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Wendy & Joshua's NSW Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 25 May, 2016
Wendy & Joshua's NSW Hinterland Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Josh and I began our relationship on the 9th of March, 2004 while we were in high school. We look back now as adults and can see how mad it must have seemed back then, for us to be in a ‘committed relationship’ at the ripe old age of 14.

Through the years we stayed together through all the milestones a young adult passes. Through it all we have never asked each other to change, but have let each other change, and more importantly, we have helped each other to grow into the best version of ourselves.

How long have you been together? 13 years

Do you have a proposal story?  It was two weeks out from our 10 year anniversary when Josh popped the question. He took me on a spontaneous getaway and proposed on a secluded beach at Jervis Bay, NSW. I did assume it might happen, but he proposed hours after we arrived so he still did manage to catch me by surprise! It was such a happy day!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26 September 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? We chose to have our ceremony and reception at Briars Country Lodge and Historic Inn, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

What made you choose there? We chose this venue for its stunning natural beauty, beautiful floor to ceiling windowed observatory and comfortable suites for our guests to stay all night.

How did you find it? Josh and I treated venue shopping like buying a home, it was serious stuff! We searched online for weeks, and visited various venues. We ended up falling in love with the Southern Highlands and our venue offered everything we were looking for within our budget.

How was the weather on the day? The whole week leading up to our wedding rained, we were so happy that on the big day we had an hour of sun for our ceremony!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? The Southern Highlands is so beautiful in the spring, it is the driest month of the year (not in 2015 it would seem) and September 26th falls within the school holidays, which will prove to be very handy for anniversaries over the years.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We wanted to create a wedding that was centred around two people who are both in love with each other. We were inspired by the natural surrounds, and included small touches throughout the wedding to make it personal and meaningful to us and our relationship, like old letters that were used as petal cones, and photos of our parents weddings. We wanted the experience for guests to be as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, and invited our family and best friends that we both had from growing up together.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I researched wedding photographer and videographer websites for inspiration. They post weddings that they have shot and often have great detail shots! I was able to see the ins and outs of many weddings, and pick up on tricks other couples have used for their own special day. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The groom, grooms mother and myself styled the wedding. For months our home was overrun with vision boards, props, signs and other hand made touches.
 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had my Sister Elisa, two sisters-in-law Sarah and Jessica, and two great friends Collette and Sandra

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Josh had his four great friends Leigh, Dan, Travis and Nathan along with my Brother Shaun

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We had our two gorgeous nieces Mia and Sienna as flower girls

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I searched high and low for a wedding gown, I really love the timeless elegance of a long sleeve gown. After seeing that Karen Willis Holmes offered a few long sleeve options, I just knew I had to book an appointment.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Everywhere! Karen Willis Holmes gowns were a popular choice for brides that I was inspired by, on The LANE, in bridal magazines like Hello May, White Magazine and on Pinterest.

How many gowns did you try? I tried so many gowns on, but quickly found out that unstructured long sleeve gowns were not for me! I am so glad I found a way to have sleeves, while still having a structured dress!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the moment I walked in to Karen Willis Holmes I was blown away, the experience was so perfect. My first appointment was in the Paddington showroom, the staff made me feel so comfortable, they were ok with me bringing my bridesmaids, there was never any pressure, just genuine feedback and nothing was ever too much for them! My dress ended up being a mix of two dresses, with some details changed on the bodice. I also purchased a separate crop to get those sleeves I was dreaming of.

The fitting process in Newtown was so pleasant too, they took the time to ensure that the fit was completely perfect, and they even allowed me to take some of the left over lace cuts so that I could add some of my own details to the crop and dress. I could not be more grateful for how they went above and beyond for me.

What did you especially like about your gown? I love the sleeves, I am so glad that I found a way to wear them! I also loved how the dress made me feel.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids wore alternating Zimmermann pearl dresses in a silk crepe de chine. I love how the dresses complimented each of their body shapes perfectly. Each dress was a great combination of timeless elegance and fun. I altered all of the hem lines so they were the same length on each bridesmaid.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Josh wore a tailored two piece navy suit by Pal Zileri that was a shade darker than the groomsmen suits. He wore a Prada tie with tie bar and tan leather belt and shoes to give it a more casual look. The groomsmen all wore navy wool suits from Rembrant, who were wonderful to work with when coordinating a large group. They wore the same tan shoes and belts as the groom to add uniformity.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wanted to keep my jewellery to a minimum, and wore traditional pearl drop earrings. I gifted my bridesmaids pearl coloured tear drop Samantha Wills studs.

Where did you get your shoes from? This was one of the most agonising decisions of the wedding! I was searching for high shoes to compensate for my height, but had the uneven ground to consider.  I decided on suede nude Prada heels, with an ankle strap to assist me when walking on the lawn.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My beautiful florist made a flower crown for me to wear for the ceremony, I then changed into a headpiece that my amazing Mother in Law made for me for the reception.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? No matter how much planning you do in the lead up to the wedding, the final week is just so busy with last minute details. For days it felt like I would tick one thing off my to do list, and another three would need to be added! Take time off work in the lead up if possible, and don't forget to get your bridal party to help you, mine were invaluable!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep an open mind. It is so important to know your own style, and not to compromise for your wedding, however I was surprised about how some styles made me look and feel so much better than others. The dress styles with sleeves that I filled my Pinterest boards with were really hard to find and I noticed that they were all unstructured and unflattering on my shape when I did manage to find them. I managed to meet somewhere in the middle, I wore a structured dress and still managed to get the sleeves of my dreams!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. Josh and I combined our wedding speech, which took out so much stress! We each took turns to say a few words to our parents, bridal party and guests, then took a moment to say something to each other which we kept secret until the night.

Something Old? My mothers original wedding band wrapped within the ribbon around my bouquet

Something New? Wedding Dress

Something Borrowed? Duncan family horseshoe

Something Blue? Blue bow on garter

Suppliers

Florist - I met Coralie from Wild Blossom Flowers at a wedding fair, and instantly fell in love with her unstructured and organic floral style. I opted for a large bouquet of burgundy, white, peach purple and green seasonal blooms. The bridesmaids held paired back versions of my bouquet which were all slightly different. I had sourced vintage pots and urns to use at the reception, which Coralie filled with various blooms to give a European flower market feel.

Photographer - We absolutely love the relaxed and candid feel of Mark and Kara’s photography, they manage to capture every emotion of the day in a natural, unobtrusive way. We fell in love with the gorgeous scenery of the Southern Highlands, and Mark and Kara managed to capture the picturesque landscape perfectly.

Music - I walked down the isle to ‘Ocean (Live) By John Buttler Tio. We signed the registry to ‘Holocene’ and ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver. And used ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros for the processional. We used ‘Your Song’ A bespoke DJ booking service the we found through the One Fine Day Wedding Fair. They were able to provide us with a fantastic DJ, Bobby. He met with us for a drink and listened to our plans for the night, then went and created a soundtrack tailored to our taste. We loved our wedding DJ, and received so many comments about the fantastic music.

First Dance - We had our first dance to ‘White Dress’ by Set Mo.

MC - Our MC was our friend Ronan Mason, he was so perfect at breaking the ice and relaxing our guests with hilarious jokes. He was so fantastic!

Celebrant - Our ceremony was officiated by Reverend Michael Earl from Bowral Uniting Church. He perfectly combined a relaxed feel with tradition and humour.

Stationery - I spent months designing our invitations to provide guests with a sneak preview of the day. We had a letterpresses invitation with a blind hand drawn floral impression on the boarder and deep burgundy text, Terrace Press was amazing at bringing my design to life. We then used the same theme on a wedding website created by Josh, which provided all the finer details for our guests.

Menu - We chose alternating warming food, served desert and Alcohol was flowing!

Cake - My bridesmaid and her partner created an amazing cheese tower for our wedding cake. We served this after our ceremony during canapé hour. Our guests thought this was a perfect idea, as they were able to enjoy the cheese along with the tray service of canapés whilst we were off getting photos.

Bombonieres - My mother in law and myself lovingly grew succulents for the year leading up to the wedding, which we then individually potted as favours for our guests. We also included a flower wrapping station, so that our guests could take home and enjoy some flowers from our venue.

Hair & Make up - I couldn't look past Gemma Nichols Makeup Artistry for the hair and makeup for the day. Gemma and Carly travelled from Sydney and had the mammoth task of working on 10 women. From the moment they arrived in the morning they created such a happy and relaxing environment, and even finished early! We were all thrilled with the hair and make-up (which stayed put all day!). It was more than I could have hoped for!

 

Gown Feature : Agyness

Posted on 23 May, 2016
Gown Feature : Agyness

The elegant Agyness gown features high center front neckline with exquisite neckline embroidery detail and cut-away low back. The shilhouette is finished with a fitted bias skirt with all-over embellishment. 

Our KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection was created to cater for the bride wanting a non traditional bridal look. The KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection focuses on excpetional fit as well as exquisite embellished and embroidered details. This collection, including the Agyness gown, is available off the rack. 

Colour: Ivory

Sizes Available: US 0 - 12 / UK & AUS 4 - 16

Fabric: All-over sequined georgette.

For more information on the Agyness gown for to make an appointment to view the collection, email info@karenwillisholmes.com 

 

Anna & Evan's Wedding at The Grounds

Posted on 18 May, 2016
Anna & Evan's Wedding at The Grounds

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

When I was 16 years old, a friend of mine from school dragged me along to a party. It was a party that I didn’t really want to go to, and that I wasn’t really invited to! I very elegantly (perhaps a bit tipsy) tripped over someone’s foot and landed on him. It was Evan. I guess you could say the rest is history. I have often wondered why then, why that party. Perhaps it was just meant to be.

How long have you been together?

We were together for 5 years and then we parted ways. I think when you meet at such a young age, there are always times when you feel you need to head off and find yourself, so that you can be the best version of yourself in your relationship. After a year apart, we found our way back to one another and have been together ever since. That was 5 years ago! I am grateful every day that we managed to reconnect, and we are happier than ever!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 6.12.15

Location - The Grounds of Alexandria

What made you choose there?

There is just something about The Grounds. It really is a magical venue. I had always thought the garden would be a beautiful place to not only hold a ceremony, but also continue through to reception. The idea of being married in a venue that needed little decoration, as it is stunning in its on right really appealed to me. I really liked that there was no worry if the weather turned ugly and there was enough space for all my guests to relax. The food was most definitely a plus also! Outstanding!  I had also seen some of the most wonderful wedding photography on many blogs from the Grounds and it looked like the perfect fit for our personalities.

