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Grace & Mike's Upstate New York Fall Wedding

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


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

How long have you been together? 3 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 11/7/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove NY

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

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

How many gowns did you try? More than 30

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

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


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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Bonbons

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

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

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


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

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

Music - Self made playlist

First Dance - “sweet avenue” Jets to Brazil

Celebrant - Rodney Wells - my stepfather performed the cermony

Stationery - Minted

Menu - Blooming Hill Farm

Cake - Pies from Jones Farm in Cornwall NY

Hair - AG Beauty Services in New Windsor NY

Make up - Self

Wedding Bands - Catbird and Featherstone Designs


Posted on 21 Nov, 2016


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



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




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




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


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


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

Ph: (647) 340-5850

Email: info@sashandbustle.com

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

Bre & Jono's Elegant Brisbane Wedding

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


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

How long have you been together? 4 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17 June 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

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

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

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

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

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

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

GM#1 - Nathan (Jon’s older brother)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

FG#1 – Emma (Jon’s 11 year old niece)

FG#2 – Erin (Jon’s 9 year old niece)

FG#3 – Zara (Jon’s 5 year old niece)

PB#1 – Josh (Jon’s 7 year old nephew)

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

Music – Spotify

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crockery and Catering Machinery hire – Bob’s Hire.

Rachel & Marc's Western Australia Winery Wedding

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


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

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Sandalford Wines

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

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

Groomsmen – who/relationship?  

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Zu Shoes

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


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

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


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

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

Music -  Felony

First Dance – Tracey Chapman – Give me one reason

MC – Sam Jones (cousin)

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

Stationery – Vista Print

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

Cake – Marnee – Sugar & Nice

Bombonieres – Cancer Council WA

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

Make up – Bruce Lim

Wedding Bands – Tiffany & Co

One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

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

One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delicious canapes were served to kickstart the day.

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

Karen Willis Holmes 2017 gowns- ready to be viewed. 

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

Our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 'Anya' gown

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

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

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


Kim & Adam New South Wales Winery Wedding

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


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

How long have you been together? 4.5 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Something New? Wedding gown

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

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


Florist – Red Lily Floral Design.

Photographer – Erin Latimore Photography.

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

MC – Graeme, my brother in law.

Celebrant – Jane Endicott

Stationery – Print Storm Mudgee

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

Cake – Who Ate The Cake.

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

Hair – Lila and Allan

Make-Up – Bella Medi Spa

Wedding Bands – James Allan  

Other – Wedding cars by Sydney Mustangs

Winnow Chocolates

Posted on 09 Nov, 2016
Winnow Chocolates

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

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


Your Name: Amanda

Location: Our studio is located in Crows Nest

Business name: Winnow Chocolates

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

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

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

How do you start your day?

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

What is your favorite thing about your job?

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

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

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

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

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

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


Winnow Chocolates

Unit 2, 17 Falcon Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065

By appointment only

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Email: hello@winnowchocolates.com


Lisa & Angus' Boho Hinterland Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Photographer - SHANE SHEPHERD

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


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

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

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



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

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

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




STYLED SHOOT - I Dreamed A Dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Photography : Amelia Soegijono from Pictures and Hearts Photography

Styling : Alice from ALC Events

Make-Up : YennXin 

Gowns : Karen Willis Holmes

Paper Artist : Stuart Mc Lachlan 

Lingerie, Veil and flower hairpieces : Labelle

Silver Props: The Wedding Collector 

Vintage Furniture: Willow Tree Vintage 

Calligraphy: Teresa Ling

Model:  Alina Timofeeva 

Charlene & Tom's Rustic Wedding

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


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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 21st May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Mali Brae Farm Moss Vale

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

How did you find it? Through Violets and vinegar

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Naomi – Big Sis

Alaina – Lil Sis

Katie – Sister in law

Cailin  – Best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Cody – Friend

Joel – Brother

Ryan – Friend

Brendan – Friend

Philip – Brother in law

Matthew – Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca & David's Surprise Wedding

Posted on 31 Oct, 2016
Rebecca & David's Surprise Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met when we both worked at Moore park, I was studying Journalism and he had just come back from living overseas. We all went out for farewell drinks for one of my colleagues and the rest is history.

How long have you been together? 14 years

Do you have a proposal story? After 14 years together Dave proposed over dinner one night. We planned our entire wedding in 4 weeks and kept our wedding a secret. We decided to surprise all of our friends and extended family after the event.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 20.02.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The old Chruch of MiltonNSW

What made you choose there? It’s a beautiful heritage listed property with amazing grounds and we were able to have our ceremony and reception in the one location in different areas of the grounds.

How did you find it? We are lucky enough that my parents own it.

How was the weather on the day? It poured with rain on the day but luckily stopped for the ceremony so we were still able to have the ceremony outside.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It our anniversary and was 14 years to the day.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Relaxed, fun and beautiful were the 3 words I kept referring to.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest, the grounds themselves and working with Kim-Ashlee Winter who styled our day is where it all came from.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Everything styling wise was DIY and made with love. Our stylist created all signs, menus , ceremony seats.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Danielle & Alicia my sisters

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Preston & Jason Daves best friends.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Matilda & Fifi our daughters.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had only allowed myself 1 day for wedding dress shopping and make the rookie mistake of not making any appointments. By chance, I walked in KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Paddington and when we explained that I had made the rookie mistake of not making any appointments and only had 4 weeks until the big day they were so beautiful and accommodating. The 'Josie' dress was the last dress I tried on and straight away I knew it was “the one”.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had seen KAREN WILLIS HOLMES in bridal magazines.

How many gowns did you try? KAREN WILLIS HOLMES I tried about 6 on. I also tried on quite a few non bridal white dresses in a few different stores but they didn’t have the “wow” factor that suited me.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved everything. The way it hugged my body in the right places, the way it fell to the floor, the back, the lace, the sequins. I loved absolutely everything.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Scanlan & Theodore

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My Dad brought me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings which he gave me on the day as my wedding present.

Where did you get your shoes from? Tony Bianco

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t wear one.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy the process, have fun and remember it’s about the two of you.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t go with an “idea” of what you want, be open to everything and try things you wouldn’t normally.


Florist – Willow & Fleur, Mollymook

Photographer – Mr Edwards Photography

Videographer – Mr Edwards Photography

Music – DJ Ordy

First Dance – We didn’t have one .However, we danced the night away with our families.

MC – Debra Richards

Celebrant – Debra Richards

Stationery – We didn’t have any invitations as we told family via text to keep the day free. Menus were made by Kim-Ashlee Winter our stylist.

