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Date: January 2015

Samantha & Samuel's Glamorous Wedding

Posted on 28 Jan, 2015
Samantha & Samuel's Glamorous Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a work function.

How long have you been together? 4.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? It was pretty special.  We travelled to Europe with my family for Christmas (2012).  Samuel planned a date night in London – we went to dinner and a show.  Dinner was at a Jamie Oliver restaurant overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  He was so nervous he went to the bathroom about 8 times during dinner.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18 October 2014

 Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?         

Ceremony Riverlife, Kangaroo Point.

Cocktail hour – We hired a boat for all of our guests for cocktail hour.  They boarded at Riverlife, cruised the river for an hour before docking at Brett’s Wharf which was a short walk from our reception venue.  We really wanted to keep our guests together and entertained while we got our photos taken.

Reception – Moda Events, Portside. 

 What made you choose there?  We always wanted a beautiful spot on the river.  We went along to a wedding showcase at Moda and it was love at first site.  We loved that it had a beautiful function room for dinner and formalities, as well as a deck with an amazing view for more casual interactions.  However what really sealed the deal for us was the food...  It’s to die for!

The Wedding Details 

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?  I would describe my wedding theme as pretty and modern with a hint of glamour. I had a stylist for the ceremony and another stylist for the reception but I was very hands on as I knew exactly what I wanted.  There were a lot of different components to the wedding which I managed myself, it was quite stressful but it was amazing to see how it all came together.

My colour palette was soft pink, mint, white & grey.

 Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

  • MOH – Rebecca, sister
  • Bridesmaid 1 – Shelby, best friend
  • Bridesmaid 2 – Hayley, Cousin

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

  • Best Man – Sam (yes, another Sam), best friend.
  • Groomsmen 1 – Michael, Brother in law
  • Groomsmen 2 – Jimmy, Brother in law

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We had our gorgeous niece Pippa as our flower girl


Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest, wedding magazines and facebook pages of various wedding suppliers.  I actually found a photo of a bridal bouquet on a facebook page (of the florist I ended up booking) which ended up being my inspiration for a lot of the styling.  I felt this one picture perfectly encapsulated everything I wanted my wedding to be, I took it with me to every appointment.

DIY projects: I made hangover packs for all of my guests.  These included a bottle of water, chips, nurofen, alka-seltzer, eye drops, a sleeping mask and chewing gum.

I also made all of my favours myself (with the help of my bridesmaids).

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had been into the store before as a bridesmaid and absolutely fell in love with the gowns.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Magazines, facebook etc.

How many gowns did you try?  I tried on about 8 dresses before finding “the one”.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? Without a doubt the skirt overlay! It’s so pretty and really ‘makes’ the gown.  So many people commented they had never seen anything like it.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? Mum and my three Bridesmaids.


Who is your brides maid dress supplier?BHLDN (designer: Jenny Yoo)

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We got the boys suits tailor made from The Black Label.

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

I finished the gown off with the KWH sequin and diamante belt.  I had really minimal accessories as the dress was more than enough on its own.  I wore some really simple tear drop earrings.

I got the Bridesmaids earrings from Etsy, shoes from ASOS and they also had fresh flowers in their hair.

Where did you get your shoes from? Forever New.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes and I paired it with an Anna Campbell hair piece.

We often hear of difficulties experienced by the mother of the bride and groom in finding an appropriate outfit for the wedding day of their son/daughter, do you mind sharing where they found their outfits at all? 

My mum bought a dress about four months before the wedding that she absolutely loved.  About 4 weeks out she completely changed her mind and ended up going to a dress maker and getting a dress custom made.  She wasn’t able to pick it up until two days before the wedding which totally stressed her out.  It turned out to be PERFECT! She was so happy. 


Highlight of the day-  Seeing my grooms face as I walked down the aisle.  He balled his eyes out through the entire ceremony and could barely say his vows!

Something old – I had my mum’s veil from her wedding wrapped around my bouquet.

Something new – A tiffany bracelet which was a gift from my groom.

Something borrowed – I ‘borrowed’ the song that my mum walked down the aisle to 30 years ago – Can’t help falling in love with you.

