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24 September 2013

~Rina Hepworth, Hair & Makeup Artist~ *Preferred Vendor* {Gold Coast Weddings}

Here is the next fabulous supplier in the Preferred Vendor Interviews. I've known this lovely lady for years and I've been DYING to have a bride in common. Finally, the day came and all I can say is...ooh la la!! She is amazing at enhancing your natural features with truly stunning results. If you want to look your very best, look no further! Feel free to view the entire shoot here as it was featured on the ever gorgeous Style Me Pretty blog.

xo Martinia

Please introduce yourself

My name is Rina Hepworth, I have been living on the beautiful Gold Coast since 1996 and been a Professional Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist since 2002.

Can you tell us about your services and what you offer?

We offer Professional Makeup and Hair Styling for every type of event. Weddings, Photo Shoots, School Formals, Special Events, Calendars and more. Airbrush and Conventional Makeup application are available. One of my Hair Stylists is also a fabulous Hair Dresser.
A mobile service is available and we travel all over the Gold Coast and are able to travel to Byron Bay & Brisbane for a minimum of number of services.
*A travel fee applies for some areas

How early do you accept bookings?

10-12 month in advance at the most.

What is important for couples to be aware of?

Unfortunately not every artist out there has been through a Professional Course or uses Professional products. Sometimes clients will go for the lower price over the experience of another artist. With 11yrs experience in this industry I have heard so many stories of disappointment and wishing they had have spent a few extra dollars.

Why should couples book with you?

We offer a Professional yet relaxed, stress free experience. All of my girls have been hand picked by myself. They have a minimum of 10yrs experience, along with a passion for Makeup and Hair. Not to mention are very friendly and talented. I’m extremely picky with who I will send out to represent my name/business. We never over book clients and each artist is booked for only one wedding per day.

What special advice do you suggest?

Word of mouth is and has always been the best way to find the services you require for your event in my opinion. Vendors in the industry usually have a number of people they highly recommend. I personally only recommend others that I’ve known and worked with for many years.

Advice for Makeup and Hair leading up to your big day. Makeup looks better and lasts longer if your skin is hydrated. Otherwise your skin will take the moisture from the products and end up looking dry.

I recommend having a good skincare regime as well as drinking plenty of water and cutting down on soft drinks (if you drink them) and junk food.
If you plan to start using skincare or are thinking of changing your products, do so at least 6 months prior to your wedding. This gives your skin time to adjust to the products.
If you are unsure about skincare or need some advice, please feel free to contact me and we can arrange a consultation.

How can they get in contact? 
Mobile: 0414960857 (between 9:30am-4pm M-F)
Facebook: just type into the search bar
Twitter: @rinahepworth

17 September 2013

~Amoré Gardens~ *Preferred Vendor* {Gold Coast Weddings}

Here is the next fabulous venue of the "Preferred Vendor" interviews. Amoré Gardens is set in the enchanting Currumbin Valley with beautiful, lush greenery. It is like an oasis with tons of stunning trees and gorgeous water features alongside the beauty of the creek and stunning hinterlands. I have another sensational wedding there early next stay tuned for more jaw-dropping images.

xo Martinia

Please introduce yourself

Hello my name is Tina Wade and I have owned and operated Amore Gardens for four and a half years now, and have done a lot weddings. My very hands on approach with brides and grooms, and dealing with just myself, make each wedding very special and well run.

Can you tell us about your services and what you offer?

We offer both Ceremony and Reception at our venue. We are a BYO venue and we have our own very successful catering business. We understand food is one of the very important parts of a wedding. Our menus offer great value. We also do the decorating of tables and chairs, when choosing a buffet or sit down alternate drop menu. Our venue offers spectacular photo opportunities, it is exclusive use for your wedding day, so you can enjoy your own little piece of paradise for your wedding day.

How early do you accept bookings?

I will take bookings any time in advance, as some couples have special dates, so any time for a booking is a good time for me.

What is important for couples to be aware of?

I think the most important thing for couples to be aware of, is making sure that the pricing they are given will remain the same when the wedding day gets closer, or if not, what the increases might be. I have had many people come through in the past, trying to find another venue because pricing increased dramatically. The other thing is to make sure that the venue will remain open. This is another very disappointing that has happened to couples. You choose the venue because you love it, so to have to change during the middle of planning can be very stressful and upsetting.

Why should couples book with you?

If you are looking for a venue that is quite unique to the usual function room, this is us. We have plenty of space to utilise both in and outside of the pavilion. We are flexible in providing what you really want to do for your wedding day. So if you wish to change menu options, add anything you really want to include, for example, I have had a lot of weddings where the couples dog or dogs have come, we allow what a lot of other venues will not. We off support and help anytime, we are here to help make your whole experience of planning your day as stress free as can be.

What special advice do you suggest?

The best advice I could give from my experiences here, is that if on the wedding day something doesn’t go to plan; don’t look upon it as a negative thing, look at it as a story to tell of your wedding day. When I am talking about things not going to plan, it is such things as it being a rainy day, someone forgetting to bring something, basically things that you cannot control yourself.

