The Bride's Tree Volume 11

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volume 11 / october 2014

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contents real weddings

Real Weddings



Pretty pastel hinterland wedding



Romantic private country estate nuptials



Traditional Jewish wedding on Noosa Beach



Spring colours for Noosa Nuptials




inspiration shoots 38


It’s a gypsy life for us. And a group elopement!

also in this edition 8 89 91

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editor’s note Friends and colleagues often remark, “You are so lucky, you get to look at pretty weddings all day!” They seem to have the impression that I lead a super glam life, where I’m flitting off to fun events and lunches with the ladies, getting pampered and playing dress ups. Well let me tell you, day to day, that’s not really the case. Especially these past few months, I have been in Mum-mode big time. When your “holidays” start revolving around soccer tournaments, you know you’ve crossed over to another level of parenthood. Most weekends commence with me in pair of jeans, travel mug of coffee in hand, lugging my fold-up chair across the field, hoping I haven’t forgotten it’s my week to bring the half-time oranges. Now we are at the end of the season and I hardly know what to do with myself.

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 Please do not publish articles without seeking written permission.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.

Luckily it’s summer! Hurrah! Time to start keeping towels in my car boot in case an impromptu beach swim opportunity arises… and it frequently does! The backseat will be a sandpit in no time – just the way I like it. I know I said I don’t get to play dress-ups all the time, but this one time recently I did when I was asked to be in a styled shoot. I will be blogging the results soon, so keep a look out! It was so much fun, but I think it will be a onetime thing! Enjoy our 11th Volume, lovely brides!

Sally xo

Behind the scenes with The Bride’s Tree gals When we make Noosa beach our office for the day, we know it's going to be epic! Hands down, there is no more beautiful spot on the planet.

One of our Volume 10 styled shoot images is now larger than life in White Lily Couture’s studio.

Sally got to be in a very pretty photo shoot styled by Wholehearted Studio.

Favourite hairstyle ever, by Evalyn Parsons Hair.

Joelle and Sally got in soccer mum mode with a trip to the Gold Coast.

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“The most important thing to us was the wedding venue. We really loved the idea of a garden wedding with soft colours and lots of greenery and flowers. We also wanted to be as creative as possible with our venue so when we found Maleny Retreat we knew we had found a winner. It was a blank canvas on which we were able to create anything we wished.�


wedding secrets Bridal gown: Jennifor Gifford Shoes: Novo Bridesmaid dresses: Gossip gowns Groom’s suit and shoes: Roger David, Betts Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Roger David, Betts DIY: Bridesmaids’ hair, hand-painted invitations, bombonnieres, stationery, desserts, signage, and table letter centerpieces. Honeymoon: Paris and Italy

“We balance and inspire each other. We also love doing most of the same things.�

“We always had a soft garden theme in mind, with soft pastel dreamy colours.”



hand-picked team that made it all happen Photographer: Byron loves Fawn Videographer: Playback Studios Florist: Ginger Lily & Rose Caterer: Gourmet Vacation Cake: Flour Girl
 Transport: Grande Limousines
 Makeup Artist: Tasleema Nigh
Makeup Artist Bride’s Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair Rentals: Maleny Retreat, Equip4Hire
 Decorators: Coast to Country Weddings and Events Entertainment: The Photo Booth Guys Wedding Night Accommodation: Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

ALI & DREW ceremony & reception/ PRIVATE PROPERTY, SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND photographer/ WHITE IMAGES guests/ 125


WEDDING SECRETS Bridal gown: Tegan Asha // Veil: Johanna Johnson // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaid dresses: Arnley // Bridesmaids’ accessories: Tiffany & Co Groom’s suit and shoes: Suit: P Johnson Tailors, Sydney; Shoes: RM Williams // Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Saba // Rings: GP Israel, Sydney // DIY: Some decorations and ceremony flowers // Honeymoon: Uluwatu, Bali

“Although it was a lot of work, getting married on my parent’s property was so special. We always go there for holidays and to return to the place where we were married is wonderful.”

“We didn’t want to have too many formal proceedings on the day, however my cousin got his Marriage Celebrant license in the lead up to the wedding in order to marry us. It was an incredibly generous and amazing thing for him to do. It was so wonderful.”