Something blue – I had my toe nails painted a soft blue.

Bridesmaids gifts:

Robes – Bras & things

Slippers – Cotton on body

Earrings – Etsy

Perfume – Marc Jacobs

Groomsmen gifts:

Cigar & Ralph Lauren socks.



Florist – Lillipolen. 

Photographer – Carly Tia. 

Videographer – Hush Media

Music -  Samuel’s cousin played during the ceremony and we had a DJ at the reception.

First Dance – Ed Sheeran – Thinking out loud

MC – A family friend – Brett McKewan

Celebrant – Chris North.  I met Chris through work a couple of years ago and he was kind enough to come up from Sydney to officiate our wedding.  He was amazing, so many guests commented on how great he was.

Stationery Minted.com.  I absolutely love their stuff and have recommended them to all of my friends.  They are really reasonably priced for such a quality product.

Menu Moda.  The food was to die for.  Our guests absolutely raved about it.

Bombonieres -  Mini French apothecary jars filled with custom coloured M&M’s to suit our colour scheme.  Our bonbonieres also doubled as place cards as we had tags made with our guests names which we tied onto the jars with twine.

Hair The Powder Room

Make up – The Powder Room

Wedding Bands – Tiffany & co

Extra features – I had Moda set up a DIY Mimosa Bar on the deck for guests to help themselves.  We had champagne with a selection of juices and fruits as ‘mix ins’.

Skye & James's isle of skye elopement

Posted on 23 Jan, 2015
Skye & James's isle of skye elopement

Skye & james tied the knot mid last year in a beautiful and very emotional elopment in the picturesque country, Scotland. 

Photographed by the talented duo 'The Kitcheners' this wedding not only shows the beautiful landscape of Isle of Skye but also the deep love the Aussie couple share. Skye & James have a Scottish background so getting hitched in this special place for the couple was sentimental. 

Skye wears KAREN WILLIS HOLMES 'Caitlyn Gown' from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection. This wedding is passionate, touching and a heart-warming wedding to view. 

Kelly's Closet Trunk Show

Posted on 21 Jan, 2015
Kelly's Closet Trunk Show

AH-HA moment! We love to hear that word especially when a bride has found her gown, however this word was particularly important when Kelly, from KELLY’S CLOSET when she bought her first bridal boutique.

Pouring her heart and soul into this store, Kelly has created a space for brides to that caters to the elaborate and classic aesthetic. The closet’s experience is intimate, joyful and laid- back.

Kelly's AH-HA moment was when she decided to open a bridal boutique whilst eating breakfast one morning. 'I live for AH-HA moments', and we completly agree when picking out a gown. 

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES will be featuring her gowns in KELLY'S CLOSET from the 23rd January 2015 to the 26th January 2015. The gowns that will be shown are: 

- Trinity Gown

- Louella Gown

- Sienna Gown

- Silk Slip

- Strapless Slip

- Genevieve Overlay

- Maggie Overlay

- Lulu Gown

- Johanna Gown

- Kayla Gown

- Alexandra Gown

- Jamie Gown

- Isla Gown

- Harriet Gown 

To book in an appointment and sharing the special experience of finding your gown, jump over to KELLY’S CLOSET website. 

European Wonderland Editorial

Posted on 19 Jan, 2015
European Wonderland Editorial

This beautiful European wonderland edtiorial was photographed in the breathtaking Italian Renaissance styled gardens of 'Kimberly Crest House' located in California.  A talented team of Wedding industry professionals created an editorial that is all things whimsical and elegant. 

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES fell in love with this photoshoot when it arrived in our inbox. Photographed by the extremely talented Gregory Ross, this editorial shows a softer more femine aesthetic to wedding photography. 


Photography: Gregory Ross

Tux: The Black Tux 

Dress & Viel: Karen Willis Holmes 

Florist: Twig + Twine 

Models: Rileigh Cunningham & Christian Bask 

Rentals: Circa Rentals 

Paper Goods + Callirgraphy: Script Merchant 

Venue: Kimberly Crest 

Hair & Makeup: Ridhi Patal 

Cake Stand: The Bride Concierge 


Posted on 15 Jan, 2015

Cosmopolitian Bride Magazine- The newely engaged girl's bible. 

