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Date: April 2015

Alice & Jamie's Beautiful Balinese Wedding

Posted on 29 Apr, 2015
Alice & Jamie's Beautiful Balinese Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

My husband and I met when we began teaching at the same school in 2009. We remained friends for a few years, going out for drinks every so often with mutual work friends then sparks started to fly in 2011.

How long have you been together? We have been together for 4 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  Yes! Jamie and I travelled to the States in 2013. We went on a five week holiday to LA, San Francisco, Vegas and New York. We were in New York for Christmas and New Years. 2 days before Christmas, it started to snow! I was so excited. I was SO excited about going ice skating in Central Park (as I had seen it in so many movies!) so we went on Christmas Eve. We skated around the rink in the snow and then started to get very cold so Jamie suggested we go for a walk. He was adamant about finding a certain bridge – I had no idea what he was talking about, I was beyond cold by now – and he took us to the Gapstow Bridge. He asked me to hold his phone and read out some facts about the bridge (you can imagine that I was thrilled as I couldn’t feel my feet) and then he quickly got down on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring! I couldn’t believe it!

I found out later that Jamie had my engagement ring in a box in his (unlocked!) backpack for the first three weeks of the trip.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12.th December 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Legian, Bali. Ramada Resort Camakila. 

1.     Where?     Ramada Resort Camakila in Legian, Bali.

2.     What made you choose there? Jamie and I had our first holiday there as a couple a few years ago. It was a special place for us.

3.     How did you find it? We found the resort on the internet a few years ago.

How was the weather on the day? Very hot and humid!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We needed to get married in the school holidays (we are both teachers) and the wet season begins in Bali in late December.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? I wanted a classic, simple day. I chose white as my theme colour. I have always loved the colour blue so I dressed my bridesmaids in ocean blue dresses.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I just knew what I wanted. I worked closely with our planner from the resort to help guide me with flower choices.

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister, Amy (Maid of Honour) and my old friend Maddie.

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Jamie’s brother, Simon (Best Man) and his old friend John.

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I loved the femininity of Karen’s gowns and I loved the feeling that I got when I looked on her website. This absolutely resonated with me when I walked into the Paddington boutique in Brisbane.

How many gowns did you try?I tried on 3 gowns at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES and 2 gowns in the city.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I knew that I wanted a gown with cap sleeves. I also knew that we were getting married on the pool deck so I didn’t want something with too much tulle (although I do love tulle, but not for this occaision!) As soon as I tried on the Kayla gown, I knew it was the one!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Portmans

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose Nine West heels and Oroton earrings.

Bridesmaids: Nine West heels and Lovisa earrings.

Groomsmen: Florshiem shoes and belts.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organized! Print off wedding planning guides from the internet and collate what items you need for your own list. Tick it off as you go.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?  Don’t settle for something that you don’t love. Keep searching! Also, once you get your dress home, don’t keep trying it on!

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

Once you start walking down the aisle, lock eyes with your groom and focus on him. This will ease any nerves that you have.

Something Old:  My Dad’s blue hanky.

Something New: My dress.

Suppliers

Photographer Terralogical Photography. We paid for an 8 hour package with 3 photographers. The range of photos that we got was fantastic.

MC – We asked our brother in law, Chris, to MC the day for us. He did a great job!

Wedding Invites Invitations by Dawn

Thank you cards Pink Frosting

Menu, Music, Florist, Celebrant – All organized via the resort

Cake – Ixora Cakes

Bombonieres – I put together Balinese silver tin boxes for each person/couple to receive at the resort’s reception when they checked in. Our guests all stayed for 7-10 days with us in Bali so we were really touched by everyone’s effort to travel. In each box, I wrote a handwritten letter from Jamie and I thanking them for travelling to Bali. I also compiled a ‘survival kit’ for the week of sunscreen, sanitizer, hand wipes, Berocca, Panodol (in case of sore heads) and Immodium (in case of Bali Belly!). I also put in personalized bottle openers and stubby coolers.

Hair and Make up – Bali Make Up and Hair

Wedding Bands Blue Nile

Other: We had Balinese fire dancers included in our package and they were amazing! We also released lanterns on the beach which were an extra cost, but we are so glad that we did them.

We also had hand-held fans on every second seat at the ceremony for the ladies to fan themselves in the heat.

We had a stand up reception rather than sit down dinner, as we wanted people to be up and dancing during the night. 

Katie and Andrew's Warehouse Wedding

Posted on 27 Apr, 2015
Katie and Andrew's Warehouse Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

We actually met on RSVP. Meeting a partner in a Bar or Club didn’t appeal to me so I thought I would give it a go. Andrew had just moved to Brisbane from Canberra and seemed too good to be true on paper. For our first date we had dinner and drinks that lasted for over 4 hours and although it seems cheesy afterwards I knew he was the one!

Do you have a proposal story?

