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Date: September 2016

Cath & Scott's Glamourous Wedding

Posted on 29 Sep, 2016
Cath & Scott's Glamourous Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Scott and I were a work romance – Whilst Scott doesn’t work for the same company as I do, he was involved on a large project with myself. Took a while for me to decipher the hidden little messages, and late night Friday calls – but eventually it clicked that it may be more than a professional working relationship 

How long have you been together? 2 years

Do you have a proposal story? Christmas morning, I was in my PJS – and after his failed attempt for last years Christmas present (a chopping board and a knife), this year he definitely stepped it up! Funny enough I always thought I would be dulled up, nails done – but no I was in my PJS without my hair done. Argh!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 23.7.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Zest Waterfront Venues and Mosman Church

What made you choose there? Both Scott and I love water and beaches! They are also known for their high quality food – food was superb!

How did you find it? Recommendations

How was the weather on the day? It was SO windy, but the sun was shining so I can’t complain

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

The Wedding Details

Theme? It’s really difficult to pinpoint one theme for my wedding – but there were a few things that I consistently loved – Rustic theme, although difficult to have when you have a wedding of 220 people, I LOVE Natives and love the Hollywood glamour, vintage look. One would argue that these themes would not compliment – but somehow it all worked out!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I have followed so many instgram accounts, including Karen Willis Holmes and loved Pinterest .. USE SOCIAL!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My wedding favors were DIY – succulents wrapped in hessian

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Older Sister

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Step Brother 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? – Nieces, nephews and God son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

How many gowns did you try? To be honest, this was one of the first dresses I tried one and despite trying on many different dresses, I could not stop thinking about it ! I loved the sparkle!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the sparkle, how it sculptured by body, it was elegant, yes not over the top!

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Carla Zampatti

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Given my wedding was in Winter, I thought it was perfect to have a fox fur wrap to complimenet my dress. And boy I needed it on the day given the wind. I bought my vintage fur from Forever Vintage at Fivedock.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  1. Go with your heart – if you like something get it! I debated about my fur for months, now that the wedding has past
  2. Your partner’s opinion is the only opinion that matters 
  3. If you see something you like on social, there is nothing wrong with asking a supplier to replicate it!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? GO to KWH! Loads of choice – and the girls are wonderful.

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

Something Old? Grandmother’s engagement ring or my Fox fur

Something New?  Pearl Earrings

Something Borrowed? Tiffany Pearl Bracelet

Something Blue? Garter

Suppliers

See names below

Florist – Antonella from Blossom Flowers and Gifts I loved her because of her approach with natives and willingness to brainstorm with me

Photographer – Mr Wigley - Darren is gentle, patient calm man! I loved his creative talent and approach.

Music – Radio City Cats – know how to get a party started

MC – Friend – great idea!

Stationery – Friend of Brides'

Menu - Zest 

Cake – Fourth Village – Yummy Cheese!!

Bombonieres - DIY

Hair – House of Hair – long time high school friend

Wedding Bands – Cerrone

Naomi & Jason's Tweed Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 27 Sep, 2016
Naomi & Jason's Tweed Hinterland Wedding

 

Jason and Naomi - Summergrove Estate, QLD Wedding from Mad Rose Films on Vimeo.

 

 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? I met Jason at SurfCity Church in 2012.

How long have you been together? 3 Years

Do you have a proposal story? We had spoken about getting engaged for about 6 months, and Jason had been saving and designing my beautiful ring in that time. Jason had planned all these extravagant proposals, only to have me guess and figure them out before he had the to chance propose. We were going back to my family’s home for Easter 2015, and little did I know that he had planned with my parents to do it right there in the house I grew up in.

Whilst I was out with my mother, Jason set up my childhood bedroom with lights, roses and signs. After being blindfolded and lead to my childhood bedroom door, I was overcome by emotion as the man I had prayed for and waited for uttered ‘I  could have done this anywhere, but I wanted to do this in your safe haven, the place where you patiently waited and prayed for me to come, Naomi Maree Malcolm Will you marry me?’

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18.05.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Summer Grove Estate, Tweed Hinterland

What made you choose there? When we saw the view and garden ceremony area, we fell in love.

How did you find it? Via the Internet

How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect, couldn’t have asked for a better day!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We took our relationship to the next level and became official on the 18th of Jan 2014, so we had the 18th and then May just turned out to be the best month for family, friends, weather and work.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We loved the simple raw modern elegance feel. Lots of Dark Navy, White, Rich Green, Dusty Pinks.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I love looking through wedding magazines and drawing inspiration from non-traditional decorating. I combined everything that Jason and I find beautiful and made it into our day. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We had all of our signs designed by our friend, and all styling of the tables done by my brother. We chose and decorated our marble coasters for guests gifts also.  

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honor – Sheree – I met Sheree at the SurfCity Church also, and she has become one of my biggest supports and beautiful friends.

Bridesmaid – Tiahna – I met Tiahna in primary school, and have continued to develop our strong lifelong friendship after high school. Tiahna is a friend of warmth and comfort, and adds a lot to my life. 

Bridesmaid – Amanda – I met Amanda through Church also, and she has become one of my greatest friends who constantly encourages and inspires me.

Bridesmaid – Jessica – My beautiful 15 Year old cousin who is the most beautiful, kind hearted young woman you will meet.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man – Justin – Jason met Justin at Church also, and they have been best mates almost straight away. Justin also had Jason as a groomsmen months after they met in 2013.

Groomsman – Nathan – Nathan is Jason’s brother.

Groomsman – Jamie – Jason has been close friends with Jamie for 17 years, they went through early learning and all of school years in the same year and same schools.

Groomsman – James – Jason and James share a long time of friendship, and have been closer than brothers after meeting when they started high school together.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a few Karen Willis Holmes dresses through the years of looking at beautiful weddings and thought that they were simply stunning and elegant on any size and shape.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine and Karen Willis Holmes Instagram.

How many gowns did you try? 5

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Brisbane

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how ‘Poppy’ felt like it was made for me. It flattered my shoulders and waist and made me feel elegant, beautiful and comfortable!

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We had someone make our bridesmaid dresses from an Audrey Hepburn inspired pattern that I found. We bought the most beautiful Silk from Silk Traders in Melbourne.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits were from Politix through Myer and were made in Midnight Navy.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wanted to wear White Pearls on my wedding day, and Jason bought me a pair of beautiful handmade South Sea pearls as part of my wedding gift. I also wore a stunning White Pearl Bracelet that was passed down from Jason’s late Grandmother. Jason wore a Daniel Wellington classic slim watch and hand designed cufflinks.

Where did you get your shoes from? I got my shoes from Myer, Calvin Klein.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a long rounded Ivory Veil from Karen Willis Holmes.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? There is no rush in organizing your wedding, we had 13 months to create our beautiful day on top of working 3 jobs. Look for a bargain, but don’t sell yourself short also. You will have these memories for a lifetime. I would also suggest including both Photography and Videography as a must for your wedding day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Find something that you are wowed by and that you know your husband to be will love. Also find something that you feel beautiful and comfortable in.

 

Suppliers

Florist – Bloom Collective – I met Faye through work a couple of years ago. She is affordable and she makes beautiful unstructured arrangements, which is what I wanted.

Photographer – Alcorn Images. I have seen Breony and Ryan’s work for years now, and fell in love with their skill, personality and professionalism. 

Videographer – Mad Rose. Madeline Rose is an absolute delight, she made our day and film exactly the way we had dreamed. She puts extra effort and goes the extra mile to accommodate the couples needs.

Music – Chris Lang Music. Chris did all of our set up for our ceremony and sound for speeches and dancing.

First Dance – Our first dance was to ‘Gracious Tempest’ by Hillsong United, sung by Taya Smith.

MC – My brother Joshua was our MC

Celebrant – Pastor Robert Allen

Stationery – Simple Things Press did our invitations and we were really happy with them. Simply and Elegant – exactly what we wanted.

