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Let's Celebrate!

Posted on 05 Aug, 2016
Let's Celebrate!

We invite you to the GRAND OPENING of our Flagship Showroom

We have just released appointments for Sat 13th August (9.00am - 5.30pm) at our brand new Alexandria showroom in NSW!

 

ALEXANDRIA FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM GRAND OPENING DAY

Saturday 13th of August 2016

• 9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW •

 

• Book now and receive the VIP treatment and a FREE gift bag • Book Now 
For more information please contact info@karenwillisholmes.com or call on 9519 3901


Feel like joining us for the party? Come in anytime to help us celebrate with bubbly, cake, live music & other treats!

We are pleased to announce that we will are collaborating with some great local talent including The Grounds Florals by Silva, Sugar Bee Cakes, Studio Silva, Tillee Music, All Grown Up Photography, Winnow Chocolates, Oleria Emporium, The Vintage Stylus, Spoon and Fork, The Lip Lab, The Thoughtful Gifter, Love Find Co. and The Distillery Press to make this day one that is not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our generous partner vendors!

All Grown Up Weddings // @allgrownupweddings // Wedding Photography

All Grown Up Weddings is the brainchild of award-winning wedding photographers Dan O’Day and Kelly Tunney. They are a collective of experienced photographers, specialising in weddings, each with their own unique flavour and twist. The photographers of All Grown Up have been selected to be a part of the team for a few reasons: they are all unique, they all know what they’re doing, and they are all bloody good.

Celebrations by The Distillery // @celebrations_stationery // Wedding Stationery and Printing

Celebrations is a bespoke line of wedding stationery by The Distillery. Beautifully express the style of your wedding day – each suite crafted with gorgeous understated elegance. You can choose from one of The Distillery’s extensive Studio Design collections or work with their design team to create a custom designed suite. It’s time to invite your family and friends to your once-in-a-lifetime celebration! 

Love Find Co. // @lovefindco // Wedding Style Concierge

L O V E   F I N D   C O. is about celebrating you finding love, and then helping you finding products and services that you will love to celebrate your big day.  L O V E   F I N D   C O. is an online wedding destination curated to provide modern brides with access to incredibly talented designers, their services and products, within the Australian wedding scene.

Oleria Emporium // @oleriaemporium // Candles

Oleria Emporium creates the visual elegance, divine fragrance and warm romantic glow of a candles light using the finest quality materials. Fused with designer glassware and hand-crafted to create unique statement pieces for the perfect finishings to any space and occasion. Their natural soy candles are laced with exquisite aromas that soothe the senses, symbolise celebration, mark romance, define ceremony, accent the home and make beautiful gifts. Each piece is hand-poured with detail and dedication to the craft in their Sydney Northern Beaches candle lab. 

Spoon and Fork // @spoonandfork_sydney // Cookies and Cakes

Spoon and Fork is a little shop in Croydon, Sydney, specialising in custom made cakes and cookies. They also stock cookies, cakes and carefully handpicked party essentials and homewares in their shop. Pop in for a cup of coffee, a cupcake and a cookie or pressies for your friend... or organise your next big event!

Studio Silva // @studiosilva_ // Graphic Design and Wedding Stationery

Studio Silva is a Melbourne based design studio specialising in graphic design, and wedding and event stationery. Founded by Jessica Da Silva, Studio Silva creates modern and luxe designs that bring brands and events to life. Studio Silva offers a range of services specifically for weddings and events including invitation design, ‘on the day’ stationery (menus, place cards, table numbers, signage) and stunning finishes such as foiling, embossing, letterpress and hand lettering.

Sugar Bee Cakes // @sugarbeecakes // Cakes and Cookies

All about the wow factor. Custom, couture cakes that embrace beauty, push boundaries, and capture the essence of the soul. The perfect addition to every wedding and event, every cake is perfectly executed and completely handmade. Sugar Bee Cakes specialises in hand-crafted sugar art and we pride themselves on a combination of traditional, unique, and unusual designs- whatever you desire!

Tillee Music // @tilleemusic // Live Music

Tillee Music bring songs to life. Playing our own arrangements, they offer an innovative take on old and new songs. Tillee Music's Acoustic Duo’s offer a stylish, personable addition to your wedding day. Ceremony, Canapés & Reception Music that will complete your perfect day! 

The Grounds Florals by Silva // @thegroundsfloralsbysilva // Florals

Silva has been in the floral industry for 12 years, with a focus in Sydney. Her company, Florals by Silva, source all their plants & flowers directly from Sydney farms including Kellyville, Oakdale & Glenorie as well as Sydney’s markets. Travelling to the farms about 4 times a week, the Forals by Silva team lead busy weeks. A usual day starts at 6:30am at the Grounds of Alexandria with their busiest period being the weekends. When asked about her inspirations, Silva emphasis her love for the customers experience in her company; “It’s all about the experience a customer receives when they walk into my store; but aesthetically, I’m inspired by organic materials, textures and nature as well as the seasonal fragrance found in nature”.

The Lip Lab // @theliplab // Custom Lipstick and Gloss

The Lip Lab is the very first company of it's kind in Australia to use this product and blending machine together. Yes you heard it right, in conjunction with one of their professional lip colour consultants you will be able to choose, mix and apply your own shades.

The Thoughtful Gifter // @thethoughtfulgifter // Rad Gifts and Goodies

The Thoughtful Gifter is a gift and stationery store jammed packed full of fun, sassy and super cool stationery and gifts perfect for giving. No matter what your occasion they've got you covered. Bridal paper goods, all occasions stationery and awesome gifts and goodies, if you're after something rad then stop by and take a look around, your going to LOVE it.     

The Vintage Stylus // @thevintagestylus // Vintage Vinyl DJ

The Vintage Stylus is a hip Vinyl DJ collective that specialise in bringing the good times, great vibes and great tunes to the party. With an extensive collection of vintage vinyl records, their aim is to help you discover the exact feel and vibe you are going for and to make that dream a reality. Whether it’s Funk or Soul, Disco or Rock, Classic Pop or R’n’B and Hip Hop – you name it they can play it. They know exactly what tunes to play and when to play them to have toes-­tapping, heads-­bopping, and hips-­shaking all night long.

Winnow Chocolates // @winnowchocolates // Chocolates and Treats

Winnow Chocolates uses the traditional French technique of hand-tempering on marble to produce artisan chocolates for weddings, events and gifts. They use the world’s finest ingredients with organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate providing the perfect base for locally-sourced fruits, nuts and spices. Work with their chocolatiers to design a beautiful and delicious gift to thank your friends and families for sharing your special day. 

 

Grand Opening - Alexandria Flagship Showroom

Posted on 03 Aug, 2016
Grand Opening - Alexandria Flagship Showroom

We invite you to the GRAND OPENING of our Flagship Showroom in Alexandria!

9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW •  Saturday the 13th of August 2016 (9.00am - 5.30pm)  

We invite you to be among the first to experience our brand new location, to view the collections, see our gorgeous showroom, meet with our amazing partner vendors  and help up celebrate this momentous event.

{Artwork designed by the fabulous @studiosilva}
 

Our new Flagship Showroom will sit alongside our Paddington boutique and marks the 6th boutique opening for the business.

Located at 9 Doody Street in Alexandria this large showroom will be our flagship emporium in Australian and is walking distance to various cafes including The Grounds of Alexandria, The Pommery Café Alexandria, Sonoma Café, Bourke Street Bakery, Black Star Pastry and 5th Earl Rosebery.

 

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Paddington boutique will be closed on Thursday 4th August as we make some changes to the boutique.

From Friday 5th August to the 31st August, the Paddington boutique will house a sample sale event (walk in’s only/ no appointment).

From Thursday 1st September the Paddington boutique will house the BESPOKE Collection & be by appointment only.  To arrange an appointment please email info@karenwillisholmes.com

To view all four collections please visit our new Alexandria showroom. Appointments preferred.

 

 

Elena & Brendan's Country Victoria Wedding

Posted on 03 Aug, 2016
Elena & Brendan's Country Victoria Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a “Beautiful Girls” concert in Melbourne.

