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/

Industrial Wedding Venues

Industrial wedding venues are very popular at the moment. There is nothing better than a wedding in a unique, rustic venue, and their character filled interiors provide the perfect backdrop for wedding styling and decor. Exposed bricks, concrete floors and metals make for a very interesting juxtaposition to the delicate details of weddings. So we have rounded up some of our favourite South East Queensland Industrial Venues, to make your search for a hipster location all the more easier.

 

Eagle Farm Weddings 

Brisbane Racing Club’s reception venues take advantage of the picturesque racecourse settings. From the modern Society Rooftop to heritage listed Tote Room filled with old world charm, Brisbane Racing Club reception venues offer a unique and memorable setting for you and your guests. Brisbane Racing Club is conveniently located only minutes from the Brisbane Airport and the Brisbane CBD, with onsite car parking and plenty of accommodation options nearby.

The Borrowed Nursery

Located in an old mechanic workshop The Borrowed Nursery is a menagerie of lush greenery all housed within the industrial setting. The factory space features a light filled room perfect for photography, with white painted brick walls and a concrete floor with hints of turquoise, providing a unique setting for your wedding. With greenery still making waves in trend reports across the globe, this venue is perfect for those trend setting couples. 

Photo: Figtree Pictures

The Powerhouse 

Brisbane Powerhouse is both an iconic and unique wedding venue. Located right in the heart of New Farm with views of the Brisbane River, Brisbane Powerhouse offers couples with endless locations to capture the moments from your special day. They offer a variety of locations to hold your wedding, as well as industrial style spaces for cocktail or sit down receptions and on-site restaurants to entertain your guests during photographs.

Photo: Ephemeral Creative

Photo: The Soul Echo

The Refinery

The Refinery is one of the new kids on the block for Brisbanites. Located within a beautifully renovated warehouse in Newstead, this amazing location is brought to you by the team at Rogue Bistro. This space has hosted magical, styled wedding and events, and is sure you provide plenty of style inspiration when you plan your wedding there.

Photo: Tennille Fink

Eumundi Brewery

The Eumundi Brewery is one of a kind on the Sunshine Coast. It’s a magical mix of historic hotel, bohemian art, fabulous food, boutique brews and creative groove. For those hardcore brewery fans, you can even hire their wedding space called ‘The Brewery’ which overlooks the stainless tanks of the working brewery below. Equipped with a fully operational bar, your guests will be able to enjoy our Eumundi Brewery beers tapped direct from the tanks. It is the perfect mix of industrial chic, with the warmth of recycled timber, and has enough free space to still host your own styling decor.

Photo: Bonnie Jenkins

The Creative Florists You Need To Follow On Instagram

A florist that has an ability to artfully create bouquets is worth their weight in gold. But when they have a beautiful Instagram for you to feast your eyes on from the comfort of your own home, it is a no brainer for us… we’ll be hitting follow faster than you can say *love*! So today we are introducing you to four talented florists you need to be following.

 

Heavenly Blooms

Photo: Bonnie Jenkins

Heavenly Blooms lives up to its name and so does its Instagram. Full of beautiful imagery by equally talented photographers, Nat and her teams organic and creative take on floral styling has a style of its own. If you love Instagram accounts full of colour and artfully arranged flowers, you will no doubt love love what you see.

 

Yukari Botanicals

 

Photo: Janneke Storm

Yukari Botanicals is another florist with a unique aesthetic all of its own. Creative floral designer Ella loves using natives and dried flowers to create the most dreamy bouquets. Her style is loved by stylists and designers alike and you will see her arrangements and florals popping up all over the place online. If you love linen and natural textures… Yukari is a must to follow.

 

Florals & Co

Photo: Bulb Creative

Florals and Co is where you will no doubt find some of the most lush floral installations you’ve ever seen. They buy only the freshest most premium quality flowers which they hand select from their trusted growers and suppliers to create unique floral designs for weddings and events. If pretty and opulent flowers are what you are after, feast your eyes on their Instagram for instant flower envy.

 

Gloriosa Florals

Photo: Florido Weddings

These creatives know how to style an event. One visit of their Insta and you will see how versatile they are! A qualified florist with 12 years of experience, owner Sarah lovingly creates beautiful arrangements. With a keen eye for detail and quality of florals she loves to design floral arrangements and installations to reflect style, taste and individual tastes of her couples. And luckily for all of us, she documents these creations on her Instagram.

So there you have it, the florists you need to follow! The good news is, you will get to meet some of these talented florists in real life at our Brisbane Fair. Tickets are available now so make sure you get yours as soon as possible.

The Top 5 Songs You Need To Get Your D-Floor Pumping

As avid music lovers, getting the music right for your reception dance floor is up there on our list of priorities of the most important thing to get sorted and right for your wedding day. No-one likes a dud d-floor. You know the ones we mean… we’ve all been on them. The ones where you hold on to your only friend like a stage five clinger, or the ones that have you tempted to pop in your own head phones so you can rock on in a corner on your own.

