VOLUME 36 / SPRING 2023
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CHIC DEVOTION Modern Romantic Estate Wedding Style
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BROOKE + JAKE The Real Wedding of Brooke Styles to Her Love
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P H OTO G R A P H E R ’ S FAV E S All The Best Photo Op Spots
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ROMANTIC GARDEN SOIRÉE A Dreamy Springtime Tablescape
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Y O U R V I B E S O N LY How To Nail Your Engagement Shoot
GIVEAWAY 4 8 /
Win a Ceremony Styling Package valued at $899
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Behind the Scenes
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Save the Date: Wedding Industry Events
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How to Choose Your Glam Squad
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Here we are at Volume #36. 13 years down, and still every single Editor’s Note is the very last thing I write when preparing the magazine. Waiting for exactly what I want to say to you, dear readers, to strike me like lightening. This time, the chief thing that springs to mind is simply that I'm so very glad you're here. To the newly engaged, commencing the exciting journey of planning your wedding, welcome! If you’re here because you’ve been putting off this task, as the enormity of it has overwhelmed you till now and it’s time to get serious about wedding planning, don’t worry - we’re going to make this fun and stress-free with a little help from me and my friends in the industry. To the vendors, who come here to be inspired by what your peers have lately produced, your love of all things wedding too strong to keep you away, I understand - hey, me too! And even to those who aren’t in the industry, you’re not even
engaged yet, you simply come to dream - I see you, and when you jump into my DMs to confess this, you make my day! #36 has reignited my passion for weddings and publishing. I’ve worked with the most incredibly inspiring people on this one - from the professionals who collectively brought my vision for our styled shoot to life to the contributors, and the one person who deserves more praise and gratitude than I can even put into words - Andrea Williams. We have worked together for 15 years. She’s my graphic designer, treasured friend, and she’s responsible for the stunning all-new branding and design of this magazine and The Bride’s Tree website. I couldn’t do it without you, THANK YOU so much.
Love Sal xo FIND ME ON TIKTOK! I’m getting a bit more personal and sharing some wedding planning tips over on TikTok. Follow @thebridestree
01/ We had the BEST day working on our styled shoot for this volume. The creative team did a fabulous job of actualising my vision. Melita and Alyssa were our glam squad. Their station hosted all the best vendor chats between shots on the day. 02/ Being Maid of Honour for my bestie’s Brisbane Wedding at The Refinery - what a stunning venue, and a beautifully planned day! 01/
Images by Shae Estella
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PU BL I SH ER + EDI TO R Sally Townsend GR AP H I C DESI GNER Now or Never Design Copyright The Bride’s Tree 2023 All rights reserved. Please do not publish articles without seeking written permission. ADVERTI SE Please email email@example.com to request our media kit if you are interested in advertising in our magazine or on our blog. SU BM I SSI O NS Find out how to submit to our magazine and blog here. 02/
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COMING SOON ALL NEW VENUES GUIDE We give you all the details you need to make your Wedding Venue Shortlist. - Pricing Guide - Sample Menus - Minimum and Maximum Numbers - Packages Options - Wet Weather Backups and Accessibility - Style Guide And so much more!
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TRENDING PALETTE: BRIGHTS
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If you’re planning a wedding at the moment, there’s no escaping the reality that brights are back, baby! Neutrals and white-on-whites were a big thing for a really long time, so it’s exciting to see some return to colour in weddings. Images supplied by stylist, Simple Style Co.
1, 02, 03, 04 - Trent & Jessie 5, 07 - Ryan Hayward Photography 6 - Tay + Francis Photography
SAVE THE DATE: Sunshine Coast events you’ll want to mark in your calendar to help you plan your wedding.
S U N S H I N E C O A S T W E D D I N G S H O W C A S E
Sunshine Coast wedding planning made easy. Meet with the very best local companies to help make your wedding a stress free and successful event. See the spectacular display of cakes, gowns, floral arrangements, wedding cars and much more. The show will feature must-have products and services for the sophisticated wedding couples.
S U M M E R M A L E N Y W E D D I N G F E S T I V A L
Maleny’s most stunning venues collectively open their doors to welcome you to tour the venues dressed in their bridal finery. You can walk through, imagining your own personal touches brought to life by the industry suppliers who provide local insights and professional advice designed to make your wedding day everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
A D A R L I N G A F F A I R
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This bespoke event is a one-stop shop for all your wedding day needs. ADA has handpicked the most creative wedding vendors from S.E QLD and Northern NSW. Chat with the vendors, then stay awhile to enjoy the music, food trucks and a cocktail or two. Gather the girls to soak up the atmosphere and don't miss the fashion parade, which is always a special highlight of the day.
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FIND YOUR VENDORS: Planning your Sunshine Coast wedding is quite simple, actually. At least it is when you have the right team behind you. Find all the very best expert professionals from the collective we have carefully curated, so you don’t have to wonder if you’ve made a great choice. When they’re part of The Bride’s Tree family, you’ll know for sure.
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B RO O K E & J A K E
Social media content creator, Brooke Styles, has 1.6 million online followers across Instagram and TikTok. She and her now husband, Jake, are a crafty pair who share their renovation projects, crafternoons, travel, and cute-as-a-button couple moments. We’ve known Sunshine Coast local, Brooke, since she modelled in one of our early volumes of this very magazine.
Photographer: Mallory Sparkles Venue: Gabbinbar Homestead Number of guests: 70 Wedding budget: $45k
Beautiful inside and out, Brooke is one of our favourite people. We were thrilled to have her jump in our DMs while planning her wedding and knew we simply had to share her big day in a true full circle moment. Congratulations Brooke and Jake! Your love is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your wedding day story with us!
