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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.”

See original post, as featured by HELLO MAY.

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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. 


 
 

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• 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

 

Wendy & Joshua's NSW Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 25 May, 2016
Wendy & Joshua's NSW Hinterland Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Josh and I began our relationship on the 9th of March, 2004 while we were in high school. We look back now as adults and can see how mad it must have seemed back then, for us to be in a ‘committed relationship’ at the ripe old age of 14.

Through the years we stayed together through all the milestones a young adult passes. Through it all we have never asked each other to change, but have let each other change, and more importantly, we have helped each other to grow into the best version of ourselves.

How long have you been together? 13 years

Do you have a proposal story?  It was two weeks out from our 10 year anniversary when Josh popped the question. He took me on a spontaneous getaway and proposed on a secluded beach at Jervis Bay, NSW. I did assume it might happen, but he proposed hours after we arrived so he still did manage to catch me by surprise! It was such a happy day!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26 September 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? We chose to have our ceremony and reception at Briars Country Lodge and Historic Inn, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

What made you choose there? We chose this venue for its stunning natural beauty, beautiful floor to ceiling windowed observatory and comfortable suites for our guests to stay all night.

How did you find it? Josh and I treated venue shopping like buying a home, it was serious stuff! We searched online for weeks, and visited various venues. We ended up falling in love with the Southern Highlands and our venue offered everything we were looking for within our budget.

How was the weather on the day? The whole week leading up to our wedding rained, we were so happy that on the big day we had an hour of sun for our ceremony!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? The Southern Highlands is so beautiful in the spring, it is the driest month of the year (not in 2015 it would seem) and September 26th falls within the school holidays, which will prove to be very handy for anniversaries over the years.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We wanted to create a wedding that was centred around two people who are both in love with each other. We were inspired by the natural surrounds, and included small touches throughout the wedding to make it personal and meaningful to us and our relationship, like old letters that were used as petal cones, and photos of our parents weddings. We wanted the experience for guests to be as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, and invited our family and best friends that we both had from growing up together.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I researched wedding photographer and videographer websites for inspiration. They post weddings that they have shot and often have great detail shots! I was able to see the ins and outs of many weddings, and pick up on tricks other couples have used for their own special day. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The groom, grooms mother and myself styled the wedding. For months our home was overrun with vision boards, props, signs and other hand made touches.
 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had my Sister Elisa, two sisters-in-law Sarah and Jessica, and two great friends Collette and Sandra

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Josh had his four great friends Leigh, Dan, Travis and Nathan along with my Brother Shaun

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We had our two gorgeous nieces Mia and Sienna as flower girls

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I searched high and low for a wedding gown, I really love the timeless elegance of a long sleeve gown. After seeing that Karen Willis Holmes offered a few long sleeve options, I just knew I had to book an appointment.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Everywhere! Karen Willis Holmes gowns were a popular choice for brides that I was inspired by, on The LANE, in bridal magazines like Hello May, White Magazine and on Pinterest.

How many gowns did you try? I tried so many gowns on, but quickly found out that unstructured long sleeve gowns were not for me! I am so glad I found a way to have sleeves, while still having a structured dress!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the moment I walked in to Karen Willis Holmes I was blown away, the experience was so perfect. My first appointment was in the Paddington showroom, the staff made me feel so comfortable, they were ok with me bringing my bridesmaids, there was never any pressure, just genuine feedback and nothing was ever too much for them! My dress ended up being a mix of two dresses, with some details changed on the bodice. I also purchased a separate crop to get those sleeves I was dreaming of.

The fitting process in Newtown was so pleasant too, they took the time to ensure that the fit was completely perfect, and they even allowed me to take some of the left over lace cuts so that I could add some of my own details to the crop and dress. I could not be more grateful for how they went above and beyond for me.

