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Bianca + Liam's stunning New Zealand wedding

Posted on 29 Mar, 2017
Bianca + Liam's stunning New Zealand wedding

Bianca and Liam look effortlessly happy in every photo.  The beaming couple were initially friends and developed feelings for each other months later.  After being together for four years, Liam popped the question on a weekend away in Queenstown.  Bianca, who loves sharing special, quiet moments with her man was blown away when he knelt down on one knee in the middle of the mountains, with only the nearby cows as their witness.  They married at Old Forest School in Pongkawa, New Zealand in a romantic garden ceremony amongst their friends and family.  Bianca wore the 'Tulip' gown, which is a strapless beaded fishtail gown that flows to the ground in a simple georgette.  Stunning blooms by Elise at Honey Bee Wild Flowers finished off the look perfectly- with all of the flowers being locally sourced within Opotiki.  Rambo Estrada shot the magic of the day, being a photographer her sister had worked with meant everyone was so comfortable and at ease the whole time, they could relax and watch the stunning day unfold. 

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met through mutual friends, we were friends for months before we started dating.

How long have you been together? We have been together for four and a half years.

Do you have a proposal story? It was our 3rd anniversary and I planned to surprise Liam with a trip to Queenstown, this failed when I accidentally let it slip only days before we were due to go. Turns out Liam had a surprise of his own, and during a picnic on the side of a gravel road in a rural spot between the snowy mountains called Paradise,  Liam got down on one knee and asked the question. It was perfect, I'm not a fan of attention so I loved that it was in such a private, picturesque setting, with nearby cows as the only witnesses.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 13.01.2017

Ceremony and the Reception

Location? Old Forest School- Pongakawa-New Zealand

What made you choose there? We wanted our day to be as much fun and magic for the guests as it was going to be for us. We wanted our day to be mostly unstructured and for people to just be able to enjoy their time there.  The only time guests sat was for the speeches, the rest of the time they mingled and danced, and helped themselves to the onsite bar and the gourmet burgers and ice creams when they felt like it. The venue itself had everything we wanted our day to be, beautiful remote scenery, a barn, activities and fun for the guests, and the ability to choose our own caterers and provide our own alcohol. It also made the wedding a weekend event, as ourselves and all of our guests had traveled from near and far for the day which meant we all spent several days over the weekend celebrating together.


How did you find it? The venue featured in a few of our chosen photographers blogs, my sister Sophie is one of his second shooters and had second shot with him there several times, I fell in love with it from their photos.

How was the weather on the day? I woke up to skies of black clouds and rain, the clouds broke 2 hours before the ceremony was due to start, and it was blue sky and sunshine for the rest of our day.

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any colours, features, etc.)? For the theme, I wanted to draw from earthy natural colours with aspects of gold. I wanted the colours to reflect the romantic mood of the day but to remain relaxed and not overdone.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  Instagram, Pinterest and Photographers wedding blogs

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The signage was made the night before the wedding by myself and my sister Sophie. We also sourced 130 mismatched crystal wine glasses for the bar second hand. Agee jars from the tables came from a local store down the road from Liam's parents house. The wood rounds for the serving platters were made and oiled by Liams dad.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Sophie Lewis- Maid of Honour-Sister

Olivia Lewis- Sister

Caitlin Gavin- Liam’s Sister

Trinh Pham- We have been best friends since high school, she was with me when I chose the dress as she now lives in Melbourne

Shawnee Hoskins- We have been best friends since high school

Jessica Hodson- University friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Alex Morland-Best Man- Liam’s best friend

Nick Gavin- Liam’s brother

Brendon Thompson- He is like a second brother to Liam and has been a part of their family business for 17 years

Aaron Ramsey- A good friend of Liam’s

Haig Mehrtens- Liam and Haig grew up together, their parents are best friends

Marc Cooper- Another close family friend and good friend of Liam’s

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Bianca looked stunning in the 'Tulip' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The girl who took our engagement photos got married in a Karen Willis Holmes design, after looking at the website I fell in love with the designs as they were completely different from the popular all lace designs other designers I looked at had. So I made Melbourne and the KWH store a planned stopover on my way to London to see my bridesmaid Jess (Her generous wedding present to me).

How many gowns did you try? I tried a total of 7 dresses before trying on and falling in love with the Tulip

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the way it was fitted through the body with it’s lace and sequin detailing, yet flowy and romantic at the bottom. I hadn’t come across any dresses like it and loved that it was different. It was easy to move in and I wore it the whole night comfortably.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I had a style of dress I wanted but it was too hard to source in New Zealand in the colours I wanted. Liam’s mum was heading to Hoi An in Vietnam for a holiday, knowing how good the tailors were here I purchased a dress in the style was after, and sourced swatches of colours I was hoping to have the dresses made in. They were all made by Yaly Tailors in Hoi An using 100% silk.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The shirts were a thick textured linen, purchased from Farmers. The pants came from Hallensteins. The leather suspenders were purchased on an Etsy store, the bowties came from The Iconic, and the boys all chose their own shoes from various places. They all wore Ray Ban wayfarers on the day.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore my Nanny’s Austrian Crystal drop earrings, I’m extremely close to my nanny so wanted to have a part of her with me on the day, and the Stolen Girlfriends Club silver bracelet Liam gifted to me on the morning of the wedding. I also had my Great Grandmothers hand embroidered handkerchief in my bra for catching the day's tears. I wanted to keep my accessories minimal so that the dress would be the main focus.

Where did you get your shoes from? Windsor Smith

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was a Grace Loves Lace Gabriela Veil made out of silk chiffon, it matched my dress perfectly.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Pay attention to the guests experience of the day, it’s too easy to stress about tiny things that won’t be a make or break point of your day, Instead focus on things that will make people's experience unforgettable. Also it’s cliché, but the day really does fly by, so take time to take it all in and just bask in the magic of the love of the day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Stick true to what you feel comfortable in, let your dress reflect your personal style.

 

Suppliers

Photographer – Rambo Estrada
My Sister and Maid of Honor Sophie has been lucky enough to second shoot with Rambo for the last two summers. I loved his relaxed and beautiful style of photography and wouldn’t have had anyone else. He was great to have around for the day and we felt totally relaxed in front of him, it made having photos taken easy. His second shooter for the day.

Coralee Stone
Coralee was also amazing, she spent the morning with us girls and put all of our nerves completely at ease.

Florist - Honey Bee Wild Flowers 
Elise from Honeybee Wild Flowers runs a local business in the small town of Opotiki where I grew up. All of the flowers she used for our day were sourced locally within Opotiki which added to their beauty. She did more than I could have pictured with the florals on the day, the aisle, the bouquets, the table settings, it was so amazing turning up on the day and seeing all the beautiful flowers.