How long have you been together? 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? I was away for a few days and ended up last minute coming home on the Saturday afternoon. I had dropped into a deli and picked up lots of cheeses and some nice wine and thought we could go for a picnic when I got back. We were sitting in beautiful Yarrawonga on the foreshore and he leant over with a box and asked me. I was in complete shock!!! He totally jumped in on my picnic idea. Very opportunistic. Found out later he had had the ring for 3 months in our house!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? St. Patrick’s Church, Whorouly           

What made you choose there? It is a stunning little old church in my hometown, that my sisters were both married in and my parents were too.

How was the weather on the day? Gorgeous day- 26 and sunny.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was Easter Long weekend which meant we could spend the whole weekend with our family and friends.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Anita- bride's sister

Melissa- bride's sister

Georgia- bride's friend

Laura- bride's friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Aaron- Groom's friend

Jai- Groom's friend

Brennan- Groom's friend

Anthony- Bride's brother/ Groom's friend

 Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Ava, Zara, Harper, Sophie- all our nieces.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I loved every single Instagram post, they weren’t typical bridal gowns and they were very affordable!!

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

How many gowns did you try? 5 or so.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It made me feel extremely sexy and sleek and I didnt feel like a puffy princess.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Mint Boutique, Yarrawonga

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Judd’s Menswear, Wangaratta- they were the best!!!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Pearls for bridesmaids and vintage earrings from my mum. Also wore my grandmothers engagement ring that she was originally given.

Where did you get your shoes from? Would you believe- SPORTSGIRL!!!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil- a bridal coturist from Albury/Wodonga made this for me. She is an old friend. Jillian Franklin Designs

The Wedding Details

Theme? I didnt really have a theme. The reception was in an old tobacco shed next to my parents farm. (My dad was a tobacco grower) so we wanted to make sure we created a really brightly lit room with lots of flowers.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? My inspriation was drawn from every cosmo bride magazine and all the amazing Karen Willis Holmes Instagram posts! and LOTS of pintersting.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Not a huge amount was DIY- we used a lot of our local businesses.

The bomboniere were home made olive oil (my dads) and succulent jars (my mother in law made)

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take the time to enjoy it. Goes so quickly. My husband and I made sure we stopped a few times away from our guests every couple of hours and just look and say “wow”!

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

Suppliers

Florist - Seed and Bloom, Wangaratta

Photographer - Madalyn Claire Photography

Music - Paris and Co

First Dance - INXS- Beautiful Girl

MC - Paris (band)

Celebrant - Father Peter Taylor.

Stationery - DIY- pinterest

Menu - Remel 185, Whorouly

Cake - A friend made it.

Bombonieres - DIY olive oil 

Hair - Anita Hamilton Hairdressers

Make up - Aliza Delaney

Wedding Bands - David Roberts Jewellery

Anna & Bennett's Elegant Point Piper Wedding

Posted on 27 Jul, 2016
Anna & Bennett's Elegant Point Piper Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at university - our two closest friends were dating at the time (they became our best man and maid of honour at the wedding)

How long have you been together? 10 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Ceremony was at Bennett’s family home, and reception at Zest, Point Piper.

What made you choose there? I had always thought I’d have a small, informal backyard wedding, and Bennett had always imagined a larger, more formal affair, so we compromised - our wedding ceremony was held at Bennett’s family home, and afterwards we had the reception at Zest, Point Piper.

We wanted our reception venue to be light, airy and near the water (as we were being married in the middle of summer). My dad suggested we look at Zest, and it fit the brief perfectly.

How was the weather on the day? After a string of typical Sydney thunderstorms in the lead-up to the wedding, the weather on the wedding day was absolutely perfect (which was lucky because we hadn’t put much thought into a wet weather plan!)

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Two of our close friends were flying home from Canada to be married in December. It was really important to us that they were able to be at our wedding, and we knew that they wouldn’t be able to make it back to Sydney for a while, so we chose a wedding date between Christmas and New Years to make sure that they would still be here!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Four of my closest friends from school. They are such a gorgeous group of inspiring women. We had the most wonderful day together.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? All of the groomsmen were Bennett’s school friends, as was our MC - they are a very tightknit group of friends and it was very special to have them all involved in the day.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I tried on a Karen Willis Holmes dress in another boutique, and loved the make and the style so decided I should see what the rest of the boutique had in store. I’d also seen a couple of Karen Willis Holmes dresses in magazines in the leadup so I was excited to finally get into the boutique and try them on.

How many gowns did you try? Zillions. I tried on every type of gown in every style.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that my dress was one of a kind - I ended up combining aspects of a number of different dresses to create what I was looking for. The dress was a dream to wear; I absolutely loved how the skirt flowed, the back of the dress and the exaggerated bow at the back.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids chose their own dresses

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? On the wedding day I wore the same jewellery that I always wear - a necklace given to me by my grandmother, a ring from my nan, earrings given to me by Bennett and some other jewellery that I borrowed from my mum.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were Valentino, and so much fun to wear.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was made for me by Girl with a Serious Dream. I had seen images of brides wearing gorgeous Belgian lace veils, full of detail and embroidery, and wanted to try to capture that as much as possible. Anita worked with me to create an absolutely beautiful veil made of french lace.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? The planning process is as complicated (or as simple) as you want to make it.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? There is a lot of pressure to feel like you are having a moment when you decide on your dress, and that you will know when you have found the dress. In fact, there are so many beautiful gowns out there, and so many options, that you could make a million choices. It’s almost impossible to make the wrong choice - so just choose something that you love, and that makes you feel gorgeous. If you have ticked those two boxes I don’t think you can go wrong.

Suppliers

Florist - Sean Cook, Mr Cook.

Photographer - Paul McMillan, Illustro Photography. Paul’s photos really captured our day in a lovely, organic way.

Music - Nathan Zammit, DJ. Nathan was fantastic - so professional to deal with and he played a perfect mix to get the party dancing.

We also had Taylor and Ben from Event Entertainers perform acoustic music at the ceremony, and the start of the reception, and they were really great.

First Dance - In My Life - the Beatles

MC - A close friend of ours, Kip, was our MC

Celebrant - Victoria Eustace, All We Need is Love - Victoria was a dream, and it was a real pleasure planning our ceremony with her. She completely connected with us as a couple and understood the tone of the ceremony that we wanted. On the day she added such a calming and wam presence!

Stationery - Deciduous Press - Andrea made such beautiful invitations and thank you cards for us. We could not have been happier with how they turned out.

Menu -Zest’s catering was magnificent.

Cake - Carol Medcalf, The Polished Spoon

Hair and Make up - Liv Lundelius did hair and makeup for me and my bridesmaids. She did a brilliant job and we all felt really comfortable and natural with the makeup (and everyone looked lovely!)

Wedding Bands - Percy Marks

Naomi & Luke's Beautiful Garden Wedding

Posted on 20 Jul, 2016
Naomi & Luke's Beautiful Garden Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?  We met through mutual friends at a party one weekend, many moons ago. Later, I found out that he had just started as IT trainee at our high school and then the rest is history.

How long have you been together? A causal 12 years, he took his time to decide I was the right one apparently!

Do you have a proposal story?  Yes! I surprised him with a trip to Japan for his 30th Birthday and he distracted me from my fear of heights on a Ferris wheel while over there. He can be romantic when he tries…

Naomi & Luke Highlights from Outsider Productions on Vimeo.

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 10th October 2015 – 10th of the 10, he picked it, so he would never forget!

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Truffleduck at Balmoral Receptions in Fyansford, a short 10min drive from Geelong CBD

What made you choose there? It had the most amazing lush garden for the ceremony and is surround by bushland and cute little creek. We wanted our venue to be the one place for our ceremony and reception so guests weren’t travelling and could relax. Plus the reception room opens up into the garden for celebrating outside on an amazing deck!! The selling point was definitely when we met the wedding coordinator, we fell in love with how amazing and organized she was – definitely going to make the brides job easy!

How did you find it? We drove past there quite a lot on our trips back to our hometown Horsham, but its really well hidden behind a big fence so we never got to see much until we went in. Man were we surprised!

How was the weather on the day?  Perfect! Overcast all day with a few spots of rain – even just before I walked down the aisle. But it cleared up and the sun came out just after the ceremony. Great for celebrating in the garden for the rest of the night!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? October is always good weather and the groom picked the date (as above).

