Vicki loves Tobias / Married in Noosa

July 3, 2015 | Filed in

Vicki paid a lot of attention to the little details when planning her wedding. She carefully planned continuity in her colour theme with a gorgeous pop of teal in her shoes, reception styling, and even the colour of their wedding day transport - this drop dead gorgeous Kombi! 

At their ceremony at Casuarina Gardens in Noosa, Vicki and her now husband, Tobias, passed their rings around to each one of their guests to give everyone the opportunity to bless them. The ring warming tradition is a sweet touch that more and more couples are adding to their wedding ceremony. It's a lovey way to keep the guests involved and present in the moment. 

Images by Renee Towers Photography

Photography: Renee Towers Photography / Flowers: Suncoast Flowers supplied for DIY / Celebrant: Diana Hassett / Makeup: Tamika Hudson Make-up Artistry / Hair: Hair4Brides / Ceremony location: Casuarina Gardens / Reception venue: Noosa Convention & Exhibition Centre / DJ: Rockin' U Wild / Transport: Old Skool Kombis

Meet Photographer Renee Towers this weekend... 

Come and discover these vendors and meet many more A-list Vendors on Sunday, July 5 at the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase.  

Show Hours:    10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue:             Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Admission:      $10.00 each available online for pre purchase tickets

$14.00 each at the door

Giveaways
Each bride will receive a show bag filled with information and copies of FREE Brides Diary magazine, Ideal Bride, Queensland Wedding, Wedding & Bride, Queensland Bride Magazine, Coast Bride and Your local Wedding Guide. Valued at over $75.00

Prizes
Every attendee goes into the draw to win any number of lucky door prizes valued at over $10,000.

There is also an amazing wedding gown from Ferrari Formal Wear worth $1500 up for grabs!

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Venue Review: The Lakehouse

July 1, 2015 | Filed in

Absolute waterfront purpose-built Sunshine Coast wedding venue is centrally located at Brightwater, overlooking the lake. Inside, the décor promotes warmth and stylish nautical opulence.

Inside The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast you will find beautiful interior styling, which has two key elements – stag heads and antlers, and a hint of the nautical. The little touches, like oars and a cow hide rug beside the fireplace in the welcome area give you an instant feeling of warmth. 

There are two gorgeous ceremony locations on site, making this venue perfect for those couples wanting a carefree wedding day, where everyone can relax from start to finish with no travelling. And thanks to the function coordinators, no fuss. However, even if it's your dream to be married on a beach or in a pretty chapel, there are both options but  a 10-minute drive away. 

Turning towards the majestic lake, the weatherproof deck offers sweeping views of the surrounding estate and is the ideal location for your guests to enjoy pre-reception canapes. 

The main function space is a mix of plush deep carpet, luscious wallpapers, antler chandeliers and an eclectic mix of classic and country furniture with a slightly distressed finish. With tones in grey, charcoal, slate, black, white, ivory and pewter, this beautiful room provides the perfect backdrop for your own décor and style and will fit with any colour scheme.

Images by Calli B Photography

The Low Down

Minimum number of guests: 60 on a Friday and Sunday and 80 on Saturdays.  Other days by agreement.

Maximum number of guests: 150 seated, 250 standing

Food and beverage packages: Signature wedding package starts from $105 per head, Family platter package from $110, and roving degustation from $80 per head. 

Minimum spend: Minimum numbers on weekends, and minimum bar spend, but no minimum for catering. 

Operating as a wedding venue: Opened in November 2013 and have delivered hundreds of beautiful weddings since! 

Wedding days available: 7 days per week, every day of the year!

How many weddings in a day: One

Air conditioning: Fully ducted air conditioning and heating

Adequate parking: Underground parking for 110 vehicles plus street parking and bus area

Wheelchair accessible: Yes, and a disabled bathroom.  The venue is all on one level.

Operating hours: 10am – 12 midnight, 7 days. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Can operate from 12noon on ANZAC Day. No surcharge applies to public holidays. 

Special deals available: Wedding specials in January, February, June and July. Minimum numbers apply on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Ceremony locations: The Pavilion, a central waterfront courtyard or The Pontoon, a timber and steel structure next to The Lakehouse which is suspended over Brightwater Lake.

Reception locations: The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast.  Also for smaller weddings we can offer “Pontoon”, our function room at Brightwater Hotel.

Music: Full AV installed in the venue.  Musicians can simply plug in, and play.

Bring own cake: Yes, we serve the couples cake with fresh raspberry coulis and vanilla cream.

Fully staffed bar onsite: Yes

BYO: No, we are fully licensed.

Dance floor: Yes, large dancefloor.

Room for a band: Yes. 

Audio equipment with speakers and a microphone: Yes

Noise restrictions: Yes, standard venue noise restrictions. 

Wet weather ceremony back up plan: Yes

Supplier meals available (eg. Photographer, DJ): Yes

Acccess to rest of venue: When booked, couples and their family and friends have exclusive access to the venue.

