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Jess & Ian's Stylish Victorian Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

 

CREDITS 

Photographer -  I Got You Babe Weddings 

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

Shoes -  Wittner 

Accessories -  Shopbop Christie Nicolaides 

Hair -  Kim Tavares 

Make-Up -  Blanka Dudas 

Rings -  Larsen Jewellery 

Bridesmaid dresses -  Manning Cartell 

Bridesmaid shoes -  Zomp  

Bridesmaid gifts -  Mecca 

Kilt, jacket and socks -  McCalls Ltd 

Shirt -  Rhodes and Beckett 

Tie / Bow tie -  David Jones 

Shoes - Aquila 

Florist - Tribal Rose 

Stationery -  The Graphic Quill  

Printer -  Stadium Signs + Bambra Press 

Ceremony, reception + catering -  Farm Vigano, VIC

Food trucks and carts - Bianco Latte 

Prop and furniture hire -  Harry the Hirer Georgeous  

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

Entertainment -  Ross Bates and Perfect Day Music 

Celebrant -  Andrew Redman 

Transport -  Murray’s Coaches 

Cinematographer -  Light Noise Films.

Caris & Ben's Stylish Sydney Harbourisde Wedding

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

Background

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

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? April 15, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West.

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

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

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

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

Something New? Swarovski bracelet.

Something Borrowed? My mum’s Bulgari earrings.

Suppliers

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

Photographer – White Lane Studio

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

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

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

MC – Bride’s brother Jarrad

Celebrant – Ben’s brother Fr Paul Rowse

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

Bombonieres – Made ourselves

Hair – Chervonne and Sarah from Toni & Guy Manly

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

Wedding Bands – Jacque Fine Jewellery

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

Cars – Fifth Avenue Vintage Automobiles

Natasha & Todd's Margaret River Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 5 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 14th November 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls selected their own shoes to wear with the dress in various nude colours.
Brodie and Rachel wore drop earrings I found on Hardtofind and Sofie (who wore strapless) wore a bar necklace from Samantha Wills

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

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

Other:

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

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

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

Something New? My dress!

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

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

Suppliers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrant – Laurissa Knowles

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

Menu – Jake Drachenberg

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

Bombonieres -  Chutney jars made by family

Hair – Ashley Pacey, Eric Moran Hair

Make up – Carmen Atkinson

Wedding Bands – Antony Colin the Jeweller  

Montsalvat- Karen Willis Holmes Campaign Shoot

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

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

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

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


Abbey Bodice & the Selena Train


Gerry Bodice & the Melanie Skirt


Gerry & Merida


Milani Corded Lace Overlay


Lauren


Ophelia & the Joni skirt


Eddie


Ophelia


Blake bodice & Prea skirt


Rosemary


Shelly bodice & the Melanie skirt


Shelly bodice & the Samantha skirt


Sophie


Ophelia bodice & the Joni skirt

CREDITS

Gowns- Karen Willis Holmes

Photographer- Bek Smith

Florist- Bunched together

Hair & Makeup- Sophie Knox

Videographer- Lauren Schulz

Model- Brooke Meredith

Location- Montsalvat, Eltham

 

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Chloe + Dan's stunning Newcastle wedding

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

Background

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

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12 November 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Newcastle Club

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey

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

Other

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

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

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

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

Something Old? My grandma’s handkerchief.

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My mum’s pearl ring

Something Blue? The blue bow on my garter

Suppliers

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

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

Music – Tre Soul

First Dance – A Thousand Year by Christina Perri

MC – Our friend Dave

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

Stationery – KR Creative

Wedding Bands  – Leonards

Sinead + Daniel's pretty Queensland Wedding

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

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

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 7 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26th August 2016

Ceremony and Reception Location? Osteria, Casuarina NSW

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

How did you find it? Instagram

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

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

Page Boys: Sebastian, Elijah & Jacob (Cousins)

Ring Bearer: Hunter (Godson)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

Other

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

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

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

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

Something New? My wedding dress!

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

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

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Suppliers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Matt + Christine's stunning Noosa wedding

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

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? For 6.5 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12th October 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Ceremony: Maison La Plage Grove, Noosa

Reception: Sails Restaurant Noosa

Where? Noosa

 

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

How did you find it? From previous holidays in Noosa

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

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

Kristy Oborne- Best Friend

Belinda Alfonso- Best Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

David Jackson- Best Friend

Tim Vesey- Best Friend

Rob Fletcher - Brother

Pageboy – who/relationship? Nate Fletcher - Son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

How many gowns did you try? 6-7

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

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

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Jimmy Choo

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

Other:

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

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

Suppliers

Photographer – Lucas & Co Photography

Florist – Mondo Floral Designs

Videographer – Joel Tronoff

Music - James Johnston Duo

First Dance –‘Stay with me’ by Sam Smith

MC – Close friends Chris and Genevieve Jones

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

Stationery – Friend Luke Fletcher for wedding invites

Menu – Sails Restaurant

Hair – Hair by Nicola

Make-Up – Tasleema Nigh

Ceremony and Reception Stylist –  Lovebird Weddings

 

matt & christine from Joel Tronoff on Vimeo.

 

Saturday the 25th February - Oh Flora

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

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

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

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

Your Name: Tanya Shaw

Location: Leichhardt - Sydney

Business name: Oh Flora Studio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLOWERS, EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN

http://www.ohflora.com.au

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

Anna & Nick's Western Australia Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 7.5 years

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

The Wedding

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

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Incognito Escape, Cowaramup (South West Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

Theme?

Rustic, simple, casual, ocean

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

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

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

Other:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suppliers

Florist – Poppy’s Flowers Nedlands, Perth

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

Photographer – Zaneta Van Zyl

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

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

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

MC – Nick’s best friend Kris

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

Stationery – I made the paper myself with Leslie Westerlund

Furniture - Empire Events Dunsborough

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

 

 

Feta + truffle risotto balls, sugo

Lime salt prawns, aioli

Harissa spiced chicken kebabs

Smoked salmon + dill labne blini

Seared scallops, fennel puree, micro herbs

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

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

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

Moroccan lamb cutlets

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

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

 

 

 

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

Bombonieres – Portugese Pumpkin Jam that I made myself

Polaroid photo in custom card holder - My One Sweet Day

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

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

Silk cushions - Zahir 

Dressing gown - Piyama

 

 

Laura & Peter's Autumn Country Wedding

Posted on 31 Jan, 2017
Laura & Peter's Autumn Country Wedding

Background

Do you have a proposal story? Peter planned a big beautiful proposal in front of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree on Christmas Night in New York City in 2014. On Christmas eve we split up to buy each other’s Christmas presents, Laura bought Peter a scarf from Macys and Peter stopped by Tiffany & Co on 5th Avenue to pick up the most beautiful engagement ring (Peter obviously won Christmas this year). Peter hired a secret photographer to capture the moment he got down on one knee. She then took us on a photo shoot around Manhattan afterwards!!! It was truly what dreams are made of, SO AMAZING!!

The Wedding

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Curtin ACT; Reception: Yarralumla Woolshed, Yarralumla, ACT

What made you choose there? We were always on the same page about finding a venue that had character but also it also needed to provide us with enough of a blank canvas so that we could be as creative as we liked with our vision. The Yarralumla Woolshed did this! With its laid-back country vibe and big wide open space, it was certainly a hard venue to pass up. I come from a long family history of sheep farming (specifically for merino wool) in NSW and it provided that personal connection. The minute we decided it was the one our vision began to come to fruition, and from there we started making contact with all of the suppliers we needed to make this vision become a reality.

We originally looked at many stunning venues across the region and as beautiful each of them were, we didn’t quite get the same feeling we did when we saw the Yarralumla Woolshed.

