We've got some very exciting news for our much loved Smitten friends. Just when we thought Smitten Magazine was no longer, we're delighted to let you know that we've found someone who loves the magazine as much as we do. We have handed over the reins to Nicole from Coast to Country Weddings.
As you know, saying goodbye to Smitten Magazine was not an easy decision. After seeing, and meeting, so many clever WA wedding people we were disappointed not to be able to continue sharing their loveliness with local brides. We're thrilled that the magazine will be around for some time to come and sweeping many more stylish WA brides off their feet.
Of course, we're not disappearing completely, Nat is still creating the most amazing wedding stationery at Dizzy Wizzy Design.
This will be the last time you hear from us, so we'll no longer be checking any of the Smitten email accounts, but please do feel free to get in touch with Nicole anytime at email@example.com.
Thanks for being part of Smitten Magazine,
Nat & Erin
Olivia of Olive Farm Designs is a West Aussie accessories designer lovingly crafting unique hair adornments for brides. Each piece is created using only the most exquisite vintage lace, silks, tulle, ribbons and other gorgeous materials.
“When I first saw my husband to be
at the end of the aisle and our first kiss
as husband and wife.”
While in Sydney, Danielle and Anthony did a night climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
At the top, overlooking the twinkling lights of the city, Anthony got down on bended knee and asked Danielle to marry him. Ohhh, how romantic.
"My gorgeous husband! Seeing him so
happy really made my day, and I'm
ever so lucky to have found someone
as gorgeous, generous and
caring as he is."
Most weddings follow a similar format – the formalities of the ceremony then the party
at the reception. Not Jelena and David’s. They started their day with a pre-wedding
party at Jelena’s parents’ house, complete with eating, drinking and plenty of dancing.
Then David arrived to present Jelena with her bouquet, as is tradition for Croatian weddings.
Their priest even joined the party.
Laura and Alan celebrated their wedding at Perth Zoo in December 2011.They said 'I do' on the Oak Lawn, then wandered (or rather drove - they travelled in style in Zoo golf buggies) throughout the grounds for photos with their bridal party before joining their friends and family in the Homestead Barn.
Although residing in a small country town in the wheatbelt, Scott proposed to Josie in Langkawi, Malaysia on their seven year anniversary. Just under six months later they walked down the aisle, in the picturesque surrounds of the heritage listed Bishops Garden in Perth.
Josie wore a Lisa Ho Designs silk tulle gown accessorised with a silk satin ribbon belt. The bridesmaids wore floor length slate dresses from Two Birds Bridesmaids.
We're thrilled to be bringing you the biggest (and we think best) issue yet of Smitten Magazine, filled with wedding loveliness thanks to eleven real West Aussie weddings.
We also reveal the winner of our Spring Cover Bride competition; congratulations Chey and Dean!! The couple said 'I do' on the white sands of Bunker Bay beach then partied into the night at Aravina Estate. The stunning photos are all thanks to Yoram Conradt Photography.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with gorgeous weddings in our Spring Cover Bride competition. Thank you to everyone who entered - with so many lovely weddings happening every weekend right here in WA, choosing a winner was never going to be easy.
We are delighted to introduce you to our ten finalists (in totally random order)...
Alexandra and Sam Photo: Katey Manuchehri Photography
Planning a wedding and watching the purse strings? Shop for wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, suits and accessories and save up to 80% at the brandsExclusive wedding sale, starting midday Monday 9 July.
Local and international designers include Nicola Finetti, Jayson Brunsdon, Sandra Steiner, Aurelio Costarella, Matthew Eager and lots more.
There's even a bridesmaid dress collection from Jayson Brunsdon available in a range of colours and priced from just $300.
And the boys won't feel left out, they can browse suits and accessories from Kenneth Blake, Marc Coleman and Hardy Aimes.
Cancel all your plans for 25 August - that's when Wedding Upmarket is happening. If you're planning your wedding and hoping to create a unique day loaded with personal, handcrafted touches then Wedding Upmarket is for you.
Last year's Wedding Upmarket featured an array of talented local wedding people, including photographers, jewellers, designers, stationery suppliers, florists and so many more.
Take a look at these cute pics from Rachel and Phillip's wedding - just one of the many many gorgeous weddings we've received in our Spring Cover Bride competition. The happy couple married at Kalamunda History Village, with the reception held at Carldenn Homestead.
We're absolutely tickled pink to be a part of the First Comes Love Bridal Fair. Now in its second year we've heard that this time round there's even more fabulous West Aussie wedding people involved. And the best bit? They're all there ready to make your wedding day dreams come true.
First Comes Love is on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, and is organised by the clever lasses of Studio Bomba. If you don't think you can wait quite that long, here's a selection of photos from last year's fair to keep you going.
Even if you choose not to enter your own weddings snaps we'd love your help in deciding who will grace the Spring cover. All you have to do is vote for your fave wedding. Voting hasn't opened just yet but we'll be sure to let you know when it does.
Fancy seeing yourself on the cover of the Spring issue of Smitten Magazine? Well then, you really should enter our Smitten Spring Cover competition.
