Seaside Decadence with The Queens Quarters

Earlier this month I had the pleasure in participating in a shoot with an exciting new vendor The Queens Quarters who will be exhibiting at the wedding fair in Norwood on 12th April.

Founder and owner Katie Arena has been sourcing high quality furniture, vintage china and props for over 2 years now which has resulted in an inventory like non other.

During a recent meeting we chatted about putting together a shoot with the inspiration behind it coming from their vast china collection.  The table runner of tea pots, jugs and tea cups in addition to bright fresh blooms made the table literally sing.

A number of walkers along the beach came to admire this most decadent set up which was most definitely fit for any queen and her quarters!

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Styling: The Queens Quarters

Photography: Susie Styler Photography

Utopia & Glanville Hall

A big part of planning LCA fairs is to get out and about meeting with new and potential exhibitors and vendors. It’s a part of my business that I like the most since it normally involves lots of tea drinking!

I recently  met with Kelly Markos the owner and operator of two stunning and very different venues here in metro SA. These gorgeous venues are Utopia at Waterfall Gully and Glanville Hall.

Kelly manages both of these gorgeous venues along with her Husband Justin,  an award winning chef with a reputation for producing delicious menus and their team of experienced event professionals.

What was heart warming to hear was Kelly and Justin’s strong culture to make both of their venues a friendly and welcome place for couples to host their ceremonies and receptions. They make great effort to get to know all of their couples and help guide them where needed during the lead up to their wedding day.  They also don’t insist on their couples using a preferred supplier list and remain as flexible as possible and open to ideas.

Utopia at Waterfall Gully

I met Kelly at their first venue Utopia which is set within the conservation area of Waterfall Gully to the East of Adelaide just minutes from Greenhill Road. You’d never believe you’re so close to the city here as it has a gorgeous country feel about it.

Since the venue is heritage listed, it’s extremely picturesque and full of character incorporating stunning views and of course the iconic waterfall which offers spectacular photo opportunities whatever the season.

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Glanville Hall

Kelly and Justin acquired their second venue Glanville Hall which dates back to 1856 in 2014 and since then have refurbished it into a magnificent and elegant venue.

Located in the seaside suburb of Semaphore, this historical venue is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens next to a green golf course.  The building itself is best described as striking offering multiple options for ceremonies, photo opportunities and reception rooms.  The venue can accomodate both large and small weddings and with the support of Kelly and her experienced team, everything will be thought of leaving you to enjoy your day as it unfolds just perfectly.

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You can meet Kelly and her team at our Adelaide wedding fair on 12th April at Norwood Town Hall who will be on hand to chat to you about your wedding plans and how these to beautiful and very different venues may be the perfect place to host your wedding.

They’re also providing catering on the day so make it a date and enjoy some high tea inspired food and drink to make your visit on 12th April a memorable event.



Pretty in Pink at Al Ru

Following their engagement in Fiji, Nathan and Cosmina tied the knot last year at beautiful Al Ru Farm.

They first met when they were sweet 16 and had been together for 8.5 years before getting married.  Bride Cosmina orignates from Romania and so their wedding was a family affair with many of her relatives travelling all the way from Romania and the US to be with the couple on their big day.

The Bride wore a stunning gown by Liza Emanuel and the Bridesmaids wore long dusky pink dresses with different necklines.

The pink hues and pretty details flowed through the day with a gorgeous 3 tier cake complete with hand detailed sugar flowers designed by Qween of Cakes and bouquet by Angelik Blossoms who is one of our Norwood Exhibitors this coming April.

Their photographer was Bridget Quain Photography who has (as always!) captured the day just perfectly. Her timeless style really compliments this classic wedding.



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Photographer Bridget Quain Photography

Venue Al Ru Farm

Prop Hire + Styling Pretty Little Things- Event Style and Hire

Cake Qween of Cakes

Flowers Angelik Blossoms

Lights & Sound  Caso Light n Sound

Dress  Liza Emanuele

Bridesmaid Dresses Coralie Beatrix inc.

