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


Date: June 2016

Ashleigh and Brendan's Southern Highlands Wedding

Posted on 29 Jun, 2016
Ashleigh and Brendan's Southern Highlands Wedding


After carrying her (uninsured) ring in his wallet around Mexico for two weeks, Brendan proposed to Ashleigh in Tulum in a hotel room at the top of a Rapunzel-style tower overlooking the beach. “We walked in after a day out and there was rose petals all around the room, along with champagne. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, we then went out for margaritas and tacos!”

Held at Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands, the pair new straight away that it was the perfect venue for their celebration of love. “It was the first venue we looked at, we both instantly fell in love. It was breathtaking and it had everything we could hope for. I love to read, the gardens are stunning, and we loved the open fires. We didn’t even need to look anywhere else, we booked two days later,” explains Ashleigh, who adds they didn’t want anything too structured for their big day.

“We knew we wanted it to be in an autumn setting. We wanted fireplaces and red wine. I knew what I wanted colour wise in the flowers, and the rest of the style kind of just grew from there,” says Ashleigh, who hired The Sisters to take care of her floral fix.

Like the location, the bride had quite an easy time finding her dream wedding gown by Karen Willis Holmes and the perfect head piece by Hello May fave Hope x Page. “It was the first dress I saw. I tried on four that day and I knew instantly that it was THE dress. I purchased it that day and got to take it home with me. I was kind of concerned, because I purchased it more than a year in advance, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve made!”

Captured by The Loved Ones, this was one wedding we loved to love – and the newlyweds were kind enough to share their views on marriage with us: “Marriage means having a partner for life, we’ve got each other’s backs – no matter what. It also means having someone to cuddle and laugh with every single day.”

See original post, as featured by HELLO MAY.


CREDITS Photos The Loved Ones // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Veil Johanna Johnson // Hair piece Hope x Page // Robes Cotton On Body // Bride and bridesmaids shoes Siren // Hair Jill Dionne // Bridesmaid dresses Zimmermann // Bridesmaid gifts Unreal Fur // Groom and groomsmen suits and tie Jack London // Suspenders Myer // Shoes Kenneth Cole // Event planner / Stylist Teacup Events // Florist The Sisters // Ceremony, reception and catering Bendooley Estate, NSW.

STYLED SHOOT - Camellia Weddings

Posted on 27 Jun, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Camellia Weddings

We are so excited to share this Styled Shoot at Camellia Weddings - this exciting new venue features gorgeous views of the pristine Madura Tea Estates plantation. The Camellia Weddings team now brings the same great food and dining philosophies as the sucessful and well known Osteria Weddings team who will be running and handling the catering for all weddings at the newly built wedding structure 'The Shed'. The name of the property comes from Camellia Sinensis, which is the botanical name for tea. Given that this stunning wedding property is situated amongst 250,000 tea bushes - the name seemed only fitting for beautiful weddings hosted at the property. Guests will have the exclusive use of gardens, rainforest and plantations, as well as the use of "The Shed", the purpose built wedding structure located near the lake. 

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES 'Milani' gown, from the WILD HEARTS Collection, features in this gorgeous Autumn themed styled shoot photographed by Figtree Wedding Photography. We love the rich berry and marsarla toned florals by Alstonville Florist paired back with lush greenery and that stunning installation featuring Edison globe pendants! Styling by Little Gray Station is classic and sophisticated but with a bold colour pallette twist.

Venue: Camellia Weddings
Styling: Little Gray Station 
Coordination: The Events Lounge 
Content Editor: Casuarina Weddings 
Photographer + Videographer: Figtree Wedding Photography 
Hire: Hampton Event Hire 
Florist: Alstonville Florist 
Cake: Rebellyous Cake Co 
Gown: Karen Willis Holmes 
Suit: Made With Class 
Hair: The Beauty Lineup 
Makeup: The Luxe Beauty Co 
Stationery: Clever Hand 
Lighting: AVIdeas 
Rings:  Amalthea Diamonds 
Ice cream: Wheel and Spoon 


Posted on 22 Jun, 2016

The Aubrey gown from our latest Bespoke Collection features a v-neck bodice, long sleeves, paneled skirt and an elegant low back. This understated gown in a stretch fabric is finished with a tailored belt - in this case, less is definitely more. 

