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LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED. That’s been our mantra as we’ve adapted to living in a pandemic era. Weddings have undergone a significant transformation as a result of restrictions, and while downsizing guest lists and modifying dreams is challenging for couples, we’re heartened by the determination of those who have chosen to focus on their union and celebrate love any way they can. Turn to page 25 to meet the sweethearts who showed their resilience and pledged their devotion while embracing a change of plans.
Couples and the industry alike have acted fast to ingeniously reinvent traditional weddings; COVID-safe celebrations, from intimate elopements to ‘minimonies’, are indeed the new normal. Yet, as you’ll discover in our ‘Locked-in love’ story (page 79), these refreshed wedding formats are proving no less spectacular than the events that preceded them. In fact, we think some are even better! Now, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to embrace the cards we’ve been dealt, so if dashed overseas honeymoon plans have you feeling a little deflated, let us inspire you to find joy in travelling at home. Fill the tank and put the pedal to the metal with a fantastic 16-day driving itinerary (starting on page 95), designed to show off some of Queensland’s most idyllic honeymoon destinations.
Here at Queensland Brides, we too have been busy adapting to the challenges presented by the pandemic. The magazine was launched by my mum, Rhonda Bannister (above), in 1984, and since then we’ve continued to evolve with trends and technology. This year, we’re thrilled to launch our new virtual styling platform, WEDDING RUNWAY BY QB. Discover how it can help you try on your dream dresses and pull together your perfect wedding look on page 17. It’s a jam-packed issue. Enjoy!
ON THE COVER
Ezra Moran is our dream boho bride in a glorious gown by Gladstone Bridal Boutique. Photo: Sara Dubois Photography