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Date: November 2016

Lauren & Dan's Melbourne Brewery Wedding

Posted on 29 Nov, 2016
Lauren & Dan's Melbourne Brewery Wedding

They saw each other in the pub one and simply got chatting. A romance blossomed from that night and 5 years later, they exchanged vows in the stunning space at Mountain Goat Brewery in Melbourne.  Their wedding was the epitome of a classic Melbourne wedding- a moody, industrial setting in the back streets of Richmond full of stunning greenery by Badlands & Co., photos of the beautiful couple walking through the streets lined with red brick buildings that winded down to the Yarra river where they spent a few moments with each other, soaking in the magical day they were having.  Their gorgeous niece, Lucy accompanied them which added an unforgettable fun and playful twist to their photos, shot by Oy Photography.  Back in the Brewery, they partied and celebrated with their nearest and dearest, flipping a custom made 'All in' poker chip to help them decide what their First Dance song would be as the sun set on a glorious Melbourne Spring day.

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We were both out with friends and happened to be at the same pub.  Nobody knew each other, we just got talking.

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Dan proposed by putting the 1st present (the ring) under the Christmas tree.  I'm a little Christmas obsessed normally so it was a really special proposal.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 15th October 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Mountain Goat Brewery- Richmond

What made you choose there? It is a great industrial space.  Very relaxed and it was not too far to travel.

How did you find it? I found it from a lot of googling!

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! 21 degrees and sunshine.  Although it was a little windy.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Venue availability and it fitted in and around AFL finals, the races & other engagements.  We have our guests convenience in mind.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Lush foliage, whites, greens, industrial with a casual & relaxed edge

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest & Hello May magazine.   Thetis from Sooti Events helped me put it all together.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes- lots.  The invites, the welcome sign, reserved tags, donut boxes, poker chips & bouquet charm. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had none officially.  However, my best friends helped me get ready.
Sarah and Jess - my sisters.  Lauren and Bianca - my high school friends.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? None

Flower girls/ Page boys - who/relationship? Lucy my Niece (on Dan's side)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a picture of the 'Matilda' gown online originally & had to come in!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Bridal Expos & online

How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Armadale boutique, Melbourne

What did you especially like about your gown? The fitted bodice was very flattering & I loved that it wasn't white!

Fashion

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? A Tiffany & Co. silver & rose gold bracelet

Where did you get your shoes from? Reiss

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a floral crown from Badlands & Co, my Florist.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you can, find a stylist who can help you stay on track & make all those ideas in your head come to life!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try everything on.  It might look different than on the hanger.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day?
The 'All in' custom made poker chips was a present from me to Dan on the day.  He loved it.  The favours were individually boxed Nutella donuts & dessert was an all you can eat ice cream cart by Billy Van Creamery.

Something Old? I had my grandparents wedding photo on a charm attached to bouquet.

Something New? Almost everything really!

Something Borrowed? Our celebrant! She did my brother's wedding two years ago.

Something Blue? A heart shaped piece of dads old shirt was sewn onto the back of my dress.

Suppliers

Photographer – Oy Photography

Florist – Badlands & Co.

Videographer– Bottlebrush Films

Music - Rutherford Entertainment

First Dance – Do Wah Diddy- We flipped the poker chip during dinner to decide on a song at the last minute!

MC – DJ Josh from Rutherford Entertainment

Celebrant – Chantelle McLaughlan.  Chantelle officiated my brothers wedding 2 years ago

Stationery – DIY by me

Menu – Done by the catering company - The Grub Club.  The menu also doubled as place cards

Cake – Sweet Dakita.  They were recommended by my stylist

Bombonieres – Individually boxed Nutella donuts.  I designed the boxes myself

Hair – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair

Make-Up – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair

Wedding Bands – Groom- Uniform Black.  Bride- Tiffany & Co.

Emma & Matt's Berry Courthouse Wedding

Posted on 24 Nov, 2016
Emma & Matt's Berry Courthouse Wedding

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Though Emma and Matt had been dating for 10 years, they admit they never really felt rushed to get married, despite people always asking them when it would happen. It wasn’t until their anniversary road trip that when the couple was leaving for dinner, Matt proclaimed he forgot Emma’s gift in their hotel room.

“He rushed back in when I could hear him yelling through the door of our room that he needed a hand with it. I walked in to find him on one knee asking if he could have my hand in marriage instead.”

After looking at quite a few wedding venues, the pair decided that none of them had the intimate feel and good vibes they were searching for. That is, until they visited Berry Courthouse.

“I planned a trip with my mum where I literally had to crawl through the hedge to see the garden as it was locked. (Clearly locks and hedges don’t keep brides out of anything!) Once I got through I was blown away. It was gobsmacking. I knew right there and then it was the place,” explains Emma, who enlisted Blessed Days to help organise the celebration.

Though Emma had some ideas in mind for her wedding gown, and swore she’d never want a strapless, princess-y gown, her sister urged her to try on a gorgeous Karen Willis Holmes dress… and the rest is history.

“The second it was on I swore loudly, my nephew who was 3 at the time, who kept trying to peek under the curtain said wow when I walked out and it was pretty much what we all thought. The minute I had it on I knew it was the one.”

Captured by Justin Aaron, Emma and Matt were beyond pleased with their special day which left them keen to share their new out look on marriage. “Marriage means to me saying that you will be there. That no matter what, even if I am wrong (highly unlikely), even if he is wrong (especially if he is wrong) we will be there for each other backing each other up, every time.”

CREDITS Photos Justin Aaron // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Bride and bridesmaid shoes Witchery // Accessories Robins Nest Vintage and FalabellaBridal via Etsy // Hair and makeup Flawless Makeup // Rings Midas Jewellers // Bridesmaid dresses Sheike // Groom and groomsmen suits Politix // Tie David Jones // Shoes Payless Shoes // Watch The Horse // Groomsmen gifts From the Owl // Stylist Blessed Days // Stationery Wedding Paper Divas // Ceremony and reception Berry Courthouse, NSW // Catering Rabbit & Co // Entertainment Dylan Wright // Accommodation Berry on Queen and Bantam Cottage.

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Grace & Mike's Upstate New York Fall Wedding

Posted on 22 Nov, 2016
Grace & Mike's Upstate New York Fall Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met 13 years ago through mutual friends but then lost touch shortly after for 10 years, we reconnected via Facebook.

How long have you been together? 3 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 11/7/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove NY

What made you choose there? It’s beautiful with amazing food

How did you find it? My family has been going there for farmers markets and brunches for years

How was the weather on the day? Chilly but clear, perfect skies

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in October but the farm was fully booked, it was the closest date we could find!

