Introducing our sweet CAKE makers!

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In a nutshell, who are you and what do you do?

I’m Ancia from The Sweet Spot. I’m a Mum to a 4yr old little boy and lover of all things sweet.

Don’t you hate it when you see an amazing cake and you get to taste it and you are left feeling disappointed. Well i know this happens all too often and this is why The Sweet Spot came about. My passion for all things sweet and quality ensure you get only the best. The sweet spot will make your dream wedding cake a reality and it will taste as good as it looks.

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Introducing our FLORISTS!



In a nutshell, who are you and what do you do?

We are floral stylists and creative innovators. Designing and styling incredible, heartfelt and memorable weddings and events.

What is the most unique thing you’ve seen at a wedding?

Recently we had the pleasure of creating a 3m giant mega wreath! It was friggin awesome.

If you were a colour, which colour would you be, and why?

Let’s start with intriguing indigo blue oh but I am also partial to a pop of bright red and I do love my moody charcoal greys… really do I have to just be one colour??

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Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!

Simple or elaborate, it’s up to you as a bride and your wild imagination when it comes to accessories.

Darling florists, jewellery designers and a specialty lingere gown supplier  showed imagination and creativity at The Wedding Festival. They turned up the dial a couple of notches to show couples the diverse accessories you can have to add the wow factor to compliment or make a statement with your gown or your grooms dapper outfit.

Get your eyes ready for a diverse inspiration overload! There’s something for everyone’s taste packed in this blog post.



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Wedding Flowers By Julia Rose




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 Grace Bijoux


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Jump on over to their websites if something caught your attention! xxx


Images by: When Elephant Met Zebra


Darling Dresses Down The Runway – Part 3

Today we’re putting a sparkly spotlight on our third fashion parade from our recent Gold Coast Wedding Festival.   By the time our third parade was taking place the atmosphere at our wedding festival was electric.  Our Darlings were enjoying the live music, the delicious food and having a great time chatting to our vendors (who were also enjoying the food & music!).  There was a lot of love in the air and this fashion parade left a lot of people wanting to know more about Bohemian Brides, a beautiful new store just around the corner from The Wedding Festival. Gorgeous gowns are available to order in store at Bohemian Brides. Designers of these dresses shown below, from designer Pia Gladys Perey and the lovely lace gown is by Watters. Stunning hair and make-up by The Beauty Case and amazing florals by GC Flowers +.

If you’re wondering who took these smokin’ hot photos then head right over to When Elephant Met Zebra!

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Late comers pull a rabbit out of the hat!

Behind the scenes at A Darling Affair HQ our vendors on our mile long wait list might just receive an email saying at the last minute: “Your in!”

Planning an event sometimes there are things that happen to our vendors that are out of their control. For example, sickness, family stuff to sort out. Hey we’re all human and things happen even to the ADA team…(Carrie wasn’t even at The Wedding Festival herself!) So we are completely understanding and take this into consideration.

Now all that messy behind the scenes side, a part that you never see as the show must go on.We’d like to introduce you to two vendors who stepped up to the plate with flying colours. And boy did they put on a show for our lovely guests.

Birds of A Feather – Letterpress Co.

The Birds of a Feather Team work closely with you so you get what you want. They encourage you to bring in those samples, magazine clippings, sketches and Pins you’ve been obsessing over. They will bring your obsession to life and don’t worry they won’t think your crazy because they share that same passion for stationery just like you!

They just love their big machinery and the vintage letterpress graces their studio.  Letterpress is a printing method where ink is literally pressed into paper using a heavy press. So if the grooms want a heavy machine to be involved in their stationery then Birds of A Feather Letterpress Co is the perfect match for you!

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GC Flowers +

Krishna and her team from GC Flowers +, are hands down awesome. They are up for a challenge and are in for the action. This is professionalism at it’s highest level.

During her son and daughters wedding in 2013 Krishna saw a neach for affordable, unique supplies for special events.  Her team of floral designers have over 30 years combined industry experience, having won awards for their floral designs. We were so lucky to have such a cheery team come on board for the A Darling Affair at The Wedding Festival!

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Be sure to check out their websites! They’d love for you to stop by:


And that’s a wrap!

Did you come to A Darling Affair – Gold Coast on Friday 21 February at Rabbit + Cocoon?  If you did, then this news will be no surprise to you… but if you didn’t make it, then let me be the first to tell you how FREAKIN AWESOME it was!  Seriously, we had the best and most amazing venue, vendors, models, and what a turnout!


Right from the beginning of the day when our vendors were putting in their hard yards setting up their incredible sites, the atmosphere was electric.  We all knew something really special was about to go down.  We had trucks, minivans, cars and caravans rocking up from 10am that morning and there were ladders, power tools, trolley’s and trailers filling up the amazing venue that is Rabbit & Cocoon.

Come 5 o’clock and we already had a line-up of people waiting for the gates to open.  Our vendors had put the finishing touches on their incredible stalls and we opened the gates to get the party started!  With a glass of bubbles or a beer in one hand and a totes-amazing A Darling Affair tote in the other (thanks Peachy Flamingo!), the crowds started visiting the stalls of more than 40 of the freshest and most creative wedding vendors on the scene at the moment.  The crowds continued to flow through the gates all night.

Our awesome DJ, Aaron from Cut-A-Rug, provided the playlist for the evening and along with our live music acts including Sarah Head, the tone was set for a night of fun and frivolity!



Major highlights of the night included our four interactive fashion parades, made all the more enjoyable by our incredible models who were more than happy to join in the fun with the rest of our guests getting their pics snapped at our photo booths.  Thanks again to The Brides Market, Begitta, Bohemian Brides, Urbanna, The Beauty Case, Elina Valttila and our super amazing models!








