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Date: June 2015

Amanda & Johnny's Charming and Relaxed Wedding

Posted on 29 Jun, 2015
Amanda & Johnny's Charming and Relaxed Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Johnny and I had been great friends for about 6 years, and we tried dating on & off (we had 4 first dates!) before finally conquering the “just friends” barrier.  We were always very close as friends, I think subconsciously we didn’t want to risk mucking that up unless we were sure it could potentially be forever! Taking the plunge was the best thing we’ve done.

How long have you been together? Almost 4 years.

Do you have a proposal story? Johnny proposed in Marlborough, New Zealand (where he is from).  We had been travelling around the south island, and Johnny had booked a gorgeous cottage in the middle of a vineyard.  Early one morning he wanted to get up to watch the sunrise (which I usually do, as an avid sunrise runner!).  I stumbled out of bed in my running gear… and he got down on one knee under a walnut tree and pulled out an incredible diamond. 

The other part of the story is that we lost my diamond less than 36 hours after he proposed on a flight to Auckland!  I was wearing the diamond in a temporary setting because Johnny wanted us to design the final ring together.  I was literally ogling over it one second, and the next second it popped out of its setting just as we were taking off!  We spent the next 2 hours in panic mode, with almost the entire plane helping us look for this diamond – behind seat covers, in air vents, under people’s feet, in every groove, nook & cranny.  But, nothing! We were beyond devastated, and absolutely beside ourselves.  Johnny’s best man picked us up from the airport, and he insisted that we empty out our hand luggage one more time… and it had nestled itself in between the folds of a brown paper bag between a bottle of Verve & a bottle of Campari!

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 13 March, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? Circa 1876, Hunter Valley

2.     What made you choose there? We had practically locked in another venue, but visited Circa 1876 as part of our venue “due diligence” – and fell in love with it!  It is charming & rustic and so full of character.  We were married in the “mop aisle” outside, and then had 112 guests for a beautiful reception and lots of dancing. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Well, it was Friday the 13th – so I guess we’re not superstitious at all!  We were very keen to have the entire weekend ahead, and most of our guests made a long weekend getaway of it which was perfect because it prolonged the celebrations.  We had a big recovery lunch the next day, which was very relaxed and gave us more time to have fun with everyone!  

The Wedding Details

Theme? Elegant , charming and relaxed.  We had a fun and carefree vibe, and Circa 1876 created an ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere with loads of character. 

The venue itself barely needs any embellishment.  Guests enter through the original cottage, and step into an old-fashioned “Harry Potter” world of large cobblestones, a vintage whisky room, and a glamourous Tattinger lounge.  A covered atrium leads to the dining room, which has an impressive high pitched roof with wooden beams, French wrought iron details, intricate chandeliers and a luxe marble bar.

We had simple candles and garden flowers in eclectic mason jars, and hessian runners on white tablecloths – beyond that, the space showed itself off.   

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Johnny and I had a similar vision for our Big Day from the start.  We wanted to celebrate the day with our incredible friends and family – the vibe would be lively, relaxed and above all – fun!  We kept things simple and classic, incorporating personal touches along the way.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? All of the flowers were entirely DIY – the bouquets, boutonnieres, table flowers, even the urn for the ceremony!  My Mum, Dad and I had several reconnaissance trips to the Sydney Flower Markets in the lead up to the wedding, and went at 5am two days prior to purchase up a storm!  Family were all involved in the preening and assembling – a huge job, but looking back spending this time with family was an absolute highlight for me.

I also walked down the aisle with bouquet brooches symbolizing marriages which are important to me – my parents, and both sets of my grandparents.  

 

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All my besties, 4 in total! 

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? All Johnny’s lads – 2 from his childhood in NZ, and 2 from his adulthood in Australia!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I was keen from the beginning to avoid the stresses of having my dress made.  But after a number of bridal store consultations, I thought I would have to because my dream dress didn’t seem to be out there.

I had heard of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES, and thought I’d just duck into the Paddington store on my lunch break one Friday.  As soon as I walked in, I knew I wanted to buy my gown from there.  The dresses themselves are unique, glamourous and beautifully made, and the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES ladies were so lovely and helpful to deal with.  I saw two gowns which I loved, and call my Mum straight away and we went back the next day.      

How many gowns did you try? I tried on four different gowns in KAREN WILLIS HOLMES, and the end decision was between Taylor and Alassandra 

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

What did you especially like about your gown? My Taylor gown was perfect for me.  I loved the shape of Taylor – it is figure hugging, but falls beautifully.  The rouching detail made me feel feminine and beautiful, and the baby sequins make it a show stopper gown!   

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman.  The girls looked beautiful in floor length, strapless, dusty rose silk dresses.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls wore a statement classic gold and stone necklace.  My jewelry was minimal – just some diamond drop earrings.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a delicate chapel length tuille veil from Arynvere Bridal.

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  • Make sure you keep checking in with your fiancé about the big stuff – you want to both be happy! 
  • To help make sticking to a budget a bit easier, decide which things you can forego entirely (rather than skimping on everything).  For example, a fabulous photographer and videographer were must-haves for us, but we opted against having bombonieres. 
  • Do not moan about the planning.  Instead of things being stressful and a hassle, think of this as a rare opportunity to organise your very own event, purely for the two of you – enjoy it!   No one likes being around a stressed out bride.
  • Involve those you love – everyone loves planning a good wedding. My parents were an incredible sounding board for me, and the flowers became a family-wide affair!
  • Only deal with reputable and enthusiastic suppliers, and ones you enjoy working with. 
  • Forget about the hiccups, which are bound to happen.  Instead remember the big stuff – the most important people in your life all together celebrating the two of you – it’s pretty special!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Once you find it, you’ll know! Don’t settle for something you’re not 100% sure about.  Also don’t think that purchasing from a snooty, pretentious bridal couture store will mean that their gowns are more prestigious!

Something Old? I wore my Mum’s original wedding band for the day.

Something New? My Maid of Honour bought me a racy, glitzy garter.

Something Borrowed? I walked down the aisle with my Great Grandmother’s parasol (because it started sprinkling with rain just as the ceremony begun!)

Something Blue? My mum stitched in baby blue thread “Amanda and Jonathan, 13 March 2015” on a patch of silk and sewed it to the underside of my gown. 

Suppliers

Florist Sydney Flower Markets

Photographer Sarah Christensen – utterly fabulous, so committed to getting great shots, and incredibly easy going.  We couldn’t have asked for more!

Videographer Kiss and Tell Videography – Andy Nguyen was awesome! He just “got us”, and went over and above on the day.  Very reliable and fun to work with.

