Moving on up at EDV

Exciting times are afoot at Elizabeth deVarga Exclusive Fashions! One of our favourite suppliers is relocating and for some lucky local Brisbane brides this will be a huge windfall. The relocation sale has started and will continue until the end of May. Personally, I wouldn’t wait. Pop into their Stones Corner store for offers on floor stock, jewellery, veils and shoes. The best buys won’t last long.
Don’t stress if you’re not quite at the point of ordering your dress yet. Tammie Nitschke, head designer, and her fabulous team are available for consultations and fittings right through the move and will be on hand to give their usual expert advice. We can’t wait to see their new location and I know that brides will continue to appreciate the style, quality and love that Tammie and her team give to every client.
The relocation sale starts today – 6th May – be sure not to miss it!

Industrial Inspiration at the Wedding Arcade

So what’s with the weather Brisbane? With Autumn throwing some unexpected weather events into the mix, we finally got the chance to attend The Wedding Arcade’s latest event. Held in the industrial setting of the old Peters Ice Cream factory in the heart of eclectic West End. This was the hottest ticket for brides-to-be this weekend, offering in depth planning advice and workshops as well as the opportunity to meet some of Brisbane’s best vendors. The old factory certainly made for a unique backdrop for the event, which was transformed with stylish settings from several event planners and some clever stalls from the suppliers.

When Freddie Met Lilly hosted a session on bridal fashions, with several models looking stunning in the gowns and suits. The grooms weren’t neglected either, with a Grooms Room close to the display of wedding transport that was offering a chill-out zone for the guys with a whiskey bar and comfy sofas if the boys needed a break.

Another innovation was the chefs table, which offered patrons a chance to enjoy a range of delectable dishes from a range of catering suppliers. Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular at Weddings and they were well represented too with a range a unique vehicles offering a selection of cuisine options.

The event was certainly popular, and although the weather didn’t play ball all the time this was a very different type of expo that allowed brides and grooms to dig a little deeper into the planning process and have time to talk to the vendors they wanted without the usual push and shove of some of the larger expos.

Photo Credit: Masterpieces Photography + Video

Trunk Show Excitement

Saturday the 14th arrived as a perfect Autumn day, with the sun shining and it was with a sense of excitement that we headed to the Stone’s Corner showroom of Elizabeth de Varga for their Trunk Show. The day couldn’t have been more perfect, with so many brides experiencing the happiest of moments, finding their dream bridal gown from the wonderful selection of couture and Pret-a-Porter styles available in store. Several wedding suppliers were also on hand to offer advice and discuss upcoming wedding details, including the talented Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video and Ashlee from Latonas Makeup. The show room of Tammie Nitschke, head designer at Elizabeth de Varga, always looks sublime, but was further enhanced by a spectacular convertible Rolls Royce from Somerton Limousines parked out the front.

Here are some of the images taken by Masterpieces Photography from the day.

Wedding Suppliers who contributed to the day:

Masterpieces Photography + Video
Latonas Professional Makeup Supplies
A Little Cake Place
White Lace and Promises
Archara Flowers
The Little Flower Company

The Gold Edit out now

The latest issue of The Wedding Alley is out now. Get your golden inspiration online, and view for free.


Gold Fever has hit the Wedding Alley this edition and we’ve been inspired by every shade of this most luminous of precious metals. From super sparkly yellow-gold through to burnished old-gold, there’s a colour, fabric and style to suit any bride-to-be on the coming pages.

Hinterland Beauty on Show

It was an early start with coffee in hand as we headed to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding showcase on Sunday to see what this picturesque region had to offer. The road trip was well worth it with a range of venues open for inspection and many local wedding suppliers on display. Maleny Manor was a particular focus as they were hosting a fashion parade by one of our contributing designers Elizabeth de Varga and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

After a warm welcome we wandered the beautiful grounds and chatted to some of the lovely wedding professionals. The fashion parade was staged on the majestic outdoor stairs of the Manor in the beautiful sunshine. The stunning fabrics and expert construction of the exquisite Elizabeth de Varga bridal gowns was on display in the movement up and down the stairs whilst the enchanting embellishments shimmered in the warmth of the sun. A more secretive, tantalising element of the day day was also on the runway, with Simone Perele lingerie. With a legacy that dates back to 1948, this is sensual, sophisticated underwear that makes a statement and is the perfect attire for your Wedding Day and honeymoon.

Brides contemplating this region would have had a very successful day with many planning decisions achieved and there will doubtless be many wonderful weddings days at the supporting venues over the next 18 months. It’s great to see regional suppliers working together so well to create a real experience for couples.

Photo Credits:
Gowns by Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions
Lingerie by Simone Perele
Location – Maleny Manor
Hair by Rolling Scissors and Evalyn Parsons Hair
Makeup by TF Makeup Artist and Kim McLeod Hair and Makeup Stylist
Wedding Styling by Love Bird Weddings
Flowers by Mondo Floral Designs
Cakes by Ideas in Icing and Cakes Designs

My Sweet Valentina

OMG! What a night! Gorgeous bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and dapper suits strutting the catwalk. The runway was styled beautifully, bedecked in flowers and with fantastic chalkboard signs creating a visual fest from every angle. Exciting promo films being projected onto the wall and large screen TVs added to the impressive ambience of the Spring Valentina Collection Launch for When Freddie Met Lilly.
One of our favourite models, Hayley Wilson, the reigning Miss World Australia Queensland and new Channel 7 lotto presenter, MC’d the evening with fun and grace. Of course Hayley looked absolutely stunning, wearing a glamourous gown by When Freddie Met Lilly.
The sexy effortless style that we have come to expect from Vanessa Hoe’s designs have now been given a new twist with addition of lace – sometimes just a simple little detail, other times complete gowns, and then the final gown, which had a stunning sheer lace bodice, was a true show stopper.
With champagne flowing, and delicious canapes on offer, this was an evening not to be missed.
Evening Credits:
Headpieces by The Little Pack of 5
Make up by Blissful Makeup
Hair by Whisk Makeup
Chalkboard Signs by LaPapeterie
Flowers by Francesca’s Flowers
Photography and Films by Masterpieces Photography + Video
Catering by Zen Catering
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Collection Launch Evening at Elizabeth de Varga

As the spring wedding season hit full steam, with the warmer weather and love in the air, we were excited to attend the collection launch and 30th birthday of Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashion on Thursday 25 September.

