Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lala Design

Lala Design is your Perth specialist in invitation and paper supplies for all celebrations. Lala Design will provide you with the advice, inspiration and products you will need to get started. 

Lala Design offers 3 services:

1. Do It YourselfLala Design sells everything you need to create your own beautiful stationery and more. They have their own exclusive gorgeous papers, designed and printed by by them in Perth.

2. Print & Cut: We will print and cut all your stationery to order, so you can assemble it yourself. We can also print your guest names, envelope labels. A great way to save but achieve a polished finish.

3. The Works: This is where Lala Design truly shines! They take care of everything from design to delivery, for large or small events. They're the experts in individually designed, handcrafted event stationery and gift packaging. They also stock a fantastic range of invitations, stationery and party supplies - all ready to go.

Lala Design also stock a fantastic range of invitations, stationery and party supplies, all ready to go. No appointments are necessary, as they are always available to help and provide you with a quote and sample. 

They are also creators and exclusive stockist of the Lala Design paper range, designed by Lala Design and printed in Perth.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Profile: Angela from Angela Higgins Photography

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

We have been speaking with Angela, owner and sole photographer for Angela Higgins Photography. Angela shared with us her love of photography and getting to know her clients, as well as her passion for organic gardening and everything French!

• Tell us a little about your business…

My name is Angela Higgins and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Perth, WA. As a boutique studio, I accept a limited number of clients per year. This exclusivity allows me to give an intimate one-on-one service to my clients and craft high-end custom albums and products to showcase my client’s treasured images. My goal for every client, wedding or portrait, is to take the time to get to know them, their relationships, their hope and dreams and document their relationships with a sense of honesty and peace.

• What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it?

I am the sole owner and photographer within the business having launched my business in early 2009. Before deciding to take the leap and begin my own studio, I worked in the corporate world but hadn’t really found my passion. I loved photography as a hobby but it wasn’t until friends and family began to ask me to photograph their families and then their weddings, that I found something so unbelievable I just had grab hold of it with both hands and truly take the time to explore. I fell in love with the intimacy of weddings that still leaves a lump in my throat. It’s an incredibly courageous decision to promise your life to another person and it is an honour to be a part of such a magical day.

• How long have you been working in the industry?

Before launching my photography business in 2009 when I photographed my first wedding, I had been privately photographing my life and family for the previous 3 years. I am self-taught and have been working very hard over the past 18 months building my business and improving my skills. It’s been fun watching my passion grow into what it is today and I’ve begun to build some incredible relationships with other local and interstate vendors who have now become friends. Its a wonderful industry to be in.

• What are some of your past business experiences?

I learnt, perhaps a little late, that as with any business it is important to be a true representation of yourself. What works for someone else, may not necessarily work for me. How I am and how I am feeling translates into my images and while I fought it for a while I realise that being sensitive and vulnerable is not a weakness. It is who I am and now when I photograph my clients, there is most certainly a component of me captured in my clients images.

I also found that while I am technically good as a photographer, it is not the most important thing. It is true that anyone can pick up a camera but how they use that camera is the defining factor. When my clients hire me they are looking for my perspective on their wedding day. I look with my heart not necessarily my eyes. I look for the connections between people, the quirkiness, the happiness, the loveliness.

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business?

Perhaps most recently was when a bride booked me within 24 hours of enquiring if I was available for her date. She was so confident I was the photographer for her she didn’t want to take the chance someone else would book the date first and we didn’t actually meet until weeks later. Having such trust put in my work and me is a huge honour and not something I take lightly. Of course, we hit it off and I can see us becoming good friends too.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life…

I work from home and my fiancé does too most days of the week and his two teenage children live with us too. We’ve recently started taking time to walk our two dogs together during the day while the kids are at school to get away from the desks and spend some time together before the day gets away from us. It’s fast becoming my favourite time of my day.

We are still renovating our home we built a few years ago and have big plans for some major landscaping and home improvements next winter. I’m lucky to be marrying a very handy man.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

High on the list of priorities is planning our own wedding for 2011. It is proving to be very challenging at times as it is overseas but we are making sure to take the time to enjoy the small things in life in the meantime. I love experimenting in the kitchen and especially with home-grown produce from my own organic garden. My clients are often receiving an experimental batch of cookies during a meeting. I am a homebody and am blissfully happy to be at home reading a great book or getting my hands dirty in the garden.

• What is your most memorable life experience?

I think perhaps when I went on an exchange program at 15 year of age to a little French island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. I came from a very small mining town in the Northwest of WA and this was a huge pilgrimage for me to do alone at such a young age. I fell in love with all things French and developed a very unhealthy love for chocolate croissants, vanilla sugar and stinky cheeses as a result. The French know how to make the smallest moments special and I have definitely brought that into my own life.

• What are your plans for the future?

Well, the wedding of course is high on the list and we are so looking forward to sharing it with our close family and friends. Afterwards we are looking forward to expanding our own family and carving out our own mark on the world. Professionally, I have a number of ideas in the works that will hopefully see me travel the world and explore my passion and give back to those less fortunate. I am constantly seeking to improve my own craft and be able to share that with my clients is the ultimate reward.