The talented team of ladies puts together an explosive issue of dress inspiration, styling ideas, hair and beauty looks, venue picks, planning tips and more in a wopping issue that is released bi-annually. 

Issue 41 is bursting of all things love, and KAREN WILLIS HOLMES garments are featured a number of times throughout

To see more of this beautiful magazine, head to your nearest newsagency. 

REAL BRIDE Kate and Tim's Lake Crackenback Wedding

Posted on 14 Jan, 2015
REAL BRIDE Kate and Tim's Lake Crackenback Wedding

Personal Details

Your name:  Kate Goovan

Your husband’s name: Tim Goovan

Your maiden name: Thompson   


How did you meet your (now) husband?  Tim and I met on the internet despite having over 100 mutual friends on facebook and living around the corner from each other. We were destined to be together

How long have you been together?  4 years

Do you have a proposal story?  Tim and I were snowboarding in Japan at the time , Tim had found a tree swing on the mountain and had setup a video camera and told me that he wanted to capture me jumping off the swing into the snow, when I jumped off the swing I turned around and Tim was down on one knee 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  7.9.14

Where?  Lake Crackenback Resort

What made you choose there?  Tim and I spend a lot of time in the snowy mountains region over winter and we wanted to share that special place with our guests.

How was the weather on the day?  Getting married in Spring was risky as alpine weather is very unpredictable.  It was either going to be snow, rain or sunshine and we were very lucky to have a very bright sunny day, It really couldn’t have been any better we were really lucky.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  We chose the first week of spring as we were hoping that there would still be quite a lot of snow around for our photos


The Wedding Details

Theme?  We chose a peach, rose and gold colour theme, my engagement ring was rose gold with a peach sapphire so choosing those colours for our wedding seemed appropriate.  I did the styling myself which included arranging the flowers for the ceremony and reception tables.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  Pinterest, Instagram and magazines.  Our whole wedding was DIY, styling and planning was done by myself.  DIY projects included: table chart, hand painting gold glitter polka dots on each of the 150 votive candle holders, arranging flowers for the reception tables and ceremony.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids? Maid of Honour – Kristy (my sister), Bridesmaid – Rachel (my best friend)

Groomsmen?  Bestman – Guy (Tim’s best friend), Groomsmen – Peter (Tims brother)

Flower girls? Our Nieces, Sophie and Zoe

The Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into KAREN WILLIS HOLMES?  I had always admired Karen’s designs. I love anything sparkly so finding the Kayla dress was a dream come true! It was amazing!!

What did you especially like about your gown?  The sparkly detail and flowiness of the skirt, I felt really comfortable wearing this dress as it wasn’t too clingy.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you?  My mum.


Florist – Bouquets were from Moxom and Whitney in Canberra

PhotographerStudio Something we chose them because they included a photobooth, a video and all day photography in their package

Videographer Studio Something  (they do a stop motion video)

Music – A family friend was our DJ

First Dance – Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

MC – Our brother in law Iain and friend Josh

Celebrant – Jane Needham – local snowy mountains celebrant

Stationery – All stationery was from Misiu paper goods, she was fantastic! She made the invites, programs, menus, table chart, place cards, heart  prop used for photos, guest boo, bunting for the bridal table, table numbers and a custom label for our bombonierre bottles

Cake – Cake was made by my mum, Cake Topper was from From The Owl

Bombonieres -  We had  miniature peach schnapps bottles made at the Wild Brumby Distillery in Lake Crackenback and had a custom label made by Misiu papergoods to put on the bottle.

Hair – My sister in law Sam

Make up – My cousin Karlie who is a freelance makeup artist

Wedding Bands -  Roselands Centre Jeweller. The rings came from Tim’s family jeweller in Roselands, both Tim’s mum and sister’s wedding rings were from there. 