Bridal Party

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Grace’s nephews Dashiell & Finn Moe

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had the 'Caitlyn' dress on my pin board that I loved and wanted to try it in person

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

How many gowns did you try? More than 30

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It felt really special. It was completely not what I anticipated wearing, in fact when I went to try on dresses at another retailer they asked how I felt about sparkles and I said no way. Some friends picked out a sequined dress for me there that I ended up really liking but it wasn’t quite right.

Fashion

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a flower crown made by Sprout NYC, although I did not have a bridal party, my sisters and best friend wore smaller flower pieces in their hair also. I wore a pearl bracelet that my grandmother, mother and sister all wore on their wedding days and a pair of pearl earrings my sister wore on hers.

Where did you get your shoes from? Bonbons

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? a flower crown from Sprout NYC

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? relax and have fun. I had just had my son 6 months prior to our wedding which I think helped me not get too crazy about the small stuff but I think it’s really easy to lose the enjoyment of planning a wedding by getting too stressed out.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on everything! Bring some friends and let them pick out a few things you never would have thought to wear, you might be surprised.

Suppliers

Florist - Sprout NYC - really reasonably priced for ala carte stuff. They just did the flowers for the wedding party, we had a woman who worked on the farm we got married on do the arrangements for the tables.

Photographer - Inbal Sivan - I have a background in photography so photos were really important to me and I wanted someone who was really skilled at capturing moments, Inbal is incredible at it. She was very kind and very easy to work with. 

Music - Self made playlist

First Dance - “sweet avenue” Jets to Brazil

Celebrant - Rodney Wells - my stepfather performed the cermony

Stationery - Minted

Menu - Blooming Hill Farm

Cake - Pies from Jones Farm in Cornwall NY

Hair - AG Beauty Services in New Windsor NY

Make up - Self

Wedding Bands - Catbird and Featherstone Designs

TRUNKSHOW - SASH & BUSTLE, TORONTO CANADA

Posted on 21 Nov, 2016
TRUNKSHOW - SASH & BUSTLE,  TORONTO CANADA

 

We are excited to announce one of our favourite stockists, Sash & Bustle are holding an exclusive Karen Willis Holmes Trunk Show at their store in Toronto, Canada from November 25- December 4.  For all our Canadian brides, what a perfect time to find your dream wedding gown- before the busy Christmas period begins! 

 

 

Sash & Bustle is a Toronto boutique located in the Riverside neighbourhood, stocking some really incredible designers for brides after a classic or a non-traditional gown.  Many of the gowns are exclusive to this one boutique in Toronto, ensuring you will find something unique and special for your day. 

 

 

 

Andrea and Vanessa, the sisters who are the owners of Sash & Bustle understand that wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming and daunting so have created an intimate boutique environment in their store, stocking no more than 100 gowns at any one time.  They offer ‘accessible luxury’ in their gowns, with price points to suit all budgets and a carefully curated collection of gowns for every bride to fall in love with. 

 

 

 

For those lucky enough to live in the Toronto area, we hope you have a magical time trying on our beautiful gowns that will be showing.  Appointments are sure to go fast, so get in quick! 

 

Sash & Bustle have a beautifully inspiring Instagram, make sure to follow them here.
 

STOCKIST DETAILS -

Sash & Bustle - 779 Queen Street East,  Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H5

Ph: (647) 340-5850

Email: info@sashandbustle.com

By appointment only.  Click here to be linked to their booking system. 

Bre & Jono's Elegant Brisbane Wedding

Posted on 17 Nov, 2016
Bre & Jono's Elegant Brisbane Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? At a church camp 11 years ago.  My 2 besties and I didn’t have a lift home, and it was brought to our attention that this guy named Jono had 3 seats available in his little Barina which had a broken radio.  My friends forced me to sit in the front seat, and we chat the whole way home! It started an amazing friendship for the next 7 years.

How long have you been together? 4 years

Do you have a proposal story? It came as a complete surprise to me.  We were walking along the noosa headland on sunset and ducked into a little cove to take a self timer selfie.  Little to my knowledge, Jon had set up a video instead of a photo!  I was posing ready for the picture and he knelt down next to me and proposed!  So sneaky of him to get it all on camera!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17 June 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Ceremony was at our church – Bridgeman Baptist Community Church, and the Reception was at Lightspace in Fortitude Valley.

What made you choose there? The church for the ceremony was an easy choice for us as it felt like home. I had seen Lightspace every day on the way home from work on the train and had looked it up previously. I love the industrial feel and how we could hire in everything to make our wedding really unique and ‘us’!

How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect sunny Winter Day.  We made it in just before the cold snap hit Brissy!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a quick engagement, and this particular date was about 4 months from the proposal!  People said we were crazy, but we wouldn’t have done it any other way!

The Wedding Details

Theme? We created the reception inspired by a whimsical industrial theme. We used naked wooden tables, greenery, candles and lots of fairy lights.  We were blessed to use these two amazing light up trees either side of our bridal table which were an amazing feature!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest is always a brides best friend.  Our event stylist, Ainsley Millar from Élan + Co was incredible at taking my ideas and making them a reality!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? As a graphic designer, I was able to use my skills to create a running theme throughout the wedding.  I used a similar theme throughout my invites, welcome sign, orders of service and table seating chart.  I also hand lettered the name cards for each guest using watercolours. I also made our backdrop for the Ceremony from a combination of ideas I found on etsy.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

BM#1- My MOH was my cousin and bestie, Gemma.She is like a sister to me!

BM#2 – Rachael (my bff who married my bro, and is now sis-in-law!)

BM#3 – Emily (fellow bride (due to be married in August!) and camping companion when our boys are our fishing all night!)

BM#4 – Emily (another longtime bff, who by complete coincidence married another Harris who is not related, but we now share the same surname!!)

BM#5 – Eleisa (Jon’s sister and dear friend.We are so alike in so many ways, and I am so happy to have her as my new sis-in-law)

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

GM#1 - Nathan (Jon’s older brother)

GM#2 - Christian (Jon’s best mate who also loved to surf)

GM#3 - Luke (Jon’s fishing and camping buddy)

GM#4 – Scott (One of Jon’s oldest friendships)

GM#5 – Jed (Bre’s brother, good mates – also fellow fishing buddy)

GM#6 – David (Jon’s good mate who he currently works with)

Jon had an extra Groomsmen as he found it really hard to cut down his numbers! (He has been a groomsmen 12 times and would have easily had 12 groomsmen!)I didn’t want to stop him from having who he wanted – so our bridal party become Oceans 13!