What did you especially like about your gown? I love the sleeves, I am so glad that I found a way to wear them! I also loved how the dress made me feel.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids wore alternating Zimmermann pearl dresses in a silk crepe de chine. I love how the dresses complimented each of their body shapes perfectly. Each dress was a great combination of timeless elegance and fun. I altered all of the hem lines so they were the same length on each bridesmaid.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Josh wore a tailored two piece navy suit by Pal Zileri that was a shade darker than the groomsmen suits. He wore a Prada tie with tie bar and tan leather belt and shoes to give it a more casual look. The groomsmen all wore navy wool suits from Rembrant, who were wonderful to work with when coordinating a large group. They wore the same tan shoes and belts as the groom to add uniformity.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wanted to keep my jewellery to a minimum, and wore traditional pearl drop earrings. I gifted my bridesmaids pearl coloured tear drop Samantha Wills studs.

Where did you get your shoes from? This was one of the most agonising decisions of the wedding! I was searching for high shoes to compensate for my height, but had the uneven ground to consider.  I decided on suede nude Prada heels, with an ankle strap to assist me when walking on the lawn.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My beautiful florist made a flower crown for me to wear for the ceremony, I then changed into a headpiece that my amazing Mother in Law made for me for the reception.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? No matter how much planning you do in the lead up to the wedding, the final week is just so busy with last minute details. For days it felt like I would tick one thing off my to do list, and another three would need to be added! Take time off work in the lead up if possible, and don't forget to get your bridal party to help you, mine were invaluable!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep an open mind. It is so important to know your own style, and not to compromise for your wedding, however I was surprised about how some styles made me look and feel so much better than others. The dress styles with sleeves that I filled my Pinterest boards with were really hard to find and I noticed that they were all unstructured and unflattering on my shape when I did manage to find them. I managed to meet somewhere in the middle, I wore a structured dress and still managed to get the sleeves of my dreams!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. Josh and I combined our wedding speech, which took out so much stress! We each took turns to say a few words to our parents, bridal party and guests, then took a moment to say something to each other which we kept secret until the night.

Something Old? My mothers original wedding band wrapped within the ribbon around my bouquet

Something New? Wedding Dress

Something Borrowed? Duncan family horseshoe

Something Blue? Blue bow on garter

Suppliers

Florist - I met Coralie from Wild Blossom Flowers at a wedding fair, and instantly fell in love with her unstructured and organic floral style. I opted for a large bouquet of burgundy, white, peach purple and green seasonal blooms. The bridesmaids held paired back versions of my bouquet which were all slightly different. I had sourced vintage pots and urns to use at the reception, which Coralie filled with various blooms to give a European flower market feel.

Photographer - We absolutely love the relaxed and candid feel of Mark and Kara’s photography, they manage to capture every emotion of the day in a natural, unobtrusive way. We fell in love with the gorgeous scenery of the Southern Highlands, and Mark and Kara managed to capture the picturesque landscape perfectly.

Music - I walked down the isle to ‘Ocean (Live) By John Buttler Tio. We signed the registry to ‘Holocene’ and ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver. And used ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros for the processional. We used ‘Your Song’ A bespoke DJ booking service the we found through the One Fine Day Wedding Fair. They were able to provide us with a fantastic DJ, Bobby. He met with us for a drink and listened to our plans for the night, then went and created a soundtrack tailored to our taste. We loved our wedding DJ, and received so many comments about the fantastic music.

First Dance - We had our first dance to ‘White Dress’ by Set Mo.

MC - Our MC was our friend Ronan Mason, he was so perfect at breaking the ice and relaxing our guests with hilarious jokes. He was so fantastic!

Celebrant - Our ceremony was officiated by Reverend Michael Earl from Bowral Uniting Church. He perfectly combined a relaxed feel with tradition and humour.

Stationery - I spent months designing our invitations to provide guests with a sneak preview of the day. We had a letterpresses invitation with a blind hand drawn floral impression on the boarder and deep burgundy text, Terrace Press was amazing at bringing my design to life. We then used the same theme on a wedding website created by Josh, which provided all the finer details for our guests.

Menu - We chose alternating warming food, served desert and Alcohol was flowing!

Cake - My bridesmaid and her partner created an amazing cheese tower for our wedding cake. We served this after our ceremony during canapé hour. Our guests thought this was a perfect idea, as they were able to enjoy the cheese along with the tray service of canapés whilst we were off getting photos.

