Hello from the two Jos!

Well hello there Darlings!

The Two Jos are here, reporting for ADA duty. And gee are we excited – and a little overwhelmed too, if we’re honest, but we’re taking lots of deep breaths and that seems to be helping. Thank goodness for the amazingly calm, generous and committed duo that is Carrie and Emily. Those wonderful girls are still working so hard behind the ADA scenes to ensure that the transition from ‘them’ to ‘us’ is as smooth as possible.

So who exactly are The Two Jos?

Well, our first date with ADA was back at the 2016 Brisbane fair when we attended as vendors. And it really was love at first site. Honestly, hand on heart (and we’re not just saying this) we were both blown away by all the creatively clever people we met that day. AND you were all SO friendly. We both felt part of something special – special and creative and warm and fun and inspiring and beautiful.

Like all good relationships, ours has blossomed with ADA and we’ve become the new owners. We know we have a big job ahead of us to make ADA continue to flourish in an ever more competitive market. We thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to move ever closer to announcing the dates of our upcoming fairs. Exciting huh?

We can’t wait to get to know everyone in this community and would wholeheartedly encourage you to get in touch if you fancy a chat about anything ADA related. We can still be contacted at hello@adarlingaffair.com

And finally, here’s our brief ‘Guide To Working Out Which Jo is Which’…….

 

Hey there I’m Jo. B!

I am super excited to be taking over the amazing A Darling Affair with the other Jo!

Here’s a bit about me…I am an English lass who relocated from good ole Blighty to sunny Australia nine years ago with my husband. We lived in Sydney for the last eight years before relocating to Brisbane two years ago and adding a couple of little additions to our family; our little boy Henry and our rescue cat Max 🙂

For the last seven years I have been working in the wedding industry running my own wedding business called ‘jo bartholomew photographer’. I absolutely love weddings and everything about them. I am so excited to now be part of ADA where I can let my enthusiasm for all things creative spread in another direction.

I can’t wait to get stuck into ADA and carry on the awesome work that Carrie and Emily have worked so hard to achieve.

As a wedding photographer I feel I have a really good understanding of the industry. I love that ADA is not about clichés or cookie cutter weddings. Its something unique, different and wonderful 🙂

I am so happy to be part of this awesome community!

xoxo

 

 

So. I’m ‘the other Jo’ – Jo Thompson – and, along with Jo Bartholomew, I am extraordinarily excited to be hopping on the A Darling Affair train.

What can I tell you about me? Well, professionally speaking, I love details, organisation and ticking things off my to do list. I’ve spent nearly 20 years working in events and marketing and have organised all sorts of fun things including exhibitions, conferences, charity balls, cocktail parties, book signings, golf days and ladies lunches (to name but a few).

Personally speaking, I moved to Queensland with my husband nearly 13 years ago and we now call Brisbane home, along with our two beautiful daughters and a slightly crazy cocker spaniel.

And that’s me in a nutshell. I’m over the moon to be starting on my ADA journey and look forward to meeting you all along the way.

Here’s to NEW BEGINNINGS!

Hello Darlings,

We are quite aware that everything has been rather quiet on the ADA front over the past year. Our little ADA family has grown, as has our work outside of our ADA endeavours. Since 2012, when we first started with nothing more than a hope and a dream, thanks to all of our wonderful vendors and event guests we have grown well beyond what we ever anticipated.  Covering 3 regions across Queensland, with thousands of followers on multiple social media platforms, we really do have to pinch ourselves to ensure that all of this has been real and not some wild crazy dream.

The time has come for us, Carrie and Emily, to move on from ADA. As much as we have loved every moment, both of us have a number of other commitments that are calling and in order for the ADA brand to continue to grow and progress we felt it was time for us to move on, and to hand over ADA to new, fresh and excited owners. However, we didn’t want to just hand it over to any old buyer – we wanted to ensure that whoever took over from us understood who we are at ADA, what we stand for, and would do our brand justice in the future. We crossed every finger, and wished on every star, and the universe delivered.

We have found the perfect duo to take the reigns in “The Two Jo’s”. That’s right, Jo and Jo – both named Jo, both incredibly warm and kind, both from the UK, and both more than qualified in both the wedding and events industries. Most importantly, we could instantly see that they are equal parts down-to-earth, and in love with ADA.

