Thursday, December 27, 2012

Say Yes to the Wedding You've Always Dreamed Of

Whether you have opted for a romantic garden wedding or a celebration under the stars, you can trust Your Event Solution to help you create the ideal setting for your special day. 

Their reputation for excellence is built on a foundation of exceptional service, artistic flair and attention to detail. They have a wide range of silk-lined marquees, clear pavilions, chairs, tables, glassware, crockery, décor and audio-visual equipment available for hire. 

Your Event Solution has worked with hundreds of couples over the years, creating beautiful weddings that don't compromise. Your Event Solution offer a full planning, set-up and pull-down service, in addition to providing a wide range of products. The contemporary product range is on trend, so you can create the wedding you have always dreamed of!

Servicing Sydney, the Southern Highlands and the South Coast.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

Gibraltar Hotel is nestled amongst stunning pine trees on 100 acres in Bowral, on the NSW Southern Highlands. Just 90 minutes drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra, its locality, genuine feel and uniqueness makes it the perfect retreat for any celebration and getaway.

The hotel consists of 76 guest suites and offers a range of onsite facilities and services, including day spa, hair and make-up, modern bar/dining, golf course, and an onsite wedding co-ordinator.

The onsite co-ordinator can help take care of every detail, or for brides who prefer a hands-on approach, your co-ordinator is there to help execute your vision.

Couples can choose to have their ceremony outside on the scenic grounds, or in the gallery with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Mt Gibraltar. There are many options for reception spaces and break-out ‘pre’ and ‘post’ party areas.

The boutique salon, The Grooming Lounge, resides within Gibraltar Hotel for hair and make-up. Their professional team listens to the individual and works with a premium product range. The Bowral Day Spa features therapies from Aboriginal Dreamtime, using an Australian spa care range. An ideal pamper for bridal parties, guest groups, couples or even single bookings.

Gibraltar Hotel is the perfect location for weddings, ceremonies and events – all you need under one roof. The hotel provides you with an elegant backdrop and stress-free environment to ensure that you and your guests are well looked after. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa Clause is Coming To Town... So Celebrate With Christmas Carols in the Southern Highlands!

Celebrate Christmas with family and friends in the Southern Highlands, and enjoy the festive season with some Christmas carols. 

Date: Thu 13 Dec 
Venue: Bradman Oval (Glebe Park), St Jude St, Bowral Contact Details: 
Phone us on: 4861 4546 
email us: 

Celebrate the season. Come sing with us... Bring a picnic! Come along for a picnic from 6:00pm and Carols start at 7:15pm Bowral Family Carols is a great night for the family, bring a picnic blanket and food and enjoy the entertainment to celebrate Christmas 2012. Visit

Date: Sat 15 Dec 
Venue: Lake Alexandra, Mittagong 

Carols by the Lake returns to Lake Alexandra!! 5pm till 9pm. This is a FREE event. So far the following have been have confirmed: The fabulous band and choir from Mittagong Public School will be performing, and the school's Principal, Mr Mansfield has approved the students involvement in making the hundreds of lanterns that will be released onto the lake after dark. The Highland Singers will be there, as well as the St Stephen's Church Band. The talented Bronwyn Kenny will be Jazzing up the evening while you treat yourself to a scrumptious sausage sizzle or steak sandwich run by St Stephen's Church. The lovely ladies at the CWA will be selling their special Christmas cupcakes too. Last minute Christmas shopping will be helped along with a Twilight Market being held featuring local artisans and fine handmade crafts. 

For further information regarding what's on in the Southern Highlands this month, visit Southern Highlands Tourism.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Brown Shutter

Visit The Brown Shutter in the historic township of Berrima, in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales. 

The eclectic store will delight you as you meander through the historic cottage location. 

The Brown Shutter specialises in a huge range of quality gifts, decorations and accessories for you and your home. Beautiful gifts: silk flowers, picture frames, men’s gifts, scarves, jewellery, caneware, furniture, lamps, gift cards and much, much more. 

You will find gifts for everyone! The Brown Shutter offer warm, friendly and professional service. Why not take a trip to the beautiful town of Berrima and get lost in the wonderful products on offer in store.