Menu – Summergrove Estate made a beautiful menu for us, and the meal sizes were just perfect.

Cake – Rachael from Flower and Fondant made our stunning three tier textured white and gold cake. The flavours we chose were, caramel mud cake with caramel ganache and dark chocolate mud cake with wild berry colis – it was very amazing!

Bombonieres – We gave each guest a white marble coaster that we sourced from a Gold Coast Store.

Hair – Maria Dawkins (Mother of Groom) and Cathy Allen were our hair dresses and were able to create the exact look we were looking for.

Make up – Melissa Farrugia did such a great job with our makeup and made the bridesmaids, myself and the mother of the bride feel stunning.

Wedding Bands – Our wedding bands were designed by a jeweler from the Far North Coast of NSW.

Extra features – We wrote our own vows to one another which added a great sense of emotion to our ceremony and allowed guests to become apart of the covenant we made on that day.

Alice & Rob's Stylish Winery Wedding

Posted on 26 Sep, 2016
Alice & Rob's Stylish Winery Wedding

Background:

We meet at University and after 8 years of love, friendship and travelling the world together Rob proposed at our Bondi beach pad on a Saturday morning in bed with a ring engraved in Latin “for ours is a big love”. We celebrated with a morning swim and afternoon champagne with our best friends. We designed the engagement ring together.

The Wedding:

Our wedding was on the 4th of March 2016. The ceremony and reception were both at Cupitt’s Winery in Milton. We love the ocean but are both originally from the country so getting married at winery by the sea was the perfect setting. We wanted to make a weekend of the celebrations and for the venue to be private and intimate. The property has a beautiful a rustic sandstone winery, rolling hills, farm animals and amazing sunsets! 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

I researched Karen Willis Holmes on bridal blogs and Instagram and loved the style of the dresses. I spent the weekend with my mum going to a number of bridal stores. I tried on the 'Annika' gown and loved the lace and train but didn’t want to go strapless. I dealt with Hannah-Kate in the Paddington, Sydney Store and she was amazing. We added off-the shoulder lace sleeves and lowered the back and then it was my perfect dress.

Fashion

The bridesmaids wore matching silk navy dresses from Rodeo Show they all looked stunning! The groomsmen got their suits from Brent Wilson and ties and shirts from MJ Bale

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Veil and Earrings both from Karen Willis Holmes and for the girls I bought Samantha Willis earrings as a thank you gift.

Where did you get your shoes from? Silver/Strappy Jimmy Choo Heels from (Net-A-Porter)

The Wedding Details:

Our approach was an elegant, romantic, rustic wedding. I was so happy with the way it came together on the day. I got my inspiration from: The Lane, Hello May Magazine, Pinterest and Instagram.  We didn’t do DIY we bought together a bunch of amazing suppliers so in the lead up to the day we could enjoy spending quality time with our family and friends without having to think about the small details.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy the planning and have fun through the process; it is such an exciting time in your life. Extend the celebrations with welcome dinner and a recovery brunch. It is so rare to have all of your favourite people in the one place, we wanted to maximise on the time that we spent with our guests. Steal a moment together during the night to take it all in!

Suppliers

Florist – Moss Nest

Hair and Makeup – Liv Lundelius

Photographer – Justin Aaron

Music – White Tree Band

MC – One of our best friends from university. He was brilliant!

Celebrant – Victoria Eustace - All we need is love Celebrant.

Stationery – Dear Little Darling

Cake – Elegant Eats- A three tired naked orange almond and dark chocolate ganache topped with fresh flowers!

Holly & Sione's Picturesque Sydney Harbour Wedding

Posted on 22 Sep, 2016
Holly & Sione's Picturesque Sydney Harbour Wedding


Holly & Sione from Ripple Film on Vimeo.

Background

How long have you been together? We have been together two years this December.

Do you have a proposal story? Sione proposed to me at Clontarf beach. We headed down that afternoon for a picnic and swim. After eating he told me he was heading down to the water with our son. They were down there for a while, I assumed they were playing. Shortly after he called me down. As I got closer he dropped to one knee and I noticed my then 3 month old son was holding a ring. By this stage I was blubbering mess and in the sand next to them said “marry me”

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 19th August, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Both the ceremony and location was held at Athol hall café and function Centre, Mosman, Sydney

How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect!  It was a 23 degree sunny day in winter. I couldn’t believe my luck.

 

The Wedding Details

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? 

I was glued to Pinterest for months, anytime I saw something I liked I screenshotted it.

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

Originally I was going to try and do a lot of D.I.Y but the wedding was creeping up closer and closer so I thought it was best to get some help. I contacted Sophie & Tara at The fresh collective. Best thing I ever did, instantly felt less stressed and the girls were fantastic. I wanted the wedding to be simple, I love the look of lots of glass jars with white flowers and lots of greenery. It turned out beautiful and was everything I wanted. Even Sione loved it.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

My maid of honor was Lauren

My three bridesmaids were Chantelle, Rebecca and Abbe all friends since school

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

4 in total, Best man was his nephew Fred

He also had two brothers Malama and Daniel and Best friend Basil.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girls – Hallie , Vake and Mele

Page boy – Soni , our son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I asked a friend of mine if she knew of any places I should go to try dresses and KAREN WILLIS HOLMES was the first place she said. I instantly searched on Instagram and fell in love with the 'Caitlyn' gown. The next week I went straight to the Paddington store and ended up walking out with it.

How many gowns did you try?  I tried on 4 that day

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney

What did you especially like about your gown? I’m not someone to wear a lot of jewelry or makeup, so with the beautiful sequins on the dress I felt I could get away with a very natural look and still look and feel amazing on the day.

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I told the girls I wanted a nude or blush colour and I let them pick whatever they wanted.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I did wear a veil, My aunty made it for me.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Definitely worth hiring a stylist and find a great photography company, highly recommend the both that I used.

Suppliers

Florist and Wedding Stylist - The Fresh Collective 

Photographer and Videographer - Ripple Weddings

Celebrant - Behroze Bilimoria

Cake - Angela Palo 

Hair - Karen Mooney 

Make up - Victoria Tye 

Lucy & Tully's Melbourne Wedding

Posted on 20 Sep, 2016
Lucy & Tully's Melbourne Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

Tully and I met in our first year of uni at the Monash Science Society ball. About two weeks before the ball one of my friends was meant to wing-man me on a date with the hot guy from our Chemistry lab, but she bailed on me at the last minute. To make it up to me she promised to bring someone to the ball to introduce me to. Her boyfriend was studying Law at Deakin with Tully, and so they decided to invite him so they could set us up. The theme for the ball was ‘Disney’, and it’s an understatement to say I was a huge Disney fan. Being blonde I decided to go as Alice in Wonderland. Once we arrived I caught up with Eleanor, to be introduced to a very well-dressed White Rabbit. The perfect complement to my Alice costume. Needless to say, Eleanor did well by introducing me to Tully. Six years later we are walking down the aisle! Tully almost got kicked out of the ball at one point because the bouncers thought he had had too much to drink, and I had to beg them to let him stay so I could get to know him better. Later he revealed that he was so nervous to meet me that he had indulged a bit to give him some liquid courage! I’ll never forget the weedy little moustache Tully had at the time either, that was almost a deal breaker for me! Luckily I persevered and got to know how wonderful he is, and now at least he knows to never try Movember again!

How long have you been together?

We’ve been together for six years this November.

Do you have a proposal story? 

