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Date: August 2016

Ally & Steve's Contemporary Melbourne Wedding

Posted on 30 Aug, 2016
Ally & Steve's Contemporary Melbourne Wedding

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Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? Steve & I meet at a hostel bar in Vancouver, Canada. Steve had already been living in Vancouver for 2 years and was thinking about returning home to Melbourne, Australia. I had been in Vancouver for just 3 days when I meet Steve. We stayed for 2 years, then travelled through South America for 3 months before returning home to Australia. It was funny getting to know each other’s family and friends after already being together for 2 years. I’m from Sydney but we made the decision to move back to Melbourne where Steve is from for a few years first before settling down in Sydney for the long haul. 

How long have you been together? 5 years in July, 2016

Do you have a proposal story? Yes, a beautiful one! Steve woke me up at 6:45am on a Friday morning and told me to pack a bag for the day. He told me I needed a change of clothes, a swimming costume and running shoes! Weird combo! My first surprise was sky diving in St Kilda, something I always wanted to do! We then drove down the Peninsula and had a fish and chip picnic on the beach in Rye. We then headed over to Peninsula Hot Springs for a couple of hours of relaxing and soaking in the hot baths. Around 5pm we made our way to the final surprise destination which was Port Philip Estate in Red Hill. A waitress showed us towards the wine cellar where she left Steve and I alone and on the marble stair case Steve got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He had timed it to be that Friday as I was flying to Sydney on Saturday morning to see my family and friends and I was able to share the news with everyone in person. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12th March, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? St Ignatius Church,  Richmond Melbourne and The Terrace at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne 

What made you choose there? Steve and I live right by the Botanic gardens and it’s truly just a beautiful spot. The Terrace is like a secret garden hideaway with the city skyline as a backdrop. 

How did you find it? We live 2km away and often walk through the gardens 
 
How was the weather on the day? A little overcast, be pretty much perfect. No rain, no wind. The night was warm enough for everyone to stay outside. 
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? The warm weather! And we wanted to honeymoon in Europe in June.

The Wedding Details

Theme? White & Rose Gold. Simple, modern and sleek.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Instagram 
 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Honey jars as the bomboniere. Pouring super sticky honey into 140 tiny glass jars was tricky! Finished off with a customized sticker. I did a DIY photobooth and had a life-size Instagram frame for guest to pose for photos. We also ordered 100 cheeseburgers from McDonalds which were delivered to the venue at 11pm and handed out to guest! It was a HUGE hit!!! 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 5 bridesmaids. My cousin Jess was my maid of honor. The other 4, Lauren, Jesse, Merinda & Sarah are school friends who I have known for over 15 years. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 4 in total, Steve’s two brothers, Brad & Dan along with his 2 best mates, Beau and Josh. 


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a photo of a girl in the Prea gown and I was hooked from the moment I saw it. I was the only gown for me. It match my theme and style. Simple, modern and sleek.
 
How many gowns did you try? 5, including Prea.
 
What did you especially like about your gown? Everything!!!  It’s timeless and beautiful.


Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Forever New

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Bossini Mens Wear 

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The bridesmaids all wore rose gold accessories 

Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted Shoes

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore the cathedral length lace veil from Karen Willis Holmes

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Give yourself time to plan! 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. I was all about the little details and special touches. We gave gifts to our parents during the speeches to say thank you. We had a gelato cart arrive for dessert and we had McDonalds deliver 100 cheeseburgers at the end of the night for guest to eat as they headed home. 


Suppliers 

Florist – Flowers by M.E.L 

Photographer – Mark Clarisse from Clarisse Photography! This nicest guy you will ever meet!

Videographer - Video Boutique 

Music – James Leroy

MC – A Friend, Jack Anderson 

Stationery – Jenn Shenn

Menu - The Terrace

Cake - Burnt Butter Cakes 

Bombonieres – Honey pots made by the bride 

Hair - Zoe Karlis Makeup

Make up – Make up by Rhilee 

Extra features -  Gelato Chart

 

Alexandria Flagship Showroom Grand Opening Wrap-Up

Posted on 25 Aug, 2016
Alexandria Flagship Showroom Grand Opening Wrap-Up

We enjoyed celebrating the Grand Opening of the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Flagship Showroom in Alexandria, Sydney with Brides at our open day on Saturday 13th August, as well as with our Industry friends at our opening party. Karen & the Team would like to say thank you to the following amazing & talented vendors who partnered with us for these events: The Grounds Florals by Silva, Sugar Bee Cakes, Celebrations by The Distillery Press, The Vintage Stylus, Winnow Chocolates, Oleria Emporium, Spoon and Fork, All Grown Up Photography, Studio Silva, Tillee Music, HELLO MAY, The Lip Lab, The Thoughtful Gifter, Love Find Co., Bahama Brown, Sammy & Lola and In a Maze Films. We are delighted to share with you images by All Grown Up Photography of our stunning new space! To make an appointment to view & try on gowns in our new showroom visit the booking page here.

All Grown Up Photography

"We are a collective of experienced photographers, specialising in weddings, each with their own unique flavour and twist. The photographers of All Grown Up have been selected to be a part of the team for a few reasons: they are all unique, they all know what they’re doing, and they are all bloody good" (We agree!) 

Bahama Brown

"Bahama Brown works with your skin to create a real tan without the need for Sun. It is a pregnancy safe natural vegetarian product (almost vegan, contains medicinal Manuka Honey). Each Bahama Brown sachet is packed with 26 plant derived Superfoods and is loaded with Polyphenols. It’s made from natural & organic ingredients. The resulting tan is so good, so natural, so you. It's produced by your skin in the same way it would if you were sunbathing, only without the Sun and the dangers of UV. Bahama Brown stimulates your melanocytes to naturally produce melanin and tan your skin. Since it’s entirely your own natural tan, it’s always perfect for you."

Celebrations by The Distillery Press -

"Celebrations is a bespoke line of wedding stationery by The Distillery. Beautifully express the style of your wedding day – each suite crafted with gorgeous understated elegance. You can choose from one of The Distillery’s extensive Studio Design collections or work with our design team to create a custom designed suite. It’s time to invite your family and friends to your once-in-a-lifetime celebration! Visit The Distillery in Darlinghurst with your partner. We’d love to meet you, learn more your ideas, and help you introduce your wedding to family and friends"

In a Maze Films

"Based in Sydney Australia, we are an internationally awarded, young, and passionate videography studio specialising in engagements, weddings, and special events. If you are looking for wedding videographers in Sydney, talk to us! Let us capture the most beautiful moments of your life. These memories will always be treasured."

Karen Willis Holmes - Grand Opening // Sneak Peak from In A Maze Films on Vimeo.

