Your Carriage Awaits…

Nothing beats arriving and style, and the epitome of style has to be a Rolls Royce. Iron Horse Carriages can whisk you to your special day in luxury in a meticulously restored 1956 Rolls Royce or a fabulous “royal” Daimler – the favourite choice of HRH The Queen Mother. Ian, the owner of Iron Horse Carriages has a lifetime of driving experience in the most demanding environments and we caught up with him to ask about his best tips for your wedding day transport

  1. What piece of advice would you offer to brides when it comes to transport on their wedding day?
    Make sure allow plenty of time, don’t rush when travelling to the wedding venue. This is a time for both reflection and an opportunity to gather yourself. You’ve had numerous people pull you one direction then the other, all getting you ready for your day. Use this period of calm to relax and enjoy a little bit of you time. Make sure you can sit comfortably in your wedding dress, it’s hard to relax when you can’t breathe.
  2. What is your dream car?
    For a wedding, I think I have my dream car the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1. For driving myself, a Jaguar F Type, they are beautiful and a true drivers car.
  3. Where is your favourite Sunday drive?
    Driving through the northern gold coast hinterland, rolling hills, lovely views and some little café’s.
  4. What is your ideal transportation job/task?
    I’ve had a couple of these, they are the “surprise wedding transport” jobs. Where the bride has no idea her wedding car will be a luxury vintage classic car, when she see’s the flying lady on the grill and the beautiful rolled lines of the car, tears are not far behind.
  5. Why/When did you become an owner of a vintage car?
    I’ve always had a keen interest in the cars of the “Golden era of Motoring” the 40’s to the 60’s. Back then the design of cars was more about the journey than getting to the destination as quick as possible. I was constantly drawn to the style of the British marquee cars of that era, when an opportunity to buy a 1946  Mark IV Jaguar came up then , I bought another Jaguar, and the bug had certainly bitten by then.

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  • What are you most proud of?
    Turning a passion of luxury marquee cars into a business, I’ve had to spend many many hours working on the cars to get them up to showroom condition, but that’s what I love and the fact that I can share that with others is a real joy.
  • Have you worked with any celebrities?
    Celebrities – yes but I have signed over disclosure agreements so no names. I have been involved with Vice Regal engagements, 2 engagements with HRH Prince Phillip and some other high profile dignitaries. Not much call for that now with the security increase requirements, pity as they are lovely to work for.
  • What’s your favourite movie?
    Either Red or Red 2
  • What’s your favourite cuisine, or your favourite place to dine?
    My wife is a brilliant cook so, at home on the deck overlooking the river, watching the sunset, eating whatever she has made drinking a fine wine, bliss.
  • Where’s your favourite place to get coffee?
    Dili, Timor Leste, but when not there, I go to the “Dancing Bean Expresso Bar” in Ipswich, it’s tucked away behind a German Restaurant, so it’s still a little secret.
  • What are you reading?
    Just finished reading “Everything to live for” by Turia Pitt. A True story of a beautiful young woman burnt beyond recognition doing an outback running race in WA, inspiring stuff.
  • Where is your ideal getaway?
    This is easy, a quiet luxury tropical island resort.
  • Are you a cat or dog person?
    Definitely a dog person, love my chocolate Labrador. Some people have a black lab, or a yellow lab, I have a meth lab, he’s crazy but he’s my crazy.
  • What inspires or motivates you? 
    I run a Not for Profit organisation working with injured and ill veterans, seeing these girls and guys work through their injuries and illnesses and get better lives, drives me on every day.

 

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Unsuitable wedding

It’s the one thing everyone dreads when flying – lost baggage. When it’s a wedding it’s even more critical that all your belongings arrive with you.

One unhappy newly wed vented their displeasure (via REDDIT) with their flight service when their luggage didn’t make it to his destination wedding.

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The average cost of the Aussie wedding

WFML_PreLaunch114With so many reports in news and social media about the cost of weddings it’s hard to know what the average really is. In Bride to Be’s biannual Cost of Love survey we learn that the cost of weddings has nearly doubled in the last ten years. Interestingly the increases are in pre-wedding celebrations, jewellery, the groom’s outfit, beauty and the bridal party.

One element that has seen a 6% decrease is the bridal gown, with the average Australian bride spending $2,914 on her dream gown. In a definite sign of the times, one in ten gowns are now purchased online which may account for some of the decreased average spend. While in contrast, the groom’s outfit cost have increased by 14% to $718. Clearly a long way shy of the bridal attire costs, but that average is a good place to start when considering a quality suit.

