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Date: February 2016

ONE FINE DAY - Melbourne 2016

Posted on 29 Feb, 2016
ONE FINE DAY - Melbourne 2016

Off the back of a fantastic show at ONE FINE DAY Sydney we were thrilled to be a part of the runway show held at the Melbourne ONE FINE DAY last week.

We love being apart of these events because it gives us a chance to share with your just a snippet of our collections - most excitingly some pieces from our new DESIGN YOUR GOWN collection of tops and bodices you can mix and match to create your perfect gown.

Massive snaps go to the OFD team as well as Your Song, for the soundtrack, a jaw dropping floral installation to frame the runway show by the girls over at Mary Mary, flawless makeup under the creative eye of Kate McCleary,and stunning gold leaf hairstyle by Pure Chica. 

Also, thanks to Nicholas Joel Photography on these stunning images below.

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - Elvina gown

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - Elvina gown

DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection - Harper Top with Nina skirt, finished with a high-low hem.

WILD HEARTS Collection - Faith gown

WILD HEARTS Collection - Faith gown

DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection - Essie top with Julianne skirt

BESPOKE Collectio - Sophie gown

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - Anya gown styled with the Genevieve skirt overlay

 

DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection

Posted on 24 Feb, 2016
DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection

We are excited to be able to share our new collection - DESIGN YOUR GOWN.  Months in the making, this collection is an extension of our principal collection - BESPOKE.

Featuring over 9 bodices and 9 skirts the possibilties are endless with over 91 different combinations - you truly will be spoilt for choice! From strapless, boat neckline and v-necklines, to fitted, full and flirty skirts wedding dress shopping just got a whole lot more fun.

Pieces can be kept separate or sewn together as a finished wedding gown. Selected pieces are in each of our boutiques, so please contact info@karenwillisholmes.com to ask about your favourite combinations.

 

Eliza skirt styled with (L-R) Kitty, Blake, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Abbey and Leonie bodices

Frances skirt styled with (L-R) Zoey, Abbey, Leonie, Kitty, Blake, Essie and Ella bodices

Franki skirt styled with (L-R) Abbey, Leonie, Kitty, Blake, Essie, Ella and Zoey bodices

Joni skirt styled with (L-R) Blake, Abbey, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Leonie & Kitty bodices

Julianne skirt styled with (L-R) Essie, Ella, Zoey, Abbey, Leonie, Kitty & Blake bodices

Melanie skirt styled with (L-R) Leonie, Kitty, Blake, Essie, Ella, Zoey and Abbey bodices

Mimi skirt styled with (L-R) Ella, Zoey, Abbey, Leonie, Kitty, Blake & Essie bodices

Nina skirt styled with (L-R) Blake, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Abbey, Leonie & Kitty bodices

Alexia skirt styled with (L-R) Kitty, Abbey, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Leonie and Blake bodices

ONE FINE DAY - Sydney 2016

Posted on 19 Feb, 2016
ONE FINE DAY - Sydney 2016

ONE FINE DAY was held again this year in Sydney a few weeks back. We loved sharing bridal gowns from all four collections on the runway during the two day event!

 

Under the creative direction of Petr from PV Hair & Makeup, the model’s showcased the latest trends in Hair & Makeup, inspired by New York’s Couture 2016 runway show’s, with hair slicked back into chignons highlighted with gold leaf and beautiful make up using Benefit Australia products.

The extremely talented Esther & Naomi from The Sisters created a jaw dropping installation which was the focal point of the parade.  The parade would not have been the same without a rocking live DJ from The Vintage Stylus, a stunning bouquet arrangement from Miss Adams and beautiful accessories from Bride La Boheme. 

All images are by the talented APL PHOTOGRAPHY.

DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection - The Blake bodice and Franki skirt

BESPOKE Collection - Piper gown

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - Ivy gown

BESPOKE - Paige gown

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - Lilly gown

DESIGN YOUR GOWN - Ella bodice & Melanie skirt

DESIGN YOUR GOWN - Ella bodice & Melanie skirt

WILD HEARTS Collection - Ingrid lace overlay (styled with Slip - with front slit)

DESIGN YOUR GOWN - Kitty bodice and Nina skirt - full length

Stay Tuned as we are also part of ONE FINE DAY - Melbourne this weekend, and the upcoming Perth fair in April, 2016.