Choosing the right DJ is what will help you really deliver in the music department. If you ask around, you’ll no doubt be met with the recommendation of Aaron from Cut A Rug. His reviews on his website will leave you laughing and you’ll instantly be met with the assurance that you are going to be in for a good time if you hire him to be your DJ. So we caught up with Aaron for 5 of his favourite wedding bangers and tips that will get you and your guests cutting shapes (or rugs) all night long.

Photo: Dear & Tine

Top 5 Songs: 

’My Girl’ by The Temptations: It’s crucial to get the first song right. Once everyone joins you on the floor during/after your first dance, it’s worth considering this – most people aren’t going to go from ‘zero to a hundred’ in the space of one song….so you’ll want to save ‘Sandstorm’ for a little later. I really love ‘My Girl’ here, everyone knows the words to this song and it’s a great sing along to kick things off. It’s awkward for single guys to dance and sing along to this one by themselves, but you could always make it up to them later by playing ‘Eagle Rock’.

’Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen: The last song is another big one – your MC will ask everyone to please report to the D-Floor for the last song of the night. The right song here will have everybody singing along, rocking out and bustin’ moves. This track ticks a lot of boxes and I haven’t seen it fail. It’s the quintessential last dance – sing along, air guitar, and an epic rock out that you can’t not jump around to. When the bride and groom choose this as their last song I know that we’ll be going out with a bang.


Photo: Jonas Peterson

’Temperature’ by Sean Paul: I’ve been playing this and tryin’ to act like I know the words a lot lately, and it always kills….(the song, not my lip syncing). It has a nostalgic golden era club / ‘So Fresh 2006’ kinda vibe to it but isn’t too obvious or played out like many other throwbacks from this era.

’Mr Brightside’ by The Killers: Yep, it’s a song about heartbreak, cheating and jealousy, but don’t read too much into the lyrics – not every song has to be about how in love you guys are. Quite simply, this song goes off. By the time the chorus kicks in, dance floor energy levels will be hitting new highs.

’I Like It’ by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin: I had to throw something new in here……even though in 3 months this song will be sooooooo 3 months ago. I ain’t gonna lie – it took me a minute to warm to Cardi B, but she hooked me with this one. If RnB is going down a treat on the dance floor (as it so often does) then this little number goes hard. ‘I Like It’ has a latin vibe to it, so it’s a very timely release following the popularity of ‘Despacito’.

Photo: Cloudcatcher Studio

Tip One: 

While it helps if you like all the songs in your playlist – consider your guests. There can be so much value in tolerating a song you’re not a fan of IF it means packing your dance floor. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to roll your eyes along to ‘Loveshack’. But keep in mind who is going to be on the dance floor and what they will enjoy.

Tip Two:

The right song at the right time is super important, but if you want your dance floor to truly go off, then lead the charge. Hands down, the best dance floors I ever see have a bride and groom right there in middle of them….or crowd surfing on top of them. You can chit chat to everyone anytime, make the most of your chance to dance with your favourite people at your wedding.

 

So there you have it… the secret recipe to getting your dance floor pumping thanks to Aaron from Cut A Rug! *Got to run… we’re off on a mission to get invited to a wedding that Aaron is DG’ing at.

Five Photographers You Need To Know

Here at ADA we are blessed with a copious amount of talented photographers that we are surrounded by, so selecting out only 5 for today’s post was actually really difficult! Choosing the right photographer is something couples tell us all the time that they struggle with. So today we have made it much easier for you by throwing the spotlight on 5 photographers you need to know about! 

  1. Florido Weddings

Florido Wedding’s photography is featured on most of our new directory imagery and their bright colourful photography speaks for itself. Run by two friends, Callie & Andre, these guys bring the party vibes to keep the day as light and stress free as possible. They are experienced photographers and have pretty much seen it all, so you can be assured you’re in safe hands.

You can say hi to them here on Insta.

2. Juddric Photography

We have known Judd for a long time now, and worked with him on countless shoots. He is know for his natural photography style and ability to get people to be themselves in front of the camera. He covers your wedding day from start to finish so that you can kick back and enjoy every minute.

You can say hello to Judd here on Insta.

3. Life Is Beautiful Photography

Just one wander across Miriam Ackroyd’s website and photography will have you in awe of her work. Her imagery is so beautiful and really captures the soul of her Brides and Grooms. You will feel like you have been taken along a visual storytelling feast as you peruse her imagery.

You can make friends with Miriam here in Insta.

4. Cassandra Ladru

With an eye for the details and a beautiful fashion aesthetic, Cassandra is best known for her honest and timeless photography style. Her stunning photography captures her subjects in the best possible light, while still capturing their day in a journalistic photography style. She travels all over the world photographing couples in the most amazing locations and her Instagram will get you falling in love with love.

