Rustic McLaren Vale Wedding

Bride Kira and Groom Tom met their photographer Bridget Quain at a Love Cherish Adore fair earlier this year.

Their vision was to create a rustic inspired wedding and that they did extremely well indeed!

They chose to have their Ceremony and Reception  at ‘Oliver’s at White Hill’ in McLaren Vale which was the perfect setting for this beautiful wedding.

There’s a number of cute little details that catch my eye such as the gorgeous green shoes the Bridemaids wore, the lucky horseshoes and the vintage bicycle. How adorable is the heart of petals at the ceremony too…….!

The Bride wore a gown from SA based boutique The Ultimate Bride which was balanced by the muted hues of the bouquet created by her Aunt.

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Photographed by Bridget Quain Photography

Celebrant:  Ann Grant

Dress:   The Ultimate Bride

Venue:  Olivers

Whalers Beach House Styled Shoot | Victor Harbour

I’m beyond thrilled to present this styled shoot to you and I’m actually struggling for words to describe it, it’s that stunning.

The shoot was photographed by Emme Jade Photography and styled by House of Allure and also features one of our exhibitors this Spring, Caitlyn’s Cakes.

What gave you the inspiration for this beautiful shoot?

The idea grew out of a creative need for Lisa and I to create our dream wedding shoot, something she could have creative freedom to style, and something I had creative freedom to capture. Using the stunning location of Eat @ Whalers Resort as our inspiration, and the most unique, beautifully hand beaded dress by Emma Jean as a base for the colors,  we let our creative sides do the rest…

I can not thank the team behind this shoot enough, and I hope you can see a little bit of all our creative sides in these photos, as well as it inspiring you to create a wedding that is truly unique and true to your heart.

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Models :  Matty and Andrea

Styling + Stationery:  House of Allure

Make Up : Lacey Bell Make Up Artist

Hair : Erika Clarke

Dress :  Emma Jean

Flowers : Bird & Brak Flowers

Cake :  Caitlyns Cakes

Location – Whalers Victor Harbour

 

LCA Loves ♥ Hank in Chief

Ever so often a vendor catches my eye and recently it was this little beauty by the name of Hank in Chief.  Mens bow ties remain a popular choice for Grooms and their Groomsmen however finding the right one can be a tricky little task…..until now!

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Tell us more about Hank in Chief!

The story of Hank in Chief, well it all started a little before the 3rd August 2013 (the day I got married). I searched high and low for the perfect bow-tie for our Groomsmen and couldn’t find anything that hit the spot. So instead I found a fabric that we loved and I made them myself! Making, designing and sewing has always been in my blood so it felt only natural that I use my skills and make our bow-ties. After our big day and with quiet a few custom bow-tie requests, I began to realise quickly that there was a gap in the market for swanky handmade bow-ties. Before I knew it Hank in Chief was born.

There is something wonderfully uncomplicated about men’s fashion that I am drawn to. Men can be adventurous when it comes to accessorising and I love how it can bring out an aspect of their personality especially with a bow-tie.

A lot of what I do is custom design for weddings. It has become Hank in Chiefs obvious point of difference. Having also been there myself (in desperate need of the perfect bow-tie and finding nothing that will do) I do love being able to help my customers by finding the perfect fabric and seeing their faces when their idea has come to life. This is the best part!

I also offer a large range of ready to wear bow-ties on my website. These beauties each have a name, a personality and a year of inspiration that is drawn from the 1920s through to the 1950s. A handsome and classic period that I draw much of my inspiration from. As I sew each bow-tie I think about the type of chap that I envision wearing it. I guess you could say that there is a strong theatrical presence in what I do too.

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w:  www.hankinchief.com

f:  https://www.facebook.com/Hankinchief

 

Miss Fisher & Friends – A Riverland Styled Shoot

Introducing to you Miss Fisher and some of her gorgeous girlfriends from the Riverland which is where she was created and founded by Kathy Elliott and her Husband.

Miss Fisher’s SA’s only travelling vintage mobile bar, being restored over the last 8 months with extreme loving care and attention.

Not only is she uber stylish but she’s practical too as she brings all the trappings of a working bar to your wedding or event including a fridge and inlaid ice tubs so you can mix up a cocktail or serve your favourite beer or wine just how you like it!

Recently, Miss Fisher collaborated with some of her Riverland friends to create a styled shoot , showcasing some of the amazing talent that lies to the North East of our beautiful state.