Love Find Co. -

"L O V E   F I N D   C O. is about celebrating you finding love, and then helping you finding products and services that you will love to celebrate your big day.  L O V E   F I N D   C O. is an online wedding destination curated to provide modern brides with access to incredibly talented designers, their services and products, within the Australian wedding scene.

We want to revolutionise the way brides go about finding and styling their wedding dress.  
The STYLE CONCIERGE by L O V E   F I N D  C O.  is a fantastic service for brides to be to get a little help when it comes to finding THE GOWN! By curating an amazing database of designers, and with a brides completing a detailed questionnaire, brides will be presented with a customised Style File of designers and gowns we have personally matched with you." 

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Bespoke 'Tamara' gown, image via @lovefindco

Oleria Emporium

"OLERIA EMPORIUM CREATES THE VISUAL ELEGANCE , DIVINE FRAGRANCE & WARM ROMANTIC GLOW OF A CANDLES LIGHT USING THE FINEST QUALITY MATERIALS.
FUSED WITH DESIGNER GLASSWARE & HAND-CRAFTED  TO CREATE UNIQUE STATEMENT PIECES FOR THE PERFECT FINISHINGS TO ANY SPACE & OCCASION. 
Our Natural Soy candles laced with exquisite aromas soothe the senses, symbolize celebration, marks romance, define ceremony, accent the home & make delightful gifts. Each piece is hand-poured with detail & dedication to the craft in our Sydney Northern Beaches candle la
b."

Sammy & Lola -

"The brainchild of husband and wife team Justin and Maryanne, Sammy & Lola was created for brides and grooms who want wedding decorations as unique as they are. Completely self standing and coming in at just under one metre tall, Sammy & Lola's marquee lights are a striking addition to any space, and there is no chance they’ll get lost in the crowd. Changing the mood of your event is as easy as adjusting the illumination with the touch of a button. Sammy & Lola can also help with additional lighting including neon light-box designs and festoon lights."

Spoon and Fork

'Spoon and Fork is a little shop in Croydon, Sydney, specialising in custom made cakes and cookies. We also stock cookies, cakes and carefully handpicked party essentials and homewares in our shop. Come in for a cup of coffee, a cupcake and a cookie or pressies for your friend... or organise your next big event! Spoon and Fork is owned by Denin and Glen Spencer. Denin is a pastry chef and Glen is a former teacher and artist.'

Studio Silva

"Studio Silva is a Melbourne based design studio specialising in graphic design, and wedding and event stationery. Founded by Jessica Da Silva, Studio Silva creates modern and luxe designs that bring brands and events to life. Whether you're a new business, undergoing a re-brand or creating a memorable event, we listen carefully to you before creating a look that reflects your vision. Studio Silva offers a range of services specifically for weddings and events including invitation design, ‘on the day’ stationery (menus, place cards, table numbers, signage) and stunning finishes such as foiling, embossing, letterpress and hand lettering."

Sugar Bee Cakes -

"We're all about the wow factor. Custom, couture cakes that embrace beauty, push boundaries, and capture the essence of the soul. The perfect addition to every wedding and event, every cake is perfectly executed and completely handmade. Sugar Bee Cakes specialises in hand-crafted sugar art and we pride ourselves on a combination of traditional, unique, and unusual designs- whatever you desire!"

The Grounds Florals by Silva

"Silva has been in the floral industry for 12 years, with a focus in Sydney. Her company, Florals by Silva source all their plants & flowers directly from Sydney farms including Kellyville, Oakdale & Glenorie as well as Sydney’s markets. Travelling to the farms about 4 times a week, the Forals by Silva team lead busy weeks. A usual day starts at 6:30am at the Grounds of Alexandria with their busiest period being the weekends. The customer’s base at the grounds is described as “happy, loyal with a genuine interest in where the companies flowers & plants are sources & cared for”. When asked about her inspirations, Silva emphasis her love for the customers experience in her company; “It’s all about the experience a customer receives when they walk into my store; but aesthetically, I’m inspired by organic materials, textures and nature as well as the seasonal fragrance found in nature”.

The Lip Lab

"The Lip Lab is the very first company of it's kind in Australia to use this product and blending machine together. Yes you heard it right, in conjunction with one of our professional lip colour consultants you will be able to choose, mix and apply your own shades."

Image via @theliplab

The Thoughtful Gifter

"The Thoughtful Gifter is a gift and stationery store jammed packed full of fun, sassy and super cool stationery and gifts perfect for giving. No matter what your occasion we've got you covered. Bridal paper goods, all occasions stationery and awesome gifts and goodies, if you're after something rad then stop by and take a look around, your going to LOVE it."

The Vintage Stylus

"The Vintage Stylus is a hip Vinyl DJ collective that specialise in bringing the good times, great vibes and great tunes to the party. With an extensive collection of vintage vinyl records, our aim is to help you discover the exact feel and vibe you are going for and to make that dream a reality. Whether it’s Funk or Soul, Disco or Rock, Classic Pop or R’n’B and Hip Hop – you name it we can play it. We know exactly what tunes to play and when to play them to have toes-­tapping, heads-­bopping, and hips-­shaking all night long."

Tillee Music

"Tillee Music bring songs to life. Playing our own arrangements, we offer an innovative take on old and new songs. Our Acoustic Duo’s offer a stylish, personable addition to your wedding day. Ceremony, Canapés & Reception Music that will complete your perfect day! "

Winnow Chocolates

"Winnow Chocolates uses the traditional French technique of hand-tempering on marble to produce artisan chocolates for weddings, events and gifts. We use the world’s finest ingredients with organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate providing the perfect base for locally-sourced fruits, nuts and spices. Work with our chocolatiers to design a beautiful and delicious gift to thank your friends and families for sharing your special day."

Andie & Darren's Yarra Valley Wedding

Posted on 25 Aug, 2016
Andie & Darren's Yarra Valley Wedding

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? I was playing in a social mixed netball team and two of the boys left the team so my friend Anna asked some guys she worked with to join the team and one of them was Darren!

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? We went to St Kilda where we had our first date. I had just finished night duty and Darren said he wanted to go somewhere where we could walk on the beach. I was tired and grumpy so he kept calling off the proposal in his head until I perked up. We walked to the end of the pier and he gave me a hug from behind then opened the ring box in front of my face. I got such a surprise I nearly sent the ring flying into the water!

The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 24th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley

What made you choose there?  Delicious food, amazing view, lovely atmosphere and rustic feel. We loved the long tables and the fact that the food is made to be shared.
 
How was the weather on the day? A little bit rainy in the morning, slightly overcast but the boys were still able to play golf! Overcast but not cold. 
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? The Thursday before Good Friday so most of our nearest and dearest could stay down in the Yarra Valley over Easter with us. Lots of people thanked us because they “had to” take another day off work.

