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Date: February 2017

Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Round-Up

Posted on 28 Feb, 2017
Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Round-Up

So, our favourite Tinseltown event took place last night- The 89th Annual Acadamy Awards.  At the Karen Willis Holmes HQ, we look for absolutely any excuse to gush over amazing fashion & the extraordinary opulence of the Oscars is one we raced into work for yesterday! Modesty saw a comeback- with beautiful full skirts and high, Victorian-era necklines teamed with long sleeves.  Rich fire engine reds took centre stage, but it was the subdued neutrals and glowing golds that stuck a cord with us.  We are obsessing over the iridescent shine of embellishments, beading, and fringing paired back with demure silhouettes.  

For brides getting married in 2017, take note as some of the key looks displayed at the Oscars are sure to influence Bridal trends this year.  The emphasis on unfussy style was the key message and below are our selection of Best Dressed celebrities from the night who stole the show. 


Isabelle Huppert in Armani Prive


Naomie Harris in Custom Calvin Klein


Darby Stanchfield in Georges Chakra


Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo 


Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Couture 


Karlie Kloss wore this simple, asymmetrical Stella McCartney gown


Olivia Culpo in a custom made fringed Marchesa gown 


Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture 


Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco


Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture


Felicity Jones opted for a tea length, tulle Christian Dior gown with subtle gold foiling 


Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive


One of our favourite looks of the night- Emma Roberts wore Vintage Armani Prive


Taraji P. Henderson looked ravishing and curvaceous in a custom-made Alberta Ferretti gown


​Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad


Ruth Negga stopped the show in Valentino
 

Danica & Andy's beautiful South Coast wedding

Posted on 27 Feb, 2017
Danica & Andy's beautiful  South Coast wedding

Danica and Andy wed in the beautiful & picturesque location of Bushbank, Kiama Heights in New South Wales.  The couple who have been together for 9 years chose simplicity with strapping punches of magentas, primrose yellows and violets throughout for their wedding.  The guests picked up the memo about the colour too, arriving in striking shades that stood out.  This helped pull together all of the colours of the wedding captured by the very talented David Moore, as well as creating a fun, vibrant and playful vibe which complimented the stunning couple perfectly.  
Danica wore the Zoe/Mimi combination from the D.Y.G collection- an elegant, simple slim fitting silhouette with a plunging neckline and delicate spaghetti straps. The bodice cinches in at the waist before falling into an elegant slim fitting skirt with a split up the middle, all beautifully draped in a heavy twill.  

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met at High School – Andy came to my school in year 11 and then left later that year. We have been together ever since!

How long have you been together? 10 years.

Do you have a proposal story? It was our 9 year anniversary, we went for a walk from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay in Sydney and on the way back, right near Stockland house he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 3/12/2016

Location? Bushbank - Kiama Heights

What made you choose there? We wanted a mix of relaxed/ coastal but still for it to feel like a wedding and Bushbank did that for us.

 



How did you find it? On the internet.

How was the weather on the day? The day started off grey but as soon as the ceremony started the sun came out and it was beautiful the rest of the day.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? It was the same date as my grandparents!! It was their 59th wedding anniversary the date we married, so we will be able to celebrate our 1st anniversary with their 60th!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Bright! Kept everything simple and natural/ rustic. I had lots of bright flowers though :)

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest mainly!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? Most of it was D.I.Y  - Andy is very handy and he made our table numbers and seating chart. We just had wooden discs on the table and sprayed jars gold as our vases for flowers.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All friends – Carly (MOH), Lauren, Dani, Mel, Haylee.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? David (brother), Grant (brother), Ryan (friend), Sam (friend), Ryan (Friend).

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Heather was my flower girl (My Grandmother whose wedding anniversary it was!)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Danica looked stunning in the 'Zoey/Mimi combination gown from our D.Y.G collection. See more here

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I looked online- I wanted simple but beautiful and all Karen Willis Holmes dresses seem to tick the box for this!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only online/ Instagram.



How many gowns did you try? Only two!! My first pick was the one I ended up choosing.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased it from the Paddington store, Sydney.

What did you especially like about your gown? I LOVED the bottom of my gown, but the whole thing felt so comfortable. It didn’t have any particular detail on it, but that is what I loved as it suited me and my personality so well. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White runway

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls had rings from Samantha Wills, the boys got ties were made from Woodyroo

Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted shoes

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? My headpiece was ordered from Summer Blossom online, veil was borrowed from my MOH.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Just enjoy the day! Everything always works out. I can honestly say I hardly stressed at all in the lead up to the wedding and everything was perfect! The lead up can become overwhelming as you are always thinking if you forgot anything or need all of these things, when really what does it matter? As long as you are marrying the person you want to spend your life with, everything else will work out perfectly!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with what makes you comfortable and makes you feel most like you ... but a more beautiful version!!

Something Old? Grandmother's engagement ring

Something New? Lingerie

Something Borrowed? MOH clutch

Something Blue? My Mum’s ring with a blue sapphire stone. 

Suppliers

PhotographerDavid Moore or @daveymoorephoto - Instagram. Dave had the help of his wife Leah Moore or @leahmoorephoto – Instagram) who does equally as beautiful photos, and together they captured our day perfectly.

Florist – N/A

Videographer – N/A

Music – Dan SearleDan was great and got our music spot on, would recommend him to anyone!

Celebrant – Andrew Straney, he was great and really brought out Andrew and my story within the ceremony.

Stationery – N/A

Menu – N/A

Cake – N/A

Bombonieres – N/A

Hair – Haylee Simpson

Make-Up – Sara Mead 

 

BRISBANE MOVING SAMPLE SALE

Posted on 24 Feb, 2017
BRISBANE MOVING SAMPLE  SALE

Karen Willis Holmes in Paddington, Brisbane is packing their bags and moving to an INCREDIBLE new location nearby (stay tuned, all will be revealed shortly!).  Therefore, this calls for a bit of spring cleaning and a sample sale will be taking place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March! Do not miss this amazing opportunity to pick up a wedding gown with couture-like quality and innovative design at a bargain price.   With sample gowns from BESPOKE, Wild Hearts and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections being sold at reduced prices starting from 50% off, this sale is a must for any bride-to-be. Our lips are sealed as to what styles will be in the sale, so you will have to come down and see for yourself. 

Please note only sample sale gowns will be available over the weekend. If you would like to try on full priced gowns you will need to make an additional appointment at our beautiful new Brisbane boutique (click here to make an appointment). Any of the gowns are sold in their current condition and will be final sale only. 

Across these two days, we will be accepting cash, MasterCard, Visa and Eftpos.

Sample Gown List 

  • Eliza skirt
  • Frances skirt
  • Lindy train
  • Clara
  • Genevieve
  • Tyler
  • Milani
  • Lina
  • Isla
  • Dahlia
  • Bonnie
  • Stella
  • Nadia
  • Juliet
  • Imogen
  • Sequin peplum
  • Lila jacket

Sale details

Trading hours
Friday 10th March- 10am-5.30pm
Saturday 11th March- 9am-5.30pm

Location
Shop 5, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD, 4064
Ph- +61 7 3368 2216
Email- info@karenwillisholmes.com

 

Chris & Corrine's Colourful Osteria Wedding

Posted on 22 Feb, 2017
Chris & Corrine's  Colourful Osteria Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

We met at a bar on New Year's Eve. Chris couldn’t take a hint on the night, so the next day I tracked him down on Facebook and messaged him.

How long have you been together? 4 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? It was a simple proposal on New Year’s Day after a pub meal and a walk along the beach

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday 14 May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Both were at Osteria, Casuarina

What made you choose there? We loved the Northern NSW area, around Kingscliff. I had looked at a few venues, and Osteria’s menu was by far my favourite as I loved the idea of having a table banquet/share platter menu. The venue was what we wanted with an outdoor ceremony area, connected to an indoor reception with a rustic industrial feel.The food was really important to me, so we did eat at the restaurant before booking, and our guests are still raving about the arancini balls!

How did you find it? Via the Casuarina Weddings website and a lot of stalking on wedding blogs.

How was the weather on the day? It was amazing! We had clear blue skies, not a cloud in the sky. We picked May because of the mild weather and clear skies and the day turned it on!