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Tennielle, my sister and maid of honor. Amanda, Luke’s sister. Tamara and Kristina, both high school and childhood friends.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Grant, Luke’s best friend from childhood age and best man. Michael, my brother. Tim and Haydn, both friends since childhood.

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? It’s the start of spring so what better than a nice pop of colour against a navy suit right?! I really wanted to play on the garden wedding yet keep it minimal and modern with a touch of bling, so chose colours that would keep it fun but paired back the styling to keep it modern.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I used Pinterest A LOT for ideas on how to style the wedding and floral arrangements. But in the end I left it to the experts – I asked for their advice and let them know what I was after then the rest fell into place.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did all the design work myself. From the invites to the signage and menus on the day. I always love the little finishing touches at weddings and this time I got to theme it all myself. Luke and I put together the bonbonniere ourselves as well. We ordered jars and purchased strawberry and cream rock candy from Queensland that had our names in them. It definitely filled a Saturday packing them all! I then printed stickers to match our styling which doubled as name place cards for the tables.

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The beautiful styles I had seen online and through Instagram.

Where have you seen our wedding gowns (if at all) before? I had only seen them once researching the style of dress I wanted and where to make appointments. I then saw them in the fashion parade at the One Fine Day wedding expo and I was definitely convinced in my purchase then!

How many gowns did you try? I think around 8 at a few other stores then 5-6 at Karen Willis Holmes in Armadale. I fell in love with the flowing skirt and lace top of the Selena gown but after trying it on I realised it wasn’t the one, that’s how I came to Ester!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The fit! It was so flattering because the boned bodice was very slimming. It was so perfectly shaped to me and made me feel comfortable on that day, not to mention the stunning lace! Loved it because I really wanted to wear a lace dress, and all the work Enza at the Armadale store made it fit perfectly!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Funnily enough, after looking at many fabulous long gowns, I just couldn’t settle on one and we happened to see these after giving up and shopping instead, they were just from Forever New.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? A woven knit Navy suit from Roger David. Plus some hidden happy socks for some fun!

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? A bit of bling from the Samantha Wills bridal collection, it was a hard choice as all her stuff is STUNNING! I wore the ‘You are all I see’ grand earrings and bracelet – the gift from the groom. The maids all wore matching rose bohemian Bardot rings and I got my mum a pair of Parisian night earrings to match mine.

Where did you get your shoes from? A comfy pair of nude Wittner peeptoe pumps so I could dance the night away!!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t wear a veil because I wanted to wear my mums but the colour was too white for the dress. So I decided not to wear one and change my hair up instead. So after the ceremony I wore a flower headpiece for the party. The florist was so amazing and knew exactly what I was after to match my the rest of the florals. And when your hairdresser is one of your best friends it was easy for her to change my up-do to curled and out while everyone enjoyed some canapes.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?  I felt very chilled on the big day because I trusted my suppliers, I researched what I wanted and took their advice. Just taking it one step at a time to book in things helped us celebrate every task you tick off our list. We never really felt overwhelmed and took our time through the 18 months we were engaged.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Look online first so you know where to start but don’t be afraid to try other styles they recommend if the style you thought you wanted isn’t working. I took too many people on the search for mine but it turned out that they liked the same one – my final dress! I also told the girls not to react until I had seen myself in the mirror first because if I didn’t like it and they did it could have been trouble…

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? My mum walked me down the aisle because my dad passed away 11 years ago so to acknowledge him we got mum to light a candle when she gave her blessing for us to marry. It was a beautiful moment.

Suppliers

Florist  Georgie Stanton Florist, the venue recommended her but once we met I knew she was the one! Not only did we get on like two best friends but I showed her a few styles of what I was thinking and her imagination guided the rest. She was so wonderful and very talented in colour combos for the day so it all worked together, I happily took her advice on the rest.

Photographer Stefani Driscoll Photography, I wanted a local that knew the Geelong area and man she knew it! Stef scoped out so many cool spots and they were less than a 5min drive from the venue. When we met she took notes on who we were and she made us both feel so comfortable with her. Her energy on the day added to the fun of our crazy bunch!

Videographer  Native Melbourne, a friend at works husband had just started out on his own with a partner. They were so good I didn’t even notice they were there all day and we were so happy with the end product, it captured all the fun parts of the day and made our memories flood back like it was yesterday.

Music  The Bombastics, they came recommended to us as a fun band that had a great set list, this was a winner for us and we booked them without hearing them play. Their manager Jarrod we so helpful in tailoring their sets and styles for our day. Playing both outside in the garden as a two piece then inside as a dance set three piece later in the night. It was the perfect atmosphere for our day.

First Dance  Florence and the Machine – you’ve got the love. We both love Florence and why not a song about love!

MC  Nick, bridesmaid Tamara’s fiancé and close friend. He did an amazing job of keeping everyone in order but adding to the light-hearted fun of the day!

Celebrant  Nicole Penning civil celebrant, she was the first celebrant we met with and the only one. She gave us great advice and we so happy to tailor our day to the style we wanted. Not only did she keep the groom calm before the ceremony but she even came to see me before we walked out to calm my nerves as well. It was just all the extra yards she put in for us that made the difference, her comforting emails definitely helped me stress a lot less.

Stationery  all by me.

Menu  Truffleduck had such an extensive menu to choose from it was incredibly hard! We wanted people to be able to chill in th garden with canapes to start and only be seated for a short time to eat mains. The dessert list was so good we couldn’t decide so went with mini pieces to cover all the good bits.

Cake Jenelles Custom Cakes. The cake was my hardest thing to choose, they are so many cool styles out there. I sent about 6 ideas to Jenelle and she was so amazing it was easy to take her advice. The flavours were cookies and cream bottom tier and cherry ripe top tier. Amazing!

Bombonieres  Rock candy made with our names in them, packed in small jars with stickers styled by me. These doubled as our name placings for the tables.

Hair  Stacey Wright Hair design and friend Dallas. These girls did the most amazing job, both close friends and knew exactly what I was after. Stacey also went the extra mile and changed my hairstyle half way through, what a friend!

Makeup  MGM makeup, Megan is just gorgeous! A friends wife and one very talented lady, she made us look and feel like models on the day. After getting a makeup trial at her old work salon it was definitely too much but once she told me she was doing her own thing on the side I wanted to support her.

Wedding Bands  Duffs Jewellers, family jewelers in Geelong that we have always loved. They always look after regular customers!

Extra features  Ceremony and reception styling and hire, Pepper Sprout Hire – I reached out to Sarah when I saw the setup they had done at an open night at truffleduck. I loved the white ceremony seating and love chair with marble signing table, I knew straight away I wanted that for our ceremony and she was extremely helpful in helping us style the extra furniture pieces for the day, including some bar stools for the deck area. Large XOXO and light up heart, Love Light Letters. Oh, these ladies were the loveliest to chat with ever! I loved all their pieces but decided to go with those two as they suited the modern style of our day.

We loved all our suppliers and we really picked the a-team. They all gave us great advice and we totally trusted them to play their part on the day and they did it perfectly!

 

STYLED SHOOT - Wabi Sabi

Posted on 18 Jul, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Wabi Sabi

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We adore this unique shoot inspired by Wabi Sabi, which is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. The creative team, led by The Style Palette, wanted to develop a feeling of solitude, calm and reflection.

Everything that went into this shoot was considered and chosen for a reason. To meet their brief of ‘imperfection’, they chose a space that was really raw and industrial to contrast with all the swoon-worthy and beautiful elements. The Oriental inspired furniture used was rustic, handmade and perfectly imperfect with its odd leans and quirky proportions.

Details such as the ornate ruby ring, knot in the hair and embroidery on the gown all gave a subtle nod to the oriental influence of this shoot. The stunning ikebana inspired blooms were provided by Jardine Botanic Floral Styling, and incorporated sultry autumnal tones. Even down to the vessels and pots she chose were all a bit imperfect with marks of rust and worn ceramics.

