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contents inspiration shoot 12

STYLE SESSIONS, THE SHOOT

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URBAN CLOUDSCAPE

real weddings

Real Weddings

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ISABELLA + IAN

Intimate Noosa Beach Wedding

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SARAH + BEN

Luxe Minimalist Noosa Wedding


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EDITOR’S NOTE

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BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

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EVENT: SUNDAY SOIREE IN SPRING

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MEET THE A-LIST

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FIND YOUR TRIBE

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editor’s note We’ve reached the big three-oh. Yes, it’s our 30th volume of The Bride’s Tree magazine. 30 volumes of wedding inspiration over seven and a half years. That equates to 81 real weddings we’ve published. 81 beautiful couples who trusted us to share their stories with you, dear readers. Among our pages, we’ve presented you with 63 photo shoots with fashion and trends, and unique creative concepts. Jenny and I have personally planned and coordinated no less than 47 of those shoots.

PUBLISHERS Sally Townsend & Jenny Cooper EDITOR Sally Townsend GRAPHIC DESIGNER Now or Never Design Copyright The Bride’s Tree 2018 All rights reserved. Please do not publish articles without seeking written permission. ADVERTISE Please email info@thebridestree. com.au 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.

Isn’t the invention of daily Facebook memories just brilliant? Between cute pics of my baby boy-turned-teenager and embarrassing old “Sally is…” status updates, I’m treated to business milestones I’ve celebrated along the way. Recently the memory that came up was the day I overtook my record number of magazines from my previous editor-in-chief role (12 editions of Crikey! Magazine in print - I can’t believe I’ve more than doubled that now!) And every year I love seeing the very early celebration of hitting 100 views on our website in one day back in 2011. Reliving the joy of those early successes makes me so happy. You better believe I’ll be sharing this one, too. I hope it makes future Sally smile. Love,

Sal xo


Behind the Scenes AT THE STYLE SESSIONS

What a brilliant night! We partnered with White Lily Couture on this amazing event, in conjunction with our shoot on page 12. Guests were treated to fairy floss cocktails, bubbles and grazing delicacies.

Creative Director, Alera Kingham, greets her adoring fans .


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the S T Y L E S E S S I O N S

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One shoot. Three distinct styles. We partnered with White Lily Couture to create three complete contrasting styles. The wedding day look to make all your fantasies a reality just might live in these pages. Images by Mallory Sparkles Photography.

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look one

THE MODERN LOOK Monochro-moody feel with clean lines, sleek simplicity with hints of opulence.

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Meghann wears ‘Granada’, a Mikado fabric gown by Stella York. It features plunging neckline and modern empire waist in a ballgown silhouette. Granada is a little more on the formal end of the modern spectrum, however, as she is so lightweight and quite flowy without a hoop, she can suit more informal settings also.

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Niam wears a sleek midnight blue dinner suit. This colour brings the formality, but works with more complexions than a black suit would. It combines well with a softer colours of the bridesmaids and soft white dinner dresses.

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Meghann’s next gown is ‘Pegasus’ by Pronovias, a ballgown with pleated skirt and the pièce de résistance for every modern bridal gown - hidden pockets. Paired with the Duchess veil, a fingertip two-tier to flow nicely into the full ballgown skirt. This veil features stunning pearls concentrated around the comb trickling into a lightweight tulle base. It's these extra details that really elevate a minimalist gown.

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THE ROMANTIC LOOK Airy, feminine style with traditional elements in pretty pastels with touches of gold.

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Nikkita wears ‘Fanya’ by Nicole Spose, featuring sequin macrame lace and Chantilly lace through the bodice with dreamy billowing organza skirt. The gown is teamed with the ‘Mariah’ veil - a tulle veil with applique lace interspersed around the edge. This adds a touch of romantic detail to an otherwise simple veil, while still allowing the dress to do the talking.

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this behind-the-scenes short film.

For her second look, Nikkita sports ‘Femke’ by Nicole Spose, an enchanting ivory princess line dress with stunning off-the-shoulder illusion neckline for a true fairytale style. Paired with the ‘Pippa’ veil - a two tier beauty with delicate beaded trim and the ‘Olivia’ headband - a dosage of sparkle to finish off this perfect princess look.

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THE RELAXED LOOK A delicious mash of bohemian pieces in an autumnal colour palette.