The Wedding Details

Theme?  I created a name for the theme Industrial Luxe. I loved the industrial elements with copper tones and exposed bulbs and we then glammed it up! Everything we picked was what we liked, not necessarily sticking to one particular idea, but it all worked together. I included a lot of darker tones, in the flowers and the bridesmaids in French navy.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest! What an amazing creation that is! I spent a lot of time on wedding and photographer’s blogs, pinning ideas I liked.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I planned and styled the wedding myself. We went and set up the venue the day before.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids who/relationship?

Maid of Honour: Kate

Best friend & Bridesmaid: Natalie

Groomsmen who/relationship?

Best Man: Jim

Groomsman: Todd (Groom’s brother)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

I had seen a KWH gown on a couple of blogs that I absolutely fell in love with and wanted to try on, so KWH was a must on our shopping trip.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Have seen KWH gowns on a number of blogs and in magazines.

How many gowns did you try? I had one shopping trip with my Mum and future Mum-In-Law to Brisbane.  We went to about 4 stores, and would have tried on at least 10 – 15 different gowns across all the stores.  I had gone in looking for another gown, which was no longer in stock, and tried on a few other gowns, before putting Poppy on hold for the day.  We did a few more stores, and eventually came back at the end of the day, tried Poppy back on and knew after all those other gowns it was the one.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  The Brisbane KWH store What did you especially like about your gown? I suffer from a nervous/excited rash across my arms, chest and neck, and knew this was going to an issue on the big day.  I went in knowing I didn’t want a strapless gown for this reason.  I also am not the “princess” dress type of girl.  I wanted something unique and modern and that no one would have seen before.  Poppy fit all the criteria!

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Bruno’s Suits on the Gold Coast

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

My gown was quite a big statement so didn’t want to go over the top with accessories. Choose rose gold earring & headpiece and wore my Grandmother’s diamond brooch.

Where did you get your shoes from? Myer

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Headpiece was my Etsy.

 

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It’s true what they say the day goes so quickly so just take everything in and don’t sweat the small stuff.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t be influenced by the fashion. Choose something that is you and you will look back on the photos and still love it in 50 years time.

Something Old? My Grandmother let me borrow a diamond brooch she wore on her wedding day. It is my great great Grandmother’s.

Something New? The dress!

Something Borrowed? Gold crystal champagne flutes from my parents.

Something Blue? Lucky there was a gorgeous blue bow sewn into my dress. 

Suppliers

Photographer: Figtree Wedding Photography

Florist: Elyssium Blooms

Music: Chris Hutchinson & Peppers Entertainment

First Dance: Crazy Love, Michael Buble

Celebrant: Jo-Ellen Moynihan

Stationery: Invitation design on Vistaprint. I then designed matching favours & seating plan myself using the initial design.

Cake: Cakeit4U

Bombonieres: Chocoblock Chocolates (which double as our place cards!)

Hair and Make-Up: Harpier

Wedding Bands: Handcraft Studio

Reception ceiling installation: Elyssium Lighting

Jess & Ian's Stylish Victorian Wedding

Posted on 20 Feb, 2017
Jess & Ian's Stylish Victorian Wedding

AS FEATURED BY: 

Following a Thailand engagement (that included a smiley faced flashing plastic ring), Jessica and Ian spent their 15-month engagement envisioning a warehouse wedding… that is until they decided to make things sweet and simple by getting married in an already set-up venue.

Farm Vigano was the first and only venue of this kind that we looked at. We’d been there for lunch before and loved the property (not to mention the food) – you could easily be somewhere in Tuscany if it wasn’t for the surrounding Australian bushland,” explains Jessica, who utilised Hello May faves I Got You Babe Weddings  and Larsen Jewellery to help pull off their special day.

“We opted for a very relaxed day… Good food, decent alcohol and great music. The thought of a traditional wedding didn’t really appeal to us, which is why we decided to go for a casual celebration instead,” she tells us, adding that her Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress was one for the memory books.

Happily married and living a life full of life, the couple says that one of their best decisions was hiring legend videographer Light Noise Films. “We originally thought it may be overkill but my parents talked us into it and I’m so grateful that they did. The video is a little piece of the day that we can share for years to come.”

 

CREDITS 

Photographer -  I Got You Babe Weddings 

Bridal gown + Veil - 'Blake/Prea'  Karen Willis Holmes 

Shoes -  Wittner 

Accessories -  Shopbop Christie Nicolaides 

Hair -  Kim Tavares 

Make-Up -  Blanka Dudas 

Rings -  Larsen Jewellery 

Bridesmaid dresses -  Manning Cartell 

Bridesmaid shoes -  Zomp  

Bridesmaid gifts -  Mecca 

Kilt, jacket and socks -  McCalls Ltd 

Shirt -  Rhodes and Beckett 

Tie / Bow tie -  David Jones 

Shoes - Aquila 

Florist - Tribal Rose 

Stationery -  The Graphic Quill  

Printer -  Stadium Signs + Bambra Press 

Ceremony, reception + catering -  Farm Vigano, VIC

Food trucks and carts - Bianco Latte 

Prop and furniture hire -  Harry the Hirer Georgeous  

Marquee / teepee and Lighting / sound hire - Harry the Hirer 

Entertainment -  Ross Bates and Perfect Day Music 

Celebrant -  Andrew Redman 

Transport -  Murray’s Coaches 

Cinematographer -  Light Noise Films.

Caris & Ben's Stylish Sydney Harbourisde Wedding

Posted on 17 Feb, 2017
Caris & Ben's Stylish Sydney Harbourisde Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Ben and I met a long time ago – he was my unrequited teenage crush. I was in Year 7 and had been dragged along to watch my oldest brother’s basketball game and Ben was in that team. He said ‘hi’ to me, thinking nothing more of it, but I was starry-eyed. My brothers teased me about it for years! However more than a decade later, thanks to a chance encounter at a work party Ben hadn’t planned to attend, he got in touch. The rest, as they say, is history.

How long have you been together? Our first date was Valentine’s Day 2013 (yep, brave), so three and a half years.

Do you have a proposal story? It’s something of a family joke that unlike his brothers, Ben is not at all musically inclined. However Ben asked his dad (who had then recently been diagnosed with MND) to teach him one song on the guitar and spent the following months secretly mastering it. Imagine my surprise when Ben organized a picnic at our favourite spot by the water in Sydney, and disappeared at one point, only to return with a guitar, which he started to play – and play really well. He rewrote the lyrics to a song so it incorporated our story and at the end, reached into the guitar case to pull out a box and bent down on one knee… The ring was designed by Ben and Jacque Fine Jewellery, with the central diamonds from his great grandmother’s engagement ring.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? April 15, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony: Sacred Heart Church, Mosman; Reception: The Grounds of Alexandria

What made you choose there? We just wanted somewhere that felt intimate and not too formal – we really just wanted our wedding to be a huge celebration, with shared platters of delicious food, good music and wonderful people. We looked for quite a while for our reception venue, but as soon as we saw The Grounds, it immediately felt like ‘us’. Similarly, Sacred Heart is just a beautiful little church and felt very welcoming.

How did you find it? I could not rave about The Grounds enough. Ben and I had obviously never organized anything this big before and they helped us every step of the way in the lead-up and made sure everything went smoothly on the big day. The location itself is gorgeous, but combine that with fantastic staff and the exceptional food (oh my, the food!!) and it was perfect. The people are Sacred Heart were lovely and personable, and as hands on as you needed. 

How was the weather on the day? Beautiful. Sunny and a touch windy.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We needed to time it when Ben’s brother Paul was home from the UK, which was significant 1) because he’s Ben’s brother, but 2) because he married us.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Navy, white and burgundy. I love film and television, and Ben is a fan of Marvel superheroes, so we also had a few cheeky pop culture and superhero nods here and there.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest. I’d never used it before and it became such a lifesaver.

