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Date: February 2015

WILD LOVE Fashion Editorial

Posted on 27 Feb, 2015
WILD LOVE Fashion Editorial

This beautiful WILD LOVE editorial is captured by the talented Lydnel and Daniel at 35mm Wedding Photography. Exploring letting go and embracing what lies ahead with all your heart makes this editorial soft, angelic and captiviating. 
Originally featured on WHITE Magazine

Creative Credits:

Photography & Creative Direction: 35mm Wedding Photography  //   @35mm_wedding_photography

Flowers: Sugarbeeflowers  //  @sugarbeeflowers

Make Up and Hair: Janice Wu  //  @janjanwuwu

Model: @natdarcas

Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes 

Bree & Marc's Simple & Elegant Wedding

Posted on 25 Feb, 2015
Bree & Marc's Simple & Elegant Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

Marc and I met through a friend at a house party in Melbourne when we were 18. We dated for about a year then went our separate ways. We met up again in Melbourne about 5 years later and the rest is history 

How long have you been together?

 We have now been together for 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? 

Marc proposed when we were in Japan, half way up Mt Fuji. It was supposed to be covered in wild flowers but they had blossomed early so instead we were surrounded by dirt… but it was perfect! 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?

23 August 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?    

Two Ton Max – 124 Langford st North Melbourne

2.     What made you choose there?

We both wanted a relaxed venue that we could stamp as our own. Two Ton Max is a very cool industrial venue that has the flexibility of white walls, amazing polished concrete floors and is just a bit different to your regular mainstream wedding venue.

It also has an amazing white marble bar that is there and ready to serve your guests in style. The owner Remo is so easy to deal with and he literally has everything covered which makes for smooth sailing in the lead up and the on day. What can I say…. Two Ton Max is beyond fabulous! 

How did you find it?

I googled industrial venues and it was a definite stand out one of a kind  

How was the weather on the day?

We had planned our wedding inside for our gloomy winter wedding but instead we had a balmy August day and night, it really was perfect!

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

We didn’t really put to much thought into the date, it worked for the venue and it was in the time frame we wanted so we just went with it. Once we sent out the invites we were informed by our families that we both had one set of grandparents that had been married on the same date which made our choice even more amazing. What a fluke!

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?

We wanted a relaxed fuss free wedding, that resembled a big family dinner.

I guess the theme if there was one was simple elegance meets industrial.

I collected old English saucers, not one the same, for the tables, and I also collected mismatched op shop cutlery. We went with charcoal table clothes and chairs as I felt it was more relaxed then stark white.

We used old silver teapot sets potted with succulents as our table centerpieces.

Our furniture hire company custom made an old door screen for us to be married in front, which we draped with a mixture of ivy and flowers.  But my favorite feature of the setup was our suspended ladders over our two long tables with the bare bulb lights all knotted through and a hanging flower arrangement down the aisle, it made the venue cosy but so very cool.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I saw a photo on pinterest with a long table and a million suspended lights that I fell in love with immediately, and the rest just fell into place around that one picture. I also used sites such as polka dot bride and magazines to get ideas.

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

A lot of out wedding we did ourselves. With the help of both of our mums we collected tea sets and planted them with succulents as our centrepeices. We also did the venue flowers and hanging flower arrangement ourselves with a few lessons from an amazing florist wholesaler.

Again enlisting the help of our mums we also made our own bonbonaires which was an assortment of homemade tomato relish, strawberry jam, succulents in jars and also bowel cancer awareness pins. 

 

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

We mixed it up a little and I had Bridesmen – My brothers Kyle Docherty and Tyson Docherty

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Marc had Groomsmaids – His sisters Ashlee Adams and Tayla Adams

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Our flowers girls were marcs cousins daughters Ruby & Matilda 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

I had tried on a KWH dress in the initial stages of dress shopping but in the end opted for a different option – BIG MISTAKE! When everything went completely wrong with the other dress that I had bought – 3 weeks out from the wedding, I immediately went back to KWH in the hope that I would be able to somehow have the amazing dress I had originally tried on.

The ladies in the armadale shop are true angels! They told me they would be able to make the dress in record time however then I saw THE dress in the window and I had to try it on.

This dress was amazing and when I put it on I finally got that excited feeling I think you are supposed to get when you find the ONE!

There were some very stressed phone calls to be able to make that dress mine but the ladies in aramdale went the extra miles for me and in the end I had the most amazing dress any bride could ever ask for. They all truly have hands of gold!

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

I have seen a couple of brides wearing KWH dresses and also advertised in magazines

How many gowns did you try?

I cant remember … to many!

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

KWH Melbourne. I dealt mainly with Enza but they are all amazing in there.

What did you especially like about your gown?

I loved how womanly it made me feel! The strapless bodice was modern but so classy and fit like a glove so I wasn’t forever having to readjust! And the way the fabric in the skirt fell was amazing … to be honest there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the dress!  

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?