Andrew took me on a surprise date for our 1 year anniversary to Australia Zoo. He had secretly planned a private tiger walk in the morning that included a photographer from the Zoo. While we were kneeling next to the tiger for some photos he reminded me not to scream, got down on one knee, said some beautiful things to me and asked me to be his wife. He was even sneaky and had the exact ring that I wanted made. It was so special and we are so lucky to have photos that captured it all.  

 

The Wedding: 

What was your wedding date?

26.09.14

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Lightspace, Fortitude Valley  

What made you choose there?

I work in Property so a warehouse wedding was a good fit. We loved that we could make the space ours and unique. Andrew loved that he’d never been to a wedding in a venue like it and we were able to have both the ceremony and reception in the same space.  This suited the guests that were coming from Canberra to not have to travel between venues.

Theme: 

Our wedding colors were Black White and Gold. Although the venue is a converted warehouse and looks a little more rustic we knew we wanted a modern formal wedding, so the colors seemed to bring some extra glam to the space. We used patterns and textured fabrics and mismatched items so it wouldn’t look too put together.    

Bridal Party: 

Bridesmaids: 

I had my MOH Kelly who used to work at Karen Willis Holmes, 3 Bridesmaids Eden, Julia, Prue and a Bridesman Addam. 

Groomsmen: 

Andrew had 2 Best Men, Alex and Enzo and 3 Groomsmen Jeremy, Marko and Dave. 

How was the weather on the day?

Perfect, we couldn’t have asked for a better day in September. It was a little cloudy which according to our photographer was a great thing.

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

Sounds silly but we wanted a date that sounded nice that we would remember and that one just seemed right. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

My MOH Kelly was the manager at the Paddington Store when it was first opened by Karen Willis Holmes. When I first visited the shop with her I knew I would one day be buying my dress from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

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

Magazines, Website, Instagram

 How many gowns did you try?

About 20

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

Paddington in Brisbane

What did you especially like about your gown?

 How I felt in it, it was the first one that I wanted to try on and I loved that it had curves almost built into it so the way it sat on my waist and hips was amazing. I knew my husband would want me to look a little bit sexy and it was perfect! He loved it 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?

White Runway – They were by Pia Gladys Perey and were perfect for my girls as I wanted them to feel comfortable and special on the wedding day as well. They all wore the same color which was actually picked by Andrew and they choose their own dress style to suit them.

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

The Suits were Issimo from Spurling in the Queen Street Myer Centre.

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

The girls wore a bracelet and earrings from Forever New. Addam wore engraved cufflinks I had made for him and the bow tie and pocket square was made from the train of one of the girl’s dresses. I wore the beautiful black sash from KWH, a bracelet and rings from Swarovski and my earrings were borrowed from a close family friend and were from Canturi Jewels.

Where did you get your shoes from?

My Mum bought them for me from Peep Toe just before they closed down.

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

My veil was borrowed from Kelly my MOH and it was from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES from when she was married.

 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Start planning as early as possible, be realistic about your budget, negotiate with suppliers as there’s no harm in asking, enjoy the process, but most of all make sure you wake up on the wedding day and let the stress and control go so that you can take it all in and enjoy your wedding day!  Even when things go wrong (which they will) remember why you are there, how much you love the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle and that in the end, nothing really matters apart from the two of you celebrating your love together.

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

Make sure you have an idea of what you want but stay open minded. The staff at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES are there to help, so again enjoy the process. They do all look different on a hanger and if a friend or family member has a different opinion remember that it’s you that has to love your dress. 

Suppliers:

Florist :

Peony Perfection. All of the flowers, including the centerpieces were made out of silk as I wanted Peonies but they weren’t in season in September and this was the best alternative as I will be able to keep my bouquet forever.

Photographer :

Todd Hunter McGaw (BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!!!!) His photos are so different and amazing and he and his wife Alyda were so much fun to deal with the entire time.

Music:

Kim and Chris Sheehy who were both on The Voice. They were fantastic, so we are lucky they are friends of ours.

First Dance:

Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls

MC:

Bek Day, a very special friend of ours. She’s known Andrew for years and is a writer so she had some great material as well as a lip-synced video with all our friends, that had the whole room in stitches.

Celebrant:

Joshua Withers

Stationery:

Minted Online, the website had a lot of templates to choose from but we were also able to customize the designs to make them unique. The website was so easy to use and shipped from the US really fast.

Cake:

Creative Cakes by Lisa

Hair:

Laura Minogue from Minogue Hairdressing on the Gold Coast

Make up:

Amy Price Makeup Artist

Wedding Bands:

Diamond Centre Pty Ltd – Nir and Dan Toren 

Cosmopolitan Bride Issue 42: Real Brides Feature

Posted on 24 Apr, 2015
Cosmopolitan Bride Issue 42: Real Brides Feature

AMY & JOSH - Photography by Lucas & Co 

' Despite starting her day with a long run with her bridesmaids, Amy partied on till after 3am on the night of her wedding- and why wouldnt she, with such a beautiful, fun reception? The day was all about family Amy and Josh's own, and the new one they were creating together. Held at Josh's family property, the day was filled with special custom touches, like the tables named after Josh's nicknames for Amy, and the MC, who prepared a race call as part of his speech where all the horses' names made reference to events in Josh and Amy's relationship. And while the day- and the ceremony in particular was emotional, Amy didn't cry, because she was too happy and excited of course! Now that's pretty sweet. ' 

 

AMY & NATHAN- Photography by Lucas & Co. 

