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

Date: April 2017

Highlight Stockist // Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique

Posted on 28 Apr, 2017
Highlight Stockist // Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique

Angelea, owner of Blanc de Blanc Bridal boutique in Pittsburgh, Pensylvania has one of the prettiest, most elegant stores we have seen! Stocking some of the most enviable international designers including KWH, we just adore their modern aesthetic, which sings out to the bold, daring yet forever timeless bride.  

The new store has opened its doors in an airy lofted firehouse, offering a refreshing, unique and non-traditional atmosphere for their brides.  Their mission is simple "to make finding your dream wedding gown an experience like no other. We understand that searching for the perfect bridal gown can be a long process, so we make sure that our brides have nothing but a pleasant and wonderful shopping experience. Assisting brides is not only our job but our passion as well".  Lucky brides in the area will be able to visit our Karen Willis Holmes Trunk show which will be held in this stunning space from April 28- May 7. See more details below this post.

Your name? Angelea Kuruc

Store name? Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique

Where is your store located? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a historical firehouse.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your store? I have always been into fashion and design for as long as I can remember.  After going from my University in Fashion Design, I loved to New York City to work in the bridal fashion industry.  I scored my first job working with a Brooklyn independent bridal designer and just fell in love with the indie bridal movement and I wanted to bring a really cool and modern boutique to my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. 

What does a typical day for you involve? I wake up, make a Nespresso and do a post on Instagram.  Take my dog for a walk then get ready for my day and head into the boutique.  Once I arrive at the office, I start by checking emails and meet with my bridal appointments for the day.  

Why do you love your job? It is incredible to have the opportunity to meet with brides and amazing women from different backgrounds.  I love hearing their love stories about how they met their fiance (e) and all of their unique wedding plans.  The best part is helping them find their perfect wedding gown that they will wear on one of the best days of their lives. 

What are your favourite KWH gowns and why? I fell in love with the 'Fontanne' gown because of all the intricate and directional bead work. That gown is truly a work of art and I am in “awe” every time I see a photo of the 'Fontanne'.

What is it your clients love about a KWH gown and who do you see as the ‘KWH bride’? My brides love how different the KWH collection is from all of the bridal gowns they see out there.  The KWH bride is a woman who wants to make a bold and classy fashion statement on their wedding day. 

Any great proposal stories from clients you have worked with? One of my bride’s fiance tricked her into thinking they were going to a wedding in Miami and he made a fake invitation and everything. He flew the bride's family down as well and he proposed to her with her friends and family all around. 

What are your tips or advice for brides searching for their gown? Stay true to yourself and the vision that you have for your wedding day. Choose a gown that makes you feel like the best version of yourself and something that you don’t want to take off. 

What is your coffee order? Depending on the weather, hot or iced black coffee.

Favourite city? Florence, Italy.  That city is just magical

Best way to spend $50? A bottle of wine or a few, some snacks and a night with my closest girlfriends. 

Best advice you ever received? Follow your heart and do what it takes to pursue your dreams. 

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your store and what you offer? Our boutique offers an intimate shopping experience for brides who are wanting a modern and unique bridal boutique. 


28th April - 7th May - Featuring gowns from the BESPOKE, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collections

28th - 30th July - Featuring gowns from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection


Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique
Address 1806 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA - U.S.A
Ph 412.884.8000
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Emily-Claire & Erik's stunning Swedish Wedding

Posted on 26 Apr, 2017
Emily-Claire & Erik's stunning Swedish Wedding

Emily-Claire and Erik's wedding was far away in Sweden, held in a barn in the woods.  August in Sweden is meant to be the best time of the year for weather but this stunning couple got the exact opposite. They were delivered one of the worst days in summer and rained the entire day.  However being in the woods, the weather created some absolutely magical photos as the couple meandered through the wet terrain, holding on to each other as they laughed and enjoyed their special day.  Emily-Claire planned the wedding from Australia which proved to be a difficult task but everything came together beautifully, with most of the wedding details designed by Emily-Claire herself.  The day was captured by Janneke Storm, who has an incredible eye for detail and capturing the small moments.  Emily-Claire wore the long sleeve 'Tillie' lace crop in a corded lace and the 'Natasha' skirt in georgette, a combination that is informal, playful and romantic, reflecting the Brides personality perfectly. 

How did you meet your (now) husband? We studied together at university but the way we first really ‘met’ was on a ski trip in the Alps in France, we got stuck in a ski lift together.

How long have you been together? We have been together about 4.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? It was actually me (Emily-Claire) that proposed. We were out on an island on the west coast of Sweden celebrating our 3 year anniversary and I had planned a day of swimming off the cliffs and sun baking. I was very nervous and when I actually asked him I didn’t get down on one knee, I just asked if he wanted to marry me. He didn’t know if it was for real haha but then when he understood that I was serious he said of course! Then he actually got down on one knee and took a piece of grass and wrapped around my finger, so I guess in a way we both proposed. Then we drank champagne and went out for a super nice dinner and concert on the island that I had planned.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12.08.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Falkeröds Hembygdsgård, Grebbestad, Sweden

What made you choose there? We were actually living in Australia last year and planned everything from there so we hadn’t been to the venue at all until about 4 weeks before. We had always wanted a barn, something that would highlight the laidback and relaxed vibe that we wanted.

How did you find it? It was really hard to find a barn in Sweden that you could rent which is rather ironic since there are barns absolutely everywhere in the small towns. In the end, I remembered that my friend's sister had gotten married somewhere that I liked – so I went back on her Instagram account and tried finding it haha. I ended up asking her about a million questions about the place since it didn’t have a website or anything and is owned by the council. Planning a wedding in Sweden was pretty hard in general as its still a very small industry and we had to do A LOT of research ourselves and figure everything out by ourselves.

How was the weather on the day? Being in Australia the year before we had high hopes of a lot of it being outside. The ceremony was meant to be outside in the forest near the barn and we were going to have lawn games and mingling all outside before going inside for the dinner. Unfortunately, it was one of the worst days of the entire summer haha so it rained the entire day. Luckily we had the barn though that we could transform to have the ceremony, and then we had a little marquee outside where guests could hang before going inside for the dinner again.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We liked the sound of the date, the even numbers. Also, August is meant to be the best month for weather, the most stable month in Sweden but that didn’t really help us haha.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We had a pretty rustic theme since it was in a barn. We had a lot of greens (ferns, blueberry branches, and monster leaves) in clear & brown bottles and fairy lights above in all the ceiling. We also had all the guests sitting at different animal tables that we designed.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I spent a fair bit of time on Pinterest, but a lot of it came from experiences from other weddings we had been to. What we liked and what we thought we could do better or what suited the vibe that we wanted.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Pretty much everything. We designed all of the printed stuff (invites, table numbers, menus, signage, etc). All the greens on the tables come from the garden/forest at my house in Sweden and we did them the day before. We ordered little bonbonnieres online (personalized stubby holders – they don’t exist in Sweden!) that we wrapped and put on each guest's place. Basically we gathered everything we wanted for the venue over time and then set it all up the day before (with help from our families, thank goodness). The venue was completely empty apart from a few old cupboards.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Caroline (sister), Eloise (oldest friend), Emily (old friend), Stephanie (old friend), Ida Kristine (old friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? David (Eriks best friend)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Emily-Claire wore the 'Tillie' lace crop with the 'Natasha' skirt from the WILD HEARTS collection by Karen WIllis Holmes

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Eloise, one of my bridesmaids had got her dress there so she gave me the tip to check it out.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Eloise wore one at her wedding.