 

Kareena & Ryan's Byron Bay Wedding

Posted on 17 Feb, 2016
Kareena & Ryan's Byron Bay Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? At the Coogee Bay Hotel through my flat mate at the time. Courtney was a good friend of both of us and later became one of our bridesmaids.

How long have you been together? 3 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  Ryan proposed to me on 8 November 2014 Gerringong, Sth Coast NSW. We had perviously walked the headland at Werri Beach and decided to return and run it. Ryan knew this was an ideal place to propose. Nobody around, beautiful farmland and scenery overlooking the ocean. I am a hard person to surprise so Ryan ran with me each Saturday morning for 8 weeks straight so when he asked me to run the Werri Headland it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. Ryan carried the ring in the back pocket of his board shorts. He later told me he was excited, not nervous but more excited as we started running. We got to a point and turned around to head back when Ryan dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. It really did the trick and I was shocked. It was perfect.  The weather was stunning on this day and we celebrated by drinking champagne on the beach followed by lunch and dinner together, a full day to celebrate.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 3 October 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?   Park near Clarke’s Beach, Byron Bay and Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

What made you choose there? Byron is our absolute favourite place in the world and holds lots of amazing memories for us.

How did you find it? Prior knowledge of the area

How was the weather on the day? AMAZING!!! Not a cloud in the sky, barely a breath of wind and about 25 degrees. The whole week was like that, which made it so special for our friends and family who had taken time of work and travelled so far for us. We still cannot believe how lucky we were.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It happened by chance, but the date did end up having significance for us. We met on AFL grand final day, 2012. 3 October 2015 was AFL grand final day.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Gold, rose gold, white, natural timber and greenery

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest mainly. But I was right in to my shiny metals in my own home at the time.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My very dear friend Jenny made our entrance sign and our wishing well, my maid of honour made the buntings for the back of the chairs at the ceremony and I made the rest of the signage at the reception. I also had a lot of the candles made by a friend at work who own Hunter Divine Candle Company.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Emma - Maid of Honour. Best friend throughout our schooling, starting at age 4

Amanda - Eldest Sister

Melanie - Middle Sister

Courtney - Best Friend. Introduced Ryan and I. Ex flat mate.

Shana - Best Friend. Partner in crime through our teenage years. Sister from another mister.

Belinda - Best Friend from school and beyond.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

David - Best man. Best mate. A very special bond

Murray - Younger brother

Trent - Youngest brother

Samuel - Best mate. Surfing buddy. They have travelled a lot together. Originally met at work about 8 years ago.

Troy - Ex flat mate. A very good friend who would do anything for his mates.

Jono - Best mate. Now lives in Darwin but their friendship remains very strong.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Sophie - Our beautiful niece. Melanie’s daughter

Mason - Our gorgeous nephew. Sophie’s little brother

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I have always loved KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns. The Anya gown was the first ever gown I decided I wanted to try on when I first began looking on the internet.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I have been a bridesmaid 5 times so I have been to David Jones Bridal once or twice ;) I have always admired the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns there. I have also followed KAREN WILLIS HOLMES on Instagram for a long time.

How many gowns did you try? About 6. I was told I had very little chance of getting the Anya gown, as it was an off the rack gown and was in high demand. So I was trying to make myself like something else. My mum asked me if I only felt that way about Anya because I knew I couldn’t have it. I thought about it but decided that wasn’t the case. When my dress finally came in and I tried it on, there was no doubt about it I had made the right choice to wait.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins and how they looked under light. I always thought I would wear lace, as did everyone else. So I loved how I surprised every body on the day.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White Runway.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Jannie Baltzer head piece. I always wanted to wear my hair out, but I find it quite annoying. The head piece was a great way to control it and keep it off my face. It also really suited the dress. I wore a bracelet belonging to my mum. My two older sisters have also worn it on their wedding day. I wore earrings given to me by Ryan on my birthday, the first birthday that we were together.

