karenwillisholmes

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

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Date: August 2015

Instagram Wrap Up - August 2015

Posted on 28 Aug, 2015
Instagram Wrap Up - August 2015

 

Image 1: We had such a great time at One Fine Day Wedding Fair in Adelaide. Image 2: We adore this floral bouquet by Whimsy Designs , Image 3: The must have wedding shoe - Valentino Shoes via Pinterest. Image 4: Our bride Anna wears the Kayla wedding gown from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection.  Image 5: The beautiful back detail of the Isla wedding gown as worn by our bride Renee. Image 6: A beautiful shot of bride Carly wearing the Faith Gown from the BESPOKE Collection. Image 7: Behind the scenes images of the WILD HEARTS Collection as photographed by 35mm Photography. Image 8: Quote via Pinterest. Image 9: A stunning image of the back of our Caitlyn gown, with beautiful styled veil.

Kate & Matt's Summer Garden Wedding

Posted on 26 Aug, 2015
Kate & Matt's Summer Garden Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through work in 2007 in Wellington NZ

How long have you been together? We’ve been a couple for 3.5 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  21 Feb 2015 (also my birthday)

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?     Mana Lodge, in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay in NZ

What made you choose there? We are both Kiwi’s so wanted to get hitched in the motherland with all our family and friends and Matt grew up in the Hawke’s Bay so that made our decision an easy one.

How was the weather on the day? Couldn't have asked for more perfect weather, it was a balmy 29 degrees, (that’s hot for NZ) and sunny however just before the ceremony it clouded over,  but the temp was still warm - which was perfect for photos. Thank you mother nature!!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme ? We wanted a summer garden wedding. We went with a softer palate of colours with a wee punchy pop of red.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  I drew a lot of inspiration from Pinterest as well as a few of my fav wedding blogs, Magnolia Rouge & Paper & Lace.

Bridal Party

 Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Jane Myers - Cousin & Mikayla Myers - Sister

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Sam Gardiner - Friend &  Nick Dinneen - Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had been to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES a few years earlier to accompany a friend of mine on her own wedding dress hunt. So when it was my turn to find a dress, it was clear in my mind to check out KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. 

How many gowns did you try? I tried on three at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. 

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  I loved the shape, and how it perfectly fit my body and I loved how comfortable I felt in the dress. I also absolutely adored the beautiful back detail! 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Miss Selfridge

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore some Swarovski earrings and a Kate Spade bow bracelet. I gave the girls earrings to wear.

Where did you get your shoes from?  I got my shoes online from BHLDN

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

I wore a veil for the ceremony - which I bought from Percy Handmade.

For a longtime I was sort of anti the idea of wearing a veil, however my mum & nana really wanted to see me in one.

I did a lot of research and finally stumbled across Percy Handmade online, they have some stunning veils & accessories. I found a veil that was perfectly fitting with my dress and style.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try and be relaxed and not take things so seriously. The day goes so fast, and you don’t want to look back at it with memories of being stressed and nervous. I felt so calm the lead up to the wedding and on the day, and I am so glad because I was able to enjoy it all and be in the moment.

Trust the vendors you’ve hired to do their jobs, they are the professionals and don’t need the bride dictating how things need to be.  They know how to do their jobs.

 What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be true to your own style and what you feel confident and comfortable in.

Suppliers

Florist - Toni McGregor of Magdalen Hill did an outstanding job with our flowers and also assisted on the day with styling the Marquee. Toni listened to all my ideas and helped me achieve the overall look we wanted. She was a big help as we live in Melbourne, it was great to have someone local to the Hawke’s Bay to assist us with sourcing the right lights and flowers etc for the wedding.

Photographer -  I was a fan of Meredith Lord’s work prior to booking her for our wedding. Meredith was amazing on the day, she felt like our friend which made taking photos with her really easy and comfortable. I cant recommend her enough, hire her for your wedding and you wont regret it!

Music - Clint from Volume DJ

First Dance - You & I Ingrid Michaelson

Celebrant - Amy Edwards

Stationery - Smitten on Paper

Menu - Orton Tailored Cuisine

Cake - MJ’s Cakes -The best cakes in Hawke’s Bay!!

Bombonieres - Tea towels with our names & wedding date printed on

Hair - Mel Reid of Loco Hair

Make up -  Cushla Bower of Parlour Beauty

Melanie & Richard's Classic Seaside Wedding

Posted on 21 Aug, 2015
Melanie & Richard's Classic Seaside Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at the engagement party of my friend, who also happens to be Rich’s cousin.  I was totally taken by this amazing guy (Rich) who was so lovely to talk to.  We quickly felt comfortable in each other’s company and felt like we had known each other for years.

