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Date: October 2015

Anna & Al-Karim's British & Asian Influenced Wedding

Posted on 30 Oct, 2015
Anna & Al-Karim's British & Asian Influenced Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met in my last year of school, I was 17 and he was 18.  He asked me out on the 5th November which is Guy Faulks night in England. I had always loved watching all the fireworks and it always made our anniversaries special. We never missed this event until the year we got engaged.

How long have you been together? Together for 9 years (married for 1 year) on 5th November 2015.

Do you have a proposal story? AK is not the romantic type but we do like to travel. So I didn't expect anything out of the ordinary when we arranged to get away for our 7th anniversary. We decided to organise a trip to Dusseldorf to visit some friends. It was November so it was very cold and very wet in Germany. On the evening of our anniversary AK arranged dinner at this beautiful restaurant called Im Schiffchen. Throughout the meal he kept on disappearing to the "bathroom" but I just thought that he wasn't feeling very well as he seemed a little flustered. After dessert, he disappeared once more but this time he didn't come back. The waitress arrived and asked me to follow her, I obviously thought this was a little bit bizarre but I followed her anyway assuming now that he was up to something. I followed her upstairs to another dinning room... The whole room was lit by candlelight with AK sat in the middle. He passed me a book and asked me to open it. Inside were all our memories and photos of the years we had spent together. After I had read the last message in the book, AK then asked me to marry him. I of course said yes, to which he surprised me with the news that we were off to Rome the next day spend the rest of our holiday there, very romantic. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5th November 2014 (official papers were signed) 8th November (Saturday) the main wedding ceremony and celebration.

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?    The Ismaili Centre (South Kensington, London) for the ceremony and the Carlton Tower Jumeriah Hotel (Knightsbridge, London) for our reception.

What made you choose there? The Ismaili Centre meant a lot to AK and his family and it is a very stunning and special venue. The Carlton Tower was where we had been to on numerous occasions for dinner so it meant a lot to both of us.

How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect. It was sunny in the morning and became overcast in the afternoon. We had planned for rain so it was such a bonus to be able to have some photos outside. As soon as we had moved to the reception it had started to rain but it was dark by then and actually added to the atmosphere of the room.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to keep the 5th November as our main wedding day because the date meant so much to us but we knew that it would be easier for all our friends and family to celebrate with us on the Saturday. So we picked the closest weekend to that date.

The Wedding Details

Theme? White, green and gold. AK family origins are Asian and mine are British so we wanted to have a mix of both cultures but keeping the element of a white wedding.

Bonfire night because of our anniversary. The cake was a customised bonfire themed cake!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest was very helpful and my mum and I spent hours finalising all the details of the table and flower decorations. My mum was amazing at helping organise the whole look and bringing the style of the wedding day to life. Everything was stunning and perfect.

One of my main inspirations was for the table flower arrangements. I had found an image from Vera Wang where 3 cylinder vases were filling with flowers submerged in water. I loved this so much that I had to used this idea in my white and green colour theme.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 5 in total: my girlfriends: Debbie, Kate, Rachel, Clair and Alice.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 5 in total: My brother - Harry, AK's brothers - Aly and Zulfiqar and two of his friends - David and Giles his best man.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On Martin Charles website before I visited the store.

How many gowns did you try? 3/4 different KAREN WILLIS HOLMES dresses.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Martin Charles Bridal Gallery in Oundle.

What did you especially like about your gown? I knew that our wedding was going to be slightly different from your usual traditional wedding but the main things I really felt strongly about was wearing a white wedding dress but I was looking for something unique and striking.

I instantly fell in love with the Caitlyn gown the minute I put it on. I always thought it was a myth that you go for the first dress you try on but it was definitely true for my case. I felt like a mermaid with all the beautiful beadwork and the stunning long train that swirled around me as you moved. I felt elegant yet effortlessly comfortable, a huge plus for me because I wanted to be able to move around easily on the day without being restricted. All the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns are stunning so it was difficult to pick just one of these beautiful creations but the Caitlyn gown made me feel so special on the day. It was perfect.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Virgo lounge - I wanted something colourful with an Asian element to it. Again something that was a little bit unique and elegant. Something that the girls wanted to wear rather than them feeling obliged to wear. I think they all loved them!?!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? From a traditional Asian tailor.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The dress spoke for itself so I did not want to wear anything that would take the focus away from it so all I wore was a handmade headpiece which complimented the detailed motif on the back of the gown.

Where did you get your shoes from? Dune. I bought a simple pair of gold mid heeled sandals more for comfort of standing all day but they were still very pretty.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Handmade headpiece from Halo and Co.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try to keep everyone happy and listen to your families thoughts and opinions. Of course the day is about you two but bear this in mind if you need to discuss particular things. It can be difficult to do but keep positive and never let it come between you and your husband to be. Get as much help from family and friends as possible. You will be surprised how much people want to help you.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with my your instant feeling but do try on different styles. You can never truly tell what a gown looks like until you try it on. But my real main advice about choosing your wedding gown is... Chose a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gown!!! They are all unique, stunning, elegant, comfortable and a piece of artwork! 


