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Welcome to The Bride's Tree, the ultimate guide to planning your Sunshine Coast Wedding. Whether you are planning your wedding in Noosa, Maleny, Coolum, Caloundra or anywhere in between, The Bride's Tree is full of ideas and inspiration.

Weekly Round Up

My lovely Sunshine Coast brides, it is time for me to take a brief hiatus. It is school holidays here in Queensland, so I'm taking off to the gorgeous Gold Coast for a week of soccer, swimming and sunshine with my man cub. 

While I'm away, we will still have plenty of daily Sunshine Coast wedding inspiration for you! Make sure you Like our Facebook Page to get your daily dose of bridal bliss. 

So long for now, my friends! I'll see you back here soon (I'll be the one with a tan.) 

Just in case you missed it... 

Dreamy long grass and pretty pictures by the shore in this Bli Bli wedding

A picturesque destination wedding at Noosa Beach

The hinterland wedding film of two very happy lovebirds. 

A country engagment shoot - boots n' all! 

Sal's School of Biz: 5 ways to pretty up your blog for readability.

 

New to The Bride's Tree 

Cloud Nine Weddings

Multi award-winning wedding planners and stylists; Cloud Nine Weddings can help you with as much or as little as you like on your wedding day. 

 

Heavenly Blooms

Organicanically grown blooms from the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Each posy is made from flowers that send a unique message on your wedding day. 

 

Kirk and Treen's Photography

Husband and wife wedding photography team, who absolutely love two things (besides each other!)... weddings and photography! Oh, and their two cats... and chocolate. 

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5 Ways to Pretty Up Your Blog

 

If you have a blog for your business, you want people to see it and read it. Not go to the effort of clicking on a link, only to want to retreat back to the visual comfort of well-tread territory, like Facebook. 

Just like books, magazines, or any other kind of media, there is a certain way people read blogs. But unlike books and magazines, you have only a small moment to capture your readers' attention, so you don't want to blow it. 

Think about how you navigate the interwebs - ever clicked on a link, only to find a huge wall of text, feel completely overwhelmed? If you're anything like me, you back away quickly, leaving it behind like a bad dream, never to return again. A person wants to spend only two to five minutes with your article, and hopefully enjoy it so much, they click on something else on your site to keep them there longer. 

The trick is readability. Making your blog appear easy to read and like just the right place your target audience should be. Here are my five best tips to prettying up your blog good and proper.

5 pretty tips...

 

1. Keep it short and sweet. 

As my introduction eluded, it's just not cool to make your posts too long text-wise. Your readers are most likely looking for something specific and found themselves at your site, or their interest was sparked by a headline. Now the idea is to make it really easy for them to want to stick around. Keep your posts to less than 500 words in length. 

 

2. Start with a photo. 

I gained this tip when I attended The Blogcademy last year. It's a great way to capture the attention of your readers and give them a little taste for what they are in for. Always use at least one photo or illustration with every single article.

 

3. Make your photos the width of your blog. 

Dudes, it just looks better. Make every single photo the exact width of your blog. Even the portrait ones. You can even make collages of your images if you like. I use PicMonkey to make my collages. It's really simple to use and it's free. Please also be sure to always use the same border size where possible. 

 

4. Edit your photos. 

You don't have to have professional photos for every post. Sometimes even a smart phone photo will do. It's a good idea to edit them, though. For editing, I use the Afterlight App on my phone, and for SLR camera images, I use Adobe Lightroom. I'm no pro photographer, and I find both of these super easy to use. 

 

5. Use headings, like this one! 

Any break in text to help your readers navigate your piece is helpful. Imagine your reader sneaking a read between kids feeding or napping, or work while the boss isn't looking... if they can easily read bits at a time and find their way back to their place, it's helpful. 

 

Image from © Lime Lane Photography

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Engaged: Tom and Monique in the Country

Monique met Deb from Boots Photography at a friend's wedding, and so of course booked her for her own. If you met Deb, you would do the same, trust us on that. So pre-wedding, Monique and her husband-to-be, Tom, got together with the lovely Deb for an engagement shoot, which is beautiful beyond words. Just take a look... they are so, what's the word? Wow. 

