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Sarah & Sam's Elegant Garden Wedding

Posted on 04 May, 2016
Sarah & Sam's Elegant Garden Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through mutual friends.

How long have you been together? 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? The most surprising proposal. We were on holiday in Bali and spent the morning exploring the Uluwatu temple before ending up at Finns Beach Club at the Semara in Uluwatu. Spent a beautiful afternoon sipping cocktails and relaxing when I said to Sam “wouldn’t this be the perfect place to get engaged, hint hint.” I thought nothing more about it. We went to leave and on top of the cliff overlooking the ocean Sam asked ‘Sarah, will you marry me”.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 16th January 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception):

Where? Ceremony and Reception both at Lamont’s Bishops House

What made you choose there? We wanted a beautiful outdoor venue.

How did you find it? I used to work in the building that overlooks the house.

How was the weather on the day?  HOT! 38 degrees but perfect in the evening – the dance floor was never empty.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Venue availability.

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Simplistic and elegant garden wedding

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I had an idea of what I wanted and my mum and sister where amazing. We met with stylist Katie Cooper who just “got” me and we went from there.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Place cards, menus and seating chart.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of Honour Lucy my sister. My best friend of 17 years Cheryl was my bridesmaid

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man – Ryan, Groomsman - Gareth

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The boutique just opened down the road from where I work and I thought I would take a look.

How many gowns did you try? I tried 4 weddiong gowns on at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The gorgeous simplicity of the shape but the wow factor of the pearl.



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Camilla and Marc exclusive to David Jones

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Just pearl earrings from Witchery

Where did you get your shoes from? Target

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

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? As cliché as it sounds “DON’T STRESS” enjoy every moment of your day because it really does go so fast. Sam and I took 15 minutes to ourselves to soak it and each other in. I would highly recommend a few minutes alone.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You will find the one. Just breathe and don’t overthink it.

Something Old? My dad ;)

Something New? My Dress

Something Borrowed? Mums Issey Miyake Perfume

Something Blue? The blue ribbon sewed in to the dress


FloristKatie Cooper Floral Design

Photographer – Jodie from Merge Photography

Music – DJ Eden from Da Do Ron Ron

First Dance – Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling In Love

MC DJ Eden

CelebrantDru Soltys

StationeryDeciduous Press

Menu - DIY

Cake Sweet Daisy May

Bombonieres – Donations to the Cancer Council and DIY

Hair – Tina from Koko Blaq

Make up Holly Garvey MUA

Wedding Bands -  Rosendorfs

Meet the Designer - Angelica Bridal London

Posted on 03 May, 2016
Meet the Designer - Angelica Bridal London

London brides, we have a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with Karen, try bridal gowns from the new bridal collections and gain Karen's expert opinion. 

Karen will be visiting Angelica Bridal in London for a Meet the Designer day in London. Karen will be instore on Friday, May 13th 2016 to meet with brides-to-be and to help select gowns. 

In store will be new designs from the Karen Willis Holmes 2016 collection including Bespoke, DYG, Wild Hearts and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes, debuting for the first time in the UK.

Angelica Bridal

18 Camden Passage

Islington, London, N1 8ED


To schedule an appointment with Karen please email : 


or phone 

020 7226 7823 


Cosmopolitan Bride Issue 46

Posted on 29 Apr, 2016
Cosmopolitan Bride Issue 46

We are so excited for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan Bride! We absolutely love seeing our gowns and veils within the glossy pages. We are absolutely thrilled to see our stunning Real Bride, Amanda in her BESPOKE Selena gown. For more information on any of the gowns featured in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan Bride, please email info@karenwillisholmes.com. 

Tille Crop styled with Natasha Skirt from our Wild Hearts collection. 

The Ava gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

The Johanna gown from our BESPOKE collection. 

The Blake bodice and Frances skirt from our D.Y.G - Design Your Gown collection. 

Stunning Amanda wears the Selena gown from our BESPOKE collection. 


Belle & Ben's Italian Wedding

Posted on 27 Apr, 2016
Belle & Ben's Italian Wedding

Where do we start with this gorgeous wedding? From the location to the photographer and of course the wedding dress, this wedding is breathtaking! As featured in the Real Wedding Special of HELLO MAY Magazine. Belle and Ben were married in Ravello, Italy, think Amalfi Coast!

Belle wore the BESPOKE Prea gown styled with a beautiful headpiece and surrounded by her bridesmaids who wore different gowns in shades of white, teamed with baby's breath flower crowns.

Belle and Ben also made custom books for all their guests "We didn't just want to place a menu on the table without special shoutouts to our bridal party and parents so we created a fun booklet that had funny one-liners about each of them, as well as a very special mention to our grandparents who aren't with us. It ended up being a solid talking point and icebreaker for the entire evening and it made something as clinical as a menu and made people feel apprecaited to be with us on the day."

For the vibe of the day "We wanted romantic, slightly over the top flowers, fresh whites, lots of candles and olive trees everywhere". - Belle

Dan O'Day, whom Belle and Ben found through HELLO MAY beautifully captured the day.


Photography - Dan O'Day Photography 

Ceremony, reception, catering + cake - Belmont Hotel Caruso

Cake topper - Host & Toast

Stationairy - Nate Cairns

Favours - Invitation Tea Towels

Celebrant - Anna Sorrentina 

Rings - Carabez Fine Jewellery

Annie & Lincoln's Beautiful Garden Wedding

Posted on 20 Apr, 2016
Annie & Lincoln's Beautiful Garden Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We are high school sweets hearts – We started dating when I was in year 10 and Linc was in year 12.

How long have you been together? 11 years

Do you have a proposal story? On the weekend of our 10 year (dating) anniversary Linc surprised me with plane tickets down to Tasmania. We hired a car when we arrived in Launceston and drove down to Cradle Mountain where he had booked us two nights at Peppers Resort. It was the most beautiful place, we were literally right at the base of a mountain surrounded by lush green forest, it was like something out of the movies!! The same afternoon we arrived at Cradle Mountain, Linc and I went for a walk through the rainforest and it was there that Linc turned around and dropped his knee!! I was so shocked that a swear word may have been the first thing I said in response (classy, I know!) and then followed by an “of course!!!” and a few tears!

To top it all off, Linc had booked us into a private spa “wing” that looked over the forest and we had our own private outdoor plunge pool and spa bath!! We had so much fun spending the afternoon there, drinking champagne and ringing all our friends and family to tell them our exciting news!!

A weekend I’ll never forget!!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Sunday 20th December, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney

2.     What made you choose there? Their beautiful gardens and spaces

3.     How did you find it? When we lived I Sydney we were regular visitors to the grounds for coffee and lunch!

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! Linc would say too hot as he had to wait at the aisle for quite a while for me!!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Lincoln and I are currently living in Dubai and thought this date was perfect as it allowed us to come back to Australia and spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve back home with family and friends!

The Wedding Details

Theme? Our theme was white, copper, wood and greenery.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I’ve never been a colourful person so I was always going to go with white!! The grounds of Alexandria was inspiration for the greenery and wood and I just love copper and thought it would be perfect for the finishing touches!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The bonbonners were succulents in little white geometric planters with a copper flag – my parents and other relatives planted all 100 succulents and my bridesmaids made the copper flags! My parents also hand painted all the table numbers so that they were copper too.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Emma, Beck (my two sisters), Mel, Vanessa, Aimee (best girlfriends) and Jessie (Linc’s cousin who is a close friend to both of us)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Miles, Elliott (Linc’s two brothers), Matt, Luke, Aaron and Andy (Linc’s best mates)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen your range online and on Instagram and thought they would suit me!

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

How many gowns did you try? 2 or 3

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins!



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Love Honor

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Groom – Boggi Milano, Groomsmen – Brent Wilson

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings from David Jones and Lincoln bought me a Tiffany and Co bracelet to wear on the day as a wedding gift.

Where did you get your shoes from? The Bridal Room, Perth WA

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore my sister’s veil that she wore at her wedding


Florist Florals by Silva – Amazing!

PhotographerHeart and Colour – I could not recommend these photographers highly enough!!!!! They were fantastic! Our photos are incredible!

Music – Silent Shout Entertainment (Sam Hearn) – What a legend!!! We had so many guests comment on how good the music was and the dance floor definitely got a work out!!

First Dance – My Girl – The Temptations

MC – Juan Valencia

Stationery – Samone - Cake Ink.

Menu – Etsy – Falmari Paper Co by Rachel Waddington

Place cards Natalie Martin

Cake – The Grounds Patisserie

Bombonieres – Kate Aspen Planters and my amazing parents and family who planted all the succulents

Hair & MakeupEmpire Artistries (Nikki and Dianne)



Posted on 13 Apr, 2016

With deep hues, modern and rustic touches along with a pinch of glamour, this collaboration is picture perfect as we head midway through Autumn. The venue for this stunning shoot is Stevens Estate Garden in Williamstown, an immaculate ceremony venue which boasts a myriad of photo opportunities including an old rustic cottage. Featuring the Caitlyn wedding gown from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection styled with the Genevieve overlay and shot by the uber talented Blush and Mint Photography. We just love this shoot from our Adelaide stockist, The Vintage Bride Boutique.

CREDITS: Photography: Blush and Mint Photography  |   Gowns: The Vintage Bride Boutique  |  Cake: The Sweet Tooth Factory  |  Stationery: Magnolia Press  |  Styling, Furniture + Props: Minty Mary Pea  |  Wood Art: The Carpenters Daughter  |  Floral Art: Bella in Bloom  |  Hair + MU: Barossa Style Bar  |  Venue: Stevens Estate Garden  |  Video: Vu Phan Productions


Louise & Nick: As Featured on Hello May

Posted on 06 Apr, 2016
Louise & Nick: As Featured on Hello May

In the midst of planning their New South Wales wedding, Louise and Nick stopped and realised they were getting away from their original vision for the day, so they wiped the slate clean and started a new. Pretty ballsy if you ask us.

“We really wanted the wedding to reflect our lives together. We wanted it all to feel natural to us on some level,” explains Louise, who decided on a close-to-home celebration featuring some of their local favourites like Bourke Street Bakery and Papa Pasticceria.

Held at The Grounds of Alexandria, the couple’s go-to coffee shop on the weekends, the bride rocked a Karen Willis Holmes gown and hair and makeup by beauty legend Liv Lundelius, who Louise raved about amongst other talented vendors, like Shane Shepherd and Sydney Celebrant.

“You really do spend a lot of time with your vendors on your wedding day, and for that reason we consciously chose vendors we really liked as people too. Being a bit of a perfectionist in some ways I struggled to follow my own advice, but really try to forget the small details that don’t go to plan and enjoy the day,” says Louise, who swore by Hello May in finding her crew of vendors.