Shakuhacki – White envelope dress from David Jones

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

Ted Baker suits

Hugo Boss Shirts and Ties

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

House of Harlow earrings for the groomsmaids

I chose a set of cluster earrings from KWH 

Where did you get your shoes from?

Zimmerman & Ted Baker

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

My veil was my something borrowed

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Relax and just tick the boxes. At the end of the day you are going to marry the man of your dreams and everyone that matters is only there to witness that so don’t get bogged down in the unimportant things.

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

Go to KWH, the service and product is nothing short of perfection!!

Something Old?

My mum gave me her mums engagement ring on my wedding day

Something New?

My earrings were my something new

Something Borrowed?

I borrowed my veil from a friend

Something Blue?

I had blue shoes, and also my nans engagement ring was diamond and sapphire 

Suppliers

Florist – Eastlink Flowers Ferntree GullyWe wanted to do our decorating ourselves, Amanda made our bouquets and helped me source simple flowers that we could work with to make our hanging arrangement and vases  

Photographer Erin & Tara Photography – AMAZING!  Tara took our photos with another photographer Julia. Both were so amazing and we LOVE the final product!

First Dance – Van Morrison – Someone like you

Celebrant – Helen Peters

Stationery Claire Louise Invitations

Cake – Blakes Feast made our cake – which we served as sweets it was delicious!

Bombonieres – Home made Tomato Relish, Strawberry Jam and potted succulents in jar from www.justjars.com.au great prices and speedy service .We also thought it was important to spread to word about the growing incidence of bowel Cancer so we made one of our bonbonaires bowel cancer awareness pins purchased from bowel cancer Australia – such a great cause!

Hair -  Hair by a fabulous friend Jo

Make up – Melonie Santos – the most amazingly natural makeup, she is truly fantastic!

Wedding Bands John Wohlers Jewellers Wangaratta

Extra features – LIGHTING – Technical Events.Technical events did all the rigging of the suspended ladders and lighting which was so important for our day, as it was a focus. Such a professional company with a great product

HIRE COMPANY COMPLETE FUNCTION HIRE – Steve Withers from CFH is an absolute champ! He helped me create my dream by sourcing old furniture and building me an old doorpetition to stand in front of the bar for our ceremony. The service was fantastic and all the boys were just so helpful! I HIGHLY recommend CFH.

 

Christine & Tim's traditional and romantic wedding

Posted on 23 Feb, 2015
Christine & Tim's traditional and romantic wedding

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 7th December 2013

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? St Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church / Simmer on the Bay        

2.     What made you choose there?  Rustic charm with interesting features

3.     How did you find it? After hours of trolling the internet and wedding forums!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?  Romantic Vintage/eclectic style 

How was the weather on the day? Perfect and sunny 26 degrees!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in December so my family from Ireland could travel and then stay here for Christmas. It was actually my Dad’s birthday too.


Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 3 bridesmaids (sister, old friend, school friend)

 2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? 3 (1 cousin, 2 best mates) 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I saw a dress in a magazine that I loved and wanted to try it on and looked up the name on the internet. A friend also recommended I look at your dresses because she thought they would be my style.

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

How many gowns did you try? Too many!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or couture)? Akina Bridal in Castle Hill

What did you especially like about your gown? It was simple but it fitted beautifully and made me look like I have curves.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? My mum, my sister and my friend. They all loved it!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The brand was Treuse and we purchased from Smik in Rouse Hill

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Just for Him in Beecroft for the Groomsmen and Montagio custom made Tux for the Groom.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a Viktoria Novak headpiece and crystal stud earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? I designed my own shoes from Shoes of Prey.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was made by Tracy at Akina Bridal and headpiece by Viktoria Novak.

Suppliers

Florist – Boo Shi Floral Designs

Photographer – McKay Photography

Videographer – High Tea Films

Music – Furnace and the Fundamentals (6 piece band)

First Dance – This Year’s Love – David Gray

MC – Adam Wowk (Cousin)

Celebrant – Fr. Simon Ckuj

Cake Faye Cahill

 Cars/Transport – London Cab Company

Hair – Marie Hair Designs

Make up – Christina Cleary

Wedding Bands – Gregory Jewellers

Reception Stylist – She Designs

Oscars Fashion 2015

Posted on 23 Feb, 2015
Oscars Fashion 2015

Best Dressed as voted by the KWH Team: 

We love award season in the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES HQ because we have our own 'Fashion Police'.The votes are in, and we have put together a collection of 'Best Dressed' looks. 

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy, Emma Stone in Elie Saab and Rita Ora in Marchesa 

Red on Red: 

Black & White: 

Guilana Rancic in Mireille DagherDakoda Johnson in Saint Laurent Paris and Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Reece Witherspoon in Tom Ford, Sienna Miller in Oscar De La Renta and Jenna Tatum in Zuhair Murad Couture. 

