karenwillisholmes

Unit 501 Flourmill Studios, 3 Gladstone Street 2042 Newtown NSW, australia
Phone: 61 2 9519 3901

Blog

Date: March 2015

Koume & Peter's classic beachside Wedding

Posted on 30 Mar, 2015
Koume & Peter's classic beachside Wedding

Background

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

How long have you been together? Proposed after 2.5 years, been together now for 4.5

Do you have a proposal story? 

We talked about getting married, and discussed a tentative date far into the future in 2016. Peter gave into his spontaneous whims one sunny winter morning, when I went out to water our plants. I was dressed in my trackie dacks and ugg boots. Right there, unplanned and in the garden just after I had picked a lavender flower and given it to him, Pete asked me to marry him. My answer was an instant yes of course. Followed by … seriously are you kidding!! Because it was so unexpected. The next day we went ring shopping and I chose a ring. After the purchase of the ring, he then surprised me with designer shoe “Christian Louboutin” to make up for the fact that he didn’t plan a monumental gesture for the proposal. I don’t think he realises just how perfect it really was, I wore the shoes on our wedding day.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12th October 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?    Both ceremony and reception were at Dunbar House, Watsons Bay

2.     What made you choose there?

- Having wheelchair access

- Having the ceremony and reception in the same place

- Close to CBD and public transport

- Wedding coordinator answered all my questions before I could ask them. It was great how she took us through how the day work go - really great little sales pitch without being too pushy….no other venues had bothered to do that.

- We had such small numbers so it was great that Dunbar house was able to accommodate us…where most places we didn’t meet the minimum

The Wedding Details

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

I tried to stay true to the venue and drew my inspiration and colours from there. I also wanted to make sure that lavender was included in the floral arrangements as it was significant during the proposal  

How was the weather on the day? Clear and sunny 29 degrees

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Closest weekend date to our anniversary 

Bridal Party

1.     Female witness – who/relationship? Ellen, sister in-law (she is now engaged to Peter’s brother Andrew)

2.     Male witness – who/relationship? Andrew, brother in-law (he is Peter’s brother)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? A close friend urged me to try the dress on. Apparently she had a really good feeling about it

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Never

How many gowns did you try? Can’t even remember it was that many … but nothing compared to this dress, I felt it was really flattering for my figure

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  Lace bodice (I have broad shoulders, it didn’t accentuate them/ hid them) Split (I could move freely and I felt really comfortable)

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Charlotte Cuff from Anna Campbell

Where did you get your shoes from? Christian Louboutin a present from hubby

Suppliers

 Florist - Ingrid Fox, close friend who has just started her own florist/ wedding stylist business called Bohemian Botanica. One thing I knew for sure during the planning process was that I wanted her as my florist

Photographer - Matt Johnson, the loved ones

Celebrant - Jessie Cacchillo

Stationery - By Invitation Only

Cake - Black Star Pastry

Orange flourless cake with orange blossom butter cream

Hair and Makeup - Michelle Mae,

Rings: Custom wooden ring box

 

On Instagram

Posted on 27 Mar, 2015
On Instagram

Follow on Instagram: @kwhbridal

Image 1: Viktoria Novak Headpieces- Photography by @wendellt  //   Image 2: Cake via @fromthekitchen  //  Image 3: One Fine Day Canberra Campaign - Photography by @danmakepicure  //   Image 4: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES 'Matilda' Gown  //  Image 5: Real Bride & KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Team Member Prea's Wedding - Photography by @Kiri_Mcpherson_photography  //   Image 6:  Source Unknown  //   Image 7: Real Bride Bee' s Wedding - Photography by @erinandtara  //   Image 8: Source Unknown  //   Image 9: Image by @lelenyc

Jessica & Leigh's Rustic Hopkins Falls Wedding

Posted on 25 Mar, 2015
Jessica & Leigh's Rustic Hopkins Falls Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met when I started playing netball at the same club leigh played football. We had mutual friends and started out as friends first.We were set up by two of our friends, and our relationship grew from there.

How long have you been together? We have been together for almost 8 and a half years

Do you have a proposal story? Leigh took me away to mildura on my university holidays. He had this elaborate plan to book us in for a massage at the day spa, and while I was in having mine he was going to get a ring box from the jewellery store. He had also planned to take me out for dinner on a paddlesteamer and propose to me there. Unfortunately he was unable to get a massage appointment at the day spa, and the river was close for dredging so the paddlesteamers weren’t operating. So we were having a pie on the balcony of the mildura bakery when leigh told me he wanted me to be his wife and asked me to marry him. He then proceeded to tell me his original plan which made me laugh and we spent the rest of the day picking a beautiful solitare ring.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 29th November 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?     Ceremony was at the Hopkins Falls at Wangoom and our reception was held at Simon’s Waterfront in Warrnambool

What made you choose there?  I was looking on the internet trying to find a ceremony location, and randomly decided to search for wateralls in the Warrnambool area and the Hopkins fals came up. I went for a drive out there and just knew it would be perfect for what we wanted. With our reception venue we went to Simon’s waterfront for coffee and to dicuss our options for the reception when Simon ad Rose the owners ended up sitting down and running us through what they offered for weddings. They were so helpful throughout our planning that we just knew we had picked the right venue

How was the weather on the day? The weather was absolutely perfect!!!!! We could not have wished for a better day. It was not too hot and not too cold and a beautiful sunny day. The perect wether for an outside wedding. The temperature that night was still mild enough for people to be able to enjoy the atmosphere of the beer garden overlooking the beach.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Due to my university commitments, and Leighs farming responsibilities we had two weekend s to choose from. The day we got married or the week before. We decided on the 29th because it gave us more time to get ready after I finished a uni placement the week before. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We planned our wedding ourselves. Our bridal party had a very old Hollywood feel about it with both the boys and the bridesmaids in navy. We picked jewellery and accesorys to accentuate the elegant and classic look. Our decorative theme had a very rustic feel as we are off a farm and we are surrounded by beautiful gumtrees at home. Leigh made a beautiful arch from sugar gum from our farm which we used in our ceremony. It really looked beautiful on the day we also had slabs of gum lining the aisle with little jars and candles as well as photos of leigh and I at the beginning of the aisle.Our venues required very little decorating because the provided guests with stunning views.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I got a lot of my inspiration from Bridal magazing ‘Hello May’ and pinterest.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? As I said above leigh spent the time to make us alovely wooden arch and aisle decorations for the ceremony. Also I didn’t have something blue for the day so the bridesmaids snuck my shoes away and added a J & L sticker to the bottom and surprised me the morning of the wedding.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Matron Of Honor – Jessica Uebergang – Friend

Bridesmaid – Kelly Slater – Best friend/Cousin

Bridesmaid – Lucia Camera – high school best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man – Michael Uebergang – Friend

Groomsmen – Trevor Remfrey – Childhood Best Friend

Groomsmen – James Bubb – Grooms Brother

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I saw the ‘Jacinta’ Gown in Cosmopolitan Bride and fell in love and just knew I wanted to try dresses on at the boutique.

