Thursday, December 27, 2012

Le Kiosk, Shelly Beach

Le Kiosk, a Sydney icon nestled within Cabbage Tree Bay Marine Reserve and metres from the sandy seaside of Shelly Beach, is a heritage-listed sandstone cottage that offers old-world charm and a reputation as one of Sydney’s best located and most romantic restaurants. Situated on the only west-facing beach in Sydney, Le Kiosk has stunning ocean and beach views back to Manly and Queenscliff.

Private and tranquil, Le Kiosk provides a picture perfect package in one with its beautiful ceremony locations and fantastic photo opportunities. An adjacent outdoor garden area surrounded by subtropical vegetation is the ideal spot for your friends and family to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés of 20-60 guests. With breathtaking views and glass doors opening out onto your own private balcony, this venue is perfect for an intimate reception.

Le Kiosk offers contemporary Australian cuisine and an extensive wine list that brings together a dining experience not to be missed. Inspired by Le Kiosk’s waterfront position, the menus focus on fresh flavours using quality seafood and ingredients to create a modern and exciting dining experience.

With Le Kiosk's unique beachfront location, its contemporary Australian cuisine and the professional and friendly staff, you can rest assured you will enjoy a dining experience that will make your special day one to be remembered for years to come.

The private dining room is located above the Sandbar and is suitable for parties.

Visit Le Kiosk.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Soulstory: Recreating Your Story

The reason good poems are remembered is because of the great sentence.
The reason films are remembered is because of one great scene.
SoulStory believe a collection of special moments can lead to great work, but it's not possible without the stories that come before and after. SoulStory call this 'the soul of the story'.

Their story began with the meeting of two creative teams; one who holds-still special moments in time, the other who weaves cinematic stories that captivate moving moments. Both adored each other’s creations, and so, to truly capture the soul of your story, Thayen and SoulStoryArt created SoulStory

Their work is not only based on how you envision it to be retold, but also on how it is to be shared. After all, memories aren’t stories unless they are laughed and felt with family and friends.

Visit SoulStory to view their stunning images.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Special Offer from DresSense Bridal

DresSense Bridal and Formal are now offering, for the very first time, a 10% discount to all brides that order a Maggie Sottero or Sottero Midgley gown before the 31st of January 2013, or while stock last! 

What a better way to start the New Year than to find your dream wedding gown!?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch @ The Morrison, Sydney

Catching up with the girls, celebrating a birthday or even a hens' party? Ladies Who Lunch is the event for you. 

The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, located in the heart of Sydney's CBD, have just launched their new packages – starting at $49 per person. 

Sparkle upgrades are available, enquire when making your booking. 

Enquiries via email to or call (02) 9247 6744

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Real Life Wedding: Simone and Andy 10.11.12

Images by Denise Teo Photography
Reportage - French word for 'documenting of the event, capturing the reality of the visual content', or as Australian's would say 'candid - nothing too posie!'

Bride and groom, Simone and Andy married at Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral Beach on the special date 10.11.12, on a sunny summer's Saturday.

This was the best 'arrival of the bride' ever! Simone walked down the aisle while Barry White's 'I can't get enough of your love babe' filled the air, and Andy got into the groove and rhythm of it all. This really showed the fun-loving side of the couple and demonstrated their good sense of humour.

Rings were exchanged, a kiss to 'seal the deal', then papers were signed. Ms Rosseau and Mr West were married...

Superb couture food and fine refreshments were served to the lucky guests. Closest family and friends greeted them with hugs and kisses after the ceremony. All was good in the universe on the beautiful coastline of Sydney's Northern beaches...

Let them eat cake! Talk about decadent... thirty-five guests were treated to a menu of 'pure couture' food at Bathers Pavilion for the reception. The food was absolutely delicious – enough to please any food critic anywhere in the world! Mezzapica of Leichhardt made a stunning cake of triple chocolate with ganache filling on the bottom, and exquisite vanilla tiramisu on the top! The cake was that impressive, many guests said it was possibly the best wedding cake they had ever tasted!

After the food, the very talented triple Aria award-winning band, Monsieur Camembert, played themselves into everyone's heart. They set the mood for the very happy vibe felt by all at the wedding, and played some French songs to the delight of French bride Simone. 

So the newlyweds cut the cake and then took to the dancefloor for the all-important first dance as husband and wife. Before long, the bride's parents Albert and Arlette were in each other's arms, young at heart and in love all over again. Love was definitely in the air.

Images by Denise Teo Photography
The afternoon had flown by... Nieces and nephews ran freely, swimming and playing at the bayside, while guests sat in quiet contemplation. 