Hello Honey- The Wedding Room

Posted on 20 Feb, 2015
Hello Honey- The Wedding Room

Hello Honey is a beautiful intimate wedding boutique located in Cookeville, Tennessee offering unique and dreamy gowns, veils and bridal accessories.

Hello Honey | The Wedding Room was started with a dream of a cozy and personalized wedding boutique for brides looking for the perfect wedding dresses with a unique, vintage, elegant, or bohemian twist.  We are excited to bring an alternative shopping experience to Cookeville where our first priority is finding you the most important garment ever made for you, the wedding dress.

Hello Honey will be displaying the following gowns in their Karen Willis Holmes Trunk Show:

The WILD HEARTS Collection:

-          Louella Gown

-          Sienna Gown

-          Trinity Gown

-          Johanna Gown

-          Lulu Gown

-          Genevieve Overlay

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES:

-          Jaime Gown

-          Alexandra Gown

-          Harriet Gown

BESPOKE COLLECTION:

-          Isla Gown

They also carry a curated selection of bow ties, neck ties and pocket squares for your leading man as well as stationary, invitations and other goodies to help with your wedding day.

Let Hello Honey | The Wedding Room help you celebrate one of life’s largest milestones!

Book your appointment today HERE

Editorial Feature: Teeki & The Adorn Collective

Posted on 20 Feb, 2015
Editorial Feature: Teeki & The Adorn Collective

When we saw this stunning editorial by the talented forces of Teeki & The Adorn Collective, the whole office stopped and swooned over these images. Recently featured on WHITE MAGAZINE'S blog, the talented duo produced an editorial featuring their stunning new bridal accessories range that's a little bit exotic and ever- so-elegant. Captured by Scott Surplice Photography, the boho- inspired images pop out at you. Featuring gowns from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES's latest 'The WILD HEARTS Collection' ( Tillie Crop Top styled with the Natasha Skirt & The Mabel Top & Skirt ) and KWH BY KAREN WILLIS HOLMES (Caitlyn Gown and Taylor Gown) makes every girl want to channel their inner bohemian.  

Credits: 

Headpieces & Styling: Teeki, Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes, Florals: Clemtine Posy, Photogaphy: Scott Surplice Photography, Hair: Deeblush Hair, Makeup & Nails: Lianne Claire, Jewellery: Teeki & The Adorn Collective. 

Georgina & Nick's rustic and romantic wedding

Posted on 18 Feb, 2015
Georgina & Nick's rustic and romantic wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a fairly unfortunate pub in Fitzroy in Melbourne, introduced by a mutual friend.

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story?  Nick suggested on Christmas Eve at my parent’s property (where we ended up getting married) that we go for a drink on the back hill, I drove the quad bike whilst he carried the esky and drinks. When I accidentally went over a big bump and broke the bike we had to stop. Sitting in the long grass looking over the valley nick pulled out my mum’s good crystal champagne flutes I got cross at him for taking them – imagine if they had broken on the bike!!! Nick told me to stop worrying – then bought out some beautiful French Champagne and I started to get a little suspicious! Whilst watching the sun setting over the valley Nick pulled out a beautiful ring, I burst into tears and of course said yes! We then had to walk all the way home! It was so special to celebrate our engagement with all our family present on Christmas.

 

The wedding

What was your wedding date? 7 December 2013

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? Private Property, Glenburn Victoria. The ceremony was in the Olive Grove on the property and we had the reception in a marquee in the garden.

2.     What made you choose there? Mum and Dad’s property, where we got engaged and a very special place for both of us.

3.     How did you find it? Grew up there!

How was the weather on the day? We were so so so lucky, two days before the wedding we had torrential rain, storms, hail and gale force winds. Considering we had spent the best part of a year getting the garden ready this was a concern (it also made installing the marquee pretty tricky!) on the day though we woke up to 25 degrees, sunny and no wind – it was absolutely perfect!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? No reason really – we wanted to avoid the heat of the later part of the year, and to make sure it was still green around the farm!

The wedding details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?

We wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple. We are classic but not stuffy and we really wanted our bridal party to be comfortable. We chose Navy as our hero colour. The flowers were all in green/white tones. And the boys wore beautiful grey suits. As the wedding was in an olive grove and a garden we tried to reflect this where we could.

 Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister, Sarah, was our maid of honour. We also had Hanna, a best friend since primary school, and two of my best friends from senior school. 

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Nick had his two brothers, Edward and Charlie, Edward was the best man. We also had two of Nick’s oldest and best friends Chris and Tom, Tom flew all the way from Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the big day!

Inspiration

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I spent a fair bit of time on pinterest I’m not going to lie! I have also had some very dear family members have beautiful country weddings. We loved the relaxed feel that they had and wanted that for ours as well. The brief for the night was that we wanted a relaxed day with a great party at night – and that is exactly what we got.

 

 

Wedding gown (the most important part!)

 What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I live nearby to the Armadale store and always loved the dresses in the window.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Never seen them before in person.

