The Bride's Tree Volume 9

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Sitting right on the Noosa River and with uninterrupted water views, Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar offers a private and romantic location for weddings and events in Noosa. Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions • Hen’s High Tea Parties with Genuine Vintage China Wedding Day Bridal Party Takeaway Orders 142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, Queensland PH: (07)5474 4444 W: • E: Find us on Facebook



contents real weddings

Real Weddings



Classic Garden Wedding in Bloom



Backyard Wedding



Restaurant Wedding in Noosa



Relaxed Resort Wedding in Noosa





inspiration shoots 10


Eclectic Contemporary Mexican Wedding Fiesta




Bridal Fashion and Florals for an Autumn Bride

AS THE SEASONS TURN Let the Four Seasons be your Bridal Beauty Muse

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editor’s note Do you feel that? The breeze on your skin, the chill as you breathe? It’s Autumn, friendscardigan weather. If one were inclined to play favourites with the seasons, this would be mine. Following a long hot summer, I finally feel like busting out the doona and contemplating the odd evening hot chocolate and couch cuddle. This edition is all about the turning of the seasons, and the celebration of what comes with each, especially Autumn – my fave!

PUBLISHERS Sally Townsend & Jenny Cooper GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jaye Create Copyright The Bride’s Tree 2014 All rights reserved. Please do not publish articles without seeking written permission. ADVERTISE Please email info@thebridestree. to request our media kit if you are interested in advertising in our magazine or on our blog. SUBMISSIONS Find out how to submit to our magazine and blog here.

Ladies, I have been super spoilt lately, having been invited to try out day spa treatments, restaurant menus, boats, pontoons, helicopters, hotels and amazing experiences in some of Queensland’s most luxurious locations and spectacular natural wonders. For those on Instagram, you will have joined me on parts of my journeys. For everyone else, in the coming months I will be sharing some of my fave pre-wedding experiences and honeymoon getaways to be had here in Queensland. I cannot wait for you to see unique ways you can see this incredibly beautiful part of the world. Ah… I will keep dreaming of my next test run, while you enjoy our latest bridal inspiration offering. Volume 9 will not disappoint, I promise!

Sally xo

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clockwise from top left: Ethereal bridal boudoir in the woods Coastal wedding with a native gatecrasher

/ Engagement shoot with fur babies /

Flower crowns, ballerinas and horses

Llama, lhama, Shetland Pony! A Maleny garden wedding 17 incredible wedding day photos

/ Carnival themed wedding

/ Cute chapel + marquee wedding

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E C L E C T I C C O N T E M P O R A RY M E X I C A N F I E S TA W E D DI N G Alternative Mexican themed bridal styled shoot that expertly infuses traditional elements with modern on-trend concepts. Neon and flecks of metallic gold reside amidst masses of flowers and succulents in a funky Sunshine Coast restaurant setting. Images by Willow & Sage Photography


Lace and extravagance with clean lines is a traditional style worn by Mexican brides, and our model, Kyana. Complete with lace veil from Ivie White, this lace-sleeved couture gown by Judy Copley Bridal is a traditional style with a modern-day sexy low back with pearl and cross embellishments. Bold statement jewellery with a pop of colour from Samantha Wills gives a contemporary twist to an otherwise traditional bridal look.


Cowgirl boots amp up the rustic feel to suit the overall look of the venue and styling.

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Tavis wears a gray threepiece suit with black fatboy tie, fastened with a black and gold pin in authentic Mexican style.

The Prickly Pinata dĂŠcor is a creative take on modern iconic Mexican elements. The pastel walls with murals feature tropical fruits and exotic birds alongside familiar Spanish sayings. Another wall features artwork and funky religious crosses.


Wholehearted Studio enhanced the existing dĂŠcor by bringing in more Mexican props, and industrial and distressed furniture was used, giving a nod to the history of Mexico.

Whole fruits alongside succulents and bold florals, skulls and other ceramics fill our reception table creating a very colourful fiesta.


Mexican styling has a strong emphasis on authentic handmade craftsmanship, so Wholehearted Studio sourced hand cut Papel Picado flags from Mexico to use as placemats, handmade maracas and decorative gold metallic pi単atas.