Where did you get your shoes from? The Iconic.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Headpiece - see above. I also wore a veil. I borrowed it from my sister Amanda. I think it was Lisa Gowing. 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? The small details really really didn’t matter on the day. The week leading up is busy and stressful. But if you forget to do something, I guarantee you will be the only person who notices it.

Depending on the requirements of your venue, I recommend getting a stylist. I did not have to worry about a thing on the morning of the wedding. I knew Rachael from The Events Lounge would do an amazing job. And that she did. I couldn’t even fathom the thought of having to set all that up on the day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Think about your body type and what suits you. Be comfortable. It’s a long day with a lot of photos taken. You want to look at ease and like you are enjoying yourself.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We felt so blessed by the amount of people who travelled to Byron Bay to share our special day. And by the generosity they brought with them. 140 people made it to our destination wedding! We had the time our our lives!

Suppliers

Florist - Elyssium Blooms. As recommended by Rachael from The Events Lounge. They have a very close working relationship and friendship. The florals were extremely well priced, in my opinion.

Photographer - Ming Nomchong from Sail Me to the Moon. AMAZING! I absolutely loved her work before and I couldn’t be happier with my photos. She’s amazing. And such a lovely lady. Excellent with customer service and replying to emails. Can’t rate her highly enough.

Music - Nick Saxon. Nick is a good friend of Ryans. However, is available for weddings and has a beautiful voice. Nick was willing to learn anything we asked of him. We had a pre-dancing play list and a dancing playlist. Everyone was up dancing very early. We had to cut the pre-dancing short so we could get in to it!

First Dance - Is this love by Bob Marley - sung by Nick. We didn’t really want to do a first dance so we made everyone do it with us.

MC - Ryan’s very good friend Jamie Watts. The poor man, we gave him very little information and at the very last minute but he did an excellent job. He didn’t pressure us when we were running around the day before even though he was freaking out that he knew nothing about the day. He was a champion about it.

Celebrant Katrina Holt. I found her on Instagram and was instantly drawn in by her kind face. I also liked the fact she didn’t have any big flashy adverts out there. She was new to the Byron area from Freshwater in Sydney. Freshwater was where Ryan lived when I met him. On our first meeting (via Skype) she made us feel relaxed and at ease. She is a lovely lady who wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. We had a lot of compliments on how personal the ceremony was.

Stationery - Made by a family friend, Sarah Hampton. Sarah’s family own Colour Print Solutions at Bulli, NSW. We had pineapples all over them. We wanted people to get a fun vibe from our invites so they knew it wasn’t going to be a traditional wedding.

Menu - We had a cocktail reception so our guests could mingle and get the party started early. The Larder were our caterers. They were excellent. As well as roving finger food and fork boxes, we had a huge antipasto grazing table. It was a big hit! The Larder were a joy to deal with.

Cake - Rebellyous Cake Co. It was 4 tiers and I had a different flavour for each tier. Lemon mud, raspberry ripple mud, dark chocolate mud and her signature flavour, coconut lime mud. Elyssium Blooms supplied the flowers for the cake, which Rebel likes to arrange herself. I got a cake topper made saying ‘Mr & Mrs Good’. I got that off Etsy.

Hair - Fuz Hair Byron Bay. Kali did a great job on my curls. I was very nervous as I had a few trials before with curls and hated it. On the day they were perfect.

Make up - Emily Graham Makeup Artistry. Emily was a friend of a friend who has become a friend of mine. An absolutely gorgeous lady. Emily and her sidekick Georgia Richards did an amazing job. All the bridesmaids loved their makeup. Everyone looked beautiful.

Extra features -Stylist - Rachael from The Events Lounge. Rachael worked with me on creating my dream wedding. Rachael listens to what you want, creates mood boards and makes selections around this. Rachael used Hampton Event Hire and Lovestruck Weddings for the furniture hire. Both had a lot of amazing pieces. We also hired plants from The Borrowed Nursery and lighting came from North Coast Events. The photos show it all. It was beautiful and beyond what we had imagined.

