The Bride's Tree - Volume 12

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volume 12 / summer 2015

Cover photo by Deb Boots Love Stories

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contents real weddings

Real Weddings



Maleny meets Mexico



Spectacular Springtime Soiree



Country Carnival I Do’s



Wedding with a View




inspiration shoots 10


Dangerously alluring bridal fashion.



Rustic elegance off the beaten track.

also in this edition 6 8 105 107

Editor’s Note + Behind the Scenes Recent Blog Highlights Facebook Faves Instagram Faves

editor’s note What a summer. Here in Australia, our summer holidays start before Christmas and continue just after we have celebrated Australia Day on January 26, the climax of two months of long days in the sun and easy nights leaning into the evening breeze, eating Frosty Fruits and talking, because there is no good television in summer anyway. Just another bonus in my book! The Sunshine Coast does not disappoint in summer, let me tell you. Before Christmas my son and I enrolled in surf lessons, which was a game changer. Trips to the beach just got real.

PUBLISHERS Sally Townsend & Jenny Cooper GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jaye Create Copyright The Bride’s Tree 2015 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 Please do not publish articles without seeking written permission.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.

In light of the positively dreamy summer my little family has enjoyed, I have given you the best possible depiction of summery goodness in the form of our front cover. Is that bouquet not positively toothsome?! Tiffany’s Flowers, you have outdone yourself. The big news of this summer is that our beautiful Joelle is now a bonafide Mrs! Congratulations beautiful lady! And another congratulations is in order – to you, dear brides-to-be, who have just joined our ranks after getting engaged over the holiday season. I hope we inspire you with all of our wedding pretty in this, our Summer 2015 and 12th edition.

Sally xo

Behind the scenes with The Bride’s Tree gals Fashion show at The Lakehouse Wedding Soiree, of which we were major sponsor. Photo by Simon J Coulson

Our own Joelle got hitched in Sydney at Christmas! Doesn’t she look ahmayzing?! Congratulations Joelle + Rui! Xo Photos by Rosie and Rolf

How cute is our graphic designer, Andrea! Getting all loved up for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Paula Brennan

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recent blog highlights

clockwise from top left: 9 ways to wear a floral crown


Tangible warmth in this engagement shoot

That dress. Under that tree. At That Wedding. Summer bridesmaid fashion



Christmas with The Bride’s Tree

Anjela + Brad’s Twin Waters wedding

Rainy, yet dreamy, Maleny wedding day


A pinboard full of sunshine



Dangerously alluring, our Sirens will enchant you in their bridal couture from Sunshine Coast local designers. Fall in lust with this fashion shoot on location at Shelly Beach, Caloundra.

Lauren wears the “Poppy� gown from Erin Clare Couture, which features a fragile cap sleeve and bodice created out of a delicate beaded lace. The skirt has layers of dove silk chiffon over ivory satin, seen here with the removable tulle overlay.


Textured posy with cream and pastel blooms, cupped in dusty miller leaves, paying homage to the natural elements of sand, sea, and rocks.



Floral anklets inspired by the natural colour palette found by the beach. These robust designs are divine, created by Magnolia Grove.

Natural Beauty

Brooke wears “Meagan�, made from layers of silke tulle and lace, drawn in at the waist with a silk tulle sash, sweetly understated; perfect for a beach wedding. Designed by Erin Clare Couture.

Kirra wears “Angelina�, a beautifully corded lace gown with a plunging v-neck front and back. The soft tulle over the lace fitted skirt soften the silhouette, while the blush lining enhances the lace detail. Gown by Erin Clare Couture


Elegant Beauty


Lauren wears a white mesh and guipure lace boho gown by Judy Copley Bridal. This gown is perfect for the bride who loves the short-but-long versatile design.



Brooke wears a two-piece gown by Judy Copley Bridal made from guipure lace and ivory satin. Striking beach wedding fashion.



Kirra wears a Judy Copley Bridal gown with Indian embellishments, making a big impact with a hint of the exotic. Bling at the beach is a winner every time.

The Dream Team Photography: Terri Hanlon Photography Concept and styling: Sally Townsend Flowers: Magnolia Grove Hair: Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair Makeup: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry Dresses: Erin Clare Couture and Judy Copley Bridal Jewellery: Erin Clare Couture Models: Brooke, Kirra and Lauren


Ceremony & Reception: Weddings at Tiffany’s Photographer: Deb Boots LOVE STORIES Guests: 50


“The flowers had to be bright and colourful in line with the Mexican theme. I wanted a clean neutral palate, which Tiffany’s does beautifully, with bright splashes of colour.”


