Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo - Thank You!

A sensational day was had by all at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, held on Sunday 24th March at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

The doors to the National Convention Centre opened at 10am to a large crowd of brides eagerly waiting to receive their gift bag containing free copies of The Bride's DiaryWedding Celebration and Weddingstar magazines. Each bride enthusiastically filled out their entry form to go into the draw for their chance to win a romantic honeymoon to Fiji!

The Bride's Diary team would like to thank every one of the beautiful brides-to-be that attended our fabulous event, as well as their family and friends who joined them. The day wouldn't have been such an amazing success without our lovely BD brides in attendance. We truly hope you enjoyed meeting with the region’s leading wedding professionals and viewing their superb displays, and, most importantly, that you found an abundance of inspiration for your wedding! 

Our stunning fashion parades featured gowns, menswear, bridal fashion, floral arrangements and jewellery from Canberra's finest suppliers including Annabel's Bridal Studio
Rockstars and RoyaltyWhite Doves Bridal BoutiqueSpurlingArum Floral Design by DjiwoJamison Flowers, and Solitaire Jewellers

A big thank you goes to all of our exhibitors on the day. 
The exhibitor's booths looked both stunning and unique, each marked with the true style and personal touch of each wedding service professional. We were delighted to see the extensive range of wedding services and products that were featured throughout the exhibition, creating an unmistakable wedding ambience.

Specifically, we would like to thank the following clients for their assistance on the day:

Aeolus Wind Trio – On stage performances in between Fashion Parades
Arum Floral Design by Djiwo – Floral arrangements for entrance to exhibition hall, ticket booth, The Bride's Diary stand, hair piece for our Bridal Fair & Advertising Sales Manager Miriam Pearson, as well as the corsage for our Compere Di.
Belconnen Premier Inn – Accommodation for The Bride's Diary staff
Chair Flair – Chair Covers and Sashes for Fashion Parade seating
Contemplating Cakes – provided delicious Cupcakes and Cutting Cake for The Bride's Diary Stand
 – Dancing demonstration on stage before Fashion Parades
Zaija – Hair and Make-up for Models and Compere

Overall, the day was a huge success and The Bride's Diary team are already looking forward to our next event! 

Be sure to visit our Facebook pages for The Bride's Diary and The Bride's Diary Events to keep in the know with the latest in wedding styling, fashion and events from leading wedding suppliers and service professionals across the country!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

MMC Makeup Artistry

MMC Makeup Artistry just love weddings. Making the bride and bridal party look and feel gorgeous is their main goal. 

As a bride, your special day should be nothing less than perfect, memorable, and stress-free! MMC's tailored bridal packages include scheduling of all make-up techniques from start to finish. 

Your make-up trial session will ensure the best result is achieved including a specialised skin nutrition plan to ensure your skin is healthy and glowing for your wedding day.

Visit MMC Makeup Artistry at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo on today! Doors open at 10am. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Smile Lounge

Do you feel confident about your smile for your big wedding day? Whether you are after a routine check and clean, teeth whitening, cosmetic veneers or teeth straightening, The Smile Lounge is definitely the place to go! 

The Smile Lounge is conveniently located within the heart of Canberra City Centre and has a friendly team ready to make you an appropriate appointment tailored to your needs.

Visit The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo tomorrow to see The Smile Lounge's exhibitor's booth, and ask them about their special offer around a free consultation!

The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo is on tomorrow at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available on the day. Doors open at 10am!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Coachhouse Marina Resort

Situated in beautiful Batemans Bay on the New South Wales South Coast, the Coachhouse Marina Resort offers the complete package for your destination wedding. If you are looking for a relaxed coastal venue that offers exceptional service, then look no further. 

Their award-winning resort can host your ceremony, reception and accommodate all your guests within 16 landscaped acres on the banks of the Clyde River. Hold your ceremony onsite at the Seabreeze Waterfront, the Resort headland or the garden gazebo. The waterfront marquee, lined with white chiffon and fairy lights, is the perfect place for your reception by the water.

Coachhouse Marina Resort cater to every style of wedding available, from an intimate group right through the many options up to a full marquee extravaganza complete with 200 guests and a formal reception and wedding. They pride themselves on their uniqueness and ability to cater to your every whim and their professional Wedding Co-ordinator will guide you through the planning stage to ensure you a day of perfection.

Visit the Coachhouse Marina Resort at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, on this Sunday, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available on the day!

