Thursday, December 22, 2011

Season's Greetings…

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holly Treadaway Photographer

With a photojournalist approach, Holly Treadaway will document your wedding day as it naturally unfolds. Holly will tell your love story using beautiful, emotive imagery. Complementing the effort you’ve made organising your day, Holly will photograph how beautifully it’s all come together, capturing all those little details, including personal moments between loved ones and friends. Holly's photographic approach will result in your wedding photos being unique, personal and memorable for you and your partner for years to come.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nica Photography

Nica Kesby from Nica Photography loves to capture weddings as candidly as she can and with as much love, happiness and emotion as possible. Based in the Southern Highlands, Nica is close to Sydney, Wollongong and Goulburn and is willing to travel to any wedding/portrait location. With a warm personality in a non-intrusive way, Nica would love to capture your big day!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Perfect Christmas Gift From Biota Dining

Ease some of the Christmas shopping stress and consider a Biota Dining Christmas hamper or Christmas pudding – the ideal corporate or personal gift! 

Visit Biota Dining to order or call 02 4862 2005.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Colourful Boquets

A vibrantly coloured bouquet are very eye catching. Against the cream or white of your wedding gown the vibrant colours of your bouquet will add a pop of colour to the day. Look at some of these stunning colourful bouquets from Affair With George

Friday, November 18, 2011

Country Themed Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are the little take-home tokens of appreciation you can give out to your wedding guests. They can be decorative or practical, modest or elaborate; the choice is yours! Weddingstar have a wide variety of themed and personalised wedding favours to complement a rustic country themed wedding in the beautiful Southern Highlands.

Antique Style Key Bottle Opener is not only a practical favour but it is a great addition to a vintage country themed wedding. Even the packaging of this unique favour carries on the antique theme.

Wine Bottle Shaped Corkscrew is a great wedding favour for a highlands wedding as the highlands are renowned for their wineries and great wine! The classy wine bottle shape makes it ideal for guests to incorporate into their home décor.

Miniature Classic Round Decorative Birdcages have been painted black to allow for flawless integration into any colour theme you have chosen. Fill with your choice of treat for an elegant favour presentation or incorporate a tag or card and use them as place card holders!

These Mini Linen Drawstring Pouch's romantic nature and classic rose print makes it ideal for a rustic themed wedding. Pair it with handwritten tags to add to that rustic feel.
With your country themed wedding include some of these Mini Metal Wedding Favour Pail Containers as a table decoration or favour. The pails can be filled with candies or flowers to suit your style and are available in white or galvanised metal. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Southern Highlands Wines

Imagine your wedding at a venue that embraces the beauty of the Southern Highlands. Experience a true winery wedding by exchanging your vows whilst overlooking the rolling vineyard. Or say your “I do’s” in our Tuscan-style courtyard, lined with sandstone pillars and still enjoy a little taste of the country.
In its pursuit of excellence, Southern Highlands Wines has created a spacious, modern winery, where you can experience award winning wine and cuisine. Southern Highlands Wines offers a spectacular layout that caters perfectly for weddings. With its rustic elegance, the Barrel Room can provide the perfect theme for your wedding.
Seating up to 130 people and featuring an elegant wall of French oak barrels, wrought iron chandeliers and stunning views of the rolling green hills and grazing cattle, you and your guests will enjoy all aspects of our Barrel Room. 

The Cellar Door area can be utilised as a pre-dinner area for champagne and canapés or as the main setting for your function. Seating up to 50 people or holding up to 100 people cocktail style, this room boasts views into the working winery. The Cellar Door area has floor-to-ceiling glass windows encapsulating the magnificent scenery and winery atmosphere.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vintage Charm

Meegan Carroll & Glen Knight • 18th December, 2010
Meegan and Glen met through a good friend whom they had both known for at least ten years. Right from the beginning, Glen knew Meegan was the girl for him, and for Meegan, the realisation came when Glen accompanied her to a doctor’s surgery to have a wound in her leg stitched up… long story! 