The invitation suite by Ivy Invite jumps head first into the Day of the Dead theme, a huge fiesta in Mexico strongly connected to their most sacred religious holiday and is all about gathering together with family. The suite features rustic etched pine with Mexican skulls and pineapples, along with a taste of the Spanish language.


These sugar skulls are quite literally made of sugar! Perfect little morsels for a Day of the Dead adornment to a Mexican themed neon wedding cake. Ideas in Icing created this spectacular three tiers in fantastical colours with flamingos and cactus for decoration. Accompanied by an impressive pineapple cake creation!


A bouquet rich in colour, full and unstructured with rustic foliage

La Flores Succulents and rustic foliage in abundance, along with bold florals rich in colour and texture designed by trend-setting florists from Twig and Grace.

Our bride’s hair and makeup was inspired by the classic perfection of Eva Peron. Impeccably styled hair is by Evalyn Parsons, while the bold lip and striking eyes are attributed to the talents of Natalie Hunter.

Photography and Concept: Willow and Sage Photography Styling and Concept: Wholehearted Studio | Location: The Prickly Pinata | Florals and Concept: Twig and Grace Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair | Makeup: Natalie Hunter Makeup Artist

Stationery: Ivy Invite | Cakes: Ideas in Icing

Dress: Judy Copley Bridal | Veil: Ivie White | Suit: Suits Direct | Prop sponsor: Willow and Bird | Pi単atas: Party Pony Designer Pinatas | Models: Kiana Busk, Tavis Chappell


SHANNON & LIAM Classic Garden Wedding in Bloom Ceremony and Reception: Spicers Clovelly Estate Guests: 57

“My advice to other brides is to focus on the big picture and work together as a team. Do you really want your engagement to be reminiscent of bickering and arguing, or a time you’ll both cherish forever? It’s so important to include your partner in the planning and decision-making, it’s their day too!”

WEDDING SECRETS BRIDAL GOWN Wendy Makin ACCESSORIES Gregory Ladner earrings SHOES Giovanna BRIDESMAID DRESS Forever New BRIDESMAIDS’ ACCESSORIES Samantha Wills earrings SHOES Milana, David Jones GROOM’S AND GROOMSMAN’S ATTIRE Suit by Saba, Shoes from Country Road, Shirt by Thomas Pink RINGS Engagement ring – Tiffany & Co Bride’s wedding band – Bradley Jewellery Groom’s wedding band – Diamonds International DIY My sister made my beautiful wedding bouquet, and the bouquet she carried. As Liam and I both have a design background we were able to design our stationery.



HAND-PICKED TEAM THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN PHOTOGRAPHER Andrea Sproxton Photography CAKE Cake Designs MAKEUP ARTIST Powder Me Makeup Studio HAIR STYLIST Dot & Birdie ENTERTAINMENT: We compiled a number of playlists, played through equipment hired from DJ Warehouse Hire. CELEBRANT/OTHER OFFICIARY Montville Maleny Marriage Celebrant WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATION Spicers Clovelly Estate “Liam and I wanted an outdoor garden ceremony, thus we chose our wedding date to align with the Jacaranda trees being in bloom.”

BIG BACKYARD WEDDING Ceremony: Own backyard! Reception: Kingston House Impressions Photographer: Emma Nayler Photographer Guests: 80 Wedding Budget: $20,000

"Our grandparents wrote us advice for a long and happy marriage, which was read during the ceremony instead of a traditional reading.�

Click to play Shawnee & Chris’ wedding highlights film by Jasper & Ruby Visions

Bridal gown: Hills in Hollywood, Kawana Accessories: Chanel necklace worn as a bracelet Shoes: Christian Louboutin Bridesmaid dresses & accessories: Each bridesmaid sourced her own dress and shoes in a pink/blush/cream shade Groom and groomsmens’ suit and shoes: The boys sourced their own suits - white shirts, black belts, grey pants and white shoes. Chris and I gifted the groomsmen pink and white check bowties. DIY: Centrepieces, candy bar and framed poems. 48

