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

Intitchu

Wil Valor Suit Collar

Wil Valor

Wil Valor Wedding Suit

Wil Valor

Institchu Linen Suit

Institchu

 

Urbbana Pink Check Suit

Urbbana

 

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.

MEET IVY

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.

MEET JASMINE

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.

MEET DAISY

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.

 

We’ve found that beautiful handmade jeweller you’ve been looking for

Supposedly men spend around one to three months hunting down that perfect engagement ring! Our tip, highlight this article and leave it somewhere super obvious and save everyone some time. Ok, so subtlety is not a strong suit of ours, but who doesn’t love someone confident in what they want!

But seriously, the incredible duo, Mark and Rox from Mark Neil Jewellers are some of our absolute favourites. Lovingly handmade, beautiful and functional pieces of jewellery, that are also uniquely feminine and edgy. Line them up for a custom designed engagement ring and perfectly matched wedding bands and while you’re at it, some stunning pieces for your Bridesmaids. Nothing says ‘Thank you for standing by me in my slightly obsessive bridezilla moments’  quite like gorgeous jewellery.

Here are a few of our favourites, and we will no doubt be found drooling over more of them at our Brisbane Fair coming up on November 17.

Photo by Dani Drury Photographer

The Perfect Pop Up Bar for your Unique Venue

You’ve found it! That elusive, unique venue for your big day! It might be a remote rolling field, or an urban abandoned warehouse or maybe a beloved family property. It’s booked in, checked off the to-do list and surely everything else kind of falls into place now?

Well, along with the many joys associated with unique ‘non-traditional’ venues, certain tasks are now added. And one common logistical nightmare is the coordination of the BYO bar. Many many questions start to arise.

How and where to set it up? Does it need power access? Fridge? Freezer? How much wine, beer, spirits do we need? Oh and glasses too! And who do we get to serve the drinks? Don’t forget the ice… wait, what if we run out of ice?! Or beer? Who does the unlucky task of fetching more ice and beer mid-party?

Many questions and even more potential pitfalls.

And this is where Gathering Events enters stage left and quite literally saves the show! They are the answer to your logistical prayers! A Boutique BYO Mobile Bar Service who’s motto reads, ‘You provide the drinks, we take care of the rest!’

From Caravan Bars, to Coffee Carts to Pop Up Whisky Bars, Gathering Events know what they are doing and more importantly, know exactly what you need! Husband and wife team Jen and Adam are passionate about creating good old fashioned times, with fun and fresh twist with their pop up bars.

Available in a myriad of styles and colours, you can be sure to find the bar to match the styling of your wedding. The best part is, we have had the pleasure of working with Gathering Events on multiple occasions now, and we can assure you their team goes about everything they do with a smile.

Have a look for yourself, and come visit them for a closer look at our Brisbane Fair on November 17.

Wild & Free Beach Bridal Shoot

One of the many perks of being a part of ADA is all the beautiful shoots we get to witness being created. One of our recent ones was this beautiful shoot held on the Sunshine Coast with another group of talented vendors. It was such a beautiful day, and this earthy toned, natural textured wedding styling left us all craving a relaxed weekend at the beach.

Stylist Brooke Phillips from Sacred Wilde​ worked to create a shoot that would feel fresh, light and summery.  She went for a minimalist style as she wanted the beauty of all the individual details and the natural landscape to shine through and be a feature in itself so that we only enhance the amazing backdrop chosen for the day. To showcase Sacred Wilde’s stunning styling and the beautiful beachside location, the videographer Mitch from Goodness Gracious Wedding Films​ chose a Lana Del Ray tune to add to the shoot film that had a really impactful beat to accentuate the amazing details of the shoot. “Lana’s lyrics paired really nicely with our model’s sultry expression throughout, and the beat was nice and punchy to add a lot of dynamic cuts and transitions to capture the viewer’s attention and make them hit the replay button!”

Feast your eyes on what this dream team created, and have a good stalk through this talented vendor line up below!

Photography Mallory Sparkles Photography​
Concept and styling Sacred Wilde​
Video Goodness Gracious Wedding Films​
Hair Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair​
Makeup Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry​
Flowers Yūkari Botanicals​
Tableware The Supper Club​
Jewellery Mark Neil Jewellers​
Stationery Paper Paper​
Cake WildChild Cakes​
Dress L’eto Bridal​

 

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/