Congratulations to Mili and Chris on their Wedding Day

Mili and Chris chose a classy charcoal grey and yellow theme for their beautiful wedding.

Wedding Ceremony Charcoal Grey and Yellow THeme

The terrace, with its marquee style ceiling and polished wood floors, looked amazing for their informal reception.

Wedding Reception in the Terrace Charcoal and Yellow Theme

Wedding Reception Table Fishbowl Centrepiece with Yellow Flowers

Mili and her bridesmaid’s bouquets matched the gorgeous centrepieces from Flower en Counter.

Fishbowl Centre Piece with Yellow and Green Theme

Their cake by Adam Hackett looked fantastic and I’m sure tasted just as good.

Wedding Cake with Spots and Flowers

The couple looked so happy and delighted with their special day. Congratulations!

Credits: Flowers by Flower en Counter, Cake by Adam Hackett, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

Congratulations to Jayda and Dane on their Wedding Day

Jayda and Dane made the perfect couple on a perfect day for a wedding. The skies stayed clear for the pool deck ceremony and their wedding photos. Check out the pics of the reception room.

Wedding Reception Pink and Silver Theme

Wedding Reception Bridal Backdrop with Uplighting and Centrepiece

Place Card, Bonbonierre, Guest Book, Wedding Favour

Wedding Cake and Floral Centre Piece

Our best wishes in your future together as Mr and Mrs.

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.

…Will You Marry Me??? 20 Ways to Propose

I have had a lot of guys (and girls!) contact me recently about how to propose to their partners.  Here is a great blog post by Lataysha Jackson at typepad.com with some fantastic proposal ideas. I hope it gives you some inspiration…..

Gentlemen!

Have you found the love of your life? And are you ready to be with her for rest of your life? Are you ready to propose? You’re most likely sitting there and saying “OMG how should I propose to her?” Marriage proposals are very important to a woman, it is the one moment of our lives that we remember and cherish forever; which is why that very day must be special for us. From the very day we were born, our marriage proposal and wedding was all we could think about, you wouldn’t want to destroy our dream day would you? The answer should be no!

You would think “will you marry me” is the most important part of marriage proposals! Well how you propose, and where you propose, and her answer of course is at the top of importance.

Here are my top 20 best marriage proposal ideas; some of which are my own ideas and some are researched ideas. Sit back and take note, because these ideas will have you blown away! There were so many that it was hard for me to just choose 20.

20 Marriage Proposal Ideas:

1. Hockey Lovers. If you and your companion, or if your companion plays or loves to watch hockey; take them to a arena, play a game of hockey or just play around on the ice. At the perfect moment, position the engagement ring on top of the ice puck, and slide the puck over towards her. Once she has received the ring, say a speech and ask “will you marry me”.

2. Bring It Back Old School. This will most definitely have the “Awww” effect. Take one of her favourite childhood games and propose to her through the game, example writing “will you marry me” in chalk on the pavement, or having a specially made frisbee and have “will you marry me” on it.

3. Roses are a girl’s best friend. If you wish to keep it simple, but yet romantic, when she is not home put your plan into action. Have rose petals leading from the front door to the kitchen (have a candlelit dinner table set up with roses and roses petals all around). Or have them leading the way to the bedroom. In the room light candles, have roses all over the entire room, with music playing in the background. In the middle of the room on the floor, create a big heart with rose petals and in the middle have the ring; get down on one knee and be ready to propose as soon as she walks in.

4. Scrapbook It. If you have collectable visuals from when you first met till now. Take one picture that highlights the best moment of the year you were together, adding up to the total of year’s you have been together. Under each picture write a caption, a quote, or a poem.

Example: If you were together for 5 years, have 5 photos and put it in the scrapbook, and the 6th picture could be a picture of the wedding ring, or you could have the ring attached. This is a very good way to express your love and get creative.

5. Photo booth Love. Take a picture at a mall photo booth by yourself, and make four different wonderful displayed signs of “will you marry me?” You will have four snap shots printed. For each picture hold the sign up and bring your personality through the picture, example: for the pose with the “me?” sign, you could have the sign in one hand and with the other hand point your finger at yourself with a huge grin. Make her see why she fell in love with you.

Photo Booth Will You Marry Me Pictures
Image by: YourEngagement101

6. Icey Love. Freeze the ring in a ice cube, and drop it in her glass of wine, champagne, or beverage. When she notices the ring in her glass, get down on one knee and propose.

7. Fortunate Love. Ask a baker, or manufacture that makes specialized fortune cookies. Have them create a fortune cookie of its original flavour or her favourite flavours; chocolate, strawberry or whatever it may be. Then create a personal message to be put inside. Give her the fortune cookie over dessert or a romantic evening you may have planned.

8. Traditional Approach. Ask her father or mother for their daughter’s hand in marriage. At the next family gathering and at the perfect time, make a toast and propose to her. Having family around will make it special, and then after the proposal you both get to celebrate with the family.

