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.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Rose Collection

The Rose collection is Rustic Chic at it's best. Pretty, natural, and romantic, this collection has it all! Choose from a range of colours to suit your theme and make it your own!

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