How many gowns did you try? At Karen Willis Holmes I think I tried about 3 or 4. But in total I probably tried about 25 different dresses on.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I thought the 'Tillie' top and 'Natasha' skirt was very me. It was one of the only gowns that I felt really comfortable in that sort of reflected my personality. I wanted to have something a little different but still very elegant and pretty.

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? All the girls had different dresses. Some of the suppliers I remember were Lover and Alice McCall.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a flower crown made by my florist, and I also had a veil that I borrowed from Eloise that she had at her wedding (from Karen Willis Holmes). We all had simple pearl earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? I honestly can't remember hehe but they were very simple.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil – Karen Willis Holmes, Flower Crown from my florist (Interflora, Grebebstad).


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Make it what YOU (and your partner) want. Try not to listen too much to what everyone else thinks/recommends.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with your gut. Get one that makes you feel beautiful, happy and comfortable so you want to dance!

Something Old? My ‘new’ wedding band is a vintage ring

Something New? The dress

Something Borrowed? The veil

Something Blue? I had a garter on that the bridesmaids got me with blue lace.

Florist – Interflora Grebbestad (she did an AMAZING job, I couldn’t have been happier)
Photographer – Janneke Storm
Videographer - Family
Music – We had a guy sing and play the guitar in the afternoon (Micke Loui), and then a DJ (DJ Babe Station) that played the tunes for the dance floor late into the night!
First Dance – Barry White – Can't get enough of your love
MC – Eloise Noakes
Celebrant – Sven Moosberg
Stationery – We designed and printed everything ourselves.
Menu – Same as above
Cake – My sister made the main cake (a traditional Norwegian cake) and then we had friends and family make other ones. It was more of a dessert buffet. And we also had a lolly bar.
Bombonieres - Etsy 
Hair – My good friend, Sofia Larsson was the hairdresser.
Make-up – Did it myself
Wedding Bands – Vintage shop in Melbourne.

Feature // Hello May Issue #16

Posted on 21 Apr, 2017
Feature // Hello May Issue #16

Hello May recently visited our Newtown workroom to catch up with Karen have a look around our beautiful studio. Issue #16 of Hello May has done an incredible 6-page spread on Karen Willis Holmes and how she has built the brand to what it is today.  We are excited to share with you some exerts from the interview...

What sparked your interest in fashion? I always wanted to be a designer of some sort.  It's a cliche, but yes I was always cutting up and sewing dresses for my dolls.  My sister would complain because every time she wanted to play, my dolls required a new outfit for the occasion.  
I made dresses for my little sister as well.  I can still remember the first dress I made her; I was about 5 or 6 and my Grandma had given me some navy polka dot fabric with white spots.  I laid my sister on some sheets of newspaper and cut a pattern around her.  I don't know how (and I remember my Mum asking what I was doing) but I knew I needed to add extra when drawing around her to make the pattern so it would fit.  Then I hand stitched the side seams together to create a little shift dress and my Grandma helped me make a belt using the sewing machine.

Well, it's safe to say designing is in your blood.  So when did you know you wanted to work in bridal? I worked for myself and another company while I was in Perth before moving to London.  I stayed in London for a couple of years and worked for companies specialising in evening and special occasion daywear. When I moved back to Perth I started a store designing evening wear.  During this time I started to get people asking me to make wedding gowns for them. When the lease finished on my store at the time I had to make a decision about what I was doing and where I was going to go.  My husband recommended I specialise in wedding gowns.  I don't know why I couldn't work this out myself and it took Geoff to suggest it for me - designing wedding gowns is perfect for me, I love the quality, the fabrics, corsets, trains...

Are you self-taught or did you study fashion design? I studied fashion design and manufacturing at Bentley TAFE in Perth.  I have also learned from different people I have worked with over the years, including one particular person I met while I worked for Arabella Pollen in London.  We would make sample patterns in the studio and, after the shows, I'd take them to this older gentleman and he would tweak them and turn them into production patterns which were masterpieces.  He had such a love and passion for his work and taught me so much.  I have always been interested in, and focused on a high level of workmanship and focused on job opportunities that involved this craftsmanship, which also allowed me to self-train. 

Talk us through how you produce your designs? We have four collections, and each one is made slightly differently.  Gowns from the BESPOKE & DYG collections are made in our workroom in Sydney whilst gowns from our WILD HEARTS collection are made in small production runs in workrooms across Sydney and our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Collection are hand beaded and embroidered in India.  We source our fabrics from all around the world- France for lace, the UK for tulle and beading in India. We are proud that the majority of our collections are made right here in Australia.  

We are obsessed with our DYG collection- can you explain how it works? I was actually doing this concept with the BESPOKE collection for years because the gowns are made in our own workroom we have the ability to mix and match bodices and skirts from different gown designs.  The DYG collection is a more practical way to illustrate this concept- we have created samples (separate bodice and skirts) which brides can try on, and mix and match and customise the gowns they want- it is like having your cake and eating it too!

What is the best part of being a bridal designer?This might sound cliche but it is designing and creating beautiful gowns.

How would you describe the "KWH bride"? They want to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day.  They have an interest in fashion and know their own style, so they are after a gown with exceptional fit, a gown they can personalise and make their own with accessories or small changes, and they want a design which is both functional and fashionable. 

How do you balance creativity with running a business? I find running a business just as creative as the design process.  When you are growing a business you have to be open to change, and constantly evolve how you do things to keep up with the times.

Describe a typical day in the studio? I am a workaholic, but out of choice.  I'm very lucky that Geoff (my husband) supports me with the business. Mt work is also my hobby - I love what I do and I am very driven to create a bigger and better business. In a normal week, I work 6.5 days per week. During busy periods I will take my laptop home with me at night to do some work. Sunday mornings is my time off and I usually start work at 12-1pm. My day usually begins at about 8 am when iI will check my emails before meeting my husband for a coffee at 8.30am. I am then back at HQ either in the workroom designing and sampling the new collections, in the office planning tradeshows, overseeing the boutiques and working on all the paperwork and notes on new designs. 

What can we expect to see from your brand in the future? We are currently working on the aesthetic/interior of all our boutiques, we are opening a brand new store in Brisbane and working on plans for Melbourne as well.  We are also continuing to expand our presence in the US and UK. 

Gowns featured - The BESPOKE 'Jasmin' gown • The BESPOKE 'Alesha' gown • The KWH by Karen Willis Holmes ' Nerada ' gown • The WILD HEARTS 'Shima' gown • The BESPOKE 'Blake / Prea' combination gown with the 'Webb' cape


Photos Jack Steel // Cover image by Lara Hotz

Hair and makeup Liv Lundelius

Model Annabelle Harbison for Chic Management

Location Karen Willis Holmes Head Office

Production, art direction and styling Hello May Magazine

KWH Trunkshow - Paperswan Bride NZ

Posted on 18 Apr, 2017
KWH Trunkshow - Paperswan Bride NZ

New Zealand brides, you are about to be spoilt for choice! We have the Karen Willis Holmes Trunkshow visiting both Paperswan Bride boutiques to show our latest collections. Gowns from the Bespoke, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections will be gracing the Wellington boutique from TODAY, and Christchurch shortly after. 

We have picked out some of our favourite pieces that will be in the showing, as well as some KWH brides who wore these gowns best.  More information about the upcoming Trunkshows including dates is below this post.  