How did you find it?  I had been to the grounds quite a few times for lunch/breakfast, but it was seeing photos of a wedding there on a blog that really pushed me to have our wedding there. It looked beautiful and unusual, and not wanting a traditional wedding, looked perfect for us.

How was the weather on the day? The wedding was a gorgeous sunny summer day! It was really hot during the day, but it cooled to a perfect temperature by the time our wedding started at 6pm

The Wedding Details

Theme ?

We did not have an official “theme” for the day, but I would say the wedding was a sophisticated yet simple garden party! I wanted the wedding to be conducted in many different pockets of the space, so we had our ceremony, speeches, food and dance floor in separate parts of the garden venue.

I carried a floral garden theme throughout from the invitations to the signage on the day. Purples, pinks and lavenders were used in our bouquets and signage. In my planning, I really wanted the venue to be the hero of the day, and everything else to simply compliment it. I didn’t want the day to get too over styled or themed. We really wanted it to be classic, so that when we look at our photos and remember the day in 50 years, it stands the test of time!

Bethan Tolmaer from the Grounds was excellent in meeting with me and running through many possibilities for the day. This was integral in helping me plan the day and styling.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I guess I knew deep down the wedding we should have by wanting it to really reflect the laid back and simple nature of our relationship. I looked at a lot of wedding blogs and pinterest, but at the end of the day, it really was about sticking to what things are important to us, each other and our family and friends.

Knowing this really helped plan the evening as it eliminated a lot of things that we didn’t feel were integral to our day. For us, being able to spend the night with our guests was most important, so we had a short ceremony, and a cocktail reception. We tried to keep all the formalities of the evening short and sweet and early on in the night, and that gave us plenty of time to kick up our heels with our loved ones on the dance floor.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?

The Wedding Ceremony – with the celebrant’s assistance I wrote the wedding ceremony. This was a wonderful experience, and meant that it was really personalized to us. I wanted to pay tribute to our families in the ceremony; this included walking in to my Father In Law’s favourite song and changing my mother’s favourite song into a reading! I arranged all of the music for the ceremony – this was one of my favourite parts!

Confetti - I bought the confetti in bulk and then after purchasing a stamp kit, stamped 125 bags for confetti! A very long process but was the most economical option, as it turns out buy pre-package biodegradable confetti is incredibly expensive.

Gift Table – I sourced all of the frames and decorations for the table. I managed to find an old suitcase at Mitchell Road Antiques that was perfect for our wishing well, and then decorated it with photos of Evan and I. We wanted the table to be simple, but also serve as a great introduction to the space, as we situated it right near the front entrance.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My three best girlfriends were my bridesmaids and they were just amazing! Couldn’t have imagined anyone else! Stephanie, Alice and Angela.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Evan’s brother Alex was best man on the day – there were no other groomsmen.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? A girl I know had gotten married in a Karen Willis Holmes gown two years before. I remember thinking that it was the most gorgeous gown I had ever seen! Naturally, I looked at all of the design options online and thought that it was a must I go in and try some one.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had seen many gorgeous Karen Willis Holmes gowns before in wedding magazine, blogs, and through friends that had worn them.

How many gowns did you try? I think that I tried on at least 6 gowns before I found my dress. I had a very definitive idea about what gown I wanted, but when it came to trying them on, they simply did not suit my frame. I was so lucky to have Hannah-Kate as my sales assistant as after I had tried and failed with all my picks, she pulled gowns for me that I would never have tried on. The gown that she thought would suit my frame perfectly ended up being the one I bought!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Sydney Boutique

What did you especially like about your gown? I love the way I felt when I wore the gown. I felt like myself! I feel like a lot of brides try to buy gowns that are in fashion or suit a theme, but for me, I wanted to feel like the best version of myself on my wedding day.  The gown made me feel sexy but sophisticated. I also loved the fact that I had never seen a dress quite like it, so I didn’t feel like a cardboard cutout bride that could be at any other wedding! It was so intricate and delicate. Wish I could wear it again!

 Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Kookai – My bridesmaid Alice saw the dress thought that it would be an excellent style to compliment all three of the Bridesmaids. She was right! They looked stunning!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groom and groomsmen both wore suits by Ted Baker.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore beautiful art deco style stud earrings from Karen Willis Holmes. My mother pointed them out when I went to my first dress fitting and they were perfect! The dress is so delicately beaded that it didn’t need much to finish off the whole look.  The Bridesmaids wore black strapped heels from Nine West, and as a present for being amazing bridesmaids, I bought them all Samantha Wills earrings to wear on the day.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West – Gold Sparkly Shoes!

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Remember what is important. It is really easy to get caught up in the spectacle of planning a wedding. What helped me was staying very true to our personalities and what was important to us on the day. I planned the whole day around keeping it as simple and stress free as I could – and it worked!

Be realistic – do you really need that 6 level chocolate tower? Yes it is your one wedding, but don’t get excessive!

Trust your gut instinct – a lot of people with a lot of opinons will try to tell you what to do. Try not to let this deter you from what you really want! After all, it’s your wedding!

The best advice however is what my mother told me “ Something is definitely going to stuff up”. I say this not in bad way, but to liberate you. Nothing ever goes to plan 100% so keep your wedding simple and when things may not go your way on the day, it will not throw you!

 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?

BE OPEN! Trying on a wedding gown for the first time is a really overwhelming experience. You spend the first little while trying to wrap your head around the fact that you are indeed getting married and you are wearing a wedding dress!

Have an idea of what you like definitely, but be open to try on other options that you would never have dreamed of. If you go to a boutique like Karen Willis Holmes, they are experts at knowing your bodies and there dresses so really work with them.

Buy a dress that make you feel amazing. Not something that will look good when you loose weight, not one that is cool or edgy. Buy it because when you put it on, you can imagine your wedding day, and it makes you feel incredible!

 

Suppliers

Florist – Pollock Petals

This was a recommendation from a school friend. Mandy was wonderful to work with. Together we brainstormed and came up with the ideas for flowers for wedding, and they turned out perfectly. She was supportive and adaptable when changes arose, and the bouquets really brought everything together.

Photographer – Alice Boshell Photography

Alice and I had worked together previously on some shoots for my work as a dancer. On the wedding day she amazing! She was easy to work with and managed to capture all of our guests in the most incredibly candid way! Looking back at the photos really takes me back to the day. She even managed to get my photo-hating husband to smile!

Music – Mike Champion and the Cool – Wedding Band

I had heard the band at a friends wedding the year before and thought if I ever got married I had to have them. Best band I have ever heard at a wedding! These guys are just incredible! They had our guests dancing all night, and since our wedding, another 3 friends are looking into them for their nuptials. They feed of the energy of the crowd and you feel like they are having just as much fun as you are!

First Dance – “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters

An obscure song that my husband and I love – It was so special to dance to something that was unknown to many of our guests. My husband picked it brilliantly!

MC – My brothers

This was a wonderful way to include my 3 brothers in the day. They each MC’d a different part of the night, putting their own funny anecdotes in and entertaining the guests. It was very special for me to have them such a big part of the day.

Celebrant – Gerard Van Dyke

I first met Gerard when he was a lecturer of mine at university. When I was looking for options for celebrants, he enthusiastically agreed to come up from Melbourne to officiate our ceremony. Gerard is charming, funny and really wonderful to work with. We had regular skype meetings in the lead up to the wedding, and the day before, he met with us to run through all the official proceedings and documents for the day.  He made us feel so calm and happy during the ceremony, and kept it light hearted. I could not have imagined a better person to marry us.

Stationery – Family Friends that are printers made our wedding invitations as our wedding gift.   The Little Ink Company designed the signage for the wedding. Bri is starting out with her graphics business and I would not hesitate in getting anything printed from her in the future.

Menu – The Grounds of Alexandria

Cocktail Canapés menu including arancini balls, sliders and scallops

Cheese and Nut grazing table

Two tier Wedding Cake

Canapé dessert table including:  lemon meringue pies, donuts and chocolate hazelnut cake

Cake – The Grounds Of Alexandria

Hair – Kristy Orr

Kristy did my sister in law’s hair for her wedding and she looked incredible so I had no doubt that our hair would turn out great too! Friendly and lovely lady to work with, and very reasonably priced.

Make up – Kerrie Gentle

Kerrie has done the make up for several girls I know who have previously gotten married. What an amazing make up artist! She really knows skin and how to make you look like the best version of yourself! She was excellent.

Wedding Bands – Chilton’s Antiques

My husband bought my engagement ring from Chilton’s. When it was time to get our wedding bands, naturally we wanted to go to the place that would have something to compliment the engagement ring.

This small family run antique store is so special. They really want to help you find the best option for you. You do not in any way feel like they are pushing you to buy from them. They want to help in any way possible.

 

Introducing the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 2016 Collection

Posted on 17 May, 2016
Introducing the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 2016 Collection

Following the success of the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection in 2015, we are please to introduce the new 2016 KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES range. Designed by Creative Director Karen Willis Holmes and hand beaded and crafted by artisians in India, these gowns offer brides a glamorous wedding day look. This collection is available in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques and selected stockists. For more information please contact info@karenwillisholmes.com. 

Agyness

Featuring a high center front neckline with cut-away low back, fitted bias skirt and all over embellishment with exquisite neckline detail. 

Antoinette

All-over embellished V-neck bodice with low center back and bias skirt. Exquisitely beaded around the neckline and finished with a belt. 

Beatrice

V-neck bodice with full tulle skirt, delicately beaded and embroidered and finished with a belt. 

Ellery

Sweetheart neckline with low center back bodice with spaghetti straps, and a bias skirt all delicately beaded and embroidered. 

Florence 

Fitted longline bodice with stunning beading and embroidery design, flowing into a soft georgette skirt and finished with a belt. 

Fontanne

V-neck bodice and bias skirt featuring exquistie beaded and embroidered detail in panelled line designs and finished with a belt. 

 

Lottie

Sweetheart neckline with spaghetti straps, panelled beaded bodice and sequin bias skirt and finished with a belt. 

Nerida

All-over sequined halter-neck gown with low center back and bias cut skirt. Exquisite beading detail at the neckline. 

