Inspo: Elopement at Bilam-Belle Bliss

elopement at bilambelle bliss shoot

This year has been a tough one for gatherings and getting together with all our friends and family for celebrations! It feels like wedding planning has been a minefield, with constant updates to restrictions and what can be included in our dinner and dancing plans! One solution to navigating restrictions (or even just the planning headaches that can often come with weddings) is an elopement! Elopements aren’t just “running away to get married”, they are an intimate moment created between you and your partner – where you can come together and be officially married in your dream location. One of our absolute favourites was this elopement at Bilam-Belle Bliss!

elopement shoot bilam-belle bliss
Flowers by Lolas Wild Flowers

Located in the gorgeous surrounds of Bilambil on the Tweed Coast, Bilam-Belle Bliss boasts beautiful tropical surrounds and absolute serenity. We partnered up with some of our favourite local wedding vendors to create this little elopement inspo.

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Our Bride and Groom gift boxes on display

This beautiful column style gown with delicate lace detailing and illusion bust is by our friends at Helena Couture Designs. Completed with a gorgeous bohemian-style headpiece adorned with floral details and those soft, draping details that perfectly complement the sweep of the dress’s train.

The navy hues spotted in the Groom’s attire and bouquet arrangements are carried through to the table styling by Emerald Aisle Events. Embracing the gorgeous greenery surrounds, styling was in keeping with the environment while adding some golden accents to natural wooden elements and crisp white runner matching the intimate, graceful feel of the bridal attire. Floral features by Lola’s Wildflowers provide the perfect finishing touches.

Please enjoy some of these other gems captured from our Elopement at Bilam-Belle Bliss. Our other superstar vendors include:

Venue Bilam-Belle Bliss // Concept & Styling Emerald Aisle Events // Photography Bulb Creative // Dress and Headpiece Helena Couture Designs // Hair and Makeup Lisabette Makeup // Florist Lola’s Wildflowers // Furniture Hire Arctic Fox Furniture Hire and Styling // Stationery Ray Meets Rose // Bridal Boxes The Bridal Box Co. // Cake Bake Boss  

Bride Advice: DIY Bride Tribe Survival Kit

Bridesmaid Survival Kits

“This kit is my way of letting you know, Your support means the world and I love you so!”

Your Bride Tribe have been with you through all your wedding planning- the dress-hunting, the Hen’s party planning and being there to lend their strength and shoulders to cry on when things have not gone to plan. Now we’ve finally made it to their main role – standing beside you on your big day! To make sure they survive to the finish line, a Bridesmaid Survival Kit can get them through the day!

bride tribe wedding celebrations
Image: The Bridal Box Co

Things to include in your Survival Kit:

For Fashion Disasters

If it’s going to happen, Murphy’s Law says a fashion mishap will happen just before your Tribe is ready to walk down the aisle! Make sure you’re covered with a few items to save you from a mini fashion disaster: a mini sewing kit, spare hair ties and bobby pins, fashion tape, a nail file and clear nail polish.

While perhaps not a fashion disaster, bad breath or odour can strike and leave the Tribe feeling self-conscious. Including some mints and mini-perfume (or gorgeously scented hand cream!) in your survival kit is a great solution!

Survival Kit must haves
Image: Little Things Favours
To Keep Them Going

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Bubbles and celebratory drinks are never too far away on your big day, but making sure everyone keeps hydrated enough to make it through the day (and ease that hangover tomorrow!) is super important! So make sure to include a bottle of water in your survival kit!

But you gotta keep up those sugar levels too! While we love to watch wedding bloopers online, the last thing we ever want is one of our Tribe passing out on the big day! Include some little chocolates or treats like jelly beans or protein balls.

keeping hydrated on your big day
Image: Pintrest
For the Tears

Their bestie is finally getting married – you betcha there will be some happy tears along the way! Include a little stash of tissues for your Tribe for those teary moments throughout the day.

But not all tears could be happy tears. New shoes, broken nails, headaches and heat can all bring a serious case of the ouch! Remember to pack some band-aids and some pain relief!

happy tears wedding tissues
Image: Cricut
Ready for their Close Up!

You’ve spent the morning getting hair and makeup and looking fabulous and now the HMUA have left you to your own vices. As the day goes on, don’t let unwanted shine or smudged lippy ruin your look! Pack some blotting paper and mini-touch-up essentials like a spare lip stick or balm to hold you over for those post-professional pic selfies!