Do yourself a favour and feast your eyes on Cassandra’s Insta.

5. Ephemeral Creative

This team will have you going gah gah over wedding photos and their heart-felt photography. Offering photography and cinematography with a team of 3 talented creatives, you will be assured they will have your whole day covered. Their beautiful style and ability to capture raw emotion, as well as more posed shots, means you will have diversity of photography across your special day.

You can say hi to the team here on Insta.

Meet Winston Wolfe Custom Leather Jackets

When we first came across Winston Wolfe we were instantly head over heels in love. Firstly, what is not to love about timeless leather jackets? But secondly, when we realised they could be hand painted and customised for your wedding day, then we were ready to make it facebook official.

Established in 2012, Winston Wolfe is the go-to leather label for the cool-femme woman. Winston Wolfe leather pieces can be paired back with slip dresses, trainers, denim and lace. You can also have them customised in hand painted typography to make it really personal to you. Jackets come in black and ivory leather as well now too and are the perfect addition for the non-traditional bride who would like to bring some edge to their wedding day ensemble. 

Winston Wolfe has fast evolved into a cult brand and boast being worn by people such as: Pip Edwards, Elle Ferguson, Amanda Shadforth, Katie Modern and Jennifer Hawkins to name a few. Their Instagram account alone will have you super inspired for your edgy wedding and get you looking the part with a jacket created especially for your wedding day.

Make sure you head over to their website and Instagram and get acquainted!

What Online Dating Can Teach You About Finding Your Dream Wedding Cake

When Megan Norris of Hansel and Gretel cakes contacted us with the offer of a guest blog post, we knew it was going to be good, but we didn’t realise it would be THIS good! So today we have for you our newest, favourite cake blog post of all time. Prepare yourself for some profound wisdom bombs and LOL’s. 

What Online Dating Can Teach You About Ordering Your Wedding Cake

Congratulations on your engagement, you have found that special someone who has swept your feet off the dating scene. But you might want to reach back into that bag of first date coping mechanisms while you embark on the beautiful journey that is finding your cake maker.

For the last six years I’ve had the pleasure of making Wedding Cakes for the most fantastic couples but, I can’t ignore the parallels between finding the perfect cake maker and online dating. 

PARALLEL NUMBER ONE: It was the puppy in the photo that got you.

Let me set the scene, you are up late scrolling through your options online, you see a cake you love and hop on their website to find out more. Only to find out that no other cakes on their site really appeal to you. This is what I like to call the puppy dog effect. You see a guy online and think, “I like dachshunds, he has a dachshund, maybe this could work?” Yes, the puppy was cute, but does he have any other qualities you will enjoy? You need to like the whole package, much like finding a cake maker.

Each cake maker has a distinct style and this will come through in every cake they make. If you don’t think you’ll enjoy mountain climbing at 5am or watching cricket matches that last longer than 48 hours, you won’t be happy. Mountain climbing isn’t a bad thing, I hear it’s a good thing, but it’s just not what you enjoy. You can’t change a partner’s habits, and you can’t change a cake makers’ style. Make sure you like the whole package, not just the puppy.

 

PARALLEL NUMBER TWO: You just don’t gel. But honestly, there was too much gel in his hair.

Yes, well done. You have found a cake maker with a body of work you adore! You text your friends, send them photos and are over the moon with excitement. Just like how my friend sends me photos of her next date and I comment on how he looks like he has, “kind eyes”. (LOL!). It’s time. You are at the restaurant. He has just arrived and things start off well. But as the night progresses you realise the only gel that’s happening, is in his hair.

It’s important that you form a relationship with your cake maker. This is the person who will be making the most important cake you will ever order. You need to feel confident that they will provide you with exactly what you want and you can rely on them to deliver when it’s needed. It’s ok if you just don’t feel it when you meet a prospective cake maker. You thank them for their time and move on with your search, for both love and cake.

PARALLEL NUMBER THREE: It’s time to delete the app, you’ve found the one.

He prefers sports that are restricted to a single evening and thinks hiking selfies are a waste of a good sleep in. Best yet, his hair is too perfect to ever require gel. Just like finding your dream boat, you have also found your cake maker. You have found the cake maker that you are happy with, you love their business style and you can’t wait for your guests to eat what you’ve lovingly picked out. It’s time to pay a deposit and check the cake off the list! Trust that feeling in your gut, it’s how you found your partner after all!

Finding your cake maker should be a big deal and your cake maker understands that you are making an important decision by picking them. Have all your concerns been met? If it’s important to you, have you tried the cake before you order it? I will let that fantastic dating comparison slide by… Do their cakes look stable, strong and level when they are stacked?  Have they worked with your other vendors before? If any of these are concerns for you, voice them! Your cake maker will be happy to answer them for you.

Enjoy this time, and have fun with the planning of your wedding! When else in your life are you encouraged to try eight different types of cake in one sitting?