Thursday, December 22, 2011

Season's Greetings…

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

'Tis the Season for Giving… Clarins

With Christmas fast approaching (yes, it's a little over 2 weeks away!!) it's time to really start thinking about the special people in your life, and the ways in which you are going to spoil them with a special Christmas gift…

Here's a couple of gift ideas from Clarins, perfect for the special ladies in your life…

Skin Illuminators – Vital Light Collection
• Vital Light Day Illuminating Anti-Ageing Cream 50ml
• Vital Light Night Revitalising Anti-Ageing Comfort Cream 15ml
• Vital Light Serum 10ml
• Gold champagne vanity purse

Captivating Luxuries Collection
• Eau des Jardins Fragrance 100ml
• Eau des Jardins Delicious Body Cream 100ml
• Hand & Nail Treatment Cream 30ml
Skin Replenishes – Super Restoratives Collection
• Super Restoratives Day Cream 50ml
• Super Restoratives Night Wear 15ml
• Super Restoratives Serum 10ml
• Gold champagne vanity purse
Visit Clarins

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wooden Memory Note Box by Weddingstar

The Memory Box from Weddingstar presents an easily personalised alternative to the traditional guest book. Two different styles of stationery are available which will nestle perfectly inside the box, or alternatively continue on with the whole theme of your wedding and match it with stationery and colour theme. 

Leave the paper out for your guests to write their own personal message on. When completed each piece will be placed inside the keepsake box. A sign is supplied which will ensure that yours guests know exactly what to do. 

The finished memento is a richly coloured wooden box containing the well wishes and advice from all those that attended your wedding day. Both stylish and sturdy, the Memory Box will stand the test of time and hold the precious memories to be enjoyed in years to com!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, December 2, 2011

Alana Aston Photography…


With the warm, sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and a myriad of other stunning locations, Queensland is a fabulous state to have your wedding in. And, if you are looking for a creative and unique wedding photographer, then make sure you check out Alana Aston Photography

Alana Aston Photography uses light, colour and composition to perfectly capture the precious moments of your day in all their beauty. They believe in less poses and more natural romance. Alana Aston Photography's passion has driven them to provide these professional services at an affordable, up-front price. Every package includes the DVD of edited high resolution images, so that you have the freedom to share, print and enlarge the digital files as you wish! 

Below are a selection of my favourite images – visit Alana Aston Photography to view the gallery. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Wedding in Perth


Perth is a lovely city full of exiting wedding locations – from chic and cosmopolitan city venues to gorgeous seaside locations. Or perhaps a quaint country spot or a delightful winery is more your style? 

If you're planning a wedding in Perth, be sure to visit the Perth section of our online Wedding Services Directory. With so many fabulous locations to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect Perth venue for your perfect Perth wedding in our comprehensive directory.

Visit The Bride's Diary and start planning your Perth wedding today.

Image by Imagica.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Style Themes

We know that colour themes and styling ideas are a big part of planning your wedding, and sometimes the task of choosing the right colours can be a little daunting. Over the past few years, we have worked with some of the industry's leading wedding stylists, cake makers, stationers and florists, to put together some amazing colour themes for your inspiration. You'll notice over the next few days that we will continue to upload our exciting image galleries to the BD website.

With so many different themes and colour combinations to choose from, as well as a detailed article about how each theme came together, you will love browsing our very special colour palettes. And, with a comprehensive stockist list at the bottom, we've made sourcing the style elements super easy for you.

Remember too that these themes are not definitive – use these colour palettes and styling ideas as a starting point for your styling, and then add your own personal touches to the theme to make it work for you. This is your chance to be creative and have some fun!

Be sure to grab a copy of your local 2012 edition of The Bride's Diary for our stunning colour themes for the 2012-2013 wedding season – you'll love our interesting take on a breakfast brunch!

Visit The Bride's Diary to read all about our styling themes and be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update this section.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Charming Ideas…

Still on the topic of Christmas gifts and charm bracelets, I have to also share with you my favourite PANDORA charms – they too would make delightful gifts for those special people in your life – Mum, sister, friends…  or you may even just want to treat yourself!!!

Visit PANDORA to find your favourites!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Charms from Tiffany & Co…

 Get into the festive spirit with a too-cute Holiday Charm from Tiffany & Co

Delightful silver charms with enamel detailing in red, baby pink, and of course, Tiffany blue, there are a range of gorgeous designs to choose from – a gingerbread man, winter mittens, a candy cane, and even a Tiffany Blue Box! If you already have a Tiffany Charm bracelet, a Holiday Charm would make the perfect addition to your collection. Or, if you don't have a charm bracelet, maybe this is the perfect time to start one – it's at the top of my Christmas wishlist!!!