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

FG#1 – Emma (Jon’s 11 year old niece)

FG#2 – Erin (Jon’s 9 year old niece)

FG#3 – Zara (Jon’s 5 year old niece)

PB#1 – Josh (Jon’s 7 year old nephew)

PB#2 – Ezekiel (Jon’s 1 year old nephew)Josh pulled Zeke down our aisle in a cart as he isn’t quite walking yet!He stole the show!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had been there previously with other friends who were brides and love so many of the gowns!  I knew I had to come back when it was my turn.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On many other brides, whether friends /or friends of friends.

How many gowns did you try? Approximately 20 I think… About 4 at Karen Willis Holmes.  I had so much difficulty deciding between 2 of them!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? That is was different to any other dress I had ever seen.  I really wanted something unique and from an Australian Designer.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? PS Frocks.  The girls wore the multi way dress in light grey.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We brought all seven of the suits from Roger David.  The boys wore the ‘Leo’ which is a rich navy.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore the 'Genevieve' overlay over my 'Anya' gown.  It was so dreamy!  The bridesmaids wore drop chain pearl earrings I brought from etsy.  I wore Samantha Wills moonstone tear drop earrings which matched my dress perfectly.

Where did you get your shoes from? My Shoes were Tony Bianco ‘Avar’ in Coyote.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I ordered a headpiece on etsy which came all the way from Lithuania! It was handmade using Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. I really wanted an asymmetrical headpiece to anchor my veil too.  My veil was a fine tulle full length veil from local bridal designer Emily Beatrice.  Together, it was more beautiful than I had hoped!

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t get caught up on the little details.  Plan the wedding exactly how you and your partner want it, and have some of your personality reflected in these plans.  As soon as you feel yourself stressing out, take a step back and use some perspective.  A part of me was looking forward to marriage so much more than the wedding itself!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep an open mind.  Try every style on!  That is the only way to really see what truly suits you and your figure.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? My Grandma ‘Nanny’ passed away from a lengthy battle with Cancer about 14 years ago.  She was a dressmaker, and with her caring and loving nature she enjoyed anything that made her grandchildren smile.  Right before she passed away, she was saying how much she would miss seeing her grandkids walk down the aisle.  I know she would have absolutely loved my gown! I had a small brooch with a picture of Nanny on her wedding day attached to my bouquet.  She felt so close to me all day!

Suppliers

Florist – Amy DeLuca, a local private florist.  A friend used her at her wedding, and I fell in love with her creativity! She was absolutely a joy to work with.

Photographer – Greta Elizabeth.  Recommended to me by another photographer, she made us feel so relaxed and it was lovely meeting her prior to our wedding during our engagement photoshoot.  She is super talented!

Videographer – Dave Martin.  A guy from our church with an incredible eye for video.  Such a blessing to have him video our wedding day!

Music – Spotify

First Dance – 'XO' by John Mayer, followed by ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  I had to have a special song to dance with my smooth-jazz-loving Papa.

MC – Travis ‘Danger’ Grainger and Jesse ‘Jesspots’ Austin. Two of Jon’s close friends and the funniest duo we know!

Celebrant – Pastor Billy Williams.  He is an indigenous Pastor who is so incredibly laid back and relaxed about everything.  He is a lover of the country and outdoors which resonates well with Jon and I!

Stationery – All myself! Breleigh designs.  Printed by the amazing people at Colour Chiefs in Windsor!

Menu – Sit Down Banquet style food created by our amazing caterer Penny of Penelope's Pantry.  She was recommended by a friend and we are so glad we had her and her team cater our reception and afternoon tea.  The food was beyond delicious and just kept coming out, platter after platter!!!  Fair to say we had no hangry guests!

Cake – A longtime family friend Steph Hallett.  Steph is like my second Mum, and the most amazing cook.  She made an incredible 3 tier cake covered in white chocolate chards (Jon’s fav!).  There was one caramel mud, one mud and one white choc mud layer.  She used 30 eggs and 1.8 kilos of white chocolate!  She covered in beautiful fresh flowers.  The finished product was mind blowing!!

Hair – Sarah Holloway, local hair dresser and stylist.  The sweetest girl you have ever met, and super talented stylist!

Make up – Hayley Irwin.  Hayley is a magician.  Jon’s one request was that I still looked like the same girl, and Hayley’s make up is so beautifully natural and flawless.  She is so easy going and was a breath of fresh air on the day!

Wedding Bands – Bre – White Gold band with Fishtail set diamonds (between claw and channel set) from Prouds / Jon – Black Tungsten ring from Michael Hill.

Event Styling – The wedding reception could not have been possible without the help of the amazing Ainsley Millar of Élan + co events.  One of the most reliable people I know, I could trust Ainsley 110% to create an amazing feel at our reception.  She co-ordinated the entire bump in and out process, and decorated the tables to perfection using small details like bunches of rosemary with the name place cards!  Took so much weight off my shoulders and created the most memorable receptions!

Lighting – Ash Neuendorf of High Impact Lighting hung the amazing fairy lights and supplied us with the beautiful light up trees.

Tables – We used Brandition for all of the table hire and linen. Kion was incredibly helpful!

Waitstaff – We hired our waitstaff through  Hire Waiters Brisbane.  Martin Roberts was fantastic to deal with!

Crockery and Catering Machinery hire – Bob’s Hire.

Rachel & Marc's Western Australia Winery Wedding

Posted on 15 Nov, 2016
Rachel & Marc's Western Australia Winery Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met in 2009 at a Music festival, exchanged numbers and went for our first date a week later.

How long have you been together? We have been together for just over 7 years

Do you have a proposal story? We went for a Trip to Thailand last March where he proposed on Paradise Beach.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Sandalford Wines

What made you choose there? We fell in love with the Oak Room for the reception, it was really different compared to most function rooms. Beautiful draped ceiling with a large chandelier for styling and rustic barrel lined walls. They are also a reputable winery and had been to their restaurant for a meal which was really good so we had faith in the quality of the food and wine that would be provided.

How did you find it? It’s in the Swan Valley which is the closest wine region to Perth CBD.

How was the weather on the day? I think it was around 30 degrees however our reception was out on the Verdelho lawn where they have a lot of large trees for shade so it was perfect.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? When we went looking the year before they only had two Fridays left for the month of March. We based it on weather predictability and out of school holidays as both our families had to travel (Marc is English & I am from Victoria)

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? My theme was green and white for flowers, I don’t think you can beat it – helps when my favorite color is green. I wanted everything to be less structured in relation to the flowers and styling. My florist did a lot of this for me, her description of it would be whimsical. We had the girls and boys in Navy to compliment the green and white colors.  

