Sunday, June 2, 2013

Essence Wedding Photography

With over 20 years’ experience in the fashion, advertising and editorial industries, Essence Wedding Photography have serviced the most elite and demanding clients. This benchmark differentiates them from the wedding market, providing a niche service that’s edgy and unrivalled. 

Essence Wedding Photography combine the glamour of fashion photography with the tradition of wedding photography to provide breathtaking photos. Ultimate perfectionists, nothing short of spectacular will do; it’s with this philosophy that they embark on shooting every wedding. 

Class, style and elegance that’s unmatched, combined with photographers who make you feel at ease in front of the camera.

Essence Wedding Photography chief photographer, Dario, explains his passion for photography to The Bride's Diary below…

"My name is Dario and I love photography and this passionate journey began more than 15 years ago.

I’ve covered most things – fashion, advertising, movie posters and campaigns 
for conglomerates like Coca Cola and McDonalds. But what I love most is shooting people – expressions, emotions and reactions… And somehow this has led me here.

I still shoot fashion and advertising campaigns, but I never imagined that I’d genuinely enjoy being part of two people’s journey into their new life.

Being able to capture one of the happiest times they’ll ever remember and turn those into stunning images and life-long memories is an art I continue to 
enjoy mastering.

Here’s the other thing. I don’t like to think of myself as a wedding photographer. In truth, I find a lot of wedding photography bland and predictable.

I pride myself in being creative and edgier, but in keeping things clean and natural. My objective is to make every shoot look like it comes out of a magazine. And this is where the theme of Essence came about.

And here’s where Essence differs – we don’t just pride ourselves in taking great pictures, but spending considerate time in post-production. And that means you get a more polished result.

Each wedding is treated individually and this attention to detail means the outcome is something that feels “hand-crafted”. Another unique service Essence offers is “pre-planning”. Couples often don’t know where to go and depending on the type of wedding, we are on hand to suggest a number of locations and take part in location scouting.

The feedback we receive is overwhelmingly positive and this is why I love my job." – Dario of Essence Wedding Photography

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Studio Olympia Favourite Wedding:
Clarissa & James

Clarissa and James met during an audition. James was casting new singers 
for the opera group ‘Encore’. After a long and exhausting day during which 
James had not been able to find the singer he wanted, Clarissa, the final 
soprano came in.

Her beauty instantly blew James away and his next hope was that she could sing. He was not disappointed. James offered Clarissa the role on the spot. Over the next few months, Clarissa and James worked side by side for long hours.

What began as a shared passion for music soon developed into a passion and love for each other.

Then, when Clarissa was contracted to perform in Melbourne it happened to be when James was also working in Melbourne on a project for his theatre production company, Encore Production House. The timing was perfect, and James couldn’t think of a better opportunity to propose to Clarissa.

Carrying a dozen striking red roses, James met Clarissa at Melbourne Airport before heading down to Studley Park Boathouse in Fairfield. Clarissa was under the impression that they were going to have a quick bite to eat before heading to the venue and hopping into a little boat.

James had organised a portable CD player to take with them in the boat, and when the pair finally reached calm waters, he wasted not another minute: he pushed play and proposed.

While travelling abroad on tour, Clarissa and James had experienced many wonderful and romantic locations. However, they decided that their special day should be shared with their family and close friends at home in Australia. 

That decision made, there was no reason to look any further than a little church in Hunters Hill, the Holy Name of Mary Parish Catholic Church, where their families had spent many happy times celebrating numerous special occasions.

Clarissa’s gown, veil and jewellery were all made for her in Kobe, Japan – and after a relaxed morning spent getting ready, Clarissa arrived at the church in her stunning Abiste creation. The gown’s gorgeously beaded sweetheart bodice gave way to a full skirt that floated around Clarissa’s waist, which was accentuated by a plain black sash. 

James looked dashing in a Giorgio Armani suit, accessorised with a pleated white shirt and black bow tie. 

After the couple had exchanged their vows before 140 guests, the celebration moved on to the Royal Automobile Club in Circular Quay, just a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House. It was the perfect location for Clarissa and James’ reception, given that it was so close to the iconic Australian landmark that had inspired both their dreams and careers.

During the reception, the couple’s guests were treated to a spectacular performance from the Encore vocal group, with whom Clarissa regularly performs, before a romantic first dance to Somewhere from the musical, 
Westside Story.

Following their fairytale wedding, Clarissa and James were scheduled to 
leave for a two-week honeymoon. However, two days after the wedding, 
Opera Australia invited Clarissa to join the company for a tour scheduled to commence immediately. 

Because of a commitment to their art and an understanding of its demands is a shared bond, the couple decided to postpone their honeymoon to allow Clarissa to take advantage of this wonderful offer.

