Highlights from A Darling Affair – Part ONE

What. A. Day!

The glitter has settled and our feet have almost recovered from the many miles (happily) strolling through the wedding planning heaven at A Darling Affair on Saturday the 17th of November at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Some amazing photos were captured of the day (thanks Florido Weddings!) and we are already looking forward to our next fair in 2019 (ok, after a few months rest at least).

Eagle Farm sure made an impression, and we know they quickly became a super popular choice for many attendees. It was so great seeing the hall bustling with such an excited crowd.

And the bustle was kept moving and grooving thanks to the amazing crew behind the scenes! **shout out to the best support team EVER** Because just like a wedding, A Darling Affair didn’t just magically happen, so many people worked hard to ensure your day was filled with seriously fun vibes.

If you missed out on Hansel & Gretel treats, where were you were hiding? They seemed to constantly be giving away more and more tasty delights. Not only delicious and wedding-cake- worthy but they conveniently matched our welcome drinks.

The weather was glorious to start with, and while a handful of grey clouds attempted to dampen the great vibes later in the afternoon, nothing could rain on this parade. #cheesyweatherjokes

We are now blissfully scrolling through all of your images from the day (please keep tagging away, we’re loving seeing your shots) and have loved hearing tales of great wedding plans made with our amazing vendors. We’re low key hoping to sneak into all of your weddings. #weddingcrashers

But on a serious note, thank you to all of our bright, bold, fun and unique vendors who made the day as incredible as it was! Thank you for standing out from the crowd and bringing exciting new ideas and options to the Brides and Grooms of QLD & NSW.

And thank you to everyone who came along and added their two cents of joy to the great atmosphere. Wishing you all the best pulling together your magical day! We’ll look out for our invites in the mail.

~ Part Two of our A Darling Affair Highlights click here ~

Highlights from A Darling Affair – Part TWO

If you weren’t there, we’ll try to not rub too much salt in the wound but it was such a great day! Cocktails were had, pizza devoured, Photo Booths were overcrowded, tote bags were overflowing and checklists were majorly tackled. We are still reeling from the great vibes of A Darling Affair and are loving hearing tales of everyone’s amazing day.

All photography by Florido Weddings

The A Darling Affair tote bags were bursting at the seams with information, samples, treats and goodies from the multiple giveaways vendors were hosting across the day.

And we all took our food and drink tastings very very seriously. Pizzantica’s pizza has big thumbs up from us, and was perfectly washed down with arrivals cocktails from Head over Wheel’s. Wheel and Spoon’s ice cream cart also stole the show and is now our top recommendation for creating a fun retro wedding vibe.

The fashion parade really stole the show and had the crowd ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the unique, wow factor dresses from some of Australia’s best design houses. Featuring edgy, intricate, romantic and statement dresses, with some pairing perfectly with the fabulous Winston Wolfe leather jackets.

And one of the major highlights was seeing you all making serious dents in those wedding checklists. It can be an overwhelming task planning a wedding, so having that many options and great ideas under one roof is one of the best ways to define what your dream day can be.

And that’s a wrap! On a great fair, with vendors we’re proud to partner with and attendees who we are genuinely excited to have played a part in your big day. We wish you all the best in planning your wedding, and hope it perfectly reflects the uniqueness that is you and your partner.

On a more personal note… running with the idea of turning this already amazing fair into something even better required a lot of people believing in me.

So many of our vendors supported me in this adventure and could see the dreams that I had and helped me achieve them. I really appreciate support like that from such a small community. It’s so important that we stick together. #communityovercompetition

Cheers to you all,


~ for Part ONE of our Highlights click here ~

Our All Stars Line Up PART TWO

Here we have Part Two of our All Stars Line Up for A Darling Affair this weekend. All of our vendors have been carefully chosen and you are absolutely spoilt for choice. So get your notebook out and highlight your favourites, you can line them up for a great chat at the fair.