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

  • We designed our invitations and the wedding booklets ourselves and had them printed at iDesign & Print.
  • I hand wrote all the table cards, by finding a calligraphy font I liked on Google and using it as a guide with a white pen on dark blue cards.
  • I also baked personalized shortbread biscuits for every guest as a party favour, using cookie cutters bought through Printsicle via Etsy. I also made slightly salty/slightly sweet popcorn, to tie in with our love of movies.
  • Every guest was also given a personalized Lego-style figurine to assemble at their table. We matched the figurines, whether it was Batman, or Thor, or Queen Elsa, to a person and individually wrote them a description that incorporated not only the amazing traits of the character, but also the guest we were giving it too. It meant that we were able to let every single person know how much they meant to us, and how thrilled we were about them being there. And yes, our mums both got Wonder Woman.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Hayley and Emily – both highschool friends.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Cavan – best mate from highschool. And Nicholas – younger brother.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes was the very first store I went to. Everyone told me it would take weeks of searching and dozens of gowns before I would find the right one. But one gown at Karen Willis Holmes had caught my eye at One Fine Day and so we made it our first stop in a day of shopping.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? We went to One Fine Day for inspiration and I saw some of the gowns in the runway show.

How many gowns did you try? When we came into the store, my mum and bridesmaid picked out a couple of choices, but I went straight for this one particular gown. It was the first one I tried on. And that was it. It was unanimous – this was the dress. I tried on a few others, but the bar had been set and nothing else quite reached it. The time-frame to make the dress was tight because of the beautiful detail in it, but the amazing team at Karen Willis Holmes made it happen. As I was leaving the store, I asked the name of the dress. When the reply came “Ava”, I was stunned. I’ve been writing a novel for a couple of years and the dress had the same name as my main character. What are the chances? Believe in coincidence or not – I think it was meant to be.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the Paddington Sydney store, with the help of the lovely Hannah Kate. Also a big thanks to Susan who was at our fittings and just fantastic.

What did you especially like about your gown? Where do I start?! The fit, the intricate detail, the way the sheer overlay floated and how it could be removed when the dance floor got started. The look was a bit art deco, similar to my engagement ring (and which we also got vintage cars to tie-in with as well). There was also an indescribable element I’m sure other brides are familiar with. It just felt like ‘me’. I never thought I would wear a strapless gown – I actually didn’t have my heart set on anything. But once I put it on everything clicked into place. And I was honored to discover I would be the first bride to wear the Ava gown.

Fashion

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Swarovski bracelet we bought through Karen Willis Holmes and borrowed my mum’s Bulgari earrings. My bridesmaids bought/brought their own shoes and jewellery. I gifted them with cuffs from Jezebel Charms via Etsy, not for the wedding day, but so they had something unique to say thank you.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Elizabeth Bower lace patterned hairpiece with Swarovski pearl and crystal accents. From Babushka Ballerina.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  • Create boards on Pinterest. It meant when we were organizing flowers/table decoration, we could easily convey the kind of look we wanted.
  • Yes, it’s stressful. But all the organization and emailing in the lead-up to the big day, meant that on that day, we could just relax and soak it all up.
  • Don’t do too much DIY. I loved making the cookies and Lego descriptions and they made all the difference on the day. But for some time I entertained the idea of creating our wedding cake as well and I’m so glad I didn’t. Making your wedding personal is wonderful, but having a break-down trying to achieve it by making absolutely everything would not be.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I felt lucky in that it was the first shop and first gown I tried on. But I know it’s not the case with everyone. But don’t settle and also, make sure it’s what you want – not what everyone else wants. It’s easier said than done, but when you’re walking down that aisle, you want to feel like you’re still ‘you’ and not someone you don’t recognize. 

Something Old AND Blue? I had a little blue handkerchief from my childhood, which my bridesmaids held onto me for the day.

Something New? Swarovski bracelet.

Something Borrowed? My mum’s Bulgari earrings.

Suppliers

Florist – Church florals: Sydney Floral Events; Bouquets, button holes and Reception Florals: The Grounds Florals by Silva

Photographer – White Lane Studio

Videographer – White Lane Studio. We chose White Lane because I stumbled across one of their stunning wedding videos while searching for reception venues. With my film background, the video was important to me, and I was struck by how they capture the mood and tone of the day. Their photos are equally gorgeous. The way they incorporate natural light and the colours are beautiful. They’re also very relaxed and just a tonne of fun to have around for the day.

Music – At the ceremony: Lauren (vocals/key) and Matt (acoustic guitar) from Event Entertainers; At the reception: 6-piece band from Baker Boys Band.

First Dance – “I’ve Got a Question For You” by Rhett Miller

MC – Bride’s brother Jarrad

Celebrant – Ben’s brother Fr Paul Rowse

Cake – Sugar Bee Cakes, who did an amazing job creating a pretty quirky Captain America/Black Widow wedding cake with the lyrics “Home is Wherever I’m With You” – the song that I walked down the aisle to (an acoustic version sung against the guitar backing of Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men)

Bombonieres – Made ourselves

Hair – Chervonne and Sarah from Toni & Guy Manly

Make-Up – Make Up by Elizabeth, who does really beautiful, natural-looking make-up

Wedding Bands – Jacque Fine Jewellery

Extra features – Invitations and booklets designed by us and printed by iDesign & Print in Newtown (who also cut and folded the placecard paper)

Cars – Fifth Avenue Vintage Automobiles

Natasha & Todd's Margaret River Wedding

Posted on 16 Feb, 2017
Natasha & Todd's Margaret River Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We were set up by a mutual friend

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Todd proposed on the Busselton Jetty, Western Australia on a Friday at sunset. We then spent the weekend down south at Bunker Bay. It was the most amazing blue sky weather for August!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 14th November 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Hay Shed Hill Winery, Margaret River, Western Australia          

What made you choose there?  We knew we wanted a down south wedding, both loving the region and growing up holidaying there. Hay Shed had everything we were looking for … an incredible chef, Jake Drachenberg, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and the beautiful vista over the vines.

How was the weather on the day?  We woke up to blue skies and enjoyed them all day. The clouds came over in the evening for a pink sky sunset and the night closed with a lightning storm in the distance over the vines.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Whites, greys and greens. We wanted it to be simple, classic and natural.  We wanted it to be about good food and good company. To feel like a large dinner party for our nearest and dearest.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  I loved trawling pinterest for ideas and really enjoyed the planning stage! Our venue already suited our style so we didn’t feel we needed to decorate too much. We both like a minimal style and wanted to try and keep things simple.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My mum, Todd’s mum and I spent the afternoon together sewing linen napkins for the table. We also collected rose petals for months that our guests threw over us as we walked down the isle. I loved the idea of being showered by rose petals collected by family and friends.
I also hand wrote the escord cards for the table and soaked off labels from Hay Shed Wine bottles and replaced them with table numbers.

Chef, Jake Drachenberg takes so much pride in his food and created the most incredible menu for our wedding day. Something Todd and I will always be grateful for! It was hands down the biggest thing people raved about after the wedding!
We thought it was only right to paint up the menu so guests could read what they were being served. I hand painted it on to ply wood and stood it next to our “find your seat”  board.

Our whole dessert table was also DIY. A close friend, Krissie baked and cooked up a storm! Together we styled the table with concrete pots and gum leaves.

Our bonboniere were also homemade. Little jars of chutney and a play on words – TnT .. Todd and Tash.Together with family we spent the day making a tomato chutney so our guests to get to take home. A friend’s wedding a few years back had the same idea and we loved being able to take it home and enjoy it over the weeks to come. When it came time for our wedding, there was no doubt we were going to pinch this idea!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Maid of Honour, Brodie – primary school/high school friend
Sofie – university friend
Rachel – high school friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Best Man – Brad, brother of Todd
Luke – highschool friend
Liam – highschool friend

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girl – Todd’s cousin’s child, Sophie
Page boy – Tash’s cousin, Macario
Macario carried a home made ring dish that was inscribed with a line from our vows … which was taken from our first dance lyrics .. “I’ll wait for you and should I fall behind, wait for me”
Our rings were tied with a piece of grey ribbon and rest on this clay dish.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had an appointment at Zanzi’s Bridal, Subiaco. She’s a close friend of Karen’s … and said that she thought my style would more suit Karen’s designs. She told me a new store was opening in Perth and I should go and check it out. I had to wait a month or so for the shop to open and then I made an appointment.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t!

