As a long-term resident of Brisbane, I’ve come to learn that the best the city has to offer is found by word of mouth. So I have listed, below, my favourite bespoke jeweller, boutiques for bridal and formal wear, shoes and accessories, manicurists, hair salon, florists and caterers. They are recommendations based on my experiences, not business affiliations.
Although I recommend that you choose a location which has personal meaning for your ceremonies – and some of the most beautiful weddings I have attended have been in backyards! – I have included links to potential locations.
Barbara Heath, Jeweller to the Lost
Barbara is a bespoke, contemporary jeweller who makes pieces imbued with meaning and symbolism. She is also a sculptor, whose large-scale, jewellery-like works have been been exhibited extensively and commissioned as public art.
Telephone: (07) 3856 2269
List of Exhibitions: http://viewersite.wordpress.com/barbara-heath-3-page-downloadable-c-v-august-2011
Petrol offers a wide range of classics and the latest fashion in clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories suitable for bridal and formal wear. They focus on exceptional service, quality, fit, individuality and cost rather than brand names.
Telephone: (07) 3369 1037
Address: 5 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane.
If you prefer designer labels, Camargue offers a range of clothing by deconstructed and wearable avant-garde designers, including Australians Easton Pearson and Josh Goot; New Zealand label NOM*D; Belgian designers Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester; French label Carven, and others.
Telephone: (07) 3252 1100
Address: Shop 5, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Maryon’s Designer Footwear
Maryon’s offers a wide range of imported designer shoes and handbags, including Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Robert Clergerie, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.
Telephone: (07) 3252 4412 and (07) 3229 4634
Address: 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley and Brisbane Arcade, Queen St, Brisbane.
Clearance Store (40% discount): Store 18 Nash Street, Paddington, Brisbane.
Telephone: (07) 3368 1122
American Nails do a range of manicures, including thin, very natural-looking gel nails on request.
Telephone: (07) 3359 3847
Address: Shop 1-348, Westfield Chermside, 395 Hamilton Road, Chermside, Brisbane.
Vogue Nationale Hair Design
Todd, Jim and their team are highly experienced cutters and colourists. They listen to their clients and style hair very well for any occasion. Jim is particularly good with naturally curly hair.
Telephone: (07) 3229 2886
Address: 324 Queen Street, Brisbane City.
Phoebe Stephens Flowers
My favourite florist in Brisbane, Phoebe Stephens sources a wide range of fresh flowers and creates sophisticated, classic and contemporary arrangements and bouquets.
Telephone: (07) 3216 1577
Address: 31 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Northside Flower Market
Northside Flower Market offers a wide range of flowers and arrangements for all types of events, tastes and budgets.
Telephone: (07) 3856 4711
Address: Unit 3, 27 Windorah Street, Stafford, Brisbane.
Made on the premises, the food at Pamela’s Pantry is wholesome, hearty and delicious. They have an extensive catering menu.
Telephone: (07) 3369 1953
Address: 65 Caxton Street, Paddington, Brisbane.
Often described as an artisan bakery, Brewbakers make breads, pastries and bagels that are perfect for DIY catering for ceremonies at breakfast, brunch and morning or afternoon tea. They also make great coffee.
Telephone: (07) 3262 9400
Address: Shop 1, 337 Sandgate Road, Albion, Brisbane.
Sushi Train Chermside
A wide range of fresh, authentic Japanese food. The staff are very helpful. Please note that each Sushi Train restaurant is different and my recommendation is for the Chermside location only.
Telephone: (07) 3359 9065
Address: Shop 340, Westfield Chermside, 395 Hamilton Road, Chermside, Brisbane.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
Telephone: (07) 3403 8888
Address: Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Brisbane.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Address: Alice Street, Brisbane City.
(contact via their booking application form or submit an online enquiry)
Victoria Golf Club
Telephone: (07) 3252 0666
Address: Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane.
Telephone: (07) 3365 8999