Menu – We had shared platters of beautiful dishes from the girls at the Milk Haus in Milton who were able to use fresh produce from my parents farm.

Cake – We had a 3 tier chesse wheel cake from Ocello Cheeses.

Bombonieres -  All guests left with a hangover kit that we put together ourselves. Each kit contained a eye mask, hydralite, Panadol, water, chewing gum and band aids.

Hair and Makeup– The Beach Comber in Ulladulla.

Wedding Bands – Nicholas Haywood

Extra features -  We had all our guests back in the morning for brunch with all produce from the farm and it was our way to say thank you to everyone for celebrating with us.



Posted on 28 Oct, 2016

Established 1988, the Stephanie Browne label is synonymous with creativity, design and quality. Working from her Melbourne studio this internationally renowned jeweler has been turning heads for over 25 years! Stephanie's beautiful collection of mother of pearl headpieces, golden crowns, silk wreaths, vintage inspired combs, earrings & bracelets are every bit as special as they sound. After stocking this fabulous label for many years we are thrilled to announce that we will be having this Melbourne-based entrepreneur join us in our Alexandria flagship showroom on Saturday the 5th of November for our second Vendor Day! 

Make an appointment now to meet Creative Director, Stephanie herself while trying on our gowns, or view her collection online here



Who are you? Stephanie Browne ( Stephanie Browne Australia )

And what's your business?  

Creating gorgeous wedding accessories for brides and special occasions since 1988, we also do work for film and Television, our most recent major collaboration was ' The dressmaker" we created over 30 pieces for this film, including the bodice on Sarah Snooks ( Gerdie)  ball gown in the footballers dance scene, her jewellery and hair comb to her wedding Tiara and many more necklaces , bracelets and earrings through out wedding scene and the film.

When did you launch your business?     

1988 the company was launched under the name 'Stephanie's Bridal Millinery', later the name was updated to 'Stephanie Browne Australia'

How did you get into your line of work?    

My father Robert Biddle owned his own Bridal store in Melbourne on Little Collins street it was the largest in the Southern hemisphere, I started work for him when I was 15 during school holidays , I started as a junior shop assistant  and over the years consulting and managing then design, its was a wonderful  foundation to my business as I was able to work directly with the brides creating new styles something that wasn’t out there, I trained as a milliner to ensure my product was the best it could be, fit ,comfort , design and quality. 

What are your words of advice to a couple planning their wedding?    

Work out a plan and budget together but be fully prepared for your budget to be blown! If you plan who's opinion you value most, take only them to your gown, flowers, accessory etc appts , a best friend, your mum or mum and a sister. A wedding planner is a good investment, and for the professional will save you a lot of time and stress however if you are wanting to be more involved or are more a DIY sort of bride just keep in mind The more opinions you have can make the decision making stressful. Take a breath and enjoy the moments this will fly by!  Take the time to book a great photographer you will have your memories to look at for the rest of your life .

What are some of the ways you ensure exceptional service to your couples?

I work in my own boutique in Melbourne 2 days a week, one of them being Saturday's. I love working directly with brides I listen carefully as after so many years I can style in my head! I don’t need to see you in your gown, only a pictures of your gown, I am only the guide giving you option's based on my experience and what you tell me, I give the information the choice is yours.


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

I love what I do, those that work with me love what they do… it's apparent, we care, its the most important day of your life and we get that. I have working in the wedding industry for most of my life, I feel blessed to have been part of so much joy. We enjoy working with like-minded designers who also have passion and commitment, like Karen Willis Holmes!


Stephanie has created pieces for dozens of celebrities, Tv shows, and movies, most recently designing a custom bodice, earrings and bracelet for Jocelyn Moorhouse's award-winning comedy-drama film 'The Dressmaker'. Seen here on the beautiful Sarah Snook

If you are looking for a stylish, on-trend and luxurious accessory then look no further.



When? Saturday the 5th of November 2016 

Where?  9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW 2015

Book an Appointment now for this exciting event or call now for more details +61 (0)2 8338 1078



Stephanie Browne and Co

1210 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Ph: (03) 9824 5722

Monday : By appointment

Tuesday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am - 5pm


Hannah & Josh's Sydney Wedding

Posted on 27 Oct, 2016
Hannah & Josh's Sydney Wedding

AutumnalWhen you know, you know.  Hannah unexpectedly met the man of her dreams through mutual friends at her local Church. After a short 6 months of courting, they both knew there was no-one else they would rather be with than each other.  A year later, they wed in Sydney, at St Andrew’s Church in Roseville- a meaningful spot for the pair as this is where they initially met.  Their stunning Autumnal reception followed at The Public Dining Room in Balmoral, the area where Josh proposed to his true love. 


How did you meet your (now) husband? We actually met at our local Church! We had a few mutual friends and once we were introduced, we never separated! 

How long have you been together? We’ve been together 1 year and 8 months. We were engaged after 6 months of being together and married a year after that. A whirlwind romance, but I knew he was the one. 

Do you have a proposal story? We agreed to have a date day – I organised the morning, he organised the afternoon. I wanted to go to Balmoral for breakfast – it’s our special place. He refused, wanting to go to Manly. Already off on the wrong foot as it was MY morning to organize, we plodded off to Manly. Come the afternoon, he rushed me down to Balmoral for a picnic. Once I had gotten up to get a coffee, I turned around to find him on one knee with my perfect ring. It was a big YES and off to get a warm coffee and tell our families. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday, 21st May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?  The Ceremony was at our Church, St Andrew’s Roseville. It’s a beautiful old church and it’s being redeveloped soon so we had to make sure we were married in time! The reception was at The Public Dining Room down at Balmoral. 

What made you choose there? Balmoral beach is our special place. We had our first date there and plenty more after, we were engaged there so it made sense to get married at the same spot! I love the The Public Dining Room because it’s simplistic, chic and you don’t need much to make it look and feel amazing. 

How did you find it? We’ve eaten there before so we knew the food was amazing! The staff were INCREDIBLE and it was such an easy experience. It was definitely top of our list. 