“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.”

“The Maid of Honour read a poem in the ceremony while the Matron of Honour and Best Man placed the Spanish wedding lasso around our shoulders.�


Bridal gown and veil: Odyssey Formalwear Bride’s Shoes: Guess Bridesmaid dresses: Each bridesmaid chose her own dress and shoes Groom’s suit and shoes: Germanicos Tailors Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Roger David + handmade bowties Rings: Diamonds International DIY: Décor, stationery, bow ties, bonbonnieres Honeymoon: Bali and Europe

“The day genuinely felt special and full of joy. It was pure happiness, no drama or issues just bliss; I don’t think you get many days like that in your life. It sounds cliché, but it was magical.”


“Originally we wanted to have a destination wedding in Mexico, however due to cost constraints it wasn’t feasible to have the whole family go to Mexico. But we decided that wherever we got married we would incorporate certain flavours and touches that reminded us of our Spanish heritage, and our experiences there.”


Hand-picked Team

THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN Photographer: Deb Boots LOVE STORIES Florist: Tiffany’s Flowers Cake: Sunny Girl Cakes Transport: Mystic Mountain Tours Hair and Makeup Artist: Allure Bridal Stylists Entertainment: Adam Brown and Dirty Channel Celebrant: Cassandra Neilson Wedding Night Accommodation: Mayfield on Montville


SPRINGTIME SOIREE STEPHANIE + BEN Ceremony & Reception: Spicers Clovelly Retreat Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer Guests: 36 Wedding Budget: $25,000

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


“Having an intimate wedding of only 36 guests comprised of our immediate family and closest friends made our day so special. We had none of the pressures that a big wedding guest list brings and we could spend extra time with each of our guests.�

“Ben and I wrote each other notes to read prior to the ceremony. We also gave each other perfume and cologne.�


Wedding SECRETS Bridal gown: Luv Bridal Accessories: Earrings, Pandora Shoes: Zu Bridesmaids’ attire: Tops by White Suede. Skirts by Bardot Bridesmaids’ accessories: Shoes from Myer. Earrings from Lovisa. Groom’s and groomsmens’ suit and shoes: Suits by Studio Italia, Shoes by Julius Marlow Rings: Ring Leaders DIY: Menus and blackboard place cards Honeymoon: Sunshine Coast and world trip

“We loved having all of our guests stay the night at Spicers Clovelly Estate and join us for breakfast the following morning.�



Hand-picked team THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer Florist: Willow Bud Cake: Frosted Indulgence Makeup Artist: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry Hair Stylist: Kayla Marshall Wedding Hair and Style Decorators: Lovebird Weddings Stationery Supplier: Giant Invitations Celebrant: Ben Cherry Wedding Night Accommodation: Spicers Clovelly Estate

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




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TRALIAN BUSH Off the beaten track in the little Sunshine Coast town of Yandina the world is forgotten and only rustic elegance and seclusion remain. Our wedding inspiration styled shoot takes place at The Rocks with styling by First Class Functions. Photography by Simon J Coulson.

Overlooking the Maroochy River, a ceremony with a true sense of occasion takes place on the decking. Australian native flowers adorn the aisle chairs and small arrangements in jars sit atop cut logs. The aisle leads to the spectacular floral arbour, set to frame the couple as they say their vows.


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Uniquely Australian, a bouquet rich in colour made of native blooms.


An outdoor reception calls for rustic elegance with earthy tones and surprising pops of colour in the planter box of flowers. The crystal glassware is offset by the hessian runner and natural linens.

Three tiered cake in traditional white with a modern rustic twist, decorated with Australian native blooms. Cake by Coast Wedding Creations.

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

“Millie� by Erin Clare Couture is a sexy backless gown with delicious full lace. Dreamy with a dramatic floor length lace cap veil and pearl jewels.

The Dream Team


QLD Multi ABIA Award Winning Wedding Hairdresser Multi ABIA Australian Finalist Ambassador Member ABIA Member of WEOA

Deep browns define Cassie’s beautiful green eyes, and keeping with the warmth, a red-brown lip finishes the look by Bel Viso Makeup. Cassie’s blonde tresses flow in full bouncy curls, styled by Rolling Scissors.