How many gowns did you try? My mum and sister will tell you too many!!!! Funnily enough I went into KWH on my own for a look just after getting engaged and tried on a couple of dresses, I went back there after visiting about 5 other stores – don’t know why I bothered going anywhere else!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It was just me from the word go! I loved the detailing of the swoosh to the side of the bottom of the dress as well as the neckline and the beautiful lace. The dress moved really beautifully when you walked as well.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Gorman (dress), Witchery (shoes)

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Oscar Hunt tailored the beautiful suits, shirts were tailored from Tailor’s Mark, and we got the gorgeous bow ties and suspenders from Turnbull & Asser on a recent trip to London.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought a pair of pearl earrings for each of the girls, I wore some beautiful drop earrings from KWH, my something old and borrowed and blue was a sapphire ring that was my grandma’s.

Where did you get your shoes from? Seed

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t wear a veil, I wore fresh flowers in my haid.

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?  Mum’s outfit was from Perri Cutten, and my Mother in Law’s outfit was from John Cavill

Anecdotes

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

Keeping ourselves amused getting ready on the day, the girls all got to laugh along to Sex and the City re-runs – kept us amused amongst all the hair, makeup and champagne. The boys all played golf in the morning and played pool.

My dad is a big bow tie man, one of his most important jobs (aside from walking me down the aisle) was tying all the boys bow ties when they arrived for the ceremony.

We had a lovely recovery breakfast at the farm the next day, it was great seeing everyone stagger back in, dance floor weary, and recap on the great night.

Our first night was at Flowerdale Estate (this is also where the boys got ready) which was where a lot of our guests were staying. Instead of having our own cars drive us back there – we jumped on the party bus with all our friends at the end of the night – we didn’t want to miss out on the fun!

Suppliers

Florist – Clarence of Healesville. They were recommended to me as a great florist and we couldn’t have been happier. The team were so delightful to work with and couldn’t have been more easy going!

Photographer – Dan O’Day – I actually met Dan about 6 years ago on a backpacking trip, we met in Prague and travelled together for a while. I have followed his career and work and when it came to choosing a photographer there was no other choice. It was so special to have an old friend taking such good care of us on the day!

 Music – The Baker Boys – a good dance floor was a critical part of the brief, and it is fair to say we nailed it. You know it’s a good night when all generations are on the dance floor! The band was incredible and so lovely as well.

First Dance – ‘Your Song’ Ellie Goulding

MC – One of my oldest friends and the closest thing I have ever had to a brother. Richard was amazing and really got the night off to a great start!

Celebrant – We had Graeme Bradbeer the reverend from Nick’s old School. My parents also got married in his chapel so it was a lovely piece of symmetry.

Stationery – My sister designed the invites

Menu – Catering was done my Yarra Valley Catering – they were wonderful!

Cake – A dear friend of ours (and the mother of the MC!) made the cake for us – it was so beautiful and special!

Bombonieres – As we produce our own Olive Oil on the property we decided to give everyone a bottle of oil, these also served as the place cards on the table.

Cars/Transport – We didn’t have wedding cars – we ordered bus transport for the guests from Fallons Bus Service

Hair – M.Y. Salon Tecoma

Make up – A friend, Natalie, did it for us.

Wedding Bands - Catanachs

 

One Fine Day Sydney 2015

Posted on 16 Feb, 2015
One Fine Day Sydney 2015

We were so excited to be apart of the One Fine Day Sydney S/S 2015 Runway Show which was last weekend on the 7 & 8th February.

Held at Australian Technology Park, the OFD team were havily inspired by Palm Springs, bright colours and minimalism from the 70's. Opening the show, we featured our beautiful Mabel Top & Mabel Skirt from our new ' WILD HEARTS Collection' teamed with an extravidant flower headpiece by Viktoria Novak. 

We also featured our Prea Gown from the Bespoke Collection, and Harriet Gown with Genevieve overlay from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES (as seen above).

The KWH team is so excited what the One Fine Day girls will come up with, in 2 weeks time at the One Fine Day Melbourne runway show.

 

One Fine Day Sponsors: 

FOXTEL Lifestyle You 

Wedded Wonderland

Bespoke Creative AV & Event Services 

Your Song Entertainment Service 

Justine Rose Floral Styling & Events 

Hair & Makeup Sponsor : PV Hair & Makeup 

White Flower Headpiece: Viktoria Novak 

 

 

 

 


Ally & Matt's charming Philadelphian Wedding

Posted on 13 Feb, 2015
Ally & Matt's charming Philadelphian Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through a mutual friend whom I went to college with and with whom Matt went to high school. Our friend, Stephen (who would become our wedding efficient), was home for the weekend (he lives in Chicago), so he came up to visit me in Boston with two of his friends. Matt was one of them. After listening to local bands, a few drinks, and an entire night of playing it cool, let’s just there was an instant connection that turned into an 8-year relationship.