We had a huge bridal party, which was really special to us. It wasn’t just a select few sharing the entire day with us; it was all of our very best friends. It was really special that we could have our dog included in the day - she came to the pictures.�


“Our whole wedding was based on showing the people our love for each other, but also the love that we had for them. Providing our guests with little things to make the day more enjoyable was important to us. For example we had popcorn throughout the ceremony, fans to keep them cool, a photo booth and DJ to keep them entertained, and a candy bar. �


hand-picked team that made it all happen Photographer: Emma Nayler Photographer Videographer: Jasper and Ruby Visions Decorator: Amore Wedding Stylists & Decorators Florist: Twig and Grace Cake: Sweetheart Cake Designs Transport: Roundabout Tours (bus) Hair and Makeup: La Mode Hair and Beauty DJ: Images Disco Services Photo Booth: In the Booth Invitations: Photography by Bambi Celebrant: Janine Newton

leaves Bridal Fashion and Florals for an Autumn Bride As the first hint of chill breezes in, we are blessed with pretty days of glowing warmth, littered with leaves of amber and gold. Autumn weddings are weather-perfect and allow for much versatility in fashion and styling. We teamed local designer Erin Clare Couture designs with Jennifer Oliphant Photographer for our Autumn-inspired bridal fashion shoot at the always inspiring Noosa Botanical Gardens.


is a fine Chantilly Lace gown with a scalloped back and cap sleeve detail, highlighting the beauty in this lace and flowing gently over the silk jersey underlay. Worn beautifully with a veil and handcrafted double string Swarovski Crystal earrings.


are not just for carrying or prettily placing in a vase these days. You are only limited by your imagination when working with an innovative, skilled florist. Wrist corsages are a fun floral adornment, however if you want to really make an impression, consider something truly unique such as a floral belt or ring made of tiny succulents.


“Heavenly Blooms was born from a passion for flowers and the love of transforming them into nostalgic floral bouquets. Organically grown in our own flower beds on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Each wedding posy is made from flowers that send a unique message on your special day. At Heavenly blooms we weave love into our bouquets to suit each brides individual story, enhancing your dream wedding so it will be remembered forever.�

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Classic genuine pearl tear drop earrings and bracelet are given a contemporary feel with unique design by Cherrywood Designs.



features 3D embroidered lace and delicate tulle flowers, pretty sheer three quarter sleeves and a modest, yet striking plunging back detail. A modern classic bridal hair style is partially relaxed, but also with asymmetrical structure, a chignon basis, and enough intricacies to draw the eye. A specialty of Evalyn Parsons Hair.


wraps around the back of the gown with a dramatic cut out back detail, and features a statement sequin bodice and soft tulle skirt overlay, which is removable for a more simple style. This dress is a great option for those wanting a change for the reception, without the added expense of purchasing an entire second dress.



delicate features were enhanced with subtlety by Gorgeous Beauty & Makeup, adding just the right amount of colour pop in her berry lip colour to offset the blooms.


incorporated autumn leaves into the bouquets and other floral arrangements, they even hung strings of leaves in a nod to the seasonal theme, and utilised bronze goblets, bowls and tray top table for rich warm dĂŠcor styling.


THE team DREAM Concept & Coordination: Joelle Guillard & Jenny Cooper, The Bride’s Tree / Photography: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer Location: Noosa Botanical Gardens / Florals & Styling: Heavenly Blooms / Dresses, Veil & Hair Accessories: Erin Clare Couture Jewellery: Cherrywood Designs / Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair Makeup: Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty / Model: Lilly 70

as the seasons turn

Make the season your muse, designing bridal beauty that speaks to the turning leaves, chill in the air, new life or the streaming sunshine. Four different, but equally inspiring, Sunshine Coast hinterland locations provided the perfect backdrops for our seasonal shoot.

WINTER at Maleny Manor

Cool greys are alluring with blue eyes, stealing the show when offset by highlighted pretty pink cheeks and a matching nude mauve-pink lip. A slick high bun is a perfect style for the modern veiled bride.