The 'Lottie' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Kimberley (Photographed by Alpine Image Co.

The 'Antoinette' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection  // Worn by Sofia (Photographed by Cinemotive)

The 'Agyness' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection (Photographed by Bek Smith)

The 'Aster' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Annie (Photographed by Heart and Colour Photography)

The 'Nerada' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Katie (Little Black Bow Photography)

The 'Poppy' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Corrine (Photographed by Figtree Wedding Photography)

The 'Ellery' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection

The 'Leonie / Alexia' gown from the DYG collection // Worn by Abbie (Photographed by Ashley K Wedding Photography)

The 'Sophie' gown from the BESPOKE collection


Address - 94B Upland Road, Kelburn Village, Wellington 6012
Dates - 18 APR - 4 MAY 2017
Appointments - To book an appointment online, click here or email the boutique directly.


Address - McKenzie & Willis Building, 181 High Street, Christchurch NZ 
Dates - 6 - 28 MAY 2017
Appointments - To book an appointment online, click here or email the boutique directly.

Bridie + Matt's stunning Jervis Bay 'glamping' wedding

Posted on 17 Apr, 2017
Bridie + Matt's stunning Jervis Bay 'glamping' wedding


How did you meet your partner? We met at about 5 am on New Years Day after some mutual friends invited us over to his house to watch the sunrise over the ocean. We woke him up and he came downstairs all sleepy and grumpy, but then we clicked and ended up spending the whole day together. We basically haven’t been apart since.

How long have you been together? A little over 9 years

Do you have a proposal story?  It has become sort of a tradition to spend the New Years period camping with friends, so in the summer of 2015'16, this is what we were planning. Unfortunately, in the lead-up, I realised that I had gotten the dates wrong and I had told work I’d need one less day than we had planned. 

He called my boss and fixed my mistake but made sure nobody told me. On the day I thought we were going home, Matt said he had an anniversary present for me and that we weren’t going home after all! Of course,  I was stressing out because I thought I had to work the next day but he promised me that my boss said it was ok. After a week of camping, I was ready for a real bed so I joked that he better not be taking me camping again, to which he replied ‘kind of'.

That afternoon we arrived at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay, which is an incredible ‘glamping’ property in the middle of the bush. We walked around for a while exploring. Well, Matt was actually trying to find a good spot to propose but it didn’t work out how he hoped ... The spot he had in mind (where they sometimes have wedding ceremonies) had been washed out by rain and so was at this time just a dirt circle. We moved on to the jetty, only to find some kids fighting over who’s turn it was to use the kayak. We ended up back at our Safari tent where Matt decided was the place to pop the question. The next day he surprised me again as he had organized both of our families to have a bbq at his sister’s new house. He had disguised it as a housewarming but then we surprised them all with our engagement.


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28 January 2017

Ceremony Location? Saint Barnabas Church, Yarramalong NSW

What made you choose there? It is around the corner from Matt’s grandparent's house and we have always thought it was adorable! I also love history and this church has been there since 1885.

How did you find it? We drive past it every time we visit Matt’s family. His grandmother is also heavily involved in the community and this church.


Reception Location? Family property, Yarramalong NSW

What made you choose there? Matt’s grandparent’s property is a place that his family visits for weekends and special occasions. It is so beautiful and we have the most fun memories from up there. It is a special place to a lot of us and we wanted to share it with everyone we love.

How was the weather on the day? Very, very hot!! Over 30 degrees. (Too much praying for no rain!)

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No special reason, we just picked one about a year from when we got engaged.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Natural.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The two major parts of the wedding – Tipi’s and Bell Tents – were ideas from my friend Jackie and Matt’s Aunty Jo. The styling of the wedding was pretty simple. Matt and I like to keep things pretty simple so just a lot of greenery and lighting. We didn’t want to take away from the beautiful space we were in!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Matt’s dad built all the signage and shepherd hooks for the festoon lights. Myself, Jackie and Matt’s cousin Mitchell painted the signs. Myself, my sisters and the bridesmaids all helped my sister in law with the greenery arrangements. I made my own wedding cake.   

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Jackie, Madi, Emily and Shell, who are all of my closest friends. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Abba, Dom, Caleb and Ben, who are all of Matt’s closest friends. 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? My cousin Summer was in charge of the wedding rings


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Bridie looked stunning in the sequin 'Anya' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a few pictures on the KWHBRIDAL Instagram and loved how beautiful but simple the dresses were. I am not an overly flashy person when it comes to fashion so all of the complicated lace and beading etc that I saw in other shops just wasn’t for me. The shapes of the KWH dresses really caught my eye and I thought they would suit me better than anything else I saw.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Firstly, on Instagram and then I looked on the website to see the full range.


How many gowns did you try? I don’t think too many. Maybe 5 or 6. 

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I went into my appointment pretty certain that I would get the Melanie skirt and a sweetheart shaped top with spaghetti straps. This was what I had imagined I would wear. I loved the combo when I tried it on. Matt’s sister asked me to try on the Anya dress and I was really hesitant. But I had promised my mum, my sister and Shani (Matt’s sister) that I would try on something that they chose. The reason I was hesitant is because I really thought I was not a sequin person. The idea was too flashy for me. When I walked out in it, I said “Damn it!” because I liked it so much. The next 2-3 months consisted of me changing my mind between the Melanie skirt and Anya dress on a daily basis. Finally, I brought my bridesmaids back to the shop and tried them both on again. Their reaction to the Anya dress and the fact that it would have surprised Matt (in a good way) made me let go of my puffy skirt idea. The Anya dress was equal parts nothing I would have ever thought I’d wear, but perfectly suited to me and my personality. Very confusing.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls all picked their own dresses from various brands. We had a Maurie and Eve dress, Misha Collection sample jumpsuit and the other two were bought off The Iconic.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I don’t wear much jewellery and felt that the sequins were flashy enough for me! So I wore no jewellery apart from my engagement ring. The girls all wore various pieces that they already owned, but I bought them all earrings to wear in different styles.

Where did you get your shoes from? Boohoo, for $43!

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



What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t over search. Once you find something you like and would be happy with, stop there. Otherwise, you will get lost in too many options and get overwhelmed.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open to the idea that your dress may end up the COMPLETE opposite to what you had thought.


Photographer – Jason Corroto Photo - All I can say about this guy is that he is absolute magic.

Florist – Erica Anderson Florals – Poor Erica had to try and figure out what I wanted from an array of very different pictures I kept sending her. Mostly because I didn’t really know what I wanted. I ended up giving her full creative license and she paired our bouquets perfectly with the vibe of the whole day. I am obsessed with what she created for us! 

Wedding day Coordination – Days Like These Events – I literally did not think of one logistical or operational aspect of the entire day thanks to these ladies. They made sure everything was set up and running on time. So helpful and they really know what they are doing.

Catering – D’Vine Catering – Our guests are still raving about the food!!!

Videographer – Five Peas

Music – The Baker Boys

First Dance – Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

MC – Aidan Hayes

Celebrant – Claire Belford and Meg Cockle.

Cake – Made by me!

Hair & Make-Up – Beck Carroll

Wedding Bands – Matt chose a ring from Ryan Label & mine was from Natalie Marie Jewellery

Guest Accommodation – Wow Tents

Reception Set Up – KataLane Tipis – The team at KataLane are particularly incredible. They are the most helpful people and so nice. They did such an incredible job!!!