Groom and Groomsmen Suits Peter Shearer

Love Cherish Adore Your Business

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On the 20th May ’15, I’m excited to announce that LCA will be hosting a creative business workshop titled Love Cherish Adore Your Business, afterall, your business deserves to be loved cherished and adored!

This workshop has been work in progress for some time and with the help of Rene Gallagher from The Vintage Bride Boutique and the girls from Market & Style Co, I’m so excited about it actually coming to life.

Like many small businesses, LCA was created for me as a Wife and Mum to be able to be creatively fulfilled within the pockets of time that being that Wife and Mum allows me to be. I don’t consider myself any different from all of the creative small businesses in SA, Australia and the world who do the same. To love what they do.

I’ve worked in the wedding industry for well over 5 years now (prior to that I had a 10 year career in commercial banking) and during this time I’ve learnt alot and made many mistakes. One thing I have learnt over this time is the importance of  keeping your enterprise moving forward along with a strong visual marketing strategy. There are many ways to do this without breaking the bank which this workshop will help you to do.

The biggest difference of all from when I first began working in the wedding industry to now is the growing importance of social media and your business presentation both online and in retail, fairs and markets..

You can be the best at what you do but how you present it to your audience both online and in the real world can be make or break. Fact.

The workshop to be held at The Props Department will cover the following:

  • Social Media –  An introduction into why you should do it, how to do it well and how to save time doing it.
  • Branding – Give your business an identity and keep it consistent.
  • Photography – Some tips on why it’s important and some tips on how to do your own
  • Expo and market presentation – Wow your audience with some kick ass visual merchandising

The day will be fun, informative and motivational suiting any type of creative business within the wedding industry, retail or market scene.

Cost: $150.00 including light lunch

The Props Dept 12 Logan St Adelaide 10am – 3pm

For expressions of interest, please e mail or call Susie on 0415 409334

How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

There’s no getting away from the fact that South Australia like any other state in this beautiful country hosts a very large number of supremely talented photographers. Whilst some couples choose not to have their big day photographically documented, the vast majority do. So how to you begin to sift through them all and decide on which one is for you……?

To the untrained eye, photographers may at first glance all look the same however you can’t compare apples for apples when it comes to a photographer nor any other type of wedding vendor come to think of it.  There’s a number of distinctions between them all and actually, they are actually all as individual as you and I.


Let’s start with style. Each photographer will have his or her own signature style which is reflected in the composition of shots and editing techniques. Some are very modern and contemporary, some more classicaland timeless.  Some are more edgy with a masculine and industrial feel, some alot more soft and romantic plus everything else inbetween.   Your own interpretation of a style is up to you but it’s really important that you really connect and fall in love with one. To highlight this I’ve added a just few shots from some of LCA’s amazing directory listings.


Above:  Fiona Thurlings Photography


Above: Tamika Lee Photography

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Above: Helen Page Photography

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Above: Willow and French Photography


You’ll be spending up to 12 hours with your photographer/s so it’s important that there’s a personal connection again with you and them. This is why meeting your photographers before you commit to booking them is particularly important. Some may be very direct and extrovert whilst others will be quiet and discreet.  Go with your gut on this one. A good place to meet a photographer is a wedding fair. Just sayin’!

Price & Package

Each photographer will have his or her price structure and package dependent on many things with experience being something you should expect to pay for. Avoid where possible just booking the cheapest in your budget though and consider both personality and style before just booking.

I recently asked a few Brides why they decided to book their photographer and the answers were interesting and also validate my points above.


Personality! Our photographer was there when I cried putting my dress on (swore I wouldn’t cry at all!) And there for every other moment of emotion on the day. I couldn’t imagine having someone capture those intimate moments if we didn’t ‘click’ with them.We also looked through lots of portfolios to make sure we liked their style of photography which definitely differs between photographers


He seemed to understand us and our vintage theme. He made me feel that he wouldnt miss any special moments of our day which with everything else sealed the deal.


The reason I chose our photographer was because even though I looked through many “pretty” portfolios of other photographers, her photos made me feel emotion. I didn’t just see her photos, I felt them.