The Wedding Details

Theme? From the start we agreed that we would shy away from the traditional white wedding theme. We wanted to create an experience for our guests from the minute they opened their wedding invitation to the moment they walked through the doors of the Yarralumla Woolshed. We wanted texture, warmth and sophistication, but most importantly, we wanted ‘WOW’. I think the canopy made up of 2km of fairy lights strung across the entire ceiling helped create that reaction.

What was your favourite detail from the day? There are SO many details we loved about our wedding, but the fairy lights have to be our favourite. Everything from the warm yellow colour to the sheer number of strings hung from the ceiling, they truly created the most amazing ambiance in that space. Although it took a long 4 hours to hang them, it was so worth it. The Yarralumla Woolshed has such high ceilings so to be able to create an intimate space for our guests with lights was just amazing!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We sure did! 12 months out we asked family and friends to collect all of their used tins (any shape, any size) we ended up with 400 and with the help of Peter’s parents we spray-painted each and every one of them gold. The tins lined the middle of each of the tables and acted as our vases. They were filled with gum leaves, wattle leaves and big beautiful dahlias.

Our wedding favours, individually potted succulents in terracotta pots, were all completely home grown by family, friends and some from our own garden. They also held our place cards – this really added a personal touch.

The table numbers, welcome and lectern signs were created by us. We had the designs printed on A1 size paper and purchased plywood boards and stained them. We then carved the design into the boards and painted over the carving marks with white paint – they were a lot of work but we are so proud of how well they turned out!

The desserts on the dessert buffet were baked by our family and friends and the wedding cake was created by Laura’s very talented sister Rebecca.

And we can’t forget the AMAZINGLY PERFECT bouquets and buttonholes composed by Laura’s cousin Tori-Lee.

Having done so much DIY and involving our friends and family in the process as much as possible created another level of personal to our big day

I created a frame with strings attached from side to side with each guest’s name attached with a small timber peg. 2 polaroid cameras sat beside it and guests were to find their name and replace it with a polaroid photo of themselves.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Talk to us about your dress? Where was it from? How long did it take to find and how did you find the over all experience? The dress!! Oh how I love my dress. I was always worried that I would look like a little kid playing dress up on my wedding day (thanks to my lack of height) so it was important for me to find the dress that made me feel beautiful, mature and followed the theme of texture that was included in every aspect of our wedding. After months of scrolling through pinterest page after pinterest page and many wedding dress websites I found the one I knew had to be mine. The Karen Willis Holmes ‘Matilda’ Gown was everything I could have ever imaged my wedding dress to be…that bodice…the details…the texture…that layered skirt – oh my, it was just divine! I only went to one KWH boutique and tried on many many stunning gowns, but the ‘Matilda’ was the one that had my heart and I couldn’t have been happier with it! How lucky am I!!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? ASOS

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Suit ASOS, Shirt MJ BaleBow tie David Jones, Shoes Windsor Smith, Socks Country Road, Watch Tissot, Groomsmen's Ties Aquila

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Mimco glitter clutch bags, Mimco pearl earrings, Forever New 'Laura Gold' Kimono robes and nude ballet flats. 

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? 

Take the time to sit down and talk to each other and map out your vision. Our goal was to create an experience for each and every one of our guests.

The devil is in the details and no matter how small or how significant it may seem pay attention to the small things, your efforts and care will be noticed.

But most importantly have fun, enjoy the entire process in the lead up to the day – before you know it your wedding will have come and gone and there will be no more reason to search for wedding pins on Pinterest, believe me you will miss it!

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

Walking down the aisle towards Peter after 10 years of being together and building a life with each other was the most emotional and happiest moment of our lives. I think we both knew from the start that this was forever so this moment was one that was always going to be special; it was everything we dreamed it would be.

My Nan and Pop won’t like that this story is mentioned, but it’s a must. Nan and Pop travelled up from Goulburn to attend our wedding and not being overly familiar with that side of town they managed to get a bit lost on the way to the church. I was advised on arrival that they were running late so had to remain in the car for a little bit longer, it turned out to be about 25 minutes longer. As you can imagine poor Peter down the front of the church, already nervous enough as it was and knowing that I was there added to the anticipation of her walking down the aisle. Little did we know that on the drive from Peter and Laura’s house after taking photos of the bride and the bridesmaids Anthea’s (one of the photographers) car had decided to blow up half way to the church!! Maid of honour Rebecca thankfully answered Anthea’s phone call and was able to have my Unlce jump in a car and get out to Anthea with enough time to get her back to the church JUST before the girls arrived. So instead of being late Anthea ended up being 25 minutes early due to delay from Laura’s Nan and Pop! It’s funny how things end up working out in the end!

Suppliers

I am an event manager, so finding and working with the vendors was nice and easy!

Most were small local businesses from around the Canberra area such as our invitation man Sam from Artforme Letterpress Studio – his care and attention to detail came through in our incredibly beautiful invitations and the feeling of supporting local was so great!

One of the most important and most beautiful wedding fairs we went to was the One Fine Day Wedding Fair held at the Nationally Gallery of Australia, here we found our photographers – the very talented and oh so lovely Anthea and Lyndon.

 

Event manager and Stylist -  Sweet Little Sunday

Florist - Tori-Lee Lang, Miss Flourish 

Photographer - Anthea and Lyndon We can't speak highly enough of the most talented photographers we have ever met, Anthea and Lyndon. From the initial meeting exactly a year before the wedding (where Laura, armed with 3 different copies of Hello May magazine asked ‘So guys can you PLEASE get us on the cover of or at least in this magazine?’) to the communication we had with them in the lead up, Anthea and Lyndon made such an amazing effort to get to know us and who we are as a couple. This showed through in the most beautiful wedding photos we have ever seen. We were blessed to have them capture our day and equally as blessed to have gotten to know them both.

Music - Chicago Charles

Celebrant - Fr. Tony Frey (Peter's Uncle)

Stationery - Artforme

Menu - Canapes by Peter, Mains by Capital Roast

Cake - Bride's Sister Rebecca (Mini trifles, Laura's Mother; lemon slice and peach kertun, Laura's friend; chocolate biscuit slice, Laura's Grandmother; brownies, Laura's sister; chocolate slice, Peter's Aunt)

Bombonieres - Homegrown succulents (grown by us and Family) potted in small terracotta pots

Hair - Danielle Connell (Bride's cousin)

Make up - Tiarni Staples

Wedding Bands - Bride - Tiffany & Co. Groom - Mazzucchellis

Furniture Hire - Your Event Solution and Boy and Girl Co

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES US Trunkshow

Posted on 30 Jan, 2017
KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES US Trunkshow

We are so excited to share with you the new photoshoot for the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Sequin Collection.  For those who have been hiding under a rock, these are our absolute faves from the collection and for those already familiar with the styles, we hope you adore these fresh new shots as much as we do! Some of our favourite stockists across the States are holding trunkshows from now until July showcasing the collection so for those brides lucky enough to live near a stockist, you truly are in for a treat! See below for more details about the trunkshows and how you can book an appointment to make sure you don't miss out.   

We teamed up with photographer Bek Smith at the beautiful XO Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne to shoot these little numbers in all their glory.  Brittany Cartel worked her wonder on hair while Ross Andrewartha, Director of Artistry for YSL delivered some stunning dewy and dreamy looks to the lovely Eileen Cassidy who turned on her magic and made our gowns shine.

Simplicity was key, shooting on a blank backdrop and against the beautiful industrial white washed windows.  Sequined sheaths with the finest of straps and the lowest of backs featured, plunging beaded necklines & intricately embroidered back detailing.  This collection stays true to its roots, with slim fitting elegant silhouettes, made to hug a woman's curves in the most flattering way. The essence of the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections always hold an air of art deco glamour, whilst still being modern yet understated.
 

Agyness

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

Antoinette

All-over embellished V-neck bodice with low center back and bias cut skirt. Exquisitely beaded around the neckline and finished with a belt.