“Hello May became my bible in the lead up to the wedding! Pretty much all my inspiration came from Hello May and of course, Pinterest.”

CREDITS  Photos Shane Shepherd // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Lingerie Huit // Shoes and accessories Nordstrom // Hair and makeup Liv Lundelius // Rings Larsen Jewellery // Bridesmaid dresses Josh Goot, Zimmermann, Review and Alannah Hill // Bridesmaid gifts The Daily Edited // Suit Country Road // Shirt MJ Bale // Tie J.Crew // Tie clip and cufflinks Ben Sherman // Shoes Calibre // Socks Calvin Klein // Watch and groomsmen ties Myer // Florist and cake topper Florals By Silva // Printer Carbon 8 // Ceremony, reception and catering The Grounds of Alexandria, NSW // Cake Bourke Street Bakery and Papa Pasticceria // Decorative elements Holy Kitsch // Celebrant Sydney Celebrant.

Rachel & Nicks Sunshine Coast Wedding

Posted on 30 Mar, 2016
Rachel & Nicks Sunshine Coast Wedding



How did you meet your (now) husband? At high school.

How long have you been together? Almost 5 years

Do you have a proposal story?  We were living in Perth at the time and had just flown home to the Sunshine Coast on a red eye flight, so we hadn’t slept in hours. I was so tired and ready for bed! Nick had bought the ring in his backpack all the way from Perth and couldn’t wait any long. He said he wanted to go and check the surf.  He took me up to Point Cartwright light and got down on one knee…. Of course I cried! And I didn’t speak a word the whole car ride back to his parents place.  I was in complete shock and a little sleep deprived! We actually now live back on the Sunshine Coast and right around the corner from where Nick proposed, so we often go up to the exact spot.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 4/10/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Flaxton Gardens    

What made you choose there?  The venue spoke for itself, it's amazing.

How was the weather on the day?  Picture perfect!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was a long weekend!


The Wedding Details

Theme? Rustic but romantic.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? SO many sources (Instagram, Pintrest, Hello May) I always knew what I wanted though.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Nick handmade the LOVE letters, he is an electrician by trade so that helped! They turned out so well and were such a great feature.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Jess (Friend), Michelle (Nicks sister), Renee (Friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Dan (Nicks brother), Brad (Friend), John (Friend)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had looked at her website and had actually picked out a few other dresses to the one I ended up choosing!

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

How many gowns did you try? 4 or 5 gowns.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Brisbane store.

What did you especially like about your gown? The fit was perfect (I only had to have it taken up) and I also wanted something a little non-traditional but still classy.




Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Sabo Skirt Formal

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? A flower crown and really simple jewelry. Nick ended up giving me jewelry from Karen Walker as part of my wedding gift, so I didn’t even end up wearing the jewelry I had bought. The bridesmaid’s jewelry was also really simple; they also had flowers in their hair.

Where did you get your shoes from? Tony Bianco

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My seamstress made my veil and my flower crown was made by my florist, Willow Bud.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? To relax and enjoy the ride!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Always try gowns that are out of your comfort zone and maybe something you wouldn’t usually choose!

Extra Features? Nick also made this amazing wooden box for my wedding gift. It had all different sections inside with a gift and note in each! He put so many hours in to making it and it is something I will never forget!!



Florist – Willow Bud

Photographer – Simon J Coulson

Music – Christian Patey

First Dance – Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I love You

Cake – Sweetheart Cake Designs

Hair – Sass & Niki Wedding Hair

Make up – Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry

Wedding Bands – Custom Made

Extra Features – Nick also made this amazing wooden box for my wedding gift. It had all different sections inside with a gift and note in each! He put so many hours in to making it and it is something I will never forget!!


Kelsey & Matthew's Estate Wedding

Posted on 23 Mar, 2016
Kelsey & Matthew's Estate Wedding



How long was your engagement? Just under two years!

Do you have a proposal story? Matt proposed on February 11th on Great Barrier Island off New Zealand. Matt had bought us tickets for the trip as a Christmas present and it was just magic. We had a cosy little chalet on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. One day Matt suggested that we go for a bush walk and pretended to forget his lighter so he could run back up and set up the ring/proposal. When we got back we were both sweaty and hot and when I saw the box on the table Matt said ‘Shall we get married?’ It was so unromantic and so perfect.


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 5th December, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Jalbrook Estate and Alpaca Farm, Balingup, WA 

What made you choose there? 

We saw lots beforehand! We had many a scouting mission ‘down south’ to the Margaret River Wine Region in WA. We were pretty specific in what we were looking for, wanting somewhere to have both the ceremony, reception, photos, accommodation, and be allowed to style the venue ourselves! We also had a budget (of course!) and found it pretty hard to find something that ticked all the boxes. On our way back to Perth one weekend/scouting trip we decided to ‘go the scenic route’ and thought it would be fun to check out the local alpaca farm – We were blown away! We loved every part of it and had lots of friends tell us how magical and ‘whimsical’ it was.


The Wedding Details

Theme? We definitely wanted a relaxed vibe with a festival theme (like a really relaxed ‘Blues and Roots’ festival haha). We wanted it to feel more like a party than a wedding.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Hello May, White, Hooray, Perth Wedding Upmarket at the University of WA (and the good old Pinterest!)

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did lots of DIY projects leading up to the wedding, but I changed my mind so often that hardly any of them were actually used on the day! I did write the Blackboard signs myself and did make the covers for the hay myself (though to be honest that wasn’t very hard!). Matt also made all of our flower boxes for the tables and they turned out great!


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My ‘dress’ was a beautiful two-piece from Karen Willis Holmes. I wore the Tillie top and the Natasha skirt. I was definitely not planning on buying a two piece wedding dress, As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one for me! I actually found my dress in a magazine (Hello May or White I believe) but at that time KWH only had stores in the Eastern States! By some magical wedding miracle their Perth store opened just in time for me to order my dream dress. 

Where did you purchase your gown from? Perth boutique


What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? 

- Remember even though you know your plans right down to the tiniest detail – no body else does, so it’s not a huge deal if everything isn’t perfect. 
-  Try not to stress about the weather, but try to prepare for it! You can’t change it and the photos will be magical anyway.
-  I know this one is a really common one, but try to slow down on the day! It will go so quickly! Take some time with your new partner to just squeal and squeeze each others hands.



Photos: CJ Williams Photography

Florist: Alice and Rose

Stationery (invites, place cards, favour tags etc): La Pomme Et La Pipe

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Jalbrook Estate and Alpaca Farm, Balingup, WA

Catering: Ole Paella 

Food trucks or carts: Caravan Bar by Mable and Co 

Decorative elements (bunting, straws, plates, balloons, garlands etc): Garland by The Confetti Project

Prop or furniture hire (chairs, drink dispensers, tables, games etc): Ferguson Valley Events 

Marquee / teepee: Marquee – Wonderland Tents and Events, Teepee/bell tents – Soul Camping 

Lighting / sound hire: Lighting hire – Ferguson Valley Events and Jalbrook Estate 

Signage: Bride (blackboards hired through Ferguson Valley Events and written by Bride)

Entertainment: Music – Majestic Wedding DJs 

Celebrant: Kerry Grist 

Rings: Bride: Tayha Designs & Groom: Meadowlark


Hannah & Justin's Beautiful Bush Wedding

Posted on 21 Mar, 2016
Hannah & Justin's Beautiful Bush Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? Justin and I met through a mutual friend when we were nineteen .I went to university with Ben and Justin went to school with Ben. Ben invited me to a party that Justin was at and Justin asked me out that night, a week later we were official.

How long have you been together? Over 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? I was moving to Dubai and Justin was going to join me later on in the year. We had discussed getting married as we couldn’t live together in Dubai if we weren’t married as the UAE is a Muslim country. We planned on getting a ‘quickie’ marriage certificate. But Justin knew that I would really want some kind of proposal story so he planned a surprise one.

In the weeks leading up to my departure I was nagging him to print some photos of us. He kept ‘forgetting’. On my birthday he made me breakfast in bed and gave me an envelope as my birthday present. Inside were some pictures of us, like I had asked for. I put them back inside the envelop and thanked him. He said, “umm…you missed one…” I took another look and there was a card that said, “Will you marry me?” Even though it was simple, it was amazing to have an official I-actually-want-to-marry-you-for-real-not-just-for-a-piece-of-paper proposal.  


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 8th August 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? In Mackenzie, Brisbane on Justin’s parents property.

What made you choose there? It was beautiful in the bush…and free.

How did you find it?  I had to walk through the bush on his parents property and find a spot that a) had sunlight peeking through the trees at just the right time of day b) had trees that could double as a wedding arch and c) was easily accessible

How was the weather on the day? It was a perfect winter’s day in Brisbane. Super sunny and not too cold.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? There was not particular attachment to the date. We just had to make sure we had enough time to get the certificate attested forJustin to come live with me. We later found out that 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture, and Justin is half Chinese so it ended up being a great date.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Pale colours, bush/rustic

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

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I came up with pretty much all the ideas with the help of Pinterest. I am really particular about how I like things so I was involved in every aspects of the wedding. I had a little over one month to plan everything! I finished teaching on the 2nd of July, flew into Brisbane on the 5th and the wedding was on the 8th of August so everything was a huge rush!

My mother in law, Bev, took me shopping to get all the little bits and pieces, helped me white wash chairs, and go dress shopping. My friend and unofficial MOH, Alecia, helped me to decorate the reception venue, had some great ideas and helped me keep my emotions from unraveling. My mum, dad and brother flew up the day before the wedding and helped with putting up decorations.  My father in law chopped down trees to make the seats for the ceremony, helped to decorate the wedding arch and prepared and cooked all the pizzas for the reception! I had a team of people helping me with all my ideas.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I didn’t have any brides maids as our wedding was very small.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? No official groomsmen, but Justin’s three friends from school all wanted to dress the same…boys, right! All they care about is clothes.


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I originally saw one of Karen Willis Holmes’ dresses on Pinterest well before I was even engaged and fell in love with the idea of a two piece wedding dress. I went onto their website and saw the Mabel dress – my first thought was, “that would suit my body shape so well!”