I worked in fine jewellery for years specializing in engagement ring design, so Tully knew that he couldn’t do it on his own. We were planning a trip to Paris for the following year and were going through our budgets one night over dinner. I usually handle most of our finances so was explaining to Tully that we would definitely be able to achieve our savings goal, when he got down on one knee and asked me to take some money out of the budget for a “special purchase”. I was really excited then! He liased with one of my best friends from work to create my gorgeous engagement ring, and had it hand made in Melbourne. I knew roughly when it should be finished so I was super touchy every time we had a meal or went out somewhere. He knew this, so as soon as he picked up the ring he surprised me. I was working on an assignment for uni, when I turned around and there he was, down on one knee again. He tried to just shove the ring at me, but instead I told him he had to say something nice, so he was all flustered and blurted out: “I love you, will you let me be your wife?” Since then he has been the butt of a lot of ‘wifey’ jokes. Once we were in Paris we went to my favourite restaurant, Auberge Nicholas Flamel for a celebration engagement dinner and had a lovely evening. We definitely milked the fact that we were ‘newly engaged’ on that holiday, and even got free upgrades on our flight over because I pretended he had proposed on the way to the airport!

 The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday 16th April

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The ceremony was at St Paul’s Cathedral in the center of Melbourne, followed by drinks at the Westin for guests while we were having our photos taken, and then the reception was in Arc One Gallery behind Cumulus Inc on Flinders Lane.

What made you choose there? I have a personal connection to the cathedral. This year St Paul’s is celebrating its 125th anniversary. My Great Grandfather was a stonemason, and he worked as an apprentice on the foundations for the cathedral. He then returned 30 years later to complete the spires of the cathedral, and was one of the only stonemasons to work on both projects. So it’s nice to have this family connection to such a gorgeous building, as it really makes me feel like I can spend time with my ancestors by taking a moment to just sit and be quiet. It was really special to share this with Tully and all of our wonderful family and friends who attended the ceremony. The ceremony itself was beautiful. My Godmother read one of Shakespeare’s sonnets, my best friend Maddy read from the Corinthians, and Tully’s sister Eliza read a blessing. Given the anniversary of the cathedral, we had the full choir present on the day to sing the hymns and help fill the beautiful space with music. Maddy’s sister Hannah sang one of my favourite songs, At Last by Etta James, during the signing of the register, which was a beautiful modern compliment to the traditional choir. I walked down the aisle to Parry’s I Was Glad, which perfectly showcased the vocal talents of the choir and created a bewitching atmosphere in the cathedral.

Having the reception at Cumulus Inc was an easy choice for us. Tully and I both really enjoy good food and wine, and love all of Andrew McConnell’s restaurants. We’ve travelled to France twice over the years and indulged and learned about amazing food and wine, and Tully is quite a good home cook himself. Tully is the kind of amazing home cook who cooks by feel and can just whip up some mayonnaise if you run out. So for us, the standard chicken or beef catered-style reception wasn’t going to cut it. It needed to be better than what Tully and I could serve at a dinner party, and was it ever! That’s why we wanted to choose somewhere like Cumulus, because we could trust that it would be amazing and it was one less thing to think about in planning. We had a lot of family coming over from New Zealand as well, and Cumulus Inc has a great selection of Australian wines that we were able to showcase. Plus the signature dish is a beautiful slow roasted lamb shoulder, which was the butt of several witty ‘across the ditch’ jokes throughout the evening.

How was the weather on the day? The weather was beautiful. The Friday before the wedding was quite hot, so we were worried that the heat might linger, which would be less than ideal for all the boys in their beautiful suits. Then there was suggestions that there might be light showers, but in the end it was a gorgeous day, and it only started to rain once we stepped out of the car and into the reception venue, so it was perfect!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew we wanted to get married in April, because in Melbourne it is the perfect blend of warm weather that’s not too hot. My favourite number is 4, and so for me the notion of a palindrome of 16 4 16 was irresistible. It’s definitely a date that will be easy for Tully to remember in years to come!

The Wedding Details

Theme? I worked for a number of years at a luxury jeweler, and used my science background to enhance my understanding of previous metals and gems. I wear yellow gold jewellery, so this luxurious texture became a driving theme. I complemented this with ivory to add a bridal touch. My favourite flowers are blue hydrangeas, so this pale blue colour featured on the stationary. As blue and yellow are opposite colours they worked quite well together. I am also a huge fan of old Hollywood movies starring Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn etc., so this idea of old Hollywood glamour played a role as well. I also love old English florals and gardens, so the main brief with the flowers was loose, soft romantic blooms and lots of greenery. Essentially it was a vintage glamour vibe, without being lacey and too feminine.

I chose to work with the amazing Mickey Loves Jacqui Letterpress team for our stationary. They created a gorgeous design featuring a pale blue hydrangea, and this really set a style theme for the rest of the table settings at the reception. We worked with the also amazing Vanessa and Caris from Prunella to create the floral arrangements at the reception, which complemented the stationary beautifully. The space at Arc One behind Cumulus is quite a modern, white, rectangular room, so filling it with gorgeous blooms worked really well to contrast styles. I had customized menus made as place cards, and had these on the plates, with gold cutlery that I ordered through Place Settings. I also hired in Bentwood chairs because I liked the soft curves of the backs. Plus they’re super comfy! Vanessa and Caris completed the aerial floral displays with beautiful gold candelabras down on the table, and bought Cire Trudon candles that made the room smell amazing. I am super into sweet things, so I had a dessert buffet with a huge selection of bite-sized desserts made by the super talented Vicki at Dolce Fantasia. Vanessa and Caris framed the gold-themed dessert buffet with giant urns of flowers, which was a beautiful back drop for speeches and photos.

Given that Arc One is an art gallery, there was an exhibition on at the time called Transformer, by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, which featured large paintings with an overall outback theme. The sparse landscapes in the artworks contrasted really nicely with the lush blooms in the floral installations. All in all it had a very Melbourne feel to it. Warehouse meets arthouse meets cottage garden (not confusing at all).

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? My favourite Grace Kelly movie is called To Catch A Thief. It is set in the south of France and is about a cunning cat burgular. Tully and I also really love the Champagne region in France, so we were trying to capture an effortless French style of glamour and luxury. I have fond memories of the introduction scene from the Beatrix Potter series, with beautiful English garden florals, so I was trying to find a blend between our French and English influences in a style that was also uniquely Melbourne. Given that the wedding was very central Melbourne CBD, I wanted to tie all this together in a clean way to create something really beautiful and classic, so that in 20 years we can look at the photos and say: I would still do that today. My gorgeous 'Jacqueline' gown played a huge inspirational role for other details of the wedding as well. The fabric is quite heavy and the gown has really clean lines, so I wanted this classic but glamourous style to translate to all other aspects of the day.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, I wanted to make chic wedding favours that everyone could enjoy, so I made my own candles in mini science beakers. Given my science background I thought this would be a really nice touch, plus science products are really on trend at the moment. Learning how to make my own candles was really fun, and very cost effective! We were also having a dessert buffet instead of a wedding cake, so we gave each guest a small piece of pre-cut wedding cake as part of the wedding favours.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had two bridesmaids, my best friend and my sister. Both my bridesmaids were on duty full time from Thursday, helping prep all the party favour bags, making deliveries of all the accessories to Cumulus (e.g. guest book, cake knife), helping with the ceremony rehearsal etc. So it was a big time commitment, and I really appreciated their help. My sister Tilly gave me a beautiful gift to wear on the day. She made me a delicate gold ring with four balls to symbolise my family (my parents, myself and my sister) with a note saying that even though I was becoming an Anders, I would always be a Rutherford. She also made me a little stuffed dog to resemble our furbaby Archie, which I kept in my pocket so that he was there in spirit with us on the day. My other bridesmaid was my best friend Maddy, who came all the way from Germany to be in the wedding. Talk about commitment!