Visit Tiffany & Co – if you'd like your order delivered in time for Christmas, be sure to place your order by December 14th!!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Why our BD Brides LOVE The Bride's Diary!!


Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, but with your trusty copy of The Bride's Diary by your side, as well as our fantastic BD website, exciting wedding forums, and oh-so-popular Facebook, Blogs and Twitter pages, you will have all the wedding planning tips, advice and knowledge at your fingertips, ensuring your wedding day will be… simply the best! 

And, with Australia's leading wedding services providers – from bridal fashion to florists, photographers and videographers, cake makers, hair and beauty specialists, transport companies, reception venues and honeymoon destinations and just about everything else in between – promoted within each state and regional edition of The Bride's Diary, you are sure to find all the local help you need to plan your dream wedding in our stunning annual magazine. 

To help you even more in the lead up to your big day, our constantly-updated website has hundreds of wedding planning articles and reviews, as well as a comprehensive Wedding Services Directory to help you find leading wedding professionals in your area. Plus, we know how much brides-to-be love looking at gorgeous wedding inspiration, so be sure to visit our Facebook page regularly – you will just love seeing our compilation of amazing wedding ideas, inspiration, articles, special offers and events from Australia, and throughout the world!

You will also notice that we are adding new albums to our Facebook page and a new and improved Styling Your Wedding section to the BD website – watch this space for more updates as our galleries and articles go live over the next few days!

The Bride's Diary and, plus our Facebook, Blogs and Twitter pages are a hive of exciting wedding activity – be sure to visit us regularly as we just love to keep our BD brides in-the-know with everything that's going on in the world of weddings! And, don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page to ensure you become part of our BD wedding network…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Peel Manor House

Peel Manor House, superbly situated on ten-and-a-half acres of peaceful land in the charming Baldivis region of Western Australia, is the perfect venue for a fairy tale wedding. A delightful country manor exuding great character and charm, you can hold your ceremony and reception at Peel Manor House, and with luxurious accommodation options also available, your guests will be able to stay on and relax after your amazing wedding.

And, with two of Western Australia's best wineries located nearby, and an abundance of farm-fresh produce from the infamous Baldivis region, the experienced and award-winning chef will create a menu that is sure to delight even the most discerning guests!

So if it's a venue that offers the complete wedding package – a stunning location, an abundance of photo opportunities, fantastic food, and gorgeous accommodation – that you desire for your special day for, be sure to visit Peel Manor House today!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stunning New Site…

Our favourite supplier of Australia's finest wedding favours, decorations, gifts and accessories, Weddingstar, has unveiled a spectacular new site, and with its stunning design and gorgeous colour palette, you are sure to find browsing Weddingstar's comprehensive product range more enjoyable then ever before!

Weddingstar is Australia's favourite one-stop shopping experience with everything you need to decorate and accessorise the perfect wedding. The new and improved Weddingstar site features superb large images and a more simplified navigation process – with over 2,800 products to choose from, you are sure to have great fun exploring all the possibilities online.

And, with the new 2012 catalogue due to hit newsstands in February 2012 (that's only two months away!!), stay tuned for the launch of a number of new and exciting wedding products! Be sure to check back regularly as I will keep you posted with the latest news and product releases over the coming weeks…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Hub by David Jones

With Christmas creeping up on us (it's a little over a month away!!), if you haven't already begun your Christmas shopping, it's time to start getting organised! And, with the new David Jones Christmas Hub, getting your Christmas shopping list in order has never been easier.

On the Christmas Hub site, you will find planners and checklists, decorating trends, how-to guides and tips, and of course, hundreds of gift ideas for all your family and friends. In fact, there is even a comprehensive gift finder to ensure you find the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest.

So, be sure to hop online and visit the Christmas Hub by David Jones - much like The Bride's Diary, you are sure to find the Christmas Hub an indispensable tool in the lead up to the Festive Season!

Visit the Christmas Hub

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Planning a Garden Ceremony in Perth?

Here's a fabulous idea! If you dream of an outdoor wedding ceremony in Perth, there is no better place for your special event than the grounds of The University of Western Australia. The setting is in one of the most beautiful in Perth – by the Swan River in Matilda Bay and nearby Kings Park,the gardens and buildings of UWA are listed on the National Heritage Register.

The Sunken Gardens, complete with its walkover bridge and ponds, is set in a delightful amphitheatre with cascading trees over a central paved stage area where you can exchange your vows, while the Tropical Grove boasts dappled light streaming through a circle of immense palm trees surrounding a central gathering place… The hardest part will be deciding!