Simone and Andy left at 4:30 and headed home to continue their life journey together...

Wedding photographer Denis Teo of Denise Teo Photography described Simone and Andy's wedding, as being a very relaxed wedding day, with an emphasis on 'being yourself' and a harmonious vibe in the company of great friends, family, food, drinks and live music. Their little nieces and nephews even went swimming in their undies in the afternoon! So real, and a great representation of the friendly, down to earth and fun nature of the couple, mixed with elements of both French (Simone) and Australian (Andy) heritages to bring two families together as one. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Deluxe Bridal Beauty At The Bronzing Boutique

The Bronzing Boutique is Sydney’s elite tanning salon, located in the heart of chic Double Bay with followers including socialites, A-listers and celebrity clientele. The Bronzing Boutique has designed a custom menu to include the latest and hottest tanning trends and products.

Prepare in style for your wedding this summer at The Bronzing Boutique with premium pampering treatments that will ensure that you are nothing less than the bridal princess for your big day!

The Bronzing Boutique offers a bridal beauty menu, tailored to make each bride bronzed, buffed and perfectly beautified. Each deluxe treatment is performed by a specialist to ensure flawless beauty every time.

This Bridal Beauty package includes: Eyebrow Rehab, Silk Eyelash Extensions, Spray Tan by the Bronzing Queen- Katrina Brown herself. Your experience also includes nails, which are manicured to perfection. Prior to the tan, the Bride will experience the sugar body exfoliation and Vichy Shower, to remove all of the dead skin cells in preparation for a light, natural shade of bronze. All brides will also experience a foot pressure point massage and Pure Fiji hydration body wrap.

The Bridal Menu:
  • Bride Trial Spray Tan: Perfect your bridal tan with a tan trial. You will have a skin/colour consultation where your technician will personally mix the perfect shade of bronze for you to test before the big day: Valued at $55 
  • Bridal Spray Tan: A bridal spray tan 2 days before your wedding using your customized tan colour on our records from your trial. Valued at $55 
  • Eyebrow Rehab: Rehab for your brows. This will be your initial consultation with our brow specialist carefully re-designing your brow shape. Taking into consideration your face shape, hair colour, natural brow growth and even your personality. Valued at $80 
  • Vichy Shower: Treatment, Foot Reflexology Massage and Head Cream Massage Treatment: Valued at $120 
  • Manicure and Pedicure: Perfectly manicured hands and feet including intense exfoliation and hydration treatments with a luxurious Aesops hand massage: Valued at $80 
  • Eyelash Extensions Silk full set: Valued at $150

Friday, December 7, 2012

Taking Care Of The Little Things On Your Special Day...

To invite or not to invite? That is the question! Let Wedding Crechers keep all of your little guests entertained and happy throughout your special day. Their unique service can be tailored to suit all budgets. Choose from our full crèche facility, babysitting service, and children’s activity bags, to help your day run as smoothly and stress-free as possible!

Wedding Crechers is here to help every bride with the dilemma of whether to invite children to her big day. Making a decision to not have children at your wedding can often cause upset between family and friends.

Wedding Crechers will create the perfect solution to childcare issues on your wedding day. The main aim is to have you and your guests enjoy this special day, and not worry about having to find a babysitter, or offend anyone by not inviting their children.

At Wedding Crechers, they will provide quality childcare for as long as you need us. You may want them for the whole day, or just for the reception or ceremony. They will happily tailor their services to meet your needs, to help make your day a truly memorable one.

Wedding Crechers have a team of experienced childcare staff. All staff have been hand picked for their experience and knowledge when dealing with children.

All staff have been criminal record checked to ensure their suitability to work with young children. There is a minimum of 2 first aiders on duty at all times. Staff wear bright coloured polo shirts so that they are visible to parents and children.

Visit Wedding Crechers to find out more.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Winter Brings The Wedding Of Your Dreams Within Reach

Sergeants Mess
The Tea Room Gunners' Barracks
On your big day, it’s the small things that matter, and a wedding experience beyond comparison is now at your fingertips as Grand Pacific Group unveils its Winter Wedding Packages for 2013.

Imagine a dream wedding within your price range at any one of Grand Pacific Group’s four elegant Sydney wedding venues next winter that includes a host of luxurious, complimentary extras to make your special day even more unforgettable.

Whether it’s the timeless elegance of The Tea Room QVB, the majestic harbour views offered from The Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks and Sergeants’ Mess, or the historic waterfront glamour of Dunbar House
Grand Pacific Group’s Winter Wedding Packages for 2013 start from just $130 per head when booked on a Friday or Sunday during winter 2013 and include up to $1,500 worth of complimentary extras, unique to each venue. 

