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

White by Gossip Gowns

The magical experience of finding the perfect wedding gown is one we’ve all dreamt of, and it’s seriously a special, often teary, step along the wedding planning journey. And while there can be multiple hiccups within that search for The Dress, an all too common one that really hurts is when your dress loses it’s ‘unique’ factor.

Imagine stumbling across your dream gown, ecstatically ordering it months in advance, and then, as the wedding date swiftly approaches, that same design starts popping up seemingly on every bride in town. It’s the curse of the ‘trendiest dress in town’, and this is where ‘exclusivity’ saves the day. And more specifically for our Brisbane (and surrounds) brides, a new showroom in Newport, White by Gossip Gowns.

They boast an incredible selection of exclusive gowns, all lovingly selected, bespoke and unique. Although incredibly difficult to choose favourites, we couldn’t help but share these stunning examples below. Make sure you source them out at A Darling Affair and book an appointment with them ASAP. Every bride deserves to look and feel unique and special, as well as stunning, in their wedding dress.

White by Gossip Gowns

White by Gossip Gowns White by Gossip Gowns

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/



Get your Reception LIT

Question… when was the last time you curated a large scale lighting installation to deliver perfect ambience, wow factor and timed specifications for ‘I can see what I’m eating’ and ‘dancing shoes ON’?

Oh never, yeah us too.

So in the interest of saving our sanity, let’s all decide to bring in the professionals when it comes to lighting up the wedding reception.

And when we say professionals, we tend to think of Out of the Dark Event Lighting. They are ambience geniuses and specialise in seriously show stopping installations. We cannot wait to see what they create at A Darling Affair, it’s sure to be a talking point and no doubt they will be swiftly filling their calendars with bookings.

We’ve selected a few of our favourite looks they’ve recently created, and are currently dreaming of what they might come out with next. All hail the lighting legends!

Wedding Lighting

Rattan & Mass Greenery
This is a bohemian classic and creates some serious chill vibes for your evening. Mix and matching the shades creates a layered, less uniform effect. We also can’t stop staring at the gorgeousness that is the accompanying floristry from Bower Botanicals in this installation. Amazing!


Wedding Lighting Sheer

Sheer Linens
Ethereal and perfectly diffused for a soft, whimsical glow to the evening. A small cluster of these would be a gorgeous feature over the dance floor or bridal table, or regular lines above long feasting tables would take your guests’ breath away.


Wedding Lighting Fairy Lights


Fairy Lights en masse
A classic approach which never fails to set the romantic, twinkling scene. Paired perfectly with an overabundance of florals and greenery for a true secret forest feel.

These lighting legends will be at the fair and boy are you going to love meeting them! So head on over to the website and grab your tickets now.

Menswear Trends we can’t get enough of

In case you missed the memo, men’s suiting is gaining some great style momentum at the moment. We’re loving seeing bolder trends and variations on classic styles. Grooms are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing wedding outfits for themselves and their crew. Here in Brisbane we have some incredible local talent who will be represented well at A Darling Affair and will no doubt catch your attention strutting their tailored stuff down the runway.

We have noticed a particularly swoon worthy trend around lighter tones, lots of pink and purple hues, linen blends and soft patterns which we just love love love. And when we find a trend we like, we’re soon lost down a rabbit hole of inspiration boards, magazine cuttings, style forecasting heaven.

Here is a gorgeous selection of some of our favourite finds from our three local favourites, Urbbana, Will Valor and Institchu.

Intitchu Linen Suits


Wil Valor Suit Collar

Wil Valor

Wil Valor Wedding Suit

Wil Valor

Institchu Linen Suit



Urbbana Pink Check Suit



To come and see the mens style for yourself, grab your tickets now.

How to be The Greatest Groomsman of All Time

First of all, well done! You must be a loyal and enjoyable enough friend to be summoned as essentially a ‘wedding wingman’. Or you simply share genetics with the Groom and willingly or not have to stand by your brother’s/cousin’s side for his big day. Regardless, your title has been bestowed, but you quite possibly have no idea what you’re meant to do with it.