I originally invited my cousin to be in the bridal party as well, but she is 10 years older than me and has three gorgeous children who were flower girls and a page boy, so in the end it was better for her to spend the day with them and help them get ready, rather than being a bridesmaid. I definitely learned that you can’t just ask people and expect them to be honoured to be in your bridal party. It needs to be an open, two-way conversation; and sometimes it’s better for people to not make the commitment so they can really participate and be part of the day in their own way.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Tully had his two best friends as his groomsmen. Tully has two older brothers and he didn’t want to choose between them, so we involved them by having the oldest brother be the MC at the reception, and the other brother gave a speech at the reception and was Tully’s witness for the marriage registry. All four boys (groomsmen and brothers) wore buttonholes, so they were a part of the day with us.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Tully is the youngest of four siblings, and all his older siblings have small children (there are six, all under 6 years old!). I wanted to include everyone in the ceremony, because the reception was adults only (allowing all the adults to relax and enjoy themselves). My cousins from NZ also have young children, and my cousins are the closest thing I have to older siblings, so I wanted to include their gorgeous kids too. In the end we had six beautiful flower girls, Portia (11), Ava (9), Beth (2), Nelle (8 months), Saraiah (2) and Zahayvah (8 months); and five gorgeous page boys Jack (6), Tom (4), Lachie (2), Zac (2), and Knox (6). We took a great photo after the ceremony of Tully and I with all the flower girls and page boys. Our nephew Lachie is cracking a wobbly and trying to wiggle out of my arms, Zac and Saraiah (who had never met) are holding hands and cuddling, Jack and Tom (brothers) are standing straight up tall with huge grins on their faces, and Portia and Ava (sisters) were elbowing each other so we had to separate them. It’s one of my favourite photos from the day. To make them feel more comfortable, I ordered custom Star Wars bowties off Etsy (Rougebox) for the boys. These were super cute, and went down a treat with the older boys! For the girls I had custom tulle and silk dresses made on Etsy (Saskia Dankbaar) as well. Then I bought beautiful gold shoes from Seed for the girls to tie them in to the gold theme.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My sister is law is an avid Pinterest-er and follows KAREN WILLIS HOLMES on social media. When I started looking I took her with me as she has great style, and she took me straight to the beautiful store on High Street. We were served by the lovely Brianna, and I knew straight away that I would find my dress that day.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Eliza pointed out some of the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns at the One Fine Day bridal fair runway show, and I loved every design that was there.

How many gowns did you try? I tried about four different styles, from a gorgeous satin slip with a lace peplum top to the classic 'Matilda' gown but none were exactly right. Then Brianna ducked upstairs and came down with the Jacqueline. The original gown has a jewelled applique in the centre of the bodice, which given my background in fine jewellery I wasn’t too keen on, but with a quick pin of an offcut of fabric, we could start to imagine a vision for the dress.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? We visited the beautiful boutique on High Street. There is a fantastic café a few doors down called Forest Green that is the perfect coffee spot while you’re waiting for your turn in the dressing room.

What did you especially like about your gown? I customized quite a few aspects of the Jacqueline gown, but I feel I still kept the classic essence of Jackie Kennedy. I removed the jewelled applique, added pockets to the skirt and buttons all the way down the train, and added a hoop underneath to give the skirt more volume. It make me truly feel like Grace Kelly. The bodice has a beautiful taper in the material to pinch in and create a tiny waist, and then the voluptuous skirt softly pleats to create a beautiful silhouette.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls wore classic navy Zimmermann dresses. We originally purchased the dresses in Oxblood, from the 2015 collection, but once I had my dress fitting in February we decided that the gorgeous ivory heavy silk twill of my gown didn’t quite complement the oxblood, so we switched to navy instead. On the day I was really happy with the colour as it matched the boys’ suits too!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Tully is a big James Bond fan, and a man’s wedding day is just as much a ‘once in a lifetime occasional to dress up’ as it is for the bride. So Tully knew early on that he wanted a suave dinner suit like in the classic Connery Bond films. He began researching the proper fit of suits and learned a lot about men’s tailoring. So it was great that he found Oscar Hunt. They were able to perfectly realise his dreams and create a beautiful three-piece tuxedo for him. He was particular about the fact that he wanted silk grosgrain lapels, so Oscar Hunt were able to source the Dormeuil grosgrain fabric for him from the UK. It’s like a gentleman’s club when you visit, you get a cold beverage and sit in beautiful leather chairs, and you really do feel like James Bond! Tully managed to drag his two groomsmen and his two brothers to Oscar Hunt with him, and the results were truly impressive. They managed to find a waist on both the groomsmen and create beautiful suits that they will keep forever. While bespoke suits are a little more expensive, the results are worth the extra effort. Tully also wore Albert Thurston braces (the same ones Daniel Craig wore in Casino Royale), a Le Noed Papillon bowtie from Sydney, Aquilla shoes and a custom shirt also from Oscar Hunt.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had given the girls a delicate gold bracelet when I asked them to be bridesmaids, which they wore on the day, and paired with their own earrings to add a bit of individuality. To complement my gorgeous gown, I borrowed my godmother’s beautiful pearl strand and earrings, and wore a gorgeous antique rose gold bracelet that every woman in my mother’s family has worn when they got married for five generations. As the wedding was in April in Melbourne, we had no idea what the weather would be like, so we decided we needed something to cover up with later in the evening. My sister is an industrial designer (and incredibly talented) so she made little fur capelets for her and Maddy, and I borrowed a vintage Scanlan and Theodore feather capelet from my mum’s friend. I chose it because it was pink, and wouldn’t clash with the bold ivory of my gown. To tie into my Hollywood glamour theme, I wore a beautiful Creed fragrance. I chose Spring Flower, which was created for Audrey Hepburn to wear at her wedding. It is these small touches that made me feel truly special on the day. Later on at the reception I removed my veil and added a gold metal belt I bought off ASOS to add a more party style to my dress. I also ordered custom Mon Purse leather clutches for myself and my bridesmaids that had our names embossed in gold. I ordered black for the girls to match their black suede Zomp heels, and light blue for myself with a hot pink lining for a secret pop of colour.

Where did you get your shoes from? The very first thing I bought for the wedding was my shoes. When I was younger my best friends and I used to pour over Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines, and I have always dreamed of owning a pair of Christian Louboutin heels. It only seemed fitting that for my wedding day I would realise this dream. On the very first day that the Louboutin Melbourne boutique opened on Collins street, I was there at 10am to buy my gorgeous New Simple 120mm pumps in nude. I chose the classic style because I can wear them again. I always knew I wouldn’t want white wedding shoes, so the nude seemed like the obvious choice. I am proud to say that I wore my shoes from 12pm to 2am, and didn’t get ANY blisters! I was amazed at how comfortable they really were. I also wore them the next day for the after party BBQ with no problems at all. Now I have to resist wearing them everywhere!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Given the grand nature of St Paul’s Cathedral I knew that I wanted a cathedral length veil. I love vintage laces, and have always loved my Mum’s wedding dress which featured corded French lace. Unfortunately KWH didn’t have a corded lace edging available, so I sourced my veil through AlisaBrides on Etsy. I ordered a custom width as I wanted the veil to be wide and long. This way I can use it in the future as a covering for my babies’ cots (almost like a mosquito net). The softness of the lace edging perfectly complemented the thickness of my gown’s fabric. Once I put my veil on at my dress fitting I truly felt like a bride.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? We started planning the details of our wedding in January of 2015 (15 months before the big day). We locked in our major vendors (photographer, reception and ceremony venues, stationary, florist and my gown and shoes) by March 2015, and then being the hyper-organised control freak that I am, I started organizing other things that I should have waited for, like making wish lists for the registry, buying the bridesmaids dresses, deciding on hair and make up etc. The downside of being this organized meant that I had a year to become familiar with everything, and for others to develop opinions. I would recommend that although it’s hard to resist, some things really do need to wait until 6 months or even 3 months out to be organized.