'When the groom moonlights as a wedding singer on the weekends, its only natural he's going to make his own big day one to remember. Cue Amy and Nathan's wedding, which saw Nathan pre-record the song his bride wanted to walk down the aisle to a surprise (sweet), In an extra cute touch, Nathan's dad married the couple- a huge honour, as Amy says, and the rest of the day was a happy blur of champagne and excitement for the pair. Despite the weather looking doubtful, the rain held out as guests played lawn games and later danced the night away. But the highlightfor Amy and Nathan breaking into a rendition of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing as part of his wedding speech. Now that sounds like a good time! 

Gown Feature: Ivy, Laurel and Lilly Gowns

Posted on 22 Apr, 2015
Gown Feature: Ivy, Laurel and Lilly Gowns

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES COLLECTION: 

We are so excited for the newest KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection to be dropped in stores early next month. The KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection captures the imagination of the modern bride. Inspired and created to cater for the bride wanting a non traditioanl bridal look, the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection focuses on exceptional fit, centered on exquisite embellished and embriodered details. 

Ivy Gown: 

Fabric: Hand beaded tulle 

Colour: Ivory 

Sizes: US 0-12/ AUS & UK 4-16 

Description: V-neck gown with sheer tulle back featuring delicate floral beading detail over a strapless bodice. Beading dispersing at the center back & tulle skirt, gathered at the center front. Finished with a belt. 

Laurel Gown: 

Fabric: Beaded Tulle 

Colour: Ivory 

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

Description: V-neck gown with sheer tulle back featuring exquistite floral beading detail at the neckline, dispersing at the center back & into the fitted skirt with godets for extra fullness at the hem. Finished with a belt. 

Lilly Gown: 

Fabric: Hand Beaded Tulle & Georgette 

Colour: Ivory 

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

Description: High front neck with low back sheer tulle bodice with intricate embroidered & beaded floral detail over a strapless bodice. Flattering side draped georgette skirt & finished with a belt. 

Emma & Luke's Relaxed Classic Wedding

Posted on 20 Apr, 2015
Emma & Luke's Relaxed Classic Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We actually met through my brother, who went to university with Luke.

How long have you been together? We have known eachother for around 10 years and been together for 7

Do you have a proposal story? Luke flew me up to one of my favourite places – Byron Bay for my 26th Birthday. We stayed at the Byron at Byron where we had stayed the first time we visited Byron Bay together. On the morning of my birthday we went out for beautiful breakfast and a walk on the beach, we found a nice quiet spot to catch some rays – I turned around to grab the towels out of the bag and when I turned back he was on one knee! It all went so quickly (it really isn’t like a scene from a movie!!) but it was absolutely perfect. I think I jumped on his knee and hugged him, then we both went for a swim in the ocean and realized I hadn’t even said yes in all of the excitement!! The answer was definitely YES!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? January 25th 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?

Both ceremony & reception were at The Deck, Circa St Kilda, Victoria

 2.     What made you choose there? We both wanted a really relaxed wedding, somewhere we knew our guests would have fun and dance the night away! It was the best of both worlds, with a beautiful indoor setting (we had a sit down reception) and a gorgeous deck which was perfect for a summers night – our dance floor was out on the decking under the stars!

How was the weather on the day? We were so lucky to have the perfect day – I think it was about 24 degrees, the sun shone when it needed to and there was so much dancing I don’t think anyone felt any cold in the night! We woke up the next morning to rain – perfect weather for a hangover!!

 What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was actually the eve of Lukes 30th Birthday and also Australia Day Eve – we both wanted to get married in summer and when we looked into the venue all of the Saturday’s were taken. When they mentioned Sunday 25th January was available - it was just meant to be! Knowing that everyone would have the day off for Australia day the next day and that we could continue the party after the wedding to celebrate Lukes 30th birthday (although we didn’t last very long!!) we were sold!!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? “Relaxed with a touch of class” We both wanted a colourful, relaxed & cheerful wedding! I had festoon lights in my mind from the start and our amazing florist designed the most beautiful colourful flower chandelier & flower pole to bring in the garden feel. Our friends had actually had a flower pole at their wedding and we were both obsessed we just had to have one (but we made sure ours was uniquely different so we weren’t copy cats!)

 Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Honestly, I wasn’t one who had my wedding planned in my head since I was a little girl. So when we got engaged it was so exciting searching different ideas on instagram – The Lane was an awesome site to check out for inspiration. I started very “boho” looking at lots of outdoor weddings, and we kind of put our own sense of class to it. I was so happy with everything in the end!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We did a DIY signing table, I borrowed a friends poloroid camera and set up a “selfie stand” where our guests were asked to take a picture of them selves, then stick it in our book and write a note. It was cute and super funny to look over the next day!! The photos got funnier as the night went on as you can imagine!