From then on the couple were inseparable, spending most of their free time together. Five years later, Meegan and Glen were walking their dog Zoey on a windswept beach. Zoey ran ahead with Glen, but kept returning to Meegan. Glen called out to Meegan, telling her that there was something in Zoey’s collar. It was then that Meegan noticed a little piece of black paper with the words, “Will you marry us?” Looking up, Meegan saw Glen kneeling in a heart he had drawn in the sand with a sparkling diamond ring in his hand. Meegan was in shock, but still managed to say ‘Yes’. 

The couple chose a winery for both their wedding and reception venue. They particularly liked the fact that all the electricity used in the winery, accommodation and cellar door is generated through solar and wind power. Choosing to stay together on the night before their wedding, Meegan and Glen agree that it was very special to wake up with one another on their wedding morning. 

Meegan and her bridesmaids spent the morning decorating the ceremony site with straw bales, doilies, lanterns, antique soda bottles, Batlow apples, birds and hydrangeas freshly picked from Glen’s parents’ house. However, the weather was far from kind during the ceremony. 

The pair struggled to say their vows through gale force winds and Glen’s ring was blown out of Meegan’s hand into the grass. Fortunately the ring was safely recovered after a frantic search by the bride and her sister! 

Following a fun photo shoot in the winery grounds, it was time for the reception, and Meegan and her bridesmaids donned cowgirl boots and hats and performed a line-dance to get the party started. 

Much to the delight of their guests, the couple had a table decorated with photographs from their parents and grandparents’ weddings at the reception. Other decorations included a vintage typewriter and a gorgeous birdcage with delightful tea light candles. 

As Glen’s grandparents had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary the previous year, Meegan thought it was important to recognise this significant event on their own special day. So, instead of throwing her bouquet, she presented it to Glen’s delighted grandmother. 

Ceremony Venue
Straw Bales 02 4423 2359
Reception Venue
Engagement Rings Crown Diamond Jewellers, 02 4227 6224
Wedding Rings Claringbold's Fine Jewellery, 02 4464 3330
Bridal Gown
Bridal Shoes
Bridal Accessories
Bridesmaids' Gowns
Men's Suits
Florist Cherry Rose Blooms 02 4225 7722
Decorations made by the bride, family & friends
Entertainment Sam & Adrian James 0425 327 058

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Open Weekend at Hopewood Country House

November 26 & 27th from 10am–4pm is the Christmas Open Weekend at Hopewood Country House. Showcasing the latest in Christmas décor, homewares and soft furnishings… all you need for summer entertaining! The Pavilion cafe will be open serving light refreshments and the 11 acres of gardens are the perfect place to share a picnic.

Following the open weekend they will also be open from 10am–4pm each Thursday until December 15th for those last minute Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Milton Park

Milton Park crowns its own hilltop woodland estate of more than 300 acres which offers views to the horizon in every direction over gardens that are arguably the Highland’s finest. Offering luxurious accommodation, a beautiful ballroom, fine cuisine and impeccable service in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication.
The heart of the hotel is a superbly restored mansion built by the Hordern family of retailing and pastoral fame. Milton Park is still a home for its guests, sufficiently expansive to afford privacy and intimate enough to meet the individual wishes of every visitor. Its art and antiques sit as comfortably in its sitting rooms as do its house guests in large engulfing lounges and armchairs before open fires.
Stroll through the morning mist, play tennis or croquet, swim in the magnificent pool house or treating yourself at Milton Park’s superb new day spa. Milton Park effortlessly becomes your country estate, offering an unrivalled wedding experience.

Visit Milton Park

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bless Your Wedding With History

With so many historic churches to choose from in the Southern Highlands there is sure to be one that meets your requirements for a beautiful historic backdrop to your special day. Many of the historic churches are located in village surroundings, harking back to the days of the quaint old English village church ringing its bells to beckon the townsfolk to the wedding that was about to begin. 