SPRING at Spicers Clovelly Estate

Fresh and pretty, a free-spirited young look with lovely lilac eye colour, and a pearly pink lip. Flushed cheeks complete this sweet makeup design.

Curls in a carefree style and a braided halo are just the sweetest thing! The softly swept front works perfectly with ombre coloured hair.

SUMMER at House of Laurels

Bold red lips are always a stand out, teamed beautifully with naturally defined eyes and the perfect brow. This structured hair style featured a gorgeous chignon in the back, pin curls and great height with the swept over style in the front.


Warm colours of pale gold and bronze are teamed with a gorgeous deep brown to define the eyes in a glamorous style with a soft smokey edge. The look is completed with a pretty coral lip.

the dream team Makeup, Concept, Florals and Styling: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry Hair: The Guillotine Hair Artistry Photography: Janine Lanhorne Dresses: Eve Boutique

AUTUMN at Flaxton Gardens Our Autumn bride wears a relaxed hair style, parted naturally with subtle waves.


FINE DINING RESTAURANT WEDDING Ceremony - Noosa Woods Park / Reception - Sails Restaurant / Photographer Chesterton Smith Photography / Guests - 69 / Wedding Budget - $40,000

WEDDING SECRETS Bridal gown / Leonard Derecourt Accessories / Samantha Wills Shoes / Wittner Bridesmaid dresses / One Runway Bridesmaids’ accessories / Forever New Groom’s suit and shoes / Connor Groomsmens’ suits and shoes / Connor Rings / Diamond Boulevard


“We placed great emphasis on finding the right celebrant, ceremony and reception venue – we felt these would be the core components of our wedding experience and would give those involved in styling a real feel for what we aimed to achieve.”

A.C.M.C., JP (Qual),. Dip Adv.C.W. (Aust)

Top Male Marriage Celebrant in Queensland & Australia ABIA Awards Winner 2008 – Finalist 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Top Australian Male Celebrant 2011, 2012, 2013.

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“Sails Restaurant had ticked all the boxes for us - ocean views, great food and wine, and excellent service!�



HAND-PICKED TEAM THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN Photographer / Chesterton Smith Photography Wedding Planner / CL Weddings & Events Florist / Twig and Grace Cake: / Ideas in Icing Bombonnieres / Mini Absolut Vodka and mini scotch bottles Makeup Artist / Pru Edwards Hair Stylist / Rebecca Anthony Decorators / CL Weddings & Events Entertainment / G & M Solutions Stationery Supplier / Paper Dolls The Lost Art Celebrant / Bill Scurry Marriage Celebrant Wedding Night Accommodation / Fairshore Beachfront Apartments



Relaxed Resort Wedding in Noosa Ceremony & reception: Noosa Springs Golf Resort & Spa Photographer: Adore Photography Guests: 60

“I wanted good quality services so I had trials for makeup, hair, sampled cake, and had engagement shoots to test everything out before the big day!�

Michelle and James were both a little nervous to start online dating, but it turned out to be the start of their happily ever after. Upon meeting, they discovered they had a lot in common, formed a great friendship,which grew into love. One year later they were engaged. They spent six months planning their gorgeous Noosa wedding.

“We have the same family values as each other and that is really important to us as we are a very close family and spend lots of time together. We always are caring and kind to each other and we have the same sense of humour so we always make each other laugh every day.�

Wedding Secrets Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander dress, bolero and belt / Shoes: Keara Hamilton Bridesmaid Dresses: Hills in Hollywood / Grooms Suits: Ferrari Bridal and Formal wear / Rings: The Diamond Vault / DIY: Framed photos on gift table.

Hand-picked Team That Made It All Happen Photographer: Adore Photography /

Wedding Planner: Noosa Springs

Golf Resort & Spa / Florist: First Class functions / Cake: Cupcake Teahouse Transport: Get Hummered / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Jess / Hair Stylist: Hair Artistry by Alana Mason / Decorators: First Class Functions Entertainment: DJ Jerry Brown & Radio Club Band / Stationary: Urban Weddings / Civil Celebrant: Vickie Larkin / Accomodation: Noosa Springs Golf Resort and Spa


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