{OUT TODAY} Volume 14 / Winter 2015 The Bride's Tree Magazine

Once again, my pretties, I have a little gift for you to help you along in your Sunshine Coast wedding planning.  And really, even if you're not getting married on the Sunshine Coast, you are still going to be delighted by my gift, I swear.... It is our 14th volume of our free online bridal magazine! This magazine holds so much amazing weddingness in its 108 pages, any bride will find inspo in a flick through. 

It's all about bridal fashion in this edition, with not one, but two fashion-focused shoots showcasing dresses from local couture designers. There is also plenty of unique wedding styling and winter wedding inspiration to be found in this edition. 

I hope you enjoy this magazine, please let me know if you do! You can connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and let us know what you think of our Winter 2015 edition of The Bride's Tree Magazine

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Katrina loves Atilla / Married in Maroochydore

July 31, 2015 | Filed in

Katrina is one funky bride. From her amazing dress to hair style to impressive floral installation, she's got it going on like nothing we've seen before. It's classy and high end with a little dash of rock n' roll.

Marrying her love, Atilla, in Maroochydore, their reception was held at Old Soul Whiskey & Lounge Bar, which concentrated the styling up high. The one impact piece was a hanging ceiling of flowers centred over the dance floor. Dancing the night away, the happy couple and guests looked above to masses of hanging snapdragons, stock, orchids, amaranthus, jasmine and ferns, which bedecked two 2m x 1.5m frames.‚Äč This amazeballs installation was created and constructed by Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio.

As stunning as the wedding itself is, the images are gorgeous. Matt Rowe Photography was responsible for this outrageously beautiful set of images you see below and in this here gallery

The bouquet was a free form garden bouquet featuring amaranthus, red cottage roses, sea holly, hypericum, bridal fern, snapdragons and home grown variegated leaves. 

The maids wore wrist corsages of cottage roses, sea holly, orchids and variegated leaves with long ribbons of colour to stand out against their dresses.

Photography Matt Rowe Photography | Venue Old Soul Whiskey & Lounge Bar | Flowers Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio | Hair Evalyn Parsons Hair | Makeup Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry

View the rest of Katrina + Atilla's wedding album

 This weekend you can meet the photographer, Matt Rowe Photography at the Noosa It's My Wedding Expo. Don't miss out on securing this talented artist for your wedding. 

 

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Hair Stylist to the Models


 
Sunshine Coast bridal hair stylist extraordinaire, Evalyn Parsons, could most definitely be described as the authority in bridal hair fashion and trends, being the official hair stylist to the models for the It's My Wedding Expo Fashion Shows.
 
This weekend Evalyn is embarking upon her sixth show, so we had a chat with the lady behind these incredible folicle creations to get the skinny on upcoming trends, what inspires her and what we can expect this weekend at the Expo. 
 

Evalyn, you have been doing the models' hair for the It's My Wedding Expo Fashion Show for a long time now. How did you score this awesome gig? 

Yes this is our sixth It's My Wedding Fashion Show that we are styling hair for and we love it. I scored this gig originally by just approaching (organiser) Dee a lot earlier than the expo and offering my services and at that time it turns out they hadn't booked in another stylist yet so she accepted almost immediately and the rest is history.

 

What do you love most about being the official Fashion Show hair stylist? 

I love styling hair first and foremost of what I do in my business and so the opportunity to create new looks and styles on gorgeous models that brides will be inspired by or love for their wedding day is just an honour.  I truly get excited to create beautiful hair styles and love to see the finished result as the combination of hair, makeup and dress on the catwalk.
 

What usually inspires you in coming up with the hair styles for the models? 

Inspiration comes from a range of areas for me. I am always following current trends through blogs, magazines, fashion shows and also what my brides are asking for.  Each style I do, I try to create a look that will flatter the face shape and hair type of the model, suit the look and feel of the gowns I also want to showcase some of the current techniques that we are using for our brides and what we see out in the wedding and fashion world currently.
 

Do you do all of the hair yourself, or does it take a team to get everyone ready on time? 

I have an amazing team of stylists and I usually have several on hand with me to help create all the hair styles and also meet and chat with brides at our expo booth. What I like to do is meet our models, view the dresses and then run through the final styles we are going to go with before any hair styling is started.  That way we have a fluid look with our styling and we have everyone ready and looking perfect in time.
 

What would you say are upcoming trends in bridal hair for 2015? 

I see upcoming trends staying with romantic and vintage looks for a little while still but I do see more glamour and volume with the way we finish the styles. Braiding is still popular and also downstyles but again more polished waves and refined looks and less unstructured or messy looks.
 

Any hints on what we can expect to see in your creations this weekend on the runway? 

I have to keep a few surprises under my hat so you all come and check them out! But a hint is that you will see our styling looking bigger and better than ever and even more diversity with the looks we want to showcase. We have extended ourselves with further training with some world class hairstylists and that is influencing our looks and techniques.
 

Click right here for more details on It's My Wedding Expo, happening this Sunday. 

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It's My Wedding Expo Noosa 2015

July 27, 2015 | Filed in

Feel like getting inspired, lovely brides? Time to indulge in a day of wedding planning in beautiful Noosa Springs at the It's My Wedding Expo. This is your opportunity to meet with a whole bunch of wedding vendors, all conveniently under one roof. 