Little White Couture


Forever and a Day Intimates
Wedding worthy intimates.
Instagram @foreverandadayintimates

George Wu Couture
Handmade in Australia, masterful detailing.
Instagram @georgewucouture

Ginger and Gold Bridal
Stunning and simplified dresses you could actually dream of wearing again.
Instagram @gingerandgoldbridal

Custom tailored menswear.
Instagram @institchu

Jennifer Gifford Designs
Exclusive and limited designs
Instagram @jennifergifforddesigns

Little White Couture
Wedding Day Accessories, Jewellery and Fashion
Instagram @littlewhitecouture

Madi Lane Bridal
Statement, beautiful Australian designs.
Instagram @madilanebridal

The Travelling Kimono
Ethically handmade QLD designs. Silk slips and kimonos.
Instagram @thetravellingkimono

High-end menswear and shoes.
Instagram @urbbana

White by Gossip Gowns
Exclusivity is everything at this stunning bridal boutique.
Instagram @white_bygossipgowns

Wil Valor
Bespoke menswear.
Instagram @wilvalor

Winston Wolfe
Custom Leather Jackets.
Instagram @winston_wolfe

Jennifer Gifford Designs

Jewellery & Accessories 

French vintage style Ring Boxes.
Instagram @amonieringboxes

Loving Label
Bespoke special occasion jewellery.
Instagram @lovinglabel

Mark Neil Jewellers
Unique Handmade jewellery
Instagram @markneiljewellers

Lighting & Hire

Event Letters
Lightup neon wire block props.
Instagram @eventletters

Impact Lighting Co
Statement making lighting hire company.
Instagram @impactlightingco

Out of The Dark
Event Lighting Designers.
Instagram @outofthedarkeventlighting

Heavenly Blooms


Gloriosa Florals
Specialists in floral design.
Instagram @gloriosaflorals

Heavenly Blooms
Edgy and whimsical bespoke floristry.
Instagram @heavenlyblooms

Mrs Gibbons Flowers
Modern textural romantic flowers.
Instagram @mrsgibbonsflowers

Personalised and creative floral design.
Instagram @wallflower.floral.design

Caked Cakes


Caked cakes
Creative and fun cakes and baked treats.
Instagram @cakedcakes_

Confetti Cake Co
Cake designs from a graphic designer.
Instagram @confetticakeco_

Hansel & Gretel Cakes
Bright and whimsical cakes.
Instagram @hanselandgretelcakes


Cut a Rug DJ
DJ Aaron Duncan seamlessly manages the fun part of the festivities.
Instagram @cutarugdj

Insta Kombi
Kombi photo booth.
Instagram @insta.kombi

The Frankly Booth
Unique Customisable Open Air Photo Booth.
Instagram @thefranklybooth

Cut A Rug DJ


Heart of Juno Designs
Luxe wedding stationary.
Instagram @heartofjunodesigns

RSVP online collective
Boutique online invitations and RSVPs.
Instagram @rsvponlinecollective

The Frankie Collective
Wedding stationary and signage for the modern bride.
Instagram @the_frankie_collective

Yesterday Creative
Letterpress & Foil Stationary.
Instagram @yesterdaycreative

Car Hire

Wheels to Weddings
Classic wedding car specialists.
Instagram @wheelstoweddings

Every one is busily preparing to completely wow you and your crew on Saturday. Don’t forget to buy your tickets here, it’s going to be an amazing day.

Our ADA All Stars Line Up – PART ONE

Only a few days to go til A Darling Affair, so we can imagine you’re in full wedding prep mode so you can make the most of your day. Or maybe not? You might be the more casual, fly by the seat of your pants wedding planner type. #teachusyourways

In either case, you will benefit from getting more familiar with our incredible vendors! Scroll through, highlight some favourites and get busy insta-stalking so you can have your questions ready for them on Saturday!