 How many gowns did you try? I think I tried on close to 10 gowns on the day. But my dress was the last dress I tried on at the last shop and as soon as I had the Alexandra gown on, it was like I could finally breathe because it had found THE ONE!!! i fell in love with it instantly.

Where did you purchase your gown from? I purchased my gown from the Armadale boutique in Melbourne

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that it wasn’t your typical bridal gown. I didn’t want the big flowing dress. It was different and elegant and something that wouldn’t date. I just knew that when I look back on my wedding when I am 80 years old I will still love that dress as much as I did the day I married my man.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We got the girls dresses from ‘Swish’ in Chapel Street Melbourne. The staff were so helpful, and I would never have picked those dresses from the rack, without the staffs help we never would have ended upwith those dresses and they were just perfect.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We got the guys suits from ‘Woodstock Menswear’ in mebourne CBD.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I picked out the Bridesmaids jewellery for them as a gift. I got theirs and my jewellery and hairpiece from ‘Lovisa’ at Chadstone. It all fell together and I found the perfect pieces. The gir;s were also very surprised and loved what I picked. It all teamed well with the dresses.

Where did you get your shoes from? My mother owns ‘Mad About Shoes’ in Hamilton Victoria. So needless to say I got my shoes from there.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? As above with the jewellery

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I would encourage brides to relax and enjoy the process of planning their big day. I would also recommend that brides take time out on their big day to step back and appreciate the day for what it is. It goes by so quickly and befpre you know it its time to go home. Lap it up and enjoy every minute of it.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? The best thing I could suggest would be to go in with out a plan!! I went in with an open mind I knew of dresses I liked but I tried dresses of all shapes and sizes, because sometimes the dress u think you want onc on is not all you thought it would be, and the dress you think looks awful on a hanger is the most beautiful dress on.

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

We had my fathers Chev as our bridal car. We also had a beighe EH wagon that my uncle sold to my dad just before he passed away just after our engagement party. We had it there as a way of having him there with us. We also had my fathers friends blue EH wagon.

Something Old? I wore my great great grandmothers wedding ring, which my grandmother aunties and mother all wore to their weddings.

Something New? My beautiful KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Gown

Something Borrowed? As above with something Old

Something Blue? The stickers the girls put on my shoes

Suppliers

Florist – Wendy Rankin Flowers

Photographer – Sheree Dubois Photography

Music – The Alfa Tides

First Dance – ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ INXS

MC – Jenna Osborne

Celebrant – Tanya O’Brien Marriage Celebrant

Stationery – Was purchased from Etsy and was printed at ‘Ivory Print’ in Hamilton Victoria

Menu – Cocktail Menu

Cake – Jo Frost

Bombonieres – My Grandmother Jenny Hutchins made her delicious relish for our thank yous.

Hair – Birds and Fellas, Warrnambool

Make up – Skin Fit, Warrnambool

Wedding Bands – Michael Hill

Samantha & Wayne's NYC elopement

Posted on 23 Mar, 2015
Samantha & Wayne's NYC elopement

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Through a mutual friend who we also had as our MC for our celebration back in Sydney

How long have you been together? 5 years (met late August 2009)

Do you have a proposal story? Wayne proposed in Bali January 2014 while on holidays. He had planned a romantic evening the second night of the trip but that was all thrown out when I become ill. After trying to plan a second romantic night on New Year’s eve, Wayne was once again forced to abandon all plans due to a torrential rain and me stating this was the most un-romantic night ever! Running out of time before flying home, finally the stars aligned and he proposed. Not the most of romantic of nights but will always remember.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 1st October 2014

Location (Ceremony)

1.    Where?     City Hall, New York.

2.     What made you choose there? A month or two into our engagement we started discussing what sort of wedding we wanted. It was simple; all we wanted was to have fun, do something that was different and to keep it about the two of us.

We stumbled across a photo on a wedding blog which led us to the thought of getting married in New York. Our minds were quickly made up that this was what we wanted to do. We kept it a secret from family and friends which at times was ridiculously hard but exciting at the same time as we had our own little secret. We finally told both sets of parents two weeks prior to flying to New York to elope. Both sets of parents could not have been more supportive. We were married at City Hall, New York and spent the day walking the streets with a photographer capturing our story.

 Later that evening I changed and we finished the night up with a beautiful dinner at the amazing The Modern located at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The reatureant knew we had gotten married that day and treated us amazingly all night and made us feel like royalty from the moment we walked in.

How did you find it? A day we will never forget as was completely perfect.

How was the weather on the day? The sky was like something out of a movie as was the most amazing shade of grey with dark clouds. It rain on and off throughout the day but neither of us minded at all. We were getting married and that’s all the mattered. In some ways the weather suited the city of New York perfectly and made our photos look amazing.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? No particular reason really. I guess I wanted to have a date that was easy for Wayne to remember!

Also, my younger brother was competing at the World Ironman in Kona Hawaii later in October and we planned our dates to travel to New York around that as we had promised him we would be there on the sidelines to support and cheer him on.

The Wedding

What was your date? 8th November 2014

Location (Reception)

1.     Where?     Sydney Dance Lounge, Walsh Bay

2.     What made you choose there? I stumbled across the venue whilst looking at some of our photographers online photos. When we went to visit the venue it was love at first sight as from the moment we both walked in we knew this is where we wanted our celebration to be. It suited both of us perfectly and was the perfect venue for the style of night we wanted to achieve. The staff there (Robert) could not of been any easier to deal with either as he was so laid back and easy to work with. It was really important to us to work with people that were easy going and fun as that was exactly what we wanted to whole night to be about.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We didn’t get back from our elopement/ honeymoon till the end of October so there was just enough time to make the final plans. That night was the first time we had seen the majority of our friends and extended family since being back from overseas so it really created a fun sense of excitement.

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We chose Sydney Dance Lounge as it had hints of New York. We didn't want to do too much to the space and wanted to keep it simple and beautiful. We chose to only decorate with only flowers and seeing as it was a stand up cocktail party, we moved the flowers from the tables too the ceiling. What our florist achieved was simply magical!! It was like walking into rainforest of beautiful flowers showering over us.

Vibe was relaxed and to have FUN!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  To be honest, I would love to lay claim to the amazing floral arrangements at our celebration being all my idea but it was the amazing Justine Rose that came up with it. I told her to do whatever she wanted and to use whatever flowers she wanted to use as I totally trusted her. What she achieved was above and beyond what I could of dreamed of.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No. To be totally honest with you I am not crafty in any way what-so-ever!! Both Wayne and I work long hours and have busy jobs so just didn’t have the time to be able to do anything ourselves. Being away up until just before the night also didn’t allow us anytime to do anything ourselves.