Bridal Party

 1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

I had 5 bridesmaids:

Jacqui Jayesuria – Sister in Law

Laura Jayesuria – Sister

Bree Pagluiso – Friend and business partner

Claire Falconer – Friend (lives in Dubai and flew over for the wedding)

Victoria Brown - Friend

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Luke had 5 groomsmen:

Ange Angelodemou – Best mate

Chris Katsenevakis – Best mate

Joshua Udorovic – Cousin

James Jayesuria – brother in Law

Fontaine Adrianopolous – best mate

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

Our ring barer was our little French Bulldog “Frankie”

He was walked down the aisle with my Mum wearing a silver bow tie and the rings tied in a little bag around his neck. So cute!!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!) 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  It’s actually a long story!!  I was originally having a very good friend of mine design and make my dress, we were in the late stages of the design – we even had the sample dress made and I just wasn’t happy with something. My friend told me to go for a shop down High street to find the neckline that I thought suited me best, I had been down the other end of High street originally and remembered I didn’t find anything so I decided to start at the top end. KAREN WILLIS HOLMES was the first shop I walked into, and my dress was the first dress I put on!! It fit like a glove and I knew straight away it was the one!! Then I had to confess to my friend I had found the dress I loved in a store, and also pray that the girls at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES had enough time for the fittings (I found the dress in December, to be married in January – oops!) The girls, and my friend were all wonderful and understanding! It ended up working out perfectly!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  I actually have some saved on my phone from my original researching on instagram – the gowns caught my eye with their relaxed feel, with a touch of glamour. They are all so beautiful, and not too traditional which was exactly what I was after.

How many gowns did you try? ….haha!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? High Street, Malvern. Beautiful store and the ladies were so helpful.

What did you especially like about your gown? My gown was an off the rack purchase, the heaviness of the material fell beautifully. My favourite part was actually an addition, I had always wanted a low back wedding dress. The dress was originally a V back, but not low. I made a call to the girls in store to see if we could alter the dress, and they were very accommodating. We pinned it up and down and created the most beautiful backless feature!! 

Fashion 

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? SABA

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I always wear an array of colourful bracelets on my arm, from friends, trips to Bali and bits and pieces along the way. I had to keep that as a bit of a trademark so I changed them all to white beaded bracelets, and also wore a pair of my mothers pearl earrings. They suited the dress perfectly.

I didn’t want to take away from the girls stunning silver dresses so I bought them some simple stud earrings. It was simple, and perfect!

Where did you get your shoes from? I actually found them on Chapel street at Zomp! Im a bit of a bargain hunter, picked them up on sale for $90! They were ivory point shoes with a clear acrylic heel. It was a bit of a miracle actually - I had fallen in love with a pair in Scanlan & Theodore which were similar, same heel and colour! Just a little out of my price range!! I did buy my after party outfit from Scanlan which I absolutely adore!!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I decided to go against a veil, and just had some pin pearls put in my hair to keep it simple.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Stress less, everything falls into place on the day – never forget what it is all about (you & your partner – nothing else matters!)

There is actually an awesome website: www.weddingservicematcher.com.au where you can type in your budget and what you need from venues, celebrants all the way down to flowers & stationary. Once you have given them the information, this is sent to suppliers and they contact you! So instead of you having to do all of the research and finding contacts its all done for you. Highly recommended!!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be true to yourself! Its so easy to get caught up in other peoples opinions. Make sure you feel comfortable – its always going to feel different as you don’t wear a wedding dress every day!! But make sure when you put it on it makes you smile. And that you are comfortable (make sure you can breathe, sit down, and dance!)

Something Old? I don’t think I was wearing anything old!! I really didn’t think of this on the day!

Something New?My Maid Of Honour bought me a new bracelet to wear on the day.

Something Borrowed?I borrowed my mums pearl earrings.

Something Blue? One of my bridesmaids snuck into my room the night before my wedding and tied a little blue bow on the inside of my dress.

Suppliers

 All of our suppliers were amazing – made the day run smoothly and put a big smile on our faces!!

Florist – Badlands & Co

Photographer – Love & Other 

Videographer – Love & Other

Music – Sean Marchetti, Timmy Trumpet, John Course

First Dance – Shooting Star - Bag Raiders

MC – Matthew Brown (good friend)

Celebrant – Clinton Willets

Stationery – www.wddingpaperdivas.com

Menu - Venue

Cake – Kelly, a beautiful friend of ours made it.

Bombonieres -  We had our florist come back at the end of the night at wrap the flowers from the flower pole and tables so our guests could take home a bunch!