How long have you been together? 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? Matt really wanted to propose to me while we were hiking since our first “official” date was hiking. However, when we showed up at the trail, our dog Lucy in tow, there were signs everywhere that read, “NO DOGS ALLOWED”. Matt, normally cool and calm, became really agitated, so I suggested we run errands, clean the house, and hike another day. I mean, what was the big deal? We had all Fall to hike. That night, as we were leaving the house for dinner, Matt stopped me and said, “Do you know why I really wanted to go hiking today?” When I hesitated, he continued…”Our first date was hiking and I really want our last date as boyfriend and girlfriend to be hiking.” He then said some really sweet things about us, the family we would become, and how lucky he was to have me in his life. After a busy day of house cleaning and proposals, we were starving. Luckily, our friends, Dave and Audrey, were waiting for us at the restaurant, so we celebrated with good food, good drinks, and good friends!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? June 7, 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? Franklin Institute Museum, Philadelphia, PA 

2.     What made you choose there? I am from Philadelphia and the venue, Franklin Institute, a science museum, was absolutely beautiful, yet quirky and fun… a venue that we thought our guests could interact with and enjoy. Also, the ceremony space was on the roof deck with the city of Philadelphia as our backdrop. We felt the addition of Ben Franklin, who was born in Boston and prospered in Philadelphia, was a true reflection of the two of us joining our lives together.

3.     How did you find it? My sister’s friend is the Events Coordinator, so she recommended the venue.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Whimsy, romantic….blushes and golds. 

How was the weather on the day? Sunny and warm — 80s

 What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted early summer and the date was available.

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Amanda Dowds (Maid of honor/sister); Maurita Burns (high school friend, moved to Boston together); Joanna Manieri (college roommate); Patricia Stevens (roommate/friend from Boston)

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

David Leonard (Best Man, childhood friend); Kevin Madruga (high school friend); Owen Murphy (high school friend); Ben Kneppers (high school friend)

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? n/a

Inspiration

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I really wanted a romantic feel to the day. Simple and soft were the adjectives that influenced my decisions. I did not have a wedding planner, but was a heavy user of Pinterest, which served as an inspiration board for me.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I bought my dress through Ceremony Boston, which was recommended by a friend of mine who read about the boutique on a blog.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? No.

How many gowns did you try? About 12

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the back and the beading on the gown. The entire dress made me feel like vintage, 1950s glamour.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? My mom, sister, and mother-in-law

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? BHLDN

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Jos A Bank

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I twisted my Nana’s pearl necklace with a pearl necklace Matt bought me and wore that as a bracelet, My earrings were a Christmas gift from my father, and my hairpiece was from Twigs & Honey.

I bought earrings for each of my bridesmaids. The earrings were from a few different stores. I chose the earrings according to each girl’s personality.

Where did you get your shoes from? Off Broadway Shoes!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My hairpiece was from Twigs & Honey.

We often hear of difficulties experienced by the mother of the bride and groom in finding an appropriate outfit or the wedding day of their son/daughter, do you mind sharing where they found their outfits at all? My mom bought her dress from Lord & Taylor. I think my mother-in-law bought her’s from a local boutique.

 

Anecdotes

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

We used Eventstagram, which projected guests’ instagram photos onto the walls of our reception room.

 

Suppliers

Florist - Willow & Thistle, Jill Letende. Absolutely beautiful flowers. I chose Willow & Thistle because Jill was very attentive and really seemed to grasp my vision as well as work within my budget.

Photographer – We had Carina and Amanda from Love Me Do Photography photograph the day. We picked this photographer based on Carina’s sweet and genuine personality. We wanted someone who we felt at ease with. Her portfolio, also, was stunning.

Music - The Strangers — BVT Live Entertainment

First Dance - You and Me by Penny and the Quarters

 Celebrant - Stephen Beriau — long time friend. He introduced us.

Stationery - Michael McDaniel Designs — good friends of ours who helped us do something unique and non-traditional with our invitations.

Menu - Frog Commissary

Cake - Frog Commissary

Bombonieres - Donations were made to the Children’s Literacy Initiative, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue (where we adopted our dog), and Charles River Foundation (in honor of Matt’s cousin who has Autism)

Hair & Makeup - The Philly Hair & Makeup Company. Hair: Christina. Makeup: Melissa. AMAZING talent. Absolutely loved my bridesmaids makeup as well as my own.

Wedding Bands - Jean Boyadjian

 

Emma & Grace Bridal Studio

Posted on 11 Feb, 2015
Emma & Grace Bridal Studio

Romantic, soft and feminine is just three words that describe the charming bridal studio located in Denver, Colorado that is EMMA & GRACE.

EMMA & GRACE is the dream-child of two women who share the same knowledge and experience in the bridal industry. The passionate duo created a sophisticated and graceful environment that aimed to target woman who are hopeless romantics and wild at heart.

