Black Beauty Bridesmaid Fashion

Striking in black, a full gown with classic lines is extremely elegant for a bridesmaid, or even for a daring bride. 

Statement jewellery, bold makeup, and voluminous hair, this fashion sure makes a big impact. Stylist Hayley from Wholehearted Studio dressed these Black Beauties, and they were photographed by Willow + Sage. 

Models Roxy and Lisa wear Lucy and Loo convertible dresses in black. 

Frankly My Dear handcraft their unique pieces. They specialise in delicate headpieces and chunky chain necklaces. 

Lisa's peepers don a shocking electric blue in her makeup design by The Beauty Case, and her hair is coiffed and teased into a wild upstyle by Evalyn Parsons Hair

Roxy's doe eyes are cheekily lined with a deep olive by The Beauty Case, which offsets her flowing red tresses by Evalyn Parsons Hair.

The Dream Team

Styling: Wholehearted Studio

Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair

Makeup: The Beauty Case

Dresses: Lucy and Loo / Jewellery: Frankly My Dear / Photography: Willow + Sage / Models: Lisa & Roxy


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Megan + Mathew's Kenilworth Wedding

November 27, 2015 | Filed in


Megan and Mat had a very specific theme in mind for their Sunshine Coast country wedding at Kenilworth Homestead. Their vision of a rustic, country feel with a 1950s vintage twist was made come true with lots of DIY - in fact, six carloads full of projects! 

After 11 months of careful planning, dance lessons, and crafternoons galore, they pulled off their dream wedding. Life and Love Photography and Jasper & Ruby Visions were both there to capture all the memorable moments. 



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"We met a few weeks after I had an awful break up and finding a boy was the last thing on my mind. My girlfriend, Sal, dragged me out of the house and told me it was time to stop moping. She took me to a small house party just us and four guys so I could meet the guy she was keen on. Turns out Mat was one of those boys. Months went by and Mat held my hand as I got back on my feet and was my shoulder to cry on. One day it just hit me that this guy was the kind of person I wanted to be with. We started officially dating in July 2007 and the rest is history."



"For planning and inspiration I went to bridal expos, used EasyWeddings, Polkadot Bride, Hello May and of course The Bride's Tree!" Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0006 Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0007

"The rain held off until when our ceremony was about to start at 2pm. I was standing with my dad and bridesmaids getting ready to walk down the grassy aisle when it started raining. My dad, Chris, turned to me and told me not to worry he could tell the rain was just about to pass. Surely enough two minutes waiting undercover the rain passed and I walked down the aisle perfectly dry. My dad told me at the ceremony that he was lying and had no idea if the rain was going to pass, but it was his job to look after me and keep me calm."Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0008 Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0009 Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0010

"I reached out to my female friends and family to contribute a brooch for my brooch bouquet. My bridesmaids and I shared pinterest boards and planned my bridal shower. My mum and bridesmaids came dress shopping and came over and helped with DIY decorations on “craft days” which consisted of drinks, nibbles and crafting." Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0013 Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0014 Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0015

"Mat forgot the suspenders and bow ties for the groomsman but they still looked great and no one but us knew."

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"We are complete opposites but share core values and a love of sport! Mat is a laid back country guy and I am a high strung city girl. I am the gas and Mat is the breaks. We balance each other perfectly. We share a love for good food, travel and spending time with family and friends."

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"We put a high level of importance on creating a unique and personal day which meant lots of research and lots of DIY."


"Before dinner we had one and a half hours of canapés and for dessert we had a lolly buffet and cake in a jar instead of plated wedding cake."Megan_Mat_Life&LovePhotography_0023


Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Venue + videography

Best bargain: Ceremony dress was only $504

Bridal gown: Ceremony Dress by Maggie Sottero, Reception Dress by Roz La Kelin with significant modifications

Accessories: Preowned

Shoes: Kitten D’Amour

Bridesmaid dresses: Etsy

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Necklaces by Argyle Jewellers

Groom’s suit and shoes: Studio 196

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Ed Harry

Jewellery: Megan’s engagement ring was an antique purchased from Brisbane Antique Imperium, made by Penfolds. Megan’s wedding stone was cut by her grandpa Maurie and set by Argyle Jewellers. Megan’s eternity band was made to fit by Argyle Jeweller with two small leaves which will include the birthstones of our kids later down the line. Mat’s ring was from Michael Hill.

DIY: We did lots of DIY and had six car loads of things which we provided ourselves for the big day including all our own cutlery, plates, glassware etc. We did a DIY photo booth, sanded and varnished wood slices for the centrepieces, cut our own hessian runners and bunting, chalkboard painted EVERYTHING and made lots of signs ourselves. I made the bridesmaids origami bouquets and my brooch bouquet.

Number of guests: 60

Wedding budget: $25,000



Megan & Mat // Kenilworth Homestead // Short Wedding Film from Jasper & Ruby Visions on Vimeo.