Similarly, Tully and my main focus was that the day was about us, not about who we were before we were ‘us’ and not about our parents. This helped with coming up with the guest list, as our rule was to only invite people who are important to us as a couple. Given that we’d been together for 6 years, most important people in our lives are important to both of us, such as core family and close family friends. This meant that those family friends who played a super influential role in our lives as children, but who we hadn’t seen for 10 years, didn’t get a ‘catch up invitation’ as Tully called it. Although it was hard, we really tried not to use our wedding as an excuse for people to get together; we wanted to avoid the guests who would only come for the free meal. This also made other planning decisions easier as we worked as a team, and tried not to be influenced by what our parents wanted (our mothers have very different style and taste). As a result, we split the day in half. We had an ‘open ceremony’, where anyone was welcome to come to watch and witness our marriage. This opened the door to the Mothers’ Group mums who had known me my whole life, and girls from high school, and families I had babysat for etc. to witness the special moment. It was truly wonderful to walk down the aisle to so many loving (and tearful) faces. Following the ceremony my parents hosted drinks at the Westin hotel (behind the cathedral) for everyone who came to the ceremony (approx. 200 guests) while we were off having photos. Then our nearest and dearest met us at Cumulus for the reception (46 guests). Having the day in two parts enabled everyone who cared about us (individually or as an ‘us’) to come to the ceremony and be part of the day, leaving the reception for those who are dear to ‘us’ as Tully and Lucy in 2016. This was great because the ceremony is not a ‘cost per head’ event, so it really was open to anyone. There were also a few tourists crowded up the back taking photos, which was a funny Melbourne moment. My main point here is that the day should be a happy one focused on you and your partner to publicly make promises to each other. No one needs those bitter arguments about being forced to invite your Mum’s second cousin because it would be rude not to. Let them witness the ceremony, that’s the sentimental part they care about!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? It is really overwhelming when you start looking for your ‘perfect’ dress. No matter how many dresses you pin, or how many designers you follow on Instagram, you won’t know what suits you until you get out there and try it on. I also don’t think it’s realistic to find the ‘perfect’ dress on your first go. It definitely took a few ‘almost perfect’ dresses being tried on before I was able to come back to the 'Jacqueline' and realise that was my dress. I would also really recommend doing your hair and make-up when you start trying on wedding gowns. It sounds silly, but it’s much easier to imagine what it would look like on the day if you’ve got a bit of lippy on and you’ve done your hair in a nice way. Plus it makes going out on the dress hunt a bit more special if you feel special doing it.

Something Old? The vintage family bracelet I wore, which originally belonged to my Great Great Great Grandmother.

Something New? My gorgeous dress, shoes and veil.

Something Borrowed? My godmother’s pearls and my Nana’s handkerchief that I hid in the super handy pockets of my dress.

Something Blue? A little blue bow on my underwear, a blue bow inside my dress, and my blue Mon Purse clutch.

Suppliers

Florist – We used Prunella. Vanessa and Caris are simply amazing floral stylists. They were super supportive and completely understood my vision of trying to bring all my different inspiration together in a coherent theme. The room was amazing. Between them and the wonderful Nell from Cumulus Inc’s event team, I realized I didn’t need a stylist, as they worked together seamlessly to turn an industrial art gallery into a romantic, glamourous dining room. I cannot recommend them enough. Plus they’re super lovely ladies which is an epic bonus.

Photographer – We worked with the wonderful Harriet Tarbuck from Harriet Claire photography. I first met Harriet at my Monash graduation… we had professional photos taken and she was really lovely and gave us all slight adjustments that created great photos. We grabbed her card and a few months later got in contact for her to document our wedding. She had a really laid back approach that was super fun, and allowed us to have little moments together that she captured with an expert eye and skill. Her assistant Sam was also super lovely. Harriet was a super trouper with great endurance; she was with me from 10am at Shibui, until 11:30pm at night when we left the reception! Her photos really seemed to have captured the essence of people. There is one photo of Tully’s parents that sums them up to a t.

Music – Cumulus Inc have wireless iPod connectivity in the gallery, so we were able to save on the cost of a DJ by Tully simply making a few playlists through his phone and wirelessly connecting to the speaker system. This was great as it gave us control over what was playing, and helped coordinate with the run sheet for the evening, and we could use songs as timing cues. We had a mix of old American jazz (Frank Siantra, Louis Armstrong etc) with a few more modern love songs mixed in.

First Dance – We danced to Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra, which mirrors how Tully and I met at the Science Ball and have been together ever since. It was super emotionally and really lovely.

MC – Tully’s oldest brother Dan.

Celebrant – Reverend Jenny Nelson from Christchurch South Yarra was filling in at St Pauls. She was amazing and such a lovely person. She really made the ceremony fun and inviting to all, regardless of their beliefs, and was very welcoming and supportive to Tully who is agnostic.

Stationery – Mickey loves Jacqui Letterpress. As I’ve said above, the stationary really set the tone for the rest of the wedding, and both Mickey and Jacqui were lovely to deal with. Planning a wedding is a long journey, and it was really nice to have Jacqui to share it with along the way. Letterpress stationary was my secret splurge that I hid from the wedding budget, because I adore the luxury feel it gives to an event. Now I can’t wait for future events so I can have Mickey design more gorgeous stationary for me. Next time I’m going to explore their gorgeous water colour florals and gold foil. Jacqui was also super helpful at the start with helping me clarify my theme and aesthetic from the get go. The Save the Date card is the first taste that guests get of the wedding, so I wanted to get it right from the very start. I love all our stationary and have all the pieces in a frame in pride of place on my gallery wall.

Menu – We served canapes and cocktails to guests from 6:30-7:00 as they arrived while we were finishing up with photos. We then had shared entrees followed by a two-part main course. Guests then grazed over the amazing dessert buffet created by Dolce Fantastia. Our full menu was:

Canapes:

Comte & leek tart

Smoked brisket, potato crisp & horseradish

Duck waffle, foie gras & prune

 

Entree - To share

House pickles

Tuna tartare with crushed green pea salad

Kitchen charcuterie selection

House curd, basil and black olive

 

Mains - To Share

Ocean trout, whey and sorrel

Bitter leaf salad, pear and buttermilk

Slow Roast Lamb Shoulder

Roast Potatoes, confit garlic

Black barley & farro salad, hibiscus, za'atar

Heirloom carrots, chermoula & shanklish

 

Dessert Buffet

Lemon meringue tarts

Baked cheesecake with berry coulis

Toffee éclairs with crème patissiere

Flourless chocolate cake

Opera cake squares

Vanilla and chocolate cannoli

Salted caramel macarons

Cake – The amazing Vicki from Dolce Fantasia created our divine dessert buffet and cake bonbonnieres. Dessert is my favourite type of food, so I wanted it to be amazing (and it was!) I knew a simple classic restaurant dessert wasn’t going to cut it. I worked with Vicki to come up with a selection of mini desserts that fitted a variety of flavor preferences. Then, given that there was lots of options, we decided not to serve a wedding cake, and instead to include a piece of cake with the party favours. Vicki pre-prepared these and made a false cake for show so that we had something to cut. We chose to feature gold on the cake and desserts to tie in with the gold and ivory colour palate.

Bombonieres – I made mini beaker candles from scratch to show off my science background. Guests were also given a piece of wedding cake in a small giftbag. I ordered the beakers from MadAboutScience.com.au and the candle supplies from Aussie Candle Supplies, who are great to deal with and super helpful about what you need when trying to make your own candles for the first time. I would definitely recommend it as each candle worked out at only $4 each (inclusive of all materials and tools), and I felt a sense of achievement by making them myself.

Hair -  I am lucky in that I have had the same hairdresser for my whole life. Tracey Colebrook has an uber cool salon in South Yarra and it was a no brainer that she would do my hair for the wedding. We worked together and had numerous trials before we finally decided on my updo. I wanted something super classic, yet not your traditional low bun updo that most brides go for. My hair stayed in all day and was really comfortable. Tracey also stitched my veil into my hair so that when we wanted to remove it we simply had to cut out the stitching and remove the slider. This way we didn’t have to try to remove any bobby pins that might disrupt the style.