Belconnen Premier Inn

Belconnen Premier Inn presents a superb venue to celebrate your wedding reception with family and friends. Offering a romantic setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and 180 degree views looking over the tree tops of Benjamin Way, the hotel facilities allow you to turn your day of celebration into a weekend of memories with accommodation for you and your guests.

Their experienced staff would love to help you create the reception you’ve dreamed of. To assist you, they offer a selection of wedding packages (all inclusive of back drop, chair covers and sash, dance floor and personalised menus), and those special touches, that will make your wedding a day to remember.

Packages start from a 2 course option with the plating of your cake for dessert or a 3 course option with pre-dinner drinks and canapés served down in Benjamin’s Brasserie & Bar.

The Belconnen Premier Inn also provides a complimentary bridal suite, where champagne and chocolates await the newlyweds, and discounted rates for guests staying overnight.

Please contact their events co-ordinator to arrange an inspection of our venue and let us take the pressures off you to make your special day, “A Day to Remember”.

Visit Belconnen Premier Inn's booth at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, on this Sunday at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ardanien Entertainment

Ardanien Entertainment understand how important your wedding day is. They are professional entertainers who take the time to meet with you to ensure that your entertainment is exactly the way you want it. 

They can MC for you, as well as provide a bubble machine and lighting. You can choose as much of the music as you like, and it’s all backed by a 100% guarantee. All options are offered in one package price so that you can choose options based on what you want. All the DJs at and entertainers Ardanien Entertainment are extensively trained to ensure that your function is one your guests will talk about positively for years to come.

Visit Ardanien Entertainment at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, on this Sunday, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available on the day. 

Rydges Capital Hill Canberra

Rydges Capital Hill Canberra is a boutique hotel nestled in the luxurious parliamentary precinct. The venue presents a delightfully tranquil ambience, offering unique features and spaces to enhance your experience. 

The tranquil and inviting atmosphere at Rydges Capital Hill provides the ideal setting for your intimate and romantic wedding. Luscious foliage and twinkling fairy lights provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Arrive in style at the grand entrance with gorgeous auburn colours in autumn and vibrant cherry blossoms in the spring. The enchantment flows across the foyer and expands into the mesmerising Atrium, ideal for that special ceremony or cocktail gathering.

With personally designed meals you can create the perfect menu to accompany the day of your dreams, which people will talk about long after the celebrations.

The passionate and dedicated wedding team at 
Rydges Capital Hill are here to help you fashion all your desires. With access to the best wedding resources in Canberra, we can assist you to create the special day you have always dreamt of.

There are several comprehensive Wedding Packages available which can all be tailored specifically to your wishes. You will find information on menus, decorations, accommodation and so much more.

Come in and meet Brett, the experienced and dedicated wedding planner.

Visit Rydges Capital Hill Canberra at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, on this Sunday at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available on the day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

T8 Photography

T8 Photography is Canberra's premiere photography studio, both AIPP and ACMP accredited. They are a group of like-minded, passionate photographers who are absolutely committed to creating the best possible images of your wedding day for you to treasure. A visit to their Mitchell studio and gallery will impress, their service is second to none, and they guarantee you’ll be raving about your wedding photos to all your friends and family.

T8 Photography is an established Canberra based studio. What sets them apart from other wedding studios is that they are not just a one-man-band or a husband-and-wife team, but a group of like-minded passionate photographers that complement each others skills and can back each other up if needed. They are a studio that loves individuality and absolutely believe that each photographer is different and each have something fantastic to offer.

T8 Photography know you want amazing photos at your wedding - you want your photos to have a modern look that will also stand the test of time. They just love shooting weddings and thrive in the emotion, excitement and magic of your special day. Weddings should also be about having fun so they capture your special day in a candid and relaxed way. Their photos are a unique blend of art and photojournalism, modern but timeless, and above all look natural.

Visit T8 Photography at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, this Sunday at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Since 1975, Arbonne is the name that has come to define quality products and an unwavering commitment to both the environment and their customers.

Independent Consultants, such as Tanya Jackson, have a special and important role. They exclusively distribute highly sought-after Arbonne products. We all know that when it comes to buying skin care, cosmetics and nutrition products, the recommendations and advice from people you trust are important. All Arbonne products are consumable. Consumable products are used every day, purchased regularly, and as a result generate more and more income. What this translates to for Independent Consultants is loyal customers and repeat purchases.