The Wedding Details
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? 
I made my veil. Our incredible friend Eva from Lulie Cakes made the cake! It stole the show and tasted every bit as delicious as it looked! One of the tiers was chocolate and salted caramel with nutella icing. She is a wiz!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Kajal and Sarah (school friends). My older sister Steph and younger sister Sarah (maid of honour).

Groomsmen – who/relationship? James and Lachy (physio friends) and school friends Andrew and Dan (Best Man)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Absolutely adorable Harry (Dan’s son, Darren’s Godson)  and Archie our nephew. Wearing Bardot kids.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My older sister got married a few months before us and I went with her to an appointment at Karen Willis Holmes and LOVED the range that you had.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  I started following you on instagram after that and I had definitely heard the name. Also went to a wedding the year before and the bride’s dress was from KWH.
 
How many gowns did you try? The first one I tried on was the one I went with… But I would have tried on about 10 afterwards!! I had it narrowed down to two dresses so I went away and thought about it but I couldn’t go passed the Dahlia gown. I didn’t look at any other shops. Why confuse myself!?
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  High St, Armadale
 
What did you especially like about your gown? The back! I have always loved interesting backs on dresses. I also liked that it was a bit different to anything I had seen before and I felt so comfortable. It was very “me”!

  
 
Fashion 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Jayson Brundson

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  I didn’t feel I needed much with the high neckline of the dress. My drop pearl earrings were Mum’s.

Where did you get your shoes from? Alan Pinkus

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I made my own veil with beautiful Italian lace from Kleggs and some very soft tulle. Mum helped me, we hand stitched it – I started at one end and she started at the other and we had many-a-wine while doing so (white wine only of course!)


Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? In terms of budget, we prioritised 5 things that we wanted to spend on the most (venue, flowers, photographer etc) and then we could allocate the rest of the funds to the other details. Ask favours! Most people love having a role… My Uncle’s drove the wedding cars and they loved it! But mostly just enjoy the planning!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep an open mind! Even if a bridal consultant urges you to try something on and it doesn’t seem like your style, you might be surprised! 

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

Something Old? Mum’s earrings

Something New? The dress!

Something Borrowed? Mum’s earrings

Something Blue? Grandma gave me a blue hankerchief


Suppliers 
Florist – Rita from Blooming Brides. The archway for our ceremony was spectacular! And I received a lot of compliments about my bouquet, she was fantastic!

Photographer – Nick from The White Tree

Music – The Daedels

First Dance – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – Cant Take My Eyes Off You

Celebrant – Keiran Carr

Stationery – Invites from Minted.com (HIGHLY recommended!)

Cake – Our awesome friend Eva from Lulie Cakes

Hair – Hair by Kirsty

Make up – Jo Blair

Wedding Bands – Simon West

Anita & Ross' Campbell Point House Wedding

Posted on 23 Aug, 2016
Anita & Ross' Campbell Point House Wedding

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Traditions were aplenty for the love filled celebration Anita and Ross threw at the luxurious Campbell Point House – and how could it not be when combining families from Polish and Scottish backgrounds. But it was these sweet touches, along with some incredible surprises, that added to this special day and made it uniquely them.

Anita and Ross knew the value of having their day captured by an incredible photographer and Katie of Love Katie + Sarah was there every step of the way, and boy are we glad she was!

In Anita’s words…

The meeting.

We were both working at KPMG, Anita in Sydney, Ross in Glasgow. Ross came out on a 2 year secondment in late 2007 and we were working on the same client. I pretty much snapped him up as soon as he got into the country and broke my rule of not dating in the work place!

The one.

I knew from the beginning that Ross was a great guy. I could tell that straight away. It took us a while to say I love you to one another, but when we did say it, it was for real and it was a really beautiful moment.

The proposal.

Ross surprised me at Christmas in 2013 with a print out of boarding passes to Byron Bay for my birthday in March. I quickly started making dinner reservations at all the hot spots. Little did I know that this was all fake, and instead he surprised me with an incredible weekend on Hamilton Island, staying at Qualia for 2 nights. We arrived to glasses of champagne and a beautiful boat trip was organised to our own private beach (West Henning Island). It was set up with a beach umbrella, cushions, picnic basket and more champagne! Ross then had one more surprise for me, and asked me to marry him, with a beautiful ring.  It was a surreal moment and one of the happiest times in our lives. We didn’t stop smiling all weekend.

The planning process.

Before we became engaged, Ross and I had been planning to take 7 months off work and go traveling around the world. Both our workplaces were incredible and held our jobs open for us. Ross proposed in March and we left in May on the trip of a lifetime. While in Europe, we contemplated a wedding in Italy and Poland (my family is Polish) but the timing and logistics just didn’t work. We didn’t really do much planning while we were away, but towards the end of the trip I found Campbell Point House (via Bec Judd’s baby shower on Insta!) and instantly fell in love with the property. I emailed Meg about coming down to see the property (we live in Sydney) and just after our return, we hopped on a flight and found our dream wedding venue. We were going to have a destination wedding in Victoria! Given we had family coming from Poland and Scotland, and friends from all over, we thought it would be great for them to see both Sydney and Melbourne, and of course the Bellarine Peninsula. We decided on a mid-week wedding in December followed by a ‘Hampton’s chic’ brunch the following day at the property. We had just less than a year to plan the wedding, and because it was a destination wedding, there was lots of logistics to organise. In the lead up, family and friends started to arrive into Sydney so celebrations kicked off about 2 weeks before the wedding, and continued for 2 weeks after, with Christmas and New Year. It was the perfect time for a wedding!

Like many other brides, I used Instagram to find amazing suppliers to help with the day. There does become a point where you have information overload and feel like you are drowning in ideas, so it was important to step back and not second guess myself. As we live in Sydney, we made a couple of trips to Melbourne and Geelong to meet with our suppliers face to face prior to the big day and talk about what we were looking for in styling etc.

Styling inspiration.

The venue is quite opulent and grand, and has these incredible formal gardens. Ross, being Scottish, was always planning on wearing a kilt, which adds an extra element of formality. We loved the black and white tiles throughout the house and had our stationery girls tie this into our invitations. The dress code was formal and the brunch the following day was a more casual affair, with the ‘Hamptons chic’ theme.

We largely left the palette black and white with pops of colour and greenery in either the flowers or the stationery.

 

The dress.

I tried on everythiiinnnng! Why not, it’s all part of the process. I took my mum and bestie along and it took a couple of weeks, but we eventually found the gown at Karen Willis Holmes in Paddington. I really fell in love with the softness and volume of the skirt. It was perfect for the venue and suited my body shape.

Favourite moment/s

I have two.