How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect. About 23 degrees, sunny and a little cloudy in the afternoon but it was amazing weather – we were incredibly blessed as May can be hit or miss with the weather!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We initially wanted to get married in March but my parents wanted us to get married in September so we made a compromise. Looking back, I’m so glad we picked May. It was just beautiful and went well with our theme which was very much autumnal. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Autumnal. We kept it very simple with creams and whites as my bridesmaids were even in cream. We kept the flowers as the stand out feature – lots of greenery, magnolia greens, maroons, reds and dark florals. It was perfect. The boys were in a deep navy and white and it was a great match. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The season. We didn’t want it to look like summer when it wasn’t! The sunsets were dark and cloudy and I loved the ideas of maroons and greens as a feature. Our florists were amazing and kept the florals simple, lush but had beautiful hints of colour too. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? Our wedding favours – we had  a friend make the marshmallows and we packed them. I loved doing that with my family and bridesmaids a few days before!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids? Steph Kelly – (Maid of honour) my best friend from school & Rachel Cain, another friend from school.

Groomsmen? Christian Tozer – Best Man/Best friend & Harry Wright – Groomsmen/ Brother

Flower girls/Page boys?  My flower girl and page boy were incredibly special to me. Roxy, my flower girl was a little girl I have babysat from when she was born to her now being 4.5 years old! She absolutely LOVED feeling like a princess and I’m so glad she was a part of my day. Our page boy was her brother, Mason.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I’d looked at heaps of places before coming to Karen Willis Holmes and I just couldn’t find what I wanted. To be completely honest, I felt disheartened every time I stepped into a store. The service at Karen Willis Holmes was AMAZING and the dresses fit so I could really see what I would look like as a Bride. Bonnie, who assisted me was so helpful in finding something that I wanted. I knew exactly what it was but couldn’t put it into words. I wanted something simple, chic, structured, not too fluffy and lacy but at the same time. She ended up finding an amazing dress - the 'Kitty bodice & Karly skirt' combination which I had altered to add straps. I had the beautiful 'Tillie' crop lace overlay for the ceremony which I took off come the reception and I had a completely different dress – it was the chic, structured gown I always wanted!

Where have you seen our gowns before?  I used to work in media so I used to look at them lots in VOGUE brides and also online

How many gowns did you try? So many I lost count! 

Where did you purchase your gown from? Paddington, Sydney. 

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how interchangeable it was. I loved that I felt amazing in it. I loved it fitted my body exactly (which is hard seeing as my upper body is a different shape to my lower half). I loved that the seamstress knew what she was talking about and would never let me ruin it by altering it too much. I walked out, feeling like I had a dress which fitted my body perfectly! 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Fabulously Yours, Turramurra.

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?  I had some beautiful pearls for the ceremony. Simple and understated. For the reception, I changed into some beautiful marble Samantha Wills dangle earrings and amazing matching bangle. 

Where did you get your shoes from?  Nine West 

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


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Just enjoy it! It’s stressful, full on, especially with so many competing options but just enjoy it. No matter what happens on the day, it will be perfect. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? If you’re like me and a little bigger on the bottom, don’t be disheartened. It means you haven’t found the right dress yet. You’ll know when you put it on, that it’s made for you. 

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

Something Old? My mother's earrings 

Something New? My KWH dress! 

Something Borrowed? My mother's earrings 

Something Blue? The most amazing tiny little blue bow sewed by the KWH team into the back of my dress… I loved that detail. 


Florist - The Sisters. They were perfect! 

Photographer - Michelle Fiona Photography and Yeesum Lo 

First Dance - The Best Thing by Ray La Montage 

MC - One of our best friends, Katie Trevor 

Celebrant - Our minister, Matt Stedman 

Stationery - Terrace Press – they were incredible! 

Menu - The Public Dining Room

Cake -  Sugar Bee Cakes (and the sisters did the florals for the cake) 

Bombonieres - Naughty Habits made the marshmallows and we packed them ourselves! 

Hair - Chris Hunter, QUE Colour 

Makeup -  Ash Quinn, Bridal Make Up Co

Wedding Bands - Cerrone 

Marta & Alvaro's Italian Wedding

Posted on 25 Oct, 2016
Marta & Alvaro's Italian Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met in a Pub in Covent Garden (London UK) where we were both studying and working. It was July 18th 2012 and it was a beautiful evening. We were both having a fun summer without thinking about relationships. We met and after few lovely weeks we separated for the rest of the summer…when we met again in September we had it clear we wanted to be together.

Do you have a proposal story? He proposed in South of France in my family home. I wanted to marry him so much then when he proposed I got angry cause I thought he was joking.


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 25/06/16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony: In my home town Brescia (Italy). Auditorium Santa Giulia. Reception: Areadocks Brescia (Italy)

What made you choose there?  I always dreamt of a garden wedding but the weather didn’t collaborate so an outside wedding was out of the question... We picked a completely different location with a fresh modern and industrial design and we filled it with flowers, candles, and vintage elements.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I was living in London and every Sunday I used to take a walk in a little alley where I spotted a lovely little bridal boutique “Angelica Bridal”.

After trying on many gowns and looking for a completely different style I went to this little boutique and as a joke I decide to try the biggest gown in the store…and I fell in love with the 'Selena' Gown.

What did you especially like about your gown? The movement, the color, the material and the lightness… I can’t believe I thought this style wasn’t for me. I could wear it again and again. Perfection!


Florist – I Giardini di Giava ( Bergamo Italy)

Photographer – Mara Brioni

Music – Ottavia Brown and our own music Selection

Catering – Da Vittorio (Bergamo Italia)

Jess & Mitch's Elegant Sydney Wedding

Posted on 20 Oct, 2016

These two love birds met on the reality dating show 'When Love Comes to Town', but instead of finding love in the arms of a farmer this city girl found herself falling for one of the cameramen. Flash forward three years and this beach loving couple married in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, at the widely acclaimed Moby Dicks Whale Beach. With their loved ones looking on Jess was accompanied down the aisle by their 3 dogs Poppy, Lizzy and Alfie!



How did you meet your (now) husband? 
We met on a reality dating show  When Love Comes To Town  on channel 9! I was one of the 12 girls looking for love around Australia and Mitch was working behind the scenes as a cameraman. He caught my eye very early on but it wasn't until the show had aired that we could announce our relationship to our loved ones. 

How long have you been together? Almost 3 years.

Do you have a proposal story? 

Mitch had my ring beautifully designed and after a bottle of champers some flowers and a night out at our local he popped the question. 

 The Wedding
What was your wedding date? September 2, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?  The ceremony was at Bilgola Beach, and reception was at Moby Dicks, Whale Beach.

What made you choose there? 

We both grew up on the beach, Mitch is a surfer and we love the Northern Beaches so we knew we wanted to have the ceremony by the water. We also wanted to include our 3 dogs so we needed an outdoor venue that was dog-friendly.


How did you find it? 