How many gowns did you try? Only three! Third’s the charm

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I really loved the two piece. I wanted some lace but was finding the full lace gowns too overwhelming. I wanted something more modern and light. I also wanted something simple, no layers, or tulle, or sparkle! The 'Sienna' gown was classic, and light, but modern and just elegant. I loved it. Still do!!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Amsale in Dove Grey. I wanted full length gowns and let the girls pick the style they liked.

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? The girls selected their own shoes to wear with the dress in various nude colours.
Brodie and Rachel wore drop earrings I found on Hardtofind and Sofie (who wore strapless) wore a bar necklace from Samantha Wills

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Tony Bianco

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My Mum made my veil. I wanted just a very simple strip of tulle and only wore it for the ceremony. My headpiece was from etsy… Anna Marguerite …It was a gold leaf comb which matched my little gold leaf earrings which were my Mums.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Work with people you love and enjoy the company of! Every one of our vendors were so wonderful. People we really admired for their work but also people we could see ourselves being friends with. This made the process so much more enjoyable!!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be patient! And shop around!

Something Old? I wore my Mum’s gold leaf stud earrings which I’ve always loved. My Aunty also gave me my Nanna’s ring on the morning of the wedding as a surprise. It was such a beautiful moment and I’ll always treasure that memory of her popping in that morning. I wore this ring on my right hand. It was nice to have Nanna, who has passed, there with us.

Something New? My dress!

Something Borrowed? Mum’s earrings also fit this category!

Something Blue? Todd has always called me “Blue” because of my eyes. I figured that was all the blue I needed.

Suppliers

Florist True Love by Laura. Laura was incredible. She owns the Yelverton Protea Farm, a local native flower farm in Margaret River. She was an absolute joy to work with and I loved our florals.  She made an incredible wreath that hung from the gumtree we were married under. It was then carried up and hung over our dessert table.

Photographer – Eric Ronald. Eric flew over from the east to be a part of our wedding day. Photography was right at the top of both of our lists for Todd and I so we knew it had to be someone special. Eric was just so friendly and warm to work with. He truly loves weddings and committed so much time to be with us the day before and all through our wedding day. He was even there until midnight photographing the lightning!  He caught some incredibly beautiful candid moments and was able to capture the beauty of the south west which we wanted. We can’t speak highly enough of him.

Videographer – My uncle works as a film maker in Sydney. His little son was our page boy! We are so grateful he played the role of family member and videographer for the day! We’ll always be grateful for the footage he captured.

Music – DJ Damo for the dancefloor. My brother, Chris played guitar and sang at the ceremony. And a collection of my uni friends (we all studied music together) sang and played after dinner in a surprise for Todd! His favourite song, Dancing in the Dark – bruce springsteen.

First Dance – If I should Fall behind – Bruce Springsteen. We both heard this a few years ago when we were in the Macedon Ranges watching Bruce perform at Hanging Rock. It’s a wonderful ballad that has lyrics which really resonated with us. We used them in our vows.

MC – Todd’s university friends, Dave MeHarry and Josh Johnson

Celebrant – Laurissa Knowles

Stationery – The Little Press. Emily created our custom letterpress invites to mirror the gumleaves and native flowers that we so love!! She was just the most beautiful person to work with! And crazy talented!!

Menu – Jake Drachenberg

Cake – Our friend Krissie styled and cooked the dessert table. My Mum, Lisa made a chocolate roulade which we cut together. It was a recipe she learnt to make with her Mum (Nanna) so it has very special memories.

Bombonieres -  Chutney jars made by family

Hair – Ashley Pacey, Eric Moran Hair

Make up – Carmen Atkinson

Wedding Bands – Antony Colin the Jeweller  

Montsalvat- Karen Willis Holmes Campaign Shoot

Posted on 15 Feb, 2017
Montsalvat- Karen Willis Holmes Campaign Shoot

The end of 2016 finished on a high for the Karen Willis Holmes team, shooting the exciting new campaign at Montsalvat, Australias oldest artists colony in Eltham, Victoria.  The shoot features new Karen Willis Holmes gowns from the BESPOKE and DYG collections, as well as revisiting our favourite gowns from the current collection.  

We decided to shoot at Monsalvat because it exudes an old world romance synonymous with the Karen Willis Holmes brand through the contrast of whimsical internal and external spaces, soft tones and sweeping hills.  The classic example of French provincial gothic style architecture features extravagant exhibition halls with cathedral height ceilings, striking stained glass windows that lead to small corridors, spilling onto the richly established gardens.  The winding stairs inside twist around to tiny balconies, offering a breathtaking view of the grounds & the numerous historical mud brick buildings that surround.  Peacocks and ducks roam wild, adding drama to the whimsical space & creating a perfect backdrop for the 2017 Karen Willis Holmes campaign.

It is simply a photographer's dream to shoot at Montsalvat with Bek Smith working her magic behind the lens & Bunched together providing the stunning botanicals & foliage that perfectly complimented the gowns we were shooting. Videographer Lauren Schulz interpreted the shoot from another perspective, showing off all the gowns in movement.  Sultry eyes and deep plum lips finished off the looks by talented make-up artist Sophie Knox.
Lace featured, with long sleeve corded lace overlays & nude slips, glamorous ball gowns with sweeping trains & structured fitted gowns creating a modern romance throughout the grounds.  We are so excited to share with you this beautiful shoot put together by an incredibly talented team.    


Abbey Bodice & the Selena Train


Gerry Bodice & the Melanie Skirt


Gerry & Merida


Milani Corded Lace Overlay


Lauren


Ophelia & the Joni skirt


Eddie


Ophelia


Blake bodice & Prea skirt


Rosemary


Shelly bodice & the Melanie skirt


Shelly bodice & the Samantha skirt


Sophie


Ophelia bodice & the Joni skirt

CREDITS

Gowns- Karen Willis Holmes

Photographer- Bek Smith

Florist- Bunched together

Hair & Makeup- Sophie Knox

Videographer- Lauren Schulz

Model- Brooke Meredith

Location- Montsalvat, Eltham

 

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - MONSTSALAVAT CAMPAIGN from lauren on Vimeo.

 

Chloe + Dan's stunning Newcastle wedding

Posted on 14 Feb, 2017
Chloe + Dan's stunning Newcastle wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met in Year 9 on my first day at a new school, but we didn’t start dating until two and a half years after we finished Year 12.

How long have you been together? We started dating July 2011, and Dan proposed March 2016 – so we had nearly been together five years.

Do you have a proposal story? Dan proposed at the Hunter Valley Gardens up in the Hunter Valley’s wine country. I had a sneaking suspicion that he was going to propose as he had said three weeks earlier that we would set aside that day to do something together (we had been very busy the previous nine months – moving back to Newcastle from Brisbane, buying a house, renovating) and we never plan in advance and set aside days to do things. So I spent the next three weeks a nervous wreck, thinking that the day had finally arrived! But then, when we woke up Saturday morning, Dan asked what I wanted to do. I was so cranky at him, he had been telling me he had it all planned and here he was, asking me what I wanted to do! We decided to head up to the vineyards, as we both love it up there, and I was thinking there was no way he was proposing. But as we were walking around the Hunter Valley Gardens, he got down on one knee, extremely nervous and asked me to be his wife.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12 November 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Newcastle Club

What made you choose there? Dan wanted to get married locally instead of the vineyards, and The Newcastle Club is a beautiful venue made up of old heritage-listed buildings and is rather grand. I love anything old world, and as someone who continually re-watches Downton Abbey, it suited perfectly.

How did you find it? My Mum is a member of the Club and had always pictured me getting married there, so it didn’t take much consideration. We were engaged on the Saturday and had the Club booked lunchtime on the Monday!

How was the weather on the day? Pouring in the morning and then very hot, but I was just so glad it stopped raining, it turned out beautifully.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Peonies! I had to have peonies in my bouquet, and also both sets of my grandparents were married in November.