The birthday celebrations coincided with the announcement that the original Elizabeth De Varga gowns are now joined by the White Collection and Adore Bridal Couture.

De Varga’s sublime new ranges are filled with sumptuous fabrics that exude style, complemented by extravagant adornments that take these stunning couture creations to new levels of chic.

It was hard, perhaps even unfair to pick a favourite, such was the attention to detail and care that had clearly gone into each piece. Head designer, Tammie Nitchke’s elegant sophisticated style was evident in every gown.

The warm and friendly staff are clearly a close knit team, providing a exceptional atmosphere for guests on the night, and one can only imagine how exciting and enjoyable they must make every fitting!

Brisbane Bridal Fashion at its Best

With our breath held tightly we attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show on Tuesday night. We are always excited to see a bridal gown designer’s new range, so the opportunity to see six of Brisbane’s very best couturiers, all in one parade, launching their latest creations, had us in absolute overdrive. MBFF is really coming of age and this year was the best yet, showcasing some amazing local talent, in the iconic setting of Brisbane City Hall.

The glittering addition of amazing jewellery by Monili Jewellers meant you couldn’t take your eyes away for a minute. There was so much to see. This year’s runway allowed for a great pace, with every design having just the right time in the spotlight, and the opportunity to be seen from every angle.

The hall was very quiet in anticipation, but the vibe was excited, and welcoming. Starting the parade was Brides’s Desire by Wendy Sullivan with a range full of exquisite fabrics, married with alluring statement head pieces.

Stealing the show with rousing applause was our favourite designer, George Wu. It’s reassuring to see Brisbane crowds respond so favourably to haute couture designs that would once have been monopolised by Sydney and Melbourne shows. With designers of this calibre it’s blatantly clear we’re no longer nipping at their heels – we’re running our own race.

George Wu’s creativity and couturiere workmanship are evident on the catwalk. Having worked with George’s gowns before I know the luxury, and perfectionism that goes into every single one.  Watching 14 gowns parade was a pure joy, each with it’s own breathtaking appeal. The Wedding Alley team’s top pick’s of the night all came from George’s range, especially the exquisite lace sheer gowns in bone.  They may not be for the traditional bride, but they take your breath away.

Anne Bertossi from Bertossi Brides gave us beautiful lace and sheer high necklines that flatter so many. I particularly loved the sparkling fabric in a number of gowns, that would look elegant and demure during a traditional ceremony before coming to glittering life under the lights at a reception party.

The 1950s style strapless gowns by Darb Bridal Couture have a ladylike quality that channels Grace Kelly. Each with a luxurious full skirt that conjured up images of a princess and a perfect fairytale day. To complement the range there were also a few slinky, sheer gowns, for today’s modern bride.

Rayner Lee showcased a couple of tea length dresses in her collection, as well as the traditional floor length gowns.  The use of different lace on the each piece created a textural display of fabrics, highlighted by a headpiece, birdcage veil, or sparkling belt.

The finale of the parade, Jack Sullivan Bridal, rounded out the event beautifully. The delicate application of lace on some of the gowns showed a lovely restraint that embodies a chic feminine and romantic style. The final walk with all of his collection on stage was a vision of gorgeous designs. A sight to behold for the bride to be, and just as enchanting for any fashionista.

It was a pleasure to attend such a prodigious display of amazing Brisbane bridal designers, offset to perfection by the dazzling jewellery by Monili Jewellers. Well done Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival – can’t wait for next year!






Ekka Fashion Fancy

It’s goodbye to the Ekka for 2014. 

If you didn’t get the opportunity to go then here’s my recap of my favourite free event – the Commonwealth Bank Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parade. This year was especially good with gorgeous wedding gowns from one of our all-time favourite designers, George Wu, as well as the dreamy creations of Jack Sullivan Bridal, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Darb Bridal Couture. Guys were equally well catered for with stylish men’s suits by Will Valour, Calibre and Pistols at Dawn.

The mix of accessories, millinery and footwear combined to make a fun and relaxed parade that showcased great designs for all demographics, with colour and energy for all the children, and a touch of panache to satisfy the true fashionista.

An iconic event that captures the integration of the city and country, the parade aims to celebrate Queensland’s agricultural industry and the talent of our local designers.

If this is a glimpse of the Queensland fashion industry I think we have every reason to feel very proud.  It also builds the excitement ahead of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. So there’s more to come…


Commonwealth Bank Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parade
Executive Producer – Lindsay Bennett
Choreographer – Bernadette Bagley
Parade Stylist – Kimberly Gardner
Lighting & Audio – Projections Screens – Microhire
Hair Stylists – Corcorz
Makeup – Napoleon Perdis
Video Production – Channel 7
Set Design – Staging dimensions
Chandeliers – Chandeliers to die for

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.