Extra features:

Bridal table heart shaped vase centerpiece – Lovestar

- K & T gold sequin letters and Gold foiled champagne print from – Miss Poppy Design

- Gold fringed Heart wishing well and mini chalkboard signs hired from – Ashdown and Bee

- Fringed Tassels – Studiomucci

Golden Globes 2015 Fashion

Posted on 12 Jan, 2015
Golden Globes 2015 Fashion


The team at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES have voted, and the nominations are in. We are loving looks that are unique, classic and contemporary. Guilana Ranic looks graceful in a strapless Maria Lucia Hohan mermaid gown. Emma Stone rocked an androgynous, yet dazzling Lanvin jumpsuit and Chrissy Teigen looked stunning in a Zuhair Murad long sleeve gown paired with Harry Kotlar jewelry


The red carpet was full of sparkling statement gowns of Silvers & Metallics. We have picked our favourites with Ellie Kemper wearing a beautiful embellished Naeem Khan gown, Reece Witherspoon shows off her body in a classic Calvin Klein gown and Dianne Kruger wears silvery Emilia Wickstead dress and Kwiat earrings.

Above: Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture,  Emma Stone in Lanvin and Greer Grammer look glamourous and dazzling in a strapless Lorena Sarbu. 


An unexpected trend that was featured on the red carpet was yellow. This pop of colour is something a little different which we love. Another noticiable feature was the strapless coloumn gown. Jenna Dewan-Tatum looks elegant in a beautiful Carolina Herrera gown, Leslie Mann wears a simple strapless gown and the Aussie beauty, Naomi Watts wore a Gucci Gown paired with a Bvglari necklace.  


Polished and classic neutrals, is another elegant trend that was gown on the red carpet. Camilla Alves wore a sophisicated Monique Lhuillier gownAnna Faris in a sweet Reem Acra gown and Sienna Miller wore a striking embroidered Mui Mui gown. 

Morgen & Jack's Soft & Romantic Wedding

Posted on 09 Jan, 2015
Morgen & Jack's Soft & Romantic Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a mutual friends party when we were young he was a handsome, rugby league playing, older guy. There wasn’t much more to tick off a teenagers list.  

How long have you been together?  We’ve been together for nearly 10 years ! I wouldn’t say we were high school sweethearts. But after all these years we couldn’t imagine spending our life any other way.

Do you have a proposal story? Jack and I were taking our 6 monthly trip to Melbourne and on the way home we were stopping in Bright VIC, in a beautiful little cottage up in the hills. I was getting ready to go out for tea, when he stopped me and asked me to sit with him and look at the stars. Moments later he pulled a ring from what seemed like nowhere and asked me to be his wife. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 27th September 2014.

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? My Parents farm in Griffith NSW. In the Riverina region.

 2.     What made you choose there? I had grown up there, and always thought it was beautiful in a simple way. I also knew I would be allowed to do whatever I wanted. I got married in my parents garden, had a cocktail hour and then had the reception in a different part of the garden under beautiful festoon lighting it was everything we wanted.

How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect !  A beautiful 27 degrees a light breeze and a beautiful cool night.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew we wanted to get married in the spring because that is the time of year everything is beautiful and green. So we picked Sept / Oct because we wanted an outdoor wedding we knew it needed to be a bit warm. Then we made sure our vendors were available and picked that date. 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? I knew I wanted a rustic feel to the day, but with some sparkle added into it. Blush and timber were the colours and then everything just rolled from there. Once I had chosen my bridesmaid dresses everything magically fell into place.  

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I read a lot of wedding blogs and magazines. And pinterest is obviously endless for ideas.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Living in the middle of NSW we are a bit restricted in what is available for weddings to hire, so there were lots of DIY because I knew that was a way to personalize things. The biggest DIY was from my Dad he made a beautiful rustic arbour, well he calls it a hut it’s huge ! We got married underneath it and no one could believe he made it. My Pop made all the flower boxes with his Men’s Shed which was really special to me. My bridesmaids and I did all the flower arrangements for the tables and made the favours which were little potted plants in biodegradable pots. They were a huge hit ! I still get photos of peoples plants growing in their gardens and now they are starting to flower. To get the garden ready for a wedding is not an easy task but there were many weekends spent with my family and friends and it made it all so much more special. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

 Sally – Matron of honour and one of my closest friends who now just happens to be my sister in law.

 Laura – My sister

Jaimie – One of my friends who I have worked with for just over 5 years !