“I have made some beautiful friends during my years of bridal modelling thanks to The Bride's Tree, so I knew from 18 years old who my wedding vendors were going to be. I have a very special connection to them all.”
SUNSHINE COAST’S LEADING BRIDAL HAIRSTYLIST S A S S A N D N I K I .C O M
Brooke wore a Judy Copley custom-designed bridal gown and veil, hair piece by Lelet NY, earrings found in a little boutique on her travels, and shoes from Bella Belle. Jake wore a suit from Joe Black and shoes from Rodd & Gunn. The Bridesmaids wore mismatched duck egg blue dresses from Rooh Collective, Minkpink, and Hello Molly.
“We built our stage, giant flowers, photo booth, lamps and designed/created concepts for almost everything. Very lucky to have a team and crew around us bringing the ideas and visions I had to life.” 47 31
WEDDING VENDORS Photographer | Mallory Sparkles, Videographer | Luke Bickley, Venue + catering | Gabbinbar Homestead, Floral design | Maddie Jayde Floral Design, Stylist | Made to Match Events Cake | Hansel & Gretel Cakes, Hair stylist | Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair, Makeup artist | Hannah Mills Makeup Artist, Stationery | September Creative, Entertainment | Chris Ah Gee and Jazzella, Master of Ceremonies | Chris Ah Gee, Live Painter | I am Poppy Designs Celebrant | Married by Hannah Lea
SUNSHINE COAST’S LEADING BRIDAL HAIRSTYLIST SASSANDNIKI.COM
WIN A CEREMONY STYLING PACKAGE We’ve partnered with Luxe Soirées to offer one lucky couple a cermony styling package valued at $899.00
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THE VERY BEST SPOTS FOR WE DDING PHOTOS
Three local Sunshine Coast photographers share their fave spots to capture all the key moments of your wedding day.
0 1 ALAN HUGHES
02 G RAE ME PAS S MORE
03 E LK & FIR
PHOTO GRAPHY 01/ ICON IC S U N S H IN E COAST S H OT “There are a couple of what I would call “iconic” Sunshine Coast shots for me Noosa Hastings Street at night or the rock wall at Noosa beach.” 02 / T H E P E RFE CT FIRST KIS S BACKD RO P “It's not always possible, but a first kiss photo looking back at all the guests' happy faces is a pretty cool background.”
GRAEME PASSMORE PHOTOGRAPHY 01/
F UN B R I DAL PARTY SHE N AN IGAN S S H OOT
“It’s pretty epic getting some fun bridal party shots with the Maleny Manor in the background. The bridal crew are normally feeling the vibes and living the dream.” 02/
I CONI C SUNSHI NE C OAST S H OT
“I don’t think you can go past having the Glasshouse Mountains as your backdrop for the most iconic Sunshine Coast shot.”
ELK & FIR 01/
DR EAM Y SUNSET VI BE S
“Give me all the sunset golden hour vibes , dirt roads and mountains… and I will stop anywhere! Not only for back drops but to play with the sun in around the couple. Up close and intimate using the bride’s veil or taking in the full landscape.” 02/
C UTE ENGAGEM ENT P ICS
My fave engagement pic location is anywhere I can get the couple to feel comfortable and free. ‘At home’ are my favourite shoots as this environment is theirs. I like my engagement shoots to be as emotive as possible to capture the couples personality and love.”
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR GLAM SQUAD The professionals trusted with transforming you into Bride You are some very important people on your wedding day. To get it right, start with some solid research, then, once you have your shortlist, follow these simple steps to ensure you’ve made the perfect choice.
Check out their work - choose someone based on what you see and love in their portfolio. Read their reviews, or ask for personal recommendations. Send an enquiry and make sure they’re available on your wedding date. Book a trial. Be prepared with looks you love that are true to their style, but also be open to advice. If you love their vibe, book them immediately! You don’t want to miss out; the best hair and makeup suppliers book out fast.
F I N D O U R FAV E S H E R E
GARDEN SOIRÉE Springtime dream with a fresh white and lemon colour palette for a garden wedding tablescape.
Styling | Sunshine Weddings, Floral Design | Bloom & Bush, Photography | Green & Wandering Photography, Lighting | Say It With Lights, Stationery | Little J Designs, Cake | Chocolate 2 Chilli, Venue | Flaxton Gardens
Your Vibes Only: How to Nail Your Engagement Shoot
The moment of time you’re engaged for is fleeting in this journey we call life. Planning an engagement shoot that creates a time capsule-like memento is such a beautiful way to recall the love bubble you existed in. PHOTOGRAPHER / ELK & FIR
Making your engagement shoot all about your vibes as a couple is worth taking some care in achieving with just a few simple choices. Choose your location, outfit style, and talk to your photographer about the feeling you want to evoke when you look at your images in the future. For Jess and Jayden, they decided to shoot in their home with a distinctly intimate feel, which was captured effortlessly by Carissa from Elk & Fir, who is not only a wedding photographer, but specialises in boudoir portraits. After all the bedroom and kitchen floor smooches, they migrated to their beloved converted van, in which they spend many a weekend on spontaneous road trips. Snuggling up at twilight is just so them, and the cute cosy vibes definitely translate in these images.
On their wedding day, Jess and Jayden’s’ personalities shone through yet again super cool, and oh so much love.
Photographer | Elk & Fir, Venue | Salty Lime & Co., Florist | Lilly and Lotus, Stylist | Shahala Bohemian Details, Cake | Sugar by Paigey May Gown | Made With Love Bridal, Suit | Gibson, Hair | Jess Macnamara Makeup | Danielle Ford, Celebrant | Married by Zac
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