In fact, it’s worth mentioning that the Riverland is fast becoming a hot destination for weddings not only for couples in South Australia but from across our Eastern states too.  Savvy and stylish couples are falling in love with the beauty that is the Riverland plus also the benefit in stretching their budget.

The idea behind this collaborative shoot was to be able to showcase the very high standard of services being offered from suppliers in the Riverland  in addition to the many wonderful photo shoot opportunities.

The collaborative team  behind this shoot decided on a woodlands wedding theme as it is a contrast to the region and demonstrates the diversity of the amazing Riverland environment.

The shoot was photographed by Karen Jericho of Photography By Karen and a full list of vendors is listed below.

Enjoy!

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Photography: Photography By Karen

Flowers:  Flowers by Jodie Lee 

Hair : Jarahs Hair

Styling   A Day To Remember Wedding Planning

MUA: Evella Skin & Body

Cake: Sammi Jo

Van:  Little Vintage Bar & Van

Models :

Zoe Klonaris

Corey Klonaris

Jess Dimas

Trent Rice

 

A Carrick Hill Wedding by Lucy Jane Weddings

Carrick Hill has to be one of LCA’s most favourite venues in SA.  It’s a hidden gem full of character and history with stunning views and unrivalled photo opportunities.

Photographer Lucy Jane Weddings has captured the story of Kirsten and Sangseo’s wedding perfectly which is full of understated elegant details and pretty pink hues.

Love their car too, I’m checking out Fiat’s website right after I’m finished typing. Sooooo cute!

Enjoy this utterly dreamy wedding and all it’s beautiful details.

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Photography: Lucy Jane Weddings

Dress:  Bridal on Pultney

Suit:  Hugo Boss

Wedding ring:  Gerald McCabe

Flowers:  Green Leaf Flowers

Celebrant: Peter Champion

Video: Captivate Films
 

 

 

Newly Engaged? Here’s 3 Handy Tips

Firstly, if you’re newly engaged, congratulations!

Being engaged is lots of fun and most importantly is a super lovely time to spend with your groom to be (or bride to be, Hi grooms!) plus you get to plan a wedding!

Secondly, there are a slew of articles on the web that tell you where to start when you first get engaged, a lot of these are overwhelming and can, more often than not, make you feel like you’re behind before you’ve even started. I’m two months away from walking down the aisle myself so I completely understand that taking the first steps down your wedding planning path can be the hardest. So whether you’re someone that has had their perfect day planned since they were 12 or someone who has never even considered what they want their wedding to be like, here are my top 3 tips on where to start when you become engaged.

1:: GET PINTEREST!

I am so serious about this, it is the bomb. Even if you use it for nothing else other than wedding ideas, it is the number one place to start. Make that wedding board and pin like crazy! Eventually, you will notice themes and that you’re pinning similar things over and over.

Not sure what kind of dress you want? Not sure what sort of colour scheme you’re going to go for? Patterns will emerge! Decades ago women would buy bridal magazines, cut out all the pictures they liked and stick them all down, this is the exact same but with a lot less scissor and glue stick related injury.
Once you’ve pinned and pinned for a few solid months, go back through your board and delete anything that doesn’t fit with your themes/decisions you’ve been making. If it’s pretty clear you’re after a vineyard wedding, delete the pins related to beach weddings etc.
Pinterest also becomes a great sounding board for your groom/mum/bridesmaids/anyone else involved in the wedding planning because it’s basically a window into your mind. They’ll know exactly what you’re after and where you’re at and the whole process will be far more efficient.

2:: Attend Bridal Fairs

There are so many reasons why these events are ace. The most important is that it showcases your local vendors. You can read a zillion bridal magazines (which are also fantastic) but nothing beats having knowledgeable, reputable and local vendors laid out in front of you that you can chat to, ask questions and maybe even end up booking. They’re also great when you’re just getting started because they can help to guide you on your way of what sort of wedding you’re after.

When I found Love Cherish Adore (shameless plug!) I felt the asense of direction towards all the things I wanted at my wedding. You also generally get a little showbag of goodies and vendor info and more often than not the vendors run competitions for freebies or percentages off their services. They’re also a really great day out in general and it’s really fun to feel all bridey.

3:: Pick The Big Things First

Celebrant (particularly important), venues, rings, guest list, catering, the bigger things, in my opinion, are definitely where you should start. Because at the end of the day, these are the cogs that will get the whole machine moving. Unless you absolutely know that you want a specific pair of shoes or ring dish etc, then these sorts of finer detail decisions can be made later on in the planning phase (though I must admit, the very first wedding related purchase I made was our cake topper!)