The whole morning and lead up to the wedding day, my parents kept pressing me about what time the ceremony would finish. I didn’t understand why they were so obsessed with this detail, but we later found out it was because they had organised a plane to fly over with a banner saying “Mr and Mrs Gilmour – Congratulations”. The priest turned out to be running late on the day, and my dad was able to text the pilot to delay the fly over by 5 minutes (as they didn’t want it to arrive before we were even married). In the end, it worked out perfectly as we literally just finished saying our vows when the plane came over and did a couple of loops around the property. It was such a lovely surprise and Ross and I couldn’t stop smiling.

After dinner, Ross and I did sneak off and were able to practice our first dance together with the music and just the DJ watching, and it was such a nice time to have that 5 minutes together.

Traditions.

We had LOTS! We had a bagpiper play when all our guests arrived; when I walked down the aisle; and when we were officially married. He was wonderful and still gives me goosebumps. All the groomsmen and Ross, and many of our guests also chose to wear the kilt which was fantastic. Being Polish, my parents also performed a polish tradition when we walked into the dining room, whereby we both had to have some salt, bread and choose a glass to drink (one had vodka, the other water). I got the vodka!

For all our guests, we had beautiful crystal shot glasses brought in from Poland which were engraved with “Na Zdrowie, Slainte” which basically means “Cheers/for your health” in polish/Scottish gaelic. And of course, we had vodka shots as a toast and whiskeys for later in the evening.

Meaning of marriage.

Committing to one another through the good and the bad, being each others rock, and just wanting to share in each others lives forever! LOVE!

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle – the bagpipes

Reception entry – September by Earth, Wind and Fire

First dance song – a combination of Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran to start and then ended with My Everything by Barry White. We had a dance choreographed (very basic) but decided we wanted to do something a bit romantic mixed with something fun.

Funny stories or near disasters.

Let’s just say that getting a spray tan (for the first time ever!) was the worst idea I have ever had. The tan started to peel all over my chest (and I was wearing a strapless dress) and it just looked awful. I spent a couple of days scrubbing my skin to get rid of it. NEVER AGAIN! Funny stories of course came through the speeches from our dads and best man and my brother doing his reading at the ceremony was hilarious.

Planning surprises.

I was surprised by just how much I love wedding planning and I now want to be a planner!

Words of wisdom.

The best advice I received from my bestie was give family members tasks to take ownership of. They are there to help, and at times the whole process can get overwhelming, so have your mum looking after cakes, favours, serviettes, alcohol, etc. It takes the pressure off you and they feel like they are contributing. Also, sneak away for a moment with your partner and soak it all in. And definitely invest in a good photographer. Katie from Love Katie and Sarah was the bomb! 

See the original Post on Ivory Tribe here.

 

Ceremony and reception venue: Campbell Point House, Bellarine Peninsula

Reception venue / location: Campbell Point House, Bellarine Peninsula

Celebrant/Officiant: Father James Puppady

Photography: The lovely Katie from Love Katie and Sarah

Videography: Andrew from Bottlebrush Films

Styling: Laura from Wanderlust Creative – saved our life!!

Florist: Caris and Vanessa from Prunella

Hair and Make Up: Tess McFadden from Victims of Beauty for Make-Up; Emma and her team from Studio2 for hair and bridesmaids makeup

The Dress: Karen Willis Holmes Bespoke 'Saskia' bodice with 'Selena' trains. 

Veil / head wear: Veil from Karen Willis Holmes; blush flower crown for the brunch from Velvet Teacup (Etsy)

Jewellery/Accessories: Earrings from Jenny Packham; vintage bracelet was my “borrowed” from my maid of honour. She wore this at her wedding – it was perfect!

Shoes: The first thing I bought. Whilst in Dubai with my bestie, we visited Jimmy Choo. I ended up purchasing a beautiful pair of dove grey/pale blue crystal embellished pumps. They were divine and I have vowed to wear them every anniversary.

Rings: Zagar Jewellers. Aaron is fantastic.

Bridesmaids dresses: Bridesmaids Only in Double Bay. I was ridiculous and had six bridesmaids, each with a completely different body shape. As Ross is Scottish and was planning on his groomsmen and him wearing kilts, it was important to me that the bridal party was cohesive. I wanted black, long dresses, and was open to different styles, however the girls all opted on the same style, strapless. We added black floral crowns to the mix.

Grooms suit: Tailor made in Scotland, MacGregor and MacDuff

Groomsmen suits: Hired from Sydney Kilt Hire. They were great and shipped them to Victoria for us.

Catering: Through Campbell Point House for both the wedding and the brunch

Favors: Crystal shot glasses brought in from Poland which were engraved with “Na Zdrowie, Slainte” which basically means Cheers/for your health in polish/Scottish gaelic

Cake / Cake topper: Splendid Servings, and mini cakes from Bibelot (Melbourne) and LoveIt Cakes.

Stationery / Signage: Santiago Sunbird

Entertainment: Geelong Entertainment organised a duo to play (Tom and Tayla) whilst canapés were being served, and then we had a DJ and saxophonist play which was amazing

Transport: CDC Buses for our guests

Honeymoon: In April we are off to Paris, Sicily and then the Amilla Fushi in the Maldives!

STYLED SHOOT - Understated Elegance

Posted on 22 Aug, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Understated Elegance

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Understated Elegance Styled Shoot from White Images on Vimeo

 

‘Understated elegance’ is the concept behind this pretty shoot for The Wedding Harvest, a boutique wedding fair in Brisbane on the 6th November 2016, aimed at showcasing the cream of the crop in the wedding industry. The subtle sparkle and bead work of the new Karen Willis Holmes collection shown is complemented by flowing fabrics and soft, textured florals. This and the tones of grey, white, blush and green have helped to create a light and dreamy feel.

Gowns (L-R) : Nerida, Beatrice and Lottie from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection. 

Dresses: Karen Willis Holmes
Models: Alison, Billie and Millie from Busy Models
HAMU: The Beauty Case
Earrings: Samantha Wills from The Babushka Ballerina
Diamond Rings: Amalthea Diamonds
Flowers: Kate Dawes Flower Design
Stationery: Sunshine & Confetti
Cake: Gillian Bell Cake Furniture, glasses, cutlery: Hodgepodge Hire
Crockery: Prop it Pretty
Concept: The Wedding Harvest
Styling: The White Events Co
Photography & Videography: White Images

Here is a link to the video.

See original post by White Magazine here

Praneeta & Kyle's Rustic Farm Wedding

Posted on 18 Aug, 2016
Praneeta & Kyle's Rustic Farm Wedding

Praneeta and Kyles Wedding Feature Film at Boomerang Farm by Alexei Malko Films from Alexei Malko Films on Vimeo.

 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at high school in grade 8 and we were friends through-out all of high school. We had many classes together like hospitality but we saw each other the most because we were in the band together. Band was some of the best fun we both had at high school and I guess you could say that without it, we wouldn’t have spent so much time together and become such good friends. We started dated at the end of grade 11 and the rest is basically history!