How long have you been together? 4 years

Do you have a proposal story? Yes! Rich and I like to swim before breakfast at Point Lonsdale when we visit there on weekends – no matter the time of year!  So we jumped in the car on a freezing and windy September morning, with bathers and puffer jackets on!  It started raining as we drove down the driveway and we looked at each other and decided to abort mission – but promised each other we would swim on Sunday.  On Sunday morning we did make it for a swim – and Rich was in and out of the water super quickly.  As I came out of the ocean, he got down on one knee on the sand and proposed.  It was the most incredible moment of my life!  It is a feeling I will never forget. The funny thing was – Rich had the ring wrapped up in his towel ready to propose on the Saturday.  But, as we didn’t swim, he didn’t do it.  I did ask what would have happened if it rained on Sunday as well – and his answer was that we wouldn’t be engaged!  I will now never say no to a swim for the rest of my life.  

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18 April 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

Where? Ceremony at St George the Martyr Anglican Church, Queenscliff.  Reception at Rich’s family farm, on the Bellarine Peninsula, just outside of Point Lonsdale. 

What made you choose there?  It was important to us to get married somewhere that was significant to one or both of us. The view from the farm is incredible, and looks over the heads of Port Phillip bay – it was the most spectacular setting for a marquee.  We loved the church as soon as we saw it, and we loved that when you stand outside the door of the church you could look across Swan Bay and see the farm and the marquee in the distance.  Now each time we visit the farm we have such happy memories of our wedding day there.

How was the weather on the day? Four seasons! We woke up to a beautiful blue sky day which continued until after the ceremony.  As we were having our photos, the most spectacular storm clouds rolled through the heads.  It was quite incredible being down on the pier and watching the storm come in!  Luckily we had planned for the worst so the marquee was very solid and super warm and cosy inside. The bad weather outside turned out to be a bonus – as it kept everybody inside the marquee - ready to party!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Rich and I decided we did not want a high summer wedding.  We have always loved autumn and it is my very favorite time of year.  I love the autumn colours and the long shadows that are cast on an autumn afternoon.  I think it is a truly beautiful time of year.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Scandi/chic – a phrase my sister coined!  I wanted a touch of copper/rose gold running throughout the decorations, with soft blush/apricot tones and greys.  I was very keen to have the marquee feel warm and toasty as the wedding was in April and the weather outside would be cool.   Inside I wanted lots of warmth and candlelight. I was keen to steer away from the white-on-white look.  My engagement ring is also rose gold, so that was perhaps the starting point!

We were very lucky because my sister is a part owner of Ed Dixon Food Design, so she has lots of experience in putting on events.  It made sourcing the marquee, furniture and catering an absolute breeze.

The decorations were all done by family and friends.   Even the flowers were done by my mum and Rich’s godmother, together with my bridesmaids.  I love that our whole wedding was so personal to us.  My family home is in Tasmania and mum and dad brought over masses of hydrangeas and crab apples from our garden which were used in the table decorations.  They looked so pretty and it was meaningful to me to have that touch of home. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  In the preceding months I collected lots of copper things that I loved and got ideas together from all sorts of places – café’s, interior magazines, pintrest…having said that, there was not too much formality to the planning – I knew what I wanted it to ‘feel like’ in the end but didn’t have a set idea of what it would look like!  I was confident though that if we chose beautiful decorations in the colour palate that we love, then it would look beautiful.  How it turned out was way beyond my expectations!!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Everything!  We didn’t have a stylist but I have always had a keen interest in design and had so much fun putting together a ‘look’.  Mum was spray painting copper tins for weeks prior to the wedding which acted as vases for the tables.  On the Friday before the wedding all the bridal party put the marquee together, doing flowers, decorations, hanging copper painted frames for the table seating plans.. .it really was a team effort.  I was fairly relaxed about the minor details and was careful not to create too much work for us as I wanted us to enjoy the whole experience and not be exhausted.  I kept on joking – ‘no craft!’.   

Bridal Party

 1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My two elder sisters, Georgina Routley and Felicity Davies and my two best friends, Lucy Ryan and Bronwen Bock.  Rich and I are both the youngest of 4 kids!

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rich’s two elder brothers, David Robson and Peter Robson, and his two best friends, Tom Wilson and Jonathan Fernie. 

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Our nieces and nephews, Jed and Oliver Routley (page boys) and Chloe Robson, Maggie Davies and Amelia Earles (flower girls). 

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Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw some beautiful gowns in magazines and each time I looked where they were from, KWH kept on coming up! I then looked at their website and thought it was definitely somewhere I would like to go and try on some dresses.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I know a friend of mine had a KWH gown and she looked beautiful.

How many gowns did you try? I only went to 4 shops and KWH was the last of the 4.  I went on a weekday so there was no frantic rush and we had the whole shop to ourselves.  I tried on about 4 gowns at KWH and they were all lovely, but only one that brought a big grin to my face and that I did not want to take off! I chose something very different to what I thought I would – initially I didn’t want strapless and there was so much lace about that I thought I would probably have something with an element of lace – but the lines and the simplicity of my gown suited me perfectly and I knew it was the dress for me.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I knew that Rich would love it, as soon as I put it on.  I could move so freely and easily in it and it brought the biggest smile to my face whenever I wore it.  The lines suited my figure well and I loved the simplicity of it.  It was so elegant and striking. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  The skirts came from New York – Alexandra Grecco, and the tops were Carla Zampatti. 

