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Schedeen + David's intimate autumn wedding

Posted on 16 Aug, 2017
Schedeen + David's intimate autumn wedding


How did you meet your partner?  Officially through mutual friends in our early 20s, however, we had brief encounters with each other, having grown up in the same area. David remembers purchasing a coffee from me as a teenager – and I remember serving him!

How long have you been together? 6.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? David and I first met at a picnic with mutual friends in 2011. 5 years later to the day, he took me back to the same park in Newtown, NSW for a picnic to celebrate. After a few hours, he built up the courage and got down on one knee in front of everyone (including their dogs!). I’ve never cried so hard in my life – David had to actually confirm whether or not I’d accepted his proposal because whatever came out of my mouth was inaudible.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 08th April 2017

Wedding Venue? Montrose Berry Farm, Sutton Forest NSW

What made you choose there? I’d come across the venue a few years earlier, and it was always in the back of my mind. When the time came, it was the first venue we visited (one of three in total!), and we both agreed it was the one. We fell in love with the property – from the giant old trees under which we had our ceremony – to the quaint barn with its fireplace, exposed brick and wooden floorboards. We loved that even if we chose not to do much styling, the barn and gardens would stand beautifully enough on their own. We also enjoyed having the whole wedding in one place so that our guests could casually wander across the property from the ceremony to garden canapés, and then on to the reception in the barn. It also helped that the venue operators were so lovely and helpful!

How did you find it? A post appeared on my Facebook feed a few years earlier when a friend had commented on a photographer’s photo album. It caught my attention and I clicked to view the rest of the images, which were taken at Montrose. It was love at first sight!

How was the weather on the day? We really couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was around 24 degrees and sunny, but with that slight autumn crispness. It had been raining almost non-stop for weeks beforehand, and then stormed the day after our wedding. Pure luck!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We knew that we wanted an autumn wedding because of the gorgeous weather and beautiful, rich colours, and the rest just sort of fell in place!

The Wedding Details

Theme? I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted going in – I just knew a lot of what I didn’t like. As I worked through millions of references I began to refine my direction and found that I liked modern and minimal styling, with a touch of luxe boho. I met with my cousin-in-law who had just started her own styling business (Yellow Brick Interiors) and we worked out a plan to incorporate dark wood grains, wild-flowers, splashes of velvet and lots of moody lighting and candles!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? All over the place – from magazines like Hello May,  Pinterest, and wedding/bridal accounts on Instagram. I became slightly obsessed with Nomad Styling!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We hired my cousin-in-law for our styling, and she was very hands-on. She and her husband built our reception, grazing and signing tables from scratch, as well as upholstering the cushions on the outdoor couches using re-painted vintage tables and stools as bases, making cushions, and arranging flowers using her haul from the Sydney Flower Market. My friend’s mum hand-made our grey napkins as I couldn’t find the right shade and another friend also made my throwaway bouquet out of flowers from the markets. I designed and printed our invitations, signage, menus, table number cards and all other stationary. We called upon some great friends to take on the roles of DJ, MC, cake maker and hair stylist.

Bridal Party

We chose to forgo the traditional bridal party and instead, have our nearest and dearest join us at separate locations on the morning of the wedding to get ready together. We included them in different ways – including the task of being the MC, unofficial photographers, a ceremony reading and a speech. We still had our oldest nephew; 5-year-old Axton, present us with our wedding rings.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Schedeen looked stunning in the 'Danna' lace gown from our BESPOKE collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I used to work in Paddington and would always take note of the gorgeous boutique. When I became engaged I followed @kwhbridal on Instagram, which is where I first saw the 'Danna' gown and knew it was the one for me.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Online, mostly social media.

How many gowns did you try? I think I asked the assistant to pull 3-4 gowns for me to try, however, I knew I only wanted the 'Danna' gown. It was the first one I tried at the Paddington boutique, and I wasn’t planning to bother with any others, but to be sure I tried on 1 or 2 more. The fact that I can’t remember what they were speaks volumes of my love for the Danna gown!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the Karen Willis Holmes boutique in Paddington, NSW.

What did you especially like about your gown? The gorgeous V-shaped train! Also the long lace sleeves, the deep V-neck and the lace back and buttons. So, everything, I guess! The scalloped lace and pointed train gave it a touch of the bohemian vibe I was after, but in a more structured and luxurious way. About 6 months after I purchased my gown, I saw that it had been voted no. 6 in Vogue’s best gowns ever to walk the aisle, and that was quite a pleasant surprise!


Groom’s suit? Ted Baker London.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? I chose to keep it simple – nude heels and diamond stud earrings. I thought the dress spoke for itself and didn’t require over-accessorising. The earrings were an earlier birthday present from my husband and I couldn’t find any that I liked more for my wedding.

Where did you get your shoes from? Verali Shoes

Did you wear a veil/headpiece?  No


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? You don’t have to buy into all of the traditions and expectations that come with having a wedding. Do it your way, staying true to what you and your partner want! Just because others have done the same thing a million times, it doesn’t mean you have to.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go in with an idea of what you might like, but don’t be afraid to try on anything and everything. Be realistic when it comes to budget and don’t forget to add extra for alterations.



Photographer – The Evoke Company. Mathew Sacco. We found Mathew on Instagram and loved that he was able to switch between super moody and romantic, to a more laid-back and candid style. We found him to be very calm, easy-going, and keen to follow our brief (i.e no cheesy posing!). We are absolutely thrilled with how our photos turned out.

Florist – Little Bird Bloom in Bowral. Kathleen was lovely and accommodating, and delivered the exact bouquet I was after. She and her staff, especially Erinn, were very lovely to deal with.

Music – Old Mates. We came across old mates very randomly – when we were staying overnight in Orange NSW and they were playing at the bar we were at. They set the perfect vibe with their bluegrass and country style and were very lovely people. When it came time to dance, our good mate Ryan ‘DJ Riza’ jumped on the decks and gave us the most amazing mix of 90's and 00s RnB, pop and rap!

MC – my oldest friend, Shana!

Celebrant – Creative celebrations by Mary Dorahy. We instantly clicked with Mary after finding her on easyweddings.com. We had met with one or two other celebrants and found them to be quite old-fashioned and a little out of touch. Mary was very laid-back, easy to speak to, and happy to create a ceremony that reflected us as a couple.

Stationery – Myself!

Menu – Chef in Your Kitchen. Amazing! We opted for a family-style shared platter menu, which added to the friendly and intimate event we were striving for. Kelly and her team were super helpful in the lead up to, and on the day.

Cake – My friend Tennille Simmons who will be starting her own cake-making business. She made a phenomenal 2-tiered vegan black forest cake ...I’m counting down the days until our one-year anniversary so that we can eat the leftovers!

Bombonieres – We chose to make a donation in honour of our guests to BeyondBlue.

Hair – My lovely friend Tamika

Make-Up – Bec Garozzo Makeup Artist

Wedding Bands – Chilton’s Antiques, Men’s Rings Online and Michael Hill

Hannah + Ben's classic Melbourne wedding

Posted on 09 Aug, 2017
Hannah + Ben's classic Melbourne wedding


How did you meet your partner? Ben and I met as uni students just over 10 years ago. We both were lucky enough to live at Ormond College - a residence for students at Melbourne Uni- and we first laid eyes on each other on the first day of my O-Week in 2007. Ben was in 3rd year and was one of the organisers of this crazy week-long initiation into the life that we would be part of for the next few years. Despite both admitting later that we were keen on each other from day one, it took several months, and many glances and awkward his across the dining room at lunch or dinner, before anything happened. Ironically, one of the first things I remember about Ben was his thick, dark curly mop of hair ... As you will realise from the photos, luckily I have fallen in love with some more long-lived qualities since then. Thanks must be given to our beautiful MC, who was the one who finally set us up at the very classy local pub, Turf Club. Very romantic beginnings!

How long have you been together? About 10 years

Do you have a proposal story? Ben popped the question on a morning walk along Sandringham Beach in January 2016. He had found this secluded beach that we could only get to at low tide, and he presented me with a book that he d written facts about time in (i.e. it takes 24 hours for the moon to rotate around the earth etc.). On the second last page he wrote it takes 3160 days for light from the nearest star to make a return journey to earth and back (he has a nerdy love for space).... and then on the next page he'd written today we have been together for 3242 days, therefore I have literally loved you to the stars and back. When I looked up he was down on one knee.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 1st April 2017 (April Fools Day!)

Ceremony Location? Ormond College, The University of Melbourne

What made you choose there? We were lucky enough to be able to go back to where it all began to tie the knot, which was so special. Ormond is like a big Harry Potter castle covered in ivy, so it is extremely beautiful. We had about 140 people attend our ceremony that we held in the quadrangle. We then followed this with drinks for all our guests in the grounds looking back at the building, while we had a lot of our photos. It was really important to us that the ceremony reflected to our friends and family who we are as a couple and we were truly excited for that part of the day, especially because we'd written our own vows that we each heard for the first time on the day.

Reception Location? Gardens House, The Royal Botanic Gardens

What made you choose there? When I was a uni student I worked at many weddings as a waitress, so I'd seen my fair share of venues, one of which was Garden's House. As well as this. Ben and I were lucky enough to have attended a wedding there too, so we both knew the venue reasonably well so it wasn' t a particularly hard decision in the end. It did however mean that we needed to erect a marquee to fit our 130 guests, so we not only had to style a blank canvas but also had to think about and organise all the furniture, cutlery, crockery and linen as well. Needless to say my experience in project management and excel skills from work came in very handy and while I relished the challenge, my advice to future brides is to only take on organizing a marquee wedding by yourself if you are extremely organized.

How was the weather on the day? The weather ended up being fine, but slightly cool. It was, however, an anxious couple of days leading up to the wedding reloading the Bureau of Meteorology frequently because the forecast was for rain and wind. It had been the most perfect March, but in Melbourne you can never predict the weather so we had backup plans ready to go. Luckily we didn't need to use any of them.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No, it was just the date that was available, but it did mean that we had frequent April Fools Jokes and our hashtag was #benfoolshannah

The Wedding Details

Theme? I love flowers and colour and we both knew from the beginning that we wanted our reception in gardens, so this formed the backbone of our style. We wanted the colours to be bold so very early on we decided to use a lot of deep red (or as our lovely florist called it- Marsala) and then contrast it with white and green. We knew we didn't want anything fussy or perfectly formed, but instead were after a more free-flowing, unstructured look. We couldn't have been happier with the outcome and were very proud to have created the style ourselves (with the help of our wonderful vendors, of course!).

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? We trawled through a lot of blogs (KWH blog being one of them, of course!), looked at a lot of photos and followed many people on instagram. We don't know what we would've done if we got married before the internet! 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, we made a lot of the little details ourselves: Our beautiful friend Kate designed the invites, place cards, signage and table numbers and we loved them! As well as this, my incredible mum and grandma made the apricot jam and mango chutney favours, plus we wrote individual cards to each of our guests that formed the place cards, and finally, I baked and decorated the cake.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honour: Lauren (aka Lozzi) who has been one of my closest friends since school.

Bridesmaids: Anna & Claire who are both friends from Ormond College days

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man: Dave who has been Ben's best mate since they started together at Ormond 12 years ago.

Groomsmen: Aaron & Scott. Aaron and Ben went to med school together and then subsequently shared a house in Shepparton when they were on rotation. Scott is another Ormond alumni who now lives in London and so we were truly honored he made the long journey back for us.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Ben's two beautiful nieces Isabelle (5 years old) and Grace (3 years old). We weren't sure whether they'd walk down the aisle or get overwhelmed when they saw all the people looking at them, and we really didn't mind. But they blew us all away, walking independently down and scattering every flower petal in their basket along the way.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Hannah looked stunning in our sequin 'Antionette ' gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I thought I knew what type of dress I was looking for, but was keen to try on many different styles to be sure, so I trawled through Instagram and online blogs to get an idea of the designers out there. Karen Willis Holmes dresses came up frequently and I thought they were beautiful in their elegant simplicity so I booked an appointment.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram and online blogs (including KWH Blog)

How many gowns did you try? I booked appointments at 5 different designers over several weekends, so I probably tried on about 20 gowns in total. Karen Willis Holmes was my final booking and 'Antionette' was the final dress I tried on. I will never forget the faces that greeted me when I walked out of the change room and I knew immediately that I'd found it.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the simplicity of the gown and how it fitted my body perfectly without restricting me at all, meaning I could eat and dance all night- a definite prerequisite for me. I also loved how it moved when I walked, shimmering differently depending on the light. 



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy (different styles, same colour).

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The team at MJ Bale helped Ben create a bespoke navy tux. They were extremely accommodating making the whole process easy for him, especially considering he was living in Hobart at the time. The groomsmen's suits were also bought from here.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?

My Accessories included: Earrings from Samantha Wills, my grandmother's ring, a bracelet from Georg Jenson (birthday present from Ben several years ago) and a veil also from Karen Willis Holmes

Bridesmaid Accessories: As part of their gift on the day I gave my girls Mon Purse clutches with their initials embossed and gold Kookai hoop earrings which they wore. 

Ben's Accessories: Paul Smith Astronaut cuff links and Happy Feet socks. 

Where did you get your shoes from? I am quite tall so as much as I love beautiful stilettos, I wanted heels that were not too high. This proved one of the hardest things to find! Then I remembered the online custom shoe store Shoes of Prey where they allow you to choose everything about your shoes, including the height. I opted for gold leather open toe heels with a deep red insole the same as my bridesmaids dresses. They were perfect!


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Get organised early, especially if you want to create anything yourself. It will most definitely take 3 times as long as you plan. Enjoy the whole planning process and don't wish for the wedding day to come too quick because it will be

over before you know it. I particularly loved all the days I spent with mum, whether it be looking for a dress, meeting with the florist or choosing the linen .. We spent so much quality time together because we almost always followed our planning session with a good lunch. Ben and I also had a lot of fun with the planning, whether it be choosing the songs for the ceremony, meeting with our beautiful celebrant, or tasting the food, we created some wonderful memories. I encourage anyone who is getting married to enjoy this time with whoever they are sharing the planning with. Finally, remember that everyone at your day is there to celebrate the love between you both. They will not notice if the flowers aren't the exact shade you wanted, or the place cards aren't put in the right place. Don't sweat the small stuff and just enjoy the day, it will go so fast.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? For someone who initially had their mind set on getting a lace gown, it still surprises me that I fell so in love with the gown I did. So my advice to all future brides: do not close your mind off to anything. You never know what will look right on your body until you try it. 

