Hello from the two Jos!

Well hello there Darlings!

The Two Jos are here, reporting for ADA duty. And gee are we excited – and a little overwhelmed too, if we’re honest, but we’re taking lots of deep breaths and that seems to be helping. Thank goodness for the amazingly calm, generous and committed duo that is Carrie and Emily. Those wonderful girls are still working so hard behind the ADA scenes to ensure that the transition from ‘them’ to ‘us’ is as smooth as possible.

So who exactly are The Two Jos?

Well, our first date with ADA was back at the 2016 Brisbane fair when we attended as vendors. And it really was love at first site. Honestly, hand on heart (and we’re not just saying this) we were both blown away by all the creatively clever people we met that day. AND you were all SO friendly. We both felt part of something special – special and creative and warm and fun and inspiring and beautiful.

Like all good relationships, ours has blossomed with ADA and we’ve become the new owners. We know we have a big job ahead of us to make ADA continue to flourish in an ever more competitive market. We thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to move ever closer to announcing the dates of our upcoming fairs. Exciting huh?

We can’t wait to get to know everyone in this community and would wholeheartedly encourage you to get in touch if you fancy a chat about anything ADA related. We can still be contacted at hello@adarlingaffair.com

And finally, here’s our brief ‘Guide To Working Out Which Jo is Which’…….


Hey there I’m Jo. B!

I am super excited to be taking over the amazing A Darling Affair with the other Jo!

Here’s a bit about me…I am an English lass who relocated from good ole Blighty to sunny Australia nine years ago with my husband. We lived in Sydney for the last eight years before relocating to Brisbane two years ago and adding a couple of little additions to our family; our little boy Henry and our rescue cat Max 🙂

For the last seven years I have been working in the wedding industry running my own wedding business called ‘jo bartholomew photographer’. I absolutely love weddings and everything about them. I am so excited to now be part of ADA where I can let my enthusiasm for all things creative spread in another direction.

I can’t wait to get stuck into ADA and carry on the awesome work that Carrie and Emily have worked so hard to achieve.

As a wedding photographer I feel I have a really good understanding of the industry. I love that ADA is not about clichés or cookie cutter weddings. Its something unique, different and wonderful 🙂

I am so happy to be part of this awesome community!




So. I’m ‘the other Jo’ – Jo Thompson – and, along with Jo Bartholomew, I am extraordinarily excited to be hopping on the A Darling Affair train.

What can I tell you about me? Well, professionally speaking, I love details, organisation and ticking things off my to do list. I’ve spent nearly 20 years working in events and marketing and have organised all sorts of fun things including exhibitions, conferences, charity balls, cocktail parties, book signings, golf days and ladies lunches (to name but a few).

Personally speaking, I moved to Queensland with my husband nearly 13 years ago and we now call Brisbane home, along with our two beautiful daughters and a slightly crazy cocker spaniel.

And that’s me in a nutshell. I’m over the moon to be starting on my ADA journey and look forward to meeting you all along the way.


Hello Darlings,

We are quite aware that everything has been rather quiet on the ADA front over the past year. Our little ADA family has grown, as has our work outside of our ADA endeavours. Since 2012, when we first started with nothing more than a hope and a dream, thanks to all of our wonderful vendors and event guests we have grown well beyond what we ever anticipated.  Covering 3 regions across Queensland, with thousands of followers on multiple social media platforms, we really do have to pinch ourselves to ensure that all of this has been real and not some wild crazy dream.

The time has come for us, Carrie and Emily, to move on from ADA. As much as we have loved every moment, both of us have a number of other commitments that are calling and in order for the ADA brand to continue to grow and progress we felt it was time for us to move on, and to hand over ADA to new, fresh and excited owners. However, we didn’t want to just hand it over to any old buyer – we wanted to ensure that whoever took over from us understood who we are at ADA, what we stand for, and would do our brand justice in the future. We crossed every finger, and wished on every star, and the universe delivered.

We have found the perfect duo to take the reigns in “The Two Jo’s”. That’s right, Jo and Jo – both named Jo, both incredibly warm and kind, both from the UK, and both more than qualified in both the wedding and events industries. Most importantly, we could instantly see that they are equal parts down-to-earth, and in love with ADA.

We have every confidence that Jo and Jo will take good care of ADA and all of you, our lovely Darlings. We also trust that all of you will show them the same kindness that you have done for us. Of course we will miss all of the pretty things associated with this industry, but more than that we will miss the amazing, passionate people we’ve had the pleasure of working and creating with. So thank you, truly THANK YOU to everyone who has come into our lives during the crazy journey that A Darling Affair has been. And thank you to Jo and Jo for taking on ADA – we can’t wait to see how it continues to grow and thrive with you!

So long for now, perhaps you’ll see us around (Queensland is a small world after all!).