Make up – I had originally booked a top bridal make-up artist from One Fine Day over 14 months out from the big day. Then, the week of the wedding the MUA was having some timing issues with a job she had booked in after she would be done with us, and wanting to move timings around so she could make it to the next booking. I was really upset with this as I didn’t want to feel like my MUA rushed through my make up on my wedding day. So we had to cancel our booking, and luckily the wonderful Allie Louise was available to rescue us in the eleventh hour. She did my make up for my hens and was super lovely and professional. She uses airbrush techniques which I’d never tried before, and my make-up was flawless and stayed on all night. My tip here is to make sure your MUA is going to make the whole day available for you so that you’re not rushed or pressed for time. Given the cost of bridal make-up artists I think this is something to confirm when you’re paying your deposit.

Wedding Bands - We chose classic yellow gold bands that I had custom made with one of my best friends from my jewellery days.

 

Clare & Brendan's Colourful Garden Wedding

Posted on 15 Sep, 2016
Clare & Brendan's Colourful Garden Wedding

 

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For Clare and Brendan, attaining a ‘theme’ for their day wasn’t the goal. Instead, they just wanted a bright colour palette with tonnes of flowers and decorations…and a touch of gold. “Most importantly we wanted to create a party atmosphere from the moment guests walked into the reception. So music and drinks were important!” explains Clare, who looked at a handful of venues around Sydney before her Mum suggested the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.

“It ticked a lot of boxes for us – great food, enough space to host 175+ guests, walking distance from our ceremony, iconic views to impress guests from out of town, etc.,” she tells us, adding that their ceremony received a lot of praise from guests.

“Under the guidance of our celebrant Jesse Cachillo, the ceremony was fun, relaxed and full of love and laughter… just like our life together.” It’s no surprise that Clare’s gorgeous two-piece from Karen Willis Holmes was the talk of the town as well.

“The dress was actually a skirt and top. I’d been to a couple of boutiques before deciding that a skirt and top was what I wanted. Karen Willis Holmes was one of the few designers who offered this option, so I visited her store in Paddington and made the decision then and there. The staff were wonderful and made the whole experience very easy.”

While the pair admits they knew from the moment they met that they’d be married, they tell us that despite the stress “being able to share our love for each other with all our friends and family was nothing short of magical” – and photographer Jo Bartholomew was there to capture it all.

“Our photographer, Jo was amazing. Her style really suited what we were looking for. Relaxed and journalistic. Too many wedding shots are over contrived but this isn’t her style. We’ve recommended her to a lot of our friends.”

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CREDITS Photos Jo Bartholomew // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Flower crown Kristi Bonnici via Etsy // Robes / getting read tees Plum Pretty Sugar // Lingerie Stella McCartney // Shoes Sophia Webster // Accessories Net-A-Porter // Hair Wildlife Hair // Rings Melissa Harris // Bridesmaid dresses Lover // Bridesmaid gifts House of Fraser // Groom and groomsmen suits The Suit Shop // Tie / Bow tie Saba // Shoes Meermin // Socks Happy Feet // Barber / grooming Grand Royal // Event planner / Stylist Little Lane Events // Florist Red Fragrance Floral Design // Stationery Danielle Lattuca Design via Etsy // Printer Carbon8 // Ceremony Botanic Gardens, NSW // Reception and catering Botanic Gardens Restaurant // Decorative elements Event Haus // Lighting / sound hire Cherry Entertainment // Entertainment Shantan Ichiban // Celebrant Jessie Cacchillo // Transport Luxcar.

Valerie & Ryan's Elegant LA Loft Wedding

Posted on 13 Sep, 2016
Valerie & Ryan's Elegant LA Loft Wedding

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? I met Ryan while I was technically on a date with his friend (now, our friend)! It was pretty clear on this date that his friend wasn’t really interested in me romantically, but we had a lot in common, even some mutual acquaintances. So, as the date was winding down, he invited me out to dinner with those folks and I thought to myself, “oh, well, at least dinner will be fun!” So I met back up with them later in the evening. They had asked their other friend (who turned out to be Ryan) who lived down the street to join. We really hit it off hanging out that night, and Ryan asked me for my number! It sounds kind of scandalous that I met Ryan while on a date with his friend, but it’s true, and I’m really glad Ryan siezed the opportunity!

How long have you been together? Since the fall of 2011, so about 4 ½ years 

Do you have a proposal story? Ryan is a film editor, and had been secretly collecting all of these videos and photos on his phone and camera of little moments together. He made a short film for me, which he showed me as a surprise one night after we went out for this fabulous dinner. I was in my pajamas! I thought to myself “this is the sweetest, most sincere, most loving thing anyone has ever done for me.” And before I knew what was happening, he took out a ring and asked me to marry him. YES.


The Wedding
What was your wedding date? Are you ready for a wild story? ….so we were originally supposed to be married on October 3, 2015. About a week before our wedding, Ryan fell very ill and was admitted to the hospital. After the doctors ran some tests, they told us he had viral meningitis, caused by West Nile Virus! Needless to say, he wasn’t going to be walking down the aisle that Saturday, muchless walking anywhere. We had to postpone our wedding, and notify all of our guests to cancel their travel plans. Our awesome wedding coordinator Chelsea, from Lucky Day Events Co., sprang into action and was a huge help. Ryan was discharged from the hospital the night of our original wedding date. All of that from one little mosquito bite here in Los Angeles. We were just glad it wasn’t worse and that he was able to make a full recovery. The kindness and understanding from our family, friends, colleagues, vendors, and everyone really helped us get through the difficult time. We are so fortunate he is healthy and so glad to finally be married!

Our “Wedding 2.0” was held on March 12, 2016 surrounded by our amazing family and friends.

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Hudson Loft, Downtown Los Angeles    

What made you choose there? We both lived 2 blocks away from each other when we met, on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles. We both really bonded over our mutual love for DTLA and taking adventures around the neighborhood together. One thing we found so charming about exploring the old buildings was how weeds and plants would grow out of the cracks of building facades, their roots disappearing down into the walls and crevices. When we discovered the Hudson Loft (used mostly for photoshoots and events) it felt perfect for us.

How did you find it? We were a little jaded looking at traditional wedding venues in the LA area, so started looking instead at raw event spaces.
 
How was the weather on the day? It was partly cloudy then totally sunny! Perfect light streaming through the industrial windows of the venue and gorgeous weather for the after-party on the rooftop of the building.
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? As I mentioned before, we had to reschedule our wedding, and this was the first available date that all of the vendors could make! 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We wanted the venue to be the star of the show. The real hero was our florist, Inessa Nichols of Inessa Nichols Design. She totally “got it” when we described the idea of recreating those moments of errant, persistent plants growing from the tinyest crack in a wall or building side in the industrial areas of Downtown LA, and carried that through to the assymetrical ceremony arch and hanging greenery for the reception, as well as the vines that sprung up all along the columns and walls throughout.

The greenery and vines were a main color emphasis, as well as high-contrast white flowers with black centers, offset with rust colored leaves. Bridesmaids wore varying hues of dark blue, which I thought would be beautiful in the light of the venue, and not as formal as black. Little details here and there were white or gold, like balloons with greenery hanging from them. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The surrounding neighborhood.
 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I purposefully minimized DIY, and decorations in general. To be cost-conscious, I found a few decorations on sale from various wedding websites, like some gold paper fans. I bought “papel picado,” traditional Mexican wedding banners, from Olvera Street in Downtown LA to decorate our home for the rehearsal dinner the night before. I made little signs for the guest book and gift table on my home printer with white wood frames I found in a clearance bin. I designed the table cards myself, and had them printed by a low-cost online print shop, writing in the guests’ names myself. The reception table seating assignment display I also created myself on some old vintage windows given to me by some friends who had just been married and had used them for the same purpose. Using fonts from the Save the Date cards I designed myself, I printed out guest names, taped them to the back of the windows, and traced over them with paint pins on the other side of the window glass. I made a conscious decision to only take on what I knew I could execute, and not stress myself out over DIY projects. I think it worked out just fine! Huge kudos to our florist who really brought the space to life with her creativity and skill. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 
Jennifer / Matron of Honor / Sister of Bride / Atlanta, GA
Lindsey / Friend / Seattle, WA
Helen / Friend / London
Gretchen / Friend / Los Angeles
Alison / Friend / Lincoln City, OR
Heaton / Friend / Atlanta, GA (could not make it out for Wedding 2.0 due to family obligations)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 
Justin / Best Man / Brother of Groom / Fort Collins, CO
Dave / Friend / Los Angeles
Jay / Friend / Los Angeles
Nick / Friend / Los Angeles
Ben / Friend / Loveland, CO
Huey / Friend / Mead, CO

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? 
N/A, but there was a really cute baby named George at the wedding, son of Groomsman Dave and his wife Elizabeth

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? We happened to visit the Hudson Loft for the first time the very same day there as a Karen Willis Holmes editorial photoshoot there. I saw the model walk by in a KWH gown and fell in love! I contacted Hudson Loft a week later, got the contact information, and the rest is history. We even hired the photographer you all had there that day, Gregory Ross, and his wife Erin!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? No, and at that point had really not enjoyed the gown-shopping process here in Los Angeles. 
 