Florist - Manna Flowers. Clare is a local florist near my parents home. She created the most amazing pieces and had a lot of patience while I kept on changing my mind! Absolutely stunning! www.mannaflowers.co.uk

Photographer - James Fear. One of the most charismatic and eccentric person I have ever met. He has an eye at seeing things differently to everyone else and is able to capture the moment perfectly without even knowing he is there. It was so much fun having him there. www.fearphotography.com

Videographer - Mitchell Brewster. Such a lovely and charming guy who created a beautiful memory of our special days. We cannot thank him and praise him enough.

Music - both the band and dJ were amazing. They kept the whole of the dance floor full from the being to the end. band - Monitor Music. www.monitormusic.com DJ - DJ Jaz.

First Dance - Jason Mraz - I won't give up

Stationery - Inkwell designs.

Cake - Tuck-Box Cakes (bonfire night themed wedding cake). Chris is one of the most creative people I know and his cakes are just awesome. Not only are they amazing tasty, with flavours ranging from the classic Victoria to a more unique sticky toffee apple and Rosemary (for a bonfire theme) they cakes are also a piece of art work! I would highly recommend everyone to take a look at his website and inspiration and of course orders!!! www.tuck-box.com

Hair - Maggie Forest - a London make up, hair stylist and friend. Maggie did an amazing job. I felt so natural and elegant on the day. 

Make up - Maggie Forest

Wedding Bands - Rachel Boston Jewellery. One of my very beloved friend, old flat mate and bridesmaid, Rachel. She is an inspiration to all women who are driven and creative business women. I have always admired her work and my collection of jewellery is forever growing. She has an amazing range of jewellery from fashion to fine jewellery to custom made wedding and engagement rings. www.rachelboston.co.uk

Bree & Josh's Classic and Contemporary Wedding

Posted on 28 Oct, 2015
Bree & Josh's Classic and Contemporary Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? 

We both go to a very big church so although we'd both been attending for years, we'd never met. He thought it would be funny to walk up to me at an event and ask, totally out of the blue:  'so... What's it going to take for me to get your number?' We've never looked back. 

How long have you been together?  Just over two years. 

Do you have a proposal story?  Josh took me completely by surprise. We'd only been dating for 15 months when he took me out to dinner + then tricked me into sitting down by the Yarra River for 'dessert' where he proposed. All I ever wanted in a proposal was to be surprised, and I got it. The details of his proposal are hard to explain as it was sort of an inside joke - but he even picked my ring himself + it was perfect. 


The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  March 7, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? 333 Collins Street + the Abbotsford Convent

2.     What made you choose there? 333 Collins was suggested by a friend + we loved it because we'd never attended a wedding there, which made it special. I loved that the aisle was the length of a city block. It was such a dream to walk down it.

We fell in love with the Abbotsford Convent after traipsing through many reception venues that just weren't right. It was everything we wanted in a venue and the staff blew us away from the moment we walked in the door. They were all amazing, and the grounds just picturesque. It was that little something different from anywhere else we'd seen. 

We actually only managed to secure both venues because of a cancellation at the Abbotsford convent + 333 Collins being made available on a date that it initially wasn't. We couldn't believe how things just fell into place so perfectly.  

3.     How did you find it? Both were suggested by friends or family. 

How was the weather on the day? It was perfect wedding weather - 23 degrees + mostly overcast. 

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

We had always wanted to get married in March, but the 7th was just a miracle because of the two venues both suddenly becoming available. We felt it was meant to be :)


The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Our decor centered around pink florals + lots of greenery. We wanted a classic colour scheme but with an element of rustic that matched the beautiful convent. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I followed a lot of different bridal blogs / instagram + Pinterest accounts such as Hello May, One Fine Day, KWH Bridal (of course), The Lane, Cosmo Bride etc. Most of my inspiration was drawn from a combination of these! 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? A few. Our bonbonierres were a mixed CD called 'Love Song Dedications to our Guests' and packets of lifesavers that we changed the outer wrapping to, both with help from our stationery supplier Rachel from Peep Designs. The CD we produced ourselves, which had a mixture of songs + us chatting to people as though we were 'driving them home' from our wedding (Hamish + Andy style, haha) We loved this element because it was so much fun to make + our guests seemed to love it.

All of the cursive handwriting on our stationery was actually my own - I couldn't find a font I liked so I asked Rachel to print my handwriting on it! I loved that too, because it made it ours. I hand wrote each of the place cards, which were actually small business-card sized Kraft envelopes. Inside each envelope was a personal thank you note to the guest. This was a really time-consuming task, but something we were set on doing because we were so aware how hard it would be to thank everyone in person on the day. We were so glad we did - our guests loved how personal it was. 