Photography // Calli B Photography

Location // The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast 

Flowers // Willow Bud 

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Choose Your Wedding Venue This Weekend

June 30, 2015 | Filed in

It is THE weekend to choose your wedding venue. If you've not yet managed to lock down a date and time and location, you need to get your cute butt down to the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase, where you will have the opportunity to discover just the place for your Sunshine Coast wedding. 

To give you a head start at creating your short list, I've put together a selection of my fave venues that will be exhibiting at the showcase this Sunday. 

Pelican Waters Golf Club

(pictured above) 

What I love about this place is all the gorgeous little spots you can find as you roam the grounds. They make for absolutely stunning wedding party photos.

Maroochydore Surf Club

Located right on Alexandra Headland Beach, you can't get any more beachfront than this. Very affordable packages are on offer in a great central location to really have you and your guests make a getaway of it. 

Novotel Twin Waters Resort

In the one sprawling resort, you have several options for your wedding location. The always winning Lily's on the Lagoon overwater restaurant is a popular option, and also this is the only place you can have a marquee right on the beach. 

The Yacht Club

A charming view of the Mooloolaba Marina and room for everybody. This venue is a fantastic place to give your guests an unforgettable night. 

Twin Waters Golf Club

The immaculate gardens and greens make this place a spectacular backdrop for a wedding, and there are some great options to cater for large weddings, both seated and cocktail. 

All the showcase details...

Come and discover these vendors and meet many more A-list Vendors on Sunday, July 5 at the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase.  

Show Hours:    10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue:             Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Admission:      $10.00 each available online for pre purchase tickets

$14.00 each at the door

Giveaways
Each bride will receive a show bag filled with information and copies of FREE Brides Diary magazine, Ideal Bride, Queensland Wedding, Wedding & Bride, Queensland Bride Magazine, Coast Bride and Your local Wedding Guide. Valued at over $75.00

Prizes
Every attendee goes into the draw to win any number of lucky door prizes valued at over $10,000.

There is also an amazing wedding gown from Ferrari Formal Wear worth $1500 up for grabs!

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Peonie-topped Ruffle Wedding Cake

June 30, 2015 | Filed in

I have fallen helplessly in love with another woman's cake. I know it's wrong, as one should not covet another woman's cake... oh wait, no cake is fine. I defy you not to fall in love with it, too. This two-tier beauty may be small in stature, but it makes a big impression! 

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Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase 2015

June 28, 2015 | Filed in

This weekend, the Sunshine Coast wedding industry will all be in one place – Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Sunday, July 5th for the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase . There will be two fashion shows throughout the day, with beautiful gowns and accessories to inspire you to create your own picture perfect wedding.

You will have the chance to meet with the Sunshine Coast’s finest wedding industry specialists and see the spectacular display of cakes, gowns, floral arrangements, wedding cars and more.

Best of all, at wedding expos such as this, there are always stacks of prize giveaways. On Sunday there is a chance you could walk away with a bridal gown, valued at $1500! Also, every bride that walks through the door will also receive a special voucher booklet, jam packed full of special offers and FREE stuff. 

All the details...

Show Hours:    10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue:             Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Admission:      $10.00 each available online for pre purchase tickets

$14.00 each at the door

Giveaways
Each bride will receive a show bag filled with information and copies of FREE Brides Diary magazine, Ideal Bride, Queensland Wedding, Wedding & Bride, Queensland Bride Magazine, Coast Bride and Your local Wedding Guide. Valued at over $75.00

Prizes
Every attendee goes into the draw to win any number of lucky door prizes valued at over $10,000.

There is also an amazing wedding gown from Ferrari Formal Wear worth $1500 up for grabs!

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Wedding Budget Tracker

June 26, 2015 | Filed in

Lovely brides, I have a little project for you to commence over the weekend. If you have not yet given some attention to your wedding day budget, it's time to pull your pretty little head out of the sand and face this head on. 

We have made the task a little less daunting by providing you with a printable budget tracker. You can put in the amounts you have already committed to, and fill in the gaps according to what you have to spend. When each expense is in front of you and accounted for - from the makeup artist to the reception venue, you can clearly see where your budget needs to be allocated next. 

Here are some tips to help you work out where you can splurge and where you could save

  • Sit down with your fiance, each of you secretly write down the top 3 things you would like to give priority to when it comes to budget for your wedding. Compare notes, and where you have come up the same, give weight to that particular element. Where you differ, it's time to compromise and come up with figures you are both happy with. 
  • Work out what your bottom line budget actually is. Break down your wedding budget into what you already have saved, any contributions that have been committed to you by family, and how much you can feasibly save between now and your wedding day. That final figure should be the topmost amount you spend on your wedding. 
  • Ensure you've accounted for "life as usual" in your everyday savings. While you may be able to curb your shopping habits and minimalise date nights until your wedding day, things like new car tyres, home repairs, and speeding tickets still pop up from time to time. Account for this, and have a little extra up your sleeve. That way if something unexpected happens, you won't be stressed about losing wedding money to "life as usual" expenses. 
  • Consider small areas you could DIY - just be sure that your DIY projects are actually going to save you money. Research and discover if it's comparable to appoint a professional before embarking on any DIY projects. 

Image by Matt Rowe Photography

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