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES will have her alluring designs stocked at EMMA & GRACE BRIDAL. This includes all three of her collections. The  KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collection of Jamie gown, Alexandra gown, Harriet gown and her most recent collection The WILD HEARTS Collection. The gowns that are stocked from 'The WILD HEARTS Collection' are the Louella Gown, Sienna Gown, Trinity Gown, Johanna Gown, Lulu Gown  Genevieve Overlay, as well as slip options to wear with our bautiful lace overlays.

EMMA & GRACE BRIDAL aims to bring each bride an experience that is unique, fun and easy. Their genuine service makes the boutique burst with an electric environment that each dazzling gown jump off the rack.

Find out more about EMMA & GRACE BRIDAL HERE:  

Angelic & Soft Loft Editorial by Gregory Ross

Posted on 09 Feb, 2015
Angelic & Soft Loft Editorial by Gregory Ross

Our favourite Los Angeles based photographed, Gregory Ross has done it again!

His work is effortless and soft, everything that we love to see in styled editorials featuring Karen Willis Holmes gowns. 

A group of talents joined forces with Gregory to create this beautiful angelic editorial photographed at Hudson Loft. 

Photography: Gregory Ross 

Stylist: Erin McDonald

Florist: Inessa Nichols 

Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals 

Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed BLU 

Tabletop Rentals: Classic Party Rentals 

Calligraphy + Stationery: Script Merchant 

HMU: Italia Pierfederici 

Venue: Hudson Loft  

Tuxedo: The Black Tux 

Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes 

Models: Cassi Elllis  // Sam Haiden 

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Briony and Jacob's polished vintage wedding

Posted on 04 Feb, 2015
Briony and Jacob's polished vintage wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at school when we where 17.

How long have you been together? 7 years

Do you have a proposal story? I am a ballet teacher with my own business and was teaching an adult class as I do every Monday night.  This particular Monday night Jacob phoned several times during class to find out how long I was going to be.  I explained that with the adults you never know I will be home when I will be home!  When I did arrive the front curtains were closed and the house was in darkness.  I was furious thinking after all his calls he was not waiting for me.  Upon opening the door I was greeted by Jacob in a suit the house was full of flowers and written in candle filled tins was “Will You Marry Me”.  I burst into tears and accepted then realized the adult class was coming back to our house for a costume fitting.  Within in minutes our front lawn was full of screaming woman and our neighbors all congratulating us.  PS I did have concerns about amount of spaghetti Jacob had been feeding our dogs prior to the proposal!!!!!!

The ring was first seen in an antique shop when I was 19.  I told Jacob about the ring and how much I loved it.  We as a couple were nowhere close to marriage.  The ring disappeared from the shop window and I was secretly crushed.  Jacob had kept the ring for 5 years a secret from everyone until he was ready to propose. When I opened the box and saw “THE RING” I could not believe it.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22nd March 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.    Where?    Mavis Kitchen, Mount Warning UKI 

2.     What made you choose there? The wedding was at Mavis Kitchen, Mount Warning in UKI. The venue chose us, as it looms over our valley and we see the peak every day. On a week end family lunch at Mavis’s Kitchen we were told by the owner that they do wedding s.  It was meant to be.

How was the weather on the day? Stunning

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? March is a very luck month for our family and the month that is my birthday

 

The Wedding Details

ThemeVintage, country and Grace Kelly. Our venue was so spectacular that I chose the colors of our surroundings, Cream, Greens, hessian and lace with a sophisticated edge.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Amy O’Keefe Maid of Honour and my twin sister

Erin Singh 1st Bridesmaid and older sister

Cailin Ginn 2nd Bridesmaid and only female cousin

Jacqueline Carter 3rd Bridesmaid and Jacobs sister

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Andrew Carter Best Man and Jacobs only brother

Brett Carter 1st Groom man Jacobs Cousin

Rhys Koenig 2nd Groomsman and childhood friend

Lewin Talbot 3rd Groomsman and childhood friend

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Ava Singh my god child and neice

Lucas Singh page boy and nephew

Oliver Singh ring bearer and nephew

Inspiration

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I am a dance teacher and love all things eclectic and arty.  My home is full of vintage finds and I live in a community of people who help me “find” treasure.  For my wedding day there was only one choice. 

One of my very special treasures was a lace gown given to me on my wedding day by my students.  Each student donated a special piece of loved lace with a story that was sewn into a robe for me to wear whilst I got ready.  Jacob made a door way out of vintage doors which represented our journey to our new life in which we were married in front of.  The lace curtains were given to me by an elderly neighbor for luck.  I employed a company who specialize in vintage furnishing to arrange seating for the wedding and reception.  Little Grey Station was wonderful and the accessories were perfect.  I chose cream
 linen lounges paired with vintage wooden chairs and scattered rugs on the lawn that were complimented with handmade cushions made by my mother that were trimmed in hand knitted lace borders. 

The tables were decorated with large cream jugs filled with baby’s breath and roses, the table runners were made of vintage lace that was found in an Op shop.  The order of service was presented in hand made calico pouches with vintage lace and hung on the back of the chairs.  The guests were given lace umbrellas and vintage linen handkerchiefs for the ceremony.  The aisle was lined in cream wrought iron bell stands and decorated with flower wreaths of roses.  