Much love,

Carrie and Emily xxx



It’s so easy for us to just fall madly in love with the displays that our amazing stylists create. Creative and romantic, they know exactly how to inject personality into any event.

From flowers to table settings, these darling teams have just what you need for a personalised wedding injected with style and flair.



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Conceived from the passion of founders Michael and Charlene for all things events, Stylised is a reflection of their dedication to bringing Brisbane events and planning to the extraordinary heights of those in overseas cities like Las Vegas, New York and Vancouver.

Creating most elements in-house. Stylised tailor bespoke packages for each and every client to suit both their vision and their budget. Offering services like, planning, styling, table-scape design, speciality installations, ceremony design, blooms, centrepieces, decor…there is nothing that they can’t do. Taking only a small number of weddings and events per week, they have a strong belief in quality over quantity, knowing that each and every space should be a reflection of what is quintessentially you.



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Lovestruck is a Gold Coast based furniture and props rental house suited to anything-but-ordinary couples. Known for doing things a little differently, if you have a penchant for cool details, their refreshing take on wedding hire should do the trick.

You can find them setting up bespoke weddings, parties and events on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay and everywhere in between. Live further afield? Still get in touch.  Lovestruck never say never.

This talented team do more than just hire.  If you’re looking for a stylist, but don’t want your wedding to be over-styled, dig unique spaces and want to create a fun vibe, Lovestruck has everything that you’ve been looking for.



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Simon and Danielle are the faces behind the incredible Him and Her Events team. Wedding planning and styling extraordinaires, you’ll want to remember these names!

Him and Her Events offer a unique perspective into planning and styling. As a mixed gender team they are able to create custom built and inspired events with ease without needing to outsource.

With their combined skills and diverse backgrounds, Him and Her are able to offer a variety of alternative services such as lighting, AV, prop hire and MC services. Planning and building since April 2015, and getting into the swing of things in the following months, this darling duo have been busy, busy, busy!


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A guy in a great suit can make any girl swoon. And boy oh boy, did we have some swoon-worthy menswear on display at the last Brisbane Wedding Festival!

Two of Brisbane’s leading independent suiting boutiques, Wil Valor and Black Jacket Suiting know how to make a groom look good!


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Combining tailor made craftsmanship with directional style, Wil Valor endeavours to not change the wearers style, but to enhance it through experience and expertise! They value quality and hold a dedication to unsurpassed craftsmanship and fabrics.

A custom made garment is an experience each man should understand. It is an indescribable pleasure, a unique moment where the wearer confides their aspirations and desires.

When selecting the Wil Valor service you will receive a private meeting with a Style Advisor who listens to your needs, advises on colour,style and fit. They then send the specifics to their cutters and Saville Row – the trained Master Tailor – creates your custom made pieces!



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Introducing Black Jacket Suiting, Brisbane’s newest independent gentleman’s fashion boutique. Specialising in men’s formal and wedding suits, they pride themselves on providing personalised, affable, affordable and unique service for all of their cliental.

Working in the suiting industry from the age of 16, director Ryan Fisher saw a gap in the Brisbane market for specialty wedding suit suppliers that offered diversity in product and price range. With the knowledge, industry connections and experience he felt ready to give Brisbane a new independent suiting boutique the first of which had been opened for 15 years.

Always going the extra mile for their customers and striving to make the experience as stress free as possible, the team at Black Jacket Suiting has a wealth of knowledge of the wedding and fashion business and will problem solve to find the perfect fit for the special day.


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An amazing venue is a must have on any wedding check list. And while sometimes it can be hard to find a fantastic spot that ticks all of a couples boxes, our awesome vendors from the last Brisbane Wedding Festival have made it easier than ever to have the reception of your dreams.

Boasting restaurant quality dining, stunning decor and atmosphere that will keep your guests talking about your wedding long after the day is over, these gorgeous venues are some of Brisbane’s most sought after spots.



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If you’re looking for a truly showstopping venue, your search is over. Founded in 2008, Mirra is a converted warehouse which has been transformed to create a stunning private dining and boutique events space in the heart of Fortitude Valley.

Firmly embedded as one of Brisbane’s leading bespoke event spaces, the converted warehouse has been transformed to create a stunning venue where Paris meets Shanghai; where high warehouse ceilings covered in hand-painted canvasses are littered with tiered chandeliers; where detailed bronze French doors open to a private courtyard perfect for pre or post drinks.

With a venue that speaks for itself, couples can’t help but fall in love with Mirra’s  grungy, industrial exterior and it’s elegant, glamorous, interior.



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Loft West End is the dreamy, romantic setting that you’ve been searching for. Located in Brisbane’s West End, the Loft West End functions and events team is a trio of amazingly skilled Event Management Professionals, Lauren, Matt and their incredible Head Chef Duncan. These three are committed to helping you create the reception of your dreams. From catering, drinks, timing and everything in between, this terrific trio will ensure your special day is stress-free and fabulous.