Robynne & Rob's Botanical Wedding

Posted on 10 Feb, 2016
Robynne & Rob's Botanical Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?  I worked with his cousin but we had never met.  A co-worker was playing a show at a bar and Rob came with his cousin.  We hit it off immediately and were together ever since.

How long have you been together?  5 years

Do you have a proposal story?  We were travelling for 6 months in South East Asia and he proposed on a remote island in Cambodia on the morning of Christmas Eve.  We were collecting shells along the beach and Rob hid the ring in a shell and handed it to me and then got on one knee. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  Sept 26 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)  Ceremony was in the courtyard of a woodworking shop and the reception was in the same venue inside the workshop.

Where? Bon Accord is the name of the venue.  Located in East Vancouver, BC, Canada.

What made you choose there?  Our friend owns the workshop and I absolutely loved the courtyard.  The ivy on the walls and the rusted corrugated metal, I loved all the colours.  I liked the idea of it being industrial and transforming the space.  He had never hosted a wedding ceremony at this venue before.

How did you find it? My friend owns the workshop and sometimes throws parties, so I thought it would be beautiful for a wedding.

How was the weather on the day?  It was perfect.  It was raining the entire week leading up to the wedding and on our day the sun came out with blue skies.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in Fall and we knew that September was usually great weather in Vancouver with less chance of rain.

The Wedding Details

Theme ? Industrial Boheme.  Colours were soft pastal hues contrasted with rich deep reds in the flowers and Persian rugs.  Rose gold and brass finishings for the vases and candle holders.  I had a rose gold sequin runner on the beautiful wood table with the food.   I used amber bottles and rose gold mercury vases for the flowers.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I really wanted a modern bohemian wedding.  I knew I wanted my aisle to be layered Persian rugs.  I knew I wanted rich fall colours but also a soft feel.  I wanted my flowers and bouquets to look very wild and natural.  I used pinterest a lot for gathering ideas.  

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I made lace tambourines, which I found the DIY on pinterest.  These we had for the bridesmaid and had a couple on the benches for the guests to shake after the ceremony.  I also made fresh dried flower confetti which I put into little cones that were made from pages of an old dictionary.  I strung together 100 feet of large black tassel on rope that we strung up above the dance floor in the workshop. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?   My three sisters and sister in law.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rob’s two best friends, cousin and brother.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had seen the Wild Love editorial for White Magazine by 35mm Photography with the model wearing the Genevieve lace overlay and nothing else underneath.  I instantly fell in love and knew it was my dress. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  This was my first time.

How many gowns did you try? I didn’t try any other gowns.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  My brother in law was in Sydney and so I arranged for him to pick it up from the head office! 

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the scalloped lace in the front and the idea of having my legs showing.  I also loved the sleeves, the back and that it was a wrap.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The skirts were from Anthropologie and the tops were all mix and match from two Canadian retailers called Aritzia and Scoop.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groom’s suit was from Strellson and he finished it off with a tie and pocket square from an Australian brand OTAA.  The best man wore Kenneth Cole, and the rest wore Top Shop.  

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  I wore a short Tashi necklace with a tiny star because my last name was going to become Starr.  I also wore a chunky rhinestone bracelet and vintage looking ear jackets from Stella and Dot.  My bridesmaids all wore a small bracelet that I made.  

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes are from Shellys London.  

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I was supposed to wear the flower headpiece but decided not to wear it and instead put it on our dog Charlie for some photos.  I wore it later in the evening.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you plan your own wedding, I recommend hiring someone for the day of preparation.  I was completely calm and relaxed on the big day because I had full confidence in my day of planner.   Also don’t sweat the small stuff!!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with something that flatters your shape and plays up your best features.  Don’t be afraid to show some leg!

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

Something Old? My wedding bands were actually my Mom’s rings which my Dad gave to her on her 30th bday.

Something New? The tiny star necklace that I wore was given to me by my best friend at the wedding rehearsal dinner.