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Gabrielle wears ‘Hyperion’ by Pronovias. This gorgeous wrap front gown is taken to the next-level with multiple lace styles layered over each other and softened with a layer of nude tulle. This A-line is given a cool-girl spin with the addition of a subtle front split and tie up back.

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Alessandro wears a tan Italian linen suit, which crushes just the right amount to sit in the sophisticated casual space. This colour works particularly well for the relaxed groom. Patch pockets finish off the casual look.

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Look number two has Gabrielle wearing ‘Lucy’ by Enzoani, a daring low v-neck and back is transformed with a bohemian vine-like sheet lace. Worn with the Carla Cape, featuring trickling lace vines into a whimsical full-length tulle train. This is the perfect way to change up your wedding look from ceremony to reception without going for a traditional dress + overskirt combination.

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the C R E W Concept, planning + bridal wear: White Lily Couture Location: The Warehouse, Brisbane

Photography: Mallory Sparkles Photography Videography: Emilly Kaate Videography

Gowns + accessories: White Lily Couture Menswear: Wil Valor

Styling: Simply Style Co.

Floral design: New England Flow er Co. Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Case Cakes: SweetP Cakes and Cookies

Stationery + calligraphy: The Pleasantry Cutlery hire: Gold Wedding Hire Silk ribbons: Silk & Bramble

Models: Nikkita, Meghann, Gabrielle, Niam & Alessandro

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springtime sunday soiree Get your glad rags on and your gal (or guy) pals together, because this is the most fun you’re likely to have planning your wedding this Spring. A Darling Affair is back in Brisbane on October 27th. No matter where you’re getting married, the most talented wedding vendors in South-East Queensland will be under one roof for this epic event. Pick up a sparkling refreshment on arrival, and make sure you hit up the best bridal fashion parade ever. The giveaways alone will blow you away - you could win your wedding dress, your bouquets, your photo booth and more. So whoever is in your wedding squad, bring them along to A Darling Affair’s Sunday soiree in Spring.

THE DETAILS A Darling Affair October 27th, 11-3 The Warehouse, Brisbane EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW

BOOK A TICKET

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MONTVILLE LUXURY ESTATE WEDDING IMAGES BY CLOUD CATCHER STUDIO CEREMONY + RECEPTION: SPICERS CLOVELLY ESTATE NUMBER OF GUESTS: 64


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“I loved my wedding flowers. Working with Willow Bud was so easy and they got all my requests spot on.”

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WED D IN G S ECR E TS Bride’s dress + veil: George Wu Pearl earrings: Borrowed from my mother Bride’s shoes: Yves Saint Laurent Groom’s attire: Calibre Bridesmaids’ dresses: White Runway Bridesmaids’ shoes: Tony Bianco Groomsmen’s attire: Calibre Wedding rings: Canturi Honeymoon: Greece, Italy, Spain & Croatia

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WEDDI NG FLOW ER S

DR EAMY AND F EM IN IN E FLOR AL DESIGN

willowbud.com.au


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“We wanted to have an intimate wedding with just our closest family and friends. Spicers Clovelly Estate was the perfect venue for a smaller wedding.�

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“I really enjoyed working with George Wu to create my wedding dress, he is a very meticulous and talented designer. The dress was honestly everything that I wanted.�

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A EUROPEAN-INSPIRED HINTERLAND WEDDING

by Spicers Clovelly Estate

Set in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Spicers Clovelly Estate is an intimate, European-inspired property ideal for weddings all year round. Taking advantage of the Hinterland’s beautiful seasonal changes, you’ll find fig, maple and jacaranda trees across 22 acres of rainforest and rolling hills, exclusively yours for your big day. This romantic reception and ceremony venue also has 10 luxurious accommodation suites, a three bedroom French cottage and is catered by the award-winning kitchen team at The Long Apron. Spicers Clovelly Estate offers you tailor-made food and wine menu options. The expert staff will ensure your wedding experience is like no other. We welcome you to the property for a tour of the grounds and to meet with our in-house wedding coordinator to discuss options for your wedding.

To book a tour phone our reception on 07 5452 1111 or email events.clovelly@spicersretreats.com 68 Balmoral Rd, Monville QLD spicersclovellyestate.com


H A N D -PIC KE D TE AM T HAT M A D E IT ALL HAPPEN Photography: Cloud Catcher Studio Venue + catering: Spicers Clovelly Estate Floral design: Willow Bud Cake: Hansel & Gretel Cakes Makeup: Juliana Cruz Makeup Hair: Lujo Hair Entertainment: The Vibe Creators Invitations: Paige Tuzee Designs Place cards: KB Lettering Signage: Signed By Bird Gifts: Wishing Well Celebrant: Fiona Duce, Coastal Weddings

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Located in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Flaxton Gardens is an iconic wedding and reception venue where your wedding dreams become reality.