Gathering Events


Italian food truck and grazing platters.
Instagram @abbioccofoodtruck

Gathering Events
Pop up bars, vans and caravans.
Instagram @gathering_events

Pizza Kombi and Woodfire Oven.
Instagram @pizzantica_aus

The Cheese Bar
Cheese wedding cakes and platters.
Instagram @thecheesebar

Wheel & Spoon
Gelato Bikes.
Instagram @wheelandspoon

Wine & Dine’m
2018 ABIA Wedding Caterer of the Year.
Instagram @winendinem


Event Planning & Styling

Wow-factor event designers.
Instagram @avideas_

Perfect Party Co
Creative Direction, Event planning, styling and floristry.
Instagram @theperfectpartyco

Sacred Wilde
Unique wedding and events. Hire & Styling.
Instagram @sacred_wilde

Til Death Events
Bespoke events and innovative weddings.
Instagram @tildeath_events

Sacred Wilde


Eagle Farm Weddings
The STUNNING venue hosting A Darling Affair.
Instagram @eaglefarmweddings

Spicers Hidden Vale
Homage Restaurant, Retreats and weddings in the Lockyer Valley.
Instagram @spicershiddenvale

Summergrove Estate
Stunning Ocean and Hinterland Views.
Instagram @summergroveestate

Hair, Make Up & Beauty

Blush and Bangs
Covering all Hair, Makeup & Beauty needs.
Instagram @blushbangsbeauty

Sally Townsend Hair & Makeup
Team of Sunshine Coast Makeup Artists.
Instagram @sally.townsend

Sass & Niki Hair
Bridal and editorial expert.
Instagram @sass_and_niki_wedding_hair

The Beauty Case
Timeless, classic beauty using the best products.
Instagram @thebeautycase

And Ever Collective Photography & Videography

Photography & Videography

And Ever Collective
Standout videography team.
Instagram @andevercollective

Florido Weddings
Photography and videography from Brisbane to Byron Bay.
Instagram @florido_weddings

Goodness Gracious Films
Classic and romantic wedding films.
Instagram @goodnessgraciousfilms

Juddric Photography
Master of moody and alternative wedding photography.
Instagram @juddric

O’Brien Originals
Lively wedding visuals for a more laid back vibe.
Instagram @obrienoriginalsfilms

Prue Franzmann
Light, natural and candid photography.
Instagram @pruefranzmann

Tennille Fink Photography
Queen of making you comfortable and creating your dream.
Instagram @tennillefink

The Photobooth Guys
Classic and crowd-pleasing GIF photo booths.
Instagram @thephotoboothguys

Juddric Photography


Celebrate with Jillian
Personal and loveable celebrant.
Instagram @celebratewithjillian

Married by Jacki
Un-awkward wedding enthusiast.
Instagram @marriedbyjacki

Shane Vincent Celebrant
Fun celebrant who loves bringing laughs.
Instagram @shanevincentcelebrant

Whiz Bang Weddings Club
Celebrant directory
Instagram @whiz_bang_weddings_club


And this is only HALF of the stellar line up we have arriving to wow you this weekend. Make sure you snatch your tickets up now if you haven’t already. Just jump online and get your tickets here

The 10 Reasons Why You’ll LOVE A Darling Affair

It is not long now till our fair date and A Darling Affair promises to be an absolute visual feast. It will joyously inspire and excite you without lumping piles of stress or decisions on your plate. Our focus is fun, festival vibes and oh my gosh we have some epic treats in store for you.

We oh so humbly call ourselves the Queens of ‘Creative Weddings’ and want to fill your mind, and goodie bags, with great ideas and contacts to bring your unique, creative and bold plans to fruition.

A Darling Affair Brides Tribe

Seriously, we know you will have the best day! Our confidence is so high we’ve even assembled 10 reasons why…

  1. Fashion shows. Gorgeous gowns and male models in suits. Enough said.
  2. Celebrant ✔️ Live Music ✔️ Invitations ✔️ Photographer ✔️ Basically bring your checklist and you’ll soon be in organisational Nirvana.
  3. Kombi Photo Booth. Because taking a break from all the planning with silly squad pics in the Kombi is what every doctor ordered.
  4. Live music. The atmosphere will be chilling and cruising thanks to some incredible (non-cheesy) live musicians, that you will probably fall in love with and book in for serenading your big day.
  5. Free parking. More coins for food trucks.A Darling Affair, Brisbane 2018
  6. Or Ice cream. Like gooooood ice cream. In an Insta worthy cart that is now booked in for your engagement party ✔️
  7. Did we mention Food Trucks. The nice ones, the ones you’d happily drive to the other side of town and wait in a large queue for. Mouth Watering and Foodie Approved.
  8. Assemble your Bride’s Tribe and make a truly epic day out of it. The Fair is happening 2pm – 7pm. So I’m thinking Mimosas/Lunch beforehand and somewhere equally fabulous afterwards? If we weren’t busy packing up, we’d join you!
  9. Prizes. Door prizes, raffles, Oprah giving away free cars… ok that last one isn’t *guaranteed* but our prizes trump it anyway 😉
  10. We want you to have fun! It’s not about stressing you out with pressure, trends and 50 vendors doing *almost the same thing but which one is better?* We celebrate unique ideas and elements to help create a masterpiece of a memorable wedding day, and seriously love the chance to help you get there.