Music – Jake Folbigg was our acoustic guitarist for the ceremony and the canapes, and he was brilliant! Very reliable and enthusiastic, and exceptionally talented

MC – Johnny’s brother, Brett – the best in the business!! He had our guests in stitches.

Celebrant -  Reverend Peter Little, who helped us create precisely the ceremony which we wanted, and is a wonderfully patient man.

 Menu – George Francisco, Head Chef at Circa 1876.  The menu and food at Circa 1876 is sourced from local and seasonal produce, and they adopt a real “paddock to plate” approach (even growing many of their own herbs and vegetables in their organic market garden).

Cake - George Francisco, Head Chef at Circa 1876.

Hair – Erin Frances, absolutely brilliant!  So fun to work with and exceptionally talented.

Make up Aleisha Johnson, I came across Aleisha when I was a bridesmaid and I got in contact with her almost as soon as we were engaged – I had to have her! She’s incredibly talented and brings a sense of calm to the day.

Wedding Bands Max Diamonds.


The History of a Dress: Anna and Graham's Wedding

Posted on 26 Jun, 2015
The History of a Dress: Anna and Graham's Wedding

Eleven years ago, Anna came into the Paddington boutique looking for her special dress. Anna recalled Karen grafting pieces of lace together to resemble sea foam on the bodice and embellishing with seed pearls by hand. After unfortunately not being able to wear her special gown in her first marriage, Anna wore her gown on the May 5th on a brillantly sunny day in Sydney. 

Anna added a lace capelet to the gown, but with the support of her 'bullet proof' couture gown she told us how incredibly beautiful, strong, dignified and chic she felt. 

Congraultations Anna & Graham on a beautiful wedding.

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? By chance.

How long have you been together? Five years

Do you have a proposal story? No one proposed…my engagement ring was stolen so the one knee moment never happened.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  May 5th, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.     Where?  McKell Park Darling Point and then Lucio’s Paddington  

2.     What made you choose there?  A natural beautiful outdoor setting followed by a rustic art world legend beloved by everyone we know.

3.     How did you find it? We swam off the wharf at Darling Point when we first met. I always like the mixture of private houses, a broken down jetty and big established trees.

How was the weather on the day?  Very lucky for winter, 24 degrees! 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  ISIS By Bob Dylan begins with the words “I married Isis on the 5th day of May” it was auspicious, romantic and subversive.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Olive green, black and white. No stylist. No planner. But no sleep either!!!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  Manet. Sixties realist film. David Bailey. Shakespeare. Rock and Roll romance.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The focal point (other than brilliant organic crazy flowers and herbs) were the hand inked green place settings which I drew the night before. The music which was made by  jazz legend Barney McAll with a home recording and performed live on a 60s keyboard. Barney played an instrumental version of  “Love is All You Need” for the processional and the track list. Shhh don’t tell Paul. And a chalkboard which we forgot to hang

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  My best friend Karen Markham

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?  Martin Searle, best friend and best guy in general! My Dad, Micahel Johnson.

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Page boy: Marcello de Cosmo our son. Flower girl Ari Johnson (my cousin) and Violet Maslen, our daughter.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

After seeing a violet silk dress I saw in a magazine that was very belle epoque. When I ordered my two piece gown this label was not yet global.  I was visiting Sydney from new York, It was very much a discovery at the time and I kept the dress hidden away for many a year until I had the amazing chance to actually wear it. The dress was boight but never worn… My first marriage was consecrated at a registry office and then I got pregnant and then divorced after seven years….Clearly I am not superstitious! It pays to be on good terms with the past. No regrets. This time round I saw that dress as ready to be worn for the first time. Two children and many adventures later….Great dresses truly have nine lives!!!

How many gowns did you try? One or two then we opted for custom couture. I am short and shaped like a guitar….Karen understood my proportion and esire to look a bit taller…

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  The adaptability of the corset. The flattery of the line and the amazing quality of the fabric. Couture is not a word to be thrown around and this was and is the real thing. The dress looks like one of my drawings…it’s like the line where art becomes reality. Also it photographed really well…a delightful surprise. I ended up wearing it with a capelet. That added a flattering bit of fluff near my face and gave me more confidence. Some brides don’t want to bare all….I am a bit like that. I highly recommend adding a bit of vintage or something a bit less precious to a very serious gown. My cape was from an outlet store…that felt a bit rock and roll and a bit easy. I could fling it off without panic or use it to soften the line. It was my bit of Kate Moss.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? ALANNAH HILL with custom shoes by Sophie Cox

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? FRESH FLOWERS BY GRANDIFLORA, silk corsages by Alannah Hill on the flower girls. Jewels by BUNDA Pearl necklace by LOVE AND HATRED

 Where did you get your shoes from? SOPHIE COX 

Lingerie: Collette Dinnigan and Agent Provocateur

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?I had so much going on that all I had on my head was brilliant hair by Pete Lennon!

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Make something yourself no matter how small. Choose a sensitive photographer who understands your taste and vision (Sheridan Nilsson) and expect to lose weight and not sleep the night before. If you have kids, get some help the night before and on the day….Try to remember that looking beautiful is just a very small part of all of this and to include EVERYONE in the photos.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Follow your dream and not fashion. I wanted a minimal 60s mini dress but suited the 19th century so I went with a dress that was a bit like a costume. It worked!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? After a week of rain…The sun came out. I wound up wearing my very formal dress all day because it felt so good. My daughter Violet was a bit less naughty than usual. My step daughters Ellie and Lucy managed to wear matching shoes and looked like goddesses. I found a tuxedo for our boy Marcello in gumtree for forty dollars. It was not a bargain wedding but this was fun and funny. Nothing went wrong in the conventional sense and it went too fast.

Something Old? Me! And the bus we rented…an original 60s route master.

Something New? Blue shoes by Panache Bridal Shoes, Sydney.

 Something Blue? A little bow hand sewn by Karen inside the bodice.

Suppliers

QUALITY COUNTS….We chose to use really high quality vendors and have a very small guest list. If we had a big garden then we could have had a less formal wedding but I do not regret hiring Stedmans for the drink service. Serving Lanson and going for fairly posh vendors.  We avoided lots of silly things….like hiring 60 chairs, using a ceremonial arch, or tying ribbons on furniture. Our cake was raw and sugar free and  made by a NATUROPATH!! From an Organic café that I love (SmithsOrganics!)  So there was a balance between luxury and simple things. Investing in great clothes, flowers, photography and transport are personal but pivotal choices and really it comes down to whatever generates confidence, complicity and comfort. When it comes to a wedding you do get what you pay for but there are funny little ways to avoid going mad. We felt strongly about the flowers, the food , the photography and the dress….which I guess is sort of everything. My husband made sure the wine and some of the food was from New Zealand. Don’t let your menu be generic. Food and wine tells a story.