The Brown Shutter is located on the Hume Highway, Berrima. To enquire, phone 02 4877 1211.

Monday, November 26, 2012

endota spa Certified Organic Skincare

Down to earth ingredients, heavenly results...

Many factors contribute to every ‘take me home, I am spa in a jar’ endota product –feedback from thousands of genius endota spa clients, the combined wisdom of endota spa therapists across Australia and down to earth certified organic ingredients by the spoonful to name just a few.

Why Organic?

endota takes a whole-environment approach to sustainability and wellbeing. Their dedication to organic formulation is no passing whim. They insist on organic production because it protects customers’ health by keeping harmful additives away from skin. Being organic means when endota skincare is washed off it slips harmlessly back into our waterways, protecting Australia’s precious water supply.

Fast Facts: 

endota skincare has a 2 year shelf life (unopened). All packaging is 100% recyclable. Not tested on animals. Australian grown ingredients. Certified organic by OFC.

endota skincare contains no:
  • mineral oil – mineral oils may suffocate the skin by forming an oily film which resticts the ability to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide 
  • sls & sles – research has shown that these ingredients may cause potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins. 
  • parabens – (preservative) potentially carcinogenic. synthetc dies and fragrances
Visit endota spa.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Affair With George

Flowers are a fundamental part of any event, each telling its own story, made up of unique details to reflect your style. Affair with George is a floral design studio dedicated to providing a personalised service of the highest standards in weddings, events and corporate styling. With a love for beautiful things and attention to detail, Affair with George can design and create gorgeous flowers to suit your style and budget.

It's a good idea to start thinking about your flowers early in the planning of your big day.  This provides the opportunity to consult with each client to discuss individual needs and establish an overall design aesthetic.

Each wedding is unique in its own way, offering new and exciting possibilities, as everyone's vision of their day is different.

For beautiful flowers for your special day, contact Affair With George today for an obligation-free consultation. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

endota spa... Calling all Brides-to-be!

If you or someone in your circle are busy planning a last hurrah or wedding day then add a visit to endota spa to the ‘to do’ list. endota offer skin consultations and make-up trials, and of course plenty of indulgent treatments to get the bridal party prepped and ready to shine. For all wedding receptions booked at Peppers Craigieburn or Peppers Manor House where they have spas on-site, the bride-to-be will receive a complimentary make-up trial. endota spa would love to help make your special day even more sublime.

It is the season to be glowing and the 
endota spa team are here to help. Slide in for tandota special where you will be given a scrub and glow treatment and an organic spray tan application for only $110 (normally $155). The endota spa organic spray tan delivers an even, natural-looking tan and includes ingredients like walnut shell, witchhazel and sea kelp. Why salon when you can day spa?
Visit endota spa for further information. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What's On In September At Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

Spring in the Highlands is glorious, but we don’t need to tell you that! At the Gibraltar, Spring heralds the arrival of Wedding Season.

September also sees the arrival of Gibraltar's new Sunday Sessions on the terrace at Harvey’s. Featuring a line up of fantastic acts including Ella’s Holiday, local ABC Radio host Nick Rheinberger and the talents of Darren Powell and Geoff Harvey, the Sunday sessions are sure to become an institution, what better way to while away a few hours of sunshine than enjoying a drink while listening to great music?

September school holidays are looming and Gibraltar will be putting together some great stay and play packages for locals and visitors alike!

Finally, saving the best until last ... September sees the return of After Dark with their first comedy night! On Saturday September 29 After Dark is presenting the Comedy All Stars – Fiona O’Louglin, Dave O’Neil and Mikey Robins. As comedy line-ups go it doesn’t get much better than that! This show will sell out – two course dinner and show tickets are just $95 and show only tickets are $45.

Spring has sprung everyone, get out and about and start enjoying it! 

Visit Gibraltar for more information.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pre-Wedding Perfection at Endota Spa

The main endota spa, in Merrigang St Bowral, offers sublime spa massages, Dermalogica/organic facials and spa body treatments from five soothing treatment rooms. The rooms include three stunning singles, one dreamy double room for couples treatments, plus one spa-sational group treatment room for corporate groups, bridal parties, hen’s days and girls get-togethers with food and beverages.

endota spa makes for a perfect girl's day out or hen's party! Professional therapists treat visitors to massage, facials, beauty services and extended day spa treatments.

endota also have two hotel day spas in the Southern Highlands; at Peppers Manor House and Peppers Craigeburn. 

