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The gorgeous Kirsty was the happy recipient of a very special prize from Maleny Manor, Mondo Floral Designs and Lovebird Weddings… a beautiful vintage High Tea Hen’s Party, held in a breathtaking spot, to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.


We placed two long timber tables together to create one beautiful design under the pavilion, along with our Provence couch piled with pretty cushions. For a charmingly classic yet fun feel our colour palette featured soft and dusty pinks, peaches, rose pink, butter, mauves and lavenders, mint greens and baby blues… teamed with beige linens and a touch of rustic timber used here and there…


“Ride Me, I’m Sugar Free” referred to a darling vintage bicycle (nicknamed Lucy) was on hand ready for joyrides and photos, she’s certainly not shy!

chandelier_1_400x600.jpgplace_tag_1_320x214.jpgplace_tag_2_320x214.jpg It’s not a High Tea without some glamorous sparkle… one stunning crystal chandelier shimmered overhead in the afternoon sunlight. French lace tablecloths contrasted beautifully against the rustic timber table, and complemented the white Hamptons chairs with deliberately mismatched floral cushions.

table_2_605x404.jpgtable_1_605x404.jpg Stacks of vintage books bound with twine were placed alongside richly hued & divinely scented blooms, styled to look as if just picked from an English country garden. At each place setting were artfully mismatched vintage china plates, teacups and silverware, vintage linen napkins and hand printed name tags.


The mouthwatering menu of sweet treats was painted prettily upon wooden slats and sat on an easel. The ladies indulged upon handmade delicacies like macarons, Chelsea buns, leek & brie parcels, cucumber sandwiches and of course – bubbles with strawberries!


flowers_2_605x404.jpg Congratulations again Kirsty, we hope you all had a splendid day! xo

the_ladies_320x214.jpg “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” Henry James


Venue & Catering: Maleny Manor

Stylist: Lovebird Weddings

Florals: Mondo Floral Designs

Thank you so much to Artography for the beautiful images!



I was lucky enough recently to spend a night at Spicers Canopy, an eco-lodge situated in the Scenic Rim, just 2 hours west of Brisbane. This is the sister property to Spicers Peak Lodge, which is just down the road and up the hill away, and I know Spicers Peak very well having planned and styled weddings at this incredible venue. But I had never been to Canopy.


I was quite keen to see how Spicers Canopy might appeal to our ever-growing number of eco-friendly brides. These environmentally conscious brides, who have made “green the new black” have a grown-up attitude to protecting our luscious landscape, combined with a refined taste in good food and wine, and want to wow their guests on their big day. I’ve not really found a venue that has delivered this perfectly for brides…until now.


Wow is definitely the first word that springs to mind when I relive my 15 hours at Spicers Canopy. This is my ultimate camping (sorry, glamping) experience! I’m a camping girl from way back, but I do like to enjoy the under-the-stars experience with a good bottle of red, and I like to know that when I lay down my head, there will at least be sheets involved!

But Spicers Canopy is this and so much more! At bedtime, I had a hot water bottle, which miraculously stayed hot all night…and their linens are absolutely scrumptious. It was like I was being hugged by my bed all night. When I woke the next morning, thanks to the local bird wakeup call, I felt rested, happy and fulfilled. If only my home was this comfy!

I can’t help but thank all the Spicers Canopy staff for making me feel so welcome. As with all the Spicers properties, the staff are the key to their success…always friendly, always informative, and genuinely interested in providing every guest with the most luxurious and comfortable experience.

And if you get a chance, you must take the opportunity to get to know local bushman Russell, your tour guide. Not only does he have some incredible stories about the history of our land, he’s also got the most beautiful love story…and as a wedding planner, you know how much I enjoy a good love story! I hope one day I will get to do one of Russell’s longer walks over the Spicers property – I was intrigued to hear more about the aboriginal tribe that walked on this land – where the women got to choose their husbands (and not the other way around)…and if the husband refused, they could be beheaded. Sounds like girl power to me, although as Russelll explains, this lead to a very segregated male and female population. The females literally scared the boys away! I so want to hear more…


Key Facts about Spicers Canopy:

  • 10 tents, each sleeping either a couple or 2 x twin shares
  • Price incl. Gourmet breakfast, evening canapés, 3 course Chef’s choice dinner and evening beverage package.
  • 90 min walk in to the lodge
  • Guided tours available with local bushman Russelll




So how does Canopy work for weddings?

  • Caters to up to 30 guests in either a sit down or cocktail style
  • The Bride & bridesmaids, and her parents, stay up the road at Spicers Peak Lodge the night prior to the wedding. They enjoy a degustation dinner that evening, and in the morning get ready in their suite, before being chauffeur driven by Spicers Peak Lodge’s 4WD to Canopy for the wedding.
  • The Groom, Groomsmen & Guests stay at Spicers Canopy. They enjoy a 1 hour walk-in the day prior to the wedding (don’t worry, all baggage gets delivered by car), enjoy canapés on arrival whilst the sun is setting, a 3 course Chef’s choice dinner in front of the fireplace, and retire to their tents. The next morning, they all get a cooked breakfast, and guests are invited to take a walk down to the local waterhole for a swim, returning at midday for a picnic lunch, after which they’ll get ready for the wedding ceremony.
  • What could be better than a ceremony overlooking this sort of view? Lovebird Weddings recommends natural wooden ceremony styling to go with this venue.
  • Reception ideas are endless…a relaxed picnic, long table under the stars, or two long tables in the formal dining room.
  • Far from next door neighbours, we recommend a dance floor out under the stars, or perhaps just a relaxing acoustic guitarist after dinner to help you all relax with a few good bottles of wine cheese platters out on the deck, and some marshmallows over the fireplace.
  • After the festivities, the Bride & Groom and their bridal party are chauffeured back to Spicers Peak Lodge.
  • The next day, guests are guided back out of Canopy, and can drive up to Spicers Peak Lodge for a celebratory next day lunch.
  • Spicers Canopy is only available for weddings between September-March and has a maximum of 5 spots available each year.
  • $5,500 per night books this lodge out exclusively and, incl. all meals and beverage package for up to 20 guests. Additional services, guests and Spicers Peak Lodge costs will be extra.

