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 loveliest bird you’ll meet.

We have an obsession with someone and her name is Tanya. She owns The Lovely Bird down at Cotton Tree on the Sunshine Coast (never fear she sells online too).

Tanya is bubbly, funny as heck, full of inspiration and ideas – we don’t know how she fits it all in her gorgeous head – a styling guru and is totally “on-trend”.

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So if you are stuck for some inspiration for your wedding day, or looking for some awesome favours, crafty bibs & bobs and a good old laugh to take the planning pressure of your big day off your shoulders have a chat to our lovely Tanya.

I always leave her shop with something in hand, a smile on my face and a new project that she has inspired me with.

The Lovely Bird is a sponsor for our Wedding Fair on August the 10th and we can’t wait to see the awesome POP UP SHOP she will be having at the fair. So bring your coin purses xxx

Check out some of her goodies below and there’s something AWESOME that we wish we could win at the bottom of this article (but we can’t cause we’re the organisers of the event)….

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Yep you read it right!  A HUGE Washi Tape Giveaway! I would love to see the person receive this at the Wedding Fair!

August 10th! Pre-purchase your tickets! 2 for 1 offer ends this Friday – a friend comes with you for FREE! – after that it is $10 per person at the gate.

See you there xxx

Breathtaking Backdrops

Let’s set the scene of two lovers soon to become one. To the alter the bride would traditionally walk to gaze into the eyes of the one she loves and there connects for the first time to be husband and wife.

It may sound theatrical, but really it is. People well up with emotions and grin from ear to ear for this joyous occasion. Families come together and unite through love.

We present to you what was the simple alter with a few minor decorating touches or a full blown creation. The “backdrop” now sets the scene………….

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Style Le Aisle

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Aaron Shum Photography – styling by Wholehearted Studio

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The beauty and rawness of our land – KISSstudio

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Rustic love

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A touch of class with a chandelier- (The real life bride and groom behind KISSstudio!)

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Boots Photography

AND Here’s a sneak peek into the future of a wonderful venue opening up on the Sunshine Coast. The Lakehouse. You can get married on site and with glorious shots of the lake behind.

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The Lakehouse is due to open in September and we are a tad bit excited! (insert squeal here!!!)

This beautiful shot was taken by Images by Lou O’Brien

Last but not least our beautiful location for The Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair 2013. The gorgeous The Chapel – Woombye.

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Styled by our amazing dream team: Style Le Aisle, Dear & Tine PhotographyWillow bud, Marilyn Crystelle Bridal, Natalie Hunter Makeup, Altered Images Hair & Beauty.

You can meet all these amazing vendors mentioned at the Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair August 10th.

**Limited time to buy your tickets online and bring a friend for free.**

Just click here: https://adarlingaffair.com/tickets/

The Great Outdoors

One of the first things on the list when planning a wedding is “WHERE?” – where will you get married, where will you hold the reception? Booking your venue has always been right up there around #1 on the priority list.

Except, what if you just don’t? What if you don’t book a venue….what if you go without a venue? Well then you would be outside….hmmm outside….YES! Outside! Great idea.

Outdoor weddings are very popular right now, that’s not to say that our brides and grooms are forfeiting the finer details – they are simply taking them outdoors. And it looks A-MAZE-ING. So where outside? You might find a farm with a kindly farmer willing to let you use their property, or a local park, a secluded beach, or even your very own backyard; or for the best of both worlds you might find a fantastic venue that not only has indoor space but is also set on acreage or has fabulous lawns.

The key when heading outside, is not to forgo comfort – don’t leave your guests exposed or uncomfortable; but otherwise the possibilities are endless. You could make use of foliage for shelter, or a marquee. As for seating, you could use a set of mismatched chairs, bring the couches outside, you could go with hay bails, or even picnic rugs.

But without further a-do, here are a bunch of inspirational images for you to sink your nature-loving teeth into, and get your mind headed down the outdoor track. We’ll kick off with a few images of the lawn at our Gold Coast event, featuring Marquees contributed by Add-on Hire – and then of course the real-wedding images we all love!

Our Fair

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Photo Credits: Dear & Tine Photography, KiSSstudio, Aaron Shum Photography, Ryder Evans Photography, Jennifer Oliphant

Our Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair will be a great place to scope out some inspiration for your outdoor wedding, with outdoor styling to take your breath away and an outdoor ceremony setting for you to enjoy whilst playing spectator at our two fashion parades. August 10th at The Chapel Woombye, tickets are on sale now – prepurchase them online to bring a guest for FREE, and automatically register for vendor door prizes.

A Creative Genius – Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose

Over the last few weeks we have had the privilege to work closely with someone who we just adore!

This is our tribute to Julia from Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose.

julia roseWhy we at A Darling Affair love Julia: She’s honest, caring, funny as heck, hardworking – when it looks effortless for her, a great teacher (as Carrie experienced at the Miami Marketta -putting together the floral installation) and she is A-MA-ZING at her craft.

jr instalationOur facebook page went CRAZY when we posted this image of here work and that was just a glimpse of what was yet to come!

jr heapieceJulia was a vendor at The Gold Coast Wedding Fair but was working hard behind the scenes creating the final touches for the outdoor dining table (where you could sit and have your lunch) and floral headpieces for the beautiful models for our fashion parades and adding floral flair to many of our vendors displays.

jr tablejr chairsjr s&cJulia is a teacher at TAFE and brought some of her students to get hands on experience to help decorate our wedding fair. We love hearing her talk about the flowers as a person – “you should weave her in here” or “he’s looking a bit droopy there so we’ll bring him up here”.