See the fashion parade with incredible gowns, hair and makeup, and bouquets in person, up close and personal. See the sweet rides, taste the cake, talk to the knowledgeable celebrants and photographers - there is so much to headway to make in your wedding planning in this one day. So don't miss out! 

Date: Sunday, 2nd August

Venue: Noosa Springs Resort, Links Drive, Noosa Heads

Time: 10am – 3pm

Fashion Parades: 11.30am and 2.00pm

Cost: $10 per person (pay at the door to the expo) or buy online at a discount! 

 

PRIZES

$1,000 gift voucher for a bridal gown from The Petticoat Junction

$1,200 engagement photo shoot from Vinci Studio 

And stacks more! 

 

WIN TICKETS

The Bride's Tree will be giving away double passes at random times on our Facebook page this week, so keep your eye on our page to make sure you are in with a chance. Hey, every little dollar saved is more money you can spend on your dress, right? 

Image by Marion Jonkers Photography

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Real Wedding: Michelle & Dan at Kennilworth Homestead

It is a scientific fact that Michelle and Daniel were meant to be. Well at least it's science that brought them together when they were both studying at uni. I'm imagining their eyes meeting over the romantic flame of a bunsen burner... *sigh*

The pair were married seven and a half years after that fateful bunsen burner incident in a pretty, rustic country wedding at Kennilworth Homestead. Luke Going Photography was there to capture each moment. 

Special Moments

Special moments were seeing Daniel for the first time when I walked down the aisle  (he was pretty emotional) and hanging out together just the two of us when we were getting portraits done. Luke our photographer was really unobtrusive so it was nice to have some time to ourselves while at the same time getting some amazing pictures.

Bride's DIY Advice

Do any DIY projects early, as the month before your wedding gets really busy (with fun things like hens nights and kitchen teas) and it becomes impossible to find the time to do them. 
 

Wedding Day Gifts

Daniel surprised me with a pretty ring holder (I used to be terrible at leaving my engagement ring in weird and wonderful places). I gave the bridesmaids the dressing gowns they wore when we were getting ready (from Pretty Plum Sugar) and their earrings. The groomsmen were given bottles of silver label Bundaberg Rum. 

Sharing the Day 

The most important aspect of our wedding was making sure that our families were involved in the planning, so that they felt that the day was also about them. Mum and I went crazy and bought lots of cut crystal vases and vintage bread and butter plates from op shops in Brisbane, Daniel's grandma made the wedding cake and Daniel's dad strung up all of the lighting for the reception. We had a lot of help the day before the wedding from family and friends setting up the ceremony and reception spaces, which was fun. 

Dessert Bar

The day felt really inclusive as a lot of guests had helped with the preparations. On the invites we asked if our guests were talented cooks if they could bring a plate for the dessert bar, we ended up with a variety of amazing tarts, slices and cheesecakes! 

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: The band

Best bargain: The venue was value for money as accommodation was included, and it was such a great location for the ceremony and photos we saved on transport costs.

Bridal gown: Stella York, purchased from the Brisbane Bridal Centre

Accessories: Flower halo – Willow Bud, earrings – www.etsy.com  

Shoes: Betsey Johnson –  ModCloth 

Bridesmaid dresses: Brides of Brisbane

Bridesmaids' accessories: Wedges – Zu shoes, earrings – Lovisa

Groom's and Groomsmen's suits: Roger David

Rings: Diamonds Intenational

DIY: Guest escort cards, signage,  we upcycled some old window frames into blackboards and restored two silky oak chairs that were used at the signing table at the ceremony. Mum handmade the bombonnieres bags out of scrap fabric and the quilt blankets to place over the hay bales at the pre-reception drinks. 

Number of guests: 100

Wedding budget: $26,000

 

A-List Vendors

Photographer: Luke Going Photography 

Florist: Willow Bud

Celebrant: Kari Celebrations

Caterer: Safe Hands Catering / Hair + Makeup Artist: Milque Spa / Rentals: Noosa Party Hire / Entertainment: Radio Club Band / Stationery Supplier: Vista Print / Gift registry: Myer / Wedding Night Accommodation: Kenilworth Homestead / Photo Booth: In the Booth

 

Take a look at Michelle and Dan's full wedding album pinboard. 

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Rockabilly Wedding Inspo

If you love a wedding with a theme that won't quit, this Rockabilly wedding shoot will provide loads of inspiration.

From birdcage veil to ruby peeptoe shoes, the fashion is to-die-for. The gorgeous bride and bridesmaid sport retro-style hair and makeup, and show off their tattoos and rainbow locks with pride. Love it! 

Images by Melanie McNiven Portraits

 

For a fun wedding like this, you can't leave the kids and the pups at home! 

View the full gallery of images

Photography Melanie McNiven Portraits | Parasols and design Parasols with Love | Flowers Blooms of Noosa | Makeup Photo Finish Makeup | Dress Silver Sixpence | Bridesmaid dresses That Shop | Models Miss Frankie Mae Felon, Scarlet Tinkerbelle, Kiki Vanity, Jordan Cooper | Head pieces Marla Carmeta Designs | Invitations Classic Wedding Invitations

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