Scroll down to see all the charming details, captured by Bear Deer Fox and as originally featured by White

CREDITS

Styling + Creative Direction The Style Palette

Photography Bear Deer Fox

Florals Jardine Botanic Floral Styling

Hair + Makeup Abbey Love

Diamonds + Fine Jewellery Bond Street Jewellers

Gown Karen Willis Holmes

Furniture Garden Life

Model Macey Anderson

GOWN FEATURE : Ingrid

Posted on 15 Jul, 2016
GOWN FEATURE : Ingrid

The gorgeous 'Ingrid' gown, part of our latest Kimberly Crest release, features a wrap design with center front border detail and is finished with a belt. The 'Ingrid' lace gown is a sheer lace overlay and works beautifully with our center front split slip in either latte or ivory.

The Karen Willis Holmes WILD HEARTS Collection was released 2015, offering the free spirited bride a sophisticated wedding day look.

Colour: Ivory

Sizes Available: Sizes 4 to 16 - Australian & UK /// Sizes 0 to 12 - USA

Fabric: Lace

For more information on the 'Ingrid' gown, email info@karenwillisholmes.com, or to make an appointment to view the collection visit www.karenwillisholmes.com

Joanne & Lewis' Central Coast Wedding

Posted on 13 Jul, 2016
Joanne & Lewis' Central Coast Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met back at school and actually dated for a little while, years later, Lewis reconnected with me on Facebook

How long have you been together? 3 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? Lewis proposed on Christmas day 2014 in front of both our family’s while saying a Christmas dinner speech. This was the first time that our parents were meeting as Lewis’ family live in Melbourne.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5th of March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?

Ceremony – Bush St Reserve, Norah Head, Central Coast, NSW

Reception – Soldiers Beach Surf Club, Norah Head, NSW

What made you choose there? We wanted to get married on the Central Coast because that’s where we went away on our first holiday as a couple and we have love that area ever since.

How was the weather on the day? It was perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted great weather, not too hot or cold.

The Wedding Details

Theme? I wanted a simple but stunning feel – the colours were navy and silver.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Laura – friend, Amanda – friend of 24 years and Aimie – groom’s sister

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Damian – friend, Anthony – uncle and Corey – brother

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Eva and Ethan – Bride’s children

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I follow Karen Willis Holmes on all social media and have always loved the gowns and styles, I think they are amazing!!

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

How many gowns did you try? 4

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I love how Karen Willis Holmes put two of my favourites – the Annika and Emmeline – into one dress just for me to give me the perfect dress and style I wanted and was dreaming of.

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White Runway

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? Belt and earrings from Karen Willis Holmes

Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted Shoes

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Use Pinterest – it’s the best!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Definitely have to buy a Karen Willis Holmes gown

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

  • The Maid of Honor travelled all the way from London to be there
  • The Groom’s family travelled from Melbourne to be there
  • It was a destination wedding – so everyone but two guests travelled
  • The Bride’s Dad had been very sick with heart problems and it was uncertain if he would be well enough to travel, but he did and it was amazing having him there. He also is a retired truck driver so one of the Bridesmaids organized a truck to take him to the ceremony which made his day and it was a surprise to both the Bride and her Dad.

Something Old? One of my Dad’s old blue shirts sewn into the back of my dress in the shape of a heart.

Something New? My Bracelet which was a wedding gift from my Husband.

Something Borrowed? Handkerchief

Something Blue? Dad’s Blue shirt

Suppliers

Florist – Buttercups Florist

Photographer – VIBE Photography

Music – CC Hunter Entertainment

First Dance – ‘Little Things’ by One Direction

MC – Maree Schaefer (friend of Bride and Groom)

Celebrant – Jim Avati

Stationery – Shine Invitations

Menu – Event Catering

Cake – Cakes by Kyla

Bombonieres – ebay

Hair – Flawless Hair Extensions

Make up – Double Take Hair and Makeup Artistry

Wedding Bands – Michael Hill

Sarina & Dan's Hampton's Themed Wedding

Posted on 06 Jul, 2016
Sarina & Dan's Hampton's Themed Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at work

How long have you been together? 4years

Do you have a proposal story? My husband proposed to me on new year’s eve while we were away on a holiday in the Hunter Valley at the most beautiful location at wild Edge retreat in Wollombi

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 19th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?     Bells at Killcare

What made you choose there? I love the Hamptons Style and Bells is very Hamptons with the gardens and the overall decor. I always wanted to get married on a beautiful sunny day in a garden.

How did you find it? Looked for Hampton style venues

How was the weather on the day? Perfect. A sunny autumn day. It rained the day before and after but the wedding day was perfect… not a drop of rain and warm in the sun with a nice breeze.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? My birthday is the 10th and my husbands is the 9th… so we got married on the 19th

The Wedding Details

Theme? The theme was Hamptons with the navy and white stripes with a touch of rose gold.  

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I love the Hamptons

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did all the decorating and setting up.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  My cousin and Best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Two best mates

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Grooms daughter and niece and nephew

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? It was the first place I visited and the staff were so friendly and nice. I went to 3-4 other stores and found the service to be terrible so decided to go back to Karen Willis Holmes

How many gowns did you try? 4

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The quality was amazing, I loved the lace!

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White Runway

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Valentino

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy the experience because time flys on the day. Make lots of lists and choose suppliers which are small businesses that you know what to make your day amazing. Pick a venue that is intimate. Choose Bombonieres which guests can appreciate and use years to come.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to Karen Willis Holmes I would recommend them to anyone that want service, quality and a beautiful dress.

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

Something Old? A photo of my sister who passed away

Something New? Handmade Hairpiece

Something Borrowed? A locket from my mum to put the photo in

Something Blue? Ribbon to attach the locket to the inside of my dress

Suppliers

Florist – Gai Hyde Flowers

Photographer – Darren Wigley (Mr Wigley)

Videographer – Candice Wise

Music – Gareth Hudson

First Dance – Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) played live by Gareth Hudson

MC – Phil Keelan (A close friend of bride and groom)

Celebrant – Ken Livingstone

Stationery – Sajaro Invitations

Menu – Bells at Killcare

Cake – Bells at Killcare

Bombonieres – Quintessence – Northbridge

Hair – Kasey Walker Hair and Make up

Wedding Bands – Sassart – Custom Designed

Extra features – Cheese Bar – by Bells at Killcare

Other – I chose marble handles cheese knives for the Bombonieres to go with the Cheese Bar theme and guests raved about them and have sent many pics since the wedding of them using the cheese knife.  

 

Ashleigh and Brendan's Southern Highlands Wedding

Posted on 29 Jun, 2016
Ashleigh and Brendan's Southern Highlands Wedding

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After carrying her (uninsured) ring in his wallet around Mexico for two weeks, Brendan proposed to Ashleigh in Tulum in a hotel room at the top of a Rapunzel-style tower overlooking the beach. “We walked in after a day out and there was rose petals all around the room, along with champagne. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, we then went out for margaritas and tacos!”

Held at Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands, the pair new straight away that it was the perfect venue for their celebration of love. “It was the first venue we looked at, we both instantly fell in love. It was breathtaking and it had everything we could hope for. I love to read, the gardens are stunning, and we loved the open fires. We didn’t even need to look anywhere else, we booked two days later,” explains Ashleigh, who adds they didn’t want anything too structured for their big day.

“We knew we wanted it to be in an autumn setting. We wanted fireplaces and red wine. I knew what I wanted colour wise in the flowers, and the rest of the style kind of just grew from there,” says Ashleigh, who hired The Sisters to take care of her floral fix.

Like the location, the bride had quite an easy time finding her dream wedding gown by Karen Willis Holmes and the perfect head piece by Hello May fave Hope x Page. “It was the first dress I saw. I tried on four that day and I knew instantly that it was THE dress. I purchased it that day and got to take it home with me. I was kind of concerned, because I purchased it more than a year in advance, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve made!”

Captured by The Loved Ones, this was one wedding we loved to love – and the newlyweds were kind enough to share their views on marriage with us: “Marriage means having a partner for life, we’ve got each other’s backs – no matter what. It also means having someone to cuddle and laugh with every single day.”