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Alex – Jack’s best friend

Will – Jack’s brother

Joe – Jack’s brother

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girls

Isla – niece

Maggie – niece

Ruby – cousin

Page boy

Lane – cousin 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I wanted a dress that was not covered in layers and layers of tulle. I had spent hours on pinterest and had came across KAREN WILLIS HOLMES dresses. I thought that they were incredibly different to anything I had seen and were flowy and simply beautiful.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had never seen one of the gowns in real life, but now after purchasing my own they seem to be popping up everywhere in magazines.

How many gowns did you try? I would have tried what seemed like millions.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my gown the Armadale boutique. It was so refreshing to walk into a boutique and not feel pressured, I was instantly relaxed and had a wonderful time trying on dresses. Sally made me feel comfortable and was extremely honest, which is quite rare.

What did you especially like about your gown? I chose the Jamie gown and I loved the detailed beading on the bodice and how it flattered my waist and just dropped so elegantly. When I tried it on I immediately felt beautiful. I didn’t buy it there and then, I went to a few other store but then found myself comparing them to the Jamie dress, so I knew it was the ONE ! It was so comfortable as well and felt beautiful and soft against my body. 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids are very different girls, so I knew I couldn’t put them in the same dress. Sally and Jamie’s were both purchased from a local boutique, Something & Love and are Eileen Kirby. My sister Laura’s dress was a blush sequin dress purchased from White Runway it’s a j’adore design. The dresses were one of my favourite parts of the wedding I’m so glad I decided to put them in different dresses. They all said they felt beautiful and individual, which was my aim. They all just wore nude heels, I asked them if they could find a pair that they felt comfortable in. Of course every girl has a different tolerance when it comes to heels. My flowergirls wore the cutest dresses from Tutu Demonde. The littlest flowergirl Maggie lost her shoes one minute before walking down the aisle, so she went without and was carried it made for some beautiful photos.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? One of the groom’s main request was that he wanted to wear a tuxedo. So he chose a very dark navy suit with black trim from Man2Man. The groomsmen wore the same suit.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose a headpiece and earrings from Jeanette Marie in Melbourne. I also wore my sisters bangle. The bridesmaids had rose gold accessories for the day which also pulled their look together.  

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was my something borrowed from my cousin it was beautiful and matched with my dress perfectly. I did have a headpiece hand made by Jeanette Marie for the reception and it was beautiful. 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Listen to your groom, often they have the best ideas. If they would like something in particular I would work around them, because they don’t really ask for much. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, your family always want to help but don’t want to get in your way. Having mine and Jack’s extended family and friends help made everything more special. As long as you have good people, good food, good music, your new husband and yourself will have a perfect day !

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to a bridal store which has a big range of dresses to find what suits your shape. Then once that part is done use google and pinterest to find the one you like. Stick to your gut, because you can easily get distracted trying to please everyone.


Florist – Country Eclectic Flowers & Décor. I got in contact with Margie from a local wedding fair. She has designs which were exactly what I wanted. She was wonderful and so organized and really cared what I wanted for the day.

Photographer – Jillian Mitchell. My husband’s incredibly talented Aunty. I have always loved Jill’s photography I have several of her images hanging in my home. For my photography I wanted to include the beautiful landscapes and not just have big pictures of my face. She was perfect, we hardly posed at all and I was completely comfortable. 

Music – Jiakamo Thief – Honestly the best live band in NSW I organized my wedding around them !

First Dance – Our first dance was ‘You’ll accompany me,’ Bob Sega

MC – Harry Robertson our very close friend

Celebrant – Learna Brauman

Stationery – An etsy designer Rachel Marvin. She was so easy to deal with and the inviations turned out beautifully ! 

Catering – Sugarmill Patisserie. Their Food is to die for !

Bombonieres – Potted plants in biodegradable pots.

Hair – Jaimi Thompson – Jaimi has been my hairdresser and friend for many years now and I couldn’t have chosen a better hairdresser

Make up – Candace Vearing. Candace did an amazing job ! I felt beautiful but still myself.  