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? As a dance teacher everyone expected me to wear tulle and lace.  I had a dream of a Bespoke gown that was unique and made with love.  I had to go to Brisbane to collect dance costumes and was driving through Paddington when Karen Willis Holmes shop beckoned.  Once I walked into the store met the staff and touched the gown my choice was made.

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

How many gowns did you try? 5

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or couture)? Paddington Brisbane

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved its simplicity the fabric and the way it fitted.  It made me feel like a princess and hurt my heart.  Mum always said if it hurts your heart you have to have it.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? My mother and twin sister

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shieke Brisbane

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boys suits were all purchased at David Jones including the shoes and shirts.  They were the first things we bought once the boys were comfortable it then set the tone for the rest of the wedding.  Two of the groom’s men lived abroad so it was trial and error getting the right fit.  I wanted the boys to be relaxed and very natural so I chose a beige linen vest and pants.  It was timeless and they all loved their outfit.  Jacob wore a tie pin on his pocket that belonged to his great grandmother.

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

I wanted my gown to be the centre piece of my day so I was very cautious to ensure that I looked timeless.    I wore small pearl drop earrings from Karen Willis Holmes that my sister surprised me with.  They matched the patina of the gown perfectly.

I wore a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding gown in my hair and a blue satin garter that my grandmother wore on her wedding day and my mother wore on hers. Jacobs’s mother gave me an antique pearl bracelet that was her mothers and a brooch that I wore on my garter.

Where did you get your shoes from? I wore Chloe ballet flats in a soft pink from David Jones in Brisbane

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

Because my dress had no lace I chose an Italian lace veil it was hand stitched with a border of the most amazing hand beaded lace and was bespoken to cover my face.  I purchased the veil from Brides of Brisbane.

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

I was shopping one day and found the perfect dress for Jacob’s Mother.  I know her really well and just bought it for her she loved it and looked amazing.

My mother wore a linen pant suit by Carla Zampatti.  

 

Anecdotes

During the vows I was attacked by a wasp and the ceremony was put on hold for the entire wedding party to compose themselves.

My mother presented Jacob with a poem by Banjo Patterson, which my Grandfather gave to my Grandmother; it was called “As long as your eyes are blue”.  The poem is now our own to share forever.

 My nephew read a passage from “The Velveteen Rabbit’ about the skin horse and love being forever.

I walked down the aisle to “Perhaps Love” a song I chose when I was a little girl and we would play on the car radio on our road trips and dream of my wedding day.

 My first dance with my father was “will you still need me when I ‘m 64” because he would sing it to me throughout my child hood.

Suppliers

Florist – Flower Shed at Murwillumbah 

Photographer-  Lilli May Waters 

Videographer – Roost Film Co 

Cara & Nick's timeless elegant wedding

Posted on 02 Feb, 2015
Cara & Nick's timeless elegant wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? In year nine at High School

How long have you been together? We were married on our 9 year anniversary

Do you have a proposal story?  Nick proposed to me while we were away on a little trip down to Tassie for our 8 year anniversary. On the day of our anniversary Nick had played it very cool and casual, like it was just a normal day. He booked us in for tours of the Cadbury factory and Cascade Brewery, nothing over the top special. After a day of touring we went back to our hotel to get changed to go out for dinner at a restaurant called “The Mill” (Name appropriate, as nicks last name is Mill). When we got back to our hotel room nick presented me with a book. It was a hand written book called “The Story of Nick and Cara”. He had writing all about us from when we first meet all the way up to where we went away to tassie for our 8 year anniversary. At the end of the book Nick wrote “And our latest adventure is to Tassie where Nick proposes to Cara…..” I did read this line about 20 times before I even looked up at Nick, he took the book off me and got down on one knee and read his carefully worded proposal and presented me my beautiful ring. I was so shocked and had so many happy tears running down my face, I completely missed most of his speech (thankfully he had it written down so I could re-read it later on haha). It was so beautiful and personal. So very us. 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 27.02.2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.     Where?  Church: Chapel of the Holy Spirit – Newman College – University of Melbourne Reception: Crown’s Rover room

2.     What made you choose there?  Nick is Catholic so we were looking for Catholic churches in Melbourne and as soon as I saw Newman Colleges Chapel I didn’t want to look any further. Its stunning mildly gothic design with a lovely high exposed beam ceiling, along with two massive stunning stained glass windows at both back and front of the church it couldn’t get any better for us.

And where is but to have a better reception party then at Crown. Crown is a beautiful venue with 5 star services. I specially loved the balcony over looking the city lights and the Yarra River and the hourly flame towers were spectacular at night.