The natural landscape at The Rocks provides so much inspiration in itself, set amongst the Australian Bush with vast open spaces in one direction, complete with impressively large trees, giving that untouched feeling. In the other direction, the serene Maroochy River, and plenty of country charm in between.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Simon J Coulson Photographer STYLING + FLORALS: First Class Functions VENUE: The Rocks MAKEUP: Bel Viso Makeup Artistry HAIR: Rolling Scissors Mobile Hairdressing DRESS, VEIL + ACCESSORIES: Erin Clare Couture SUIT: Suits Direct CAKE: Coast Wedding Creations MODELS: Cassie + Sean

COUNTRY CARNIVAL I DO’S Ceremony & Reception: Maleny Retreat Photographer: Don’t Say Cheese Photography Guests: 200



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wedding secrets Bridal gown: Venita Drennen Design Services Earrings: Samantha Wills Belt: Bertossi Brides, Paddington (refashioned by Venita Drennen) Clutch: Etsy Perfume: Elie Saab – Le Parfum Shoes: Nat-Sui heels and Jolie flats from Wanted Shoes Bridesmaid dresses: Venita Drennen Design Services Bridesmaids’ accessories: Clutches from Etsy, jewellery and shoes their own Groom’s suit and shoes: Suits by Gibson, Shoes by Aquila Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Suits by Gibson, shoes their own Rings: Xennox Diamonds DIY: Invitations and stationery, confetti and confetti cones, bunting, hair piece, page boy outfits, flower girl dresses, personalised straws with names and wedding date (Etsy), photo booth props (Etsy) Honeymoon: Italy and Turkey


“We didn’t initially have a theme in mind, but it evolved into a kind of carnival theme; wedding cake for afternoon tea, watermelon stand, games on the grass, marquee setting, photo-booth, live 5-piece band.�


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“We wanted our wedding day to suit us, not the traditional ideal. Specifically, we wanted a day that could start early and finish late so that we could squeeze the most out of the day. Item number one on the agenda was a venue that could accommodate this as well as the extensive guest list we had planned.�

Hand-picked Team THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN Photographer: Don’t Say Cheese Photography Videographer: Jasper & Ruby Visions Wedding Planner: CL Weddings & Events Florist: Twig & Blossom Caterer: Rolling Dolmade Cake: Sweetness Contained Transport: Highland Connexion Makeup Artist: Amy Mitchell Hair Stylist: Profile Hair Designs Rentals: Moments in Vintage, Noosa Party Hire, Hodepodge Hire, Nomadic Tents, Party Bins Sunshine Coast, Hire A Loo Sunshine Coast Decoarators: CL Weddings & Events Photo Booth: In the Booth Entertainment: Speakeasy Entertainment Stationery Supplier: Snap Printing Gift Registry: Peters of Kensington Pre-wedding Night Accommodation: Maleny Lodge Wedding Night Accommodation: Maleny Retreat


WEDDING WITH A VIEW Ceremony & Reception: Flaxton Gardens Photographer: Chesterton Smith Photography Guests: 70

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The biggest money saver was the venue.

"Flaxton Gardens do so much for you leading up to the day, and especially on the day. They set everything up, they make sure everyone and yourself are comfortable, they have incredible food and such lovely service.�

WEDDING SECRETS Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell Accessories: Veil and hairpiece: Anna Campbell Bridesmaids’ Attire: White Runway Bridesmaids’ accessories: Myer Groom’s and groomsmens’ suit and shoes: MJ Bale & Windsor Smith Rings: Michael Hill DIY: Seating chart Honeymoon: Hawaii


“The destination and venue was important; we wanted somewhere beautiful, calming and inviting. We chose the Sunshine Coast because it was where we had our first getaway together and where we had spent anniversaries; it’s a special place for us.“


hand-picked team


Photographer: Chesterton Smith Photography Florist: Willow Bud Cake: Deliberately Delicious Makeup Artist: TF Makeup Hair Stylist: Evalyn Parsons Hair Decorators: Style Le Aisle Entertainment: Jake and Andy Celebrant: Merlin Coughlan Wedding Night Accommodation: Flaxton Gardens

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