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CREDITS Photos The Loved Ones // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Veil Johanna Johnson // Hair piece Hope x Page // Robes Cotton On Body // Bride and bridesmaids shoes Siren // Hair Jill Dionne // Bridesmaid dresses Zimmermann // Bridesmaid gifts Unreal Fur // Groom and groomsmen suits and tie Jack London // Suspenders Myer // Shoes Kenneth Cole // Event planner / Stylist Teacup Events // Florist The Sisters // Ceremony, reception and catering Bendooley Estate, NSW.

STYLED SHOOT - Camellia Weddings

Posted on 27 Jun, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Camellia Weddings

We are so excited to share this Styled Shoot at Camellia Weddings - this exciting new venue features gorgeous views of the pristine Madura Tea Estates plantation. The Camellia Weddings team now brings the same great food and dining philosophies as the sucessful and well known Osteria Weddings team who will be running and handling the catering for all weddings at the newly built wedding structure 'The Shed'. The name of the property comes from Camellia Sinensis, which is the botanical name for tea. Given that this stunning wedding property is situated amongst 250,000 tea bushes - the name seemed only fitting for beautiful weddings hosted at the property. Guests will have the exclusive use of gardens, rainforest and plantations, as well as the use of "The Shed", the purpose built wedding structure located near the lake. 

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES 'Milani' gown, from the WILD HEARTS Collection, features in this gorgeous Autumn themed styled shoot photographed by Figtree Wedding Photography. We love the rich berry and marsarla toned florals by Alstonville Florist paired back with lush greenery and that stunning installation featuring Edison globe pendants! Styling by Little Gray Station is classic and sophisticated but with a bold colour pallette twist.

Venue: Camellia Weddings
Styling: Little Gray Station 
Coordination: The Events Lounge 
Content Editor: Casuarina Weddings 
Photographer + Videographer: Figtree Wedding Photography 
Hire: Hampton Event Hire 
Florist: Alstonville Florist 
Cake: Rebellyous Cake Co 
Gown: Karen Willis Holmes 
Suit: Made With Class 
Hair: The Beauty Lineup 
Makeup: The Luxe Beauty Co 
Stationery: Clever Hand 
Lighting: AVIdeas 
Rings:  Amalthea Diamonds 
Ice cream: Wheel and Spoon 

GOWN FEATURE : Aubrey

Posted on 22 Jun, 2016
GOWN FEATURE : Aubrey

The Aubrey gown from our latest Bespoke Collection features a v-neck bodice, long sleeves, paneled skirt and an elegant low back. This understated gown in a stretch fabric is finished with a tailored belt - in this case, less is definitely more. 

The Karen Willis Holmes Bespoke Collection caters to clients who desire a wedding gown with couture-like quality, innovative design, but with the ease and price of a ready to wear dress. The Bespoke range is designed and made in Sydney, Australia.

Colour: Ivory

Sizes Available: Sizes 4 to 18 - Australian & UK /// Sizes 0 to 14 - USA

Fabric: Stretch Fabric

For more information on the Aubrey gown or to make an appointment to view the collection, email info@karenwillisholmes.com 

 

 

 

Rachael & Jonathan's Glamorous Wedding at the Grounds

Posted on 22 Jun, 2016
Rachael & Jonathan's Glamorous Wedding at the Grounds

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Jonny and I met on a night out in Canberra eight years ago but despite an attraction nothing happened at the time. Then in May 2013, I was a Police recruit and one of my instructors was Jonny!  There was a spark again but given he was my instructor nothing could happen. So instead Jonny waited ten minutes after I attested from the College before asking me out in front of some of the other new Constables he had taught.

How long have you been together? About two and a half years.

Do you have a proposal story? 

Asking my Dad: One day while I was at work Jonny drove down to Canberra (he told me he was going for a bike ride). He had found the number for my Dad's assistant & booked a meeting. Jonny was sitting waiting in his office with a special bottle of Single Malt Whiskey (a shared passion of theirs). When my Dad walked in Jonny said "you can have this if I can give Rachael this" and he showed Dad the ring.

The proposal: The proposal happened in June 2015 when we were traveling around Europe. We were in Venice we went to dinner at a beautiful restaurant called ‘Riviera’ followed by a walk along a canal. Jonny stopped at a spot along the way, bent down on one knee & proposed with a beautiful Tiffany's setting engagement ring.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12 February 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The garden, at The Grounds of Alexandria for both the ceremony and reception.

What made you choose there? We knew we wanted to get married at The Grounds before we were engaged. We loved the style of The Grounds and felt it reflected us as a couple – fun, classic, rustic but a little bit quirky. We loved that there was so much to look at and so much personality at The Grounds. Plus they had a small farm animal’s area which was fun! We were hoping for the animals to make an appearance at the wedding and they did with the rooster crowing and the lamb bleating during the ceremony.

We also liked the idea of having the ceremony and reception at the same location. That way guests could enjoy canapés and drinks while we had our photographs taken rather than worry about moving to the next location.

How did you find it? We had been to The Grounds whilst we were dating and decided it was where we would want our wedding. We were so set on the venue that we emailed them finding out if it was possible to have our wedding there while we were still away in Europe after Jonny proposed.

How was the weather on the day? The weather on the day was absolutely perfect; 27 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We decided early on that we wanted to have a short six month engagement. We didn’t need long to plan the wedding and just wanted to be married to each other. The 12th of February was the closest free date for both us and The Grounds that was six months from the engagement while not encroaching on people’s Christmas or New Year’s holidays.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We styled the wedding ourselves, but it was all coordinated perfectly by The Grounds. The colour theme was black and white for the clothing. The flowers were also white with a splash of greenery designed in a rustic ‘messy’ fashion. We chose these colours because The Grounds has so much character and visual stimulation that we wanted to compliment the surroundings rather than take away or over crowd it. 

In terms of the theme we were looking for a classic, timeless look so the photos wouldn’t date too quickly but also wanted to have a rustic, hipster and quirky touches, especially in the detail.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? A lot of inspiration/ideas came from searching Pinterest and Etsy. However, we wanted to also to incorporate a few touches of our own.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Jonny and I wanted a lot of the smaller touches to be D.I.Y. We had the following unique touches/D.I.Y:

- Jonny & I made bottles of Limoncello as bonbonaire’s because Jonny is Italian & we were engaged in Italy. To symbolize both of these elements the bonbonaire tags had a map of Italy and said 'Engaged in Italy' (in the fashion of Made in Italy)

- Each name setting was a scrabble rack which guests got to take home as a keep sake along with the bonbonaire’s;

- The seating plan was written on an old glass panelled door

- Each table setting had a folk cutlery tag with a note thanking guests for sharing our first meal together as husband & wife. On the back was the shared feast menu.

- Given our profession we had Police Bride and Groom as our cake topper (very Mr & Mrs Smith)

- Our wishing well was a small suitcase with our initials monogrammed

- On the welcome table, there was a wine box my Dad hand made that held a bottle of wine. It also had letters Jonny and I wrote to each other before the wedding and blank cards which allowed guests to write wishes/advice. Those were then secured in pouches hand sewn by my Mum. The wine box was sealed & will be opened on our ten year anniversary

- Also held on the welcome table were photographs of our parents & grandparents on their wedding day

- Our 'guest book' was a photo frame which was filled up with wooden hearts guests wrote their names on. It is now hung on our wall as a momento

- We had the famous marriage quote from The Princess Bride printed & framed. It was on our signing table and is now hung on our wall

- We had a galvanised pot filled with sand from Coogee beach (which is special place for us). In the sand we set up sparklers for the sparkler send off. The front of the pot was a chalk board saying what time to grab a sparkler. Next to the pot was a jar filled with Redhead Matchboxes.

- To make sure we captured all our guests having fun we organized a photo booth but instead of the usual booth style we hired a photo corner that way groups of people could have photos together. The props were so much fun.

- My bridesmaids used two musicians called Romance Outsourced who wrote & performed a song about Jonny & I for the wedding as part of their speech. They also gave us our song on a CD. It was so special & fun!

