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Date: May 2017

Highlight Vendor // Milton Gan

Posted on 31 May, 2017
Highlight Vendor // Milton Gan

Milton & Amy are the team behind Milton Gan Photography, a fun and lively duo based in Sydney, Australia.  Recently, Milton spent the day in our flagship store in Alexandria, chatting to all of our brides to be about their upcoming day.  Milton's fun and carefree nature brought a new energy to the boutique which our brides just loved!

Milton Gan Photography pride themselves on finely crafted wedding photography & believe in capturing your day with authenticity, love & creativity- exposing the special little moments shared between couples & their friends & families.  The pair clearly burst with creativity, Milton comes from an advertising background and Amy, from marketing in the fashion industry.  Milton's passion for photography turned into a full-time profession when he moved to Sydney, met Amy and the pair embarked on their incredible journey as Wedding Photographers 6 years ago.  Their attention to detail is carried through from start to finish- offering an end-to-end service complete with their clients being presented a beautifully crafted album after the wedding. They have established an incredible partnership with Queensberry, one of the finest album companies to help tell their clients love story.  Teaming up with such a prestigious company also ensures the quality of their photos are shown in the best light from start to finish.
Milton Gan has captured some stunning Karen Willis Holmes gowns over the years & below are some of our favourites.

GET TO KNOW MILTON GAN

Your Name: Milton Gan

Location: Chippendale, NSW

Business name: Milton Gan Photography


Amy & Milton, celebrating their own wedding

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about? After a long career in the London advertising industry, I moved to Sydney in search of my true calling. My passion for photography started to steer me in that direction then one day I stumbled across a wedding blog and was blown away by what I saw. In that moment I knew my future was going to be in wedding photography. I photographed my first wedding in 2010, went full time a year later, and met Amy (my wife and second photographer) the following year. We have now photographed over 200 weddings and are booking out dates well ahead of the rest of the market.

What inspires you? I'm constantly inspired by artists, entrepreneurs, and companies who push boundaries, challenge convention and continuously innovate. I’m also inspired by my wife Amy who, apart from being my second photographer, is also a consultant, educator and mentor in the fashion marketing industry.

 


Natalie in our 'Jacqueline' gown shot by Milton Gan Photography

How do you start your day? I’ve always been a night owl so mornings are usually a late start with a strong coffee, but after discovering yoga I’m trying to change my routine to start the day with an early morning class

What is your favorite thing about your job? Apart from getting invited to enjoy 40 weddings a year I also love being involved in the photographic and wedding industries. For the past two years, I was the NSW President of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and I continue to be an accredited member and a competition judge. I also mentor and educate other photographers and regularly network with some of Sydney’s best wedding vendors to keep our amazing industry fresh and innovative.

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding? Whilst there are lots of traditions and cultural or religious influences that may try to shape your wedding day, remember that there are no rules and no rights or wrongs. It’s your day so have it your way and let it represent who you are. Your venues are usually the first thing to book followed by your photographer but if there’s a particular photographer you want you could always base the wedding around their availability - that’s what we did! And whilst I might be biased I would advise every couple to take their decision about photography seriously and invest in the best photographer they can find, taking into account their photographic style, their personality and the style of albums they offer. You want to feel you can enjoy having them around you for a day and can trust them to do their job so you can focus on having a fantastic day.

Favorite city? Paris. We love everything about it and it will always be very special to us as it’s where I proposed to Amy.

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work. We’re acutely aware that most people don’t feel comfortable in front of a camera so our documentary style frees you up to be yourself and have the best day ever. We’re also aware that the day isn’t about us - no one decides to get married because they want to have a photoshoot! So we make sure the bridal party photo session is super relaxed and takes up no more time than is necessary so you can get back to enjoying time with your guests.