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Didn’t have any

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Didn’t have any

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Didn’t have any

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw my dress online and new straightaway that I wanted to come in and try it on.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Yes featured on so many blogs. Am a big fan of them. I must also confess to day dreaming into the window of the Paddington store every time I walked past.

How many gowns did you try? 4 in total all at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. The first down I tried on was the one that I got as loved it straight away.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney. Hannah Kate was absolutely amazing and one of the sweetest people I can honestly say that I have met. Every time I came into the store she was so lovely. As I was eloping I came in originally to look at the dress and filled Hannah Kate in on us eloping to New York. She was so good as when I came back in with my Mum she was great and went along with my story of looking for a dress to get married here in Sydney.

Susan did my actual dress making and she was beyond fantastic. As my Mum didn’t know about our plan to elope nor did I have any bridesmaids, I came to most of my fittings alone. Susan was great in making me feel special each and every time. She was like a mother to me at each fitting.

What did you especially like about your gown? I wanted a lace gown although needed to also keep in mind that I needed a dress that could travel well as would be taking it with me over to New York. I also wanted a gown that would be comfortable for a long day walking the streets of New York and something that would be practical as I knew I had a lot of walking to do in New York and having a big full gown or a gown with a long train, however beautiful, just wouldn’t work for me.

I snuck in one afternoon to take a look at dresses. It was hard not to take my Mum for my first visit but needed to keep our plan of marrying in New York a secret. I could not of asked for more loving ladies, who at times took on the role of mother/friend whilst going for fittings.

My dress now has as many frequent flyers points as i do, as travelled around the USA with us.

I also consider myself extremely luck as not many girls get to wear their wedding dress twice.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? n/a

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Wayne’s suit was made. We had travelled to Thailand earlier last year and he had gotten a few suits made whilst over there. He kept in contact with the gentleman that made it and then arranged to have his wedding suite made by him too.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a very simple pair of drop earrings purchased via KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. I also had a lovely belt purchased from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. It just finished the dress off perfectly and gave it a bit of colour to break the lace up. As it was separate from the dress it’s something that I can wear again.

Where did you get your shoes from? Ask anyone, I am totally obsessed with shoes!!! I think I was more excited and actually took longer to find my shoes that I did my gown. I wore a beautiful pair of Jimmy Choo heels that were a dream!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? A hair slide that was from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. It matched my belt and was nice and simple but gave me that little bit of bling.

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don't get caught up in other peoples expectations of what you should do. If you want a big wedding have a big wedding and if you want keep it small there is nothing wrong with that either. Keep in mind it's your day not everyone else's.

We had total faith in all the suppliers we had chosen. We picked them for their style and let them guide us in what would or wouldn't work.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I really doesn’t need to be hard. If you love the first dress you try on don’t think you need to track around trying on dress after dress. You will honestly know if it’s the dress for you within seconds of walking out of the change room.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. Our dear friend Louise Rash MC'd our celebration for us. We texted her whilst getting photos done that we were heading to the venue and would be there in five mins. Upon seeing us walking towards the venue she took her position on the mic and proceeded to introduce us to all our family and friends. After hitting play on our entrance music and a few awkward glances to the door she announced to everybody "They're not there". Meanwhile up the other end of the pier we were sneaking in some extra sunset photos oblivious to what was going on inside the venue. From what we are told Louise handled it like a pro and kept everyone entertained.

Something Old? I unfortunately lost my Nana in July last year. She had left me her wedding band which I wore in both New York and again in Sydney.

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? Didn’t have anything

Something Blue? The lovely ladies at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES  sew a little blue ribbon box into my dress for me.

 

Suppliers

Florist – Justine Rose from Justine Rose. She was the most amazing delight to work with

Photographer – New York – Jesse from Golden Hour Studios & in Sydney Studio Something

Videographer – Didn’t get a traditional video made. Studio something are making a stop motion video for us using photos from the night in Sydney.

Music – The beautifully talented Elle May sang for the first 3hrs of the night then we got stuck into dancing with our DJ from Beat Geek.

First Dance - I Don't Mind by Defeater

MC – our dear friend Louise Rash.

Stationery –The Print Fairy

Menu – Finger food from the Sydney Dance Lounge. We also had an amazing cheese buffet which was also arranged by the Sydney Dance Lounge.

Cake – Simmone Logue

Hair – New York – Cari Duprey & Sydney the lovely Steven Perkins at Debarko

Make up - New York – Cari Duprey & Sydney Napoleon

Wedding Bands – designed and made by Geoff at Geogem

 Extra features – We walked into the celebration in Sydney to Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys & Jay Z which was fun

 Other – Jesse, our New York photographer, had another Aussie couple who eloped to  in New York last November hire him based on seeing a photos they saw of us on Instagram!!. This made us so happy to know that another couple also got to know Jesse experience the great day we shared with him. Jesse was also our witness for our ceremony at City Hall. He was great as even captured our ceremony (shortest ceremony ever as went for about 2mins!) as had his GoPro strapped to his head filming whilst he took photos.

Jenna & Angus Classical Estate Wedding

Posted on 20 Mar, 2015
Jenna & Angus Classical Estate Wedding

Background

Gus and I met through mutual friends up at Falls Creek opening weekend in 2008. We both went to boarding school in Melbourne & a mutual friend had been trying to introduce us for quite some time. I was living in Melbourne when we first met & Gus had just moved home to his family property about 20 minutes north of Wagga Wagga, NSW after a few months of working overseas. I had no idea where Wagga was when he mentioned that was where he lived. To me it seemed like hours away! We did the distance thing for a couple of years before I made the move to Wagga.

Gus & I have been together for just over six years now, it has flown by! When I first moved to NSW I lived in town with some great friends of his for a year before making the big move to his family property ‘Kooringal Stud’ - Gus is the fourth generation working on the farm. The beautiful two girls I lived in town with Ju Roche & Alex Petersen were alongside me in bridesmaid dresses. It was such a fun year with these girls, they are definitely best friends I’ll have forever.

In March 2014 Gus, myself and some friends of ours went up to Mooloolaba where his folks have a place. I woke up quite early (as you do in Queensland when the sun rises at 3am) & popped on my walking gear. Gus decided he’d come with me. We went for a walk along the boardwalk & on our way back I said lets sit down because I wanted to show him a few yoga stretches, before I knew it I turned around and Gus was on one knee proposing. Of course I said yes! It was such a fun trip with lots of friends from Wagga, it couldn’t have been  more perfect!

The Wedding

Gus & I got married on Friday the 5th of December 2014 on Gus’s family property ‘Kooringal Stud’

We spoke about where we wanted to get married several months before getting engaged, you know just throwing the ideas out there. We loved the idea of getting married in the garden at Kooringal Stud & having an open air reception - Gus was on the farm from day dot 7 it meant the world to him & to me… well I couldn’t have thought of a more beautiful spot & I also thought it was such a special place. Thankfully Pen and Stu gave the green light for us to have our special day on the farm. Penny’s garden is always impeccable & the farm itself is so beautiful. Pen & Stu (Gus’s parents) along with his siblings put hours into making the place look incredible. Plenty of water, lots of pea straw & hours of gardening later the place looked 110%. My Mum also came across from Echuca, Victoria a few times to pop on the gardening gloves & help out. It was always good bonding time with all the fam!