9. Scavenger Hunt. Is the most used and popular way of making a marriage proposal. You could set up the hunt at home, her house, your house, her work, a place you shared a special moment at, or where you first met. You could plan the scavenger hunt yourself, or have family and friends in on it; the more the merrier. Take note, you must leave clues all around like notes, pictures, gifts, or you could even guide her through romantic text messages. At the end of the hunt, await her arrival with a surprise and on your knee ready to purpose.

10. Get The Children Involved. If you have children, have your kids make a picture of a bride and groom, or a sign saying “ Mommy will you marry Daddy?” Once they show her the picture, come in and surprise her with flowers and the ring. You can make it funny by saying “Hon, you can’t say no to these adorable faces”.

11. Game It, Crossword Puzzle, or Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle: Create a personalized puzzle with all phrases and answers in relation to your relationship with one another, and also include “will you marry me.” There are various websites that allow you to make crosswords. Be prepared to do the crossword with her.

Puzzle: Go to a board game store or to a place that creates and packages puzzles. The puzzle can be a picture of you and her with the message saying her name and “will you marry me”, the engagement ring, you on one knee with the ring, or of you and her in the background. Once the puzzle is completed and she is in utter shock, proceed with the proposal. It would be very cute to do the puzzle with her, so it encourages her to actually finish it.

Puzzle Marriage Proposal
Image by: 1HappyCorner

12. Bright Lights. Hire a company that does fireworks, and plan a firework show to be put on in the night… plan it so it looks like it has nothing to do with you. Pick the perfect location and bring her there. Once the show begins, proceed with your proposal.

13. Roses. During a romantic evening, picnic, or date, give her 3 roses one by one. For each rose tell her that; one represents the past, one represents the present, and for the last one (you could have the engagement ring attached or have a note saying “will you marry me” on it then tell her this one represents the future.

14. High off Your Love. Hire a skywriter and have signage, or ask them to spell the words for everyone to see in the sky above, the perfect time to do this would be during the day, maybe even after a romantic picnic, or a walk on the beach.

15. Web Page. This has become really popular especially with the rapid growth and change with technology. Create a personal web page with her name, the proposal, a picture of the ring, or pictures of you and her together. Plan a day and tell her you would like to look at vacation prices. Sit her down and surf the web, then tell her to go to this link. Once she opens the link surprise her with a proposal.

16. Romantic Beachside. Go for a walk along the beach around sunrise, sunset, or any time of the day. You could either propose to her with words, or even draw a heart, her name and yours, and “will you marry me” engraved in the sand.

17. Music of Love. Burn a CD of all her favourite songs, love songs, or songs that the two of you share memories to. You don’t want the CD to be too long, so have ten tracks or less. For the last track record an audio expressing your feelings, and how much you love her, and go into a proposal. You could sing, or talk. This will be a great way to capture the moment in a memory

18. Book Worm. If she loves to read and reads on a daily basis, take a book that she is currently reading, and replace the current book mark with a specially made proposal book mark. You could get creative and maybe act out a scene from the book, or simply go into your proposal with “will you marry me”.

19. Sport it Up, Take her to a sporting game, and sit in distance to the score board or a stadium TV. During half time or when her team scores. Have “will you marry me” and her name displayed through the stadium TV’s or score board. Tell family and friends ahead of time to watch it on TV. NOTE: Do not do this if she is shy, or very private.

20. Swap Out Keyboards. Buy an old computer keyboard and switch it with her original keyboard, replace the keys on it and spell out your message. This will totally catch her off guard, and be unexpected.

Thanks,

Lataysha Jackson, WPICC

Credits: Reblogged from blog post by Lataysha Jackson at typepad.com, Images by: YourEngagement101, 1HappyCorner

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.

Image: Flickr / Debs (ò‿ó)♪

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?

Wedding Ceremony Photography Workshop

The wonderful Peter Crichton recently conducted a wedding photography workshop with us and has kindly shared these beautiful images.

 Bride Wedding Dress Ceremony
 
Bride Groom Wedding Day Ceremony
 
Bride Groom Wedding Day Ceremony
 
 
Bride and Groom Wedding Day Ceremony
 
Bride and Groom Wedding Day Ceremony
 
Bride and Groom Wedding Day Ceremony Jacket Pool Deck
 
Bride and Groom Wedding Day Pool Deck
 
 
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Credits:
Venue – Sofitel Gold Coast; Gown – Strictly Bridal; Hair – Tonia Gusterson; Make up – Bianca Manser; Models – Samara Gulleford & Michael Crichton.
 
See the photographers article by Peter Crichton
 
 

The 19 Most Romantic Things That Happened In 2013

As we start a new year, the “Best of 2013” lists start to catch my attention.  I thought this one was particularly lovely.

Another feel-good BuzzFeed story …. Thank you for this curation.

For everyone who loves love.

