Congratulations to Amanda and Damian on their Wedding Day

Last Sunday Amanda and Damian tied the knot before their family and friends, then danced the night away at their reception.

 Wedding Ceremony on the Pool Deck with Apple Green Theme

Amanda and Damian chose a lovely fresh apple green theme perfect for a Spring wedding.

Wedding Reception with Apple Green Theme

The beautiful cake complimented the theme perfectly as did the wedding favour – a hanging glass candle holder with matching green candle and orchid.

Wedding Cake with Apple Green theme and Frill Icing with Wedding Favour of Hanging Glass Candle Holder

 Congratulations to Amanda and Damian, it was a perfect day!

 

Real-life Wedding: Tim and Kelly

Gorgeous couple Tim and Kel tied the knot in a beautiful pool deck ceremony recently, followed by a cocktail style reception. Enjoy their beautiful photos.

Bride and Father Wedding Car Driveway Ribbon

Sofitel Lobby Bride with Bouquet

Sofitel Lobby Wedding Guests on Balcony

Family and friends waited for the bride to arrive with a birds eye view from the balcony. There was a great atmosphere in the lobby when the bride entered to cheering and clapping from her loved ones.

Bride and Groom with Celebrant on the Pool Deck during the Wedding Ceremony

Celebrant Tarnya Bennett married the couple on the pool deck with fantastic hinterland views.

Wedding Ceremony Pool Deck Group Shot Wedding Guests

Bride and groom on the beach

The beach makes a wonderful backdrop to some romantic images of the newlyweds.

Bride and groom mirror with thank you sign on blackboard

Calla lily centre piece and bouquet

Cala lillies were the brides choice for classic looking bouquet and centre pieces on the cocktail tables.

Wishing well and love sign with tea light candle

 Bride and groom kiss

 We wish Kel and Tim the very best in their life together and Mr and Mrs. Congratulations!

Credits: Celebrant: Tarnya Bennett, Images by Mr and Mrs Smith Photography, Flowers by Flower en Counter.

Congratulations to Kelly and Tim on their Wedding Day

 

 Well, it was a perfect May Day and the Wedding of Kelly and Tim went off without a hitch! 

Haighs Chocolate Wedding Favours

Delicious Haigh’s Chocolates were the wedding favour for the guests to enjoy. Great idea to match the colour theme with ribbon.

Jenga Game Wedding Reception

The guests were entertained playing Jenga and could also write a personal message to the bride and groom on the blocks for a keepsake!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Calla Lily Floral Arrangement

The bride chose stunning Calla Lilies for both her bouquet and the wedding centrepieces. What a striking arrangement by Flower en Counter.

We wish Kelly and Tim the very best in their future together as a married couple!

Credits: Theming by AV Partners, Flowers by Flower en Counter

 

 

Real-Life Wedding: Jade and Julian

Jade and Julian’s recent wedding was such an amazing day, from the pool deck ceremony and beach photos to the cocktail style reception. These photos are just beautiful!

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Beach Wedding Bride and Groom

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The reception room looked fantastic with a romantic pink and white theme which included the wedding cake, candy buffet, room decorations and of course, the bridal party.

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We know Jade and Julian will have a wonderful life together! Congratulations to you both!

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Credits: Candy Buffet by Perfectly Sweet, Theming by Love Notes, Flowers by Flower en Counter, Cake by Cake Bitz, Images by Erin Smith Photography

Real-life Wedding: Tabitha and Luke

Have a look at these gorgeous photos from the recent wedding of Tabitha and Luke. The lovely bride had a fabulous eye for detail and supplied so many little extras to theme the wedding.

Wedding ceremony on the pool deck with white theme and giant balloons

The giant white balloons and silver tin vases with babies breath framed the aisle beautifully, tying in with the white, silver and black theme.

Wedding ceremony on the pool deck, vases with flowers

Tabitha had an abundance of vases with white flowers, even above the bridal party at the ceremony.

Wedding ceremony on the pool deck, refreshment table

The refreshment table held the ceremony programs, iced water and cute cookies with silver glitter icing for her guests. The enormous “T&L” letters looked brilliant.

String quartet playing at the wedding ceremony on the pool deck.

A string quartet provided entertainment for the guests and also played the bridal entrance music. Live music at the ceremony is so romantic.

Blackboard table seating plan

The seating plan was drawn up on a blackboard at the entrance to the reception room and decorated with more flowers and the balloons.

Sorrento Room Reception Venue with White Theme

Sorrento Room Wedding Reception Venue Table Setting

Sorrento Room Wedding Reception Venue with White Theme

The reception room looked lovely with the white and silver theme and the bridal party on the stage. Martini vases with white flowers were the beautiful centre pieces provided by Flower en Counter.

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Wedding reception menu with bags for lolly buffet

Table numbers were made to match the theme, as well as menus that doubled as bags for the lolly buffet.

Wedding Cake by Adam Hackett

The 2 tier wedding cake was also adorned by flowers and edible silver spots.

Such a beautiful wedding with so many original ideas by the couple. Best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs …

Wedding Bridal Party Black, White and Silver Theme

Credits: Images by Corne & Lara, Flowers by the bride and Flower en Counter, Cake by Adam Hackett from the Sofitel Gold Coast, Broadbeach.

Getting married on Valentine’s Day: Yes or No?

Choosing the right wedding date is tough: you have to coordinate with so many important family and friends’ availability, and there’s usually at least a few people in your family who have an opinion on when is best.

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just two weeks, it got me thinking about how popular the 14th of February is for proposals and weddings.