Sound enticing? Be sure to visit UWA for more information about the fabulous grounds and start planning your dream outdoor wedding in one of Perth's most enchanting locations! 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, November 14, 2011

Exclusive Designer Day @ Tuscany Bridal - 19th November


Perth brides-to-be have the chance to view the latest in bridal fashion and wedding trends at an exclusive designer day to be held at one of Perth's leading bridal fashion houses, Tuscany Bridal.

This exclusive designer preview will be in store for one day only on Saturday 19th November, and includes gowns from Martina Liana, Essense and Ella.

Appointments are essential – be sure to book early to ensure you don't miss this fabulous opportunity to be amongst the first to view gowns from these leading international label's 2012 collections! To arrange an appointment, phone 08 9242 3393.

Visit Tuscany Bridal for more information…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day 2011 - 93rd Anniversary of the Armistice


The hostilities of the First World War came to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice, and it is on this day that we remember our fallen soldiers. After the end of World War II, the name 'Armistice Day' was changed to 'Remembrance Day' and it remains a day where we honour the memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts throughout our history. 

Each year the Department of Veterans’ Affairs produces a commemorative poster for Remembrance Day. This year’s Remembrance Day poster marks the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), commemorated on 10 July 2011. The poster features a central image of an unidentified Petty Officer who had served at least three years at sea during the First World War. This is surrounded by contemporary images honouring the role and contribution of the Royal Australian Navy in Australian wartime history and its strength as part of the Defence Force today.  

Since 1911, the RAN has played an important role both in Australia’s defence and on offensive operations. This began with ships of the RAN assisting in capturing German colonies in the Pacific during the First World War. 

While the RAN lost no surface ships during that conflict, the Second World War proved more costly and involved Australian vessels in regular combat from the Mediterranean, through the Indian Ocean and into the waters around Southeast Asia and northern Australia. 

In Korea, the RAN played a vital role, providing gunfire support for United Nations ground troops, attacking North Korean shore-based positions and employing the Fleet Air Arm in combat operations from the deck of HMAS Sydney. 

During the Vietnam War, the RAN carried troops and provided gunfire against enemy targets on land. Today, members of the RAN are serving in operations in Afghanistan, the Sudan, the Middle East and East Timor, as well as taking in the task of protecting Australia’s borders.

Images are courtesy of the Department of Defence and the Sea Power Centre. Visit the Department of Veteran Affairs for more information. Also, be sure to visit The Bride's Diary for more about the history of Remembrance Day. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Brisbane Polo Club


If it's a sophisticated and oh-so-elegant reception venue in the heart of the city with charming decor and an expert team of wedding professionals ready to assist you in any way possible that you seek for your big day, then the Brisbane Polo Club is the venue for you!

From intimate weddings to grand occasions, the Brisbane Polo Club can offer it all. The club provides an elegant and classic setting for unforgettable weddings. Built in 1889, Naldham House has undergone meticulous refurbishment to National Trust standards. Step inside and you will discover high-panelled ceilings, cedar fittings, a grand timber staircase, antique furniture and leather bound chairs.

We recognise that every reception is different, so our professional team will help tailor your own menus and beverage choices to suit your personal preferences and budget. We pride ourselves on taking care of even the finest details to help make your day unforgettable. A wedding reception at the Brisbane Polo Club will exceed all expectations for you and your guests.

For further information or to view the magnificent facilities, contact the functions department on 07 3229 3287 or visit Brisbane Polo Club

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Calling all Queensland brides-to-be!

Great news for Queensland's brides-to-be… Anna Marie & Mr John is having a huge clearance sale! Stocking leading Australian and international designers and with a stunning new showroom, Anna Marie & Mr John should be high on your must-see list if you are in search of your wedding day fashion. With bridal gowns starting from $200 and bridesmaids' and evening dresses from as little as $99, you are sure to find a gown that you love at a price you love even more! 

Visit Anna Marie & Mr John to see the full list of labels and to read more about the stunning new showroom…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fancy Tea?…

Charged with organising a bridal shower or hen's party? Want to create a unique and oh-so-girly event? Perhaps you should consider a tea party! Fancy Tea, a Brisbane-based business offering an exquisite collection of beautiful vintage bone china crockery, silverware and crystal for hire, can provide everything you need to host an elegant and charming tea party for you and your girlfriends.

