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Briana and Zach's Charleston Wedding

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 



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

 


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


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


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

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


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

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

Suppliers

Photographer -Studio 1250

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

Wedding Coordinator - Southern Chic Weddings & Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robes - 

Bridesmaids: Plum Pretty Sugar   |    Bride: Homebodii
 
Extra features

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


 
 

Laura & Tim's stunning Lake Tahoe wedding

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

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 3 years

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

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? July 29, 2016

Where?  West Shore Café and Inn, Lake Tahoe

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


 
 
The Wedding Details

Theme? Rustic Romantic/Simple Elegance

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

Bridal Party

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Badgley Mischka.

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



  Other:

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

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

 

 


Suppliers 
 
Florist - Brandie Chisholm

Photographer - One Love Photography

Videographer - Sky Rode Net Media

Music - Moonlight Mobile DJ

First Dance - Jack Johnson, Better Together

Coordinator - Forget Me Knot Events

Stationery - Paper Caper

Menu - West Shore Cafe

Cake - Native Baking Company

Hair - Km Gamache

Make up - Claire Alyse Makeup

Boat - Wild Goose II

Nada + Elliot's Modern Beverly Hills Hotel Wedding

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

Background 

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

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

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

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date? Sunday, 18 September 2016 

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

Reception:       The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles  

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4 

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

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

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Christian Louboutin  

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

Other

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

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

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

Something Old? My mother’s pearl earrings  

Something New? My dress!

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

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

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jennifer Sosa at Branch & Cole  

Videographer – Austin Stoecklein at Branch & Cole 

Wedding Planning: Samantha Hall Events 

Florist – Fiore Designs

Music - DJ

First Dance – Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers  

Celebrant – Father Petar Jovanovic  

Stationery – Copper Willow Studio  

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

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

Bombonieres – Randy’s Glazed Donuts  

Hair – Brides by Stephanie  

Make-Up – Brides by Stephanie

Tessa & Michael's Elegant Sydney Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 3 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 6th February 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Kate (sister)

Kate (best friend from uni)

Natalie (best friend from uni)

Lauren (friends from a previous job)

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Josh (best friend from school)

Jordan (brother)

William (brother)

Zen (friend from school)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Austin and Noah (nephews)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

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

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

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

Something Old? Granny’s bells tied onto my bouquet

Something New? Shoes/Dress

Something Borrowed? Earrings from Mum

Something Blue? Blue ribbon tying the bells on

 

Suppliers

Florist - Lovely Bridal Blooms

Photographer - Strawberry Fields Photography

First Dance - Feeling Good - Michael Buble

MC - Ben Charlton (friend)

Celebrant - Monsignor Tony Doherty

Stationery - Ourselves - printed with Vista Print

Cake - Cake Atelier

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

Hair & Makeup- Blossom Hair and Makeup

Extra features - Wedding planned by Tessa Gallagher

Saturday the 21st January - All Grown Up Weddings

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

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

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

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

Business name? All Grown Up Weddings 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT DETAILS - 

When? Saturday the 21st of January 2017 

Where?  9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW 2015

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

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

VENDOR DETAILS - 

All Grown Up Weddings

Email: letsdance@allgrownupweddings.com.au

Website: Click here

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Facebook: Click here

 

EDITORIAL - City Moments by Love find co.

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

AS FEATURED BY: 

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

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

Credits

Creative direction - Sophie from Love Find Co.​

Photography - Bear Deer Fox 

Hair & Make-Up -  Abbey Love 

Florals - Trille Floral 

Model -  Bree Philipson 

Chelsea & Bharat tropical Queensland wedding

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

Background  
 

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

How long have you been together?  2 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  

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

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date?  01/10/2016 

Location – Maleny, Sunshine Coast; Queensland

Where?      
Ceremony – The Little White Wedding Chapel

Reception – Vue do Lumieres

 

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

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

How was the weather on the day?  

Perfect  Sunny and blue skies.

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

The Wedding Details


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

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

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

Bridal Party    

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  

Made of Honour – Sister, Candice 

Bridesmaids – Eloise and Ashlee 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?  