Furniture – The Wedding Designer

Claire & Daniel's picturesque country Victorian wedding

Posted on 13 Apr, 2017
Claire & Daniel's picturesque country Victorian wedding

A long, elm-lined driveway, the Murray river & an old Estate was the setting for Claire and Daniels summer Victorian wedding, photographed by Sarah Godenzi Photography. Since the two have been together, every summer has been spent at their holiday house nearby which made it an easy decision for them to find a winery in the area.  As the Estate came with such history, they really wanted to play into the heritage and let the venue speak for itself.  The wedding was romantic, relaxed and filled with soft complimentary tones of pale powder blues and greens.  Blue gum foliage and king proteas made up the arbor and lined the banquet table by florist Rutherglen Florist- as the couple's friends and family feasted on a delicious spread and danced the night away. 


How did you meet your partner?  We met through mutual friends at a music festival over New Years in 2008

How long have you been together? 7.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? We had planned a trip to Bali with friends and decided to add a couple of days in Nusa Dua before everyone arrived. I thought Daniel was acting a little strange going through the security check but didn’t think anything of it (he was trying to hide the ring!) On the first night, we had drinks on the beach to watch the sunset. As we were surrounded by a few other tables, and not wanting an audience, Daniel came up with an excuse to go back to our room before dinner so that he could get me alone. On our way from our room to the resort restaurant, through a quiet courtyard, he dropped to his knee. Coincidently, it was 33 years to the day since his dad had proposed to his mum.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday, 4 February 2017

Ceremony Location? The Rose Garden, All Saints Estate – Wagunyah, North East Victoria

What made you choose there? Having a holiday house in nearby Yarrawonga, we have spent every summer on the Murray River since we’ve been together. As it is a location that holds great memories for us, we always knew we wanted to get married in the region. The first venue we visited, All Saints Estate blew us away as soon as we drove down the elm-lined driveway. We loved the history of the Estate and that it combined two things we love: gardens and wine!

How did you find it? We researched a couple of wineries in the region and although we had another venue in mind, as soon as we saw All Saints Estate we knew it was the one. With the Murray River just down from the Estate, we were sure to escape to the nearby riverbank with our bridal party after the ceremony.

Reception Location? The Great Hall, All Saints Estate – Wagunyah, North East Victoria

What made you choose there? We were after a venue that could accommodate both our ceremony and reception to allow guests to relax in between and enjoy some drinks and lawn games while we snuck off for photos by the river. The Great Hall was lined with historic wine barrels and festoon lights; guests sat on long banquet tables, which made it both intimate and relaxed.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect for North East Victoria, 35 and sunny. The Rose Garden was shaded in the afternoon and we provided a bowl of hand-held wooden fans for our guests, which they appreciated!!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We’ve always loved our summers spent on the river so it was an easy decision to get married at that time of year. We wanted our guests to experience and share in our love for the region and it was beautiful to spend our days before and after the wedding by the water.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We were after a relaxed, romantic theme with lots of native greenery to tie in with the location. All Saints Estate has such a rich character so we wanted to keep our theme simple and fitting to the venue. Our florist created beautiful blue-gum foliage garlands for the banquet tables and adorned our arbour with King Proteas and native foliage to match the girls bouquets. The girls wore gorgeous powder blue dresses with romantic, textured hairstyles and the boys had light linen jackets with matching pocket squares.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Instagram, Hello May, One Fine Day Bridal Fair and Etsy.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Daniel’s father Jeff built our beautiful arbour and Daniel made our card box.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Having a close bond with our sisters I always knew that one day they’d be my bridesmaids. My sister, Michelle was my Maid of Honour and Daniel’s sisters Kylie, Brooke and Sharn were my bridesmaids. To have them a part of our wedding was incredibly special to both of us.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Daniel’s best friend Heath was his Best Man and close friends James, Sam and Daniel were his groomsmen.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Claire looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Gianna' lace wedding gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes came highly recommended to me from close friends and family who wore KWH on their wedding days. I loved vast range of classic yet modern gowns, which extenuate the female figure.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A couple of my friends wore Karen Willis Holmes to their weddings, as did Daniel’s cousin; each dress unique and equally as beautiful. I also loved the new range at the One Fine Day Bridal Fair.

How many gowns did you try? Karen Willis Holmes was the first boutique we visited; I found the 'Gianna' in the first hour of looking. I tried on about 8 dresses and 'Gianna' was the first one that I didn’t want to take off!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes, Armadale VIC. Leana and Brianna were amazing in helping me find my dress. Having lost 10kg in the months leading up to our wedding, my fitter Enza did an incredible job in altering my dress so that it fit perfectly.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the delicate lace and modern front split; it was so comfortable to wear and so classic in style. We tweaked the original design slightly to create a ‘V’ with the straps, which finished the gown perfectly. As North East Victoria in February is typically very hot; with the anticipation of it being over 40 degrees, I loved the 'Gianna' gown as it was light, flowy and perfectly suited the location.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls wore Pia Gladys Perey ‘Carla’ dress from White Runway. It was such a flattering dress that complimented each of their figures beautifully; the fabric was light, and perfect for a warm summers day.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Daniel’s navy suit was from Briggins matched with a paisley bow tie from TM Lewin. Dan’s groomsmen wore Daniel Hechter linen jackets and Industry chinos.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I have always been a big fan of Samantha Wills so I gifted the girls matching Bohemian Bardot rings and earrings. I wore some simple pearl studs from the Samantha Wills Bridal collection

.Where did you get your shoes from? Jane Debster at Myer. It took me a lot longer to find my shoes than it did anything else; as you could see them through the split in my dress. They were extremely comfortable (even when walking through fields of grass/over logs by the river!)

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My florist created a beautiful floral headpiece for the ceremony. For the reception, I wanted something to suit the evening so I wore the ‘Ava’ embellished headpiece from Anna Campbell.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I tried to book one thing per week, that way it was more manageable and allowed more time closer to the day to relax and enjoy the lead-up. On the day, take a moment to sit back and take it all in together; it’s not every day that all of your special people are in the same place. Enjoy your time together and dance all night!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Have fun and make a day of it! It’s not every day that you get to try on beautiful gowns so go in with an open mind and try on a range of styles; you never know what you might find!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We loved making the day our own, from keeping to some traditions and breaking away from others; it was important to us to personalise and tailor the day to suit. Having raised me, it was so special to have my mother walk me down the aisle along side my dad. In place of a formal reading, we had my aunt and godmother Moira read a children’s book ‘Henry and Amy’ by Stephen Michael King.

Something Old? My late Oma’s pearl necklace, which I wrapped around my bouquet

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My grandmother’s engagement ring (tied to my bouquet) she wasn’t able to attend so it was lovely having a part of her there with me

Something Blue? My bridesmaids!


We felt extremely fortunate to have an incredible team of vendors, both local and those willing to make the trip from Melbourne; we would highly recommend all of our suppliers.

Photographer – Sarah Godenzi Photography.

Having photographed a couple of our friend’s weddings, we fell in love with Sarah’s candid and relaxed style. Sarah was able to capture the day perfectly, she was there for every big and little moment and we loved sharing the day with her.

Florist – Rutherglen Florist

Carla did an incredible job of our flowers and foliage; from our beautiful native bouquets, blue-gum table garlands and the gorgeous arbor decorated with King Proteas; it’s no wonder that Carla comes highly recommended throughout the Rutherglen Region.