Beatrice

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



Caitlyn

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

Ellery

Sweetheart neckline, low center back bodice with spaghetti straps, and a bias skirt all delicately beaded and embroidered. 

Fontanne

V-neck bodice and bias skirt featuring exquisite beaded and embroidered detail, finished with a belt.

Lottie

Sweetheart neckline with spaghetti straps, a panelled beaded bodice and sequin bias skirt and 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. 



Nerida, worn here with the diamond train.
 



Anya

Sweetheart neckline with spaghetti straps, beaded bodice and sequin bias skirt and finished with a belt. 



Anya, worn with the Genevieve skirt drape.

 

Anya, worn with the Maggie train.

Anya, worn with the Alice train.

Trunk Show Details

Click here to find your closest Trunk show & to book an appointment.  To view the full collection, click here

Shoot Credits

Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes
Photographer: Bek Smith
Make-up: Ross Andrewartha Director of Artistry for YSL Beauty 
Hair: Brittany Cartel
Model: Eileen Cassidy
Space: XO Studios

Allyce & Daniel's Boho Garden Wedding

Posted on 25 Jan, 2017
Allyce & Daniel's Boho Garden Wedding

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The order in which Allyce and Daniel swapped vows was decided the same way they make all their decisions – with a friendly game of paper scissors rock. This cool couple had already won us over with their boho garden party wedding at Merrimac’s Braeside Chapel but the fact that one of our fave photography duos shot the whole thing is just an added bonus – Trent and Jessie never disappoint!

While their wedding was a relaxed affair, there’s no doubt Daniel knows a bit about romance – his proposal after a horse and carriage ride around Melbourne says it all! “We stopped to take pictures at a fountain (at the Botanical Gardens) and Dan told me to close my eyes…” Allyce tells us. When she opened them he was down on one knee and he rest is history! “It was a bit of a blur but I remember jumping on him so excited before he could even say anything. I finally regathered myself, let him ask me and of course I said YES!”

The ceremony itself took place under one of the most incredible laurel trees we’ve seen and the pair left the styling up to Mother Nature, save for some draped fabric and a dream catcher, while Gold Coast Wedding and Event Hire did the rest. Canapés on the lawn were followed by a roast dinner (courtesy of Spits n Pieces) and a whole lotta dancing ensued – no surprise when you’ve got The Paper Flowers on board.

Erin Stuart Styles came up with the perfect ‘do for Allyce - an intricate braided crown with a wavy side ponytail, topped with a halo of native flowers.

A two-piece Karen Willis Holmes number was the ideal wedding gown for this boho bride and she paired it with a gypsy like collection of rings.

Braeside is an absolutely gorgeous venue,” says Allyce, “and you can see how much pride the owners John and Judy take in keeping their property in immaculate condition. Even better, it’s only 10 minutes from the Gold Coast. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place was so convenient and made the day flow really well.”

Allyce’s bridesmaids each wore an Esther white lace midi dress of their choosing, along with turquoise accessories from Lovisa for added boho brownie points. 

Bits and Buds crafted stunning white and green bouquets for the bridal party, with some red accents and a gorgeous protea for the bride.

This happy couple had nothing but kind words when it came to photography team, Trent and Jessie, “These two were so great throughout our day. The loveliest people and so talented and enjoyable to be around!” says Allyce.

Credits

Images Trent and Jessie | Bride's Dress Karen Willis Holmes | Bride's Shoes Novo | Bridesmaid's Dresses Esther Boutique | Groom's Suit YD | Rings Michael Hill | Hair Erin Stuart Styles | Makeup Erin Stuart Styles | Ceremony Venue Braeside Chapel | Celebrant Vogue Vows | Flowers Bits & Buds | Catering Spits n Pieces | Entertainment The Paper Flowers | Stationary/Invitations Payne Print | Transport Golden Gate Limousines | Styling/Prop Hire/ Reception Flowers Gold Coast Wedding Event Hire | Cake Cakes by Ashlee |

Briana and Zach's Charleston Wedding

Posted on 23 Jan, 2017
Briana and Zach's Charleston Wedding

Briana, our stunning American bride is one who knows style.  Her creative professional life was elegantly and seamlessly translated to her fall wedding with soul mate Zach where they exchanged vows in Charleston, Carolina.  The town of Charleston is known for its bursting Southern charm and hospitality. Briana knew she had a special connection to the location when her sister wed there 8 years earlier.  In her eyes, there was nowhere else she could see herself getting married when the time came.  They wed amongst friends and family down at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation.  Of course, a plantation wedding calls for decadent Southern feast, complete with grits and a mac & cheese table.  Many special moments were shared that day, one of the most memorable was when the new couple danced to 'Piano Man' by Billy Joel.  Their guests crowded around them, watching on at the love story that would continue to unfold for years to come.

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? At a bar! Romantic, right?

How long have you been together? Since June 2013 (almost 3 ½ years)
 
Do you have a proposal story? We were out of town at a beautiful resort (Loews Ventana Canyon) in Arizona.  Zach had a work trip in which I joined and we decided to extend the weekend. After a wonderful dinner we went outside and sat by a fire pit, where he got down on one knee. I was so excited and shocked that I forgot to say ‘yes!’ After he asked, “Is that a yes?” he put the beautiful rose gold, oval diamond solitaire on my finger. We were able to enjoy the rest of the weekend to celebrate, just the two of us, before heading back to Ohio to celebrate with family and friends.
 


The Wedding
What was your wedding date?September 9, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
 
What made you choose there? I wanted to have a destination wedding where guests could fly or drive and potentially make a mini vacation out of it. Charleston is an incredibly beautiful and historic city. One of my sisters was married in Charleston 8 years ago and after her wedding, I just knew it would be the place I would want to marry someday. My sister recommended I look at Boone Hall plantation. As soon as I saw photos online, I knew it was the place! Upon visiting the plantation, it really sealed the deal. The photos speak for themselves – it is just one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
 
How did you find it? My sister’s recommendation

How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect! We were nervous as it can be really hot in early September in Charleston. It’s also risky due to hurricane season. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day with a light breeze, followed by the most beautiful sunset!
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date?
I knew I wanted to get married in the fall. The venue is very popular and books out very far in advance. When I enquired about the venue (10 months before the date) the only dates available were Sept 9 and Sept 11. It made the decision quite easy for us!

 



The Wedding Details
Theme? Romantic, Rustic, Simple & Elegant. Ivory and warm neutrals like taupe and blush. I wanted the flowers and décor to be a bit understated since the venue itself, is just absolutely stunning.  
 
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I have a background in concept design for apparel and I have always had a strong sense of style. I’ve always wanted a wedding with neutral tones that felt natural and timeless. Pinterest was my best friend! I was able to find all my inspiration from flowers to chairs to décor. A lot of my ideas were just in my head, but I was very pleased to find a trail of inspiration from other beautiful weddings
 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
I found our program template, signs (guest book, bar menu, etc) and thank you notes which we had at each table setting, on Etsy. For the thank you notes, I purchased twine and wrapped the notes myself. Our florists placed a little greenery under the twine on each note. We also purchased several vases & candles to mix in with our florist’s. My favorite little votive holders were the copper ones we had placed outside on the cocktail tables.

 


Bridal Party
Bridesmaids - who/relationship? 2 matrons of honor were my sisters (Jaima Lawrence & Kailyn Longoria). The rest included Jessie Russo, Shawnie Susie, Kelly Morris, Emily Glinski, Kelly Doran and Kirby Schuchter. The last 2 are my now sisters-in-law. The others are beautiful friends. One girl I’ve known since we were 7 years old!
 