Thankfully we had quite a bit of rain during the lead up to the wedding which helped make the grass nice and lush. The grass was growing so quick Stu even did a ‘quick’ mow the day before(taking about 2 hours) as the grass had grown so much in two days!

The day goes so quickly although it all was an incredibly special & happy day! It was so beautiful to see so many happy emotions amongst our parents, they all put in so much hard work to make our day come true & have been such amazing role models over the years.  I was so excited to walk down the aisle with my Dad, holding onto his arm very tight. We had all our beautiful siblings involved in the day, my eldest brother Leigh had the honour of driving the Chevy, at one stage Leigh was about to take off to drive me to the ceremony and he couldn’t get it into gear, thankfully a few magic words it was good to go! I must admit the nerves started about there! My brother Simon & Gus’s sister Georgie did a reading which were both beautiful. Richie, Gus’s brother was also a driver making sure the 3 gorgeous bridesmaids arrived safely.

We absolutely loved getting married on the farm! We decided to have a nice, casual ceremony & a family friend Sascha Irvin was our gorgeous celebrant. She did the most amazing job & made the ceremony just perfect.

Gus & I took the risk & decided to have an open air reception, it’s something I had always dreamed of & we chose the 5th of December knowing it was a full moon. Sounds perfect right? Well the night before Wagga had the biggest hail storm – there sure were a few nerves about & I think the back up plan(of which was choosing one of the sheds on the farm) was ready to take place. Thankfully someone was looking well after us & we had the most sensational weather, about 35 degrees, no wind, no rutherglen bugs, you could see the stars & no rain! So many people asked how we did it! We are just thanking our lucky stars!

We had both our Dads speak along with Alex – my bridesmaid & Lach Gus’s groomsman, I also made a little speech & Gus finished with such an emotional speech. He spoke so well & spoke of his horse accident which happened in 2011 …I was so proud. There were plenty of tears amongst the guests, even the males had tears…all happy tears of course!

Our parents were amazing on the day, both our Dads Tim & Stu spoke so well & made us so proud. Our Mums looked stunning in navy and red! Our parents did the most incredible job making our day so special & the happiest days of our life!  

The Wedding Details

Let’s say I spent many hours on pinterest…don’t most brides do that? (laugh) Along with that one of my beautiful girlfriends/bridesmaids Milly helped me out LOTS! There were plenty of pics sent through back & forth. She is so clever with styling so helped me out with the style of the wedding. She wrote all the table names with her funky writing, we hung these up amongst the old olive tree with little wooden pegs, a handmade touch I loved! Ju another of my bridesmaids helped me with the flower choices and the table place cards. She is a very talented artist & has a great eye for beautiful taste. She wrote all the name cards which were fun & handmade which was even more special! 

We had so many gorgeous friends and family helping out during the lead up & the day. A few special ladies who are extremely clever with flowers organized the entrance flowers along with Gus’s Aunty Nar organizing all the table flowers. She travelled all the way to Sydney to collect the flowers from the flower markets. 

Mum, Penny & I had collected brass & copper vases from all over the place. We used these for the table flowers & loved we were able to bring these into the style of the wedding, something a little different! I’d seen it on Instagram months prior to the wedding so thought it could look cool & something a little different/rustic.

A beautiful friend Georgie Meagher (Wildeslane) from Sydney put together the most amazing flower wall, Gus & I got married in front of it. It looked sensational & made the photos look so vibrant. It was a perfect touch to our garden ceremony! 

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  I had three gorgeous bridesmaids – all of which kept me well entertained along the lead up journey. These three girls were so amazing & made my day even more special. 

Alex Petersen & I lived together back in 2010-2011. She’s been an amazing friend since I moved to Wagga. One of the kindest & thoughtful people you’ll come across, she’s my sister I never had. Her one request was, no lilac dresses.. Julia Roche & I also lived together with Alex in 2010.  Ju is a person who is extremely vibrant & always happy as you can see in every photo of her –she’s always laughing! Ju got married on Australia Day long weekend just over 12 months ago so thankfully she gave me plenty of few tips along the way. Ju was 7 months pregnant at the wedding & looked absolutely incredible!  Milly Bray & I went to boarding school together in Melbourne. We have had so many fun times together & I was so excited she said yes to be one of my bridesmaids to walk ahead of me down the aisle! She’s such a beautiful friend, loves to have fun & always up for ‘chin wag’!

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Gus had three great mates alongside him on the big day…all three boys Gus grew up with. They’re great down to earth friends & all love a good laugh!

Lach Harris Andy Lamont & Luke Hulm

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

Charlie Walsh was our very cute page boy – Gus is Charlie’s godfather & was so excited he started walking early! He certainly got plenty of attention on the day in his cute chino’s, shirt & delicious bow tie made by a great school friend Emily Revell – Huxby Haberdashery.  

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

I actually was visiting a friend in Wagga & we were talking about wedding dress shopping, she showed me a photograph of the bride and groom of a wedding she had recently been to. I loved the brides dress – it was definitely a style I thought would suit me. I didn’t actually choose the same dress although a very similar style.

Once I’d popped the dress on & Mum starting crying, that was a good sign it was the one…unless she didn’t like it? Just kidding!

How many gowns did you try? 

Just the two at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES, the first dress I tried on I loved & it fit me perfectly! The ladies were so helpful! I tried on a few others from different wedding dress shops however nothing grabbed me like the Josie gown.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I always wanted an open back & something fitted. I loved the style, the fit & of course the open back! The girls who helped me at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES also made me like the dress even more – they were so sweet & helpful! (I thought the process was meant to be difficult! It was far from it) 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We found the dresses in Melbourne at Wayne Cooper – it was quiet a lucky find as the store was actually closing down. 

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boys suits came from Charles Tyrewhitt London.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  I didn’t want anything too flashy earring wise so I decided I’d get some costume diamond earrings for both myself & my bridesmaids.  I put together a little gift for the gorgeous girls, of which in it was a fun bangle which they can have forever & they wore on the day.

Where did you get your shoes from? I didn’t want anything too bridey & needed a thicker heel being a farm wedding in the grass so I went for an open toe heel. I actually found them in Myer in Melbourne Central.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a very simple & flowy veil which I had made from Melbourne Veils on High Street. They were so helpful.

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

We were so excited to use my beautiful Papa’s old Chevrolet. He’s had the car for years, when they were living on the farm it only ally made a few trips into town to go to bowls, as for now it only gets a run once a year to be registered. Dad put it on the back of a trailer & brought it across from Barooga NSW. I definitely had a tear seeing my Papa’s reaction when we drove in, being the only granddaughter I think it brought a tear to his eye. He’s such a role model I have always looked up to him so it was so nice to make him a part of our special day.