Servicing Brisbane and the South-East Queensland area, Fancy Tea offers everything you need to help style the perfect event – from delightful vintage crockery, china tea cups, saucers, cake plates and dinner plates to milk jugs and plates, tiered cake stands and high tea stands. Of course, the fine collection would not be complete without a lovely range of silver tableware, including gorgeous bone handled knives and forks. 

And to ensure the perfect atmosphere is created for your event, Fancy Tea also hires out a lovely range of antique linen and quality fabric bunting, with an assortment of other charming accessories to delight your guests.

Visit Fancy Tea for more information.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Samantha Wills Bridal

Samantha Wills Bridal has finally arrived! Born out of an overwhelming demand from women wanted to incorporate Samantha Wills jewellery into their wedding day, the Samantha Wills Bridal collection infuses the brands signature style with burnished metals and clear crystals, all designed for a brides with modern, romantic taste.

Drawing inspiration from art deco chandeliers and fusing this decadence with non traditional applications (like cascading back necklaces and turquoise stones), the Samantha Wills bride is one who makes her entrance at sunset and does so with breathtaking elegance.
The brand has extended the Samantha Wills Bridal experience beyond just accessories and into a decadently exquisite ‘World of SW’. On the website you will experience an inspiration room that applies the Samantha Wills style to everything, from different themed weddings to invites and décor. Wills has created an environment for brides and their friends and family to immerse themselves in, and be inspired by the designers unique style and perspective. The virtual magazine is a must read! Filled with inspirational pages that you can shop from – a destination for modern wedding style.
The online launch of Samantha Wills Bridal on November 1st also commemorates her parent's 31st wedding anniversary, providing a deeply personal inspiration for this exclusive collection.

Visit Samantha Wills Bridal to view the entire collection. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Melbourne Cup Day!


Melbourne Cup day is here again – Australia's premier racing event… I really can't believe it's that time of year again already!!! Be sure to visit The Bride's Diary for a brief history of the Melbourne Cup race, and stay tuned for our wrap up of track side fashion in the coming days (because we all know that today isn't just about the horse racing!!!)

And finally, best of luck today! Whether you are placing a bet yourself, aiming for the trifecta, or participating in an office sweep, we wish you all the best!!! Half the fun of Cup Day is winning a couple of dollars in the office sweep stakes!

Visit for more information about the big day!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, October 31, 2011

Coconut Milk Ice Cream With Honey & Cinnamon

I came across this delicious recipe for coconut milk ice cream with honey and cinnamon on one of my favourite blogs… KORA Organics. This frozen treat is so delicious your friends and family won’t even know it’s a healthy alternative to regular ice cream.
Ingredients (Try to use certified organic ingredients whenever possible)
2 Cans coconut milk (full fat) or (1 can coconut cream and 1 can coconut milk) 
½ Cup honey or agave (more or less to taste) 
2 Tablespoons vanilla and/or cinnamon 

1. In a medium/large bowl (glass or stainless steel) whisk all the ingredients together until well combined. (Make sure the honey is fully blended with the coconut milk).
2. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and place in the freezer. 
3. Remove the bowl from the freezer every hour and mix with a fork and place back in the freezer. The ice cream is ready when it is as thick and creamy as you desire which usually takes a few hours.
Note: You can also add raspberry, strawberry, or other fruit puree to the recipe. Just add ½ cup of fruit puree preferably with the seeds strained when you whisk the mixture. For other variations you can add ½ cup un-sweetened coco powder, nuts or dried cocnut.

Visit KORA Organics

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Cinderella Moment" Cake Topper

On bended knee, this groom isn't afraid to express how much he loves his beautiful bride. This stunning and sweet cake topper from Weddingstar is ideal for the romantics at heart. A cake topper really can add to your wedding story, and also makes for a wonderful keepsake of your special day.

Visit Weddingstar

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Introducing the Stunning 2012 Edition of The Bride's Diary - Illawarra/Southern Highlands

I am 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 our 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. 

The stunning landscapes and mild climate of the Illawarra has made the region a perfect backdrop for couples celebrating their wedding, reception and/or honeymoon. The Southern Highlands is the perfect setting for a ‘country-style’ wedding and is easily accessible from Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra. The Bride’s Diary showcases the best of these superb regions. 

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…

And, as always, we are delighted to bring your our annual decorating shoot, featuring four gorgeous seasonal colour themes that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what season your special day will be held in. Planning a spring wedding? You are sure to be inspired by Spring Carnival – our vibrant and vivid red and white theme. Perhaps summer is the season for you? 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. If your wedding is to be held in winter, our Winter Banquet theme indulges the senses with sophisticated styling, 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!

Enjoy!!! Have a lovely day!… Anna