Bridal Party 

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

Holli Rutten - Josh's sister + now my sister in law 

Lauren Deegan - beautiful friend to both myself and Josh for many years. We studied together in 2008 + have become closer since then. 

Tahlia Eadie - we have been friends since she was 12 + I was 16! She's the little sister I never had. We've been through a lot together + she is very close to both myself + Josh. 

Jen Bourke - my maid of honour. She + I have done everything together since we became friends in 2005. We've travelled the world, seen each other through every up + down. She is my absolute best friend + I couldn't live without her. She has become great friends with Josh too which I love. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Dan Rodgers - One of Josh's very best friends who I am also quite close to as we also studied together in 2008

Jake Ford - Josh's 'brother' - has been an honorary member of their family since they were very young, they are great mates 

Zachary Kellock + Jacob Kellock - Josh's brothers are both legitimately his best friends, and because he couldn't decide on just one as his best man, I told him to have both :) it was cute + I think it was perfect that way. 

We chose our bridal party based on people that were close to both of us, not people we felt obliged to include. We are so glad we made that decision because everybody knew each other & had such a great day because they care so much about both of us.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My bridesmaid Tahlia arranged a whole day of dress shopping for me that included an appointment at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. I loved the dresses but it wasn't until a few weeks later when travelling in New York I noticed you had a store there.  I was travelling with a girlfriend and so we dropped in, only to find we had the whole store to ourselves, and beautiful Stephanie was such a great help - I think I tried on every dress in the store !! That was where I fell in love with the 'clarisse' train. It wasn't until I was back in Melbourne that I decided on the Johanna dress. Once I saw it with the train I knew it was perfect :) 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On Instagram mostly :) 

How many gowns did you try? ALL OF THEM. 

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? In Melbourne, on High Street

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that it both made a statement with the train for our rather grand ceremony in the city, but became simplified + elegant for our more rustic reception when I took the train off. It was perfect for both locations. I honestly felt like I got the best of both worlds. 



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Stone Cold Fox in LA. 

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept my accessories to a minimum as I felt the embellishing on the dress was enough. I wore some very simple stud earrings + that was it. 

 The girls wore either rose gold or silver, and they each had studs, a bangle + a tiny ring with a knot in it. These were their thank you gifts.

The boys were kept very simple with just a pocket square, + Josh wore a rose gold Raymond Weil watch, which was my wedding gift to him. We both wear rose gold wedding bands, so I wanted him to have a watch that matched. 

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were just sandals from myer! They were 'sandler' brand. I had always said I wanted to wear flats on my wedding day as I am quite tall + I hated the idea of having sore feet all day. The sandals actually matched the embellishing at the top of my dress perfectly. I was so happy wearing them. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No, neither. 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don't sweat the small stuff. I decided from the beginning that I wanted to enjoy being engaged. If it's stressing you out - stop it. Nothing is such a big deal that it should ruin that precious time. I had so much fun planning my wedding because when things went wrong, I just had to laugh about it. Things work out in the end. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on as many different styles as you possibly can! The style I chose was so far from what I set out to buy.

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

Getting married is just the best. I loved every minute of it. 



Stylist - The Details Co. 

Lily is a friend who has just started out on an event styling venture. You wouldn't know it - she is absolutely amazing. She collaborates with Ms Murphy Flowers + Peep Designs + their events are always outstanding. She is worth a follow! The staff at the Abbotsford convent mentioned how impressed they were with her work.

Florist - Eavan Murphy 

Loved her work - especially the hanging greenery at our reception. She did an absolutely amazing job. 

Photographer - Jeff Chen, who is a friend we know through church 

Videographer - Will Yap, Two Front Teeth. Will is a friend, and he is actually a fabulous wedding photographer, not videographer. He kindly filmed our wedding as a favour to us, because we had already asked Jeff to take photos. 

Music - our band who played at the ceremony + reception were a collection of friends from church. Some play together in a large band from time to time, but are so skilled it was easy for them to pull together to get some music happening for our wedding. They only rehearsed once + we had people asking who they were! See @planetshakers + @planetshakerschurch, some of them feature there.

First Dance - we danced to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Me + my dad danced to A Little Ray of Sunshine. 

MC - our dear friend, Brandon Keenan

Celebrant - our senior pastor, Russell Evans

Stationery - Rachel Lee at Peep Designs 

Menu - Peep Designs (feat. my handwriting ;) )

Cake - We didn't have one! We chose not to as we don't care too much for the tradition. But at our engagement party + my hen's we had some stunning cakes made by @micaela_elliott, see #joshheartbree

Hair - Jodie Robinson (Jo Elegance) - also a friend 

Make up - Zara Jones

Wedding Bands - David East, Doncaster

Melinda & Daniel's Beautiful Garden Wedding

Posted on 23 Oct, 2015
Melinda & Daniel's Beautiful Garden Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We actually first met more than 10 years ago, we have a mutual friend that I went to school with and Dan ended up working with when we were studying in Melbourne.  We knew of each other back then however it wasn’t until I returned to Melbourne 5 years ago that we really hit it off.  At that time Dan was actually house sharing with another friend after returning from the UK we started hanging out more and the rest is history!