As a wedding planner, I LOVE  love and all the romance that comes with it. But like any choice of wedding date, there are pros and cons to getting married on the most romantic day of the year:

Why Valentine’s Day may not be the best day to get married:

ValentinesDay.emptyrestaurant.morguefile1. You’ll share your wedding anniversary with everyone else who’s celebrating their love that day.
Restaurant bookings will probably be more expensive and harder to get, and you won’t be the only one getting sent flowers at the office that day.

Image: Flickr / danielmoyle
Image: Flickr / danielmoyle

2. You will generally need to book your venue further in advance
Often up to two years or more in advance,  to ensure you can secure this popular date.

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3. Unless you also send Save The Dates to your guests well in advance,  you might also find some are already booked up with other plans that day.
Maybe even at another wedding.

ValentinesDay.Red roses.morguefile4. The cost of flowers for your big day may be more expensive.
Prices are often inflated during the Valentine’s Day period.

Image: Flickr / UrbaneWomenMag
Image: Flickr / UrbaneWomenMag

5. Your unmarried friends might find it harder to bring a guest along.
Being invited to a wedding AND to celebrate Valentine’s Day in one go just might be a little too much pressure for some.

Image: Flickr / Kooroshication (cropped)
Image: Flickr / Kooroshication (cropped)

6. Got any single friends (who’d rather not be)?
Valentines probably isn’t their favourite day of the year…

Why it’s great to get married on Valentine’s Day:

Image: Flickr / Spixey
Image: Flickr / Spixey

1. Your significant other will never forget your anniversary.
Plus, the influx of red love hearts and roses in the shops in the lead up to Valentine’s Day will always serve as a reminder that your anniversary is coming up.

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2. Only one romantic gift to splash out on each year.
So you can make it an extra special one.

ValentinesDay.candyhearts.morguefile3. Your guests will be in the mood to celebrate luuuuurve in all its splendour.

Image: Flickr / somewhereintheworldtoday
Image: Flickr / somewhereintheworldtoday

4. Picking a theme / your wedding colours will be super easy.
It’s all about pink & red!

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5. There will be heaps of great theming options in all the shops that you can use for your reception decorations.
And finding cute bonboniere will be a breeze.

Image: Flickr / apdk

6. It’s so romantic!
What better day to celebrate your love than when you can practically smell the roses in the air already.

What do you think?

Real-life Wedding: Bev + Dave

Bev and Dave had a beautiful morning for their pool deck wedding ceremony followed by a cocktail style reception with their close family and friends. Enjoy their beautiful photos by Life in Bloom

Wedding Ceremony Blue Carpet

Bev cleverly incorporated touches of her favourite royal blue into the wedding with the carpet and her shoes and nails. Wedding Bride Flowers Bouquet

Bride and Bridesmaids Flowers Bouquet

The bride and bridesmaid’s carried beautiful tulip bouquets supplied by Flower en Counter.

Wedding Ceremony Bride and Groom

Bev was ecstatic with her  gorgeous and unique wedding dress that was imported especially by Strictly Bridal.

Bride and Groom Foyer Dancing

Bride and Groom in Foyer

We send the charismatic newlyweds our very best wishes for their future together.

Credits: Images by Life in Bloom, Flowers by Flower en Counter, Wedding Dress by Strictly Bridal

Theming Idea: 1920’s Gatsby Inspired Cocktail Reception

The very popular 1920’s/Great Gatsby was the theme for a recent cocktail soiree on the pool deck. Some amazing props and decor completed this fabulous event and gave it wonderful ambience.

Pool Deck Draping, Fountain and Chandliers
Image by Warrington Photography
Pool Deck Sails, Chef, Fountain and Chandelier
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

The fountain, white draping, topiary trees and chandeliers transformed the pool deck into a stylish 1920’s style cocktail reception.

Pool Deck Sail, Dresser, Juice
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Pool Deck Fountain, Lantern and Candle
Image by Warrington Photography

Simple decorations like this lantern and candle added to the theme beautifully.

 

Champagne Saucers, French Champagne and Chandelier
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

The French champagne flowed in the champagne saucers. It was truly a memorable night.

Credits: Images by Peter Crichton Photography and Warrington Photography, Event by Simple Swan

Bouquet or Garter Toss Music

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Image by: JMayer1129

Get ready now for the bride tossing the bouquet and/or the garter. Here’s my top ten music choices:

1. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

2. Baby Love – The Supremes

3. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

5. Crazy in Love – Beyonce

6. Kiss – Prince

7. Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix

8. Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

9. Single Ladies – Beyonce

10. I Am Woman – Helen Reddy

Credits: Image by JMayer1129

First Dance at Wedding Reception Music

Wedding First Dance Bride Groom
Image by Ben C.K. (Benck)

The bridal waltz signifies the first dance of the bride and groom as a married couple. My suggestions for a romantic first dance …

1. The Way You Look Tonight – Michael Buble
2. Moondance – Michael Buble
3. At Last – Etta James
4. Fly Me to the Moon – Sinatra
5. Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
6. Sway – Dean Martin
7. Have I Told You That Lately That I Love You – Van Morrison/Michael Buble
8. Love is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
9. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jnr
10. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
11. If I Could – 1927
12. When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
13. When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
14. Always and Forever – Heatwave
15. Always – Atlantic Star
16. Here and Now – Luther Vandross
17. I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
18. I’ll Still Be Loving You – Restless Heart
19. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
20. More Than Words – Extreme

Do you have any suggestions? Add them to Comments!

Credits: Image by – Ben C.K. (Benck)