HAND-PICKED TEAM THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN Wedding Planner: Wild Heart Weddings // Florist: Mondo Floral Designs // Caterer: Elliotts Fine Foods // Cake: Sunny Girl Cakes // Transport: Noosa Hinterland Tours // Makeup Artist: Jes O’Brien // Hair Stylist: Evalyn Parsons Hair Decorators: Simply Style Co. // Entertainment: Love Note // Stationery Supplier: Wisteria Paper // Gift registry: The Wedding Nest // Celebrant: Doug McNicholl // Wedding Night Accommodation: Vogue Montville

Nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the AnnaBella Chapel is the idyllic intimate venue for your wedding ceremony. Only 15 minutes from beautiful beaches, this is the perfect venue to start your wedding celebration. AnnaBella is stylishly designed and decorated and set on a sprawling country property with countless photo opportunities in the luscious gardens, paddocks and alongside the charming dam. Find AnnaBella on Facebook Just 15 minutes from Mooloolaba 264 Wilson Road, Ilkley Qld 4554 p 07 5478 9411 m 0418 814 232 e

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In the ultimate act of solidarity, six friends (and one Chow Chow) exit their everyday lives in search adventure and happily ever after modern-day gypsy style... A group elopement at Little Cove, Noosa! Styling and decorating by Lovebird Weddings.Â

Roaming carefree, it’s all about friendship, good times and dazzling destinations. Load up the Kombi with man’s best friend, (like Mackenzie, the Chow Chow, a spectacular furry companion!), a surf board, tunes and good conversation. You’ll be there in no time.

Kirra’s sexy “Gold Digger” long-sleeved gown is by Judy Copley Bridal. Shell necklace and rings from Gypsy Stone.

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A group elopment on the beach is the ultimate in solidarity, a sentiment not lost on Celebrant Suzanne Riley, who is a gypsy girl at heart. Suzanne wears white lace playsuit, kimono and hat from Gypsy Stone. Rings and bracelet also from Gypsy Stone. A unique focal point for a beach wedding without any airs is a driftwood arch, adorned with strips of lace and macramĂŠ floating romantically in the breeze, and twisted rope gives a castaway feel.



Ashlee wears “Platinum”, a mermaid-esque floorlength sheath by Judy Copley Bridal, headpiece, necklace and rings from Gypsy Stone.

Mermaid babe! Fishtail braid and beachy curls for Ashlee complement her peacock blue and smokey brown eye makeup, inspired by the ocean. Gold and rose striking eyes with a teased mane is a sexy gypsy look on Kirra. Kirra’s sexy “Gold Digger” long-sleeved gown is by Judy Copley Bridal. Shell necklace and rings from Gypsy Stone.


Moriah wears a white hand-stitched guipure lace kimono and bodycon lace mermaid skirt by Judy Copley Bridal, top is stylist’s own, headpiece, necklace, bracelets and rings from Gypsy Stone. Messy beach curls and natural makeup for Moriah allows her shell head piece from Gypsy Stone make a big statement. Makeup by Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry, Hair by Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair

Autumn colours meet fresh spring flowers, unstructured and oversized. Floral hues of lavender, deep plum hint at traditional gypsy colour richness, and are offset by the softness of peach, cream and apricot. Â


The guys and girls get comfy with canapĂŠs, music and good conversation on the palette day bed. Antipasto sharing plates with meats, cheeses and breads are passed around, and colourful cocktails sit atop a basket coffee table. Â Cushions and throws incorporating traditional gypsy elements, such as coin fringe and rich maroon add to the mysticism. And of course there is always time for a jam session.

A hanging crab pot entwined with fresh vines provides a hanging feature amidst the bamboo canopy, draped with lace, linen and muslin, creating lots of interesting texture. Fresh seafood and colourful quinoa salad to share, lovingly prepared by Capelli Foods. Rattan bench seats make for a cosy and intimate group gathering with cause for much celebration!

Callum, Luke and Dane wear clothing from Number 19 Boutique, styled by Lizz Pennings.

Hurricane candles and floral arrangements in rattan lanterns scatter the centre of the reception table. Wreaths of greenery and herbs vintage mismatched china, home to embroidered napkins with stick place names.