When I arrived in Brisbane from Dubai, I was dress shopping and I tried on a number of dresses from other shops that just didn’t feel right. I knew I had an appointment with Karen Willis Holmes in Sydney but realized I had made the appointment down there too late and wouldn’t have enough time if the dress wasn’t perfect. I quickly emailed the store in Brisbane and made my appointment there ASAP. When I went in I said, “I have one month until the wedding! What do you have in stock?” They showed me a number of dresses but the Mabel wasn’t there. I quickly looked around, found it and asked if they had it in stock. They were unsure and said they would call the Sydney store. I tried the dress on while they called. As soon as I stepped out I knew it was the one. It was so flattering and perfectly me – classic with an edge. I stood there, in my perfect wedding dress, with my fingers crossed that they had one in stock in Sydney. The girl on the phone was talking to someone and she started to smile, when she got off the phone she said they had one down there and it was in my size! I was so excited and knew that luck was on my side! I went home, talked to Justin, and called back later that afternoon to purchase the dress!

As a side note, Karen Willis Holmes let me keep my later appointment in Sydney so that I could try on the Mabel with my mum because I wanted her to have the wedding dress shopping experience with her only daughter. They were so kind and accommodating even though they knew I wouldn’t be purchasing a dress that day. 

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

How many gowns did you try? In total around ten. One at KWH.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved so many things about the gown. I loved the classic shape and I never thought I would wear cap sleeves but it just balanced my hips out so perfectly. The drape of the skirt was full and the train was exquisite. I loved how stiff the fabric was, yet the way it moved was so soft. The fact that it was a two piece was the most appealing; it showed off my favorite part of my body – my waist!






Where did you get the groom's suit? Justin got his suit from Black Jacket Suiting in Bulimba. Justin went to school with the owner, Ryan Fisher, and it was great for him to have a friend who knew a thing or two about fashion.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I went very minimalist in regards to accessories. I ended up getting a Thomas Sabo charm necklace and picked the two heart pendants for it, I wore a bracelet that I got for my twenty-first from my mum’s side of the family, and my parents in law got me some beautiful diamond earrings as a wedding present.

Where did you get your shoes from? Funnily enough…Windsor Smith! I wore flats because Justin and I are the same height, and I knew there was no way I would wear heels in the bush! They were incredibly comfortable!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a flower crown made by my florist – Kenmore Village Florists.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?  Just because it’s what you’re ‘supposed’ to do, doesn’t mean you should. We didn’t invite anyone other than immediate family and a few friends to our wedding. We did all the intimate stuff then had an ‘after party’ where extended family and all our friends were invited. It wasn’t ‘customary’ but it worked so well for us. Make it your own and don’t let other steer you away from what you really want (unless you can’t afford of course).

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Body shape! Your ‘dream dress’ may look beautiful on the model, but if it doesn’t suit you, don’t get it!


Florist – Lynn at Kenmore Village Florists. Lynn is a friend of my mother in law and a neighbor. She was fantastic and organized a large amount of baby’s breath in such a short amount of time.

Photographer – Jess Marks Photography. I found them through Google and they were amazing! I wanted lots of candid photos and they captured the most amazing moments. I was super impressed with the final products and the price was very reasonable for wedding photographers.

Music – Spotify Playlist

First Dance – Warrant - Heaven

Celebrant – Robin West. Another Google search that ended up successful! She communicated with me while I was in Dubai and just went the extra mile to make sure she knew what it is that we wanted. She created a great ceremony and really took our suggestions on board.

Stationery – Paperless Post online wedding invites. This was great as there was no way I was trusting my husband to organize paper invitations while I was in Dubai! A friend of mine recommended them and as I had such a small wedding, the invites were free.

Menu – Homemade pizza by my father in law and nibbles I put together from Coles. I would highly recommend my father in laws awesome pizza base!

Cake – Vanilla Pod in Ascot. Once again, Google. They communicated via email well which was great. The final product was so amazing! I loved how unique and how un-wedding like the cake was.

Hair &Make Up – TWIDALE….dare I say, Google again. They did both my hair and make-up. I had the same two girls on the trial as I did on the day which was something I was very happy about.

Wedding Bands Jason Withers. My husband was so impressed with them. He showed them the design I wanted and they did such a fantastic job. Super friendly, accommodating and the final result was truly incredible. I still can’t stop looking at my rings!

Extra features – Lots of my decorations came from Kmart, Target, the 2 Dollar Shop, Typo and Bunnings! I got my giant balloons and confetti from the Lark Store.

STYLED SHOOT - Into The Woods

Posted on 16 Mar, 2016
STYLED SHOOT - Into The Woods

We are so excited to have our gowns available in the new boutique Chantilly Bride located in Lethbridge in Alberta.  This beautiful editorial was can be seen on Rocky Moutain Bride and features the amazing Anya sequin wedding gown from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection

When describing today’s feature, photographer Sarah Jozsa says, “The aim of this inspirational shoot was to juxtapose vintage glamour with rustic details to create a perfect pairing of city glamour and rugged rustic style.” Needless to say, she succeeded with flying colors. Pairing rustic and glamorous elements is one of our favorite looks and we love the contrast of lace, rich furs and dapper menswear with the natural elements of the table greens and frozen Canadian lake. Stunning pale blue, cream, and blush florals pop against the groom’s cranberry bowtie and pocket square – an amazing winter palette!

You can now make an appointment here.

Photographer: Sarah Jozsa Photography  Venue: Beauvais Lake  Floral Design: Funky Petals Flower Shop  Cake Design: Sugar Bakeshop  Floral Ribbon: Adorn Company  Stole: A Vintage Affair  Menswear: Gentleman III Menswear  Wedding Dress (Designer): Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dress (Store): Chantilly Bride Hair + Makeup: Chelsey Auer: Bridal Beauty 

Lauren & Joe's Stunning Parisian Elopement

Posted on 11 Mar, 2016
Lauren & Joe's Stunning Parisian Elopement



How did you meet your (now) husband? My husband I “met” while we were actually 7000 miles apart. My “little” – in birth order only – brother is in the U.S. Army and had deployed in 2012. While he was away, I was his emergency contact and as such I asked that he introduce me to one of his deployment close friends in case, God forbid, anything were ever to happen to him during his deployment. Well, my brother, whose name is also Joe, was strategic – he introduced me to his best friend in the Army…a man who he so happened to think was “perfect” for his big sister. In fact, I have since learned that my brother actually told my now-husband that “you need to meet my sister and if you do you’re going to marry her.” Suffice it to say, he knew us both well. Long story short, “met” online and started writing back & forth as friends – initially, I just wanted to thank him for looking out for my little brother. Overtime, we became good friends at a distance and Joe worked up the courage to ask me for my number. I actually gave him the wrong number by accident at first! Thankfully, he asked again J And I’m so grateful that he did. We met in person at the airport when he returned from the deployment and we’ve been together ever since. Truth be told…we were both smitten before we even met face to face & just needed to meet in person to confirm that we were in fact crazy in love J  

How long have you been together? We became FB official three months before he returned from deployment (crazy, I know!) – so June 2012.

Do you have a proposal story? Joe proposed to me at the finish line of a 70.3 Iron Man race. He had the ring with him the whole time! When he went down on one knee, I actually thought he was passing out! I was completely surprised. He proposed a year to the day that he knew he wanted to marry me… which was June 2012, before he had even met me in person! Brave man ;-)

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? June 22, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?   Paris, France – near Pont Neuf

What made you choose there? After my fiance and I were engaged, we started talking about the kind of wedding that we would like to have. When we agreed to spend the rest of our lives together, we promised each other that we would embrace adventure, cultivate romance, and put our relationship/marriage first even if that meant taking an unconventional route at times. We desired a wedding that would personal, intimate, meaningful, and, honestly, not so stressful/caught up in the details that we missed the real meaning of the day. Having a small, intimate ceremony in Paris – the city of love - simply made sense.We're pretty sure that left a part of our hearts in that city and we look forward to returning many times...someday with our children :)

How did you find it? We picked the city where we wanted to get married and honestly didn’t choose the exact location until we arrived. We wanted the whole experience to be a romantic adventure – indeed it was!

How was the weather on the day? It was actually rather chilly and overcast at first! Thankfully I was so overwhelmed with joy that I didn’t pay too much attention to the temps,

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Like Joe’s proposal, our wedding date was significant – it was 2 years to the day that Joe first knew that he wanted to marry me. He told me brother this – of course I didn’t find out for sometime. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – ? Two dear friends, Rebekah Pizana and Micah Yousefi. My sister would have loved to be there, but she had just had a precious little baby. 

My brother was the honorary groomsman – at the last minute, he wasn’t able to come due to work obligations he couldn’t get out of.  

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? While looking for dress ideas online, I stumbled across a few KAREN WILLIS HOLMES dresses and was so impressed. I knew that I wanted to see them in person.

Where have you seen our gowns before? I believe that I first saw KAREN WILLIS HOLMES  dresses on Pinterest. There was an Elie Saab dress that I adored (white with sequins) – when I searched for that dress, the Anya gown showed up…

How many gowns did you try? I think I only tried on 3 gowns at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES…as soon as I tried the Anya gown on, I knew it was the one. I had some girlfriends with me too and they confirmed my feelings.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased the gown from the NYC boutique. The girls at the bouquet were darling, patient with my busy schedule, and so sweet. I tell all my girlfriends who are getting married about the bouquet – can’t speak highly enough of them.

What did you especially like about your gown? Ah, where do I start? Until I tried on the Anya gown, I had never once worn a sequin or anything sparkly in my life. I grew up a tomboy and while I now enjoy fashion, I am still a “less in more” kind of girl. I adored how the Anya gown was both classy and simple while being exquisite and glamorous. The fit was/is phenomenal. As my husband said, “wow, that dress fit every curve of your body perfectly – it’s so feminine and sexy in a tasteful way.” While feeling completely glamorous in the dress, I didn’t feel overdone. And it was comfortable! I promise! I walked all over Paris in that gown! As I’ve mentioned before, it is my goal to wear the gown again one day when we renew our vows one day…in Paris…with our future children. 



Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  I let my girlfriends choose their dresses and honestly don’t know where they ended up getting them. I simply requested that they be black, long, and formal. My girlfriends have excellent taste, so I trusted them completely.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? I honestly have no idea of the brand - I'm sorry! We were both so busy leading up to our wedding. I know that he found it at a DC boutique on sale :)

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? I opted to keep my jewelry simple & sentimental. As I mentioned, I'm a "less is more" kind of girl, so I thought that the dress had enough sparkle on its own. As a result, I only wore earrings - no necklace or bracelet. The earrings were a gift from my darling sister - another reason why I chose to wear them. I'm all about the meaningful little details :)

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were Steve Madden and I am happy to report that they have survived 6+ months without being eaten/torn apart by our dear 1 year old golden retriever, Charli :)


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Focus on what the day is about rather than getting caught up in thousand small details. Pick some details that you really care about and make them your own. Ultimately,  your wedding day is about celebrating your love and starting your life together – don’t let anything rob you of that focus.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Seriously, this may not be a popular thing to say, but I would avoid the huge stores that many brides flock to. Find a designer that fits your personality and your budget. You and your husband will be happy with the result – I promise. 