For the ceremony, we drove to every beach from Avalon to Palm Beach to find the perfect spot. After seeing so many and not feeling like it was right, Mitch remembered a little spot next to Bilgola Beach that may work. When we drove down to see it, I instantly knew that’s where we were getting married. It wasn’t on the sand so we could have the dogs (and no high heel issues) and it was right in the middle of beautiful cliffs and the stunning shoreline. On the day it was pouring with rain and even though everyone was bunched up under the marquee to keep dry, it still looked beautiful. 

Moby Dicks were outstanding. The service was incredible. Every time I couldn’t find my drink, a staff member would already be walking towards me with a fresh glass of Bolly. The food was delicious and presentation beautiful. They have share plates on the table so you don’t have to just have the fish or the beef like you usually expect at a wedding. Every table was styled exactly how I wanted it. 


How was the weather on the day? 
The week leading up to the wedding was picture perfect sunshine. And the week following, not a drop of rain. But on our wedding day, it poured down from 2am that morning till midnight that night. Luckily we’d been checking the weather forecast all week so I booked a marquee the day before for our ceremony.


The Wedding Details
Our theme was vintage glamour. Lots of rose gold, rustic furniture and florals.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  Pinterest. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
My Ceremony was styled by The Hutch and it was gorgeous. The Reception was styled by me. I collected lanterns, rose gold and gold candle holders - bought little bits and pieces along the way like a light box, Polaroid cameras etc. My best friend designed all the signage and we added fun little quotes around the place. My favourite being ‘Trust me, you can dance” – alcohol. We wanted the wedding to reflect who we are, so while it looked beautiful it was also bursting full of personality. 


 Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

Brooke Osborne- Maid of Honor
Sister from another mista - Brooke and I have been best friends for over 14 years now. We've cried, laughed and drank copious amounts of champagne together. When the chips are down Brooke is the first to pick them up and turn them into nachos. 

Mel Jenkins- Bridesmaid
Mel and I met in England at a wedding about 8 years ago. We shared common interests and got up to all sorts of cheekiness together.

Julias Cordell- Bridesman
Julius, or as he's known to me - 'potato' or 'pot pot potty', is one of my dearest friends. We met through a mutual friend in 2005 and after both reciting lines from Little Britain "bubbles darling", we knew it was love. When choosing her bridesmaids I knew Julius had to be up there standing beside me on one of the most important days of my life.

Katie-Jane Michael- Bridesmaid
Our love affair began back in 2010 when we were working for the same advertising company. We share the love of dogs, margaritas and anything fabulous.

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Kanye Wilson- Best Man
Kayne and Mitch have been best friends since they were kids. Through life's ups and downs, the two have always stood by one another, which is why Mitch chose Kayne to stand beside him as Best Man on the most important day of his life.

Rob O'Grady- Groomsman
Rob and Mitch met 5 years ago over a game of pool and a few beers. It was a bromance made in pool-ball heaven. No matter how much time passes between seeing each another, these two can easily pick up from where they last left off.  Rob is one of Mitch's best mates and he's stoked to have him stand beside him as he says 'i do'.

Claudia Sweeney- Groomslady
Mitchell's Groomslady is his sister Claudia. Claudia and Mitch are two peas in a pod and he knew his bridal party wouldn't be complete without her.

Cam Powell- Groomsman
Cam, married to one of the fab bridesmaids Mel, is one of mine and Mitch's closest friends. Mitch and Cam share the love of computer games, diving and loads of geeky stuff.

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? 

Our three pageboys were:
Mason – my nephew. He’s 11.
Jake – my other nephew, also 11 and
Lenny – Mitchell’s little brother – 7 years old.
We also had Brooke’s (maid of honour) baby Evie as our flower girl (10 months old) and our 3 dogs Poppy (Aussie Bulldog girl), Lizzy (Jack Russell crossed with Chihuahua) and Alfie (Pomeranian) as our flower girls and page boy. Tutus and all!



Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 
I had been given a lot of designer’s names and when I saw the gowns by Karen online I knew I’d find my dress there.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? 
Only online. I never paid much attention to designers or wedding dresses before this. 

How many gowns did you try? 
Lot's at other places but at Karen Willis Holmes the 'Selena' gown was the first dress I saw and the first one I tried on. I tried on over 15 other dresses after it but nothing compared to the 'Selena'. There was one other gown that had a bodice that I LOVED. So after doing a bit of brainstorming and a call to the designer, the girls put together a custom made dress- the 'Abbey' bodice with the 'Selena' skirt.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? 
I always thought I’d be the slinky, backless kind of bride but this dress was so flattering up top and made me feel like a princess down the bottom. The way the bodice flattered by bust without it being too much was perfect. The skirt was like nothing I’d ever seen before. It was so pretty, so flattering, so magical. It literally stopped my usually noisy bridesmaids in their tracks and anything that shuts them up is a winner in my eyes.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Adrianna Pappell

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

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

The bridesmaids wore beautiful rose gold, vintage-inspired Samantha Willis earrings. 
I didn’t want to wear anything around my neck as it would have taken away from the neckline and beauty of the dress. So I went big in the earrings, bold diamond Lisa Ho earrings that I was lucky enough to borrow from one of my bridesmaids!

Where did you get your shoes from? 
I bought them in Florence, they were Gilardini heels.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? 
Again, I was lucky enough to be able to borrowed my veil from a friend.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?
Ask for help and delegate! I found myself so stressed when I realised how much there was to do. 
Download a checklist and timeline for the day, I did it all in One Drive (online sharing platform) so I could invite suppliers, my MC and bridal party to the documents and they could add info if needed but keep track of everything that needed to be done in one document.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
What you think you’re after, most likely won't be the dress you buy. Be open to trying on dresses you wouldn’t usually choose because 9 times out of 10 times, that will be your dress. Also, trust your own instincts, you’ll know if you love the dress!


Florist – Kindred Florals 

Photographer – Chris from At Dusk

Videographer – Soda Films

Music – Sam Joole

MC – Our MC was Diaz - my dear friend and Bridesman’s boyfriend. 

Celebrant – Liz Taylor

Stationery – The Home Girls on Etsy. 

Menu – We had a selection of delicious canapes for entree, share plates & platters for main, jar desserts for dessert followed by an assortment of local and artisan cheeses and seasonal fruit.

Cake – Art Of Baking

Bombonieres – I didn’t just want to spend money on a little thing that most people would throw away. So instead we donated money on behalf of each of our guests to World Animal Protection. To signify this I spray painted all different toy animals gold and left our guests a little note letting them know that we made a donation on their behalf. The animals were placed on each table – 1 per person.