The Karen Willis Holmes Bespoke Collection caters to clients who desire a wedding gown with couture-like quality, innovative design, but with the ease and price of a ready to wear dress. The Bespoke range is designed and made in Sydney, Australia.

Colour: Ivory

Sizes Available: Sizes 4 to 18 - Australian & UK /// Sizes 0 to 14 - USA

Fabric: Stretch Fabric

For more information on the Aubrey gown or to make an appointment to view the collection, email info@karenwillisholmes.com 




Rachael & Jonathan's Glamorous Wedding at the Grounds

Posted on 22 Jun, 2016
Rachael & Jonathan's Glamorous Wedding at the Grounds


How did you meet your (now) husband? Jonny and I met on a night out in Canberra eight years ago but despite an attraction nothing happened at the time. Then in May 2013, I was a Police recruit and one of my instructors was Jonny!  There was a spark again but given he was my instructor nothing could happen. So instead Jonny waited ten minutes after I attested from the College before asking me out in front of some of the other new Constables he had taught.

How long have you been together? About two and a half years.

Do you have a proposal story? 

Asking my Dad: One day while I was at work Jonny drove down to Canberra (he told me he was going for a bike ride). He had found the number for my Dad's assistant & booked a meeting. Jonny was sitting waiting in his office with a special bottle of Single Malt Whiskey (a shared passion of theirs). When my Dad walked in Jonny said "you can have this if I can give Rachael this" and he showed Dad the ring.

The proposal: The proposal happened in June 2015 when we were traveling around Europe. We were in Venice we went to dinner at a beautiful restaurant called ‘Riviera’ followed by a walk along a canal. Jonny stopped at a spot along the way, bent down on one knee & proposed with a beautiful Tiffany's setting engagement ring.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12 February 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The garden, at The Grounds of Alexandria for both the ceremony and reception.

What made you choose there? We knew we wanted to get married at The Grounds before we were engaged. We loved the style of The Grounds and felt it reflected us as a couple – fun, classic, rustic but a little bit quirky. We loved that there was so much to look at and so much personality at The Grounds. Plus they had a small farm animal’s area which was fun! We were hoping for the animals to make an appearance at the wedding and they did with the rooster crowing and the lamb bleating during the ceremony.

We also liked the idea of having the ceremony and reception at the same location. That way guests could enjoy canapés and drinks while we had our photographs taken rather than worry about moving to the next location.

How did you find it? We had been to The Grounds whilst we were dating and decided it was where we would want our wedding. We were so set on the venue that we emailed them finding out if it was possible to have our wedding there while we were still away in Europe after Jonny proposed.

How was the weather on the day? The weather on the day was absolutely perfect; 27 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We decided early on that we wanted to have a short six month engagement. We didn’t need long to plan the wedding and just wanted to be married to each other. The 12th of February was the closest free date for both us and The Grounds that was six months from the engagement while not encroaching on people’s Christmas or New Year’s holidays.


The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We styled the wedding ourselves, but it was all coordinated perfectly by The Grounds. The colour theme was black and white for the clothing. The flowers were also white with a splash of greenery designed in a rustic ‘messy’ fashion. We chose these colours because The Grounds has so much character and visual stimulation that we wanted to compliment the surroundings rather than take away or over crowd it. 

