Real Weddings – Silvana + Alex

When Silvana accepted a teaching position in Cobar, she hadn’t expected to find her future husband…living two doors up, no less. They married at Saint Alphonsus Chapel (a privately owned chapel which once was a monastery) and followed their vows with a reception at Sala’s Function Centre. Therese McGowan from Arrow Photography captured their special day.


Silvana wore a Stella York gown (this label stocked at Belles & Beaux, Newcastle), featuring a beaded bodice and sweeping skirt. Flowers were by Little Flower Lane.


The groom and his men wore suits from Ed Harry menswear. The best man DID actually forget the rings, but thanks to a swift taxi driver, the day was saved!


Silvana’s clever bridesmaid made custom wooden signs that featured at the ceremony, providing a romantic touch.


For their honeymoon, the couple escaped to Panwa Beach, Thailand, where they stayed in a beachfront villa on a private beach.


A charming memento from Silvana & Alex’s wedding.


Sarah Bell Burch Photography

If you didn’t manage to catch Sarah Bell Burch Photography at Love in the Vines – A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival, here’s a little peek at some of her beautiful work.2851760_orig 3236040_orig 6909370_orig

Gorgeous Desserts by Allison of Wild Rose Sweets and Styling

When I married my husband 14 years ago there was a very formulaic way of planning a wedding.  Each wedding was a replica of the last… there was a pure white dress, a church, a tiered fondant covered cake, and a bridesmaid in a floor length gown.  Nowadays we live in a connected, social media-dominated planet and have unprecedented access to photos, ideas and inspiration from throughout the world. Brides today are opening up their eyes and imaginations and are creating their own unique day, rather than what tradition has previously dictated.

Wedding cakes have also come a long way from the marzipan-covered fruit cakes of not so long ago, and the times are continuing to change.  As brides continue to buck tradition and choose what they love, gone is the notion that you even have to have a wedding cake! Other popular alternatives are a small cutting cake with cupcakes, a small cutting cake with mixed desserts, a full Candy Buffet, a Macaron Bar, a Cookie Bar, a Dessert Tower, and a fully styled Dessert Table.  As the idea of a Dessert Table is a relatively new concept in Australia we’ve put together some points to give you a clearer idea of what’s involved.

What is a Dessert Table? 

A dessert buffet is a professionally styled table that is designed as a work of art.  Your stylist will work with you to coordinate your table’s theming and colour palette with the overall look of your wedding.  A professionally styled table will include items such as a table backdrop, quality cake stands and compotes, gorgeous tablecloth, printed labels, coordinated props and special embellishments that provide the final finishing touches.   Your dessert table will be a part of your reception décor and will have your guests looking forward to dessert long before dinner is completed.


Why choose a Dessert Table?

A dessert table will be a beautiful addition to your décor and another way to impart your taste and individuality to your day.  The table also offers a wonderful social aspect as your guests collect their dessert, share a laugh and enjoy a break from their seats.  Most importantly, the table offers a selection of mouth-watering desserts that the guests can choose themselves.  This is also valuable when catering for guests that are gluten-free or dairy-free as you can offer a selection that will tempt everyone.

Pricing out a Dessert Table

There are two popular ways to price Dessert Tables.  Some Stylists provide a ‘per head’ charge that covers both their services and the desserts.  This can be an easy way for you to work out your costs straight up, but be aware that this usually means that the stylist sources their sweets from outside vendors and quality control can be difficult.  The other pricing option, and the one we choose to use, is to charge a set price for our Styling services and then you have the luxury of choosing your dessert selection from our large Sweets Menu.  Our Styling service also includes a consultation to discuss your style and colour palette, and we work together to choose a selection of sweets to offer your guests.

Will I still need a wedding cake?

This one is entirely up to you.  We can work with you to provide a full wedding cake, or smaller cutting cake with any dessert plan you choose.  You can then serve your cake as part of dessert, you can choose to take the cake home to serve later, or you can choose not to have a cake at all.

I would love a Dessert Table but I want to try it myself

There are many aspects of a wedding that can be a wonderful DIY project and a Dessert Table is definitely one such possible venture.  There are many hire companies that offer a variety of products for you to include in your own table.  We make it easy for you as we sell all our desserts separately, therefore you can purchase our sweets and have a friend or family member assemble the table on the day.  Our other services include a rental service of boutique tablecloths, quality cake stands and compotes, as well as other general props, so we can provide everything you need to create your own table.   Whether you hire or purchase your own display items, just remember that these costs do add up, as do the hours of planning, shopping and designing the table.  You also need to make sure that you have someone with a sense of style that is trustworthy enough to be relied upon for such a special occasion.

I would love a dessert table but I can’t justify the expense…

Weddings are an expensive business and everyone chooses to allocate their budget in their own way.  You might love the idea of petite desserts, but a complete Dessert Table might not be in your budget, so a gorgeous Dessert Tower could be just what you need.  You just place your dessert order and for a small fee we deliver the desserts to your venue and arrange them on a beautiful, mirrored, tiered dessert display.

A beautiful dessert table can be a wonderful addition to your day and it is one of those unique aspects of your wedding that is sure to be talked about for years to come. While I might not have been able to express myself creatively for my wedding years ago, it’s such a joy to work with brides today to make their dream day, and dessert, come true.

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Real Weddings – Libby-Jane + Mark


You wanted details, so here they are! Libby-Jane and Mark married at Tuscany Wine Estate Resort in the Hunter Valley in front of 80 nearest and dearest. Candice Campbell Photography captured their beautiful images.

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Mark and Libby-Jane met in an unlikely location – out the front of a take-away shop in Cessnock’s main street. Mark, on his lunch break, noticed Libby-Jane chatting with a friend of his. Needless to say, he wasted no time getting her phone number.



Libby-Jane’s stunning white strapless gown was purchased from Newcastle Bridal House.


Natalies Limousines conveyed the bride in style. The bridal bouquet was created by Shannon Sweetman at Bloomin Sweet Mobile Florist.



Libby-Jane and Mark were married by Anthony Burke, The Hunter Celebrant, in the courtyard of Tuscany Wine Estate ResortAffections Wedding & Event Hire styled the ceremony.



The bridesmaids wore different colours of the same dress – they were purchased from Shazzam; while the groomsmen were decked out by Calabro Bridal, Evening Wear and Mens Wear.


The reception was held in The Mill Restaurant at Tuscany Wine Estate ResortMobile Millennium DJ’s provided great music that kept everyone dancing.


Libby-Jane and Mark left their reception for their accommodation at Chateau Elan, Hunter Valley Australia, before a 7-night honeymoon on Hayman Island.

Real Weddings – Katie + Noel

Katie and Noel had been together a year when Noel made a romantic proposal at Warners Bay foreshore. They married in front of 100 guests, with Curly Tree Photography on hand to record the day of their lives.

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Katie found her perfect princess-style gown – a Henry Roth designer gown – at Simple Elegance Boutique. The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Forever New at Charlestown.

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Katie and Noel were married by Dr. Rev. Peter Oliver (Chaplain of the John Hunter Hospital) on the lower deck at Milano’s On The Lake.

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Renee Tuckers Wedding Flowers and Cakes created classically elegant bouquets.

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The reception was held in the function room at Milano’s On The Lake. Tables were decorated with candles and crystal, while fabric and fairly lights floated from the ceiling.

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Hunter Valley Cadillacs transported the newlyweds in impeccable style.


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