How long have you been together? We have been together 8 years this year (2016)

Do you have a proposal story? We went to Thailand in May/June 2013 for a holiday. All my Uni friends kept saying, ‘you will totally come back engaged’. I did not believe them one bit; I have given up on it happening! But it did happen while we went for a walk along the beach and he got down on one knee and proposed. Was one of the best holidays!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5th September 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Boomerang Farm, Mudgeeraba Gold Coast

What made you choose there? I really wanted a barn and did not think it was going to happen but we found Boomerang Farm and it was the perfect location!

How was the weather on the day? It actually poured down rain about an hour before the ceremony but cleared up perfectly just in time (it was an outdoor ceremony). It sprinkled a little bit during photos but we did not mind, and it made for amazing photos too!

The Wedding Details

Theme? Rustic theme - think anything old, wooden & lace!

We centered our colours around coral but I didn’t want too much coral, just pops of colour throughout.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

Pinterest & etsy! I had been planning my ‘pinterest wedding’ for a very long time so I knew the exact theme and way I wanted to go about it! The venue we picked was perfect because they definitely encapsulated that style and they had most of the decoration items I was wanted!

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

I love anything creative and DIY so I was very keen to do most of it!

I love graphic designing invitations so I made all our wedding stationary for the wedding.

I also wrote all our place cards & did our envelope addressing too!.

I made paper cones for the flower petals for us walking back down the aisle.

I made a few signs for the wedding – a directional sign for the ceremony, ceremony program sign, menu & signs for the reception.

We also did our own dessert buffet for the wedding! We enlisted family members and friends to help make desserts and the venue plated them up for us! Everyone loved it!

I really wanted the words “forever & always” suspended above the bridal table and my dad’s friend was able to make this happen. He laser cut the words out and my dad worked out a way to suspend it with the ladder we hung. It looked amazing, and now I have a great item we can put in our home!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honor – My best friend (Jessie) from when we were born.

Bridesmaids – All my best friends; The first I have been friends since grade 1; the second, a family friend from New Zealand; and third, I met through her brother & playing futsal together.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best man – Best mate from high school (also married to the Bride’s best friend)

Groomsmen – Brother, Brother-in-law, and childhood friend.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

I was down in Melbourne with my mum for a weekend visiting friends and of course being in Melbourne I wanted to do some dress shopping! It was the first dress shop we saw and we decided to go in!

How many gowns did you try?

 I think I tried on 3 dresses in store, the Jillian gown was the second one I tried on and I fell in love with it straight away!

What did you especially like about your gown?

My favorite part of my dress was the lace! Such stunning material! It was a must for me in my dream dress!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?

I originally purchased the dresses from Portman’s about 5 years before we got engaged (crazy I know!) and my Grandma & Aunty altered the dresses and made the lace top which the girls wore over the dress!

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

We bought them from Roger David

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

I wore earrings which my parents bought me as a graduation present and I wore a stunning lace and beading garter set which I purchased off Etsy.

For the girls, I purchased simple drop crystal earrings from Little White Couture.

Where did you get your shoes from?

I bought them off Asos! I loved them!

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

I purchased a veil from Anna Campbell & had my talented seamstress Aunty alter the beadwork on the comb, so it was a ‘one of a kind’.

Other:

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

 Don’t expect to love the style you have in your head! I never wanted a mermaid style dress but that is actually what I fell in love with!

Suppliers

Florist – Missy La’Belle 

Photographer – Special Memories Photography 

Videographer – Alexei Malko Films 

Music – Two piece from RedTie Band

First Dance – Teneriffe Sea by Ed Sheeran

MC – Family friend

Celebrant – Ben Eames (Family friend)

Stationery – Bride made herself Dass Creative 

Menu/Catering – Progressive Catering & Events

Cake – Family friend

Bombonieres – Custom Coasters from PicturePerfectPapier on Etsy

Hair – Alexander Woulfe Hair 

Make up – Emma Walshaw

Wedding Bands – Michael Hill Jewellers

Sarah & David's Port Fairy Wedding

Posted on 16 Aug, 2016
Sarah & David's Port Fairy Wedding

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? We were friends during school growing up. We ended up marrying each other years later and couldn’t be happier!

Do you have a proposal story? He completely took me by surprise! We were heading away for the day so had decided to get up early and take our dog for a walk at the beach. It was early and we climbed a lookout to check out the beach and beautiful sunrise, when I turned around and he was on one knee proposing with a stunning ring! It was the start of an amazing weekend of celebrations. 


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 30th January 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? We had a garden ceremony at my mum’s home in Warrnambool, followed by dinner and dancing at the Wharf Commons in Port Fairy. 

What made you choose there?  The garden had a gorgeous canopy of trees we decided to get married under, enough space for our guests to enjoy a celebratory champagne after and lots of picture opportunities for us without leaving our guests. We wanted our wedding to be very relaxed, fun and casual! The Wharf Commons was the perfect setting for our canape style reception. An old wharf shed with lots of character, spacious outdoor decking for sunset beers and lots of space for dancing. 

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! We had a sunny morning, blue skies and a balmy night. Very comfortable and summery. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a summer wedding so January was the perfect month. 

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Relaxed, fun and colorful! 
The garden and house provided a beautiful setting, lots of greenery, flowers and character.
I love fresh flowers, especially native florals, bright dahlias and gum so these were featured throughout of reception venue! Lots of candles, hanging lace bunting and pontoon lighting set a fun vibe for our indoor reception space.  We wanted our guests to have as much fun as possible. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Flowers and colours we love! I drew some inspiration from wedding inspired magazines but in the end created a look based on the venues chosen. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? I styled the wedding myself, set up the venues and my beautiful and talented friend Jacinta made our delicious cake! It was perfect!

Bridal Party
We continued with our relaxed theme and decided not to have a full bridal party, just my sister Clare as bridesmaid as I couldn’t have walked down the aisle without her.  

Wedding Gown (the most important part!) 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I began following Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram after our engagement and loved the gowns. I popped the Armadale boutique on my list of wedding dress designers to check out, and was definitely not disappointed. Every dress in the boutique was amazing! 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram, White and Hello May magazines and online blogs. 
 
How many gowns did you try? About 10 all up from different stores. I tried three gowns on in Karen Willis Holmes, but none compared to the Danna gown. 
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Armadale boutique, Melbourne Victoria. 
 
What did you especially like about your gown? The stunning long sleeve lace detail and the beautiful train. I knew I wanted a long sleeved gown and with a small amount of alteration the Danna was perfect. Sarah from the Armadale store altered the design to include a low V back and tailed the dress to fit my frame perfectly. I felt elegant, beautiful and most importantly the dress represented the perfect mixture of my fashion styles. 


