cups, linen, antique macaroon holders, and vintage cake stands. They set it up, pack it down and all you have to do is enjoy it! This is a great option for locals and out-oftowners, because they will come to your home, accommodation, or even a park, and set it up as a picnic. We did promise you there would be pampering, didn’t we? Indeed, all of your guests can be spoiled with hand and foot massages, manicures and pedicures using organic products. Prices start from $75 per person. Photo shoot styling by Wholehearted Studio



Day Spa Rejuvenation Soul & Skin Spa is one of those places you walk into and the rest of the world disappears. Located in Peregian amongst native bushlands on a lush private property, you and your ladies can have the whole place to yourselves and design your pamper experience to suit each individual with any combination of their treatments and use of facilities. Massages and facials are of course a given, but you can also hop in the infra-red sauna, healing spa, and take a dip in the pool between treatments. Yoga and meditation classes can be arranged especially for your party, and taken under the Balinese pavillion amongst the gardens. All of this pampering will surely have you working up an appetite. Soul & Skin Spa can cater lunch or champagne and nibblies for your party; or you are welcome to BYO. Photos by Chesterton Smith Photography

Indulge in a day of luxury and pampering for your bridal shower or hen’s party. Choose treatments from our spa menu and enjoy our tropical paradise while sipping champagne and enjoying nibblies. 9 Lake Vista Drive, Peregian

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