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. 


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.

Images by Masterpieces Photography + Video

WFML Glamorous Collection Launch

When Freddie met lilly Collection Launch

Hollywood-style glamour came to Brisbane last night with the glitzy launch of the When Freddie met Lilly Indianna Collection in the Valley. The night was filled with stunning gowns and equally gorgeous people, many wearing When Freddie met Lilly creations.

A full-on red carpet experience greeted the attendees with paparazzi snaps (by Masterpieces Photography + Video) on the stylish media wall (by Watermelon and Soda Design) outside Mirra Private Dining and Events. Attendees could get a wonderful dose of the ultra-hip vintage vibe at the Gathering Events caravan just outside the front door. Inside live music was being played by Savvy, while canapés and drinks were being served at a number of locations around this most flexible of venues, whilst fashion films projected in the courtyard, and guests could have the evening’s fun remembered at one of the two photo booths.

The standing room only parade commenced with a relaxed introduction by the beautiful and ever-so-accomplished Giaan Rooney, setting the scene for an evening of exquisite and sexy gowns.

As the lights came up the runway show was a veritable feast of sexiness with divine lace, luscious fabrics, sparkling embellishments along with lingering glimpses of décolletage, deep splits and low backs, all complemented by the spectacular headpieces from The Little Pack of Five. The luxurious green backdrop of the catwalk was highlighted by sparkling lights and lusciously draped with fresh native foliage by Kate Dawes Flower Design. The guys weren’t forgotten with suits, accessorized with bowties, and in a variety of seasonal colours. As always the flower girls managed to steal the show in the cuteness of frills, feathers and flower crowns.

Designer Vanessa Hoe should be justifiably proud of this collection, elements of which featured strongly last year in New York and at Sydney Bridal Fashion Week earlier this year. The When Freddie Met Lilly brand is an absolute powerhouse that continues to go from strength to strength and with standing room only this year, it’s exciting to think what next year’s collection launch might bring.

Photo Credit: Masterpieces Photography + Video

View Social photos on Masterpieces Facebook page.

Event Contributors:
When Freddie met Lilly | Mirra Private Dining and Events | Masterpieces Photography + Video | Watermelon and Soda Design | The Little Pack of Five | Kate Dawes Flower Design | Bella Brides Hair and Make up | Beautiful Wedding Australia | Event Letters | Gathering Events | In the Booth | Cakes by Judy C | Summer and East | Sofi Spritz | Enchanted Empire | We are Twine | Slow Motion Photo Booth | Tracey Moyle


Wedding dance en pointe

TWA_Mirra_103Graceful elegance, flowing beauty, floating on a cloud. They’re all phrases we associate with wedding gowns, but they’re also words that apply equally to that most exquisite of art forms – ballet!
Ballet and weddings have a unique kind of synergy that appears to link them intrinsically. Perhaps it is the style of the dress, with many wedding gowns resembling ballet tutus, or is it the commonality of fabrics – lace, chiffon, tulle? Maybe it is the way ballerinas and girls in wedding gowns move, with a magical, flowing or floating appearance that draws similarities. Or it could just be that both demand perfection to achieve maximum impact. During our recent shoot at Mirra Private Dining and Events in the Valley we put a ballet dancer in a range a stunning, balletically inspired gowns and let the magic happen.

Photo Credits:
Gowns: When Freddie met Lilly and Darb Bridal Couture | Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Venue: Mirra Private Dining and Events | Hair: Whisk Hair | Makeup: Jess Brailak Makeup and Tanning | Models: Laura Herden, Sharon (Boss Models) and Billy

Issue 7 out now

Style and Grace is the theme of this edition, with styled shoots that showcase the very epitome of elegant, modern Weddings.

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Photo Shoot Excitement

CurrumbinShoot1We’re all on a high after our weekend photo shoots around Currumbin. The perfect beaches with stunning white dunes provided the beach side theme we were intending. The week before had seen us nervously biting our nails as we watched the ever changeable weather forecast – just like a couple planning an outdoor wedding have to endure. Luckily the weather Gods played ball and the sun shone and the winds were calm!

The team that collaborated on this shoot were amazing. With exquisite gowns from Elizabeth deVarga and When Freddie Met Lilly this shoot was always going to be exceptional. Our wonderful creative team of Hair Stylist, Aleesha Darke, and Makeup Artist, Suzi Dent, worked so harmoniously, and followed the brief brilliantly.

Our outstanding photographer for the day was Dave from Masterpieces Photography and Video who worked with his usual creativity, efficiency and professionalism to get the absolute best from our gorgeous models from Katz Model Management.

To top it all off we had a charming seaside ceremony and reception set up by the talented Kasey from Fashionable Society Events. The coastal theme was complemented by the fresh watercolour styled stationery from LaPapeterie.

Everything just fell into place, and all the preparations we made came together perfectly on the day. The results speak for themselves and I’m sure you will be as delighted as we are when our new edition hits your inboxes very soon.

Here are some behind the scenes shots just to peak your interest.