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? In lieu of buying expensive wedding presents for each other, we both gave something meaningful instead. I created a leather bound photo book detailing our life together so far; and Ben gave me 10 letters, each of which had a different instruction for when it should be opened-open me on our wedding day, open me when our first child is born, open me when our first child gets married etc. – the idea being that he wanted his thoughts on our various life events to be remembered through the lens of our first day as husband and wife. Needless to say, there were a few tears even before we got to the ceremony. 


Photographer – Tess Follett. Tess was an absolute superstar. We met her over skype for the first time and it felt like we 'd just picked up where we left off with an old friend. We knew immediately that she w as the one for us. Despite capturing so many weddings every year, Tess made our day feel special and she seemed genuinely excited for it. The photos she took of us, our family and friends express exactly how we felt and who we are, and we couldn't love them more.

Florist – Ivy & Eve. Jess was incredible. I absolutely adore flowers and I had a strong vision for what I wanted to create (Ben cared less about this part..). Jess seemed to understand exactly what I was after within minutes of sitting down with her, and she delivered way beyond what we expected, we loved absolutely everything about what she created because she turned the marquees blank canvas into something stunning.

Videographer - Tom Swinburne from TPS Weddings. Tom was recommended to us by one of our closest friends and we were very lucky to find him. People have since commented that they didn't even notice that Tom was at the wedding, but the moments he managed to capture are absolutely priceless.

Our video can be viewed here

Music - 

Ceremony - Keyboard + Singer, Jake Fehily - It is really hard to know where to look for a acoustic singer for a ceremony, so we were so lucky to find Jake. He is a friend of a friend's brother and was exceptional. We would recommend him to anyone who is looking for someone to sing for their special occasion (guitar or keyboard).

Reception -  Rutherford Entertainment, These guys were so professional. We had both a DJ and Sax player for the night and they had everyone out on the dancefloor from straight after speeches until the end of the night. Exactly what we hoped for!

First Dance - 'I love you, Always Forever' ~ Betty Who, We choreographed the dance ourselves through many fits of giggles in our living room. It didn't quite go to plan on the night, but that was part of the fun!

MC - Our wonderful friend Brittany, who has been there since the very beginning. She in an incredible speaker and was a very funny MC, picking up on our honeymoon trip to Africa by dressing herself and every person who did a speech in safari attire and referencing to Ben and I as our doppelganger African animals- Gorilla and Giraffe.

Celebrant – Megan Watson from Marry Me Megan. We cannot recommend Megan more highly, she was incredible! In our first meeting with her, we assumed we'd be there for only half an hour or so ... 2 hours later we walked out feeling as if we'd made a new friend. She is so passionate about what she does and is so intent on finding out as much as she can about each of her couples to make sure that their ceremony reflects them to a tee. She really set the tone for the rest of the day and made it so much more special!

Stationery - Designed by our beautiful friend Kate. She is an absolute talent and we were so lucky that she offered to help us.

Menu - Peter Rowland Catering. Rowland's were incredible. The food was exceptional, the service outstanding and the staff so friendly and accommodating.

Cake - Made by Self! I love to bake - and I actually find it very relaxing- so I made our wedding cake two days beforehand, so it was quite special to cut into that. It was a two tier cake: white chocolate mud with pistachio filling and caramel mud with hazelnut filling.

Bombonieres - Jars of Apricot Jam or Mango Chutney homemade by my beautiful grandma and mum- they symbolized memories from our childhood: I grew up eating apricots from my grandma's garden and Ben grew up on a mango farm. We also wrote individual notes- which became the place cards- to each person who attended our wedding to thank them for coming and explain why they are important to us.

Hair - Personal Hairdresser, Viv who has been cutting my hair for years and years and she is more than just a hairdresser for me, she is a great friend, so it was a no brainer to have her be part of our day. She knows my hair so well and I completely trusted her for not only me, but also for all my bridesmaids and mum, and everyone was really happy with what she created.

Make-Up - Amy Kenny Make Up. I was introduced to Amy when she did the makeup for one of my best friend' s wedding, and she was fantastic. In fact, she was one of the first things I booked in once we had locked in the da te because I knew how popular she is. Mum was nervous about getting her make-up done by someone she hadn't met before but as soon as she met Amy she relaxed and was so happy with what Amy created.

Wedding Bands - Simon West Fine Jewellery, Manchester Unity Building. Simon is an absolute star when it came to helping with the rings. A very down-to-earth jeweler, with a beautiful selection of diamonds. He came well recommended from two of Ben's best friends.

Matt + Jana's country Queensland wedding

Posted on 03 Aug, 2017
Matt + Jana's country Queensland wedding


How did you meet your partner? We actually met through my dad, who very sneakily introduced us when he invited Matt and a few of his friends over for dinner!

How long have you been together? Three years

Do you have a proposal story? Matt surprised me by taking me horse riding in the morning, followed by a beautiful lunch at Mt Tambourine and then a drive out to Tumbulgum. He had told me that he was taking some engagement photos for another couple (Matt is a wedding photographer) that afternoon and that we were meeting them there. When we arrived, he set up his camera on a tripod and had me stand in front of it so he could “get his light right”. He hit record and then walked over to me and proposed. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, he walked me around the corner where his sisters had set up a hidden picnic for the two of us to celebrate, complete with all our favourite food! He is such a romantic, and I love that we now have a video of the proposal that we can keep forever!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  April 17th 2017 – Easter Monday

Ceremony & Reception Location? Branell Homestead in Laidley

What made you choose there? Matt is a wedding photographer and really wanted to pick a venue where he hadn’t taken photos before so that it could really feel like 'our' venue. We loved the look and feel of Branell, and the staff were so incredibly lovely and helpful throughout the planning process.

How did you find it? Google

How was the weather on the day? Perfect, we seriously couldn’t have asked for better weather! Clear skies and a really nice temperature.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We really wanted to get married in April/May because of the nice weather that time of year. We picked Easter Monday because it was the only date Branell had free during that time, and it worked out great because most of the vendors we wanted were free that day too!

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We didn’t have much of a theme, but I really wanted the wedding to be full of natural tones and colours. We had loads of wood and greenery with touches of white and soft lighting around the place.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest! I think I got mildly addicted to scrolling through Pinterest boards for most of my engagement. I also got a few ideas from past weddings that we had attended.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Almost every part of my wedding was DIY! I had a very clear picture in my head of how I wanted everything to look, so the easiest way to achieve that was to do it myself. I did all our own stationery, flowers, signage and more.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had Matt’s two sisters, Jess & Becky, my friend Zoe & my future sister-in-law Mareli.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Matt had his friends Marnus & Matt, and his cousin Campbell.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Jana looked divine in our backless 'Ellery' sequin gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a photo of a Karen Willis Holmes gown last year in a bridal magazine and then showed it to my mum who insisted we book an appointment to try on some gowns.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Stacks of bridal magazines and Instagram!

How many gowns did you try? Probably about 8 or 9 from Karen Willis Holmes.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I bought my gown from the KWH boutique in Brisbane. The girls were so lovely and helpful and made the whole experience fun and completely stress-free!

What did you especially like about your gown? I LOVED the beading on my gown, and that it was so unique. It was completely different from the dress I had pictured myself wearing, but the moment I put it on I just loved the way it fitted. My mum also cried, so I knew it was the one.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Cooper St. – Bought from The Iconic

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Yd. Suits

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore some Molten earrings and a Samantha Wills bracelet, the girls wore earrings from Colette

Where did you get your shoes from? Billini

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a veil for the ceremony and swapped over to a beautiful headpiece from Ulyana Aster for the reception.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t stress about small things. Put more thought into making the day enjoyable for your guests and think about them the whole way through. And don’t forget to take it all in on the big day – it goes past so quickly.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open minded and go with your gut – when you know, you know (even if it wasn’t the dress you’d pictured yourself wearing!)


Photographer – Edwina Robertson

Florist – DIY

Videographer – Sam Fregonese

Music – My Brother was our DJ!

First Dance – Nothing Like You – Dave Barnes

MC – James Bazley & Michael Kelly – close friends 

Celebrant – Peter Barson

Stationery - DIY

Menu – Woodfired pizza from Fire’n’Dough

Cake – Emily Smith – Love Well Project

Hair – Erika Alexander from Alexander-Woulfe hairdressing

Make-Up – Chelsea Burns

Wedding Bands

Bride - Engagement ring – Natalie Marie Bespoke Jewellery & Wedding Band – Louise Jean Jewellery

Groom – Natalie Marie Jewellery

KWH Trunkshow - Elle Bridal Boutique

Posted on 27 Jul, 2017
KWH Trunkshow - Elle Bridal Boutique

Elle Bridal Boutique in San Diego is hosting a traveling Karen Willis Holmes Trunk show from Friday, August 4th - Sunday, August 13th. Elle Bridal Boutique prides itself on providing a luxury experience for their brides, offering a curated selection of only the best gowns.  

The latest Karen Willis Holmes BESPOKE and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes sequinned collection will be available to try on & for this post, we have selected some of our favourite gowns to give you a preview of what will be available. 

*** Elle Bridal Boutique is partnering with one of the best in the business for the weekend of this trunk show - Elwynn + Cass - A day of pampering with this talented Style Concierge, who are offering braids and lashes for some lucky brides, so make sure you book in quick!***





Lauren Gown

Paris Gown

Nikki Gown

Alecia & Natalia

Taryn & Camille


Trunk show dates - Friday, August 4th - Sunday, August 13th 

Address - 1133 Columbia St, Suite 101, San Diego, CA 92101
Ph - 619-326-8034
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For appointments to try on our gowns during the trunk show, click here 

Chris + Brydie's modern Melbourne wedding

Posted on 24 Jul, 2017
Chris + Brydie's modern Melbourne wedding


How did you meet your partner? We worked together at Safeway, we were friends for about two years before we started going out. We had a huge group of friends that used to all go out from our store, we were lucky enough to have a table filled with these people at our wedding too.

How long have you been together? We have been together for 9 years this year. 

Do you have a proposal story? Chris asked me to be his girlfriend at the lighthouse in Aireys Inlet - my family own a home down there and we always head there for a quiet get away, he proposed in the exact spot at the lighthouse where he asked me to be his girlfriend.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 31st March 2017

Location? Carousel, Albert Park.

What made you choose there? We both love Melbourne and wanted a venue which we could have the ceremony and reception at the one place and that could be outside so we could have the city as the backdrop – the minute we walked into Carousel, we knew it was the one.

How did you find it? Had seen so many photos on Instagram of Carousel, however, the photos don’t do the venue justice. It is even more incredible in real life.

How was the weather on the day? March was so hot for the beginning of the month; the week we were getting married it rained Monday through to Thursday. Our wedding day was perfect, not a breath of wind and we had perfect blue skies, I couldn’t believe we were so lucky.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No reason, we just wanted a summers evening and were happy to be flexible.

The Wedding Details

Theme? I wanted a  'simple' theme – mainly whites, lots of greenery and marble. We had the marble touches with our wedding favours and our cake was a ‘marble look’ which looked amazing. Chris and I both love that clean, fresh look so we were happy with how everything turned out.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Looked at Pinterest and Instagram, you can get some great ideas from there and also plenty of DIY help too.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did my own wedding favours; I really wanted to provide Engraved Marble Coasters and they were so difficult to source or really expensive. I was lucky enough that my families business owns a machine that laser cuts different materials. I purchased 200 hexagon coasters online and designed the text and engraved them all myself, was so happy with the final product and they were about 1/6th of the cost I was quoted.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

MOH – Mardi Lacey, my best friend of 17 years, Mardi and I got engaged a month apart and she got married 5 weeks before me so it was such a special time for us both. 

Bridesmaids - My sister, Jessica. My friend (and now Cousin in Law) Jessica McFarlane and my good friend Camilla Smith. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man – Grant Szabo – Friend

Groomsmen - Ashleigh McFarlane – Cousin and Joel Pearce and Craig Lacey, both good Friends. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Brydie wore our BESPOKE 'Sophie' gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I went to the One Fine Day wedding expo in Melbourne, saw the Karen Willis Holmes dresses and loved them, immediately followed your Instagram and knew it was where I wanted to go when it came to looking.

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

How many gowns did you try? I tried on approximately 5 Gowns; I had been wedding dress shopping with my best friend only a month or two before (at other places, not KWH). I was able to get an idea of what I liked and didn't like which helped me narrow down options.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The store in Armadale in Melbourne. 

What did you especially like about your gown? I originally thought I wanted something simple and not traditional. When trying on other dresses I thought they were nice but I didn’t feel like a ‘bride’. I had seen the 'Sophie' Gown on the website and loved the detail on the bodice but didn’t think it would suit me, I tried it on and immediately felt comfortable - I loved the deep V neckline and how it held me in at the waist, I really feel it complimented my shape perfectly. The moment I came out of the dressing room my mum, sister and best friend all started crying so I knew that it was the perfect dress.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Pilgrim

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? My husband’s suit was from Versace, the groomsmen suits were from Peter Jackson.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a pair of my mother’s drop pearl earrings, I wasn't going to wear anything else but on the morning of the wedding, my bridesmaids gave me a beautiful Tiffany & Co. bracelet which I wore. The Bridesmaids all had shoes from Joanne Mercer, I bought them necklaces from Linden Cook Jewelry and they all wore pearl earrings I sourced from overseas.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was also from Karen Willis Holmes. 