Celebrant – Sam Watterson.

Having married Daniel’s cousin recently, we knew Sam was exactly what we were after in a celebrant. As a firefighter by profession and a celebrant as a passion, Sam sees people on the worst and best days of their lives. Sam was personable and ensured that the ceremony was authentic, real and relaxed.

Make-Up & Tans – Jessica Schifferle

I had been following Jess’ beauty blog for some time and was excited to hear that although now based in Melbourne, she was from the region. Jess was incredible and made everyone feel and look amazing!

Hair – S & Co Hair Styling by Shan

Shan did an incredible job creating textured, romantic hairstyles for myself, the girls and our mums

Music – Marc Lucarelli (DJ). Marc came highly recommended to us and didn’t disappoint! The dance floor was incredible and full from start to finish!!

First Dance – ‘Endless Summer’ by The Jezabels (Josh Pyke cover)

MC – Jayden Weatherley (Our close friend and Daniel’s business partner)

Event hire – Hens Teeth Trading.

We hired gorgeous timber benches from Hens Teeth Trading in nearby Tocumwal

Cake – Burnt Butter, Richmond.

As we love cheese, Lisa at Burnt Butter did a wonderful job in sourcing a cheese wheel cake for us. Not only did our guests love our cake, we also enjoyed it on our trip along the New South Wales South Coast in the days following

Stationery – CouturePress, Etsy.

Clare did an amazing job designing our engagement and wedding invitations, welcome sign, menus and seating chart. TheBritishRule, Etsy designed our custom illustration‘ Save the Dates’ which we just loved!

Bombonieres – KatrinaLouiseDesigns, Etsy

Katrina created gorgeous wooden laser cut nameplates for each guest, which added a personal touch

Wedding Bands – Holdsworth Bros Jewellers.

It was very special to have Tim and Carmen Holdsworth create our wedding bands. Carmen is my sister’s best friend, having grown up together it was so lovely having them involved in our day.

Robes – Le Rose robes.

They were so lovely and comfortable to wear. 

Kimberley & Simon's stunning New Zealand wedding

Posted on 10 Apr, 2017
Kimberley & Simon's stunning New Zealand wedding


How did you meet your partner? Simon and I met at one of my best friend’s 21st birthday party. We hit it off straight away and have been together ever since.

How long have you been together? Seven years.

Do you have a proposal story? Simon, tuned into his romantic side and hired a helicopter that flew us up to the top of the hills of a high-country farming station in Southland, NZ. When we reached our destination, Simon quickly set up a picnic with French champagne and strawberries. While I was taking in the beautiful view from the hill top, Simon quickly knelt down on one knee to ask me to marry him. We joked afterwards that I had no choice but to say yes, as it would’ve been either an awkward helicopter flight or a very long walk home!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 13th January, 2017

Ceremony Location? St Patrick’s Church, Arrowtown, New Zealand

What made you choose there? We wanted to have a ceremony that was traditional but also reflected us. Our priest who performed the wedding ceremony is a close family friend of Simon’s, so it made our ceremony that much more special.

Reception Location? Mount Soho Winery, Arrowtown, New Zealand

What made you choose there? We knew that our reception venue had to have a comfortable but elegant feel to it, and that made the most of the stunning Central Otago landscape. When we found Mount Soho Winery, we knew that it ticked all of the boxes. We live in Perth so it was a bit daunting thinking that we would be planning a wedding from another country but Janet and Edwin from Mount Soho assisted us in planning all aspects of our wedding reception, so it was a breeze!

How was the weather on the day? Lucky!! It snowed the day before our wedding and blew a gale the day after, but fortunately we had sunshine on our day!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Who wouldn’t want to get married on Friday 13th!

The Wedding Details

Theme? Classic with a hint of rustic.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and lots of wedding magazines.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honor – Bronwyn Cowie

Bridesmaids – Emma Johns, Amy Watson and Aleisha Restieaux. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man – Finlay Wilkinson

Groomsmen – Aaron Graham, Bill De la Mere and Andrew Fisk. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Kimberley looked stunning in the 'Lottie' gown fro the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I always knew that I wanted my wedding dress to be elegant and classic. When I first started researching wedding dresses, I saw some pictures of the 'Anya' gown on Pinterest and I immediately fell in love it. Straight away I knew that this was the silhouette and fabric that I wanted in a wedding dress.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Pinterest, wedding magazines.

How many gowns did you try? The 'Anya' was the first dress that I tried on and I instantly fell in love with it. When I saw that there was a new collection coming in I thought I would try the Lottie dress on to see which beading/sequin design I liked the best. I had my bridesmaid Amy with me and when I tried on the 'Lottie' dress we both knew that this dress was definitely the one!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins and bead work gave the dress a modern edge, which was a standout for me. I loved the elegant silhouette of the dress and how it fitted me perfectly in all the right places.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Stella dress in Ivory/Nude by Love Honor.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? MJ Bale, Perth.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? For my something borrowed I wore my mum’s pearl and diamond stud earrings. My bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills earrings. I wore a fur cape from Mode & Affaire to keep me warm during our location photoshoot.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner.

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


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t stress! Planning your wedding should be enjoyable and stress-free, don’t worry about the expectations of others as it is your special day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Research gowns that have elements that you really want your wedding dress to have. Don’t be overwhelmed by what is on-trend at the moment, or what everyone else is wearing. Stick to your guns and choose a gown that you feel amazing in!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? As the groom was waiting nervously for the arrival of his bride, an uninvited special guest made an entrance! A ginger kitten minced into the church from outside and ran down the aisle. Hilarity ensued as the priest ran to grab the cat but it had already decided that it wanted to stay and see what the bride was wearing. Eventually, with the help of guest's it was convinced to wait outside just before the bridal party arrived.

Something Old & Borrowed? My mum’s pearl and diamond stud earrings.

Something New? My 'Lottie' dress.

Something Blue? A blue ribbon that was sewn on the inside of my dress.



Photographer – Nat from Alpine Image Co.

Florist – The Flower Room.

Music – Jay Moore.

First Dance – We danced the Mumba to ‘You’re in my heart’ by Rod Stewart.

Stationery – Minted

Venue – Mount Soho Winery.

Cake – Cakes by Kim.

Hair – Claire from Beautiful Bridal Hair.

Make-Up – Juliet from J.E.T makeup.

Wedding Bands – My engagement ring and wedding band were designed and custom made by Naveya & Sloane. Simon’s wedding band is from Michael Hill.



Beth + Ryan's Woollahra Wedding

Posted on 09 Apr, 2017
Beth + Ryan's  Woollahra Wedding

How did you meet your partner? We met at a Friday night young adults church event in July of 2014. Initially, I met him in a circle of ‘new people’ as he had just moved here from Atlanta Georgia. After that I didn’t see him for 8 weeks when we bumped into each other at a Sunday night church service, then our friend groups began to merge and then one thing led to another and on 10 November of 2014 we started dating and we’ve been together ever since! 

How long have you been together? We have been together for 2 years and 5 months. Two years of dating, 5 Months of marriage!