One of Brisbane’s best kept secret’s, it’s vintage style fit out exudes class and character, along with it’s fantastic location, entertainment options and amazing menu, Loft West End ticks all the boxes.


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One of the greatest pleasures as a newlywed is looking back at the images and videos from your big day.

Watching your wedding film can bring back sweet memories of joy and laughter, giving you one last hit of the sweet feeling of love and happiness that only a wedding day can bring.

We were lucky enough to have some of Brisbane’s best and most talented videographers on display at the last Brisbane Wedding Festival. These creative teams are pro’s in their field and have the ability perfectly capture the essence of your day.



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Introducing Anchored Cinema! This collection of like-minded creative souls travel Australia wide to compose wedding films that are honest and heartfelt.

As a creative bunch of story tellers, they not only understand how important your special day is, but how meaningful it can be to capture entirely the first step of your journey of everlasting love. Not wanting to just document your wedding, Anchored Cinema create and tell your story through a film as unique as you are.

With packages to suit all styles, themes and budgets, the Anchored Cinema team know how to perfectly capture every aspect of your day.



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For founder Ben, Universal York started as a passion project and turned into a full-blown creative film force.

With friends Andrew and Bree, the Universal York team create unique wedding films, along with other quality products, knowing that the way to achieve that properly is to hand craft everything they do.

With a love of working with people and collaborating with other artists, the team believe that the heart behind every one of their projects is to create something unique and inspiring, while having a good time doing it! Life is for living, that’s why they do the things they do.


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When it comes to weddings, it’s all about the details.

Our amazing vendors make organising your wedding or event a breeze with their fantastic range and fab ideas. Perfect for indoor or outdoor settings, no idea is too big or too small for these creative minds.

Here is just a peek at some of the showstopping displays from the last Brisbane Wedding Festival.



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AVIdeas are a talented bunch of people and their expertise goes far beyond pretty lights. From complete theme styling to spectacular lighting and sharp sound production, you can be confident that your wedding will enjoy an atmosphere, ambience and aura that will not be forgotten.

They really do listen to you and take the time to discover your unique personal desires and style.

Their slogan is: ‘If you can dream it, we can achieve it’



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If you’ve been searching for a showstopping setting for your ceremony or reception, Moreton Hire have the perfect marquee for any occasion.

You can opt for a clear roof for an open air feel on a huge property or your intimate backyard wedding. See the stars and moon glisten at night or the beautiful rain drops trickling over the canopy that will protect you and your guests from the elements.

If you want something more like your classic white wedding, Moreton Hire also do fully enclosed white marquee’s with beautifully lined ceilings and lighting.

The Moreton Hire team will work closely with you to expand your mind and help you see the bigger picture to make your wedding day come to life.



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Hampton Event Hire are offer a fresh approach to wedding and event furniture hire. Owned by the darling Kris and Judi, this strong, creative team of wedding industry specialists aim to provide a great experience for their clients and love to be a part of your special day.

Realising the detail and planning that goes into planning the perfect event, Hampton Event Hire are constantly upgrading and adding new inventory pieces, keeping their range modern, fresh and on trend. With a collection that includes a wide selection of chairs, dining tables, occasional tables, bars, dry bars, French style crockery, vases, bench seats, wedding accessories, picket fences and so much more, you’re sure to find everything that you’re looking for with this fantastic company.


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Finding the perfect wedding photographer has never been easier. With some of Queenland’s best photographers on display, the last Brisbane Wedding Festival was packed to the brim with talent.

Just a handful of our awesome vendors, their images perfectly capture the love and happiness that shines on a couples special day.



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A lovely English lass, now residing in Brisbane, Jo Bartholomew’s love for photography started after her move here to Australia. With a desire to document her new home and adventures, her darling Husband surprised her with her first camera and photography lessons. Starting with portraits and working on to weddings, Jo’s love of photography has continued to grow and you can see that in her work.

Shooting her images in a candid, documentary style, she is passionate about taking photographs that tell the authentic story of your wedding day.  Jo brings her friendly, creative personality into her business, both in the way that she shoots and also in the easy, unobtrusive way that she interacts with couples.



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The original Jessie Dains was a shy, lovely woman who taught those around her the importance of love, family and friends. So when Josh and Shannon were searching for the perfect name for their new business, it was only natural for them to name it after Shannon’s late Grandmother Jessie.

Being in operation since 2013, they aim to think differently. The quote “One day forever”, has become synonymous with their business. Knowing that your wedding is only going to happen once in your lifetime and that your day will live on forever through their photographs, they strive to make your experience as magical as possible.