 
Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We had Clare’s bridesmaid dress custom made by a local seamstress. 

Where did you get the groom suits? Dave’s shirt was from Herringbone, chino pants from Zara, shoes and belt from Aquila and tie from Tom London. His outfit suited his more relaxed style!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Fresh flowers were chosen for our hair, simple jewelry and a bohemian anklet added a sparkling touch.  

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes were from Tony Bianco. I loved the colour and I wanted a shoe that I would be comfortable in to dance the night away. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Fresh flowers.  

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Keep the organization as relaxed as possible. Once all the major decisions have been made and bookings made, the rest will fall into place and enjoy the day as it goes far too quickly!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Intuitively you will know what styles will suit your body shape and which fabrics you will love. Go with your initial feelings and you will find a dress that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. 
 


Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. It was filled with fun, friendship, dancing and amazing food! We would not have changed a thing. 

Something Old? My great grandmothers pearl. 

Something New? My wedding dress. 

Something Borrowed? My dad’s wedding ring. He passed away when I was younger so it meant a lot to me to carry this with me on my wedding day. 

Something Blue? A pale blue bag that held both the pearl and dad’s ring, which my mother gently stitched into the inner lining of my dress. 

Suppliers  
Florist – Designed and put together by Michelle Phillips, Warrnambool. 

Photographer – Shirley Andrews from Swirltography Photography, Noosa. She was absolutely AMAZING! Our photos are just what we hoped they would be. She felt like an old friend to us and we were honored to share our day with her.

Music – Cooper Lower and Cristo Rooke, both talented local musicians. 

First Dance – ‘Is this how you feel’ The Preatures.

MC – My brother in law Ben Bowring. 

Celebrant – Rebecca Riddle, Marriage Celebrant. 

Stationery – My sister Clare Jellie. She is a freelance graphic designer. She designed our save the dates, invitations and welcome board. They were divine! 

Menu – Wytons Catering & Events, Warrnambool. INCREDIBLE food! 

Cake – My friend Jacinta Lenehan designed and made our delicious cake. 

Hair – Shay Young. A friend who happens to be a talented hairdresser. 

Make up – Carley Hickman from Skinfit Body and Beauty Warrnambool and Carley Hickman Beauty, Perth. 

Wedding Bands – James Alan Jewelers and Thomas Jewelers Warrnambool. 

Rachael & Charles' Industrial, Inner City Wedding

Posted on 11 Aug, 2016
Rachael & Charles' Industrial, Inner City Wedding

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After some indecision, Rachael and Charles settled on the idea of an industrial, inner city wedding. Combining elegant, modern lighting with berry coloured bouquets and gold accessories they transformed Brisbane Powerhouse into something quite special.

“My favourite detail was the Edison lighting we had hanging at the Powerhouse. I couldn’t have imagined a more stunning backdrop for our ceremony… When I walked in and saw Charles standing there (sobbing might I add) I felt like I was living a fairytale”, says Rachael.

Her search for the perfect dress was also quite an adventure. “IT TOOK FOREVER!!!” says Rachael who’d returned from an overseas trip empty handed (and slightly defeated) before she found (and fell in love with) Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes. “When I slipped the dress on and looked in the mirror I had my first moment where I truly felt like a bride! I knew it was the dress.”

  

Fortunately everything else, left in the hands of some very talented vendors including Hampton Event HireH+S Hair and Beauty and Kait Photography, went ahead without a hitch. 

Their reception, held at Spring Food and Wine, was just as charming – a surprise, really, considering they only had four weeks to prepare. As Rachael explains, “Four weeks out from our wedding we got a call from our initial reception venue to let us know that their renovations would not be finished in time for our wedding. It was an absolute whirlwind until we found Spring Food and Wine!”

“Our reception was shut down at midnight when our sparkler exit set off the smoke alarm in the reception venue! Fortunately there wasn’t a fire (or any damage) but the arrival of two fire trucks and a few firemen gave us the perfect opportunity for a sneaky and quick exit!”

High on love, it seemed nothing was ever going to dampen this pair’s day which is why their advice to other engaged couples now is: “Don’t overthink it! There are so many wonderful ideas and themes and locations out there but do what you and your fiancé love and share that with your family and friends! I think I planned about 10 possible weddings before we finally decided what we were going to do. Pick a theme or a location you love and run with it!”

CREDITS Photos Kait Photography // Bridal gown and veil Karen Willis Holmes // Robes / getting ready tees Lowes // Lingerie Trousseau // Shoes Tony Bianco // Accessories Samantha Willis // Hair and makeup H+S Hair and Beauty // Rings Diamonds International // Bridesmaid dresses Sabo Skirt // Bridesmaid gifts Lovisa // Groom and groomsmen suits Country Road// Tie / Bow tie MJ Bale // Shoes Windsor Smith // Watch Daniel Wellington // Groomsmen gifts ASOS // Florist Bits and Buds // Ceremony Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD // Reception Spring Food and Wine, QLD // Prop and furniture hire Hampton Event Hire and Styled Events // Lighting / sound hire Bear Hug DJs  and AVIdeas // Cinematographer Threadless Films.

See more of this stunning wedding on HELLO MAY.

Claire & Derhan's Chic London Wedding

Posted on 09 Aug, 2016
Claire & Derhan's Chic London Wedding

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We’ve got a lovely City Chic wedding to share with you, with a sequinned dress, Jimmy Choos and an excellent Plum suit – we want to see more Grooms sporting colourful suits in 2016, it’s a very good look!!! The venue, Devonshire Terrace is pretty fabulous too, gorgeous spaces with exposed brickwork, wooden floorboards and a spectacular glass covered balcony where Claire & Derhan held their ceremony, so you have all the gorgeous light of being outside, but are protected from the elements should the Great British weather do it’s worst.

This a proper family party wedding, with a whole heap of glamour thrown in, just brimming with smiles and laughter, photographs come from the lovely Frances Sales. Enjoy! 

The Ceremony

We had one reading, by my oldest friend, which called on our travel theme:

“People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.”
Hilary T. Smith

The vows we chose to relay the importance of what a marriage means, which is something often glazed over by civil ceremonies. Walking down the aisle, on the arm of my Dad, to my Grandma’s favourite tune (We’ll Gather Lilacs by Ivor Novello) was simply breathtaking, and I was so pleased to see friends in the back row to put my nerves at ease.

Del and I walked back up to a song we used as the backing track to our Inca Trail video, The World at Large by Modest Mouse. It has a great opening to start as off down the aisle too.

The Colour Scheme/Decor

Red was a natural choice for us (Del supports Liverpool, haha). As a loose theme we wanted to call on our love of travelling, so I made the table plan using a world map, and all out tables were named for places that have a special place in our hearts. We bought the table cay tray centrepieces from the grand bazaar in Istanbul while on holiday last year. Del is Turkish, hence this theme running throughout aspects of the wedding. The table flowers were from a local garden centre and the cay glasses with candles from our local Turkish shop.

