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

How To Find Your Make Up Artist

Ruby is getting married this Spring and wrote this blog post about how to find a MUA.  Based on her experience so far she has some great tips and questions to ask before you book.


So far I’ve spent many hours looking at Facebook pages and websites to try and find the perfect Makeup Artist, but it is not as easy as it seems, especially if you don’t know anyone who does it as a profession. My wedding will be at the start of  wedding season, so that added to half the problem as a lot of people get booked out over a year in advance. I found someone who was perfect and whose style I loved. She had also done my makeup previously for a friends wedding however she was already booked on the dayof my wedding so I had no idea where to start next as my budget also played a big factor.

My experience so far is that I value not only a make up artist’s experience, skills and quality tools to do the job but their personality. I really think it’s important therefore if you can to meet your makeup artist before booking,  for example at a wedding fair like Love Cherish Adore.

So if you are on the hunt for a makeup artist, try to not hunt for that perfect makeup image. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and have a reality check as usually the most beautiful makeup is done on an already beautiful girl, so you almost have to visualise the makeup on it’s own. You may also not find the exact look you are after in someones photo gallery as perhaps they haven’t had the chance to do that style yet, so give them a chance and ask some questions first, or better yet send them some pictures and ask if they are able to create the look you’re after.

Some questions you may want to ask and actions to take:

Are you available on my date?

There is no point getting caught up on your new favourite MUA if they aren’t available and many get booked up very quickly.
How many weddings do you do a day? This is particularly important if you have a big wedding party and you want to ensure everyone gets equal time spent on them to make them feel special.

How much per person (including individual lashes)?

This one is a no brainer, you need to know how much you are spending. I really didn’t want to spend more than $80 per person originally, but now I think anything up to $100 is reasonable. You have to allow for the cost of their time, their experience and training, their makeup and their tools. These things can all be quite costly, so you are not just paying for the on the day expense.

Ensure you get a written quote

I found that often the prices weren’t on the websites as I guess the MUA possibly change their prices often, so they may not want to be caught out with an out of date price from their website. It’s a good idea to have this in writing, so you can compare prices and know exactly what needs to be paid, and this is also the stage they should include your details on the quote so they have it for their own information.

Do you charge a travel fee, and how much?

My wedding is down in the Fleurieu, so for a few of my vendors I am having to pay a travel fee, but if it means you get what you want then you are going to have to pay it. My MUA is charging $1 per Km of travel, which seems to be the general deal.

What time on the day do you arrive?

Not knowing our on the day timeline yet, I’ve asked my MUA, for 5 faces what time will she need to arrive to get all the makeup done in time for the ceremony start time. As she knows how long each face will approximately take her she gave me a guideline to work with, that will be useful for timing with the hairdresser.

What brand of makeup do you use?

I’m not going to pretend I know which brands are the best, but there tends to be a liking towards certain brands. You may also have an issue with your skin on certain brands so it doesn’t hurt to know. You could also buy some of it yourself to see how it goes on your skin before hand, and if you are happy then it can always be used for touch ups.

Table Planning Dilemmas


I would wage a large bet on most couples having a difficult time when it comes to arranging their seating plan.  I know I did.

I clearly remember the phone call my Mum made to me, in tears, asking me why my Great Uncle Arthur wasn’t sat on the same table as the rest of the family.  Our tables sat 10 and to include him would mean seating 12 at the table which simply wasn’t possible. I could seat him and his partner at the table but then I’d have to move another couple therefore creating another dilemma!  I was never going to win…..

Sound familiar?!

Family fueds, divorces, step parents, warring siblings, the list goes on. The fact is that you’ll never, ever, please everyone. Once you’re able to accept that then you’re halfway to shrugging of the stress of organising who sits where.

However here are some possible solutions to your table planning dilemmas.

Top table seating arragements can easily cause issues when there’s not enough room to have everyone you would like there or if relations are strained following a divorce or separation.

Traditionally the top table is for the Bride and Groom, Bestman, Bridesmaids and the couples Parents.  This is however tradition and these days anything goes so there’s nothing stopping you seating your Best Man and chief Bridesmaid only at the top table leaving the family to mix with the rest of the guests or host their own tables.

If  you’re feeling like you can’t accommodate everyone at your top table then you could also consider a sweetheart table where only the Bride and Groom sit.

The next thing to consider it whether you go for round tables or long straight tables.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages and your decision is largely based on the venue and the space that it affords.

Consider also who gets on with who and if you’re aware of any issues then you may decide to mix tables up with a mixture of guests from both the Bride and Grooms side.

Then once you’ve nailed the table plan you can move on to the fun bit of styling it and in the meantime, just remember, you’ll never, ever please everyone.

Susie x

5 Reasons Why a Winter Wedding is a Good Idea


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My own wedding was early Springtime in the UK almost 10 years ago and whilst it wasn’t a Winter wedding, I won’t lie to you, it was absolutely freezing that day! Around 8 degrees with a wind chill factor thrown in just to make it even colder.

Once the formalities were done at the church then we all headed off to a gorgeous hotel in the Cotswolds where a beautiful log fire awaited us all.  The weather was no longer a factor and we all concentrated on celebrating  until the wee hours. I can’t imagine enjoying myself any more that day than if we’d celebrated in the Summertime.

Whilst most people will choose not to get married in the Winter time in Australia, there’s plenty of good reasons why a Winter wedding may be a good idea.


Since many wedding vendors and venues go into semi retirement over the Winter period, it doesn’t mean that they are unavailable.  Some choose to take this time off to recouperate before it all gets crazy busy again, however some may be willing to discount their  costs making it a better time financially to get married.

Choice of Vendors

I’ve already mentioned that some suppliers and vendors take Winter as a time to down tools and get some well earnt rest, however it may mean that you may be able to commission a particular vendor that’s already booked up during the busy season.


There’s so much going on over the Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons with Christmas, Mad March, January holidays and everyone else getting married. With this in mind, you may be able to ensure that everyone you want is available to attend your big day.


So we all know that Winter weather certainly here in SA can be chilly and wet however if you assume this is going to be the case then you can plan around it.  Furthermore, it means that your flowers, hair and make up will have a better chance of lasting the duration if you’re not sweating through a 40 degree day.


From a photography perspective, with the sun being lower in the sky then the light at certain times of the day can be more flattering than harsh Summer light. Plus Winter means you can go crazy with lots of candles to create some soft romantic lighting for your reception.

Love Susie x