Best Man – Bharat’s brother Parvin

Groomsmen – Ajay (introduced us) and Rupak

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from?  Novo

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

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

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

Something Old? Rings 

Something New? Dress 

Suppliers

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

Photographer – Simon J Coulson 

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

Videographer – Andrew Clasohm

Music – One Fun Band

First Dance – You are the best thing; Ray LaMontagne 

MC – Uncle Mark 

Celebrant – Victoria K Simon 

Stationery – Designed by my sister 

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

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

Bombonieres – We made tea light candles 

Hair – Hair by Nicola 

Make-Up -  Jenna Turner 

Wedding Bands – Robert H Parker and Sons  

Engagement Ring – My Nannas ring

Bar – Gathering Events 

Hire – Simple Style Co 

Ring Barer – Indie Kids 

Flower girl – Ellies Handmade 

Dressing Robes – Le Rose

 

Kate & Andrew's modern Perth wedding

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

Background
 

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

How long have you been together? 
9 years

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

 


The Wedding
 
What was your wedding date? 11.11.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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



The Wedding Details

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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


 

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

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

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


 

Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? 
Bojena King

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? 
My bridesmaids and I all had Monica Vinader bracelets and I wore diamond studs that Andrew had given me 

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

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

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

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

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

Something New? 
Pretty much everything :P

Something Blue?
There was some blue stitching in my dress

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jodie from Merge Photography

Florist – Beans and Bunches in Northbridge

Music – Rod from Kaviar DJ’s

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

Celebrant – Wendy Wardell

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

Cake – Made by a family friend

Bombonieres – Mini champagne bottles for the guests to take home

Hair – Jaimee Lee Creative

Make-Up -  Jacqui Bradfield

Wedding Bands – Jogia diamonds 

Abby & Sandy's Elegant Country Wedding

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

Background

How long have you been together? 10 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? November 6, 2015

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

The Wedding Details

Theme? Relaxed summer garden party

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!) 

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

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Bianca Spender

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

Photographer

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

Catering and menu

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

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

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

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

Flowers

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

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

Suppliers

Florist – My Violet

Photographer – Hannah Blackmore

Celebrant – Rev. Dean Reilly

Stationery – Venamour, New York

Catering – Rustic Table Catering

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

Make up – Amelia Axton

Wedding Rings – Joseph Edirnelian, Double Bay

Prop Hire – Olivia Blackmore

Marquee Hire – White Umbrella Marquees

Christina & Andrew's Intimate Coastal Wedding

Posted on 04 Jan, 2017
Christina & Andrew's Intimate Coastal Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend of ours! 

Do you have a proposal story? Our daughter, Isabella and I were painting outside when Andrew came home and called me inside for something. When I came inside he asked me to sit and was half hiding around the corner so I thought I had scored a puppy that I had been so persistent about! Instead, he produced a beautiful tan leather box, exquisite ring and asked me to marry him. It was so surreal and the most amazing feeling ever. Even though we'd spoken about it, I never expected it in the moment. We were on cloud nine for a long time after. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 24/06/2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Braeside Chapel in Merriman

What made you choose there? I had imagined this quaint little chapel. It was my imagination come to life. We were smitten with it! 

How did you find it? Goggle! 

How was the weather on the day? Cool and breezy but we never even noticed

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We had shifted our date what felt like a million tomes to try accommodate all our guests. In the end we had to do what was right for us. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? A little bit vintage, traditional and classic 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I honestly changed my mind a million times but in the end had to do what felt most like us. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My beautiful maids and I did all the reception flowers. We also had a gorgeous plaque we got made - so not DIY but we were very clear on what we wanted and had a friend make it for us. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Kristie and Anita are my long terms girls. We have been friends for over 15 years! Kyra is my sister and Edwina is my sister in law. I love each and every one of them very much. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man was Lance - he and Andrew are like Brothers. Stuart and Adam actually are Andrews brothers and Dell is another good college friend of Andrews. 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? I had two flower girls. Our Daughter Isabella and our niece, Paige!

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had tried many dresses and nothing gave me that zing. I was so indecisive. It wasn't until I decided I wanted classic that I walked into Karen Willis Holmes! My dress was the second one I tried on. Christina wore our Blake/Prea combination gown from the D.Y.G collection.

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

How many gowns did you try? Three total at Karen Willis Holmes

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I always said id never go strapless but I was so in love with my dress! Although it was strapless it was unique. So structured and classic. I was so sad to take it off at the end of the night! 

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Because of the simplicity in my dress I went with beautiful bling earrings from Samantha Wills.

Where did you get your shoes from? Tony Bianco originally, then shorter version from Famous Footwear. I originally bought Tony Bianco heels but they unfortunately, were too high for my dress. Luckily, I found a very similar pair at an appropriate height for my dress before the big day! 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes! It was an exquisite 'glitter' tulle from Karen Willis Holmes. This too I was sad I didnt get to wear for longer. It shimmered slightly in the sun. It was so pretty. 