Hair – Lisa Sherry

Make up Lisa Sherry

Wedding Bands – Michael Wilson Jewllers – Eltham, and Cartier

Extra features – Afterparty outfit – Scanlan & Theodore

 

Amy & Luke's Classic and Colourful Wedding

Posted on 17 Apr, 2015
Amy & Luke's Classic and Colourful Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Through my best friends older bother

How long have you been together? 4 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? Luke took me on a surprise ‘birthday’ picnic the day before my birthday at my favourite spot, Iluka Rod, Palm Beach- This is where our ceremony was.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 7.3.15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?  Private Residence- Palm Beach

2.     What made you choose there? It’s our favourite spot

3.     How did you find it? It’s one of Luke’s clients homes- They very generously let us hold it there

How was the weather on the day? Sunny

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Just left like a good day--- All uneven numbers

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?  Neutral colours with bright colorful accents.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? All over Instagram and pinterest

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Most was DIY. I went with my bridesmaids to the flower markets, bunting, poles, balloons, tassels all done by myself 

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Kate Hills- Johnes & Emily Mckie- both long term friends

2.    Groomsmen – who/relationship?  Jay Baldwin & Jake Burrows- Brother and long term friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I was in the area

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I saw a lot of them after I had stumbled across the store.

How many gowns did you try?  Nearly all- I loved them all… but especially the Willow Gown.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington- Hannah Kate made the experience a delight.

What did you especially like about your gown? I like its simplicity. It was comfortable. The lace was devine, everything really. I loved my belt too.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Forever New

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Saba Jackets, Country Road Pants & Shirts.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  Samantha Wills earrings and Kiz & Co Bracelets for myself and the girls.

Where did you get your shoes from? Windsor Smith

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES & Belt. 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organised, I was so relaxed in the lead up because I knew I had everything sorted.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I only looked in KAREN WILLIS HOLMES, so not sure..Make sure your comfortable.

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

Something Old? Antique Wine Glasses

Something New? Champagne Glasses

Something Borrowed? Cake knife

Something Blue? Napkins

 A silver six pence in my shoe from England. All these were displayed on our cake table by mum. 

Suppliers

Florist – Haven & Sarah- Avalon

Photographer James Billing Photography

Music – Baker Boys Band

First Dance – Breathe me- SIA

MC – Jake Tucker- Luke’s Cousin

Celebrant – Claire Belfort

Stationery Heart Invites

Cake Skyline Bakery

Bombonieres – Succulents- Made by Luke & I

Hair – Mana Hair Avalon

Make up Suzie White Weddings

Extra features -  Photobooth- In An Instant Photography 

Gown Feature: Caitlyn and Iris Gowns

Posted on 15 Apr, 2015
Gown Feature: Caitlyn and Iris Gowns

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES COLLECTION: 

We are so excited for the newest KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection to be dropped in stores early next month. The KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection captures the imagination of the modern bride. Inspired and created to cater for the bride wanting a non traditioanl bridal look, the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection focuses on exceptional fit, centered on exquisite embellished and embriodered details. 

Caitlyn Gown: 

Fabric: Sequin Georgette with beading and embroidery 

Colour: Ivory 

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

Iris Gown: 

Fabric: Georgette with Beading & Embroidery 

Colour: Ivory 

Description: Sweetheart strapless gown with delicate sequin, embroidery and beading detail on the bodice. Silhouette is completed with a georgette skirt gathered at waist and finished with a belt. 

Available in our boutiques and selected stockists in May these gowns are sold off the rack in sizes AUS/UK 6 - 16 and US 2 - 12.

Into the Woods Editorial

Posted on 13 Apr, 2015
Into the Woods Editorial

We love when these images that were released by Modern Weddings Magazine. Photographed by the talented creative team at 35mm Wedding Photography, this editorial is all things fantasy and florals. Shot in the woods, this editorial features a selection of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Gowns ( Ines Blouse & Skirt, Genevieve Lace Overlay & The Tillie Crop Top). A huge thankyou to all the vendors that helped to create this flawless editorial. 

Photography 35mm Wedding Photography @35mm_wedding_photography Model Maria @Chic Management Makeup Helen Samaryan @helensmakeupartist Flowers Tanya of Oh Flora Flowers @ohfloraflowers Gowns Karen Willis Holmes @kwhbridal

Sigrid & Blake's Intimate Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 08 Apr, 2015
Sigrid & Blake's Intimate Hinterland Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Blake and I met in year 11 on a school camp. High school sweethearts