The Dream Team

Concept and coordination: Sally Townsend Photography: Roy Byrne Photography Concept and Styling: Lovebird Weddings Florals: Poppy Lane Flowers by Design Celebrant: Suzanne Riley Catering: Capelli Foods Makeup: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry Hair: Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair Fashion styling: Lizz PenningsDresses: Judy Copley Bridal Grooms' fashion: Number 19 Boutique Accessories: Gypsy Stone Kombi: Noosa Old Skool Kombis Cushions and throws: Sapien Arts Models: Ashlee Jensen, Luke Ross, Kirra Calleja, Callum , Moriah Overell, Dane Bayliss. And Mackenzie, the Chow Chow dog.

Callum, Luke and Dane wear clothing from Number 19 Boutique, styled by Lizz Pennings.



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In a classic Noosa beach wedding Sydney couple, Laura and Adam, combined casual modern sophistication with the traditions of their Jewish heritage. A unique concept, embraced by the couple’s stylist, Carly Baum, director of CL Weddings and Events, who writes about the design process.

For Laura and Adam’s beachside ceremony we created a traditional chuppah (canopy), using both a soft cotton draping, touches of beautiful florals and Jewish prayer mats, allowing both their modern style and their tradition to be part of their nuptials. The couple were married by their family Rabbi from Sydney.



Cool drinks and shade are a must for summer weddings; guests helped themselves from refreshment stations and baskets full of paper parasols.

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The bride and groom do not see each other for the week preceding the nuptials. During the ceremony, the bride and groom drink from two cups of wine. The first signifies the sanctity of their union, the second receives seven blessings first. Following the ceremony, the couple are taken to a private “yuchid” room to share a few moments of seclusion. Guests bring “simcha” (joy) to the couple with much dancing and entertainment at the wedding reception!

The reception was styled with gorgeous linen furnishings with touches of French rattan, bronzed side tables and florals in soft hues that showcased the already outstanding styling of the venue and its dark timber features.


Surrounded by family, friends, singing, dancing and abundance of food, Laura and Adam hosted a cocktail-style reception, so they could be sure to get around to each and every one of their 150 guests, who flew to Noosa to celebrate their marriage. As with all Jewish weddings, the music is so important, so the dance floor took pride of place with food stations surrounding the lounge areas.

Photographer: Jodi McDonald Videographer: Wild Bunch Weddings Florist: Mondo Floral Designs Venue: Bistro C Cake: Bistro C Makeup Artist: Pru Edwards Hair Stylist: Hair by Nicola Stylist: CL Weddings and Events Decorators: CL Weddings and Events Entertainment: Speakeasy Entertainment



“We wanted a garden party, beachy feel about the day with an emphasis on gorgeous flowers and fresh, spring colours.”

CEREMONY: Casuarina Gardens, Noosa River RECEPTION: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar PHOTOGRAPHER: Karen Buckle Photography GUESTS: 70 WEDDING BUDGET: $35,000

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 (07) 5474 4444 • Find us on Facebook

WEDDING SECRETS BRIDAL GOWN: Anna Campbell “Grace” Gown / ACCESSORIES : Anna Campbell,

Samantha Wills / SHOES : Peep Toe / BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Two Birds Bridesmaids / BRIDESMAIDS’ ACCESSORIES: Jewellery - Forever New, Shoes - Myer / GROOM’S SUIT AND SHOES: Stuart Suits / GROOMSMENS’ SUITS AND SHOES: Stuart Suits / RINGS: Diamonds International / DIY: Wedding favours – apothecary jars with melting moments inside and swing tags / HONEYMOON: Mexico

“Location was probably the most important thing for us. We love Noosa, and we knew we wanted to have our wedding there as soon as we became engaged.�


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“The best part of the day was marrying my husband of course! At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.” 70

PHOTOGRAPHER: Karen Buckle Photography DECORATORS: Lovebird Weddings FLORIST: Green and Bloom CAKE: Cake Designs MAKEUP ARTIST: Melissa Coleman Makeup Artist HAIR STYLIST: Love and Obey Hair Design ENTERTAINMENT: RDC Mobile DJ Hire STATIONERY: Paper Dolls – The Lost Art CELEBRANT: Darienne Davis WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: 2 Hastings Street, Noosa

Showroom Unit 2 11B Venture Drive, Noosaville 4566 Postal PO Box 1603, Noosaville DC 4566 Phone 07 5474 0299 Fax 07 5474 0899 Email

A charming wedding venue set in the beautiful Sunshine Coast countryside right on the bank of the Maroochy River. Contact us 07 5474 2120

Property Address By Appointment Only 1410 Yandina-Coolum Road, Yandina

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