Wedding Bands – Frank Ellis the diamond Centre Griffith 

Lisa & Simon's Elegant Wedding

Posted on 07 Jan, 2015
Lisa & Simon's Elegant Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband:
Simon sold me leather jacket while he was working at General Pants Co. I fell instantly in love and went home to the two girl friends I was living with at the time and said "I have to marry this guy". We dug the receipt out of the bin to find his name, I tracked him down on Facebook and the rest is history.

How long have you been together:
Just over 5 years

Proposal story:
As Simon knows, Christmas is my favourite time of year! I was out of town for almost a week in early December, in which Simon frantically decorated our front garden with 2800 gold fairy lights. The day he proposed he picked me up from the airport, we went and bought a Christmas tree and new decorations. We spent the afternoon putting the tree up with a Christmas movie on in the background! As soon as it was dark, Simon said he wanted to show me the Christmas lights he put up outside (I had been asking him for weeks to put up the Christmas lights). It was hot summers night in Brisbane. He asked me to close my eyes and walked down our front steps. When he asked me to open my eyes the whole front garden was lit up in twinkling lights with Simon on one knee holding an engagement ring. The stone wall behind him had written in fairy lights 'will you marry me'. Our little kitten was jumping around the garden amongst us. It was just perfect.


What was your wedding date: 04.10.14

Ceremony location:
James Oates reserve, Minnamurra
A friend of ours had her wedding there and I loved it. Sime and I also love the water so that made it feel more 'us'. My favourite thing however, was the little bush walk you had walk through to reach the destination. It was decorated with hanging jars and flowers. It's gave it such a magical & tranquil feel.

City Beach Function centre, Wollongong
It was really difficult to find a reception venue in the Illawarra that I loved. I found this one of my hardest tasks. I ended up choosing City Beach because the function room itself was nice and big with really high ceilings, so it didn't feel cramped. It was right on the ocean, so it had a beautiful view of moon lit water from the balcony. And I knew there was a lot of potential to style up the room. The staff were also great! They always got back to me so efficiently.

This was the only down fall on the day. Even though the sun was shining and the sky was blue, it was so windy. Or how I phrased it on the day "like a tornado". It did however make some beautiful photos. My veil certainly was flowing and the canopy felt alive. As one of the groomsmen describe the girls "it made their dresses flow like flags" Being the perfectionist that I am, I hated that all our gorgeous hair became slightly wind blown lol lucky I packed mini hair brushes, bobby pins and mirrors in each of the girls clutches.

What made you choose this date:
We wanted a spring wedding. It was the long weekend, and city beach was available that day!

Bridal Party:


Maid of honour- Kate (sister)
Bridesmaid- jess (best friend)
Bridesmaid- Ashley (cousin)
Bridesmaid- Nicole (other really good friend)
Bridesmaid- Stephanie (cousin)


Best man- Mat (best friend)
Groomsmen- Kane (other best friend)
Groomsmen- Kain (brother in law/ good friend)
Groomsmen- Nathan (brother)
Groomsmen- Aaron (brother)


Theme: The only way I can describe my theme would be 'ivory & lace' I wanted a classic white wedding with a rustic edge.

Inspiration: Pinterest

DIY: We contemplated making our own invitations but decided it was defiantly too much effort and time we just didn't have. We made our own guest book. We just bought a brown spiral book from typo with thick brown pages and put some of our favourite photos and quotes through out the book. My cousin took some pictures of us in the backyard with her Polaroid camera which looked great and flowed with our rustic feel to the wedding. We also made confetti bags for the ceremony. We went through a company called Piccolo & Poppi for the printed tote bags, and then filled each one with paper colourful confetti and sealed it with a small peg.

WEDDING GOWN (The most important part) 

What made you decide to go to Karen Willis Holmes:
I did a lot of research on the Internet before even starting to look in shops. I had a look on KAREN WILLIS HOLMES  web page and fell instantly in love with the Matilda gown (I think that's what it was called). Also thought they were reasonably priced.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I've seen the gowns in the window of the Paddington store in Brisbane. A friend of mine also wore a KWH gown for her wedding. Such elegant gowns.

How many gowns did you try?  The dress I bought was the first dress I tried on. Fell in love with it straight away. I waited a month to try it on again when my mum was up visiting, and we both agreed it was the one.