How long have you been together? 8 years this June 2015

Do you have a proposal story?  Blake told me we were travelling to see our parents one weekend so my bags were packed and ready to go. When we go into the car Blake put a blindfold on me and drove me to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park. For anyone who knows this location knows the drive there is hell and I felt so sick when we had only arrived at the bottom of the mountain. Blake let me take my blindfold off and it was another 20-minute drive up the range. At this point he said that he had organised a weekend away, which I though was so romantic of him. I didn’t think anything of a proposal at this stage because Blake’s Grandparents own one of the tree houses in this retreat so we have been lucky enough to stay here before as guests of the family. On the drive up Blake took a phone call from someone saying ‘we are running 10 minutes late’ which I thought was weird because it was early in the morning so we couldn’t be running late for check in. Once we got to the top Blake pulled into the luxury spa sanctuary that we had never been to before because the prices were ridiculously expensive. At this point I thought he was being so thoughtful because I had just come off night duty (I’m a nurse) and he wanted me to relax. We had a couples massage inside a beautiful room that overlooked the entire hinterland. After the massage Blake said we are going on a bushwalk. As we started to trek I noticed the name of the bushwalk was called ‘The wishing tree’. Once we had been walking for approximately 15 minutes we arrived at this beautiful old overgrown tree that’s roots were so large you could stand up in between them. Blake asked me to close my eyes and make a wish. At this point, like any girl would, I wished for Blake to propose to me…but he didn’t. I opened my eyes and he placed in my hand a love heart rock that we had found when we were on the school camp together in year 11 (where we met). Yes I cried J. Then we headed back up to the tree house to get ready for dinner. After I got out of the shower I noticed Blake had closed all the doors in the bedroom and told me to get dressed and ready. Once I was done he kissed me and told me to go into the lounge room to the Ipad on the kitchen table and watch the video. There were tea light candles all over the table and it was sunset outside. The video started with photos of when we first met all the way up until the day before the proposal. He had chosen our favorite songs as background music. At the end it said..’We have made so many beautiful memories together and I am ready to make a lifetime more… turn around’. And there he was standing in a circle of tea light candles kneeling on one knee. After his beautiful proposal we celebrated with a beautiful dinner at the guesthouse lodge. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17.01.2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.     Where?     Maleny Manor, Maleny Hinterland, Queensland. 

2.     What made you choose there? Once you visit you’ll just know. The scenery is just breathtaking, the food is exquisite and the staff is unquestionably the most professional people I have ever met.

3.     How did you find it? I grew up on the Sunshine Coast so knew of it. 

4.     How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect. Maybe a little too humid but the breeze throughout the evening evened things out. The sunset was incredible.

5.    What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We never really had a date in mind when we got engaged. We knew we only wanted a year of engagement and Maleny Manor is a very popular wedding venue so it came down to what dates were available. We are so thankful for our date now because the vineyards were in the flourishing period so we had large dark grapes exposed throughout our photos, which are so beautiful. It also rained 4 days leading up to our wedding so the grounds we so green and fresh. 

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? My theme was fresh flowers. All I wanted was to be surrounded but the most rawest and fresh foliage and to be able to breathe in that crisp moist smell of the hinterland. I wanted everything to have elegance and to draw away from the vintage/country theme that is so popular at the moment. As you can see in my photos I have flowers everywhere. I wanted to bring out the white of purity and add a pop of colour for freshness. After our wedding we donated all the flowers to a local nursing home to bring the same amount of joy the flowers gave us on our wedding day.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest played an important part of my wedding planning as well as blogs and magazines. I didn’t have a massive inspiration from something or someone. My main plan was to pick my venue then work around the surroundings. After picking Maleny Manor it was easy, it is a pure white cottage building surrounded by vineyards and beautiful blooming foliage. I didn’t have much to do in making things beautiful J

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We made a couple of things ourselves but nothing arty crafty. We made a ‘Happily ever after’ wood sign that sat in the garden near the water fountain and two beautiful candles that had my grandparents names on them that sat in front of my mum and aunty.

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Elyse Middleton – Best Friend

Kristy Prince- Sister

Kimberly Davis- Sister in-law

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Brenton Clarke – Bestfriend

Cameron Chapman- Bestfriend

Haydon Clarke- Bestfriend

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had tried a few dresses on before KAREN WILLIS HOLMES but once I entered the Paddington store I just knew it would be a wonderful experience from the atmosphere of the store. I first tried on the Madison gown with the overlay and felt like a princess, but it wasn’t until I tried on the Lucinda that I knew it was the one.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? They are featured all over wedding magazines and of course in the front room of the Paddington store. 

How many gowns did you try? 5 in total. Two from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. 

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I was in love with the lace peplum and beautiful button feature.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Jarlo Caden

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Novo

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore the one tier 250cm long glimmer blunt cut circle veil from Karen Willis Holmes. 

Other:

Something Old? My Nana’s Broche that had two pearls and a ruby which was my birthstone.

Something New? Karen Willis Holmes Earrings

Something Borrowed? My Mum’s Chanel Coco Noir Perfume

Something Blue? My little blue bow on the back of my Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Gown

Suppliers

Florist – Mondo Floral Designs. Mondo is a recommended supplier of Maleny Manor. The final products were absolutely perfect. Terri-Ann understands exactly what you want when you tell her the theme you are aiming for.

Photographer – Calli B Photography. Calli captured everything we wanted to keep for a lifetime memory.

Videographer – Beccy from BXCSMXTH. This was by far my favourite thing of the wedding. Beccy is the most professional and energetic person you will ever met. She makes you feel so comfortable, like she isn’t even filming you. You captured our wedding so perfectly. 

Music – Marty Sima

First Dance – Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud, song live and acoustically by my cousin.

MC – Ethank Clissold – Friend

Celebrant – Bill Scurry

Stationery – Paperi & Co

Menu - Etsy

Cake – Eden Cakes & Cupcakes

Bombonieres - Eden Cakes & Cupcakes

Hair – Elyse Minatel – EH Studios

Make up – Napoleon Perdis - Friend

Wedding Bands – James Allen – My engagement ring and wedding bands are from here.

