Thursday, December 27, 2012

MMG Photo + Cinema

At MMG Photo + Cinema, they know that your wedding day will be one of the most important and significant days of your life.  Your wedding images stay with you forever but so do the memories of your overall experience with your chosen vendors. That is why  MMG Photo + Cinema invest their energies not only in taking great images, but also in exceeding your expectations of service, professionalism and ethical business practices.  

MMG Photo + Cinema are highly regarded in the wedding industry for their candid and modern style. They never fail to deliver; trust us, their work will leave you speechless. With studios located in Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Dubbo, they’re always close by, whether it’s before, or after, your big day. Reasonable pricing is icing on the cake. 

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

Tower Estate

Cradled by the majestic Brokenback Mountain Ranges and nestled within Australia’s oldest vineyards, Tower Estate is perfect for those seeking the finest food, wine and accommodation the Hunter Valley has to offer.

World renowned, multi-award winning executive chef George Francisco creates cuisine both indulgent and nourishing, using only the highest quality, local seasonal produce. George and his team lovingly prepare every morsel for your special occasion.

The team at Tower Estate will create your perfect wedding day. Choose from some of the most idyllic ceremony locations, including The Chapel, outdoors in the beautiful Moptop Isle in Roberts garden or under the willow trees at Peppers Convent. Reception choices range from The Barrel Room at Tower Winery, Tower Lodge Dining Room and Courtyard, The Grand Marquee and The Wysteria Room at Peppers Convent, The Chapel, and the charming Roberts Restaurant. The most romantic wedding night will also be assured at the uniquely decadent five-star Tower Lodge or at the icon of the Valley, Peppers Convent.

With six separate locations to choose from across the Estate, plus amazing service and the innate ability to understand your vision, we will work with you to create a unique celebration for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Wine, food, gardens and five-star accommodation in the vineyards, Tower Estate is the epitome of luxury and perfect for the finest wedding in the Hunter Valley.

Visit Tower Estate

Monday, December 10, 2012

Australis Diamond Beach Resort & Spa

Australis Diamond Beach Resort & Spa offers you a stunning alternative to wedding venues on the Mid North coast of New South Wales. The resort is well positioned, just 3 hours north of Sydney and 15 minutes from Forster. Uniquely, Australis Diamond Beach Resort & Spa is a beachfront resort style location just perfect for your wedding reception, and the landscaped grounds and private beach access are the perfect backdrop to your civil ceremony.

Enjoy exclusive use of the purpose-built function rooms, offering a relaxed indoor/outdoor setting with modern facilities. Other facilities at the resort include self-contained accommodation, restaurant, two resort pools, and a gym.

Australis Diamond Beach Resort & Spa offer a range of packages, and maintain a commitment to custom built flexibility – the choices are yours. The venue is suited to both casual relaxed cocktail style receptions, as well as more formal traditional style wedding reception. Their commitment to you is support and guidance and the staff are there to assist you in creating a special memory for years to come – not only for you but also for each of your guests.

The resort itself is the perfect retreat for your guests. Resort facilities include the 3 Nippers restaurant, 2 resort pools, gym, kids club and internal beach access. Don’t forget the fabulous spa partner – endota! Australis offers a 10% discount on all accommodation rates to your guests as well as a complimentary room for the bride and groom to relax on their wedding night – a perfect end to a perfect day.

Relaxed, Professional …Simply Exceptional.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Samurai Beach Resort, Port Stephens

Samurai Beach Resort offers a picturesque outdoor setting in which to hold your ceremony and reception.

Set in eight hectares of natural bush land and nestled on the edge of Samurai and One Mile beach sand dunes, Samurai Beach Resort is the perfect destination to celebrate your wedding.

Imagine not worrying about finding accommodation close to the wedding venue and enjoying the company of family and friends for the whole weekend. Relax by the pool, have a BBQ or even an outdoor movie for the kids. Anything is possible when you book a wedding at 
Samurai Beach Resort, Port Stephens.

Located on the grounds of the resort, the spacious 10m x 21m marquee offers you and your guests an unforgettable experience in an idyllic location. The resort offers a wedding/accommodation option that gives you and your guests exclusive use of the whole resort (conditions apply).

The accommodation is spread over the property, providing all your family and friends with their own space and privacy. Samurai Beach Resort’s 31 rooms can accommodate up to 160 people and offers a range of styles to suit everyone’s budgets and requirements. Small and large weddings are welcome at Samurai Beach Resort; arrangements can be made to suit your individual needs.