Going Places

ups and downs but always great design

The beautiful backdrop of The Pullman Hotel Brisbane rises to the occasion in this going places shoot. When you combine the romantic elegance of this iconic location with a range of stunning gowns and fabulous hair and make up by the oh so talented, Shelley Veitch, you have the recipe for a perfect fashion shoot.  Centrally located the Pullman is the perfect base for your photography session with easy access to many of Brisbane’s best vistas, although why you’d want to leave we wouldn’t know. Stay and enjoy the hospitality and a glass or two of bubbles and make use of the unique architecture and design elements for your backdrop.

The perfect gowns designed by Joanne Hasson at JK Couture Designs are as alluring as they are well made. See here not only her superb bridal gowns, but also a glimpse of the unlimited choices with bridesmaids and formal gowns.

Add the brilliance of George Wu’s gowns, and I’m in heaven.  These stunning creations are out of this world. The perfection of his gowns is breathtaking. Just ask anyone who’s worn one.

To top off this exquisite group we add gowns by When Freddie Met Lilly, who captures the modern, fresh bride, who is confident, and just a little sexy.

Throw in a little sparkle, or a least some pearls, to bring it all together with classic bridal jewellery by LaPapeterie, and you have it all. The french know understated class, and the Parisian inspired LaPapeterie has it.

This shoot was all up, with no downs, other than the elevator. The roof top pool deck of The Pullman was a particular highlight. A real bird’s eye view on Brisbane.

Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video performed his magic to capture these simply gorgeous images at The Pullman.  His eye for a stunning image, with the use of light and space makes Masterpieces an essential to creating your lifelong wedding memories.

Thanks also go to our two sublime models for the day – Laura and Hayley.
Always such a pleasure to work with.

Q&A with Karla from Blissful Makeup

Karla Strachan is the talent behind Blissful Makeup.  

Karla_BlissfulMakeupWhat piece of advice would you offer to brides when it comes to make up?
Be true to yourself, choose a makeup style that reflects your own style, if you are natural and outdoorsy don’t choose anything too glamorous or really ‘made up’.
If you wear makeup everyday you can be more experimental.

What current trend do you think is worth following?
Vintage is huge! Winged eyeliner and red lips! Boho is also still popular with a more relaxed style and warmer hues and tones

Who is your style guide? 
I love 50’s glamour – I adore Sophia Loren!

What are you most proud of?
Oooh….good question.  I am proud daily of my children who show me the beautiful things in life each day, but on a work/mua side – my passion for the makeup industry, sharing my skills and for the logevity of my career, I have now been working as a Makeup Artist for over 20 years and I love it more than ever.

Have you worked with any celebrities?
Yes, a few local Aussie celebs…
(but the best asset of a Makeup Artist is confidentiality ;-))

What is your ideal job?
Doing what I do of course…but a little of international travel involved would be awesome (of course funded) 

Why did you become a makeup artist?
My Mum was the local Mary Kay lady in the 80’s I guess that was my earliest introduction, but I love art & painting so it was the natural direction for me to follow

What’s your favourite movie?
City of Angels is my favourite movie.

What are you reading?
The Sweet Poison Quit Plan How to kick the sugar habit!!  & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (for my 9 year old)

Where is your ideal getaway?
A Tuscan Villa with lots of warm balmy nights and lazy days

Are you a cat or dog person?
I’m both, but I love the loyalty a dog gives you

What inspires you?
Happy People.  People with an open heart.  


Amazing Photo Shoot

Amazing! Our latest photo shoot with a cracking team was totally brilliant.  This is why I love my job. Great people and all very talented.

Here’s some of the team that contributed:

Gowns by When Freddie Met Lilly and JK Couture Designs
Hair and Makeup by Beauty by Corinne
Makeup by Blissful Makeup
Photography by Masterpieces Photography + Video
and our gorgeous models – Laura, Carlie and Jamii

We can’t wait to show you our next issue of The Wedding Alley, but until then here’s some behind the scenes pics from our shoot.

WFML Head Flower Crowns BHS Blissful Makeup BHS WFML

Calling all Exceptional Hair Stylists and Make up Artists

Calling all hair stylists and make up artists. We are planning a feature with the latest in wedding hair and make up styles. Contact us now to be involved.

We looking for wedding professionals who provide exceptional hair and make up services to feature in our next edition of The Wedding Alley.

Our aim, at The Wedding Alley, is to cut through the clutter of the usual ad-centric bridal magazine and provide an inspiring digital experience featuring amazing gowns and elegant accoutrements in stunning settings.

Calling all Exceptional Hair Stylists and Make up Artists
Calling all Exceptional Hair Stylists and Make up Artists

Contact us to find out more

Issue Two Out Now

Yay – after much hard work, and collaboration with some amazing talents Issue Two of the Wedding Alley is now out.

We captured beautiful imagery of stunning bridal gowns, from Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions, George Wu, JK Couture Designs, Karen Willis Holmes and When Freddie Met Lilly, at The Pullman Hotel in Brisbane.  Gorgeous bridal creations with the modern and newly refurbished decor of the Pullman.

The super talented Shelley Veitch from Elite Freelancing created the divine hair and makeup.

A favourite of many of the team is the Gatsby inspired selection shot in the KG Bar.  Dark, sensual and very glamorous – a true reflection of 1920s.

The Wedding Alley Issue Two