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest was a great help for bouquets and I just wanted as much greenery as I could around the venue, so once I had my bouquet the florist helped me with ideas of venue styling to match   

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I hired a few things from Heart Strings and Pretty Things and my Dad set them up for me on the morning of the Wedding. I made my seating plan using some crafts from a number of shops and a little IT skills for printing up the details. I also had a Polaroid guest book using a large wooden frame which all the details were DIY.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

  1. Lara – Sister
  2. Tess – Best Friend
  3. Sophie – Best Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?  

  1. Carlo – Best Friend
  2. Craig – Best Friend
  3. Anthony – Best Friend
  4. Michael – Best Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I found the dress in a wedding magazine and loved the individuality of it. I had also been to all the usual dress shops but didn’t find anything I liked, I was after something a little different.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I didn’t know of Karen Willis Holmes until I found the picture in the magazine.

How many gowns did you try? About 15 at other shops – then came to your store specifically for the 'Johanna'/'Clarisse' Train combo and that was the end of my search.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Subiaco – and Brittany was fantastic.

What did you especially like about your gown? The halter neck, and the large train for the photos with the option of taking it off for the reception. I loved the lace and the low back, I loved everything about it.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? David Jones - Shona Joy

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls just wore some basic pearls. 

Where did you get your shoes from? Zu Shoes

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My florist did a hair comb to match my bouquet.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Surround yourself with your closest on the big day & choose your suppliers not only based on how well they do their job but also how you relate to them personally. My whole day was relaxed and enjoyable and all that depends on who is around you including your suppliers / photographer / celebrant / makeup artist & Girls.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You will know once you have the right one and its one of the most important parts of your day as if you feel great, it shows.

Suppliers

Florist – Selena from Event Flowers – Styling of the Oak Room was above what I expected and Selena helped me with ideas and styling on the day, she was great.

Photographer – Kate Drennan – Kate was fantastic, very relaxed and great to be around and the end product speaks for itself

Music -  Felony

First Dance – Tracey Chapman – Give me one reason

MC – Sam Jones (cousin)

Celebrant – Luke Firth – Luke fit perfectly into our day, couldn’t have been happier with the words he prepared for our ceremony  

Stationery – Vista Print

Menu – Sandalford – Coordinator was Victoria Benn, she was very helpful with all the questions leading up to the day, and everything ran smoothly

Cake – Marnee – Sugar & Nice

Bombonieres – Cancer Council WA

Hair – Kayla Marshall – The best, especially for the relaxed messy look which I love

Make up – Bruce Lim

Wedding Bands – Tiffany & Co

One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

Posted on 14 Nov, 2016
One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

October was a big month for the Karen Willis Holmes team! As well as showing our newest collection to our stockists we were also very honoured to be able to show our beautiful new gowns at One Fine Day Wedding Fair, which launched its first international fair in no other city but New York!

One Fine Day Wedding Fair was held in style at Studio 450, a stunning loft space in Middle Manhattan- complete with a rooftop space offering breathtaking views of the city.  With champagne and canapes on arrival & a beautiful gift bag for brides to take home, we knew it would be a special day!

Hand picked by the creative One Fine Day team, only the best wedding vendors in New York City & internationally were asked to showcase what they had to offer.  Having a highly curated approach like this meant the guests knew they were only being presented with the best in the industry & were able to relax and enjoy the day. The vendors were not the only focus of the day - there was also live music, food trucks, food tastings & fashion shows - all to create an inspiring platform for our brides to be able to see the details of their dream wedding slowly unfold before their eyes.

A big thank you to the team behind One Fine Day Wedding Fair, we had such a fantastic time meeting all the other talented vendors and Brides-to-be!  We can’t wait to see you in our New York store to try on the beautiful gowns you spotted & to those unable to make it, we are excited to share some photos of the day with you! 


Stunning views of NYC from the rooftop at Studio 450 in Manhattan, where One Fine Day Wedding Fair was held.


Our space showcasing our new gowns! We loved the space and all of the beautiful natural light.


Delicious canapes were served to kickstart the day.


The event was styled to perfection, with greenery adding a beautiful richness and depth to the white space. 


Karen Willis Holmes 2017 gowns- ready to be viewed. 


Live music and Dj's played, creating a fun and exciting environment for the guests. 


Our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 'Anya' gown

The stunning models, showcasing our 'Anya', 'Selena' and 'Tillie' and 'Natasha' gowns. 


We love the Art Deco detailing of our 'Florence' and 'Fontanne' gowns - in stores now!


What a fantastic day and an ecstatic group of people! Can't wait until the next fair!

 

Kim & Adam New South Wales Winery Wedding

Posted on 10 Nov, 2016
Kim & Adam New South Wales Winery Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Adam and I met 4.5 years ago through mutual friends. He got my number the next day (as he was too shy that night!).

How long have you been together? 4.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? After 2.5 years of dating, Adam organised a holiday to Surfers Paradise. We stayed in a beautiful apartment overlooking the beach and spent the first day at Dreamworld and looking around Surfers Paradise.  That night, Adam had organised dinner at a seafood restaurant by the water. After dinner, we went for a walk along the water but it was getting cold so we started to walk back to the car. Adam took my hand, turned me around to face him and then dropped to one knee to propose. It was such a beautiful moment with so much effort and thought gone into making it perfect. I immediately started crying of happiness!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Robert Oatley Vineyards (ceremony) & Robert Oatley Wild Oats Pavilion (reception), Mudgee NSW.

What made you choose there? It’s such a beautiful venue that allowed us to be married on the lawn, have photos in the vineyards and our reception upstairs of the cellar door. The cellar door was also our wet weather option. It’s so hard to find a venue that has everything and your guests can relax and enjoy themselves without travelling throughout the wedding. It’s a very rustic venue but looked so elegant decorated with chandeliers and floral centerpieces.

How did you find it? We always knew about it as we have both grown up in the Mudgee area. We attended a wedding at Robert Oatley Vineyards after only one year of being together and loved how much it had to offer.

How was the weather on the day? It poured rain all morning on the day of our wedding. The rain began to clear around lunch time, but it then started to rain again at 3:30 (we were getting married at 4). My Dad was on the phone to Adam to determine what the weather was like at our venue, as our venue was 10 minutes out of town. We decided to get married at 4:30 instead of 4 to beat the rain. As I was walking down the aisle, the clouds began to disappear and the sun shone on our wedding arch, making for a beautiful arrival. We had the cellar door as our wet weather option, but Adam and our florist had put so much effort into our wedding arch that we really wanted to get married on the lawn.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Autumn in Mudgee is beautiful, especially in the vineyards.