So looking forward to seeing you and your fabulous crew there! So scoot on over and grab your tickets now.


For full shoot credits, check the talented team out below:

PHOTOGRAPHY: www.pruefranzmannphotography.com.au/

CREATIVE DIRECTION: www.wholeheartedstudio.com.au/

STYLING: www.himandherevents.com.au/

FURNITURE HIRE:  www.theperfectpartyco.com.au/

MAKEUP: www.thebeautycase.com.au/makeup-and-hair-services.html/

HAIR: www.jodycallanhair.com.au/gallery/

DRINKS CART: www.gatheringevents.com.au/

ICE-CREAM BIKE: www.wheelandspoon.com/

PHOTO BOOTH: www.instakombi.com/

CAKES: www.hanselandgretelcakes.com.au/

VENUE: www.brc.com.au/functions/eagle-farm-venues/

FLOWERS: http://www.mrsgibbonsflowers.com.au/

SIGNAGE: www.ejrdesigns.com.au/

NEON SIGN: www.neonrepublic.com.au/

JUMP SUIT / SEPARATES: www.gingerandgold.com.au/

GOWNS: www.jennifergifforddesigns.com/

JACKETS: www.winstonwolfe.com.au/

TINSEL JACKET: www.shoprachelburke.com/

SUIT: www.urbbana.com.au/



A Darling Affair Official Campaign Reveal

We are so excited to share with you our biggest shoot yet! We worked hard as a team to pull off one of our most vendor filled shoots in the history of A Darling Affair… and boy did everyone pull out all the stops.

The concept was to produce a shoot that would give couples a taste of what a day at A Darling Affair would look like. We are all about bold, bright, friendly, stylish, feminine and fun weddings…  so together we worked to create a shoot that would showcase that.

Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of this shoot. It really was a team effort! For full credits (it was a big team!) scroll down to see the full list.

If this shoot is anything to go by, A Darling Affair November is going to be the greatest day ever! Don’t forget we have Early Bird tickets available for a short time only, grab yours here. Scroll on to see this beautiful shoot for yourselves.


PHOTOGRAPHY: www.pruefranzmannphotography.com.au/

CREATIVE DIRECTION: www.wholeheartedstudio.com.au/

STYLING: www.himandherevents.com.au/

FURNITURE HIRE:  www.theperfectpartyco.com.au/

MAKEUP: www.thebeautycase.com.au/makeup-and-hair-services.html/

HAIR: www.jodycallanhair.com.au/gallery/

DRINKS CART: www.gatheringevents.com.au/

ICE-CREAM BIKE: www.wheelandspoon.com/

PHOTO BOOTH: www.instakombi.com/

CAKES: www.hanselandgretelcakes.com.au/

VENUE: www.brc.com.au/functions/eagle-farm-venues/

FLOWERS: http://www.mrsgibbonsflowers.com.au/

SIGNAGE: www.ejrdesigns.com.au/

NEON SIGN: www.neonrepublic.com.au/

JUMP SUIT / SEPARATES: www.gingerandgold.com.au/

GOWNS: www.jennifergifforddesigns.com/

JACKETS: www.winstonwolfe.com.au/

TINSEL JACKET: www.shoprachelburke.com/

SUIT: www.urbbana.com.au/

Save The Date | November 17 | A Darling Affair

Finally after months and months of planning, we can let the cat (or should we say balloon!) out of the bag. The date has been set, the countdown apps have been installed on our phones and we are so excited! All you need to do is lock this one into your calendar… the 17th of November at the Brisbane Racing Club.