Venue: Lucio’s Paddington is the most beautiful location for a smaller wedding. It felt like Italy and I love Lucio, Sally, Matteo and Micheala like they are family. Bravo Lucio!

 Florist GRANDIFLORA, Saskia Havekes personally applied the flower girls head dresses and tied silk ribbons to a lilly pilly tree. She is the best florist in Australia, an enduring friend of many years and a style legend who deserves her reputation.

Photographer SHERIDAN NILSSON. Simply the best in every way

Music – BARNEY McALL (he is a friend and does not do weddings but you can check out his new album on ABC records….a genius)

First Dance – None of that thank you. But we did play Ramble On by Led Zepplin on the amazing 60s bus we hired from RedLOndonBus (need to check exact name)

MC -  Matthew Johnson, my brother

Celebrant – Ian Dickson, a close friend who does NOT do weddings but had a laugh at ours.

Stationery – Handmade by Anna Johnson. 

Menu – Handmade by Anna Johnson. 

Cake – SMITHS ORGANIC. Queen St. Woollahra

Bombonieres – Cook book by LUCIO GALETTO and LUKE SCIBERRAS

Hair Pete Lennon

Make up – Linda Jefferyes

Wedding Bands BUNDA FINE JEWELS. Our rings were elegant, sophisticated, opulent and beautifully made. Ben Bunda makes every bride and groom feel so magical. There is nothing like the moment when he presents your rings. It’s almost as intense as the vows themselves.

Extra features – All shoes by Sophie Cox and  pale blue silk wedding shoes by Panache Bridal Shoes

Other – I recommend renting a vintage red London bus and playing rock music very loud!!! It was not at all corny and broke up the formality of the day with a bit of a joy ride. The thank you cards will be by my close friend and creative partner Maree Oaten at Little Branch 

Georgie & Dan's Cosy Country Wedding

Posted on 24 Jun, 2015
Georgie & Dan's Cosy Country Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We first met working at our local Coles way back when we were 16 and 17 years old – Dan recalls that I was the only checkout chick that wore a skirt (!) and anytime they would make a call over the PA for assistance, he would rush to get to my checkout first! He has been cheeky since day one.

While there was a flirty spark between us from the get-go, I had a boyfriend at the time we met, and it didn’t take long before Dan also had a girlfriend. Dan became my ‘best guy friend’.

Fast forward about five years from the Coles checkout days. I was living in America working as an au pair, Dan was in Melbourne and for the first time in our friendship, we were both single. We’d kept in touch while I’d been away, but all of a sudden, the Facebook messages became more frequent, and when I would see his name pop up online, it was more exciting than it had ever been before. From across the Pacific, something between us had shifted.

I arrived home the day before my 23rd birthday and he was knocking at my parents’ door that same night. The next day, he took me out for breakfast in South Melbourne – he now says that’s the moment he knew he loved me. Birthday drinks followed, the bubbles flowed and it wasn’t long before my best friend became something more. The rest is history, as they say.

How long have you been together? Five years.

 Do you have a proposal story? We had planned a quick trip to Tasmania in July of 2012. We arrived to typically chilly weather and took the scenic route to our first stop, a little town just outside of Launceston. Little did I know, the ring was in Dan’s pocket this whole time, and he was searching for an appropriately romantic spot to pop the question!

The scenic route didn’t bring many scenes at all – instead, it brought fog, wind and rain! We arrived in Westbury, where we were staying that night, and stopped at a café to refuel – I was ready to check in to our accommodation, Dan was on a mission to find ‘the spot’!

A brochure at the café mentioned a hedge maze nearby – I’ve never seen a man so excited at the prospect of a hedge maze, and off we went.

“We have to split up, it’s no fun if we stay together.” These were my orders from Dan as we entered the maze. Romantic, I know.

I did as I was told (against the wishes of my inner control freak), and before long, I turned around a prickly corner to find a big Dan hug waiting for me. Much to my surprise, Dan dropped a knee to the muddy ground and asked a very unexpected question. Lots of squeals and kisses followed and of course, a resounding, and much repeated answer to his question - yes, yes, yes. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? July 5, 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

Where?    The Boulevard, Kew Victoria

What made you choose there? It was a clean, simple and modern indoor space that we felt we could make ‘our own’. It also had an open fire, which was perfect for our July wedding date. There was a lot of natural light and beautiful views, as well as a lot of options as to how we laid out the room.

We liked that there was a full bar available for guests to purchase any drinks that weren’t included in the beverage package.

The grounds were stunning, and we saw lots of potential for beautiful photos.

We loved that we felt like we’d escaped to the country when in fact, we were right on the edge of the city. Being close to town also made it easy for our guests in terms of transport and accommodation.

How did you find it? My mum found it! She had been to a function there.

How was the weather on the day? We got married in winter in Melbourne – we expected the worst! I didn’t even mind if it rained, I just wanted a chance to have some photos taken outside.

As it turned out, it was chilly, overcast and with the tiniest bit of drizzle. Great weather for photos apparently!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? I am a school teacher, and it was the middle weekend of the July school holidays so the date decision was easy.

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? I would describe the theme as feminine, cosy and pretty. I wanted it to be simple, minimal and unfussy, with the decorative focus on the flowers.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest, bridal magazines (Cosmo Bride in particular), bridal blogs such as Polka Dot Bride.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Just one, and it was thanks to my very clever Mum.

She is a talented patchworker and she saw a ‘wedding quilt’ on Pinterest.

Guests were asked to write us a message on a patch of plain fabric, and this was then made into a stunning quilt, the most amazing keepsake for us to have forever. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

MOH: Jess Christie, Sister

Bec Nobes, friend

Hannah Barber, friend

Lucianne Tonti, friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

BM: Finn Macrae, friend

Ben Schmidt-Pereira, friend

Rich Wills, friend

Hamish Christie, Brother in law

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

I loved what I had seen online. I came in with my heart set on one dress I’d seen on the website, but ended up with something quite different.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Just on the website and in some magazines.

How many gowns did you try? Around 5 or 6 initially, then came back for round two and tried on 2 or 3, then decided on the one.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It made me feel like a princess. How clichéd is that?! But there’s no other way to describe it. I felt utterly beautiful and knew I’d knock Dan’s socks off when he saw me.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? J Crew. We ordered the dresses online, and they were totally perfect.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Dan’s suit was from Calibre, the boys’ suits were from Peter Jackson.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore my mother’s pearl earrings, a bracelet that belonged to my great, great grandmother that my sister also wore on her wedding day. I wore two rings on my right hand, one was my Nan’s eternity ring, the other was my Grandma’s eternity ring. Lots of history in my accessories, which made it incredibly special.