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? They were tailored individually from different tailors.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought a clip and earrings  a couple of days before from somewhere on high st!  Can’t remember exactly.

Where did you get your shoes from? Georgie’s Bridal online. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.  There is nothing like a veil to make you feel truly bridal! 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Relax!  If you have fun, your guests will have fun.  I was determined to not stress about things and enjoy the whole process – planning and all.  As the day goes quickly, the build up and the preparation is just as much a part of it.  You want to make sure you enjoy that.

I remember popping some champagne on the Friday night before the wedding, in the marquee once we had finished setting up and it all looked so beautiful.  The whole bridal party was there and we had worked solidly all day to put it together.  Everyone had some ownership over the final result and that was wonderful.   I said to my bridesmaids and Rich that I was so happy and totally satisfied.  Tomorrow (the wedding day) feels like a bonus!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go on a weekday!   I would have been completely psyched out going on Saturday with heaps of other brides…it was very relaxing mid week. 

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

The David Austin roses that we had throughout the marquee were amazing and threw the most incredible scent.  The Friday morning before the wedding my mum, my future mother and law and I went to the rose farm and picked up buckets and buckets of roses - and the smell in the car on the way home was incredible!!

Espresso Martinis served at 10.30 were a huge hit – and certainly fired up the dance floor!  One of my favorite memories was watching the waiters behind the bar ‘getting their groove on’ as they shook up the espresso martinis – even the staff had fun : ) Danni from Moss Industry weddings did our bouquets and they were so beautiful, it was honestly the most gorgeous bouquet I had ever seen.

Something Old? …Dad?!

Something New?  Underwear!!  I bought it online and it was delivered to work, and then to a friend, and then to me, arriving about 5 minutes before we left for the church!

Something Borrowed?  All the time and effort of our family and friends!

Something Blue? KWH stitched a beautiful little blue bow on the inside of my dress.  It was very sweet.  

Suppliers

Florist Moss Industry Weddings for the bouquets,  marquee done by family and friends.

Photographer – James Grant Photography

Videographer – C2 Video         

Music – Rutherford Entertainment

First Dance – ‘Stuck on You’ by Meiko.

MC – Andrew Meagher

Celebrant – Father Dennis Webster of St Stephens Anglican Church, Richmond.

Stationery – Sophie Viska at Stich Press

Menu – Ed Dixon Food Design

Cake – Julie Gunthorpe - fruit cake on top, then a lemon drizzle cake and then chocolate mud cake. She did the most beautiful floral decorations on the cake that tied in with our theme perfectly.  We even took some on our honeymoon!

Hair - Margo Orsatti, Dollybird Hair and Make Up

Make up – Margo Orsatti, Dollybird Hair and Make Up

Lara & Mick's Colourful Mexican Wedding

Posted on 19 Aug, 2015
Lara & Mick's Colourful Mexican Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We went to highschool together

 How long have you been together? About 14 years (Since grade 10 - with a few short breaks in between)

 Do you have a proposal story? It happened on the 12.12.12 at midday – we had just left our jobs and sold everything we owned to take off around the world; we went for a beautiful long walk up to the Noosa headland as one of our final days in Australia. When we reached the tip, Ironically named Hell’s Gate, he pulled out a ring box from under the towel that he’d been holding in his hand the whole walk – I hadn’t even noticed.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 9th August 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?     Cotton Tree Park (over looking the water) at Cotton Tree (Maroochydore, QLD) and the reception was across the road at the Prickly Piñata Mexican Cantina

2.     What made you choose there? It all came about quite perfectly; we definitely envisioned a relaxed ceremony outdoors by the water, we wanted something different and fun for our reception, and Michael wanted tacos for dinner at our wedding. We had always liked Cotton Tree park, and while we were travelling oversees we heard that a super cute Mexican restaurant had opened up across the road from the park – and that’s when the location of the events fell into place!

 3.     How did you find it? How was the weather on the day? The sky was so dark…and the rain held off right until the moment when we said “I Do”. I didn’t even notice it was raining on us though…too much excitement!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It’s 2 days after my birthday – Michael felt confident he wouldn’t forget the date for anniversaries if it was that close to my birthday, and I felt that I would be able to milk big combined birthday and anniversary presents out of it, like oversees holidays 

 

The Wedding Details

Theme ? It was a bright, colourful, crazy, youthful Mexican Fiesta! The venue was already highly colourful and eclectic, and our wedding planner (Amey Mejak of Pack a Perfect Party) geniously simplified and dressed it with a level of sophistication to say wedding but still keep it fun and light.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Amey set up a Pinterest board for us to share; it’s now public at -  https://www.pinterest.com/packaparty/m-l-wedding/

Because Michael and I were travelling the world while the wedding was being planned, it was a great forum to share ideas through.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Our wedding favours to guests; home made Mexican seasoning and home made chilli hot chocolate mix 

Bridal Party

 Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister (Kirsten Baumback) and my two best friends Samantha Pearcey and Leonie Christison

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Michael’s best friends – Ian Dale, Luke McGuire and Nick Kendrick

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? A gorgeous dress I had seen in a magazine from years before. I knew it wouldn’t be there anymore but I knew there had to be something special.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Bridal mags, pinterest and driving past the store.