313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Queensland | P: 07 5445 7450 F L A X T O NGAR DENS .CO M .AU


We’ve named Flaxton Gardens one of our must-see Sunshine Coast venues in our carefully curated 2017-2018 Venue Guide.

To help you with your wedding venue short list, we’ve compiled a comprehensive break down of everything from price range to curfew, accommodation options, and details on style, food - everything you need to know.

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A blend of modern minimalism and ethereal delicacy. In an urban setting, our betrothed is enveloped in a shroud of hanging euphorbia, conceiving a dreamy simplicity.

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intimate rainforest weddings AT SPICERS TAMARIND RETREAT

Set near Gardners Falls Maleny in the stunning rainforest of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Spicers Tamarind Retreat’s picturesque 18-acre property offers an intimate and romantic location to make your day truly exceptional. Our forest-inspired, 14 villa hideaway is perfectly suited to private and intimate weddings, with a focus on providing a completely tranquil and memorable experience for you and your guests. In addition to Spicers’ renowned service, we offer the perfect wedding environment - from serene indoor-outdoor spaces designed to make the most of our beautiful gardens, to award-winning cuisine and luxurious accommodation. With the entire retreat booked exclusively for you and your guests, you can truly make the experience your own. For more information email events.tamarind@spicersretreats.com or call 1300 311 429.

88 OBI LANE SOUTH, MALENY, SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND SPICERSTAMARINDRETREAT.COM

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THE CREW Photography: Bonnie Jenkins Floral design: Heavenly Blooms Makeup: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry Bridal gown: Ritual by Brooke Tyson Earrings: Christie Nicolaids Model: Perry Mooney

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THESUNSHINE SUNSHINECOAST'S COAST’S LEADING LEADING SUIT SUIT & RETAIL & HIRE HIRE SPECIALISTS THE RETAIL SPECIALISTS Extensive range of menswear from classic cuts and vintage suits Extensive range of menswear from classic cuts and vintage suits through to the latest European design. through to the latest European design.

Shop 3, 137 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba (07) 5444 0204 | suits-direct@bigpond.com | www.suitsdirect.com.au

172 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba | 5444 0204 | suits-direct@bigpond.com | suitsdirect.com.au


Meet the A-List We’ve profiled some of our most fascinating A-List Vendors on our blog. They told us their stories and how their lives have lead them to their roles and impressive success in the wedding industry.

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1 / Emma Nayler is a photographer. She has two sausage dogs and she’s a crime buff, who is fascinated with wrongful convictions and criminal psychology.

2 / Tasleema Nigh has been a makeup artist for 20 years. She met her husband online back in 1996 when not only online dating wasn’t yet a thing, the internet was still a new concept!

3 / Suzanne Riley is a seasoned celebrant, who previously worked in television. Her evenings are dedicated to her other passion latin dance.

4 / Jessica Gale’s Little J Designs may be her side hustle, but she puts every ounce of passion into each and every one of her wedding stationery designs, and each one is unique.


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SARAH + BEN White On White Wedding At The Waterfront Images By Sarah Schade Images Ceremony + Reception: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar Number Of Guests: 103 Wedding Budget: $42,000


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WEDDING SECRETS Bridal gown: LUV Bridal / Veil: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride’s shoes: The Iconic / Groom’s suit: GANT / Groom’s belt + shoes: RM Williams Groom’s shoes: Aquatalia / Flowergirl’s attire: Fox and Finch, Minihaha DIY: Signage + invitations / Honeymoon: Fraser Island

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“We chose Noosa for our wedding because we thought it would make our wedding different to others we had attended and because we thought it was a great gift for our families to be on holiday together ahead of our big day.�

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NOOSAWATERFRONTRESTAURANT.COM.AU 07 5474 4444 142 GYMPIE TERRACE, NOOSAVILLE 74


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“The reception had to be fun with good food and wine and the ceremony had to be the right mix of traditional and meaningful.�

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“Ben proposed to me on Christmas morning in 2017. We had just had our new baby, Isabel, only two weeks beforehand. She had woken very early and he came out while I was feeding her to give me my first Christmas gift of the day.�

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Exclusively yours on your wedding day

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