We can’t wait to put on an amazing show for all of our engaged couples, so make sure you assemble your bridal squad so you can share in a wonderful day, planning your wedding at A Darling Affair. Fashion parades, food trucks, live music and more are all on the agenda, so this won’t be your average wedding fair… it will be one heck of a day!

Tickets will be available for purchase soon, but in the mean time, lock the date in on your calendar so that you can get prepped for the big day (well the second biggest to your own big day!). Make sure you follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

We can’t wait to see you there!



Amazing Event Hire

Whether you’re planning a DIY dream or need someone to do all the heavy work planning your perfect wedding, our event hire vendors are hard to beat. These amazing businesses pulled out all the stops to help us create the ultimate party space for our Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair and we couldn’t recommend them enough!
 Hat’s off to the amazing Out of the Dark Event Lighting! Their amazing team worked so hard from start to finish to create a cozy setup that our guests LOVED.
Recognising a gap in the market, Out Of The Dark was born to fill the need for modern and stylish lighting for events and celebrations. Providing a unique interior feel to all of their setups, Michael and his crew do everything from creating lighting plans, sourcing product selections, dreaming up custom designs and providing installation.
 Perfect Party Co. know how to do it right. With talent oozing out of them, this fab business gave 200% to make the Fashion Lounge look STUNNING.
The sister company to Out of the Dark, they offer an all-inclusive service of planning, styling, floristry and hire and can handle everything from proposal to reception pack up. Headed up by the lovely Amey, she and her team work with a network of creative wedding industry vendors and have managed events from Brisbane to Auckland and Fiji, with guest lists ranging from 20 to over 500!
A Darling Affair have been so lucky to have Equip 4 Hire onboard as a sponsor to make the Fashion Lounge possible. We love working with them and couldn’t recommend them enough! One glance at their product list is all you need to see that they are able to provide everything from the marquee, lighting, dance floor, tables and chairs, right through to the linen and cutlery. This awesome business can provide just about anything for your perfect DIY wedding and are more than happy to do the grunt work with set up and take down. Picturing something that they don’t have on their product list? No worries! Equip 4 Hire love trying new things and are always keen to hunt down that perfect item that their clients are dreaming of.
How gorgeous is that greenery wall!?? An established business in Sydney for 14 years, Fairylight Curtains owners Jayne and Inigo made a sea change to the coast and expanded their family business while they were at it. For them, this was the perfect creative outlet in an industry that they truly love. Fairylight Curtains provides stunning backdrops and ceiling drapery for weddings, celebrations and photo shoots, and since moving to Queensland they have expanded their product range to include flower walls and green walls. Every instagramers dream! Their gorgeous backgrounds look fantastic with props and have endless uses! Whether it’s for an eye-catching centrepiece, used as a photo backdrop or front and centre during a ceremony…if you can dream it, these guys can do it.
A big thank you to Asha Jane & Co. who made our gorgeous gold A Darling Affair sign that we had above the door of the chapel and some other lovely bits and pieces for the fair. Designer Kelly is the brains behind this popular Laser Cutting Studio based on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Making ready made & customised wooden & acrylic products, they make the perfect keepsake for any wedding or home.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with this talented guy and his amazing creations! Twisted Mr provides everything that a balloon loving customer could want. From giving small intimate affairs a splash of wow factor, to working alongside stylists to brings a large scale venue to life. Specialising in organic balloon garlands, jumbo balloons, confetti balloons and tulle balloons, there’s nothing that he won’t do to create the magical decor that you desire.
Starting off by creating designs for family, Event Letters owners Dave and Katie were inspired to share their talents with other couples looking for a unique way to set their wedding apart from the rest. Each and every one of their letters and props are designed, machine cut and hand finished locally by the Event Letters team. Filament style bulbs recreate a vintage carnival feel that their clients love, while also having the option of customising the letters with coloured bulbs to perfectly match the palette of your celebration. All of their props are fully dimmable, making them able to create the perfect vibe and ambiance for whatever type of wedding you have your heart set on.
Photo credit: Daisy Chain Weddings

Wedding Inspo

Planning your dream wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be time-consuming and even a tad stressful. That’s where these amazing vendors come in! When it comes to unique and original wedding inspiration, these are three of the Sunshine Coast’s and the country’s top wedding resources. These guys help A Darling Affair be who we are today and are vital in helping us bring you Queensland’s ultimate fun-filled, alternative wedding fair.