Penny in our 'Rachel' gown shot by Milton Gan Photography

VENDOR DETAILS

Milton Gan Photography 

Address - 2/3 Queen Street, Chippendale, NSW
Ph - 0424 531 368
Email - milton@miltongan.com
Instagram - here
Facebook - here
Website - here

 

Betsy + James' English Countryside Wedding

Posted on 31 May, 2017
Betsy + James' English Countryside Wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? 
James and I met in 2007 at work in England but didn’t particularly notice each other. We both left the company; James moved to Sydney and I moved to Singapore. It was only eight years on when James moved from Sydney to Amsterdam and worked for the same company in different offices that we reconnected. So fast forward to 2015 and James and I met up whilst he was over in Singapore for the F1 and the whirlwind romance began. At the end of the first weekend James wanted to talk about how we could move things forward, the second weekend he came back to Singapore, cutting his holiday in Lombok short, and at the end of the second weekend he said “this is happening, I’m putting my foot down, unless you say otherwise?”. We spent a month face timing for hours at a time and then I went to Amsterdam and things blossomed. After a weekend getaway to Bruges and a few beers, we said: “if this is what we think it is, who's moving?”. We talked about when we would want children, when would we want to get married and worked backward on a loose plan – by the end of the year James had moved in!

How long have you been together? 20 months (just!)

Do you have a proposal story? 
James and I went to an Indonesian island just off Singapore called Bintan for a long weekend where we stayed in a stunning private villa overlooking the South China Sea. James had booked me in for a massage as I had had a full on couple of weeks at work but unbeknown to me he set about putting fairy lights and flowers around the villa and chilled a vintage bottle of champagne. When I walked back into the villa there was a trail of candles from the front door to the balcony where Ben Howards album was playing. I wasn’t sure what was happening and wondered if James was proving a point because I had mentioned I didn’t think he was very romantic but then he was down on one knee and there was an open jewellery box in his hand with a stunning ring. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 30th March 2017

Ceremony & Reception

Location? Hedsor House, Taplow, England

What made you choose there? Despite living abroad, I had always wanted to marry in England. We wanted a location that wasn’t dependent on the English weather and being expats, despite both working in the creative industry, we wanted to minimise the amount of personal touches we would need to prepare and ship over from Singapore so we went for Hedsor because it was a stunning venue irrespective of whether you dress it up or not. The glass dome center hall used for the ceremony was also just so beautiful.

How did you find it? 
Honestly? For some reason, Hedsor didn’t come up in my various internet searches and nothing I had seen felt very ‘us’ until that point. I typed in my hometown into google maps and then switched the search word to 'wedding' and zoomed out – that’s when it came up. There was an open day a few days later so I asked my parents to go and facetime us to tour us around – so actually the first time we saw it was at 11 pm in bed in Singapore via face time. You could tell they loved it but didn’t want to influence us. A little while later I had the opportunity to travel back to England with work so I went to see it along with a couple of other options. It wasn’t ideal doing it without James but we didn’t want to wait long to marry and waiting until our next trip at Christmas reduced the chance we could marry in 2017.  James just said go for it so we booked it! Luckily when we went back at Christmas he loved it – phew!

What made you choose there? Aside from the above, completely coincidently it was also because my parents AND granddad used to go to Hedsor House when it was used as a training center at their previous companies – I didn’t know my granddad but everyone says what an amazing guy he was. So because the house had links to our family, it felt serendipitous to stumble across it again - my dad jokingly welcomed everyone to his stately home in his speech!



How was the weather on the day? Utterly stunning. Blue skies and unusually warm for the time of the year - it was actually the warmest day of the year and we were able to have reception drinks outside playing croquet (quintessentially English)! It rained on the day before and after so we were incredibly lucky!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date?  We were offered two dates in March, the 9th, and the 30th. We chose the 30th because it would have been 11months since we were engaged.

The Wedding Details

Theme and where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? 
Acorns was a theme running throughout the day. My granddad said at my parent's wedding 'may these two little acorns grow into a great oak tree' (from the saying from great oaks little acorns grow) and it had become a symbol of family to my side of the family.  Even the house I grew up in was called little acorns! Hence loving the oak leaf detail in the 'Sophie' gown! The wedding stationary featured acorns, James had acorn cufflinks and my parents had even collected, baked and painted acorns in the previous autumn in preparation for table decorations. James’ family also collected damson berries to make his grandmother's damson gin recipe, which was individually bottled and given as wedding favours.  These favours doubled up as people’s name cards. We also had a basic colour palette of navy, soft greys, pinks and gold running throughout the day.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?  James is a designer so did all of our wedding stationary himself. The gin bottles were hand filled, applied and tied with homemade damson gin. Then beyond my dress being DYG we also had a lot of bespoke pieces made including my stunning bridal sandals from The Tui Collection, Singapore, my headpiece with oak leaves by Luisa Vass and James's suit from Private Affairs Tailors, Singapore.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