In terms of the theme we were looking for a classic, timeless look so the photos wouldn’t date too quickly but also wanted to have a rustic, hipster and quirky touches, especially in the detail.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? A lot of inspiration/ideas came from searching Pinterest and Etsy. However, we wanted to also to incorporate a few touches of our own.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Jonny and I wanted a lot of the smaller touches to be D.I.Y. We had the following unique touches/D.I.Y:

- Jonny & I made bottles of Limoncello as bonbonaire’s because Jonny is Italian & we were engaged in Italy. To symbolize both of these elements the bonbonaire tags had a map of Italy and said 'Engaged in Italy' (in the fashion of Made in Italy)

- Each name setting was a scrabble rack which guests got to take home as a keep sake along with the bonbonaire’s;

- The seating plan was written on an old glass panelled door

- Each table setting had a folk cutlery tag with a note thanking guests for sharing our first meal together as husband & wife. On the back was the shared feast menu.

- Given our profession we had Police Bride and Groom as our cake topper (very Mr & Mrs Smith)

- Our wishing well was a small suitcase with our initials monogrammed

- On the welcome table, there was a wine box my Dad hand made that held a bottle of wine. It also had letters Jonny and I wrote to each other before the wedding and blank cards which allowed guests to write wishes/advice. Those were then secured in pouches hand sewn by my Mum. The wine box was sealed & will be opened on our ten year anniversary

- Also held on the welcome table were photographs of our parents & grandparents on their wedding day

- Our 'guest book' was a photo frame which was filled up with wooden hearts guests wrote their names on. It is now hung on our wall as a momento

- We had the famous marriage quote from The Princess Bride printed & framed. It was on our signing table and is now hung on our wall

- We had a galvanised pot filled with sand from Coogee beach (which is special place for us). In the sand we set up sparklers for the sparkler send off. The front of the pot was a chalk board saying what time to grab a sparkler. Next to the pot was a jar filled with Redhead Matchboxes.

- To make sure we captured all our guests having fun we organized a photo booth but instead of the usual booth style we hired a photo corner that way groups of people could have photos together. The props were so much fun.

- My bridesmaids used two musicians called Romance Outsourced who wrote & performed a song about Jonny & I for the wedding as part of their speech. They also gave us our song on a CD. It was so special & fun!



We had canapes to start:

  • Bolognaise arancini with parmesan aioli
  • Blue swimmer crab tartlet with lemon mayo and red micro basil
  • Caramelised apple, jamon serrano, wild rocket, buffalo mozzarella & apple balsamic

For the main meal we didn’t want a one by one meal. Instead we had a shared feast which was set up in a rustic Italian style setting:

  • Roasted grass fed sirloin, sautéed silver beet, watercress & horseradish cream
  • Roasted whole chicken, Italian soft polenta, reggio parmigiana, char-grilled baby leeks, brioche crumbs and morel sauce
  • Baked ocean trout, shaved fennel, orange, red onion, watercress & salsa verde

      Vegetable option:

  • Green bean with cashew nut, chili, lime & extra virgin olive oil
  • Baby tomato salad with cherry, kumato’s, tear drop, cherry bocconcini & apple balsamic dressing
  • Roasted chat potatoes with rosemary, sea salt & extra virgin olive oil


Our wedding cake was a three tiered white chocolate and raspberry cake with a white rustic/naked icing. It was decorate with flowers and greenery as well as our bride and groom Police cake topper.

We also had five miniature deserts set up on a desert table:

  • Miniature salted caramel tartlets
  • Miniature lemon meringues
  • Miniature Grounds Bounty Bars
  • The Grounds Nutella filled donuts
  • Miniature milk choc mousse with hazelnut dacquoise layer cake

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Dimi – best friend and someone I lived with for the seven years before I met Jonny.

Angela – my best friend who I have known since I was nineteen.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Ben – best friend in early adulthood

Kim - best friend since high school

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Alara, Ethan and Sienna who are our nieces and nephews.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I knew from the start my dress had to be by the extremely talented Karen Willis Holmes. I loved the style and quality of the dresses. I also loved that they were designed and made in Australia.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had mostly only seen the gowns online and Instagram but I made sure it was the first appointment I made.