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Image: Pexels

Inspo: Tropical Wedding

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Summer is almost here and we are ready for those sunshine days and warm party evenings! When it comes to weddings the Summer possibilities are endless, but one of our favourite themes: Tropical Wedding! I’m thinking cocktails, bold colours and a whole lot of party!

wedding gifts boxes tropical inspo

Teaming up with some incredible vendors, this inspo shoot brought serious Tropical wedding vibes to life with a vibrant and bold colour palette made of fruits and bold floral arrangements! And we absolutely could not forget the delicious Passion fruit and Coconut cake!

tropical wedding cake

Showcasing their Curve Collection, White Lily Couture adorned our gorgeous Brides in flattering and feminine gowns proving that every bride, no matter her size, will feel absolutely stunning, empowered and ready to celebrate their wedding day full of laughs and love.

bride wedding confetti

See below for more Tropical Wedding Inspo and the vendors who created this incredible shoot!

Location: Ancora Weddings
Photographer: Bulb Creative
Hair & Make-up: Rachael Harris
Dresses: White Lily Couture
Styling: The Gold Coast Bride
Florals: Clara Jean Events
Cake: Milk and Honey Cake Creative
Furniture Hire: Memorable Moments
Neon Signage: Neon Republic
Models: Stacey McGreggor, Kate Cooper & Daisy Morgan

Shop our Bride Gift box HERE

Bride Advice: Keep Your Summer Wedding Cool

wedding icecream

A Summer wedding is simply stunning! The beach shots, the clear blue skies and the vibrant seasonal blooms make for amazing wedding pictures and chill vibes. Unfortunately, it’s also hot, muggy and can be super uncomfortable for your guests. So we’ve gathered some of our favourite ways to keep your guests cool while the mercury starts to rise at your Summer Wedding.

Hydration Stations

Keeping your guests hydrated is important in the heat and a hydration station can not only help with that, but double as a decorative piece at your summer wedding.

Program Fan

We love multi-purpose items and these programs that guests can use as fans is a genius idea! You bet your guests won’t be able to put them down!

Avoid the Squint – Sunglasses

We love our Grooms party sunglasses, but why not sunnies as favours for all your guests? Protecting your eyes is important in the Summer sun and your guests can be sun-safe, while looking stylish in their wedding favours

Ice Ice Baby

Our favourite summer tip *drum roll please* ICE CREAM! There are so many creative ways you can add some frozen refreshing treats to your cocktail hour: from ice cream trucks, frozen cocktails, ice blocks … ahh! It really is the best part of a summer wedding.

Real Weddings: Courtney and Aaron

Courtney and Aaron real wedding

Where do we even start with Courtney and Aaron’s gorgeous wedding! These two are absolutely stunning and every little detail of their wedding was too! We are so honoured to share this little piece of their love story with you as these two are practically a part of The Bridal Box Co. family.

Courtney and Aaron chose a gorgeous Autumn day the stunning surrounds of the Gold Coast, Australia for their wedding day. The weather could not have been more perfect, providing a beautiful backdrop for their wedding at Braeside Chapel in the hinterlands.

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The couple stuck to tradition and prepared for the big day separately, with Courtney taking the opportunity to thank her gorgeous bridesmaids and Mum for all their love and support with our custom gift boxes! Courtney selected her personalised gifts for her leading ladies, who also surprised her back with her own Bride keepsake gift box.

Courtney wore Katrin, by Rosa Clara – a stunning fitted dress with intricate beaded detailing from White Lily Couture. The ceremony look was completed with an added tulle overskirt, creating a soft, dreamy feel. This addition meant Courtney could easily transform the look and feel of her dress to a backless evening gown for the reception. Ready to get this party started!

Our amazingly talented florist, Bumble and Bloom created bouquets and boutonnieres of roses, blue gum and pink peonies – perfectly complementing the bridal party, chapel and breath-taking reception venue, Poorinda.

Courtney and Aaron celebrated their perfect day surrounding by family and friends but could not forget their furry loved ones! Dressed to impress, their doggy attendants wore a bow-tie and flower collar.