At Samurai Beach Resort they make dreams come true. Once you have decided to hold your special day with them, the fun begins!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley... Unparalleled Resort Facilities and Service

Picture yourselves, on your special day, standing together in front of a beautiful lake with the vivid vineyards and mountains of wine country as backdrop. Today is the first day of a new life together...

Cypress Lakes Resort believe in offering only the highest quality of communication, service and facilities for your special day, and would love the pleasure of hosting your wedding.

Cypress Lakes has a diverse range of beautiful backdrops for any style of wedding from the elegant Ballroom, or relaxed Lagoon Pool Marquee, to the warm and inviting oak panelled Members Lounge.

Located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, Cypress Lakes Resort offer a range of luxurious villas to accommodate you and your wedding guests in style, as well as excellent leisure facilities.

The resort is nestled within the backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges with beautiful wildlife, mature bushland and gardens, Cypress’s own 18-hole championship golf course, two swimming pools and is directly adjacent to The Golden Door – Elysia, encompassing Australia's best spa.

Whether you wish to celebrate with an intimate gathering of 40 or an elaborate party of 400, our Cypress Lakes Team will work with you every step of the way to ensure we give you and your guests’ memories that will last a lifetime.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Big Day - A Coastal Bridal Event, Sunday 23rd Sep

Sydney brides dreaming of an idyllic coastal wedding need look no further than The Big Day bridal event to be held on September 23rd on the central coast.

A boutique event showcasing only the very best of central coast wedding suppliers and venues will take place at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre and Avoca Beach surf club on September 23rd from 10am.

“Brides will be treated to a day where they can see how their coastal wedding might unfold,” says 
The Big Day organizer, Melissa Wilson-Shaw from The Wedding Parlour.

“Many brides seeking a wedding out of the city are not aware of what the central coast has to offer in terms of locations and suppliers.”

As part of 
The Big Day, vendors are offering one lucky bride the chance to win a wedding package worth almost $10,000.

The Big Day will be an interactive event with live demonstrations, one on one advice and an opportunity to see how a selection of suppliers will work together on your big day.

A fashion parade with the latest in bridal designs, a lash bar by Melli Cosmetics, a stationery and a floral demonstration along with entertainment, catering and photographers is just a taste of the day.

20% of all ticket sales from 
The Big Day will be donated to ‘For Noah’, a local Wyong family whose two year old son is battling a brain tumour.

Prize details include:

GG Events ceremony & reception styling package $2,500
Bloom Photography package – $2,500
Your Best Man MC/DJ entertainment package – $500
Angel Blooms Floristry Bride & bridesmaid’s bouquets – $650
The Sweetest Things Wedding Cake – $800
LOVEFIELD Stationery suite – $500
Visionary Weddings & Events bridesmaid gown – $500
Trouve at Terrigal gift voucher – $100 (homewares)
Miss Jones In Love gift voucher – $400 (wedding accessories & favors)
Melli Cosmetics bride & bridesmaids make up – $700

The Big Day to purchase tickets.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hunter Valley Gardens Wedding Open Day

On Sunday 29th of July between 10am and 3pm, Hunter Valley Gardens and the Barrel Room at Tempus Two will host an unforgettable Wedding Open Day.
For some couples planning a wedding can seem like a daunting task. From the dress to floral arrangements to what car you arrive in, how does one know where to begin? This year Hunter Valley Gardens has made this easy with a Wedding Open Day which will assist couples in planning their big day.
Only a short drive from Sydney, guests will be amazed by the picturesque backdrop, sensational sights, colours and fragrances. With ten different display Gardens to explore, couples can choose the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. Choices include a French style garden, Oriental gardens, Waterfall Outlook or a traditional chapel ceremony to name a few.
With so much to choose from, a third opinion when organising a wedding can be very useful. Hunter Valley Gardens wedding team and local wedding suppliers will be on hand to provide advice and discuss ideas.
Hunter Valley Gardens Wedding Expert Carly Harper states, “The best part about having a wedding at the Gardens is that your choices aren’t limited and you can really have the wedding of your dreams. The Gardens have the solution to all couples wedding needs. ”
Hunter Valley Gardens also offers two magical reception venues, the beautiful Garden Terrace and the Barrel Room at Tempus Two. The Garden Terrace and Barrel Room will be in full wedding setup, so brides and grooms will have a complete idea of what their special day will look like. 