Visit endota in central Bowral, or call for bookings at all three day spa locations.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Little Forest

In the Southern Highlands you will discover Little Forest – a historic forty acre property featuring five enchanting country cottages available for short or long stays. Little Forest is perfect for romantic country weddings, conferences, workshops and events; with a unique, enclosed gazebo function room and an all-weather marquee.

The team at Little Forest will use their experience and local knowledge to put together a perfect package to suit your wedding or event. The unique gazebo function room is bookable by the hour and is perfect for a romantic and unforgettable wedding, with beautiful stained glass windows and wide decks looking over the water. The gazebo is fully enclosed and heated and will comfortably seat over twelve. 

There is a fully enclosed all-weather marquee at Little Forest. The marquee accommodates 170 seated and many more for more informal occasions. There is also the charming Mary's Rotunda, set amongst the trees in the Orchard, perfect for an intimate outdoor ceremony. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Your Wedding at Fountaindale Grand Manor

Fountaindale Grand Manor and Ranelagh Gardens is a stunning and secluded estate provides you with the perfect wedding venue for your special day. From its elevated position, it commands breathtaking views of the valleys below, all the way to the ocean.
Take your vows on the beautifully manicured lawn, or in the Grand Ballroom. The stained glass windows and polished floorboards of the ballroom are reminiscent of its chapel days. So versatile a venue, Fountaindale book both options for you to accommodate the weather. 

Fountaindale offer a wide range of cuisine for all your wedding reception needs and will tailor the menu to suit the wishes of the bride and groom. The Grand Dining Room can accommodate up to 150 guests with the Ballroom available for dancing. Best of all, the Manor can accommodate your guests for the night or the whole weekend. 

Fountaindale understand the importance of making your day truly memorable and as perfect as possible. All of their wedding packages are tailored to suit your individual needs and wishes, and the team will offer only the most personal service.  

You are spoilt for choice at Fountaindale, as this stunning and secluded estate provides you with the perfect wedding venue for your perfect day. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Flowers are one of the most important elements in ‘setting the scene’ for your big day. Georgia Davies, chief floral designer of Ka-Bloom, is committed to making sure that your wedding flowers represent your personality and style and achieves this by getting to know you and your vision for your wedding. 

Ka-Bloom is an award-winning supplier of bridal flowers and will make sure that your wedding ceremony and reception are adorned with perfectly beautiful floral designs! 

Ka-Bloom place a lot of emphasis on the consultation process and will happily meet you at work or home at your convenience. They cover all of greater Sydney, Southern Highlands and the South Coast.

Visit Ka-Bloom

Friday, April 20, 2012

Diecut Table Numbers From Weddingstar

Diecut Table Numbers are a classy way to integrate the table numbers into your décor. Create a unique table number display by applying these Classic static cling numbers to plates, vases or any other non-porous surface.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera Skills

After great success first time round Holly Treadaway's hands-on photography course 'Beyond Auto - Mastering your digital SLR camera skills' is back! Complement your SLR camera by investing in some useful knowledge and practical skills from a true professional. 

Enjoy a 5 week course running fin Saturdays 9-1pm, starting May 12th through to June 9th, 2012 costing $560. The course will be held at Kazcare Education Facilities Kirkham Road, Bowral.

In this course you will learn how to: use your camera manuall, achieve your desired results, create memorable images, confidence and understanding. For a 10% discount enrol by 30th April, 2012 or bring/enrol a friend. Classes are limited to ten people so book early.