Photographer Life and Love Photography | Videographer Jasper & Ruby Visions | Caterer Event Catering Company | Cake Ideas in Icing | Makeup Artist Rubystar Makeup | Hair Stylist By SarahJane | Rentals Kenilworth Homestead/FuncionZ | Decorators DIY/FuncionZ | Entertainment Mike Barber | Stationery Supplier Vistaprint | Dance instruction Hannah Haysom | Wedding night accommodation Kenilworth Homestead | Rental bar "Woody" by Luxury of Vintage Enterprises

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Kathleen + Austyn's Maleny Wedding

Moranbah couple, Kathleen and Austyn, relied on family and friends to help them plan their destination wedding in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

I particularly love all the sweet little DIY creative projects they banded together with Kathleen's mother and sister and her partner to complete from desserts to pocket squares to stationery.

However it's the super cute Mr. & Mrs Penguin cake toppers that Austyn whittled and hand-carved, then Kathleen painted and dressed the little guys! I absolutely love them, I know you will, too. See below for the ultimate cuteness in cake toppery, and the rest of this gorgeous wedding with images by Nicky Stone Photographer and some comments from the bride. 

Kathleen's gorgeous glam look in her pink dress is set off with this gorgeous flowing auburn looks and fresh, pretty makeup design by Boudoir Blush

Incredible stand-out colourful florals created by Mondo Floral Designs.

"The men in my family all have Claddagh rings as their wedding band, and Austyn wanted to carry on the tradition too. So I bought a Claddagh ring from the original makers, Thomas Dillon, all the way from Ireland. The Ring symbolises two hands for friendship, a heart for love and a crown for loyalty."

"It really was the best day of our lives, we had such an amazing time and we were able to share it all with our family and friends. It went way to fast, so our advice is to take every little detail in, and absorb all the love around you…oh and dance the whole night away"

"Our shared humour, love for travel, the support we give one another in our chosen professions every day, our love for family and friends and our shared goals and dreams for the future are what make us work together as a couple."

"Living in Moranbah made deliveries, appointments and planning very difficult at times, however, with the support of my family and friends we were able to have our dream wedding."

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Maleny Manor and the Fireworks

Best money-saver: My sister making all of the stationery

Bridal gown: Martina Liana from Heavenly Collections $5000

Accessories: Hair Flowers Mondo Floral Designs

Shoes: Modcloth $50 

Bridesmaid dresses: Blushing Dress in Ivory $275 from Love Honor

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Own earrings, Shoes $140 from Kookai

Grooms suit and shoes: Myer $400 combined

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Myer $800 combined

Jewellery: Bracelet and Grandma’s ring- borrowed from my Mum, my pink coloured stone earrings from Etsy 

Honeymoon: After the wedding we stayed for a week up the Sunshine Coast at Caloundra. Then in December we’re travelling to Hawaii and the West Coast of USA for a white Christmas. We’re traveling around in a caravan, which will be nice and cosy for our honeymoon.

DIY: Penguin wedding cake toppers, Wishing well post box, six desserts, pocket squares for the men in bridal party, statioinery

Number of guests: 50

Wedding budget: $30,000

Photographer: Nicky Stone Photographer | Florist: Mondo Floral Designs  | Caterer: Maleny Manor | Cake: Dreamy Cakes | Bombonnieres: Candy Addictions | Transport: Mystic Mountains Tours  | Makeup Artist: Boudoir Blush | Hair Stylist: Bride did own hair, as well as the Bridemaids | Entertainment: DJs in your house  | Celebrant: Big Love Weddings | Wedding Night Accommodation: Maleny Manor | Fireworks: Mr Fireworks International

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Sunshine Beach wedding venue review: Embassy XO

November 25, 2015 | Filed in

Foodies one and all, listen up. The fact that this Sunshine Beach restaurant is hosting weddings is a huge win for our kind. 

The cuisine at Embassy XO weaves its way through the provinces of China and South East Asia, along with Joos’ unique balance of flavours, textures and exciting spices. Executive Chef Seungjoo Kim continues to impress by refreshing the menu each season.

Modern Asian dining is on offer throughout the three-storey complex.  The lounge bar offers an an impressive yet approachable wine list and a great cocktail menu catering for all pallets. French glass doors open up to a mini balcony giving ocean glimpses and a summer breeze or in winter you can relax next to our intimate, warm fire.

The other location option for weddings is the restaurant dining room, where a truly Asian feel in its warm decor meets that bright, airy feel we so adore and expect of our Sunshine Coast wedding venues. 

As for the ceremony, there are several close-by locations to get the nuptials done in style. If sand is your pleasure, the beach is is but a two-minute stroll away, there are nearby parks, and the added benefit of booking a wedding with Embassy XO is you get a pretty decent wet weather back up plan to boot. 

The quick-fire portion of this Sunshine Beach wedding venue review with all the little nitty gritty details you want to know can be found beyond the pretty pictures below. 