Each of Grand Pacific Group’s Winter Wedding Packages includes canapé service, a meticulously planned three course dinner menu and a six hour standard beverage package. Complimentary extras include the use of a dance floor, microphone and lectern and a Flashback Photobooth for guests to enjoy for five hours. 

 “Not only are winter weddings less expensive, but with Sydney winters so mild and beautiful, there are a plethora of reasons to say “I do” in the off-season,” says Holly Orsman Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing for Grand Pacific Group. 

Aside from the fantastic cost savings, Holly lists five other reasons to consider a winter wedding in 2013:

1. Why wait? Not everyone wants an 18 month engagement. “We have brides frequently happy to get married in as little as three to six months of their engagement, but their weekend of choice is often not available,” says Holly. “For couples getting engaged over the spring and summer who aren’t looking for a long engagement, a winter wedding is a great option.”

2. Secure the cream of the crop – Holly points out that not only are your guests going to have lighter schedules in winter, but so will suppliers. “A winter wedding means you’re likely to be spoiled for choice in securing your dream photographer, videographer, or wedding band, rather than missing out because they’re already booked elsewhere.”

3. Don’t sweat it – “Sydney summers are spectacular, but they’re also steamy. If you’re planning on wearing a more elaborate gown, and you fancy the gents in suits, your bridal party will thank you for turning down the thermostat a few degrees.” says Holly.

4. Head north – “Many of our couples plan to head to the Northern Hemisphere for their honeymoons, which means they’ll touch-down in winter following a summer wedding here in Australia,” says Holly. “If you’re getting married in winter, what better time to save up and head to Europe or the USA and enjoy their summer!”

5. The light fantastic – “Winter is a great time for photography,” says Holly. “The lighting is softer and you don’t have to worry about squinting in the summer sun. And your makeup is more likely to stay picture-perfect for longer,” she said. 

Prices for Grand Pacific Group’s Winter Wedding packages begin at just $1,301 per person, inclusive of additional extras when booked on a Friday or Sunday from May 1st to August 31st, 2013. Minimum spends applicable.

Dunbar House
The Tea Room  QVB

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Get the 'So Glamorous' Look for your Wedding!

Feel beautiful and look stunning on your special day! So Glamorous beauty salon, glamour studio and day spa have highly experienced and talented M•A•C make-up artists, hair stylists and beauty therapists to enhance your overall experience of red carpet, bridal glamour.

With the ever-changing fashion in bridal styling, your look will be modern yet personalised to ensure you’ll be the perfect bride! So Glamorous offer our bridal services on location, or they have two great locations in Sydney’s Western Suburbs.

The team at So Glamorous aim to exceed your expectations with their exceptional level of service, professionalism and reliability. They take pride in going above and beyond the benchmark standards to ensure 100% perfection and client satisfaction.

So Glamorous also have special offer of 15% off M•A•C lipsticks and compacts for all clients.

Visit So Glamorous.

Monday, December 3, 2012

OzParty Events – The Ultimate Party Experience In Sydney


How do you want to celebrate your last night of freedom? OzParty is Sydney’s premier events company that specialises in organising and hosting the ultimate Hen’s night or weekend celebration.

Boasting a mouthwatering portfolio of products such as the LimoBus, PartyBus, Harbour Cruise and Venue Packages with accompanying activities such as Cocktail Master Classes, Burlesque Dancing and Exotic Dancers. OzParty Events can also arrange all your accommodation needs if you are planning to spend the weekend.

OzParty Events cater to a range of customers and boast several years experience in creating, co-­ordinating and hosting Birthday, Charity, Corporate, Ladies and Hen’s nights, Backpacker and Student events and functions. So why not join them to experience an exceptional event for your hen's night, weekend celebration or wedding reception!?

The LimoBus (pictured above) is unique to Sydney and perfect for any special event – whether it is a Private Function, Social Occasion, Day at the Races, Hen’s or Ladies Night, or any occasion worthy of celebration.

This platinum brand offers luxury travel for up to 45 guests – with leather upholstery, seats facing inwards for a more interactive service and iced beverage holders for refreshments. The LimoBus also showcases a nightclub light and sound system, plasma TV and DJ decks delivering a premium product every time. With plenty of space to sit, stand or dance, OzParty Events can also include such additional luxuries as event hosts and waiting staff.

All of the packages are created with attention to detail and are delivered by the enigmatic events team, who will ensure a truly unforgettable experience.