You can add this country charm to your wedding by booking a Southern Highlands historic church well ahead of your planned date – they are ever so popular. Some of the better known churches are :
• Holy Trinity Berrima – a classic Anglican sandstone dating back 156 years.
• St Francis Xavier Berrima – a picturesque Catholic church that is a photographer’s favourite, located in the village of Sutton Forest.
• St Johns Robertson (Anglican) – in the heart of the village.
• St Judes Bowral (Anglican) – a larger historic church with an extensive church yard including a majestic presbytery and gardens.
• St Davids Burrawang (Anglican) – has a magical hilltop setting just outside the village perimeter.
• St Johns Moss Vale (Anglican) – is not quite as old as the classic sandstones, but is an attractive and well-located church. 

There are many other churches in the Highlands including a number that have heritage importance but are no longer used for regular services. It’s best to enquire at the Visitor Information Centre at Mittagong on 1300 657 559 or 02 4871 2888 to establish what churches are available and who to contact. 

Some of the decommissioned churches may be available for photographic opportunities. Many of these are classic country churches located in areas such as Kangaloon, Glenquarry and High Range. These locations are only a 15 minute drive away from reception venues in the Highlands.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pretty Pastels

Create a pale pastel wedding that enchants your guests and suggests the first buds of spring. For a dreamy, romantic touch choose a bouquet of pretty pastel blooms, like this stunning boquet from The Bowral Florist. The soft hues of cream, green and purple will look beautiful against the white of your dress…

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Decadent High Tea at Fountaindale Grand Manor

Fountaindale Grand Manor hosts a Decadent High Tea every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm, which includes fresh out of the oven scones, cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and sparkling wine. You can enjoy the High Tea and unique atmosphere for only $28 per person, with children under 12 half price.

Devonshire Tea
Daily from 10am – 5pm
$15 per person
Fresh out of the Oven Scones with Jam & Cream
with Silver Service Tea & Coffee
Minimum Booking 10 People
High Tea
Sundays from 2pm – 5pm
$28 per person
A Decedent 3 Tiered Plate with fresh out of the Oven Scones
Finger Sandwiches, Cakes & Pastries 
with Silver Service Tea & Coffee and a Glass of Sparkling Wine.
Minimum Booking 2 People

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars

Contact Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars for all wedding car and guest transport needs for your very important day. Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars are the Highland’s most popular wedding car organisers, offering professional, uniformed chauffeurs, classic Rolls Royce, modern limousines, people movers and mini buses with complimentary champagne. Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars have the ability to meet any special requests you may have and are at your service for your very special day. 

Visit Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars or call 0400 921 239.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wedding Looks - High Society

Your Event Solution has everything you need to create the perfect wedding. They have a great range of products to suit any wedding theme and style. How about a wedding that just epitomises class?! Featuring a beautiful waterlily pond, edged with an exotic collection of feature plants, will add a stunning talking point to a formal wedding reception. Festooned with flowering vines, the roman columns are classically stylish and superbly functional, supporting a silk-lined marquee with long rectangular tables, covered in crisp white linen and ivory runners and complimented by delicious centre-pieces of fresh fruit and finished with hundreds of twinkling fairy lights.

Friday, October 28, 2011

M&B Food and Catering

Your wedding day is a special occasion, so must be the food and catering. The team at M&B Food and Catering really do deliver experiences; their knowledge and passion for creating a truly unique wedding will ensure your big day remains a memorable one for you and your guests. M&B Food and Catering have the expertise to design a bespoke food and beverage menu that will add that individual and distinctive touch to your special event.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Manning Motel

The Manning Motel provides boutique accommodation in Bowral, offering executive or queen rooms. Set on a quiet two hectares, with courtyards and a large private parking area this is the perfect accommodation for those guests traveling interstate or for the bridal party. Only a short walk to Bowral’s cafes and shopping precinct, The Manning Motel is centrally located to many wedding venues with the superb Biota Restaurant on-site. Late checkouts are available by arrangement as well as group bookings.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The 2012 Illawarra/Southern Highlands Edition


We are delighted to announce the launch of the fabulous new 2012 Illawarra and Southern Highlands edition of The Bride’s Diary. With over 370 pages of great wedding ideas, it's our most stylish edition yet! And, we are also celebrating 10 years as the Illawarra and Southern Highlands' leading wedding magazine!

