The Notebook Elopement

The Notebook Elopement

Inspired by stories, style and romance.  Where casual styling offsets a pretty palette of pastels.  Relaxed abundance of floral installations, a vintage inspired gown and softly upswept hair.

Wedding planner and stylist, Bronwyn McDonald of Scenic Rim Bride shares her inspiration and desire to showcase a softer side to the more bohemian wedding trend, often seen at Riverwood Weddings.

“Whilst bohemian is one of my favourite trends, (modern bohemian in particular), I felt it was an obvious choice for Riverwood.”  Those accustomed to Scenic Rim Bride, would have experienced the unexpected when it comes to shining the light on the local wedding scene.  Have you seen the shoot used to launch Scenic Rim Bride?

Whilst The Notebook was risky, it pushed the boundaries allowing our creative team to be open and explore new ideas.

The theme became apparent when Riverwood Weddings venue coordinator Carmen, shared news of a new boat arrival.  It was a perfect opportunity to create a modern take on the romantic drama film, The Notebook.”  The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s.  The film is an adaptation of the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks.

“Highly recommend watching this film, with a box of tissues and chocolate (lots of chocolate) and perhaps a glass of wine.  Ok, a glass of red wine and dark chocolate with soft tissues, as you may need a few!!”

This dreamy style shoot inspired by The Notebook, will take you on a breathtaking journey filled with fresh inspiration for the romantic at heart. ​The play between the romantic flow of materials, soft silhouettes and eye catching detail will bring a fresh look and unique influence to the modern day bride.

“Enjoy the pages to follow and feel free to leave a comment at the end.  I’m interested to know who has seen The Notebook.”

Bronwyn xo

Our beautiful Bride making an entrance in a classic black Rolls Royce from Our Wedding Cars.

Make like an empress and taste the sweet life with a serve of all things nice with this delicious spread, made by Marina Machado.

Dreamy floral installations were attached to a pitched arbour whilst the florals used for that dreamy car scene, were later reworked into the boat scene.  An abundance of fresh florals perfectly positioned, added more than the finishing touches. Arbour and florals by Sugared Style.

Kirra was mesmerising in a dusty rose coloured tulle gown creating a whimsical effect.  Perfectly fitting for our vintage inspired wedding.


Rebecca Kesby Marriage Celebrant added a traditional touch wearing ‘something blue’.  Our groom, Dean looked handsome in Urbbana.

“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook 

If you’re engaged and would like to engage Scenic Rim Bride to assist with the planning and/or styling of your special day,  we would love to hear from you!  Simply send and email to or contact by visiting our website.

I would like to thank my creative team below for fulfilling the design brief and for always going above and beyond.  The images captured from this day by Orchard Grove Studios are truly breathtaking.  It was my first time shooting with Amanda & Ty.  Their professional yet friendly working relationship made it a breeze for all on the day.  Scenic Rim Bride highly recommends Orchard Grove Studios to capture your wedding day.

Photography: Orchard Grove Studios // Venue: RIverwood Weddings  // Florals & Arbour: Sugared Style // Cake & Dessert: Marina Machado Cakes // Stationery: Love Notes // Gown & Hair: Ulyana Aster Bridal // Makeup: Bek Kemp // Bride: Kirra Gaskell, Viviens Model Management // Groom: Dean Tahana // Suit: Urbbana // Celebrant: Rebecca Kesby  // Rolls Royce: Our Wedding Cars // Sparkling: Witches Falls Winery 

Featured in Issue 13 To the Aisle Australia

European Romance

European Romance

Be inspired by flowing, elegant profiles and hints of gilt with European romance in the Scenic Rim.

Scenic Rim Bride is proud to share with you Vero Amore –  Italian for ‘true love’. This very special shoot is the first of many as Wedding Planner, Bronwyn McDonald of Scenic Rim Bride launches ‘Scenic Scapes’ featuring breathtaking backdrops across the Scenic Rim.

Set at the historic St Bernards Hotel, surrounded by acres of beautiful rainforest gardens, with open views of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Starring La’ace de Vries, Miss World Australia 2018 runner up in a fabulous and flirty gown by Australian designer Begitta.  An up style braid by Ulyana Aster featuring a stunning hairpiece from Ulyana’s latest collection.

Personalised wedding management and style direction planned and produced by Scenic Rim Bride to reflect your personal wedding style.  For all enquiries, please email  We would love to assist you with as much or as little as required.  From finding the perfect venue to creating a design brief to suit your personal style and budget and much more!