Music – Shortly after getting engaged we went to Russell in the Bay of Islands for a day together, we were sitting at the Duke of Marlborough enjoying lunch and a wine listening to a girl sing. I immediately knew I wanted her to be our singer at our wedding, so later messaged her and asked her if she would play for us on the day which she excitedly took the offer up of. She sang our aisle song (Dave Dobbyn-Beside You) which is a song that has been a fundamental part of my childhood and had our family and friends in tears. We walked out to Chet Faker-talk is cheap, She then sang until Dinner time. Once she left we then played a spotify playlist of all our favourite songs

Singer -  Asch-Rose  

First Dance – Kings of Leon-Pick up Truck

MC – My best friend from University-Simon Walker, it was so special to have someone who knew us to guide us through the day. He and Sophie surprised us with the shoe game that you see in some of the photos.

Celebrant –Tim Shipton
We wanted our celebrant to reflect the relaxed vibe of our day, Liam says he was a key part in keeping him relaxed before my arrival and we loved his style of hosting the ceremony.

Stationery – Kiyomi Kitagawa 
She is a family friend of ours. She is a Doctor, who does graphic design as a hobby and for friends and family. I provided minimal guidance with what I wanted our invites to be and she provided the most beautiful wedding stationary printed on linen paper.

Menu – We chose to have a laid back eating style so that our guests could enjoy mingling and dancing rather than being sat at tables for the majority of their day. Tag Burger is a gourmet burger truck, they offered fries, 3 beef, one chicken, one vegetarian and gluten and dairy free burger options for guests. The guests could go up and order whatever they liked off the Tag Burger menu whenever they were hungry. Most guests got barely 1/3 of the way through their burgers due to their size, we had many positive comments on the relaxed dining style. Desert was then the Mr Whippy Ice Cream truck, driven from the road to the venue by Liam and his groomsmen. Again guests could order whatever they liked off the menu when they felt like dessert.

Hair – Simone Anderson @simone_anderson
Simone traveled with Briar and did our hair. She started at 6 am and totally blew any doubt I had about timing out of the water. She managed to do 6 bridesmaid hair ups, my hair, hair and makeup for my Mum, mother-in-law and Nanny all before 12 pm. Having spent time with Simone before the day in social settings made it comfortable and exciting to have her there as part of our morning.

Make-Up Briar Howard
For the last few years I haven't trusted anyone but Briar to do my makeup for any occasions I’ve had, so I booked her as soon as I’d booked the venue. She made the trip from Auckland to Papamoa with Simone to be able to do our hair and makeup for the day. Having Briar there for the morning was like having a close friend there, this made the whole morning more special as it meant that the only people that were a part of our morning were people who I was relaxed and comfortable around. Briar knowing how I like my makeup meant it was easy and I didn’t have to provide any guidance with what I wanted, I couldn’t have hoped for any more than how she made us all look. She truly made myself and the girls feel amazing.

Cake – Briar Howard runs Our Little Kitchen co
My talented friend Briar also baked our Cakes. She arrived at the house I’d rented for myself and the bridesmaids at 11 pm the night before the wedding, and put the cakes together at 5am the following morning before doing all of our makeup from 6 am. The main cake was bottom tier-Vanilla and Doris plum cake.  The top tier was Caramel mud cake with buttercream icing and gold foil, meringues and fresh flowers. The mini cake was a gluten free cake as Liam is coeliac, it was a Chocolate and Caramel mud cake with buttercream icing.

Wedding Bands – Michael Hill Jewelers

Petr Vackar - Vendor Day

Posted on 28 Mar, 2017
Petr Vackar - Vendor Day

On the 25th March, the KWH flagship store in Alexandria was lucky enough to have talented make-up artist Petr Vackar in store to talk to all of our brides. All appointments were booked out well in advance and it was such a successful, fun day.  Petr, from PV Hair & Makeup, is also the One Fine Day- Sydney hair & makeup Creative Director so our gowns have been shot and exhibited numerous times with his looks complimenting them beautifully.  He comes with a wealth of international experience, working behind the scenes leading runway shows across Milan, Paris, London & New York.  Now residing in Sydney, where he runs his business, his passion lies in the wedding industry. Being involved in a brides special day and making her feel the most beautiful version of her she can be, is what drives him.  His mission is simple, stating "we specialise in helping our clients see how beautiful they are. Every human being is beautiful. Sometimes we just forget or we become too busy to notice."

Your Name: Petr Vackar

Location: Sydney

Business name: PV Hair Makeup

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about? 
I have always been a freelancer, with 10 years of fashion/editorial experience in Europe. The last 11 years here in Sydney, I have been slowly moving towards the bridal world. The ability to make someone feel beautiful and contribute to their big day is what makes the wedding industry so appealing to me. 

What inspires you? Everyday life, people, art (all forms)

How do you start your day? Ideally with some exercise and big breakfast.

What is your favourite thing about your job? Being able to make people see how beautiful they are.

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding?  Do not forget that it is a day when everyone will come to celebrate YOUR love. You don’t have to please anyone. Make the day about yourselves!

Favourite city? Sydney, Barcelona & Vienna.

Best way to spend $50? A 30 min Chinese massage.

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work. Call me old fashioned but to me, the bride is a symbol of purity, virginity and something new. Like spring, or rose bud about to blossom. With that in mind, we always make sure that you look the best you can on your wedding day and most importantly, that you have fun :-) 



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Ashleigh + Ricky's pretty Hunter Valley wedding

Posted on 27 Mar, 2017
Ashleigh + Ricky's pretty  Hunter Valley wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? I actually saw Ricky at a nightclub one night and recognised him as we had mutual friends. I sent him a message on Myspace the next day and let him know that I saw him and we started chatting (we still have the screenshots of our conversations!). After a week of chatting, Ricky and I went for a drive together and the rest is history!

How long have you been together? 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? Ricky planned a weekend away in the Blue Mountains, staying at the Fairmont Resort. When we arrived we went and had a cocktail at the bar and then went back to the room to have wine & cheese on the balcony. We were sitting on the balcony and Ricky said that he had a present for me to take away (I was about to go overseas for work for 3 weeks) and he gave me a photobook he had made. The photobook had the story of our relationship over 8 years, with photos of us and our holidays and on the last page it said “Before we continue this adventure I have one question to ask...” and then he got down on one knee!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 23 September 2016

Ceremony Location? Wandin Valley Estate, Lovedale

What made you choose there? We love the Hunter Valley and love to stay there a few times a year, so it was the perfect place for us to get married. So once we were engaged we researching venues online, and then we went to the Hunter Valley for a day trip. We visited 3 venues, as soon as we saw the reception area at Wandin Valley Estate we knew that it was the perfect place to get married. We also liked how we could have the ceremony and reception in the same place, and the guests could have drinks and canapes while we had our photos taken. We also liked how the indoor/wet weather option was also really beautiful (so we didn’t have to worry about rain as much).