Hair – Davina from Trumps Hairdressers

Make-Up – Lisa Elizabeth

Wedding Bands - Waldemar jewellers

Zoe & Bradley's Tropical Queensland Wedding

Posted on 18 Oct, 2016
Zoe & Bradley's Tropical Queensland Wedding

The beautiful climate of winter in Brisbane magically set the scene for Brad and Zoe's modern tropical wedding. With the sweeping city skyline as their backdrop, they celebrated with their friends and family at the Skyroom and Terrace.  With love and laughter filling the air, these high-school sweethearts dancing the night away.  


How did you meet your (now) husband?

We met back when I was 18 and Bradley and 17, as friends of friends who eventuated into the best of friends. After denying our feelings for each other were growing for quite some time, we eventually got together when I was 19 and haven’t looked back since!

How long have you been together? Basically forever; 9 years!

Do you have a proposal story? Considering how much of a control freak I generally am, Bradley somehow managed to surprise me when he popped the question unexpectedly on a weekend away in Sydney – I was blown away! He arranged for us to climb the Westfield Tower and when we were up on top overlooking the entire city, he got down on one knee, asked me to marry him and we both bawled our eyes out! It was such a beautiful and memorable moment!

The Wedding
What was your wedding date? Saturday 6th August, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Our ceremony was held at Holy Spirit Church in beautiful New Farm, Brisbane; the reception was at the Sky Room & Terrace, Brisbane Convention Centre (overlooking the stunning city skyline and the ferris wheel!).

What made you choose there? Bradley has always wanted to get married in the Catholic Church, so we knew from day one that we’d be looking for a church venue. We fell in love with the church as soon as we walked inside it knew it was “the place”. We had much the same feeling the first time we walked into the Sky Room as well. The outlook over the city, the flexible space and also the ambience we could create with their lighting options made it an instant winner. It just felt so us.

How did you find it? We found the reception venue after many nights researching online and looking into function spaces that were big enough to house our 120 guests comfortably without looking like a big empty box. We had a shortlist of 3 spaces, but the package prices & functionality of Sky Room made it an easy choice. We ended up viewing the room 3 times before we made the commitment to put down a deposit.
How was the weather on the day? I don’t recall too much at all about the weather, which I guess is a sign it was GOOD! From memory, I think it was slightly overcast in the morning and turned into a gorgeous winter’s afternoon/night.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  We always knew we wanted a winter wedding, as neither of us are huge fans of sweaty Queensland summers. Winter is by far our favourite season and in Brisbane which isn’t really that cold, so it was just perfect for us.

The Wedding Details


I was super set on NOT having a particular wedding colour. Neutral is more my thing and Bradley definitely wasn't sad about me NOT wanting to have pretty pink sashes and bows everywhere, haha!  I would get so frustrated when people would ask me “what are the wedding colours?” and they’d look at me in disgust when I replied with ‘there isn’t one”. Does a wedding really need a specific colour these days?! We went for a neutral palette, with lots of greenery and fluffy white blooms. The reception had touches of gold to add a little bit of drama and elegance. It was just the right amount of sparkle. We loved how everything came together!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

Believe it or not, I found a beautiful floral wallpaper design on Pinterest where all my theme inspiration came from and we used this as the liner inside our invite envelopes. It was like our wedding theme drawn in a picture. 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?

We did all the planning, concept design, styling prep and stationary ourselves (everything from the invites, the order of service, the menus, place cards and signage, down to favours and the seating chart). It was very rewarding to see it all out on the day. We got so many compliments from guests on our works, which was a perfect reflection of our hard work paying off!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Maid of honour – my sister Tara; Bridesmaid – my best friend Bennita. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Bradley’s two best friends Ryan (best man) and Jean-Claude (groomsman).


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

I came across 'Prea' through Instagram on another Brisbane bride and couldn’t stop going back to the image. I just knew I had to track down where it was from and get it on my body!

How many gown's did you try?

I tried on literally 25+ dresses and didn’t completely love any. Although 'Prea' was nothing like what I’d ever imagined wearing there was just something so timeless and special about her and as soon as I tried the dress on I fell in love.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Karen Willis Holmes Paddington, Brisbane boutique. 
What did you especially like about your gown?

The cut and fabric are just to die for. I love that from afar it appears to be a very simple and understated gown, yet the closer you get, you can appreciate the intricate bodice detailing and belt, the amazing seam work and of course that train! It was so comfortable and no matter which way you stand it just falls so effortlessly.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Saboskirt (Brisbane-based designer)

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

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

I went very basic with our accessories. The girls and I wore no necklaces, but opted for pretty earrings in crystal and gold tones instead. I bought the girls a Samantha Wills ring each as their gifts to wear on the day – they were stoked!

Where did you get your shoes from?

I wore nude heels by Verali, which I purchased online via The Iconic. The girls wore similar from Novo and the boy's shoes all came from Roger David.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?

I had my mind set on wearing my 'Prea' gown, so even though she was a little bit over my budget, I compensated by buying a simple tulle column veil from a very cost-effective Ebay store. It was faultless. I also wore a simple gold and pearl floral clip to hold one side of my hair back out of my face.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Book yourself an on-the-day coordinator! For the DIY bride like myself, who likes to do all her own planning and prep work, it is such a good feeling to know that a few days before the wedding you can hand all your hard work over into the capable hands of a professional to execute your plans on the day for you! It saves mum, dad and last minute ring-ins doing errands and everyone gets to enjoy the day as a guest. I used The Events Lounge – Rachael was a tremendous help and an absolute angel! Can’t speak highly enough of her work ethic. Also, don’t go out and book yourself the cheapest photographer and videographer you can find. Put in the time, do your research and book someone whos work you love and will be happy to look back on for the rest of your married life. After all, it’s all that remains of your special day (other than your husband of course!) after all the wedding hype of the actual day dies down.




Florist – Elyssium Blooms; my flowers and floral work was very important to me and Elise did not disappoint! 

Photographer – Heart & Colour; cannot speak highly enough of these guys! What a talented bunch & truly lovely as well. I am still in awe of our photographs.

Videographer – The Smile Factory Film; seriously, second to none. Our absolute masterpiece of a video brought us both to tears and is a treasure to keep forever.

Music – Reception entertainment (incl DJ & MC) by Sex & Chocolate. Their old-world meets new-world MoTown style suited our mix of family and friends perfectly. We have been to watch them many times in clubs and bars over the years and have always said “if we ever get married they’ll be playing at our wedding!”