Hannah & Brendan's Hobart Wedding

Posted on 11 May, 2016
Hannah & Brendan's Hobart Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met back in 2009, playing against each other in opposing social basketball teams!! Not long after being on the court we caught each others eye, and before we new it I was shooting three pointers over Brendan’s head (of which I have not let him forget)! The following weekend, we ran into each other in a pub in Launceston. Brendan asked for my number which I very gladly passed over! The next morning I woke up to a text from Brendan asking me out for lunch. He had me laughing the whole time! After that we had more dates and adventures, however it didn't take long before we both new there was something very special between us.

How long have you been together? We met in 2009 and we became engaged in 2011 (yes, our engagement was a tad on the longer side…!)

Do you have a proposal story? Brendan’s proposal was very special. We were in Bali, and had just come back from a dinner cruise. We hadn’t been back long before Brendan told me there was a little surprise in the room for me. After a bit of looking, I lifted up my pillow to find a gorgeous white ring box. I opened it to find it was empty, turned around, and Brendan was down on one knee, he had had the ring in his pocket!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 27/2/2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?   

Ceremony - Princes Park, Battery Point Hobart.

Reception - The Long Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.

What made you choose there? We are a very relaxed and fun loving pair, and never wanted a wedding that was too formal. I had always wanted a garden wedding, and Princes Park was full of lush greenery and gorgeous flora at that time of year. Picking our reception venue was a little trickier. We wanted to be able to provide our own beverages and food, whilst it also being in walking distance to the reception. The Salamanca Arts Centre ended up being the perfect venue where we could provide everything how we wanted it!  

How did you find it? By looking around, and researching on the Internet mostly.

How was the weather on the day? The weather was stunning! We were so lucky, especially in Tasmania the weather can be quite unpredictable, even in summer!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Only that the weather often more reliable in late February!

The Wedding Details

Theme? I had Jodi from A Cat Called Jo style my wedding, and it was the best decision we ever made! From our first meeting I knew she would be perfect and create beauty from my vague ideas. I knew I wanted greenery in the for of foliage foliage and natural tones for both the ceremony and reception, and the end result was just stunning, beyond what I could have imagined. We had rows of green foliage hanging from baskets on the roof, festoon lighting over the dance floor, gorgeous pastel coloured flower centre pieces, her husband Ben even made us some specific pieces of furniture including bar tables and the bar! Jo had a brilliant idea of attaching a marble look decal/sticker to the front of the bar which gave it an even classier look. Ben and Jodi also made the most amazing archway for our ceremony, which fit in so well with the surrounds. We had bentwood chairs and parasols for the guests use, to ensure they were comfortable during the out door ceremony.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Mostly form Pinterest and Instagram, and Jodi!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We had cupcakes which were literally Do It Yourself, as we had a ‘Pimp Your Cupcake’ table! We had rows of delicious cupcakes with plain icing, surrounded on the table with bowls of lollies, chocolates and gorgeous cupcake toppers! Throughout the night our friends and family had the opportunity to decorate their cupcake how ever they wanted. It was very fun, and very ‘us’!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Lucy - She is my younger sister!

Alex - My oldest and dearest friend!

Jacinta- My now sister in law and wonderful friend!

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Brodie - Brendan's childhood friend!

Jeremy - A close friend of Brendan's, who travelled all the way from Singapore!

Lynden - Brother in law, and great mate!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I looked in to Karen Willis Holmes, after I saw a couple of friends wearing her dresses. After scrolling though the website, I found several that I absolutely adored, and new that one of those dresses would be the one.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On social media, and on the internet.

How many gowns did you try? I think I tried on five in total.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?

I travelled to Melbourne, to the Armadale store. The ladies I encountered here were just wonderful, I could not speak highly enough about them. They were absolutely professional and made their service ever so personable.  

What did you especially like about your gown? The back of the gown absolutely won me over! I adored the quality and delicateness of the lace overall, and the way the train fell, however the scalloped edging along the back (which was also along the train) was just beautiful.

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Bridesmaids dresses were Pilgrim, and were purchased from Myer in the CBD of Melbourne.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groom’s suit and entire outfit was from Les Lees in Hobart. We also encountered impeccable service here, and would recommend suit purchases here to anyone. The groomsmen's ties and shirts were also from Les Lees, however we allowed our groomsman to wear a black suit of their choice.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore Samantha Wills earrings which complemented the Karen Willis Holmes belt perfectly.

I gave my bridesmaids a beautiful Samantha Wills ring, as well as a bracelet and earrings made by local Hobart jewellery designer, Francesca.  

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Tony Bianco, however there were my year twelve ball shoe! They were perfect for this occasion however, and were still as comfy and gorgeous as ever.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t have a vail, however wore a gorgeous headpiece made by Jeanette Maree.

  

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Do whatever depicts and is YOU! We had so much fun on our day, because everything we organised and did was Brendan and I in a nutshell. We didn't have to spend copious amounts to do this either, its just about being true to what you love!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Its wonderful to have family and friends offer guidance and support when it comes to picking a gown, however you need to select what you feel absolutely gorgeous in. Remember, the day is about you - you want to feel comfortable and beautiful, and when you try on the dress where you feel these things regardless of what others may say, go with it!  

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We did a few little extra things to make our wedding truly “Webb” style! We had an over all hash tag which was #The2016NewlyWebbs. We also chose names for our guests tables which added a little extra character! We also did not have a Bridal table. Inspired by my cousin Naomi, Brendan and I sat at our own ‘table for two’ in the middle of the room, and had everyone on tables around us. Although everyone new what table number they were at, we did not specify which seat they were required to sit, at each table. We wanted people to sit where they felt comfortable at their table, and wanted to promote guests to move around and Pimp Their Cupcake, have a photo in the photobooth, relax in the couch area away from the music, or even just chat with people from other tables. Brendan and I also did a quiz on the night! We had a list of several questions about us which were directed to the guests! We had four answers for each question , the guests had to chose which they thought was correct. This was absolutely hilarious and was a little activity that summed up Brendan and I.

  

Suppliers

Florist - I made my own flowers, however A Cat Called Jo styled the flowers for our centre pieces.

Photographer - Clint and Bethanie Creative

Music - Brendan Schmidtke from DJ Theeze

MC - Brendan’s cousin and friend Thomas Webb

Celebrant - David Closs

Menu - Olive Tree Catering

Cake and Cupcakes - Carly Bakes Cakes

Hair - Gemma Davey and team from Imola Salon

Make up - Bonnie-Rose Makeup Artists

Wedding stylist - A Cat Called Jo

STYLED SHOOT - Rustic Romance

Posted on 09 May, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Rustic Romance

This eretheral, romantic shoot, captured by Kaitlin Maree Photography and as seen in volume 10 of The Wedding Playbook, features "Mountain views... framed beautifully by the entwined branches of a rustic ceremony arbour. Dreamy pastel florals, including spectacular David Austen roses, play off textured greenery, with geometric wire shapes adding a subtle touch of whimsy."

Serene Ceremony

The Arielle gown from the Karen Willis Holmes Bespoke collection takes advantage of the whimsical setting and styling to showcase its delicate lace and key-hole neckline.

A Modern Classic 

The Mabel top and skirt form our D.Y.G collection captures the mood of "simplicity [with] this two piece gown [which] offers a modern twist on classic with its hint of midriff, scooped back and button detail". 

Bohemian Dream

"Atop a swing adorned in fresh flowers, this boho bride wears a delicate lace top, flowing chiffon skirt and relaxed braid with flowers tucked and pinned in place." Our Kym top and Natasha skirt from the Wild Hearts collection sit perfectly next to a white and green palette for this rustic affair. 

A Sumptious Feast

"There's no better place for an afternoon celebration than long tables nestled under an ancient fig tree. Suspended geometric frames spill their floral finery from above, complementing a garland table runner and gold edged lanterns." Our Johanna gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection suits this natural setting with its understated halter style, while the embellished and embroidered detailling pairs back with the luxe gold cutlery and crystal glassware. 

Photography: Kaitlin Maree Photography 

Concept & Creative Direction: The Wedding Playbook 

Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose 

Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes 

Hair & Makeup: AW Hair and Makeup 

Cake: Sweet Obsessions 

Stationery: Love Notes Australia 

Models: Zoe Carstairs & Elisha Graeff

Instagram Wrap-up : April 2016

Posted on 05 May, 2016
Instagram Wrap-up : April 2016

Image 1: Our Bride Karla wears the Tille top and Mabel Skirt from the Wild Hearts collection. We just love the flowers by Stem Designs! Image 2: The must have wedding shoe by Nicholas Kirkwood - via Pinterest. Image 3: Our April mantra - what a crazy busy (and super fun!) time we have had showing for New York Bridal Fashion Week in NYC. Image by @biancacashImage 4: We showcased gowns from all four collections - Bespoke, Wild Hearts, KWH by Karen Willis Holmes and D.Y.G (Design Your Gown) - at the New York Bridal Fashion Week. Image 5: Rachael and Charles' stylish Industrial wedding as featured in HELLO MAY! Rachael wears our Bespoke Prea gown. Image 6: We absolutely love this colourful bouquet by Flowers by Julia RoseImage 7: Relaxing with the latest issue of Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine, see more hereImage 8: We adore this elegant styling from Anita + Ross' wedding at Campbell Point House  Image 9: Annie + Lincoln were married at The Grounds of Alexandria. Annie wears the Aster gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. See more of this greenery, wood and copper themed wedding here

 

To see the full Karen Willis Holmes Instagram feed see http://bit.ly/KWH-Insta 

Sarah & Sam's Elegant Garden Wedding

Posted on 04 May, 2016
Sarah & Sam's Elegant Garden Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through mutual friends.

How long have you been together? 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? The most surprising proposal. We were on holiday in Bali and spent the morning exploring the Uluwatu temple before ending up at Finns Beach Club at the Semara in Uluwatu. Spent a beautiful afternoon sipping cocktails and relaxing when I said to Sam “wouldn’t this be the perfect place to get engaged, hint hint.” I thought nothing more about it. We went to leave and on top of the cliff overlooking the ocean Sam asked ‘Sarah, will you marry me”.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 16th January 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception):

Where? Ceremony and Reception both at Lamont’s Bishops House

What made you choose there? We wanted a beautiful outdoor venue.

How did you find it? I used to work in the building that overlooks the house.

How was the weather on the day?  HOT! 38 degrees but perfect in the evening – the dance floor was never empty.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Venue availability.

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Simplistic and elegant garden wedding

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I had an idea of what I wanted and my mum and sister where amazing. We met with stylist Katie Cooper who just “got” me and we went from there.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Place cards, menus and seating chart.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of Honour Lucy my sister. My best friend of 17 years Cheryl was my bridesmaid

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man – Ryan, Groomsman - Gareth

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The boutique just opened down the road from where I work and I thought I would take a look.