How many gowns did you try? Only about 3 think (in the KWH store), all up in the search for a dress -  including other stores – about 6. I didn’t actually want a wedding dress – I was going to wear a really different Sass and Bide dress, but then I went into KWH (my mum and sister talked me in to trying on a wedding dress) and it was the first time I got that feeling of actually being a bride.  

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? KWH Paddington store (Sydney), the girls there were the absolute greatest I had come across – so lovely!

What did you especially like about your gown? It had a modern look to it, minimal but beautiful, the cups had a cool little pattern stitched on to them too, and then I borrowed one of the sales assistants bright and colourful necklace and put it around the waist of the dress and bam – that was the moment – fell in love with the dress.  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Bought the dresses from Shieke in the Wintergarden (Brisbane)

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groom’s suit was custom made by the Cloakroom in Brisbane; the Groomsmen’s suits were a mixture of 1-piece items from Asos

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose a gold witchery belt, Samantha Willis earrings and bangle, and thin wristband that my bridesmaids also had. The bridesmaids also had a waist belt from Sheike, and Aztec style earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? Steve Madden

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes – a gorgeous halo of bright flowers that my wedding planner had created herself.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Get help so that you are chilled out and actually looking forward to the day! We were so relaxed in the planning and lead up, we had great help from Amey Mejak of Pack a Perfect Party as our Wedding Planner, which meant everything was taken care of, and we were SO looking forward to enjoying the day! I hear so many brides-to-be say in the lead up "I can't wait for it to be over" because they stress over every little detail, and everything going perfectly. The day isn't about the details, the decor or everything going perfectly... In the end it's about the two of you being there, being stupidly in love, and all your favourite people being there in support.  

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on anything and everything. I wouldn’t have even noticed the dress I ended up in – it was just that my sister had grabbed it off the rack and liked it, and wanted me to try it on.

 Something Old? A small pair of silver bells wrapped around my bouquet that my grandmother used on her wedding day.

Something New? The dress!

Something Borrowed? My great grandmother’s diamond engagement ring (also something old)

Something Blue? Flowers in my halo & bouquet

Suppliers

To start with, it was the absolute creative genius Amey Mejak at Pack a Perfect Party who made the crazy ideas work so perfectly, like having a live donkey and a mariachi band lead us into our ceremony! Her ideas were incredible (like the custom piñata), and at no point did she ever make out like something was not going to work – anything was possible! She also did ALL the flowers etc herself. She is SUCH a talent, I can not give her enough praise!

Florist - Pack A Perfect Party 

Photographer - Stewart Ross 

Music – An amazingly entertaining Mariachi Band  while guests waited brides arrival, and also while photos were happening.

We had a DJ at the reception; Our wedding RSVPs requested guests respond with their favourite songs, so the whole night was a mix of everyones most loved tunes – it resulted in a hell of a lot of crazy dancing by our guests!  

First Dance – Happy by Pharrell Williams (We went to private dance classes for a few weeks and learnt a fun choreographed dance. We hadn't told a single soul we were doing it and surprised everyone on the night. It was an amazing moment seeing everyones faces)

MC – Didn’t have one in particular – family and friends took turns grabbing the mic to announce certain things or to make a speech – it was a pretty relaxed affair 

Celebrant – Civil Marriage Celebrant Samantha Townend 

Stationery - Senna Jean Designs 

Menu - Prickley Piñata 

Custom Menu – Seared scallops, School Prawns w Watermelon Coconut Salad, Calamari Skewers w Haloumi & Pickled Zucchini Salad, Diable Chicken Skewers w Street Corn, Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian & Fish Tacos, Churros

Bar Menu: White Sangria, Red Sangria

Signature Cocktail - Baha Sun [Passionfruit Long Island Style Drink]

Highgate Brut Sparkling

Highgate Sauvignon Blanc

Molino Loco

Malbec

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

Corona

Estrella Damm

Cake Breezy’s Cakes  'cactus' style cupcakes by Breezy's cakes (flavours included Salted Caramel, White choc + raspberry, Tim Tam, and Passionfruit)  and caramel mud cake as main cake (also by Breezy's)

Hair - Alicia Allen of Unleeshed Glamour for bride's hair; and Kirsty Paterson Makeup + Hair for the bridesmaids Hair.

Make up – Alicia Allen of Unleeshed Glamour

Wedding Bands – designed and custom made by Artisans Gems & Jewels

Extra features -

Custom Donkey Piñata

Katie The Donkey 

Paula & Thomas's Dazzling Country Wedding

Posted on 14 Aug, 2015
Paula & Thomas's Dazzling Country Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

We met through church. Tom plays drums at church and spotted me from stage one day. He was 17 and I was 20. We ended up chatting and getting to know each other more and more until he asked me out on a date. Our first date consisted of Tom cooking me pancakes and watching back dated Episodes of home and away (toms favourite show). The pancakes were good anyway! I was toms first kiss and first girlfriend which was really sweet. 