Do you have a proposal story? Ryan and I got engaged on 11 March 2016. Throughout dating, on the 10th of every month we would celebrate a ‘monthaversary’ (well let's be honest I made it up because I am super sooky and sentimental). On 11 March 2016 which was a Friday night, Ryan was taking me out for dinner to celebrate our 16-month anniversary. He told me we were going to The Bar at the End of the Wharf (where we ended up having our wedding reception – it was planned). He picked me up from work, took me back to my house, I got changed and drove us into the city. He pulled off at Barangaroo Reserve and said that we were going to walk over to the restaurant. At this point I was getting ‘hangry’ as I had just worked a 9 hour day, traffic was intense and I was honestly just tired so I initially put up a fight about walking because if you know me, physical activity isn’t my vibe. Reluctantly I obliged, still at this point very clueless as to what was about to happen. 

We walked along the walkway around the harbour at Barangaroo and he stopped us at this little point of the walk to take ‘photos’ I was enjoying the scenery and turned around and Ryan pulled me close to hug me, pushed me out just a little bit still holding tight onto my arms and said “Beth Victoria Ryan, I love you with my whole heart” then he got down on one knee (I began crying immediately and freaking out) and then he said “Will you marry me?” I said yes before he could even finish or before I could properly see the ring and we hugged and kissed and just dwelled in pure bliss. Unto my knowledge, Ryan had actually organised one of our friends to take photos of the whole thing so I have the whole proposal documented which is so special. After a couple of minutes of freaking out of excitement, I said to him “we’re not really going out for dinner, are we? I want to see my mum” to which he replied, “of course not, we’re going home for pizza and champagne with your family”. It was all planned. It was all perfect. After we finished face timing family back in the States we headed home to celebrate!

The ring was beyond perfect and it was my dream ring that I had wanted my entire life. The simple tiffany setting, 0.74 carat. Stunning. It was the most perfect evening. 

Another amazing thing that happened that night was that Ryan had actually already booked our reception venue in advance. So not only did he propose but he also took the stress of finding a reception venue out of the equation. We had loved/wanted the Bar at the end of the Wharf in Walsh Bay (which was right around the corner from where we got engaged) to be our reception venue so when he went and asked my parents to marry me, he told them about it, they all went and saw it and put a deposit down. He had serious confidence that I was going to say yes, and I’m so grateful for that. I am also the eldest of the kids in my family. It's me and then my three younger brothers. Ryan actually took them all out and asked them if he could marry me too which I just find to be so sweet and intentional, just like him. It was all perfect and I am so grateful. 

The Wedding
What was your wedding date?  27 November 2016, it was a Sunday. 

Location?All Saints Anglican Church, Woollahra.

What made you choose there? My dad is an Anglican Minister so it made it easy for us to be able to secure any church on a Sunday (if it fit with that church’s schedule). I had been to many weddings prior to my own where there were hours or long distances between the ceremony and the reception and I found it to be really difficult and hard for the guest so from the outset I wanted to make it so easy for my guests to not have to wait around for hours between both. So from the start, we were looking for churches in the Sydney CBD or Eastern suburbs that were beautiful, available and close to the reception venue. 

How did you find it? My dad just contacted other ministers in the area to see if they were available on a Sunday and we went and looked at it, within three seconds of looking at Woollahra Anglican I knew that’s where I wanted to get married.


Location? The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Walsh Bay 

What made you choose there? Ryan and I love the ocean and being by the ocean, I have also always loved Sydney Harbour so we always dreamed/wanted to find a place that was representative of us and what we like to do and this venue did that and so much more! Plus Ryan is from the USA so it was a semi-novelty to have our reception venue in Sydney Harbour.  

How did you find it? I found it through Instagram honestly. I saw so many people going there for cocktails and dinners and loved the wharfs around it so actually in the January of 2016 Ryan and I went to check it out to see if it was a possibility and we immediately fell in love. 

How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect. The morning was cool and overcast but by the afternoon, we got married at 3 pm and the reception began at 5 pm for our guests with cocktails and canapés then we arrived at 6 pm. It was the perfect summers day (without all the humidity) clear skies. It was beautiful.  
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Because Ryan was from the USA, we needed to find a weekend where his family was able to come out. So we planned for it to be the same week of thanksgiving in the States because most people can easily get school and work off on those days! That let everyone come out the week before the wedding, get over jetlag and have a week of family hangs! 

The Theatre Bar at the end of the Wharf is only available on a Sunday as they use it throughout the week for after shows. Apparently when Ryan enquired the weekend that we wanted was 26/27 of November because that was the weekend after thanksgiving in the USA so that meant that it allowed his family to be here and hang out and celebrate the week before so we got time with them before the wedding. When Ryan enquired there was only one available date for the rest of the year, 27 November 2016. Some would say it was meant to be. So he put the deposit down and everything else fell into place. 

The Wedding Details

ThemeMy attitude towards everything when it came to decorations or ideas for the wedding was ‘simple but elegant’ 
I really wanted it to reflect us.  I also love turquoise and peonies. I really just wanted everything to fit together and flow and it did which was a dream come true, all because of my Mumma. She was the most incredible support through everything and my parents really just made every dream/idea/wish of mine come true. I am so grateful for them. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Some inspiration was from social media and such (Pinterest is a dream), but I really didn’t have massive plans of what it needed to be. I wanted it to reflect summer, reflect us, and to feel elegant but still comfortable. I had a pretty clear idea of the theme and allowed my suppliers to really worry about the small details of making everything flow together. To be honest I think it turned out perfect. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so, What? No, not really. Except we did write our own vows which meant so much to the both of us. Being able to commit our lives together in our own words was so so beautiful.

Actually, the wedding invitation/order of service sign is my design. The beautiful Rachel from Hunting Louise who did all my invitations and stationary brought it to life! 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All my bridesmaids are my nearest and dearest. Each of them has been involved in my life in so many different ways, are my biggest supporters, encouragers and just the loveliest women I know. I am super grateful to have friends like them.

Bryony Macdonald – She is my best friend and was my maid of honour. She currently lives in New York City but flew in for a week for my wedding. Best. Friend. Ever. 

Laura Collins – another one of my best friends. Laura and I met in 2015 and I believe instantly became best friends. She is the sweetest and was my honorary maid of honour as Bry wasn’t able to organise as much as she would have liked because of the distance. 

Thomasin Powell – Thomi is my cousin and another great friend. We have walked a lot of life together and our parents have been friends since forever. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Jared Miller – Ryan’s brother. He's a great guy, but maybe not the best person to have do a wedding speech haha. All in all, though it was so amazing to have him next to us on our day.

Sang Yun Han – Ryan’s exchange student/brother from Korea who moved in with his family when Ryan was in high school and just never left. He’s the greatest. Seriously never a dull moment with Sang.

Harrison Ryan – My oldest brother. A genuine bloke. And would give Sang a good run for his money as being the fun, loving, life of the party. He and Ryan clicked from the start and I know he considered it such an honour to have my brother in the wedding party!

Family really matters to Ryan, and I know he wanted people around him on our wedding day that would still be around us in the years to come.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 
I had seen KWH on social media and just knew whenever it was my turn to get married I wanted a gown from them. Initially, I couldn’t get an appointment for a couple of weeks after I got engaged and mum and I went to some other bridal stores in Sydney and honestly didn’t have the greatest experience. One Thursday afternoon mum and I had just left a bridal store in Paddington and we walked past KWH and we thought let’s take a gamble, sometimes they take walk in appointments. That day they had a cancellation so it turned out to be just me in the store for the whole afternoon. The girls were beyond lovely and literally let me try on every gown I thought I could possibly want in order to work out which one I wanted. The first gown I tried on was my wedding dress but I believe I tried on 9 other dresses before I finally confirmed the first dress was my dress.