The Wedding Details

Theme? The colours of our wedding were pinks, blues, white /cream and gold. Our venue was very rustic with timber flooring, timber furniture and exposed timber beams. The colours we chose worked so well with the timber, creating a warm atmosphere and elegant venue.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I love Pinterest and Cosmo Bride. I knew what I wanted in my mind, but Pinterest allowed me to expand on my ideas.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? A lot of our wedding was D.I.Y as we wanted to keep the cost down so we could enjoy ourselves on our honeymoon. Adam is a builder so he built our wedding arch from timber milled by my Dad from his farm. He also built our seating plan ladder/frame and a frame used in our photobooth with left over timber. We dedicated a corner in our venue to a photobooth, allowing guests to dress up and have fun in creating pictures for our guest book. I purchased chandeliers that hung from the timber beams and decorated the lounges with cushions matching our theme. I also purchased our table numbers online and painted them gold, along with tealight holders and candles for the tables and ledges around the venue. In the week leading up to our wedding, I made blackberry jams for the bonbonieres and placed them on the tables with name tags for guests to know where to sit.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Justine (sister-in-law), Melissa (sister), Kellie ( MOH & best friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Ethan (friend), Luke (friend), Jake (Best Man & best friend)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I loved how modern the Karen Willis Holmes wedding gowns were and that they catered for younger brides in wanting something a little different. After seeing Karen Willis Holmes gowns in Cosmo Bride and Facebook I knew I wanted this brand of wedding dress.

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

How many gowns did you try? I tried 4 in total – all were sequin dresses.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my 'Caitlyn' Gown from Karen Willis Holmes Paddington.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the sequins, the detail on the sleeves, the sheer back with embroidery and the v-neck. It fit like a glove when I tried it on and suited my body shape. I felt so beautiful wearing it on my wedding day! I traveled 6 hours and based my appointment around the availability of the 'Caitlyn' gown as I loved this gown, even though everyone had warned me that you never buy the gown you have in mind. As soon as I had it on I knew it was ‘the dress’. My dress was made complete with the 'Maggie' tulle Overlay (which I wore for the ceremony).

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore the ‘Alexandria’ earrings from Karen Willis Holmes and a bracelet from Adorne. My bridesmaids wore beautiful tear-drop earrings by Peter Lang, which were a gift to them the morning of our wedding.

Where did you get your shoes from? I purchased my heels online from Styletread. The brand was ‘Skin’.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral veil, purchased from Karen Willis Holmes.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy the planning process! We loved the wedding planning as it allowed us to involve our friends and family. Also, I created a budget spreadsheet to allow us to keep track of our costs and wrote lists of what needed to be done to ensure nothing was forgotten.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t allow others to dictate your wedding gown – everyone has an opinion when it comes to searching for your wedding gown! Know your body shape and research wedding gowns before you go shopping.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. My Mum passed away when I was only 12. We wanted to include my Mum in our wedding so we lit a candle at the beginning of our ceremony to allow her to be with us.

Something Old? A handkerchief, worn by my great, great grandmother on her wedding day.

Something New? Wedding gown

Something Borrowed? A handkerchief, worn by my great, great grandmother on her wedding day.

Something Blue? I had a little blue bow sewed onto the lining of my dress.

Suppliers

Florist – Red Lily Floral Design.

Photographer – Erin Latimore Photography.

First Dance – ‘Making Memories of Us’, Keith Urban.

MC – Graeme, my brother in law.

Celebrant – Jane Endicott

Stationery – Print Storm Mudgee

Menu – Adam and I decided on the menu with Robert Oatley Vineyards.

Cake – Who Ate The Cake.

Bombonieres – Blackberry Jam (I made these using blackberries from our property and had Print storm create the labels)

Hair – Lila and Allan

Make-Up – Bella Medi Spa

Wedding Bands – James Allan  

Other – Wedding cars by Sydney Mustangs

Winnow Chocolates

Posted on 09 Nov, 2016
Winnow Chocolates

Winnow Chocolates, a Sydney-based chocolatier knows how to make and deliver authentic, couverture chocolate.  They use the traditional French technique of hand-tempering on marble to produce stunning artisan chocolates.  At the Karen Willis Holmes HQ, we got very excited when we found out they also do custom made chocolates for weddings! They use bespoke flavour combinations and chocolate designs, as well as offering tailor-made packages with your name, wedding date and personalised messages included. These incredible chocolates would make a perfect gift for your guests, bridal party or as part of a dessert table. 

They use the world’s finest ingredients with organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate. The base is flawlessly complemented with locally sourced fruits, nuts & spices. They source as many local ingredients as possible, supporting all of the amazing makers and producers Australia has to offer. 
If you fall in love with their products and want more, they also offer chocolate making workshops where their chocolatier will teach you the traditional French technique of chocolate making. Please join us in finding out more about this inspiring (and delicious!) company.

GET TO KNOW AMANDA FROM WINNOW CHOCOLATES-


Your Name: Amanda

Location: Our studio is located in Crows Nest

Business name: Winnow Chocolates

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about?

I really just fell into working with chocolate. Having left an office job, I was working part-time in a chocolate shop and the opportunity to train as a chocolatier arose. I couldn’t say no! Once I had started working with chocolate I fell in love with the process and decided to pursue starting my own business.

What inspires you? I’m inspired by a whole range of things including travel, interior design and architecture.

How do you start your day?

I try to start the day with some exercise outside and then a delicious healthy breakfast before heading into the studio.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I really enjoy working with companies and couples in creating unique chocolates to be used as gifts at events and weddings. Helping to create a unique gift which not only looks beautiful but tastes delicious and will be remembered, is a really fun and rewarding aspect of my job.

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding? Work out what is most important to you for the day and then choose fantastic vendors to help make your vision a reality.

Favorite city? I’m not sure that I have a favourite! I love living in Sydney but also really enjoy traveling.  Memorable places I’d love to return to include Paris, Marrakech and Florence.

Best way to spend $50? A catch up with friends.

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work.

All our chocolates can be customised to suit your wedding style or colour scheme. If you and your fiancé have a particular flavour or colour you would like incorporated into your day, we can work with you in designing something unique that your family and friends are sure to enjoy and remember.