How many gowns did you try? Definitely over 15 before I was able to try on the KWH gowns. You were so kind to ship samples to Love & Lace Bridal Salon for me to try different styles.
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Love & Lace Bridal Salon
 
What did you especially like about your gown? The modern fit of the Alexandra, the detailed beading and sequin work, and quality. It was a work of art. It wasn’t too girly or frilly, but was still strikingly pretty. It just felt like my style. I would say it is perfect for a bride like me who wanted to be a bit more modern and stylish, but also timeless and elegant. I wanted to feel like a bride on my wedding day, but wasn’t into the whole princess thing or sexy thing. 


 
Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? They were encouraged to find their own gowns, dark blue or navy, with interesting detail and textures.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? They were allowed to wear their own suits as long as they were grey.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore two of my favorite bracelets, both brass, and my friend Helen’s family heirloom pearl bracelet to qualify for “something old” and “something borrowed.”

Where did you get your shoes from? They were Badgley Mischka

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? 
No veil, but I wore a gold Jennifer Behr headpiece “Laurel Leaf Bandeaux’


Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t let the intricacy of the planning process get you stressed out. Take it one task at a time, and don’t overthink everything. At one point I decided to just dive in, revel in this amazing time, and roll with it, embrace it! I realized that making all of these little decisions was and should be super fun! When else in your life do you get to decide what wine to serve with an amazing meal prepared with great skill and pride for all of your closest friends and family? We definitely had fun with it. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Start early! And don’t buy the first one that feels good. It will still be there. Try on all different styles, even ones you are certain are not ‘you.’ I have to admit that some of the dresses I tried on looked super weird on the rack, but amazingly flattering when on your body. Lean on your gal pal you take with you for advice and honesty, and let the dress shop professional guide you toward different styles if you aren’t sure what you want. Get a dress that flatters your figure and that you feel comfortable in, not one that will require a lot of tweaking and customization down the road.
 

Something Old? My mom gave me a handkerchief which was embroidered by my paternal great-grandmother, who gave it to my grandmother on her wedding day. My grandmother then gave it to my mom on her wedding day.

Something New? The DRESS.

Something Borrowed? Pearl bracelet from my bridesmaid, Helen.

Something Blue? Pedicure color choice took care of this one.


Suppliers 

Florist - Inessa Nichols Design - she’s a design genius! Recommended by photographer, Gregory Ross.

Photographer - Gregory Ross - we saw him at work when we first visited the venue (Hudson Loft) before booking it. He happened to be shooting an editorial for Karen Willis Holmes that day in the venue! The fine folks at the Hudson Loft gave me the contact info for KWH, because the gown I saw that day was so beautiful. KWH actually put me in touch with Gregory. He and his wife Erin were a tremendous help, and we went with many of his recommendations for other vendors. On top of all of that, he and Erin were such an absolute pleasure to work with, and came through with gorgeous photographs of our big day. Exceeded our expectations.

Videographer - N/A

Music - Our friend, DJ Travis, who is a radio DJ on local NPR affiliate KCRW in Los Angeles

First Dance - Heroes by David Bowie

MC - Our officiant and MC was one of Ryan’s best friends, Mark, one of the smartest, funniest, and most caring people we know

Stationery - Invitations: WeddingPaperDivas.com / Save the Dates: designed at home and printed online

Menu - Forage Catering. Our food was so fantastic. We wanted to give our friends and family, who were traveling to LA from all over, a taste of the fresh, organic and perfect California produce and cuisine. We couldn’t have chosen better. Forage is a lovely little restaurant serving healthy, organic food in the Silver Lake neighborhood near where we live. When we found out they did catering, it was a no-brainer. 

Cake - Forage made us a delicious chocolate cake with cream frosting. We also served ice cream sandwiches by our favorite local ice cream maker, Coolhaus, famous for their architecturally-themed ice cream selections.

Hair - Christina Gonzalez from Román Salon

Make up - Italia Pierfederici

Wedding Bands - 
Bride: vintage 30s from Claude Morady Estate Jewelery in Beverly Hills
Groom: Downtown LA jewelry district shop

Other – Classic cocktails by The Whaling Club

Rachel & Paul's Colourful, South Australian Wedding

Posted on 08 Sep, 2016
Rachel & Paul's Colourful, South Australian Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

Originally at school and then we re-met 10 years later through our local church.

How long have you been together? 3 years

Do you have a proposal story? 

This is our story…

Sometimes two people can meet, and the timing isn’t right. Sometimes those two same people can cross paths again and everything aligns. This was certainly the case for us. We actually went to the same school, had lockers only metres apart, a yet this was not the time that sparks flew.

A decade on, after journeying through life separately, our worlds collided at precisely the right moment. Paul literally walked back into my life unexpectedly, one morning when I was at church. The conversation was effortless, and laughter became our trademark. It did not take us long to see that what we had was worth holding on to.

After two years of adventures, trials, and stupid dancing, Paul decided it was time to ask me to be his wife. He proposed on the block of land we had purchased to build a home upon. He had been secretly landscaping a private courtyard, full of flowers and fairy lights, two of my favourite things. We arrived there in darkness and the pretty lights sparkled in the distance, I knew what was coming and my heart was beaming. When Paul was down on one knee, all I could utter through my tears was, yes, yes, yes. Our families then came and surrounded us with love and excited words, embracing us both as we embraced each other.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  26th September 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?

St John’s Anglican Church, Norton Summit and Barristers Block Winery, Woodside SA

What made you choose there?

We live in the Adelaide Hills and adore all the facets of hills life- especially the quaint buildings, the inviting wineries and the vibrant colours that fill the landscape during spring.

How was the weather on the day? Sunny and spectacular!

The Wedding Details

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

We wanted a colourful, crisp look. I adore flowers so I wanted plenty of floral features to the day.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honour: Amy (Brides sister)

Bridesmaids: Sian, Claire and Kate

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best man: Dylan Groomsman: Rupert, Daniel and Phil

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Isla (bride's niece)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only on the internet

How many gowns did you try? 5

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins, the love sleeves and the classic shape.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Frock Parlour

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Peter Shearer, they were Wolf Kanat suits

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I went with Samantha Wills, Cat Hammill and Palas Jewellery for both myself and the bridesmaids.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

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

Suppliers

Florist – Sam Burnell Floral Design

Photographer – Kylie South Photography

Videographer – Briadwood Presents

First Dance - Always you, Ingrid Michaelson

MC – Michael Nitschke and Matt Williams

Celebrant – Rev. John Venus

Stationery – Paul Charles Graphic Design

Menu – Barristers Block Winery

Cake – The Gourmet Bakery

Bombonieres – The Chocolate Company

Make up – Jess Bailey Make up

Extra features - My Grandparents spoke during the ceremony about their love story and what it takes to build a successful and fun marriage- it was divine. My sister in law wrote us the most beautiful blessing for our lives together and my mother sang a spectacular rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.