 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don't overanalyze! Go with your own style instead of trying to please anyone else!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with what you're comfortable in and what you know flatters your figure.

Suppliers 

Florist - Romantica Florals 

Photographer - Heart & Colour 

Videographer - Burger media - Mick Antuar 

Music - Explosive Entertainment 

First Dance - Coldplays ' Magic'

MC - Shotty - John Schottelious

Celebrant - Ben Carlyle 

Stationery - Rachel Yong Design

Cake - Delicious by Sara 

Hair - Shannon Williams 

Make up - Penny Antuar 

Wedding Bands - Penfolds Jewellers 

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Rebecca and William's pretty garden wedding

Posted on 15 Dec, 2016
Rebecca and William's pretty garden wedding

Background 
 

How did you meet your (now) husband?

We were best friends for a year before we started dating but technically we met at a party through mutual friends.

How long have you been together? 9 years!

Do you have a proposal story?

Will had planned a surprise trip for my birthday and told me to pack for a beach location. Knowing nothing we flew to Melbourne and found out at the airport that we were off to New Caledonia! The day he proposed he really wanted to carry my beach bag. I kept saying to him, “it’s fine, it’s not heavy, it’s just got the towels in it!” but he kept on insisting so I let him. Then we got a private boat out to a tiny island called Ill Aux Canards for the day. We got ourselves some sun beds and I started pulling out the towels. I flicked mine out onto the bed and then as I was about to flick out one for Will too, he tried to stop me but it was too late and I flicked the ring that he had rolled up in his towel out onto the sand! Luckily it was in the box and didn’t go too far but I immediately burst into happy tears and Will said, “Well, I guess we’re doing this now then...” and then proceeded to propose which I accepted between sobs of happiness.  

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28th May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Verrierdale, Sunshine Coast Hinterland        

What made you choose there? The property there was such a naturally beautiful place. When we saw it for the first time, there were flowers and greenery everywhere, kangaroos were hopping around and we fell in love with it.

How did you find it? Our amazing wedding planner Carly from CL Weddings & Events

How was the weather on the day? Perfect!! Hardly a cloud in the sky.


The Wedding Details 

Theme?

We fell in love with the property so we wanted to keep with that theme of just naturally beautiful and simple elegance. Lots of flowers and clean white linen.  

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

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Will was determined to use branches from his home and strap them to the inside roof of the marquee and to his credit, the finished result looked beautiful.

Bridal Party 

Bridesmaids?  

Maid of honour/best friend: Kaitlin

Bridesmaid/best friend: Jessica

Bridesmaid/family friend: Belinda

Bridesmaid/cousin: Lauren

Groomsmen?  

Best man/Best mate: Michael

Groomsman/best mate: Shaun

Groomsman/best mate: James

Groomsman/Will’s brother: Tom 3.    

Flower girls/Page boys?  

We had two flower girls, my little sister Ellie and my niece Penny

Wedding Gown

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

The dress I ended up with I actually saw in a magazine when I first got engaged but for some reason, I didn’t try it on the first time I went there. I went to a few other places in between but when I went again I saw it, tried it on and didn’t even hesitate. I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on and saw my mum’s face!  Rebecca looked beautiful in our 'Matilda' gown. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Cosmo bride was where I first found out about Karen Willis Holmes

How many gowns did you try? Maybe10.

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

The Paddington store in Brisbane. The girls were so amazing and I was lucky enough to have Karen there on the day I bought the dress and the day I had my first fitting!  

What did you especially like about your gown? Everything. I honestly felt like a princess.  

 
Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I actually got the girls to choose their own dresses. I wanted them to feel beautiful and to actually want to wear them again. So I just told them white cocktail dresses and they all looked amazing!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boys got their tailor made tuxes from the Black Label.

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

I’m very simplistic in my accessories so I had simple diamond studs and my mum’s tennis bracelet. For the girl's, some of them don’t have their ears pierced and all have such different tastes so I got them Daily edited nude leather clutches with their initials embossed on them and a little bottle of perfume and bridesmaids kit – bandaids, mints, safety pins etc.  

Where did you get your shoes from? My step mum said when we got engaged that she wanted to buy my shoes so we made a girls trip of it and flew to Melbourne to buy the most divine pair of Valentinos rockstud caged pumps.  