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Friday, May 3, 2013


Deborah McCallum has a long history of creating weddings in Heritage-listed venues, commencing in 1987 at Ruby’s. Utilising her talent in decorating and procuring antiques, Deborah, along with her husband Jim, transformed the 1893 Doctor’s family home, Ravensthorpe in the year 2000. It has since become an ideal setting for a country-style wedding where preparations, ceremony celebration and recovery all take place in one perfect location.

Deborah believes the ultimate wedding takes place in the garden of a heritage home, with the ceremony and celebration in close proximity, enabling guests to relax and enjoy Ravensthorpe’s stunning marquee and perfectly manicured gardens. 

As a trained chef with the French school, Le Cordon Bleu, Deborah is able to guide families through bespoke menu options, and personally creates one-of-a kind dessert style cakes that are a signature of the Ravensthorpe wedding package.

With the ceremony, celebration and accommodation all located on the gorgeous homestead, Deborah and her experienced and professional team are able to oversee every element of the entire wedding event and will ensure your day runs smoothly. For over 20 years, Deborah has been facilitating weddings and events with a passionate and professional touch that reflects the personal style of every bride and groom.

A wedding at Ravensthorpe is where memories are made and exceptional, personal service is delivered to ensure the most perfect wedding day for any happy couple.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cassandra & Shane | Photography by Distinct Image Photography

Cassandra met Shane chose Adelaide’s beautiful Veale Gardens for their October ceremony, and the ballroom at Ayers House for their reception. Cassandra, a self-confessed ‘girly girl’, opted for a romantic wedding theme with a pink, white and silver colour palette. Her style inspiration was to create a romantic, fun day that was understated yet elegant.

Prior to their wedding the couple were living in Tasmania, so much of the wedding planning was done online. They ordered Shane and his groomsmen’s suits on the internet in a package that included shirts and shoes, while the boys’ Georgio Armani ties were purchased online from David Jones. 

Cassandra chose a dreamy silk and chiffon Fiorenza empire gown that featured a glittering diamanté brooch just below the bustline. She accessorised with a diamanté bracelet and matching earrings, and wore ivory white Tony Bianco shoes with stilletto heels and a silver diamanté bow. The bridesmaids looked divine in baby pink halter neck dresses, and as the weather was chilly, Cassandra gave each girl a matching chiffon wrap. 

The couple hired chairs and a carpet runner for the ceremony, and purchased tea light candles for the reception. Cassandra and her bridesmaids did an amazing job of creating beautiful floral table decorations, and on the eve of the wedding, made their own delightful bouquets.

A solid week of rain before their garden wedding day caused Cassandra and Shane more than a little anxiety, and the forecast for the weekend was for more rain, so imagine their delight when they awoke on the day to bright blue skies and relatively mild weather! They say that they could not have asked for more perfect conditions.

The ceremony was held in front of a beautiful water feature, with the afternoon sun slanting through the trees to create some truly wonderful photos. Following their sincere and heartfelt ceremony, they signed the marriage documents and celebrated with a glass of Freycinet Radenti before a wonderful photo shoot in the parklands. The bridal party continued celebrating in the limousine on their way to a fantastic reception. With an à la carte menu choice of two entrées, and three main meals, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal before a dessert of delectable cupcakes.  

As the Ayers House ballroom is already quite opulent, the couple kept their reception decorations relatively simple. Their cake was much admired by their 32 guests. Made up of individual cupcakes with one large cutting cake sitting on the top tier, each cake was decorated with a pretty heart. The cupcakes were white chocolate with baby pink butter icing, each sitting in an elegant black paper case. Cassandra and Shane opted for a bomboniere of mixed chocolates presented in a clear gift box. 

Cassandra and Shane had invested in a number of dance lessons before their wedding and although their first dance wasn’t quite as professional on the night as they had hoped it would be, they had a great time and enjoyed themselves immensely!
  Their DJ was a definite hit, playing guest requests and keeping everyone on the dance floor as they happily danced the night away. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. After a celebration they will never forget, the couple honeymooned for ten days in the Maldives, before spending a further ten days in the north island of New Zealand at Puka Park Resort.

Bridal Accessories & Gown
Bridal Party Attire
Ceremony Location Veale Gardens, Adelaide
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Formal Hire & Menswear
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Affair With George

Based in the Southern Highlands, Affair With George is a floral design studio dedicated to providing a personalised service of the highest standards in weddings, events and corporate styling. 

Michelle Van Eimeren, owner and creative director of Affair With George, gained her experience planning events in Asia, whilst working extensively in the media for more than 10 years. Qualified in both event management and floral design, Michelle will work closely with each couple to bring their visions and ideas to life.

Available by appointment, a no-obligation consultation provides Michelle the opportunity to determine what inspires you and all that you love. Enjoy a relaxed chat about how you picture your wedding, current trends, flowers in season, colours, style and theme. As each bride and groom’s vision for their wedding day is different and therefore each wedding that Michelle works on is unique in its own way, offering new and exciting possibilities.

It’s a good idea to start thinking about your flowers early in the planning of your big day. This provides Michelle with the opportunity to consult with each couple to discuss their individual needs and establish an overall design aesthetic.