How many gowns did you try? I tried 4 weddiong gowns on at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  Perth

What did you especially like about your gown? The gorgeous simplicity of the shape but the wow factor of the pearl.

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Camilla and Marc exclusive to David Jones

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Politix

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Just pearl earrings from Witchery

Where did you get your shoes from? Target

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  Veil from Karen Willis Holmes

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? As cliché as it sounds “DON’T STRESS” enjoy every moment of your day because it really does go so fast. Sam and I took 15 minutes to ourselves to soak it and each other in. I would highly recommend a few minutes alone.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You will find the one. Just breathe and don’t overthink it.

Something Old? My dad ;)

Something New? My Dress

Something Borrowed? Mums Issey Miyake Perfume

Something Blue? The blue ribbon sewed in to the dress

Suppliers

FloristKatie Cooper Floral Design

Photographer – Jodie from Merge Photography

Music – DJ Eden from Da Do Ron Ron

First Dance – Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling In Love

MC DJ Eden

CelebrantDru Soltys

StationeryDeciduous Press

Menu - DIY

Cake Sweet Daisy May

Bombonieres – Donations to the Cancer Council and DIY

Hair – Tina from Koko Blaq

Make up Holly Garvey MUA

Wedding Bands -  Rosendorfs

Meet the Designer - Angelica Bridal London

Posted on 03 May, 2016
Meet the Designer - Angelica Bridal London

London brides, we have a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with Karen, try bridal gowns from the new bridal collections and gain Karen's expert opinion. 

Karen will be visiting Angelica Bridal in London for a Meet the Designer day in London. Karen will be instore on Friday, May 13th 2016 to meet with brides-to-be and to help select gowns. 

In store will be new designs from the Karen Willis Holmes 2016 collection including Bespoke, DYG, Wild Hearts and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes, debuting for the first time in the UK.

Angelica Bridal

18 Camden Passage

Islington, London, N1 8ED

 

To schedule an appointment with Karen please email : 

info@angelicabrida.co.uk 

or phone 

020 7226 7823 

 

Cosmopolitan Bride Issue 46

Posted on 29 Apr, 2016
Cosmopolitan Bride Issue 46

We are so excited for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan Bride! We absolutely love seeing our gowns and veils within the glossy pages. We are absolutely thrilled to see our stunning Real Bride, Amanda in her BESPOKE Selena gown. For more information on any of the gowns featured in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan Bride, please email info@karenwillisholmes.com. 

Tille Crop styled with Natasha Skirt from our Wild Hearts collection. 

The Ava gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

The Johanna gown from our BESPOKE collection. 

The Blake bodice and Frances skirt from our D.Y.G - Design Your Gown collection. 

Stunning Amanda wears the Selena gown from our BESPOKE collection. 

 

Belle & Ben's Italian Wedding

Posted on 27 Apr, 2016
Belle & Ben's Italian Wedding

Where do we start with this gorgeous wedding? From the location to the photographer and of course the wedding dress, this wedding is breathtaking! As featured in the Real Wedding Special of HELLO MAY Magazine. Belle and Ben were married in Ravello, Italy, think Amalfi Coast!

Belle wore the BESPOKE Prea gown styled with a beautiful headpiece and surrounded by her bridesmaids who wore different gowns in shades of white, teamed with baby's breath flower crowns.

Belle and Ben also made custom books for all their guests "We didn't just want to place a menu on the table without special shoutouts to our bridal party and parents so we created a fun booklet that had funny one-liners about each of them, as well as a very special mention to our grandparents who aren't with us. It ended up being a solid talking point and icebreaker for the entire evening and it made something as clinical as a menu and made people feel apprecaited to be with us on the day."

For the vibe of the day "We wanted romantic, slightly over the top flowers, fresh whites, lots of candles and olive trees everywhere". - Belle

Dan O'Day, whom Belle and Ben found through HELLO MAY beautifully captured the day.

 

Photography - Dan O'Day Photography 

Ceremony, reception, catering + cake - Belmont Hotel Caruso

Cake topper - Host & Toast

Stationairy - Nate Cairns

Favours - Invitation Tea Towels

Celebrant - Anna Sorrentina 

Rings - Carabez Fine Jewellery

Annie & Lincoln's Beautiful Garden Wedding

Posted on 20 Apr, 2016
Annie & Lincoln's Beautiful Garden Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We are high school sweets hearts – We started dating when I was in year 10 and Linc was in year 12.

How long have you been together? 11 years

Do you have a proposal story? On the weekend of our 10 year (dating) anniversary Linc surprised me with plane tickets down to Tasmania. We hired a car when we arrived in Launceston and drove down to Cradle Mountain where he had booked us two nights at Peppers Resort. It was the most beautiful place, we were literally right at the base of a mountain surrounded by lush green forest, it was like something out of the movies!! The same afternoon we arrived at Cradle Mountain, Linc and I went for a walk through the rainforest and it was there that Linc turned around and dropped his knee!! I was so shocked that a swear word may have been the first thing I said in response (classy, I know!) and then followed by an “of course!!!” and a few tears!

To top it all off, Linc had booked us into a private spa “wing” that looked over the forest and we had our own private outdoor plunge pool and spa bath!! We had so much fun spending the afternoon there, drinking champagne and ringing all our friends and family to tell them our exciting news!!

A weekend I’ll never forget!!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Sunday 20th December, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney

2.     What made you choose there? Their beautiful gardens and spaces

3.     How did you find it? When we lived I Sydney we were regular visitors to the grounds for coffee and lunch!

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! Linc would say too hot as he had to wait at the aisle for quite a while for me!!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Lincoln and I are currently living in Dubai and thought this date was perfect as it allowed us to come back to Australia and spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve back home with family and friends!

The Wedding Details

Theme? Our theme was white, copper, wood and greenery.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I’ve never been a colourful person so I was always going to go with white!! The grounds of Alexandria was inspiration for the greenery and wood and I just love copper and thought it would be perfect for the finishing touches!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The bonbonners were succulents in little white geometric planters with a copper flag – my parents and other relatives planted all 100 succulents and my bridesmaids made the copper flags! My parents also hand painted all the table numbers so that they were copper too.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Emma, Beck (my two sisters), Mel, Vanessa, Aimee (best girlfriends) and Jessie (Linc’s cousin who is a close friend to both of us)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Miles, Elliott (Linc’s two brothers), Matt, Luke, Aaron and Andy (Linc’s best mates)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen your range online and on Instagram and thought they would suit me!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Online

How many gowns did you try? 2 or 3

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins!

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Love Honor

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groom – Boggi Milano, Groomsmen – Brent Wilson

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings from David Jones and Lincoln bought me a Tiffany and Co bracelet to wear on the day as a wedding gift.

Where did you get your shoes from? The Bridal Room, Perth WA

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore my sister’s veil that she wore at her wedding

Suppliers

Florist Florals by Silva – Amazing!

PhotographerHeart and Colour – I could not recommend these photographers highly enough!!!!! They were fantastic! Our photos are incredible!

Music – Silent Shout Entertainment (Sam Hearn) – What a legend!!! We had so many guests comment on how good the music was and the dance floor definitely got a work out!!

First Dance – My Girl – The Temptations

MC – Juan Valencia

Stationery – Samone - Cake Ink.

Menu – Etsy – Falmari Paper Co by Rachel Waddington

Place cards Natalie Martin

Cake – The Grounds Patisserie

Bombonieres – Kate Aspen Planters and my amazing parents and family who planted all the succulents

Hair & MakeupEmpire Artistries (Nikki and Dianne)

 

STYLED SHOOT

Posted on 13 Apr, 2016
STYLED SHOOT

With deep hues, modern and rustic touches along with a pinch of glamour, this collaboration is picture perfect as we head midway through Autumn. The venue for this stunning shoot is Stevens Estate Garden in Williamstown, an immaculate ceremony venue which boasts a myriad of photo opportunities including an old rustic cottage. Featuring the Caitlyn wedding gown from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection styled with the Genevieve overlay and shot by the uber talented Blush and Mint Photography. We just love this shoot from our Adelaide stockist, The Vintage Bride Boutique.

CREDITS: Photography: Blush and Mint Photography  |   Gowns: The Vintage Bride Boutique  |  Cake: The Sweet Tooth Factory  |  Stationery: Magnolia Press  |  Styling, Furniture + Props: Minty Mary Pea  |  Wood Art: The Carpenters Daughter  |  Floral Art: Bella in Bloom  |  Hair + MU: Barossa Style Bar  |  Venue: Stevens Estate Garden  |  Video: Vu Phan Productions

 

Louise & Nick: As Featured on Hello May

Posted on 06 Apr, 2016
Louise & Nick: As Featured on Hello May

In the midst of planning their New South Wales wedding, Louise and Nick stopped and realised they were getting away from their original vision for the day, so they wiped the slate clean and started a new. Pretty ballsy if you ask us.

“We really wanted the wedding to reflect our lives together. We wanted it all to feel natural to us on some level,” explains Louise, who decided on a close-to-home celebration featuring some of their local favourites like Bourke Street Bakery and Papa Pasticceria.

Held at The Grounds of Alexandria, the couple’s go-to coffee shop on the weekends, the bride rocked a Karen Willis Holmes gown and hair and makeup by beauty legend Liv Lundelius, who Louise raved about amongst other talented vendors, like Shane Shepherd and Sydney Celebrant.

“You really do spend a lot of time with your vendors on your wedding day, and for that reason we consciously chose vendors we really liked as people too. Being a bit of a perfectionist in some ways I struggled to follow my own advice, but really try to forget the small details that don’t go to plan and enjoy the day,” says Louise, who swore by Hello May in finding her crew of vendors.

“Hello May became my bible in the lead up to the wedding! Pretty much all my inspiration came from Hello May and of course, Pinterest.”

CREDITS  Photos Shane Shepherd // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Lingerie Huit // Shoes and accessories Nordstrom // Hair and makeup Liv Lundelius // Rings Larsen Jewellery // Bridesmaid dresses Josh Goot, Zimmermann, Review and Alannah Hill // Bridesmaid gifts The Daily Edited // Suit Country Road // Shirt MJ Bale // Tie J.Crew // Tie clip and cufflinks Ben Sherman // Shoes Calibre // Socks Calvin Klein // Watch and groomsmen ties Myer // Florist and cake topper Florals By Silva // Printer Carbon 8 // Ceremony, reception and catering The Grounds of Alexandria, NSW // Cake Bourke Street Bakery and Papa Pasticceria // Decorative elements Holy Kitsch // Celebrant Sydney Celebrant.