 

Rachel & Sam's Classic and Polished Wedding

Posted on 01 Apr, 2015
Rachel & Sam's Classic and Polished Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

My husband and I first met late at night on an impromptu camping trip with mutual friends. Samuel talked the night away around the campfire telling stories and jokes and I left the next day thinking he was definitely the funniest person I had ever met. I wasn’t until a year later, after several failed ‘dating’ attempts, that we actually started dating!

How long have you been together? We have been together for a year and a half.

Do you have a proposal story?  On of my our many ‘hangs’ (just as friends) Samuel told my best friend and I a story about pineapples. He explained that it takes five years for a pineapple plant to mature and produce fruit. Somehow, he related this to my best friend’s (and also my own!) plight of whether or not date a younger man. Perhaps we would need to invest in a maturing man and be patient for him to produce the fruits that we were searching for…

Six months later, in the Dole Pineapple Plantation maze in Hawaii, Samuel demonstrated just this and asked me to marry him!

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? October 5th, 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

 1.     Where? St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Newtown and Alpha Restaurant (Sydney CBD)

2.     What made you choose there? We attend St Stephen’s in Newtown weekly so we naturally wanted to get married in such a beautiful church, which was so familiar to us. We chose Alpha Restaurant because we both love the food there. We liked the idea of sharing a feast with our friends and family in a slightly more casual way than the typical 3 course menu. Alpha not only had the quality of food we were after, but it is an exceptionally beautiful restaurant which made our task of decorating extremely simple!

3.     How did you find it? I went to dinner with a couple of friends shortly after Alpha had opened and just loved it. I said to my friends that night that I would love to have my wedding reception there. Not long after, Samuel and I came back for dinner and I shared my idea with him. He was surprisingly keen, considering we weren’t even engaged yet!

 How was the weather on the day? Our wedding day was beautifully sunny and warm, the perfect October day.

 What made you decide to get married on this particular date? When we booked Alpha they only allowed events to be held on Sun, Mon or Tues. We decided that the October long weekend would work perfectly so that our guests didn’t have to show up to work the morning after our wedding. 

The Wedding Details

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

I wanted our wedding to be very classic. In everyday life I always steer towards clothes and design that are navy, black, white, or grey. It seemed obvious that our wedding would be just the same! My beautiful engagement ring is a deep navy sapphire, so that also helped to set the tone. Alpha, being a Greek restaurant, fit really nicely with the navy/white theme so our invites also had hints of classic Greek design.

Decorations at the reception were very minimal. Each guest has a white tulip at their place setting tied to the serviette with twine. After our tasting at Alpha we decided that the table was going to be way too full with all of the share food and glasses to have space for other table flowers.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

 I have a strong belief that you shouldn’t choose anything in your wedding that you wouldn’t choose on any other given day. So, we choose dresses that I knew the girls would love to re-wear; flowers that I would love to have in my home every week; and shoes that I could re-use (and I have!). My wedding dress really followed this idea as well, I chose a style and lines that I would wear in everyday clothing. I was tempted by lace and sequins, but when I reflected I realized I didn’t own a single item of lace or sequined clothing, so I decided to not stray from the things I knew suited me!

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

I’m currently undertaking my PhD at the University of Sydney and also working part time as a lecturer, so I decided at the outset that we didn’t have time for D.I.Y. I have been a part of so many weddings with lovely D.I.Y personal touches but we knew we could still have a very personal wedding without actually making things ourselves. Instead, we got our personal touches made for us e.g. personalized handcuffs designed by my husband for himself and all of his groomsmen and infinity rings made by my jeweler (who also designed my ring) for myself and my bridesmaids. 

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Anita (maid of honour)- best friend of 11 years, Jessica- school (and beyond) friend, Alyce- school (and beyond) friend, Becki- University friend, previous housemate and work colleague, Emily- previous church friend (and my ex-boyfriend’s brother’s wife- yikes.), Sarah- my older sister, Deborah- my younger sister.

 SEVEN, I know. I just love my friends and my sisters and I didn’t want to cut girls out because it made photos look weird etc. It was just perfect having them all with me for the whole day!

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Tristan (co-best man)- previous housemate, Dave (co-best man)- previous housemate and church friend, Lachlan- previous housemate and church friend, Alasdair- previous housemate and gym buddy, Dane- previous housemate and church friend, Brien- older brother. 

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Pippa- my beautiful one year old niece.

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

I was in Paddington in December 2013 with a couple friends in search of a headpiece for one of their weddings from Johanna Johnston. When we arrived JJ hadn’t yet opened for the day so we went for a wander. As we approached KWH the girls suggested we duck in for me to try on some wedding dresses. As I wasn’t yet engaged I said no initially. Without much more coercing I agreed (engagement was imminent and we exchanged rings so I looked engaged)! We went in and I selected five beautiful gowns to try on, all were very different styles and fabrics so that we could get a good idea of what type of dress suited me. All of the gowns were absolutely beautiful but the Kelly gown with peplum belt really caught my eye and the girls both agreed it was the favourite! After a trip to visit family in the USA and our engagement in Hawaii I returned to KWH a couple of times with friends and my mum just to confirm that the Kelly was the one!