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t want to wear a veil. I’m not very traditional so I just wanted to go with the natural theme and had some gorgeous flowers that were provided by my florist, Twig and Grace. 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Wedding planners are expensive but they are worth every penny if you stress like me! Especially if you get one as good as Carly!

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

Just keep trying them on until you don’t want to take one off! Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something Old? A pair of diamond studs my mum gave when I was a teenager.

Something New? The dress and shoes.

Something Borrowed? My mum’s tennis bracelet that she wears every day.

Something Blue? My garter Suppliers  

Other

All of our suppliers were suggested by Carly, our wedding planner. Every single one of them was amazing and we were so happy with the service we got.


Photographer – Bushturkey Studios

Florist – Twig and Grace

Videographer – Yellowbull

Weddings Music – Cut A Rug  

First Dance – Ain’t that a kick in the head by Dean Martin

MC – Our friends Jordan and Sarah.

Celebrant – Beth Stevenson from I heart ceremonies – Such a beautiful person!

Stationery – CL Weddings

Menu – The Van Fine Street Food and Pizzantica

Cake – Will’s grandmother made our cake

Bombonieres – We decided not to do bombonieres

Hair – The Beauty Case – Khesanh and Mel

Make-Up – The Beauty Case – Khesanh and Mel

Wedding Bands – Ridge Jewellers for my wedding and engagement ring and The French Door for Will’s wedding band

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Amy & Kane's Elegant Vineyard Wedding

Posted on 13 Dec, 2016
Amy & Kane's Elegant Vineyard Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through his sister, Katie, who invited us both to be on a social sports team.  I was terrible at the sport (touch football) but kept showing up for every game to see the cute guy on the team!  It turned out that Kane was doing the same, and after the season ended we started dating.

How long have you been together? Three years

Do you have a proposal story? Kane organised a summer picnic on Sydney Harbour, and half way through the picnic he popped the question and pulled out a bottle of hidden Moet to celebrate as we called our family and friends to share the news.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22.01.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony & reception were at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral

What made you choose there? We love Bowral, it’s so relaxed, and we immediately fell in love with Centennial’s beautiful vineyard and grounds.

How did you find it? Through looking for venues in Bowral

How was the weather on the day?  Pouring with rain just as the outdoor ceremony was about to start!  We luckily had a nice indoor option for the ceremony with a view of the vineyard, and our photographer was amazing and was happy to stand in the light rain and capture our photos after the ceremony.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  We wanted to get married in summer, and a January date allowed all of our overseas friends and family to be present.  The number 22 is a special number for me, and was also the number on the back of my team shirt, where Kane and I met.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  We wanted the day to be relaxed and elegant, so we went for a relaxed elegant vineyard theme – gold and white were our colours, and our invitations, placecards, and clusters of floral arrangements all focused on a variety of beautiful summer florals.  Amazingly on the day, the florist chose Star Jasmine as one of the varieties on the tables, and the entire venue had a beautiful Jasmine scent all night, our guests kept mentioning it, it was a lovely accidental touch.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  A little bit of everywhere, there was a lot of Pinterest inspiration and my sisters were wonderful for ideas and inspiration.  Never one to make my mind up and stick to it on anything design related, the theme and details changed until the last possible moment!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I love making things and Kane is very creative, so we couldn’t help but get involved in some of the decorating.  Kane and I spent weeks spray painting 250 vases, wine bottles, and candle holders in gold paint for the florist, it was quite a task.  We used them in clusters on the long reception tables.  The pale pine timber logs on the tables were cut from a tree next to Kane’s parent's house and sanded and prepared by Kane.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

  1. Erica – maid of honor, bride’s sister
  2. Lisa – bride’s sister
  3. Prue – bride’s best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

  1. Luke – best man/best friend
  2. Tamara – groomslady, groom’s sister
  3. Katie – groomslady, groom’s sister

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

  1. Amy’s two nieces, Sara and Catia
  2. Kane’s niece and nephew, Summer and Jack

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  As soon as I saw the gowns I loved the styles, they were what I’d imagined – elegant.  I also loved that Karen Willis Holmes is an Australian designer.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  Everyone around me had heard of them, but I hadn’t because I didn’t know many (any!) wedding gown designers before I started looking.