Sure, Hollywood may lead us to believe that groomsmen are led by a single goal of complete inebriation and blinding Vegas lights, and only produce issues and roadblocks to the success of a wedding day. But, we know that’s all lies and an epic groomsman loves nothing more than saving the day, providing solutions, and essentially becoming the Groom’s hero.

So to help you on your path of heroic wedded deeds, here are our 5 ‘I’m the Greatest Groomsman of All Time’ Solutions that you can essentially print out, give to the Groom and earn yourself some serious pat-on-the-back kudos.

Solution 1: Don’t get overwhelmed by all the planning.
You can see it, your mate is obviously excited for the impending nuptials but the 100 bridal magazines, 20 varieties of roses and guest list whittling is starting to make his eye twitch. Give him a reassuring pat on the back and load Groomology on his phone for him. They are simply a ‘no BS Wedding Resource for the Modern Groom’. And bonus, sign up to their newsletter and you get a Free Vow and Speech Writing Kit.

Solution 2: Become The Master of Beverages. All beverages!
Not just a crate of whatever stubby the bottle-o had on special that week, but read up on some great whiskies and show off your knowledge when culturally swirling them in a glass. And line up some top drop coffee for the morning after your bucks’ celebrations.

Solution 3: We’ll all be looking Mighty Fine come Show Time!
Yes some of us may have sported a 5 o’clock shadow for the best part of 10 years but fear not… we know a guy! Specifically The Mobile Barber Shop (you’re welcome). A fully decked out barber shop van ready to park up for the morning of the big day and work some clean-shaven magic.

Solution 4: Wow everyone with our outfits just/almost as much as the other halves.
Well fitted and seriously dapper is the order of the day. Yes, it’s time to leaf through some style magazines, even scroll some red carpet slideshows and find a style that suits the Groom to a ’T’. Call your tailor and set up a date. Don’t have a tailor? Give the team at Urbbana a call, they’ll look after you.

Solution 5: Do what you do best.
Either use your witty one-liners to calm the Groom’s jitters, or be the level headed one who remembers to pack breath mints for everyone. There will be reasons the Groom wants you around for the day, so figure out what that might be, and own it!

Because over all, your mate getting married to his other half is the main goal of the day… but if you can make it smoother, more fun or brilliant then congrats! You are a Epic Groomsman!

Image Credits: Groomsmen: Groomology; Florido Weddings Barber images: The Mobile Barber Shop

Fashion Spotlight: Ginger and Gold Bridal

A bride in her wedding outfit is pivotal. Game changing. A beautifully unique moment. A moment that you’ll frame and will be seen by grandkids, and they’ll say ‘my grandma had some serious style game’ … or whatever kids say by then.

It’s a moment about you, your love story and who you are. It shouldn’t feel foreign, or unfamiliar. Yes it’s generally the most incredible outfit you’ll ever wear but it’s meant to be the super glamorous version of you!

Ginger and Gold encapsulate this and their new collection Flora is no different. This collection’s aesthetic is a beautiful balance of vintage inspiration, femininity and simple sophistication. We are a little bit in love with the latest designs and somehow managed to choose three favourites from the collection, the Ivy, Daisy and Jasmine designs.


The Ivy gown is both elegant and ethereal. Featuring a low back, satin slip and flocked confetti lace. The long sheer sleeves and boatneck neckline are stunningly classic and feminine.


Beautiful classic separates with some modern wow factor. From the high collar, to the open back and then the draped confetti lace skirt, this gorgeous outfit is one show stopping feature after another. And we do kind of dream of pieces that can be worn separately after the big day as well.


A wedding jumpsuit is what wonderful, edgy, modern dreams are made of! And this gorgeous flirty design is a beautiful balance of sexy with it’s open back, and elegant with the floaty wide leg design.


Too difficult to choose a favourite, but we will certainly be taking closer looks of these beautiful pieces as they waltz down the catwalk at A Darling Affair Brisbane Fair on November 17 2018.