Stay tuned Brides, Lovebird Weddings, together with the Spicers Group have organised an Eco-Styled photo shoot at this venue…we’ll be profiling these images on our blog and facebook pages.



Dear Skye & Ben,

There were 3 things I never got to tell you on your wedding day…

  1. I love you both very much
  2. Thank you for allowing me the honour of styling your wedding
  3. Thank you for bringing people together…you both make so many people happy. Your wedding day was THE BEST EVER!

So let me tell you readers out there a story…

Skye Healey-Ward is my best friend. She is beautiful in every way…inside and out. Skye is independent, courageous, strong-willed, quick-witted, interesting, very smart, passionate, diverse and extremely loyal. She has more friends than I will ever know in my life, and incredibly, she is as close to all of them, as she is with me. She makes all her friends feel special…and that is a gift.

We met nearly ten years ago working on an amazing magazine called Frankie, based on the Gold Coast. We were co-workers, flatmates and friends. She once tried to show me how to make an entrance into a room…I have to admit, I could never quite pull it off as glamorously as she could.

Years later, she moved to Sydney, and I moved down not long afterwards. She told me one day of a man she had met. She was very confident that this was her man. I realised she was quite serious and was intrigued by the man that had captured her heart.

And so eventually I met Ben Ward. And Ben became my friend too. He’s warm and friendly, honest, well-travelled and well-read, a passionate environmentalist, and when he puts his heart into something, he really does it with all he’s got. He’s open-minded, and gracious…and he always gives me a big hug when I see him…and he listens…to everyone.

Skye and Ben fell in love. Which like other normal couples meant they argued frequently, and enjoyed the art of making up….until they figured each other out and realised something quite deep and meaningful about themselves…that they are different, but when together, extremely complimentary. Together they nurture each other. Through being together, they have been able to grow as individuals, and I am so proud of where they are today.

So that’s my story…now let’s talk about their wedding…wowser, what an amazing day it was. I think less commentary is better here…and it’s time to let the photos do the talking…thanks to Daniel Boud for the fantastic images. Check out his website, some seriously creative and interesting work on there.

Skye & Benjamin, Clarke Island, Sydney, 160 guests.The invitation read: “picnic, lawn games, singing, splish-splashin, dancing”

…enjoy! Tx

Photography by Daniel Boud. Styling by Lovebird Weddings.




I would like to introduce you to a new wedding venue…one that tantalises all your senses…welcome to the new and improved Spicers Tamarind Retreat, set on 19 acres of rolling hillside next to Gardners Falls in Maleny.


I was lucky enough recently to experience the new Spa Anise at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Let me take you on a journey of my experience, because it was just that…in the space of three hours I was transported to what I have now termed “my happy place”…because when I left Tamarind, I was floating…I felt like I was lighter…all those knots in my neck had faded away…my skin was refreshed and glowing…the luscious smell of lemongrass still lingered in my stride…and the taste of sweet sorbet continued to play havoc on my tongue…I truly had the most amazing experience of what a day spa can do to a busy woman.

Let me start though by saying, Spicers Tamarind for Lovebird Weddings is first a divine wedding venue…but now with Spa Anise up and running, it has also become something more…the complete package for those brides looking for a venue that can deliver a relaxing and accommodating environment for day prior treatments, and the big day.

My experience started with 20 mins in the plunge pool, overlooking rolling hillside and landscaped gardens that meander down to Gardners Falls…followed by a foot spa…then I had the Signature treatment of a Lemongrass Mineral Scrub, followed by a Coconut & Mango Butter Balm Massage. To complete my indulgence, I had a Petite Spa Face Treatment (with extra moisturiser). And then i was escorted in my luscious bath robe to the relaxation room where I had a delicious sorbet and was left to unwind in good company. Yes, I was treated…and yes, it was amazing! And P.S spa treatments start at just $65.

And guess what Brides…not only will Spicers Tamarind come and pick up parties of 10 from the airport and deliver you to this gorgeous retreat…but you can actually order champagne and nibbles while having your spa treatment. Now that is what I call the full treatment! Yay, when can I go next!

A few facts about Tamarind:

-12 pavillions (consisting of five 1 bedroom and seven 2 bedroom/2 bathroom cottages) sleep up to 24 guests

-Fully licenced restaurant, with wedding packages starting from $145/person including food & beverage and other elements to make your wedding day complete

-The indoor restaurant can seat up to 48 guests…but please don’t hesitate to ask us about marquee weddings on the lawn

-Cooking retreat (could make a fun hen’s night)

-Ceremony locations include garden sites next to the falls, wooden platforms overlooking landscaped gardens and an indoor pavillion for wet weather back up

Here are some photos of Spicers Tamarind and their new Spa Anise…enjoy…and we look forward to showcasing our new Lovebirds decor at a wedding photoshoot here planned in the coming weeks.

If you would like more information about weddings at this beautiful venue, please give Lovebird’s an email at [email protected]

The Pavillions



Spa Anise








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