How many gowns did you try?  All together, about 6 different gowns

What did you especially like about your gown?  I loved that it was elegant, modern, and it felt sleek and minimal yet dramatic.  I loved the perfectly designed bodice, the buttons down the back and the waist belt, and the way the skirt added a touch of drama and elegance.  It was also surprisingly comfortable.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Pia Glady’s from White Runway

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? We chose green Mimco earrings for the bridesmaids, and I had a bracelet, earrings, and a hairpiece that I put on for the reception when my veil came off.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  I wore a veil that my alterations lady made for me, it was over the face to walk down the aisle.  I had a small headpiece for the reception.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?  Enjoy the process and include your friends and family because those times organizing, and chatting about ideas, and running around to appointments are some of my best memories.

Something Old? A gold charm of an angel, pinned inside my dress, which was bought for me from my uncle/godfather when I was born.

Something New? My earrings

Something Borrowed? My sister’s wedding bracelet

Something Blue? A small blue traditional Turkish good luck charm, from my best friend whom I was a bridesmaid for last year, which I pinned inside my dress

Suppliers

Florist – Flowers on Norton, Sydney. Penny Clarke, owner and floral designer, really amazed us with her outstanding design, endless ideas, and professionalism. We couldn’t recommend her more. Penny brainstormed the entire theme with us and helped us coordinate the 250 vases and candles that were spread down the long tables.  She arranged a room full of different varieties of white flowers, and the entire reception room smelt like star jasmine all night – the guests are still commenting on it.

Photographer – Zoe Morley Photography,  Zoe was wonderful, endlessly happy and enthusiastic and put us completely at ease.  Her photos are stunning and speak for themselves and we would recommend her to anyone getting married.  She was so professional and didn’t stop taking photos in the rain until she had everything she wanted.

Videographer – Inkster Productions,  Matthew Inkster.  Matt’s video’s are very personal and touching, and the perfect memory of our day.  He captured every little detail and moment.

Music – FJ Entertainment (DJ)

First Dance – Nora Jones, Love Me Tender

MC – Relative

Celebrant – Cari Worstencroft

Stationery – Designed by Amy, printed by Tomcat Printing

Menu – Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Cake – Delaney’s Cakes, Wollongong

Bombonieres – they were candles by Light and Lather by Bel.  Bel makes the most beautiful candles and soaps and runs a small store in Wollongong.  She was so professional and helpful and made us so many candle samples to choose from to help us select the right ones. Everyone loved the bonbonieres!

Hair – Erica Tremopoulos.  Erica helped me think of ideas for hair, and for the bridesmaid's hair and consulted with me on the dresses and hairstyles to suit.  She is a true perfectionist which is exactly what every bride needs.

Make up – Liv Slee from the Flawless Makeup Academy, Olivia was wonderful and so flexible.  We all loved our makeup.

Other – The bridal party stayed at Heritage House at The Rift, Bowral.  The old converted coachhouse building and interiors were simply stunning, with the lovely Janet overseeing our stay.  It was an amazing place for photos, especially since it was raining and we weren’t able to venture out into the gardens.

OLD WORLD CHARM EDITORIAL: AS FEATURED ON WHITE MAGAZINE

Posted on 08 Dec, 2016
OLD WORLD CHARM EDITORIAL: AS FEATURED ON WHITE MAGAZINE

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This stunning editorial by Shae Estella Photo is rustic, warm and full of old world charm. Set on the manicured grounds of Flaxton Gardens in the Sunshine Coast, this shoot filled our hearts with love.

When asked to be involved in this charming collaboration we excitedly obliged, provided three contemporary and elegant looks to suit the theme. Sophisticated, whimsical and romance, this photoshoot of unique botanicals, soft textures and bespoke bohemian jewels it one not to be missed!

Our bohemian 'Tillie' lace crop and 'Natasha' silk skirt combination gown perfectly suited this ethereal backdrop. 

The second look featured was our more structured  'Mabel' bodice and 'Karly' skirt combination gown. 

The third was our  'Ingrid' lace overlay and slip with center front slip. This non-traditional lace gown was perfect for this fashion forward editorial. 