In this stunning 10th Anniversary edition you’ll find all the etiquette and advice you need to plan the perfect wedding, as well as the region's best wedding service providers, including photography, bridal fashion and accessories, reception venues, transport, and more. 

In this edition you will find the opportunity to win a fabulous honeymoon to Sanctuary Rarotonga & Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, valued at $7700.00! You simply must enter!

Other features include:
• A new and improved What’s New section where we review the latest fab products
• Stunning Real Life Wedding profiles sure to inspire
• The Art of Romance – our superb jewellery feature
• Great styling ideas – 4 new divine colour themes
• Stunning reception venues
• Photographer’s favourite wedding image for 2012
• Australia’s most comprehensive wedding planner – also new and improved!
• Calendars, notes, checklists
• and so much more…

Our annual decorating shoot feature four gorgeous seasonal colour themes that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what season your special day will be held in. If you are planning a spring wedding you are sure to be inspired by Spring Carnival – our vibrant and vivid red and white theme. Our Summer Soirée theme will inspire the contemporary bride with fresh and modern styling in hues of grey and yellow. Autumn is a fabulous season for a rich and striking palette, and our Autumn Morning theme brings you warm, inviting colours for a wedding breakfast theme. Or for a winter wedding our Winter Banquet theme indulges the senses with a sumptuous colour palette and rich textures.

With over 370 inspirational pages, The Bride’s Diary is a ‘must-have’ publication for anyone planning a wedding in the Illawarra or Southern Highlands of New South Wales, so be sure to drop in to your local newsagent or visit our online store to order your copy today.

Visit The Bride's Diary to find out more about the new edition, including details on how you can get a copy today!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Melbourne Cup at Biota Dining

Celebrate the race that stops the nation at Biota Dining on Tuesday 1st November. Enjoy a race day inspired spring menu, bubbles on arrival and catch the action of Australias greatest horse race on the big screen. 

Lunch starts from $90 for 2 courses or $105 for 3 courses. If a lounge party is more your style, rally up your friends and prepare to party in the bar lounge, courtyard and gardens. Beverages and canapes included as well as live music all for $90pp. 

For bookings contact Biota Dining on 02 4862 2005 or email

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tree Tops Guesthouse

Tree Tops Guesthouse offers guests an opportunity to go back in time and experience the hospitality and fun of a bygone era... gracious living, rambling country gardens, old fashioned hospitality and a place to call home in the Southern Highlands. Open fires crackle, scruptious smells waft from the kitchen and rambling sandstone paths invite you to discover secluded spots in the garden to sit and relax.

The guesthouse offers 2 comfortable sitting rooms with open fire places, a large conference room and a covered veranda. All rooms have oil heaters and electric blankets and there is free tea or coffee making facilities in our TV lounge. Traditional country breakfasts are a specialty of Tree Tops Country Guest House and are included in the tariff. 
Make Tree Tops Guesthouse your choice of accommodation for your bridal party, close friends and family. Offering a range of accommodation options: the main guest house has 8 standard rooms with queen or double beds and shower ensuites, 3 twin rooms with shower ensuites and 4 deluxe spa suites with superior bathrooms and a large 2-person corner spa bath.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Classic Country Romance

Tracy & Gregory Thomas • 2nd April, 2011

Tracy and Greg first met nearly ten years ago at a bar during a night out with mutual friends. Soon after, they became inseparable and, as they say, the rest is history… 

By 2009, the couple was living in London. It was nearly Christmas and they were out celebrating with friends when suddenly Greg went down on one knee and asked Tracy for her hand in marriage. The spontaneous proposal took Tracy completely by surprise, and she was in shock for the rest of the night! After numerous telephone calls and Skype sessions later in the night, the ecstatic pair finally shared their news with family and friends at home in Australia. 

Returning to Australia in 2010, it was time for the wedding planning to begin. Keen on the idea of a destination wedding, Tracy and Greg decided on one of the most popular wedding locations in Australia – the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. To make the most of the Highland landscape’s glorious palette of colours, the couple opted for an autumn wedding date, and selected the historic and beautiful St Francis Xavier Church in Berrima for their ceremony. 

