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Cocktail Celebration – Mango Daiquiri

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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Mango Daiquiri

Makes 12


  • 6 mangoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups white rum
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 6 lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup sugar syrup (see note)
  • 6 cups crushed ice


  • Combine half the mango, half the rum, half the vodka, 3/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add half the crushed ice. Blend until just combined. Pour into 6 cocktail glasses and serve immediately.
  • Repeat using remaining ingredients.

Cocktail photo from Cocktail Angels, recipe from Taste

This cocktail containing white rum, vodka, lemons, sugar syrup and mangoes, conjures up visions of lazy golden summer evenings, sitting in deck chairs being cooled by a soft sea breeze.

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Photo from Brides, bouquet photo by Victoria Pearson, Umbrellas from Martha Stewart Weddings, thong/ flip flop from J.Crew, arrangement by Flush Designs, , Cocktail photo from Cocktail Angels, cake form Planet Cake, setting from Oh! How Charming, seashell photo from penelopejonze, jellies from Martha Stewart Weddings.

As the last of the summer fruits come to the markets it may be the perfect time to indulge in a Mango Daiquiri celebration. Think beaches, long stretches of white sand and azure blue water in a warm tropical location. Palm fronds, ginger flowers, orchids, frangipani, and lush tropical foliage enhancing a beach location dotted with bamboo chairs.

Soft floaty dresses in light colours, light coloured linen for the men, straw hats, thongs (flip flops), fans, parasols. Feminine maxi dresses, casual yet elegant – no Hawaiian shirts here!

As the sun sets flickering candles are set out and the feasting can begin. Our magnificent Australian seafood – scallops, prawns, barramundi, mud crabs – all laid out on long tables for a buffet on the sand. Use banana leaves and coconut husks as ‘platters’. Access the local organic produce from on-farm producers – from fruit and vegetables and meat to icecreams. For dessert anything with tropical fruit – mangoes, lychees, coconut, pineapple, pawpaw, black sapotes, banana, limes, passionfruit. From the fruit simply laid out in its gorgeous glory, to sorbets, tarts and icecreams – all will be devoured on a warm summer night.

For favours why not give your guests a momento of the tropics – organic coffee beans, vanilla beans, chocolate coated coffee beans, macadamia nuts and ginger.

Use natural elements for your décor – bamboo, driftwood, shells. Capiz shell to add lustre, lots of candles in bamboo or coconut husk containers, wooden or cream earthenware bowls. The smell of fragrant tropical blooms,the salty sea breeze and the crunchy sand underfoot – what more could you need for a perfect tropical wedding.

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Crazy Crazy Booths

by | Bride, Photography


I love the popular crazy booth I’ve been seeing from US photographers and am excited to see it starting to emerge in Australia. An alternative to a traditional photo booth, the crazy booth allows for a little more freedom! Here’s a few of the Australian photographers I’ve found offering it.

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North Coast Photography based in Coffs Harbour

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NFE Design based in Newcastle

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Nattnee Photography based in Sydney

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Kent Marcus Photography based in Coorangbong (Hunter Valley)

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Push The Button Photo Booths offers a more traditional setup with crazy booth style results. Crazybooths are a little different to the DIY booths- the backdrop is often plain white and allows for crazy antics. Be sure to provide fun props if the photographer doesn’t already and have the MC announce the photobooth throughout the night to get guests in there!

In Stores Now… April 2009

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


On news stands now…

Wedding Style Guide Autumn 2009

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Also- new Australian wedding magazine Handmade Weddings is out. Let me know what you think!

Nikki and Jon

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Today’s beautiful wedding comes to us from bride Nikki who married Jon in the beautiful location of Byron Bay. Torrential rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the happy couple with the raindrops stopping only the day before the wedding.

Nikki and Jon had a big DIY emphasis on their wedding day. They included family and friend in a lot of their plans and made use of the talents of their loved ones. From decorations, the gown and favors – Nikki and John included personal touches on everything!

High school sweethearts Nikki and John held their wedding at Peppers Casuarina. They held their ceremony in the rainforest grounds while the reception was at the on site restaurant Wilsons By The Creek. Guests were able to make use of the on site accommodation and allowed themselves to party on long into the night.

Nikki designed her own wedding gown and had it made by Wendy Krummel. She wore Swarovski crystal earrings and pinned her grandmother’s rose gold locket to her bouquet. The wedding stationery was a letterpress design by Blackbird Press. Photos today are by Michelle Stewart Photography.

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The ring pillow was made from old doilies that belonged to Jon’s grandmother who passed away last year.

Jon surprised Nikki by sending a homemade DVD to her in her “getting ready” room. The DVD was a message from Jon telling me how much her loved her and was looking forward to their lives together.  His second surprise was his speech, which he finished off with a bit of Elvis, singing “I can’t help falling in love with you”.

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The bridesmaids designed their own dresses which were put together by the Maid of Honor’s grandmother who also made the boys ties.

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Nikki and Jon acoustic guitarist Luke Vassella play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach as Nikki walked down the aisle. She says “It is a difficult piece to play on guitar, but absolutely beautiful. He did an amazing job and it made the experience very dreamy.” Nikki and Jon hand wrote their own vows.

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The favors were homemade jam, as Nikki and Jon love to cook, so went to the local strawberry farm and made a jam together.  They ordered some stickers and jars from Etsy to complete them! The name cards were tied to the jam and were seeded cards to plant and grow herbs which Nikki found after much online searching.

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The wedding car was a Kombi from a local hire centre. It didn’t love the steep hills around the Byron hinterland – Jon had to give it a push start to get it going !

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Nikki’s favourite moment “One of my favourite details was getting a photo of every guest (preferably one with my husband and I in the shot) and writing a message on the back of the photo and taping it to the table underneath place settings for each guest. I announced the hidden photos at the end of my speech – the last speech of the night. I couldn’t thank everyone in my speech, so I used the cards instead!  Everyone was very surprised, and in some cases moved to tears by the sentiment and special words.”

Nikki and Jon danced their first dance to “All I Want To Do Is Grow Old With You” by Hawaiian band The Blue Hulas on ukuleles

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Thank you Nikki and Jon for sharing your absolutely beautiful DIY wedding day!

Photos courtesy of Michelle Stewart Photography.

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