Bombonieres - My mother in law and myself lovingly grew succulents for the year leading up to the wedding, which we then individually potted as favours for our guests. We also included a flower wrapping station, so that our guests could take home and enjoy some flowers from our venue.

Hair & Make up - I couldn't look past Gemma Nichols Makeup Artistry for the hair and makeup for the day. Gemma and Carly travelled from Sydney and had the mammoth task of working on 10 women. From the moment they arrived in the morning they created such a happy and relaxing environment, and even finished early! We were all thrilled with the hair and make-up (which stayed put all day!). It was more than I could have hoped for!

 

Gown Feature : Agyness

Posted on 23 May, 2016
Gown Feature : Agyness

The elegant Agyness gown features high center front neckline with exquisite neckline embroidery detail and cut-away low back. The shilhouette is finished with a fitted bias skirt with all-over embellishment. 

Our KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection was created to cater for the bride wanting a non traditional bridal look. The KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection focuses on excpetional fit as well as exquisite embellished and embroidered details. This collection, including the Agyness gown, is available off the rack. 

Colour: Ivory

Sizes Available: US 0 - 12 / UK & AUS 4 - 16

Fabric: All-over sequined georgette.

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

 

Anna & Evan's Wedding at The Grounds

Posted on 18 May, 2016
Anna & Evan's Wedding at The Grounds

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

When I was 16 years old, a friend of mine from school dragged me along to a party. It was a party that I didn’t really want to go to, and that I wasn’t really invited to! I very elegantly (perhaps a bit tipsy) tripped over someone’s foot and landed on him. It was Evan. I guess you could say the rest is history. I have often wondered why then, why that party. Perhaps it was just meant to be.

How long have you been together?

We were together for 5 years and then we parted ways. I think when you meet at such a young age, there are always times when you feel you need to head off and find yourself, so that you can be the best version of yourself in your relationship. After a year apart, we found our way back to one another and have been together ever since. That was 5 years ago! I am grateful every day that we managed to reconnect, and we are happier than ever!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 6.12.15

Location - The Grounds of Alexandria

What made you choose there?

There is just something about The Grounds. It really is a magical venue. I had always thought the garden would be a beautiful place to not only hold a ceremony, but also continue through to reception. The idea of being married in a venue that needed little decoration, as it is stunning in its on right really appealed to me. I really liked that there was no worry if the weather turned ugly and there was enough space for all my guests to relax. The food was most definitely a plus also! Outstanding!  I had also seen some of the most wonderful wedding photography on many blogs from the Grounds and it looked like the perfect fit for our personalities.

How did you find it?  I had been to the grounds quite a few times for lunch/breakfast, but it was seeing photos of a wedding there on a blog that really pushed me to have our wedding there. It looked beautiful and unusual, and not wanting a traditional wedding, looked perfect for us.

How was the weather on the day? The wedding was a gorgeous sunny summer day! It was really hot during the day, but it cooled to a perfect temperature by the time our wedding started at 6pm

The Wedding Details

Theme ?

We did not have an official “theme” for the day, but I would say the wedding was a sophisticated yet simple garden party! I wanted the wedding to be conducted in many different pockets of the space, so we had our ceremony, speeches, food and dance floor in separate parts of the garden venue.

I carried a floral garden theme throughout from the invitations to the signage on the day. Purples, pinks and lavenders were used in our bouquets and signage. In my planning, I really wanted the venue to be the hero of the day, and everything else to simply compliment it. I didn’t want the day to get too over styled or themed. We really wanted it to be classic, so that when we look at our photos and remember the day in 50 years, it stands the test of time!

Bethan Tolmaer from the Grounds was excellent in meeting with me and running through many possibilities for the day. This was integral in helping me plan the day and styling.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I guess I knew deep down the wedding we should have by wanting it to really reflect the laid back and simple nature of our relationship. I looked at a lot of wedding blogs and pinterest, but at the end of the day, it really was about sticking to what things are important to us, each other and our family and friends.