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try not to stress! My family and friends kept saying I was too relaxed and they were waiting for me to 'crack'. I am a really organized person in my day to day life, I used a spreadsheet to help keep me up to date on when things were needed to be done and when they needed to be paid. This was helpful as you book so many things so far in advance and then have to revisit them closer to the day – having a spreadsheet can help you see key dates and what needs to be addressed. Also, remember to ask your wedding venue if they will help you with a run sheet which can be overwhelming if you have to do on your own; Carousel were amazing (my event planner Rachel was incredible) and provided me with one which I was able to alter and pass onto all my other vendors.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Know what suits your body shape and don’t get pressured into a style you wouldn’t normally wear. Also, if you aren’t comfortable trying it on then you won’t want to wear it all day ... so make sure you are comfortable. Also, trust the people who work in the stores, they often can pick something that would suit you that you might not have normally considered.

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

Something Old? Pearl Earrings from my mother

Something New? Bracelet from my bridesmaids

Something Borrowed? Earrings from my mother

Something Blue? The tiny blue bow which is sewn into each Karen Willis Holmes gown. 


Photographer – Stuart Leishman

Florist – Grown Florist

Videographer – Life in Light (So incredible, my best friend and I both used life in light for our weddings. Stevan makes you feel so comfortable and you don’t even notice him on the day)

Music – The White Tree Band

First Dance – Wherever you will go, the Calling

Celebrant – Debra Holder

Stationery - Deciduous Press, our wedding stationary was letter pressed and so incredible. Deciduous Press were a pleasure to deal with and

Cake – Lamana Patisserie

Bombonieres – DIY Hexagon Marble Coasters

Hair – Gabrielle Roccuzzo

Make-Up – Karla Roccuzzo – Karla and Gabrielle were sensational, they are sisters and work so well together and were so quick which was great as it meant we didn’t have to spend hours and hours in hair and makeup.

Wedding Bands - Michael Wilson Diamond Jewelers, Eltham - (Which was the same place my engagement ring was made.)

Extra features - Our wedding arch which had the lettering 'we decided on forever' and was AMAZING and so big, we hired this through a lady called Kristine Kopman (I found her on Gumtree so always look at different avenues for items to have for your wedding décor etc.) Also, we had a hanging floral installation that was supplied by White Luxe.

Madi + Henning stunning Sydney harbour wedding

Posted on 19 Jul, 2017
Madi + Henning stunning Sydney harbour wedding


How did you meet your partner? We met for the first time in Manly through a mutual friend.

How long have you been together? We’ll be together for 2 years on 4th July 2017. Our first (official) date was on the 4th of July 2015 in Manly too and we’ve seen each other every single day since then (except for one day).

Do you have a proposal story? Henning proposed to me on the 18th of October 2015 (only 3 months after our first date ... when you know, you KNOW!). We went to Port Macquarie for the weekend as he was competing in the Ironman 70.3 race that weekend. It was our first weekend away together. He finished the race on the Sunday and after relaxing a bit he said we should go and grab some coffee/tea and go to the beach. We sat next to the beach and chatted for a while when he said we should take a stroll as it would be good to stretch his legs after the race (yeah right!). We got to this small private beach and we went and stood in the water for a while..chatting a bit more. A random fisherman joined us and I found it a little strange that Henning was a bit troubled by his presence, but didn’t think much of it .... luckily the fisherman went on the rocks and left us alone once again. I was still staring out at the ocean when all of a sudden Henning said he had a question to ask me ... when I turned to face him, he was down on one knee, holding the most beautiful ring ever!!! I was soooo taken aback, that I said “no, really?” a few times until he asked if I was planning on saying “yes!” at any point ;) I didn’t expect it AT ALL ... I mean seriously, who proposes just after finishing an Ironman Race!!!!???

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22 April 2017

Ceremony Location? St Matthews Anglican Church, Manly

What made you choose there? We are members of the church.

Reception Location? Manly Skiff Club

What made you choose there? It was close to our church and it had the relaxed, beach setting we were looking for. They were also very flexible and easy to work with. We knew that we wanted to get married in Manly as so many of our “firsts” happened there.

How did you find it? We used to live in Manly and I saw it one day while travelling home from work on the ferry.

How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect!!! It was the perfect, sunny autumn day. It started out overcast in the morning but turned into a beautiful sunny day by the time the ceremony finished. I didn’t even have to wear a jacket later that evening and even Henning could walk around without his jacket. 

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No specific reason, it just felt right. We didn’t want to get married in the summer or winter and it was a good time for our family to travel from South Africa as it was right after the Easter long weekend.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Natural, leafy botanicals with Rose Gold, Navy and Duck Egg Blue. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I wanted something that was relaxed, soft and elegant and not too girly. My engagement ring was made out of Rose Gold, so I wanted to incorporate it into my theme and I love navy and duck-egg blue. The box that my engagement ring came in was duck egg blue velvet with a Rose Gold “M” on it ... I just love that colour combo (The Mrs Box).

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Most of it was DIY ... the whole family was involved. I have my own wedding stationery company, so I made the invites and all the other stationery items. My mum, my aunt and my sister arranged the flowers. We sourced the vases ourselves. My mum also made the linen napkins that were on the tables and my gran helped her to make all the bunting. My aunt made our wedding cake and my cousin did my hair and make-up. My gran also made our wedding dessert ... her famous marshmallow treat! My dad is very handy and loves making things out of wood, so he made a structure that we painted and put on the cake table. My sister also made both my rings and my husband’s. My youngest sister also organized the most amazing Bridal Shower for me where we all made flower crowns ... it was unforgettable.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My two sisters

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Old friends of my husband

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? My niece, Emese

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Madi looked stunning in our sequin 'Poppy' gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I’ve always LOVED all the dresses at Karen Willis Holmes and followed your page on instagram. My sisters didn’t know about my obsession and googled for a place to try on beautiful wedding gowns. They came across the Karen Willis Holmes page and booked an appointment without my knowledge. The kept it a surprise and took me to the Padding Store. I was blown away that they choose Karen Willis Holmes for my first bridal fitting. The Padding Store was beautiful and the girl (Jess I think her name was), was sooo lovely. It was a really enjoyable experience.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only in magazines and on social media. The first picture of a gown I saved about 8 years ago as “my wedding dress someday” was a Karen Willis Holmes dress that I saw in a magazine.

How many gowns did you try? About 5 or so. I tried the 'Poppy' dress on first and fell in love (my mum and sisters started crying when they saw me). Then I tried a few more after that, just to be sure, but went with the first one. First day of dress shopping, first store, first dress. 

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It was soooo comfortable and elegant, but really special. I love sequence. My mum and sisters said it suits my beach theme and the sequence looks like little seashells.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Piper Lane

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groomsmen used their own suits, we just gave them their ties. The groom bought his suit at Paul’s Menswear in the CBD

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought beautiful Stephanie Browne earrings and my sisters wore their own earrings ... one of them wore elke earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My mum made my veil and I borrowed the headpiece from my cousin ... my something borrowed. 


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t over think it! Everything will come together in the end ... and make sure that you enjoy the whole process as it’s over way too quickly.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Choose something you feel comfortable in and that takes your breath away!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? The whole day was just so special and we felt so loved and blessed! We struggled a bit to get our rings on during the church ceremony, hence all the photos of us laughing. Also, we didn’t plan on having a first dance, as we’ve never danced together before (even though we both love dancing) and we didn’t even have a special song. Our MC decided to put it up for a vote and all our guests voted that we should dance. My sister’s boyfriend (our DJ), chose “My Girl” as our song ... so, it was not only our first dance as husband and wife, but our first dance EVER! It was perfect! At our wedding, most of our guests were family and only a few very close friends, which made it feel really intimate and relaxed. We also had time to chat with everyone and to enjoy our food. 

Something Old? My fur shawl

Something New? Almost all of it, my dress, underwear, shoes and earrings.

Something Borrowed? My headpiece

Something Blue? A little blue bow inside my dress



Photographer – Nikki Meyer Photography. I very dear friend of mine from Uni. She came from South Africa to take our photos. I’ve always wanted her to take my wedding photos. She is so creative and has a wonderful eye for detail. I trust her completely, so it was so lovely to not have to worry about one aspect of the wedding. The fact that we knew her, made the photo sessions more enjoyable and comfortable too.

Florist – My mum, aunt and sisters!

Music – My sister’s boyfriend (Nic). He’s in a band (Food Court) and DJ’s on the side as well. We just let him know more or less what we liked and he did the rest. The music was PERFECT!! As mentioned, he even chose the perfect wedding dance song for us.

First Dance – 'My Girl' - The Temptations

MC – Francois Potgieter (one of the groomsmen). He did an awesome job. 

Celebrant – Pastor Bruce Clarke

Stationery – The Little Paper Pantry (I made my own)

Menu – Deck BBQ buffet ... delicious! With a charcuterie table for the guests on arrival and my Gran’s homemade marshmallow treat for dessert.

Cake – It was a naked carrot cake (Henning’s favourite) ... my aunt made it

Hair and Make-Up – My cousin, Mele van der Merwe who is a beautician and works for QT Spa in the city. She did an AMAZING job and got op extra early to be in Manly on time.

Wedding Bands – Em Archer Design. My sister made them for us as well as my engagement ring. My wedding rings are white and rose gold with diamonds and my husband’s ring is made out of platinum. We gave my sister an idea of what we wanted and she did the rest ... we are over the moon with how they turned out!!!

Wedding Cars – Kombi Weddings. I was soooo happy with their service from the very first enquiry. The are friendly and very accommodating and very reasonably priced. They also went the extra mile on the wedding day and knew all the best spots to take photos. Couldn’t recommend Stephen and Wendy highly enough.

Cufflinks – Order via Etsy at Jules Read design. Excellent service and prompt delivery (I left it a little late). I was very happy with the end result.

Rose Gold Cutlery – We hired these from Harbourside Decorators. Excellent service and reasonably priced!

Hotel  Q Station,  Manly. The bridal party stayed there the night before the wedding and my husband and I stayed there for our wedding night as well. LOVED the rooms and the view as well as the complimentary breakfasts!! We plan on going back every year for our wedding anniversary


KWH 2017 Sequin Collection - In Stores This Weekend!

Posted on 17 Jul, 2017
KWH 2017 Sequin Collection - In Stores This Weekend!

The wait is over! The new KWH by Karen Willis Holmes sequinned collection will be dropping into Australian KWH boutiques nationally on the 22nd of July 2017! Sharing with you the stunning new shapes which form this year's highly anticipated collection. 

The new sequined collection brings the updated additions of low, interesting backs, long sheer sleeves and directional beading which leans itself towards that art deco glamour that is forever timeless.  The focus is on exceptional fit, embroidery and embellishment details.  This collection is for the modern, non-traditional bride looking to stand out and make jaws drop.

Don't miss out on one of these gowns, they are sure to sell out fast.  To book an appointment, find your nearest store below this post. 


Slim fitting V-neck gown with directional beading detail through the bodice and into the bias cut skirt. Featuring long beaded sleeves and a sheer high neck that delicately ties into a bow at the back neck, exposing a low cut out back.


All-over sequined halter-neck bias cut gown, featuring a detailed scalloped neckline that fastens at the back neck. The gown opens into a long, elegant keyhole at the back, finishing at the waist. 


All-over sequined halter-neck gown with low, exposed back featuring stunning strapping detailing. Exquisite beading detail centrally running down the sides of the gown. 


Low V-neck fully beaded gown with sheer long sleeves. Exquisite beading detail through the bodice and softly into the skirt.



Beaded bias cut sheath gown with ever-so-delicate spaghetti straps that elegantly expose the back, finishing at the waist with covered buttons running through the skirt. 


V-neck lattice beaded gown with exquisite floral detailing through the bodice and falling into the softly bias cut skirt.


Fully beaded bias cut gown with a fitted bodice and delicate spaghetti straps. Exquisite banded beading design through the skirt, splaying into the hem. 


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Gowns- Karen Willis Holmes
Photographer- Bek Smith
Makeup- Ross Andrewartha for YSL Beauty 
Hair- Brittany Cartel
Model- Eileen Cassidy
Space- XO Studios

Highlight Stockist / Sphere Collective

Posted on 16 Jul, 2017
Highlight Stockist  /  Sphere Collective

We. Love. Sphere Collective.  The new kids on the block on the Sunshine Coast ooze style and class, whilst tapping into those effortlessly cool beachy vibes. SC stocks Karen Willis Holmes and other amazing Australian designers, fit for the modern bride.  

Sarah the owner lives and breathes her business and the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.  She is up early swimming in the ocean, making brides dreams come true by day before collapsing in exhaustion in the early evening.  She finds comfort in the crazy, as this is her passion and she never loses motivation to drive her business and life to where it needs to be. We took a few minutes to look into how she founded SC and what makes her tick.  

Your name? Sarah

Store name? Sphere Collective
Where is your store located? On the beautiful beach esplanade of Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your store? I come from a background of hair and makeup before getting into the fashion industry where I worked as a stylist in Sydney. Styling is my thing, I love it. I was lucky enough to work with so many different professionals in Sydney. Magazines, department stores, designers, hair and makeup artists and personal clients. Then I fell in love with a boy in Noosa (as you do) and after a long distance relationship, I decided it was time to move to Noosa, QLD. 

I wanted to continue my work here of styling and fashion and the Sunshine Coast is known for its beautiful wedding locations and suppliers, I thought it was the perfect place to launch Sphere. I wanted a space for brides and women to come and feel comfortable to just play dress ups. Maybe try something they would have never picked out themselves. I took a risk and went for more modern pieces and designs, also adding not your average bridal accessories that would be a special investment, for not just brides but bridesmaids but for all women. It took a year of planning and I worked three jobs to get it going, then finally opened the doors last October.

What does a typical day for you involve? Sounds crazy, but it starts at 3:45 am. My partner and I get up and do a workout then have a coffee together at 5 am, he goes off to work and I will go for a swim in the ocean or a walk along the beach. It’s the only part of my day that isn’t interrupted and it really makes me feel calm and collected ready to start the day. 6am-7am I will check emails and respond to my international designers and have a skype session or phone call to chat about new designs orders deliveries etc.
By 9 am I am at the boutique and answering more emails, setting up for the day, steaming prepping.  10am-6pm is manic! I’m in bridal appointments, seeing clients, answering emails, answering phone calls, making orders, following up orders, planning events, shoots, advertising. Researching new gowns, looks, styles. Personal shopping for brides, clients. Plan outfits and looks, answer more emails. (try on a few gowns somewhere in there) 6pm/6:30 pm I’m home and literally exhausted. Dinner is usually cooked by 7 pm and I am in bed by 7:30/8pm! 
It’s crazy but I love it.