Admission to view Hunter Valley Gardens for the Open Day is free for wedding couples, and the first 150 couples to arrive that have registered online will be treated with a free gift bag full of wonderful goodies. For further information and bookings please contact Carly, Jacqui or Amanda on 02 4998 4000.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Bridal Expo

Imagine spending your wedding day in spectacular surrounds in the Hunter Valley. Come along to The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Bridal Expo on Saturday 7th July from 10am to 4pm and experience this magnificent location first hand.

Wander through the picturesque grounds and variety of reception venues, speak with local photographers, entertainers, hair and make-up artists and themeing suppliers who will be showcasing their talents on the day. The dedicated wedding co-ordinator will also be there to answer all your questions.

You will also go in the draw to win a wedding package valued at $8000 plus receive a bridal show bags available for the first 200 people! Take advantage of the special lunch offer of 1-course lunch including a glass of Hunter Valley wine for only $30* per person.
To RSVP please visit The Sebel Kirkton Park 

*Terms & conditions apply, please visit website

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Byron Bay Bridal Showcase

Pop this in your calendar girls: The Byron Bay Bridal Showcase, a unique bridal fair for couples getting married in Byron Bay, is coming up on July 20, 2012. Offering a relaxed and inspiring event to help you realise your wedding dreams! Featuring Jennifer Gifford Designs, Imbue Weddings, Mat Barwick Films, Wolley, NGG Studios and more.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hello Naomi

Sugar flowers can be the perfect finishing touch to a wedding cake. Have the same flowers that are in your bouquet replicated on your cake to keep your wedding theme consistent. We love these stunning cake creations from hello naomi featuring gorgeous sugar flowers…

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Luxury 5 Star Hunter Valley Accommodation

Château Élan at The Vintage Hunter Valley is Australia’s finest luxury golf, spa and conference resort. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley and offers luxury hotel style accommodation plus 5 conference and event venues all in the heart of wine country.

The complex overlooks the fairways of the Greg Norman-designed Vintage golf course and boasts a large 17 treatment room destination spa and hair salon. The hotel is a short two hour drive north of Sydney or 45 minutes from Newcastle.

Château Élan at The Vintage has four luxury room options. The Destination Spa complex accommodates 20 Spa Suites, designed for singles or couples who require absolute comfort, privileged spa access and total privacy.

Adjacent to the Spa is a series of private villas which have an elevated position overlooking the fairway of the 10th Hole, and offer three room types: 40 Spa King rooms provide an open plan bedroom and stylish living space plus en-suite bathroom, 40 One-Bedroom Spa Villas are larger, with separate bedroom, dining area and state-of-the-art kitchen for all catering needs or Spa King rooms and One-Bedroom Villas can be co-joined to offer Two-Bedroom Spa Villas for groups of friends or family. 

Château Élan interiors blend contemporary tones, rich textures and original art; Nespresso Essenza coffee-making systems (featured in Spa Suites), spa baths, luxury bathroom amenities and 42-inch LCD HDTV with Austar sports, news and movie channels are just some of the standard inclusions. An iPod docking station invites guests to add their own soundtrack to the Hunter Valley views, while lobby WiFi and in room broadband internet connection are provided.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month This June


Whether you dream of sitting by the fire sipping wine or indulging in the gourmet taste of fabulous food and produce this winter, the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month has it all. In its sixth year, the event is a gastronomic delight and a great opportunity for visitors to meet the Winemakers, Chefs and Producers from the region.

Proudly supported by Destination NSW, the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association will present a series of activities and events set to warm those winter blues over the month of June. Every year the event sees many wine and food enthusiasts head to the world renowned wine region for an indulgent taste of the local produce and wine.

With accommodation and experience packages for all budgets, event goers can immerse themselves in wine flights by the fire, food and wine matching, the opportunity to become a wine judge, mix and make cocktails, dine with famous winemakers and much more. All of these activities provide a chance for visitors to become a part of the local community and share their Hunter Valley wine and food culture, along with all the other wonderful things the region has to offer. 

A sample of the many activities and packages…

Spicer’s Winter Fireside Package
Indulge this winter with a two night accommodation package in a King Spa Suite with your own log burning fireplace and spa ensuite. Receive a complimentary arrival mini bar with local bubbles and lots of goodies, a three course dinner for two in Restaurant Botanica on one evening (available Wed-Sun), Parisian Breakfast daily, one hour in-suite Fireside Massage Treatment per person, and a bottle of Hunter Valley Shiraz and toasting marshmallows to enjoy after the massage. $549 per couple per night midweek or $649 per couple per night over a weekend.
Olive Inspired Alfresco Long Table Luncheon
Experience a sumptuous olive inspired alfresco long table luncheon with matching glasses of wine in the olive grove at Whispering Brook. Delve into the world of olive oil tasting and appreciation and learn about food matches for different styles of olive oil. Taste freshly pressed olive oils, learn about the production of olives and the varieties and enjoy a tutored walking tour of the Estate. The Olive Long Table Luncheon commences at 12pm with a tutored olive grove tour, olive oil and food appreciation discussion and comprise four gourmet courses, matching wines, breads, olive oil and tea and coffee.   