Visit Holly Treadaway or phone 0408 205 519

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Engagement Shoot by Something Unique Photography

We love Scott and Shannon's beautiful engagement shoot captured by the talented Something Unique Photography. Shot in the Botanic Gardens at Wollongong, South beach and the Courthouse, these gorgeous images really show Scott and Shannon's love for each other.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Anna Blackman Images

One of our favourite images from the very talented Anna Backman Images is this stunning shot…

“Love isn’t scared of rain, love laughs in the face of rain! You don’t need to see Mitch’s face to know he is smiling at his gorgeous, crazy wife, dancing in the rain, thinking “thank God she chose me!” That’s what is great about photos, the good ones tell the best stories. You don’t need us to explain it to you – you feel it! We love our job – how lucky are we to get to share in these magic moments!” – Anna Blackman, Anna Blackman Images

To be an excellent photographer takes more than just learning the techniques involved in image making. To truly capture the essence of your subject, you need a passion for your work and a love of people. Anna Blackman Images have a team of award-winning, professional photographers eager to capture the chemistry of your wedding day, and to tell the story of the best day of your life, in pictures! Anna is past NSW President and National Vice President of the Australian Professional Photography Association and is an AIPP Triple Master of Photography.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sylvan Glen

Sylvan Glen is the perfect setting for an intimate country wedding. Located in the Southern Highlands the property is set on 60 acres surrounded by woodland, water and a vineyard. 

Enjoy a celebration that lasts the whole weekend where you can enjoy your special time in relaxation. With the homestead your own, prepare on Friday with an intimate dinner with family and friends, then after the big day, invite your guests back on Sunday for a delicious brunch and catch up.

There are a number of churches at nearby Bundanoon or you can hold your ceremony on the grounds at Sylvan Glen. Say your vows in the gardens where the 100-year-old fruit trees that form an arch over a gravel isle that leads to an arbour decorated in vines and flowers, overlooking the golf course. There is plenty of room for guests to sit on white chairs or stand to enjoy the proceedings.

For an intimate celebration the function room can cater for up to 140 guests in air-conditioned comfort with spectacular panoramic views from the deck, and featuring large open windows for a sophisticated yet relaxed feel. The permanent marquee provides more options for a dance floor and the fairy lights in the roof make a dramatic display.

Visit Sylvan Glen

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Luxurious Southern Highlands Country Retreat

Millewa is a luxurious Southern Highlands country retreat for all seasons, with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, it's just 1 hour and 15 minutes drive southwest of Sydney.

Sleeping up to 11 guests with the option of an additional two guests in the private Possum Cottage, Millewa is situated on over 2 acres of mature gardens and manicured lawns. Delightful outdoor entertaining is made possible with terraces, patios and timber decks offering magnificent views of the surrounding grounds and the variety of birds and wildlife that visit the property. 
Millewa also offers an indoor heated mineral pool and spa that utilises the latest in pool technology. Odourless, environmentally friendly and virtually free of synthetic chemicals, Millewa's Magnapool will feel like heaven for your skin, and with solar and gas heating, you can enjoy the Magnapool at any time of the year.
With all the conveniences of a modern home, including a Bose sound system both indoors and out, central heating, HD televisions and iPod docking areas, you will also love the elegant country touches too. The drawing room and the bar – complete with a baby grand piano – are magnificent rooms for you to unwind in, while the floodlit all-weather tennis court will also provide hours of entertainment.
Visit Millewa

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty


Enhance your individual, natural beauty at Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty. The skilled and passionate therapists, treatment menu, serene and beautifully appointed space, combined with exceptional Environ skin care products create a luxurious experience. 

From manicures and pedicures, waxing and tinting, non-surgical vitamin infusion facial treatments and body wraps, to bridal make-up and spray tanning, Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty welcome the opportunity to look after you and your bridal party. All bridal make-up is applied using professional cosmetics, for a flawless complexion that photographs beautifully.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Gibraltar Hotel

From the moment you arrive at Gibraltar Hotel you will fall in love all over again and say ‘I Do’! From the sweeping views of Mount Gibraltar to the beat of the music at Harvey’s Bar – you are sure to have a wedding party to remember forever.  