The Wedding Details

Theme? White, blush and lots of foliage. I wanted a garden feel, something almost like a fairytale. I didn’t hire a stylist as I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted, I hired some of the décor from a few different places, I borrowed the beautiful lace bunting and lawn games from another friend, and our florist, Lorey, did the most amazing job. I wanted the main feature to be our florals and I was in complete awe when I walked into the reception, I kept looking over to Mum with an amazed expression on my face.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and Instagram mostly

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Grace (maid of honour/best friend), Emily (cousin), Nicky (best friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Jarrod (best man/best friend), Luke (Dan’s brother), Blake (my brother)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Our flower girls were two of our nieces – Elke and Minka, our page boy was our godson Kohen and our page man was my youngest brother Ben.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I first started looking at Karen Willis Holmes when I was helping my best friend Grace find her wedding dress, and I instantly fell in love with the gowns. I actually came in to try the Mabel bodice, I thought I was going to like that with a tulle skirt but when I put on the Mabel bodice and skirt I smiled and when I walked out, everyone started crying – it was the one!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Online and in wedding magazines

How many gowns did you try? At Karen Willis Holmes, probably five – but my gown was the first one I tried on.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sleeves and the back on the bodice, and that it was so simple but so beautiful.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My step-dad Andrew bought me beautiful pearl studs from Rutherford and I borrowed my Mum’s pearl ring. I also had a small bag from TDE which I had my new initials engraved on – Dan loved it. I bought Grace a Pandora bracelet (she doesn’t have her ears pierced, it was such a mission finding something!) and I bought Nicky and Emily earrings from Swarovski.

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes and my silver laurel leaf comb was from Anna Marguerite, a NZ designer.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Surround yourself with people you can trust and rely on, they make planning and the day so much better and sweeter.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I honestly believe that you’ll know. But have a few different styles in mind – even though my gown from KWH was one of the reasons I went there, I was also toying with the idea of a long-sleeve lace gown (which is what my husband thought I would have chosen) but when I tried some on at a different boutique, I and my helpers quickly realised that look definitely wasn’t me.

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

Our ring cushion was my copy of Pride & Prejudice, my favourite book, which was originally Mum’s copy. Also, the music for the processional was composed and performed by Uncle Eric, it was very special to walk in to something that was written just for me. 

Something Old? My grandma’s handkerchief.

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My mum’s pearl ring

Something Blue? The blue bow on my garter

Suppliers

Photographer – Nick Sim Photography. Where to begin! The first night we met Nick and his wife, Kel, they ended up staying for hours while Nick and Dan played FIFA. Nick and Kel made us feel so relaxed and like we had been friends for years. We couldn’t be happier with our photos, Nick did a stunning job.

Florist – Flowers By Lorey. Lorey was absolutely amazing, I was in awe of what she accomplished. She took my vision of what it would all look and made it so much better. I found Lorey through where I go to barre, Fleur Wellbeing, as they would sometimes have her posies for sale.

Music – Tre Soul

First Dance – A Thousand Year by Christina Perri

MC – Our friend Dave

Celebrant – Jennifer Wendtman – who is a very close family friend, it was so beyond wonderful having someone marry us who knows us so well.

Stationery – KR Creative

Wedding Bands  – Leonards

Sinead + Daniel's pretty Queensland Wedding

Posted on 07 Feb, 2017
Sinead + Daniel's pretty Queensland Wedding

Simple and fun was the brief for Sinead and Daniels wedding.  Fairy lights, foliage and candles filled the space, creating an intimate, romantic and whimsical wedding for the pair that that met through Daniels brother 7 years earlier.  After re-kindling their romance after some time apart, the couple were inseparable.  A gorgeous beach proposal followed, complete with cheese and champagne as they snuck away for a weekend in Kingcliff, near Tweed Heads.  

The couple wed during a romantic ceremony and reception at Osteria, Casuarina NSW.  Sinead opted for a simple yet classic gown by Karen Willis Holmes- the 'Kitty/Karly' combination, finished off with a sheer tulle skirt.  Brendan and Alice from Figtree Pictures shot both the special day as well as their engagement shoot which meant come the wedding, they had such a fun time with photographers they felt so comfortable with.  Three incredible floral installations were hung by master florists Elyssium Blooms, as you can see, it tied in the whimsy of their wedding perfectly.  

Background

How did you meet your partner?  I used to work with Daniel's brother who introduced us and we went on a few dates before our life direction's changed and we split and went our separate ways for a couple of years, only to get in touch again in late 2010. We used to MSN chat to one another whilst we lived in different states, upon return to the Gold Coast in 2011 Daniel left to go overseas on a holiday, I organized with his brother to pick him up from the airport and we have been inseparable ever since.

How long have you been together? 7 years

Do you have a proposal story? I had booked us a weekend away in Kingscliff as a cheeky little getaway in August 2014, I had been bugging Daniel for quite some time as to whether he was ever going to propose only to get “it will happen when you least expect it” as a response. I had given up all hope and just let it slide and waited quietly in anticipation. Whilst we waited to check into our hotel, we headed into Woolworths and purchased some bits and pieces for cheese and crackers that we would take down and nibble on at the beach (which I must say is one of my all-time favourite things to do!). As we headed down to the sand Daniel said “I will just run back to the car and grab us a couple of towels to sit on the sand”. We headed down the beach to a nice quiet spot where Daniel rolled out the towels and there tucked away was a purple box with my gorgeous engagement ring tucked inside. He knelt down and asked the question I had been waiting to hear for years. I immediately answered “Yes”. We sat on the beach taking in the moment and Daniel told me that he had called my Dad to ask him for his permission. My Dad is a FIFO so catching him at a good time is always a tad challenging, Daniel called him late one night after a gym session and apparently my Dad looked at the caller ID and thought why is Daniel calling me this late thinking it was one of his colleagues. When Daniel nervously started talking, Dad had no clue what was going on.  Once he finally twigged who it was poor Daniel was so nervous he could barely get the question out. I really admire that he asked my Dad for permission to marry his daughter as it was something I never asked him to do.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26th August 2016

Ceremony and Reception Location? Osteria, Casuarina NSW

What made you choose there? I saw a picture online and as soon as I saw it I thought this is where we are going to get married, the pictures made it look intimate and inviting. I met the wedding coordinator at a wedding expo and placed a holding deposit on the venue before setting foot on site. It definitely was love at first sight. When we finally got to the venue, I knew it was the right decision.  We both were ecstatic with our choice and would visit regularly to build the anticipation.

How did you find it? Instagram

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! The day was perfect weather, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. Being August, the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold. Later in the evening it began to get colder and around 10:00 that night it began to rain.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Daniel proposed to me on the 30th August 2014 so we tried to get as close to our engagement date possible. The 26th August fell perfectly into plan.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Our vision was to have a very simple and fun wedding. A very whimsical and romantic feeling was what we achieved, we had fairy lights, flowers, foliage and candles galore. We had a lot of white with a touch of gold and rustic pieces.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Mostly from my own personal style, clean and white with touches of antiques. A lot of my DIY ideas came from Pinterest and Instagram.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Most of our wedding was DIY, I am a very artsy/crafty person. My Uncle made our blackboards that we used as our welcome & menu boards. I made all our frames with “Please take one” “Photo Booth Snaps” etc, we collected jars for months and months so we had jars with colouring pencils, candles and flowers throughout. We set up the whole venue the night before so there was nothing left to do the day of the wedding which took a huge load off.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Jordann, my sister & Mercedes, my Best Friend.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Kyle, Daniel’s Brother & Dale, Daniel’s best friend.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girls: Gabrielle & Sienna (Cousins), Phoebe and Allegra (Friends children).

