An Evening at The Bridal Forum
The dark clouds and constant drizzling framing Brisbane’s skies on Saturday, February 3rd did nothing to dampen the mood at newcomer wedding fair, The Bridal Forum. This swish event, hosted by Amore Events and Friends of Alma, was planned to be a rooftop twilight affair, but due to the rain, was moved to High Church Brisbane in Fortitude Valley (yay - I have always wanted to visit this stunner of a venue). Organisers promised the event would not be "your typical wedding expo", and let's just say they certainly delivered.
Engaged couples could chat one-on-one to local wedding vendors in a gorgeous and intimate setting, as well as check out a number of special talks and workshops during the afternoon. A huge highlight was the Expert Panel Q&A with Tina from Lovelenscapes Photography, Alana from Whiz Bang Weddings Club, Mark from Wil Valor, and Samantha from Roaring Twenties Vintage Car Hire. Each wedding aficionado was asked a few key questions and brides and grooms had the benefit of picking up tricks and tips from industry insiders. Just as an example, two questions asked were, “Do we need to have a ceremony rehearsal?” and “Is it important to have a strong bond between a couple and their wedding photographer?” (Answers: Not necessarily; and no, but a meeting before the wedding day can be beneficial).
Guests received gift bags choc-full of goodies and were invited to snack on roaming platters with delicious entrees and scrumptious mini cupcakes. Of course, wine and beer were available for purchase too, ensuring that couples could begin their Saturday night the right way. There was live music by Shannon Rose, a pamper station, a flower crown making class led by Helena Rose and a makeup demonstration by Bluebird Makeup, and many more amazing opportunities for couples to learn, relax and enjoy.
Another favourite part of the evening for guests was the fashion parade showcasing gorgeous gowns from When Freddie Met Lilly. Though parades are pretty common at wedding fairs, this one was extra cool due to commentary and a Q&A with Stephanie from the fab wedding dress store while the gowns were being modelled. We got a great idea of how the dresses can be customised, colour options and an insight into the ordering process too.
As always, I love to share a few of the trends that I totally adore, so here goes…
1. Flowers - everywhere!
2. Stylin' attire for debonair grooms...
3. Gold, gold and more gold!
4. Sparkly sequins...
A HUGE thank you to Tiana from Amore Events for hosting me and my photographer hubby. I thought The Bridal Forum was original, romantic, educational and lots and lots of fun. If you are engaged (or may be close to getting engaged), I’d really encourage you to keep a keen eye out for future Bridal Forum events!
Pictures taken by Simon & Abby Stiefel (but the best ones were definitely Simon's, to be fair!)