The Dress

I never thought that I would end up with a meringue, but I also never thought I would end up with something so spectacularly glamorous. However, once I tried on the Karen Willis Holmes dress it was clear that there was no going back. The amazingly talented Jenny Beal altered the dress for me, and even created a cape from the cut offs. I’m now going to get her to repurpose the dress so I can wear it again and again

The Grooms Fashion

My husband wanted something different for his suit and after trawling both the internet, and Oxford Street, he found this burgundy suit. I encouraged him as I knew it would complement the bride and bridesmaid dresses perfectly! To this day he is still a little surprised that he got married in a suit that colour!

The Venue

After spending what felt like years, but was more like weeks, searching for a venue with a unique feel (that we could afford) we stumbled across Devonshire Terrace. Having the ceremony and drinks reception outside in the atrium was a winner. I have a weird love for the Gherkin, so seeing that through the glass roof was a bonus!

The Food

We had a cocktail reception with Porn Star Martinis and French 75s, as cocktail hour is probably my favourite time of day. For the food, it was important to cater to both English and Turkish tastes. Devonshire Terrace worked with us to create a mezze starter which was already on the table as guests sat down. For mains we had lamb with broad beans and triple cooked chips. Then there was a dessert table including lemon tart, brownies, baklava an all important cheese board.

The DIY

We spent a lot of time on DIY aspects of the wedding – from the stationery design, to place names and the table plan. My mum even made signs for the event, and for my gorgeous flower girl who went down the aisle just ahead of me. I am pleased we did all of this to bring a personal feel to the wedding, but we were also lucky to have Easter weekend to prepare; it is so time consuming! Bringing personal touches like this made the wedding feel like ours.

The Images

I found Frances Sales on Rock My Wedding and just fell in love with her portfolio. I knew her style would suit our tastes perfectly, and I wasn’t wrong. She did the perfect job of capturing unique elements of our day, as well as the all important shots, while being discreet. She also very patient with us when we decided we wanted to get back to the reception! The icing on the cake for me, was opening the package she sent with the final photos. It was beautifully presented and the photos were organised in such a thoughtful way; they told the story of the day perfectly.

We had seen the Marryoke style wedding films and asked Cansen if he thought he could do something like that as part of our wedding film. He rose to the challenge and created something I know we’ll watch for years to come (as well as all the usual footage).

See Claire and Derhan's Marryoke style wedding file HERE.

View the original blog post at Rock My Wedding

Let's Celebrate!

Posted on 05 Aug, 2016
Let's Celebrate!

We invite you to the GRAND OPENING of our Flagship Showroom

We have just released appointments for Sat 13th August (9.00am - 5.30pm) at our brand new Alexandria showroom in NSW!

 

ALEXANDRIA FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM GRAND OPENING DAY

Saturday 13th of August 2016

• 9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW •

 

• Book now and receive the VIP treatment and a FREE gift bag • Book Now 
For more information please contact info@karenwillisholmes.com or call on 9519 3901


Feel like joining us for the party? Come in anytime to help us celebrate with bubbly, cake, live music & other treats!

We are pleased to announce that we will are collaborating with some great local talent including The Grounds Florals by Silva, Sugar Bee Cakes, Studio Silva, Tillee Music, All Grown Up Photography, Winnow Chocolates, Oleria Emporium, The Vintage Stylus, Spoon and Fork, The Lip Lab, The Thoughtful Gifter, Love Find Co. and The Distillery Press to make this day one that is not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our generous partner vendors!

All Grown Up Weddings // @allgrownupweddings // Wedding Photography

All Grown Up Weddings is the brainchild of award-winning wedding photographers Dan O’Day and Kelly Tunney. They are a collective of experienced photographers, specialising in weddings, each with their own unique flavour and twist. The photographers of All Grown Up have been selected to be a part of the team for a few reasons: they are all unique, they all know what they’re doing, and they are all bloody good.

Celebrations by The Distillery // @celebrations_stationery // Wedding Stationery and Printing

Celebrations is a bespoke line of wedding stationery by The Distillery. Beautifully express the style of your wedding day – each suite crafted with gorgeous understated elegance. You can choose from one of The Distillery’s extensive Studio Design collections or work with their design team to create a custom designed suite. It’s time to invite your family and friends to your once-in-a-lifetime celebration! 

Love Find Co. // @lovefindco // Wedding Style Concierge

L O V E   F I N D   C O. is about celebrating you finding love, and then helping you finding products and services that you will love to celebrate your big day.  L O V E   F I N D   C O. is an online wedding destination curated to provide modern brides with access to incredibly talented designers, their services and products, within the Australian wedding scene.

Oleria Emporium // @oleriaemporium // Candles

Oleria Emporium creates the visual elegance, divine fragrance and warm romantic glow of a candles light using the finest quality materials. Fused with designer glassware and hand-crafted to create unique statement pieces for the perfect finishings to any space and occasion. Their natural soy candles are laced with exquisite aromas that soothe the senses, symbolise celebration, mark romance, define ceremony, accent the home and make beautiful gifts. Each piece is hand-poured with detail and dedication to the craft in their Sydney Northern Beaches candle lab. 

Spoon and Fork // @spoonandfork_sydney // Cookies and Cakes

Spoon and Fork is a little shop in Croydon, Sydney, specialising in custom made cakes and cookies. They also stock cookies, cakes and carefully handpicked party essentials and homewares in their shop. Pop in for a cup of coffee, a cupcake and a cookie or pressies for your friend... or organise your next big event!

Studio Silva // @studiosilva_ // Graphic Design and Wedding Stationery

Studio Silva is a Melbourne based design studio specialising in graphic design, and wedding and event stationery. Founded by Jessica Da Silva, Studio Silva creates modern and luxe designs that bring brands and events to life. Studio Silva offers a range of services specifically for weddings and events including invitation design, ‘on the day’ stationery (menus, place cards, table numbers, signage) and stunning finishes such as foiling, embossing, letterpress and hand lettering.

Sugar Bee Cakes // @sugarbeecakes // Cakes and Cookies

All about the wow factor. Custom, couture cakes that embrace beauty, push boundaries, and capture the essence of the soul. The perfect addition to every wedding and event, every cake is perfectly executed and completely handmade. Sugar Bee Cakes specialises in hand-crafted sugar art and we pride themselves on a combination of traditional, unique, and unusual designs- whatever you desire!

Tillee Music // @tilleemusic // Live Music

Tillee Music bring songs to life. Playing our own arrangements, they offer an innovative take on old and new songs. Tillee Music's Acoustic Duo’s offer a stylish, personable addition to your wedding day. Ceremony, Canapés & Reception Music that will complete your perfect day! 