Page Boys: Sebastian, Elijah & Jacob (Cousins)

Ring Bearer: Hunter (Godson)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Sinead looked stunning in our 'Kitty/Karly' combination gown from the D.Y.G collection {made in Satin and worn with our 'Maggie' tulle skirt overlay from the Wild Hearts collection.} 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Again my impulse decision making, I had seen your gorgeous dresses online and fell in love. I love Karen Willis Holmes's simple, classic styles.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I am a fan on Instagram (the perks of social media) as well as seeing ads in magazines such as White & Hello May

How many gowns did you try? 3, it was the second gown that I chose that stole my heart! This was the first store I had been in and I chose straight away. My bridesmaid Mercedes lives in Dubai so we scheduled it in for her one day home to go wedding dress shopping so it worked out perfectly!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes, Paddington, QLD

What did you especially like about your gown? The simplicity, I never envisioned myself wearing anything like the dress I chose but once I put it on it just felt right. I felt instantly teary and when I looked at my mum, sister and friend.  We all just knew it was the one!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I told both the girls that they could choose whatever dress they wanted as long as it was white, surprisingly without any coaxing they picked dresses that complemented the other. It was hard with Mercedes living on the other side of the world to go dress shopping so it was simply a few facebook messages and snap chats and their dresses were sorted.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? All the boy's attire came from Tarocash in Robina,QLD. Daniel usually struggles with decisions and to my surprise, he chose the 2nd outfit he tried on. Not really being a suit man (he would have preferred shorts and a t-shirt!) it was important that his look was relaxed and comfortable. They wore converse shoes and had superhero socks, perfectly suiting his style.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Karen Willis Holmes belt, I found a bracelet on Etsy that I loved which had a very similar embellishment to my belt and tied up with tulle. My earrings were Samantha Wills. The bridesmaids wore their own earrings and like their dresses chose their own shoes, I bought them Frankly My Dear 'Tie the knot' bracelets. The boys had superhero cufflinks which I found on Etsy.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes came from Novo, all I wanted was flat gold sparkly shoes and they had them their store, being tall already and 14 weeks pregnant at the time I wanted comfy shoes, and that was exactly what I got!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No headpiece just flowers from our florist which my hairdresser popped in out hair.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy every minute of the planning and organizing, you go to so much effort and your big day will be over and done with in the blink of an eye.  Spend time with your partner to see what is important to them too, as it is as much their big day as it is yours. There is nothing I would change about our day it was the most amazing day of our lives, I just wish we could do it all again and slow it down next time.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on that dress you would never have contemplated wearing, it may just be “the one”!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We let our guests know during our ceremony that we were pregnant and expecting our first addition in Feb 2017. It was a great surprise, our parents and siblings already knew so it was nice to see everyone’s faces and their reactions at this time. I was very thankful that I was still small enough at this point that I could still fit in my wedding gown. Phew!

Something Old? A set of my great, great grandmothers earrings. I pinned one of them to my bouquet.

Something New? My wedding dress!

Something Borrowed? An earring from my mother in law that she wore on her wedding day that I pinned to my bouquet.

Something Blue? A brooch that belonged to my great, great, great grandmother that I also pinned to my bouquet. Everything really special close at hand.

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Suppliers

Photographer – Figtree Pictures Brenden & Alice. Two of the most chilled and fun photographers you will meet. They just went along with what we wanted to do and pointed and clicked away. I wanted to have a picnic during our photoshoot so we did and Brenden just started pointing the camera. We chose Figtree Pictures for our Engagement shoot as well and Brenden was right on board when I suggested doing a holi powder shoot, where Daniel and I threw coloured powder to get these great colourful shots which turned out amazing!

Florist – Elyssium Blooms Elise did the most amazing job, I had been following her work for quite some time as she is a family friends relative. All I told her in our brief was that I wanted white flowers and succulents and that is exactly what she delivered, it was better than what I could have ever envisioned. We really wanted a focal point in our reception so 3 large hanging foliage installations were hung which just made our wedding complete. The flowers in a wedding are really one of the main products that just make or break a wedding. We can’t thank Steve & Elise enough for their awesome work!

Music – Quinn McHugh which I found through Live Music Agency, I emailed Live Music Agency and told Kirsty what we liked and she found us Quinn. We listened to his demo’s and went and watched him play and again we booked him straight away. He had the most amazing voice and he stayed with us right from the ceremony, through until the end of the night.

First Dance – “Young & Beautiful” – Lana Del Ray (Which Quinn learned and played an acoustic version for us. Such a special moment.)

MC – My little brother Brady. He was so nervous, but his with his witty charm and humour he pulled off such a great night.

Celebrant – Kathryn Murphy. I met Kath at the Byron Bay Wedding Expo and from the second she opened her mouth, I just felt comfortable with her. She is such a kind hearted and beautiful person, we both felt so comfortable with her and she was happy to answer any of our questions and help out any time. She encouraged us to write our own vows which made our ceremony feel very special. We will definitely be going back to Kath if we renew our vows.

Stationery – I created ALL our stationery from our save the dates, invitations and thank you cards - everything I designed myself and once complete I sent to a friend who kindly printed all our pieces at his Printing Company.

Menu – I painstakingly hand wrote our menu on one of the blackboards my Uncle made.

Cake – The Cake that Ate Paris. Bree Meldrum. Bree did a wonderful job with our cake, we have four different flavours; Banana, Caramel, Peanut Butter & Choc Mint Mud Cake. It was the tastiest cake you will ever eat! We had a partially naked cake which Bree painted gold flecks on.  Elise from Elyssium Blooms decorated it with fresh white flowers and succulents.

Bombonieres – We had each guests names laser cut out which were for them to take home.

Hair – Amelia Anne Hair Styling. Amelia is an old friend of mine who does wedding hair styling came and styled our hair for the big day. I gave her a photo and said I wanted something similar with flowers around the back, she did a great job.

Make-Up – Rachael Simms. A well-known make-up artist on the Gold Coast, she always makes her brides look so natural. She is the cutest person you will ever meet, so down to earth and amazing at what she does. I have seen her for other beauty treatments and she is just wonderful.

Wedding Bands – Michael Hill for my set & Wallace Bishop for Daniel’s ring. (he wanted a tungsten ring and we spent a good year trying on bands for him)

Photobooth – Photobooth Collective. The photobooth was a real highlight of our night.  It was sooo much fun and it is hilarious to look back on and see all the goofy shots of all our guests.

Lighting – Elysium Lighting. The fairy lights and hanging light installations were installed by our wonderful Florists husband. The lights really set off the romantic feel to our reception.

 

Matt + Christine's stunning Noosa wedding

Posted on 07 Feb, 2017
Matt + Christine's stunning Noosa wedding

Christine & Matt wed in spectaular Noosa in October 2016.  The Melbourne couple got engaged with their gorgeous son in tow one afternoon at Stables of Como. Christine, who thought she would know when Matt was about to propose was completely shocked when he knelt down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.  Christine & Matt have known each other for nearly 7 years and had holidayed in Noosa for years.  Their connection with the balmy coastal town lead them having a destination wedding on the beach at Maison La Plage Grove, followed by a stunning sit-down dinner at Sails Restaurant Noosa. We love the intimate moments and laughter that was shot by Lucas & Co Photography who are known for their carefree, natural, candid style of photography.  Christine looked stunning wearing the 'Abbey' bodice with the 'Prea' skirt- a modern silhouette which exudes a classic romance through the corded lace delicately laid over the beautifully structured bodice.  White coastal blooms by Mondo Floral Designs perfectly finished off this elegant wedding. 

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met in London through mutual friends but did not officially become an item until a year later.

How long have you been together? For 6.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? The day Matt proposed caught me very off guard! I was booked in with my best friend for a day spa. Matt had secretly arranged for my friend to drive me to the beautiful Stables of Como in South Yarra straight after our morning appointment. Matt was there with our son and had a catered picnic and my favourite bottle of champagne waiting. He told me that he wanted to surprise me with a picnic, as he knew how busy he had been lately that wanted to do something nice for me. I thought that makes sense now (so any idea of a proposal was pushed right out of my head). It was half an hour later that I made a comment about how beautiful our family was, that he then got down on one knee in the middle of the gardens and said that he would like to make our family official and proceeded to ask me if I would marry him. I always thought I would know when he was about to do it or notice him acting strange but I had no idea! Everything about this day was perfect including the warm weather.  Also, I still can’t believe that he picked my beautiful engagement ring on his own.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12th October 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Ceremony: Maison La Plage Grove, Noosa

Reception: Sails Restaurant Noosa

Where? Noosa

 

What made you choose there? We absolutely love Noosa as a regular holiday destination and sums us up perfectly- so was an easy choice to make. We wanted good food and good wine right on the beach.