The pair celebrated a second reception with Aaron’s family in London, then set off on their honeymoon, exploring Italy, Croatia and Greece in the spring.

courtney and aaron wedding braeside chapel wedding inspiration

Reception Venue: Poorinda
Ceremony: Braeside Chapel
Photographer: Figtree Pictures
Videographer: Myfilm
Florist: Bumble & Bloom
Dress:  White Lily Couture
Cake: Made by Courtney’s sister Ashleigh!
Caterer: VGC Catering
Hire: Hampton Event Hire & Superb Party Hire
Hair: Carlie Anne Hair Design
Makeup: Jessica Peacock Makeup
Suiting: MJ Bale
Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy 
Rings: H&S Jewellers & Browns Jewellers (UK)
Transportation: Kombi Celebrations 
Bridal Gift Boxes: The Bridal Box Co. 

Bride Guide: Halloween Weddings

Halloween wedding couple

The most popular time of the year for weddings down in Australia is September-October, the Spring season! All of the stunning florals are in bloom, the lighting and weather is superb and it really is a magical, romantic time of the year!

Across in the other hemisphere – it’s Fall. Rich autumn colours and harvest themes make for incredible seasonal wedding feasts and snugglier festivities. But this time of year brings a holiday that’s trending more than ever as a wedding theme…

Halloween!

So, we’ve collected a few ideas from our favourite Halloween Weddings to help you create a Hauntingly Beautiful Wedding celebration!

Haunting Venue

Mysterious, haunting and grand – these best describe the perfect venue for Halloween weddings. We’re thinking old mansions, ancient cathedrals or even castle ruins if they’re around (a destination wedding in Europe may be in order). If the musty buildings aren’t your style, forest settings are also perfect ceremony locations for the harvest season theme.

haunted wedding venue
via Huffington Post

Dramatic & Romantic

Dress like you’re the only life of the party! If blood-splattered ivory is your jam, you rock that Corpse Bride look! But if you’re after moody touches without the red dye, vintage styles and loads of lace bring a bold gothic feel. We also love a dramatic black wedding dress! Lots of tulle and textures create a ghostly vibe that is modern and elegant.

halloween wedding dress
from Weddingmania

A Cake to Die for

There are so many incredible ideas we have seen to create a Halloween twist with the wedding cake! Black and dark icing with vibrant red blooms definitely gives the vampire vibes. Alternatively, Berries in a black forest cake, or layered in a semi-naked tiered cake look deliciously oozy! We know that if you ask your local wedding cake designer for something a little creepier, they will love the challenge and create absolute delicious perfection.

halloween wedding cake
for more amazing Halloween cakes: Check this out!

Flowers

A Halloween weddings theme doesn’t mean that we have to find a bouquet of only black roses. Moody blooms can include striking greenery, deep dahlias, berries and even succulents. You can use the colours of the season too! Harvest colours (for our northern hemisphere friends) look incredible – oranges and yellows suit the holiday season. For our Spring brides – vibrant bouquets contrasting a black wedding dress will look striking and not at all take away from your theme. For something a little witchy, you could also add in herbs, berries and forest greenery.

halloween wedding flowers
by Angie & Marco Photography

Bridal Party

Dark and gloomy colours for Bridesmaids will suit your spooky theme! If not black, then deep burgundy, purple, blue, green or grey are stunning dress colour choices. A vintage styled dress or the light ethereal look will also work for the Bridesmaids, but don’t forget those dark accessories for the finishing touch! Dramatic makeup and a smoky eye will certainly complete the look.

halloween wedding bridesmaids
by Millie B. Photography

Setting the mood

Chandeliers and candlesticks are the hallmarks for a gothic feel in your styling. Branches and crunchy leaves make amazing décor or aisle runners and adding a pumpkin or two around can tie in the harvest feels. Dark napkins, cutlery or place holders will look amazing or using tables with a natural wood colour with contrasting gold or silver can set a spooky vibe too.

halloween wedding table setting
from weddingomania

The feast

This time of year brings the most amazing array of feasts and sweets (Pumpkin spiced latte anyone?) and even down here in Australia where it’s a little warmer and sunnier, you can still draw on the “Fall” flavours for inspiration. I’m talking pumpkin, pecans, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and apples – oh! The delicious possibilities are endless!

halloween wedding dinner buffet
from Chanel Dror

Treats

Somewhere you can totally let your creativity soar is with the favours, aka the bonboneries, aka the treats not tricks!  Our favourite Halloween touch is giving your guests toffee apples, but you could do little “drink me” shooters, themed sugar cookies or little cotton candy packs.

halloween toffee apples wedding favours
Image from Ever Mine

Til Death Do Us Part

Incorporating some of your favourite lines and quotes from a spooky film into your vows is the perfect way to share your love of Halloween with your love and guests listening on. These are a few of our favourite:

Bride advice: Fun catering options!

food truck wedding alternative catering options

 

Wedding guests don’t remember all the little details from your big day, just that they shared your love story for a day… but they’ll remember if the food was a hit or not! These days you don’t have to be stuck with the usual ‘chicken or beef’ options, you can express yourself and your love through your catering! Here’s a few of our favourite fun and alternative catering options…

Mobile barista

Okay… this is first on the list, because I am a coffee fiend! But this is a great idea, especially for morning weddings or ceremonies earlier in the day. Of course, then you can move onto espresso martinis for the evening celebrations!