Why do you love your job? Because I love fashion, I literally get to play with fashion all day every day and there is no better feeling than putting a look together for a bride or slipping her into a gown and she feels like the most beautiful person in the world!  You can literally see them feel so beautiful about themselves, that’s the best part.

What are your favourite KWH gowns and why? Lottie, hands down!. I’m a sucker for sequins - the cut and shape of Lottie is perfect amounts of modern, sexy and classic. It’s so different yet so simple. It’s also a gown you can have some fun with and really style up in different ways.

What is it your clients love about a KWH gown and who do you see as the ‘KWH bride’? Clients love KWH for the classic and sophisticated cuts and shapes, yet the fabrics, textures and designs have the modern edge. There is something about wearing KWH gown that just makes you feel super special and like a total bridal. The KWH bride is stylish and classic.

What are your tips or advice for brides searching for their gown? Try everything on. I always get my brides to, even if it’s something they don’t necessarily see themselves in, I still like to get them to try everything on so we can see what styles, cuts, fabrics, textures work and don’t work. Then we can start to narrow it down to their style and what suits them. 

What is your coffee order? At 5 am it’s a double shot skinny latte ¾ full (I’m one of those painful coffee customers) at 9 am it’s a bulletproof coffee. 

Favourite city? Sydney. Although I’m pretty sure I’m going to fall in love with NYC later this year. 

Best way to spend $50? Wine

Best advice you ever received? Go for it and don’t sweat the small stuff (as hard as that is not to!)

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your store and what you offer? We offer exclusive one on one appointments. A full hour is dedicated to you. We will work with you to help find your perfect style and look. Encourage you to try things you might not have thought and let you enjoy the hour of feeling like a total bride! Our job doesn’t just finish with your gown, we love to work with our brides to help find and create your full bridal look. 
Most importantly we want you to visit and really enjoy your experience, with a cheeky glass of bubbles along the way.


Photographer Tess Leopold  • Hair and Makeup Luciana Rose •  Gowns Karen Willis Holmes •  Accessories Natasha Schweitzer • Model Christina Machpherson.

Store photos Kevin Mclean


Address 49 The Esplanade, Maroochydore, QLD
Phone 07 5408 6083

To make an appointment click here, or check out their Instagram 

Kara & Matthew's Gold Coast Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 10 Jul, 2017
Kara & Matthew's Gold Coast Hinterland Wedding

Kara and Matthew have been lovebirds for a lifetime.  They have almost been together longer than they haven't; having met at 14 years old.  They fell in love and are now getting married after 12 years together.  The couple got engaged in the Tiffany and Co store in New York where unbeknown to Kara, Matthew had been planning the moment for 10 months - she thought she was there to look at engagement rings for Matt's sister.  

Their wedding planner Rachael from The Events Lounge scouted a beautiful private property in the Gold Coast hinterland where they exchanged vows in a laid back, backyard style wedding. Two things stole the limelight on the day- one being the stunning Kara who wore the Blake/Alexia gown with a beaded art deco 'Webb' cape, all by Karen Willis Holmes.  The second was the impressively decadent 6-metre long grazing table complete with a cheese wheel cake by Your Platter Matters which has gone viral online. The wedding also featured intimate garden party Morrocan inspired floor cushions and rugs, providing a tranquil haven for guests to relax at before and after the sit-down dinner. The love filled day was emotionally topped off with Kara's good friend Yves performing a traditional Cook Island dance which beautifully connected Kara and Matthews Islander roots.


How did you meet your (now) husband? We went to school together, Primary right through to High. It wasn’t until the 9th grade we started hanging out in the same social groups and took an interest in each other.

How long have you been together? We have been together for 12 years; we were 14 when we first started dating. 

Do you have a proposal story? We were traveling around the US with Matt’s sister and her (now) husband and had an 8-day stop in New York. Nicole had told me she and her husband had planned to buy their wedding bands from Tiffany and Co at the Fifth Ave store and asked if Matt and I wanted to go along and enjoy the experience with them. Once we were there Nicole kept me busy by fussing over wedding bands while the guys went and met with Nikki, the lady Matt had been working with for 10 months to plan the proposal. Nikki then came and asked me if I’d like to see a new collection of jewelry that had just come in so I rushed over to the cabinet and when I got there I saw an open Tiffany’s box with this amazing ring sitting in it, and a note from Matt asking me to marry him. When I turned around I saw Matt getting down on one knee. With a shaky voice, he told me how much he loved me and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was in shock and I don’t think I even managed to say anything but the tears started flowing; I was a bundle of nerves and happiness. We went into a private room and had champagne and cake while a parade marched outside the window and down the Avenue. Afterward, we all went for burgers and beers at a diner around the corner.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5 November 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Private venue, Currumbin Valley

What made you choose there? We viewed two venues initially and fell in love with Currumbin Valley instantly. Unfortunately, the venue we wanted wasn’t available for the dates we were looking at and so we ended up going with a venue in Tweed Valley. The venue in Tweed Valley then underwent a few changes which we didn’t like the look of so Rachael, our wedding planner showed us a property back in Currumbin Valley which had just opened up to hosting weddings and we fell in love all over again. We decided without even visiting that we had to have it. The bridal party spent three days there, including the wedding day, relaxing and enjoying the valley. We found out just before our big day that Cate Blanchett had stayed there too only a few weeks prior while filming was happening on the Gold Coast, that was exciting.

How did you find it? Our Wedding Planner, Rachael (The Events Lounge) found it after a couple other venues not working out. 

How was the weather on the day? Hot! 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was the date we’d chosen for the Tweed Valley venue so decided just to stick with it seeing as we’d already begun booking suppliers. Turns out November 5th is also the birth date of an Aunty of mine and an Aunty of Matt’s so it was a nice day to celebrate marriage and birthdays. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? From the beginning, we knew we wanted the day to be relaxed and fairly casual, and for the look of it all to be romantic and whimsical. My only real “must haves” were fairly lights, beautiful coloured flowers, hanging foliage, good food and plenty of drinks.
Being from the NT we wanted the experience to be a new one for our guests which is why we chose to have a large grazing table during the cocktail hour and share platters during the reception, rugs and cushions and live acoustic music; it’s not something that I’ve seen happen up here at a wedding so it was really important our guests experience that difference.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Lots of bridal magazines, I visited Hello May and The Lane religiously, I had a Pinterest board going and browsed Instagram too for some inspiration. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No DIY, we left all the planning in Rachael’s brilliant hands.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

Lilian Boocock- cousin. (Maid of Honour) Lilian is my sister from another mister, my go to for good laughs and a shoulder to cry on. She’s one of my favourite people in the whole world.

Nicole Civitarese- sister in law. Nicole is practically my sister and one of the most important people in my life, we’ve been through so much together and I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

Nadine Bourchier- friend. Nadine is one of those people I feel I can be completely and authentically my whole self with and for that I adore her, she’s amazing.

Ashleigh McLellan- friend. Ashleigh is one of my most reliable and loyal friends, without fail we are there for each other 100% and without question, I love her to bits.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Kris Civitarese, brother in law. (Best Man) Matt and Kris have been friends for years and when Kris and Nicole became an item it brought their friendship closer. They’re brothers and friends, where one is you’re sure to find the other.

Lauchlan Lake, brother in law. Mischief makers when they’re together; Matt has been a part of Lauchlan’s life since Lauchlan was 12 so Matt is very much a big brother figure in his life. Without question if Matt asks Lauchlan for help Lauchlan is there 100% and vice versa, we use to tease Matt saying that he only started dating me so he could be better friends with my brother.

Des Green, friend. Des is a top guy; he’s a role model and a great friend. He’s the kind of guy to drop whatever he’s doing to help someone in need, he’s so laid back and optimistic it’s hard not to enjoy his company.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? 

Flower girl - Cheynijane James, cousin. 

Page boy - Alex Lake, nephew.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Kara wore the 'Blake/Alexia' combination gown in heavy twill.  She finished this stunning look off by adding the 'Webb Cape'. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had looked online at some Karen Willis Holmes dresses and thought they were just beautiful. I loved that although the designs are classic they have modern twists to them which was what I was looking for. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only online and in magazines, living in the Northern Territory means we’re pretty limited and have to travel thousands of kilometers to try on designer gowns.

How many gowns did you try? At Karen Willis Holmes I tried on 3 dresses. Prior to that I had tried on about 6 between two other stores.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes, SydneyWhat did you especially like about your gown? I felt so feminine wearing this gown; it hugged my body just right and made me feel somewhat sexy, although that was far from what I was trying to do! It was everything I hadn’t wanted my dress to look like and yet when I tried it on I just didn’t want to take it off.  It was so comfortable and supportive. I loved the art deco vibe from the sequin capelet and that it added an extra element to the simplicity of the gown, I had so many compliments about it!


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Two Birds Bridesmaid

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Black Jacket Suiting

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My earrings were from Samantha Wills. I purchased the earrings for my bridesmaids from a boutique store in Fortitude Valley called Chrissa Alexion

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes & hair piece was from Jennifer Behr. My flower crown was made by Elyssium Blooms 

Other: The flower girl’s dress was from Tutu du Monde and the page boy’s outfit was a combination of Seed Heritage kids and Bardot Junior.

What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? It’s natural to want to make the day as memorable and enjoyable as possible for everyone, but not everyone is going to love what you love or agree with every single one of your choices. Don’t let the pressure get to you, just remember they’re your choices and the day is about you two, so as long as you’re happy with your decisions leading up to the day it will all be perfect and your guests will just enjoy celebrating the special occasion with you both. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t take too many people with you when you go for trials. Two or maybe three people max is enough otherwise there are far too many opinions and what you thought you wanted becomes clouded, I had 6 people! It was hard. Also, be open to trying on dresses you normally wouldn’t look twice at, you’ll get a feel for what silhouettes look good and what styles you thought you’d like but just don’t seem to fit. 

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

Special moment for Kara: As part of the Hen’s Day celebrations the girls took me to Libertine perfumery in Fortitude Valley, we had champagne and tried different kinds of amazing perfumes, it was really beautiful. The girls had me pick out a perfume and bought it for me as a bridal gift, it was really special and I felt very spoilt!

And, the moment my Dad walked in the door and saw me for the first time, he got so choked up I’d never seen him like that before. He told me I looked beautiful and so grown-up, he said he hadn’t recognised me at first and then the tears came, he gave me the tightest hug and couldn’t stop smiling.

Favourite moment for Matt: Seeing Kara at the top of the aisle was my perfect moment. Up to that point I’d been staring at my feet, I couldn’t look up, not even to watch the bridesmaids come down the aisle. I told my Best Man to tell me when Kara was coming down and when she did, I couldn’t control my emotions.  She looked perfect.


Florist - Elyssium Blooms 
I found Elyssium Blooms on Instagram and they were also suggested by Rachael; I loved the style of their work. Elise went above and beyond setting up on the day, heavily pregnant and working in 40+ degree heat, she and her team did such an amazing job!

Photographer - Heart and Colour
I first came across Heart and Colour on The Lane website and after browsing their blog I fell in love with their work. I knew from the moment I found their page I’d found our photographers; Bek and Phil were so friendly and welcoming from the get go, I just loved working with them.

Music - Acoustic musician during guest arrival, ceremony and cocktail hour was Sarah Archer Music 
Sarah was a suggested artist by Rachael; I did some browsing on youtube and Instagram and instantly loved her smooth vocals and vibe. She was so lovely to work with!

DJ: Chris Parker (friend): Matt and Chris were neighbours right throughout their childhood and I’d gotten to know him better during High School. Chris used to DJ locally, he’s a super cool guy with great music taste so we asked him if he’d like to DJ at our wedding and he said yes!

First Dance - Nothing can change this Love by Sam Cooke

Event Planner/ Stylist- The Events Lounge – Rachael Romijn 
The first time we met Rachael we just clicked; we found so much common ground between us all and that made everything about the process so easy. During our first meeting, Rach told us she didn’t work in the areas we were originally looking at for our wedding, and we wanted her to plan our wedding so badly we actually changed the locations we were looking at just so we could work with her. She is super talented and really is one of the loveliest and most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, we adore Rach.

MC: Chris Helmond (friend):
Chris is one of our oldest and most musically talented friends; he plays in a band, DJ’s and has such a vibrant personality there was no one else we had even considered asking to MC our night. He made everyone feel so relaxed, he’s a legend.

Celebrant - Paul Voge 
Paul is just brilliant. I’d first come across Paul while browsing the internet and when Rach suggested him it just confirmed we were looking in the right places for people who could make our day super special. Paul was so easy going and fun; he made the whole process so easy. We’ve heard nothing but the best feedback about Paul from our guests, they’ve said he was interactive and playful and just downright cool! 

Stationery - Cass Deller Design 
I’d first come across Cass Deller on The Lane, her portfolio was so gorgeous and I was in love from the moment I saw her work. Cass was so accommodating and friendly, she was lovely to work with.

Menu - Graze Catering 
Graze was a catering company I’d also found via The Lane. We’d always known that we wanted share plates to make the dinner more intimate and so people were comfortable and well fed throughout the night. They went above and beyond and our guests loved that they were able to eat as little or as much as they wanted.

Grazing Table- Your Platter Matters  
I knew from the beginning that canapes weren’t for us, I wanted a visual feast and for our guests to be able to help themselves to food whenever they pleased, I wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. My sister in law tagged me in a post on Facebook as a joke but when I saw the platters I just knew they were exactly what I was after. Megan was a dream to work with, we threw some ideas around but I basically asked her to be free with whatever she felt would make the grazing table look and taste amazing and as long as there was cheese and plenty of it, I’d be happy! When I saw the cheese tower and the fantastic colours, I was completely blown away, Megan went above and beyond my expectations! (Our platter has gone viral! on social media!) She was a dream to work with; I can’t speak highly enough of her.