Rachel & Nicks Sunshine Coast Wedding

Posted on 30 Mar, 2016
Rachel & Nicks Sunshine Coast Wedding

 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? At high school.

How long have you been together? Almost 5 years

Do you have a proposal story?  We were living in Perth at the time and had just flown home to the Sunshine Coast on a red eye flight, so we hadn’t slept in hours. I was so tired and ready for bed! Nick had bought the ring in his backpack all the way from Perth and couldn’t wait any long. He said he wanted to go and check the surf.  He took me up to Point Cartwright light and got down on one knee…. Of course I cried! And I didn’t speak a word the whole car ride back to his parents place.  I was in complete shock and a little sleep deprived! We actually now live back on the Sunshine Coast and right around the corner from where Nick proposed, so we often go up to the exact spot.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 4/10/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Flaxton Gardens    

What made you choose there?  The venue spoke for itself, it's amazing.

How was the weather on the day?  Picture perfect!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was a long weekend!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Rustic but romantic.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? SO many sources (Instagram, Pintrest, Hello May) I always knew what I wanted though.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Nick handmade the LOVE letters, he is an electrician by trade so that helped! They turned out so well and were such a great feature.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Jess (Friend), Michelle (Nicks sister), Renee (Friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Dan (Nicks brother), Brad (Friend), John (Friend)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had looked at her website and had actually picked out a few other dresses to the one I ended up choosing!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Bridal magazines.

How many gowns did you try? 4 or 5 gowns.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Brisbane store.

What did you especially like about your gown? The fit was perfect (I only had to have it taken up) and I also wanted something a little non-traditional but still classy.

  

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Sabo Skirt Formal

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?  MJ Bale in Brisbane

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? A flower crown and really simple jewelry. Nick ended up giving me jewelry from Karen Walker as part of my wedding gift, so I didn’t even end up wearing the jewelry I had bought. The bridesmaid’s jewelry was also really simple; they also had flowers in their hair.

Where did you get your shoes from? Tony Bianco

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My seamstress made my veil and my flower crown was made by my florist, Willow Bud.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? To relax and enjoy the ride!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Always try gowns that are out of your comfort zone and maybe something you wouldn’t usually choose!

Extra Features? Nick also made this amazing wooden box for my wedding gift. It had all different sections inside with a gift and note in each! He put so many hours in to making it and it is something I will never forget!!

 

Suppliers

Florist – Willow Bud

Photographer – Simon J Coulson

Music – Christian Patey

First Dance – Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I love You

Cake – Sweetheart Cake Designs

Hair – Sass & Niki Wedding Hair

Make up – Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry

Wedding Bands – Custom Made

Extra Features – Nick also made this amazing wooden box for my wedding gift. It had all different sections inside with a gift and note in each! He put so many hours in to making it and it is something I will never forget!!

 

Kelsey & Matthew's Estate Wedding

Posted on 23 Mar, 2016
Kelsey & Matthew's Estate Wedding

 

Background

How long was your engagement? Just under two years!

Do you have a proposal story? Matt proposed on February 11th on Great Barrier Island off New Zealand. Matt had bought us tickets for the trip as a Christmas present and it was just magic. We had a cosy little chalet on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. One day Matt suggested that we go for a bush walk and pretended to forget his lighter so he could run back up and set up the ring/proposal. When we got back we were both sweaty and hot and when I saw the box on the table Matt said ‘Shall we get married?’ It was so unromantic and so perfect.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5th December, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Jalbrook Estate and Alpaca Farm, Balingup, WA 

What made you choose there? 

We saw lots beforehand! We had many a scouting mission ‘down south’ to the Margaret River Wine Region in WA. We were pretty specific in what we were looking for, wanting somewhere to have both the ceremony, reception, photos, accommodation, and be allowed to style the venue ourselves! We also had a budget (of course!) and found it pretty hard to find something that ticked all the boxes. On our way back to Perth one weekend/scouting trip we decided to ‘go the scenic route’ and thought it would be fun to check out the local alpaca farm – We were blown away! We loved every part of it and had lots of friends tell us how magical and ‘whimsical’ it was.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We definitely wanted a relaxed vibe with a festival theme (like a really relaxed ‘Blues and Roots’ festival haha). We wanted it to feel more like a party than a wedding.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Hello May, White, Hooray, Perth Wedding Upmarket at the University of WA (and the good old Pinterest!)

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did lots of DIY projects leading up to the wedding, but I changed my mind so often that hardly any of them were actually used on the day! I did write the Blackboard signs myself and did make the covers for the hay myself (though to be honest that wasn’t very hard!). Matt also made all of our flower boxes for the tables and they turned out great!

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My ‘dress’ was a beautiful two-piece from Karen Willis Holmes. I wore the Tillie top and the Natasha skirt. I was definitely not planning on buying a two piece wedding dress, As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one for me! I actually found my dress in a magazine (Hello May or White I believe) but at that time KWH only had stores in the Eastern States! By some magical wedding miracle their Perth store opened just in time for me to order my dream dress. 

Where did you purchase your gown from? Perth boutique

 

What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? 

- Remember even though you know your plans right down to the tiniest detail – no body else does, so it’s not a huge deal if everything isn’t perfect. 
-  Try not to stress about the weather, but try to prepare for it! You can’t change it and the photos will be magical anyway.
-  I know this one is a really common one, but try to slow down on the day! It will go so quickly! Take some time with your new partner to just squeal and squeeze each others hands.

 

SUPPLIERS

Photos: CJ Williams Photography

Florist: Alice and Rose

Stationery (invites, place cards, favour tags etc): La Pomme Et La Pipe

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Jalbrook Estate and Alpaca Farm, Balingup, WA

Catering: Ole Paella 

Food trucks or carts: Caravan Bar by Mable and Co 

Decorative elements (bunting, straws, plates, balloons, garlands etc): Garland by The Confetti Project

Prop or furniture hire (chairs, drink dispensers, tables, games etc): Ferguson Valley Events 

Marquee / teepee: Marquee – Wonderland Tents and Events, Teepee/bell tents – Soul Camping 

Lighting / sound hire: Lighting hire – Ferguson Valley Events and Jalbrook Estate 

Signage: Bride (blackboards hired through Ferguson Valley Events and written by Bride)

Entertainment: Music – Majestic Wedding DJs 

Celebrant: Kerry Grist 

Rings: Bride: Tayha Designs & Groom: Meadowlark
 

 

Hannah & Justin's Beautiful Bush Wedding

Posted on 21 Mar, 2016
Hannah & Justin's Beautiful Bush Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Justin and I met through a mutual friend when we were nineteen .I went to university with Ben and Justin went to school with Ben. Ben invited me to a party that Justin was at and Justin asked me out that night, a week later we were official.

How long have you been together? Over 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? I was moving to Dubai and Justin was going to join me later on in the year. We had discussed getting married as we couldn’t live together in Dubai if we weren’t married as the UAE is a Muslim country. We planned on getting a ‘quickie’ marriage certificate. But Justin knew that I would really want some kind of proposal story so he planned a surprise one.

In the weeks leading up to my departure I was nagging him to print some photos of us. He kept ‘forgetting’. On my birthday he made me breakfast in bed and gave me an envelope as my birthday present. Inside were some pictures of us, like I had asked for. I put them back inside the envelop and thanked him. He said, “umm…you missed one…” I took another look and there was a card that said, “Will you marry me?” Even though it was simple, it was amazing to have an official I-actually-want-to-marry-you-for-real-not-just-for-a-piece-of-paper proposal.  

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 8th August 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? In Mackenzie, Brisbane on Justin’s parents property.

What made you choose there? It was beautiful in the bush…and free.

How did you find it?  I had to walk through the bush on his parents property and find a spot that a) had sunlight peeking through the trees at just the right time of day b) had trees that could double as a wedding arch and c) was easily accessible

How was the weather on the day? It was a perfect winter’s day in Brisbane. Super sunny and not too cold.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? There was not particular attachment to the date. We just had to make sure we had enough time to get the certificate attested forJustin to come live with me. We later found out that 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture, and Justin is half Chinese so it ended up being a great date.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Pale colours, bush/rustic

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest…so much Pinterest.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I came up with pretty much all the ideas with the help of Pinterest. I am really particular about how I like things so I was involved in every aspects of the wedding. I had a little over one month to plan everything! I finished teaching on the 2nd of July, flew into Brisbane on the 5th and the wedding was on the 8th of August so everything was a huge rush!

My mother in law, Bev, took me shopping to get all the little bits and pieces, helped me white wash chairs, and go dress shopping. My friend and unofficial MOH, Alecia, helped me to decorate the reception venue, had some great ideas and helped me keep my emotions from unraveling. My mum, dad and brother flew up the day before the wedding and helped with putting up decorations.  My father in law chopped down trees to make the seats for the ceremony, helped to decorate the wedding arch and prepared and cooked all the pizzas for the reception! I had a team of people helping me with all my ideas.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I didn’t have any brides maids as our wedding was very small.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? No official groomsmen, but Justin’s three friends from school all wanted to dress the same…boys, right! All they care about is clothes.

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I originally saw one of Karen Willis Holmes’ dresses on Pinterest well before I was even engaged and fell in love with the idea of a two piece wedding dress. I went onto their website and saw the Mabel dress – my first thought was, “that would suit my body shape so well!”

When I arrived in Brisbane from Dubai, I was dress shopping and I tried on a number of dresses from other shops that just didn’t feel right. I knew I had an appointment with Karen Willis Holmes in Sydney but realized I had made the appointment down there too late and wouldn’t have enough time if the dress wasn’t perfect. I quickly emailed the store in Brisbane and made my appointment there ASAP. When I went in I said, “I have one month until the wedding! What do you have in stock?” They showed me a number of dresses but the Mabel wasn’t there. I quickly looked around, found it and asked if they had it in stock. They were unsure and said they would call the Sydney store. I tried the dress on while they called. As soon as I stepped out I knew it was the one. It was so flattering and perfectly me – classic with an edge. I stood there, in my perfect wedding dress, with my fingers crossed that they had one in stock in Sydney. The girl on the phone was talking to someone and she started to smile, when she got off the phone she said they had one down there and it was in my size! I was so excited and knew that luck was on my side! I went home, talked to Justin, and called back later that afternoon to purchase the dress!