Mobile bar

If your venue doesn’t have a bar or is happy for you to supply your own drinks, you might be stuck thinking that you’ll have to stock up on eskies and ice.  Not anymore! Is that a Kombi van filled with your favourite cocktails? Or a Chevy pumping your favourite tunes and pints? How about a perfectly adorable pop-up bar with fun and energetic attendants?

Food Trucks

We don’t know where this craze started, but we’re so glad it did! Specialty food trucks at your wedding put a novel twist to the usual catering options. Did you meet your spouse at a festival? Love a good wood-fired pizza, but also delicious banh mi? Then ditch the plated meals for a fun and casual feast!

The best part… there are also dessert trucks that can whip up the sweetest creations we’ve ever tasted! Speaking of sweets….

Ice cream cart

An adorable twist to the usual canapes could be an ice cream cart serving up your favourite gelato or soft serves. Amazingly popular option if you’ve got children attending, or thinking of having a Summer wedding!

Bride Advice: Choosing Your Make Up Artist

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”  Calvin Klein

You’ve found the perfect dress and definitely got that Pintrest board sorted for all the other finer wedding details, but how do you choose a make-up artist!? It’s definitely an important consideration in your wedding planning, because you want to be confident that your make-up artist is skilled to create the radiant bridal look that you’re after!

We needed the low-down on all things wedding make up, so we caught up with Rebecca Evans from Facescape Make Up Artistry. Rebecca has nearly 20 years experience in the industry and was happy to share her tips with our Brides to Be.

Q: How long should I book my Makeup Artist in advance for my wedding day?

Rebecca: You need to book your artist at least 6 months before your wedding. If you’re wanting a particular Makeup Artist, you should book as soon as your day is confirmed.

Q: What should I look for when picking a Makeup Artist for my wedding day?

Rebecca: When looking for the right makeup artist for you, you should make sure you firstly check out all their photos of past brides. Make sure they are real everyday people and not all edited models. Read their reviews. Lots of years in the Industry doesn’t necessarily mean they are better than someone with little experience. I know lots of amazing Makeup Artists that have only been in the biz for a few years.

Q: Should I have a trial before my wedding day and if so how long before?

Rebecca: Definitely get a trial if you can! Then you can feel at ease knowing how beautiful you will look on your wedding day. I recommend to have your trial around the same time of day as on the wedding day and keep it on for as long as you can so you can see how well it lasts. Take heaps of selfies too so you can see how it is on the camera. (Don’t waste it and go out!) I also recommend to get your trial about 2 months before the wedding (or more) just in case the Makeup Artist you have chosen is not right for you and you frantically need to find a new one.

Q: How much time should I allow for each bridesmaid? And for the Bride?

Rebecca: Makeup generally takes an hour each. I like to come with an extra hour up my sleeve for set ups and a relaxed morning. I don’t like to rush.

Q: Should I limit the amount of people/Friends/family getting their makeup done by my makeup artist on the day?

Rebecca: Most Makeup Artists can book up to 7 makeups on their own. But that means a very early wake up and no time for unforeseen hick-ups. If I get booked for 5 or more I bring a fellow makeup artist to share some of the load. It means a later start and more of a relaxed morning for everyone.

Q: What should I expect to pay for wedding make up, is it dearer than normal event makeup and if so why?

Rebecca: ‘Wedding’ makeup should not be more expensive than ‘event’ makeup. It takes the same time, same products and same perfection. And the bride makeup shouldn’t be more expensive either in my opinion. But many do charge more for the Bride’s Makeup.

Q: When should I pay for the make up? Before the wedding day or on the day?

Rebecca: Most of my brides have their invoice paid a week before their wedding. I also take a deposit to lock in the booking. It’s very common for Makeup Artists to be requested for the same date, so a deposit is very important. Some brides pay the balance in cash on the day. I prefer transfer so it’s done and no one needs to worry.