Drinks service- Anise Catering
Anise Catering was also a suggested supplier from The Lane and Rachael had mentioned asking them to do the drinks service which proved to be one of the best choices for the day. Our guests could not stop talking about the amazing staff and service that Anise provided and I agree with them. Every person catering to our guests was so friendly and attentive they remembered guest’s names and certain drinks and were just a dream team of lovely people. 

Cake - Tome 
I found Tome early on in the planning stages while scrolling Instagram for some inspiration. As soon as I saw their cakes and doughnuts I was hooked! For our cake we had layers of white chocolate and raspberry, vanilla, and coconut.  Our desserts were a mixture of lemon meringue tarts, Oreo cheesecakes, caramel brownies and Nutella brownies, Nutella cheesecake doughnuts, salted caramel doughnuts and Oreo doughnuts. We let Alita go free with decorating the desserts and the amazing-ness she came back with left us speechless!

Hair & make-up- Avia Beauty
I’d come across Avia Beauty while browsing the internet, and again when I saw Georga’s portfolio I knew I’d found the person who I’d like to have help me on the day. Georga is one of the nicest and genuinely lovely people I’ve met, she offered so much helpful advice and made us all feel so relaxed. 

Wedding Bands - Tiffany and Co

Extra features - Elyssium Lighting
Elise and her husband Steve also do Elyssium Lighting alongside Elyssium Blooms so it was only natural they did our lighting too. It was such a hot day and Steve and his team did such a fabulous job, the twinkling lights were one of my favourite details of the wedding. I took a minute during the night to just look around and let it all sink in and I’ll never forget the lights or the pink glow under the marquee, it was so beautiful!

Other – We feel so incredibly fortunate to have met so many wonderful people during the wedding experience. We were so lucky to have had their talents contributed to making our day so perfect. There was so much kindness and passion all around us, we are so grateful to every single person that played a part in pulling it all together.  

Bridget + Gary's classic South Coast Wedding

Posted on 07 Jul, 2017
Bridget + Gary's classic  South Coast Wedding


How did you meet your partner? Gary and I met when we were 16 years old through friends. We started hanging out more and more but it definitely wasn't 'love at first sight'. One day Gary got the courage to ask me if we want to go on a date. He could barely look me in the eye! And since then, we can’t stop looking at each other.

How long have you been together? We have been together for 10 years!

Do you have a proposal story? It was the day before we were due to leave for a 3.5 month Asia trip, and Gary suggested that we go for a walk in the nearby nature reserve as we would be sitting on a plane for a long time. Halfway through we stopped to look at the view, I turned around to find Gary on one knee, he then proceeded to ask me to be his wife. I immediately started to cry and didn't believe him! He had gotten me a beautiful Tiffany & Co.bracelet as I had told him that I would love to design the ring together. My mum and sister were at home visiting me and I couldn't wait to rush home and tell them, Gary had kept it a secret from my whole family. I walked in the door crying and told them what had just happened and we all cried with Gary standing by wondering what to do! We left the next day for Japan as a newly engaged couple. It was an amazing start to our holiday.


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? We got married on March 11th 2017

Wedding Venue? It was held at Jaspers, Berry.

What made you choose here? You can't find a more beautiful setting to get married! Gary and I always wanted a wedding outside of Sydney. From the bridal salon that the girls and I got ready in, to the amazing reception room, Jaspers, Berry was the perfect fit.

How did you find it? Just through looking online at NSW wedding venues. 

How was the weather on the day? It had been raining on and off all week leading up to our wedding day. Yet on the day, the weather was perfect! The sun was shining and it was the most beautiful day.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No, we just new that we like the temperature at that time of year and Jaspers had that day feel so we went for it!

The Wedding Details

Theme? I never really planned a theme as Jaspers, Berry has such a strong look itself. We had a black tie feel about the look of the wedding as it's always fun to get dressed up! I decided to go with whites and rich greens for the flowers to keep it classic.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Gotta love Pinterest! I knew I always want a black tie wedding so I kept my ideas simple and classic.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No! It was the one thing I didn't want to have to do anything except turn up and have a blast! Jasper, Berry did everything for me. They did all the flowers, the cake, the food ect. It was great!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had my big sister as my Matron of Honour and my cousin (who is like a little sister) as my Bridesmaid. They were the best girls to have by my side.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Gary had his childhood friend as his Best Man and his other close school friend as his Groomsman. They supported Gary through the whole day.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Bridget looked divine in our 'Eddie' gown in Satin Twill. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had worked as a Bridal Stylist before and had worked with Karen’s gowns and always loved the quality and make of the gowns. I only went to her store in Paddington and found the one straight away.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? In working as a Bridal Stylist I had sold other brides a Karen Willis Holmes gown.

How many gowns did you try? I think it was about 5 only at Karen Willis Holmes.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I went to the Paddington Boutique and Lexy helped me find the one.

What did you especially like about your gown? I felt that old Hollywood glamour in my gown, I loved that it would never date and I knew that in 50 years I would still love it.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls both wore Zimmermann dresses.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Gary got his tuxedo tailored for him from Oscar Hunt tailors and the boys got their tuxedos from M.J bale.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I got my headpiece and the bridesmaids earrings from Karen Willis Holmes, made by Stephanie Brown. My earrings were a gift from Gary on the wedding day and I wore the bracelet that he had proposed to me with.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Nine West.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Trust in the people you have hired, whether that is the venue, band or photographer - they do weddings for a living are they are there for you. Also, take a moment on the day of your wedding to take it all in, the day goes so fast!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Trust your gut! Nine times out of ten, one of the first dresses you try on will be the one. Also, trust in your Bridal Stylist, they are trained to know the gowns so well and what works on different body shapes.

Something Old? My Granny’s hanky, she has passed on and it meant a lot to have that on the day.

Something New? My dress!

Something Borrowed? Also, my Granny’s hanky as it has become a family tradition that I will pass it onto my cousin when she gets married.

Something Blue? My garter and the little blue bow that Karen sews into the inside of all her gowns.


We tried to keep most of our vendors local. They were all so amazing and added something special to our day.

Photographer – Petal Photography. Rose's style is relaxed and fun and she made us feel so relaxed and comfortable on the day.

Florist - Jaspers, Berry. The venue took care of nearly everything! We loved their style of flowers and that we didn't have to look around for a florist.

Music - Soul Traders. I always love live music at a wedding and this band was amazing! Our guests couldn’t stop talking about how good the music was. Gary and I were both on the dance floor right until the end

First Dance - ‘Thousand years’ by Christina Perri but sung live by the band.

MC -  My Brother in law (who was amazing!)

Celebrant - Nina De BordeNina was so happy to create the perfect and relaxed ceremony that we wanted.

Cake - Jaspers, Berry. Just like the flowers we were so happy that the venue took care of all of this for us.

Hair + Make-Up - Ethix Hair and Makeup Styling. Yvette was amazing. Her calm and caring nature on the day made me feel so relaxed. She felt part of the family and my make-up and hair were perfect. 

Wedding Bands - Bachini Jewellers. We have known the owners for a very long time. It was so lovely having them help us design our rings.

Nikki Gown - In Stores

Posted on 06 Jul, 2017
Nikki Gown - In Stores

Introducing the new Karen Willis Holmes BESPOKE gown - Nikki. This stunning gown is hitting Melbourne, Brisbane, Alexandria & NYC KWH boutiques this Saturday! Nikki is a wide V-neckline wrap gown with waist tucks that elegantly drape over the bust and through the side split skirt. It features long, sheer georgette bell sleeves that are gathered perfectly into a deep cuff. finished with elegant covered buttons. 

Book your appointment today to try on this gown.


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Rachel + Roberto's modern New York wedding.

Posted on 05 Jul, 2017
Rachel + Roberto's modern New York wedding.


How did you meet your partner? Through a young professionals organization in NYC, Urban Green Council, part of the US Green Building Council

How long have you been together? 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? On our 5 year anniversary, April 28th, 2015, a picnic proposal in Tarrytown, NY overlooking the Hudson River, followed by an elaborate dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ceremony and Reception Location? Housing Works Bookstore in Soho, NYC. 

What made you choose there? We’d been to see an acoustic performance there and loved the unique charm of the space, the location off of a cobblestone street, and the surrounding neighborhood.

How was the weather on the day? FREEEEZING! But sunny!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? 7 is my lucky number (3+4) and it was

The Wedding Details

Theme? We were very much inspired by the venue itself, with its Soho loft architecture – cast iron columns, wood floors, rich dark wood– and suspended café lights over the dance floor and ceremony nook. The bookshelves stay stocked during the event, adding some color and texture to the space. We went with charcoal gray for the table linens, ivory napkins, plates, etc. –and used a lot of rose gold and vintage/aged brass accents for the candle holders and décor. Our florals were mostly greenery, ferns, eucalyptus, etc. with some pops of ivory and jewel tones to complement the dark gold bridesmaid dresses.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The space itself, and my love for aged/patinaed metal!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes! I designed all of the stationery, menu/place cards, and welcome bags. I also hand-lettered the place cards and seat reservation signs, as well as the table numbers.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Jill Goldfarb, sister, Maid of Honor

Jenna Blind, friends since age 9

Allison Gordon-Lopez, friends/roommates/sorority sisters of Sigma Delta Tau

Groomsmen – who/relationship? We called them our Groomsfolk!

Charles Marino, friend and coworker, Best Man

Ruben Martinez, friend from college

Elizabeth DiLauro, friend from NYC

Flower girls – who/relationship? Catalina Interiano, Roberto’s niece

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Rachel looked stunning in our 'Serena' gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I wasn’t finding dresses I loved at some of the typical NYC boutiques; I came across KWH in the New York Magazine wedding directory and sought to try it out.

How many gowns did you try? Maybe 5 or 6. I had 2 favorites, but the 'Serena' brought me to tears.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis holmes - New York - Soho, NYC. They had 1 left, and it happened to be my size!

What did you especially like about your gown? EVERYTHING. The geometric beading, the strap width and neckline, the color, the train, the silhouette.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Each bridesmaid chose her own dress, shoes, and jewelry; I only requested that it be a dark gold, and my sister (M.O.H) found the most beautiful dark gold with jewel-toned florals at Lord & Taylor. That dress also happened to be the last one in the store, and in her size!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Suitsupply in Soho.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My jewelry was pretty simple – the dress had a lot of shimmery beading and I didn’t want to compete. I wore some simple rose gold Ralph Lauren earrings, an oxblood leather motorcycle jacket from Kenneth Cole, and of course my Anna Sheffield engagement ring and wedding band.

Where did you get your shoes from? I knew I wanted shoes that would be comfortabLe for the whole night while giving me lift and encouraging me to stand up straight! I found rose gold snake print heels by Seychelles.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I combined a couple of headpiece designs into a veil clip by designer Hushed Commotion. She has an Etsy shop, but she’s Brooklyn based, and she created both the customized veil clip and veil for me.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organized and ask for help when you need it – whether that means hiring a professional for some or all aspects, or putting your Maid of Honor to work on some tasks. Take time to enjoy the process, because it does go quickly, and lastly, read your contracts carefully – make sure transportation for any deliveries is included (lesson learned on this one!).

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t settle!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We tried to use local New York products wherever possible, including the welcome bag treats such as Beigel’s cookies from Brooklyn and Just Water cartons from Glens Falls.

Something Blue? My something old and borrowed was a lace handkerchief from my maternal grandmother. For something new and blue, my sister gifted me a dress ‘pocket’ with our names and wedding date embroidered, to be sewn on the inside of my dress as a way to hold the handkerchief.



Photographer – Ein Photography and Design Inc. – the most stunning photography. We are beyond thrilled that we went with this vendor.

Florist – Lindsay Rae Design. She’s an absolute sweetheart, creative problem solver, and creates beautiful floral arrangements that showcase lush ‘wild’ greenery with seasonal flowers.

Videographer – Just friends and family.

Music – For the ceremony and cocktail hour, we went with a guitar/cello duo, New York Ceremony Music. They have a well-curated and multigenerational repertoire; our feature songs were by David Bowie, SigurRos, and Bright Eyes. My husband created an incredible playlist for the wedding reception and enlisted a friend to press ‘play’ so he could enjoy the evening.

First Dance – 'You’re All I Need' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

MC – None! We didn’t want the traditional MC experience, so we took turns with welcome/thank you speeches and the venue helped usher folks from one wedding segment to another.

Celebrant – Rabbi David Kline

Stationery – Designed by me, but printed through Paper Presentation in N.Y.C.

Menu – Same as above

Cake – Cupcake tower by Sugar Sweet Sunshine in NYC

Hair – Face the Day NY

Make-Up – Same as above

Wedding Bands – Anna Sheffield (hers) and Catbird (his)

Extra features – Our seating arrangement chart was done in chalk ink on an antique mirror by local artist Chris Barreto.


New KWH Stockist - Olive Jones Bridal - Edinburgh

Posted on 26 Jun, 2017
New KWH Stockist - Olive Jones Bridal - Edinburgh

We are thrilled to announce our newest UK stockists ... Olive Jones  This modern bridal boutique, located in central Edinburgh is now carrying a selection of gowns from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection and will have the full 2017 Karen Willis Holmes collection for the upcoming Trunkshow on the 7th-16th July. Email -  info@olivejones.co.uk for more details or to book an appointment and see their gowns below.

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

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

All over sequin fitted fishtail gown with v-neckline, cap sleeves & sheer tulle back with embroidery detail. Finished with a belt in the same design.  