How many gowns did you try? I tried on every dress in the Karen Willis Holmes Paddington store & while they were all so beautiful I eventually tried on the Paige which took my breath away.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased all my Karen Willis Holmes items (veil etc) from the store in Paddington. The staff were amazing, helpful, and so patient.

What did you especially like about your gown? I originally pictured wearing a fitted dress that had straps. While trying on nearly all of the Karen Willis Holmes dresses one of the last ones I tried was the Paige. This was the dress that made me this ‘wow’. I never felt more beautiful than when I was wearing that dress. I had three Paige trains attached to the dress which I felt made it more unique, special & modern creating the layering down the back. I loved the dress so much.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Bridesmaid’s Only in Double Bay. I loved that you could get any of their dresses in any colour. Given my bridesmaids had such different bodies I told them to pick whichever dress they wanted and we would get it in black.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Jonny’s suit was from M J Bale. It was a beautifully made classic black suit with a French cuff white shirt, black tie and white pocket square.

The groomsmen wore suits from Pepper’s in Double Bay. They wore the same classic black suit with a French cuff white shirt, black tie but with a black pocket square to match the bridesmaids.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls wore simple/classic drop earrings which complimented their dresses.

The men wore matching personalized cufflinks and the pocket watches we bought for them as presents.

Given my dress was so ‘bridal’ I kept everything else simple; I had my hair in a simple slightly messy bun, classic pear shaped diamond studs, a veil, my Tiffany’s engagement ring, pale pink nail polish (matching the bridesmaids) and white peep toe heels from Nine West.

Where did you get your shoes from? I bought a classic plain pair of white peep toes shoes from Nine West.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a fingertip veil from Karen Willis Holmes. It blended beautifully into the back of my Paige dress. It also had a little shimmer through it which caught the sun perfectly on the day.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  • Although it is a busy time try to enjoy the process;
  • Find people/suppliers you trust. I got so lucky with who helped me, most were little known suppliers, and I am now lucky to call them friends after the wedding;
  • I think having details made the wedding more ‘us’. Try to think outside of the usual wedding ideas and find things that suit you and your partners style to incorporate; and
  • Don’t worry about things being perfect and serious on the day. For instance, our celebrant got the guests to cheer as my Dad and I walked down the aisle which lightened the mood and showed guests what type of wedding it would be. Also we had roosters crowing during our vows which we loved and felt added to our wedding as opposed to letting the noise or little things ruin the day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t go into gown shopping set on a particular type of dress because you don’t want to be closed off to other dresses which may suit your shape better.

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

We gave gifts to all of the bridal party and family members:

- The girls in the wedding party/family members received matching Peter Alexander pyjama pants with a different coloured singlet & earrings from Fletcher Grace.

- The boys in the wedding party/family members received personalized cuff links & a pocket watch.

- Each parent received a personalized handkerchief.

- Jonny gave my Dad a personalized hip flask filled with Whiskey to incorporate how he asked my Dad for my hand in marriage.

Family Jonny and I are both very close to our families so it was important to us that our wedding was family focused with each of our family members having a role. This made the day so special.

Mums: both Mums read a reading/poem that was spoken at their weddings.

Dads: my Dad walked me down the aisle and both Dads did a speech. In addition Jonny and I surprised my Dad with a dance to one of our childhood special songs. Jonny took the microphone from our MC and requested my Dad meet me under the fairy lights on the dance floor. The DJ then played a song my Dad and I have danced to together since I was little.

Jonny's sister: was a witness.

My brother: was a witness.

Jonny's brother in law: was the MC.

My sister in law: designed & made all of the invites, bonbonaires tags, thank you cards & other paper goods.

Nieces & Nephews: the cuteness that walked down the aisle before the bridesmaids.

Something Old? A white handkerchief from my Mum.

Something New? My dress, earrings, veil and shoes.

Something Borrowed? A white handkerchief from my Mum.

Something Blue? A blue garter my Mum bought me.