Q: What are some tips to keeping our make up looking fresh all day?

Rebecca: It’s all in the products used (and application). All Makeup Artists are always searching for the most amazing, flawless & long lasting makeup. I use a matte moisturiser, the strongest hd primer ever, and lots of setting power and press powder. If the foundation is set correctly and your primer/moisturiser is correct for your skin type, your face should not be creating excess oil that will affect your base. Also you should check that your makeup artist primes your eyelids. If they are not primed you could end up with creases and worn off eyeshadow. Using a cream/paste like eye primer will ensure your eye makeup lasts (and into the next day if you’re careful).

Q: Any other tips or recommendations for our Brides?

Rebecca: It’s a good idea to purchase a touch up lip stick. The MUA will sometimes supply a little bit of lippy in a container or card. But I think it’s best to just pop into a store and purchase one.

Image from: http://everafterdays.com/services/bridal-beauty-hair-make-up/

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Inspo: Boho Picnic Wedding

This year’s wedding trends have been hot! I feel like weddings just keep getting better and better and this year we saw flower crowns trending, interactive food stations and including your furry friends in the celebrations!  But we are absolutely in love with the alternate seating arrangements and Boho weddings that we have been seeing more and more of.

So we were so excited to be involved with this special styled shoot down near Byron Bay, Australia. This Boho picnic wedding was shot at The Vale, at a magnificent 50 acre luxury farm stay. This breath-taking location is surrounded by lush green fields, friendly farm life and absolute tranquillity.

Our friend’s at Click Picnic created a stunning and unique reception seating, with a gorgeous picnic styling that would be perfect for an intimate reception or even a personal picnic with you and your partner. Did you spot the best seat at the table? Or very own personalised swing made an appearance! Platter to plate created a grazing board fit for royalty and an experience that everyone who loves their antipasto must enjoy.

This gorgeous bride walked down the aisle in a couture gown from Studio C Bridal and custom white fedora by Fallen Broken Street.

We hope you love this Boho Country Affair as much as we loved creating it.

The whole team behind the shoot:
Tom // groom // @tommy_c_23
Katerina // bride // @siberian_princess_
@bumble_bloom // flowers // website
@cakemydaybyjo // cake // website
@clickpicnic // event hire // website
@cocoblushboutique // flower girl dress // website
@emilyjane_designs // earrings // website
@fallenbrokenstreet // hats // website
@gingerblondeco // bridesmaid dresses // website
@ivory.haus // bride and flower girl robes // website
@_makeupby_gigi // hair and makeup artist // website
@molossidesigns // custom-cut designs // website
@platter_to_plate // catering // website
@poppyandsagephotography // photography // website
@studiobcouture // stationery // website
@studiocbridal // dress // website
@thebridalboxco // gift boxes & swing // website
@thevaleaustralia // location // website

Inspo: Bridesmaid Proposal

Your besties have been by your side through thick and thin; to celebrate your wins and bring you ice cream when you’re down. When you want to ask them to stand by your side on your special day, you want to find a way to let them know they are special and just how much they mean to you!

Sometimes your closest friends live on the other side of the world and the question will have to be asked over the phone or Skype. But if you’re lucky enough to have your tribe close by – then why not spoil them with a Bridesmaid proposal picnic!

Pop-up picnics are definitely trending at the moment, which means there’s probably a service near you that lets you host a gorgeous picnic – without all the hassle! Just like Glamping (which we also love!) all the cooking, packing, set-up and cleaning is done for you. If you’re more organised and DIY, here’s a little inspo we put together with a few of our very talented Gold Coast vendors.

As you grow up, you truly realise how important having your best friends in your life is. Even though you may not see them every day or even week, you love knowing that when you are together again, it’s like it was yesterday that you last spent time together!

We also (of course) recommend our gorgeous, “I can’t say ‘I do’ without You” gift boxes to accompany you on your Bridesmaid Proposal Picnic!

Styled Shoot Team:
Coordination & Bridal Boxes @thebridalboxco
Event Stylist @lovenwishesstyledevents
Florist @franklyandtheflowers
Photographer @atomicbutterfly_photography
Videographer @nsiproductions
Clothing @the_bohemian_club
Sweet Treats @two_little_cupcakes
Jackets @hideandrose
Platter @conkandco
Hair @hsk_hair
Makeup @majormakupandhair
Signage @bearartdesign
Candles @drifttradingco
Models @conkandco @jessicatonkin1 @gold_coast_musings @bruna_bidoia