It was the best most stress-free experience and I bought my dress that day. It was part of the BESPOKE range so I just ordered it & the veil. Perfect. 

Not only did KWH have my dream dress, but I will always recommend future brides to them as they make the experience of picking out a dress something stress-free and truly special.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On social media and Laura one of my bridesmaids, her sister actually got married in April of 2016 and it was and she wore a KWH gown. 
How many gowns did you try? 
9. But I ended up going with the first gown I tried on!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that I was able to make it my own, I changed some of the design, I lowered the back and had buttons rather than ribbon. 

I mostly loved that when I tried it on I felt like a bride and it was everything that I could have wanted. It wasn’t what I thought my wedding dress would be but I’m so glad that it was. 

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman. My favourite colour is turquoise and when I saw these dresses in Zimmerman in the ‘winter grey’ which is basically turquoise, I just knew they were the dresses. 

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I am very plain when it comes to jewellery, I don’t often mix it up, I usually wear the same pieces. My mum was really sweet and got some of the jewellery that my nanny left to me after she passed away made into a necklace and earrings. I am very understated when it comes to jewellery and to me, less is more, so she changed my nanny’s diamond ring into a diamond pendant necklace and got her old aquamarine stud earring dipped in sterling silver to give them a fresher look. It was so special and meant a lot to me. 

The morning of my wedding, Ryan actually organised and surprised me with a single white rose, croissants, and coffee for all as well as a beautiful Tiffany bag. Inside was a beautiful simple bracelet that I also wore on my wedding day. (can you tell I love Tiffany?) I bought my bridesmaid's pearl earrings to wear. 

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey, David Jones. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral veil which I bought it from KWH. 


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Chill out and don’t worry about what anyone else wants. It's your day so make it yours. Ryan was really good about bringing me down to earth a lot of the time. I really did just want to create a day of celebration that was about Ryan and I, so we just kept that in mind. What works for me doesn’t have to work for someone else and that’s so okay! 
I would also say don’t stress about having a long engagement just to give yourself time to plan the wedding, I did most of it all in the space of 2 months!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t take too many people it’s so overwhelming with lots of opinions. I would say take people who are really close to you and whose opinion you really value. I only took my mum and she was amazing and actually was so conscious and didn’t say anything until she could see what I actually wanted. When I tried on the dress that became my wedding dress we both burst into tears so we both knew.

It is an overwhelming experience so take a breath and a moment and if you find yourself getting stressed out or frustrated it's okay, you don’t need to make a decision in that moment but let it happen organically because that’s the best. 

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

Something Old? My Nanny’s Diamond from her wedding ring made into a necklace

Something New? My bracelet from Ryan. 

Something Borrowed? Nothing

Something Blue? My Nanny’s Aquamarine Earrings


Photographer –  Jordann Wood. Jordann is a great friend of mine that I have known for a couple of years now and she is an incredible photographer and an even lovelier person. I actually met up with Jordann a couple of weeks before I got engaged because I was suspecting it was going to happen so I wanted to book her in asap! Jordann is the person you want around you always, she is fun and kind, sweet as ever, so talented and she really brings a calmness when she's around and she does that on the day too. She was perfect to have on my wedding day because she just gets it, she knows the shots you want to have when you look through your photos and she makes them happen. Especially capturing the atmosphere of what it actually looked like. Plus the photos turned out to be incredible!

Florist – Heather Halls, Gypsa Flora. I have known Heather my whole life, her family is very close to my extended family.

Music – We had a live band for our ceremony of a wonderful group of people from our church. 

First Dance – Coming Home by Leon Bridges

MC – Hemant Raval. I grew up next door to the Ravals in Sydney and my parents have been friends with them for as long as I can remember. Hemant and Ryan really clicked when we started dating and so we wanted someone who was fun and that knew me my whole life. They’re a wonderful family and I am grateful they’re in my world. 

Celebrant – David Crafts and Ross Ryan. As my dad is an Anglican Minister I always wanted my dad to marry me because I have always seen it as such a privilege that I could have that! But I was also conscious that I wanted my dad to enjoy being the father of the bride and all that comes with that so we got David Crafts who is a pastor at our church who did our marriage counselling and knows Ryan and I personally as well to lead the service through to the vows and then my dad took over. It was so special. 

Stationery – Hunting Louise – Rachel was so sweet. She is an amazing designer and I saw some of her work and really wanted to work with her. I had a design that I wanted to come to life and she made it happen. She was very professional and helpful along the way. We were so happy with the outcome of all our stationary from the wedding and its now all sitting on our fridge as a beautiful reminder! 

Menu – The Bar at the End of the Wharf is catered by Fresh Catering. We were able to choose a menu package and to do a wedding tasting so we could pick our menu and the food was incredible. A lot of our guests on the day raved about the food. 

Cake – The cake was from Paper and Poppies in Caringbah. I had seen some of their cakes on social media and again sent them what I was after and they made it happen! It was so beautifully done. We had a semi-naked cake which was chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Delicious. 

Bombonieres -  We had candles for every guest. A beautiful lady and her husband from my parent's church started a candle company called Dux located in Circular Quay and we got them to make little candles for our guest. Each candle had our wedding design on a sticker and a bible verse. It was perfect. They are the sweetest most generous individuals I know, so professional and their candles are divine! Such a treasured memory. 

Make up  & Hair – Both hair and make up was done by Lauren Goth. I found her through facebook as she had done another friends’ sisters wedding. Lauren is so professional and lovely. I did my trial at her house and she just knows what she is doing. I was able to talk to Lauren about what I wanted, which was to be really natural and elegant. I didn’t want anything over the top or crazy and she really listened. She is so talented and such a joy to work with. On the actual wedding day, she was a dream and it was lovely to share it with her! I was thrilled with how my hair and makeup was. It was exactly what I wanted. 

Wedding Bands – Tiffany and Co. My favourite.

Highlight Vendor // Photographer Bonnie Jenkins

Posted on 07 Apr, 2017
Highlight Vendor // Photographer Bonnie Jenkins

We took a few minutes to have a chat to Bonnie Jenkins, a photographer from the Sunshine Coast who we recently invited to shoot the opening of our beautiful new store in Paddington, Brisbane. On top of that, she also shot the magical wedding of Robyn & Whitney, who was a Karen Willis Holmes bride wearing our 'Saskia' gown. Their wedding was natural, candid, full of love, laughter and of course, colour. Jenkins' style of photography captured this perfectly. For those lucky enough to live near the Sunshine Coast, she is a photographer one must consider booking for their wedding day. Thank you for your time and generosity, Bonnie!

Your name? Bonnie Jenkins

Business name? Bonnie Jenkins Photography

Where is your business located? Sunshine Coast

Tell us a bit about yourself, your company & how everything began. 
Born and raised in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, I started my photography career in 1999 studying a diploma of photography then going on to complete a bachelor in Photography at Queensland College of Art, which gave me the opportunity to study abroad at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2008 I expanded my visual art practice completing a Masters in Visual Arts at Falmouth University College, Cornwall, UK.
After several years of teaching photography, I am now focusing full-time as a freelance photographer. I am experienced and interested in many genres of photography and video, including fashion, weddings, fine art and travel. I like to keep a good balance in my work to ensure I have time to pursue all my areas of interest. 