How did you find it? From previous holidays in Noosa

How was the weather on the day? Was warm and windy by the afternoon, it was also overcast but at least it was not raining or too hot for our guests.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was the only date left available for all of September and October so we decided midweek would be fine as it is a destination wedding.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We wanted a simple and elegant theme. The venue was on the beach and was already stunning so did not want to take away from that. We had all white flowers with greenery (white coastal blooms) with tea-light and pillar candles on the tables. We also had festoon lights out on the beach.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest, Instagram, The Lane

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  No, as it was a destination wedding it was quite hard to make any decorations and carry it up with us.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Emily Fletcher- Best Friend (No relation to Matts side of the family)

Kristy Oborne- Best Friend

Belinda Alfonso- Best Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

David Jackson- Best Friend

Tim Vesey- Best Friend

Rob Fletcher - Brother

Pageboy – who/relationship? Nate Fletcher - Son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Christine looked stunning in our 'Abbey' bodice and 'Prea' skirt combination gown from the D.Y.G collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My friend Emily booked me some appointments to look at dresses when I was in Brisbane and the first store we went to was Karen Willis Holmes. The last dress I tried on in that appointment was the one I ended up buying for my wedding day. I tried some more dresses on once I came back to Melbourne, but found myself comparing all the dresses to the first one I tried on with KWH.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I never really took notice of wedding dresses until I needed one, now I notice Karen Willis Holmes all the time.

How many gowns did you try? 6-7

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The quality! I tried on a few dresses before I made this purchase and felt like the other dresses had high price tags just because they were wedding dresses but I could not see or feel the quality. I love how beautiful and delicate looking the Abbey bodice was and thought it would photograph so nicely. The Prea skirt material was also gorgeous and I could feel the quality.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Custom made by Jeff Gibson in Geelong

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? All accessories were by Samantha Wills.

Where did you get your shoes from? Jimmy Choo

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try to enjoy the process as much as possible. Use good suppliers to help ensure your day runs smooth and as stress-free as possible.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open to trying on different styles as it may catch you by surprise what you like and what looks good on.

Suppliers

Photographer – Lucas & Co Photography

Florist – Mondo Floral Designs

Videographer – Joel Tronoff

Music - James Johnston Duo

First Dance –‘Stay with me’ by Sam Smith

MC – Close friends Chris and Genevieve Jones

Preist – Bren O’Donohue (Matt’s Great Uncle)

Stationery – Friend Luke Fletcher for wedding invites

Menu – Sails Restaurant

Hair – Hair by Nicola

Make-Up – Tasleema Nigh

Ceremony and Reception Stylist –  Lovebird Weddings

 

matt & christine from Joel Tronoff on Vimeo.

 

Saturday the 25th February - Oh Flora

Posted on 06 Feb, 2017
Saturday the 25th February - Oh Flora

Oh Flora's creations are just simply stunning. Old worldly, romantic, sophisticated & bursting with style.  Tanya is a Stylist and Florist based in Sydney and we have been in love with her work for years. Most recently, she was the floral mastermind and stylist behind one of our shoots- she created a large floral installation 'growing' from the floor and the walls, creating a botanical wonderland in shades of pastel pinks, apricots, ever so pale blushes & stronger crimsons, perfectly balanced with the subtle heaviness of greenery in the foliage.  

She is inspired by travel, nature, roadtrips, flower trips, markets and of course by creating unforgettable experiences for her clients. On top of this, she also runs workshops covering everything from bouquets, foraging, centerpiece making and private workshops. 

On Saturday February 25th, Tanya will be in our flagship showroom in Alexandria, Sydney to chat to you about all of your wedding floral ideas. Make an appointment to try on our gowns here and make sure to not miss out on this incredible opportunity.  

Your Name: Tanya Shaw

Location: Leichhardt - Sydney

Business name: Oh Flora Studio

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about? Oh Flora Studio was born when I decided to move to Sydney, then started to look into becoming a florist and just became obsessed with flowers.  I had wanted to work creating events since I was a child.  I'm honestly not sure where it all came from (the film "The Wedding Planner" probably had something to do with it).  I just love making things beautiful and creating spaces people can enjoy and take in.  I started off working a couple of months here and there in a few florist shops but had the urge since the beginning to jump in the deep end on my own.  So, I went over to the States last year on the most inspiring flower filled trip of my life and when I returned home I made the leap of working solely for myself.  I love to work closely with my clients to refine their inspiration and create a day that's truly unforgettable for them and their guests.

What inspires you? Nature & Travels!!  The combo of going on a road trip and pulling over in the middle of nowhere to stare at a stunning dogwood tree or visiting a flower farmer - absolutely the best in my books!

How do you start your day? On market days, I'd love to say I get up readily and excited for the flower market, but honestly, the first 20 mins are HARD!  After that the excitement kicks in when picking up all my lovely fresh floral orders and picking out any extra bunches I can't help but take back to the studio.  Then it's coffee time whilst making the studio look pretty (just for myself), followed by arranging orders and replying to emails! 

What is your favorite thing about your job? The change of seasons, especially when we go into Spring & how I learn something new every single day.  This would also tie with the excitement and emotion on a brides face when she sees their flowers the morning of her wedding. 

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding? Trust your vendors and list your top priorities for your budget.  Invest in the things they are truly important to you.  Pick vendors that are already aligned with your style, you will get better value for money and a professional who understands what you're wanting. They of course, should listen to your priorities and work closely with you, but trust and consider their opinions and options they offer. 

Favorite city? Can I please pick two!?  New York & San Cristobal. New York, because it's just amazing isn't it? And there are so many neighbourhoods to explore.  San Cristobal, Mexico- the most interesting mix of Spanish and Mexican influence inspired city in Chiapas, Mexico, made up of gorgeous cobble stoned streets, stunning churches, amazing food and beautiful people. 

Best way to spend $50? A relaxing beach picnic with a bottle of wine!

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work. My work is very much influenced by nature and an old world, historic style of floristry (think Dutch Masters paintings).  I love to use a huge variety of flowers and foliages when arranging and generally only a few stems of each, sometimes my bouquets can have up to 18 different types of botanics in them.  I have very recently started a small cutting garden in a borrowed yard to grow more organic looking stems and hard to find varieties.  I hope to add these flowers to my arrangements next year to make them a little more special!

FLOWERS, EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN

http://www.ohflora.com.au

Tanya Shaw
hello@ohflora.com.au
0402 520 429

Anna & Nick's Western Australia Wedding

Posted on 02 Feb, 2017
Anna & Nick's Western Australia Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? I came over from Germany to study a semester at the University of WA. Nick and I met at a Halloween Party, which was at one of Nick’s friends house in 2008. My then flat mate took me along to the party. I noticed Nick straight away and he started talking to me and offered me a drink. Love at first sight and we have been together since then! I decided to stay and live with Nick in Perth.

How long have you been together? 7.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Nick took his time, but probably had it all planned and thought through over the years. When we met at the Halloween Party, I was wearing a plastic black bat ring as part of my (not quite existing) costume. Nick took it off me that night and I never got it back. I got it back almost seven years later when he proposed to me at a lighthouse in Peniche, Portugal. I was still very surprised, even though Nick behaved very awkwardly that night. I always thought, that he would propose on a surfboard in Gracetown (family holiday house). We had planned to go on holidays to Portugal since years and it was a destination that was on top of our travel list. Our 4 year old Portuguese Waterdog Betty is the centre of our lives and we love her as much as we love each other, so that was maybe another factor why Nick chose Portugal and made me wait a little bit longer. Looking back, now I think the timing is great and I didn’t want it any other way. After the proposal in Portugal we spent a week together with my family in Germany and Nick got me a custom made engagement ring in my hometown Bremen!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday 12th of March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Incognito Escape, Cowaramup (South West Australia)

What made you choose there? Nick and I are spending a lot of time together, with our family, and friends in Gracetown (near Margaret River) in Nick’s family’s holiday house. It is the place where we are always happy together. I researched wedding venues as close as possible to Gracetown so that we can have a wedding weekend and have our guests book accommodation in Gracetown. The venue is not quite known for weddings, but they have had a few. So it is a bit of a secret location, which we loved and none of our family and friends have been there before.

It has amazing ocean views, one of the main reasons why we decided on it straight away. I also loved that it was in the middle of the bush, with no one around. We had our guests arriving on a bus from Gracetown and Nick and I enjoyed the house for two more nights for ourselves, which was amazing.

How did you find it? Searching in the Internet: through a photographer blog  (the bride wore also Karen Willis Holmes).