Bonus tip:: Start Early

Now I don’t mean within the hour that the ring goes on! But I do promise that this will really help. The earlier you start to put some ideas in motion, jotting things down and opening that pinterest account, the easier the whole experience will be!

Love Kirby xx

 

Just Jars

How ever many DIY touches you’re looking to put into your wedding, at some point you may need vessels for your bonbonniere, flowers, jam, honey, sweets etc etc.

They’re cost effective, versatile and also eco friendly as they can easily be recyled.

Their versatility however is probably their strongest selling point with endless options of how they can be used.

Sourcing your jars can sometimes prove to be a challenge however Just Jars may ‘just’ save the day!  They have a huge range of jars in stock and are based here in Australia.

Here’s a little inspiration for you provided by Just Jars to illustrate a few ideas of what you can do with a simple jar. Simple but oh so effective!

 

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Just Jars Australia

http://www.justjars.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/justjars

Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

 

A simple guide by Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers

Selecting an engagement ring is arguably one of the most exciting and daunting decisions that you or your partner is bound to go through. There are endless designs and options when it comes to diamond shape and specifications and to make the matter more complicated when it comes to the engagement ring, there are no longer any strict rules. Furthermore, with coloured gemstones becoming increasingly popular it’s a wonder anyone can make the right decision as to what their partners dream engagement ring may be.

More and more are opting to share this special experience to alleviate the pressure from one party and ensure the prospective partners’ happiness, however, this method is not for everyone. Some people thrive in romantic situations and opt for the theatre of surprise in order to fulfil the true romantic fantasy of the “on one knee” proposal.

If you are a romantic at heart and would prefer to surprise your loved one, information can be acquired subtly – regarding basic style. For example, if you both are walking past a jewellers window maybe just stop next time and have a quick peek – I am sure your unsuspecting other will also stop and offer some helpful hints. Friends and siblings can also be invaluable spies when trying to determine a prospective design and gemstone. Proposals with the unset diamond only are also becoming quite popular – keeping the element of surprise and preserving the romance, but allowing your partner to also play a major part in the ring design – taking pressure off you!

 

Regardless of whether you are planning a surprise engagement or if you would prefer to design the dream ring together, there are a few things that are “need to know” when it comes to selecting the perfect engagement ring for you and your partner.

Rough Design

Do you think a plain band or diamond band would be preferred? Solitaire engagement rings are the best idea if you are unsure of design preferences, as you can focus on making the beautiful centre gemstone the main feature. However, perhaps your partner enjoys vintage style, and would prefer an elegant diamond Halo ring, which is the most highly coveted design at the moment. After all – you don’t have to be a saint to wear a halo.

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Focal gemstone

Although it’s difficult to get it wrong with a beautiful diamond – some people may prefer a favourite coloured gemstone to really get the unique Engagement ring that was always dreamt of. While gemstones such as the very rare Tanzanite and beautiful Aquamarine present beautifully, they are not ideal for everyday wear, such as in an Engagement ring. This is due to the characteristics of the gemstone which affects its longevity and durability of day to day wear. The reason diamonds are the perfect gemstone for an Engagement ring is because they are the hardest compound known to man – meaning they truly “are forever”.

Sapphires and Rubies come in a range of colours and although they are not as hard as diamonds – they are much more durable than other gemstones and therefore are also appropriate for an engagement ring. Small pink sapphires are being incorporated into diamond halos or delicately placed inside the band for a more personal touch – a secret that only you and your loved one share.

If you think a diamond is the right stone for you, you still have a few things to consider. You will undoubtable have heard about the “4 Cs”, which is the process of evaluating a diamond based on four keys factors: cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. The 4 Cs are a wonderful starting point to choosing a beautiful diamond, however evaluating a diamond merely by the 4 Cs is like describing your beloved on the basis of height and eye colour! Two diamonds can look the same “on paper” but can actually be very different when viewed in person. The beauty of a diamond depends more on how well it has been cut than anything else. Understanding the cut of a diamond begins with the shape of the stone eg Round Brilliant, Princess Cut or Emerald Cut. However, in determining the value and beauty of a diamond, the “cut” refers to the stones proportions, symmetry and polish – not shape.

Although nature determines a rough diamonds clarity and colour, the hands of master craftsmen release its fire, brilliance and scintillation. When a diamond is cut to exact proportions – neither too deep or too shallow – light reflects inside the stone from one mirror to another and reappear through the top of the stone, making it seem to radiate from within.