Tempus Two Cellar Door and Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop invite you to experience a decadent indulgence of premium wine and the world of cheese, including the exclusive Botrytis Semillon Gelato. The people are passionate about the art of combining flavours and textures with that added flair! Every Saturday in June starting at 11am.  

Fireside Indulgence at Tintilla
Join the Lusby family at Tintilla in front of their cellar door fire to discover the luscious world of fortified wines. Tintilla have a vast array of these delicious soul-warmers, including Liqueur wines made from semillon, chardonnay, cabernet and shiraz, and examples of both Vintage and Barrel-aged styles. Learn about the different winemaking techniques and as a special treat. Samples of the wines will be accompanied by cheese platters, the perfect indulgent warm-up before dinner at one of the Hunter's great boutique wineries. Every Saturday in June 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

For a full month’s program, individual event details, and information on how to book tickets and accommodation visit Hunter Valley Uncorked

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vintage Lace Collection From Weddingstar

Lace details, script lettering, and a touch of floral join to create this Vintage Lace Collection stationery from Weddingstar. Its classic feel and combination of old world charm with modern elegance, will delight your guests and give them a sneak peek into your special day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day with Hello Naomi

How gorgeous are these cupcakes and biscuits from Hello Naomi? We just love Hello Naomi's attention to detail in all her creations! Be sure to check out the blog for more amazing cakes.

Friday, February 10, 2012


As one of the oldest and most respected wineries in the Hunter Valley, Lindeman's has an enviable reputation for producing some of the world's most revered wines. 

With unforgettable and unique surroundings, Lindeman's distinctive function centreis one of the largest function spaces in the Hunter Valley, catering from 20 to 300 guests inside or 450 in the magnificent courtyard. 

Your guests will be treated to a vast selection of Lindeman's wines complemented by exceptional local produce. 

Visit Lindeman's

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hunter Valley Gardens, ‘One Stop Shop’ For Brides-to-be!

Brides-to-be look no further than the Hunter Valley Gardens as your dream wedding destination in 2012. The Gardens will be hosting their annual Summer Wedding Open Day on the 29th of January 2012 from 10am to 3pm right in the heart of the picturesque Hunter Valley. The Barrel Room and Garden Terrace will be in full wedding setup, so you can see what to expect on your special day!

Couples will have the opportunity to sit down with local Hunter Valley wedding suppliers, celebrants, photographers, caterers, cake decorators and so forth to discuss all of the wonderful things that a wedding day may bring. Attendees will be able to explore and wander through the ten famous international display gardens. From the Chinese themed Moongate Garden, to the classic European Formal Garden with a wishing fountain, there are many ideal settings to choose from at Hunter Valley Gardens.

There are a range of packages available to suit any wedding theme or budget. You can be guaranteed that the food will be amazing as Hunter Valley Gardens was awarded Best Function Caterer at the 2009 and 2010 Hunter Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.

Hunter Valley Gardens wedding cxpert Carly Harper says, “The Hunter Valley Gardens is a beautiful place for weddings to take place; we pride ourselves on making each wedding as special as the next. Any wedding at the Hunter Valley Gardens will be one to remember.”

Hunter Valley Gardens are also excited to announce that from mid March they will have a new marquee available at Tempus Two or within the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens. This will seat up to 500 guests.

Entry into the Open Day is FREE for all wedding couples that have registered online. The first 150 couples to register and arrive at the Barrel Room will also receive a free gift bag. For further information/bookings contact Carly, Kelly and Amanda on 02 4998 4000 or email

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Beltree

Come to The Beltree’s restaurant and take a trip to the Italian countryside, where you can experience simple, honest, authentically Italian food as only The Beltree’s chef Guy can serve up.

What better accompaniment for your meal than a glass or two of fine Hunter Valley wine. Start your meal with a fine sparkling Semillon, complement your entree with the 95-points 2009 KV Soma Semillon, then tuck-in to the main with a Merlot or Shiraz. Finish it all off with a late-harvest/botrytis Semillon and the best cup of coffee in the Hunter Valley.

Enjoy the simple and honest wine and food with friends, indoors or alfresco on the deck outside next to JumpUp Creek.