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey. I designed every aspect of them and they were great, albeit a little uncomfortable. I ended up swapping shoes with my sister halfway through the reception, and her feet are one size bigger than mine! Could you ask for a more devoted Maid of Honour?! The ultimate sacrifice.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore the most stunning veil from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES which lace/scalloped edging. I just adore it, it is so classic and elegant.

I wore a jewelled clip after I took the veil off for the reception, and I bought this from Stephanie Browne (just over the road from the Armadale KAREN WILLIS HOLMES store).

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t get too caught up in the little details – remember the things about the day that really matter. For me, that was Dan, friends, family, food and music. If all those things worked out, it’d all be ok.

Once the day arrives, just try to be in each moment – really speak to your guests, don’t look over their shoulder wondering who else you should be talking to. And try to chat to your husband at least once.

Finally, don’t get married in your first year working as a teacher!

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

Take a few trusted friends, and that may not necessarily be your whole bridal party. You want honest opinions, and if there are too many opinions on hand, it can become impossible to work out what you think yourself.

Know your body and what shapes / styles will work for you.

Be open to suggestions from the assistants – they know their stuff! Especially at KWH. Just try things on, and you might be surprised at what works and what doesn’t.

I was certain I didn’t want strapless, as I’d seen strapless go wrong and also it felt overly common. But, as it turns out, it’s popular for a reason and after ordering straps to go with my gown, I ended up going strapless at the final fitting and loved it immediately.

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

The best bit of advice I was given was to take a moment during the reception to grab your new husband and go and have a bit of time out, just the two of you, to let it all sink it. I did this, and it is one of my clearest  and most special memories from the night. We grabbed some cake, headed out to the deck and sat just the two of us for a few minutes. It was quite surreal. 

Something Old? Bracelet that belonged to my great, great grandmother and was given to my sister when my Nan passed away (so it was also borrowed). My sister also wore it at her wedding.

Something New? Stunning hair clip from Stephanie Browne (along with dress/shoes/underwear…the list goes on)

Something Borrowed? My Mum’s elegant drop pearl earrings, that my sister also wore on her wedding day.

Something Blue? A little blue ribbon sewn into the lining of the bodice of my dress.

Dan’s Nanny wore it in the lining of her wedding dress and his mum wore it in the lining of her dress and then passed it on to me. It felt really special to be included in this tradition. 

Suppliers

Florist North St Botanical, Thornbury.

We were keen to support a local business, and from the moment we walked in, we knew North St would be perfect. Emily, the business owner, is an amazingly talented flower artist and so incredibly fun and easy to work with. She knew exactly how to create what I wanted, before I even knew what I wanted! I still buy flowers from North St regularly.

Photographer The White Tree

I can’t put into words how thrilled we were with these guys from start to finish.

On the day, they blended in perfectly but managed to capture every moment of the day. I barely noticed them. The final images exceeded our wildest expectations, and we are constantly receiving compliments on how beautiful they are. We can’t recommend them highly enough.

Music – The White Tree

These guys were AMAZING. We received so much great feedback from our guests, they were just fantastic and created the best atmosphere the whole night.

First Dance – We took dance lessons from the very talented Julian who we found through Y Dance School in Thornbury. It was great fun, and a lovely thing to do just with Dan in the lead up to the big day.

MC – A childhood friend of Dan’s, Courtney, did a fantastic job as MC.

Celebrant – Shannon McGregor from Cloud 9 Celebrations. We LOVE Shan! We knew she was perfect from the moment we met her and she created the most beautiful, personal and unique ceremony for us. Our guests had so many kind things to say about our ceremony, that it was unlike any other ceremony they had seen before and just seemed so ‘us’.

Shannon guided us towards some beautiful readings and answered our many questions with patience and kindness. For something I’d never given much thought to (i.e. who our celebrant would be), I was amazed by how much it meant to us that she was just so great. Shan was a joy to work with.

Stationery Chapel Press We went with the ‘Maryland’ design from Chapel Press. It took me a very long time to find an invitation I really loved but when I found this one, I felt it matched our ‘pretty and simple,’ vibe perfectly.

We also ordered place cards and a beautiful seating chart with the same theme.

Menu – In house catering at The Boulevard.

We opted for a banquet style feast, instead of an ‘alternate drop’, and this worked out incredibly well.

We had substantial ‘roaming’ finger food as an entrée, enabling us to mingle with our guests before everyone sat down.

For the main meal, we chose three dishes - a lamb, a fish and a chicken. These were presented as beautiful big platters that were delivered to the long tables, so that guests could serve themselves whatever they wanted, in the quantity they desired. Everyone got to try a little of everything, and there was no disappointment or plate swapping as there often can be with an alternate drop system. It also catered for vegetarians. It worked so well, and the food was absolutely delicious.

The service at The Boulevard was also fantastic.

Cake – Miss Ladybird Cakes

Gina is an absolute cake master! Again, we loved supporting a growing small business. We had a ‘naked cake’ which I’d spotted online. It was a three tiered sponge cake with different fillings for each tier, and there was no icing on the cake, hence the nakedness. Unlike a lot of wedding cake I’ve consumed, the cake not only looked beautiful it tasted amazing – there wasn’t one slice left over.

We ordered a gorgeous cake topper from a store on Etsy called ‘atCompanyB’. It was miniature bunting flags that said ‘happily ever after’ – adorable.

Bombonieres – None! My mum told me early on, ‘you don’t need to give people presents for coming to your wedding! They give you the presents!’ It was one of those things that magazines and blogs make you feel like you have to have, but when I thought about it, I realised we didn’t. It also freed up some budget to use elsewhere.

Hair – Paige at So Haircutters in Clifton Hill.

My hair was exactly what I wanted, first time around and stayed put all night long. She is amazing, and that’s all that needs to be said!

Make up – a close friend did my makeup, however she doesn’t provide this service commercially.

Wedding Bands Michael Hill

Extra features – Personalised ink stamp for invitations and thank you cards – Etsy, ‘lovetocreatestamps’

Gold bangles with imprinted initials for bridesmaids – Etsy, ‘woobiebeans’

Wedding shawl – Etsy, ‘KnitwearFactory’

Personalised wooden hangers for bridesmaids – Etsy, ‘DelovelyDetails’

Bridesmaid dressing gowns – Etsy (these were a gift from a bridesmaid so unsure what store is called)

Silver cuff links embossed with ‘Father of the Bride’ – Etsy, ‘TheSilverDiva’

Other –

Thank you Cards – Wedding Paper Divas, Designer: Bird and Banner

I was able to customize our thank you cards with our favourite photos through this website. The process was stress free and affordable.