Location - 77 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH36RS, UK
Website - www.olivejones.co.uk
Email - info@olivejones.co.uk
Ph - +0131 610 0242
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Yanna & Christopher's Traditional Wedding

Posted on 20 Jun, 2017
Yanna & Christopher's Traditional Wedding


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

How long have you been together? 3 years

Do you have a proposal story? Christopher surprised me with a getaway to the Whitsundays. On our first night there he had organised a dinner at Clippers on Airlie Beach in their private gazebo. After ordering our meals, Christopher got down on one knee, of course, I said yes!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 27th Feb 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Where? Kogarah Greek Orthodox Church & Dolton House Sylvania

What made you choose there? The Greek Orthodox Church in Kogarah is very special to me as my parents were married there and my brother and I were baptised there.

How was the weather on the day? It was supposed to be raining but luckily it turned out to be a beautiful sunny 30-degree day!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to have a summer wedding and just ended up deciding on the 27th and were lucky enough to have all venues and vendors fall into place once the date was picked.

The Wedding Details

Theme? White, lots of floral and silver.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest & Instagram were my main inspiration and sources

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

Maid of Honour - Natalija who is my best friend of 23 years!

Bridesmaids - Kerri, Christopher’s sister,  Christie, my godsister and Patrice my cousin. 

In Greek tradition, the best man “Koumbara” plays a very special part so I wanted to include his partner Theodora. She stood by my side on the day, however, did not wear the same as the bridesmaids. I let her pick something special herself. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man - Billy, who has been Christopher best friend of 23 years

Groomsmen -  Andrew: Christopher’s Brother, Dimitri, My Brother, George, Christopher’s friend and Kurt, Christopher’s cousin. 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower Girls - Mia & Nikoleta (my cousins) and Savannah, who I nannied for 2 years

Page Boys: Xavier & Dion (my cousins).

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Yanna looked stunning in our lace 'Annika' BESPOKE gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes came highly recommended from a friend who also got her wedding dress from Karen Willis Holmes, and from the second I walked in the store I knew I was about to find my dream dress.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I did my research before coming in-store on Instagram and on the Karen Willis Holmes website

How many gowns did you try? 3

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Karen Willis Holmes Paddington, Sydney store. 

What did you especially like about your gown? The corded lace and the bustier were to die for, that’s what I fell in love with the most.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shakuhachi

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groom’s suit was tailor made by P.Johnson Tailors and the groomsmen's suits were West End by Simon Carter (Purchased at David Jones)



What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore Samantha Wills earrings, a tennis bracelet gifted by my parents on my engagement. The bridesmaids had Samantha Wills jewellery and Tony Bianco shoes. The groomsmen wore different patterned Happy Socks.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were Aquazurra purchase from Frwd.com

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, a gorgeous lace cathedral veil by Karen Willis Holmes. 


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try not to sweat the small stuff, it all falls into place in the end. And take a moment with your partner on the day to really soak in the emotion and atmosphere of the day. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Sometimes your dream dress can be what you least expected, keep an open mind and make sure the dress you end up choosing makes you feel amazing.

Something Old? A special brooch I wore on the inside of my dress that was from a monastery in Greece. 

Something New? My shoes. 

Something Borrowed? A horse show my aunt gave to me that she wore on her wedding day 40 years ago

Something Blue? The bridesmaid's shoes


Photographer – Wedding Soul Story (now merged with Cinemotive)

Florist – Willow & Bear

Videographer – Cinemotive

Music – Dj Tom Hyper

First Dance – Finally by Yasmin

MC – Tass Savidis

Stationery – Deciduous Press

Cake – Sinful Cakes

Bombonieres – Complete Creations

Hair – Veronica Doumit

Make-Up – Bernadette Leva

Wedding Bands – Steven James

Anna + Andrew's pretty Victorian garden wedding

Posted on 20 Jun, 2017
Anna + Andrew's pretty Victorian garden wedding


How did you meet your partner? Through ex-mutual partners believe it or not! We came together later on both single at a local bar.

How long have you been together? 5 years in total.

Do you have a proposal story? Andrews proposal was SO Andrew. We had arrived in New Zealand to visit some of my family, first stop after a redeye flight was my Grandpa, he had a big day planned for us so we promptly had a nap, then visited family friends where they have the most beautiful garden and I had always said I would love to get married there. Andrew knew this and took the opportunity to pack the ring in his pocket and to take me down to the garden to propose! Well, I didn’t know any of his grand plans and got chatting to Joanne the lady of the property in her kitchen, Andrew was pacing up and down demanding it was time I came outside and looked at the garden with him. My grandpa could see his eagerness so him and Tom, the owner of the property took him out and showed him around. Obviously not what Andrew had in mind, finally we all met up in the rose garden which runs along a gorgeous little creek, Andrew finally had me alone with him when we heard shrieks from the creek and Tom, who is in his 80’s was just about slipping into the creek – mission aborted and Tom was to be rescued! Time was of the essence we had to make it to my grandma’s nursing home for her Friday night drinks and bingo games! We hurried there and with the ring in tow ... finally, the end of the evening and we were driving home ... Andrew EXTREMELY quiet, we got home and he launched out of the car and hurried off very quickly inside the house. So much so that my Grandpa noticed and asked him he was alright, I said oh he probably was busting to go to the loo not worried at all. Once inside he had collected our jackets and was boiling the kettle, he said 'I think we will have a cup of tea outside and watch the sun go down' I was about to say I was doing something, he quickly said now and went outside and set two chairs up on the edge of the hill looking out to the garden, it really was very beautiful! All of 45 minutes later, great conversation was had and I was about to head inside when a few nervous mumbles of a speech asking me to marry him, and the rest is history! – typing this now I feel like yes I probably should have suspected all his behaviour was odd and that setting chairs up on the hill to watch the sunset in a beautiful garden should have given it away but it really didn’t, that was just Andrew on a daily basis – gorgeous and weird!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28th January 2017

Wedding Location? Private Residence on the Mornington Peninsula

What made you choose there? The location was chosen to be on my parent’s property, they own 10 acres and have a beautiful garden. Holding an event such as their daughter's wedding was a perfect opportunity to showcase their beautiful property that they had put so much time and effort in and built from scratch in the past 10 years. I was extremely proud of them and it made it all the more sentimental.

What made you choose there? I love the concept of keeping the ceremony and reception all in one place, they had a perfect location for a marquee on the tennis court. I had always wanted to do a marquee garden wedding because then you could dress and style the area as you pleased, and no shutdown time so we could party all night long!

How was the weather on the day? The weather was better than you could dream of! A beautiful, warm, sunny day, but not too hot - we were extremely fortunate!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No real reason, we wanted a warm summer wedding, December was always going to be chaotic and one of my bridesmaid's weddings was in February so it had to be January. We decided a long weekend would be fun for those who have to travel from a distance so the 28th of January it was!

The Wedding Details

Theme? My style is very simple and minimal, so we kept it to white with touches of green foliage and copper.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and Instagram are an amazing source for inspiration and ideas. I have always known I wanted the classic white with green, garden wedding and I was fortunate enough that I had a beautiful garden to draw inspiration from along with my Dads business ‘Fytogreen’ that supplies vertical gardens and has a whole garden nursery at my fingertips!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? From the moment the property was decided as the location for our wedding we were all busy in the garden planting, weeding etc. you name it, preparing the property for an event took a lot of hard work, time and a group effort. A whole family affair! The plants down the aisle way at the ceremony were a vision I had from the beginning so months out from the wedding I planted seedlings into pots and nurtured with water and fertiliser most days. Believe it or not, I don’t have much of a green thumb but with Dad’s expertise they grew beautifully, I was really excited to have these little babies line the aisle.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All our bridal party was our nearest and dearest. Each of them has been involved in our life in so many ways. We are so grateful to have friends and family like them. We clearly found it hard narrowing it down to we just chose them all!

Sarah Taylor – Maid of Honour, has been my best friend since mid-high school years, and our daughter Milla’s Godmother. A beautiful gem and a ball of fun. She was 7 months pregnant and still bent down to do up my shoes!! Best. Friend. Ever.

Jessica Barker – Another friend from high school years. She is my calming influence we just get each other, she is an absolute beauty inside and out.

Lucy Cahill – We grew up together living as neighbors, Lucy and her family have been a part of my life since I can remember. She has been a massive strength to me since we had our beautiful babies only 1 month apart from each other.

Angela Booth – My sister in law, a gorgeous soul and a huge support to Andrew and I.

Emily Booth – Also my sister in law, a beautiful bright spark who is extremely caring. It was very special having my new sisters sharing this moment with me.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Karl Lombardozzi – Andrew was unable to choose a best man so Karl was one of the groomsmen to give a speech which he did alongside Matt Dunne – an elite speech, they did a great job! Andrew and Karl have grown up together playing football since they were young boys, have had some great adventures and I would say most places Andrew has been or stories he tells has Karl involved in some way or another.

Matthew Dunne – Matt and Andrew have known each other since they were 12 years old. Traveled and lived in Canada together, he is an all round great guy and is also our daughter's Godfather.

Damian Russo – Damian met Andrew when they were 14 years old through cricket. He is a great friend who would do anything to help anyone he cares about.

Grant Masterson – Grant has also known Andrew since early teens, has grown up with Andrew through many stages in his life (oh the fashion!). A genuine great guy, both our families are very fond of him, he is like part of the family.

Kyle Docherty – Kyle lived with Andrew in Canada for a few years. Many funny stories and laughs they have had together. All of Andrew’s groomsmen are great guys, they hold a special place in both of our hearts and he is lucky to have such a great group of friends, it’s a real credit to him.

Flower girl – who/relationship? Milla Booth – our little angel who was just 1 year old. She was a little gem, cuddled into Aunt Emily’s arms throughout the whole ceremony watching on curiously without making a peep!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Anna looked divine in our BESPOKE lace 'Annika' gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I have always loved Karen Willis Holmes since before becoming engaged, they were the first boutique appointment I booked and it was just such a simple and easy process.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram and wedding magazines.

How many gowns did you try? Too many, I have lost count but my top contenders were all Karen Willis Holmes!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Armadale, Melbourne. 

What did you especially like about your gown? My dress fitted like a glove, I was extremely comfortable throughout the day/evening you could tell it had just been made for me. Not only was I thrilled with my dress and all its finer details but the customer service I received from the moment I walked into Karen Willis Holmes Melbourne was warm and welcoming and they went above and beyond to assist me and all my many visits (I think I visited 4 times before I decided on THE dress!!) not once did they mind. They were also super supportive of the fact I had just had a baby and was hoping to drop dress sizes throughout the coming months, I will be forever grateful.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I had a set colour I wanted in my head so I actually bought the fabric from a fabric store in Melbourne and had a local dressmaker copy one of my favorite dress styles that I thought would suit all the girls (keeping in mind my M.O.H was going to be 7 months pregnant at the time of wedding) I was super happy with the end result, one dress for 5 different shapes and sizes was nearly impossible.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? M.J.Bale

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept it simple, diamond earrings for me and a coffee coloured teardrop earring for the bridesmaids.

Where did you get your shoes from? Mollini from StyleTread

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a teardrop cathedral length veil, simple and didn ’t hide the beautiful back details of my dress, this was from One Day Bridal.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I would tell other brides to focus on the important items to them and not listen to other people's opinions, too many times I got myself confused or stressed because I felt overwhelmed and asked too many people's advice when I should have trusted my gut. 9/10 I went with my initial thought! 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t have a set idea, the right dress will come and it may be completely different to what you thought you would walk down the aisle in but it will make you feel beautiful.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? I loved having Kate from Events By Kate, she made sure the day ran smoothly and was something I didn't worry about or that my friends and family had to worry about doing and everyone could enjoy their day without any stress! Because ultimately that’s what it's all about, a fun day filled with love, laughter and drink that everyone you care about is celebrating your marriage to the love of your life!


Styling/Planning – Events By Kate. Kate and her husband Mick and team did an incredible job setting up, and making sure the day ran seamlessly – highly recommend the team, especially for private property events they will take all stress and worry out of the day so you can enjoy yourself.

Photographer – Shelley Price Photography.  Shelley is super professional but laid back all at the same time, we were thrilled with our photos and on the day we hardly knew she was there, she was just like another wedding guest!

Florist – Cecilia Fox.  We loved all the arrangements Cecilia delivered, not one was faulted.

Videographer – Life in Light. I highly recommend Stevan, our wedding film was amazing, it really captured the love and energy from the day, it will be cherished forever and I am so glad we did this.

Music – Baker Boys Band and Soloist sister duo Maia and Sage for the ceremony.  Both parties did a fantastic job, we have used the Baker Boys Band previously and they never disappoint!

First Dance – Crazy Love – Michael Buble

MC – George Tothill, A family relative. George did a super job, he had us in fits of laughter, we still have people commenting on what a great MC he was, some even thought he was a hired professional!

Celebrant – Heather Boundy. Heather was marvellous, she ran with all our ideas and got our sense of humour, it also helped she was Andrews teacher back in high school!

Stationery – Simple Press

Menu – Moreish Catering. Elle’s menu to choose from was mouth watering! We were thrilled with the food on the day and her professionalism to making sure everything at her end was superb.

Cake – Regnier Cakes

Hair & Make-Up  Sophie KnoxSophie is a beautiful person, having her with us for the day getting everyone ready was just like having another friend there, not only is she down to earth but I could not fault her work, the hair and makeup she did on every single one of us was beautiful and natural. I was very happy with her.M

Greenery and Vertical Gardens – Fytogreen Australia

Furniture Hire – Place Settings

Marquee – The Marquee People

Photo booth – Shutter Hub Photo Booths



Dominique + Daniel's Hunter Valley winery wedding

Posted on 14 Jun, 2017
Dominique +  Daniel's Hunter Valley winery wedding



How did you meet your partner? Daniel was the duty manager of the pub I worked at and hired me on the spot. We worked together for 6 months before he asked me out on a date.

How long have you been together? We got married a week before our 7 year anniversary.

Do you have a proposal story? We went on a picnic one evening at dusk, were drinking some red wine, and we began reflecting on how we started dating, nearly 7 years previous. I mentioned how he never actually asked me to be his girlfriend, we just fell into dating, and that was that. Daniel then said, 'Well Dominique, I know I never asked you to be my girlfriend...but I am asking you now to be my wife ...'