Something Old? My Nana gave me a gorgeous rose gold bracelet many years ago to keep. Her mother had given it to her when she was only 12 with her name Beverley engraved into it. It was so nice to wear something so special.

Something New? I didn’t have a particular ‘something new’ although my dress was!

Something Borrowed? One of my bridesmaids Juju gave me a gold ring to borrow for the day. It was perfect & loved wearing something of a great friend of mine.

Something Blue? I was so excited to wear Mums beautiful sapphire ring. Her parents gave it to her when she turned 21 after their trip from Hong Kong. Thankfully she hasn’t asked to have it back! Thanks Mum! 

Suppliers 

Florist – Scooter Flowers Wagga Wagga  (Bouquets)

Table Flowers – Nar Lamont, Harefield

Flower Wall Wildeslane - Georgie Meagher 

Photographer – We had a mother/daughter combo taking our snaps on the big day Jenny Hartwig & Georgie Ross. They are great family friends of the Lamonts & we were so happy with the beautiful natural shots. 

Videographer – Emma Dallinger – Albury. 

Music – Jamie Way & Dale Allison & crew – Wagga.

First Dance – It’s kind of cliché living on a horse farm & choosing this song however we both loved Horses by Daryl Braithwaite. We had a few dancing lessons with some great friends of Gus’s parents – Neal & Julie Durnan. They’re beautiful dancers & so much fun, Julie & Neal always treated us with a G&T afterwards which was a nice treat! It was fun for me learn how to dance properly, as for Gus well he glided around! I’d be stepping on his toes & laughing, which made the bridal dance enjoyable having fun up in front of everyone. 

MC – Jum Lamont, Gus’s brother did the most impressive & entertaining job as MC. Everyone referred to him as Pippa Middleton, he stole the show! He kept the whole crowd entertained & ran with a theme of the night being a ‘horse sale’ …being on a horse stud it was quite fitting. The bridal party entrances were something surely to be remembered & rather hilarious.. wooden ride on horses, jockey outfits & jockey whips..

Celebrant – Sascha Irvin, Wagga Wagga

Stationery Chambers Whyte, Wagga Wagga

Menu – Nathan Gale Catering, Wagga Wagga

Cake - A great friend of ours Amy Fowler made our wedding cake. She is such a talented friend and has been baking cakes for friend’s weddings. The delicious cake didn’t last long, it was devoured in a matter of minutes!

Hair – Mink Hair and Beauty Wagga 

Make up Dusk Beauty Therapy Wagga- Rheanna Donellan

Wedding Bands Kristopher Graydon – Wagga Wagga. 

Extra features – Ushers pocket squares & Page boy bowtie - Huxby Haberdashery

Table Cards – Ju Roche 

Event Hire – Duncan and Milton Jaeger from Jaegers Event hire were amazing. They did such a wonderful job & were so helpful with everything hire wise! 

The Villa San Juan Capistrano Editorial

Posted on 16 Mar, 2015
The Villa San Juan Capistrano Editorial

Gregory Ross has created another magical editorial shot at the Villa San Juan Capistrano. This beautiful Latin inspired is oozing with red, plums and greens colours that burst through your screen.

Gregory & Erin always put together such great suppliers for their editorials, see below for full supplier list. 

Suppliers: 

Photography: Gregory Ross 

Stylist: Erin McDonald 

Florist: Inessa Nichols 

Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals 

Tabletop Rentals: Dish Wish 

Calligraphy + Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy

HMU: Italia Pierfederici 

Venue: Villa San Juan Capistrano

Suit: The Black Tux 

Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes 

Veil: Erica Elizabeth Designs 

Bar Set up / Drink Specialist: The Whaling Club 

Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Models: Jennifer Monge  // Austin Moreno

Elle's Bridal Boutique

Posted on 13 Mar, 2015
Elle's Bridal Boutique

Elle Bridal is the only San Diego wedding boutique that will style you from head to toe for every step of the bridal journey. Starting with getting-ready robes, to the perfect wedding dress, and on to the romantic wedding night, we make sure you're styled to perfection. Shop for lovely locally made bridal gifts, paper goods and decor, as well.

Elle Bridal Boutique is a dream come true for the owner Krystel Tien. She created the boutique after being a wedding planner in San Diego for seven years and seeing the need for a shop that created a complete look for the bride along with all of the lovely extras. She wanted to create a space where brides could have a magical experience, the kind you see in the movies. The goal is that every bride feels beautiful, adored, and taken care of when in the shop and can find exactly what she needs for her special day! 

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES has the following downs shown as Elle Bridal Boutique: 

- Brooke Gown 

-Matilda Gown 

-Prea Gown 

-Rachel Gown 

-Genevieve Gown

-Geneviebe Overlay 

-Louella Gown 

-Trinity Gown 

-Alexandra Gown 

-Anya Gown 

To find out more information, and to book an appointment click here: 

Olivia & Hersch's Soft and Romantic Wedding

Posted on 11 Mar, 2015
Olivia & Hersch's Soft and Romantic Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

 We met at a 90’s music night at a bar in Melbourne, nothing like a bit of Peter Andre or Spicegirls to spark a romance!

 How long have you been together?  5 years

Do you have a proposal story? 

We got engaged on a USA trip. We were in NYC in Central Park. Hersch was so nervous that he put the ring on the wrong finger, and it was 2 sizes too big, luckily we were so close to Tiffany’s on 5th Ave, we got it resized that same day!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5th April 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Where?         

Ceremony at The Mill, Portarlington, Reception at Bellarine Estate Winery, Portarlington

 What made you choose there?  The Mill was very different, nobody I know had been there which was nice

 How did you find it?I searched endlessly for a place that was different, and I found The Mill on a wedding blog from a few years before, as for the Reception, Bellarine Estate was the first place we visited, and loved it!

 

oliviahersch_smittenweddingphotography221_600

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids –  My sister, Morgan 

Groomsmen –  Hersch’s best friend Rudra

 

How was the weather on the day? On our wedding day, we were so lucky with the weather, the sun came out early morning, and stayed out all day, it was a perfect autumn day

 What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  I love the month of April and autumn weather, and the 5th of April is also my parents wedding anniversary, it was their 34th anniversary on the day of our wedding which was very special.

The Wedding Details

Theme ?

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Portarlington Mill, an old building owned by the National Trust, which was once used as a Flour Mill. Our ceremony was short and sweet, we actually were seated for our ceremony, which felt very intimate and our lovely celebrant delivered the ceremony to us. My beautiful Aunty, and her friend, created an amazing 2m floral swag, which we got married beneath. I was actually lucky enough to spend the day with her, on an amazing Dahlia farm in Winchelsea, picking my own flowers for the wedding.