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Lyndal Carmichael’s love for photography started young. Fumbling around with old film cameras during art class in high school ignited her thrill for taking photos. Not long after, she set up her business and at seventeen booked in her first wedding shoot (umm…WOW!) After completing her BFA in Visual Arts, she soon discovered that her part-time hobby would turn into a successful full-time career.

Being a newly-wed herself, Lyndal knows how important it is to catch those candid moments and bring real emotion to her images. Lyndal Carmichael Photography aims to insure that couples can look back at their photos, not just seeing what the day looked like, but feeling the emotions all over again.



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Self proclaimed sisters from other misters, Alyce and Colette are the ultimate photography team.

Describing their work as a joy-filled job, these high school besties are able to work in efficient harmony, allowing couples to enjoy quiet moments together on their wedding day. Both recently married, they know how important it is to honour their clients and support them along their planning journey.

Alyce and Colette Photographers thrive on authenticity and connection. Constantly striving to induce goosebumps, happy tears and laughter from their work, both as they are shooting and when people see their images. Believing that their work as wedding photographers is a privilege, they feel humbled to be asked into a couples intimate moments, documenting images in a family’s collective history.


Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie


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The Brisbane Wedding Festival held at the Brisbane Racing Club was a whirlwind of excitement, colour, inspiration, delicious food and fabulous creative wedding suppliers. The best in the biz all in one place, at one time, showcasing what they love doing and having a great time meeting kindred wedding professionals checking out the event and our darling guests – brides and grooms to be with their happy entourages.

We were so delighted to feel the love and support from our sponsors as follows –

AVideas, we thank you for your gorgeous styling and lighting of the event. At every turn you created sections of creative flair through out the venue. Anything, and we mean ANYTHING that your heart desires, can be created by Chris , Greg and their cool, calm and collected team. Hard work and elbow grease comes in their wedding packages – that’s for sure.

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Khesanh and her The Beauty Case team – incredible! We stand in awe of the talent that these women behind the scenes of our fashion parades display on the gorgeous models from Katz Management. Khesanh is a trusted makeup artist of the ADA crew and we have no troubles at all in recommending her services and expertise. We couldn’t have done this without you lovely.

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Moreton Hire your amazing marquees really stole the show! Moreton Hire’s team have a wealth of knowledge and personal ongoing support that any couple looking to get married would benefit immensely from. Our tip is to ask for Jess – she is amazing!

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Thank you to the hard working staff at the Brisbane Racing Club. We are sure all the darling guests could picture themselves having their wedding there with it’s charm and old school character. It’s definitely not just a racing club.

We thank the team from Hello May with deep gratitude. A Darling Affair’s events have grown with their ongoing media support and personal direction to us to create the perfect match for our darling loved up couples and connect them with wonderful suppliers waiting to make their wedding day wishes come true.

Last but certainly not least we are so grateful for all the pleasant vendors that we have the opportunity to work with. A Darling Affair’s goal is to help people with passion work with gorgeous couples and as such builds communities of support for the better things in life – love and friendship.

To all you lovely couples out there, make a great head start into your married life by selecting the handpicked vendors we have on our Brisbane Directory from the event.

Enjoy these beautiful images captured on the day by the adorable duo Rob and Lizzie. Thank you both for working your shooter fingers to the bone so we can relive the day over and over again!

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BeniaminoBeni, Fuse and Samantha, Sammy, Cochrane get excited by many things — travel and adventure, friends, good times and great hospitality But above all, they love to eat!  The pair first met at Brisbane institute Beccofino, where both have spent considerable time honing their skills, Beni in the kitchen and Samantha as a jack-of-all trades, front-of-house extrodinaire.

Their Mangia Mangia journey began when the two returned to Benis native Italy in 2014, where they ate their way around every back street and corner of his vibrant home town, Gallipoli.  Back in Brisbane, unable to leave their food adventures behind, Beni and Sammy decided to bring the traditional dishes from the south of Italy to the Australian lifestyle and serve it up with a little character.  And so, they hit the road,  flung open the window of their van and Mangia Mangia Street Goods was born.
Sharing a love food that is humble, simple and yet delicious, Mangia Mangia use only the best and freshest ingredients. Beni’s home town classic, Panzerotti, is a favourite – soft dough, filled with home made napoli sauce and torn, soft mozzarella, folded, fried and eaten by hand. Just the way it should be.
For Beni and Sammy, eating is essential to any good time, they take the staples of great Italian food and mix it with the best ingredients of Australian lifestyle. Mangia Mangia is a celebration of community, festivals, outdoor living and fun. Share in the goods, be a part of the adventure and Mangia – Eat!
Come and try their mouthwatering dishes for yourself at this Saturday’s Brisbane Wedding Festival. Held on  January 30th and hosted by the Brisbane Racing Club, don’t forget to grab your tickets!
For more on Mangia Mangia Italian Street goods, visit their website or find them on Facebook.

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