How did you find it? I saw some photos on Instagram 

How was the weather on the day? The morning started off very cloudy and windy, we ended up deciding to move the ceremony indoors because of the strong winds forecasted for the afternoon. We didn’t mind as the indoor option was also beautiful. However, by 3pm the sun was coming out and we had perfect weather for the rest of the day and night.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We had beautiful white and blush flowers with a few elements of gold in the reception. We also had candles everywhere – I love candles.

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

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No, we worked with Peonies Boutique Weddings who understood exactly what we wanted and did the most amazing job, taking the stress away from us.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister Kellie and cousin Marni.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Ben & Paul, Ricky’s close friends.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Our niece Evelyn and nephews Connor & Lucas.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Ashleigh looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Annika' lace gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My cousin who was married a few years ago and she told me to go to the Karen Willis Holmes store first as the girls are lovely and it would be a great first experience of trying on wedding gowns. I looked online and loved about 5 of the dresses so decided to visit.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I saw them in wedding magazines and on Pinterest.

How many gowns did you try? I tried 8 Karen Willis Holmes gowns on and about 12 in total.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I went into the store thinking I knew exactly what I wanted and really liked a few gowns, but I had another appointment to try on dresses I needed to be at. As I was about to leave Hannah Kate the Sydney store manager said to me “I really think you should try on the Annika gown” and I was a bit hesitant as I really didn’t want a strapless gown, but I tried it on and immediately knew it was the one. I especially loved the lace, the beautiful train and that it was so comfortable. I went to my other appointment but then came straight back to order the Annika gown.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Angela Wilson, the bridesmaids wore Amsale dresses.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Tailor made suits from Institchu

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My earrings were from Karen Willis Holmes and the bridesmaids wore stud earrings from Lovisa.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

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

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take 10 minutes alone with your husband on the wedding night to just take in everything.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on all different styles, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted until I tried different styles on.

Suppliers

Photographer – Ben Adams Photography. We spent so much time researching photographers and when we came across Ben’s work we loved all of it. When we got our wedding photos we were blown away with how amazing they were, I am so glad that we chose Ben.

Florist – Peonies Boutique Weddings. Darlene and the team from Peonies were fantastic, the understood exactly what we wanted for the day and it looked stunning.

Videographer – The Design Patrol. We absolutely love our wedding videos, Tash & Matt were awesome and captured us and the day so perfectly. I am so glad we ended up booking a Videographer at the last minute!

Music – XYDJ. The team at XYDJ were great and we were so happy that we had Simon DJ the wedding for us.

First Dance – The One, Kodaline

MC – Our good friend Pat Maxwell

Celebrant – Victoria Langham, A Beautiful Day. Victoria was recommended to me by my colleague and she is so lovely, we had the most beautiful ceremony.

Stationery – Peonies Boutique Weddings. Peonies also did our wedding stationery, ensuring that it all matched the rest of the wedding perfectly.

Menu –

Entrée

Salad of sumac roasted lamb loin with smoked eggplant puree, tomato and parsley salad and pomegranate reduction

Braised pork belly w/ apple & ginger puree, mizuno salad & Asian reduction (GF available)

Main

Slow Roasted eye fillet with dauphinoise potato, asparagus and red wine sauce

Chicken Supreme with onion soubise, parisienne potato, roast cherry tomato black olive and thyme

Dessert

Vanilla and white chocolate torte with raspberry compote

Soft centred Belgium chocolate pudding with honeycomb and honey nougat ice cream

Cake – Caked. Karen made us a delicious 2 tier cake.

Bombonieres – Bella Candles - our friends Diana and Nick made our guests the most amazing vanilla caramel candles, everyone loved them! Contact - 02 4362 1330

Hair & Make-Up – Empire Artistries. Diane & Nikki were amazing, they did the most amazing makeup and hair and it was still perfect at the end of the night.

Wedding Bands – Diamond Emporium. My engagement ring & our wedding bands are from Diamond Emporium, they designed exactly what we wanted.

Wedding Car – Princess Classic Cars. We have a beautiful white princess car and Gary was great on the day.

Photobooth – Funbox photobooths. The photobooth was great, our guests had so much fun and we got a hilarious guest book at the end of the night!

Leah + Skyler's Tuscan inspired Californian wedding

Posted on 20 Mar, 2017
Leah + Skyler's Tuscan inspired Californian wedding

Leah tagged along to her friends boss' birthday one night.  Skyler's birthday wishes all came at once when he spotted the stunning Leah in the crowd.  As she was leaving the party, he insisted they meet again for a drink sometime soon.  That was the start of their love story that they both look back on so fondly.  Both share a passion for travel and took off for a year of exploring the world.  The whole time, however, Skyler had other plans.  Before they embarked on their journey, he asked Leah's father's approval for her hand in marriage, packed the engagement ring and kept everything a secret until 4 months later when they were on the beach in Bali, watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.  

Leah and Skyler had the most stunning Tuscan-inspired wedding in San Juan Capistrano, California.  The breathtaking venue was so beautiful, little styling was needed in the lead up to the event. Elise Whall from Plum and Oak captured the magical moments of the day whilst Emily and Ange from Bloom Babes brought their vision to light with the outstanding display of blooms and foliage.

The elegant couple danced the night away to Neil Young, again as the sun set and they began the next chapter of their exciting journey through life together.  

Background

How did you meet your partner? A mutual friend invited me to her boss’ birthday drinks and I decided to go to see my friend. On the way out I wished the birthday boy a happy birthday, but he stopped me from leaving and said we had not had the chance to talk. I told him it was a work night and I needed to go home so he asked if we could grab drinks the following evening. I was sure he wouldn’t remember so I agreed and left. He did remember and reached out to me the next day, I was hesitant, but agreed and that marked our first date!

How long have you been together? 5 years.

Do you have a proposal story? Skyler and I both left our jobs to travel the world for most of 2015. Before we decided to take this big leap, he asked me if I would prefer taking the more traditional path and the next step in our relationship, or travel, both would be impossible financially. I said, we can get married when we’re 50, let’s travel! About 4 months into our trip he totally surprised me when he got down on one knee on the stunning beaches of Bali. I was in total shock that the love of my life, travel buddy and best friend was proposing with the gorgeous orange sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Little had I known, he had carried the ring with him the entire time and had asked my Father for my hand well before we had embarked on our adventure.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 10.21.16

Ceremony & Reception

Where? The Villa, San Juan Capistrano, California USA

What made you choose there? It reminded us of a gorgeous Tuscan Villa we had seen on our travels. It was outdoors, and naturally beautiful with old world details, vines crawling up the stone walls and fruit trees hovering above.