How was the weather on the day? Almost perfect! The day started off being really windy and my friend who is a florist and did the flowers for me, had real trouble putting up the flowers on the archway. The wind died off in the afternoon, but it was still quite windy.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We just decided on March due to the weather and picked a weekend that is not in the school holidays or a long weekend.

The Wedding Details

Theme?

Rustic, simple, casual, ocean

Colours: Gold, neutrals and white. Flowers had a bit of blush pink as well.

I chose blue silk cushion covers (zahir.net.au) for the occasional outdoor seating to reflect the color of the ocean.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pintrest, Instagram, the web. But I was trying to stay as much as possible away from all that wedding and bridal hype and deliberately didn’t buy any magazines or went to bridal fairs. I wanted a casual, relaxed and down to earth wedding. I wanted inspiration without getting too carried away.

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

  • I made the paper for the wedding invitations myself; it had gold glitter and metallic threads in it. I used the paper as much as I could throughout the wedding decorations. I made a heart garland, used it for the bomboniere gift tags, hand stamped cards and signs.
  • I made cards that were holding jewelry as thank you for my Mum, flower girl and best friends.   
  • I sewed 30m of gold bunting together to go outside with the festoon lights.
  • I made Portugese Pumpkin Jam as bomboniere. I wanted to do something with our engagement in Portugal in my mind. I cooked 4 batches of Jam, my friend and my Mother-in-law helped. I ordered a custom stamp ‘spread the love’ with our wedding date for the gift tags (made out of my paper).
  • Nick mad all the wooden signs for around the venue
  • Our ‘wedding band’ at the ceremony were Nicks mates, they usually don’t play together and formed a band for our wedding
  • I up-cycled and painted the chairs for the signing table
  • Our family and close friends and us set up everything ourselves the day before the wedding

Bridal Party

We decided to keep everything minimalistic and within the family for our wedding. We didn’t want any bridesmaids and groomsmen. Our flower girl Isabel is Nick’s niece, as she is only 2 years old she was accompanied by Anna Nick’s half sister (12 years old). My brother Matthias and Nick’s sister Emily did a reading during the ceremony. Nick’s Dad Wayne handed the rings over and our Mums Sue and Brigitta were our witnesses and signed the marriage certificate.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Before I even started looking for wedding gowns, I drove pass the Karen Willis Holmes shop in Subiaco, I never noticed it before so I looked it up. I looked up all the gowns on the website and read about Karen and then already really decided that I wanted a Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress. I wanted an Australian designer and I just liked everything about Karen Willis Holmes! All dresses are stunning!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I browsed through all collections online and then went straight into the Perth boutique.

How many gowns did you try? 5 I think? I really wanted to try more….but I already had trouble deciding between two dresses. It was such a hard decision and I needed 3 appointments (sorry Perth team! But big thank you for all your time and help!)

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Subiaco, Perth.

What did you especially like about your gown? That it is made of silk. I liked that I could customize it by lowering the back of the slip. I loved the lace! So beautiful! The fact that it is a wrap dress, which I though is different for a wedding dress. The dress is very versatile, it looks so different on every bride and with the different slips and belts it can get a whole different look. I chose lace over sequin in the end, because I think it is timeless. I hope that I will look at our wedding pictures in 40 years time and still love the dress! I also thought that it would suit our wedding venue and style of the wedding.

Fashion

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Nick got his Pal Zileri suit from Parker & Co in Perth.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a bracelet to match my headpiece; Jenny Packham (Stellina) Crystal stud earrings from Samantha Wills. I gave a pair of Samantha Wills crystal stud earrings to my Mum on the day. My best friends got a silver infinity bracelet from Jolie & Deen and my flower girl a necklace with a flower pendant from Jolie & Deen.

Where did you get your shoes from? I bought 4 pairs! I ended up wearing gold Jimmy Choo stilettos and when the dancing started I switched to very comfy block heels from ‘forever soles’. I saw these block heels on the KWH blog just after I ordered the dress and bought them straight away!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a headpiece from Jenny Packham (Stellina III), purchased from the UK Jenny Packham online shop with the matching bracelet.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? We had the venue, caterer, photographer, MUA, furniture hire etc. confirmed and booked in early on. This was great and it really is the biggest job with lots of decisions to make. But just try to be that organized early on, so you can get the best people. The area where we had our wedding is very popular and so we had to book everything in, before people are booked out. Experienced providers within the industry are great and we had people that work together all the time, they rock up and everything was running. Ask the suppliers who they recommend; for example I got the cake from who the caterer recommended. Order things you decided on already even if its months before. Custom orders through etsy etc.take time. 

Looking back I think I should have generated a much more detailed running sheet for each person e.g. the caterer, the DJ etc. Make sure you mention everything to the suppliers even if you think its common sense!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Most important is that you want to be comfortable and find a dress that suits your style. Take somebody along that has a similar style/ taste, but also honest. Think about the venue where you have the ceremony and the weather conditions. Take your time, enjoy and have fun! Best thing ever to go and try wedding gowns on! J It is such a special time.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? I had this all planned/ family and friends offered, but then it ended up being all too hectic! I don’t know…..what happened to my something borrowed? The most important was my something old: an antique sliver cake knife and cake server from my grandma in Germany.

As I am from Germany; I wanted to give the wedding a little German touch:

My Mum brought German schnapps from a little distillery from my hometown in Bremen. Nick and I toasted with our guests before we started our speeches.

We had German music of course and my husband, father in law and MC tried their best to speak German during the speeches. J

Suppliers

Florist – Poppy’s Flowers Nedlands, Perth

Very experienced team and they are making the impossible possible. I have trusted Milly in her taste and just said that I wanted white and blush pink blooms mixed with natives. She supplied also most of the decorations; candles, crystal vases, lanterns, chalkboards etc. The archway was just beyond my expectation! I loved it. The archway itself was made by Milly’s husband and she decorated it on the day with the wedding flowers and the aloe vera I brought out of my garden.

Photographer – Zaneta Van Zyl

Found through the Margaret River wedding directory. We chose her because of her style and the quality of her photos.

Zaneta is a very talented girl. It was great that we had an engagement session with her and I love the photos. She did a fantastic job (!): getting everybody in for a group photo, finding photo locations, getting our dog involved into the photos etc.

Music – Our friends played music before and during the ceremony. We walked in to ‘Wonderwall, Oasis’ and out to ‘Home, Edward Sharpe  & The Magnetic Zeros’.

MC – Nick’s best friend Kris

Celebrant – Diane Moore, She got recommended to us by a couple of people when we were looking for venues. We were very glad that we were able to have her – she is fantastic.  I Had already tears in my eyes at our first meeting, 6 months before the wedding. She reminded us that the ceremony is actually the most important part and brought everything so well together. 

Stationery – I made the paper myself with Leslie Westerlund

Furniture - Empire Events Dunsborough

Menu – Cowaramup Food, I chose them because they were local and pretty much everybody was raving about them…..so were the guests at our wedding about the food. Our chosen menu:

 

 

Feta + truffle risotto balls, sugo

Lime salt prawns, aioli

Harissa spiced chicken kebabs

Smoked salmon + dill labne blini

Seared scallops, fennel puree, micro herbs

Semidried tomato + macadamia pesto tartlets, goats curd, tomato dust

Slow braised pork belly + papaya salad, chilli caramel (boat)

8 hour Texas rubbed braised beef brisket + salsa, taco chips, crème fraiche (box)

Moroccan lamb cutlets

Chicken, mushroom + pink peppercorn wonton cups (veg option)

Thai green chicken curry, coconut rice (box - veg option)

 

 

 

Cake – Bake the Cake Margaret River, Recommended by our caterer - Naked cake, the flavours were Spiced Almond Orange and Chocolate Mud Cake

Bombonieres – Portugese Pumpkin Jam that I made myself

Polaroid photo in custom card holder - My One Sweet Day

Make up – Beautiquelove Cowaramup, Fantastic service, especially loved my eyelashes- they lasted a long time

The Gelato Chart - Gelato Buonissimo, Busselton, beautiful Italian ice-cream as dessert served from the gelato chart.

Silk cushions - Zahir 

Dressing gown - Piyama