How long have you been together? 4 years- we got married on our 4th anniversary 

Do you have a proposal story?  Tom and I were visiting my family in Albury where I grew up. He had organised for my parents to set up candles and a table and chairs with wine and cheese on a hill that overlooked the town. When we arrived he handed me a note that said all the things he loved about me and then got down on one knee and proposed. He was so sweet and I couldn't stop giggling. Especially when I could see my step dad hiding in the bushes with a camera. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 01.05.2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?    Fergusson Winery: Barrel Room (Ceremony) Zonzo Cucina Yarra Valley (Reception)

2.     What made you choose there?     

Ceremony:  Tom and I had vision of creating a warm and intimate space that could hold 150 people. The barrel room at Fergusson winery was perfect as it was almost a blank canvas that had cement floors and barrels lining the walls. We were able to fill it with everyone we wanted; festoon lighting, candles and flowers. It felt so romantic and luxe. 

Reception: Zonzo provided such a warm family feel. We wanted our reception to be intimate but also to be able to fit our 100 guests. The scenery around Zonzo is just stunning and the landscape provides so many beautiful photo opportunities.

The food and wine at Zonzo is raved about. Being foodies, We didn't want the standard chicken and beef menu that many weddings have, so this was right up our alley. Our guests were raving about how delicious it was and how full they were. Lucky we provided doggy bags for the dessert table. 

3.     How did you find it?

Fergusson: We searched for it in google and came across the space. It was so affordable and the staff were very flexible for us to set up the day before do basically anything we wanted with the space. 

Zonzo: our friends had booked their wedding there and we were keen to get married in the Yarra valley so went and had a look. 

How was the weather on the day? We couldn't have asked for the weather to be any better. It was 23 degrees, barely any wind and the sun was out in all its glory. 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Gold and fuchsia luxe theme with country elements

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  I love the richness of gold and the romantic feel that it brings. I also wanted to add some colour and fuschia was a beautiful rich colour that compliments gold so well. This colour palette also compliments the rustic oranges that are around in the Yarra valley in the autum months. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Tom and I love creating things, we always have a project we are working on and love reflecting our personalities in what we make. I spray painted 100 wine bottles with gold and tapered the candles to fit into them. I also made little tissues pockets for my guests at the ceremony. The florist had some beautiful vases to use on the tables but I also spray painted and rolled jars in gold glitter. I collected different jars from op shops and collected old candle jars from friends. 

My maid of honour designed my programs, place cards and signs and menus, that I then gold foiled myself. I also hand painted our monogram sign.

My mum made the wedding cake, which was absolutely delicious along with constructing the gifts for the guests (succulents in jars and relish for our guest who flew over). My step dad made crates and hand painted some signs for our entry.

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Megan Chin: sister in-law

Brittany Vaccaro: long term friend 

Thespina Brown: sister

Maddison Collins: long term friend 

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

James Christie: Brother

Scott Jansen: long term friend

Josh Albert: Long Term friend

Matt Ingham: Long Term friend 

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

Rosealie Brown: flower Girl- niece 

Archibald Christie: ring bearer- Christie family dog 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I saw some of your dresses online on Pinterest and really wanted to try them on.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  Pinterest, still white, Instagram 

How many gowns did you try? 6

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I felt very womanly in it. It showed off all of curves and sat perfectly over my hips. It was very heavy which made it feel very luxe.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Sheiks boutique Doncaster 

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Myer Doncaster: Gibson

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

Bridesmaids: Gold strappy heels from asos

Earring from forever new and fine gold chains from asos.

Me: Earrings: BHLDN - given as a gift by Tom on the wedding day.

Tom: Gold movement watch that I gave him as a gift on the wedding day 

Where did you get your shoes from? Asos: gold strappy heels. I wore Jo Mercer brown leather wedges for photos, so I could get around easily. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Karen willis Holmes glimmer tulle cathedral veil

My hair and makeup artist made my headpiece using off cuts of my dress. Carlie then sewed it onto my head so that it stayed in place. She is so talented.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? There are always going to be little unexpected stresses, try to get them over with way before the wedding. The last week is crazy especially if you are doing DIY stuff, try to do as much as you can months before and have it ready to go. 

The night before, relax. Once the day comes you can't change things and they aren't worth stressing over. Let those things go. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? It is very much a feeling thing. I had in my head what I wanted and was so sure I was going to buy a particular gown from another supplier. I went and tried it on and I felt like I was 16 in the dress. When I chose my KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gown, it was very much a feeling thing. I felt like a mature sexy women. 

 

Suppliers

Florist - Secret Blossom did our bouquets, buttons holes and reception installation. They were very professional and full of great ideas. They really understood my vision. Floral and found supplied the arrangements for our ceremony at the alter. Louise there is great to work with and is very affordable. 

Photographer -Aweiding Photography  Wei Wei is very quirky and fun. She works along side her husband Gary who owns filmneverdi.com.au (Polaroid business). Gary shot the boys and Wei Wei did us girls in the morning. Wei Wei very much has an eye for detail and like me appreciates the little things, which I was so glad she captured. Along  with providing up to 1000 edited photos, they also include a 60 page book and a framed collection of Polaroid photos from the day. 