How can they get in contact?

You can contact us via email, phone, our website or Facebook. Our details are:
Phone: 07 55330094
Facebook Link:  Amoré Gardens Wedding and Function Venue 

16 September 2013

~Lovely Lara~ *Baby Shower* {Gold Coast Photographer}

It won't be long and Lovely Lara (as I like to call her) will be welcoming her and Luke's first child. I had the honour of capturing all the super-fab moments at her baby shower. It was full of tons of love, laughs, gorgeous details and beautiful, thoughtful pressies. Let it inspire you!

Best wishes, L&L on the next beautiful phase of your lives together!

xo Martinia

10 September 2013

~Grace Bridal~ *Preferred Vendor* {Gold Coast Weddings}

When it comes to that gorgeous dress to walk down the aisle in...don't leave it to chance! I have been working with Grace Bridal for a while and it is (in my humble opinion) a cut above! You have to see it, to believe it! It is adjourned with beauty, everywhere you look...the staff is extremely helpful and friendly (they truly love what they do) AND don't get me started on the cornucopia of DROP DEAD GORGEOUS dresses of the absolute highest quality. You will love this boutique as I do...I guarantee!

xo Martinia

Please introduce yourself
Hi, I am Dee, one of the Managing Directors of Grace Bridal located at Helensvale on the Gold Coast

Can you tell us about your services and what you offer?
We specialize in Wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and accessories, All of our Wedding Dresses Gold Coast are elegant and romantic, modern, yet staying classic. Whether you’re looking for a sexy and sophisticated sheath or a fantasy ball gown, from size 0- 30, we’ll be sure to assist you find that perfect wedding dress for your perfect day! 

All of our dresses are priced between 

How early do you accept bookings?
Usually 6 months – 1 year prior to the wedding date is a great time to purchase your dress to also allow time for any alterations that may be needed.

Our Showroom is sometimes booked out 4 weeks in advance, but bare in mind that our wedding dresses can take aprox 4- 6 month delivery, while we can order in dresses with an express rush order we also supply dresses of the rack.

What is important for couples to be aware of?
Our aim is to educate women on product quality and knowledge as we are competing with online overseas factories.  In our store we hear of so many horror stories of brides buying online. When purchasing a gown from us you know that you are investing in our pride and joy, our high quality gowns will make you look amazing on your wedding day (we believe that your gown has to be perfect, you are only wearing it one day but you will have your photo’s in your living rooms in your home for the rest of your lives)

Why should couples book with you?
Our aim is to provide brides with the experience they deserve when finding their Dream Wedding Dress. No matter what budget, all brides deserve to be made to feel special!

Going back to basics with high level of customer service along with a jaw-droppingshowroom, we humbly look to bring back the Romance and Customer Service to the industry.

We are building our store to support Local, National and International Women and children in need (suffering mental, physical, sexual abuse)

We feel very passionate about the issues of women and children’s right to a safe and fair life, Human trafficking (children being sold into the sex trade)

So please keep in mind when you are considering purchasing a wedding dress from Grace Bridal that not only are you buying a wedding dress, your investment will go on to help others.  

What special advice do you suggest?
As it is great fun to have your family and friends come along to help you pick your dress, we recommend the bride to bring along one or two important people with a valued opinion, we find that in the midst of trying on dresses with a large group, the bride can be conflicted with what she likes with too many opinions, (sometimes the opinions are veryhelpful but sometimes helpers forget that it is all about what the bride loves- as we know that everyone’s taste’s are different and your wedding dress reflects your personalityWe want your experience to be fun, happy and memorable.

How can they get in contact?
Instagram: GraceBridal

03 September 2013

~Circle of Love~ *Preferred Vendor* {Gold Coast Weddings}

Here is the next in the series of "Preferred Vendor" interviews and an absolute MUST-HAVE! The gorgeous details in their wedding ceremony styling are TO...DIE...FOR! What Circle of Love creates is nothing short of breathtaking...ok, I'll stop! But its true, every setup I've seen has been truly stunning. Don't waste your brain power trying to DIY...just book them, its a no brainer! I'm so excited to photograph more of their ceremonies that I've offered their clients a super secret contact me or Jessica for the scoop!

xo Martinia

Please introduce yourself
Here at Circle of Love we pride ourselves on delivering wedding ceremonies that are modern, glamourous, unique, creative, luxurious and filled with love all around Australia!

Can you tell us about your services and what you offer?
As part of our service, every detail of your Wedding ceremony is carefully discussed with you to ensure your day is just how you have always dreamed. From ceremony location to ceremony setup, colour themes, and wet-weather options, we will do everything to ensure your day is perfect.

You can be reassured that you are working with the best. All of our wedding coordinators and ceremony managers are highly trained professionals that have a real passion for weddings and pride themselves on delivering simply stunning ceremony setups as well as 5 star service!