Florist: Emma Mackenzie from Mackenzie Florals - emma@mackenziefloral.com

Photographer: Kierstin Segura from 'Dear to My Art

Dress: The Paige gown with Paige trains - Karen Willis Holmes 

Event coordinator at The Grounds: Bethan Tolmaer, The Grounds

Invitations & paper supplies: Alison Banham - Etsy Store - Love Invites

Hair & make up: Pixie's Hair & Make Up 

Bridesmaids dresses: Bridesmaids Only

Grooms suit: MJ Bale 

Event stylist: I styled the wedding myself but it was all coordinated perfectly by The Grounds

Rings: Tiffany's 

Celebrant: Marry Me Nicky

Photo booth: Photo Corner

Hotel: The Langham Sydney 

Music: Impressions DJ 

Aisle song: Marry Me by Train

First dance: Better Man by James Morrison

Cake and desert table: The Grounds

STYLED SHOOT - Nomadic Boho Elopment

Posted on 20 Jun, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Nomadic Boho Elopment



From the "Nomadic Boho Elopement" Styled Shoot as seen in White Magazine:

Together with photographer Kylee Yee, Karen Willis Holmes set out to put together a shoot that with a “Bohemian Nomadic” feel to it. With the idea of a relaxed yet bold fashion-forward vibe, Ruffles & Bells came on board and brought it to life with their gorgeous styling, pulling from a mood palette of burgundy and deep blue. The result is this beautiful elopement inspiration for the bride who is wild at heart. See the awe-inspiring photos below. 


Photography Kylee Yee | Photographer

Dresses Karen Willis Holmes

Shelley top and Liliana gown coming soon. 

Jullianne skirt in boutiques now. 

Styling & Florals Ruffles & Bells

Bouquet Tillda

Cake Sweet Bakes

Stationery Studio Silva

Groom's suit Bossini Menswear

Prop Hire Nomad Styling

Hair and Makeup Miss Aimmey

Sarah and Cameron's Rustic Byron Bay Wedding

Posted on 17 Jun, 2016
Sarah and Cameron's Rustic Byron Bay Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband?  We met at high school.

How long have you been together?  11 years

Do you have a proposal story? It was Christmas day. He placed the ring inside a glass bauble with the ring hanging inside. It was hung up on the tree without me knowing. He told me to look for my gift that was on the tree. And there it was. Christmas is my favorite time of year, which is why he proposed on that special day.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 03/10/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Graciosa – Byron Bay

Where?  Both the Ceremony and reception took place at Graciosa (House & Property). The ceremony was on the grass area and the reception was held in the old barn, which we had styled to suit our taste. We had afternoon cocktails by the pool and lawn games.

What made you choose there? We love Byron Bay, it has always been somewhere we have gone for weekends away. It Means a lot to us.

How did you find it? Byron Bay Weddings. The Byron Bay Weddings teams were AMAZING

How was the weather on the day?  PERFECT. No wind or rain. The sun was out but not super hot.We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  We wanted to get married in spring, so thought the first weekend of October.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Relaxed & Rustic

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pintrest

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The wedding favors, “spread the love” jams. These were hand made over a few weekends by Tara and I, a few burnt fingers later.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had my sister Hayley & my best friends Tara, Emma, Laura, Mel, Abby & Ellen. I have been friends with all of them for a long time & couldn’t have got married without them.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Cameron had his brother Drew and his best mates Dylan, Elliot, Cole, Sean and Luke. All long term friends.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Sebastian & Hudson were my Paige boys (My nephews). Evie, the flower girl, is Ellens daughters. (One of the Bridesmaids)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I originally tried on Karen Willis Holmes dresses in Sydney. My two bridesmaids who live in Sydney took me out for a day of weddings dress shopping. After going to a few different stores Karen Willis Holmes is the one that stood out the most and suited me best.

How many gowns did you try?  Maybe 15 in total

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Brisbane. My bridesmaids and I went and picked out the final one.  

My dress was the Caitlyn gown by KWH. I had KWH do the initial alterations by removing the sleeves and to remove the back of it along with hemming it up. I wanted it to be backless as this was more me.