Knowing this really helped plan the evening as it eliminated a lot of things that we didn’t feel were integral to our day. For us, being able to spend the night with our guests was most important, so we had a short ceremony, and a cocktail reception. We tried to keep all the formalities of the evening short and sweet and early on in the night, and that gave us plenty of time to kick up our heels with our loved ones on the dance floor.

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

The Wedding Ceremony – with the celebrant’s assistance I wrote the wedding ceremony. This was a wonderful experience, and meant that it was really personalized to us. I wanted to pay tribute to our families in the ceremony; this included walking in to my Father In Law’s favourite song and changing my mother’s favourite song into a reading! I arranged all of the music for the ceremony – this was one of my favourite parts!

Confetti - I bought the confetti in bulk and then after purchasing a stamp kit, stamped 125 bags for confetti! A very long process but was the most economical option, as it turns out buy pre-package biodegradable confetti is incredibly expensive.

Gift Table – I sourced all of the frames and decorations for the table. I managed to find an old suitcase at Mitchell Road Antiques that was perfect for our wishing well, and then decorated it with photos of Evan and I. We wanted the table to be simple, but also serve as a great introduction to the space, as we situated it right near the front entrance.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My three best girlfriends were my bridesmaids and they were just amazing! Couldn’t have imagined anyone else! Stephanie, Alice and Angela.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Evan’s brother Alex was best man on the day – there were no other groomsmen.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? A girl I know had gotten married in a Karen Willis Holmes gown two years before. I remember thinking that it was the most gorgeous gown I had ever seen! Naturally, I looked at all of the design options online and thought that it was a must I go in and try some one.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had seen many gorgeous Karen Willis Holmes gowns before in wedding magazine, blogs, and through friends that had worn them.

How many gowns did you try? I think that I tried on at least 6 gowns before I found my dress. I had a very definitive idea about what gown I wanted, but when it came to trying them on, they simply did not suit my frame. I was so lucky to have Hannah-Kate as my sales assistant as after I had tried and failed with all my picks, she pulled gowns for me that I would never have tried on. The gown that she thought would suit my frame perfectly ended up being the one I bought!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I love the way I felt when I wore the gown. I felt like myself! I feel like a lot of brides try to buy gowns that are in fashion or suit a theme, but for me, I wanted to feel like the best version of myself on my wedding day.  The gown made me feel sexy but sophisticated. I also loved the fact that I had never seen a dress quite like it, so I didn’t feel like a cardboard cutout bride that could be at any other wedding! It was so intricate and delicate. Wish I could wear it again!

 Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  Kookai – My bridesmaid Alice saw the dress thought that it would be an excellent style to compliment all three of the Bridesmaids. She was right! They looked stunning!

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groom and groomsmen both wore suits by Ted Baker.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore beautiful art deco style stud earrings from Karen Willis Holmes. My mother pointed them out when I went to my first dress fitting and they were perfect! The dress is so delicately beaded that it didn’t need much to finish off the whole look.  The Bridesmaids wore black strapped heels from Nine West, and as a present for being amazing bridesmaids, I bought them all Samantha Wills earrings to wear on the day.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West – Gold Sparkly Shoes!

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Remember what is important. It is really easy to get caught up in the spectacle of planning a wedding. What helped me was staying very true to our personalities and what was important to us on the day. I planned the whole day around keeping it as simple and stress free as I could – and it worked!

Be realistic – do you really need that 6 level chocolate tower? Yes it is your one wedding, but don’t get excessive!

Trust your gut instinct – a lot of people with a lot of opinons will try to tell you what to do. Try not to let this deter you from what you really want! After all, it’s your wedding!

The best advice however is what my mother told me “ Something is definitely going to stuff up”. I say this not in bad way, but to liberate you. Nothing ever goes to plan 100% so keep your wedding simple and when things may not go your way on the day, it will not throw you!

 

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

BE OPEN! Trying on a wedding gown for the first time is a really overwhelming experience. You spend the first little while trying to wrap your head around the fact that you are indeed getting married and you are wearing a wedding dress!