Set on 100 acres of Gibraltar Country Club’s picturesque 18-hole Golf Course, Gibraltar is truly the Southern Highlands’ premier wedding destination. With 76 beautifully appointed, luxury suites, the indulgent Bowral Day Spa, The Grooming Lounge and much, much more, Gibraltar caters for your every need all under one roof.
From beautiful, intimate weddings, to the most lavish of affairs, Gibraltar Hotel delivers the best in quality and service every time. The magnificent Gallery, with its own cathedral organ is a unique space to hold your ceremony. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Mount Gibraltar make a stunning backdrop for photographs before moving to the Terrace for champagne and canapés – the perfect intimate start to your wedding.
Gibraltar’s magnificent ballroom, styled for you, creates a beautiful reception full of fun and laughter and a wedding that will be remembered for years. And, once the dancing is over, continue the party in Harvey’s Bar.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Story of Us" Wedding Guest Book

Personalise this unique guest book alternative with your very own love story! Fill the pages with the story of your first date, how he proposed, your family trees and so much more. Your guests can read your "Story of Us" then sign in the guest book space at the back of the book. It also includes a small hidden compartment suitable for a few select keepsakes such as your something blue or sentimental marriage vows.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TaleChasers Photography

One of our favourite images from the very talented wedding photographer, TaleChasers Photography, is this gorgeous shot…

“I love that couples feel comfortable enough with me to be themselves and relaxed enough to display genuine affection for each other, which makes even the staged shots real. This glamorous autumn wedding was such a highlight for me because despite the weather, the couple and their party enjoyed the day so much. We had lots of laughs and made the most of the gorgeous venues and locations they had chosen. It was hard to choose just one, but I love everything about this shot, even the rain drops on his shoulder as he shields her from the rain.” – Simone Gardiner, TaleChasers Photography

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Day on the Green Celebrates Classic Oz rock

The national concert series A Day on the Green celebrates classic Oz rock with a mighty big bang on Sunday March 25 at Centennial Vineyards in Bowral. 

Noiseworks, Ian Moss, Richard Clapton, Dragon, 1927 and Choirboys will perform in a five hour musical feast; a celebration of the Australian rock music history they have so vibrantly helped define.

To cater for so many hits, the concert will run earlier than usual with gates opening at 1:00pm, music from 1:30pm and Noiseworks finishing at 8:10pm so you can return home at a reasonable hour on a Sunday night. 

The concert will be all general admission, so with good food and wine and your favourite deck chair, a magnificent location, classic rock all day long and tickets at just $89 you are guaranteed value-for-money.

Front Reserved Area General Admission: $125 plus booking fee. General Admission: $89 plus booking fee. There are no Reserved seats available for this show except for Concert & Dining Packages (call Centennial Vineyards on 02 4861 8701 for Concert & Dining Packages). 

For ticket and accommodation packages, call Southern Highlands Tourist Office 1300 657 559, visit Southern Highlands or Ticket Master

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Celebration Sundays at Biota Dining

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Celebrations Sundays is coming up again at Biota Dining. On the last Sunday of every month, with the next one being this Sunday 26 February, Biota Dining offer a feast for family and friends. 

Celebration Sundays includes Redleaf Farm suckling pig, a selection of share plates and garden salads, pastry suprises, lawn sports and cocktails on arrival. 

It is $55 per person and $28 for children 3-13 years of age. Bookings are essential so call 02 4862 2005.

Also, check out Gastronomous Anonymous's review on her visit to Celebration Sundays in January earlier this year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Picnic Garden Party Themed Wedding

The great outdoors, food, drink, conversation, toes in the grass, birds chirping in the trees… who doesn't love a picnic? Weddingstar have all you need to create the ultimate picnic garden party wedding! From favors to table decorations your outdoor wedding will be truly inspiring.

These Sweet Miniture Picnic Basket come with solid detachable lids and double handles. Fill them and finish with a ribbon and card – a simple way to make it co-ordinate with your colour scheme.

This adorable Miniature Gnome complete with polka dot hat and sign will add a little magic to your tables. Place amougnst your centre-piece or as a favour for each of your guests.

These cute Love Bug candles with heart shape spots are marked for love. Personalised with your names and wedding date for a favour or use these adorable candles as decorations.

Incorporate these Natural Rock Place Cards into your table setting. Each stone is etched on one side to accommodate a place card with your guests name.Or use them in your centre-pieces to hold photos or menus.

Give a special thank you to your guests by adding a potted plant, an artificial flower, or a tea light candle to this Mini Flower Pot.

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