We have every confidence that Jo and Jo will take good care of ADA and all of you, our lovely Darlings. We also trust that all of you will show them the same kindness that you have done for us. Of course we will miss all of the pretty things associated with this industry, but more than that we will miss the amazing, passionate people we’ve had the pleasure of working and creating with. So thank you, truly THANK YOU to everyone who has come into our lives during the crazy journey that A Darling Affair has been. And thank you to Jo and Jo for taking on ADA – we can’t wait to see how it continues to grow and thrive with you!

So long for now, perhaps you’ll see us around (Queensland is a small world after all!).

Much love,

Carrie and Emily xxx

 

YESTERDAY CREATIVE OPENING!

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Beautiful stationary is the starting point for any event and our lovely friends from Yesterday Creative are pro’s at setting the tone for your big day.

Born through a love of traditional print from days of old, Yesterday Creative brings together stunning design and tactile letterpress to create one-of-a-kind wedding invitations and event stationery that will make for an unforgettable celebration. With services including custom graphic design, letterpress and foiled invitations, this talented studio caters for couples who are looking for a bespoke wedding invitation.

Or for those on a budget, couples may choose from a collection of signature invitation styles that can be customised to suit any wedding or event, or have their invitation digitally printed on a selection of beautiful textured papers.

And now Yesterday Creative is more accessible than ever! With a sparkly new shop recently opened in Brisbane’s inner north suburb of Windsor, they are celebrating with an unforgettable sale! This is the first time that the studio has offered their letterpress packages at discounted rates.

By providing a custom design experience in an environment where both the bride and groom’s personal creativity can flourish, the team at Yesterday Creative are able to create a meaningful wedding invitation that is truly inspired by their client and the theme of their special day.
Book a time to visit Yesterday Creative’s letterpress studio or view custom wedding invitations online.
Save up to $380 off wedding stationery from Yesterday Creative — FREE Information or RSVP Cards with every order! This offer ends June 30, 2016
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GORGEOUS GOWNS

The perfect wedding gown can make you feel like royalty and the amazing designers from the last Brisbane Wedding Festival know how to do it right.

With beyond gorgeous designs and fabric that will make do a double take, their gowns were a massive hit with brides to be on the festival runway.

 

JENNIFER GIFFORD DESIGNS

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Jennifer Gifford makes the kind of gowns that make your heart skip a beat.

A mix of old-school design and a modern approach sets Jennifer apart from the pack. With designs that appeal to clients looking for a classic silhouette with a modern twist, she brings personality and uniqueness to her work through use of unusual fabrics, colour and prints.

Jennifer works closely with each bride personally, creating a gown that suits and fits her clients to perfection. Having a wedding gown made by her is more than just fittings and appointments. It’s about experiences and memories created with your loved ones that will last a lifetime.

 

LELUJAH

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Finding a beautiful wedding gown is usually number one on a brides to-do list. Look no further, Lé-lujah Fashion Design specialise in stunning made to measure bridal wear that is sure to make you giddy with excitement.

Beginning their journey into bridal wear over 5 years ago, this lovely label emerged into the wedding industry with a strong vision and a bright future.  Starting with designs for one-off formal gowns for clients, the success and growth of their label has led to collaborations with some incredibly talented suppliers in the wedding industry.

Lé-lujah specialise in bridal design, both couture and ready-to-wear and have a passion for blending your ideas with their own signature style to create a unique design you’ll fall in love with. They work closely with each bride from consultation to final fitting, creating a gown that’s exclusively theirs and detailed to perfection.

 

GEORGIA YOUNG COUTURE

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Georgia Young Couture make the kind of gowns that Brides dream of.

Specialising in made to measure Bridal gowns and evening wear, this small team of dressmakers are experts in their field.

Each gown is hand made under the one roof in Fitzroy and is lovingly created from start to finish by their experienced Couturier.  Involving clients fully during the process, Georgia works closely with Brides from the first consultation, through to selecting the perfect fabric and watching the gown take shape throughout the fittings.

Unique and original designs make this couture boutique a favourite with Brides to be. Georgia’s loves for finding that perfect balance between a classic feminine shape and mixing it up with a modern, fresh design, make her stand out from the pack.