Videographer -Western films- Erik was very professional and knew our venue well which was great for capturing the best spots. 

Music – Chris Farace Band

First Dance – Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You

MC – Steven Kitos

Celebrant – Ps Jesse Winchester (Pastor of Bridge Church Bangkok)

Stationery – Invitations: minted.com

Menu -

Antipasto platters

Pork and fennel sausage pizza

Prawn pizza

Slow roasted lamb with potatoes and beans

Dessert table

Cake - Homemade:  Mud cake with butter cream icing

Bombonieres -  Homemade: succulents in jars 

Hair - Bride:  Carlie Christie Bridesmaids: Rebecca Ellis 

Make up - Carlie Christie

Wedding Bands - Engagement ring: Tiffany and co Bands: Brothers jewellers Bulleen

Joyce and Peter's Rustic Polo Club Wedding

Posted on 12 Aug, 2015
Joyce and Peter's Rustic Polo Club Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? It was a hot Aussie Christmas Day, back in 2004.  We both attended a Christmas lunch organized by my Girlfriend’s Touk and Shazeen,

How long have you been together? 11 Years

Do you have a proposal story? There were candles, Rose Petals and a very Nervous Groom with sweaty palms waiting for me at home, it was beautiful.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? February 7th 2015

 Location (Ceremony and Reception) Sydney Polo Club

 Where?     100 Ridges Lane Richmond NSW

What made you choose there? We fell in love with the beautiful, yet Rustic Charm of the Polo Club, we just couldn’t picture us getting married anywhere else.

How did you find it? Through Pinterest

How was the weather on the day? Glorious, sunny Day.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It worked well with the availability of the Polo Club and availability of those traveling from overseas. We also preferred the warmer weather. 

The Wedding Details

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

I wanted a Vintage look with a modern twist. Miles from Flower Duet Designs helped me achieve this.

For the reception centrepieces it was a mixture of different sized mason jars with a variety of Australian Natives in bunches. Each table also featured a small birdcage with real miniature apples, paradise pears, small apricots and small grapes hanging over the edge. It was a beautiful surprise when I walked in!

Another stand out for me was my bouquet. Using soft colours that complimented my dress and consisted of Eucalyptus, King protea in a beautiful velvety light pink, flannel flower, sholtzia and riceflower.

The bridesmaid bouquets were bunches of sholtzia dyed a few shades darker than their dresses which were in a Vintage rose colour. The tone on tone effect enhanced the textures of the flowers and dresses. The buttonholes had the same flowers incorporated, which completed the whole theme.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

 We drew Inspiration mainly from the natural beauty of the Sydney Polo Club, the beautiful lush green fields with the contrast of the Rustic Barn yards. I met with Miles from Flower Duet Designs and she created a mood board for me to relate to. Her approach was very modern and visually high impact.

Flower Duet Designs used a variety of Australian Natives, fruits and orchids which popped against the landscape of the Sydney Polo Club. Instead of using your common daisy’s or roses for that shabby look, Flower Duet used earthy waxy flowers and heavily textured shrubs and bushes. 

Pinterest was also a great source for Ideas, especially for Rustic DIY’s.

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

Yes, although I’d love to take the credit for everything, I had help from our close friends and family, which made it all the more fun! We made our own Ceremony paddles, confetti cones, chalk boards, bunting, reception menus, pocket squares and tea light candles in spice jars. The Candy bar treats were all home baked.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Touk Vongpraseuth – Friend that Introduced us

Shazeen Reddy – Friend that hooked us up

Joanna Le Boyd – Groom’s sister

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Newton Le – Groom’s brother

Peter Truong – Friend

Malcolm Tu - Friend

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Chloe Woo - Niece

Mason Le-Boyd - Nephew

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My work mate Mylene whom also was married in a KAREN WILLIS HOLES gown recommended KWH to me after I described to her the style of gown I was looking for.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A wedding photo of Mylene wearing her Greta KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gown and she looked stunning.

How many gowns did you try? I tried around 12 gowns and narrowed it down to 5 , then 2 and ultimately chose the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Anya gown with Genevieve overlay.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington. All the ladies at the Paddington store, including the seamstress at Newtown were all so amazing. The service I was provided was fantastic and all the ladies (special mention to Hannah-Kate) were so helpful and came on the journey with me to find the perfect dress. I highly recommend KAREN WILLIS HOLMES if you are looking for a bridal gown and if you want to be made to feel like a special bride.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the simplicity and elegance that the sequins gave to the gown. It was stunning to look at and was everything that I wanted, it was the only dress that gave me butterflies every time I put it on. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White Runway

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Genevieve overlay, the softness of the silk tulle really complimented the sequins on my Anya gown and gave it an added wow factor. To finish off I had a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Head piece, belt and veil. One can not have enough KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

Where did you get your shoes from? Panache Bridal. Great selection of shoes and the ladies there are all really lovely and sweet.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, both veil and headpiece was from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

 Other: Jewellery gifted from family. 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Find vendors that share in your vision. Go over finer details before the big day with someone experienced in planning a wedding, you may have easily missed something during the stresses of organizing such a big event.