Wedding Album – Milk Photo Books

I spent many hours creating our perfect wedding album through Milk Photo Books. We took advantage of a special on the website and ordered three – one for us, one for my parents and one for Dan’s parents. The album is stunning and I’m so glad I put in the hours to create it. I was determined not to let our beautiful photos become trapped on a computer or a memory stick.

 

Jessica & Rick's polished Balinese Wedding

Posted on 17 Jun, 2015
Jessica & Rick's polished Balinese Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? When I was living on the Gold Coast we came in contact with each other through mutual friends

How long have you been together? 5 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? We were living in Singapore at the time and came home to the Gold Coast for Christmas with our families. When we both lived on the Gold Coast we used to love getting fish and chips and eating it on Burleigh hill watching over the ocean. We hadn’t been there for 3 years since living Overseas and on Christmas Day we went back there for a picnic.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 25th October 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?     Ceremony Tirtha Chapel Uluwatu Bali, Reception, Pandawa Villa Estate Uluwatu

2.     What made you choose there? We were living in Singapore at the time and had many holidays to Bali, we wanted all our family and friends to experience how beautiful Bali really is and what we had been enjoying. We wanted a big holiday with all our closest family and friends as we were living abroad and missed everyone.

3.     How did you find it? During one of our holidays we did some inspections of different places and Pandawa Cliff Estate felt just so right and was perfect. My dream was to be married in a chapel overlooking the ocean and Tirtha was absolutely perfect. Words can’t describe how amazing it was……the entire day was absolutely perfect. The whole day was breathtakingly beautiful. I felt an overwhelming happiness all day. Our main aim for the day was to provide our guests with a wow factor for the location and something they had never experienced before. I think we achieved that.

How was the weather on the day? It was sunny and very hot…typical Bali weather

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Perfect time of year in Bali

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Fusion or natural, rustic, chic

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Things I love

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Designed the entire theme/décor from invitations to the floating candle initials

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Bride’s 2 sisters, my cousin and best friend

 2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Groom’s Brother and mates

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Niece and Nephew

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I was home on holidays from Singapore and after looking around for months in Singapore and not finding anything I liked I decided to go into Karen Willis Holmes as I always drove past it.

How many gowns did you try? Over 8 gowns in KWH

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The material fell beautifully and I could have 2 looks in one dress. A different style dress for ceremony and reception.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? They were all tailor made from Thailand (A company we had come across as we were holidaying in Thailand from Singapore)

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings and matching bracelet from KWH

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy it, it really is such a fun and exciting time, everything will be perfect on the day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Take your mum and sisters gown shopping as they will be honest with you!

Something Old? This was a very special surprise from my Groom on my wedding morning.  When my very special grandma passed away she left me her opal collection. My husband to be made contact with my mum to get these opals. From the collection he chose a white opal and took it to a jeweler, designed a setting for it and got it made into a beautiful ring with a diamond halo framing the white opal. It was such a special and meaningful gift.

Something New? Gown, shoes and jewellery

Suppliers

Photographer – Veli Photography Bali

Videographer Point One Designs

Music – D’Coustic and acoustic Band who played at the cocktails and canapes then a DJ who begun at the after Dinner

First Dance – This was the best first dance song “And we Danced” by the Hooters……it was so fun, the beginning was slow which lead into a breakout where all our guests joined us, having a fabulous time

Menu – Bali Catering – The food was delicious, fresh seafood, tropical ingredients and a fusion between Traditional Balinese Cuisine and Western cuisine. We had a Desert Buffet, which was great for ongoing sweet treats throughout the night.

Traditional Balinese Fire Dancers – We had a show of the fire dancers to welcome our guests to some Balinese culture

Hair – Renee Pettit

Make up – Renee Pettit

Extra features – Floating Candle initials in our infinity pool, Desert Buffet, Fire Dancers,

Special Mention to Global Weddings – Highly recommended when planning a destination Wedding. They are based in Melbourne and have a team who live in Bali who we liased with on a daily basis.

 

Jodi & Jarrod's Natural Fairytail Wedding

Posted on 15 Jun, 2015
Jodi & Jarrod's Natural Fairytail Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a friend’s party, went out all night then spent the whole next day together laughing. We soon became best friends and then eventually boyfriend and girlfriend.

How long have you been together? 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? We were on a beautiful beach in Shirahama (Japan) at night time with fireworks going. I was trying to jump in the sky so he can get a photo of me with the fireworks. We couldn’t get the timing right so I turned around to do it backwards, when I turned back around to see if he got the shot he was on one knee asking me to marry him. It was truly the best moment. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 3.3.15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?     Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

What made you choose there?  We saw photos of a wedding there years ago and thought wow how naturally beautiful. When we went to have a look at the venue in person it was perfect

How did you find it? Internet

How was the weather on the day? The whole week was perfect weather. The wedding day was a little on the warmer side but we were so thankful it wasn’t cold or raining.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We were so in love with the venue and wanted our wedding to last for longer than a day so we had 4 days of festivities. It was so much fun!

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We really wanted to go for a natural fairy type theme. We went very plain with colours. A lot of white, little bits of gold and navy.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? We really wanted to have a naturally beautiful wedding with lots of foliage. When I was a little girl I was always into fairies so maybe that’s where the inspiration came from. I also spent hours on pinterest and reading wedding magazines as all brides do.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My mum Made a beautiful letter box for the wishing well which was so cute.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had all 4 of my sisters and my sister in law.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Jarrod had his brother as his best man and the rest his close friends.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We had 4 little flower girls 1 of them my niece, the other 3 Jarrod’s nieces and the ring boy was my nephew. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I took a trip to Melbourne with my mum and two little sisters, was so much fun trying on dresses with them until I went to a million stores and still wasn’t finding the one. I was getting so sick of trying on dresses until we went to the end of high street and saw the dress sitting in the window. That’s the one!!!! I knew before I had even tried it on.

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

How many gowns did you try? Millions!

 What did you especially like about your gown? I love that it had stunning detail on the top and a 3 tiered tule skirt. Made me feel beautiful as soon as I put it on. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Forever new

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept it simple with my jewelry I wore a simple gold necklace saying ‘Live this moment’ and some small blue stoned earrings. The bridesmaids just wore a simple bracelet and some elegant earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? Windsor Smith

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  I got my veil made from a dress maker in Canberra .

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take some time off before your wedding. I took a couple of days off before mine but that last week of work and doing final touches for the wedding was too much I wish I took a little more time off from work.

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

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

Something Old? My mum bought me a baby bonnet when I was born that turned into a hankie for my wedding day!