Have an idea of what you like definitely, but be open to try on other options that you would never have dreamed of. If you go to a boutique like Karen Willis Holmes, they are experts at knowing your bodies and there dresses so really work with them.

Buy a dress that make you feel amazing. Not something that will look good when you loose weight, not one that is cool or edgy. Buy it because when you put it on, you can imagine your wedding day, and it makes you feel incredible!

 

Suppliers

Florist – Pollock Petals

This was a recommendation from a school friend. Mandy was wonderful to work with. Together we brainstormed and came up with the ideas for flowers for wedding, and they turned out perfectly. She was supportive and adaptable when changes arose, and the bouquets really brought everything together.

Photographer – Alice Boshell Photography

Alice and I had worked together previously on some shoots for my work as a dancer. On the wedding day she amazing! She was easy to work with and managed to capture all of our guests in the most incredibly candid way! Looking back at the photos really takes me back to the day. She even managed to get my photo-hating husband to smile!

Music – Mike Champion and the Cool – Wedding Band

I had heard the band at a friends wedding the year before and thought if I ever got married I had to have them. Best band I have ever heard at a wedding! These guys are just incredible! They had our guests dancing all night, and since our wedding, another 3 friends are looking into them for their nuptials. They feed of the energy of the crowd and you feel like they are having just as much fun as you are!

First Dance – “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters

An obscure song that my husband and I love – It was so special to dance to something that was unknown to many of our guests. My husband picked it brilliantly!

MC – My brothers

This was a wonderful way to include my 3 brothers in the day. They each MC’d a different part of the night, putting their own funny anecdotes in and entertaining the guests. It was very special for me to have them such a big part of the day.

Celebrant – Gerard Van Dyke

I first met Gerard when he was a lecturer of mine at university. When I was looking for options for celebrants, he enthusiastically agreed to come up from Melbourne to officiate our ceremony. Gerard is charming, funny and really wonderful to work with. We had regular skype meetings in the lead up to the wedding, and the day before, he met with us to run through all the official proceedings and documents for the day.  He made us feel so calm and happy during the ceremony, and kept it light hearted. I could not have imagined a better person to marry us.

Stationery – Family Friends that are printers made our wedding invitations as our wedding gift.   The Little Ink Company designed the signage for the wedding. Bri is starting out with her graphics business and I would not hesitate in getting anything printed from her in the future.

Menu – The Grounds of Alexandria

Cocktail Canapés menu including arancini balls, sliders and scallops

Cheese and Nut grazing table

Two tier Wedding Cake

Canapé dessert table including:  lemon meringue pies, donuts and chocolate hazelnut cake

Cake – The Grounds Of Alexandria

Hair – Kristy Orr

Kristy did my sister in law’s hair for her wedding and she looked incredible so I had no doubt that our hair would turn out great too! Friendly and lovely lady to work with, and very reasonably priced.

Make up – Kerrie Gentle

Kerrie has done the make up for several girls I know who have previously gotten married. What an amazing make up artist! She really knows skin and how to make you look like the best version of yourself! She was excellent.

Wedding Bands – Chilton’s Antiques

My husband bought my engagement ring from Chilton’s. When it was time to get our wedding bands, naturally we wanted to go to the place that would have something to compliment the engagement ring.

This small family run antique store is so special. They really want to help you find the best option for you. You do not in any way feel like they are pushing you to buy from them. They want to help in any way possible.

 

Introducing the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 2016 Collection

Posted on 17 May, 2016
Introducing the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 2016 Collection

Following the success of the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection in 2015, we are please to introduce the new 2016 KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES range. Designed by Creative Director Karen Willis Holmes and hand beaded and crafted by artisians in India, these gowns offer brides a glamorous wedding day look. This collection is available in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques and selected stockists. For more information please contact info@karenwillisholmes.com. 

Agyness

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

Antoinette

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

Beatrice

V-neck bodice with full tulle skirt, delicately beaded and embroidered and finished with a belt. 

Ellery

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

Florence 

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

Fontanne

V-neck bodice and bias skirt featuring exquistie beaded and embroidered detail in panelled line designs and finished with a belt. 

 

Lottie

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

Nerida

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