VENDOR DETAILS

Winnow Chocolates

Unit 2, 17 Falcon Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065

By appointment only

Instagram here

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Website here

Email: hello@winnowchocolates.com

 

Lisa & Angus' Boho Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 08 Nov, 2016
Lisa & Angus' Boho Hinterland Wedding

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? We met briefly on a night out in Brisbane. His friend bought me a drink and we ended up having a quick chat… I don’t really remember what was said, but it must have made an impression. As any true love story goes … I was stalked down the next day via Facebook - despite not giving my last name. And so the saying goes ‘the rest they say is history’
How long have you been together? Four years
Do you have a proposal story? Angus and I went to visit my best friend in France. I wasn’t expecting anything at all but I had always given Angus three main criteria to follow if he was ever to propose!
1.Make sure Im dressed well (heels and dress).
2. Make sure my nails were done.
3. Make sure my makeup was looking good and my hair was done nicely.
So in true Angus style he dropped his knee on an early morning walk in the rain. I was makeupless, hair in a two day olf bun and wet, a chipped nail, in gym wear, wearing sneakers. Luckily we were surrounded by the beautiful country side of South France in Agen and I didn’t even notice that I wasn’t glammed up… plus it helped that the ring was a breath taxingly beautiful! It truly was one of the best days on my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. Afterwards I got to celebrate all day with my bestie and her husband! I hadn’t seen her in year so it was extra special.

The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 22nd April 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Maleny Manor - Maleny Queensland
What made you choose there? We currently live in Hong Kong and were trying to plan the wedding from there. We weren’t able to see any venues but thankfully my mum has impeccable taste and knew exactly what I wanted. I was very keen on having ceremony and reception at the same venue and wanted something that enabled us to be married outdoors and have a garden party vibe. Maleny was amazing at adapting their space to suit my needs.
How did you find it? My mum was onto wedding venues from the moment I put the ring onto my finger. Maleny Manor has also been voted ABIA’s best wedding venue for the past 4 years so it was easy to find… just not so easy to book a date!
How was the weather on the day? Just as I had wanted it. Cloudless, sunny, with a slight breeze- how perfect!
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? ​Angus used to play rugby and a lot of the guests (including one of the groomsmen still do). We had to have a wedding day that coincided with the Hong Kong, Japan, Australian, and French Rugby season. As it so worked out there only happened to be 3 weekends that worked for majority. Friday the 22nd was the only date Maleny Manor had available out of the three options.
 

The Wedding Details
Theme? Boho chic. I really wanted to have an outdoors garden party feel despite the reception being indoors. We used a colour pallet of blushes and creams, olive leaf green, and dark plum tones.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I was a massive stalker of Pinterest, any spare moment I got I was pinning ideas and creating mood boards! Our stylists were fantastic too, they really seemed to understand the concept and offered great ideas to achieve the look I was after.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My mum was amazing at adding personal touches. We had photographs on every table of Angus and I through out our years and also a table of pictures dedicated to past generations of wedding in both of our families dating back to my great great grandmother. A few nights before we hand did the signage using wood and copper leaf. Also the name tags and menus cards were designed by me and professionally printed in Hong Kong.

Bridal Party
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of honor - Janene (my gorgeous older sister), Bridesmaids: Becky, Emily, Jasmin - Three of my best friends from school.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man - Chris, Groomsmen: Dallan, Andrew - Best friends from school.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I actually had a bit of a disaster to begin with. I always envisaged my dress to be really unique with a high fashion feel. I follow allot of blogs and had fallen IN LOVE with a particular dress I had seen. I won’t mention any names, but the designer was a well known Israeli label. Unfortunately for me there was no stockist in Hong Kong. After viewing what felt like a million dresses, I hadn’t found one that made me feel the same as this dress did - I decided to bite the bullet and do the tabo - buy online. I got in contact with designer and got them to ship my dress to Australia. I arrived in Aus for a holiday (and to try the dress on) a few months after it had arrived, and I was horrified. Despite the very hefty price tag, the dress looked so cheap! The sewing wasn’t straight, the fall and drape was off, and the ‘pearl beading’ was plastic! From previous experience looking for dresses I knew Hong Kong didn’t really offer much to cater for what I was wanting which left me with one week to look for a dress in Australia. I had one week in Australia and then the next time I was coming back was a week before the wedding. To say I was totally freaking out is an understatement. We looked at a few places in Queensland but nothing was really standing out as different or high fashion - until a friend suggested Karen Willis Holmes. I looked online and automatically fell involve with the bodice. Karen Willis Holmes was amazing at adapting the dress to make it exactly what I wanted. In the end I got something different, sexy, and high fashion but still elegant and in some ways traditional - the 'Abbey' bodice and 'Emmeline' skirt. They worked with my time schedule and I had my first dress fitting the week I got back for the wedding. 
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t actually seen any before! I had been too focused on other international brands to look at Aussie designers.
How many gowns did you try? In total probably close to 50… maybe even more.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Paddington shop in QLD
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how subtly different they are, you still get the elegance and tradition of a wedding dress but with a modern and effortlessly sexy twist. I think Karen has really mastered fitting the female body. The quality was also incredible, it felt luxurious to wear.


Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We used a trusted Tailor in China who makes all Angus' work suits and majority of my wardrobe. She did absolutely everything for the wedding. Bridesmaids gowns, dresses, crop tops, pants, suits for all the groomsmen, Fathers and grooms suits, bowties, shirts, pocket squares etc. She did such an amazing job and got it all done in a month!
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought a beautiful belt form Karen Willis Holmes bridal which I really feel finished the dress. For jewellery I borrowed a diamond pendant from my mum and wore it on a thin chain. My clutch was a blush coloured Valentino. I had a chunky drop earring for the ceremony but changed to a delicate winged diamond earring once I removed my veil and added a head floral piece! The girls had very delicate rose gold accessories.
Where did you get your shoes from? Giuseppe Zanotti
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I never thought I would wear a veil but when I was trying on the dress the shop assistant- Lisa suggested i try one on. I couldn’t go past how pretty and bride like it made me feel like. I wore a veil during the ceremony (from Karen Willis Holmes) and then had a floral headpiece at the reception which changed up the look of my dress and made it more relaxed and boho.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Go with reputable vendors, a great team behind you is what makes for a great day… and it eases a hell of a lot of stress!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t get too caught up in preconceived ideas what your dress will look like. It’s good to have an idea of what you like, but obsessing over a particular dress you have seen on pinterest or a catwalk that isn’t actually realistic in price is going to cloud your judgement on other amazing dresses. Also go to designers that offer a customised range rather then individual dress makers - so much easier and you can still get exactly what you want! Lastly… never underestimate the importance of comfort MAKE SURE YOU CAN SIT AND WALK!!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
My husband is half Maori - the day incorporated beautiful elements of his heritage which made it so extra special for both of us. Our entrance was greeted with a surprise Haka performance from all the male Maroi guests, after every speech the woman stood up and sang a beautiful prayer in Maori, and for the ceremony Angus was presented with a Korowai cloak - a great sign of honour in the traditional Maori culture.
Something Old? My grandmas diamond broach which was on the bouquet
Something New? Everything
Something Borrowed? Mums diamond necklace
Something Blue? My toe nail polish