How long have you been together? Almost 5 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  I actually almost ruined the surprise, I took a phone call one day in the car for Dan while he was driving and it was the Lakehouse in Daylesford calling to confirm our booking for New Years Eve, which at that stage I had no idea was planned.  Dan acted a little weird when I got off the phone and told him but I didn’t really think much more of it at that stage.  Then we went up to Daylesford and Dan suggested we take our dogs for a walk around the lake in the early afternoon before we thought about dinner plans.  During the walk it was a little awkward as kept asking me to slow down and was suspiciously quiet, and I wondered what was going on when he suggested we sit down and just enjoy the view over the lake before we head back home, and this is when it happened! Too nervous to get down on one knee he felt safer sitting and popping the question, which he did with a beautiful Tiffany Braclet, we then designed my engagement ring together.  He had then organized a beautiful dinner for us and massages and a day of pampering at the Hepburn day spa.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday 1st February, 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Convent, Daylesford, VIC

What made you choose there? Dan proposed the year prior whilst we were on a weekend getaway in Daylesford so we thought it would be a great idea to marry there also :)

How did you find it? It didn’t take us long, we looked around at a few wedding venues in Melbourne and decided to just take a look at The Convent although it was outside our budget and we just fell it love, it had such a lovely feel and we really liked the idea of creating a weekend getaway for our guests too, many of who traveled from interstate.

How was the weather on the day? It was a scorcher, 39 degrees, thank goodness for airconditioning, but it made for a beautiful evening as our guests spilled out on the decking area of our reception room.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew that we wanted a Summer wedding and February always looked to have quite nice weather.  Also, it was my Dad's 60th birthday the following day so we had a lovely birthday and recovery BBQ the next day so it made for a great weekend overall :)


The Wedding Details

Theme? I knew that I wanted to keep things quite minimalistic and chose white and blush as my color palate with bridesmaid dresses and flowers.  Having a venue with such beautiful garden surrounds, large floor to ceiling windows and soft lighting I knew that something quite soft would complement this.   I knew that my dress would be something  simple and elegant and fell in love with my KWH gown, it was actually the first gown that I tried on, the lace peplum detail was just beautiful. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and lots of searching online.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, we actually made our own Bonboneirre's which also doubled as place cards.  They were blocks of chocolate (my husband works for a chocolate company) individually wrapped with peoples names.  Also, our centrepeices, we had several friends meet the florist and set up the variety of jars with our flowers to make our simple centerpieces. I also made the flowergirl's headpiece.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – Tai Lennon & Lauren Jorgensen – High School Friends & Rebecca Rennie – Uni Friend.

Groomsmen – Simon Davidson – Friends since birth, Paul James – High School Friend & Chris Doyle – Uni Friend

 Flower Girls/Page Boys – Millie Kerr – Bride's Niece & Charlie Pace – Groom's Brother

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had a friend who was getting married and I had been into the store with  her in the past, I loved the style, so elegant and the girls in store were just delightful, it was the first bridal store that I went to.

How many gowns did you try? At least 20!

Where did you purchase your gown from?  High St, Armadale (Melbourne)

What did you especially like about your gown? The lace and the peplum overlay had me as soon as I tried it on!  The belt (also from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES) was the perfect accessory to complete the look too, my mum actually purchased the belt at this initial try on, she loved it so much!



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White suede

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

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

Bracelet – Tiffany and Co – my proposal present

Earings – Fletcher and Grace

Bridemaids – Rose Gold bracelets, Pearl earings and Tan & Rose Gold shoes (Steve Madden)

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Cathleen Jia, a Melbourne stylist made my beautiful headpiece and veil, she has such a lovely range, I actually purchased 2 different pieces and just decided on the day which one to go with.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Make sure that you are true to yourself and your husband to be, let it reflect your own style and the things that are important to you both.  Try not to get caught up in pleasing everyone else as you are the ones that will be looking back on your wedding day for the rest of your lives no one else.  

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try to stick with a style and look that makes you feel amazing and comfortable, you will know when you find the right one!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? Once the day is here, relax and enjoy.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, at the end of the day, your plan to marry the most wonderful person in your world will still become a reality :)



Florist Gisborne Country Florist

Photographer – Tess Follett, Tess was recommended by another photographer that was unavailable on the day, and she was amazing to work with.  She had such a lovely nature about her and just fit in so well.  We LOVE the photo's, they were exactly what we were after, relaxed and candid.

Videographer – Purple Ribbon Weddings, we had this recommendation from Tess (her brother works for Purple Ribbon).  Again, we were really happy with this team, great quality videography and they were a pleasure to work with also.

Music –DJ – Sam Sturgess, a recommendation from one of the bridesmaids.  The music can make or break the atmosphere when it comes time to the dancefloor, Sammy killed it!!