First Dance – Let’s Stay Together (Bradley has dreamed of dancing to this at his wedding since he was little so I was hardly going to stand in his way!)

MC – Kalvin of Sex & Chocolate; a true professional.

Celebrant – Father Franciskus

Stationery – DIY by the bride & groom.

Menu – Catering by Sky Room staff.

Cake – Whipped Cake Co. The compliments we received on our two-tier Mars choc-mud cake were endless! Amie from Whipped was so easy going and an absolute talent in the kitchen!

Bombonieres – DIY by the bride and groom. We used Knoppers (one of our favourite chocolates) in a small Kraft paper box with our wedding monogram on it. Simple yet lovely.

Hair – Heather Salloum from H&S Beauty

Make-Up – Tanielle Jai Makeup Artistry

Wedding Bands – Le Gassick Jewellers

Lighting - Elyssium Lighting (husband of Elise from Elyssium Blooms). Having the festoon feature lighting and our bridal table installation done by the one company made everything so easy! Elise & Steve are one talented duo!


With the talented help of Videographer The Smile Factory Film- the couple were moved to tears being able to re-live all of the special moments spent with their loved ones.

Brad & Zoe from The Smile Factory Film on Vimeo.

One Fine Day - New York Runway

Posted on 17 Oct, 2016
One Fine Day - New York Runway

Off the back of a fantastic Market at ONE FINE DAY BRIDAL MARKET - NEW YORK we were thrilled to be a part of the runway show held last week at the beautiful Sun West Studios.

This Collection is a true reflection of Karen’s 15 years of couture experience and paramount ability to created designs that effortlessly drape over the female body exuding natural elegance and femininity. Each gown carefully considered and every delicate detail thoughtfully placed to best represent the Karen Willis Holmes bride. 

We are so excited to share with you a little sneak peek from the night where we showed some of our favourite new styles. 

The Lottie gown is up first. Based on our very popular Anya gown, this sequin beauty is sure to inspire. Featuring exquisite beading detail on the bodice, a sweetheart neckline, delicate spaghetti straps and flattering bias cut skirt. Wore above with one of our many detachable trains, which adds a sense of drama to the stylish look.

 Aiesha; a delicate tea length gown with appliqué motif bust, unexpected sheer high neck and a barely-there long sleeve.

Next up we have Layne, modern and minimalist this delustered satin bias cut gown features a high neck with intricate embellished collar.  Layne is worn here with the detachable Paige train. 

Fontanne - Strong, stunning art deco inspired gown with intricate beaded panels throughout. 

Zaria bodice & Grace skirt - This romantic combination gown is perfect for the modern bride looking for a dress that has a little cool. The Zaria art deco inspired beaded bodice is complimented perfectly with our floor length georgette Grace skirt. 

Ophelia - This strapless gown has a structured bodice that cinches in at the waist and falls to just above the knee.  The art deco beaded scalloping frames the dress and the soft tulle skirt paired with a sweeping train adds an effortlessly whimsical touch.

Pascale -  This beaded 70's inspired overlay has delicately flared sleeves and a high raw cut neck.  Pascale is worn with a slim fitting nude slip  which creates a subtle contrast of colours, emphasising the beading. 

Intricate vintage inspired lace is the key feature of this gorgeous statement gown.  The Rosemary is an overlay featuring an illusion centre front and centre back necklines with cap sleeves. 

Odette - This dreamy ballgown is a dramatic statement with the full tulle skirt and appliqué lace bodice.  The gown is worn with the matching lace cape which adds a whimsical and romantic touch to this gown. 

** Full collection will be in stores early 2017. 

Miranda & Adam's Tea Plantation Wedding

Posted on 13 Oct, 2016
Miranda & Adam's Tea Plantation Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband?  We met at a bar! We chatted for about 15 minutes and swapped numbers and then went on with our nights. Over the next month we had a couple of dates and just really clicked. Adam got a job 4 hours drive north about a year into going out and we did the long distance thing and then moved in together when he moved back to Brisbane, about 5 years ago.

How long have you been together?  7 and a half years

Do you have a proposal story?  It was our 6 year anniversary and I had finished work on a Friday evening. At home Adam had set up some of our photos on a slideshow on the TV and suggested we went out to the balcony of our home for some cheese and wine. He then pretended he was looking for the camera and when I turned back he had the ring and proposed. We then had dinner at our favorite restaurant.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  28 May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Madura Tea Estate (Camellia Weddings)

What made you choose there?  We are from Brisbane and knew we wanted to make a weekend out of the wedding and choose a location a bit outside of the city. We saw Madura Tea Esates before the reception venue had been built and were blown away by the landscape, we decided on the day it was perfect. We had eaten at Osteria and knew we loved their food. Having good food and drink was very important to us, so along with the beauty of the venue, it ticked all the boxes. Although at the time the reception venue hadn’t been built, but it was part of the fun in planning seeing it all come together. Being a Tea farm was also a unique aspect that appealed to us.

How did you find it? Through a lot of googling and finding the Casuarina Weddings website. As it was very new, Debbie (Casaurina Wedding Coordinator) suggested we see it on the day, so we had no expectations.

How was the weather on the day? Sunny and warm!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? The venue had to get built so really that was the earliest date available. I think we were the 4th couple to book.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Because of the greenery of the tea plantation I wanted to choose colours that complemented this. Pale Lilac and purple became a bit of theme colour. The bridesmaids wore lilac and the groomsmen had lilac ties and Adam had a brighter purple tie. Our flowers were shades of purple, white and green.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Most of it from pinterest and Hello May blog.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Not really – we didn’t have a planner or stylist but most of our suppliers pulled it all together. I did all the menus and invitations and we had great friends who helped set up stuff like extra fairy lights, menus and bunting on the day.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  I had five Bridesmaids and a Bridesman. My Sister Sylvie was my maid of honour. My Bridesmaids were Alex, Tahnee and Sarah (Friends from school) and Jodie and Scott (friends from uni)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Adam had five Groomsmen Jordan and Nathan (brothers), Matty and George (Friends from School and Uni) and Gabe (Brother in law.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My Sister lives about a two minute walk away and I have lived in Paddington Brisbane before and always admired the gowns in the window.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Again from living in Paddington and from other friends getting married

How many gowns did you try? 4 gowns

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how floaty, ethereal and romantic the 'Trinity' was. It was also the most comfortable to wear which was really important to me. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by fabric but I still got to have a gorgeous train. I loved how it was two layers as well.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls all chose their own dresses. Some got them made but mostly from ASOS

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The groomsmen wore their own grey pants

Where did you get your shoes from? Kate Spade

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a gold flower head piece from Eugenia Kim


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Ask friends who got married for help with suppliers. I got a lot of my suppliers (photographer and celebrant) from my sisters wedding.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t have any set styles in mind. It will all change when you try them on.