Something New? My shoes

Something Borrowed? My oldest sisters little purse she used on her wedding day

Something Blue? My earrings

Suppliers

Florist Flora Folk, She has a stunning taste in flowers and didn’t need to worry about what she would produce. Loved her and my flowers!

Photographer – Magnus Agren, We chose Magnus because he had been to the venue lots of times and would know all the beautiful spots. When we met Magnus we were so happy! He is the most relaxed, chilled and friendly guy. Everything you need in a photographer and he kept me calm in those stressful times! A lot of my friends who are also getting married wanted his details everyone loved him!

Music – DJ was a friend of ours

First Dance – Cold Play - Magic

MC – Close Friend

Celebrant Vanessa Ballard (brilliant)

Stationery – Bernie Print

Menu – Caterina catering Kangaroo Valley

Cake – Cakes in a jar by practically perfect portions

Bombonieres – Lush soap

 

Carly & Adam's Relaxed and Rustic Wedding

Posted on 10 Jun, 2015
Carly & Adam's Relaxed and Rustic Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?  Adam and I both met at work as we both work on the same hospital and became great friends. After about a year and half things started to become more that just friend for us both but neither of us really had the confidence to ask each other out. There was a lot of two and froing (and a few bottles of wine for Adam birthday J) we eventually admitted to each other how we felt. It was the best night ever (till our wedding night) as we both knew there was something special there.

How long have you been together? We have been together 4 1/2 years

Do you have a proposal story? A lot of our friends had been getting married and getting engaged and our wedding kept getting being brought up in general conversation, I started to get a little restless. I throw Adam and big superhero fancy dress party for his 30th and in the middle of the party I asked Ad ‘when can we get married?’ and He replied ‘ahhh lets just do it!’. I don’t think either of us focused on it that night but the next day I asked ‘ remember you said something about us getting married…’ Adam did go down on one knee and proposed in the more traditional way after he had gotten my engagement ring and from there on in we were wedding planning. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  28th February 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?  Baxter Barn

2.     What made you choose there?  When we got to Baxter Barn we both knew that was where we wanted to get married. We loved the rustic nature of the venue; the open space and the relaxed feel that we wanted on our day.

3.     How did you find it? With the majority of my (Carly) family living overseas, I asked Lettuce and Co to help with some of the arrangements for the wedding.  They very kindly found many options for us to hold our wedding but as soon as we go to to Baxter we both fell in love.

How was the weather on the day?  The morning was quite overcast with showers but in the afternoon it brighten up to 30 degrees and glorious. About 20:30 to 21:00 a massive storm hit our reception with 100km/hr winds all the power was cut from the venue. The Gelato cart arrived just in the knick of time with a light source and everyone made the most of the rest evening dancing to acoustic music and eating gelato.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? I love the summer months and we always wanted an outside wedding. February was the best chance we would have of having a hot sunny day. 

The Wedding Details

Theme ?  Adam and I kept our engagement a secret for a little while, as we really didn’t know what type of wedding we wanted. We didn’t know if any of my family would make it from overseas, if we wanted to elope, have it internationally or a big lavish wedding.  Very quickly we both realized that a more relaxed wedding suited us and we need to mix both the Aussie in Adam and the British in me. Once we met with Lettuce & co we knew we wanted an outdoor reception with a BBQ & an English fate feel to it.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  I think I used everything I could possible find!! I used Pintrest, Cosmo bride, Hello May Etc. I also used the website notonthehighstreet.com for inspiration but got a heap of things shipped over from my mum’s in England.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Lettuce and Co did most of styling so I think I got away quite lightly with having to make anything myself. It was amazing to have the relief of knowing someone had all of the major things components covered while we could concentrate on enjoying spending time with my family and friends who had traveled so far. It also meant Adam and I could enjoy the process of being engaged, the wedding build up and set up on the wedding day without too much stress. Lettuce  and Co were truly incredible in helping us through every step of the wedding process. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  I have moved many countries in my life and have so many very very special friends and sister’s really couldn’t choose any one from the other to be my bridesmaids. I think if I had to chose would have had about 10 lol.  It didn’t feel right to choose between them as all my girlfriends mean so so much too me whether they live near or far.  

 Groomsmen – who/relationship? Ad said to be when we were discussing bridesmaids/ groomsman ‘you are my best friend who else would I want up there with me’ and I guess that is when we knew that it being us the two of us was perfect.

 Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? I have an 8-year-old sister and although she was not officially a flower girl, she was the runner to make sure Dad and I walked down the aisle at the right time and ended up with my bouquet most of the day. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I was looking a lot in Cosmo Brides and saw a few really nice dresses and looked at the website decided that I needed to get to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES to try on as many as I could. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I seen them at the One Fine Day show and in Cosmo bride magazines and loved the look of all the different style of dresses.

How many gowns did you try? Oh I think about 8…… I could have bought all of them! I went back to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES to re look at all the different designs as we are having a party in England to celebrate our wedding in July. I loved all the different styles but in the end worked with Sarah and decided to cut my original dress into a more 1950’s relaxed style…. It’s going to be even more amazing the second time round.   

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  Armadale store. I totally loved this store and all the people that worked there just made you feel at ease and had so much enthusiasm for every customer. Big Shout out to Sarah…she was amazing in my first walk in that I requested her for all my fittings and she was a total God send. I may have had a few freak-outs about my dress but she took it all in her stride and made the dress of my dreams. Nothing was ever too much.

What did you especially like about your gown?  I loved that as the fittings took shape we could slowly alter little things, I got the back lowered, got buttons instead of corset, the hem, my bust level and nothing was ever too much. I loved that my dress wasn’t white, the different tulle layers, the small detailing in the lace and that I felt an absolute princess in my dress. 

Fashion

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Adam’s Brother got married the year before us and David Marcs in Moonee Ponds had done all the suits for the wedding. To Adam there was only one choice for where he would get his suit from, as it was a more relaxed feel he choose to have chinos rather than a full suit. The converse were a late edition but made total sense when we put everything together, very much Adam’s style!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  I stayed in a house with all my relatives that had travelled from England and the night before presented them all with a present each. I bought all the women dressing gowns with their names stitched into the back & all the boys got special socks to wear on the big day. I had some beautiful pearl earrings my late grandma had given me on and as soon as I saw the dress I knew I would wear them on my wedding day. My mother-in law gave me a stunning pearl bracelet that matched the earrings and I chose not to wear a necklace, as the neckline of the dress was just incredible. Knowing I was going to wear pearls on my wedding day, when I was last in England I visited a cute little jewelry shop in my hometown and bought my mum and sister’s matching pearl bracelets. I loved having something that tied us all together on the day and something they can all keep forever. All of Adam’s family got more individual present for all the love and help they had put into our day.