First Dance –You are the best thing – Donavan Frankenreiter

MC – Jeremy McDonald, mutual friend. 

Celebrant -  Vicki White – Vicki is the mother of one of my Uni friends, and was another mother away from home when I was studying and living in Queensland.  It was wonderful having someone so personal to marry us.

StationeryChicreative – Seddon, Melbourne.  Local print and stationary shop who were wonderful in assisting with out ideas and plans for our wonderful bonboneirre's/place cards and thank you cards.

Menu – The convent Daylesford

Hair Fotini Hatzis, hair and make up for all of the bridal party.  Wonderful Job.  She was amazing and just know what looks to create to perfectly complement all of the bridal party. 

Wedding Bands - Bob from Superior Diamonds (Melbourne), helped us to created our engagement rings and both wedding bands. 

Extra features - Headpiece, thank you so very much to Cathleen Jia from Cathleen Jia Designs, I took forever to decide on my hair accessories, she was so patient and understanding.  I ended up getting 2 pieces and then just decided on the day as I couldn’t decide, there were too many wonderful options. 


Chrissy and Rod's Classic & Elegant Wedding

Posted on 21 Oct, 2015
Chrissy and Rod's Classic & Elegant Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? Rod and I met in 2010 when I was attending a friend’s birthday function at Zonzo.

How long have you been together? Five (fabulous adventure-filled) years!

Do you have a proposal story? After four years of dating Rod had planned an epic proposal on my birthday. He organised a chauffeured vintage Bentley, private chef, photographer and stylist to arrange countless long stem roses draping from beams around our table and fairy lights laid out on the floor to read “she said yes” after he proposed. He picked the most beautiful ring without me. It was a wonderful surprise and also very thoughtful and romantic – he had me in (happy) tears for an hour!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Wednesday 31st December 2014 – New Year’s Eve

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Ceremony – St Patrick’s Catholic Church

ReceptionZonzo Estate

Where?  Yarra Valley – Victoria’s wine region

What made you choose there?  Rod and I met at Zonzo and this held a special place for us.

How did you find it? Rod has operated Zonzo since opening in 2007 (he’s a weddings expert!)

How was the weather on the day? It was light blue skies and sunny – perfect mild summer’s day!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We got the Zonzo wedding calendar out and looked for a date that fell without any other weddings around it. Rod came up with the idea for a New Year’s Eve wedding.


The Wedding Details

Theme? White, white and more white, (with a touch of gold), something elegant and classic – timeless! Rod and I both wanted this type of wedding so that was easy being on the same page. Rod did pretty much all of the wedding planning. Zonzo wedding coordinator Brianna also ensured everything came together. I’m such a lucky bride!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Blogs such as Style Me Pretty, (which our wedding was recently featured on) and also some Pinterest. But mostly it was all the past Zonzo wedding photos we had seen over the years and being familiar with many suppliers. (I found my dress designer thanks to a Zonzo bride). 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Due to time constraints (we planned during the busy Zonzo wedding peak period) we did not get around to DIY. Rod is super-handy with everything – he wanted to make some items for the wedding but Zonzo business is number #1 priority.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Tania Tomici was my Maid Of Honour and she is my first cousin

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Clint Micallef was Best Man and is Rod’s younger brother

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We had four flower girls and one pageboy. Olivia, Talia, Veronica are Rod’s nieces and Valentina is Rod’s goddaughter. Owen the pageboy is Rod’s nephew.

Special guest – Our fur baby Diesel was included in our wedding portraits dressed in a red bow tie.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  About 2 and half years ago one of our Zonzo brides wore your Caitlyn gown and I remember thinking how unique and elegant she looked in a sequin gown and it stuck in my mind.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had a look online first before visiting the store and fell for the Anya gown for it’s simple fitted cut and thin straps for our summer wedding.

How many gowns did you try? I visited the store by myself the first time and the Anya was the first dress I tried on (I did try a couple of others after that to compare and reassure myself it was the right one). After I was sure, I took my mum and maid of honour to have a look and they agreed it was the right one for me.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? Apart from being simply beautiful, the Anya gown was also very comfortable – (it had no corset).  I wanted more of a beautiful simple cut gown and the sequin-look coincidently fitted in perfectly with our New Year’s Eve wedding.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Maid Of Honour was dressed in SABA.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Best Man was dressed in all CALIBREGroom was dressed in a CALIBRE shirt and the rest from HUGO BOSS

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My crystal drop earrings were from Samantha Wills. Tania wore stud earrings from Mimco and shoes from Tony Bianco.

Where did you get your shoes from? Jimmy Choo.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? We went with the art deco style belt and cathedral length veil both from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Well considering my groom planned our wedding - I would say have faith in people around you!