Once I was back on the sunshine coast I had the bust slightly cut down and the under arms lowered by 2 different sunshine coast based designers & alterations ladies.

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins and that it was fitted. I knew I wanted to make a few custom alterations to the gown, then it would be perfect.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? All of the girls chose their gowns from various suppliers. As long as they were all neutral tones to be able to blend together. They could pick their own.

Laura – Her mum who is a designer make her gown

Mel - Zimmerman

Hayley- White Runway

Tara, Emma, Abby and Ellen - ASOS

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Samantha Wills bracelet, as well as a thin bracelet that was a gift from Cameron on the wedding day.

My bridesmaids received a gift from me, which was a silver Krystal Knight bracelet.

Cameron made his own cuff links to give to the groomsmen

Where did you get your shoes from?  Siren.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  I wore a half flower crown made the amazing team at Flowers at the Farm in Byron bay.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organized and leave enough time for your planning. And overall have fun and just enjoy the moment and everything along the way because its over before you know it.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try something that you normally wouldn’t.

Something Old? My Nana’s brooch that is no longer with us. I had this on my bouquet.

Something New?  Samantha Wills Bracelet

Something Blue? A blue garter just for fun


Florist Flowers at the Farm (Byron Bay)

Photographer – Stefan Jose from Sail Me to the Moon (Byron Bay)

Videographer – Samantha Smith (Laine Photography)

Music – Band (Dan Clark Band)

First Dance – Van Morrison, Warm Love

MC -  Joe Woodriff (Close friend)

Celebrant – Jan Leader (Family Friend)

Stationery - Etsy

Menu –All Canapés and cocktail style. Byron Bay Weddings.

Cake Love in a Cake (Byron Bay)

Bombonieres - "Spread the Love" Homemade Jam

HairTara Liddell (Sunshine Coast)

Make up – Vicki Gunn (Sunshine Coast)

Wedding BandsMichael Hill


Posted on 15 Jun, 2016

Do not miss this amazing opportunity to pick up a wedding gown with couture-like quality and innovative design at a bargain price!

Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australia Bridal designer, widely acclaimed in today’s fashion marketplace for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown.

With sample gowns from BESPOKE, Wild Hearts and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections being sold at reduced prices, this sale is a must for any bride-to-be!

Please note only sample sale gowns will be available over the weekend. If you would like to try on fully priced gowns you will need to make an additional appointment. Any of the gowns are sold in their current condition and will be final sale only.


Fri 22nd - Sun 24th July (2nd Sale)
Friday 22nd July: 10am to 6pm
Saturday 23rd July: 9am to 4pm
Sunday 24th July: 10am to 2pm
294 Hay Street
Subiaco, WA 6008
08 9381 5551
Please note that the Perth Boutique will be closed from 2pm Thursday for Sample Sale set-up.
Fri 22nd - Sun 24th July
Friday 22nd July: 10am to 6pm
Saturday 23rd July: 9am to 4pm
Sunday 24th July: 10am to 2pm
4th Floor, 'Flourmill Studios' 3 Gladstone St
Newtown, NSW 2042
+61 (0)2 9519 3901
Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd July 
Friday 22nd July: 11am to 7pm 
Saturday 23rd July: 10am to 6pm 
7 Centre Market Place
(Between Broome & Grand Streets)
New York, NY 10013


Payment Methods accepted at sales : Cash, MasterCard, Visa and Eftpos. 



Friday 24th - Sun 26th June - NEXT WEEKEND
Friday 24th June: 10am to 5pm
Saturday 25th June: 9am to 5pm
Sunday 26th June: 10am to 2pm
1272 High Street
Armadale, VIC 3143 
+61 (0)3 9509 0454
Please note that the Melbourne Boutique will be closed from 2pm Thursday for Sample Sale set-up.
Friday 24th - Sun 26th June - NEXT WEEKEND 
Friday 24th June: 10am to 5pm
Saturday 25th June: 9am to 5pm
Sunday 26th June: 10am to 2pm

STYLED SHOOT - Urban Underwater Strength

Posted on 13 Jun, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Urban Underwater Strength



How dreamy is this poolside styled shoot! We love the boundary pushing in this look - from the Bride's pink hair, to the exotic flowers and textural tablescape to the daring underwater portraits. 