Where did you get your shoes from?  I got my shoes from Shoes of Prey online. I couldn’t decide on shoes and purchased my very last minute… I think they arrived the day before my first dress fitting. To look at they were a bit overwhelming but they were perfect when they were on. I needed a thick heal because of the outside ceremony and reception and the sparkles were a must! Blue is both a favorite colour of both Adam and I so just made sense we had matching blue shoes. To be able to design/customize your shoes to what you need was amazing and the service from Shoes of Prey was awesome!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  I got my veil from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES as well, it just seem to make sense and finish off the gown perfectly. I put fresh little daisies into the back of my hair rather than a headpiece and I loved it! 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I think for us it was great that we knew what we wanted before we told everyone we were engaged. It meant the day about us and was what we wanted rather than what others thought it should be. Be strong in what you want and not to please other people. For instance we had our photos before the ceremony so that we could send all the evening with our friends and family enjoying the party! Have fun and enjoy this special time….. Don’t stress it’s not worth it as really all that matters is you get to marry the man of your dreams <3 <3

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on as many as you think you need to. Don’t stop till you have been to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES and found the most amazing dress!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We had some pretty major disasters on our wedding day and on the day we just enjoyed them. It wasn’t perfect but Ad and I got married with all our closed family and friends and it was ‘us’ and that is all we needed. A friend of mine said this too me ‘ just stop for one minute and look around you to take it in’ and I remember coming out of the bathroom and looking around and seeing the most amazing sight. The wedding we had imagined and worked so hard for with so many smiles, laughter and love, it’s the only moment I stood on my own all day and it is the clearest memory I cherish.

Something Old? My late grandma’s pearl earrings… it meant the absolute world to me to have a piece of her with me.

Something New? My incredible dress.

Something Borrowed? My grandma’s earrings again. 

Something Blue? My mum had bought me a garter to wear on the day and was my something blue (as well as my sparkly blue shoes!) 

Suppliers

Florist – First Impression Flowers. I have been going to Juliet for years to buy butches of flowers for our house and it made total sense that she be the one to do my wedding flowers. She listened to everything I asked for and delivered more than I expected…. Even came to the rescue the might before the wedding with an emergency plan for wet weather decoration. She again went above and beyond for me, thank you!!

Photographer – Jessie Hisco.  The most amazing guy and captured our day in the most beautiful photos! Jessie was incredible to work with and had an amazing relaxed and calm nature about him that made every challenge so easy to overcome. We an amazing asset to our day for sure J

Videographer – Preface Films. We asked Rochelle maybe 3 weeks before the wedding if they could film our day and we are so glad we did. They presented us with the most incredible video that both Adam and I will cherish forever.

 Music – Ricky Muscat was the singer we hired and brought his band that was astounding.

First Dance – ‘ Stand by me’ by Ben E King. Spinning in my dress was just the best feeling. 

MC – My Brother!

Celebrant – A life long family friend of the Fogarty family Desmond Lonergan. We loved having him involved made the ceremony just the extra bit special.

Stationary – Lettuce and Co organized these through English artist Aimee Prints illustrations. We loved the customized fun look we got for our invites really summed up Adam and I and the feel of our day even before the day had begun.

Menu – Baxter Barn did all the catering on site.

Cake – We went Lettuce and Co again for our cake and the result was amazing Sweet Empire did the most amazing custom lemon Zest and Vanilla bean naked cake with signature home made lemon curd and Swiss meringue buttercream. Sweet Empire also did a one off supply of delicious Raspberry meringue, Salted caramel & honeycomb & Chocolate & Hazelnut doughnuts for our dessert table. We can’t thank Cath enough. 

Hair & Make-upGirl in the Green Scarf did the most wonderful job at my hair and make-up. 

Wedding Bands – Adam’s parents are jewelers and sourced boutique rings for my engagement and bought our wedding rings.

Stylists/ planners – Lettuce  & Co did a remarkable job in making our wedding dreams a reality. They helped and supported both Adam and I through the whole wedding process, going above and beyond on many occasions. We owe them so much. 

Gelato Van- Bianco Latte did an incredible job and the gelato was superb.

Carly & Joel's Clean and Coastal Wedding

Posted on 05 Jun, 2015
Carly & Joel's Clean and Coastal Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Through a mutual friend who I was living with at the time

How long have you been together? 3.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Yes – he took me on a surprise trip to the Hunter Valley 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 15th Feb 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.     Where? Lucinda Park Palm beach followed by Reception at Moby Dick’s Whale Beach and after party at Palm Beach Golf Club

2.     What made you choose there? A friend suggested Moby’s

How was the weather on the day? Pefect 30 degree day…super warm and tropical which fit perfectly with our themes

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Only available date before winter at Moby’s

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Clean and Coastal – lots of white, greens for flowers and pale blue.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? A lot came from Instagram and just generally how Joel and I like to spend our spare time…by the beach and with good champagne…

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I didn’t do too many things myself but my sister made our bouquets and the men’s lapels – that was the main DIY part but a lot of other bits eg the photo board (face cut out portrait of us) we had made up for the day

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen a lot of the dresses on Instagram and they all looked young, fresh and modern.

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

How many gowns did you try? Probably about 8 all up

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I LOVED EVERYTHING about it. I loved how comfortable it was, how beautiful the beading was around the neckline and I especially loved the skirt that sat over the top of the lace dress.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Donna Morgan NYC

 

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? Just some earrings for myself and each of the girls had different pieces of jewelry (earrings and rings)

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes – borrowed my sisters, not sure where she purchased it. 

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Outsource and delegate and trust the amazing people around you to help create the day for you.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t stress if you change your mind …I did!

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

My friends all gave me an old charm for my bouquet from when we were growing up eg ‘best friend charms’, a ring I gave my sister for her 18th bday etc it was really special and with me walking down the eisle.

My mum also sewed in my grandmother and Nana’s wedding rings into the inside of my dress with a blue ribbon…with a note explaining how this was something borrowed, something old, something borrowed and why it represented something new – very thoughtful!

Suppliers 

Florist – Eve Vine from Blesseddays for ceremony and tables at Moby’s and my sister Kristie Boyle for bouquets

Photographer –David Campbell

Videographer – My Uncles Greg Tuchin & Peter Tuchin

Music White Tree Band – the best! And our family friend Ron Sinclair at the ceremony and after party.

First Dance – I want to love you – Bob Marley

MC – Adam Boyle (Brother of the Bride)

Celebrant – Claire Belford

Stationery – My Friend Danae Craig

Menu Moby’s Whale Beach menu

Cake – Kate Levy – Well Raise 

Bombonieres – Bombardier designs Pty Ltd

Hair & Makeup: The Salon, Stanmore.