Suppliers

Florist - MONDO FLOWERS

 

'Mondo came highly recommended to us by Maleny Manor. Terrianne is amazing - I honestly can’t recommend her more. We used a eclectic mix of brass and crystal vases to hold the flowers in which suited the style of the wedding perfectly. She understood the look I was after from the moment i met her. I kind of let her do her own thing in terms of picking types of flowers and what she came up with was absolutely amazing. I had also given her the brief of brining the outside in- which she made happen by wrapping the reception polls in beautiful cascading greenery!'
 

Photographer - SHANE SHEPHERD

'Shane had previously shot Angus' sisters wedding. Her photos were so beautiful and still give me chills when I look at them. We didn’t even look at other photographers. He was so incredible and easy going. The last thing Ang and I wanted was to ‘pose’ for photos and them end up looking fake. Shane snapped away and worked so hard he was actually sweating. We got our photos done within an hour , and as a result got to spend some time with our guests at the garden party before the reception. The photos were effortless and absolutely stunning. We think they capture the whole mood and feel of the day perfectly. Absolute legend and couldn’t be happier with the outcome!
 

Music - RUSS WALKER DUO

He is Stan Walkers older brother and just as talented. I used to listen to him play years ago at a pub that used to be across the road from where I worked. When it was wedding time we got in contact and he agreed to play, even though he doesn’t usually do weddings. His voice is out of this world and he really set the entire tone of the wedding! Keeping it slow and soft to start and picking it up as the guests got rowdier - he is very good at reading the audience. I believe at one point my dad was dropping it pretty low on the dance floor and I was rapping at the bridal table!
 

First Dance - ‘Real Good Hands’ by Gregory Porter which Russ sang so magically.

'Being big fan's of jazz, we wanted something a little different. We first heard the song in Japan while having a little slow dance in a living room of a friends dinner party. We both knew that was it - and almost said “wedding song” at the same time.'
 

MC - OUR HONG KONG BESTIE BEN ROBERTS
 

Celebrant - JARRAD BAYLISS

Jarrad was also recommended to us by Maleny Manor. What an amazing human, we met him and instantaneously clicked. I don’t think people put enough thought into who their celebrant is going to be - but basically they are one of the most important parts as they set the whole tone of the wedding! The ceremony was funny and filled with so much love. It was so personal that it felt as though Jarrad was one of our close friends who had known us for years. I think people where blown away at different the ceremony was, all our guests were so involved and engaged which they absolutely loved!
 

Stationery - We designed our own and got them made through a manufacturing contact I had in China
 

Menu - We designed our own and got them made through a manufacturing contact I had in China
 

Cake - EDEN CUPCAKES
 

Hair - HAIR BY NICOLA
 

Make-Up - PRU EDWARDS MAKEUP

STYLED SHOOT - I Dreamed A Dream

Posted on 04 Nov, 2016
STYLED SHOOT -  I Dreamed A Dream

Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.  ~Marsha Norman

When Amelia from Pictures and Hearts Photography and Alice from ALC Events asked to be involved in this stunning collaborative editorial shoot, we excitedly obliged. Based on the concept of an ethereal dreamscape, this soft romantic editorial is everything we imagined and more! Fine lace gowns, vintage jewels and lush botanicals installations were washed in soft afternoon light to create this magical editorial.

See some of our favourite shots below or click here to view White Mag’s full feature. 

Alina, wore a delicate vintage lace veil which exemplified the feeling of weightlessness. 

Stunning fresh botanical installations paired back with vintage pieces helped transcend the viewer to utopia

 'Tillie' lace crop and 'Nina' skirt {above}. 

Karen Willis Holmes soft lace overlay gowns were used to create a ethereal mood.  

Vintage furniture and vases against lush green foliage set the tone for a whimsical and dreamy place where anything is possible.

CREDITS - 

Photography : Amelia Soegijono from Pictures and Hearts Photography

Styling : Alice from ALC Events

Make-Up : YennXin 

Gowns : Karen Willis Holmes

Paper Artist : Stuart Mc Lachlan 

Lingerie, Veil and flower hairpieces : Labelle

Silver Props: The Wedding Collector 

Vintage Furniture: Willow Tree Vintage 

Calligraphy: Teresa Ling

Model:  Alina Timofeeva 

Charlene & Tom's Rustic Wedding

Posted on 03 Nov, 2016
Charlene & Tom's Rustic Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We are both Christians and met at a church convention in Adelaide in 2011, myself living in Perth at the time it was a brief interaction a few smiles/flirty moments exchanged and it wasn’t until 2013 that our paths crossed again. This time I was Living in Sydney and Tom being quite sick at the time came to Sydney for treatment. Considering we went to the same church but in different cities we had many mutual friends so we found ourselves in Déjà vu with the smiles/flirts. Tom organised for me to stay with his sister when I was next in Adelaide, (sneaky ulterior motives) and our friendship blossomed when I was there for a weekend. From my visit to Adelaide next thing I found out Tom was moving to Sydney which I was super excited about unbeknown to him at the time. With our Love for God and our amazing chemistry it was not long before our friendship turned into so much more, he asked me to be his Girlfriend one day when we were at the beach and then 2 years later he asked me to Marry him on the beach at sunrise. I thank God for bringing us together and for the awesome friendship we had first but with the attraction it was always going to be more.

Do you have a proposal story? Sunrises have always been our thing, I’m not the greatest morning person but tom is and we both share a love for watching the sunrise. Tom would be the motivator and always set my alarm and pick me up the next morning and would venture to the beach. As this was what we quite often did I had no suspicions when we were at Bronte Beach, the sun had just come up and I was cosy in the blanket. Meantime Tom was Bird whispering as he usually would, such an animal lover. When he said let’s get coffee, he pulled me up and as I got up he knelt down an asked me to be his wife.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 21st May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Mali Brae Farm Moss Vale

What made you choose there? We actually initially wanted our wedding by the beach but after looking at a few venue nothing was feeling right so we stopped looking at venues and decided we would pick our food (Priorities clearly) we both wanted a hearty banquet style and we came across Violets and Vinegar, and we instantly knew we wanted them to cater for our wedding. After speaking with them they catered exclusively for Mali Brae Farm, we had a look at the venue online and the next week we were down at the farm and just fell in love with scenery and relaxed vibe. It was so magical and knew it was going to be perfect.