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th November 2016

Location? Ironbark Hill, Hunter Valley

What made you choose there? As soon as we saw the venue we knew this was the place, with the vineyards, chapel and reception on site, sandstone and chandeliers, it was perfect.

How did you find it? Looking through websites of wedding venues in the Hunter Valley.

How was the weather on the day? Very warm, 41 degrees.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? It was the closest date to our anniversary that the venue had open.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Green and white. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? My florist was the real inspiration for it all. She was incredible and developed many of the ideas herself.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I created our invites and place settings DIY.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Alex Woloschyn - Sister

Katie Dowzard - Best Friend and my florist!

Tina Harridge - Best Friend

Mel Sturgess - Best Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Ty Hayward- Best Friend

Mitchell Finnigan- Best Friend

Luke Maloney- Best Friend

Jason Molesworth- Best Friend

Wedding Dress (the most important part!)

Dominique looked stunning in our 'Mabel' gown from our WILD HEARTS collection - in stores now. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? From the moment we were engaged, I began looking at gowns. As soon as I saw the 'Mabel', I knew this was the one. I still looked at many other dresses, but none of these compared to Karen Willis Holmes' designs.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram, various blogs, friends that have worn KWH designs.

How many gowns did you try? 5 gowns at KWH- which were all incredible!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the simplicity it held. I see it as a modern take on a traditional style.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Each dress was different, however, they were all purchased from David Jones.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The suits were from Grand Frank Menswear. 

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Each of my bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills earrings, which I gave to them as a gift on my wedding day. I wore a headpiece from Anna Campbell.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? The headpiece was from Anna Campbell, and the veil was from Grace Loves Lace.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Have fun and enjoy the process, you won’t ever get to go through it again, so don’t rush any decisions and enjoy the moment.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go and try them on - they look far different on the models then they do on you personally. A dress might suit you more than you would first realise.


Photographer – White Lane Studio

Florist – The Botanical Workshop

Videographer – White Lane Studio

Music – Matt McLaren

MC – Mitch Garling

Celebrant – Mark McLennan

Stationery - DIY

Cake – My friend made this - Clair Mieluk

Bombonieres – We decided to donate money to Breast Cancer Australia, rather than handing out gifts to our guests.

Hair – Kristy Stead

Make-Up – Daniella Galla

Wedding Bands – Ocean Palm Jewellers, Wamberal

Dominique + Daniel  |  Hunter Valley Wedding  |  NSW Australia from White Lane Studio on Vimeo.


Amanda + Nicholas' romantic Sydney harbour wedding

Posted on 07 Jun, 2017
Amanda + Nicholas' romantic Sydney harbour wedding

Amanda & Nick held a romantic wedding at Sydney Harbour with their friends and family.  Amanda was after a soft, romantic garden themed wedding, with soft pinks, whites and peach tones set against dark greens in her blooms. For these art lovers, there was no other place they wanted to get married in but in the Habourside Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  They were blessed with a gorgeous, warm summers day with the backdrop of the harbour.  A true contrast to the moment Nick proposed to her - in front of an igloo in icy Finland. Amanda wore the Saskia/Selena combination with the Selena trains from the BESPOKE collection.


How did you meet your partner? We met through our two mutual friends Jimmy and Ali. Nick knew Jimmy through school and I knew Jimmy through Ali who I went to university with.

How long have you been together? 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? We were in Finland over Christmas 2015, we'd just arrived at our Hotel in Luosto and Nick suggested we go for a walk up the mountain. It was getting dark (there's only 5hrs of daylight during winter) so we were about to head back, but we both spotted an enormous ice igloo amongst some trees. Intrigued, we stumbled over shrubs and snow to check it out. Nick was determined to take some photos of me in front of the entrance, then he raced down and stood in front of me for a kiss before dropping down on one knee and asking me to marry him.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18.11.16

Ceremony Location? McKell Park, Darling Point Sydney

What made you choose there? Our reception venue was on the harbour, so we thought it would be great to transport our guests via ferry, we looked at a few different harbour locations. But one Sunday afternoon we drove to McKell Park and fell in love with how quiet, lush and intimate it was. Not to mention the fact that it had its own jetty for the ferry. It was perfect!

How did you find it? Our lovely Wedding Coordinator, Lauren, suggested it.

Reception Location? Harbourside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art

What made you choose there? That view! I also have a strong affinity with art and design and we loved the idea of being on a rooftop on a summer evening.

How did you find it? We were looking at venues around the harbour and the MCA just popped up and felt right.

How was the weather on the day? It was a hot, sunny 33 degree day, but it meant at night the balcony of the MCA was warm and balmy.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Flowers - Softs pinks, whites and peach tones set against dark greens. I wanted to go for a soft, romantic garden theme. Flowers were complimented by long oak tables, and eclectic white, clear and brass gold vases of various shapes/sizes. Place cards were an ocean blue watercolour to mimic the harbour colours.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Gardens and magazines.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I designed our wedding invitations and hand painted all our place cards with watercolour. A special shout out to my dad, Mark, who made our wedding arch, it is something I will treasure forever. He also made our menu holders.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My Maid of Honour was my sister Nicole and my bridesmaids were Ali, Jess and Katie who were all university friends.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Our Best Man was Nick’s brother Andrew and our groomsman were; James and Scott who were Andrew's school friends and Jon, Nick’s cousin.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Amanda looked stunning in the 'Saskia' Bodice and 'Selena' skirt from the BESPOKE collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I followed Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram and then went to the website. I loved what I saw and booked my first dress appointment at Karen Willis Holmes Paddington Boutique in Sydney. The 'Selena' was the very first dress I tried one, and all the subsequent dresses I tried on could never beat the feeling I had when wearing the 'Selena'.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram, Pinterest, One Fine Day Wedding Fair, White Magazine.

How many gowns did you try? I probably tried on maybe 15 or 16 from 5 different stores.

What did you especially like about your gown? The way it made me feel, the organza of the skirt fell so beautifully and it was just the right amount of drama (I called it my drama dress). It just felt incredible and I felt like a bride.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show. I searched high and low for bridesmaid dresses and found Rodeo Show’s bridesmaid edit had a great range of styles and the navy was such a beautiful shade that went well with everything.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Andrews suit was from Hugo Boss, and the groomsman’s suits were hired from Peppers.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My necklace and earrings were from ByCharlotte. The girls wore their own necklaces and I gave them simple Swarovski stud earrings. The robes we wore were from Le Rose and their gifts were pink Mon Purse cosmetic bags with their nicknames embossed on them.


Where did you get your shoes from? My heels were from Sophia Webster, she has an absolutely gorgeous range of bridal‘ wing’heels. I bought them from Quincy in Woollahra. Halfway through the night, I changed into pink Reebok sneakers for dancing!

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


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Limit how much Pinteresting you do. Once you start locking in your venue, ceremony location, dress etc you begin to narrow down the style of wedding you’re creating, there is such a thing as inspiration overload. Stand by your choices and have fun planning the best party with your husband to be.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t rule out any styles before trying them on. I went in thinking I’d buy a fitted lace number and I was so against strapless, but that’s exactly what I bought and felt amazing.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We are so happy to have spent the day with our loved ones.

Something Old? A wedding poem from my Aunt given to my mum on my first birthday, mum gave it to me a few days before our wedding.

Something New? Shoes

Something Borrowed? Missed one

Something Blue? A little blue bow was sewn into the KWH dress which I thought was such a beautiful touch.


Photographer – Justin Aaron Photography, so wonderfully talented. We had a great Engagement shoot with him which made us feel relaxed and at ease for the big day.

Florist – Coralie from Wild Blossom, she was awesome and did an absolutely gorgeous job on our wedding arch, our bouquets and the reception tables.

Videographer – Tom, from The Story of Us. He was great, didn’t even know he was there half the time. That’s a sign of a great videographer.

Styling – Decorative Events they were so wonderful, patient and accommodating.

Wedding Coordinator –  Lauren from Audrey and Angus our day could not have gone as smoothly and we can not thank Lauren enough for all her hard work on the day.

Music – Soulganic, we saw them play live at Little Jack Horner in Coogee and I immediately emailed them to check their availability.

First Dance – Hey Ho, The Lumineers. It didn’t exactly go to plan, but we just rolled with it.

MC – Tom, one of Nick’s good mates.

Celebrant – Jessie Cacchillo, she was so lovely. After meeting with her we knew our ceremony would be in good hands.

Stationery – I designed our invites and had them printed by D&D Letterpress. Leah from My Creative Space designed all the hand lettering for the invites and hand wrote all our guest’s names on our place cards.

Menu – Fresh Catering


Spiced veal tagliata on BBQ pumpkin, toasted organic granola & vadouvan dressing. Seared diver scallops, porcini butter, goat’s cheese rotolino & crispy kale.


Grilled beef fillet, gratin potatoes, daube jus and roast organic chicken, parmesan polenta, walnut pesto & confit shallot.

Dessert/Cake -We had two glorious Andy Bowdy Cakesthey were amazing and delicious. The first was a chocolate fudge, salted caramel, roasted peanuts, chocolate mousse, snickers, chocolate cookie crumb and chocolate fudge drizzle. The second, a malted milk crumb, strawberry cheesecake mousse, vanilla butter cake, salted caramel, wild strawberry gel, baked cheesecake chunks, pistachio crunch & fresh berries.We had one for our engagement party and everyone raved about it, so we thought why not have two for the wedding. Cake toppers were from Grain & Co.

 Bombonieres – Delicious Jams and Relish by Drunken Sailor Jams (our friend Justin makes them). Flavours were Forest Fruits Jam, Pear Vanilla and Whiskey Jam, and Smokey Tomato Relish.

Hair and Make-Up – Liv Lundelius, gorgeous make-up that wasn’t too heavy, really natural and it lasted the whole day!

Wedding Bands – Protea Diamonds

Extra features – Bride and Bridesmaids got ready at The Langham Hotel on Kent St, one of the most beautiful hotels in Sydney, the staff were lovely and accommodating.

Photo booth  –  Photo Corner – they were great, we had an attendant there the whole time.

Hire – Sammy and Lola, we hired marquee lights, neon sign and vertical festoon lights. The festoons made for a gorgeous vertical backdrop along the wall of the MCA.

AMANDA + NICK from The Story of Us on Vimeo.


Highlight Vendor // Milton Gan

Posted on 31 May, 2017
Highlight Vendor // Milton Gan

Milton & Amy are the team behind Milton Gan Photography, a fun and lively duo based in Sydney, Australia.  Recently, Milton spent the day in our flagship store in Alexandria, chatting to all of our brides to be about their upcoming day.  Milton's fun and carefree nature brought a new energy to the boutique which our brides just loved!

Milton Gan Photography pride themselves on finely crafted wedding photography & believe in capturing your day with authenticity, love & creativity- exposing the special little moments shared between couples & their friends & families.  The pair clearly burst with creativity, Milton comes from an advertising background and Amy, from marketing in the fashion industry.  Milton's passion for photography turned into a full-time profession when he moved to Sydney, met Amy and the pair embarked on their incredible journey as Wedding Photographers 6 years ago.  Their attention to detail is carried through from start to finish- offering an end-to-end service complete with their clients being presented a beautifully crafted album after the wedding. They have established an incredible partnership with Queensberry, one of the finest album companies to help tell their clients love story.  Teaming up with such a prestigious company also ensures the quality of their photos are shown in the best light from start to finish.
Milton Gan has captured some stunning Karen Willis Holmes gowns over the years & below are some of our favourites.


Your Name: Milton Gan

Location: Chippendale, NSW

Business name: Milton Gan Photography

Amy & Milton, celebrating their own wedding

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about? After a long career in the London advertising industry, I moved to Sydney in search of my true calling. My passion for photography started to steer me in that direction then one day I stumbled across a wedding blog and was blown away by what I saw. In that moment I knew my future was going to be in wedding photography. I photographed my first wedding in 2010, went full time a year later, and met Amy (my wife and second photographer) the following year. We have now photographed over 200 weddings and are booking out dates well ahead of the rest of the market.

What inspires you? I'm constantly inspired by artists, entrepreneurs, and companies who push boundaries, challenge convention and continuously innovate. I’m also inspired by my wife Amy who, apart from being my second photographer, is also a consultant, educator and mentor in the fashion marketing industry.


Natalie in our 'Jacqueline' gown shot by Milton Gan Photography

How do you start your day? I’ve always been a night owl so mornings are usually a late start with a strong coffee, but after discovering yoga I’m trying to change my routine to start the day with an early morning class

What is your favorite thing about your job? Apart from getting invited to enjoy 40 weddings a year I also love being involved in the photographic and wedding industries. For the past two years, I was the NSW President of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and I continue to be an accredited member and a competition judge. I also mentor and educate other photographers and regularly network with some of Sydney’s best wedding vendors to keep our amazing industry fresh and innovative.

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding? Whilst there are lots of traditions and cultural or religious influences that may try to shape your wedding day, remember that there are no rules and no rights or wrongs. It’s your day so have it your way and let it represent who you are. Your venues are usually the first thing to book followed by your photographer but if there’s a particular photographer you want you could always base the wedding around their availability - that’s what we did! And whilst I might be biased I would advise every couple to take their decision about photography seriously and invest in the best photographer they can find, taking into account their photographic style, their personality and the style of albums they offer. You want to feel you can enjoy having them around you for a day and can trust them to do their job so you can focus on having a fantastic day.

Favorite city? Paris. We love everything about it and it will always be very special to us as it’s where I proposed to Amy.

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work. We’re acutely aware that most people don’t feel comfortable in front of a camera so our documentary style frees you up to be yourself and have the best day ever. We’re also aware that the day isn’t about us - no one decides to get married because they want to have a photoshoot! So we make sure the bridal party photo session is super relaxed and takes up no more time than is necessary so you can get back to enjoying time with your guests.