Groomsmen - who/relationship? Best man was Bill Odorizzi (Godfather of the groom). The rest include Zach’s friends ranging from childhood to adulthood including Chris Caravajal, Michael Wood, Nick Keene and Stan Ferger
 
Flower girls/Page boys - who/relationship? My niece (Henley Longoria) & nephews (Paxton & Ryder Longoria, Luxon & Revere Lawrence)


 
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I found my dress at a relatively new boutique (B. Loved) in Columbus, OH, where I live. I actually spotted the Caitlyn gown immediately. It is so beautiful and unique. I walked past it because it was one of the first dresses I saw, and I wanted to browse the entire boutique. Thankfully, the owner pulled it for me. It was the first dress I tried on! Shocked, I told my sisters that I thought it could be the one. I wanted to keep trying on because naturally, I thought maybe I just felt that way after trying on the first dress of my appointment. As we left the boutique, I asked my sister how I would know. She told me there would be one that stood out. Sure enough, a few weeks after my appointment, my mother and I visited Charleston to book the wedding venue & I could not stop thinking about the 'Caitlyn' gown! I returned with my mom, sisters, future mother and sisters in law and a few friends. That day, I said yes to the dress!


 
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had never heard of Karen Willis Holmes. I’ve always loved Aussie style. I’ve always thought that Australia is first on the trend curve and then they move east (LA picks up the trends next!) After trying on the dress and falling in love, Lesley from B. Loved told me it was an Australian designer. I knew it was meant to be.
 
How many gowns did you try? Around 10
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? B. Loved Bridal Boutique in Columbus, OH
 
What did you especially like about your gown? The back is absolutely incredible – the intricate beadwork over mesh was my favourite. I also loved that it was a classic style with a twist. That describes my personal style to a tee.

Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls purchased their dresses through Bella Bridesmaids Charleston. I chose 3 designers and specific colors and they could choose which floor-length silhouette they would prefer. The designers included Natalie Deayala, Joanna August & Nouvelle Amsale.
 
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We wanted a simple, yet chic look, so we went with black suits. We allowed the groomsmen to wear their own black suits, and we provided ties, pocket squares and socks.


 
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
Earrings – Stephanie Browne
Rings (worn on right hand) – Turquoise ring – Young in the Mountains, as well as my late grandmother’s gold and diamond ring
For the bridesmaids, I just asked that they keep their jewelry delicate / minimal, preferably rose or yellow gold
 
Where did you get your shoes from? Stuart Weitzman

Other
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Breathe, relax & enjoy the process. You only get to do this once and it is such a blessing. My father reminded me, which was the best advice, to not lose sight of the purpose of the occasion. The venue, the dress and the décor is fun and lovely, but joining two individuals in marriage is the most special part of all. Cliché but so true! Brides, remind yourselves of this when you’re feeling the post-wedding blues.
 
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Do not narrow yourself to what you think you may want. Be open-minded because what you see online or in a magazine may not be the best style for you. If you think you have found THE dress (and if it’s Karen Willis Holmes, chances are that it is!) do not rush it. Give yourself a little time, and if you can’t stop thinking about the dress…it’s probably the one.
 
Something Old? My father carried a small bible that his mother / my grandmother carried on her wedding day. She is no longer with us, so it was extra special to have a piece of her on our wedding day. I also had a couple of hankies and rings that have been in the family for a few generations wrapped up in ribbon in my bouquet.
Something New? The dress. The shoes. The ring. The husband!
Something Borrowed? The family hankies and rings. My something old is also my something borrowed.
Something Blue? The little blue KWH signature ribbon sewn on the inside of my dress. And the Young in the Mountains custom turquoise ring.

Suppliers

Photographer -Studio 1250

Philip Casey is the owner & head photographer. He has an incredible eye and is very affordable, especially for his level of skill and attention to detail. He truly loves the art of photography, and he does not just capture weddings. He was able to capture our day so beautifully, and photos are everything!

Wedding Coordinator - Southern Chic Weddings & Events

Amanda Lewis was the best vendor decision for our wedding day. She is incredibly organised and goes above and beyond to make sure her brides are taken care of and completely at ease. Throughout the planning process, I felt like I was her only client. She was very timely with responses and made sure my wants / needs were met first and foremost. I cannot recommend her enough. She is the best!
 
Florist - Flowers on Springtree Lane & Duvall Floral & Decor
Our family friends are local florists in Columbus, Ohio (Flowers on Springtree Lane). These lovely, talented ladies graciously offered to create all floral arrangements outside of the bridal party.
Duvall Floral & Decor, a vendor in Charleston, SC created my beautiful bridal bouquet, as well as my bridesmaids bouquets, the groom and groomsmen boutineers & corsages for mothers and readers.

Videographer - Lowcountry Wedding Films
 
Music - Lee Edwards Entertainment (DJ)
 
First Dance - “Die A  Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

Celebrant - Friend of the bride & groom (Nick Rinker)
 
Stationery - Oh my! Designs by Steph (Etsy)
 
Menu - Duvall Catering & Events.

We wanted to do Lowcountry fare, so we had stations which included pulled pork, a beef carving station, shrimp & grits, and, best of all, a mac & cheese bar! My favourite hors d’oeuvres was the mini chicken and the waffles with a bacon maple syrup pipette!
 
Cake - Mirabelle Bakery
 
Bombonieres - Duvall Floral & Decor
 
Hair - Ash & Co

Ashley Fisher - Wow! One of my favorite vendors. I am such a perfectionist and I met my match with Ashley! She is incredibly talented & detail-oriented. All the bridesmaids looked amazing, as well! Her team is efficient and a joy to be around. I was so sad when our hair & makeup was complete for the day because I wanted to keep hanging out with Ashley & her team! I cannot recommend her enough to brides anywhere (It would be worth it to fly her to your wedding location!)
 
Make-Up - Dannon Collard

Another vendor at the top of my list. She is incredibly kind and easy to worth with. She really knows how to bring out your best features and give you a natural glow (which is what I wanted). She uses an air brush which provided a flawless finish. Ash & Co also provided makeup for my bridesmaids. They, too, are incredible. Dannon & Ashley are friends and frequently work together so it was a really fun girls day getting ready for my wedding.
 
Wedding Bands - Custom made

Robes - 

Bridesmaids: Plum Pretty Sugar   |    Bride: Homebodii
 
Extra features

At the end of the night, a friend of ours recommended that the DJ play “Piano Man” by Billy Joel as the last song of the evening. All of our guests made a giant circle on the dance floor with Zach and I in the middle. Everyone was singing and swaying. During the last minute or so of the song, everyone crowded in around Zach and I. It was like one giant hug, and you really could feel the love! Our photographer was able to capture the amazing end to the best day. Following this beautiful last song, we had a sparkler send off. We then headed up the torch-lit dirt road to our ‘getaway vehicle’ – a beautiful vintage bus! The upside to this was that it seated 50 passengers, so we gathered our friends and headed out to a dive bar in downtown Charleston to top off the evening. I simply could not let the night end too early!


 
 

Laura & Tim's stunning Lake Tahoe wedding

Posted on 20 Jan, 2017
Laura & Tim's stunning  Lake Tahoe wedding

Stunning American couple Laura and Tim celebrated their wedding in the spectacular Lake Tahoe, California.  The special spot is full of nostalgia for the pair as they used to spend their family holidays here. The summer reception was set in the marina, providing a breathtaking backdrop as the sun set and their friends and family kicked off their shoes and danced into the night. 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?  We met through mutual friends. We both lived in San Francisco, and after dating for a year, we moved in together in the Marina district.

How long have you been together? 3 years

Do you have a proposal story? Lake Tahoe, California is our happy place. We both grew up spending Winters skiing and Summers at the beach with our families. We decided last minute to go on a weekend getaway with our new puppy in October. The next day we got up early for a hike and then ended on a pier near Tim’s family cabin. It was still very early in the morning, so nobody was around and it was the most special, intimate, and romantic proposal. Special to have our dog there too!