   

Food

We had canapes to start:

  • Bolognaise arancini with parmesan aioli
  • Blue swimmer crab tartlet with lemon mayo and red micro basil
  • Caramelised apple, jamon serrano, wild rocket, buffalo mozzarella & apple balsamic

For the main meal we didn’t want a one by one meal. Instead we had a shared feast which was set up in a rustic Italian style setting:

  • Roasted grass fed sirloin, sautéed silver beet, watercress & horseradish cream
  • Roasted whole chicken, Italian soft polenta, reggio parmigiana, char-grilled baby leeks, brioche crumbs and morel sauce
  • Baked ocean trout, shaved fennel, orange, red onion, watercress & salsa verde

      Vegetable option:

  • Green bean with cashew nut, chili, lime & extra virgin olive oil
  • Baby tomato salad with cherry, kumato’s, tear drop, cherry bocconcini & apple balsamic dressing
  • Roasted chat potatoes with rosemary, sea salt & extra virgin olive oil

Desert:

Our wedding cake was a three tiered white chocolate and raspberry cake with a white rustic/naked icing. It was decorate with flowers and greenery as well as our bride and groom Police cake topper.

We also had five miniature deserts set up on a desert table:

  • Miniature salted caramel tartlets
  • Miniature lemon meringues
  • Miniature Grounds Bounty Bars
  • The Grounds Nutella filled donuts
  • Miniature milk choc mousse with hazelnut dacquoise layer cake

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Dimi – best friend and someone I lived with for the seven years before I met Jonny.

Angela – my best friend who I have known since I was nineteen.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Ben – best friend in early adulthood

Kim - best friend since high school

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Alara, Ethan and Sienna who are our nieces and nephews.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I knew from the start my dress had to be by the extremely talented Karen Willis Holmes. I loved the style and quality of the dresses. I also loved that they were designed and made in Australia.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had mostly only seen the gowns online and Instagram but I made sure it was the first appointment I made.

How many gowns did you try? I tried on every dress in the Karen Willis Holmes Paddington store & while they were all so beautiful I eventually tried on the Paige which took my breath away.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased all my Karen Willis Holmes items (veil etc) from the store in Paddington. The staff were amazing, helpful, and so patient.

What did you especially like about your gown? I originally pictured wearing a fitted dress that had straps. While trying on nearly all of the Karen Willis Holmes dresses one of the last ones I tried was the Paige. This was the dress that made me this ‘wow’. I never felt more beautiful than when I was wearing that dress. I had three Paige trains attached to the dress which I felt made it more unique, special & modern creating the layering down the back. I loved the dress so much.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Bridesmaid’s Only in Double Bay. I loved that you could get any of their dresses in any colour. Given my bridesmaids had such different bodies I told them to pick whichever dress they wanted and we would get it in black.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Jonny’s suit was from M J Bale. It was a beautifully made classic black suit with a French cuff white shirt, black tie and white pocket square.

The groomsmen wore suits from Pepper’s in Double Bay. They wore the same classic black suit with a French cuff white shirt, black tie but with a black pocket square to match the bridesmaids.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls wore simple/classic drop earrings which complimented their dresses.

The men wore matching personalized cufflinks and the pocket watches we bought for them as presents.

Given my dress was so ‘bridal’ I kept everything else simple; I had my hair in a simple slightly messy bun, classic pear shaped diamond studs, a veil, my Tiffany’s engagement ring, pale pink nail polish (matching the bridesmaids) and white peep toe heels from Nine West.

Where did you get your shoes from? I bought a classic plain pair of white peep toes shoes from Nine West.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a fingertip veil from Karen Willis Holmes. It blended beautifully into the back of my Paige dress. It also had a little shimmer through it which caught the sun perfectly on the day.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  • Although it is a busy time try to enjoy the process;
  • Find people/suppliers you trust. I got so lucky with who helped me, most were little known suppliers, and I am now lucky to call them friends after the wedding;
  • I think having details made the wedding more ‘us’. Try to think outside of the usual wedding ideas and find things that suit you and your partners style to incorporate; and
  • Don’t worry about things being perfect and serious on the day. For instance, our celebrant got the guests to cheer as my Dad and I walked down the aisle which lightened the mood and showed guests what type of wedding it would be. Also we had roosters crowing during our vows which we loved and felt added to our wedding as opposed to letting the noise or little things ruin the day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t go into gown shopping set on a particular type of dress because you don’t want to be closed off to other dresses which may suit your shape better.

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

We gave gifts to all of the bridal party and family members:

- The girls in the wedding party/family members received matching Peter Alexander pyjama pants with a different coloured singlet & earrings from Fletcher Grace.

- The boys in the wedding party/family members received personalized cuff links & a pocket watch.

- Each parent received a personalized handkerchief.

- Jonny gave my Dad a personalized hip flask filled with Whiskey to incorporate how he asked my Dad for my hand in marriage.

Family Jonny and I are both very close to our families so it was important to us that our wedding was family focused with each of our family members having a role. This made the day so special.

Mums: both Mums read a reading/poem that was spoken at their weddings.

Dads: my Dad walked me down the aisle and both Dads did a speech. In addition Jonny and I surprised my Dad with a dance to one of our childhood special songs. Jonny took the microphone from our MC and requested my Dad meet me under the fairy lights on the dance floor. The DJ then played a song my Dad and I have danced to together since I was little.

Jonny's sister: was a witness.

My brother: was a witness.

Jonny's brother in law: was the MC.

My sister in law: designed & made all of the invites, bonbonaires tags, thank you cards & other paper goods.

Nieces & Nephews: the cuteness that walked down the aisle before the bridesmaids.

Something Old? A white handkerchief from my Mum.

Something New? My dress, earrings, veil and shoes.

Something Borrowed? A white handkerchief from my Mum.

Something Blue? A blue garter my Mum bought me.

Suppliers

Florist: Emma Mackenzie from Mackenzie Florals - emma@mackenziefloral.com

Photographer: Kierstin Segura from 'Dear to My Art

Dress: The Paige gown with Paige trains - Karen Willis Holmes 

Event coordinator at The Grounds: Bethan Tolmaer, The Grounds

Invitations & paper supplies: Alison Banham - Etsy Store - Love Invites

Hair & make up: Pixie's Hair & Make Up 

Bridesmaids dresses: Bridesmaids Only

Grooms suit: MJ Bale 

Event stylist: I styled the wedding myself but it was all coordinated perfectly by The Grounds

Rings: Tiffany's 

Celebrant: Marry Me Nicky

Photo booth: Photo Corner

Hotel: The Langham Sydney 

Music: Impressions DJ 

Aisle song: Marry Me by Train

First dance: Better Man by James Morrison

Cake and desert table: The Grounds

STYLED SHOOT - Nomadic Boho Elopment

Posted on 20 Jun, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Nomadic Boho Elopment

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From the "Nomadic Boho Elopement" Styled Shoot as seen in White Magazine:

Together with photographer Kylee Yee, Karen Willis Holmes set out to put together a shoot that with a “Bohemian Nomadic” feel to it. With the idea of a relaxed yet bold fashion-forward vibe, Ruffles & Bells came on board and brought it to life with their gorgeous styling, pulling from a mood palette of burgundy and deep blue. The result is this beautiful elopement inspiration for the bride who is wild at heart. See the awe-inspiring photos below. 

CREDITS

Photography Kylee Yee | Photographer

Dresses Karen Willis Holmes

Shelley top and Liliana gown coming soon. 

Jullianne skirt in boutiques now. 

Styling & Florals Ruffles & Bells

Bouquet Tillda

Cake Sweet Bakes

Stationery Studio Silva

Groom's suit Bossini Menswear

Prop Hire Nomad Styling

Hair and Makeup Miss Aimmey

Sarah and Cameron's Rustic Byron Bay Wedding

Posted on 17 Jun, 2016
Sarah and Cameron's Rustic Byron Bay Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?  We met at high school.

How long have you been together?  11 years

Do you have a proposal story? It was Christmas day. He placed the ring inside a glass bauble with the ring hanging inside. It was hung up on the tree without me knowing. He told me to look for my gift that was on the tree. And there it was. Christmas is my favorite time of year, which is why he proposed on that special day.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 03/10/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Graciosa – Byron Bay

Where?  Both the Ceremony and reception took place at Graciosa (House & Property). The ceremony was on the grass area and the reception was held in the old barn, which we had styled to suit our taste. We had afternoon cocktails by the pool and lawn games.