Jade. Friend

Karen. Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Sid. Bestman

Walberth. Bestman

Andrew. Usher and brides brother

Andy. Usher and groom's brother-in-law

David. Usher

Tristan. Usher

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Besty looked stunning in a Karen Willis Holmes DYG combination gown- The 'Sophie' bodice and the 'Nina' skirt

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen (bridesmaid) and I took a trip to Sydney in July to visit one of our friends who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. We knew she wouldn’t be up to having us hanging around the whole time so Karen kindly booked some wedding dress appointments too and we were planning a really fun girly weekend. Tragically Sarah passed away one week before we got there. We were incredibly shell-shocked and numbed by the news as we hadn’t been expecting it at all but decided to go anyway, to spend some time with Dan, her husband and kept the wedding dress appointments. It was a pretty surreal weekend trying on dresses, crying and spending time with Dan. At times it didn’t feel appropriate that I was trying on wedding dresses whilst Sarah’s life had been so unfairly taken too soon, but I got it into my head that if I got a dress from Sydney I would have a little piece of Sarah with me on the day. I had tried on the 'Sophie' gown in David Jones but wasn’t sure about the skirt. I knew there was a DYG option so when I came back to Sydney a month later for Sarah’s memorial, I went to Alexandria. Hannah Kate was utterly divine with me – I think I cried about Sarah within the first 2 minutes of arriving.  Hannah offered me champagne (it was the FIRST time I had been offered champagne in my whole wedding dress experience, which was A LOT!) – when she gave me a small bottle to swig out of I knew KWH had just the right balance of classic with a twist, which is just my style. 

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

How many gowns did you try? Being an expat finding THE dress was harder than normal. I didn’t find a dress in England when I was back and the sample sizes in Singapore were two dress sizes smaller than me, so it was pretty tricky. I think I had tried on the best part of 60-70 dresses by the time I found my dress.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the flagship store in Alexandria, Sydney.

What did you especially like about your gown? The full skirt, the slimming waist, the unexpected neckline (I always go for strapless) the oak leaf embellishments in the bodice… the unexpected lack of lace or tulle. 

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Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Sheike – they did a country wide search for me and sent them to Bondi junction – a friend bought them for me and another bought them over from Sydney – it definitely helps to have international friends!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?  James’ suit was from a local tailor in Singapore. We opted for black tie so all the groomsmen just wore their own suits.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  A headpiece with matching smaller ones for the bridesmaids. Matching slave rings. Antique earrings borrowed from my mum. Fur shrugs in case it was cold which we used in the evening

Where did you get your shoes from? James is only a little taller than me so I wanted flats. I think living in a hot country and wearing sandals all the time meant I didn’t want just any pair of sparkly shoes. I spent HOURS searching and in the end asked Tui, a local shoe designer if she could make me a pair. I found some embellished beading which I thought matched the Sophie bodice and gave her a sample of the dress to match the leather and she made these stunning one of a kind shoes. I was given both an old and new sixth pence to put in my shoe for good luck so managed to stick these in under the arch of my foot too!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, cathedral length from Britten

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? When you have your makeup trial, meet your artist with your ‘normal’ look. I met Sarah without any makeup on and said I wanted to still look like me. But I typically wore a reasonable amount of makeup normally anyway so it wasn’t enough. Give her a point of reference! 
Unfortunately, you’re going to have drop outs, so hold off confirming your numbers and paying the final bill until the very last moment.
Organise everything down to a tee, but let it go on the day and just enjoy it. Have all the family shots you want, you’ll regret not having them.
Get a videographer – it’s amazing watching it back!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Just like with normal clothing brands, you need to find a brand that ‘fits’ you. Every designers cut of the same silhouette is different so you have to just keep trying until you find something that feels right. Be open to trying on different designs to the ones you thought you would like. I started off wanting a bum-hugging V-neck lace cascading into tulle dress and ended up with A-line satin and not a piece of lace in sight.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. There are not many occasions you have the opportunity to be surrounded by those you love and we felt so blessed to have so many people to be with us celebrating. Both near and far, but especially those who traveled from further afield.