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? July 29, 2016

Where?  West Shore Café and Inn, Lake Tahoe

What made you choose there? We knew right after we got engaged we wanted to get married in Lake Tahoe. West Shore Café was one of our first date spots on one of our first of many trips to Lake Tahoe together.
 
How was the weather on the day? It was a perfect summer day. A little cloudy, temperature was 70-80 degrees (21-26 degrees celsius).
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew we wanted a Summer wedding.


 
 
The Wedding Details

Theme? Rustic Romantic/Simple Elegance

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? When I think of Lake Tahoe I think of natural beauty. I wanted a lot of greenery and neutral flowers to go with the girls dresses.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 
Amanda Fiorito - Maid of honour, childhood best friend
Kelly Dolan - Matron of honour, childhood best friend
Kimberly Walsh - Cousin
Laura Fujimoto - Matchmaker and teacher friend (colleague)
Sarah Boragno - Sister of the groom
Katie Burton - Friend from college
Giselle Perry- Fellow fire wife (Tim is a fireman)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 
Zack DiMaggio- best man, childhood best friend
Nick Calderon-best man, childhood best friend
Nick Boragno- brother-in-law
Stephen Cuneo- friend from high school
Daniel Fujimoto-friend from college
Aaron Platfoot-friend from college
John Perry- colleague (fireman)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? 
Danny Boragno- nephew
Shannon Boragno-flower girl

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I went to Lovely Bride in San Francisco. The 'Anya' gown was the second dress I tried on, and it was so different from anything I have tried on before. It just felt like me, and I felt so beautiful wearing it!
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Lovely Bride in San Fransisco
 
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how it sparkled in the sunshine. I truly felt like a princess in it and received SO many compliments. It was also very comfortable and fun to dance in!

 

Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The bridesmaids purchased their own dresses of choice from various designers.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? An online rental company.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I didn’t need many accessories because the dress was already so beautiful. My mother purchased me some simple drop earrings to add that nice simple touch.

Where did you get your shoes from? Badgley Mischka.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Lovely Bride San Fransisco.



  Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? To try and stay organised by making a list and just doing one thing at a time! It was also nice to have a partial planning coordinator to help with vendor recommendations and helping make my vision a reality!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? To wait until you really feel like yourself. That was important to me, I didn’t want to feel like someone different and had to stay true to me and my style.
 

 

 


Suppliers 
 
Florist - Brandie Chisholm

Photographer - One Love Photography

Videographer - Sky Rode Net Media

Music - Moonlight Mobile DJ

First Dance - Jack Johnson, Better Together

Coordinator - Forget Me Knot Events

Stationery - Paper Caper

Menu - West Shore Cafe

Cake - Native Baking Company

Hair - Km Gamache

Make up - Claire Alyse Makeup

Boat - Wild Goose II

Nada + Elliot's Modern Beverly Hills Hotel Wedding

Posted on 18 Jan, 2017
 Nada + Elliot's Modern Beverly Hills Hotel Wedding

Background 

How did you meet your partner?  We met in 2008 in an agency boardroom in Melbourne. Elliot was a TV commercial producer living in Sydney and was doing a commercial for the wine company I was working for. The rest is history!  

How long have you been together?  We’ve been together for 8 wonderful years. 

Do you have a proposal story?  He popped the question on an early morning hike to the top of Park Güell in Barcelona at the very beginning of our European summer vacation.  I was 14 weeks pregnant with our son, Jack!  

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date? Sunday, 18 September 2016 

Location (Ceremony and Reception)?
Ceremony:      Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel Valley.

Reception:       The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles  

What made you choose there?  My family is Serbian Orthodox and it was important to me to embrace those customs and get married in a traditional Serbian wedding ceremony.  We relocated from Singapore to Los Angeles in 2015 and The Beverly Hills Hotel is so iconic and has so much history.  We wanted guests who were travelling in overseas for the wedding to feel like there was little doubt where they were.  In the heart of B everly Hills, Los Angeles, California.  No other place in LA screams that more than the ‘Pink Palace’ (as the BHH is affectionately known) 

How did you find it?  My husband chose it. I always imagined a more rustic, intimate, outdoor wedding setting. After some deliberation, I agreed to meet with the wedding coordinator and take a tour of the hotel. Needless to say, I fell in love with it straight away. The Sunset Ballroom was the perfect setting, with French doors, beautiful chandeliers, and my favorite feature, the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pool and signature palm trees on Sunset Blvd. A quintessential Los Angeles backdrop.  

How was the weather on the day?  
It was a typical California day. Warm, blue skies, and with plenty of sunshine. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  We eloped a year ago and wanted to keep the same anniversary date.

 

The Wedding Details 
Them? Keeping in theme with the iconic space, we decided on a Hollywood Glamour theme for the day. The hotel’s famous pink and white cabana stripe and Martinique wallpaper made appearances throughout the décor, while bold lavish floral displays and bright pops of pink and green played up the unique aesthetic of the ballroom.  

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The classic Beverly Hills Hotel décor and living in L.A.   

Bridal Party
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sisters, Yoka and Natasha 
Page boys – who/relationship? My nephews, Alexander and Nicholas 

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Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Nada looked stunning in our 'Harper' bodice and  'Nina' skirt from the 'D.Y.G collection. See more here

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 
Knowing my style well, my best friend Tiffany suggested I should try on a Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress so I made an appointment right away.  

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I never paid much attention to any wedding gowns before!

How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4 

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It was elegant, timeless and comfortable. As soon as I walked out of the fitting room. My mum and sister both said, “Wow, that’s the one”.   

Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I let my sisters choose their own dresses. My only request was that they wear white. They decided on a floor length, fitted dress from White Runway.  

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a simple Tiffany & Co pearl bracelet and my Bridesmaids worse earrings by Kate Spade.  

Where did you get your shoes from? Christian Louboutin  

Did you wear a veil/headpiece?  I wore a stunning Karen Willis Holmes Veil  

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you’re planning your own wedding. Hire a wedding planner for the day of to take care of logistics and deal with suppliers. That way you can get ready and enjoy the day without getting interrupted. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on styles you wouldn’t normally consider. You might surprise yourself. Allow plenty of time to find the perfect dress. Off the shelf dresses are limited and custom made dresses take months to order.  

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? Our son, Jack was also christened on the same day!  

Something Old? My mother’s pearl earrings  

Something New? My dress!

Something Borrowed? The cloth to bound our hands in during the ceremony  

Something Blue? The bow subtly stitched into my gown. Loved that super cute detail!

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jennifer Sosa at Branch & Cole  

Videographer – Austin Stoecklein at Branch & Cole 

Wedding Planning: Samantha Hall Events 

Florist – Fiore Designs

Music - DJ

First Dance – Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers  

Celebrant – Father Petar Jovanovic  

Stationery – Copper Willow Studio  

Menu – 4-course dinner prepared by a chef at The Beverly Hills Hotel followed by In n Out burgers which were a huge hit after a few drinks on the dance floor!  

Cake – Red Velvet with Coconut Cream Wedding Cake by Delicious Arts  

Bombonieres – Randy’s Glazed Donuts  

Hair – Brides by Stephanie  

Make-Up – Brides by Stephanie

Tessa & Michael's Elegant Sydney Wedding

Posted on 17 Jan, 2017
Tessa & Michael's Elegant Sydney Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Through my best friend from University.