What made you choose there? We love Byron Bay, it has always been somewhere we have gone for weekends away. It Means a lot to us.

How did you find it? Byron Bay Weddings. The Byron Bay Weddings teams were AMAZING

How was the weather on the day?  PERFECT. No wind or rain. The sun was out but not super hot.We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?  We wanted to get married in spring, so thought the first weekend of October.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Relaxed & Rustic

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pintrest

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The wedding favors, “spread the love” jams. These were hand made over a few weekends by Tara and I, a few burnt fingers later.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had my sister Hayley & my best friends Tara, Emma, Laura, Mel, Abby & Ellen. I have been friends with all of them for a long time & couldn’t have got married without them.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Cameron had his brother Drew and his best mates Dylan, Elliot, Cole, Sean and Luke. All long term friends.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Sebastian & Hudson were my Paige boys (My nephews). Evie, the flower girl, is Ellens daughters. (One of the Bridesmaids)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I originally tried on Karen Willis Holmes dresses in Sydney. My two bridesmaids who live in Sydney took me out for a day of weddings dress shopping. After going to a few different stores Karen Willis Holmes is the one that stood out the most and suited me best.

How many gowns did you try?  Maybe 15 in total

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Brisbane. My bridesmaids and I went and picked out the final one.  

My dress was the Caitlyn gown by KWH. I had KWH do the initial alterations by removing the sleeves and to remove the back of it along with hemming it up. I wanted it to be backless as this was more me.

Once I was back on the sunshine coast I had the bust slightly cut down and the under arms lowered by 2 different sunshine coast based designers & alterations ladies.

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins and that it was fitted. I knew I wanted to make a few custom alterations to the gown, then it would be perfect.

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? All of the girls chose their gowns from various suppliers. As long as they were all neutral tones to be able to blend together. They could pick their own.

Laura – Her mum who is a designer make her gown

Mel - Zimmerman

Hayley- White Runway

Tara, Emma, Abby and Ellen - ASOS

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Samantha Wills bracelet, as well as a thin bracelet that was a gift from Cameron on the wedding day.

My bridesmaids received a gift from me, which was a silver Krystal Knight bracelet.

Cameron made his own cuff links to give to the groomsmen

Where did you get your shoes from?  Siren.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?  I wore a half flower crown made the amazing team at Flowers at the Farm in Byron bay.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organized and leave enough time for your planning. And overall have fun and just enjoy the moment and everything along the way because its over before you know it.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try something that you normally wouldn’t.

Something Old? My Nana’s brooch that is no longer with us. I had this on my bouquet.

Something New?  Samantha Wills Bracelet

Something Blue? A blue garter just for fun

Suppliers

Florist Flowers at the Farm (Byron Bay)

Photographer – Stefan Jose from Sail Me to the Moon (Byron Bay)

Videographer – Samantha Smith (Laine Photography)

Music – Band (Dan Clark Band)

First Dance – Van Morrison, Warm Love

MC -  Joe Woodriff (Close friend)

Celebrant – Jan Leader (Family Friend)

Stationery - Etsy

Menu –All Canapés and cocktail style. Byron Bay Weddings.

Cake Love in a Cake (Byron Bay)

Bombonieres - "Spread the Love" Homemade Jam

HairTara Liddell (Sunshine Coast)

Make up – Vicki Gunn (Sunshine Coast)

Wedding BandsMichael Hill

2016 SAMPLE SALES

Posted on 15 Jun, 2016
2016 SAMPLE SALES

Do not miss this amazing opportunity to pick up a wedding gown with couture-like quality and innovative design at a bargain price!

Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australia Bridal designer, widely acclaimed in today’s fashion marketplace for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown.

With sample gowns from BESPOKE, Wild Hearts and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections being sold at reduced prices, this sale is a must for any bride-to-be!

Please note only sample sale gowns will be available over the weekend. If you would like to try on fully priced gowns you will need to make an additional appointment. Any of the gowns are sold in their current condition and will be final sale only.

 

 
 
 
• PERTH •
 
Fri 22nd - Sun 24th July (2nd Sale)
Friday 22nd July: 10am to 6pm
Saturday 23rd July: 9am to 4pm
Sunday 24th July: 10am to 2pm
294 Hay Street
Subiaco, WA 6008
08 9381 5551
perth@karenwillisholmes.com
Please note that the Perth Boutique will be closed from 2pm Thursday for Sample Sale set-up.
 
 
• SYDNEY •
 
Fri 22nd - Sun 24th July
Friday 22nd July: 10am to 6pm
Saturday 23rd July: 9am to 4pm
Sunday 24th July: 10am to 2pm
4th Floor, 'Flourmill Studios' 3 Gladstone St
Newtown, NSW 2042
+61 (0)2 9519 3901
info@karenwillisholmes.com
 
 
• NEW YORK •
 
Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd July 
Friday 22nd July: 11am to 7pm 
Saturday 23rd July: 10am to 6pm 
7 Centre Market Place
(Between Broome & Grand Streets)
New York, NY 10013
646-912-9298
newyork@karenwillisholmes.com
 

 

Payment Methods accepted at sales : Cash, MasterCard, Visa and Eftpos. 


 
 

PAST SALES - 

 
• MELBOURNE •
 
Friday 24th - Sun 26th June - NEXT WEEKEND
Friday 24th June: 10am to 5pm
Saturday 25th June: 9am to 5pm
Sunday 26th June: 10am to 2pm
1272 High Street
Armadale, VIC 3143 
+61 (0)3 9509 0454
info@karenwillisholmes.com
Please note that the Melbourne Boutique will be closed from 2pm Thursday for Sample Sale set-up.
 
 
• PERTH •
 
Friday 24th - Sun 26th June - NEXT WEEKEND 
Friday 24th June: 10am to 5pm
Saturday 25th June: 9am to 5pm
Sunday 26th June: 10am to 2pm

STYLED SHOOT - Urban Underwater Strength

Posted on 13 Jun, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Urban Underwater Strength

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How dreamy is this poolside styled shoot! We love the boundary pushing in this look - from the Bride's pink hair, to the exotic flowers and textural tablescape to the daring underwater portraits. 

From the "Urban Underwater Strength" Styled Shoot as seen in White Magazine:

Strong beauty in contrasting forms is what this creative team chose to showcase with their styled shoot under the direction of George & Smee.

“We love to clash textures and show the beauty of what lies around us in everyday living, but for this particular shoot we decided to push the boundaries and really echo strength. Using the natural architectural backdrop as our inspiration, we echoed different forms and strong shapes by creating a chair installation for a ceremony backdrop. The strength and beauty depicted in this was accentuated by adding exotic native florals and greenery along with a neon heart enhancing the romance for our bride & groom. We chose a gorgeous female model with hot pink hair to again depict power and added a wild woven crown, then softened the overall look with a beautifully cut Karen Willis Holmes two piece. Our male model exuded strength in his structured, well-cut P. Johnson tailored suit,” shares Katie from George & Smee.

Scroll down to see how all of these powerful elements came together, with photography by At Dusk and Hannah Blackmore.

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CREDITS

Art Direction + Styling + Hire George & Smee

Photography At Dusk

Photography Hannah Blackmore

Florals Floreat Floral

Hair + Makeup Makeup by Alexandra

Dresses Karen Willis Holmes

Jewellery Krystle Knight Jewellery

Suits P.Johnson Tailors

Socks Barnaby Socks

Model Johanna Carlberg

Model Stefan Rusbourne

Cake Experimental Creative Catering

Ceramic Bowls + Plates Batch Ceramics

Stationery The Distillery

Venue Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

Woven Baskets + Crown Mowgli Studio

Neon Light Sammy & Lola

Terri & Rhys' Western Australia Winery Wedding

Posted on 08 Jun, 2016
Terri & Rhys' Western Australia Winery Wedding

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? We met out one night in Perth during our Uni days. I was having a girl’s night out and met Rhys on the dancefloor of a club in Perth. We had a dance and a kiss and exchanged numbers. We went on a date later in the week and we just clicked, we knew we had something special. 

How long have you been together? We have been together for 10 years!