How did you find it? Through another venue.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect. Sunny, but not too hot.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a Fall wedding: in September and October in Southern California the weather is perfect. All of the Saturdays at this venue had been spoken for, so we were left with only a Friday option. We lucked out because it rained on Saturday

The Wedding Details

Theme? Organic and effortless, lots of greenery, whites and neutrals. A couple pops of colour with the bougainvillaea draping over the altar doorway and blue Mediterranean tile escort cards.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The venue itself. I wanted everything to look natural and compliment this stunning venue.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? I took old broken terracotta tiles and painted them with blue and white designs to use as the escort cards.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – 

Maid-Of-Honour: Erin Wall/best friend,

Bridesmaids: Stephanie Chambers and Dori Araiza

I also had my two brothers stand next to me: Blair Tierney and Arian Faurtosh.

Groomsmen – Skyler's three brothers: Dan Maiman (Best Man), Erik Drury and Marc Maiman.

Skyler also had his 6 closest best friends recognized as the Blue Tue Guys: Brandon Brooks, Brad Shipley, Dan Bradbury, Dagan Kofler, Jake Loskutoff and Ryan Morris.

Flower girls/Page boys? There were actually no kids at our wedding, it was an adult-only affair!



Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Leah looked stunning in our 'Blake/Prea' combination gown from the D.Y.G collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I purchased my Karen Willis Holmes dress from Elle Bridal Boutique in downtown San Diego.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t!

How many gowns did you try? At least 70.

What did you especially like about your gown? It is classy and timeless. I instantly fell in love with the material, the structure and the beauty of the dress. I know I will look back on my dress years from now and still be in love with it. I felt so beautiful in my Karen Willis Holmes dress.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids wore Reformation blush floral dresses.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Skyler had his suit custom made in Vietnam while we were on our travels. The groomsmen’s suits are from Men’s Warehouse and they were a sharkskin blue suit with a black tie.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My Aunt and Uncle gifted me gorgeous emerald studs. And I wore my wedding bands, I wanted to keep the focus on my beautiful dress and veil.

Where did you get your shoes from? Schutz. Loved them!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? A cathedral length Spanish Mantilla lace veil from Veiled Beauty.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be true to yourself and your relationship. Don’t be afraid to stick with your vision, it will turn out beautifully.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with how you feel. Does it feel good to put it on? Do you feel beautiful? You will fall more in love with it every time you try it on. Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something Old? My great great grandmother’s white silk hanky for tears of joy.

Something New? My emerald earrings.

Something Borrowed? My silver cake knife and server, they were over 50 years old and used at my grandmother and grandfather’s wedding.

Something Blue? My great grandmother’s blue sapphire brooch, pinned on the inside of my dress.

Suppliers

Photographer – Elyse Whall of Plum and Oak. She is THE BEST. The moments she captured continues to blow me away.

Florist – Bloom Babes. Working with Emily and Angie from Bloom Babes was one of the best decisions I made. They totally understood my vision and made my perfect wedding a stunning reality. Love them!!

Videographer – Joey from byDesignFilms.

Music – DJ Divel. Skyler curated playlists for every part of the ceremony and reception.

First Dance – Harvest Moon by Neil Young.

MC – DJ Divel.

Celebrant – My Aunt Kim married us. It was so special and she was incredible.

Stationery – Camille from Robinson Design + Paperie.

Menu – Ramos House.

Cake – My Aunt Samira baked and designed our cake. Champagne cake with almond butter cream and fresh raspberries. It was stunning and delicious.

Bombonieres – We left welcome bags in the guests’ hotel rooms with sparkling water, custom mix CDs, travel candles and matchbooks.

Hair – Katie L’Heureux. She did a beautiful job! Throughout the night, as I danced, my hair loosened up beautifully.

Make-Up Elizabeth Root. Loved my makeup!

Wedding Bands – Skyler melted down the gold from his late Fathers wedding band and used it to make his.

Extra features – My Aunt Kathy created a gorgeous Sofreh Aghd, which is a Persian Wedding Tradition and each item on the table symbolizes something special for the couple’s marriage.

Behind The Scenes - Oh Flora Vendor Day

Posted on 20 Mar, 2017
Behind The Scenes - Oh Flora Vendor Day

Lovers of stunning blooms and all things pretty- you are in for a treat!  On the 25th of February, we were lucky enough to have Tanya from Oh Flora Studio in-store to show off some of her floral arrangements specially created for our Vendor Day which was held in our brand new Flagship store in Alexandria, Sydney.  Tanya is the queen at putting together organic, uncomplicated arrangements that burst at the seams with colour, style and texture.  

In her studio a few days prior, she constructed the most beautiful arbor adorned with carnations, climbing roses, daisies, maple leaves and filled out with abundant green foliage.  This visual treat stole all the limelight at the Vendor Day and is something that can translate perfectly for your wedding day as it creates a wonderful space under which to say your vows and also creates a perfect frame for your photographs. 

A huge thank you to Sara Eshu for the stunning photography and of course to Tanya for taking the time to spend the day at our Alexandria store chatting to all of our beautiful brides about her process and how her work can be incorporated into anyone's wedding day.  If you would like to contact Oh Flora Studio, please see more information at the bottom of this post. 

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Lisa + Brett's country wedding

Posted on 15 Mar, 2017
Lisa + Brett's country wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? Through an accidental add on facebook 


How long have you been together? 4.5 years
 

Do you have a proposal story? Our first date was supposed to be at a gorgeous little café on Melbourne Street in North Adelaide, but it was closed. On the day (27th December, 15) of the proposal Brett has mentioned going for a picnic that evening, and that he would arrange the picnic items, as we were driving I started to think “we really aren’t driving in the direction of any usual picnic locations” sure enough we drove onto Melbourne Street and he pulled over, I started to think “perhaps we are going for a nice dinner, great I’m dressed like this..... ”I asked if I should take my bag as I noticed he wasn’t taking any of the picnic items, he said ahhhh yeah... and that’s when I had a feeling something was happening, he took my hand cool as a cucumber and we crossed the street, stopped out the front of the café we were supposed to have our first date and he started speaking the most beautiful words, to which he then got down on one knee and ask the question. We did end up heading somewhere else for a gorgeous picnic with a perfect sunset and a lovely bottle of Pol Roger Reserve.  