Where did you purchase your gown from? I purchased the gown from the Paddington store on Brisbane. The ladies were fabulous help!

What did you especially like about your gown? My favourite thing about the gown was the tiers in the skirt. I loved the tight bodess and lace that fringed the boob area. I felt the gown complemented my body shape perfectly and I felt really great in it. The veil was my other most favourite part! I didn't plan on wearing a veil but when the girls suggested trying this particular one on, It completed the whole outfit


Bridesmaids: Zimmerman silk maxi dresses in 'pearl' colour (Ivory)

Groomsmen: Navy blue suits from Topman, Sydney. Each suit was then tailored to fit each person perfectly. Shoes were also from topman. White shirts from Roger David and belts from tarocash. Bow ties were bought online. Groomsmen wore black and the groom wore an ivory bow tie.

Bride- Anna Campbell bracelet, Tony Bianco heels, plain diamanté ear rings and a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES hair clip/comb

Bridesmaids- Samantha Wills bohemian ring in cracked white. Gold stud ear rings, and plain off white heels from Payless ($50 each) which actually looked great. I bought each girl a white clutch with gold trimming across the flap, pure packed with bandaids, Panadol, neurofen, mints, mirror, small brush, wet ones, tissues.


Advice for brides: It's really easy to get caught up in everything being perfect. Something someone told me that stuck "it's not a production, it's about you and simon making a commitment to each other" this always help put things into perspective for me when I found myself stressing because I wasn't sure how many tiers the cake should be.

Gown advice: Do your research! look online first. Most designers/shops will have a webpage. It saves you time, helps narrow down your choice, and gives you an idea of styles you like/ don't like. You have to feel GREAT in it.

Something old- My grandmas hankies that I kept in my clutch
Something borrowed- My Great Grandmas lace table cloth which went over a small table at the ceremony to hold the confetti bags as people arrived
Something blue- My Piccolo & Poppi garter
Something new- My dress!!


Florist: Carly from 'Botany & Co' Kiama. My stylist actually recommended her. She was amazing! By far my favourite supplier of the entire day. My bouquets were exactly what I had in visioned. And the floral work on the canopy at the ceremony brought so much beauty and colour to the venue. I just loved her work. Really easy to work with as well

Photographer: Holly Prins. She is a rock star this girl. Funny, chilled, and extremely talented! I love her use of colour with photos and I couldn't of been happier with the end result.

Videographer: Joel Francis and his assistant Sanita Khandrixiay. Joel is just starting out in the videography business but wow he did an exceptional job! And so reasonably priced for a whole day's work!

Walking down the aisle- Ava Maria by Beyoncé
Signing register- how long will I love you by Elle Goulding
Cutting the cake- over the rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo' Ole
First dance- all of me by John legend
Bouquet toss- single ladies by Beyoncé
Garter throw- oh my god by usher

We used a local supplier to Wollongong called 'Essentric'. I was extremely happy with the end product and flowed with our theme beautifully! Well priced too!

Cake: Again we went with a local supplier called 'Delaneys Cakes' we had a three tier white chocolate & raspberry swirl mud cake, with butter cream icing. We had flowers from the florist used as decoration on the cake with 'love birds' cake topper from etsy.

Bombonieres: Lollie bar decorated by our stylist and tote bags from 'Piccolo & Poppi'

Hair: Natasha Papac and her assistant styled my hair, mother of the bride and x5 bridesmaids.  Extremely happy with what she produced! All our hair looked fabulous and elegant. I didn't want a stale and original hair style for any of my bridesmaids. They were much too pretty for that.

Make up: The incredible Lauren Symons. Her attention to detail and talent is out of this world. I couldn't of been happier with her efforts!

Wedding bands: Diamonds International, Brisbane. Both plain gold 18c

Extra features: Cars were 10 seater Chrysler white stretch limos

We used giant Ivory helium balloons for photo props (3foot in diameter) hanging from thick white ribbon. They looked great in photos and were a lot of fun

Carly & Sam's Countryside Wedding

Posted on 05 Jan, 2015
Carly & Sam's Countryside Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met in Armidale during the St Alberts Race Day. Sam was at uni and I was on my gap year.