Photographer – White Parrot Photography & Film | Venue – St Bernards, Tamborine Mountain | Accommodation – Edges Lodges | Dress – Begitta | Hair & Accessories – Ulyana Aster | Make Up – Lara Quinn | Suit – Rodd & Gunn | Model Bride – La’Ace de Vries from Viviens Models | Model Groom – Adam Daniella | Celebrant – Ann Joubert | Cake – Marina Machado Cakes | Flowers – Peridot Pretty | Catering – Monsoon Catering | Stationery – Love Notes Australia

Published in To The Aisle Australia Issue 10 and featured blogpost

Rainforest Wedding

Rainforest Wedding

A secluded rainforest offers its tranquil surroundings for this romantic wedding inspiration. It’s the epitome of relaxed sophistication, with divine natural details including an intimate ceremony laden with garlands of greenery and a stunning photo backdrop featuring ombré blooms. Fresh fruit and gumnuts mingle with organic floral clusters in a rich tonal blend of pink, red and purple at the reception. Finished with knotted linen napkins, gold cutlery, textural stationery and dancing candlelight, the setting is reminiscent of a still life painting! A rustic buttercream cake dressed with feathers and honeycomb serves as a mouthwatering centrepiece to this gourmet feast. And if a dress change is on your wish list, two gorgeous bride and groom looks are ready to inspire… (more…)

Castle Glamour

Castle Glamour

Recently we teamed up with some new and familiar faces within the wedding industry to produce an intimate styled shoot on Tamborine Mountain.

With exclusive use of the left wing at the Castle on Tamborine within Lisson Grove, our small team of wedding vendors from Brisbane to Byron Bay brought our inspired vision to life which was perfectly captured by Ryan from Feather and Finch Photography.


Garden Party

Garden Party

Cedar Creek Lodges is a picture perfect wedding and honeymoon destination in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Planning a dream wedding has never been more easy with everything you need in one romantic rainforest location.

The 112 hectare rainforest property is enhanced by the tumbling waters of Cedar Creek.  Tall trees filter the sunlight, sparkling water dances over pebbles as colourful birds sing a song.  (more…)

Summer Lands

Summer Lands

Welcome to the start of our journey at Scenic Rim Bride!

Possibly one of my favourite styled shoots yet.  Featuring a gown by renowned Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes, starring real life Bride and Groom to Be, Eden Maree and Bryce Retzlaff captured by Feather & Finch Photography.

A select number of wedding vendors we know and trust, were each invited to contribute to our vision of creating a country luxe wedding scene. Summer Land Camels was the venue of choice due to it’s location and of course the opportunity to guest star a camel, or two!  Summer Land Camels is located in a town called Harrisville which is only a one hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  With over 600 camels onsite it’s little wonder Summer Land Camels is Australia’s largest camel dairy.

Behind the scenes, our team delighted in artisanal products and produce, from camel milk cheese to gelatos and camelccino’s!  Yes, camelccinos is a thing and we loved it!  We had the opportunity to meet camel wranglers and learn the nature of humanity’s most trusted and ancient animal companions.  Strong, stable, gentle, intelligent beauties with personalities to fall in love with.  One camel in particular, Evie won our hearts!

It certainly was a memorable day for all involved.  I would personally like to thank Summer Land Camels for their warm welcome, genuine hospitality and allowing our team the use of their wonderful homestead and of course, for trusting my vision.

Personalised wedding management and style direction planned and produced by Scenic Rim Bride to reflect your personal wedding style.  For all enquiries, please email  We would love to assist you with as much or as little as required.  From finding the perfect venue to creating a design brief to suit your personal style and budget and much more!

Photographer Feather and Finch Photography  |  Film Anchored Cinema  | Venue Summer Land Camels  |  Models Eden Maree Hitch & Bryce Retzlaff  |  Celebrant Leanne Booker  |  Gown Karen Willis Holmes Bridal  |  Hair & Makeup Bek Kemp  |  Suit  Urbbana  |  Styling Til Death Events  |  Flowers Stem Design  |  Cake  Oh How Sweet  |  Stationery The Pleasantry  |  Tent Exotic Soiree  |  Accessories  Frankly Social  |  Flatware The Supper Club  |  Furniture Brandition  |  Wine Overflow Estate 1895

As recently seen on the front cover of To the Aisle Australia