 

The Wedding
What was your wedding date? 22nd October, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Penny’s Hill Winery

What made you choose there? Brett works there as the CFO 

How did you find it? It was beyond what I could have ever imagined, the staff were fantastic. They were so helpful, it was not in any way a stressful process and they were so accommodating for some dietary requirement for some guests. As well as setting up the reception room so perfectly, the ceremony area so perfectly, I was blown away.

How was the weather on the day? It was a rather cool day with a top of 15, light showers in the morning but the sun broke through the clouds as soon as I started walking down the isle.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Brett wanted the wedding to be sometime in October as the grounds usually look rather green at Penny’s Hill at that time of year and I loved the way it looked.

The Wedding Details

Theme? very simple, classic theme, white flowers, black suits, lots of greenery

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Brett and I are both very simple people, we like the simple classic look.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  Yes the place cards, the table numbers, the menus, the bombardiers (homemade truffles), table decorations.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Both my sisters, Sherrie & Riona Stow.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Nic Borrelli & Timothy Rochford, who are both Brett’s long term friends.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Lisa looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Holly' gown. See more here

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? After much disappointment elsewhere, I happen made an appointment at  The Vintage Bride. Renee squeezed me in at Karen Willis Holmes had a trunk show, and I will forever be grateful that she did.

How many gowns did you try?  I tried on around 30 gowns and did not like any of them. Not being overly girly I was really struggling. I had resigned to the fact that I would have to plan an interstate trip to see if there was anything different out there

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Vintage Bride 
What did you especially like about your gown? The style of the dress fit my body absolutely perfectly. I felt like a bride but like me the minute I put it on.

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Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Alexandra Grecco  

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Black, Ted Baker suits from David Jones.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a pair of pearl earrings, with the smaller pearl at the front and a larger pearl behind the year, a pearl ring which was a gift from Brett’s late grandmother, and a pearl bracelet from Brett’s mother which was given to her by Brett’s father when Brett was born. The bridesmaids just wore pearl earrings, as I had a pearl necklace attached to the back of their dresses as they were low cut.

Where did you get your shoes from? I already had my shoes, a tan coloured pair of strappy shoes that are extremely comfortable.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? My veil and headpiece were purchased from Renee at The Vintage Bride, I believe she makes them herself

Other 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take it slow, enjoy the planning process and stick with what you love most. Don’t get caught up it in all.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t stop looking until you feel that feeling that everyone says you feel when you have found the one, it does happen! Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. Take 10 minutes as a small break between ceremony and reception with your husband, just to say hi and embrace the fact that you are now married.

Something Old? Shoes

Something New? Dress

Something Borrowed? Bracelet from my now mother in law

Something Blue? Garter  

Suppliers  

Photographer – Mel Boulden. We had been recommended a photographer by a close friend, he was not available upon our first enquiry but sent me a list of 4 people he recommended. After a quick enquiry with all 4 we couldn’t have been happier with Mel right from the start. Mel was so incredibly easy to work with and on the day we honestly felt like she wasn’t even there.

Florist – Melanie Millsteed (Brett’s cousin). She has an incredible knack with flowers and occasionally does flower arrangements as a side job, one day I was discussing flowers with her and she offered to do the flowers for us. She did an amazing job! 

Music – Brett and I were lucky enough to win a DJ and photobooth package through the ABI program.

MC – Brett’s groomsmen Timothy Rochford, he was very funny and is great with public speaking

Celebrant – Sandra Haynes. We had tried to secure a celebrant closer to Penny’s Hill to make it easier for them in terms of travel, after seeing 2 celebrants we knew Sandra was the one, she spoke softly but well, she focused heavily on what we wanted throughout the ceremony and out of it and everything ran extremely smooth. She always looked absolutely spectacular on the day  

Stationery – Minted, a very easy and affordable online service. Extremely easy to use and the delivery is incredibly fast

Cake – Angle Wedding Cakes. Fiona is a very lovely lady who, despite the number of questions is very prompt and helpful. We have now had 3 cakes made through her and have never been disappointed. After describing to her what I had in mind for the cake, I was honestly blown away with the outcome, it looks stunning.

Bombonieres –  I made these myself, 3 truffles per quest all different flavours(also catered for the 5 vegan guests we had) it was a bit of a task but we felt much more comfortable giving something that meant something. It also allowed me to attached a tag that said “made with love, enjoy in the memory of love”

Hair – My very good friend Sarah Schultz. I had known Sarah since she was 14, was a model for her several times as she went through her hairdressing course. My hair looked exactly as I imagined, I was very happy  

Make-Up – Jess Buechter, this was another avenue where I tried to find someone closer to Penny’s Hill for travel reasons. I had 2 trials with Jess for different colours and both times the makeup was exceptional. I was very happy  

Wedding Bands – Martin Roger. The same jeweller that Brett went to for my engagement ring. They create some absolutely stunning pieces. As soon as I had picked a design they ordered the diamonds, when they came in we took a look and then they made the ring. I was blown away when I saw it together. Stunning and the service was incredible.


Car – Jaguars with Grace. Stunning car, very funny and professional driver it was a very enjoyable ride to the venue

Accommodation – Willunga Cottage + Evelyn Homestead. The accommodation was so lovely, my bridesmaids and myself stayed there the night before the wedding, and then myself and Brett the night of the wedding. Breakfast items where there for both days. The cottage was beautiful and made for really lovely pictures. The owner was kind enough and very flexible to work in what worked best for us for check in and out. I would stay there again for sure. 

Belle and Chris' Romantic Byron Bay Wedding

Posted on 10 Mar, 2017
Belle and Chris' Romantic Byron Bay Wedding

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When Belle rocked up for her first day of work and locked eyes with Chris, she knew he was something special. It took her 3 months to build the courage to say hello but just 4 years later they were saying “I do” in the Byron Bay hinterland, with Lucas & Co on hand to capture it all.

Belle and Chris had decided on their wedding venue long before they were even engaged. Bell recalls, “I found Horizon online looking at beautiful houses with my sisters for weddings none of us were planning haha! I saw Horizon and knew I’d marry Chris there. I showed Chris even though we weren’t engaged and he loved it as well.”

On their second anniversary, Chris treated Belle to a surprise weekend away near Byron Bay and got down on one knee. He says, “The moment was incredible, tears, laughing and she said yes. I can still picture it, that was more than a life-changing moment.”

The couple enlisted the services of Byron Bay Weddings to help realise the vision they had for a relaxed but romantic celebration. Belle says, “Emily directed us to vendors who were our style and within our budget which made the whole process so enjoyable and fun. There was no stress!

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met at work on my first day and MAC, Chris was working in fragrance at the time and we locked eyes as I walked in. It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my life I can still see Chris standing there as I walked in. It took me a good three months to build up the courage to speak to Chris, I was way too nervous. 