Bouquet from Tegan Swanborough at Blossom & Twine

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Wedding Film: Robyn & Andy Lee in Maleny

Robyn & Andy Lee from bxcsmxth on Vimeo.

The beautiful people in this wedding will have you smiling from ear to ear, just like them! Robyn and Andy Lee are clearly having the time of their lives on their wedding day at Maleny Manor.

From shedding a tear reading each others' letters in the morning to a heartfelt ceremony with a few laughs (of course guaranteed when your celebrant is Bill Scurry!), all the way to dancing and silliness at the reception... Bec from Bxcsmth has captured it all, which I personally think is wonderful, because without this film we wouldn't get to share in their wedding day joy! 

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Real Wedding: Karamea & Chris in Noosa

Perth couple, Karamea and Chris, brought a contingent of 70 guests with them to celebrate their nuptials in Karamea's hometown of Noosa by the beach. Karamea's grandmother and best friend were also precious cargo, travelling from New Zealand to be with the happy couple on their Noosa wedding day. 

Planning a destination wedding, Karamea says her best decision was to hire a wedding planner from First Class Functions to both help arrange everything pre-wedding, and also coordinate a smooth sailing event on the day. 

Their classic beach styled wedding with soft apricot colour theme was captured by photographer, Katja Anton AKA Weddings

"Chris had his four best friends as groomsmen all of whom travelled from Perth, one detouring on his way back from Europe. My sister was my Maid of Honour and my three dearest friends were my bridesmaids. My two younger sisters, and Chris’s (now my) niece were junior bridesmaids.

"My younger brother who studies at The Queensland Academy of Music played with two of his peers whilst our guests congregated at the ceremony and again whilst I walked down the aisle."

"Chris and I sneakily met the morning of the wedding at 6am and ventured to Hidden Grove where we exchanged personal intimate vows prior to the day commencing. It was romantic and memorable."

"As I sat in the hairdresser, I received texts throughout the day asking if the wedding would still take place outdoors as it was gloomy and overcast. Thankfully the nearer the ceremony came, the finer the weather became. It was sunshine and smiles all round."

"My advice to other brides is to stay calm on the day and soak up every moment! The day literally goes by in the blink of an eye, so make sure you and your husband make the most of it and focus on having fun with each other and your friends and family. And... hire a wedding planner, they are worth their weight in gold! Especially for a destination wedding, it was great having an external party there on the day to ensure things ran according to plan and freeing up family members, ensuring they didn’t need to stress and run around, allowing them to relax and enjoy the day."

"Our priorities were the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, quality of food and service at the reception and a relaxed personable celebrant."

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Holding the reception at Berardo’s, as we weren’t willing to compromise on service, food and beverage quality. 

Best bargain: Our wedding cake, it was delicious and I feel under-priced for the amazing quality!

Bridal gown: Carla Zampatti 

Accessories: Solitaire diamond necklace and matching earrings

Shoes: Alan Pinkus, kitten heel in white silver shimmer   

Bridesmaid dresses: Purchased overseas

Groom’s suit and shoes: Ben Sherman/ Custom Made

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Ben Sherman/ Own shoes

Rings: Custom Made by Thomas Meihofer 

DIY: Wedding favours

Number of guests: 70

Wedding budget: $35,000

Who paid: The couple, and their parents chipped in. 

 

A-List Vendors

Photographer: Katja Anton AKA Weddings

Decorators and Wedding Coordination: First Class Functions

Wedding Night Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa

Videographer: Wildbunch Weddings / Florist: The Flower Room / Caterer: Berardo’s Restaurant & Bar / Cake: Richies Bakery / Transport: Noosa Ferry / Makeup Artist: Brides of Noosa / Hair Stylist: Sunshine Images / Stationery Supplier: Bevin Design / Gift registry: Wishing Well for Honeymoon / Celebrant: Jay Flood

 

Take a stroll through Karamea and Chris' full wedding album

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Amie and Brad's Wedding Album

Get a load of this divine couple. Amie and Brad's wedding was featured in Volume 7 of our free online wedding magazine. To see more of the pictures from the day and to read more of their wedding story, head over to Matt Rowe Photography's blog. You won't be sorry - there is almost too much photographic bliss to bear. 

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