This is also the same advice I got, try to soak it all up on the day and don’t stress about things that may go wrong 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try different styles and bring your girlfriends to help you in the decision process.

 

 Suppliers

Florist Flower Duet Designs

Flower Duet Designs was recommended to us by a friend. Can’t say enough positive things about Miles from Flower Duet Designs, she had a clear vision regarding all aspects of wedding floristry and styling, was enthusiastic and very professional. From just one exchange over email, I knew Miles was everything I was looking for in a stylist, she listened to my ideas and could bring to the table her own, which were unique and reflected our personalities.

Photographer – Chalk and Cheese Photography

Found Chalk and Cheese through service seeking.com. Chalk and Cheese Photography were a joy to work with. Very professional in their approach from our initial consultation, through to the lead up to our wedding and post wedding services. We chose Cedric to be our photographer as he was highly experienced, displayed a genuine interest in being apart of our wedding day and we were really impressed after seeing some of his past work. Chalk and Cheese worked tirelessly to capture all our special moments and also facilitated the day’s events to get the most of our shooting time. Cedric is an astounding and witty photographer who we had a lot of fun with. We loved how our photos turned as all emotions were captured in beautiful pictures.

Videographer Andy Yang Films

Andy Yang Films was recommended to us by our photographer. Andy Yang Films produced an Amazing same day Highlight which we played for our guests at our wedding reception. We decided to go with Andy Yang Films after seeing his past work and was impressed with how he was able to capture so much emotion in a short Film. Our Guests also commented on a very well documented Same Day Highlight.

Music – Wedding Singer : Tash Eloise

I chose Tash as we had seen her preform at a local café one day. He voice was angelic and beautiful and we could really picture her create a good atmosphere at our outdoor wedding. Tash played a series of songs that we chose and also learnt ones that wasn’t in her repertoire to be able to perform it at our wedding, she did brilliantly!

First Dance – Soul Empire , see details on wedding band below

MC – My good friend Wendy. We chose to not have too many formalities on the day and Wendy helped us with the order of the day along with my good friend Janina.

Celebrant – Paul Grech

We chose Paul because he had a great personality and we warmed to him instantly. We were looking for a modern Celebrant to give our ceremony a fun and relaxed feel.  Paul is friendly and we connected like Paul was an old friend who was sharing in your wedding.   

Stationery – Etsy. Easy and quick and cost effective.

Cake – Cake Hut

Amazing , amazing wedding cake! Cake Hut was recommended by my Bridesmaid Shazeen, Our cake was actually a wedding gift from Shazeen and we were over the moon with how our cake looked and blown away by how it tasted. I have never tasted such an amazing wedding cake.  

Treats to Tempt –

We have had Treats to Temp cakes at previous Family Celebrations.  Treats to Tempt made delectable pink velvet miniature cupcakes. Each miniature cupcake was decorated with pretty white and pick fondant and handcrafted with roses out of icing, they were so pretty and delicious!

Bombonieres – Ordered from overseas supplier.

Hair and Make Up  – Sophie Lau Make Up and Hair

Sophie Lau was recommended by a friend who also had Sophie as her Makeup artist for her wedding day. Sophie specializes in Asian Makeup and Hair and is a leading Asian makeup artist. I chose Sophie because I was confident in her work and she is very adaptable depending on the makeup style that you chose. Sophie puts her best foot forward in helping you achieve the look that you desire. Sophie is sweet and is well versed with makeup artistry.

Wedding Bands Midas Jewellery Bondi Junction

Styles to suit everyone, no real reason why we chose Midas, just happened to have the style of rings we wanted at an affordable price and the service was good.

Band : Soul Empire

We discovered Soul Empire when dealing with the Manager for the group. We wanted a band which played old school hits that we grew up listening to and a talented group of RnB performers with soulful voices. Soul Empire preformed a list of hits that we chose and a special request song for our First Dance, they really delivered with their voices.

Bride and the City

Posted on 07 Aug, 2015
Bride and the City

 

Our beautiful San Diego stockist, Elle Bridal Boutique is teaming up with W San Diego hotel to create a fun day out for all brides looking for their perfect gown. 

We are lucky enough to be featuring 5 gowns on their stunning runway show alongside a bridal lunch. 

To purchase ticket click HERE: 

Tarryn & Michael's Blissful Country Wedding

Posted on 03 Aug, 2015
Tarryn & Michael's Blissful Country Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at work! I was working for my dad as a receptionist doing part time work at his office when Michael came in for a job interview.