Something Old? Sixth pence piece

Something New? James bought me a bracelet

Something Borrowed? My mum's earrings

Something Blue? Flowers in my bouquet

Suppliers 

Photographer - Barker Evans

Florist - Ruby and Grace.

Videographer - Will Warr

First Dance - Steve Winwood - Higher Love

Stationery - James Bebbington

Menu - Caper and Berry

Cake - Melissa Woodland Cakes

Garter - Caroline Cole, Bespoke

Hair & Make-up - Sarah Yeo

Wedding Bands - Grew & Co

Nightgown -  Safina Dreams

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES BESPOKE 2017 COLLECTION - DROP 2

Posted on 25 May, 2017
KAREN WILLIS HOLMES BESPOKE 2017 COLLECTION - DROP 2

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing the second half of our  2017 BESPOKE collection in the coming weeks!  Please follow social media closely for exact delivery dates over the coming weeks.  

NICKI

Wide V-neckline wrap gown with waist tucks that elegantly drape over the bust and through the side split skirt. Long, sheer georgette bell sleeves gather perfectly into a slim cuff. Back is open cut and low.

PARIS WITH FEATHER COLLAR 

The embellished art deco inspired feathered collar worn with our Paris gown. 

ROSALINE/MARINA

Low, wide V-neckline with embellished tulle and rose motifs delicately appliqued over the fitted bodice. The nipped in waist falls into a slightly asymmetrical 4 tiered tulle and organza skirt with a webbed hem for subtle structure.

PARIS

Boat neckline, fitted bodice with elegant long sleeves. The back is fastened with delicate covered buttons and opens up to a cut-out, low back. It features a slimline skirt which nips in at the knees before splaying out into a full, elegant godet train. The feathered collar can be worn on top to add an embellished, art deco touch.

SHOOT CREDITS

Photographer - Kas Richards 

HMUA - Sophie Knox 

Model - Peyton Edwards 

Location - XO Studios, Brunswick 

Gowns - Karen Willis Holmes

Lucy + Callum's stunning Tweed Coast wedding.

Posted on 23 May, 2017
Lucy + Callum's stunning Tweed Coast wedding.

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met through a mutual friend on a beach holiday in Ocean Grove, a classic summer romance. 

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Callum took me for a weekend away in the Yarra Valley. We stayed in a beautiful winery where we had a 5-course dinner, he proposed to me outside a beautiful little chapel in the vineyard under the stars.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 24th of September, 2016

Ceremony Location? Cabarita Foreshore, NSW

Why did you choose this location and how did you find it? We wanted to get married next to the ocean as we both love it so much. We had originally thought we’d get married in Bali but after a trip there changed our mind. We then moved our minds back to the NSW coast. The Tweed coast is so beautiful and we had gone to Cabarita Beach one day by chance. We were looking at locations close to our reception venue when we found the perfect location on the grassy foreshore with a perfect beach background.

Reception location? Madura Tea Estate, NSW

What made you choose there? The venue was so unique! It had a similar feel to a vineyard but much more lush and green. It also was in a valley surrounded by mountains, which I really liked.

How did you find it? I had seen the location on few wedding blogs that I followed and I just couldn’t go past it.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect. Sunny and 24 degrees, no wind. I couldn’t have asked for a better day

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Not particularly, we knew the weather is usually quite nice around the time, which was what we needed for an outdoor ceremony

The Wedding Details

The tealight candle holders and welcome sign were re-used from my sister's wedding 2 years prior. The glass prisms on the tables were from Kmart and filled with Forrero Rochers for a sweet treat at the end of dinner.

Theme? The theme was a cross between Garden party and Rustic. There was a lot of green and white with gold and pink accents throughout our décor.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I styled the wedding myself with some help from my mum. There was a lot of time spent scanning Pinterest pages and wedding blogs. Social media also played a big role. Following different wedding companies on Instagram gave me inspiration and helped to tweak my ideas to make the day more personal.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? All of my chalkboards on the day were DIY by a family friend saving us a lot of money. It was difficult to do a lot of DIY as we got married in a different state to where we live, meaning we would have had to transport it all.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Sally- My older Sister and  Courtney- My best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Hamish and Angus - Callum’s two oldest Brothers. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Lucy looked stunning in our sequin 'Tulip' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen Karen Willis Holmes gowns in a few online wedding blogs and I liked the general style and make of the dresses which drew me to the boutique.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Blogs/Magazines and online.