Also, not so much as advice but just my experience, Rod and I had just over 100 guests but consciously made sure we barely left each other’s side the whole time. After all was said and done we wanted to remember being together on our wedding.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES! At least take a look, it is a great starting point as they have a vast range of quality styles ready to try on that suits any personal taste. They do made-to-order too, if you have time.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. The blue cross on my bouquet signified – something old, something borrowed and something blue. It is from Malta and has belonged to Rod’s mother for 58 years. (I organised for it to be unpinned and put in a safe place after our wedding portraits were done) Something new was everything else I was wearing, and then my shiny new husband!



VenueZonzo Estate: Rod suggested that we go and look at venues once he’d proposed. I remember laughing because I thought he was joking (perhaps he just wanted to give me the option). There was no other venue that I’d seen/heard of/been to that was the full package like Zonzo. Some venues are lovely looking but the food or service is very much lacking. Alternatively food/service might be good but the venue doesn’t have a nice warm ambience about it. Zonzo ticked all the boxes – delicious Italian food, drinks, service and stunning views! Venue selection is a big one – great food/drinks/music will keep your guests happy. I feel very fortunate in being involved with the perfect venue – not only are Zonzo weddings award winning and beautiful, they are run smoothly to ensure a relaxed bride & groom, and there is an abundance of food! 

Florist – Blooming Brides: Rita and Rod have known each other through weddings for many years. Her creativity and work is beyond words… look her up on Facebook/Instagram to understand what she is capable of. Rod liaised with her to surprise me with the end flower design.

Photographer Mr. Jonathan Ong: I loved that he just had his own style and made weddings look artistic and romantic at the same time. Also he’s very discreet, he told us he’s the photography ninja and he indeed was.

Videographer – http://purpleribbonweddings.com.au/ Ryan came out to Zonzo and met with Rod and I. He was a laid back kind of guy and made us feel comfortable. The video he produced for us was spot on in creativity and capturing all of the important moments. It’s like a mini-movie.

Music – Spin: Rod knew John for some time through weddings and John was so helpful in wanting to play at our wedding. John sent through a playlist and this is what we went with. Initially I wasn’t too sure but in hindsight I am so happy that we left it to John, as he knows what gets a crowd on the dance floor for guests of all ages.

First Dance - The first dance song was Ed Sheeran’s – Thinking Out Loud. This was chosen for the lyric aspect of “And we found love right where we are”. Having met at Zonzo years earlier this was a fitting song. A male vocalist from the band, which coincidentally was a big Ed Sheeran fan wanted to sing it for us and he sang the song amazingly! (This was not planned and was decided just minutes before we did our dance – it was going to be an iPod playing)

Celebrant – We had a traditional Catholic ceremony therefore we had the resident priest marry us at St Patrick’s Catholic Church – Father Arsenio put together a beautiful full mass service for us and added some humour which was great.

Stationery/Menu – La D’vine: Nothing was too hard for Maree – not even our tight schedule. She designed our gold monogram RC that we used for our name card/menus and invites and thank-you cards afterwards.

Cake The Cake Company: Katrina is a friend supplier of Zonzo from over the years and had done my 30th birthday cake the year prior so it was no question she would look after our wedding cake.

Bombonieres – In The Booth: we chose to shun tradition and have a fun photo booth with guests to take home photos. Photos are cherished memories and the more photos the better in my opinion! This company is an ABIA award winner like Zonzo – they are the best booth company going around.

Hair – Rokk Ebony: This recommendation came from a past Zonzo bride (Teresa based in the Toorak salon). Teresa locked in creative director Pina for my wedding day at short notice. Pina is outstanding – she makes a perfect wave look so easy and her relaxed vibe is exactly what you need on your day.

 Make up – Make Up With Me: Melissa is a superstar – I told her fresh natural make up and she nailed it. Mel organised for Tania and I to have our make up, spray tan and shellac mani/pedi done.

Wedding Bands – Rocks and Rings: Elisha ordered my engagement ring for Rod and then I ordered the matching wedding band when the time came. She was so helpful in resizing my ring and having the band in before the wedding.

Northwood rings: They are based overseas and they express couriered Rod’s wedding band as we only ordered it two weeks before the wedding. Rod did not want a traditional metal band – he opted for a wooden band with custom text on the inside. He’s the only guy I know with a wooden wedding band (typical Rod and I love it!)

Transport - RR Classic Cars: Robert and Rod had known each other for many years through the industry so there was no other choice for car hire. Robert was all smiles on the wedding day and his cars are immaculately kept and look so shiny in the photos!

Megan & Matt's Elegant Melbourne Wedding

Posted on 16 Oct, 2015
Megan & Matt's Elegant Melbourne Wedding



How did you meet your (now) husband? At Virgin Australia, where Matt works as a pilot and I was a flight attendant.

How long have you been together? 4 years

Do you have a proposal story? Matt proposed whilst we were on a holiday in FIJI. It was a complete surprise - not even his family knew. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  29th August 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Carousel, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne

What made you choose there? The fabulous view and central location

How did you find it? I’d often walk around Albert Park Lake with friends or brunch at the carousel café. I had also been to events in the apst there. One look at the venue and we both knew it was perfect for us.