It's really easy. If you've tied the knot after 31 December 2010, are a West Aussie bride and have lots of gorgeous photos of your wedding day then you could be our next cover couple. And have your wedding featured inside the magazine.
So start sorting through your wedding album as full details will be revealed very very soon...
All wedding ceremonies are, of course, personal and filled with meaning for the bride and groom. While many couples write their own vows, drawing on experiences and feelings that are unique to them, some go a step further and include special rituals that symbolise the beginning of their new life together. Words from the celebrant, a family member or close friend often accompany the ritual.
Some such examples are;
Releasing white doves to signify the peace, love and happiness shared by the newly married couple.
Lighting a candle and taking a few moments to remember loved ones who have passed on.
Pouring individual containers of sand into one vase is a touching way to symbolise the formation of a new family. This is particularly meaningful when children from a previous relationship are involved.
Loosely binding the hands of the bride and groom with ribbon is a ritual known as handfasting that dates back to pagan times.
A bit of time, creativity and patience is all that's needed to let your personality shine on your wedding day. Homemade biscuits, hand painted signs, simple flower arrangements - make the day extra special with a few crafty ideas and some DIY.
With most of Perth likely heading down south this weekend, here's a few little piccies from Kylie and Patrick's wedding day to remind us why the region will always be a favourite holiday, and wedding, destination. They said 'I do' on Castle Rock beach before enjoying the evening with their loved ones at Wise Winery.
An outdoor ceremony at Kings Park overlooking the skyline of Perth - Nicole and Scott's wedding was perfectly West Aussie. The happy couple exchanged vows at Kaarta Lookout in Kings Park then continued the celebration at the WA Rowing Club.
We couldn't resist showing you just a little bit more of what's in the pages of the second issue of Smitten Magazine. Style With Us have put together a delightful photo shoot, sure to have you smitten. Here's a tantalising taste...
It's just over one month until the second issue of Smitten Magazine is out on 14 February. Awhhhh, that's Valentine's Day. We couldn't be more chuffed with all the gorgeous weddings that we'll be featuring. If you don't think you can possibly wait until February here's a little look-see at some of the wedding loveliness you'll find.
The perfect treat for any occasion, we feasted on fanciful foods such as roast vegetable frittata, ham terrine, boccocini pastries and of course, cucumber sandwiches. Then came dessert, oh my goodness...
Lemon curd trifle, chocolate arancicni balls and raspberry icecream (had to eat that one quickly!)
If you're looking for a more, shall we say civilised approach to the traditional hens day, then high tea at 'rochelle adonis' is sure to tickle your fancy.
And, yes I did happen to purchase a few little goodies on my way out. But they're Christmas gifts for family... if they last that long.
One of our Smitten friends has just launched their lovely new website. The new look of eufloria by the beach was unveiled just yesterday. The clever people of Dizzy Wizzy Design and Quirky Click teamed up with Kiera from eufloria by the beach to create the prettiest place for choosing your blooms. Pop by for a visit and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
This cute little calendar from Dizzy Wizzy Design will help all brides-to-be stay super organised, whilst prettying up your desk. These sell quickly, so pick yours up from Dizzy Wizzy's online shoppe. And while you're there, select your wedding invitations from the delightful ready-to-go range or ask to have your very own custom invitations created just the way you like.
Traditional paper place cards are gorgeous but for that extra special touch have a look at these lovingly hand-crafted porcelain birds from Eucalypt Homewares. With each bird featuring a guest's name these place cards are also the perfect gift for your guests to take home and remember your special day.
11/11/11 – an auspicious day to marry or just another Friday?
This Friday 11 November 2011 is shaping up to be a big day for weddings around Australia. 11/11/11 and other ‘double digit’ dates are considered auspicious by lots of people, particularly those from Asian cultures. Here in WA, the local registry office usually takes a maximum of eight weddings per day during the week but this Friday they are squeezing in 11 marriages to meet demand!
Ann Lord, Civil Marriage Celebrant, is officiating at two ceremonies this Friday, which also happens to be Remembrance Day. ‘My first wedding is at 11.00am and we’re having a minute’s silence to pay our respects to fallen soldiers before we start the ceremony’, she says. ‘Friday weddings are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the usual Saturday afternoon ceremony and it’s fortunate for couples that the 11/11/11 happens to fall on this day – it makes for a long weekend for all the wedding guests’.
If you'd like to get married on a similarly auspicious day next year, book early. The 12/12/12 is a Wednesday but will be the last date of its kind this century (as there will be no 13/13/13!). But be careful - plenty of websites proclaim this to be a lucky date to marry but more than one also declare it might be the day the world ends. Oops!
Special thanks to Ann Lord for contributing this week's blog post. Ann wrote 'Choosing a Celebrant' on page 28 of the current issue of Smitten Magazine.
Summer nuptials mean colour – dresses, flowers, decorations. Keep you and your guests cool and refreshed throughout the evening with drinks a-plenty, cute paper straws and mini bottles perfect for mingling. Book a venue with a water view and you’ll be the breeziest bride there is.