How many gowns did you try? At least 15 over 3 separate days

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I had tried on many other gowns that didn’t suit me and some just didn’t feel right. When I tried the 'Tulip' gown on I felt comfortable and it felt right, I tried on a few more after but came back and purchased it within the week as I couldn’t find anything quite like it. It made me feel elegant and sophisticated but also had a floaty feel which I really liked.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Review

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We re-used the suit Jackets from Callum's brother, Hamish’s, Wedding 2 years prior. They also wore Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, GAP chinos and shirts from Jack London. The bow ties were from The Tie Bar.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My dress was so detailed that it didn’t need anything to finish it apart from my earrings were from Etsy. The girl's belts were from Forever New, their earrings from Lovisa and their shoes from Famous Footwear

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes are from Mod Cloth.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was the one-tier full length silky tulle from Karen Willis Holmes and my comb was from Etsy

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try and stay calm. Remember that the day is about marrying the man of your dreams and everything else is a bonus .Any bride will tell you it’s easy to get hung up on the little things.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep looking, your dream gown will be just around the corner, where you least expect it. Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something New? My beautiful dress

Something Old and Borrowed? My grandmothers promise ring

Something Blue? My bridesmaids.

Suppliers

Photographer – Figtree Picture

Florist – Pollen Weddings

Music – The Wedding DJ (DJ Kristin)

First Dance – This old love- Lior

MC – Wesley Hetherington

Celebrant – Mine Forever, Melissa Fahey

Menu – Osteria Weddings 

Cake – Two Little Bakers

Hair and Make-Up – The Beauty Lineup

Wedding Bands – Megan Webb Jeweller

Trunkshow - Bella Bleu

Posted on 18 May, 2017
Trunkshow - Bella Bleu

The gorgeous Bella Bleu Bridal Boutique is hosting a Karen Willis Holmes trunk show, starting tomorrow! Owner Andrea Novak prides herself on creating a space for brides that is non-traditional & tailored to each bride's personal style.  It is an intimate and relaxed space where whoever enters is surrounded by fashion forward designs from local and international designers crafted from the finest fabrics.  
Located in Winnetka, located just on the North Shore of Chicago, this is a must-go-to boutique for brides in the area. Worth the travel too if you live a little further out!

The trunk show will run from May 19 - May 28 & appointments are essential. Sharing with you some of the incredible pieces that will be at Bella Bleu until the 28th. More details on this exciting event below this post. 


The stunning Bella Bleu Boutique located in Winnetka, Chicago, USA. Featuring plush lounges, warm wood floors and a calm, inviting environment.


The 'Agyness' gown


'The 'Caitlyn' gown


The 'Aria' gown


The 'Celine' gown


The 'Lauren' gown


The 'Cassie' gown


The 'Cindy' gown


The 'Caitlyn' gown


The 'Poppy' gown


The 'Nerada' gown


The 'Taryn + Camille' gown 

BELLA BLEU KWH TRUNK SHOW

Featuring gowns from the BESPOKE, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collections. If you have been looking at a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gown then this is an event not to miss!

Address - 912 Green Bay Road Winnetka, IL, U.S.A 60093
Dates - 19 - 28 MAY 2017
Book an appointment online - http://www.bellableubridal.com/book-appointment/
Email - info@bellableubridal.com
Phone - 847-386-7406

Karen Willis Holmes BESPOKE 2017 Collection - Drop 1

Posted on 18 May, 2017
Karen Willis Holmes BESPOKE 2017 Collection - Drop 1

Get excited ladies, a handful of new pieces from the 2017 BESPOKE collection are currently in the workroom getting finished & we have news that over the coming weeks, they will be in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques nationally. Shot by the amazing Kas Richards, this collection focuses on new exciting silhouettes- introducing square cut V-neck ball gowns as well as fitted gowns with slinky skirts that sit close to the body.  The strength of the heavy twill in gowns like 'Taryn / Camille' is softened by soft georgettes, organzas and layered laces. The effortlessly cool hair and makeup on Peyton Edwards was achieved with help from the talented Sophie Knox, who we always adore working with.

Please follow social media closely for exact delivery dates over the coming weeks.  

LAUREN

Off the shoulder bodice with a delicate fold-over neckline that swoops into an elegant, low-cut back. The fitted skirt hugs the curves and nips in at the knees before splaying out into a full elegant train.