Penny in our 'Rachel' gown shot by Milton Gan Photography


Milton Gan Photography 

Address - 2/3 Queen Street, Chippendale, NSW
Ph - 0424 531 368
Email - milton@miltongan.com
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Betsy + James' English Countryside Wedding

Posted on 31 May, 2017
Betsy + James' English Countryside Wedding


How did you meet your partner? 
James and I met in 2007 at work in England but didn’t particularly notice each other. We both left the company; James moved to Sydney and I moved to Singapore. It was only eight years on when James moved from Sydney to Amsterdam and worked for the same company in different offices that we reconnected. So fast forward to 2015 and James and I met up whilst he was over in Singapore for the F1 and the whirlwind romance began. At the end of the first weekend James wanted to talk about how we could move things forward, the second weekend he came back to Singapore, cutting his holiday in Lombok short, and at the end of the second weekend he said “this is happening, I’m putting my foot down, unless you say otherwise?”. We spent a month face timing for hours at a time and then I went to Amsterdam and things blossomed. After a weekend getaway to Bruges and a few beers, we said: “if this is what we think it is, who's moving?”. We talked about when we would want children, when would we want to get married and worked backward on a loose plan – by the end of the year James had moved in!

How long have you been together? 20 months (just!)

Do you have a proposal story? 
James and I went to an Indonesian island just off Singapore called Bintan for a long weekend where we stayed in a stunning private villa overlooking the South China Sea. James had booked me in for a massage as I had had a full on couple of weeks at work but unbeknown to me he set about putting fairy lights and flowers around the villa and chilled a vintage bottle of champagne. When I walked back into the villa there was a trail of candles from the front door to the balcony where Ben Howards album was playing. I wasn’t sure what was happening and wondered if James was proving a point because I had mentioned I didn’t think he was very romantic but then he was down on one knee and there was an open jewellery box in his hand with a stunning ring. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 30th March 2017

Ceremony & Reception

Location? Hedsor House, Taplow, England

What made you choose there? Despite living abroad, I had always wanted to marry in England. We wanted a location that wasn’t dependent on the English weather and being expats, despite both working in the creative industry, we wanted to minimise the amount of personal touches we would need to prepare and ship over from Singapore so we went for Hedsor because it was a stunning venue irrespective of whether you dress it up or not. The glass dome center hall used for the ceremony was also just so beautiful.

How did you find it? 
Honestly? For some reason, Hedsor didn’t come up in my various internet searches and nothing I had seen felt very ‘us’ until that point. I typed in my hometown into google maps and then switched the search word to 'wedding' and zoomed out – that’s when it came up. There was an open day a few days later so I asked my parents to go and facetime us to tour us around – so actually the first time we saw it was at 11 pm in bed in Singapore via face time. You could tell they loved it but didn’t want to influence us. A little while later I had the opportunity to travel back to England with work so I went to see it along with a couple of other options. It wasn’t ideal doing it without James but we didn’t want to wait long to marry and waiting until our next trip at Christmas reduced the chance we could marry in 2017.  James just said go for it so we booked it! Luckily when we went back at Christmas he loved it – phew!

What made you choose there? Aside from the above, completely coincidently it was also because my parents AND granddad used to go to Hedsor House when it was used as a training center at their previous companies – I didn’t know my granddad but everyone says what an amazing guy he was. So because the house had links to our family, it felt serendipitous to stumble across it again - my dad jokingly welcomed everyone to his stately home in his speech!

How was the weather on the day? Utterly stunning. Blue skies and unusually warm for the time of the year - it was actually the warmest day of the year and we were able to have reception drinks outside playing croquet (quintessentially English)! It rained on the day before and after so we were incredibly lucky!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date?  We were offered two dates in March, the 9th, and the 30th. We chose the 30th because it would have been 11months since we were engaged.

The Wedding Details

Theme and where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? 
Acorns was a theme running throughout the day. My granddad said at my parent's wedding 'may these two little acorns grow into a great oak tree' (from the saying from great oaks little acorns grow) and it had become a symbol of family to my side of the family.  Even the house I grew up in was called little acorns! Hence loving the oak leaf detail in the 'Sophie' gown! The wedding stationary featured acorns, James had acorn cufflinks and my parents had even collected, baked and painted acorns in the previous autumn in preparation for table decorations. James’ family also collected damson berries to make his grandmother's damson gin recipe, which was individually bottled and given as wedding favours.  These favours doubled up as people’s name cards. We also had a basic colour palette of navy, soft greys, pinks and gold running throughout the day.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?  James is a designer so did all of our wedding stationary himself. The gin bottles were hand filled, applied and tied with homemade damson gin. Then beyond my dress being DYG we also had a lot of bespoke pieces made including my stunning bridal sandals from The Tui Collection, Singapore, my headpiece with oak leaves by Luisa Vass and James's suit from Private Affairs Tailors, Singapore.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

Jade. Friend

Karen. Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Sid. Bestman

Walberth. Bestman

Andrew. Usher and brides brother

Andy. Usher and groom's brother-in-law

David. Usher

Tristan. Usher

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Besty looked stunning in a Karen Willis Holmes DYG combination gown- The 'Sophie' bodice and the 'Nina' skirt

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen (bridesmaid) and I took a trip to Sydney in July to visit one of our friends who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. We knew she wouldn’t be up to having us hanging around the whole time so Karen kindly booked some wedding dress appointments too and we were planning a really fun girly weekend. Tragically Sarah passed away one week before we got there. We were incredibly shell-shocked and numbed by the news as we hadn’t been expecting it at all but decided to go anyway, to spend some time with Dan, her husband and kept the wedding dress appointments. It was a pretty surreal weekend trying on dresses, crying and spending time with Dan. At times it didn’t feel appropriate that I was trying on wedding dresses whilst Sarah’s life had been so unfairly taken too soon, but I got it into my head that if I got a dress from Sydney I would have a little piece of Sarah with me on the day. I had tried on the 'Sophie' gown in David Jones but wasn’t sure about the skirt. I knew there was a DYG option so when I came back to Sydney a month later for Sarah’s memorial, I went to Alexandria. Hannah Kate was utterly divine with me – I think I cried about Sarah within the first 2 minutes of arriving.  Hannah offered me champagne (it was the FIRST time I had been offered champagne in my whole wedding dress experience, which was A LOT!) – when she gave me a small bottle to swig out of I knew KWH had just the right balance of classic with a twist, which is just my style. 

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

How many gowns did you try? Being an expat finding THE dress was harder than normal. I didn’t find a dress in England when I was back and the sample sizes in Singapore were two dress sizes smaller than me, so it was pretty tricky. I think I had tried on the best part of 60-70 dresses by the time I found my dress.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the flagship store in Alexandria, Sydney.

What did you especially like about your gown? The full skirt, the slimming waist, the unexpected neckline (I always go for strapless) the oak leaf embellishments in the bodice… the unexpected lack of lace or tulle. 



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Sheike – they did a country wide search for me and sent them to Bondi junction – a friend bought them for me and another bought them over from Sydney – it definitely helps to have international friends!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?  James’ suit was from a local tailor in Singapore. We opted for black tie so all the groomsmen just wore their own suits.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  A headpiece with matching smaller ones for the bridesmaids. Matching slave rings. Antique earrings borrowed from my mum. Fur shrugs in case it was cold which we used in the evening

Where did you get your shoes from? James is only a little taller than me so I wanted flats. I think living in a hot country and wearing sandals all the time meant I didn’t want just any pair of sparkly shoes. I spent HOURS searching and in the end asked Tui, a local shoe designer if she could make me a pair. I found some embellished beading which I thought matched the Sophie bodice and gave her a sample of the dress to match the leather and she made these stunning one of a kind shoes. I was given both an old and new sixth pence to put in my shoe for good luck so managed to stick these in under the arch of my foot too!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, cathedral length from Britten


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? When you have your makeup trial, meet your artist with your ‘normal’ look. I met Sarah without any makeup on and said I wanted to still look like me. But I typically wore a reasonable amount of makeup normally anyway so it wasn’t enough. Give her a point of reference! 
Unfortunately, you’re going to have drop outs, so hold off confirming your numbers and paying the final bill until the very last moment.
Organise everything down to a tee, but let it go on the day and just enjoy it. Have all the family shots you want, you’ll regret not having them.
Get a videographer – it’s amazing watching it back!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Just like with normal clothing brands, you need to find a brand that ‘fits’ you. Every designers cut of the same silhouette is different so you have to just keep trying until you find something that feels right. Be open to trying on different designs to the ones you thought you would like. I started off wanting a bum-hugging V-neck lace cascading into tulle dress and ended up with A-line satin and not a piece of lace in sight.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. There are not many occasions you have the opportunity to be surrounded by those you love and we felt so blessed to have so many people to be with us celebrating. Both near and far, but especially those who traveled from further afield.

Something Old? Sixth pence piece

Something New? James bought me a bracelet

Something Borrowed? My mum's earrings

Something Blue? Flowers in my bouquet


Photographer - Barker Evans

Florist - Ruby and Grace.

Videographer - Will Warr

First Dance - Steve Winwood - Higher Love

Stationery - James Bebbington

Menu - Caper and Berry

Cake - Melissa Woodland Cakes

Garter - Caroline Cole, Bespoke

Hair & Make-up - Sarah Yeo

Wedding Bands - Grew & Co

Nightgown -  Safina Dreams


Posted on 25 May, 2017

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing the second half of our  2017 BESPOKE collection in the coming weeks!  Please follow social media closely for exact delivery dates over the coming weeks.  


Wide V-neckline wrap gown with waist tucks that elegantly drape over the bust and through the side split skirt. Long, sheer georgette bell sleeves gather perfectly into a slim cuff. Back is open cut and low.


The embellished art deco inspired feathered collar worn with our Paris gown. 


Low, wide V-neckline with embellished tulle and rose motifs delicately appliqued over the fitted bodice. The nipped in waist falls into a slightly asymmetrical 4 tiered tulle and organza skirt with a webbed hem for subtle structure.


Boat neckline, fitted bodice with elegant long sleeves. The back is fastened with delicate covered buttons and opens up to a cut-out, low back. It features a slimline skirt which nips in at the knees before splaying out into a full, elegant godet train. The feathered collar can be worn on top to add an embellished, art deco touch.


Photographer - Kas Richards 

HMUA - Sophie Knox 

Model - Peyton Edwards 

Location - XO Studios, Brunswick 

Gowns - Karen Willis Holmes

Lucy + Callum's stunning Tweed Coast wedding.

Posted on 23 May, 2017
Lucy + Callum's stunning Tweed Coast wedding.


How did you meet your partner? We met through a mutual friend on a beach holiday in Ocean Grove, a classic summer romance. 

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Callum took me for a weekend away in the Yarra Valley. We stayed in a beautiful winery where we had a 5-course dinner, he proposed to me outside a beautiful little chapel in the vineyard under the stars.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 24th of September, 2016

Ceremony Location? Cabarita Foreshore, NSW

Why did you choose this location and how did you find it? We wanted to get married next to the ocean as we both love it so much. We had originally thought we’d get married in Bali but after a trip there changed our mind. We then moved our minds back to the NSW coast. The Tweed coast is so beautiful and we had gone to Cabarita Beach one day by chance. We were looking at locations close to our reception venue when we found the perfect location on the grassy foreshore with a perfect beach background.

Reception location? Madura Tea Estate, NSW

What made you choose there? The venue was so unique! It had a similar feel to a vineyard but much more lush and green. It also was in a valley surrounded by mountains, which I really liked.

How did you find it? I had seen the location on few wedding blogs that I followed and I just couldn’t go past it.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect. Sunny and 24 degrees, no wind. I couldn’t have asked for a better day

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Not particularly, we knew the weather is usually quite nice around the time, which was what we needed for an outdoor ceremony

The Wedding Details

The tealight candle holders and welcome sign were re-used from my sister's wedding 2 years prior. The glass prisms on the tables were from Kmart and filled with Forrero Rochers for a sweet treat at the end of dinner.

Theme? The theme was a cross between Garden party and Rustic. There was a lot of green and white with gold and pink accents throughout our décor.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I styled the wedding myself with some help from my mum. There was a lot of time spent scanning Pinterest pages and wedding blogs. Social media also played a big role. Following different wedding companies on Instagram gave me inspiration and helped to tweak my ideas to make the day more personal.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? All of my chalkboards on the day were DIY by a family friend saving us a lot of money. It was difficult to do a lot of DIY as we got married in a different state to where we live, meaning we would have had to transport it all.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Sally- My older Sister and  Courtney- My best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Hamish and Angus - Callum’s two oldest Brothers. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Lucy looked stunning in our sequin 'Tulip' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen Karen Willis Holmes gowns in a few online wedding blogs and I liked the general style and make of the dresses which drew me to the boutique.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Blogs/Magazines and online.

How many gowns did you try? At least 15 over 3 separate days

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I had tried on many other gowns that didn’t suit me and some just didn’t feel right. When I tried the 'Tulip' gown on I felt comfortable and it felt right, I tried on a few more after but came back and purchased it within the week as I couldn’t find anything quite like it. It made me feel elegant and sophisticated but also had a floaty feel which I really liked.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Review

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We re-used the suit Jackets from Callum's brother, Hamish’s, Wedding 2 years prior. They also wore Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, GAP chinos and shirts from Jack London. The bow ties were from The Tie Bar.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My dress was so detailed that it didn’t need anything to finish it apart from my earrings were from Etsy. The girl's belts were from Forever New, their earrings from Lovisa and their shoes from Famous Footwear

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes are from Mod Cloth.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was the one-tier full length silky tulle from Karen Willis Holmes and my comb was from Etsy


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try and stay calm. Remember that the day is about marrying the man of your dreams and everything else is a bonus .Any bride will tell you it’s easy to get hung up on the little things.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep looking, your dream gown will be just around the corner, where you least expect it. Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something New? My beautiful dress

Something Old and Borrowed? My grandmothers promise ring

Something Blue? My bridesmaids.


Photographer – Figtree Picture

Florist – Pollen Weddings

Music – The Wedding DJ (DJ Kristin)

First Dance – This old love- Lior

MC – Wesley Hetherington

Celebrant – Mine Forever, Melissa Fahey

Menu – Osteria Weddings 

Cake – Two Little Bakers

Hair and Make-Up – The Beauty Lineup

Wedding Bands – Megan Webb Jeweller