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The survey polls over 1000 Australian women who are engaged or have married recently. So, does this fit with your expenditure?

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Old world grandeur with 5-star service

MPV_TreasuryHotel-3If you’re looking for a Brisbane venue simply oozing elegant style and sophistication then it’s hard to go past the Treasury Hotel. With its mix of an unbeatable location, spectacular architecture and niche function spaces this Brisbane icon is difficult to top.

The hotel’s exceptionally professional, friendly and dedicated function staff know how to deliver your perfect wedding day. Our friends at Masterpieces Photography + Video are one of their preferred suppliers and have shared some highlights from the latest showcase at this real treasure of Brisbane.

Wedding trends for 2017

Pinterest have released their latest wedding trends for 2017. The trend report is based on what brides are pinning, liking and commenting about on Pinterest. Definitely worth a look we say. We’ve seen that personalisation is in high demand, with greenery winning over blooms, and the unique lusted after.

See the report here.

We’re adding the glamping, along with teepees to our favourite trends.

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Get your bride tribe kitted out

Make sure your bride tribe look the part on your journey to the altar with our fabulous new range of apparel and accessories.

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We’ve teamed up with the folks at Redbubble to bring you an uber-cool collection of T-shirts, tote bags, mugs and so much more.

We’ve got products that make perfect favours for your bridal party, stationery to plan with, streetwear that gives your Hens party the edge and for the all-important girls-night-in before the big day.

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MBFF is back

After much disappointment last year, we are excited about the return of Brisbane’s premier fashion event, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. This event features some of our favourite local designers, naturally the bridal and formal wear is our absolute favourite.

Tickets will be available from 1 June, so make sure you’re where fashion is and get your tickets. Find out more.

Top 4 Wedding Essentials Not to Scrimp on

When it comes to weddings it often seems like there is an infinite number of ways to spend your money, but what are the things you really shouldn’t scrimp on?

The bling that becomes an heirloom

The rings represent your marriage for eternity. The wedding day will pass but your ring will stay on your finger for the rest of your life and pass down as an heirloom to the next generation. 

Bridal prep

Spend that bit more on your hair and make-up and you will look, and feel like a princess for a day.

It’s your day, and thou really do want to look utterly amazing! Having glowing, clear skin and hair that the curls don’t drop out will give you an added confidence on the day that will shine through in your images and video. Even if you’re not into makeup, and decide against false eyelashes, making the most of your features and ensuring you have flawless skin is what a professional hair and make-up artist is expected to do. 

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Images to die

This is the one day on your life that you want to capture every moment. It goes by in such a flash, and the looking through the photos and video in the future is the way you will stir those warm memories of the fantasy day you experienced. 

Dancefloor divas 

If you want your wedding to be remembered by your guests for the right reason then don’t skimp on the entertainment! No matter how much care you put into selecting the tracks a Spotify playlist creates precisely zero level ambiance, whilst a band, or experienced DJ will have everyone on the floor dancing. A band or DJ will also have some lighting and possibly special effects like fog machines that create a much better backdrop for your photos and video.

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

xennox_wfml002-1You know we love fashion, champagne, and diamonds – I mean who doesn’t? So an invitation to the UNVEILED bridal showcase featuring the sublime designs of Vanessa Hoe from When Freddie Met Lilly in the opulent surrounds of Xennox Diamonds on the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane was an opportunity we simply couldn’t miss.

The event, feeling much more like an elegant party, was in full swing as we arrived, with the champagne and espresso martini cocktails flowing. Xennox has created a fabulous space to showcase their stunning bling and, like most of the ladies there, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to try on a little (OK, $34,000 worth), of it – in my a case a modern cut Pink Argyle diamond ring! Sadly sanity prevailed and it had to go back into the display cabinet … this time.

xennox_wfml009-8With the fashion show a highlight of the night, it was Karl Schwantes himself who launched the show with a rousing introduction before highlights from Vanessa’s most recent collections, together with some teasers from her new range, made their way around the runway. The showstopping start, featuring jewellery against the backdrop of stylish black bodysuits was followed by a selection of stunning wedding and formal gowns, as well as some of the elements from the new two-piece range that can be mixed and matched to create the look you want.

Xennox will be hosting these events at intervals throughout the year so if you get the opportunity you should get along.

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