From the "Urban Underwater Strength" Styled Shoot as seen in White Magazine:

Strong beauty in contrasting forms is what this creative team chose to showcase with their styled shoot under the direction of George & Smee.

“We love to clash textures and show the beauty of what lies around us in everyday living, but for this particular shoot we decided to push the boundaries and really echo strength. Using the natural architectural backdrop as our inspiration, we echoed different forms and strong shapes by creating a chair installation for a ceremony backdrop. The strength and beauty depicted in this was accentuated by adding exotic native florals and greenery along with a neon heart enhancing the romance for our bride & groom. We chose a gorgeous female model with hot pink hair to again depict power and added a wild woven crown, then softened the overall look with a beautifully cut Karen Willis Holmes two piece. Our male model exuded strength in his structured, well-cut P. Johnson tailored suit,” shares Katie from George & Smee.

Scroll down to see how all of these powerful elements came together, with photography by At Dusk and Hannah Blackmore.


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Art Direction + Styling + Hire George & Smee

Photography At Dusk

Photography Hannah Blackmore

Florals Floreat Floral

Hair + Makeup Makeup by Alexandra

Dresses Karen Willis Holmes

Jewellery Krystle Knight Jewellery

Suits P.Johnson Tailors

Socks Barnaby Socks

Model Johanna Carlberg

Model Stefan Rusbourne

Cake Experimental Creative Catering

Ceramic Bowls + Plates Batch Ceramics

Stationery The Distillery

Venue Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

Woven Baskets + Crown Mowgli Studio

Neon Light Sammy & Lola

Terri & Rhys' Western Australia Winery Wedding

Posted on 08 Jun, 2016
Terri & Rhys' Western Australia Winery Wedding

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met out one night in Perth during our Uni days. I was having a girl’s night out and met Rhys on the dancefloor of a club in Perth. We had a dance and a kiss and exchanged numbers. We went on a date later in the week and we just clicked, we knew we had something special. 

How long have you been together? We have been together for 10 years!

Do you have a proposal story?  We both love the beach and Rhys is a keen surfer so it is not unusual for us to have beach/surf destination holidays. We went to a small island in the Mentawai Islands (Indonesia) for a relaxing holiday filled with surfing, snorkeling, diving and sunsets…it was just amazing. One evening, we had a drink and watched another beautiful sunset and then had an intimate dinner for two on the beach. Rhys set up the camera to take a timer photo but when he ran in for the shot, he got down on one knee and proposed! He put a shell ring on my finger and when we got back to Perth he replaced it with the most beautiful ring. I had no idea he had planned any of it, it was such sweet and thoughtful surprise…and of course I said yes!

The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 16th January 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Wise Winery (Eagle Bay, Western Australia) for the ceremony and the reception.

What made you choose there? We have always loved the South West coast of Western Australia for its beaches, surf, wine, food and relaxing vibe/lifestyle. We spend as much time in the area as we can and we always knew we would get married there. 

How was the weather on the day? We had perfect weather on the day. January is a hot time of year but a lovely light breeze and some clouds had come in by the afternoon which made the temperature perfect for our 4:30pm wedding ceremony. It also provided us with an epic sunset and a beautiful balmy night, just the kinds of nights we love. 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We love warm summer nights so we decided to have a summer wedding. We chose the 16th January because this would be almost exactly 10 years since we met in January 2006. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We didn’t have a particular theme but we love a relaxed and natural atmosphere with our own personal touches. We love the natural greens, pinks, maroons that you find in native Australian bush and flowers. I grew up in South Africa so I wanted protea flowers (native to South Africa) mixed in with Australian natives to be a part of our bouquets and flower arrangements – we also just love the different colours and shapes of the protea flowers. Our florist Zest made amazing arrangements with proteas mixed in with Australian natives and other beautiful flowers so it was an easy decision to have them do our flowers. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Looking in magazines, blogs (e.g. Hello May) and Pinterest did help with ideas and easy tips to personalize our wedding. Mostly, we just went with the things we love… 