As a side note, Karen Willis Holmes let me keep my later appointment in Sydney so that I could try on the Mabel with my mum because I wanted her to have the wedding dress shopping experience with her only daughter. They were so kind and accommodating even though they knew I wouldn’t be purchasing a dress that day. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Pinterest, Cosmo.

How many gowns did you try? In total around ten. One at KWH.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Brisbane, Paddington.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved so many things about the gown. I loved the classic shape and I never thought I would wear cap sleeves but it just balanced my hips out so perfectly. The drape of the skirt was full and the train was exquisite. I loved how stiff the fabric was, yet the way it moved was so soft. The fact that it was a two piece was the most appealing; it showed off my favorite part of my body – my waist!

 

 

 

Fashion

 

Where did you get the groom's suit? Justin got his suit from Black Jacket Suiting in Bulimba. Justin went to school with the owner, Ryan Fisher, and it was great for him to have a friend who knew a thing or two about fashion.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I went very minimalist in regards to accessories. I ended up getting a Thomas Sabo charm necklace and picked the two heart pendants for it, I wore a bracelet that I got for my twenty-first from my mum’s side of the family, and my parents in law got me some beautiful diamond earrings as a wedding present.

Where did you get your shoes from? Funnily enough…Windsor Smith! I wore flats because Justin and I are the same height, and I knew there was no way I would wear heels in the bush! They were incredibly comfortable!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a flower crown made by my florist – Kenmore Village Florists.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?  Just because it’s what you’re ‘supposed’ to do, doesn’t mean you should. We didn’t invite anyone other than immediate family and a few friends to our wedding. We did all the intimate stuff then had an ‘after party’ where extended family and all our friends were invited. It wasn’t ‘customary’ but it worked so well for us. Make it your own and don’t let other steer you away from what you really want (unless you can’t afford of course).

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Body shape! Your ‘dream dress’ may look beautiful on the model, but if it doesn’t suit you, don’t get it!

Suppliers

Florist – Lynn at Kenmore Village Florists. Lynn is a friend of my mother in law and a neighbor. She was fantastic and organized a large amount of baby’s breath in such a short amount of time.

Photographer – Jess Marks Photography. I found them through Google and they were amazing! I wanted lots of candid photos and they captured the most amazing moments. I was super impressed with the final products and the price was very reasonable for wedding photographers.

Music – Spotify Playlist

First Dance – Warrant - Heaven

Celebrant – Robin West. Another Google search that ended up successful! She communicated with me while I was in Dubai and just went the extra mile to make sure she knew what it is that we wanted. She created a great ceremony and really took our suggestions on board.

Stationery – Paperless Post online wedding invites. This was great as there was no way I was trusting my husband to organize paper invitations while I was in Dubai! A friend of mine recommended them and as I had such a small wedding, the invites were free.

Menu – Homemade pizza by my father in law and nibbles I put together from Coles. I would highly recommend my father in laws awesome pizza base!

Cake – Vanilla Pod in Ascot. Once again, Google. They communicated via email well which was great. The final product was so amazing! I loved how unique and how un-wedding like the cake was.

Hair &Make Up – TWIDALE….dare I say, Google again. They did both my hair and make-up. I had the same two girls on the trial as I did on the day which was something I was very happy about.

Wedding Bands Jason Withers. My husband was so impressed with them. He showed them the design I wanted and they did such a fantastic job. Super friendly, accommodating and the final result was truly incredible. I still can’t stop looking at my rings!

Extra features – Lots of my decorations came from Kmart, Target, the 2 Dollar Shop, Typo and Bunnings! I got my giant balloons and confetti from the Lark Store.

STYLED SHOOT - Into The Woods

Posted on 16 Mar, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Into The Woods

We are so excited to have our gowns available in the new boutique Chantilly Bride located in Lethbridge in Alberta.  This beautiful editorial was can be seen on Rocky Moutain Bride and features the amazing Anya sequin wedding gown from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection

When describing today’s feature, photographer Sarah Jozsa says, “The aim of this inspirational shoot was to juxtapose vintage glamour with rustic details to create a perfect pairing of city glamour and rugged rustic style.” Needless to say, she succeeded with flying colors. Pairing rustic and glamorous elements is one of our favorite looks and we love the contrast of lace, rich furs and dapper menswear with the natural elements of the table greens and frozen Canadian lake. Stunning pale blue, cream, and blush florals pop against the groom’s cranberry bowtie and pocket square – an amazing winter palette!

You can now make an appointment here.

Credits
Photographer: Sarah Jozsa Photography  Venue: Beauvais Lake  Floral Design: Funky Petals Flower Shop  Cake Design: Sugar Bakeshop  Floral Ribbon: Adorn Company  Stole: A Vintage Affair  Menswear: Gentleman III Menswear  Wedding Dress (Designer): Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dress (Store): Chantilly Bride Hair + Makeup: Chelsey Auer: Bridal Beauty 

Lauren & Joe's Stunning Parisian Elopement

Posted on 11 Mar, 2016
Lauren & Joe's Stunning Parisian Elopement

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Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? My husband I “met” while we were actually 7000 miles apart. My “little” – in birth order only – brother is in the U.S. Army and had deployed in 2012. While he was away, I was his emergency contact and as such I asked that he introduce me to one of his deployment close friends in case, God forbid, anything were ever to happen to him during his deployment. Well, my brother, whose name is also Joe, was strategic – he introduced me to his best friend in the Army…a man who he so happened to think was “perfect” for his big sister. In fact, I have since learned that my brother actually told my now-husband that “you need to meet my sister and if you do you’re going to marry her.” Suffice it to say, he knew us both well. Long story short, “met” online and started writing back & forth as friends – initially, I just wanted to thank him for looking out for my little brother. Overtime, we became good friends at a distance and Joe worked up the courage to ask me for my number. I actually gave him the wrong number by accident at first! Thankfully, he asked again J And I’m so grateful that he did. We met in person at the airport when he returned from the deployment and we’ve been together ever since. Truth be told…we were both smitten before we even met face to face & just needed to meet in person to confirm that we were in fact crazy in love J  

How long have you been together? We became FB official three months before he returned from deployment (crazy, I know!) – so June 2012.

Do you have a proposal story? Joe proposed to me at the finish line of a 70.3 Iron Man race. He had the ring with him the whole time! When he went down on one knee, I actually thought he was passing out! I was completely surprised. He proposed a year to the day that he knew he wanted to marry me… which was June 2012, before he had even met me in person! Brave man ;-)

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? June 22, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?   Paris, France – near Pont Neuf

What made you choose there? After my fiance and I were engaged, we started talking about the kind of wedding that we would like to have. When we agreed to spend the rest of our lives together, we promised each other that we would embrace adventure, cultivate romance, and put our relationship/marriage first even if that meant taking an unconventional route at times. We desired a wedding that would personal, intimate, meaningful, and, honestly, not so stressful/caught up in the details that we missed the real meaning of the day. Having a small, intimate ceremony in Paris – the city of love - simply made sense.We're pretty sure that left a part of our hearts in that city and we look forward to returning many times...someday with our children :)

How did you find it? We picked the city where we wanted to get married and honestly didn’t choose the exact location until we arrived. We wanted the whole experience to be a romantic adventure – indeed it was!

How was the weather on the day? It was actually rather chilly and overcast at first! Thankfully I was so overwhelmed with joy that I didn’t pay too much attention to the temps,

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Like Joe’s proposal, our wedding date was significant – it was 2 years to the day that Joe first knew that he wanted to marry me. He told me brother this – of course I didn’t find out for sometime. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – ? Two dear friends, Rebekah Pizana and Micah Yousefi. My sister would have loved to be there, but she had just had a precious little baby. 

My brother was the honorary groomsman – at the last minute, he wasn’t able to come due to work obligations he couldn’t get out of.  

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? While looking for dress ideas online, I stumbled across a few KAREN WILLIS HOLMES dresses and was so impressed. I knew that I wanted to see them in person.

Where have you seen our gowns before? I believe that I first saw KAREN WILLIS HOLMES  dresses on Pinterest. There was an Elie Saab dress that I adored (white with sequins) – when I searched for that dress, the Anya gown showed up…

How many gowns did you try? I think I only tried on 3 gowns at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES…as soon as I tried the Anya gown on, I knew it was the one. I had some girlfriends with me too and they confirmed my feelings.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased the gown from the NYC boutique. The girls at the bouquet were darling, patient with my busy schedule, and so sweet. I tell all my girlfriends who are getting married about the bouquet – can’t speak highly enough of them.

What did you especially like about your gown? Ah, where do I start? Until I tried on the Anya gown, I had never once worn a sequin or anything sparkly in my life. I grew up a tomboy and while I now enjoy fashion, I am still a “less in more” kind of girl. I adored how the Anya gown was both classy and simple while being exquisite and glamorous. The fit was/is phenomenal. As my husband said, “wow, that dress fit every curve of your body perfectly – it’s so feminine and sexy in a tasteful way.” While feeling completely glamorous in the dress, I didn’t feel overdone. And it was comfortable! I promise! I walked all over Paris in that gown! As I’ve mentioned before, it is my goal to wear the gown again one day when we renew our vows one day…in Paris…with our future children. 

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  I let my girlfriends choose their dresses and honestly don’t know where they ended up getting them. I simply requested that they be black, long, and formal. My girlfriends have excellent taste, so I trusted them completely.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? I honestly have no idea of the brand - I'm sorry! We were both so busy leading up to our wedding. I know that he found it at a DC boutique on sale :)

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? I opted to keep my jewelry simple & sentimental. As I mentioned, I'm a "less is more" kind of girl, so I thought that the dress had enough sparkle on its own. As a result, I only wore earrings - no necklace or bracelet. The earrings were a gift from my darling sister - another reason why I chose to wear them. I'm all about the meaningful little details :)

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were Steve Madden and I am happy to report that they have survived 6+ months without being eaten/torn apart by our dear 1 year old golden retriever, Charli :)

 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Focus on what the day is about rather than getting caught up in thousand small details. Pick some details that you really care about and make them your own. Ultimately,  your wedding day is about celebrating your love and starting your life together – don’t let anything rob you of that focus.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Seriously, this may not be a popular thing to say, but I would avoid the huge stores that many brides flock to. Find a designer that fits your personality and your budget. You and your husband will be happy with the result – I promise. 