Some great advice from some real Brides there who have recently booked their photographers. Good luck finding the right photographer for you.

Boho Bride Inspiration

I had the pleasure of these lovely images hitting my inbox recently from René at The Vintage Bride Boutique here in Adelaide. She’s an extremely talented and creative lady who lives and breathes the industry with talents in many areas from painting, sewing and photography.

She recently travelled down to Willunga to put together a boho inspired shoot.  Over to René…..


“There is just something about a natural looking bride with flowers in her hair and when this dress arrived from the states i couldn’t get the image of a bohemian beach babe out of my head. So after much day dreaming I decided that this pretty dress couldn’t just sit within the racks, it needed to have some time in-front of the camera.

I grabbed my pretty sister, some flowers from the local shops, wire and ribbon and sat on the beach creating a headpiece and bouquet like the ones I had been day dreaming about and got to work.

I also incorporated some of my sisters shells and star fish into the flowers and wreath as I wanted to acknowledge the beautiful setting we were in at Willunga, down the south coast of Adelaide. It was so much fun to be behind the camera and seeing this vision come to life and this gorgeous dress be shown off for what it is.

I hope these series of photos show that with little effort you can have an incredibly beautiful look that is not only natural but shows your personality.”

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Dress, flowers, styling + makeup:  The Vintage Bride Boutique

Model: Mikki Mussared

Photography: Blush and Mint Photography

Pennys Hill E Shoot | Wes Beelders Photography

Aren’t e shoots just so romantic! They document the beginning of a beautiful wedding journey and it’s great to see a couple just as them selves. Two people, so in love ♥.

This particular e shoot was captured by Wes Beelders Photography at Pennys Hill Winery in McLaren Vale, a notable venue in this stunning wine region.

The cute couple chose their outfit oh so carefully and the dainty floral crown the Bride to be wore was the perfect finishing touch.

I wish you all the best with your wedding planning and thank Wes for submitting this gorgeous shoot. Enjoy.


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Love Cherish Adore Autumn 2016

2016 is here and you may have noticed that it’s a leap year so guess what Ladies, tradition says that you can propose this year!  How so, well according to Irish folklore, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick that ladies could propose to men every four years on 29th February.


If you’ve recently got engaged over the Christmas and New Year holidays then huge congratulations to you!  You’re certainly in the right place if you’re looking for some planning tips and awesome vendors to make your wedding day your best day ever.

Wedding fairs are a great place to get some inspiration and ideas plus you can meet vendors to see their work up close and get to know them.  They may also be able to give you an exclusive on the day offer or discount. What’s not to love about that!

Love Cherish Adore fairs offer a balanced mix of around 40 vendors at each fair which is enough to give you variety but not too many that you come away feeling overwhelmed.  You can enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival which will be served by Steve The Bartender and there’s gorgeous canvas bags for Brides filled with discounts and little treats. We’ll also be confirming a giveaway or 2 very soon for some lucky attendees.

Here’s the kind of inspiration you can expect from just some of our amazing vendors already confirmed.

Adelaide Wedding Fair

Above: Sponsor White Marquee


Above: Bridget Quain Photography

Adelaide photobooth

Above: Sweet Cheeks Photobooths

Renee Lee Boudoir Photography

Above: Renee Lee Boudoir Photography


Above: Akimbo Stationery


Above: The Sweet Tooth Factory


Above: Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers


Above: Minty Mary Pea

Lock It In!

The next Adelaide Wedding fair is on Sunday 3rd April 10am til 3pm at Norwood Town Hall which is so easy to find and get to with plenty available parking (not to mention some awesome shopping along The Parade!)

Tickets are currently available at an early bird price of $10.00 each or at the door for $15.00 each. Click HERE to order yours!

See you at the fair!

Team LCA

The First Dance

For some couples the first dance is an opportunity to wow the socks off your guests with a dirty dancing inspired routine with a lift crescendo. For others, it’s a slow lovey smooch infront of your nearest and dearest.  For some (like me and Hubs) it’s a frightening thought and so it was axed from our schedule entirely.