Florist – Yours truly

Photographer – Brian Wright of French Grey Photography. He was amazing! Truly, he was so patient and understanding as he worked with me from afar before the big day. And on the day, he made us both feel so comfortable and just captured our personalities and our love for each other. We loved him & the pictures.

First Dance – We danced along the Seine while boats of people passed and cheered until we kissed

Menu – I wish I could remember the name of the small Parisian café where we ate after because it was delicious. I actually had an amazing burger as my post wedding meal! It had goat cheese on it and it was pretty much heaven J

Cake – My darling friend Rebekah brought Macaroons that we promptly enjoyed after saying “I do”

Hair & Make up Harold James – he was an angel! Seriously, I adored him. He was such a sweetheart and very professional too. His magic on my makeup especially was needed after a long flight, jet lag, and not sleeping a wink before the wedding because I was sooooo excited

Alexa & Stephen's Classic Country Club Wedding

Posted on 09 Mar, 2016
Alexa & Stephen's Classic Country Club Wedding




How did you meet your (now) husband? High School – We became best friends our freshman year, and the summer before our senior year we starting dating and the rest is history!

How long have you been together? Over 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? Stephen took me to the beach where we had our first date. His sister had laid out a champagne picnic for us, and he proposed at sunset. Simple and sweet, exactly my style.


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? November 21, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?  Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, CA

What made you choose there?  I loved the architecture of the country club; it’s Mediterranean style with a lot of whites and neutral colors.

How did you find it? Weddingwire.com

How was the weather on the day?  Perfect! Sunny, high 70’s.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Fall is my favorite time of year. I love that the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, and everything is more festive around the holidays. 

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Classic, contemporary with a small flare of Tuscany. Neutral colors –black, taupe, white and lots of greenery in the bouquets and flower arrangements.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  Mainly from Pinterest. I did not have a wedding planner, so I brought in a lot of pictures to my vendors to bring my vision to life. I love a neutral color palate and wanted a classic look without being too formal. I wanted our guests to feel like they were able to have a drink and a donut and have a great time dancing the night away! We had a donut bar near the dance floor from California Donuts, who were able to make custom donuts that spelled our names. We love donuts and our wedding would not be complete without them.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Our favors for our guests were small corked glass bottles of olive oil with a rosemary branch and a label handwritten by me. The label said “Olive our Love”. Another fun aspect of our wedding was that I had custom ‘thank you’ notes from Minted to place on each guest’s place setting with an olive branch on top to coordinate with the olive oil. I wanted to add these small personal touches to an otherwise formal, classic country club wedding to make it more personal.  We also had signature drinks. One was the ‘Penelope Martini’, a lemon drop martini named after our cat, Penelope. The other drinks were a ‘Lex on the Beach’, a sex on the beach and a ‘Sales and Seven’, a traditional seven and seven whisky drink. The guests got a good laugh out of them, and the Penelope martini was a hit!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of honor – Katie Sales (Stephen’s sister), Bridesmaids: Krista, Jenni, Elise (high school friends), Lauren, Jenny, Taylor (college friends), Sam and Jamie (dental school friends)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man – Will Sales (Stephen’s brother), Groomsmen: Max (high school friend), Peter, Jake, Jesse, Schuyler, Kevin, Connor, Zack (college football friends)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Flower girl – Olivia (my cousin’s daughter) No ring bearer

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I live in California, so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get into a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES store.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  I actually saw the Carina on Pinterest. I was set on a dress with long sleeves and it came up in my search.

How many gowns did you try? Maybe 10 or so.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  Love and Lace in Irvine, CA

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that it was contemporary and unique look, while still being classic. I really wanted a wedding dress that I can look back at pictures and still love. I really wanted long sleeves because I love the added details and felt like it was unique (and it was definitely hard to find dresses in southern California with long sleeves!). I loved the beading and sequins on the Carina. It added interesting texture without overwhelming the dress.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Dessy

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore an Olivia Nelson custom-made hair piece and my veil is by Veiled Beauty

Where did you get your shoes from? Vince Camuto


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I would do your best to not let all of the planning get too stressful and overwhelming. Try to not get so caught up in the fine details that you forget to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Never forget that the wedding is essentially a big party to celebrate you and your partner’s love with your loved ones. Enjoy every minute!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Find a dress that makes you feel like you! Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks or the popular trends. As long as you are happy and comfortable in the dress, that will shine through on your wedding day.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? My parents are divorced since I was very young, so I had my dad walk me down the first half of the aisle; and my step dad met us, and the three of us walked down the aisle to Stephen.

Something Old? My grandma’s rosary wrapped around my bouquet.

Something New? Shoes.

Something Borrowed? Jewelry from my mom.

Something Blue? Small blue bow stitched inside the dress.


Florist – Floral Occassions out of San Juan Capistrano, CA

Photographer – Mason and Megan out of San Louis Obispo, CA – they are so much fun and kept the day on schedule, not mention produce stunning pictures!

Videographer Aqua Vivus

Music – Seaside Strings (string trio for ceremony)

First Dance – My Best Friend – The Once

MC – DJ Chris Anthony – Our guests, me and my husband never left the dance floor!

Stationery - Minted

Cake It’s All About the Cake – Dana Point, CA --  I’m not a cake person, and their cakes are my absolute favorite! Their buttercream frosting is to die for.

Hair & Make Up – Design Visage out of Costa Mesa, CA

Wedding Bands David Yurman

Extra features - Coordinator – Intertwined Events out of Costa Mesa, CA

Kasey-Lee & Ben's Timeless Wedding

Posted on 02 Mar, 2016
Kasey-Lee & Ben's Timeless Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We actually went to high school together! So we knew each other from grade 8 onwards. We dated in grade 8 for a few days (I was his first ever girlfriend!!) –after that little fling we went our separate ways during high school. We then caught up again during Schoolies week at Airlie Beach. Ben always jokes that I am his first and last girlfriend! 

How long have you been together? 8.5 years- we started officially dating on Feb 12th  2007 (during O-week of university)  I started to get worried that I was on a 10 year probation or something before he would ask me to marry him!

Do you have a proposal story?  We had just moved into our newly built house and one weekend we invited our families over for a big lunch to welcome them into our new home.  That morning, Ben wanted to take me to breakfast at the Heritage Tea Rooms up in Harvey’s Range (which is absolutely gorgeous btw if you’re ever up our way!) -but I told him I really didn’t feel like it as we had so much preparing, cooking etc. to do for the big family lunch. (Ben’s family is Italian, so they eat a LOT) So after we had finished eating lunch, Ben stood up- in front of everyone, pulled out an AMAZING looking ring from his pocket and just asked me straight out!  He explained he was meant to ask me up in the mountains at breakfast and then come back and share the good news with everyone at lunch- but I had changed his plans and so he improvised. I was so shocked! He then went on to explain that he had been planning this for a long long time for me and how he had helped design the ring that was hand crafted by Jay from Kim Bartlett. I immediately fell in love with my ring, it is absolutely stunning- a total of 1.75 car- a cushion cut 1.1car center diamond with a halo and diamonds either side, set in platinum. I couldn’t stop staring at it and thinking how lucky I am!  Both of our families were wrapped that they got to be a part of the experience, although looking back now, I really wish I had have said yes to the breakfast up at the tea rooms, it would have been so romantic! At least we have a funny story to tell now.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 7th June 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?    Ceremony- The Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. Reception- Picnic Bay SLSC, Townsville

What made you choose there? We were originally going to have our ceremony in the Queens Gardens (where some of our professional photos were taken), but in the end we chose the Sacred Heart Cathedral, it is absolutely stunning. It was undercover in case of rain, and it is so grand! We had a string quartet playing, which filled and echoed through the entire cathedral, and Ben’s great Uncle Father Dave was able to be our Priest. It still gives me goosebumps and makes me smile thinking about the moment Dad walked me down the aisle to Ben.

The reception was on Townsville’s Strand headland – it overlooks the ocean and across to Magnetic Island. It has a big covered deck and grass area for all to be seated on to enjoy the sunset and island views. The roofing also meant we were able to get fairy lights, drapes and chandeliers strung up to make it look really romantic yet still with an open and airy feeling.

How did you find it? The surf club has the best views of Townsville for our out-of-town guests to experience.  We didn’t really want to be cooped up in a dark venue. Both locations are very close to each other and also to the city, so it was easy for guests to get around easily and access everything no worries.

How was the weather on the day? The day was perfect- not too hot, not too cold, and no rain. The sunset was apparently stunning at the reception. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? June is a beautiful time of year in North Queensland- the sunsets are spectacular and the weather is perfect. It was also the Queens Birthday long weekend.  We were married on a Sunday so our out-of-town guests could travel up on the Saturday and back on the Monday and not have to sacrifice work commitments etc. It is also ironically the same weekend that Ben’s parents were married on 25 years ago as well. 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Blush, rose gold

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest!!! It was my second job!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?Of COURSE!  We tried to save $ wherever we could so we could have more towards our honeymoon! We didn’t have a wedding planner. We had a deal- if I planned the wedding then Ben planned the honeymoon. We must mention that we were very lucky to have many friends in the right industries who helped us out immensely towards our day- so we did get some great discounts or complimentary services. We are so so grateful and realise this is not the case for everyone getting hitched!

-The invitations, ceremony booklets, name place tags, seating arrangement sign and favor stickers were designed and made by my very talented mum Kerry (Kaebee Designs) I will never forget the day all my bridesmaids, mum, grandma and mother in law came over my house a few months before the wedding and had a lovely girls day putting together all the invitations. Some parts were very tedious (copper foiling!), but well worth it- we are a little bias and think they look so beautiful and unlike any invites we had seen before!

-Our favors were little jars of mango chutney handmade by my grandmother who lives in Bowen. Of course made with delish homegrown Bowen Mangoes!  She really needs to publish the recipe or make it in bulk because everyone was raving about it weeks after the wedding wanting more!!!  We tied some lace and chevron neutral material and copper twine around the tops of the jars and mum made stickers that said “spread the love”.  We also got a few mini pomegranate candles if anyone didn’t want mango chutney.