We love warm summer nights, good music and having a good party with our friends, so we didn’t want a long sit down event. Rather we had lawn games, stand up canapés, sit down mains and then following speeches we had everyone on the dance floor with espresso martinis. Dessert was an ice-cream cart in the courtyard outside for everyone to help themselves and enjoy the beautiful evening.  Later in the evening we had standup supper (sliders and mini fish and chips) for those who needed refueling from all the dancing.

We love to travel so instead of table numbers we had our favourite places we have travelled to as well as a few photos of that place on each table. 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We put a few easy things together e.g. we collected mismatched jars and put tealights inside for all the tables; we put together the table numbers/places; we ordered the name tags online and we tied these with string and a sprig of rosemary around each napkin. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sisters Lauren and Jenni and Rhys’ sister (my now sister in law), Victoria.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rhys’ two good school mates, Rohan and Matt and his brother in law, Adam.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I found their website and loved every dress they featured…and then loved every dress in the store!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t seen or heard of Karen Willis Holmes before but I am not the best when it comes to designer names/gowns etc. 

How many gowns did you try? Approximately 5-7 gowns at Karen Willis Holmes.
Where did you purchase your wedding gown from (which store or stockist)? Hay St, Subiaco store, Perth.
What did you especially like about your gown? As much as I loved trying on the very formal and structured gowns in other stores, which were all very glamorous and wow… I personally like to feel comfortable in what I am wearing. I found so many of Karen Willis Holmes’ dresses were not only comfortable but also unique and glamorous in an understated way. I loved my dress because I could relax and just be myself. 

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls chose their own dresses because I also wanted them to feel comfortable and themselves on the day. Jenni’s dress: Forever New; Lauren’s dress: Witchery; Victoria’s dress: Bec and Bridge.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Rhys and the groomsmen’s clothes were from Calibre. They also wore awesome bowties from Freelance Bow Ties

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? My bridal veil and earrings were also from Karen Willis Holmes. 

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes (again I went for comfy) were from Wittner.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  Karen Willis Holmes.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It is as big and stressful as you make it. It is easy to get caught up in it all and lose sight of your initial hopes/vision for your day. I always reminded myself of the things I didn’t really need and could cut if I found myself getting too overwhelmed or stressed out. It is also important to accept other people’s offers of help to take the load off yourself. Overall, relax and enjoy the planning and the day, it is such an amazing feeling to marry the man that you love surrounded by the people you love and that is all that really matters. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to Karen Willis Holmes!! Again try to stay true to yourself and go with what suits you and makes you feel like yourself.

Florist – Zest. We love the South African proteas and Australian natives and Zest make the most amazing arrangements with these flowers. They are a florist in Dunsborough so I always check out their flowers when I am down there. I love all of Zest’s flower arrangements but I have to say the flowers from our wedding are my favourite.

Photographer – Maz Pederson/Life Photography. You can see from her photos why we chose her, she is an amazing photographer and the way she captures the emotion and feeling of the day is unique. Our friends had Maz as their wedding photographer so that is how we found Maz.

Music – Brad Jenkins, Spectacle Enterprises 

First Dance – “Turn to White” by She and Him

Celebrant – Margaret Dawkins

Stationery – Minted (Invitations)

Menu – Canapes/Mains/Supper provided by Wise Restaurant. Simmo’s Icecream cart for dessert. 

Cake – Sweet Sorella Cakes (cake flowers by Zest)

Hair – Tegan Walker, Styling - Mobile Hair Designs

Make up – Amy Kelly Makeup Artist

Wedding Bands – Jogia Diamonds