We are outdoor and indoor wedding specialists, both religious, and civil, in a range of venues including beach, park, garden, indoor venues, chapel and church.

For a unique and fashionable wedding ceremony be sure to contact us for a complimentary consultation with one of our wedding experts.

Coordination is the key to ensuring your wedding day flows just as planned! You've seen wedding reception coordinators welcome to the new era of wedding ceremony coordinators that will ensure your wedding day is simply perfect in every way. Complimentary in all our packages.

How early do you accept bookings?
2 years in advance as we book up quickly 

What is important for couples to be aware of?
Have you decided to have an outdoor ceremony, with the sand between your toes or under a big fig tree??
Where ever your ceremony is, outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful. Here are our hot tips for the perfect wedding ceremony in our beautiful outdoor surroundings.
  1. Make your guests comfortable Think about what the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding. Sunny and hot? Don't leave your guests uncomfortably melting - have your wedding coordinator give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don't forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, look at hiring parasols from us or even large market umbrellas to provide some shade. Don't forget about you too, on a hot sunny summer day we recommend our four post archways so you and your fiance can stand up and feel comfortable when exchanging your vows & sharing your first kiss as husband & wife.
  2. Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? We always discuss with you prior to the day a wet weather wedding plan. It usually is at the reception venue but we also have other options like hotel/resort venues or church/chapels. Talk to your wedding coordinator about what is the best option for you.When is the decision made?  Depending on set up and wet weather plan this can be between 2 to 4 hours before your ceremony.What happens to the set up I chose? We endeavour to make you feel just like you wanted on your special day & you have everything you imagined. We will style everything just as normal to ensure you get the same atmosphere you had anticipated. How will my guest know where to go?  Make sure you have someone who can send a quick message to all your guest in the event it should rain. Prior to the day the person chosen to distribute the message should add a group with all the guest contact numbers in their phone to easily select on the day if needed. But don't worry its like Chinese whispers your guest will find out!
  3. Plan for Wind Many beach outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that you'll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can plan a style that won't leave you looking like Cousin It! We have different styling options for beach and garden to suit those windy conditions, so ask us how we can help to make sure you have the perfect wedding weather it be still or windy.
  4. Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding at the beach, you're probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you. Look into renting a PA system with built in wind shock for the mic if your officiator doesn't already have one included in their ceremony package. There is nothing worse then a dodgy PA system & guest not being able to hear your vows.
  5. Tides Don't forget to check your local tide guide if your having a beach wedding. This will help you determine the time you should have your wedding ceremony & the positioning of your set up.
  6. Those pesky flying things Be sure ton a hot damp day to put out mosquito repellent so that your guests won't spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.
  7. Here comes the sun Consider timing your outdoor wedding for afternoon/sunset time where your guests will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun & with a cool breeze. Those having a daytime outdoor wedding should orient the ceremony so that the sun will be on guests' backs rather than in their eyes. We also recommend to talk to your photographer about timing of your ceremony & sunlight.
  8. Permits Don't forget to contact your council department to get a permit for an outdoor wedding. Be sure to ask about rules concerning wedding styling, guest numbers, allocated hours, trash removal, parking, and pre-wedding photography.
  9. Look at your surroundings The natural environment has so much beauty make sure to capture that in your wedding day photographs by choosing a picturesque spot with gorgeous natural elements, such as beautiful trees, breath-taking gardens, the breaking of waves or even a cliff top backdrop.
Worry!! We are here to make every step of the way stress free even on the day. So don't know where to start, ASK US!
We will ensure your wedding ceremony is simply magical, weather it be outside or inside when mother nature doesn't like us.

Why should couples book with you?
We love what we do & do what we love & will do anything to ensure our clients day is simply perfect in every way.

The Essentials To The Perfect Wedding Ceremony! Who's Going To??

Have you ever asked yourself during your wedding planning Who's going to???
Prior to my Wedding Day:
  • Who's going to help me find the perfect Ceremony location for us?
  • Who's going to assist me with applying for the Wedding council permit?
  • Who's going to help me choose a back up wet weather plan ?
  • Who's going to help me create the beautiful Garden or Beach Wedding ceremony I imagine?
  • Who's going to help me choose my wedding theme?
  • Who's going to understand what I want?
  • Who's going to help me find a celebrant, photographer, florist etc
  • Who's going to answer my questions when I need help?
On my Wedding Day:
  • Who's going to set up on the day & clear away any rubbish?
  • Who's going to usher the guest on the day?
  • Who's going to greet my fiance when he arrives?
  • Who's going to make sure the Celebrant & Photographer are there before I arrive?
  • Who's going to ensure all our guest are there before I arrive?
  • Who's going to cue our music?
  • Who's going to greet me at the car?
  • Who's going to make sure the bridesmaids know where & when they are walking?

What special advice do you suggest?
Try to relax & enjoy the planning process this is the start of your new future together.

How can they get in contact? 
Ph: 0434 644 238