How long have you been together? 5 Years

Do you have a proposal story? It was New Years Eve 2013. I’m not usually one for New Years celebrations however we still wanted to do something. We thought, why not go down to my parents place on the Gold Coast as they live on the beach. With about 6 close friends we drank champagne looking over the water until midnight. Then just before the fireworks began we decided to go down to the sand. I thought it was so strange because suddenly my sister (who was in bed!) and my Mum & Dad showed up- they were at another party. I remember thinking, why would they have gone to a party and then come home right before midnight on New Years! Well Michael kept telling me to hurry up and get down to the beach, but I wanted to wait for my Mum to take her shoes off and come down, seeing as she had left her party to come see us! Eventually he dragged me down to the sand and straight away asked me to marry him! Everyone had known except me the whole night, I couldn’t believe it.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? December 13th 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?  Brytarbri Farm, Beaudesert, QLD. This is actually my parent’s property, which we have just opened as a wedding venue. 

2.     What made you choose there?  I always knew I wanted to have a wedding somewhere different where we weren’t sent home at midnight. Having it on our own property was a lot of work but was so worth it.

How was the weather on the day? The weather was the best you could have asked for. At first we were so worried being December and country Queensland it would be ridiculously hot. Then the week leading up to the wedding was torrential rain! Somehow on the day it was a little cloudy, the perfect temperature and we had no rain.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? As I am still at university it was quite hard to find a date, as it had to be when I was on holidays. The end of year holiday season is always something Michael and I look forward to so we thought why not make it even better this year!

The Wedding Details

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

We didn’t want to go too country themed, even though we got married on a farm. We tried to keep it quite simple and clean looking with lots of white, wood and soft pastel pinks. The farm also operates as a Turf Farm during the week so we wanted to incorporate a bit of that into the wedding. We bought small turf animals like squirrels  and rabbits that sat on the tables and other areas around the farm.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? 

I had the help of the most amazing wedding stylist, Rachael from The Events Lounge. I had also done a lot of research looking at other real life weddings to determine what would suit both Michael and I.

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

My bridesmaid Kirsten handmade 80 beautiful fans for the guests as we were thinking it could get up to 35 degrees. Unfortunately we didn’t need them!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

 MOH- Brittany (sister)

Maria (Michael’s Sister)

Charlene (Michael’s Sister)

Morgan (School friend)

Kirsten (Friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Bestman- Michael (Friend)

Peter (Friend)

Chris (Brother-in-law, Maria’s husband)

Michael (Friend, Kirsten’s husband)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

Looking online for shops in Brisbane, KAREN WILLIS HOLMES immediately made my list of places to visit. The dresses looked beautiful and different to your typical wedding dress. I spotted the Matilda (my dress) straight away, but I just assumed for some reason it wouldn’t suit me. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I tried it on anyway!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? In magazines and social media mainly.

How many gowns did you try? At KAREN WILLIS HOLMES about 4. In total (12-15)

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Brisbane, Paddington. That was another aspect that helped choose my gown. The ladies there were so kind and professional.  I had been to shops where the sales ladies were quite rude and clearly all they wanted to do was force you to buy a dress and get out of there, KAREN WILLIS HOLMES was on another level.

What did you especially like about your gown?  I loved the corset waist, it was so slimming. I also loved the lace on the bodice, and he detail on the neckline, it was like nothing I have ever seen before.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If it’s at a private property or your own property- hire a planner! It is so hard to coordinate all of the suppliers, especially on the day. It was so lovely to be able to do all the fun stuff like choosing colours and furniture, and then not have to worry about negotiating the finer details.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You will know a good store as soon as you walk in the door. It is very easy to see the quality of the gowns as soon as you see them. The higher the quality, the better they fit/look on you.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We wanted to do something different to your typical sit down, stay in one place. We had four different locations on the farm to keep everyone guessing. We started with the ceremony in the back yard of the farm house, canapés were in the front yard, the reception was in a marquee overlooking the lagoon and turf farm and lastly we surprised guests with the after party and dance floor in a wooden barn decorated with lights.

Something Old? My mum’s wedding ring

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My mum’s ring again

Something Blue? The beautiful little blue bow KAREN WILLIS HOLMES had sown on the inside of my dress, the cutest little surprise!

Suppliers

Florist – Elyssium Blooms. I wanted something unique with the flowers. I showed Elise a few pictures of what I liked and let her do whatever she thought. The flowers really made the whole look of the wedding, as everything was quite simple. The colors were just amazing.

Photographer – Kristy from Figtree Photography

Videographer – Joseph Willis. I had been watching his videos for months, before we decided to go with Joey. I would show all my friends and we would be in awe of how beautiful these films were. I only dreamt of having him capture our day, and my amazing parents offered to get him as our wedding gift. We are so lucky to be able to relive the day whenever we want!

Music – Vertigo live, a Brisbane Band.

First Dance – John Lennon- Stand By Me

Aisle song: Van Morrison- Into the Mystic

Signing of the registry- somewhere over the rainbow

 MC – My brother

Celebrant – Father John (St Mary’s Catholic Church, Beaudesert)

Stationery – Love & Adore Stationary

Menu – Your Gourmet Catering. Food was very important for us. Leela was so organized and on top of every detail. We had friends raving about how good the food was for weeks.

Cake – Rebellyous Cakes

Hair – Erin galliene

Make up – Erin galliene

Wedding Bands – Facet 58

Extra features – The giant balloons were so fun, they were from Ruby Ju

Other – Stylist/On-the-day coordination, The Events Lounge