Julia has 20 years experience under her belt in the industry and just keeps going from strength to strength – writing for the Australian Floral Industry Magazine on “what’s hot and In trend”. That is just the tip of the ice berg!

For the last 10 years Julia has focused on Weddings & Events and is just loving it!

jr wedding bouquetJulia was Runner Up – 2nd place – in the 2012 QLD ABIA Awards and we wish her all the best to take out first place this year! You go girl!

We can’t wait to work with Julia again when we come to the Gold Coast and we hope that you don’t wait and secure her for florist for your wedding day!

Find her here:

http://www.weddingflowersbyjuliarose.com/

WE LOVE YOU JULIA! xxx

Vendors featured in images:  Fresh Honey, Sunshine & Confetti, Dear & Tine Photography, Arctic Fox Furniture and Prop Hire.

Images by: Wholehearted Studio, Amelia Jane’s Photography, Moffatt Photography, Florido Weddings

A little white church, a white picket fence, and a couple in love…

After an amazing event at the Gold Coast over the weekend (wrap up on its way soon!), we can’t wait for our next event – our Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair to be hosted at The Chapel Woombye on August 10th.

About a month ago we gathered together some of the Sunshine Coast’s finest wedding professionals to collaborate on a promotional shoot at our venue. We also ticked off one of our dreams on the A Darling Affair Bucket List – shooting real love by casting a REAL LIFE COUPLE, Michelle and Sam.

The brief for our shoot was spring inspired lavish florals, romantic glamour, with vintage touches and a modern twist. We love the final result – and I’m sure you’ll agree the added ingredient of genuine adoration between Michelle and Sam is the icing on the cake.

The shoot captured by our friend Chaddy from Dear & Tine features styling by our fair sponsor Style Le Aisle, gowns from the latest collection by our sponsor Marilyn Crystelle Bridal, florals by Willow Bud, Make-up by Natalie Hunter MUA and Hair by Monique from Altered Images. Of course it also features our fair venue – the gorgeously quaint Chapel Woombye that we love and adore!

So with out further a-do, here are the gorgeous images, along with some behind the scenes shenanigans.

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Applications for our Sunshine Coast fair are still open and tickets will go on sale later this week, stay tuned for all of the finer details!

Crafty hands

Weddings that we love at A Darling Affair all have an element of craftiness to them.

From the earliest age i was exposed to scissors, paper, glue and pencils. I had a very DIY wedding 6 years ago and i just love how much it has evolved since then.

Raise your scissors and hold them high. Here’s a tribute to the people who make your weddings grand when you just run out of time!

Party Pony Handmade Party Decor:

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Beckoning Designs – Handbound guest books and albums:

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Sunshine & Confetti:

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Sweet Details:

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Perfectly Sweet:

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Christelle Creations: (image: Mihaja Wedding Photography)

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Fox and Fallow:

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Fresh Honey:

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Bowerbird Designs:

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Come and meet these lovely crafters/stylists/makers/creators at the Gold Coast Wedding Fair June 22nd 

Buy your tickets here for your special 2 for 1 deal: https://adarlingaffair.com/tickets/

I’ll see you there – Carrie xxx

Small Creations

Jemma from Cupcaix Cakes is here to chat about her delightful small creations, CUPCAKES!

“I’m the cake artist/designer/everything girl behind Cupcaix Cakes!

One of the big focal points of your wedding reception is the cake. It sits proudly on its own table all night while guest ooh and ahh over it, take photos and lick their lips in anticipation!

If you haven’t already decided on your cake, let me help you. Think of cupcakes and cakes like you think of fashion. There are trends that come and go and there are your classics. I like to take inspiration from fashion and fabrics when designing what I like to call “cupcake collections”

peach cupcaixThese days we have so many tools, moulds, impression mats, and cutters that we can virtually copy anything and incorporate it into your big day. Beautiful aspects of your dress such as lace, pearls, ruffles and bows can be matched to your cake and the best part is it’s all edible! You pay thousands for a gorgeous dress, but can you eat it? (ha!)