Such diamonds are cut to exacting proportions that maximise the beauty of the diamond – such precision often requires sacrificing some of the rough diamonds carat weight, but truly creates a brilliance that is second to none, or the “Ideal Cut” Diamond.

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Budget

Come on guys, this is an easy one! While some people have an exact budget and others may be slightly vague, it is a great idea to let your consultants know as soon as possible what you were hoping to spend. This will help us narrow down options such as diamond specifications and source the most beautiful gemstones that are going to suit your budget. When it comes to diamonds, sacrificing carat weight over diamond cut is always gently recommended, as mentioned before these are the diamonds that truly display beauty and brilliance.

Finger size

It’s possible that this can be estimated, however if the ring is being custom made it is best to know the finger size before manufacturing begins so no further adjustments need be made and your loved one can show off her perfect engagement ring straight away.

Equipped with this information prospective fiancés can walk into their manufacturing jewellers and have a dream ring created within the shortest time possible. However, obtaining this information is not always that easy and subtle hints can quickly evolve into a conspicuous interrogation if you aren’t careful. Nevertheless, if you are concerned that you can’t acquire this information without giving the game away, there’s no need to fret, as that is what the experts are for! Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers is a family owned and operated business, and has been offering expert advice on Engagement rings and gemstones for over 50 years. Whether you have some idea or are completely clueless – the friendly staff have seen it all and are more than happy to offer advice, organise hand sketches or computer aided designs so you have every opportunity to wow your fiancé.

 

Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers

21 Pulteney Street

Adelaide

(08) 8223 5447

www.mazzone.com.au

Rilda Welcomes You!

When a newly restored vintage caravan and a group of creative and passionate wedding vendors get together for a photo shoot, something magical happens….. Last month a fabulous collaboration of vendors and suppliers from across SA got together in the Barossa within the grounds of Chateau Tanunda for a shoot inspired by the transformation of Rilda the caravan. The vibe of the shoot was to capture some flirty girly wedding fun with pretty pastel hues to give a nod to Rilda’s heritage. The shoot was made possible with thanks to a fabulous line up of vendors and kind permission from Chateau Tanunda to use their land. So meet the team!

Little Vintage Bar & Van

Rilda, the Brides Trailer is the brainchild of Kathy Elliott of Little Vintage Bar & Van.  Named after Kathy’s Grandmother, Rilda has been a wonderful labour of love involving many, many hours of restoration. With her husband Ross, they set about bringing this 1968 Harris caravan that had spent quite a few years out in the weather back to life….. Rilda has a serenity about her and when people step inside they inevitably start to whisper. For that reason Kathy decided to offer Rilda as a Brides Trailer for hire. The perfect haven on a Wedding Day for a Bride to have her wedding photos, pre wedding glass of champers or simply a retreat between ceremony and reception.. Rilda can be custom styled for any occasion and will bring many smiles and memories to those she meets..

Cake Bites

Based in the Adelaide Hills, Cake Bites has over 8 years experience of cake designing and it’s worth noting that  all of her stunning cakes are  made from scratch with love using local ingredients. Cake Bites made and provided the gorgeous naked cake, biscuits and scones which were the perfect addition to the shoot and enjoyed by all after the shoot nom nom nom!

The Eclectic Bride

Our super models Jess and Lauren wore bespoke vintage inspired gowns designed and hand made using vintage materials by  The Eclectic Bride, a business that’s about to launch in the Barossa.

MintCloud Makeup Styling

Our MUA for the day was Lauren from Mintcloud Makeup & Styling who has over 10 years experience in the industry.  Lauren really loves making people feel their best with a strong belief in providing a personal touch. Ensuring her clients are completely comfortable and happy is of the upmost importance. The makeup Lauren used for the shoot  was designed to give a soft romantic look.  A light golden shimmer eye  along with some extra lashes for a touch of glamour.   Cheeks were given a peachy pink highlighted hue and Lips were given a soft peachy/pink and a peachy brown colour to ensure that the models natural beauty shone through.

Miss Maggies Flowers

Based in the Barossa, Miss Maggies Flower believes the flowers for your wedding should be unique. With this in mind they don’t offer pre-prepared packages, preferring to discuss your individual requirements with you and tailor your wedding  specifically to your needs and budget. They also have one of the largest range of vintage and eclectic vases, original pieces and props to personalise your wedding day including table flowers, ceremony flowers, table numbers, runners, vintage props, lolly bars, suitcases, drink stations and other general styling.