Arbonne products are dermatologist-tested and botanically based. Arbonne offers premium-quality beauty, health and wellness products with targeted results. They employ consumer and clinical testing to reinforce our research and ensure our proprietary formulas deliver unparalleled performance.

Pamper yourself with Ultra Premium Swiss Skin Care of which through the latest Independent Clinical testing was voted number 1 in the world! Pure, safe, beneficial ingredients that have proven visible results within 24 hours. Complimentary group education, pamper session and mini facial for all brides. Complimentary make-up trial.

Visit Arbonne Independent Consultant, Tanya Jackson at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, on this Sunday at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. 

Nomad Photography

Nomad Photography is a multi-award winning photography studio, offering customised services to fit your requirements and budgets. A team of professionals at your service with a unique style, combining fashion and glamour, that captures every emotion with stunning imagery. 

Accredited member of the AIPP, Thierry Nguyen Cuu, the main photographer is also a member of CPS (Canon Professional Services), NPS (Nikon Professional Services) and member of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International).

Nomad Photography have packages to accommodate every taste and budget. However, they do not believe in a 'one size fits all' approach, which is why they offer such excellent personalised and customised services. All photography packages come with a digital designed wedding album sized from A3 (bigger size available on request). 

At Nomad Photography, they believe you are unique. Your wedding is unique. They don't design two wedding albums the same way and, even better, you get to choose the photos that will be included in your album. They also offer a wide range of products, from enlargement to crystal mount prints and various album sizes.

Nomad truly strive to offer all brides and grooms the most flexible range of products and services to fit your needs and budgets. 

Visit Nomad Photography at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, this Sunday at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets are available for purchase on the day. 

Picme Photobooths

Create fun, spontaneous memories at your wedding with Picme Photobooths

They are a unique, friendly, service-orientated photo booth company. Their highly trained booth attendants remain with the booth for the duration of the event to ensure your guests get the best out of the photo booth. They encourage guests to use the props and help write a comment in the supplied leather-bound photo album. Be it black and white or full colour, your guests will be sure to take a stack of memories away 
with them.

Picme Photobooths is a unique, friendly, service orientated photo booth company founded in Canberra and also available in New South Wales.

Picme Photobooths provide a complete photo booth experience for all kinds of events – Weddings, Parties, Balls, Product Launches, Birthdays, Baby Showers, School, College and University Graduations, Bar Mitzvah's 21sts, 40ths. They cater to private, government and corporate functions and work closely with event managers and function co-ordinators to add that little something extra to your event.

All Picme Photobooths are beautifully built and designed for the functions industry. They are fully portable yet solid enough to withstand those 'festive' moments.

Picme Photobooths add personality and style to your event. The booths are fully enclosed to hold 1-8 adults at once, or can be opened up for larger group photographs.

Rent a Picme Photobooth for your next big event, it will be the life of the party!

Visit Picme Photobooths at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, this Sunday at the National Convention Centre Canberra. 

Aeolus Wind Trio

Aeolus Wind Trio is one of Canberra’s busiest chamber music ensembles, performing widely at weddings, parties, conventions, dinners, fashion parades and festivals – as well as recitals and concerts since 1983.

Aeolus has presented seasons at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra Tea Rooms and the School of Arts Café, and supported Cleo Laine and Stephane Grapelli. Aeolus has been heard on Artsound FM, 2CN and national broadcasts on ABC FM. In the last year they’ve performed at balls, weddings and the Tulip Gardens.

There are seven points throughout your wedding ceremony and reception where Aeolus has identified that your music choice is crucial…

  • While guests arrive in the garden. At the church, at the hotel or under the marquee. 
  • The arrival of the bride (or the bridal processional). 
  • During the signing of the registry while the bride and groom, celebrant/minister/priest and witnesses are signing. 
  • The wedding 'processional' at the end of the ceremony – we call this the 'kissing music'. Keep it bright, happy and upbeat. 
  • While guests mingle, enjoying drinks and canapes after the wedding ceremony or arriving at the reception.
  • During dinner. 
  • The bridal waltz. The most poignant choice of music for the whole wedding. Choose a song that reflects you both as a couple – one that you will be able to listen to in the future to take you right back to one of the most important moments in your lives. 
  • Contact Aeolus Wind Trio today to discuss the various options available to you for your special day. 
Visit Aeolus Wind Trio at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, this Sunday at the National Convention Centre Canberra! Tickets available for purchase on the day.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Classic Clydesdales & Carriages

Classic Clydesdales & Carriages provide a customised service of horse-drawn carriages for weddings, school formals and other special occasions. They pride themselves on their commitment to helping you create your dream day. Why not try something different, and arrive by a magnificent horse-drawn cart on your special occasion?