Something Blue? A vintage embroidered hanky that had been indigo dyed.  When I saw that it was monogrammed with the letter “R” (Robynne + Rob)  I knew it was perfect to use to wrap the wedding bands in for the ceremony and be my something blue.

Suppliers

Florist – My friend Alexandra Schulze @alexandra.schulze

Photographer www.rebeccaamberphotography  and www.jamielaurenphotography.com

Jamie Lauren Hodge @jamielaurenphoto   Lindsey Is @rebeccaandlindsey

Music – Walked down the aisle to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Wedding Song.  It is haunting and beautiful and my favourite band.   We also had a friend and guitarist play an acoustic version of Oasis “Wonderwall” when we signed our marriage license.

First Dance – Plants and Animals “Before”

MC – My brother in law and one of my best friends.

Celebrant – Rob’s Uncle

Menu – We had a taco food truck cater, they are the best tacos in Vancouver, Tacofino.  Also had a catering company Boy with a Knife for appetizers and cheese and charcuterie.  For dessert we had another food cart set up and make mini donuts - Dees Donuts.

Make up -  My sister did my makeup.

Extra features – We had a photo wall area set up with a polaroid camera so that people could stick them into our guest book.

Zoe & Andrew's Polished Wedding

Posted on 03 Feb, 2016
Zoe & Andrew's Polished Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at University (QUT) in 2003, where we were both studying Health Science. I caught his eye whilst waiting for a lecture, we eventually became friends, but it took him over a year to convince me I should date him haha!

How long have you been together? 12 years.. yes a long time!

Do you have a proposal story? One of my favourite places to holiday is Byron Bay, so Andrew took me for a surprise weekend away, we stayed at Watego’s Beach at a beachside apartment where he proposed on the balcony while drinking wine and watching the sunset, followed by dinner at the amazing Rae’s on Watego’s Beach. He knew I never wanted to be proposed to in public – so he did well! Everyone thought he would propose on one of our overseas trips – so it was a surprise for everyone, as no one knew we were away!

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday the 24th of October, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?

Ceremony – The Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

Reception – The Roof Terrace, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

What made you choose there? GOMA is one of our favourite buildings in Brisbane. We loved the open, modern, minimalist appearance of both venues as well as the amazing views.

How was the weather on the day? It rained in the morning but was overcast/sunny in the afternoon which was perfect, our Ceremony commenced at 4pm.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Well my favourite flowers are white Peonies, I thought they were around come October/November but it turned out October was a bit too early, so I had to settle for something less! Spring is also our favourite season weather wise and the 24th of October was one of the few dates both venues were available throughout October.

The Wedding Details

Theme ? Our colour theme was black, white, gold & copper (anyone that knows me knows that I only buy things in those colours! I am not a fan of too much colour!) I also love anything initialed/monogrammed – so I just had to have A & Z initial light up letters as a feature on the day at the reception, which I eventually found! I also love fairy lights, which I insisted on having running vertically down the entire length of the large white wall at GOMA, our lighting guy must have been cursing me, as it wasn’t an easy task! Everything else was fairly simple, lots of white flowers was all I really wanted!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I already had in mind what I wanted but drew the most inspiration from Instagram, I searched things separately on Instagram at my own pace.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did most things myself, from designing the invites, the layout of the venues, to the place cards, table numbers, the seating plan and run sheet etc. My Dad even made the seating plan easel, as I didn’t like what was on offer, it had to be simple and white! We purchased the topiaries, vases, frames for the table numbers, cake stand, wishing well basket etc, plant stands and pots and painted them all to fit in with our colour theme.  I ordered the bonbonierres online from Kayla Bombardier Designs; mum and myself did all the styling.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Lauren Pender (Maid of Honour) and Liz Fisher, both friends of mine. I am an only child so no siblings of mine in the bridal party!

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Lawrie Simmonds (Best Man) and Lloyd Jones, Lawrie is a mutual friend of ours and Lloyd is one of Andrew’s 5 brothers.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The Paddington store is up the road from my place in Brisbane (a little too convenient haha) and was one of the few places in Brisbane that stocks stylish modern dresses, of high quality and in beautiful fabrics.