 High Tea at Home

High Tea at Home can set you up with everything you need to host a fabulous High Tea party.  For the shoot they provided authentic vintage chinawear, cake stands and serving wear along with some gorgeous champagne flutes. These ladies will develop your event concept, arrange catering and provide you with all the infrastructure, service items and decorations you need for an ‘Instagram-worthy’ High Tea party.  They’ll even deliver, set up and style your event and at the end of the day, will come and collect all of the items for you. With affordable packages, stunning service items and award winning event managers on their team, it’s no wonder the ladies from High Tea at Home have developed the reputation as Adelaide’s ‘go-to’ High Tea supplier.

Bridget Quain Photography

Our outstanding photographer for this shoot is Bridget Quain Photography.  Bridget runs her boutique Wedding Photography business in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and prides herself on her ability to provide a very personal level of service. This enables her to create a clear understanding of your Wedding Day and what it is you wish to illustrate.  Her natural style of photography, and relaxed approach to the day, will quickly put you at ease.  This is ultimately reflected in your resulting images, with many a happy client in her collection.

 

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Photographer: Bridget Quain Photography

Van:  Little Vintage Bar & Van

MUA:  Mintcloud Makeup Styling

Cakes:  Cake Bites

China: High Tea at Home

Flowers:  Miss Maggies Flowers

Gowns:  The Eclectic Bride – 0421253901

Vintage Wedding Inspiration

I was over the moon when Lucinda May Photography submitted this simply beautiful shoot featuring an awesome collaboration of local vendors.  The light, the location, the flowers, the dress,  the flawless hair and makeup and my fave the wooden swing adorned with flowers, absolutely everything in this shoot is just stunning. What’s inspirational is that this is all available here in Adelaide and made possible thanks to Lucinda May Photography, The Vintage Bride Boutique, Bella in Bloom, L’amour Hair & Makeup Design and Stevens Estate. I defy you not to ooooo and ahhh through this post!! It’s just divine. Lucinda May Photography-100 Lucinda May Photography-101 Lucinda May Photography-103 Lucinda May Photography-105 Lucinda May Photography-109 Lucinda May Photography-110 Lucinda May Photography-111 Lucinda May Photography-116 Lucinda May Photography-118 Lucinda May Photography-119 Lucinda May Photography-122 Lucinda May Photography-127 Lucinda May Photography-131 Lucinda May Photography-132 Lucinda May Photography-133 Lucinda May Photography-136 Lucinda May Photography-137 Lucinda May Photography-141 Lucinda May Photography-142 Lucinda May Photography-144 Lucinda May Photography-148 Lucinda May Photography-150 Lucinda May Photography-153 Lucinda May Photography-154 Lucinda May Photography-158 Lucinda May Photography-161 Lucinda May Photography-163 Lucinda May Photography-166 Lucinda May Photography-171 Lucinda May Photography-172 Lucinda May Photography-173 Lucinda May Photography-177

Vendors

Photography : Lucinda May Photography

Hair and Make Up: L’amour Hair & Make Up Design

Dress: The Vintage Bride Boutique

Flowers:  Bella in Bloom

Location:  Stevens Estate

Adelaide Hills Winery Wedding

There’s so much to love about a winery wedding and this beautiful wedding  set in the Adelaide Hills is no exception.

The soft pastel colour palette chosen by the couple set amongst the rustic landscape is simply timeless.  A perfect contrast against the golden autumnal vines.

Their day was expertly captured by Bridget Quain Photography who is exhibiting with us again this coming August.

Enjoy!

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Props/candy bar/chairs – Hire me SA http://www.hiremesa.com.au

Flowers – Poppies flowers http://poppiesflowers.com.au

Cake – Sweet Beas https://www.facebook.com/SweetBeas

Celebrant – Bronwyn Lindsay http://celebrantofadelaide.vpweb.com.au

Photographer – Bridget Quain http://www.bqphotography.com.au/

Spread The Love ~ Mini Jam Bonbonnieres

When it comes to bonbonierre, you want something small, cute, memorable and useable.  You could opt for plain old sugared almonds however that’s just a tad boring to be honest!

Offering something local and meaningful to your guests is a great option and  you can’t get more local than iconic Adelaide Hills based brand Beerenberg.

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They have a great range of mini jams and honey pots which are perfect to give to guests as a little momento of your day to thank them for ‘spreading the love….’  They’re also cost effective and most importantly of all they are local produce.

Why not stop by Beerenberg on the way to or from the fair on 3rd August?!

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