Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team!

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Profile: Dr Trish Vezgoff, Civil Celebrant

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have been talking to Dr Trish Vezgoff, a Civil Celebrant who has been officiating at weddings for the past 17 years. Trish spoke to us about her love of providing unique wedding services  tailored to the bridal couples' personality, as well as the wide range of exciting and emotional experiences she has had as a celebrant...

Tell us a little about your business…

I am a Civil Celebrant, having applied almost 25 years ago after having been to several civil weddings that I felt all lacked a great deal in both content and delivery. I then waited eight years for a response from Canberra before my appointment early in 1994.

•What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it

I am a sole trader, and still delight in being able to help couples achieve the ceremony of their dreams. I am also called upon frequently to write and officiate at other ceremonies such as baby namings, renewal of vows or even funeral ceremonies for families I have worked with before or who have referred me to friends.

• How long have you been working in the industry? 

I am entering my seventeenth year as a Celebrant.

• What are some of your past business experiences? 
The experience of being a Celebrant has taken me to many venues I may otherwise not have visited. Also, because I work so closely with clients to help them achieve their ideal ceremony, I have participated in formal and informal ceremonies, in themed ceremonies, on beaches, mountain tops, parks, and indoor settings including on boats on Sydney Harbour, reception centres and Canberra's National Library. Wet or windy weather cam often pose challenges as can shade free sites in hot weather. A couple of times ceremonies have had to stop in the middle because a member of the bridal party or a guest has fainted; once the best man had to scramble over a cliff face because a high wind had blown the table holding the documents and a large paperweight over the edge. Red carpets can also be hazardous on rough ground or in high winds. Too many more experiences to mention!

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business? 

A couple of moving experiences come to mind: the marriage of an eighty two year old man to his seventy-eight year old bride. 
A renewal of vows ceremony on a couple's sixtieth wedding anniversary at which five generations of the family were present. 
Another renewal of vows for a couple who had been married at a Registry Office overseas forty years before and who had both suffered serious illnesses in the interim. The 'bride' fulfilled her lifetime wish of having a proper white wedding with flowers and all the trimmings, and with their grown up children acting as their bridal party. 
Little children at a wedding, specially in a bridal party, can always be relied upon to provide unintended merriment and/or embarrassment.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life…

I work from a home office, and my family have become used to having to consult my desk diary before planning most family get togethers. My children are now grown with their own families so I have a rich and full life juggling work and play.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

In what spare time I have - not much - I love listening to music, going to the theatre, reading, travelling and socialising with friends over a good meal and nice wines.

• What is your most memorable life experience?

Too many to enumerate, but my own marriage, children, travelling around the world and also attaining my PhD as a mature age student would have to be high on the list.

• What are your plans for the future? 

Whilst ever I am fit and still blessed with curiosity, I hope to continue as I do at present.

Visit for more information on Trish's services

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Classic Garden Wedding at Camden Lakeside Country Club

Jodie & Rodney Hill • 20th March 2010

Jodie and Rodney met at high school. But it wasn’t until a few years later that they became close friends and their beautiful relationship blossomed.

A few days before Jodie’s birthday, Rodney insisted that they go out, even though the morning was overcast and better suited to curling up with a good book. Jodie agreed and the couple first drove to picturesque Berry and then on to Cambewarra Mountain lookout. While soaking up the stunning panoramic view, Rodney asked Jodie, “How much do you love me?” With her arms held wide, she replied, “As much as the view”. And that’s when Rodney proposed.

“Holding a beautiful diamond ring he asked: “Jodie, will you be my wife?” I was so excited and shocked. Of course I said ‘Yes’.”

As it happened, a family afternoon tea in honour of Jodie’s birthday was planned for the following day, so the delighted couple were able to break their wonderful news.

On the morning of the wedding, Jodie and Rodney enjoyed spending time with their bridal party and families at their parents’ homes.

Jodie’s hairdresser and make-up artist left the girls plenty of time to relax with some champagne before it was time to get dressed.

Jodie’s beautiful taffeta wedding dress featured lace detailing with beads and sequins on the bodice and train. Both Jodie and her bridesmaids had photographs taken with their gorgeous parasols before leaving for the ceremony.

Rodney and his groomsmen were handsome in their dark charcoal pin-striped suits. Rodney chose a silver tie, while the boys wore purple ties to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.

“One of the most memorable moments was proudly walking down the aisle with my Dad, and then being hand in hand with my husband” said Jodie when recalling the ceremony.

The couple’s reception was exactly what they had hoped for: a big celebration with their family and closest friends. Some of the night’s highlights included the emotional speeches,  Jodie and Rodney’s first dance as husband and wife, and all of the guests dancing at the reception and enjoying the fun.

When the night finally came to an end and the couple reluctantly left, they spent a few nights at The Rocks, Sydney before escaping to the Cook Islands for an idyllic honeymoon.

Photography: Soho Images,
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Camden Lakeside Country Club,
Celebrant: Ian Toll,
Wedding Rings: Hennings Jewellers,, Prouds the jewellers,
Bridal Gown: Sposabella Bridal,
Bridal Shoes: Suna Shoes,
Bridal Accessories: Princess Allure Jewellery & Accessories,
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Beautiful Brides,
Mens’ Suits: Sambello Menswear, 02 4648 2887
Hair Stylist: Excellence In Hair, 02 4677 1274
Florist: Love Flowers,
Cupcakes: Cupcake Flair by Miriam,
Top Cake: The Gumnut Patisserie, 02 4872 2172
Invitations: Truly Madly Deeply,
Bomboniere: Weddingstar,
Honeymoon: The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa,
The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Carols by Candlelight in the Southern Highlands

Christmas time is almost here - and the best way to get into the Christmas Spirit is with Christmas Carols! Enjoy the tradition of carols in the beauty of the highlands in Bowral and Berrima...

Join the Bowral Family Carols, in conjunction with Bowral's combined Churches and the Bowral Chamber of Commerce, at Bradman Oval on the 16th December. You can picnic at the oval starting from 6:15pm, with the carols starting at 7:15pm.

The Berrima Carols by Candlelight will be held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church grounds, Berrima on 19th December from 7:00pm til 9:00pm. Bring your own food and drink, blanket, chairs etc. for your picnic. Drinks, coffee, cakes, BBQ and candles on sale.