Since then we have been inseparable, since we began dating our first goal was to build our home together - This is such a good snap of our relationship, we dream big! 
 

How long have you been together? 4 Years

Do you have a proposal story? Chris proposed to me at Koonyum Range Retreat in Mullumbimby NSW on our 2 year anniversary. I had no idea what was about to happen he kept such a good secret, I usually find our every surprise. He spoilt me with beautiful red roses and a note saying we were going away for the weekend. It was amazing! the emotion I felt and how excited I was I can still feel, what a moment! He still gives me butterflies like that now.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 3rd September 2016.

Ceremony & Reception

Location?  Horizon, Byron Bay

What made you choose there? I found Horizon online looking at beautiful houses with my sisters for weddings none of us were planning haha! As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d marry Chris there. I showed Chris even though we weren’t engaged and he loved it as well. When we went to visit the venue with BBW it was just magical. The breathtaking views and the ceremony deck was more than we had dreamed of - there were no more venues to look at from there.
We wanted the venue and marquee very simple with lots of colourful blooms on the tables and gold accents as finishing touches to the already beautiful venue. Horizon speaks for itself there is no need to over do anything.

How did you find it? Looking online 

The Wedding Details

Theme? The theme was romance in the hills. Our vibe is very relaxed so this was fitting for our wedding too. We wanted the venue and marquee very simple with lots of colourful blooms on the tables and gold accents as finishing touches to the already beautiful venue. Horizon speaks for itself there is no need to over do anything. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Byron Bay Weddings helped me to realise everything. Emily directed us to vendors who were our style and within our budget which made the whole process so enjoyable and fun. There was no stress!  A lot of my inspiration came from Hello May, when we got engaged my sisters bought this for me and it was so special my new surname would be May. I looked a lot on Instagram, The Wedding Shed, Little Grey Station and The Events Lounge. I just loved looking at everything.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
My sisters and I are very creative and it was difficult to not want to take over and do the whole wedding - this just wasn’t possible. My sisters wanted to do little things to help us and that was an amazing thing little details just made the day more us and extra special. 

My sister Vanessa is an incredible graphic designer and she has done lots of wedding invitation designs and blackboard signs so of course she had to help me with mine too. Vanessa designed our save the dates, invitations, black board signs, menus and name tags. They were so beautiful. 

My other sister Fiona hand embroidered our tees to get ready in. All the bridesmaids and my mum had grey and mine white with bright pink writing, simple and sweet. Fiona is also a budding florist so she had fun assembling flower arrangements for the top of our blackboard welcome sign and table chart. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Belinda wore the 'Mabel' two piece gown from the WILD HEARTS collection by Karen Willis Holmes
 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? KWH was the second dress store I went to and the Mabel two piece was the second dress I tried on, I got so emotional and I couldn’t wait for Chris to see me in it. 

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  I struggled to decide what type of look I wanted to go for as a Bride, if I wanted boho or more classic so I left it up to trying on everything to help me decide. Originally I wanted the long fitted lace gown with a low back, all of my Inspo images were this design. Once I started trying on dresses, I felt like I needed to ensure I chose something that was me- simple, classic but different from the trends.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Kookai

Who did your partner wear? Wolf Kanat & shoes from Blaq

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings were my mums and my grandmas both worn by them on their own weddings days. 

Where did you get your shoes from? Kendall and Kylie

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

Other

What advice would you give brides organising their wedding?  Enjoy every single moment in the planning and the day and don’t let the small stuff get in the way. Remember what you’re doing and why.  Make sure the whole day embodies this in every moment. It goes so fast and once you are in amongst the emotions and energy important moments can slip past, make sure you have time just you two. Chris and I made sure we slowed down and absorbed everything all day, Kirsty our celebrant had a moment at the end of our ceremony where we stopped, looked around and took in the whole moment and each other - this was amazing, I’ll never forget it. We also set 30 minutes aside just us which helped make the day even more memorable.

We were so happy with everything we did. Some standouts were choosing our first venue that we fell in love with, doing some DIY to make our day a little more original and also relax! It was a big thing for us in the lead up with lots of family around so we made sure when the day came we relaxed and put our love first.

The only thing we wish we did was videography, however, Jason and Sarah did an incredible job in capturing moments we missed.  The photos told a beautiful story of our day.  

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? Our favourite moment was seeing each other for the first time. I was so excited all day, not one bit of nerves I just couldn’t wait to see him. Once I turned around the corner with my dad and started walking I could only see him, all our guests went blurry and it was a magical moment. Chris was standing there and I could tell he was holding back tears. We had waited for that moment for so long it was just insane when it happened. 

Second favourite moment to this had to be when we were announced husband and wife!! 

Suppliers
 

Photographer - Jason and Sarah,  Lucas & Co.

Florist - The French Petal, Byron Bay

Styling/ Event planner- Byron Bay Weddings 

Venue - Horizon 

Music - Tom Francis

Celebrant - Kirsty Laing 

Stationery -  Vanessa Macphail 

Menu - Fig Tree Restaurant, Byron Bay 

Cake - White chocolate mud cake with Belgian white chocolate ganache, made by Debbie 

Bombonieres - 

Hair - Tash, The Front Yard 

Makeup - Rhiannon Jay and Belinda May (bride) 

Wedding Bands - Michael Hill

SS'17 Haute Couture Shows Re-cap

Posted on 09 Mar, 2017
SS'17 Haute Couture Shows Re-cap

The Spring Summer 2017 Haute Couture shows have just concluded- a showcase of the most intricate, ambitious and extravagant creations from the world's best fashion houses.  This is where craftsmanship and attention to detail is at its finest and where the fantasy of couture comes alive.  

Chanel emphasised femininity, creating powerful silhouettes through strong shoulders, defined waists and full skirts in beaded embroidery and delicate laces.  Ellie Saab blew us away with his strategically designed beaded numbers, opting for long sleeves and sheer tulle elegantly grazing the floor. 

Alberta Ferretti kept the mood dark and sombre, with the use of beading, feathers and strong punches of black whilst Givenchy also lead a collection that brought attention to structure, heavy beading, and feathers. 

We have pulled together our highlights that resonated with us from the week, with the key messages lying in simplicity, feminity and subtle extravagance. 

Alberta Ferretti SS'17 Haute Couture


Alexis Mabille SS'17 Haute Couture


Armani Prive SS'17 Haute Couture


Chanel SS'17 Haute Couture


Ellie Saab SS'17 Haute Couture


Givenchy SS'17 Haute Couture


Ralph Russo SS'17 Haute Couture


Valentino SS'17 Haute Couture

Whitney & Robyn's picturesque Sunshine Coast wedding

Posted on 08 Mar, 2017
Whitney & Robyn's picturesque Sunshine Coast wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met at the local RSL we both worked at on the Sunshine Coast and Robyn had just come back from three months in Europe and a few months prior I had moved back to the coast from Brisbane. We spent four years on the coast working and having fun then decided to make a move to Mount Isa to benefit our futures are still here five years later.

