Toscano Bridal Real Bride : Carly

Carly and Liam's elegant beach wedding was celebrated in style with friends and family at Kingcliffe, Northern New South Wales, late last year.  Carly approached me to create a custom gown for her special day. The white lace and layers of organza proved to be a perfect combination for this beautiful beach wedding.  

Bride:     Carly 

Groom:    Liam 

Wedding Date:    14th November 2014

When and how we meet?

Liam and I actually met over 10 years ago at a party through mutual friends.  We got along really well from the start and became really close friends, however for a number of reasons (ie. both of us being in long term relationships with other people, me moving to the UK for a few years, etc.), we didn’t actually get together until about 5 years later (and, we’ve obviously been together ever since J).

Style concept for your wedding:

Rustic Chic, combined with a bit of the beach scene.

Inspiration for your wedding:

Good question?!  I really can’t pinpoint one source of inspiration, however I did a lot of online research (so to speak) on Pinterest, Instagram, etc.  Plus there are a few celebrities who I absolutely adore (ie. Jodi Gordon and Rebecca Judd), so I guess I may have subconsciously taken some inspiration from them in certain ways.

The best advice I was given:

In terms of the actually day, I was told by numerous people of how quickly it actually goes so the best advice I was given was to try and stop throughout the day as much as I could to take it all in and to enjoy each and every moment.

Our Hen’s night:

My Matron of Honour actually held the Hens party at her place.  There were about 30-40 of my closest friends and family who came along.  We played a few games, whilst the champagne and cocktails were flowing, before heading out and dancing the night away.  It was a fabulous night and we had an absolute ball – although I must admit my memory is a little sketchy of the finer details J!

Ceremony and reception details

Mantra on Salt at Kingscliff – the ceremony was held in their Zig Zag Gardens and the reception was held in their function room at the resort.


Michelle Shannon (from Kingscliff)


Candi Hayward – Candi Photography

Dress and Headpiece

Diana Toscano – Toscano Bridal  


Tony Bianco

Bridesmaid’s dresses

Gossip Gowns – Norman Park (Brisbane)


Banora Flower Shop

Makeup/ hair

Nicole Peterson – She Styl’n

Further mentions/ suppliers of choice

My gorgeous Matron of Honour actually made our wedding cake – a three tier cake with a salted caramel layer, a white chocolate layer and a milk chocolate layer – it was an absolute piece of heaven!!!  She did such a fantastic job, in both its appearance and also the taste – we were extremely spoilt J