How did you find it? Through Violets and vinegar

How was the weather on the day? It was crisp cold, with glimpses of the sun shining through, too be honest I was on cloud 9, it could have been snowing and I wouldn’t have realized.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? When we initially got engaged in September 2015 we wanted to get Married in March 2016 but after scouting venues we realized it was difficult finding availability so when we found Mali Brae Farm it was only available on 21st May so we just said let’s do it. I think It was a blessing in disguise really as when I look back organizing a wedding in 6 months would have been a bit hectic and having those few extra months made it that more enjoyable and much more relaxed.

The Wedding Details

Theme? I was looking at flower options the moment I got engaged, I was so excited about Autumn blooms. Burgundy/fuchsia was a standout feature color. I chose my flowers first and worked my styling around my flowers, with the help of my amazing Florist this was so much fun.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest was my best friend, I found myself on there quite frequently as you do.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My signage was all done by my little sis, she is a wiz with chalk and blackboards so all our signboards where blackboard and she made them look super awesome. All my stationary was done by my talented Bridemaid Cailin, she hand painted the design. My Dad and the groomsmen troop constructed the arbor. Tommy and I made our gifts for all our guest, little honey pots. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Naomi – Big Sis

Alaina – Lil Sis

Katie – Sister in law

Cailin  – Best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Cody – Friend

Joel – Brother

Ryan – Friend

Brendan – Friend

Philip – Brother in law

Matthew – Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My very Good Friend, Kelly, is a massive advocate for Karen Willis Holmes so she would gush over the dresses and I just had to see for myself. Karen Willis Holmes did not disappoint as soon as I walked in I saw the dresses glistening in the light and could not wait to try them on.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had previously seen 2 of my friends walk down the aisle in Karen Willis Holmes dresses looking beautiful

How many gowns did you try? I tried about 6 gowns on.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I fell in love with the classic style of the 'Prea' skirt, I loved that it was simple yet so elegant and flattering.

The 'Abbey' Bodice was just so romantic and when I put it on with the 'Prea' skirt I knew I had found my winning combo. So happy that I could mix match with the Karen Willis Holmes collection. Really allowed me to customise my look and have everything I’d imagined in my wedding dress. I have to make a special mention of my lace trimmed veil as it was the very first item I laid my eyes on in the Karen Willis Holmes store and I knew whatever dress I ended up wearing I just had to have the veil, a total glamour piece!

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? ASOS, such an incredible find, my vision for my bridesmaids was whimsical/boho

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groomsman suits from YD and Tommy’s Suit was from MJ Bale

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept my accessories simplistic, I wore Mazel earrings and a bracelet my two friends gave me as a present on the day. It was super cute engraved “we love you”.

Where did you get your shoes from? Billini Shoes from Wanted Shoes

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Karen Willis Holmes Veil and Flower crown Created by Kelly O’Shea my florist

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Have fun and enjoy the journey, don’t strive for perfection as there is no such thing. Everything doesn’t always go to plan but trust everything happens for a reason. Make decisions based on what you both want not based on what others want or expect. And above all remember the most important thing is not the stationary flowers or guest list buts it’s that you get to spend the rest of your lives together.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on many different styles as the picture you have in your head isn’t always what ends up making you feel like a princess.

 

 

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Florist – Kelly O’Shea blessed to have a friend who has such a creative eye for floristry, she went above and beyond in displaying an array of autumn blooms which were absolutely stunning. Her work is second to none and her love for floristry is contagious, she is calm cool and collected, so efficient and creates displays which are of the highest standard, such a florist Guru. Special mention to Jemma Gibson who assisted Kelly.

Photographer – Jimmy Raper Photography. I browsed a number of wedding photography albums before stumbling across Jimmy, who I could see had a creative eye for capturing moments. Jimmy and his assistant were the ultimate professionals on the day and very fun to work with and we are so happy with our photos. His work says it all as well as being a talented photographer he is also a Top guy!

Music – Our friend Brad Gibson being a former DJ has the skills when is come to setting the scene with great music, having done many weddings before and him already knowing our taste in music we picked out some token songs for key moments throughout the night then gave him a creative license and he delivered a fun filled day/night of great crowd pleaser tunes.

First Dance – we danced to I don’t want to miss a thing – Aerosmith

Tom isn’t exactly the dancer so we practiced a few moves for our dance together and I was so chuffed that he even agreed to have a first dance, he was so out of his comfort zone, very proud wifey moment!

MC – Paul Wright, who is our dear friend, he’s a natural MC so he ran the day/night so chilled and Aced it!

Celebrant - We had our Pastor Andrew Riggs who we have both had as our pastor at our church in Sydney for a few years now.

Stationery – Cailin my best friend is an artsy one and created our beautiful hand painted invites and all other stationary.

Menu – all Compliments to our caterers Violets and Vinegar, foodies to the maximum delivered 5 star banquet style food that all our guests raved about. Special mention of the grazing table pre – reception abundance of delicious food, such a stand out catering company, professional, creative, lovely people.

Cake – Violets and Vinegar also made our yummy cake, 2 tier white chocolate with coconut buttercream and lime, was incredible, I am getting a craving for it as I write this.

Bombonieres – Tommy and I made little Honey Pots for each guest.

Hair – Sensoria Moss Vale, great stylists who did bridesmaids and My Mums Hair. 2 Girls who made the process enjoyable and delivered on the great hair. Greer Moss from Miss Moss Makeup did my hair.

Make up – Miss Moss Makeup – Greer Moss, I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful skilled makeup artist as Greer. She was a pleasure to work with, such a fun bubbly energy which fitted in so perfectly with all us girls. She was relaxed and confident in her work which made us all feel so comfortable and the whole experience was ultimate pampering. I highly recommend her talents and am so grateful for her being a part of my day.

Wedding Bands – Cricelli Jewelers, outstanding customer service, Tommy had my engagement ring custom made and I was over the moon with it. Tommy also had his wedding Band Custom made, it was very sentimental to him as his mum passed away a few years ago and he had his dads wedding band re made and they did an awesome Job. Lovely people to work with. Highly recommend.