How long have you been together? Nine years this year.

Do you have a proposal story? We went to Byron Bay for a long weekend for a music festival ‘Splendour In The Grass’ as we both have a love for many genres of music, once we checked in to our beach house we decided to have afternoon tea at the lighthouse but it was a cold and rainy day. We watched the storm roll over the hills and onto the beach taking in the beautiful view. We had packed cheese and crackers and an urn full of hot tea which is my favorite as I drink so much of it, Robyn poured a cup of tea for me and was intently looking at me until I realized the black mug had turned into a picture of her on one knee holding a sign saying ‘Will you marry me’ she then pulled a box out of her pocket and when she opened it the ring was so sparkly and to die for then after a few tears I said YES! It was a surreal day and one of the happiest.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 15th October 2016

Location?  Yandina Station – Luxury Country Estate, Sunshine Coast. Neill and Sally were a pleasure to deal with! 

What made you choose there? It was the first place we looked at and couldn’t go past it.

How did you find it? Robyn’s family live nearby and we wanted it to be near where we both grew up on the coast and so our friends and family didn’t have to travel far.

How was the weather on the day? From the cottages, you could see there was a sprinkle of rain coming over in the morning which was worrying but then it cleared up and was a gorgeous day. The ceremony took place under the unbelievably beautiful fig tree followed by canapés on the lawn then onto the reception in the dairy barn for a sit-down banquet dinner which was the most delicious food I have ever eaten. Followed by copious amounts of laughter, dancing and celebrating all night long.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date?  Just the available date for the venue and it was a great month for the flowers we wanted.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Yandina Station is a luxury country estate and a working cattle property, it was a unique combination of vintage beauty, history, incredible views and open spaces.  Rustic, relaxed and fun, Colours – dusty rose, gold, neutrals, dusty blue/greens. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Magazines like Hello May and The Brides Tree, Instagram and Pinterest was a big help for inspiration as we are currently living and working in a rural mining town but we wanted to keep it simple as there was so much history and beauty in the venue already. We hired the fairy lights that filled the room and the rose gold sequin table runners for the bridal table from Splash Events in Noosa.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  Anything that could be made we did it! We bought and cut the hessian table runners. The wedding invitations were an Etsy template then we printed and cut them all out. Robyn’s brother made the table numbers. Weup-cycled and painted the rose gold glass jars on the tables. We made and hand painted ceremony and lawn game signs for around the venue We made some of the lawn games We borrowed the Cordwell’s wooden crates that are from Robyn’s Grandparents who owned a pineapple farm and some of the suitcases as well.  The bonbonniere’s were vintage teacups collected from various garage sales with homegrown succulents and Robyn’s mum helped us make homemade marmalade & ginger jam in mini jars with hessian covers

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Mine were Bec, Nikkita and Charms – all lifelong friends and Robyn’s were Dee, Stacey and Marissa – all high school friends Page boys – who/relationship? Lync and Mace – Robyn’s Nephews  

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Whitney looked stunning in our ''Saskia' gown from the BESPOKE collection

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? It was the first place on the list to make a booking! I had pretty much already decided that I wanted a Karen Willis Holmes dress but had to try on other designers just to be sure. I love that Karen Willis Holmes is an Australia designer too. The shop front is so inviting and all the girls were a pleasure to deal with and helped make my decision easier (Lisa in the Brisbane Store is just so lovely!).

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I browsed all of the collections online after one of my close friends got married the year before and she chose a Karen Willis Holmes dress that was stunning!

How many gowns did you try? Too many I loved them all haha probably about 5 or 6 but I finally decided on the Bespoke – Saskia gown.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? It was so damn gorgeous, the detail in the bodice and the hint of shimmering blush that you could only see through the lace when the light caught it, and the silk was so beautiful. I also chose to customise it and change the shape and colours of the layers in the skirt, I think it was timeless and I will still love it in many years to come. I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We gave our bridesmaids a colour theme each and said, go find a dress that suits you and something that you love and will wear again. My bridesmaids were in dusty rose and they all looked gorgeous.

Who did your partner wear? Pippin by WToo from BellaDonna Bridal in Brisbane.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I gave my girls a pair of earrings and a clutch to wear for the day and I had Samantha Wills stud earrings and bracelet.

Where did you get your shoes from? I bought a pair of Rose Gold Jimmy Choo stilettos which didn’t last long and I changed into something more comfortable for the photos and dancing as we were climbing up what looking like a mountain of logs and trapesing through the pineapple fields but I will wear those Jimmy Choos every chance I get.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece?  No, I didn’t really want one but I had the florist make me up a little feature flower from the bouquets to put in my hair.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Lock in all the big things first like your date & venue, photographer & videographer, the celebrant and a band or entertainment as they book out quite quickly and it can be stressful if things are left to the last minute.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Take your time don’t rush and go looking a few times and take different family members or friends with you as they know you best and can help you decide and make the experience fun and exciting as it is a celebration. Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something Old? My Portuguese grandmother’s pearl ring which was tied onto my bouquet  

Something New? My dress and shoes 

Something Borrowed? Robyn’s grandmothers rose gold ring.

Something Blue? All of Karen Willis Holmes gowns have a blue bow sewn into the dress but Robyn’s mother gave me a bracelet with blue birds that I also tied onto my bouquet.

Suppliers

Photographer – Bonnie Jenkins Photography 

Florist – Julia from Ginger lily and Rose

Videographer – Beccy from BXCSMXTH

Music – Unique DJ’s and Photobooth Hire

First Dance – City & Colour - Northern Wind

MC – One of our good friends Christie helped us out.

Celebrant – Johanna Murray from Vogue Vows 

Stationery – Zazzle for ‘Save the Dates”, Etsy for the ‘Invites’ and Zazzle for the ‘Thank You postcards’

Menu –

Savoury Canapes   - Caramelised Pork Belly, Sweet and Sour Pineapple (GF/DF), Wagyu Rump Cap, Tonnato Sauce, Crisp Capers (GF/DF), Prawn and Glass Noodle Spring Rolls with Baby Cos, Herbs and Chilli Caramel Roasted Duck, and Caramelised Onion and Rosemary Puff Pastry Pies

Mains   - Chicken Galantine, Pork Stuffing, Pancetta, Parsnip Puree, Lemon Thyme (GF) , Dry Aged Sirloin, Horseradish Relish and Watercress (GF/DF) , Slow Roasted Shoulder of Spiced Lamb, Sofrito and Toum (GF/DF)  

Sides  - Seasonal Greens, Crisp Garlic, Hazelnuts and Brown Butter (V/GF), Honey and Thyme Roasted Carrots, Goats Curd (V/GF), Hand Cut Desiree Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt (V/GF/DF)  

Cake - Red Velvet Cake with rustic cream cheese icing, a lovely red colour when cut with layers of cream cheese. This was the wedding cake. Hummingbird Cake with textured buttercream Icing and Coconut.  