-As we didn’t have a wedding planner- This was my second full time job for a while!.. I sourced and organised everything for the day including the venues, accommodation, caterers, entertainment, decorator, photographer, florist, cake and hair & makeup.  I highly recommend anyone also DIY’ing to do up a wedding day run sheet with times, places, who’s involved and details columns. Go over it with all those involved and double check everything and once finalized, print copies for yourself, groom, photographer, drivers, both immediate families, MC, entertainment /band/singers and the venue managers so they all know what’s going on and when and everything should run to plan. Also we recommend when doing up your seating plan- draw big circles/rectangles for the tables and write every guests name on mini sticky notes to stick at each table.. this means you can easily chop and change people at different tables without having to start over!

-I sourced all the reception and table decorations both online and at local homeware shops.  I fell in love with the copper flower boxes with our names and date hand stamped – these were from Rainy Sunday online if anyone is interested. I also found matching copper mason jar lids from a local homeware shop. The sequin rose gold and sequin chevron rose gold and white table runners I found online in bulk. Copper milk jars were from typo & the little jars for the mango chutney were from Just Jars online. I also handmade the gold foil table numbers in wooden photo frames and the eye spy game.  The table seating plan was made from an old easle that we repainted white, and a mirror.  We stuck big fake flowers and vines around the edges of the mirror and then the table arrangements in the middle of the mirror.

-My other grandmother sourced and put together all the flowers for the table centerpieces from a local lady and then went down to make sure everything was set up correctly at the surf club before the ceremony started. She also spent a few months collecting lots of the little jars from her friends for the candles to go onto the tables.

-Ben and I bought our photobooth backdrop second hand on gumtree and added more materials from spotlight!  We also got some dress up props from the crazy shop and an insta polaroid camera for our DIY photobooth.

-All the desserts for the dessert table were homemade up in Ingham the week of the wedding and frozen until the big day. Myself, mother in law, grandmother in law and a few Lancini family friends all made the trip up to Ingham to Bens great Aunts house, where we spent all day baking their favourite traditional Italian sweets. We made around 200 of each dessert- chocolate and vanilla cannoli’s, powder puffs, peach blossoms, creamed horns, orange blossoms, storch, lemon biscuits, triple chocolate biscuits, lace biscuits and almond bread.

-The cars we used on the day were all owned by family and friends- three white SUV’s- two white Audi’s for the bridesmaids and groomsmen and the bridal car was a white Lexus.  The car ribbons we bought online and looked up a tutorial on how to put them on!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

-My younger sister Bekki

-My best friend Danielle (MOH)

-Ben’s younger sister Samantha

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

-Ben’s younger brothers Luke and Mitchell

-Ben’s best friend Tim (best man)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

-My little niece Sialle was our flower girl.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I couldn’t find anything I liked at the bridal shops in Townsville, and I had no clue what style I wanted so couldn’t get one made! So mum suggested we take a girls trip down south. Of course I jumped at the suggestion, and mentioned I had never been to Melbourne before- so it was done. We booked many appointments along high street in Armadale and also in Collins Street in the city. I was having no luck at all, and was getting quite anxious and frustrated. Then we walked past KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.. and the Caitlyn gown was on the mannequin in the window, I was adamant I had to try that dress on. We walked in, I didn’t have an appointment, but the very helpful staff (Enza and Sally) were able to fit me in within an hour for a private fitting! As soon as the gown was on me, I knew it was the one.  When I walked out to show my mum, she started tearing up and was speechless. The ladies also made me try the similar style Alexandra dress as well just in case, but I liked the Caitlyn better. The Armadale store didn’t have my exact size in stock, so luckily Karen herself was flying to Melbourne the next day and so she bought my dress with her and I got to meet her!  WOW- Things are meant to be sometimes!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had never seen or heard of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES before I saw the boutique on High Street that day. One of the unfortunate downfalls of living in North Queensland- we don’t get the really good things like the capitol cities do!

How many gowns did you try? Countless! But only two at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  The High Street Armadale store

What did you especially like about your gown? It was so unique to anything I had ever seen or tried on before.  It fit like a glove- all I had to do was get it taken up. It was just very me!


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Fashion Gallery in Townsville- they were taupe coloured Alfred Angelo gowns.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boys hired their suits, shirts and ties from New Park Menswear in Townsville. Their shoes were all Julius Marlow’s from Style Tread online and their cufflinks were all from Myer.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I fell in love with the Samantha Wills blue head comb for my something blue. I then found teardrop crystal earrings and matching bracelet from The Silver Shop in Townsville to compliment the belt I wore with the gown.

For the girls, we got them each a Samantha Wills white marble bohemian Bardot ring and some beautiful pearl drop earrings from a jewellery store in Melbourne.

Where did you get your shoes from? I really wanted a pair of special heels as a keepsake of the day..some nude Valentino heels were my dream.. but I had to be realistic- we had a budget to stick to and I knew they would get wrecked on the day anyway. So instead I went for price and comfort and got mine and the bridesmaids heels from Betts- mine in silver and the girls in nude.  - Whilst on our honeymoon in Paris Ben surprised me & took me to the flagship Valentino store and I splurged on the nude Valentino rock stud pumps. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a beautiful cathedral length silk tulle veil.  It was very sheer and soft with raw edging so as to not take away from the details on my gown. I also liked the traditional idea of the ‘veil over the face’ whilst walking down the isle and since we were in the cathedral; it had to be cathedral length!  My friend and dressmaker Hester from Ja Delle Designs gave the veil to me as a gift; she also spent many hours taking up my beaded gown and sewing in bra cups.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

-Make a budget and stick to it. (we made an excel spreadsheet to keep track of everything!)

-Try to save on your wedding day wherever you can so you have more to enjoy for your honeymoon! I know it sounds selfish- but its only one day and it will be amazing for you and your family/friends no matter how many layers the cake is or what brand of champagne you’re serving. We had an amazing day and got to enjoy a four-week honeymoon in Paris and Italy afterwards!

-Ask your guests to put away their phones/cameras at the ceremony-best thing we did! This is the photographer’s job. We now have beautiful photos of our guests actually enjoying the ceremony and not behind their phone screens.

-Enjoy being with each other all day and night- don’t leave each others side- it’s your day! If people want to come and talk to you, they will.  We made this mistake at our engagement party- we didn’t see each other all night! So this time we didn’t make an effort to go around separately to tables and make sure everyone was happy- we wanted to enjoy & make the most of our day together, and not have to worry about how everyone else was feeling.

-Sneak off just by yourselves at some stage during the day or night and enjoy a quite little moment together!

-If something goes wrong or not to plan, (which thankfully didn’t happen to us) but- don’t let it ruin your day- there is probably nothing you could do about it anyway, just move on and remember its not the end of the world and why you are celebrating this day!

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

-Definitely don’t give up hope if you are having no luck- sometimes things happen for a reason and are meant to be! 

-You really do ‘know’ when it is ‘the one’, so if you don’t get that 100% feeling, then it’s not the right dress for you.

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

Ben and I had agreed no wedding presents to each other on the day- but I couldn’t help myself. He had spoilt me so much with my engagement ring and he didn’t want a fancy wedding band, so I really felt I needed to give him something special he would cherish for the rest of his life as well and maybe one day hand down. Ben has a thing for watches- he has 11 now.  So I secretly saved and saved and saved & finally went and got him a classic black-faced Tag Heuer Carrera watch.  He is a smarty-pants, very cluey and kept asking me why the budget was out and not matching up with where it should be-I kept having to try to dodge the subject! Ha! Apparently the look on his face when he opened his present on the day was priceless. 

Something Old? White crochet hankie

Something New? The Dress!

Something Borrowed? The veil

Something Blue? Samantha Wills head comb


Florist – Townsville Flower Market- I wanted a bouquet that was not too perfect/structured, blush colours and long stems. Peonies and roses are my fav so they had to be in there! For the bridesmaids and flowergirl, I loved the look of simple big bunches of babies breath.

PhotographerSweet Mary Photography.   Katie, one of my talented friends owns Sweet Mary and so there was no other choice for us!

Videographer – NA- we wanted to remember our day as we saw it from our own eyes.

Music – Laurence Sorbello.  Was FANTASTIC!!!  Highly recommend him!  Laurence is a local who a few years ago made it to the top ten of Australian Idol.  Our families all love live music, country and rock- he specialises in this and did an amazing job.  He had the whole set up- stage, lighting, smoke, and can even organize fireworks. Between his live sets he DJ’s as well! From the end of our first dance until we were told it was home time everyone was up on the dance floor having a blast, it was so much fun!

First Dance – ‘A thousand years’ Christina Perry followed by Father daughter dance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinkin out loud.’

MC – Peter Motti- Our friend who we went to school with. He currently lives in UAE and made the trip all the way back to AUS to be there for us.  He loves a good yarn, is very organised, quick thinking, and knows how to crack people up, so it was a no brainer for him to be the MC! We also had friends from Hong Kong, and interstate Australia who traveled great lengths to share our day with us. We are so thankful.

Celebrant – Ben’s great uncle- Father Dave Lancini

StationeryKaeBee Designs (owned by my mum Kerry)

Menu – Michel from Essentially Fresh catered our wedding and absolutely nailed it.  We gave him the task of keeping our large families/big mob of Italians full, and he delivered! 

  • For canapes there were 6 different dishes including: Pork belly, prawn and avocado tostadas, duck crepes, scallops, beetroot & goats cheese & caramelized onion stacks, mini beef burgers.
  • For mains- we didn’t have the traditional alternate drop- we wanted to have big share platters in the middle of the tables so people could eat as much or as little as they liked, and eat whatever they liked.  It also really encourages people to mingle and interact with each other. We had three main dishes for guests- and enough servings so each guest could have all three dishes if they wanted. The share platter mains included eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto with sides of roasted potatoes tossed in garlic butter, char grilled king prawns served in a chilli garlic sauce on beds of rice, organic whole chicken legs with sides of seasonal steamed vegetables.

Cake – another of my talented girlfriends Karina from Just Peachy Cupcakes was no other choice for our wedding cake!  We had a small three-tier cake of white and dark choc marble mud cake, lime and coconut mud cake and Karina’s secret traditional fruitcake.  She also made us some delish macaroons as well.

Bombonieres – Homemade Mango Chutney and mini pomegranate candles.

Hair – Pamela from Da Vinci, my hairdresser and friend of 13 years

Make up – Cheree from Urban Miss Make-up, my friend and best MUA in Townsville

Wedding Bands – Jay Bartlett from Kim Bartlett Master Jewelers.  Ben’s 18k gold band & Kasey’s platinum with diamonds all around.

Extra features – Decorator - a local lady from Magnums Weddings set up the ceiling lighting, drapes, chandeliers and chairs.