TARYN + CAMILLE

Low, wide V-shaped neckline with a corseted, simply tailored bodice in heavy twill. A wrapped, full skirt with a gathered waist and an elegant side split. Hidden pockets add a fresh modern twist to this statement gown.

NEISHA + HELENA

Bustier bra cup bodice with delicate embellishment and fine straps. The slim stretch base has a romantic overlay of souffle georgette skirt which is tailored through to the knees and splays out into a godet strain.

NEISHA + HELENA + TRAIN

The above gown with the addition of a detachable asymmetrical organza train that gently waterfalls to the front.

NEISHA + FRANKI

Bustier bra cup bodice with delicate embellishment. Worn with the 'Franki' tea length tulle skirt. 

PRIMROSE + PARKER

Soft hint of a bustier bodice with delicately draped lace and organza strips over the bust finishing into a fitted waist. The skirt is panelled in organza and is fitted to the hips before falling into a full hemline with soft tulle layers. The sheer, full skirt reveals an elegantly fitted stretch base skirt underneath.

BLAKE + MIMI

Classic bustier bodice with bust top stitching detail.  Worn with the slimline fishtail 'Mimi' skirt which features a centre split reaching just above the knees. 

ALECIA + NATALIA

Sweetheart bodice with delicate spaghetti straps. Mixed lace is draped over the bodice into a fitted waist. The skirt is panelled in organza with godets running through each seam. Fitted to the hips before falling into a full hemline with soft tulle layers. The sheer, full skirt reveals an elegantly fitted stretch base skirt underneath.



SHOOT CREDITS

Photographer - Kas Richards •  HMUA - Sophie Knox •  Model - Peyton Edwards • Location - XO Studios, Brunswick • Gowns - Karen Willis Holmes

Shadowed // Collaboration with Mauro Palmieri

Posted on 10 May, 2017
Shadowed // Collaboration with Mauro Palmieri

Sometimes the stars align and everything just falls into place perfectly.  This was the case when we recently shot this breathtaking collaboration with the AMAZING Mauro Palmieri. Mauro is not only a beautiful soul but a true artist with an incredible eye for detail and art direction. With a background in more than fashion photography, we adore his take on our gowns, showing them in all their raw beauty. 

Inspired by the transparency between strength and fragility, this collaboration highlights the delicate nature in which these two states sit. The soft elegance of muted sequins is juxtaposed against the use of strong shadows and negative space.
Heavily featuring sequined gowns with intricate detail that expose the high level of craftsmanship. There is an emphasis on the slim fit of these stunning gowns, heavily sequined to flatter all shapes. The essence of this collection holds an air of art deco glamour, whilst still being modern yet understated.

These gowns are available in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques and selected stockists internationally, limited stock and sizes available so get in quick.

FLORENCE - Fitted longline bodice with stunning beading and embroidery design, flowing into a soft georgette skirt and finished with a belt.

AGYNESS - Featuring a high center-front neckline with cut-away low back, fitted bias skirt and all over embellishment with exquisite neckline detail.

CAITLYN - All over sequin fitted gown with v-neckline, cap sleeves & sheer tulle back with embroidery detail. Finished with a belt in the same design. 

PEONY - V-neckline gown with sheer tulle back & centre back button detail. Richly designed with floral beading and embroidery on the bodice with a paneled skirt, fitted at hips into a flowing hem. Finished with a belt.

NERADA - All-over sequined halter-neck gown with low-center back and bias cut skirt. Exquisite beading detail at the neckline.

TULIP - Sweetheart strapless gown with a delicate floral beading and embroidery on the bodice. Fitted skirt at the hips with flowing hem and centre back gathered detail. Finished with a belt.

POPPY - Boat neckline with a sheer tulle overlay with richly sequined detail over a strapless bodice. Sequins disperse at the neckline & into the skirt. Centre back button fastening at the neckline and finished with a belt {Worn here with a train overlay} 

BEATRICE - V-neck bodice with A-line skirt, delicately beaded and embroidered and finished with a belt.

ROSALIA -  Sweetheart strapless gown with richly sequined detail over bodice. Floral beading dispersed at the neckline & into the skirt. Centre back button fastening and finished with a belt.