How long have you been together? 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? Last year we were heading off for an 8 week adventure to Europe. After months of taunting and teasing me that Sam would drop down to one knee overseas, we were on a domestic flight to Sydney and I thought perhaps I was in the clear and that it might actually happen overseas. Sam suggested we book dinner in the city so I just went along with it not thinking any more of it and that night he proposed…. I guess he didn’t think any further past the actual asking (as I asked him a month or so before we flew out to organize the motel for this particular night and he booked the formula 1 at the airport!!!) Such a dag - so we spent our first night as an engaged couple in a formula 1 and only 3hrs of sleep before we had to board a plane to Heathrow.  

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 8 November 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? Duri, NSW. All Saints Church, Duri and then back to my Mum and Dads for the reception.           

2.     What made you choose there? It was our local church as children and had special meaning to me and my aunt, who passed away last year, and her husband were the last couple married there (over 15 years ago, Duri is not a raging place) .

How was the weather on the day? We’re in the midst of a drought so it was a very hot day. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Ha is was the only date the ‘big three’(caterer, photographer and marquee hire people) all coincided.


The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We just wanted a simple and relaxed garden party vibe.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  

-          We did everything ourselves no stylist involved here! By trade I am an accountant so my job can at times be very same same however I found organizing the wedding and making things a nice release after looking at numbers all day. I especially loved hand making a few bits and pieces we had around.

-          My Nanny passed away a few years ago and she used to make one of the best sponge cakes you could ever eat, so as homage to her our wedding cake was a sponge cake made by my great aunt.


Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I was given the best advice by a friend who married the year before to choose someone from different stages of life. So I chose Shell (my cousin, almost sister and someone from my childhood), Trina (a dear school friend), Ash (a friend from the now).

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Lachie (a friend from uni & also Trina’s boyfriend - I credit myself for this relationship thank you!), Josh (another friend from uni – currently looking for love) and Rob (a childhood friend)

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Where do I start, Laura (our niece) Oli, Milly, Charlotte and Kate (Sam’s cousins) 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The fact that the gowns were Australian made. Why would you pay $2000 for a gown made in China out of polyester when you can pay a little bit extra for quality fabric and Australian made. 

How many gowns did you try? Only 4 or so in KAREN WILLIS HOLMES but a few else where

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

What did you especially like about your gown? My mum has her own manufacturing business and as such I’ve learnt to appreciate good quality garments and most importantly Australian made garments. However mostly the lace and the feel of the gorgeous chiffon. 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My mum! She is a clever little thing and made each of the maid’s dresses as well as all the flower girl dresses.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Handerson’s menswear in Dubbo.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Just lace look alike earnings. The girls wore a twisted beaded necklace that toned in with all their dresses and matching stud earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? Lucy Choi – Net a porter

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Birdcage veil from etsy.



What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be true to yourselves as a couple, if you’re not black tie people don’t have a formal wedding. We’re laid back people and having a garden party suited us to a tee.

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

-          Instead of having our best man and maid of honor sign the register we asked our grandparents (Sam’s grandmother and my grandfather) to sign the register as they have both been married for 55 and 65 years respectively. Their signature on our wedding certificate is something we can always treasure for years to come.

-          Again instead of having the best man have the rings we thought we would involve our Mum’s and they were supposed to have the rings. Well it didn’t quite turn out like that… Mum left the rings at home so my brother dashed back to the house to get the rings and only made it back in time for the question “who has the rings”. We had no idea, until the story was told at brunch the next day.


Florist – Wedding Only, Tamworth

Photographer – Edwina Robertson Photography

Music – Poly Pipe band

First Dance – Last Request, Paulo Nutini

MC – Mick & Pip Doolan

Celebrant – Reverend Xavier Lukins

Stationery - Minted

Menu – Relish Catering - Narrabri

Bombonieres – Olive trees for the girls and stubby holders for the boys

Hair – Brooklyn’s Hair & Make Up, Moree

Make up – Liz Hann, Moree

Wedding Bands – Danny Designer Jewelers, Tamworth