Other –  All in all, we are so lucky we have such wonderful family and friends who all helped us out in one way or another to make our wedding day so special - it would not have been the day it was without any of them. xxx

ONE FINE DAY - Melbourne 2016

Posted on 29 Feb, 2016
ONE FINE DAY - Melbourne 2016

Off the back of a fantastic show at ONE FINE DAY Sydney we were thrilled to be a part of the runway show held at the Melbourne ONE FINE DAY last week.

We love being apart of these events because it gives us a chance to share with your just a snippet of our collections - most excitingly some pieces from our new DESIGN YOUR GOWN collection of tops and bodices you can mix and match to create your perfect gown.

Massive snaps go to the OFD team as well as Your Song, for the soundtrack, a jaw dropping floral installation to frame the runway show by the girls over at Mary Mary, flawless makeup under the creative eye of Kate McCleary,and stunning gold leaf hairstyle by Pure Chica. 

Also, thanks to Nicholas Joel Photography on these stunning images below.



DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection - Harper Top with Nina skirt, finished with a high-low hem.

WILD HEARTS Collection - Faith gown

WILD HEARTS Collection - Faith gown

DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection - Essie top with Julianne skirt

BESPOKE Collectio - Sophie gown

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - Anya gown styled with the Genevieve skirt overlay



Posted on 24 Feb, 2016

We are excited to be able to share our new collection - DESIGN YOUR GOWN.  Months in the making, this collection is an extension of our principal collection - BESPOKE.

Featuring over 9 bodices and 9 skirts the possibilties are endless with over 91 different combinations - you truly will be spoilt for choice! From strapless, boat neckline and v-necklines, to fitted, full and flirty skirts wedding dress shopping just got a whole lot more fun.

Pieces can be kept separate or sewn together as a finished wedding gown. Selected pieces are in each of our boutiques, so please contact info@karenwillisholmes.com to ask about your favourite combinations.


Eliza skirt styled with (L-R) Kitty, Blake, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Abbey and Leonie bodices

Frances skirt styled with (L-R) Zoey, Abbey, Leonie, Kitty, Blake, Essie and Ella bodices

Franki skirt styled with (L-R) Abbey, Leonie, Kitty, Blake, Essie, Ella and Zoey bodices

Joni skirt styled with (L-R) Blake, Abbey, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Leonie & Kitty bodices

Julianne skirt styled with (L-R) Essie, Ella, Zoey, Abbey, Leonie, Kitty & Blake bodices

Melanie skirt styled with (L-R) Leonie, Kitty, Blake, Essie, Ella, Zoey and Abbey bodices

Mimi skirt styled with (L-R) Ella, Zoey, Abbey, Leonie, Kitty, Blake & Essie bodices

Nina skirt styled with (L-R) Blake, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Abbey, Leonie & Kitty bodices

Alexia skirt styled with (L-R) Kitty, Abbey, Essie, Ella, Zoey, Leonie and Blake bodices

ONE FINE DAY - Sydney 2016

Posted on 19 Feb, 2016
ONE FINE DAY - Sydney 2016

ONE FINE DAY was held again this year in Sydney a few weeks back. We loved sharing bridal gowns from all four collections on the runway during the two day event!


Under the creative direction of Petr from PV Hair & Makeup, the model’s showcased the latest trends in Hair & Makeup, inspired by New York’s Couture 2016 runway show’s, with hair slicked back into chignons highlighted with gold leaf and beautiful make up using Benefit Australia products.

The extremely talented Esther & Naomi from The Sisters created a jaw dropping installation which was the focal point of the parade.  The parade would not have been the same without a rocking live DJ from The Vintage Stylus, a stunning bouquet arrangement from Miss Adams and beautiful accessories from Bride La Boheme. 

All images are by the talented APL PHOTOGRAPHY.

DESIGN YOUR GOWN Collection - The Blake bodice and Franki skirt

BESPOKE Collection - Piper gown


BESPOKE - Paige gown


DESIGN YOUR GOWN - Ella bodice & Melanie skirt

DESIGN YOUR GOWN - Ella bodice & Melanie skirt

WILD HEARTS Collection - Ingrid lace overlay (styled with Slip - with front slit)

DESIGN YOUR GOWN - Kitty bodice and Nina skirt - full length

Stay Tuned as we are also part of ONE FINE DAY - Melbourne this weekend, and the upcoming Perth fair in April, 2016.


Kareena & Ryan's Byron Bay Wedding

Posted on 17 Feb, 2016
Kareena & Ryan's Byron Bay Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? At the Coogee Bay Hotel through my flat mate at the time. Courtney was a good friend of both of us and later became one of our bridesmaids.

How long have you been together? 3 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  Ryan proposed to me on 8 November 2014 Gerringong, Sth Coast NSW. We had perviously walked the headland at Werri Beach and decided to return and run it. Ryan knew this was an ideal place to propose. Nobody around, beautiful farmland and scenery overlooking the ocean. I am a hard person to surprise so Ryan ran with me each Saturday morning for 8 weeks straight so when he asked me to run the Werri Headland it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. Ryan carried the ring in the back pocket of his board shorts. He later told me he was excited, not nervous but more excited as we started running. We got to a point and turned around to head back when Ryan dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. It really did the trick and I was shocked. It was perfect.  The weather was stunning on this day and we celebrated by drinking champagne on the beach followed by lunch and dinner together, a full day to celebrate.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 3 October 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where?   Park near Clarke’s Beach, Byron Bay and Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

What made you choose there? Byron is our absolute favourite place in the world and holds lots of amazing memories for us.

How did you find it? Prior knowledge of the area

How was the weather on the day? AMAZING!!! Not a cloud in the sky, barely a breath of wind and about 25 degrees. The whole week was like that, which made it so special for our friends and family who had taken time of work and travelled so far for us. We still cannot believe how lucky we were.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It happened by chance, but the date did end up having significance for us. We met on AFL grand final day, 2012. 3 October 2015 was AFL grand final day.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Gold, rose gold, white, natural timber and greenery

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest mainly. But I was right in to my shiny metals in my own home at the time.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My very dear friend Jenny made our entrance sign and our wishing well, my maid of honour made the buntings for the back of the chairs at the ceremony and I made the rest of the signage at the reception. I also had a lot of the candles made by a friend at work who own Hunter Divine Candle Company.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Emma - Maid of Honour. Best friend throughout our schooling, starting at age 4

Amanda - Eldest Sister

Melanie - Middle Sister

Courtney - Best Friend. Introduced Ryan and I. Ex flat mate.

Shana - Best Friend. Partner in crime through our teenage years. Sister from another mister.

Belinda - Best Friend from school and beyond.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

David - Best man. Best mate. A very special bond

Murray - Younger brother

Trent - Youngest brother

Samuel - Best mate. Surfing buddy. They have travelled a lot together. Originally met at work about 8 years ago.

Troy - Ex flat mate. A very good friend who would do anything for his mates.

Jono - Best mate. Now lives in Darwin but their friendship remains very strong.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Sophie - Our beautiful niece. Melanie’s daughter

Mason - Our gorgeous nephew. Sophie’s little brother

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I have always loved KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns. The Anya gown was the first ever gown I decided I wanted to try on when I first began looking on the internet.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I have been a bridesmaid 5 times so I have been to David Jones Bridal once or twice ;) I have always admired the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns there. I have also followed KAREN WILLIS HOLMES on Instagram for a long time.

How many gowns did you try? About 6. I was told I had very little chance of getting the Anya gown, as it was an off the rack gown and was in high demand. So I was trying to make myself like something else. My mum asked me if I only felt that way about Anya because I knew I couldn’t have it. I thought about it but decided that wasn’t the case. When my dress finally came in and I tried it on, there was no doubt about it I had made the right choice to wait.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins and how they looked under light. I always thought I would wear lace, as did everyone else. So I loved how I surprised every body on the day.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White Runway.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Jannie Baltzer head piece. I always wanted to wear my hair out, but I find it quite annoying. The head piece was a great way to control it and keep it off my face. It also really suited the dress. I wore a bracelet belonging to my mum. My two older sisters have also worn it on their wedding day. I wore earrings given to me by Ryan on my birthday, the first birthday that we were together.

Where did you get your shoes from? The Iconic.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Headpiece - see above. I also wore a veil. I borrowed it from my sister Amanda. I think it was Lisa Gowing. 


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? The small details really really didn’t matter on the day. The week leading up is busy and stressful. But if you forget to do something, I guarantee you will be the only person who notices it.

Depending on the requirements of your venue, I recommend getting a stylist. I did not have to worry about a thing on the morning of the wedding. I knew Rachael from The Events Lounge would do an amazing job. And that she did. I couldn’t even fathom the thought of having to set all that up on the day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Think about your body type and what suits you. Be comfortable. It’s a long day with a lot of photos taken. You want to look at ease and like you are enjoying yourself.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We felt so blessed by the amount of people who travelled to Byron Bay to share our special day. And by the generosity they brought with them. 140 people made it to our destination wedding! We had the time our our lives!


Florist - Elyssium Blooms. As recommended by Rachael from The Events Lounge. They have a very close working relationship and friendship. The florals were extremely well priced, in my opinion.

Photographer - Ming Nomchong from Sail Me to the Moon. AMAZING! I absolutely loved her work before and I couldn’t be happier with my photos. She’s amazing. And such a lovely lady. Excellent with customer service and replying to emails. Can’t rate her highly enough.

Music - Nick Saxon. Nick is a good friend of Ryans. However, is available for weddings and has a beautiful voice. Nick was willing to learn anything we asked of him. We had a pre-dancing play list and a dancing playlist. Everyone was up dancing very early. We had to cut the pre-dancing short so we could get in to it!

First Dance - Is this love by Bob Marley - sung by Nick. We didn’t really want to do a first dance so we made everyone do it with us.

MC - Ryan’s very good friend Jamie Watts. The poor man, we gave him very little information and at the very last minute but he did an excellent job. He didn’t pressure us when we were running around the day before even though he was freaking out that he knew nothing about the day. He was a champion about it.

Celebrant Katrina Holt. I found her on Instagram and was instantly drawn in by her kind face. I also liked the fact she didn’t have any big flashy adverts out there. She was new to the Byron area from Freshwater in Sydney. Freshwater was where Ryan lived when I met him. On our first meeting (via Skype) she made us feel relaxed and at ease. She is a lovely lady who wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. We had a lot of compliments on how personal the ceremony was.

Stationery - Made by a family friend, Sarah Hampton. Sarah’s family own Colour Print Solutions at Bulli, NSW. We had pineapples all over them. We wanted people to get a fun vibe from our invites so they knew it wasn’t going to be a traditional wedding.