 

Suppliers

Florist – Yours truly

Photographer – Brian Wright of French Grey Photography. He was amazing! Truly, he was so patient and understanding as he worked with me from afar before the big day. And on the day, he made us both feel so comfortable and just captured our personalities and our love for each other. We loved him & the pictures.

First Dance – We danced along the Seine while boats of people passed and cheered until we kissed

Menu – I wish I could remember the name of the small Parisian café where we ate after because it was delicious. I actually had an amazing burger as my post wedding meal! It had goat cheese on it and it was pretty much heaven J

Cake – My darling friend Rebekah brought Macaroons that we promptly enjoyed after saying “I do”

Hair & Make up Harold James – he was an angel! Seriously, I adored him. He was such a sweetheart and very professional too. His magic on my makeup especially was needed after a long flight, jet lag, and not sleeping a wink before the wedding because I was sooooo excited

Alexa & Stephen's Classic Country Club Wedding

Posted on 09 Mar, 2016
Alexa & Stephen's Classic Country Club Wedding

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Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? High School – We became best friends our freshman year, and the summer before our senior year we starting dating and the rest is history!

How long have you been together? Over 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? Stephen took me to the beach where we had our first date. His sister had laid out a champagne picnic for us, and he proposed at sunset. Simple and sweet, exactly my style.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? November 21, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?  Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, CA

What made you choose there?  I loved the architecture of the country club; it’s Mediterranean style with a lot of whites and neutral colors.

How did you find it? Weddingwire.com

How was the weather on the day?  Perfect! Sunny, high 70’s.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Fall is my favorite time of year. I love that the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, and everything is more festive around the holidays. 

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Classic, contemporary with a small flare of Tuscany. Neutral colors –black, taupe, white and lots of greenery in the bouquets and flower arrangements.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  Mainly from Pinterest. I did not have a wedding planner, so I brought in a lot of pictures to my vendors to bring my vision to life. I love a neutral color palate and wanted a classic look without being too formal. I wanted our guests to feel like they were able to have a drink and a donut and have a great time dancing the night away! We had a donut bar near the dance floor from California Donuts, who were able to make custom donuts that spelled our names. We love donuts and our wedding would not be complete without them.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Our favors for our guests were small corked glass bottles of olive oil with a rosemary branch and a label handwritten by me. The label said “Olive our Love”. Another fun aspect of our wedding was that I had custom ‘thank you’ notes from Minted to place on each guest’s place setting with an olive branch on top to coordinate with the olive oil. I wanted to add these small personal touches to an otherwise formal, classic country club wedding to make it more personal.  We also had signature drinks. One was the ‘Penelope Martini’, a lemon drop martini named after our cat, Penelope. The other drinks were a ‘Lex on the Beach’, a sex on the beach and a ‘Sales and Seven’, a traditional seven and seven whisky drink. The guests got a good laugh out of them, and the Penelope martini was a hit!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of honor – Katie Sales (Stephen’s sister), Bridesmaids: Krista, Jenni, Elise (high school friends), Lauren, Jenny, Taylor (college friends), Sam and Jamie (dental school friends)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man – Will Sales (Stephen’s brother), Groomsmen: Max (high school friend), Peter, Jake, Jesse, Schuyler, Kevin, Connor, Zack (college football friends)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Flower girl – Olivia (my cousin’s daughter) No ring bearer

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I live in California, so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get into a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES store.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  I actually saw the Carina on Pinterest. I was set on a dress with long sleeves and it came up in my search.

How many gowns did you try? Maybe 10 or so.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  Love and Lace in Irvine, CA

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that it was contemporary and unique look, while still being classic. I really wanted a wedding dress that I can look back at pictures and still love. I really wanted long sleeves because I love the added details and felt like it was unique (and it was definitely hard to find dresses in southern California with long sleeves!). I loved the beading and sequins on the Carina. It added interesting texture without overwhelming the dress.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Dessy

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?  Men’s Wearhouse

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore an Olivia Nelson custom-made hair piece and my veil is by Veiled Beauty

Where did you get your shoes from? Vince Camuto

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I would do your best to not let all of the planning get too stressful and overwhelming. Try to not get so caught up in the fine details that you forget to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Never forget that the wedding is essentially a big party to celebrate you and your partner’s love with your loved ones. Enjoy every minute!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Find a dress that makes you feel like you! Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks or the popular trends. As long as you are happy and comfortable in the dress, that will shine through on your wedding day.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? My parents are divorced since I was very young, so I had my dad walk me down the first half of the aisle; and my step dad met us, and the three of us walked down the aisle to Stephen.

Something Old? My grandma’s rosary wrapped around my bouquet.

Something New? Shoes.

Something Borrowed? Jewelry from my mom.

Something Blue? Small blue bow stitched inside the dress.

Suppliers

Florist – Floral Occassions out of San Juan Capistrano, CA

Photographer – Mason and Megan out of San Louis Obispo, CA – they are so much fun and kept the day on schedule, not mention produce stunning pictures!

Videographer Aqua Vivus

Music – Seaside Strings (string trio for ceremony)

First Dance – My Best Friend – The Once

MC – DJ Chris Anthony – Our guests, me and my husband never left the dance floor!

Stationery - Minted

Cake It’s All About the Cake – Dana Point, CA --  I’m not a cake person, and their cakes are my absolute favorite! Their buttercream frosting is to die for.

Hair & Make Up – Design Visage out of Costa Mesa, CA

Wedding Bands David Yurman

Extra features - Coordinator – Intertwined Events out of Costa Mesa, CA

Kasey-Lee & Ben's Timeless Wedding

Posted on 02 Mar, 2016
Kasey-Lee & Ben's Timeless Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We actually went to high school together! So we knew each other from grade 8 onwards. We dated in grade 8 for a few days (I was his first ever girlfriend!!) –after that little fling we went our separate ways during high school. We then caught up again during Schoolies week at Airlie Beach. Ben always jokes that I am his first and last girlfriend! 

How long have you been together? 8.5 years- we started officially dating on Feb 12th  2007 (during O-week of university)  I started to get worried that I was on a 10 year probation or something before he would ask me to marry him!

Do you have a proposal story?  We had just moved into our newly built house and one weekend we invited our families over for a big lunch to welcome them into our new home.  That morning, Ben wanted to take me to breakfast at the Heritage Tea Rooms up in Harvey’s Range (which is absolutely gorgeous btw if you’re ever up our way!) -but I told him I really didn’t feel like it as we had so much preparing, cooking etc. to do for the big family lunch. (Ben’s family is Italian, so they eat a LOT) So after we had finished eating lunch, Ben stood up- in front of everyone, pulled out an AMAZING looking ring from his pocket and just asked me straight out!  He explained he was meant to ask me up in the mountains at breakfast and then come back and share the good news with everyone at lunch- but I had changed his plans and so he improvised. I was so shocked! He then went on to explain that he had been planning this for a long long time for me and how he had helped design the ring that was hand crafted by Jay from Kim Bartlett. I immediately fell in love with my ring, it is absolutely stunning- a total of 1.75 car- a cushion cut 1.1car center diamond with a halo and diamonds either side, set in platinum. I couldn’t stop staring at it and thinking how lucky I am!  Both of our families were wrapped that they got to be a part of the experience, although looking back now, I really wish I had have said yes to the breakfast up at the tea rooms, it would have been so romantic! At least we have a funny story to tell now.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 7th June 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?    Ceremony- The Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. Reception- Picnic Bay SLSC, Townsville

What made you choose there? We were originally going to have our ceremony in the Queens Gardens (where some of our professional photos were taken), but in the end we chose the Sacred Heart Cathedral, it is absolutely stunning. It was undercover in case of rain, and it is so grand! We had a string quartet playing, which filled and echoed through the entire cathedral, and Ben’s great Uncle Father Dave was able to be our Priest. It still gives me goosebumps and makes me smile thinking about the moment Dad walked me down the aisle to Ben.

The reception was on Townsville’s Strand headland – it overlooks the ocean and across to Magnetic Island. It has a big covered deck and grass area for all to be seated on to enjoy the sunset and island views. The roofing also meant we were able to get fairy lights, drapes and chandeliers strung up to make it look really romantic yet still with an open and airy feeling.

How did you find it? The surf club has the best views of Townsville for our out-of-town guests to experience.  We didn’t really want to be cooped up in a dark venue. Both locations are very close to each other and also to the city, so it was easy for guests to get around easily and access everything no worries.

How was the weather on the day? The day was perfect- not too hot, not too cold, and no rain. The sunset was apparently stunning at the reception. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? June is a beautiful time of year in North Queensland- the sunsets are spectacular and the weather is perfect. It was also the Queens Birthday long weekend.  We were married on a Sunday so our out-of-town guests could travel up on the Saturday and back on the Monday and not have to sacrifice work commitments etc. It is also ironically the same weekend that Ben’s parents were married on 25 years ago as well. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Blush, rose gold

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest!!! It was my second job!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?Of COURSE!  We tried to save $ wherever we could so we could have more towards our honeymoon! We didn’t have a wedding planner. We had a deal- if I planned the wedding then Ben planned the honeymoon. We must mention that we were very lucky to have many friends in the right industries who helped us out immensely towards our day- so we did get some great discounts or complimentary services. We are so so grateful and realise this is not the case for everyone getting hitched!

-The invitations, ceremony booklets, name place tags, seating arrangement sign and favor stickers were designed and made by my very talented mum Kerry (Kaebee Designs) I will never forget the day all my bridesmaids, mum, grandma and mother in law came over my house a few months before the wedding and had a lovely girls day putting together all the invitations. Some parts were very tedious (copper foiling!), but well worth it- we are a little bias and think they look so beautiful and unlike any invites we had seen before!

-Our favors were little jars of mango chutney handmade by my grandmother who lives in Bowen. Of course made with delish homegrown Bowen Mangoes!  She really needs to publish the recipe or make it in bulk because everyone was raving about it weeks after the wedding wanting more!!!  We tied some lace and chevron neutral material and copper twine around the tops of the jars and mum made stickers that said “spread the love”.  We also got a few mini pomegranate candles if anyone didn’t want mango chutney.

-As we didn’t have a wedding planner- This was my second full time job for a while!.. I sourced and organised everything for the day including the venues, accommodation, caterers, entertainment, decorator, photographer, florist, cake and hair & makeup.  I highly recommend anyone also DIY’ing to do up a wedding day run sheet with times, places, who’s involved and details columns. Go over it with all those involved and double check everything and once finalized, print copies for yourself, groom, photographer, drivers, both immediate families, MC, entertainment /band/singers and the venue managers so they all know what’s going on and when and everything should run to plan. Also we recommend when doing up your seating plan- draw big circles/rectangles for the tables and write every guests name on mini sticky notes to stick at each table.. this means you can easily chop and change people at different tables without having to start over!