Jessica & Justin's Elegant Wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria

Posted on 06 Sep, 2016
Jessica & Justin's Elegant Wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We meet out one night in Sydney CBD, Justin would say it’s his English charm that won me over (he’s probably right!)

How long have you been together? 3 years

Do you have a proposal story? We have an amazing proposal story…Justin surprised me right before Christmas on 20th December 2014 and we drove out to Bankstown Airport. I was really nervous thinking we were going to jump out of a plane however it turns out he’d booked a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney. As we were flying over Manly Beach he told me to look down on the beach and there was his family holding a “Will You Marry Me?” banner and then he popped the question.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22nd November 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony and Reception held in The Garden of The Grounds of Alexandria

What made you choose there? We’d been for breakfast there probably a year before we got engaged and thought the place had a really great vibe. It was the first venue we looked at for the wedding.

How did you find it? Instagram

How was the weather on the day? Quite overcast in the morning and then sunshine right before our ceremony at 6pm.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a spring wedding because it was an ideal time for family and friends from the UK to attend and spend a few weeks in Australia before Christmas. As it was a garden wedding, the time of year was the perfect fit.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Contemporary Garden Chic

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Absolutely everywhere: Instagram, Pintrest and magazines

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Jasmina (Best friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Patrick (Grooms brother)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We are blessed to have four gorgeous nieces Jazmin, Danielle, Mia and Summah who absolutely stole the show on the day.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen quite a lot of gowns featured on wedding blogs and Instagram and really liked the style of the dresses which were unique and contemporary.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? HELLO MAY, Karen Willis Holmes website, Cosmopolitan Bride (I think this was the magazine I first noticed Karem Willis Holmes)

How many gowns did you try? About 20!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sheer neckline and all the sparkle! I never thought I would pick the dress that I did and actually shied from anything beaded or sequined but once I tried it on, it was absolutely the one.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My Matron of Honour was expecting her first child so we had bought a number of dresses as we didn’t know what exactly would fit given she lives in Alice Springs…in the end it ended up being a dress from ASOS that I had seen 6 months prior and was sold out that was suddenly back in stock! She looked gorgeous and glowing as a Mum to be!

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Justin bought me a gorgeous Kate Spade bangle to wear which I was surprised with on the day.

Other accessories were from Samantha Wills

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a gorgeous two- piece veil from David Jones Elizabeth Street

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Have fun and enjoy the planning – it’s as relaxed as you make it!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on as many different styles and approach with an open mind

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? Justin and I were very lucky to be able to have our two grandmothers attend the wedding (one of which had travelled all the way from Birmingham in the UK)

Suppliers

Florist – Florals by Silva

Photographer – Gold Hat Photography

Videographer – Matthew Ryan Film Co

Music – Duke the Band

First Dance – “Falling” by the Lumineers

MC – friend John Sorohan

Celebrant – Kathryn Breusch

Stationery – My Creative Space

Menu – The Grounds of Alexandria

Cake – The Grounds of Alexandria

Hair – Make-up by Alexandra

Make up - Make-up by Alexandra

Wedding Bands – Hardy Brothers

Lia & Derek's Whimsical Melbourne Backyard Wedding

Posted on 01 Sep, 2016
Lia & Derek's Whimsical Melbourne Backyard Wedding

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through friends around 10 years ago.

How long have you been together? 4.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? I was surprised with cheese, flowers, wine, a very nervous Derek and a proposal.

 
The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 5 March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?     
Ceremony: Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn

Reception: Derek’s family home in Ivanhoe

What made you choose there? 
Ceremony: We had been looking for an outdoor venue and as soon as we saw it we knew it was perfect. A small, secluded native garden, which fit perfectly with us and our theme.

Reception: The backyard was the perfect venue for us as Derek’s house is quite sentimental to his family plus it has these beautiful gardens and gum trees that matched the ceremony location and theme. We wanted a reception where we could have all of our favourite things (good food, live music, ice cream, cheese, lots of laughs and endless possibilities) 

How did you find it? Derek found Maranoa Gardens 
 
How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect! 
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It is a beautiful time of year and felt like the right time for us.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? They were my 3 best girlfriends

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Derek’s best mate and our two brothers

Flower girls who/relationship? My niece, Mia


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I have always loved her gowns and style

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Yes, in blogs and photos
 
How many gowns did you try? I tried a few to get the right style for me but as soon as I tried this Karen Willis Holmes Aster dress on I knew it was the perfect dress and didn’t look any further.
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? High St Armadale
 
What did you especially like about your gown? The Aster was the first dress where I could actually see myself and felt comfortable and special in.
  

 


Fashion 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I found the dress’s online

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had Anna from Elysian Creations make my earrings, headpiece and bridesmaids earrings

Where did you get your shoes from? Mollini

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I purchased a veil with my dress and a headpiece which Anna from Elysian Creations designed

 


Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Stick to what you love, this is the one time it is really about you and your partner so do what you feel comfortable with and it will all work out in the end

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open minded, try different styles, laugh, take emergency snacks and go to Karen Willis Holmes!
 
 

Something Old? My grandmother's wedding band

Something New? My Dress

Something Borrowed? My mothers handkerchief

Something Blue? My mothers handkerchief


Suppliers 
Florist – Floretta by Grace. I have had a crush on her work for ages so she was always going to be my first choice. She was amazing to work with and our flowers were stunning

Photographer – Georgia Wiggs. We found her online and couldn’t have been happier with her. Her photos look amazing and she was so much fun to have around on the day!

Music – Baker Boys. Derek’s cousins wife runs the Baker Boys so she helped us put together the perfect band for us and we were lucky enough to have her singing and mc for us

First Dance – Forever Young by Bob Dylan. 

MC – Baker Boys – Derek’s cousins wife

Celebrant – Wendy McRae. We found Wendy on Easy Weddings and she was absolutely amazing! She was so patient and helpful with planning the ceremony and was incredibly on the day! She made our ceremony so much fun and something people are still talking about 

Stationery - The Bride

Menu – Digging For Fire Bbq (food truck) We always wanted Digging for Fire to cater our wedding. Not only is the food truck totally our style but the food is the yummiest you are going to find. Also, Dave is the nicest man in the world to work with!

Cake – Miss Molly’s. I had Miss Molly’s Cakes (also a food truck) cater my hens party so she was the obvious choice to do our cake and it was so delicious!

Make up – Dana Leviston. I had been looking for a makeup artist who wasn’t too glitzy and over the top because I wanted something a little more natural / vintage. I found her work on a polkadot bride blog and loved it instantly! She is such a talented lady, heaps of fun to work with and she made us all look incredible!

Hair – Margeaux Vallantyne. Margeaux and Dana work as a team. When I had my hair trial with her I had so much fun, she is so down to earth and caring with the best style and detail for her craft. I couldn’t not have her!

Wedding Bands – Lorandi Master Jewelers. Lorandi did such an amazing job on my engagement ring that there was no way we would use any other jewler for our wedding bands. Andrew is so patient and just simply the best as what he does.

Bar – Beer Gypsies. These guys were such a great fit for our wedding. They really added to the atmosphere and the service went above and beyond

Car – Bucadi. The cars were in such great condition. Everyone loved them, their service was great and such lovely people to work with

Cheese Table – Harper and Blohm. This was a must have at our wedding! Best cheese ever!!

Marquees/furniture/dancefloor – Ace Party Hire. We couldn’t have done it without Ace! They provided so much of our furniture and setup for our reception. Great family business, great price and amazing to work with.

Ice cream cart – Bianco Latte – Also a must have! Best icecream ever and added such a fun element to our reception.

Styling assistance & Event Co-Ordinator – Miss Mooi. Because we were having our reception at a house and not a wedding venue it was great to have Stacey to help set up, keep a track on the day and make sure we didn’t miss anything major.