CREDITS

Photography - Shae Estella Photography


StylingMade To Match Events
 

Location - Flaxton Gardens
 

Jewellery - Salita Matthews
 

Florals - Woods & Bloom
 

Stationery - D&d Letterpress
 

Men's Accessories - Wood and Beau  
 

Suits - Suits Direct
 

Hair - Sass & Niki Wedding Hair
 

Makeup - Sally Townsend
 

Models - Tallulah and Anthony from WINK Models

Iresha & Kiran's Stunning New Zealand Wedding

Posted on 06 Dec, 2016
Iresha & Kiran's Stunning New Zealand Wedding

Proposed to in Sydney, born in Sri Lanka and married in New Zealand.  If there were to be a cultural fusion to a wedding, this is it! The stunning couple, Iresha & Kirin wed in Auckland, New Zealand with their closest family and friends over two magnificent days of celebrations.  Many of their guests made a long trip over from Sri Lanka, so this was the couple's way of spending some incredibly valuable and rare time with their loved ones they don't get to see so often. Spreading their wedding over two days allowed them to celebrate both the cultural and western aspects of their life and upbringing, uniting the two worlds magically in an effortlessly romantic garden setting.  Iresha glowed head to toe in the fully beaded Karen Willis Holmes 'Amelie' gown. 

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through friends at Uni but didn’t start dating until a few years after that
 
How long have you been together? 7 years
 
Do you have a proposal story? Kiran proposed to me the day before we went to Sri Lanka (where I was born) at a beautiful restaurant with 360 degree views of Sydney. It was then so lovely to go to Sri Lanka the next day and celebrate with all my family and friends who I rarely get to see because they live so far away.




The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 8th & 9th January 2016
 
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Day 1: Mt Albert Memorial Hall, Auckland, NZ
Day 2: Markovina Estate, Kumeu Auckland, NZ
 
What made you choose there? NZ would always be home for us so it was never a question as to where we would host our wedding.
 
How did you find it? Mainly through scouring internet wedding sites


 
How was the weather on the day? On day one is poured and poured with rain, luckily it just fined up for when we wanted to take photos. Didn’t make too much of a difference on that day because the wedding was hosted indoors. However, I was praying for a fine day the next day as I had my heart set on a garden wedding. Lucky my prayers were answered and day 2 was a stunning summer's day.
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We definitely wanted a summer wedding and we knew it didn’t really get hot in Auckland until Jan. We also knew that a lot of our friends and family would be traveling to Auckland for Xmas and wanted to avoid them having to travel twice in a short span.


 
The Wedding Details
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest
 
Bridal Party
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Keshani Naidoo, Shria Florencio, Samantha Dharmapriya, Lana Van Sevenhoven (3 best friends and sister)
 
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Nilesh Sima, Sunil Bhana, Vijay Sima & Jay Rama (Brother & 3 best friends). 
 
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Mia Bhana - Kiran’s niece


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I tried on a few different brands of dresses at the David Jones bridal suite but KWH was by far my favourite. You had me at sparkles! (Iresha wore the stunning 'Amelie' gown)
 
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? David Jones
 
How many gowns did you try? 5-6
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington
 
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the sequins and the fit of the dress. It made me feel so glamourous!


 
Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Review

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Kiran got his suit from The Black Label and the boy's suits were from Topman

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a simple chapel length veil


 Other:
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Use Google Docs, this makes collaborating with your family/friends so much easier. You can have folders for everything and never have to worry about making sure everyone is working off the latest version of a spreadsheet.
 
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open to trying different styles of dresses, what you first imagined might not always be what’s suited to your shape. Be patient, your dream dress is just around the corner.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? It was so great to spread our wedding across 2 days. Not only did we get to celebrate both the cultural and western styles of our upbringing - we were able to spend more time with our guests which was awesome since the days went so fast!


 
Suppliers

Photographer - Jessica Sim
 
Videographer -
Side Project
 
Music - DJ O9

MC - Vijay Sima
 
Cake - Fresco Cakes
 
Bombonieres - Siracha2go
 
Hair - LoveHair
 
Make upAbbie Gardiner

Margot and Andrew 's wet and wonderful Toowoomba wedding

Posted on 01 Dec, 2016
Margot and Andrew 's wet and wonderful Toowoomba wedding

Andrew and Margot Wedding Highlights from Made for This Photography on Vimeo.

Andrew & Margot’s wedding was held in July at the St Patrick’s Cathedral in Toowoomba, Queensland. Margot described the day as 'the wettest, coldest, mistiest July day on record'.  The weather surely turned it on for this couple, who got engaged 6 months earlier with Andrew proposing to Margot with an emerald cut diamond ring, specially made by their dear friend in Brisbane.  Raw, yet mystical & ephemeral moments were captured through the lens of photographer Leah Cruikshank, whose true talents were shown.The day was captured so beautifully considering the turn of events with the weather.  Their reception was held in the historic Gabbinbar Homestead, providing a glamourous yet cosy place for their friends and family to retreat and celebrate the newly-weds unforgettable day. Margot looked stunning in our 'Lina' gown which she wore with our 'Tillie' lace crop. 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Andrew and I met through work. I was working as a Pharmacist at Toowoomba Hospital on the Darling Downs when Andrew started as a new Doctor. Mutual work friends had suggested we meet, however, we just let fate take its course and well over a year later we eventually crossed paths. It turns out it was “just meant to be,” although I believe my work friends had quite a bit to do with the initial planning of dates and were not short of advice for Andrew. Even fate needs a little help at times!