-I sourced all the reception and table decorations both online and at local homeware shops.  I fell in love with the copper flower boxes with our names and date hand stamped – these were from Rainy Sunday online if anyone is interested. I also found matching copper mason jar lids from a local homeware shop. The sequin rose gold and sequin chevron rose gold and white table runners I found online in bulk. Copper milk jars were from typo & the little jars for the mango chutney were from Just Jars online. I also handmade the gold foil table numbers in wooden photo frames and the eye spy game.  The table seating plan was made from an old easle that we repainted white, and a mirror.  We stuck big fake flowers and vines around the edges of the mirror and then the table arrangements in the middle of the mirror.

-My other grandmother sourced and put together all the flowers for the table centerpieces from a local lady and then went down to make sure everything was set up correctly at the surf club before the ceremony started. She also spent a few months collecting lots of the little jars from her friends for the candles to go onto the tables.

-Ben and I bought our photobooth backdrop second hand on gumtree and added more materials from spotlight!  We also got some dress up props from the crazy shop and an insta polaroid camera for our DIY photobooth.

-All the desserts for the dessert table were homemade up in Ingham the week of the wedding and frozen until the big day. Myself, mother in law, grandmother in law and a few Lancini family friends all made the trip up to Ingham to Bens great Aunts house, where we spent all day baking their favourite traditional Italian sweets. We made around 200 of each dessert- chocolate and vanilla cannoli’s, powder puffs, peach blossoms, creamed horns, orange blossoms, storch, lemon biscuits, triple chocolate biscuits, lace biscuits and almond bread.

-The cars we used on the day were all owned by family and friends- three white SUV’s- two white Audi’s for the bridesmaids and groomsmen and the bridal car was a white Lexus.  The car ribbons we bought online and looked up a tutorial on how to put them on!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

-My younger sister Bekki

-My best friend Danielle (MOH)

-Ben’s younger sister Samantha

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

-Ben’s younger brothers Luke and Mitchell

-Ben’s best friend Tim (best man)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

-My little niece Sialle was our flower girl.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I couldn’t find anything I liked at the bridal shops in Townsville, and I had no clue what style I wanted so couldn’t get one made! So mum suggested we take a girls trip down south. Of course I jumped at the suggestion, and mentioned I had never been to Melbourne before- so it was done. We booked many appointments along high street in Armadale and also in Collins Street in the city. I was having no luck at all, and was getting quite anxious and frustrated. Then we walked past KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.. and the Caitlyn gown was on the mannequin in the window, I was adamant I had to try that dress on. We walked in, I didn’t have an appointment, but the very helpful staff (Enza and Sally) were able to fit me in within an hour for a private fitting! As soon as the gown was on me, I knew it was the one.  When I walked out to show my mum, she started tearing up and was speechless. The ladies also made me try the similar style Alexandra dress as well just in case, but I liked the Caitlyn better. The Armadale store didn’t have my exact size in stock, so luckily Karen herself was flying to Melbourne the next day and so she bought my dress with her and I got to meet her!  WOW- Things are meant to be sometimes!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had never seen or heard of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES before I saw the boutique on High Street that day. One of the unfortunate downfalls of living in North Queensland- we don’t get the really good things like the capitol cities do!

How many gowns did you try? Countless! But only two at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  The High Street Armadale store

What did you especially like about your gown? It was so unique to anything I had ever seen or tried on before.  It fit like a glove- all I had to do was get it taken up. It was just very me!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Fashion Gallery in Townsville- they were taupe coloured Alfred Angelo gowns.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boys hired their suits, shirts and ties from New Park Menswear in Townsville. Their shoes were all Julius Marlow’s from Style Tread online and their cufflinks were all from Myer.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I fell in love with the Samantha Wills blue head comb for my something blue. I then found teardrop crystal earrings and matching bracelet from The Silver Shop in Townsville to compliment the belt I wore with the gown.

For the girls, we got them each a Samantha Wills white marble bohemian Bardot ring and some beautiful pearl drop earrings from a jewellery store in Melbourne.

Where did you get your shoes from? I really wanted a pair of special heels as a keepsake of the day..some nude Valentino heels were my dream.. but I had to be realistic- we had a budget to stick to and I knew they would get wrecked on the day anyway. So instead I went for price and comfort and got mine and the bridesmaids heels from Betts- mine in silver and the girls in nude.  - Whilst on our honeymoon in Paris Ben surprised me & took me to the flagship Valentino store and I splurged on the nude Valentino rock stud pumps. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a beautiful cathedral length silk tulle veil.  It was very sheer and soft with raw edging so as to not take away from the details on my gown. I also liked the traditional idea of the ‘veil over the face’ whilst walking down the isle and since we were in the cathedral; it had to be cathedral length!  My friend and dressmaker Hester from Ja Delle Designs gave the veil to me as a gift; she also spent many hours taking up my beaded gown and sewing in bra cups.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

-Make a budget and stick to it. (we made an excel spreadsheet to keep track of everything!)

-Try to save on your wedding day wherever you can so you have more to enjoy for your honeymoon! I know it sounds selfish- but its only one day and it will be amazing for you and your family/friends no matter how many layers the cake is or what brand of champagne you’re serving. We had an amazing day and got to enjoy a four-week honeymoon in Paris and Italy afterwards!

-Ask your guests to put away their phones/cameras at the ceremony-best thing we did! This is the photographer’s job. We now have beautiful photos of our guests actually enjoying the ceremony and not behind their phone screens.

-Enjoy being with each other all day and night- don’t leave each others side- it’s your day! If people want to come and talk to you, they will.  We made this mistake at our engagement party- we didn’t see each other all night! So this time we didn’t make an effort to go around separately to tables and make sure everyone was happy- we wanted to enjoy & make the most of our day together, and not have to worry about how everyone else was feeling.

-Sneak off just by yourselves at some stage during the day or night and enjoy a quite little moment together!

-If something goes wrong or not to plan, (which thankfully didn’t happen to us) but- don’t let it ruin your day- there is probably nothing you could do about it anyway, just move on and remember its not the end of the world and why you are celebrating this day!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?

-Definitely don’t give up hope if you are having no luck- sometimes things happen for a reason and are meant to be! 

-You really do ‘know’ when it is ‘the one’, so if you don’t get that 100% feeling, then it’s not the right dress for you.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Ben and I had agreed no wedding presents to each other on the day- but I couldn’t help myself. He had spoilt me so much with my engagement ring and he didn’t want a fancy wedding band, so I really felt I needed to give him something special he would cherish for the rest of his life as well and maybe one day hand down. Ben has a thing for watches- he has 11 now.  So I secretly saved and saved and saved & finally went and got him a classic black-faced Tag Heuer Carrera watch.  He is a smarty-pants, very cluey and kept asking me why the budget was out and not matching up with where it should be-I kept having to try to dodge the subject! Ha! Apparently the look on his face when he opened his present on the day was priceless. 

Something Old? White crochet hankie

Something New? The Dress!

Something Borrowed? The veil

Something Blue? Samantha Wills head comb

Suppliers

Florist – Townsville Flower Market- I wanted a bouquet that was not too perfect/structured, blush colours and long stems. Peonies and roses are my fav so they had to be in there! For the bridesmaids and flowergirl, I loved the look of simple big bunches of babies breath.

PhotographerSweet Mary Photography.   Katie, one of my talented friends owns Sweet Mary and so there was no other choice for us!

Videographer – NA- we wanted to remember our day as we saw it from our own eyes.

Music – Laurence Sorbello.  Was FANTASTIC!!!  Highly recommend him!  Laurence is a local who a few years ago made it to the top ten of Australian Idol.  Our families all love live music, country and rock- he specialises in this and did an amazing job.  He had the whole set up- stage, lighting, smoke, and can even organize fireworks. Between his live sets he DJ’s as well! From the end of our first dance until we were told it was home time everyone was up on the dance floor having a blast, it was so much fun!

First Dance – ‘A thousand years’ Christina Perry followed by Father daughter dance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinkin out loud.’

MC – Peter Motti- Our friend who we went to school with. He currently lives in UAE and made the trip all the way back to AUS to be there for us.  He loves a good yarn, is very organised, quick thinking, and knows how to crack people up, so it was a no brainer for him to be the MC! We also had friends from Hong Kong, and interstate Australia who traveled great lengths to share our day with us. We are so thankful.

Celebrant – Ben’s great uncle- Father Dave Lancini

StationeryKaeBee Designs (owned by my mum Kerry)

Menu – Michel from Essentially Fresh catered our wedding and absolutely nailed it.  We gave him the task of keeping our large families/big mob of Italians full, and he delivered! 

  • For canapes there were 6 different dishes including: Pork belly, prawn and avocado tostadas, duck crepes, scallops, beetroot & goats cheese & caramelized onion stacks, mini beef burgers.
  • For mains- we didn’t have the traditional alternate drop- we wanted to have big share platters in the middle of the tables so people could eat as much or as little as they liked, and eat whatever they liked.  It also really encourages people to mingle and interact with each other. We had three main dishes for guests- and enough servings so each guest could have all three dishes if they wanted. The share platter mains included eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto with sides of roasted potatoes tossed in garlic butter, char grilled king prawns served in a chilli garlic sauce on beds of rice, organic whole chicken legs with sides of seasonal steamed vegetables.

Cake – another of my talented girlfriends Karina from Just Peachy Cupcakes was no other choice for our wedding cake!  We had a small three-tier cake of white and dark choc marble mud cake, lime and coconut mud cake and Karina’s secret traditional fruitcake.  She also made us some delish macaroons as well.

Bombonieres – Homemade Mango Chutney and mini pomegranate candles.

Hair – Pamela from Da Vinci, my hairdresser and friend of 13 years

Make up – Cheree from Urban Miss Make-up, my friend and best MUA in Townsville

Wedding Bands – Jay Bartlett from Kim Bartlett Master Jewelers.  Ben’s 18k gold band & Kasey’s platinum with diamonds all around.

Extra features – Decorator - a local lady from Magnums Weddings set up the ceiling lighting, drapes, chandeliers and chairs.

Other –  All in all, we are so lucky we have such wonderful family and friends who all helped us out in one way or another to make our wedding day so special - it would not have been the day it was without any of them. xxx