Classic Clydesdales & Carriages have a variety of options available including a stunning Landau Wedding Carriage, in addition to a variety of other horse-drawn vehicles. They offer singles and matching pairs of horses to pull each vehicle, as well as having the choice of finer horses to traditional Clydesdales.

Servicing Canberra, Goulburn, Yass, Cooma and the South Coast, but also open to opportunities in other locations upon request.

Visit Classic Clydesdales & Carriages at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo this Sunday at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available on the day. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lindi Heap Photography

Lindi Heap's approach is simple. She listens to what you want, will document your story honestly and respectfully, and create beautiful lasting imagery that will be cherished for many years.

If you want your wedding to be simple, intimate, elegant, all about family and friends, and gushing with love, contact Lindi Heap Photography and make an appointment to share your ideas for how you want your day to be.

Visit Lindi Heap Photography at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, Sunday 24th March at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available for purchase on the day.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mercure Canberra

Where do you find the best hotel wedding receptions in Canberra? Mercure Canberra is the perfect setting for your special day with catering for up to 200 guests…

Mercure Canberra combines old-world charm with modern comforts and boasts a variety of options for your wedding day. The delightful internal courtyard offers the perfect setting for your ceremony, and whether your reception is a small and intimate affair for 20 people, or a grand celebration for all your friends and family, Mercure Canberra has a variety of function rooms and packages to suit all your wedding needs. 

The beautiful Heritage Suite is offered, with compliments, to the bride and groom on the night of your wedding and special accommodation rates are available for all of 
your guests.

Visit Mercure Canberra at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, Sunday 24th March at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Tickets available for purchase
on the day.

Section 57 at The Mawson Club

Section 57 is a relaxed, stylish, boutique wedding venue, for those looking for a more intimate ambience. The décor is a blend of contemporary materials, colours, lighting and beautiful recycled timbers. The sandstone fireplace and roof to floor glass enhances the atmosphere. 

Their wedding packages are specifically designed to help simplify your reception so that you may sit back and relax, secure in the knowledge that all your needs are taken care of.

Section 57 is a personalised function venue for anything from birthday parties to weddings, the stylish venue sets the perfect scene for your next function.

Visit Section 57 at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, Sunday 24th March at the NCC Canberra. Tickets available for purchase on the day.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

All Grown Up Photography Group

All Grown Up Photography Group is a collaboration of three experienced photographers specialising in wedding coverage. Each photographer is unique in the way they see the world and methods of documenting a wedding day. Whatever your vision for your photography on the big day – candid, contemporary or classic – there is a good chance they will have you covered!

We love this real life wedding of Paddy and Robbie shot by All Grown Up Photography Group, which is also featured in the latest ACT edition of The Bride's Diary® Magazine. 

"Paddy and Robbie got married on a beautiful March day in Batemans Bay, on the New South Wales South Coast. From the moment I arrived, I knew this was going to be an amazing, fun filled day. Paddy and Robbie chose to have a small, informal ceremony and reception filled with their closest friends and family looking out over the Shoalhaven River.

To ease their nerves and ensure their guests completely enjoyed themselves, Paddy and Robbie decided to do the location shoot with their bridal party prior to their ceremony, allowing them to maximise the time spent with their family and friends after the wedding ceremony. 

From the moment they saw each other for the first time, the love between the two of them was completely evident. Robbie, a keen surfer, looked out over the ocean while he waited, describing the surf conditions to us, explaining where the best lines were, while Paddy silently approached to surprise him. From the second of Robbie’s first sight of his beautiful bride-to-be until the moment they farewelled their guests after a tremendous party, a smile was never absent from Robbie’s face.

Paddy and Robbie’s wedding was an absolute pleasure to shoot, and almost immediately it felt as if I was a part of their celebration and not just an extra. It was a joy to spend a day with two people who are as deeply in love with each other as Paddy and Robbie are." - Dan O'Day of All Grown Up Photography Group.

Visit All Grown Up Photography Group at The Bride's Diary Wedding & Events Expo, Sunday 24th March at the NCC Canberra!