 

Special mentions:

Primula Floral Styling – bouquet

AVideas – fashion parade

Christie MIllinery – headpieces

The Beauty Case – Hair & Makeup

 

Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie

 

 

INSPIRING IMAGES

Looking back at your wedding photos should hit you with a flood of sweet memories, reminding you of the glowing happiness of everything that a wedding day can bring.

Our fantastic photography vendors are the best at what they do. With gorgeous displays and breathtaking images, they injected the last Brisbane Wedding Festival with a big ol’ dose inspiration for anyone on the hunt for the perfect wedding photographer.

 

FLORIDO WEDDINGS

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Callie Marshall is the head honcho, owner and head photographer at Florido Weddings.

Shooting weddings under the Florido banner since 2012, Callie also has 8 years experience shooting documentary and lifestyle photography. A graduate of a bachelor of photography majoring in photojournalism at the Queensland College of Art, she has worked nationally and internationally shooting weddings and more.

Working well under pressure is essential in wedding photography and that’s what the Florido team do best. Choosing to always shoot candidly and as naturally as possible, Callie and her expert team are pro’s at capturing the easy happiness that shines on a wedding day.

 

JUDDRIC PHOTOGRAPHY

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Judd loves to help people trying to achieve their dreams, so it was only natural for him to end up photographing weddings. Now in it’s fifth year, his thriving business Juddric Photography captures stunning wedding and engagement images that will take your breath away.

A genuine style of shooting and an easy going personality help Judd to hide in plain sight to ensure relaxed and natural photos.

Enlisting the help of his lovely wife, this good-natured couple work in harmony to make the images of your day extraordinary.

 

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

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Life Is Beautiful for photographer Miriam Ackroyd. A self proclaimed documenter, she’s convicted to tell people’s stories in the art form of photography.

Miriam chases  truth and authenticity and aims to capture real life from a story-telling perspective, incorporating her love of light, nature and all things vintage to tell your story.

Always striving to tell the tale of a person being themselves, because after all there is nothing more beautiful or truthful than that.

 

ANTONY MERAT PHOTOGRAPHY

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For Antony Merat, life as a photographer all started with buildings. Originally taking photographs of architecture and interiors, his passion of capturing images of people and portraits won out.

Traveling the world photographing weddings and events have given Antony the knowledge and experience to expertly work along side couples, making it a joyful and exciting experience, all the while perfectly capturing the essence of your day.

 

Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie

CREATIVE GOODIES

We get such a thrill when we see the amazing the amazing creations that our vendors produce.These talented teams are full of great ideas and execute them perfectly! 

From beautiful stationery, gorgeous prints, divine invitations and stunning favours, this awesome group of creative minds have everything you need to get your guests excited for your big day.

 

YESTERDAY CREATIVE LETTERPRESS

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Yesterday Creative merges old-school print techniques with modern graphic design to create impressive custom wedding stationery, invitations and a beautiful retail range of notebooks and cards.


The sister studio of well-established Brisbane design studio Creative Emporium, Yesterday Creative allows a love of letterpress to come to life and provides a space for a bride’s creativity to flourish.

 

VESSEL AND VINE

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A one woman production with designer Brooke at it’s helm, Vessel and Vine specialise in tinted cement wares.  With a range that began with a simple conical leather planter and concrete pots, this blooming business has grown to include the signature cone shaped “gelato planter” as well as tinted cement planters, home wares, and jewellery. Each item is lovingly made by hand, cast, tinted and sanded to a silky smooth finish.

Allowing couples to have the option to customise their wedding favour pots, Vessel and Vine are able to tint them any colour to suit the theme and styling of your day. From soft pastels, to industrial and edgy grey, right through to on-trend marble.

 

FOX AND FALLOW

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Your new favourite one-stop stationary shop, Fox & Fallow have a passion for high-quality, hand-crafted goods. Whether paper, timber or chalkboard, only the highest quality materials are used and each piece is unique, beautiful and made to last. High end design needn’t be expensive and should be available to everyone, which is why Fox & Fallow aims to produce gorgeous, affordable products that are accessible worldwide.