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

I had only known of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES from searching online for previous weddings I was involved in and seeing gowns in bridal magazines. I hadn’t started looking for my own yet, so I hadn’t set in my mind brands to search out.

How many gowns did you try? Five. I didn’t step foot in another bridal shop!

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 simplicity of my gown. It perfectly highlighted the great qualities about my body and gave me a beautiful shape. The lines, fabric and fit were the standout instead of embellishments. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmermann

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? M.J. Bale at Birkenhead Point. Samuel chose his navy velvet blazer very shortly into our engagement. He tried on a couple of navy suits and then tried a velvet blazer with black pants and said he felt like “it had more pizazz which suited his personality”. I definitely agreed!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Just the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES peplum belt. I borrowed pearl earrings from my MOH, Anita, but didn’t add anything else. The girls chose their own black shoes and earrings and wore rings designed by Meg Maskell Fine Jewelry.

Where did you get your shoes from? Gorman

 Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a beautiful cathedral length veil (by Mira Mandic) which my wonderful bridesmaid Jess leant to me, she had worn it for her wedding which I was a part of, so it was very special. 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

I would certainly suggest that brides sit down with their fiancé at the very start of the process and discuss what is important to them. Usually there are a few things that you really think they wouldn’t care about, which they do! At that point you need to discuss your budget and decide what aspect of the wedding day are most important to the two of you and how you want to prioritize your spending. Once you do this, stick to it! Lot’s of brides start the ‘crazy spend’ in the last couple of months where they feel like they just might as well grab a few extra things. That’s when you tend to lose sight of your vision- and your budget! I think it’s important to be clear and transparent with your partner and to stay committed to the aspects of the wedding that you both decide are your priorities.

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

It’s so important to choose a style that is flattering, regardless of whether it is the in vogue thing to do. Going with an extremely clear picture of what you want can be disappointing and often blinds you to actually considering what looks and feels best on. I would also suggest that once you choose your gown, STOP LOOKING. There will always be other dresses that could have looked great, but have confidence that you chose your dress for a reason.

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

Something Old? My friend Jess’s Mira Mandic veil which was such a special part of her wedding day over 3 years ago.

Something New? My fun, comfortable and practical Gorman shoes and my beautiful lace high-waisted underwear by Huit from Myer (that’s right, you don’t actually have to wear beige nanna undies).

Something Borrowed? Classic pearl earring studs from my MOH, Anita.

Something Blue? Conveniently, I got to wear my beautiful blue sapphire engagement ring! 

Suppliers

Florist – Jessica Grace Flowers: Jessica is a friend of mine from school. She is kind and energetic and has a great eye for flowers. She had just recently become a florist and is already doing great things. She understood exactly what I wanted and did a wonderful job!

Photographer – Michelle Dellis Photography: Michelle is a friend from church who is a young photographer. I had seen lots of her photos and was really confident that she had the skills needed and knew she would be a pleasure to work with. Choosing Michelle was one of the greatest wedding-related decisions we made. She did an exceptional job with our photos and perfectly captured the joy and beauty of our wedding day. I would certainly recommend her and am sure she has a very bright future ahead of her! 

Music – Samuel’s best man, Dave, dapples in DJ-ing so they made a mix for the wedding together.

First Dance – Northern Wind by City and Colour

MC – Our dear friend Daniel Levett who was a school friend of mine.

Celebrant – Our minister, Roger Fitzhardinge

Stationery – Made by a beautiful friend, Janina Burgoyne.

Menu – Yia Yia’s table at Alpha Restaurant

Cake – None- we enjoyed Greek Doughnuts instead!

Bombonieres – None!

Hair – Cleveland’s on Cleveland.  Bride’s hair by Patrick Casey of Cleveland’s.  

Make up – Doreen Yon: Doreen was my bridesmaid Jess’s makeup artist for her wedding and she was so calm and kind that I had always wanted her as my own makeup artist. She works in training for Bobbi Brown so doesn’t do much private work anymore but she was generous enough to do some of our makeup for our wedding!

Makeup Artistry by Yvette Lambourne: Yvette is very affordable and does beautiful natural makeup which perfectly suited each of the girls. She had been the makeup artist for two different friends of mine and came very highly recommended. 

Wedding Bands Meg Maskell Jewellry (Bride). Meg is a young jeweler from the central coast. She helped my husband and I design my engagement ring and source the perfect sapphire. She made me the most beautiful ring I have ever seen! To go along with my statement sapphire, I decided to have an ultra-fine plain white gold band. It sits perfectly under my ring and doesn’t detract from the engagement ring, but also looks cool worn on its own!

Extra features – Personalised cuff links for the groomsmen by tiesncuffs.com.au. Sam chose this supplier because they were local and affordable! The staff were easy to work with and he was able to design exactly what he wanted!