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.

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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

 

A taste of haute-couture

ALCP_2Right now, here in Brisbane, you can enjoy a taste of the luxury experience usually reserved for A-List celebrity parties when you choose an incredible haute-couture cake created by Caitlin Mitchell at A Little Cake Place.
We were lucky enough to be invited to join one of Caitlin’s couples on the start of their journey to cake-heaven with a tasting and consultation at her studio in Annerley.
Caitlin creates a real experience for her clients, with a very select range of premium teas served in elegant china to accompany the mouth-watering tasting platter.
Caitlin usually leaves her clients alone to try the flavours by themselves, but we were there to experience just how many times the word “yum” was used and it was quite obvious that Rach and Stu would have been more than happy to go “around-the-clock” of flavours again.
ALCP_3Once they had narrowed down the choice (clearly a VERY difficult process), Caitlin came back into the room to discuss ideas for decorating. This was where you could see why Caitlin describes her work as couture because she took the time to listen to the client and take in the details of theme, colour palette and inspiration. She then began to sketch some ideas, gradually refining the design until the clients had everything they wanted in an elegant and unique piece. When you see the stunning sample cakes all around her studio you know that Caitlin creates truly outstanding masterpieces of cake art and we can’t wait to see the finished article at Rach and Stu’s wedding in September.
Watch the video to see what happens at a tasting with A Little Cake Place.
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Photos and Video: Masterpieces Photography + Video

Grand Designs from Grande Moments

AO0P7948 (4)When it comes to styling your special day, you want a wedding expert to make your vision a reality. Annastasia Grande from Grande Moments Events and Weddings will help you to achieve the style you are dreaming of. A talent for floral artistry, combined with the knowledge and experience of event planning means that your wedding ceremony and reception will be expertly catered for.

Annastasia’s love for flowers and weddings started when she was just a little girl, and her skills have now developed into a flourishing business that helps couples create their dream wedding day.

Annastasia loves working with couples to help bring together their ideas and creating a magical experience to celebrate the start of their marital journey.

 “I have worked with some beautiful, amazing couples and loved working on all their weddings. Sometimes  life creates additional dramas, and I remember one wedding where the lead up to the day had tragic personal circumstances for the couple and their families, but with good planning and heartfelt love, the day celebrated their love, and the support of their family and friends was totally memorable.” said Annastasia.

Sourcing her inspiration from all around the world, Annastasia listens carefully to understand each couples’ vision before designing a unique, on-trend look for every wedding day.

A particular achievement Annastasia had recently was the re-jigging of an outdoor ceremony to an indoor space at the last minute.

“Sometimes the weather gives us obstacles. The joy was in watching the ceremony taking place with the alternative setup, dry and warm, the happiness of the couple and with no one knowing the challenges that had been overcome, made everything perfect.”

When asked about her biggest piece of advice for couples getting married she said, “Just enjoy the day. Savour every minute because the time does pass by so quickly.”

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Sugar Rush

Hanging CakeLike the proverbial kids in a candy store, we’re massively excited to introduce the sublime creative talents of Caitlin Mitchell, Owner & Creative Decorator at A Little Cake Place. Her lavish designs range from gravity defying hanging cakes, to multi-tiered cakes that encompass styles from classically simple to the most intricate details. Whatever you’ve imagined, Caitlin can bring it to life in all it’s sweetness. The tag line “Haute Couture of Cakes” is certainly apt.

How Caitlin started in the wedding industry is, in itself, a romantic story that was inspired by the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’. Intrigued by an exquisite cupcake created by Kristen Wigg’s character, Annie, Caitlin enrolled in an introductory course and soon discovered her flair for cake decorating and design.

After starting out in 2012, A Little Cake Place was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards just one year later, and then, in 2015, was announced the winner in the Cake Design category.

We spoke with Caitlin about her experience with wedding couples and cakes, and how she never grows tired of the excitement of creating beautiful wedding cakes.

“My favourite part about creating a wedding cake for a couple is finding out about their wedding, all of the little details, such as the dress, bridesmaids dresses, colour scheme, flowers and so much more. Pulling it altogether and creating a unique design for that couple. There is always that personal touch in the designs then, sometimes exceptionally unique. I love being a part of it.”

Caitlin stays at the forefront of industry designs, and is constantly thinking outside the box, with new designs that combine traditional and current techniques.