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There are so many reasons why cupcakes are a great choice:

  • Guests can serve themselves – meaning there is no plating up at the venue which can cost around $2 per head, then no wastage from the uneaten or half eaten plates.
  • They’re neat, clean and easy to take home. You can even use cupcakes as your bonboniere in cute little boxes personalised for each guest.
  • Every guest gets an even portion – no fighting over the big piece!
  • You can order exact numbers for the number of guests attending – no leftovers to have to take home at the end of the night
  • You can still have a small cutting cake atop your tower of cupcakes, for those couples who still want the traditional ‘cutting of the cake’
  • You can mix and match designs to create your own cupcake collection.
  • We can supply you with a number of different flavours, and stuff your cupcakes with yummy treats like berries, lemon curd or whatever takes your fancy!
  • It makes it easier to cater to the dietary needs of guests as we can do a gluten/ dairy free batch for you at no extra cost
  • Super easy to transport and set up for those out of the way type weddings. I did a wedding cake to go to Stradbroke Island a few weeks back and the bride told me it was a nerve wracking bumpy ferry ride over, with a 3 tier cake on her lap! Cupcakes can be boxed up and securely transported without worry.
  • You can match your cupcakes to a tiered cake, macarons, cookies, cake pops and make a lovely dessert buffet that will wow your guests!

black and white cupcaixOur small creations from Cupcaix are guaranteed to wow your guests and we deliver from Byron Bay to Brisbane and out to Toowoomba. Not only will they look amazing, but the flavour will wow them all!

We make everything from scratch with quality ingredients. Choose your cake, fill it with yummies, top it with rich chocolate ganache and fondant that actually tastes nice, and voila!”

tiered cupcaixJemma from Cupcaix cakes will have her cakes and cupcakes on display at The Gold Coast Wedding Fair and she will have plenty of time for a chat about plans for your big day!

Go ahead and buy your tickets today: https://adarlingaffair.com/tickets/

Cake Glorious Cake!

Today we are lucky to have Rebel from Rebellyous Cake Co as guest blogger today to continue with our “The Sweet Things in Life” theme for the month of May.

Here she is to help you with all there is to know about decorating your cake:

“The wedding cake is one of the main focal points of the reception and should be both pleasing to the eye and mouth. So many options are available when it comes to YOUR cake, here are just a few things to consider:

The Outside

Fondant was once thought of as that “thick sweet icing” on a wedding cake. it can be now applied in a thin layer and is VERY versatile. Amazing effects can be created using fondant which can take on a fabric like texture – such as frills which are very popular right now.

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Traditionally wedding cakes were only white or ivory in colour and whilst these options will always remain classical, more and more colour is making it’s way onto the cake. Don’t be afraid to use colour, it is a fantastic way to tie in the other elements of your wedding from the invitation through to the flowers and beyond.

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Tiered wedding cakes no longer need to have matching layers. Stacking tiers of varying heights creates a modern, alternative look.

Flowers are always stylish and are an age old tradition when it comes to being on wedding cakes. Blooms will never lose their appeal. Almost all wedding cakes will have some tyoe of flower decoration whether they be real or handmade sugar flowers.

With themed weddings becoming more and more popular it is very easy to include your cake in the theme – everything from boho and vintage right through to steam punk.”

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Rebel kindly leaves us with a “Did you know?”…..

“The wedding night dream tradition – Single women traditionally have brought home a piece of wedding cake from a wedding they have attended and slept with it under their pillow. Folklore has it that the woman will dream bout the man she will marry.”

Rebel wishes you all sweet dreams! xxx

Photo credits: KISSstudio, Byron Loves Fawn Photography, Down Bangalow Road, Enigma Visions Photography.

The snow fell upon our high tea…

For the Month of May on the blog we are celebrating the “Sweet things in life”

Nakita from Jhar Binx and Zave Cake Artistry is inspired by flowers and her love of cooking to bring to the table what she knows to be “sweet”:

“Baby’s breath is known to be the cheap filler flower for old fashion bouquets, well not anymore.

Beauty can come from many places and to me this fine spray of snow inspired flakes is absolutely beautiful and should not be forgotten, in fact should be utterly embraced as a sprinkling of vintage beauty either adorning your tabletops in lavish sprays or being walked down the isle of a garden wedding or just sitting on the kitchen window sill in all its sweetness.

We have been using bunches of these white soft specs on our high tea tables and I must say it has out done the rose as one of my favourite flowers.

Baby’s breath for us has added a soft vintage touch to our High tea décor and a little bit of something unique.

Remember that sometimes the most insignificant things can be the loveliest of all.

Happy caking baking and creating!” – Kita xx

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Nakita has so kindly shared a little treat for you from her own kitchen:

INSPIRED RECIPE – SNOW WHITE MARSHMALLOW

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500grams Caster Sugar

2 Tablespoons Liquid Glucose

2 Tablespoons Gelatine Powder

2 Egg Whites

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

2 Cups of Desiccated Coconut

Grease and line a 18cm x 25cm x 4cm lamington pan. Combine the caster sugar, liquid glucose and 200ml water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until a sugar thermometer reaches 120°C.

Place 200ml cold water in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the powdered gelatine, and then stand for 10 minutes. Place the bowl in a saucepan of simmering water and stir until completely clear. Stir the gelatine mixture into the sugar syrup.

Beat egg whites with electric beaters until stiff peaks form. Continue to beat while you gradually add the sugar syrup, and then beat for a further 10 minutes until mixture thickens and becomes glossy. Fold in the vanilla and pour the mixture into the pan. Chill for 1 hour until firm.

Cut the Marshmallow into Squares, the easiest way to do this is to run your knife under hot water, wipe of quickly on a tea towel and cut each line with the knife still hot but not wet.

Take each square out and roll in coconut

MMMMMMmmmmm….