Florist – Kristina Stafford from Honeybunch Florals. A friend of mine I use to work with.

Photographer – Aurelie from Whisper and Sing Photography

Celebrant – Cara from Modern Love Celebrant

Cake – Miss Lissy Cakes

Bombonieres – Adams mum made these. We gave Madura tea and chocolates in little glass jars.

Hair and Make up – The Luxe Beauty Co and Fox Lane Styling

Wedding Bands -  Adam's neighbor is a jeweler and made our rings

Hire – Hamptons Events Hire

Sarah & Paul's Romantic Churchill Wedding

Posted on 11 Oct, 2016
Sarah & Paul's Romantic Churchill  Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? 

We met by chance at a bar on Nigel Tufnel Day (only Spinal Tap fans will understand that reference). Paul lived in Melbourne at the time and it was his last night of a 6 week stay in Sydney, where I had moved about 2 years before from Newcastle. He hadn’t gotten any contact details for me when we parted (he forgot, apparently) but he remembered my full name and the law firm I worked for at the time, so to get in touch he sent a letter and a dark red Chanel lipstick to me at my office.

How long have you been together? It will be 5 years in November this year.

Do you have a proposal story? We got engaged in June 2015, 2 days before my 30th birthday. Paul had a lovely plan to propose in Centennial Park, where we often spend weekends with our Labrador Retriever, Guinness. Unfortunately it was raining really heavily, so he set up an indoor picnic at home and proposed there. He was rushing against the clock because he had called my Dad to ask for his blessing, and he knew it wouldn't take long for my Dad to tell everyone and risk the surprise being ruined!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28 May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Churchill, Taradale Victoria

What made you choose there? From very early on we had decided that to fit in with our overall theme we wanted to be married in a chapel or church-style building at a venue that also had a separate building or onsite restaurant suitable for dinner. We didn't want our guests to have to move from one venue for the ceremony to another for the reception. With its stained glass windows, beautiful sandstone and location in the moody, wintry Victorian countryside about an hour out of Melbourne we knew the deconsecrated church and old Sunday School hall at Churchill would be perfect for an elegant and intimate autumn wedding with a vintage, old world feel.

How did you find it? We researched venues online for a couple of weeks before coming across Churchill. We didn’t visit any other venues – as soon as we visited Churchill and met Vanessa from Prunella we knew we had found the right one for us. I was happy to book it as soon as we saw their website, but Paul insisted we go and take a look in person. I had just been promoted and was very busy at work, so we drove all the way down from Sydney and back in one weekend.

How was the weather on the day? Cold, as expected! It was a lovely autumn day. It started raining very early in the afternoon, but not long before the wedding was due to start the rain stopped and rainbows appeared.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted an autumn wedding, at that magical time of the year when it is cool and grey, but not uncomfortably cold and when the leaves have gone all those beautiful red and amber colours but not yet fallen.

The Wedding Details


The theme was gothic Victorian romance – think Wuthering Heights and The Secret Garden. Our venue suited this perfectly, and for the florals we used shades of burgundy mixed in with dark pinks, purples and deep blue. We also used lots of candles.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I was inspired by my favourite novels, which are all from around the Victorian era (my current favourite is War & Peace, the Russian epic by Leo Tolstoy). Prunella, our event stylists, used a fairytale-themed Vogue editorial from 2012 featuring Drew Barrymore and shot by Annie Leibovitz as inspiration.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No, although one of my friends did loan us her collection of vintage candleholders.


Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister, Jasmine, was Maid of Honour and my brother, Hamish, was my Best Man.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Paul’s brothers Ben and Jeremy were his Best Men.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had been to a number of stores and searched online and not had much luck. I had always imagined that I would wear something by Valentino or Alexander Macqueen – not a bridal designer, which tends to conjure images of puffy princess gowns (not my style at all). My friend Sigrid came to Sydney one day to go shopping with me and suggested we stop by Karen Willis Holmes. The store is not far from where Paul and I live in Paddington, right across the road from Orchard St, my favourite raw vegan café.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had walked past the store in Paddington many times, but otherwise, I hadn’t seen the dresses elsewhere.

How many gowns did you try? Several! Maybe 5?

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

What did you especially like about your gown? As soon as we arrived outside I saw my dress in the window and immediately fell in love with the peplums. It had short capped sleeves, but I had always imagined long sleeves so they altered the design for me.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? For Love & Lemons

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My sister and I wore jewellery by Samantha Wills.

Where did you get your shoes from? Gianvito Rossi from Farfetch

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a handmade crystal embellished veil by Bride La Boheme. After the ceremony, I changed into a crown by Mimco.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Outsource, outsource, outsource, but only if you can find a planner and stylist who you know will understand your vision. We are very glad that we hired such a wonderful planner and stylist in Prunella. It made everything so easy. The other piece of advice that I have is to have the wedding that you want to have, not the wedding that your family might want you to have or that you might feel you should have. We wanted a small, intimate wedding in the country, and that meant not inviting everyone we otherwise would have done and the location not being as convenient for everyone as it could have been. Your loved ones will love you anyway, and they will understand. If they don't, don’t let it bother you.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? It’s really hard to choose just one dress for a day you will (hopefully) only experience once! Go with your instinct.

Something Old? My grandmother’s faux fur coat.

Something New? Everything else!

Something Borrowed? Rosary beads that had been carried by Paul’s parents on their wedding day were tied into mine and my sister’s bouquets. Originally they had been given to Paul's parents by relatives in Ireland. We are not religious so they were incorporated for their sentimental value. 

Something Blue? Blue hydrangea


All our vendors were fantastic! We had our planner, stylist and florist, Prunella, to thank for that. We live in Sydney but were getting married in country Victoria - we had to rely on Prunella to recommend all the other event suppliers we would need (other than for clothes and accessories). When I walked into the church on the day I didn’t notice much other than Paul waiting for me at the altar. Afterwards, when I looked around, I took in all the amazing florals, in the exact colour scheme and style that I had imagined, the candles everywhere, the opulent, vintage style furniture and the stunning stained glass windows. It couldn't have been more magical or more perfect for us. It was exactly what we had imagined. Prunella managed this after only meeting us once when we first went to see the venue and having a couple of phone calls to discuss our brief. Everything flowed seamlessly and we had not had any of the stress that usually comes with planning a wedding. 