These girls are everything that we adore about the wedding industry and our brides loved receiving their free copy of Hello May at the last Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair. Like A Darling Affair, the ladies from Hello May stay on top of trends, giving brides the latest news and fashion to help bring to life the wedding of your dreams, whatever your style may be.

The Bride’s Tree is a super friendly, super knowledgeable team who every Sunshine Coast bride needs to know! From a spark of an idea between two besties, The Bride’s Tree is now a leading free resource for couples to find everything they need when planning a Sunshine Coast wedding. We absolutely love these ladies and couldn’t recommend them enough! They’ve even taken the time to research all of the best spots for your special day and have created their own comprehensive e-book “Sunshine Coast’s Best Wedding Venues”. This e-book has made finding the perfect venue so easy for couples during the planning process, it’s a life-changer!
Groomology knows that it’s not just the bride that thinks about their wedding day. These guys pride themselves on being a no BS resource for the modern groom and make it easy for guys to play an equal part in planning their wedding with awesome resources like free vow and speech writing kits, original groom interviews and a schmancy supplier directory in the works for 2018. Plus, our guests couldn’t stop raving about the delicious cold brew coffee they gave away on the day. It’s all about those little extra’s that make a business great!

So Delish

On the hunt for some delish grub for your guests? From cakes and desserts, to sit down feasts, our catering vendors have all your food bases covered.
Wild Child Catering specialises in creating 100% bespoke cakes and drool-worthy dessert tables. Creator Kendra is a master at putting together the most amazing, Instagrammable dessert spreads and is a genius at eclectic, vintage and boho-chic themes. Kendra works closely with her clients to customise one-of-a-kind menus based on couples wants and needs. You want a pie table? She can do that! A skyscraper of Parisian macaroons? You got it! Have your heart set on a donut tower? No problem!!!
We were so lucky to have Icecream Curls with us at the fair! It was an absolute scorcher and they had us cooling down with delicious, super fun ice-cream curls. This fab biz create delicious frozen treats that have people craving more up and down the Sunshine Coast! The first of it’s kind in Queensland, Icecream Curls is made from scratch by husband and wife team Sam and Dannii.  All of their fresh ingredients come from local suppliers and they’re strong believers in keeping things local and supporting others chasing their dreams. Community over competition!

The Little Bluebird Fine Cakes and Sweets create gorgeous individually designed wedding cakes and coordinating sweets for lovely couples who are looking for something special on their big day. With a timeless and distinctive style that makes them unique, The Little Bluebird offer crisp, elegant and designs that are executed with perfection and taste out of this world.

Hat’s off to Parma Street Food (formerly known as Maribelle’s Street Food) for not only being a favourite with our guests, they were also one of the friendliest vendors at the Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair! The only food truck of its kind on the Sunshine Coast, Maribelle’s offer different menu choices for any occasion, ranging from Italian antipasto platters, cheese and fruit platters, canapes and even a buffet and restaurant style option for the couple looking for a sit-down feast. They really have all the bases covered for a delicious and original wedding menu that will keep your guests talking about your day for years to come.
Thank goodness for Head Over Wheels! These guys kept everyone cool with their refreshing drinks on such a hot day, plus they looked great and tasted soooo good! New to the Sunshine Coast, since May of 2017 they have already helped celebrate multiple weddings, birthday parties and community and corporate events from Byron Bay to Noosa. Not a bad start! Their gorgeous mobile caravan bar is an absolute wow factor, guaranteed to make your celebration even more memorable. Operating as a BYO alcohol and beverage service, the Head Over Wheel’s friendly and talented bar staff ensure that your guests are happy and hydrated at all times. Plus, their amazing decor and relaxing ambiance create incredible photo ops!
Photo Credit: Daisy Chain Weddings