After years in the wedding industry, making cute & quirky stationery, chalkboards and timber signs for brides and grooms across Australia and the world, they thought it was time to introduce a ready-made line for retailers.
May 2015 saw the debut of Fox & Fallow’s retail line at the 2015 National Stationery Show in New York and with huge success.
Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie

SO STYLISH

It’s so easy for us to just fall madly in love with the displays that our amazing stylists create. Creative and romantic, they know exactly how to inject personality into any event.

From flowers to table settings, these darling teams have just what you need for a personalised wedding injected with style and flair.

 

STYLISED

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Conceived from the passion of founders Michael and Charlene for all things events, Stylised is a reflection of their dedication to bringing Brisbane events and planning to the extraordinary heights of those in overseas cities like Las Vegas, New York and Vancouver.

Creating most elements in-house. Stylised tailor bespoke packages for each and every client to suit both their vision and their budget. Offering services like, planning, styling, table-scape design, speciality installations, ceremony design, blooms, centrepieces, decor…there is nothing that they can’t do. Taking only a small number of weddings and events per week, they have a strong belief in quality over quantity, knowing that each and every space should be a reflection of what is quintessentially you.

 

LOVESTRUCK

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Lovestruck is a Gold Coast based furniture and props rental house suited to anything-but-ordinary couples. Known for doing things a little differently, if you have a penchant for cool details, their refreshing take on wedding hire should do the trick.

You can find them setting up bespoke weddings, parties and events on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay and everywhere in between. Live further afield? Still get in touch.  Lovestruck never say never.

This talented team do more than just hire.  If you’re looking for a stylist, but don’t want your wedding to be over-styled, dig unique spaces and want to create a fun vibe, Lovestruck has everything that you’ve been looking for.

 

HIM AND HER

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Simon and Danielle are the faces behind the incredible Him and Her Events team. Wedding planning and styling extraordinaires, you’ll want to remember these names!

Him and Her Events offer a unique perspective into planning and styling. As a mixed gender team they are able to create custom built and inspired events with ease without needing to outsource.

With their combined skills and diverse backgrounds, Him and Her are able to offer a variety of alternative services such as lighting, AV, prop hire and MC services. Planning and building since April 2015, and getting into the swing of things in the following months, this darling duo have been busy, busy, busy!

 

Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie

ON DISPLAY

Boy oh boy, do we work with some creative people!

Our fantastic vendors at the last Brisbane Wedding Festival did it again! With amazing stalls and gorgeous displays, these talented teams make it easy to invision and create the perfect backdrop to your dream ceremony or reception.

 

HODGEPODGE HIRE

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Hodgepodge Hire is a vintage furniture, tableware and props hire business based in Brisbane. With interesting pieces and loads of options, they supply those hard to find, individually selected items for your event. They can help supply items for your photo shoot, wedding, engagement party…. Hodgepodge Hire are the ones to go to for any kind of affair. Injecting it with their creative flair and cool vintage style, they are sure to turn your celebration into a unique and memorable atmosphere.

 

EVENT LETTERS

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Event Letters is Brisbane’s signature provider of life-size, illuminated, freestanding letters providing only the finest quality for your event. Event Letters does nothing by halves, from the size of their letters to the impact they make at your event. And just to add to the WOW factor all of Event Letters props are dimmable and have the ability to change colour to suit your events theme!

 

GOLD WEDDING HIRE

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Luxury is the first word that comes to mind when talking about Gold Wedding Hire.

Strongly believing that everyone deserves a touch of elegance and class to their wedding or event, Gold Wedding Hire offer a range of gold cutlery at an affordable price. Featured in Hello May, White, The Bride’s Tree and My Kitchen Rules (just to name a few…), this flourishing business continues to grow in momentum.

 

Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie

VENUE HOPPING PT. 2

Searching for the perfect wedding venue or on the hunt for a dreamy honeymoon location? Look no further because we had some of Brisbane’s best and most sought after venues on display at the last Brisbane Wedding Festival.

With prime locations and drop dead gorgeous decor, these amazing spots will blow you away. Just a few of our fantastic vendors, take a peek at their awesome displays.