Friday, August 27, 2010


PassionPink are passionate about designing and baking cakes. They use only the finest local and imported ingredients the world has to offer and because they bake only to order you can be assured they will taste sensational!

PassionPink understand finding the perfect cake can sometimes be an overwhelming process. Whether you are planning a tea party or a grand event, they believe that there should be no effort spared when it comes to creating the perfect accompaniment to your occasion! 

PassionPink like to get to know you not only as a client, but as a person; your personality and style are wonderful elements that help them create a unique design that reflects both you and your occasion.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Profile: Adele from Adele Miles Photography

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have caught up with Adele from Adele Miles Photography, to find out about her passion for photography, how she maintains a work-life balance and her very own upcoming destination wedding...

• Tell us a little about your business…

Adele Miles Photography is a Perth based Photography business prodominately photographing weddings, families and special events. The business was established in 2004 while I was on maternity leave with baby number 2 - the business grew slowly along with needs of my baby. Now my 'baby' is in primary school and the business is keeping me busy!

• What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it? 

I can not remember a time when I was not passionate about photography - on holidays there were always more rolls of film than the days I was away for. It was not until the arrival of my second child that I became less passionate about working in laboratories and it took over 6 months to work out that photography was what I was passionate about and could be the new career I was looking for. So back to University I went, to get a formal photography education. This gave me the grounding and practical skills I needed to photograph successfully. It also reinforced the passion I have for photography, many a late night was spent in the black and white dark room, holding my breath to see the images I had photographed become first negatives then prints. It was an amazing feeling.

• How long have you been working in the industry?

I have been working as a photographer for the past 6 years, I started out photographing children on 'Santa's Knee', then moved on to photographing school portraits all the while slowly building up my own business. 2008 was a great turning point for me as I was able to focus entirely on my own business and not work for anyone else.

• What are some of your past business experiences? 

In the last 12 months I had the pleasure of photographing models for a bridal magazine's wedding dress editorial. It was a fantastic experience and although I thought 'pretend' brides would be harder to work with, they were not harder just different, they have the skills to stand, look and move the way you want them too but they don't have that "Oh my goodness I am getting married" feel about them, the nervous excitement that I get from brides on their wedding day. 'Real' brides are much more rewarding to photograph, capturing the moments that will live with a bride forever, the small treasures that are unexpected and the sincerity of the love you can see on a brides face, all make the job I love worthwhile.

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business?

I have one favorite image from my time at university which was a competition entry which needed to reflect 'Student Life', I won and the photo and cheque (well a copy of it, I banked the real one) are framed together in my living room. It is the realisation that my images could make money.

My favourite bridal couple is every couple! Their story, their ceremony, the photos, the location, the season - they are all so different. There are parts of each wedding that are my favourite and I have favorite photographs from every wedding I photograph.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life… 

I am a mother of three and in November I become a bride myself, after 15 years and three children I am now finding out exactly what it is like to walk in my clients shoes. I am off on a destination wedding to Fiji which is very exiting, as it will be my first overseas trip.

• What are your plans for the future?

Moving into the next financial year I hope to increase the number of weddings I photograph a little - not too much as I limit weddings to 2 per month, so I keep the work-home balance and don't spend all of my weekends enjoying someone else's family.

If you have any special offers you are currently promoting at your business, please let us know and we will include these with your profile article.

As a special offer for The Bride's Diary readers, Adele Miles Photography is offering $200 off any of their wedding packages, which range in price from $600 to $5000. Mention this blog post when speaking with Adele.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cindy Sutton Make-Up Artistry

Look and feel absolutely beautiful on your special day with Cindy Sutton Make-Up Artistry! With over 6 years industry experience in both applying and teaching make-up artistry, Cindy’s expertise and eye for perfection will have you looking and feeling stunning on your wedding day.

Trained at the Makeup Artistry Centre of WA, Cindy has worked across a wide range of areas including a number of short films, live performances and countless fashion shoots.

Start the day relaxed in the comfort of your home or hotel room while Cindy creates the perfect look, whether it’s a natural, glamorous, classic or contemporary style – or a style of your own!

Cindy is a friendly and professional make-up artist using only high quality products to ensure that your make-up is long-lasting and looks gorgeous all day long.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Adele Miles Photography

Photography by Adele Miles - Perth, Western Australia

Adele Miles is a full-time Western Australian Photographer with a distinct and unique style, who is available to photograph at a location of your choice, using natural or studio lighting. Adele specialises in newborn, children, family, wedding and corporate imagery. Adele's goal is to thrill you with your photos and to provide you with a charming photo story that genuinely reflects your special event, or family.

Photography by Adele Miles - Perth, Western Australia

Adele has the flexibility to suit your needs, whether your style is candid, natural, formal or traditional. Your wedding photographs are a tangible reminder of one of the most important days in your life, and in years to come images of the true emotion of your wedding day will be priceless.

Many associations and groups utilise these services for fundraising, including Playgroups, Primary Schools, Daycare centres & other not-for-profit organisations. Please contact Adele if you require further information or to book a date for your group.