On the eve of the wedding, Tracy, her bridesmaids and her family stayed at Millewa Country Home. Together they relaxed with champagne and enjoyed dinner and a delightful gourmet platter. Millewa was perfect for Tracy’s large family, and also proved to be a wonderful setting for photos the next day. 

When it was time to get ready, Tracy was thrilled to finally step into her stunning Johanna Johnson gown, and to put on her carefully selected accessories. Surrounded by her bridesmaids, all looking lovely in their elegant dresses, the picture was complete when the bridal party’s beautiful bouquets of roses, freesias, lizzies and white berries arrived. 

With one of Tracy’s bridesmaid’s pregnant belly growing bigger by the day, Cheveaux’s Karen Millen dress had to be altered to accommodate her ‘plus one’ in the lead up to the wedding. Dressmaker Peter Bartlett cleverly added some extra room to the dress, whilst retaining the gorgeous asymmetrical shoulder detail. 

Arriving at the church fashionably late, in London Cabs, after a very funny run-in with a flooded causeway, the ceremony began with Tracy’s proud father leading her down the aisle to her future husband. Pachelbel’s Canon was beautifully played by a string trio. After an emotional ceremony, the bridal party was whisked off for a photo shoot while the couple’s guests arrived at the Centennial Vineyard reception venue to be greeted by a bagpiper playing at the top of Centennial’s impressive tower. 

To everyone’s delight, the ambience was absolutely magical. Tracy and Greg wanted their reception to feel like a wonderfully intimate dinner party, and their clever choice of candles and crystals set the scene perfectly. Tracy and her mother spent months collecting crystal bowls and pin trays from charity stores and they proved to be perfect bases for the candles at the reception. 

Decorations from the church were used again at the reception with the flower swag and floral pew decorations used over the fireplace to stunning effect. 

After a delicious dinner, hilarious speeches and lots of happy tears, Tracy and Greg cut their elegant cake before dancing the night away. One of the evening’s highlights was their choreographed dance to Pulp Fiction’s ‘Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon’. 

Tracy and Greg’s gorgeous two-tier wedding cake by Sweet Art featured classic art déco piping, pretty sugar flower decorations and three delightful flavours:?a layer of chocolate mud at the bottom, then carrot and walnut above, while the top was finished off with a delicious layer of white chocolate cake. 

With guests still talking about the day, and commenting on the excellent food and wine, the couple are delighted that the event they created was intimate, fun, and warm, and agree that it was one of the happiest moments of their lives – made all the more special because it was shared with family and friends from near and far. 

Ceremony Venue St Francis Xavier, Berrima
Reception Venue
Wedding Rings
Bridal Gown
Bridal Shoes
Bridal Accessories
Bridesmaids' Gowns
Dress Maker Peter Bartlett 02 4229 6979
Men's Suits and 
Hair & Pampering by Zoe Blackburn Hair & Essential MediSpa 02 4228 4433
Entertainment by Clear Strings, Renae Zink 0408 443 585 and
Honeymoon at Cook Islands

Friday, October 7, 2011

Yallambee Bed & Breakfast

Yallambee is a delightful stylish modern bed and breakfast sitting centrally on an acre of terraced gardens and has an outlook over the tree tops of the Morton National Park. Featuring three large double guest rooms sleep up to six adults in contemporary comfort, Yallambee is the perfect accommodation on the night of your big day or for you and your bridal party to get ready. 

Two large guest bedrooms are situated on the upper floor of the guest wing. The north room has a queen bed, large ensuite with luxurious bath and shower, a single sofa bed and has views of the nearby National Park. The south room has a king size bed, a shower ensuite and views through the silver birch grove to the National Park. The third room is privately located off the dining room and has a queen bed, double day bed that makes it very flexible for a young family, a shower ensuite and a lovely outlook over the lawns to the gardens.
All rooms are well appointed with quality linen, bathrobes, ironing facilities and hairdryer. The beds are fitted with electric blankets, and there are additional blankets, and extra feather/hard pillows available in each room.

Visit Yallambee