Menu - We had a cocktail reception so our guests could mingle and get the party started early. The Larder were our caterers. They were excellent. As well as roving finger food and fork boxes, we had a huge antipasto grazing table. It was a big hit! The Larder were a joy to deal with.

Cake - Rebellyous Cake Co. It was 4 tiers and I had a different flavour for each tier. Lemon mud, raspberry ripple mud, dark chocolate mud and her signature flavour, coconut lime mud. Elyssium Blooms supplied the flowers for the cake, which Rebel likes to arrange herself. I got a cake topper made saying ‘Mr & Mrs Good’. I got that off Etsy.

Hair - Fuz Hair Byron Bay. Kali did a great job on my curls. I was very nervous as I had a few trials before with curls and hated it. On the day they were perfect.

Make up - Emily Graham Makeup Artistry. Emily was a friend of a friend who has become a friend of mine. An absolutely gorgeous lady. Emily and her sidekick Georgia Richards did an amazing job. All the bridesmaids loved their makeup. Everyone looked beautiful.

Extra features -Stylist - Rachael from The Events Lounge. Rachael worked with me on creating my dream wedding. Rachael listens to what you want, creates mood boards and makes selections around this. Rachael used Hampton Event Hire and Lovestruck Weddings for the furniture hire. Both had a lot of amazing pieces. We also hired plants from The Borrowed Nursery and lighting came from North Coast Events. The photos show it all. It was beautiful and beyond what we had imagined.

Robynne & Rob's Botanical Wedding

Posted on 10 Feb, 2016
Robynne & Rob's Botanical Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband?  I worked with his cousin but we had never met.  A co-worker was playing a show at a bar and Rob came with his cousin.  We hit it off immediately and were together ever since.

How long have you been together?  5 years

Do you have a proposal story?  We were travelling for 6 months in South East Asia and he proposed on a remote island in Cambodia on the morning of Christmas Eve.  We were collecting shells along the beach and Rob hid the ring in a shell and handed it to me and then got on one knee. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  Sept 26 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)  Ceremony was in the courtyard of a woodworking shop and the reception was in the same venue inside the workshop.

Where? Bon Accord is the name of the venue.  Located in East Vancouver, BC, Canada.

What made you choose there?  Our friend owns the workshop and I absolutely loved the courtyard.  The ivy on the walls and the rusted corrugated metal, I loved all the colours.  I liked the idea of it being industrial and transforming the space.  He had never hosted a wedding ceremony at this venue before.

How did you find it? My friend owns the workshop and sometimes throws parties, so I thought it would be beautiful for a wedding.

How was the weather on the day?  It was perfect.  It was raining the entire week leading up to the wedding and on our day the sun came out with blue skies.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in Fall and we knew that September was usually great weather in Vancouver with less chance of rain.

The Wedding Details

Theme ? Industrial Boheme.  Colours were soft pastal hues contrasted with rich deep reds in the flowers and Persian rugs.  Rose gold and brass finishings for the vases and candle holders.  I had a rose gold sequin runner on the beautiful wood table with the food.   I used amber bottles and rose gold mercury vases for the flowers.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I really wanted a modern bohemian wedding.  I knew I wanted my aisle to be layered Persian rugs.  I knew I wanted rich fall colours but also a soft feel.  I wanted my flowers and bouquets to look very wild and natural.  I used pinterest a lot for gathering ideas.  

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I made lace tambourines, which I found the DIY on pinterest.  These we had for the bridesmaid and had a couple on the benches for the guests to shake after the ceremony.  I also made fresh dried flower confetti which I put into little cones that were made from pages of an old dictionary.  I strung together 100 feet of large black tassel on rope that we strung up above the dance floor in the workshop. 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?   My three sisters and sister in law.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rob’s two best friends, cousin and brother.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had seen the Wild Love editorial for White Magazine by 35mm Photography with the model wearing the Genevieve lace overlay and nothing else underneath.  I instantly fell in love and knew it was my dress. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?  This was my first time.

How many gowns did you try? I didn’t try any other gowns.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  My brother in law was in Sydney and so I arranged for him to pick it up from the head office! 

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the scalloped lace in the front and the idea of having my legs showing.  I also loved the sleeves, the back and that it was a wrap.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The skirts were from Anthropologie and the tops were all mix and match from two Canadian retailers called Aritzia and Scoop.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groom’s suit was from Strellson and he finished it off with a tie and pocket square from an Australian brand OTAA.  The best man wore Kenneth Cole, and the rest wore Top Shop.  

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  I wore a short Tashi necklace with a tiny star because my last name was going to become Starr.  I also wore a chunky rhinestone bracelet and vintage looking ear jackets from Stella and Dot.  My bridesmaids all wore a small bracelet that I made.  

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes are from Shellys London.  

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I was supposed to wear the flower headpiece but decided not to wear it and instead put it on our dog Charlie for some photos.  I wore it later in the evening.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you plan your own wedding, I recommend hiring someone for the day of preparation.  I was completely calm and relaxed on the big day because I had full confidence in my day of planner.   Also don’t sweat the small stuff!!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with something that flatters your shape and plays up your best features.  Don’t be afraid to show some leg!

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

Something Old? My wedding bands were actually my Mom’s rings which my Dad gave to her on her 30th bday.

Something New? The tiny star necklace that I wore was given to me by my best friend at the wedding rehearsal dinner.

Something Blue? A vintage embroidered hanky that had been indigo dyed.  When I saw that it was monogrammed with the letter “R” (Robynne + Rob)  I knew it was perfect to use to wrap the wedding bands in for the ceremony and be my something blue.


Florist – My friend Alexandra Schulze @alexandra.schulze

Photographer www.rebeccaamberphotography  and www.jamielaurenphotography.com

Jamie Lauren Hodge @jamielaurenphoto   Lindsey Is @rebeccaandlindsey

Music – Walked down the aisle to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Wedding Song.  It is haunting and beautiful and my favourite band.   We also had a friend and guitarist play an acoustic version of Oasis “Wonderwall” when we signed our marriage license.

First Dance – Plants and Animals “Before”

MC – My brother in law and one of my best friends.

Celebrant – Rob’s Uncle

Menu – We had a taco food truck cater, they are the best tacos in Vancouver, Tacofino.  Also had a catering company Boy with a Knife for appetizers and cheese and charcuterie.  For dessert we had another food cart set up and make mini donuts - Dees Donuts.

Make up -  My sister did my makeup.

Extra features – We had a photo wall area set up with a polaroid camera so that people could stick them into our guest book.

Zoe & Andrew's Polished Wedding

Posted on 03 Feb, 2016
Zoe & Andrew's Polished Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at University (QUT) in 2003, where we were both studying Health Science. I caught his eye whilst waiting for a lecture, we eventually became friends, but it took him over a year to convince me I should date him haha!

How long have you been together? 12 years.. yes a long time!

Do you have a proposal story? One of my favourite places to holiday is Byron Bay, so Andrew took me for a surprise weekend away, we stayed at Watego’s Beach at a beachside apartment where he proposed on the balcony while drinking wine and watching the sunset, followed by dinner at the amazing Rae’s on Watego’s Beach. He knew I never wanted to be proposed to in public – so he did well! Everyone thought he would propose on one of our overseas trips – so it was a surprise for everyone, as no one knew we were away!


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday the 24th of October, 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)


Ceremony – The Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

Reception – The Roof Terrace, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

What made you choose there? GOMA is one of our favourite buildings in Brisbane. We loved the open, modern, minimalist appearance of both venues as well as the amazing views.

How was the weather on the day? It rained in the morning but was overcast/sunny in the afternoon which was perfect, our Ceremony commenced at 4pm.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Well my favourite flowers are white Peonies, I thought they were around come October/November but it turned out October was a bit too early, so I had to settle for something less! Spring is also our favourite season weather wise and the 24th of October was one of the few dates both venues were available throughout October.

The Wedding Details

Theme ? Our colour theme was black, white, gold & copper (anyone that knows me knows that I only buy things in those colours! I am not a fan of too much colour!) I also love anything initialed/monogrammed – so I just had to have A & Z initial light up letters as a feature on the day at the reception, which I eventually found! I also love fairy lights, which I insisted on having running vertically down the entire length of the large white wall at GOMA, our lighting guy must have been cursing me, as it wasn’t an easy task! Everything else was fairly simple, lots of white flowers was all I really wanted!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I already had in mind what I wanted but drew the most inspiration from Instagram, I searched things separately on Instagram at my own pace.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did most things myself, from designing the invites, the layout of the venues, to the place cards, table numbers, the seating plan and run sheet etc. My Dad even made the seating plan easel, as I didn’t like what was on offer, it had to be simple and white! We purchased the topiaries, vases, frames for the table numbers, cake stand, wishing well basket etc, plant stands and pots and painted them all to fit in with our colour theme.  I ordered the bonbonierres online from Kayla Bombardier Designs; mum and myself did all the styling.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Lauren Pender (Maid of Honour) and Liz Fisher, both friends of mine. I am an only child so no siblings of mine in the bridal party!

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Lawrie Simmonds (Best Man) and Lloyd Jones, Lawrie is a mutual friend of ours and Lloyd is one of Andrew’s 5 brothers.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The Paddington store is up the road from my place in Brisbane (a little too convenient haha) and was one of the few places in Brisbane that stocks stylish modern dresses, of high quality and in beautiful fabrics.

Where have you seen our gowns before? I drive past the Paddington Store window almost every day! So I was always on the look out!

How many gowns did you try? Maybe around 5 but I already had the Prea gown in mind with the Selena overlay over the top! I had seen the pieces separately on the website as well as on Instagram and in the shop window!

Where did you purchase your gown from? From your Paddington store, Brisbane.

What did you especially like about your gown? I wanted something different, something that I could change about it in the evening, so I loved that I could take the overlay off at the reception and just have the Prea gown on for our first dance. I also loved the fabric, the crisp colour, the quality, the fit, the detail and the overlay was just devine how it sat and flowed. It was very me, it was absolutely perfect. I think people expected me to wear something quite fitted so it was a bit of a surprise!


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmermann

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings from Molten Store, Brisbane for the Bridesmaids and I. The Groom & Groomsmen had country road socks, MJ Bale bow ties and we found silver cufflinks online printed with their individual initials.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Tony Bianco as well as the Bridesmaids; the Groomsmen & Groom’s shoes were from Aquilla.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No, I did not, I thought the addition of the Sylena overlay was enough! I wanted to keep it otherwise simple.