The hardest challenge Caitlin has is when the couple doesn’t have a vision for their cake – “The cake is usually the last part of the wedding puzzle, and it is ideal for the other elements of the day to be determined first.”

“My most valuable piece of advice is; don’t get caught up on small details, relax and enjoy the day … and make sure a piece of cake is saved for you at the end of the night!”, said Caitlin.

You can make a consultation to taste the delightful options available, and discuss your unique creation at A Little Cake Place through their website.

The wrap party

GoE_Wraps_Blog002-3Last Saturday our friends at Gowns of Elegance hosted an eagerly anticipated high-tea function to celebrate the launch of a new range of fabrics and styles of wrap dresses from designer Erika Coyle, who was on hand to demonstrate some innovative ways to wear these versatile outfits. As usual, Linda, Bella and their team had created a stunning atmosphere with their Chermside boutique stylishly decorated for the occasion by Annastasia from Grande Moments Weddings & Designs. The floral decorations were particularly beautiful, with fresh roses being a distinct theme. We loved the unique “rose ceiling” feature with individual stems suspended in glass tubes. Guests arrived to find the store looking exquisite, with gift bags waiting on white americana chairs and a celebratory glass of champagne on offer, together with a smorgasbord of sweet and savoury treats for attendees to enjoy.

Whilst the event was aimed at Bridesmaids, Erika’s new range includes some stunning white lace and tulle gowns that would be equally suitable for brides, especially those planning a destination or casual beach wedding. The new “uber-bling” sequin fabric range of gown was especially popular with the bridesmaids in attendance who could clearly envisage being able to wear the gowns to formal events as well as to a wedding. Wrap dresses, being so versatile, are extremely popular right now, and are available from a number of sources, but not all are created equal. Erika’s dresses have a wonderful quality and feel. The gowns can be made in different weight fabrics and are made locally in South East Queensland.

Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video was lucky enough to be invited to capture the event and you can see some of the highlights below. If you weren’t able to get to the high-tea on Saturday then you should give the team at Gowns of Elegance a call and make a time to visit their showroom and take a look at their incredible range of both bridal and bridesmaid dresses.

Love me, Love my car

The leafy, semi-rural suburb of Brookfield proved a glorious backdrop for this divine couple and a very stylish Rolls Royce.

Whether you, or your partner, are complete rev-heads, or you simply want to arrive at your venue in style then classic cars can be a luxury well worth the money. The legends of the motoring industry make for fabulous props in your photos too, giving your photographer a whole range of additional creative opportunities.

Whilst the classics (think Rollers, Jags and Mercs), look the best, some modern motors look great too, and in the right location, especially in vibrant, urban locations, limousines can be the perfect choice, especially when you have a large bridal party to transport and parking is tricky.

Of course in Australia you can’t go past classic Holdens and Fords, particularly the muscle cars, but always be aware that many lack air-conditioning and that space in the back, particularly with a big dress, can be a little tight.

Whatever your taste, there will be a four wheel solution that complements your style and your budget and does so much more than just get you to the church on time.

Photo Credits:
Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video
Gown: George Wu
Suit: When Freddie Met Lilly
Rolls Royce: Somerton Limousines
Hair: House of Zion
Makeup: Kelly Weavers
Lighting: AV Ideas
Flowers: Pollen Florist
Models: Boss Models

 

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Gowns that your Grandmother might not like

Your grandma might not approve but there is a definite trend towards bridal gown designs that might cause blushes amongst earlier generations. Figure hugging sheer fabrics and see-through lace are now no longer the preserve of Hollywood sirens with a daring range of plunging necklines and low backs now de-rigeur in most modern collections. Skin is most certainly in!
Are you confident enough to strut in these stunning gowns from some of our favourite
designers?

 

Backdrop to Romance

An urban industrial background is transformed by an arbour, decorated by lush green foliage and a modern string curtain that provides a soothing, rhythmic flow framing the bride and groom. This is the perfect way to disguise and soften harsh backdrops or bring focus back to the bride and groom on a more open landscape

This is the perfect way to disguise and soften harsh backdrops or bring focus back to the bridal couple on a more open landscape.

Photo Credits:
Backdrop: Sugared Style
Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video
Gown: Darb Bridal Couture
Suit: When Freddie met Lilly
Hair: Whisk Hair
Makeup: Jess Brailak Makeup and Tanning
Venue: Mirra Private Dining and Events
Models: Laura 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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