Do you have a proposal story? Andrew proposed with a beautiful bracelet (which I wore on our wedding day) on our two-year anniversary and we were married just over 6 months later. Andrew chose the beautiful emerald-cut diamond for my engagement ring and we had it made by a jeweler friend in Brisbane.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  16th July 2016

Location? We were married at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Toowoomba. My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents (and also my sister) had all previously been married in this same beautiful cathedral. Our reception was held at the historic Gabbinbar Homestead, which is simply the most elegant venue you could imagine. Our wedding day was probably the wettest, coldest and mistiest July day on record, but the setting of Gabbinbar made for the most romantic and cozy evening and the weather certainly didn’t dampen the guests’ spirits!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I visited the Karen Willis Holmes store in Paddington, on a recommendation from a friend. My chosen wedding gown was the second dress I tried on.

What did you especially like about your gown? The KWH gown I chose ('Leonie' & 'Alexia' base gown with the 'Tille' lace crop) was so feminine and classic. Some of our guests have since mentioned it was very “Downton Abbey-like,” which looking back, actually suits the theme of the day beautifully.

Suppliers

Photographer – Leah Cruikshank, a Toowoomba-based photographer who captured the misty, romantic feeling of the day so beautifully.

Videographer – Made For This Photography

Flowers and styling – Kate Dawes was recommended by the same friend who recommended KWH (we must both have great taste)! Kate perfected the “classic, elegant and pared back” brief I gave her and the end result was simply perfect. My bridesmaids and I each carried a single rose, just like my Mother and her bridesmaids 35 years earlier.

Cake – Artisan Cake Couture

Accessories – A vintage cameo was tied to my single rose as my something borrowed. It belongs to my Grandmother, who at the tender age of 102 made it to my wedding with bells on!

 

Lauren & Dan's Melbourne Brewery Wedding

Posted on 29 Nov, 2016
Lauren & Dan's Melbourne Brewery Wedding

They saw each other in the pub one and simply got chatting. A romance blossomed from that night and 5 years later, they exchanged vows in the stunning space at Mountain Goat Brewery in Melbourne.  Their wedding was the epitome of a classic Melbourne wedding- a moody, industrial setting in the back streets of Richmond full of stunning greenery by Badlands & Co., photos of the beautiful couple walking through the streets lined with red brick buildings that winded down to the Yarra river where they spent a few moments with each other, soaking in the magical day they were having.  Their gorgeous niece, Lucy accompanied them which added an unforgettable fun and playful twist to their photos, shot by Oy Photography.  Back in the Brewery, they partied and celebrated with their nearest and dearest, flipping a custom made 'All in' poker chip to help them decide what their First Dance song would be as the sun set on a glorious Melbourne Spring day.

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We were both out with friends and happened to be at the same pub.  Nobody knew each other, we just got talking.

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Dan proposed by putting the 1st present (the ring) under the Christmas tree.  I'm a little Christmas obsessed normally so it was a really special proposal.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 15th October 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Mountain Goat Brewery- Richmond

What made you choose there? It is a great industrial space.  Very relaxed and it was not too far to travel.

How did you find it? I found it from a lot of googling!

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! 21 degrees and sunshine.  Although it was a little windy.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Venue availability and it fitted in and around AFL finals, the races & other engagements.  We have our guests convenience in mind.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Lush foliage, whites, greens, industrial with a casual & relaxed edge

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest & Hello May magazine.   Thetis from Sooti Events helped me put it all together.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes- lots.  The invites, the welcome sign, reserved tags, donut boxes, poker chips & bouquet charm. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had none officially.  However, my best friends helped me get ready.
Sarah and Jess - my sisters.  Lauren and Bianca - my high school friends.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? None

Flower girls/ Page boys - who/relationship? Lucy my Niece (on Dan's side)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a picture of the 'Matilda' gown online originally & had to come in!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Bridal Expos & online

How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The fitted bodice was very flattering & I loved that it wasn't white!