 As the sun went down, we got photographs taken in the vineyards of Bellarine Estate Winery, where our reception was held, while guests enjoyed pre dinner canapés and drinks. The weather was perfect for guests to be outdoors, as they enjoyed some acoustic music, food and drinks. The rest of the night was perfect, the food was amazing, and everyone enjoyed dancing the night away, with Test Pilot Molly creating an amazing dance floor. We hired festoon lighting through Pepper Sprout Hire, which created a carnival like atmosphere in the dance floor.

 As for our styling, I guess I just wanted the day to be simple, natural, pretty and a reflection of us. I did a lot of the styling myself, as I had spent months planning, pinterest-ing and collecting jars, vases, candles etc. I really wanted a soft and romantic feel to the wedding, without it looking too DIY. There were flowers galore, candles everywhere and the atmosphere really just felt amazing.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I found the Kayla gown on the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES website and had to try it on!! A friend of my sisters, wore the Caitlyn Gown from the same collection, which is how I had heard of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

 Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A friend of my sisters, wore the Caitlyn Gown

 How many gowns did you try? Probably about 6, all different styles just to see what suited me!

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

 What did you especially like about your gown?  Very different and so pretty! Nobody had ever seen it before!

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

Fashion

 Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Elliatt

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

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 actually purchased 3 outfits for the day, and it wasn’t until a few weeks before the wedding that she found the right one, and it was from a small boutique in ocean grove

Suppliers

Florist – The florist is my beautiful aunty and friend from The Flower Dispensary  (their own business).

 Photographer – Jenna and Jemima from Smitten Wedding Photography, Jenna is a friend of my sister; they were absolutely amazing to work with, so much fun!!

MusicTest Pilot Molly, I grew up listening to Test Pilot Molly in clubs around Geelong, they were so much fun at our wedding, and my sister has even booked them for her wedding in January!

First Dance – Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes

MC – Teniesha Gill, my sisters best friend, she is so funny and did such an amazing job on the night!

Celebrant – Jo Betz, I couldn’t have chosen any better, she was so lovely to work with, and I didn’t want her to leave on the day! We have remained friends and often catch up for coffee!

Stationery / Menu – My sister is a Graphic Designer (Paul Kelly Design to Print) and did all of my stationary, invites, menus, signage herself, she is so unbelievably talented!

Cake – Sweet Designs by Claire – My cake was White Choc and Raspberry mud cake, it was the best cake I’ve ever eaten, it went so quickly and people were asking for more!

Bombonieres – Little Jar Cakes – a business run by Phoebe Myatt from her home in Abbotsford, there was lots of cake at our wedding J

Cars/Transport – Family cars

Hair – My long time friend Mel who owns her own salon called The Nest Hair and Makeup Room

Make up Hilary Holmes Makeup

Wedding Bands – Duffs Jewellers Geelong

Festoon Lighting in the Marquee - Sarah Ottens from Peppersprout Hire

Ceremony Styling Dress My Wedding

Kara & James's charming seaside wedding.

Posted on 09 Mar, 2015
Kara & James's charming seaside wedding.

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Through work.

How long have you been together? 12 months – total whirlwind!

62_600

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 15 November 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

 1.     Where? The Boathouse, Palm Beach for both         

2.     What made you choose there? We wanted to get married on the East Coast. We live in Port Hedland WA and my Family is in Young NSW and James’ in Perth. Although James hadn’t been to Sydney until 4 days before the wedding, we decided it was fairer to everyone if both sides had to travel. A domestic destination wedding!

3.     How did you find it? Google! I was looking at Harbour locations then The Boathouse popped up during a search and we thought it looked exactly how we imagined our wedding location to be. Relaxed and eclectic and able to handle a lot of dancing! Plus they did all the catering and styling.

How was the weather on the day? Very overcast! Apparently it rained a couple of minutes before I arrived but had stopped when I got there. The rain held off for the rest of the night and the grey sky’s made the outlook up the beach to the lighthouse and over the Pittwater even better.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was about the only date they had available in 2014 when we called!

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? The Boathouse does all their own styling which really appealed to us because it was organized from so far away and essentially via email. We saw the location for the first time 3 days before the wedding! We gave minimal guidance with preferred flower types and colours and setup and got them to add some minor details like bunting on the back deck and lanterns out in the front garden. It was so beautiful!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? It was all theirs. The fruit displays, the flowers, the rustic furniture, the Palm Beach candles burning in the bathrooms are all part of what they do. I couldn’t have designed it better. It was all I could have ever imagined.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We had some signage made (the Order of Ceremony was a hit!), and had some old family wedding photos hanging on the windows. I also ordered some extra lace from my dress bodice and my florist used that and tulle off-cuts from my dress to bind the stems of my bouquet. To that I attached a pearl bracelet James’ parents had given me for my 30th to which I attached a locket of my mother’s containing a picture of my father who has passed away. It was a way to have him still walk me down the aisle. A special little touch that meant so much.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had fallen in love with the Matilda gown after seeing it in a magazine and Zanzis were the only stockist of KWH in Perth so I called and made an appointment. I had just 3 hours to pick a dress one Saturday while I was travelling through Perth and went to one other shop before Zanzis. At Zanzis I tried on about 5 dresses. I loved the Matilda which I tried on first – the others were really just for a bit of fun. I actually thought the Matilda looked way too detailed for me to carry off. A bit of a wild card. But as they say it happens, I tried it on and was blown away. It was so, so breathtaking. I felt like a bride! I also loved that it followed all the ‘rules’ of what a wedding dress should have but somehow managed to be so different and quirky with its details in the bodice. The tiered skirt with its train was spectacular as well. Most importantly, I was comfortable in it and knew I’d be able to dance all night long!

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

How many gowns did you try? Maybe 10

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

What did you especially like about your gown? That it was unique.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? None

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? James hadn’t told me what he was wearing, so it was a surprise to see him when I walked down the aisle in his deep blue Saba suit with a Hugo Boss tie and shirt! He looked so handsome!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The only jewellery I wore was a pair of pearl and diamond earrings that James’ Grandmother had given to his Mother many years ago.

Where did you get your shoes from? DKNY – sparkly party heels!

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Relax and let people help. We had to organize everything via email from the other side of the country. We did our research online and only contacted people who we knew we would be 100% happy to go with. If someone said they were available, we just locked them in! I figured it would all work out in the end. The main thing was that James and I were getting married and that we were going to be surrounded by our families and friends. I think our relaxed attitude to the day guaranteed that it was going to be a great day. I actually had a nap while I was waiting for my mums and sisters hair and makeup to be done.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be adventurous when you are trying dresses on. I ended up wearing something completely different to the dress I’d imagined myself wearing and it was absolutely perfect. It is your one big day stand out and you should feel like a bride in what you are wearing. Also, take a friend with you who will be honest. Someone who bursts into tears every time you put a dress on won’t be a lot of help!

Something Old? Earrings

Something New? The dress!

Something Borrowed? The locket containing the picture of my father

Something Blue? The spectacular Kate Spade clutch James gave me for the wedding. It’s in the shape of a ship, representing the Port we live, work and met at in Western Australia and is a gorgeous navy blue.