How was the weather on the day?  Perfect 19 degrees

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was a year after we got engaged and one week before peak season and prices for wedding commenced.

Where did you draw your inspiration from? Cosmo Bride, My home and Pinterest.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  2 bridesmaids. Rebecca- MOH & Felicity (Rebecca is my new sister in law)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Brad- Best Man & Marcus

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw the Matilda dress on the back of Cosmo Bride, and that was it my mind was made up.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  I know of 3 brides who wore KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns.

How many gowns did you try? 2, just to be sure. The second one didn’t even get done up.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The corset top, its feminity, the tiers, the Vera Wang feel. Its unique

Who helped you pick the gown/ who shopped with you? My mum, mum-in-law, sister in law, MOH and my best friend via phone messages from Sydney.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Thurley. I didn’t want my bridesmaids looking dresses.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore Tiffany + Co pearls, bridesmaids wore Mimco

Where did you get your shoes from? Badgley Mischka

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  Yes- it was my ‘ something borrowed’ from my bestfriend who was married 3 months earlier in it. Weve known each other since we were born so it was special. 


Florist – Helen Bye Flowers

Photographer – Tizia May photography

Videographer – We had a friend do this for us.

Music –Top dog entertainment

First Dance –Can you feel the love tonight- Elton John

MC – My brother

Celebrant – Lydia Wild

Stationery – Daisy Street Press for Letter press invites, Papermarc for name Place cards

Menu – Supplied by the venue

Cake – Ab Fab cakes kew

Bombonieres -  Designer Caridy

Hair – Melinda Wain 

Make up – Melinda Wain

Lauren & John Simplistic St Kilda Wedding

Posted on 14 Oct, 2015
Lauren & John Simplistic St Kilda Wedding


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22/5/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception

Where?     The Deck, The Prince, St Kilda

What made you choose there? Great venue for both ceremony and reception in colder weather.

How did you find it? Online

How was the weather on the day? Cool, but it didn’t rain about 15 degrees.

The Wedding Details

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I am a designer

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? All invitations and signage. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Armadale is popular for wedding dress stores.

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

How many gowns did you try? About 4

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  I added the sleeves to an existing gown.


Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Amanda Hughes - Best Friend. 

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Paul Keisler - Best Friend 



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Calvin Klein.

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Midas 


Florist – Flower Jar

Photographer – Dan Soderstrom

Music – Fee Bee Squared

First Dance – Girl like you, the troggs

Celebrant – Marion Church

Stationery – DIY

 Cake – Saeah Boyes, Old Barn Bakery

Hair – Kate Fletcher

Make up -  Kate Fletcher

Wedding Bands – Jan Longan/ E.G Etal


Seaside Luxe Editorial: As featured on Magnolia Rouge

Posted on 07 Oct, 2015
Seaside Luxe Editorial: As featured on Magnolia Rouge

This beautiful Seaside Luxe Editorial captured by Kylee Yee has recently been featured on Mangonolia Rouge.

Kylee tells the Magnolia Rouge team, “The beach has always held a special place in my heart – growing up in Australia, the beach or seaside was never too far away and to this day it is somewhere I try to escape to when I need to be inspired or need a place to think. Being able to feel the sun on my skin, the sand between my toes and the sound of crashing waves always brings such a sense of peace. Looking out onto the vastness of the sea always brings such perspective. I wanted to create a shoot that is peaceful, ethereal, with a boho luxe undertone, influenced by a Turquoise and Coral/Blush color palette – embodying the turquoise color of the seas and coral that can be found at the depths of it.

See more at: http://bit.ly/MagnoliaRougeEditorial 

Photography KYLEE YEE / Styling & florals WINNIE Q / Dresses KAREN WILLIS HOLMES / Hair & make-up MISS AIMMEY / Cake PARTICULAR CAKES / Stationery CAKE INK / Barefoot accessories FOREVER SOLES / Sequin linen GLIMMER & THREADS / Model JACINTA HORAN. 

Monique & Hugh's Elegant Country Wedding

Posted on 02 Oct, 2015
Monique & Hugh's Elegant Country Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? I was living in Auckland, Hugh was living in Australia. Hugh was back in New Zealand for the weekend for the Christchurch Cup races. It was my third year going to the cup with my friend from Christchurch Daniel. He always joked it would be a nice South Island boy that swept me off my feet and that weekend he introduced me to his friend Hugh. We had Daniel as the MC at the wedding.

How long have you been together? Eight years in November.

Do you have a proposal story? We were out for dinner on a Wednesday night and Hugh dropped to the knee at the table. It took me completely by surprise as he is quite shy and I never thought it would be in public. He later said that he had wanted to do it at home with just the two of us before we left for dinner but I was rushing him out the door so he didn’t get the chance.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Friday April 10th 2015


Church ceremony – St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Albury

Wedding Reception – Waddingtons at Kergunyah

What made you choose there? We had found Waddingtons a few years before after taking a Sunday drive there for lunch one weekend. It sits in one of most beautiful valleys in the area, the setting is so stunning and the decor simple and rustic, and the food is completely amazing every time. We didn’t even think of anywhere else.