The piñata smash was another highlight of the night!  Guests lined up to take a hit at the incredible piñata supplied by Party Pony.



And finally – the annual Dance Off was a huge success, with guests getting their dance on IN THE RAIN to win $300 off a DJ package with Cut-A-Rug.

By 10pm when we closed the gates, none of us could wipe the smile from our faces.  The evening was a huge success and we had received so much amazing feedback from Brides and Vendors, without whom, this event wouldn’t have happened.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, we have the BEST vendors, venues, models and Brides any Darling could ask for… thank you for being so amazing!

To see a little video wrap up, check out this sweet little video from When Elephant Met Zebra:

Thank you to the super talented When Elephant Met Zebra for all of our official event photos. 




























A MIXED BAG of Darlings


A little bit about me, well to start with I LOVE my Job !  I am one of those lucky people who just adore what they do!  Who wouldn’t love helping inspire people for momentous moments & Special Occasions in their life.
And doing it all with Exquisite Flowers and Beautiful Styling Props.

I love creating & designing Beautiful Pieces of Floral Art, for Weddings, Sweet & Simple…through to the Spectacular! Creating a Brides Vision of her Special Day.
Working with Event coordinators to help bring a Room, Marquee or Simple Area to life, filling it with Flowers helping to create an atmosphere which will relax, be-dazzle, Impress and Evokes Guests senses, Visually or Emotionally through Sweet perfumes.





Elyssium Blooms is about design, love, passion, family and of course FLOWERS.

We are a small team of florists, providing specialist service within the Wedding and Event industry. We LOVE flowers and everything to do with them, and we are here to make your floral dreams come true. We don’t try and fit you into a “one size fits all” style wedding. Instead, we provide personalised service to create something seamless, unique and gorgeous for your special day.

Elyssium Blooms has a reputation for having the freshest flowers, creative new ideas, and a team of florists with a true passion for flowers and design. Creating beautiful bouquets, ceremony displays, draping garlands and reception flowers to take your breath away.




Grace Bijoux is a boutique designer and manufacturer of individually crafted Headpieces, Body Chains, Body Armour , and Shoe Jewels. Also making statement necklaces, rings and many other unique jewellery pieces.

Grace Bijoux is based on the Gold Coast Australia and is a regular participant at the Village Markets, Bondi Markets and other specialised designer markets throughout Australia.

Lisa McDonald, the head designer (and model in many of the shots on the site) has clients throughout the world, including France, UK, USA.

Lisa started the business in 2012 after completing a silversmithing course in 2011 to realise her vision to individually craft stylish and affordable jewellery to the Australian and world fashion scenes.

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The Brides Market… a very cool concept!

Last night, two thirds of the A Darling Affair team had the pleasure of seeing Brisbane’s newest bridal concept come to life in front of our eyes.  The Brides Market is the vision of Jennifer Gifford (yep, the same talented lady who brings us those divine bridal gowns!) and is a bit of a one stop shop for brides.  Our feedback from the evening?  It’s AMAZING!  This place is a must see for brides and vendors alike, there are separate sections of the store set aside to showcase different vendors, along with a gorgeous fitting room to try on some spectacular gowns and a really cool space for meetings.

This is a wonderful new way for brides to plan their special day and for vendors to showcase their work in a beautiful, creative retail space. Part bridal boutique, part wedding emporium and part industry hub in a seamlessly integrated space.  It’s located on Logan Road in Woolloongabba which is a really cute precinct with lots of cool cafes and restaurants nearby.

It’s open every day, so you can pop in and look at all things pretty at a time that suits you, and if that wasn’t enough, they’re also hosting Sunday markets once a month and Thursday evening flower and food markets!   We are in love.  Do yourselves a favour darlings and check this one out.

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The Year of Colour!

2013 saw the introduction of some beautiful colour to the traditional white wedding gown.  We saw all shades of champagne, blush pink and floral gowns make a splash on the wedding scene and we loved it!

Our local dressmakers are really making a mark with their flair and passion for technique, style and colour.

Take our very own Begitta – Bridal & Couture for example and this amazing lavender gown which she released this year.

Or the crazy talented Jennifer Gifford Designs and her gorgeous floral piece.

This beauty from Wendy Makin has also caught our attention this year.

We think Brides are going to get even more adventurous in 2014 and are officially calling it the “Year of Colour”.   We can see a lot of pastel watercolour along with the continuation of floral in wedding gowns coming our way. What a beautiful way to let your personality shine through on your wedding day.

– Emma xxx

Photo credits: Begitta – Beth Mitchell Photography, Jennifer Gifford – Florido Weddings, Wendy Makin – Jennifer Oliphant Photographer

The Blushing Bride

Pink Pink Pink!

Well I have to admit, it’s never been my favourite colour – and in a house full of boys, it’s a rarity around here. But when it comes to weddings – right now I simply can’t go past the blushing hues, in all their tones and varieties. A colour that sparks thoughts of romance, love and femininity. Soft or bold, warm or cool – pink is certainly “in” right now.

Currently, softer pinks are most popular when paired with gold, or mint. You’ll also find pops of pink against orange, yellow and red. But if you think about it, there’s a pink hue to be paired-up with any colour you can imagine; and you can feature it in just about any element of your big day.


You might have noticed that our latest event branding is awash with pink – no doubt you’ll find pops of pink around the place at our fair in just a couple of weeks! August 10th, at The Chapel Woombye. We’re sure our darling day will leave you tickled pink. Be sure to grab your tickets online for our 2-for-1 deal!

Have a lovely week!

Em xxx