Suppliers

Florist – Japonica, Collaroy Beach. Literally the most perfect bouquet I have ever seen. Fiona somehow deciphered what I was trying to describe and made it a reality.

PhotographerEmma Hampton Photography. From the get go Emma wanted to know what we wanted from her, not imposing her style or preferences in any way. She let us be ourselves which made the process a breeze on the day. Everyone commented on how unobtrusive she was and the photos have really captured how we felt.

First Dance – “September” Earth, Wind and Fire (James threw his suit jacket off and busted out some impromptu moves halfway through!)

MC – James’ school mate, Arin.

Celebrant Vanessa Ballard – Northern Beaches Celebrant

Stationery Wedding Paper Divas

Menu – Catering by the Boathouse. The food was never ending and absolutely delicious. The canapés and BBQ were perfect for a relaxed wedding and allowed people to keep dancing and moving around all night long.

Cake – Kiralee Ciccarelli Creative Cakes  - from Young NSW with a centerpiece of flowers/ succulents from Japonica.

Bombonieres– Handmade fudge from Poppa’s Fudge Factory, Young NSW (my hometown) and fresh cherries from Lavender Hill Orchard, Young NSW

Hair and Makeup Mae You Be – Michelle was unbelievable! I got ready with my mother and three sisters and Michelle and her assistant Lauren were able to make each of us look exactly how we wanted without having had an opportunity for a trial. They were patient, professional and felt like part of the group by the time they left. Michelle even did up the bow on my dress! I wanted to look natural for James and he loved that I looked like the girl he is going to spend the rest of his life with, not some fantasy bride.

Wedding Bands Rosendorff Diamond Jewellers, Perth

 

Danielle & Adam's Colourful Seaside Wedding

Posted on 06 Mar, 2015
Danielle & Adam's Colourful Seaside Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

We met on the dance floor at a local pub. I was left by myself after all of my friends had gone off with other people and Adam came up to me, held out his hand and said “you look like you need saving”.  The rest is history.

How long have you been together? 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? 

We had been talking about marriage for a while and then about 6 months after living together (March 2013) Adam proposed on the cliff tops between Freshwater and Curl Curl with a gorgeous ring one Sunday morning during our walk.  That spot holds a lot of meaning to us as we had our first “fancy” date at Pilu’s a few months after meeting at the pub and we went to that lookout beforehand.  I did suspect the engagement was coming very soon especially since the day before when Adam was driving my drunken-self home from the races he got a text from his mum. His phone was in the centre console so I had a look at the message and it was something along the lines of “Take Danielle out for dinner at Jonah’s and then go for a walk along the beach and get down on bended knee”. The surprise was ruined then and there, which is fitting since Adam has never once kept a surprise from me, he always has to tell me what it is!

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  14/11/14

 Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?     Ceremony: Lucinda Park, Palm Beach. Reception: Moby Dicks, Whale Beach

2.     What made you choose there? We wanted an outside ceremony where our guests could mingle afterwards with a few drinks and some live music until it was time for the reception to begin. We didn’t want a typical on-the-beach wedding, so Lucinda Park was the perfect fit. Moby Dicks was the second reception venue we looked at and we kept going back to it. It had such a relaxed, easy-going vibe and wasn’t like all other typical wedding venues where the bridal party are seated at a long table up the front with a dance floor separating them and the guests. Our table was amongst our guests and we got the chance to mingle with them before dinner, during dinner, and after, which is exactly what we wanted. We wanted to celebrate with our guests for the duration of the reception and not just at the end of the night on the dance floor.

3.     How did you find it? We found Moby’s through Adam’s mum’s friend who had gone to a wedding there and said it was the best wedding he’d ever been to. We knew we had to check it out. Moby’s then gave us a listing of ceremony sites in the local area and that’s how we found Lucinda Park, which turns out is a very popular spot for weddings!

How was the weather on the day? We couldn’t have asked for better weather! The day before was sunny, but extremely windy and cold in the afternoon. The day of it was quite hot but by the afternoon had cooled down a little but the sun was still out with a few clouds in the sky. The day after was cloudy and raining on and off, so we were very lucky on the day!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew we wanted a Spring/Summer wedding. As we got engaged in March 2013 we decided on November 2014 so we could have a little bit more time to plan and be a bit more relaxed about it and just enjoy our time being engaged.  We wanted a Friday wedding as the beaches get crazy busy on the weekend and we didn’t want our guests to have put up with that. So, 14/11/14 became our wedding date – easy for the husband to remember! Plus, if we had done the Friday before (07/11/14) our anniversary would forever be known as Free Slurpee Day at 711.

The Wedding Details

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

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Lots of bridal magazines and websites! But mostly Hello May.

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

Definitely no DIY! Although we love the look of it and the sentiment behind it, we were stressed enough as it was planning the wedding. We didn’t want to add any more stress than needed!

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Ashleigh Russell (Maid of Honour/best friend), Lauren Tracey (Bridesmaid/best friend)

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Darren Weiley (Best Man/best friend), Jake Hargraves (Groomsman/best friend)

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  None. This was a child-free wedding. We wanted all of our friends and family to have a good time without having to worry about children getting tired and wanting to go to bed.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

As I was the first of my friends to get married (I think I started a trend as half of them are now getting married!) I had no idea where to begin. I bought a whole lot of bridal mags and scoured through them, reading every real wedding and looking at the vendors for each of them. I then saw an ad for KAREN WILLIS HOLMES in one of the mags I was reading and loved the dress in the ad so I went online immediately to have a look. I noticed Karen’s style was very different to the other designers I had been looking at. Her designs were unique and modern and not for a traditional bride (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). I loved how fashion-forward and youthful her designs were and that they weren’t your typical princess dresses. I went into the Paddington store right away with my mum in tow in September of 2013 (14 months before the wedding!). I actually fell in love with a different dress to the one I ended up deciding on. I thought the “Jasmine” dress was the one for me. But when I went back a few months later I found my true dress, the “Jillian”. It fit my body perfectly and I just had to have it!

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

In wedding mags, but before that I had no idea.

How many gowns did you try?

I tried on probably 8 KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns, and 4 gowns from another wedding boutique. But I kept going back to Karen Willis Holmes.

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

Karen Willis Holmes, Paddington

What did you especially like about your gown?

