The well-groomed gentleman…

And now for something different – Hello to all you Mr’s-to-be, yes I’m talking to you gentlemen. The time has come, for you to stand beside your bride in full, fashionable, splendour. Gone are the days of the quick-hire simple black suit. It’s time to suit up, and be “better than the Gap” – thank you Ryan Gosling. In 2013 we’ve seen grooms rise to the occasion in colour unbridled, ties in all shapes and colours, and shoes even women would swoon over. This trend is sure to continue in 2014 as fashion savvy misters get braver and bolder in their wedding fashion selections.

A Darling Affair proudly presents our sponsor – Urbbana, the brainchild and fashion-forward label of the fabulously talented designer, Sam Abi.

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Sam’s work has been featured in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, frequents in GQ magazine and is available to Australian grooms (and generally stylish men) in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth – and of course in Brisbane, at the Portside Wharf. But here’s the latest good news, Urbbana has opened its newest store right in the heart of our beloved Gold Coast, beneath the Hilton.

Urbbana’s collection is vibrant, sharp and luxurious, featuring the finest fabrics and stitching. You will find everything a groom will need by the way of accessories, including shoes, in store. Of course there is also the option of custom made suits, from the finest European fabrics – the possibilities are endless.

We are excited to showcase Urbbana in it’s debut into the Queensland wedding market at our Gold Coast Wedding Festival – hosted at Rabbit + Cocoon on February 21st. As Ron Burgandy, a man of style who loves a good suit would say – you stay classy gentlemen,

Em xx

Photo credits: Images supplied by Urbbana

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:

It’s a nice day for a WHITE sponsor!


So we’ve been sitting on some exciting news for a little while now…and we can’t hold it in any longer, A Darling Affair is now sponsored by  white Magazine! We LOVE white and here’s why…

White has heart – inspiring, encouraging, challenging and bringing back the meaning of true love since 2007. They love LOVE as much as we do. Creating a personal connection with each and every reader and not only helping couples plan their dream wedding day, but inspiring them to have the most successful & love-filled relationship. White isn’t just Pinterest on paper like other wedding mags; it’s filled with awesome and engaging editorial from experts in every field – as well as the pretty pictorial inspiration our readers love. They’re for girls, guys, families, photographers and industry professionals.

It is this tight alignment with what we aim to do with our events that makes white the perfect  sponsor for our events. The white cover and website have recently undergone some lovely changes and a bit of a spruce up with some new design. Included in their new and improved website is their upcoming vendor directory – set to launch in a few days – which is 100% FREE to list your wedding business in. Doing it for the “little-guy”, giving fresh new businesses a leg-up – so many things to love about white.

White is fast defining the fashion of contemporary Australian weddings, and its pages are filled with delicious images for all to indulge in. A few boxes of this stunning magazine are headed our way for us to share with the guests at our Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast Fair as well! In the meantime, here’s a peek at the latest issue…

1 Natures Backyard (2)1 penny & daniel (1)2 angie & sam (1)5 heart of the land (5)5 heart of the land (6)11 crafternoon (1)4 how does your garden grow