The Low Down

How many weddings in a day: One

How long operating as a wedding venue: 5 years

How many guests: 100 stand up or 70 sit down

Adequate parking: Yes + street parking with no limitations

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Operating hours: 12noon to midnight

Discounted wedding days: Sunday to Thursday

Beverage packages: Starting from $48 per head for four hours

Food packages: Starting from $30 per head for cocktail/yum cha or $55 per person for banquet

Sample menu tasting available: Yes, only small fee charged to cover costs

Dance floor: Yes there is room for a dance floor

Room for a band: Yes

Audio equipment: No

Wet weather ceremony back up available: Yes

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Suit Up

November 24, 2015 | Filed in

Today we have a guest blog post from the lovely Tammy Fox Suits Direct, Mooloolaba. As the owner of Suits Direct, Tammy is abreast of all the latest trends for groom and groomsmen fashion, and here she answers some pressing questions about picking a suit and accessory trends for men. 


What are the most important things to consider when picking out a suit?

When you are choosing a wedding suit there are several key factors to consider. I believe the first one is the overall style and colour theme of the wedding. The wedding theme should be reflected throughout the wedding party so whether you are having church, beach, vintage, garden or rockabilly styled wedding the attire should fit the style.

The next thing is get the correct fit for your special day! To look your best a proper fitting is an essential part of getting the correct suit size and fit. This is where a professional can assist you and will ensure the journey of selecting a suit is a pleasant one. An appointment with a professional can take the stress out of choosing the right suit and will give you loads of free advice with regard to styling and fitting.

An important thing to remember with styling is to ensure you feel very comfortable with what you are wearing this will ensure you feel confident.

Above image and thumbnail was taken by Aaron Shum Photography for feature in the April 2013 edition of The Bride's Tree magazine, showcasing slim fit black suits from Suits Direct

What are the latest trends?

THE LOOK: The latest trends are 2 button slimfit suits, the jacket is tapered at the waist and the trouser is slim line to keep the balance and overall look. These suits can be extremely complimentary to those who have a slim to average physic. However staying with trends doesn’t work for everyone, body type should dictate if you should choose a regular or slimfit suit.

TRENDS IN TIES: Long ties are slimmer and bow ties are patterned and bold.


Is black the only option when it comes to suits for weddings?

Black is not the only option there are many other choices for wedding suits. However, black is still a very popular colour for weddings, there are so many positives about black, it’s striking, goes with any colour, looks amazing on most people and never dates as long as the style is current.


What other colours are there to choose from?

Charcoal has a huge following where wedding parties are concerned. The greys are elegant and soft but rich enough to make a statement in any wedding party. Country Vintage styling has been very popular with many requests for light coloured suits including beige and light grey. We are seeing requests for a slowly emerging sophisticated navy suit which I believe will become popular for weddings again.

Above image and thumbnail by Robecca McLean Photography (previously Adori Studios) for feature in the Volume 3 of The Bride's Tree magazine, showcasing grey waistcoat and slacks from Suits Direct

Are bow-ties or ties more popular for weddings?

Long ties are still the most popular tie for weddings, whether it’s the traditional wide tie for the sophisticated look or the slimmer long tie for those who like to keep on trend. Bow ties are still popular but are more suited to black tie weddings of which there are fewer here on the Sunshine Coast.

Above image and thumbnail by Lindy Photography for feature in the Volume 2 of The Bride's Tree magazine, showcasing silver suit from Suits Direct

What can the groom do to stand out?

The groom can wear a different coloured tie and hanky usually the same colour as the bride to unite them and keep a streamlined look. He could also have a flower while the groomsmen go without. A vest is a popular way to distinguish the groom from his groomsmen or vice versa.

The other styling option given to grooms who really want to stand out from their groomsmen is to have a different coloured suit. We have recently styled weddings where the groom will wear a charcoal with black satin trim jacket with the groomsmen in light grey with black satin trim jacket ensuring the suit style itself remains the same.

Finally, it’s really important that the bride and groom have input into the styling of their very important day but also be assisted and guided by professionals who can give them ideas and create the special day they so look forward to it. 


Suits Direct is on Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, and offers a wide range of suits for hire and purchase. 

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Springtime Sunset Flowers

November 23, 2015 | Filed in

Spring flowers are the prettiest of all and beautiful blooms are an absolute must for a springtime wedding. For those playing from other parts of the world, Australian springtime falls between September and November, and like many other world locations, it's the most popular time for weddings. 

Lovely bride, Katherine, chose happy sunset colours to bring a youthful elegance to her Sunshine Coast wedding at The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast. Florists from Willow Bud created a floral story to bring a springtime sunset to the wedding from start to finish. 

Wild grass, tuber roses, cottage roses, lisianthus, spray roses, rosemary gum and mixed foliage were sourced locally and arranged in bouquets, centrepieces, cake flowers and a statement arrangement atop an old piano. 

Images by Jennifer Oliphant Photographer

Natural, youthful and elegant to suit the style and theme, Allure Bridal Stylists designed this sweet hair and makeup look for Katherine and her bridesmaids. 

Images Jennifer Oliphant Photographer | Flowers Willow Bud | Location The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast | Hair + Makeup Allure Bridal Stylists

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