1. Leslie’s wish with a few months left to live: to marry her high school sweetheart, Daniel.

   

Sarah Pizzaruso / Via Make A Wish
 

2. The story of Jesse and Kelly.

Jesse Cottle was serving in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED, losing both of his legs. He met Kelly during his recovery, and they fell in love and eventually married. Jesse says: “If I hadn’t stepped on that IED I wouldn’t have met her. I wouldn’t take it back ever.”

3. Spencer’s Home Depot proposal.

 

4. This groom overwhelmed with emotion at his wedding.

Del Sol Photography / Via delsolphotography.com

5. Their 70th wedding anniversary.

6. The man who just wanted to make his wife laugh while she was enduring chemotherapy.

7. This wedding, and the thousands of others made possible by increasing marriage equality.

Julia C. Smith Photography / Via juliacsmith.com

8. The Pugprosal.

Wendy Frink

Wendy Frink
 

9. This love song, 73 years in the making.

10. This v. serious love letter from a 6-year-old.

11. Japanese husbands shouting their feelings of love for their wives.

KIYOSHI OTA/EPA /LANDOV

KIYOSHI OTA/EPA /LANDOV
 

12. The Harry Potter proposal.

13. Jenn was afraid that her aggressive cancer would force her to cancel her wedding, but the the kindness of strangers crowdfunded it wedding to ensure it would happen in time.

Jennifer Gargano

Jennifer Gargano
 

14. This couple.

Brandon Stanton / Via humansofnewyork.com

“We were best friends in high school.”
“Did you both know the other was gay?”
“I knew she was. She didn’t know I was.”
“So how did she find out?”
“I wrote her a love letter.”

15. The most over-the-top wedding proposal ever.

16. When actress Maria Bello came out as part of a “modern family,” telling the story of explaining her romantic love for her female best friend to her 12-year-old son.

Larry Busacca / Getty Images
 

17. This adorable welcome home note from a wife whose husband was in the hospital.

 

18. You are my sunshine.

19. And this hopeless romantic.

And this hopeless romantic.reddit

See the original article here.

And The Wedding Colour Of This Year Is…

by Simone Hill for The Knot

I came across this article over at the wonderful wedding site The Knot:

Yesterday, Pantone announced that radiant orchid is the official colour of the year for 2014, and we’re predicting it’s going to be a hot colour for weddings too! Radiant orchid is a cross between purple and pink (which makes it perfect if you love both colours and just can’t decide). Like emerald, which was last year’s colour of the year, this saturated hue is a rich jewel tone, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for autumn and winter weddings.

If you love bright colours then pair radiant orchid with teal or go simple and combine it with white for a fresh spring or summer palette! Moth and dendrobium orchids grow naturally in this modern colour, so use them in your centrepieces and bouquet layered with other shades of purple and pink for eye-catching floral arrangements. See our style board below to find radiant orchid wedding inspiration!

radiantorchidPhotos clockwise from right: Raw Photo Design; Janae Shields Photography | Choco Studio | The Nichols Photography | Wedding Photojournalism by Ron Solimon | Caitlin Maloney Photography |Edenhurst Studio | Janae Shields Photography | Maggie Austin Cake | The Nichols Photography

See the original article here.

Congratulations to Preya and Jarrod on their Wedding Day

A big congratulations to Preya and Jarrod who were married on Saturday. Our best wishes go to the new Mr and Mrs!

The ceremony and reception rooms looked beautiful with a lovely dusty pink and lilac theme by Love Notes and Flower en Counter.

Wedding Ceremony Venue Arbour Chair Covers Dusty Pink Mauve Theme

Wedding Arbour Ceremony Rose Balls Draping

Wedding Ceremony Registration Table Flowers Chair Covers Dusty Pink Sash

Wedding Reception Room Dusty Pink Sash Flowers Fairy Light Backdrop

Wedding Reception Flowers Tall Vase Pink, Purple, Lilac, Mauve Flowers

Credits: Theming by Love Notes and Flower en Counter

Theming Idea: Hamptons Vintage

Wedding Reception or Engagement Theming Hamptons Vintage Style

We recently held an engagement celebration with the most fabulous Hamptons – Vintage theming from DC Creations.  So many wonderful ideas and intricate details that completely transformed the room and deck.

Wicker, pearls, doileys, burlap, flowers, vintage frames and tea cups, draping and lanterns added to the romantic, relaxed and chic ambience.

Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons - Vintage

Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons-Vintage

Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons Vintage

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Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons-Vintage

Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons-Vintage

Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons-Vintage

Wedding and Engagement Theming Hamptons-Vintage

Credits:  Theming by DC Creations.  Thank you to Simple Swan for the images.

Real-life Wedding: Brodie + Kylie Video

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This is the most beautiful video of the gorgeous Brodie and Kylie on their wedding day. Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing this very special video.

Credits: Video by Poetry in Motion