I kind of regret that decision now as if we’d had time to get some proper dancing lessons I’m sure we could have put together something that made us look like we were long time dancing partners. Time wasn’t on our side though as we organised our wedding in a bit of a rush (and I was also expecting our Daughter at 10 weeks!)

The song you and your fiance choose a personal one and like everything in life, there are trends of certain songs that are popular. To help you along your way,  Spotify recently analysed over 30,000 tracks and put together a playlist of the  most requested first dance songs of 2014.

You’re welcome!


The Greta Kate Launch

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Greta Kate launch and bridal bazaar at Greta Kate HQ in Norwood.


On arrival  I passed through Greta’s client area which is beautifully styled and oozes elegance. It’s an extremely decadent area for her to meet and greet with clients and also for the all important measure ups and fittings.



I then headed through to the back garden which I have to say was beautifully styled throughout and the light was super gorgeous as golden hour set upon us.

Familiar faces aka Caitlyn from Caitlyns Cakes and Celeste from Illume Flowers and Events where also there as part of the bridal bazaar.  Caitlyn showcasing some yummo cakes and cupcakes and Celeste with some stunning floral designs (including Peonies oh yeah!!!)

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So let’s talk about Greta herself and her story.  Well she’s a well travelled girl and a fully locally qualified fashion designer. Bridal wear is a relatively new addition to her portflio and she also designs all kinds of bespoke dresses for all types of special occasions.

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Her bridalwear collection in particular is well thought through with attention to detail in making sure the Bride feels as special as she should do. There are pretty kimonos for Bridesmaids to hire and all Brides receive a white kimono as part of the bridal package and overall experience.

Within the busy crowd there were lots of excited engaged Brides to be who revelled in the runway show which was flawless and well curated with the designs definitely having some international inspiration with a dash of couture thrown in.  Slightly out of the box without being alternative.  I must say, I fell in love.  Greta herself mentioned during her speech that she wanted to design a collection that was seen as being a little bit different and she totally nailed her brief. Words that spring to my mind are floaty, beaded, boho, couture, off white, metallic and French.

Plus, her collection doesn’t stop at the Bride.  There were some uber cute flower girl dresses too with two of the most adorable models.


Greta Kate’s designs are a unique twist on traditional bridal wear and I personally loved every single piece in her collection.  Congratulations Greta I wish you great things and every success!


The First Look

Traditionally, the Bride and Groom don’t see each other before the wedding as it was considered to be bad luck. They get ready separately and only get to see each other for the first time as the Bride walks down the aisle.

There’s plenty of beautiful images captured of this beautiful moment where the Groom sees his beautiful Bride for the very first time as she glides down the aisle. Then, the ceremony begins….

For some Brides (and Grooms!) however the pressure of this moment hapenning infront of a crowd of guests can be a little overwhelming. Que tears and messy make up oh dear.

So how about breaking with tradition and opting for a first look instead.

What is a first look and why might it be beneficial to you?

There’s pro’s and con’s to most things in life however let’s start with what it is and the pro’s.

A first look is time for a Bride and Groom to come together, in private  for around an hour before the ceremony. A pre arranged secluded spot is scouted by the photographer where the Groom nervously waits for his beautiful Bride who walks towards him and taps him on the shoulder. He then turns round to see her for the first time.


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WOW. So powerful.

For many couples, this magical and private time together helps to ease any nervousness they may have had prior to seeing each other therefore making the ceremony alot less stressful.

It’s also a great time for photos too as you’re not rushing to spend time with your guests, your hair and make up are fresh and there’s enough natural light for flattering images therefore creating a calmer timeline to your day.

So why not break from tradition and organise a first look with your Husband or Wife to be.

LCA Loves ♥ Rubix Booths

Our Spring fair saw Rubix Booths back for a third time showcasing their awesome open photobooth.  These guys run an extremely professional and slick operation and are an absolute delight to deal with.  So friendly and welcoming.

They treated LCA’s guests last week to experience their booth and here are some of the fun images! Maybe you feature here let us know…

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