How long have you been together? 3 years

Do you have a proposal story? Sure do! Michael and I organised a trip to the snow from Mon-Wed, at the time Michael worked Sundays and wouldn’t take the Sunday off which i thought was weird. Then he told me “you will never guess when I’m proposing to you” so naturally i guessed! My mum then invited me for brunch on that Sunday and told me to ‘dress nice’ which confirmed my choice. So on the Saturday night I was very calm and happily asked Michael if he wanted me to cook him lunch for work the next day - he replied yes. Sunday morning I drove him to work, as we waited for the lift in our apartment he ran back in to ‘get his work keys’ at which point I realised I’d completely made up the proposal story in my head and got very embarrassed. On my way to brunch I called my three best girlfriends and recited the whole embarrassing story and how ‘I wasn’t in a rush to get engaged but I was so ashamed that I’d conceited such a convoluted story in my head and now had to go have brunch with my mum”. I arrived at Pyrmont Park for brunch and walked along the water to meet my Mum - when Michael popped out from behind the bushes with flowers and I immediately started crying and said to Michael “I’m not sure if I am crying because I know what’s about to happen or because I don’t have to go to brunch with my Mum”. Michael then took me down to the water and proposed with my favourite view in the background. We then went back to the apartment where he had organised a surprise engagement party - lucky I said yes! Turns out the three girlfriends I had called beforehand were all together at my house waiting for me!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 6th February 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Kincoppal-Rose Bay Chapel, Museum of Contemporary Art Reception

What made you choose there? You can only get married at Kincoppal if you are past alumni or present staff so that was a no brainer! Michael actually booked the MCA before he proposed so lucky I liked it. We love Modern Art and I love the harbour bridge so it was a perfect blend of both - plus we like the idea of being able to go back to the place we married often!

How did you find it? Michael found it with our Mums.

How was the weather on the day? Raining right up until 11am and then absolutely perfect. I didn’t check the weather up until the day because I believe “it is what it is” and there’s no point stressing about rain you can’t change. On the morning I woke up to the rain and said to my Mum “I know I said I wouldn’t be upset if it rained, but I really can’t believe that I’m not upset that it’s raining!”

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We always knew we wanted a short engagement and Michael’s brother lives in New York with his wife - they were flying out in February for another wedding so decided to do it when they would be out. We were engaged on 8th August 2015 so that was our 6 months!

The Wedding Details

Theme? Black and White - the only colour was our lighting. We are minimalists and also didn’t want photos with ‘that woman in the tacky orange dress in the background’ so decided that a strictly formal black and white theme would suit perfectly,

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Ourselves - Michael works in design and I used to work in event management so we had it covered.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? DIY bonbonierries, menus, and invitations.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Kate (sister)

Kate (best friend from uni)

Natalie (best friend from uni)

Lauren (friends from a previous job)

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Josh (best friend from school)

Jordan (brother)

William (brother)

Zen (friend from school)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Austin and Noah (nephews)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes was on my list of stores I wanted to go to, I thought that the 'Carina' dress was the one for me.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Just on the Karen Willis Holmes website.

How many gowns did you try? The gown I chose was the second dress I tried on. I went to two other stores after and immediately came back to the gown I fell in love with at Karen Willis Holmes.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I was at the store for the 'Carina' - so excited to try it on. I let my Mum play dress up and choose a few gowns for me. I always knew I would never have a strapless gown, because I get a heat rash when I’m hot and nobody wants that on their wedding day. My mum chose a few strapless gowns including the 'Prea' and the 'Tillie' lace top. I tried 'Prea' on second to ‘get it over with’ for my mother’s sake. When I came out I nearly died because I loved it so much. When Mum ushered the 'Tillie' on I was shocked and fell in love. But still my dream dress the 'Carina' was waiting for me so I tried one more on and then it was time for 'Carina'! I put it on and came outside just looking at the mirror saying nothing. The woman dressing me said “It’s heartbreaking isn’t it” and I replied “No it’s okay it just wasn’t meant to be” - it looked absolutely terrible on me! just not the right shape for my body - and the best advise I’ve given future brides since is “whatever you think is going to be perfect for you probably isn’t, and something you wouldn’t normally want might look a million dollars, so be open minded”. We left, knowing that the 'Prea'/'Tillie' combo was my pick.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? They were all a mix that the girls picked themselves - i wanted them to feel a million dollars on the day so they all had something that suited their body. One was Zimmermann, another Sheike and the other two from a bridesmaid store.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Calvin Klein everything for the groom. The Groomsmen wore their own suits and ties from T.M. Lewin.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a velvet pink/red belt from Alannah Hill - originally I had dreamed of a pink dress so this was my way of bringing the pink element in. I wore my mother’s pear and diamond earrings with a Hermes Cuff.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were white rocketed Valentinos. Michael had bought me black Rockstuds for my first birthday with him so the design meant something to us as a couple, they were the perfect modern twist for me.

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  • Make your guest list, cull it, cull it again, and again - keep going back to it and you’ll get it down!
  • We organised photos with select guests outside the church before we went off for photos so that we could enjoy the reception and not have people asking every 2 minutes for a photo
  • At the end of the day it’s you and your groom so make sure he likes the wedding too - we had to push back on relatives a few times to get what was true to us as a couple, the day is about your relationship after all
  • Do what’s best for you at the time with no regrets - you can’t control who you’ll be friends with in the future
  • As a wife I spoke at the reception - as it is a rare chance to praise your partner in front of a room full of your closest friends and family, it was the best thing I did
  • If you can’t change it - don’t worry about it
  • Hard work pays off and shows on the day
  • If something goes wrong do not worry because the only person that knows is you - no one else knows what you planned

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?

  • Whatever you think will look on you might not so have an open mind
  • Stay true to your style, you want to look like you on the day 

Something Old? Granny’s bells tied onto my bouquet

Something New? Shoes/Dress

Something Borrowed? Earrings from Mum

Something Blue? Blue ribbon tying the bells on

 

Suppliers

Florist - Lovely Bridal Blooms

Photographer - Strawberry Fields Photography

First Dance - Feeling Good - Michael Buble

MC - Ben Charlton (friend)

Celebrant - Monsignor Tony Doherty

Stationery - Ourselves - printed with Vista Print

Cake - Cake Atelier

Bombonieres - We hand wrote notes in envelopes as a gift to our guests to tell them something special, give them a bit of love and thank them for being there

Hair & Makeup- Blossom Hair and Makeup

Extra features - Wedding planned by Tessa Gallagher

Saturday the 21st January - All Grown Up Weddings

Posted on 16 Jan, 2017
Saturday the 21st January - All Grown Up Weddings

Introducing All Grown Up Weddingsthe brainchild of award-winning wedding photographers Dan and Kelly, who have collectively shot roughly 708 weddings over the past five years so really are industry experts. Make an appointment for this Saturday in our Alexandria flagship showroom to pick the brains of these Photography geniuses.  

Your Name? We’re Kelly Tunney and Dan O’Day

Location? We are based in Canberra, but we have photographers that are always ready and packed to travel wherever it is that your dream day is going to happen, around Australia, and overseas.

Business name? All Grown Up Weddings 

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about? All Grown Up Weddings is our little baby.  We have collectively shot roughly 708 weddings over the past five years and were initially industry competitors, giving one another angry sneers at photography expos and secretly working very hard to out-rank the other with every new project. But, as they say, “Time Heals All Sneers,” and it was no exception for the two of us.

The truth is that we’ve been great friends and assets to one another in our individual businesses for years, in fact we were in the very same hospital together when we were born! Out of everything that we’ve both done, our proudest achievement to date has to be All Grown Up Weddings!

What inspires you? We just love to share the love.  Whether it’s through photographs of so many wonderful “big days”, celebrating the successes of the amazing gang that we have shooting for us, or being able to share what we’ve learnt with our colleagues at workshops, we just love to share the love that we have for what we do, and the love that we find in everybody we work with.

How do you start your day? Dan orders a large decaf flat white with skim milk and two sugars.  Kelly gets a piccolo with coconut milk and it all goes downhill from there really!!

What is your favourite thing about your job? It would have to be that we get to collaborate and work with the most amazing people, on the best day of their lives.  Our clients let this bring out the absolute best in themselves and this spurs us on to do the same, every single time.  It’s always new, always different, and this gives us a chance to create and shine in a new way with every single wedding that we shoot.  Our coffee orders are always the same but the people are always different.  We love that about our job.