How was the weather on the day? We were so lucky with the weather. The week before and weekend of Easter we had rain and horrible days, but we had a perfect Albury blue-sky sunny day, just what we had hoped for.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Autumn is the most settled time of year for the weather here. It also is when our work season starts to slow down slightly. It was the Friday after Easter, so as it was school holidays it meant both our families could all come for Easter and spend the week.



The Wedding Details

Theme? Gold and cream. Elegant and classic with the beautiful country background.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Lots of Bridal Magazines, the odd idea off Pintrest. It can easily become too much and fog your mind with ideas.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  My two sisters – Shanell Le Loux and Yvette Gregory

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Hugh’s two very old school friends –Lachie Campbell and Stuart Mackenzie

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Lucy Tunley – Hugh’s niece and Goddaughter. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  As much as I like clothes, I don’t like traipsing shops and I wanted to make the most of my time when I got to the city. I did a lot of online research. I looked through the bridal magazines and found labels which I liked, then went online to look at their websites and saw what other options they had, plus the pricing. On the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES website, I found about 9 different dresses and styles which I liked and wanted to try to see which style suited me.

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

How many gowns did you try? KAREN WILLIS HOLMES was the first place I booked and went to. I only tried on three gowns before I was basically sure, I was in love with the top half, and then when we decided to change the skirt to the fuller one, I knew it was perfect. After that we went to one other place and I hated everything, Mum said it was a waste of time because I was already sure.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It was perfect. The lace was stunning, the skirt was the perfect fullness, it photographed beautifully and it was so extremely comfortable. The whole day I didn’t think once about it being too tight or not being able to sit down.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Jenny Packham ordered online from Debenhams UK.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Hugh’s tux from Calibre and groomsmen tux hired.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? We got my sisters the same pair of Swarovski earrings to go with their dresses. For the boys and the MC, I ordered each of them a pair of cufflinks with their initials engraved. Hugh thought he was going to wear those ones on the day, but I had ordered him another pair as a wedding gift, which had his family crest.

We got Lucy a little Swarovski necklace to wear as well.

Where did you get your shoes from? Lucy Choi London ordered off NetAPorter.

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

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Remember it is over so quickly. Don’t try to rush things on the day, make sure you allow plenty of time for each factor, including getting ready through to photos, travel time and speeches.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Do your research first and know your budget before you go browsing.

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

A lot of people get “logos” designed for their wedding as a brand for stationary etc. We were lucky as Hughs family have a lovely family crest which has been in his family for a very long time. We decided to use that as our “logo” on all stationary and then kept the stationary very classic, simple.

We kept it reasonably small. We only had 90 people at the wedding and reception. But we put on a three day event, as so many people had traveled so far. The night before on the Thursday we had welcome drinks and canapés at the roof top restaurant we got engaged at. Friday was the wedding. Then Saturday we had a huge day after event at a friend’s farm on the edge of Lake Hume. We had 40 extra friends come that day so we could include more people that we couldn’t have at the wedding.

Often many times you go to weddings and everyone has drunk too much to know there even was a cake or a first dance. So we thought we would mix it up a little and it worked really well with the venue layout. We had drink and canapés in the garden whilst we were doing photos then we joined everyone. We then had the father of the bride and father of the groom speeches in the garden. After that we moved to the deck with the marquee over it and we cut the cake and did our first dance. It was great, as everyone could see, got lots of photos and then everyone joined us on the dance floor and we had time with everyone dancing with the band or chatting to more people before we sat down for more speeches and entrees. We were really pleased with that decision.

Something Old and borrowed? I borrowed Hugh’s sister diamond earrings, which were their Great Grandmothers. Both his sisters and mother wore them on their wedding days.

Something Blue? My sister in-law who couldn’t come, as she had just had a baby, sent me a mirror compact covered in blue crystals engraved from my nieces. And the cute little bow surprise sewn into my dress.



Florist Flowers Naturally Albury

Photographer Jarred Eid Photography (Jarred came down from Brisbane, he had shot my sisters wedding in Sydney the year before and did an amazing job, so great to work with and such a lovely guy.)

Music – Baker Boys Melbourne (We had seen them at other friends weddings, having everyone up dancing was very important to us and they did the job.)

First Dance – Engelbert Humperdinck – “Can’t Take My Eye Off You”

Stationery Copy and Print, Auckland (Owned by my parents, very lucky, big save on the budget.)

Cake – CakesRilicous Wodonga

Bombonieres – 1Above The Flight Drink and Esty

Hair – David Mann @ Lola Wigg Albury

Make up – Sasha Tunley (Sister in law)

Wedding Bands and Engagement Ring – Garry Mouradjallian @ King Street Design Sydney

Extra features - Furniture Hire – Gather Vintage Hire Albury

Decorations - Decorative Events Sydney