 

BRISBANE RACING CLUB

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It’s easy to fall in love Brisbane Racing Club’s old school charm and nooks and crannies. You will discover something new around every corner and it’s exactly what we look for when we hunt out venues to hold our events. A good blank canvas ready and waiting to be filled with wonderful wedding suppliers and inspirational creations.

With different indoor and outdoor locations to choose from at the Brisbane Racing Club you can have your ceremony, photo’s, sit down reception and night time festivities all in the one place.

Jacqueline Moore is the lovely lady behind the scenes when it comes to booking your wedding at the Brisbane Racing Club. Jacqueline is lovely, down to earth, quick and efficient, thinks outside the box, on top of current trends and is up for a creative challenge.

 

ALEX PERRY HOTEL AND APARTMENTS

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Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments is a product of a meeting of the minds when an Australian fashion icon and local Brisbane developers and investors recognised the symbiotic nature of timeless, tasteful design, while also providing comfortable, unique boutique style accommodation on a scale not previously attempted.

Opened to great public and industry acclaim in October 2015, this amazing location has quickly risen to the top of the specialty accommodation market in Brisbane.

Classic, yet edgy design, blended with modern technology and supported by friendly, professional service, ensures an A List experience for each and every guest.

 

MODA EVENT PORTSIDE

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Known for being one of the finest event locations in Brisbane, Moda Events has the romance and elegance that couples are looking for. With an award winning cosmopolitan menu and the highest standards of hospitality, this amazing venue offers a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Popular for it’s quality of design, majestic views, modern decor, themed lighting and private balcony, Moda has a reputation for dedicated service from staff that cares about making your event positively perfect.

With a long-standing team of dedicated hospitality professionals, the kitchen at Moda is headed up by award winning chef Stephen Nado who has been with them for over eight years.

BLUSHING BABES

Our darling vendors from the Brisbane Wedding Festival know how to make a girl feel good!

These beauty dream teams are experts at making a bride feel her most beautiful on her big day. From makeup, to nails and beauty treatments, this talented group of ladies are the glam squad that you’ve been waiting for.

 

BOUDOIR BLUSH

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Boudoir Blush is a dedicated and passionate salon that services everything the Beauty Industry has to offer. Owner Melita has been directly involved with every leap and bound Boudoir Blush has encountered to date. Working in the industry for several years gaining experience, she made it a goal to run her own business. With a vision, she was able to create a salon that is elegant and peaceful, creating an atmosphere that is sure to relax and de-stress.

Melita is also highly sort after for her skills in the wedding and special occasions make up field, having been a finalist in the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) awards the last two years running. Wanting to keep it in the family, her sister Jacinta has joined the team of Make Up Artist’s for Boudoir Blush, and together they can offer complete packages to lovely brides desiring to enhance their big day. Both Melita and Jacinta regularly attend master class training with their makeup product of choice , Napoleon Perdis, to ensure that they are up to date with the upcoming trends of the season.

 

 

VERY BERRY COLLECTIVE – JAMBERRY NAILS
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In 2010, Jamberry burst onto the beauty scene and the DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and a new era of nail art was born. With over 300+ unique designs, Jamberry nail wraps makes it easy to express your own signature style.

There’s no avoiding the fact that on your big day everyone will be looking at left hand! With over 300 nail wraps in an incredible variet of designs, plus over 60 lacquers and gels, you can caustomise, pair and layer your Jamberry creations to design a look that is all your own. So extensive is their range, they can work with you to create a suite of coordinated looks for you and yours, with something to suit everyone from the youngest flower girls to the greatest of great grannies.

 

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Peekaboo Makeup Artistry is a freelance team of experienced makeup artists and hair stylists with a love for fashion-forward and classic beauty. With a strong belief that every woman deserves to look her best self on her wedding day, their philosophy is to enhance your natural beauty through defining and accentuating your unique features and style.

Specialising in perfection makeovers, they use only the best of products. With brands including Napoleon Perdis, St. Tropez and Naked Tan, you’ll be left feeling like you’re glowing inside and out.

Combining hair and makeup with their love for all things pretty, these girls are a wedding dream team in their element! Based in Brisbane, while also servicing the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast areas, Peekaboo Makeup Artistry cater for parties between 1-12 people.

 

Event images thanks to Rob and Lizzie