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding? That would be to channel your inner Freddie Mercury and sing at the top of your lungs “I want to break free!!!”.  Don’t worry about convention, ignore tradition, do whatever it is that’s going to make this day yours, just how you want it to be.  Remember why you’re there, to celebrate the love that you sure, so do what it is that allows you to do that in a way that is all you!

Favourite city? This is such a tough question! For Dan it would have to be somewhere in Japan, but most definitely New York City.  For Kelly, hmmmmmm, probably London or somewhere else in the UK - this is such a good way to understand the way our brains work differently though :-)

The best way to spend $50? Coffee, always coffee!

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

At All Grown Up Weddings, we’re all experienced photographers, and weddings are what we live to shoot.  Each of us has our own flavour and twist, just like our coffee orders (what’s with the decaf though? Oh, what? We couldn’t handle Dan with caffeine? Ok then, if you say so!). 

Each person here has been selected because they’re unique, they know what they’re doing, and they’re bloody good.  But that’s about all from us. Now we’d love to hear a little more about you, what’s your story, and what you have planned for the most epic day of your life?!

EVENT DETAILS - 

When? Saturday the 21st of January 2017 

Where?  9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW 2015

Kelly and Dan from All Grown Up Weddings will be in store on the day, book an appointment to try on dresses & chat to them before or after. Book here to be involved in this exciting event or call now for more details +61 (0)2 8338 1078

If you miss out on an appointment you are still more than welcome to come in to speak to Kelly and Dan, just email them directly to discuss. 

VENDOR DETAILS - 

All Grown Up Weddings

Email: letsdance@allgrownupweddings.com.au

Website: Click here

Instagram: Click here

Facebook: Click here

 

EDITORIAL - City Moments by Love find co.

Posted on 13 Jan, 2017
EDITORIAL - City Moments by Love find co.

AS FEATURED BY: 

We are excited to share with you this stunning editorial by Love Find Co.  Inspired by our dreamy & moody muse, she wanders the sleeping city in our  'Tamara' and 'Tillie' lace crop with 'Nyla' skirt. 

Shot by the talented photographer Brendan from Bear Dear Fox and with hair and makeup under the creative eye of Abbey Love, this editorial is all things classic and modern with a hint of romanticism." 

Credits

Creative direction - Sophie from Love Find Co.​

Photography - Bear Deer Fox 

Hair & Make-Up -  Abbey Love 

Florals - Trille Floral 

Model -  Bree Philipson 

Chelsea & Bharat tropical Queensland wedding

Posted on 12 Jan, 2017
Chelsea & Bharat  tropical Queensland wedding

Background  
 

How did you meet your partner?  
We met through my housemate who was working with Bharat. My housemate kept trying to push us to meet and go out together. I finally went out one night and the rest is history. We clicked instantly.

How long have you been together?  2 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  

While holidaying on the Sunshine Coast with my family unbeknownst to me, Bharat took the opportunity to ask my dad for his blessing. On a beautiful evening later on the same trip, we went out for dinner and a long walk along the beach. When we returned the house was set up with candles and rose petals from the front door to the pontoon. Bharat got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I loved that we got to share our special day with my family. 

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date?  01/10/2016 

Location – Maleny, Sunshine Coast; Queensland

Where?      
Ceremony – The Little White Wedding Chapel

Reception – Vue do Lumieres

 

What made you choose this location? 
They are both beautiful locations/ venues with amazing views, scenery and a magic feeling.  

How did you find them?  
I had given a list of venues to my sister and mum to explore during the Hinterland Wedding Open Weekend. Neither of the venues we chose were on my original list but I feel in love with them and so happy with how everything turned out.

How was the weather on the day?  

Perfect  Sunny and blue skies.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  The Long weekend – perfect for friends and family travelling from interstate!  

The Wedding Details


Theme?  
Tropical Luxe – natural greenery and copper. We wanted our day to be elegant and fun. The following day we had a Hindu Nepalese ceremony at my parents home on the Sunshine Coast. It was a perfect way to respect Bharat’s culture, family and friends. We loved the bright colours of the day, learning about the Hindu culture and of course the traditional Nepalese feast. My parents created the mandap using bamboo and mum dyed curtains to hang. Mum grew marigold flowers for months so our garlands could be made and a friends mum made the Dubo Grass Garland – both were very special for us and we have kept the dubo grass garland in shadow boxes as special memories.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?   I found ideas on Pinterest, Instagram, magazines and websites (The Bride's Tree). I also threw a lot of ideas around with my mum, sister and bridesmaids. I knew I wanted something different, cosy, fresh and elegant.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  My mum and sister did all of the styling, I showed them one or two photos and they created my dream. They did such an amazing job and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and effort they put in. Mum selected some items to hire and the rest she began collecting from op shops and items we already had around home. Mum used plants from home to create the fresh feel on the day. One of my bridesmaids and myself made the wedding favours – nag champa scented tea lights to incorporate Bharat’s culture in the scent which reminds him of home.  My sister designed all of the stationary; save the dates, invites, RSVP, menus, seating chart. Mum created a beautiful big love heart with fairy lights perfect for photos! We created the welcome drink ‘Namast’ay up all night’ which was jansz, vodka, apple liquor and shimmering copper powder. 

Bridal Party    

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  

Made of Honour – Sister, Candice 

Bridesmaids – Eloise and Ashlee 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?  

Best Man – Bharat’s brother Parvin

Groomsmen – Ajay (introduced us) and Rupak

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Mia and Connor – My cousin’s children

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had wanted to make an appointment at the Paddington store in Brisbane when we were holidaying but we ran out of time. When my sister and mum visited Melbourne for dress shopping I knew KWH had to be on the list.

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

How many gowns did you try?  What felt like 100’s, I couldn’t find the right dress and the last store we had an appointment with was Karen Willis Holmes. I tried on about 5 which were all stunning but fell in love with Caitlyn gown.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my gown from the Armadale store in Melbourne. The staff on the day I found my dress were helpful and really felt sincere.

What did you especially like about your gown?  

I LOVE the back! The detail was beautiful and reminded me of my Nanna. The whole dress was beautiful, I loved the sequins and shape.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Dresses and belts from Sheike

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

David Jones. The groom wore Joe Black. Groomsmen wore Uber Stone

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

I wore a Swarovski bracelet Bharat bought me and earings that my parents got me for my 18th birthday. 

Where did you get your shoes from?  Novo

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? I wore a cathedral length veil from Karen Willis Holmes

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Start planning early and ask for help! Don’t try and do it all alone and delegate tasks.  

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?  Don’t give up or settle for something that doesn’t give you a special feeling. 

Something Old? Rings 

Something New? Dress 

Suppliers

We loved all of our suppliers. They all worked well together and were perfect to deal with. We were so happy with how everything turned out. We found our suppliers on The Bride's Tree and Instagram. Our suppliers are local on the Sunshine Coast which I loved. 

Photographer – Simon J Coulson 

Florist – Willow Bud Flowers. Sandi was so helpful during the planning. She liaised with my mum and they created my perfect bouquet and greenery. Sandi understood our vision and brought it to life. 

Videographer – Andrew Clasohm

Music – One Fun Band

First Dance – You are the best thing; Ray LaMontagne 

MC – Uncle Mark 

Celebrant – Victoria K Simon 

Stationery – Designed by my sister 

Menu – We loved the idea of share plates. Guests feasted on slow roast pork with caramelised apples and sage sauce, crispy skinned Tasmanian salmon steaks with lemon and dill butter, sirloin with red wine jus, potato gratin, baby spinach and roasted vegetable salad and artisan breads. No one went hungry. 