What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? Take it slow and enjoy being engaged, it’s such an exciting time! Otherwise, give yourself plenty of time to perfect it, get your venue and photographer organised first and everything else will follow. Most of all, don’t have too much time between the ceremony and reception, time them as close together as possible to keep the day flowing. Our guests were able to conveniently walk from the ceremony straight across to the reception. Lastly, ensure you have champagne and canapés organised for the Bridal party during the photos, an absolute must!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try as many different styles on as you can, you might not end up with the style you have in mind. I never thought I would have a strapless dress!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. My Mum went in the car with my Bridesmaids on the day also, I didn’t want to leave her out! 2 of Andrew’s brothers (Oliver & Dylan) learnt our ceremony songs and played them on the Piano for us.

Something Blue? Not intentionally but I noticed KWH sewed a little blue bow in the inside of my gown, gorgeous touch!


Florist Flowers by Forrest, Anna Forrest. We were blown away with the flowers on the day, they were absolutely gorgeous, beyond what we ever imagined!

Photographer Lucas & Co Wedding Photography

Music – Radio Club Band

First Dance – Endless Summer Cover by Josh Pyke

MC – Ben Kunde (Friend)

Celebrant Vogue Vows, Johanna Murray

Stationery – Save the dates, invites, place cards etc all designed by myself.

Menu – GOMA Catering.


1. Gin compressed watermelon, buffalo haloumi, elderflower gel (v) (gf)

2. Air dried wagyu, egg pearls and mustard cream (gf)

3. Jamon wrapped quail saltimbocca, sage emulsion (gf)


1. Hervey Bay ocean king prawns, potato gnocchi, broad beans, crayfish sauce
2. Crisp free-range pork belly, layered potato, caramelised apple puree, coriander oil (gf)


1. New England lamb rump, lamb braise tortelloni, celeriac and minted sauce
2. Wild caught barramundi, warm red pepper salad, baby caper and sage butter sauce (gf)

Cake – Rustic Pastel, Brisbane by Kate Lee. Lime and Pistachio Naked Cake with Buttermilk icing and fresh Roses.

Bombonieres – Kayla Bombardier Designs. Candles in boxes with ribbon – both initialed with our names and wedding date.

Hair – Donna Korn, Hairdresser and Makeup Artist, Brisbane – Extremely talented, by far the best in Brisbane!

Make up – Donna Korn, Hairdresser and Makeup Artist, Brisbane

Wedding Bands – Zoe: Canturi, Brisbane

Extra features – A & Z Light up Letters – LES Event Styling, West End, Brisbane. Lighting – Shane McNamara, Brisbane.

Other – Light up of the big Fig Tree in front of the reception venue, GOMA Lighting. Wedding Cars: Limoso Limousine Service, 2 x Black Mercedes Benz S-Class




Lauren & Dylan's Romantic Garden Wedding

Posted on 27 Jan, 2016
Lauren & Dylan's Romantic Garden Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a music festival on the Gold Coast called Summer Field Days. I approached him in the crowd and said “hey, you have a nice smile”, it was love at first sight.

How long have you been together? When we got married We had been together for around 3.5 years.

Do you have a proposal story? Dylan planned to propose on our one year anniversary and had it all planned, ring and everything. but the morning of I got really sick with a stomach bug. He had to cancel his plans and little did I know at the time, it meant my ring went in to hiding for a whole year. On our second anniversary his plan finally came together. he hired a beautiful apartment overlooking the same beach where he first asked me to be his girlfriend, then he recreated our first date. afterwards in the apartment he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The most romantic part for me was opening a sealed card which he had written a year earlier asking me to be his wife. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Third October 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?  Gold Coast Hinterland

2.     What made you choose there? The venue is just stunning. After viewing it I could not imagine having our wedding anywhere else.

3.     How did you find it? Lots and lots of googling and viewing different venues.

How was the weather on the day? We were blessed with the most amazing weather, not a cloud in the sky. Although we had wet weather plans in place we really had our hearts set on an outdoor ceremony and roofless marquee reception so we were incredibly lucky.

The Wedding Details

 Theme?  Our theme was classic, romantic, Intimate, garden wedding. The venue was so beautiful on it’s own, I really wanted that to be the feature and stuck with a less is more approach to the styling. Our Colour theme incorporated white flowers in all different textures, lush green foliage to accentuate all the beautiful hedges and vines at the venue, raw wooden tables and a touch of grey. The open marquee reception with wine barrel chandeliers and fairy light draping were definitely a standout. Whilst all the styling was done by myself we hired stylists Little Gray Station to set it all up on the day. Seeing it all come together just blew my mind. I would highly recommend having a stylist on the day. It allowed us to just relax and enjoy the day. Also they reused our beautiful florals from the ceremony at the reception which really made it that little bit more spectacular.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? When we first started planning our wedding I spent a lot of time on pinterest and reading wedding magazines. But as it drew closer I stopped looking for inspiration as I was starting to feel overwhelmed and started to question our theme and styling. I ended up going with my original ideas, most of which I had dreamt up all my life and I am soo happy we did. I don’t think you can go wrong with a classic white wedding.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? Most of our furniture and decorations were hired through Hampton Event Hire however our menu’s, signs and placecards were handmade. My Mum made the table runners to fit the length of the tables which were set in a U shape to keep our reception intimate.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a spring wedding, When we booked the date we had no idea it was a long weekend! This actually worked against us as it turned out to be one of the most popular dates we could have chosen. But it does mean we should get a long weekend each year for our anniversary.


Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Ange – Maid of Honour / Best Friend. My Bridesmaid Shannon introduced me to Ange around 7 years ago. Ange was My wing woman and stayed out on my 25th Birthday to catch up with Dylan for the first time since we met, so it is in part thanks to her that we ended up together. Ange was so helpful throughout the whole process of planning our wedding, my way of saying thankyou was to have her as my maid of Honour. She also organized the most amazing hens party and made a fantastic wedding speech, so she was a great choice!

Shannon – Bridesmaid /Childhood Friend Shannon is my longest friend, we met when we were just 5 years old. There really was no-one else I could imagine standing next to me on the day. We compliment each other and although we now live in separate states, each time we catch up it’s as though no time has passed.

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Zane - Best Man / Brother in law. Dylan first met Zane when he started dating his sister Laura. Over time Zane not only became part of the family but also one of Dylans best friends and he considers him as an older brother. 

Austin – Groomsman / Brother. Austin is Dylans younger brother, born On his 7th birthday. Despite the age gap they have always been really close and he considers him as one of his closest friends.

Luke – Groomsman / Childhood Friend. Dylan and Luke have been best mates since they were 6 years old. Throughout the years they have shared many great times together and have always managed to stay in touch given the great distance and extended times apart.

Clint - Groomsman. Out of Dylans four groomsmen he has known Clint over the shortest period of time but has developed a friendship just as close. Dylan has realized that time is not a factor when determining what makes a best mate.

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Dylan’s younger brothers, Jordan & Josh were our ring bearers. 


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I really wanted a long sleeve gown and after seeing the long sleeve crops online I had a good feeling about this designer.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I came across them in Bridal magazines and through Google.

How many gowns did you try? Karen Willis Holmes was the first wedding dress shop I went to and My dress was only the third dress I tried on. As soon as I slipped it on, before it was even properly done up I knew it was the one. My now husband could not believe I found a dress so quickly as I am usually very indecisive. I got that amazing overwhelming feeling that everyone tells you about where you just know it is the one.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I love absolutely everything about my gown, I am honestly obsessed with it! I love the fit, the detail, the pleating, the fabric, the quality, the way it moves when you walk but mostly I love the way I feel in it.  I particularly love that I could get two completely different looks from my dress by layering the crop and peplum belt over the top. For our ceremony my dress was very demure and elegant with the long sleeves and train. For the reception I wore it strapless making it more cocktail. A lot of guests thought I had a complete outfit change which was great as I felt I had two wow moments. 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaid dresses were from Shieke. I always wanted them to wear different dresses but in the same fabric so these were perfect.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The groom’s suit was custom made and the Groomsmen’s were from Rodger David.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept my accessories to a minimum as I did not want to take away from my dress. Myself and my bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills earrings, which were part of their gifts on the day. I wore a bracelet borrowed from my Mum. It was a gift from my late Aunty which my Mum wore on her wedding day so it had a lot of emotional significance for me.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes for the ceremony were Nine West and I wore navy blue heels from Forever New for the reception.

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



What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Go with your instincts. Try not to get to invested in everything being perfect. Things can go wrong but you have to roll with it and don’t let it ruin your day. The most important part really is the vows and the commitment your making to one and another.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Wait for your moment, you will know when it is the one.



Florist Elyssium Blooms. I cannot recommend them enough. I came across their work through instagram and fell in love. They understood my vision and went above and beyond my expectations on the day. We got exceptional value for money. All of our guests commented on the flowers and at the end of the evening most people got to take some flowers home from the table settings which was great.

Photographer Heart and Colour. Originally I enquired with another photographer who was booked out however recommended Heart And Colour – I am so glad they did because they are amazing. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with from day one and their work is incredible. We felt so comfortable with them on the day and I think that translates in our photos.

Music – Explosive Entertainment. They were very professional and easy to deal with. Their equipment is state of the art and everyone was on the dance floor all night.

Celebrant Nicole Evans. A friend of ours used Nicole at their wedding and recommended we use her. As soon as we met with her we connected and knew she was the right celebrant for us. She is so warm and genuine. all of our guests commented on how fantastic she was at our ceremony.

Stationery – Invitations were by Senna Jean Designs. Senna created exactly what I imagined for our invitations.

Menu - Handmade

Cake Rebellyous Cake Co. Not only did our cake look great, it tasted amazing. We had white chocolate coconut mud and dark chocolate mud tiers served with icecream as desert, it was delicious.

Bombonieres – Instead of Bombonieres we had a photobooth from Flashers Photobooth Hire. guests got two prints, one went in our guest book and one they took home as a momento. This was great fun for everyone. We got a copy of all the photos taken on a USb at the end of the night and had a lot of laughs going through them.  

Hair – Hair by Amy Louise. Amy is so lovely and did such an amazing job. We each had different styles and our hair stayed perfect all night. Amy also colours my hair and colour matched clip in extensions which I wore on the day. They blended so perfectly it just looked like my natural hair, only better.

Make up Angela Walsh H&M. Angela did such a fantastic job of our makeup. She is a perfectionist, her work is flawless and photographs very well.

Wedding BandsCTJ Jewellery. Their jewellery is quality and their prices cannot be beaten.

Stylist – Little Gray Station. They are very professional and their work speaks for itself.

Furniture HireHampton Event Hire. Very easy to deal with and professional.