I loved the mixture of the French lace and tulle. I always knew I was going to have a lace wedding dress and this particular gown had lace that was very young and fresh, unlike a lot of other lace gowns which can look a bit old.  I never thought I’d get a dress with tulle but it worked perfectly with the design of the dress. The fit was spot on as well.  I’d never felt more comfortable in a dress ever. And although it was completely corseted I was comfortable all day and night.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmermann

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

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

I had a fresh flower crown made by the lovely girls at Wild Lotus florist in Newport. I had seen so many flower crowns in other real weddings and in fashion shoots and I knew I wanted that over a veil, but I hadn’t seen one that I was absolutely in love with. The ones I’d seen were either too big and theatrical, or were too small and not the right flowers. Jess at Wild Lotus took the time to find some inspiration for me and we discussed flower colours and size of the crown, but I was in the dark as to what it would look like until it arrived on the day. And it couldn’t have been more perfect. I was very, very happy with it.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted Shoes. The shoes I originally wanted (Valentino Rockstud pumps in ivory) were sold out, so I bought about 5 different pairs of shoes that I wasn’t completely in love and decided on the day – and then returned the others afterwards!

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

The first few months of your engagement is your time to enjoy each other, don’t worry about planning anything! Then a few months after start looking at bridal mags and websites for inspiration and find vendors who fit your style instead of choosing vendors who may be on the cheaper side and you trying to get them to change their style to suit your wedding, it just won’t work.  We did spend a little more than what we thought we would but we don’t regret a thing. Quality vendors are essential and will make or break your big day.  Also, organization and time management is key! I got a wedding checklist book as an engagement present and it count down the months and had what you should have done at each stage. I used this as a basis and made a spreadsheet of all the vendors we need/have, the budget for each, the actuals for each and the deposits we’ve paid and have left outstanding and when they’re due. It made it much easier having it all in the one place, you really don’t realize how many different people it takes to put on a wedding! We also tried to do things way before we needed to. For example, our thank you cards, we wrote them out as we got our RSVP’s back so that we didn’t have to do it when we got back from our honeymoon.

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

Start looking for your wedding gown early on but also keep in mind when designers release their new collections. I thought I’d found my dress the first time I’d tried on dresses, but my true dress was in the new collection a few months later.  Also, if you’re not a fan of strapless dresses (like me) keep in mind you can always add sleeves to the dress. Don’t just purely look at dresses with sleeves.  And of course, once you’ve found the dress, stop looking!

Suppliers

Ceremony Stylist Ashdown & Bee  We found the amazing Mel and co. by chance. I Googled “Lucinda Park wedding” and an image popped up of a couple under a flower arch at Lucinda Park, I clicked on it and got linked through to the website. We had been looking for AGES for a ceremony stylist who didn’t have the typical Tiffany chairs and a signing table with a white tablecloth over it and Bali flags flagging the aisle – it was hard! We were so lucky we found Mel as she has the perfect quirky, relaxed, rustic style we were looking for.

Florist – Wild Lotus, Newport – Found these lovely girls at Moby Dicks Fair (our reception venue) and loved their stuff the minute I saw it. They were exactly the aesthetic we wanted and the girls were so lovely to deal with.

Photographer Story of Us Found these awesome guys through The Boathouse Palm Beach’s website when we were looking through photos of real weddings at the venue and then up popped the memory film they did of a wedding there. We absolutely loved the video as it was easy-going and fun and not dramatic and cinematic like a lot of wedding videos can be. We contacted them and asked to see some photos and loved them as well! Kate and Graeme are pros and an absolute pleasure to deal with. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better!

Videographer Story of Us – see above

Music – Ceremony music: James Eunglund from Pinnacle Entertainment http://pinnacleentertainment.com.au – James was perfect for our outdoor ceremony. He was chilled and passionate and everyone had a good time having a few drinks and listening to his tunses.

Reception music: The White Tree Band – These guys got the party going. We couldn’t have asked for a better band for the reception. Everyone was up and dancing having the best time! We all formed a circle and belted out Wonderwall, we all danced like crazy to Mr Brightside. It was sad when it came time to leave, everyone just wanted to keep dancing!

First Dance – Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got The Love

MC – Greg Punch

Celebrant – Katrina Holt– Katrina put together a ceremony that was fun and light-hearted and very much us. She is an amazing celebrant!

Stationery Story of Us for the seating chart, Vistaprint for the invites

Menu – Moby Dicks provided

Cake – Indulge Me Cupcakes Absolutely awesome coconut and red velvet cake

Bombonieres – Engraveworks shotglasses

Hair – The Whitehouse Productions 

Make up -  The Whitehouse Productions – Suzi’s makeup is stunning. There’s no other words for it. It was a warm day and my bridesmaids and I were sweating up a storm but our makeup stayed in place the entire day.

Wedding Bands – Forever Diamonds

Isabella's Bridal Co

Posted on 06 Mar, 2015
Isabella's Bridal Co

Isabella's Bridal Co is a fun, chic and sophisicated Bridal Boutique located in Vero Beach, Florida. 

We are so excited that KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Gowns will be showcased in their boutique from the 6th March to the 14th March 2015. 

The following gowns will be there: 

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

To book in for an apppointment, email here: 

Alissa & Michael's charming vintage wedding

Posted on 04 Mar, 2015
Alissa & Michael's charming vintage wedding

Background

 How long have you been together? Do you have a proposal story? 

 Together since 2005 we’d been dating for let’s just say- quite a while! We got engaged while on holiday in beautiful Positano, Italy.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 4 October 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.     Where?     Fernhill Estate, Mulgoa

2.     What made you choose there? It’s such a stunning property and they let us have our dog Juba there!

3.     How did you find it? A colleague found it for her wedding and was happy to share the details.

How was the weather on the day? Beautiful sunshine.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Being a long weekend we thought it would work well for family and friends, and it’s our auspicious date!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? A romantic and classical wedding with vintage charm.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Blogs such as Hello May and the One Fine Day wedding expo

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Fernhill Estate actually did a photo shoot using a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES dress and I loved the style. I liked the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES facebook page and saw a teaser of a dress that was coming out soon, and from that snapshot I could not stop thinking about it. I had to try it on.

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

How many gowns did you try? I had been to two boutiques before visiting KAREN WILLIS HOLMES- the dresses were lovely but not ‘the one’. I think I tried on maybe five different styles at KWH; just to be sure!

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

 What did you especially like about your gown? It was me! Soft and feminine. A beautiful style with the most stunning detailed lace and silky tulle.  

Fashion

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept it very simple and only wore a necklace given to me by my husband as a wedding day gift.

Where did you get your shoes from? Alan Pinkus

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, a beautiful cathedral one to complete the look. Also from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take inspiration from blogs but don’t get too caught up in all the finer details. Know what is important to you and keep it simple. You want your wedding to be a fun day full of love and happy moments.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? People kept telling me you know when it’s the one- and you do! I walked out of the store to think about it but I couldn’t leave without purchasing it that day. When you feel beautiful and can’t walk away - that’s the one!

Suppliers

We loved all our suppliers- they were true professionals and most importantly listened to us and helped us to create the wedding of our dreams.

Florist – Lucia Kos

PhotographerJohn Benavente

Videographer – Joseph Willis

Music – Diamond Strings (ceremony) & We Play Records (reception)

Celebrant Carolyn Wilson

Cake – Cake Arcade

Hair – Liv Lundelius

Make up – Liv Lundelius