It is an important part of the job to not only design all of the floral arrangements, but to design them within your budget. On average, your flower budget should be approximately 10-20% of your total budget, depending on the size and scope of your wedding. Michelle can work within your means to create a custom package that is right for you, doing as little or as much as you would like.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kate & Peter | 14th January 2012

Kate and Peter first spotted each other while Kate was interviewing mutual friends for a news story. From the very start, they just clicked. Over the next couple of years they became good friends, and eventually Peter asked Kate out on their first date, which happened to be on Valentine’s Day – and yes, he even bought her a rose! Fast-forward a few years, and the now inseparable couple had just returned to Australia after spending an amazing two months travelling through the US and Europe.

Back in Peter’s home town of Streaky Bay on South Australia’s west coast, and completely unbeknownst to Kate, a proposal was in the air. It was a hot summer’s day and Peter suggested a road trip. He packed up a picnic and took Kate to the most beautiful secluded beach. After they had settled down to enjoy the sparkling ocean view, Peter pulled out a ring and a completely surprised and deliriously happy Kate burst into tears! She had had absolutely no idea of what Peter was planning, and was amazed to learn that he had been hiding the ring, which he designed himself, for months.  They celebrated with wine and a feast of seafood at the local pub overlooking the bay before going home to share their good news.

The couple chose magnificent Waverley Estate in Port Elliot for both their ceremony and reception, and set a date in January 2012. Kate and Peter decided on a rustic, relaxed summer wedding by the sea theme and chose a simple and natural colour palette of white and Hessian. They wanted their day to be chic, unique, and inspired by the feel of the relaxed, beachside town of Port Elliot. 

After months of searching across the country, Kate at last found a dress that was almost perfect for her at Alexis George in Adelaide. With her mother’s assistance, she worked with the designer’s talented and helpful team to make the few changes necessary to create the gown of her dreams: a full length, strapless fitted dress made from a gorgeous cotton lace.

Kate’s bridesmaids looked fresh and summery in white dresses created by Arnsdorf, an emerging Australian designer based in Sydney. Peter and his groomsmen wore charcoal slim-fit suits tailored by The Suit Co, with natural linen ties and pocket squares by Apolis.

The couple’s ceremony was held on the lawns of Waverley Estate under a beautiful Moreton Bay fig tree with a stunning vineyard view as a backdrop. As soon as Kate started to walk down the aisle towards Peter, the pair made eye contact and couldn’t stop smiling – it just felt so right.

They agree that one of their favourite moments was looking out over the reception, and seeing all of their family and friends gathered together, sharing in their special day. The event’s big hits were the dance floor, which unless their guests were eating, was consistently packed, an outdoor vintage photo booth set up with all sorts of cute props, and a bucket of lawn games. Another star turn was the couple’s cake: a delicate ruffled creation that tasted every bit as good as it looked. This coconut flavoured treat was served at a post-wedding brunch the following day.   

photography Shona Henderson Photography
bridal gown Alexis George
bridal party attire Arnsdorf
bridal shoes Lisa Ho
cake Cake-Oh
ceremony & reception venue Waverley Estate
decorations Sash Events

flowers Poppies Flowers
marquee hire Wavals Party Hire
menswear The Suit Co, Apolis
rings Tiffany & Co, Wishart Jewellers 08 8295 1345
stationery Follow Studio 

catering Owen Andrews Catering
wine Bird in Hand
wedding co-ordination Mint Event Management 0419 183 051

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


We are delighted to introduce you to our stunning new magazine, Wedding Celebration… a celebration of all things wedding!

As the publishers of The Bride’s Diary®, we have, for the past twenty-five years, been honoured to accompany thousands of brides as they have made the exciting journey from their engagement to their wedding day and beyond.

Throughout that time, The Bride’s Diary® has earned an enviable reputation for being the ultimate wedding planner. And with its advice, guidelines, tips and information on modern and traditional wedding etiquette, plus its comprehensive wedding and reception planning pages, it has also become a cherished memento of the exciting weeks and months during the lead up to that most special of days.

Wedding Celebration has been created as a companion publication to The Bride’s Diary® – and as you browse through the pages, you will discover a treasure trove of inspiration and ideas that will help you to style a wedding celebration that is uniquely yours.

Our Wedding Celebration blog will feature the most up-to-date styling and theming inspiration and ideas, as well as fabulous real life stories from brides who tell how they created their dream day and share with us some of their spectacular wedding photographs. 
With its sophisticated and creative wedding styling ideas, the very latest on colour trends, helpful articles and reviews, and some absolutely stunning images, our Wedding Celebration blog is an exciting source of wedding day inspiration for you: today’s modern bride-to-be. 

And for even more fabulous ideas, be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page – – you’ll find loads of amazing wedding inspiration. 

Finally, we would like to offer our most sincere congratulations to you both. We wish you a wonderful life together and, of course, an absolutely magical wedding celebration!