What does a typical day for you involve? After a cuppa, I go for a long walk along the country roads surrounding my home. 
This first part is about the only typical thing I do every day, after that it could be anything, which is partly why I love my job. Often it could involve sitting at the computer editing and prepping for shoots, or it could involve location scouting, meetings or shooting.

Why do you love your job? I get to work in beautiful areas all over the world and meet so many different people, and I get to photograph the things we celebrate in life. I simply love location scouting, it means you really get to know the landscape of different areas, you see so much more than if you were just doing the ‘tourist’ thing, but this also applies to my surroundings at home, I love discovering and exploring new areas. Most of my clients know that I love to get amongst nature for the shot. I feel so lucky to have a job that allows me to express my creativity but also explore the world. 
I love that photography can capture people's imagination as it can give vision to things we can only imagine or see in our peripheral. 

Where do you find your inspiration? Nature and experimentation


Any great stories from clients you have worked with? Getting flown up via helicopter to a private Alpine Lake in Wanaka, New Zealand, overlooking the Mt Aspiring mountain ranges was a once in a lifetime moment.  
I find that I become friends with a lot of people I work with which is great.

What are your tips or advice for couples planning their wedding? Think outside the box, don’t worry too much about tradition if it isn’t what you want to do. The times of ‘what you should do’ at weddings are gone these days so just include the traditions that have meaning to you. Don’t forget to have fun.

What is your coffee order? Long Black

Favourite city?
Oh wow, such a hard question, I like them for different reasons. 
London for its old world charm 
Berlin for its art culture
Reykjavik- because I just love Iceland as a whole
Paris- some great memories from here
Oh sorry, I can’t answer this question, there are too many… 

Best way to spend $50? Buying amazing ingredients to make a big delicious meal for my friends. 

Best advice you ever received? When it comes to your art, you can’t please everyone so just be true to yourself.

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work? I feel extremely lucky to have learned photography back when it was all analog. The hours and sometimes days spent in the darkroom perfecting one image has given me a great respect for photography as a medium. 


Bonnie Jenkins
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Karen Willis Holmes Fall 2017 Collection

Posted on 04 Apr, 2017
Karen Willis Holmes Fall 2017 Collection

We are now excited to share with you the full shoot for the Karen Willis Holmes Fall 2017 collection shot by Sophie Thompson

Adding to the solid foundation of our 2016 Design Your Gown collection, a strong focus again has been placed on versatility for brides. With an array of bodices and skirts mixed and matched seamlessly, and beautiful overlays and trains that can be styled with any number of slip options all to accentuate the female form. The epitome of romantic, this ethereal collection features beautiful laces, flowing georgettes, delicate floral embroidery, and hints of nude tulle.

Put together by the incredibly talented Tanya from Oh Flora Studio, this shoot's large floral installation 'growing' from the floor and the walls created 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. This stunning backdrop perfectly reflected this romantic collection. 


The BESPOKE 'Ainsley' gown

The BESPOKE 'Angela' gown worn with the 'Diamond trains' 

The BESPOKE 'Alesha' gown

The WILD HEARTS 'Azelea' gown

The WILD HEARTS 'Claudine' gown

'Demi' Bodice & 'Joni' Skirt {last pic worn with the 'Webb' cape} 

The Wild Hearts 'Ellie' gown

The BESPOKE 'Olivia' gown 

The DYG 'Oriel' + 'Kelsey' gown

The BESPOKE 'Ophelia' gown

The DYG 'Jessie' & 'Catriona' gown

The BESPOKE 'Lauren' gown

The WILD HEARTS 'Pascale' gown

The 'Mariko' gown 

The BESPOKE 'Layne' gown

The BESPOKE 'Neisha' gown worn with the 'Frankie' skirt

The WILD HEARTS 'Rose' gown 

The WILD HEARTS 'Rosemary' gown


Photographer Sophie Thompson
MUA Rachel Pitt -The Makeup Society
Hair Kayla Trisley & Veronika Moreira 
Florist/styling Oh Flora Studio
Model Jemma Barge 

Hayley and Sam's romantic Hunter Valley wedding

Posted on 03 Apr, 2017
Hayley and Sam's romantic Hunter Valley wedding


How did you meet your partner? I first met Sam at a youth camp.

How long have you been together? 1 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? Do I ever! It was my 21st birthday and little did I know what he had in mind. Unbeknownst to me, he had asked my dad if he could marry me and was secretly planning a trip to Paris. It was the day after my birthday party and we were heading down to Sydney to have dinner with my sister in law and her husband, Kelly and Paul. After dinner, I thought we were heading back to Kelly and Paul’s however, Paul pulled into the international airport in Sydney! I was in the back seat with Sam and he gave me an envelope and told me to open it, in the confusion I didn’t understand what I was reading but in my hand was the itinerary for our flights to Paris! Somehow he had managed to organise my leave from work and my luggage all without me suspecting a thing. We had been in Paris for a week when he asked if I would like to go shopping and buy an outfit for dinner. Sam had mentioned to me on the way, that we may be able to see the Eiffel Tower from the restaurant, little did I know till we arrived that he had a reservation at 58 Tour Eiffel. After our main meal we went out onto the balcony to look at the view. Sam asked me to turn around to take a picture, I wondered why he wanted to take a photo of the back of me and when I turned around he was on one knee holding my ring. He asked me to marry him and obviously, I said YES!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17th December 2016

Ceremony Location? Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

What made you choose there? We wanted an outside ceremony and the gardens were perfect for this.

How did you find it? I have visited the gardens previously and knew that they held weddings there.

Reception Location? Pokolbin Hall

What made you choose there? It was close to the ceremony and perfect size hall for the number of guests.

How did you find it? Word of mouth

How was the weather on the day? The weather was very hot for the ceremony but luckily had cooled off by the time of the reception.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We started dating on the 17th, got engaged on the 17th so when the 17th of December was on a Saturday we chose that date. This also suited family who were travelling from overseas and our work commitments.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Brie Nugent- Childhood friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Adin Sermon- Good Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Hayley looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Selena' gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? On my sister in laws recommendation

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

How many gowns did you try? Approximately 30 dresses

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

What did you especially like about your gown? EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved the skirt layers and the lace bodice.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? A formal dress shop in Newcastle

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? We had matching ties and pocket squares for the men. Sam’s was ivory and Adin’s was dark blue which tied in with the bridesmaids dress. Brie and myself kept things simple, I just wore drop earrings and Brie wore round studs and a bangle.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes, it was a gift from Sam’s family. I also had a small flower arrangement in my hair.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Write a list of photo’s that you want the photographer to take and be specific. Appreciate every moment of the day and don’t sweat the small stuff!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You only get one day to wear a fabulous gown so don’t hold back on choosing the one that you absolutely love.

Something Old? I borrowed an antique brooch from a friend that I attached to my bouquet. This was my ‘something old, something borrowed and something blue’

Something New? My gown and everything else.


Photographer – Jimmy Raper

Florist – Kelly Wright - Doctor Dahlia

Videographer – Ben Linsley - Family friend

First Dance – More than Words by Extreme

MC – Ben Kernahan – Sam’s housemate

Celebrant – Pastor Mark Hall – Revival Fellowship

Stationery – Lakemac Printing

Menu - Caterforce

Cake – Helen Brown – family friend

Hair  and Make-Up – Fuse Gallery Hair Skin & Body

Wedding Bands – Baunat – Belgium

Styling  –  Affections Wedding and Event Hire