Do you have a proposal story?  We both love the beach and Rhys is a keen surfer so it is not unusual for us to have beach/surf destination holidays. We went to a small island in the Mentawai Islands (Indonesia) for a relaxing holiday filled with surfing, snorkeling, diving and sunsets…it was just amazing. One evening, we had a drink and watched another beautiful sunset and then had an intimate dinner for two on the beach. Rhys set up the camera to take a timer photo but when he ran in for the shot, he got down on one knee and proposed! He put a shell ring on my finger and when we got back to Perth he replaced it with the most beautiful ring. I had no idea he had planned any of it, it was such sweet and thoughtful surprise…and of course I said yes!

The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 16th January 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Wise Winery (Eagle Bay, Western Australia) for the ceremony and the reception.

What made you choose there? We have always loved the South West coast of Western Australia for its beaches, surf, wine, food and relaxing vibe/lifestyle. We spend as much time in the area as we can and we always knew we would get married there. 

How was the weather on the day? We had perfect weather on the day. January is a hot time of year but a lovely light breeze and some clouds had come in by the afternoon which made the temperature perfect for our 4:30pm wedding ceremony. It also provided us with an epic sunset and a beautiful balmy night, just the kinds of nights we love. 
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We love warm summer nights so we decided to have a summer wedding. We chose the 16th January because this would be almost exactly 10 years since we met in January 2006. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We didn’t have a particular theme but we love a relaxed and natural atmosphere with our own personal touches. We love the natural greens, pinks, maroons that you find in native Australian bush and flowers. I grew up in South Africa so I wanted protea flowers (native to South Africa) mixed in with Australian natives to be a part of our bouquets and flower arrangements – we also just love the different colours and shapes of the protea flowers. Our florist Zest made amazing arrangements with proteas mixed in with Australian natives and other beautiful flowers so it was an easy decision to have them do our flowers. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Looking in magazines, blogs (e.g. Hello May) and Pinterest did help with ideas and easy tips to personalize our wedding. Mostly, we just went with the things we love… 

We love warm summer nights, good music and having a good party with our friends, so we didn’t want a long sit down event. Rather we had lawn games, stand up canapés, sit down mains and then following speeches we had everyone on the dance floor with espresso martinis. Dessert was an ice-cream cart in the courtyard outside for everyone to help themselves and enjoy the beautiful evening.  Later in the evening we had standup supper (sliders and mini fish and chips) for those who needed refueling from all the dancing.

We love to travel so instead of table numbers we had our favourite places we have travelled to as well as a few photos of that place on each table. 
 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We put a few easy things together e.g. we collected mismatched jars and put tealights inside for all the tables; we put together the table numbers/places; we ordered the name tags online and we tied these with string and a sprig of rosemary around each napkin. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sisters Lauren and Jenni and Rhys’ sister (my now sister in law), Victoria.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rhys’ two good school mates, Rohan and Matt and his brother in law, Adam.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I found their website and loved every dress they featured…and then loved every dress in the store!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t seen or heard of Karen Willis Holmes before but I am not the best when it comes to designer names/gowns etc. 


How many gowns did you try? Approximately 5-7 gowns at Karen Willis Holmes.
 
Where did you purchase your wedding gown from (which store or stockist)? Hay St, Subiaco store, Perth.
 
What did you especially like about your gown? As much as I loved trying on the very formal and structured gowns in other stores, which were all very glamorous and wow… I personally like to feel comfortable in what I am wearing. I found so many of Karen Willis Holmes’ dresses were not only comfortable but also unique and glamorous in an understated way. I loved my dress because I could relax and just be myself. 
  


Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls chose their own dresses because I also wanted them to feel comfortable and themselves on the day. Jenni’s dress: Forever New; Lauren’s dress: Witchery; Victoria’s dress: Bec and Bridge.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Rhys and the groomsmen’s clothes were from Calibre. They also wore awesome bowties from Freelance Bow Ties

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? My bridal veil and earrings were also from Karen Willis Holmes. 

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes (again I went for comfy) were from Wittner.

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? It is as big and stressful as you make it. It is easy to get caught up in it all and lose sight of your initial hopes/vision for your day. I always reminded myself of the things I didn’t really need and could cut if I found myself getting too overwhelmed or stressed out. It is also important to accept other people’s offers of help to take the load off yourself. Overall, relax and enjoy the planning and the day, it is such an amazing feeling to marry the man that you love surrounded by the people you love and that is all that really matters. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to Karen Willis Holmes!! Again try to stay true to yourself and go with what suits you and makes you feel like yourself.
 

Suppliers 
Florist – Zest. We love the South African proteas and Australian natives and Zest make the most amazing arrangements with these flowers. They are a florist in Dunsborough so I always check out their flowers when I am down there. I love all of Zest’s flower arrangements but I have to say the flowers from our wedding are my favourite.

Photographer – Maz Pederson/Life Photography. You can see from her photos why we chose her, she is an amazing photographer and the way she captures the emotion and feeling of the day is unique. Our friends had Maz as their wedding photographer so that is how we found Maz.

Music – Brad Jenkins, Spectacle Enterprises 

First Dance – “Turn to White” by She and Him

Celebrant – Margaret Dawkins

Stationery – Minted (Invitations)

Menu – Canapes/Mains/Supper provided by Wise Restaurant. Simmo’s Icecream cart for dessert. 

Cake – Sweet Sorella Cakes (cake flowers by Zest)

Hair – Tegan Walker, Styling - Mobile Hair Designs

Make up – Amy Kelly Makeup Artist

Wedding Bands – Jogia Diamonds 


 

Instagram Wrap-up : May 2016

Posted on 31 May, 2016
Instagram Wrap-up : May 2016

Image 1: The ultimate bridal shoes by @maisonvalentino Image 2: The Nerida from our new KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection released this month, see more gowns from the rangeImage 3: Our Melbourne sample sale will be at the end of June, gowns start from 50% off. Image 4: Anna and Evans' Contemporary Grounds of Alexandria wedding was simply stunning, see more of this wedding on the KWH blogImage 5: This bold poolside shoot - as featured by White Magazine - was awe inspiring, see more hereImage 6: Gorgeous bouquet by @flowersonnortonst for our beautiful Real Bride, Amy. Photographed by @zoetakesaphotoImage 7: We LOVED showcasing our newest collections at this years White Gallery! Farewell to London, see you soon. Image 8: Sneak peak from @whiteimages styled shoot featuring our new KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns. See more of the new collection hereImage 9: Something blue - love this stunning ring by @valejewelery

 

To see the full Karen Willis Holmes Instagram feed see http://bit.ly/KWH-Insta 

STYLED SHOOT - Organic Pastel Australian Seaside

Posted on 30 May, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Organic Pastel Australian Seaside

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A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals and Connie Whitlock Photography, recently traveled to Australia together, looking for creative refreshment and inspiration after a busy summer. Being from the United States, they were so impressed with the collaborative environment, hospitality, and beautiful scenery found in Australia.

"The inspiration for this shoot originated from the pastel sunsets we saw every night. We fell in love with the beautiful colors of pastel purples and pinks, and the lovely turquoise blues of the Australian waters. We brought our inspiration into our color palette with the muted colors and textures created in the tablescape, while the bold colors, chosen by Sassybird Flowers for the bouquet and centerpiece, popped against the pastel skies and jagged, earth toned rocks. We incorporated found elements from the beach into the shoot to tie everything together. Our table was a wooden palette that had been left on the beach, and over time it gathered barnacles and was faded by the sun and ocean air. Driftwood flanked the tablescape and defined the space in the sand. We wanted our dining to feel casual and to be an al fresco experience, so we chose a low table and used pillows for seating. The lovely Tillie Top and Natasha Skirt from Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes was a perfect choice for a beachside inspired wedding. The watercolor and hand scripted invitations from Betlem Calligraphy mimicked the waves crashing on the shore and the hand torn edges complemented our laid-back feel. The mostly down hairstyle with a loose tied back braid by Tyla Miller was perfect for the wind and ocean mist by the water. We also brought in pieces of rose quartz to mimic the colors of the sunset and to highlight our tablescape."

CREDITS: Photography: Connie Whitlock Photography | Event Planning + Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals| Floral Design: Sassybird Flowers | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Stationery: Betlem Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Tyla Miller | Model: Dallas Jays