The Grounds Florals by Silva // @thegroundsfloralsbysilva // Florals

Silva has been in the floral industry for 12 years, with a focus in Sydney. Her company, Florals by Silva, source all their plants & flowers directly from Sydney farms including Kellyville, Oakdale & Glenorie as well as Sydney’s markets. Travelling to the farms about 4 times a week, the Forals by Silva team lead busy weeks. A usual day starts at 6:30am at the Grounds of Alexandria with their busiest period being the weekends. When asked about her inspirations, Silva emphasis her love for the customers experience in her company; “It’s all about the experience a customer receives when they walk into my store; but aesthetically, I’m inspired by organic materials, textures and nature as well as the seasonal fragrance found in nature”.

The Lip Lab // @theliplab // Custom Lipstick and Gloss

The Lip Lab is the very first company of it's kind in Australia to use this product and blending machine together. Yes you heard it right, in conjunction with one of their professional lip colour consultants you will be able to choose, mix and apply your own shades.

The Thoughtful Gifter // @thethoughtfulgifter // Rad Gifts and Goodies

The Thoughtful Gifter is a gift and stationery store jammed packed full of fun, sassy and super cool stationery and gifts perfect for giving. No matter what your occasion they've got you covered. Bridal paper goods, all occasions stationery and awesome gifts and goodies, if you're after something rad then stop by and take a look around, your going to LOVE it.     

The Vintage Stylus // @thevintagestylus // Vintage Vinyl DJ

The Vintage Stylus is a hip Vinyl DJ collective that specialise in bringing the good times, great vibes and great tunes to the party. With an extensive collection of vintage vinyl records, their aim is to help you discover the exact feel and vibe you are going for and to make that dream a reality. Whether it’s Funk or Soul, Disco or Rock, Classic Pop or R’n’B and Hip Hop – you name it they can play it. They know exactly what tunes to play and when to play them to have toes-­tapping, heads-­bopping, and hips-­shaking all night long.

Winnow Chocolates // @winnowchocolates // Chocolates and Treats

Winnow Chocolates uses the traditional French technique of hand-tempering on marble to produce artisan chocolates for weddings, events and gifts. They use the world’s finest ingredients with organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate providing the perfect base for locally-sourced fruits, nuts and spices. Work with their chocolatiers to design a beautiful and delicious gift to thank your friends and families for sharing your special day. 

 

Grand Opening - Alexandria Flagship Showroom

Posted on 03 Aug, 2016
Grand Opening - Alexandria Flagship Showroom

We invite you to the GRAND OPENING of our Flagship Showroom in Alexandria!

9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW •  Saturday the 13th of August 2016 (9.00am - 5.30pm)  

We invite you to be among the first to experience our brand new location, to view the collections, see our gorgeous showroom, meet with our amazing partner vendors  and help up celebrate this momentous event.

{Artwork designed by the fabulous @studiosilva}
 

Our new Flagship Showroom will sit alongside our Paddington boutique and marks the 6th boutique opening for the business.

Located at 9 Doody Street in Alexandria this large showroom will be our flagship emporium in Australian and is walking distance to various cafes including The Grounds of Alexandria, The Pommery Café Alexandria, Sonoma Café, Bourke Street Bakery, Black Star Pastry and 5th Earl Rosebery.

 

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Paddington boutique will be closed on Thursday 4th August as we make some changes to the boutique.

From Friday 5th August to the 31st August, the Paddington boutique will house a sample sale event (walk in’s only/ no appointment).

From Thursday 1st September the Paddington boutique will house the BESPOKE Collection & be by appointment only.  To arrange an appointment please email info@karenwillisholmes.com

To view all four collections please visit our new Alexandria showroom. Appointments preferred.

 

 

Elena & Brendan's Country Victoria Wedding

Posted on 03 Aug, 2016
Elena & Brendan's Country Victoria Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a “Beautiful Girls” concert in Melbourne.

How long have you been together? 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? I was away for a few days and ended up last minute coming home on the Saturday afternoon. I had dropped into a deli and picked up lots of cheeses and some nice wine and thought we could go for a picnic when I got back. We were sitting in beautiful Yarrawonga on the foreshore and he leant over with a box and asked me. I was in complete shock!!! He totally jumped in on my picnic idea. Very opportunistic. Found out later he had had the ring for 3 months in our house!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? St. Patrick’s Church, Whorouly           

What made you choose there? It is a stunning little old church in my hometown, that my sisters were both married in and my parents were too.

How was the weather on the day? Gorgeous day- 26 and sunny.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was Easter Long weekend which meant we could spend the whole weekend with our family and friends.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Anita- bride's sister

Melissa- bride's sister

Georgia- bride's friend

Laura- bride's friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Aaron- Groom's friend

Jai- Groom's friend

Brennan- Groom's friend

Anthony- Bride's brother/ Groom's friend

 Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Ava, Zara, Harper, Sophie- all our nieces.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I loved every single Instagram post, they weren’t typical bridal gowns and they were very affordable!!

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

How many gowns did you try? 5 or so.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It made me feel extremely sexy and sleek and I didnt feel like a puffy princess.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Mint Boutique, Yarrawonga

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Judd’s Menswear, Wangaratta- they were the best!!!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Pearls for bridesmaids and vintage earrings from my mum. Also wore my grandmothers engagement ring that she was originally given.

Where did you get your shoes from? Would you believe- SPORTSGIRL!!!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil- a bridal coturist from Albury/Wodonga made this for me. She is an old friend. Jillian Franklin Designs

The Wedding Details

Theme? I didnt really have a theme. The reception was in an old tobacco shed next to my parents farm. (My dad was a tobacco grower) so we wanted to make sure we created a really brightly lit room with lots of flowers.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? My inspriation was drawn from every cosmo bride magazine and all the amazing Karen Willis Holmes Instagram posts! and LOTS of pintersting.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Not a huge amount was DIY- we used a lot of our local businesses.

The bomboniere were home made olive oil (my dads) and succulent jars (my mother in law made)

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take the time to enjoy it. Goes so quickly. My husband and I made sure we stopped a few times away from our guests every couple of hours and just look and say “wow”!

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

Suppliers

Florist - Seed and Bloom, Wangaratta

Photographer - Madalyn Claire Photography

Music - Paris and Co

First Dance - INXS- Beautiful Girl

MC - Paris (band)

Celebrant - Father Peter Taylor.

Stationery - DIY- pinterest

Menu - Remel 185, Whorouly

Cake - A friend made it.

Bombonieres - DIY olive oil 

Hair - Anita Hamilton Hairdressers

Make up - Aliza Delaney

Wedding Bands - David Roberts Jewellery