Florist - Prunella

Photographer - Brown Paper Parcel (Jess Tremp)

Music - Ali E (Paul’s cousin)

MC - Josh Hanneysee (Paul’s friend)

Celebrant - Catherine Crothers

Stationery - Inhaus Creative

Menu - Monsieur Pierre

Cake - Blackbird Cakes

Hair - Melinda Wain

Make-Up - Melinda Wain

Wedding Bands - ManiaMania Fine

Veil Bride La Boheme

JewellerySamantha Wills

Bridesmaid dress - For Love & Lemons

2017 Collection - Sneak Peek

Posted on 10 Oct, 2016
2017 Collection - Sneak Peek

Today we are excited to be sharing a sneak peek of our highly anticipated dreamy new collection!

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

Put together by the incredibly talented Tanya from Maison Meadowthis shoot's large floral installation 'growing' from the floor and the walls created a botanical wonderland that perfectly reflected this romantic collection. Captured by Sophie Thompson this shoot is one of our favourites to date!  

The Nerida gown is up first with its sequined halter neck, featuring exquisite beading detail at the neckline, a low back design and flattering bias cut skirt.
It’s styled here with Genevieve Skirt Overlay, which is a Silk georgette skirt overlay that can pair well with any number of our gowns. (in-stores now!)

The Rose is a stunning lace overlay gown, with an illusion low centre front and centre back necklines, cap sleeves and finished with a centre front split in skirt. This sheer lace overlay does require a base gown.

The Rosemary gown is also an overlay featuring an illusion centre front and centre back necklines with cap sleeves. The full hemline gown features mixed lace panelling. This sheer lace overlay will also require a base gown.

The last beauty of the collection is the Shima, an embroidered georgette gown overlay with halter neck with drawstring neckline. It’s a soft fitting gown which can be cinched in on the waist with a belt or worn free for a more bohemian style. It is styled here with a strapless slip and the Vanita Cape, which is made of matching embroidered silk and finished with a centre front neck-tie.

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES 2017 Collection is a true reflection of Karen’s 15 years of couture experience and paramount ability to created designs that effortlessly drape over the female body exuding natural elegance and femininity. Each gown carefully considered and every delicate detail thoughtfully placed to best represent the Karen Willis Holmes bride.   

Shoot Credits

Stylist and Creative direction: Maison Meadow

Photographer: Sophie Thompson

Florist: Oh Flora

Model: Jemma from Wink Models 

Hair: Kayla Trisley from Hair Mumma

Make-Up: Rachel Pitt from The Make-Up Society Australia

Props: Ashdown and Bee


This full collection will be released in the coming months, but in the meantime be sure to follow us on Instagram for further releases from our New York Bridal Market showings.

Lauren & Tim's Florida Keys Wedding

Posted on 06 Oct, 2016
Lauren & Tim's Florida Keys Wedding


Do you have a proposal story? We had always planned on doing something epic after I finally graduated nursing school, so we booked a trip to Oahu in December 2015. One night while there, we grabbed some food and drinks and headed to the beach for a sunset picnic. It began to rain so we scooted under this tree that formed a perfect umbrella. It was here on the North Shore of Oahu, under this perfect little umbrella tree, during a beautiful Hawaiian sunset, in the rain, where Tim asked most important question of our lives!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 08/06/16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Coconut Palm Inn, Tavernier Florida in the Florida Keys, we did both ceremony and reception on their beach property outside.

What made you choose there? One step on that beach and you would know.

How did you find it? My cousin/maid of honor was married there 10 years ago.

How was the weather on the day? Beautiful but very hot!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted as many family members and friends to be able to be there as possible, so we actually asked them when the best time would be. We ended up with 170 guests, the majority actually came down to the keys early and spent the week with us leading up to the big day. It was one huge beach family vacation!

The Wedding Details

Theme? I found these beautiful dresses for my brides maids from Show Me Your Mumu, and those colors were kind of what we went by from there on in planning.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? We wanted everything to fit the setting: outside on a beach in the keys. Barefoot, fun, party atmosphere.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?  For the center pieces we cut down bamboo from our back yard and my mother created the flower arrangements inside of them.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All of my brides maids were my cousins. MOH- Cara, Meghan, Meagan, Kenzie, Hannah, Emily

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best Man and Brother Robbie, My brother Kevin, Friends like family Bryan, Petri, Chris, Kenny

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We pretty much incorporated all of the kids that came to the wedding, so we had 7 flower girls escorted by 7 boys who had bubble guns used at the conclusion of the ceremony.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I saw a picture of this dress on Pinterest, and knew it was the one. A tiny boutique a few hours north of me in Vero Beach Florida called Isabella’s Bridal was able to track down the one sample of this dress between photo shoots in New York and LA. She had it in her shop for 2 days. Before I even put it on, my mind was made up.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? No. I was not a bride who had ever envisioned what I would want my wedding dress to look like, I just knew it would have to be very unique.

How many gowns did you try? This was the only dress I wanted to try on.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Isabella’s Bridal Vero Beach

What did you especially like about your gown? It was very unique. I am not someone who would have worn a big ballroom bridal gown… this was very much my style.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Show me your Mumu.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The guys wore Perry Ellis linen shirts and hybrid board shorts from O’neill.

Where did you get your shoes from? No shoes!

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


What made our wedding so special was that the majority of our vendors were our friends. The only outside vendors we didn’t bring with us from West Palm Beach were for the bouquets and boutonnières, cake and rentals. The caterer was a restaurant I work of, The Foodshack. The DJ also works at The Foodshack as a chef. Hair and Make up was done by my friend, and the photographer was also a friend of ours. We asked my uncle JC if he would marry us, so he became an ordained minister. My uber talented cousin and bridesmaid Emily Schumer created all of our stationary. This was what I loved about our wedding the most.

Florist – Publix supermarket did the bouquets and boutonnières

Photographer – Chelsea Erwin Photography. She is AH-Mazing!

Music – DJ Midnight Mike

First Dance – Played by our friends Chris and Bryan from Doorway 27. They did an acoustic version of Ben Harpers Forever

Officiant – My uncle JC Brady

Stationery – Hand Crafted by my cousin and bridesmaid Emily Schumer

Menu – Created by The Foodshack, the best restaurant in Palm Breach county. They traveled 3 hours to cater our wedding. The food was amazing. Sweet Potato Crusted fresh snapper was the hit!

Cake - Publix

Hair – Courtney Martin

Make up – Courtney Martin

Wedding Bands – Provident Jewelers