Cake – Tome and my grandma made a layer pavlova cake which everyone loved https://www.instagram.com/tome____/

Bombonieres – We made tea light candles 

Hair – Hair by Nicola 

Make-Up -  Jenna Turner 

Wedding Bands – Robert H Parker and Sons  

Engagement Ring – My Nannas ring

Bar – Gathering Events 

Hire – Simple Style Co 

Ring Barer – Indie Kids 

Flower girl – Ellies Handmade 

Dressing Robes – Le Rose

 

Kate & Andrew's modern Perth wedding

Posted on 10 Jan, 2017
Kate & Andrew's modern Perth wedding

Background
 

How did you meet your partner? 
We met on a night out in Subiaco

How long have you been together? 
9 years

Do you have a proposal story? 
We go to Rottenest every year with my family and one day Andrew and I went for a ride, we stopped at a little bay and were sitting on some rocks taking in the view when he said that he had something to ask me and pulled out the ring.

 


The Wedding
 
What was your wedding date? 11.11.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?     
Ceremony was at the Matilda Bay foreshore and the reception was at the Old Swan Brewery

What made you choose there?
 I loved the idea of getting married by the water surrounded by all of the beautiful trees, and for the reception, we knew they had great food, wine and beer
 
How was the weather on the day? 
25 degrees and slightly over cast, there was rain the day before but it held off for us
 



The Wedding Details

Theme?
 We wanted a relaxed and fun wedding, so we had two long tables to encourage guests to get up and mingle with flowers and candles down the middle of each table (coral peonies)

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? 
I spent a lot of time looking on Instagram

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 
My sisters Sally and Emma (twins) were my bridesmaids

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 
Andrews’s friends David and Trystan


 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
 I had been looking online and loved the simple, elegant style

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? 
Online
 
How many gowns did you try? 
Karen Willis Holmes was the only store I went to and as soon as I put my dress on I knew it was the “one”
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? 
Subiaco store
 
What did you especially like about your gown? 
I made a few alterations to the original dress and the girls at the store were so helpful with this, once the few minor changes were made it was exactly what I had been imagining 

Kate wore our BESPOKE Holly gown with custom appliqué lace detail. 


 

Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? 
Bojena King

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? 
My bridesmaids and I all had Monica Vinader bracelets and I wore diamond studs that Andrew had given me 

Where did you get your shoes from? 
I wore Gucci flat sandals

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? 
Veil was also from KWH

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? 
The best piece of advice we were given was to take 10 minutes for yourself and your groom on your wedding day to be alone and just enjoy the moment.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
Enjoy the experience, and try on a few styles that you wouldn’t normally consider 

Something Old? 
A brooch that was my granny’s that I used to pin the train of my dress up

Something New? 
Pretty much everything :P

Something Blue?
There was some blue stitching in my dress

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jodie from Merge Photography

Florist – Beans and Bunches in Northbridge

Music – Rod from Kaviar DJ’s

Walked down the aisle to – Into my arms by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Celebrant – Wendy Wardell

Stationery – table numbers, seating chart and signs were by Jean and Louise – Etsy and our invites were by Deciduous Press

Cake – Made by a family friend

Bombonieres – Mini champagne bottles for the guests to take home

Hair – Jaimee Lee Creative

Make-Up -  Jacqui Bradfield

Wedding Bands – Jogia diamonds 

Abby & Sandy's Elegant Country Wedding

Posted on 06 Jan, 2017
Abby & Sandy's Elegant Country Wedding

Background

How long have you been together? 10 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? November 6, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Ceremony: Christ Church Bong Bong, Bowral; Reception: ‘Luxstowe’, Bowral

The Wedding Details

Theme? Relaxed summer garden party

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Sandy and I really just wanted to throw a big fun dinner party for our beautiful friends and family. The reception was held at my Dad’s tree nursery in Bowral, next to an old white barn that’s his sculpture studio. We love the leafy, luscious feel of the space, so I suppose we let the beauty of the surrounds be our inspiration.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I thought about hiring a stylist but I ended up doing it myself. I know the venue so well and I knew I wanted to bring about the feeling of a simple, intimate, al-fresco dinner on a balmy summer evening (like the ones I’d had there as a child) – nothing too ‘styled’, more minimal, loose and relaxed. Also, a few years ago I trained as a florist and Myra from My Violet has forever been my floral crush – I felt really safe that she’d understand my flower vision. I hired some props from (a stylist friend) Olivia Blackmore’s amazing collection and also had my sister home from New York to help me – it’s always more work than you think!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My two sisters, Penny and Joey

Groomsmen – who/relationship? A couple of Sandy’s best friends, Alex and Charlie

Wedding Gown (the most important part!) 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I’d never really been the kind of girl to daydream about my wedding when I was little. I knew I wanted to wear something understated and minimal, but the dresses I tried that were ‘non-bridal’ I found to be a little too bohemian for me. A dress caught my eye right at the back of Karen Willis Holmes’ store in Paddington. I was able to try it on and immediately felt really comfortable in it – I could move so easily! My mum and I knew it was the one. I also never imagined I’d have a train, but I fell for the romance of the lace at my first fitting.. It sounds silly but I loved the idea of it trailing over the lawn in the garden.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Bianca Spender

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

Photographer

Hannah and I used to work together at Bauer Media and have been friends ever since – she’s a Creative Director of magazines and books by day, so she brings that editorial style to her photography (which is what I love so much about her work!). I’m so happy she agreed to shoot my wedding, even though she was also a guest. The images are stunning and having her with me all day made everything completely stress-free.

Catering and menu

My sister, Joey, is co-owner of Rustic Table Catering in Bowral. Their food is incredible, so I always knew I wanted her and her business partner Vanessa to be our caterers.

Canapes were kept simple, fresh and small enough to pop in your mouth – cucumber and wasabi tuna bites, goat’s cheese, beetroot and caramelised onion tarts, and tiny chicken and watercress rolls. Sandy’s best man’s father has an oyster farm in Merimbula on the NSW South Coast, and in what was a beyond-generous gift, harvested dozens of the most amazing oysters for us.

For dinner, in keeping with the at-home, rustic theme, we designed a share-style menu that would feel just like you were at a friend’s house having a long lunch – simple and delicious, with the freshest of in-season produce. The girls made a feast for each table, with platters of salmon in salsa verde, harissa-roasted beef, honeyed baby carrots, blanched broccolini and almonds, plus summer heirloom tomato and basil salads with torn buffalo mozzarella.

We had a choice of individual jars of tiramisu with hazelnut praline or coconut panna cotta and fresh raspberries for dessert. After dinner, the bar served espresso martinis and staff passed around smoky pulled-pork sliders with cabbage slaw for midnight snacks.

Flowers

Myra Perez, from My Violet, and her assistant Cara came to our venue on the morning of the wedding, fresh from the flower markets (the van was so full of fragrant flowers I could literally smell that she’d arrived!). We’d arranged that she’d forage for branches from the nursery, as I wanted to bring the outside into the marquee and hang the same silver poplar that was surrounding the garden.

For the tables, we talked about using her collection of cream and white Wedgewood-style vases filled with unstructured groups of white on cream – a mix of luxe blooms and wildflowers. Dictated by colour and texture, we chose to use cream and white cyclamen, gardenia, hydrangea, lilac, peonies and poppies, plus various wildflowers and begonia leaves. Somehow Myra managed to get the most stunning magnolia for me on the day too – a dream come true! Everything she put together was a dream.

Suppliers

Florist – My Violet

Photographer – Hannah Blackmore

Celebrant – Rev. Dean Reilly

Stationery – Venamour, New York

Catering – Rustic Table Catering

Hair – (colour) Belinda Jeffrey; (styling) Amelia Axton

Make up – Amelia Axton

Wedding Rings – Joseph Edirnelian, Double Bay

Prop Hire – Olivia Blackmore

Marquee Hire – White Umbrella Marquees