Fashion

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? A Tiffany & Co. silver & rose gold bracelet

Where did you get your shoes from? Reiss

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a floral crown from Badlands & Co, my Florist.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you can, find a stylist who can help you stay on track & make all those ideas in your head come to life!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try everything on.  It might look different than on the hanger.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day?
The 'All in' custom made poker chips was a present from me to Dan on the day.  He loved it.  The favours were individually boxed Nutella donuts & dessert was an all you can eat ice cream cart by Billy Van Creamery.

Something Old? I had my grandparents wedding photo on a charm attached to bouquet.

Something New? Almost everything really!

Something Borrowed? Our celebrant! She did my brother's wedding two years ago.

Something Blue? A heart shaped piece of dads old shirt was sewn onto the back of my dress.

Suppliers

Photographer – Oy Photography

Florist – Badlands & Co.

Videographer– Bottlebrush Films

Music - Rutherford Entertainment

First Dance – Do Wah Diddy- We flipped the poker chip during dinner to decide on a song at the last minute!

MC – DJ Josh from Rutherford Entertainment

Celebrant – Chantelle McLaughlan.  Chantelle officiated my brothers wedding 2 years ago

Stationery – DIY by me

Menu – Done by the catering company - The Grub Club.  The menu also doubled as place cards

Cake – Sweet Dakita.  They were recommended by my stylist

Bombonieres – Individually boxed Nutella donuts.  I designed the boxes myself

Hair – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair

Make-Up – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair

Wedding Bands – Groom- Uniform Black.  Bride- Tiffany & Co.

Emma & Matt's Berry Courthouse Wedding

Posted on 24 Nov, 2016
Emma & Matt's Berry Courthouse Wedding

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Though Emma and Matt had been dating for 10 years, they admit they never really felt rushed to get married, despite people always asking them when it would happen. It wasn’t until their anniversary road trip that when the couple was leaving for dinner, Matt proclaimed he forgot Emma’s gift in their hotel room.

“He rushed back in when I could hear him yelling through the door of our room that he needed a hand with it. I walked in to find him on one knee asking if he could have my hand in marriage instead.”

After looking at quite a few wedding venues, the pair decided that none of them had the intimate feel and good vibes they were searching for. That is, until they visited Berry Courthouse.

“I planned a trip with my mum where I literally had to crawl through the hedge to see the garden as it was locked. (Clearly locks and hedges don’t keep brides out of anything!) Once I got through I was blown away. It was gobsmacking. I knew right there and then it was the place,” explains Emma, who enlisted Blessed Days to help organise the celebration.

Though Emma had some ideas in mind for her wedding gown, and swore she’d never want a strapless, princess-y gown, her sister urged her to try on a gorgeous Karen Willis Holmes dress… and the rest is history.

“The second it was on I swore loudly, my nephew who was 3 at the time, who kept trying to peek under the curtain said wow when I walked out and it was pretty much what we all thought. The minute I had it on I knew it was the one.”

Captured by Justin Aaron, Emma and Matt were beyond pleased with their special day which left them keen to share their new out look on marriage. “Marriage means to me saying that you will be there. That no matter what, even if I am wrong (highly unlikely), even if he is wrong (especially if he is wrong) we will be there for each other backing each other up, every time.”

CREDITS Photos Justin Aaron // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Bride and bridesmaid shoes Witchery // Accessories Robins Nest Vintage and FalabellaBridal via Etsy // Hair and makeup Flawless Makeup // Rings Midas Jewellers // Bridesmaid dresses Sheike // Groom and groomsmen suits Politix // Tie David Jones // Shoes Payless Shoes // Watch The Horse // Groomsmen gifts From the Owl // Stylist Blessed Days // Stationery Wedding Paper Divas // Ceremony and reception Berry Courthouse, NSW // Catering Rabbit & Co // Entertainment Dylan Wright // Accommodation Berry on Queen and Bantam Cottage.

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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

Background

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.

Fashion

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.

Suppliers

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

TRUNKSHOW - SASH & BUSTLE, TORONTO CANADA

Posted on 21 Nov, 2016
TRUNKSHOW - SASH & BUSTLE,  TORONTO CANADA

 

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.
 

STOCKIST DETAILS -

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

Background

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.

Fashion

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!

 

Other:

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!

Suppliers

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

Background

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.

Fashion

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.

Other:

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.

Suppliers

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