Where have you seen our gowns before? I drive past the Paddington Store window almost every day! So I was always on the look out!

How many gowns did you try? Maybe around 5 but I already had the Prea gown in mind with the Selena overlay over the top! I had seen the pieces separately on the website as well as on Instagram and in the shop window!

Where did you purchase your gown from? From your Paddington store, Brisbane.

What did you especially like about your gown? I wanted something different, something that I could change about it in the evening, so I loved that I could take the overlay off at the reception and just have the Prea gown on for our first dance. I also loved the fabric, the crisp colour, the quality, the fit, the detail and the overlay was just devine how it sat and flowed. It was very me, it was absolutely perfect. I think people expected me to wear something quite fitted so it was a bit of a surprise!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmermann

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings from Molten Store, Brisbane for the Bridesmaids and I. The Groom & Groomsmen had country road socks, MJ Bale bow ties and we found silver cufflinks online printed with their individual initials.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Tony Bianco as well as the Bridesmaids; the Groomsmen & Groom’s shoes were from Aquilla.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No, I did not, I thought the addition of the Sylena overlay was enough! I wanted to keep it otherwise simple.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? Take it slow and enjoy being engaged, it’s such an exciting time! Otherwise, give yourself plenty of time to perfect it, get your venue and photographer organised first and everything else will follow. Most of all, don’t have too much time between the ceremony and reception, time them as close together as possible to keep the day flowing. Our guests were able to conveniently walk from the ceremony straight across to the reception. Lastly, ensure you have champagne and canapés organised for the Bridal party during the photos, an absolute must!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try as many different styles on as you can, you might not end up with the style you have in mind. I never thought I would have a strapless dress!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. My Mum went in the car with my Bridesmaids on the day also, I didn’t want to leave her out! 2 of Andrew’s brothers (Oliver & Dylan) learnt our ceremony songs and played them on the Piano for us.

Something Blue? Not intentionally but I noticed KWH sewed a little blue bow in the inside of my gown, gorgeous touch!

Suppliers

Florist Flowers by Forrest, Anna Forrest. We were blown away with the flowers on the day, they were absolutely gorgeous, beyond what we ever imagined!

Photographer Lucas & Co Wedding Photography

Music – Radio Club Band

First Dance – Endless Summer Cover by Josh Pyke

MC – Ben Kunde (Friend)

Celebrant Vogue Vows, Johanna Murray

Stationery – Save the dates, invites, place cards etc all designed by myself.

Menu – GOMA Catering.

Canapes:

1. Gin compressed watermelon, buffalo haloumi, elderflower gel (v) (gf)

2. Air dried wagyu, egg pearls and mustard cream (gf)

3. Jamon wrapped quail saltimbocca, sage emulsion (gf)

Entrée:

1. Hervey Bay ocean king prawns, potato gnocchi, broad beans, crayfish sauce
2. Crisp free-range pork belly, layered potato, caramelised apple puree, coriander oil (gf)

Main:

1. New England lamb rump, lamb braise tortelloni, celeriac and minted sauce
2. Wild caught barramundi, warm red pepper salad, baby caper and sage butter sauce (gf)

Cake – Rustic Pastel, Brisbane by Kate Lee. Lime and Pistachio Naked Cake with Buttermilk icing and fresh Roses.

Bombonieres – Kayla Bombardier Designs. Candles in boxes with ribbon – both initialed with our names and wedding date.

Hair – Donna Korn, Hairdresser and Makeup Artist, Brisbane – Extremely talented, by far the best in Brisbane!

Make up – Donna Korn, Hairdresser and Makeup Artist, Brisbane

Wedding Bands – Zoe: Canturi, Brisbane

Extra features – A & Z Light up Letters – LES Event Styling, West End, Brisbane. Lighting – Shane McNamara, Brisbane.

Other – Light up of the big Fig Tree in front of the reception venue, GOMA Lighting. Wedding Cars: Limoso Limousine Service, 2 x Black Mercedes Benz S-Class