IVY - V-neck gown with sheer tulle back featuring delicate floral beading detail over a strapless bodice. Beading dispersing at the center back & tulle skirt, gathered at the center front. Finished with a belt.

CREDITS  //

Photographer – Mauro Palmieri

MUA + Hair – Sophie Knox

Model – Lottie from Viviens Models

Lara + Ben's stunning Hunter Valley wedding

Posted on 02 May, 2017
Lara + Ben's stunning Hunter Valley wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met in high school through mutual friends. 

How long have you been together? 11 years (this year) Ben and I got married after being together for 10 years.

Do you have a proposal story? Ben took me away on a surprise weekend which started with a beautiful picnic set up in the Botanical Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbor (which was when he proposed). He then took me down to Jervis Bay for the weekend where we stayed at Paperbark Glamping site. It was perfect.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 21.10.2016

Wedding Location? Circa 1876 - Hunter Valley

What made you choose there? Ben’s family have owned property in the Hunter Valley so we have been up there many times for weekends away which made the Hunter Valley an easy pick for us as we have so many amazing memories there and feel as though it is a second home. Circa 1876 ticked all the boxes for us. Ben and I wanted a venue which allowed us to have an outdoor garden style ceremony with a rustic feel to it. It was important to us that we had our wedding at a venue where we could have our ceremony, photos & reception all in the one place without having to leave our guest or our guest having to travel. We wanted our guest to be able to relax and enjoy the gorgeous venue while we had our photos around the property.

How did you find it? We were always looking at venues around the Hunter Valley but Ben’s sister suggested the venue as she had come across it on social media

How was the weather on the day? Perfection! The sun was out most of the day with a little bit of cloud leading into the afternoon which helped cool the temperature down to a pleasant 23 degree spring day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Ben and I have always wanted to get married in Spring so everything is beautiful and green, but it can get very hot in the Hunter Valley leading up to Summer so we wanted to do it early Spring which is why we chose October. We chose to have our wedding on the 21st as this is Ben’s favorite number. The 21st is also the date of his birthday so I am sure it was to help him not forget our anniversary ha ha.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We didn’t have a stylist and we didn’t really have a theme. I guess we wanted our wedding to have a rustic feel to it but most importantly we wanted it to be our own.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Inspiration came from a mixture of places from Pinterest to Instagram. We collected images and ideas we liked and tried to put our own spin on it.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My sister Skye and I did all the table flowers and mason jar flowers for down the isle. Our groomsman Chad made all the wedding signs and my bridesmaids Sally did all the signwriting.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – My sister, Skye and best friend Sally Whatnall.

Groomsmen – Chad Wheeler and Mitch Brunell, Ben's Best Friend

Flower girls - Our gorgeous nieces;  Harlow, Indiana and  Poppy.

Page boys - Nephew , Te akau King. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Gorgeous Lara looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Saskia' gown in BLUSH - in stores now. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen so many beautiful and different gowns on KWH Instagram and loved the idea of the BESPOKE gowns. 

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

How many gowns did you try? I lost track....a lot!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? What drew me to the 'Saskia' gown was the contrast of the lace detail in the bodice and the tulle aspect on the skirt. The tulle added a classic wedding dress feel to my gown and unlike any other tulle dress I tried on the tulle was soft and fell beautifully. The lace detail on the bodice of the gown added a soft romantic aspect to my dress which I thought suited our wedding perfectly. The moment I put the 'Saskia' gown on I fell in love with the colour. It was not white or ivory or any colour that I had seen a bride wear before and I loved that it was different and less traditional.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Show Me Your MUMU 

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a small pair of diamond Stud earrings as I don’t wear much jewelry and I wanted to keep it simple. My bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills Bridesmaids bar necklaces which I gave to them when I asked them to be my bridesmaids.

Where did you get your shoes from? Windsor Smith

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore flowers in my hair which the amazing Merrin Grace created for me.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy it

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? If you love it, get it.

Suppliers

Photographer – Justin Aaron

Florist – Merrin Grace Floral Designs

Music – Tillee Music

First Dance – Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me

MC – Kate Walker (Sister)

Celebrant – Maureen Stephenson

Stationery – Monique King (Sister & Graphic Designer)

Cake – Deleen Morrison

Hair and Make-Up – Chic Artistry

Wedding Bands – Aristides Fine Jewels