3.     How did you find it? I found the Church through family friends and Crown through research

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?  No massive running theme. We just wanted a day that truly represented us as individuals coming together as a couple. We chose blue for the boys (as that is Nicks favourite colour) and to use Bright oranges, corals etc for all other colour aspects such as bridesmaids dresses, flowers, my shoes etc

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  MOH:Sonya Imbesi (Best friends since prep), Bridesmaids: Heather Leong (friend from high school) and Brooke Carlile (family friend whom I’ve know my entire life)

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?  Best Man: Nathan Mill (Nicks brother), Groomsmen: Christopher Wong (friend from High School) and Alex Versteegen (My Brother)

How was the weather on the day?  Perfect! It was about 24 degrees with sunny blue skies. Couldn’t of asked for a better day!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It is our anniversary. That day means the most to us over any other day. We were married on our 9-year anniversary. Making our first anniversary of being married the same day as 10 years since we started dating!

Inspiration

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I drew inspiration from many bridal magazines, online blogs etc but had very strong ideas myself of what Nick and I liked and wanted to see on our day. We didn’t want anything too over the top. Nothing super glitzy, defiantly nothing tacky or extremely traditional etc. We wanted some traditions but with a twist, such as I wanted a wedding cake but defiantly not white. We instead went for an Ombre ruffled 3 Tier cake with a few flowers on each tier.

The boys wore bright royal blue suits styled with bright brown shoes. Nick wanted the boys to look similar to him but not identical. So the boys wore matching blue suits to Nick but wore skinny blue polka dotted ties, with silver tiepins, where Nick wore a blue polka dotted bow tie and had blue buttons down his wedding shirt. They all wore personalized initial cufflinks too.

I wanted my girls to be in long bright orange/coral coloured dresses as Nick and I both love these colours and they work beautifully with blue. We chose not to decorate the church other then one large vase of flowers at the front alter, as we loved it the way it was.

For the reception we chose to keep the room simple and understated. The tables were black underlay’s, white tablecloths and white chair covers. Each table had a large round mirror with a large fish bow bursting with big arrangements of flowers in matching colours to our bridal flowers just with some greenery, with a few candles surrounding the vase. They also had table numbers that were simple, went with our wedding style and were very affective. They were simple white picture frames that had picture printed saying “This is Table One” etc. Nick and I made each table number along with our guest’s name/place cards. They were scrabble tiles on scrabble tile holders. They were very effective and a huge hit with all our guests.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I was searching for a wedding dress on High Street Armadale, saw the shop walked in and saw a few dresses I liked. About 2 hours later I left after finding and ordering my perfect gown!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had seen some in magazines but never in person

How many gowns did you try? I lost count of how many dresses I tired on over the many weeks it took me to find my perfect dress. But in KWH’s I only tried I think 2 maybe three on. But once I put on my dress I knew that was it.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or couture)? The Armadale store

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that every part of it represented me. It was classic, simplistic had no beading or lace just a gorgeous satin (which I had never seen and absolutely loved). Specially with the added peplum it was just that bit different but so amazing.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? Enza from the Armadale store helped guide me to the right style dress for me. I shopped with my mum and Grandmother on the day I found my wedding dress and Called my father to come approve 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Kylie J Bridal (Mitcham)

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Briggins (Ringwood East)

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a belt (the Kelly belt) and pair of earrings from Stephanie Browne. My bridesmaids had Mimco statement earrings with a tiffany’s beaded silver bracelet each with a different charm to represent each girls personalitly.

Where did you get your shoes from? Karen Millen

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral length veil from KWH.

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 mother wore a Carla Zampatti dress and my dad had a tailored made suit from Briggins like the groom and groomsmen, Nicks Mum wore Anthea Crawford.

Anecdotes

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

I couldn’t of asked for a more perfect day. I had never felt more beautiful or lucky. Nothing can compare to the way I felt as the church doors opened and I saw Nick standing there waiting for me at the end of the isle with the worlds largest smile. I hope to never loose these memories.

Suppliers

Florist – Jumping Jonquils. A beautiful florist with great flowers but I was a bit disappointed as the two types of flowers I wanted and were promised in my mixed bunch of flowers for mine and my bridesmaids bouquets I in the end couldn’t /didn’t get.

Photographer – Alison Mayfield Photography

Would highly recommend Alison to anyone and everyone. A great photographer who captures the moments you don’t want to forget perfectly.

Music – Dj – was from Disco Factory (Got everyone up and dancing)

First Dance – John Legend -  All of Me

MC – Craig Staggard (family Friend)

Celebrant – Priest: Father Terry Kean

Stationery – Invites Papyrus Designs, Church booklets – I did them

Cake – The French Lettuce

3 Tier Ombre Ruffle cake with 3 flavours. Gluten free chocolate cake (as I am a coeliac), then a white mud with raspberries and a chocolate mud cake. Super delicious cake.

Bombonieres – there scrabble piece name card made by Nick and I

Cars/Transport - Black Beauty Limousines

Hair – Andrea from Cherry Hair Designs

Make up – Aleesha Leong from Leesh Designs

Wedding Bands – Paul Bram (along with my engagement ring)