Wedding Bands – Nicholas Haywood

Other – Kombi Celebrations for Komi

Lovely Bride NYC Trunk Show

Posted on 03 Jun, 2015
Lovely Bride NYC Trunk Show

Lovely bride is a beautiful boutique located in the leafy neighbourhood of Tribeca. Nestled in between cute home stores, scrumptious patisseries and quality coffee shops, Lovely bride offers brides the perfect day out to choose which lovely gown will be yours.

Lovely bride launched after the idea of opening a bridal store with romantic gowns, adorable designers and an atmosphere that feels like home. Lovely is often a word used to describe things that are just so fantastic, they make your heart warm. The name ‘Lovely Bride’ perfectely described the atmosphere when you enter their stores.

We are so excited to be showing gowns from all three of our collections- BESPOKE, KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES and The WILD HEARTS Collection.

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Trunk Show will be showed in the New York Boutique from the 9th -21st June. To book your appointment with one of their talented Stylists, book here: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/17hm2tdk/?

Jody & Andrew's Botanical Wedding

Posted on 01 Jun, 2015
Jody & Andrew's Botanical Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Through mutual friends, we were just friends but started dating after I returned from living overseas

How long have you been together? 5 years

 Do you have a proposal story? We were in New York for Andrew’s best friend’s wedding and on the final evening I saw an antique ring I liked in a shop. Andrew ducked out during dinner to purchase the ring and proposed to me later that night, between 11th and 12th st, which are our lucky numbers

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 11th October 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

 1.     Where? Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, Ceremony in The Rose Gardens, and Reception in the Botanic Restaurant in the center of the gardens 

2.     What made you choose there? It’s one of my favorite places in Sydney and Andrew wanted our wedding overlooking the harbour

3.     How did you find it? How was the weather on the day? Fabulous…great big blue skies and balmy

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? 11 is my lucky number and the gardens look their best in high spring

The Wedding Details

Theme: Deco-Botanic

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I saw a production of Mid Summer’s night dream when I was young and have been drawn to the gardens ever since. I wanted include rare and exotic flowers and foliage in the wedding as the function of the Botanic Gardens is to preserve and showcase them. The deco reference is for my love of anything Art Nouveau or Art Deco…and my engagement ring is an Art Nouveau antique.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, I hand made all the place settings. They were tiny cork bottles with little sprigs of Australian natives inside. They were tied with a ribbon and had a leaf shaped tag attached. We also just printed our own table plan and table numbers.

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids –Maid of honour- Cheryl, my cousin. Bridesmaids- Amanda, Sophie and Carla, my best friends

2.     Groomsmen –Best Man- Niels, Best friend. Groomsmen- Nick (brother) Michael and Ben best friends

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had a very definate idea about the style I wanted. I saw the Elvina dress on the Karen Willis Holmes website and was convinced it was the one.

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

How many gowns did you try? So many, I wanted to be sure I had the one.

 Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington Karen Willis Holmes store. Hannah Kate was wonderful. So professional, made me feel special and went above and beyond to work to my tight timeframe

What did you especially like about your gown? The unusual pattern in the beading was like nothing else I saw. The style was perfect for my petite frame and the train was big enough to create a statement without being too much. Was also pretty comfortable!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Forever New…silk dresses for $200 each. Very happy

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?  The groom wore a bespoke suit made by tailor Sam Hazelton, from JH Cutler Sydney, and a handmade bow tie from Le Noued Papillon, Vaucluse. The groomsmen were in M & J Bale

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore my Tiffany key that Andrew bought me on our first trip to New York. I also had Earrings and bracelets from Zjoosh, Balgowlah

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey, designed by me especially for the day

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil from Karen Willis Holmes, glad Hannah talked me into the longer one

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Pinterest! A lot! Magazines, I made a book with images I liked out of magazines so I could take it along to supplier meetings

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t rush, try and have an idea of styles you like before you go. Leave plenty of time and only shop with people that understand your vision and who will be honest

Something Old? My engagement ring

Something New? My earrings

Something Borrowed? A clutch from a bridesmaid

Something Blue? Sapphire’s in a ring my grandparents gave me 

Suppliers

 Florist – Sweet Violets, Lindfield, Jan was amazing and accommodated every quirky and creative need I had. I arrived with a list of unusual and exotic foliage and flowers and Jan went out of her way to turn my vision into a reality

Photographer – Captured By Pavel, Yana and Pavel made us feel comfortable and captured so much of the wedding without us noticing. The photos were natural and captured the emotion and fun of the day. Their pricing was fantastic as well.

 Music – The White Tree Band, we had reservations on whether to have a band or DJ, we totally nailed it with the band. The guys were great and catered to everybody’s taste. We had loads of positive feedback on them.

First Dance – Recording of Nick Caves, Into My Arms.

MC – Uncle Philip (Andrews Uncle) really got the evening off to a great start and maintained the enthusiasm throughout the night.

Celebrant – Janet Lomax, Wedding’s I Do. Awesome celebrant with a great sense of humour and felt a real connection from the start

Stationery – Giant Invitations, online Melbourne. Saved us heaps and we got exactly the same stuff as a store had offered us for a 3rd of the price!!

Menu – Botanic Gardens Restaurant, we had a fixed seasonal alternate menu. We had 3 courses which (we consider ourselves foodies) were lovely and had plenty of positive feedback.

Cake – Sparkle Cupcake Bakery, Surry Hills, Kathryn, the owner, was at a supplier night at the Gardens one evening. The cake was delivered on a stand. Was delicious and great value

Bombonieres – The place settings acted as our gifts.

Hair – Letitia Booth of Jo Bellamy, Mossman, Letitia is super talented, she helped develop the style and was also my colorist. On the day she sewed my hair into place to stay put!

Make up – Katie Goerlach, a friend who freelances as a makeup artist, now has her own family business specializing in weddings called ‘Quaint essentials’ She helped me look and feel like a star!

Wedding Bands – Stedmans Fine Jewellery, Lane Cove

Extra features – 1000 Stars provided a fairy light canopy at the venue. We used “Wedding Nights” for our outdoor seating, carpet runner and signing table in the Gardens. We also hired props from Ashdown & Bee.

Other – I had a suite at the Intercontinental in Sydney the night before, the staff were amazing for the entire stay, accommodating every need and every guest over the time I was there. The views were amazing and we were able to get plenty of pics of the bridal party, family and friends during this time.

The groom stayed at the Pullman Grand at Circular Quay. Again the staff were superb, there were fabulous views and great pics were taken.

As part of the reception package we had 1 night at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney. We had a lovely suite and it was a great way to top off a fantastic day/evening.