Petite Desserts - Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecakes, Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

Bombonieres –The bonbonniere’s were vintage teacups collected from various garage sales with home gown succulents and Robyn’s mum helped us make homemade marmalade & ginger jam in mini jars with hessian covers

Hair – Karrisa McLaren and Michelle Gataric from Kmmakeup Studios

Make-Up - Bec James Makeup (Also my maid of honor)

Wedding Bands – Stuart McLean from Underwood’s Fine Jewellers Kawana

Extra features – Our day wouldn’t have been possible without all the wonderful suppliers and their exceptional hard work and talents to make it as special as possible which is what every bride hopes for!

Amanda + Patrick Catholic New York wedding

Posted on 07 Mar, 2017
Amanda + Patrick Catholic New York wedding

Amanda & Patrick wed in the extravagant location of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in New York.  Boasting the longest aisle in the city, Amanda made quite the impact on her entrance. Even though their day was full of rain, it was filled with even more love and laughter. The weather cleared up after the ceremony, revealing clear blue skies- perfectly finishing off their Hollywood style wedding which featured classic colours of greens, golds and navies. This particular date held special sentiment as it was the same day Amanda's grandparents got married. The couple and their guests danced the night away in The Terrace Room which is part of the historic Stalier building, featuring stunning black and white tiled floors which added incredible drama to this romantic affair. 

Background

How did you meet your partner? Our best friends were dating, and they decided that Pat had to be part of our friend group. I wasn’t interested in being set-up with anyone, but by the second time we met I was already done for. I left two months later to study abroad in London, which could have been the end. Instead, Pat booked a flight to visit me and things just kept getting better.

How long have you been together? 9 years

Do you have a proposal story? Every year, we go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a week. Pat decided we were going to rent a car and drive to Key West for a few days. I was so happy to relax, that I kept pushing off our plans to go see the Ernest Hemingway house for more pool time reading. When I finally was ready to move, I dragged us to lunch, forced Key Lime Pie on him (famous in Key West!) and wanted to walk around and explore more. He had called ahead to make sure the lighthouse there was empty, so he finally said we needed to get there to see it before it closed for the afternoon. It took me awhile to get to the top, and as soon as I walked out onto the terrace, he got down on one knee. I was so excited I knocked the ring out of his hand! We watched the sunset at Mallory Square and spent the night celebrating. It was so special being away and spending the whole time relishing the moment and then celebrating with friends and family the next week when we got home.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? September 17th, 2016

Ceremony Location? St. Louis Roman Catholic Church

What made you choose there? St. Louis is an absolutely breathtaking church. There is a Kimball Organ on the balcony and the in-house organist is incredible. It also has the longest aisle in the city, and after dating eight years, I wanted to make sure I got to have a full-on bride moment.

How did you find it? I worked across the street for years.

Reception Location? The Statler Terrace Room

What made you choose there? I had a very specific vision of what I wanted our venue to look like. The Terrace Room is classic, with black & white tiled floors and beautiful mirrors.

How did you find it? The Statler is a well-known historic building in Buffalo. We had been to a few weddings and other events in the Golden Ballroom there.

How was the weather on the day? From the second I woke up - rain, rain, rain. I think it was the only rain that we had since May. We did luck out and have clear skies before and after the ceremony, which allowed us to get photos outside of the church.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? My grandparents were married on the same date.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Once I had chosen my dress, I used that style to settle on a theme. I wanted everything to look streamlined with a little bit of an old Hollywood feel. My biggest focus was choosing a look that would not be outdated in ten years. Greens, golds and navy were the colours I selected. We put a runner of greens on the captains table, with some gold décor mixed in.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? My maid of honor got me a subscription to Brides magazine immediately after we got engaged. I flipped through for colour and floral ideas and tore out pages of table settings.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I might be the only bride to ever say this, but I tried to stay away from Pinterest. There are so many ideas out there that it can get overwhelming. Our one project was the place card display. The centrepieces were tall gold vases with a big tuft of babies breath and I wanted to tie that into the place card table. We (I should say my mom and aunts) layered flora l foam in several trays and placed babies breath on top, setting the place cards on the bed of flowers. I also love Pablo Neruda’s poetry. There was a sonnet that I wanted to use as a reading during our ceremony but was unable to, as we had a Catholic mass. Instead, I used a computer application to type out different lines from his work and framed them for the place card table, dessert table, and a few other places.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  Jessica Moses (Maid of Honor) – Sister, Lauren Pritchard (Maid of Honor) – High school friend, Erin Meyers – Sister-in-law, Laura Bender – High school friend, Rachel McCrone – High school friend, business partner, Allison Jackson – High school friend, Genevieve Carbone – Friend,  Caitlin McCarthy – Friend, wife of best man. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Scott Witter (Best man) – Childhood friend, Timothy McCarthy (Best man) – Childhood friend, Phil Ciallela – College friend, Adam Hernandez – High school friend, Johnathan Graves – College friend, Steven Wawro – College friend,  Gaetano Falcone – High school friend. 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Gianna Graves, groomsman's daughter. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Amanda looked stunning in our 'Blake/Prea' combination gown from our D.Y.G collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? In the end, the 'Prea/Blake'  dress was what I built my whole wedding on. I tried on only four dresses and was torn between 'Blake/Prea' and another dress of a completely different style. Where 'Blake/Prea' is clean, simple and structured, the other gown was whimsical and flowing (and PINK). My mother-in-law’s wise words were, this pink dress is who you used to be when we met you eight years ago, but the 'Blake/Prea' dress is exactly who you are now.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had not until I tried it on!

How many gowns did you try? 4

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Lovely Bride Rochester. Lovely Bride is doing it right! The store is beautiful and elegant, and every dress is beautiful and unique.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the corset style top and the shape of the skirt. The train was so beautiful and it took on a whole different scalloped shape that I loved once it was bustled. I also loved the material. I always pictured myself in a dress with a huge skirt, but this dress changed that as soon as I put it on.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Wtoo by Waters from MA Carr.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Bar III from Macy’s

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The Odette belt by Untamed Petals, a pair of crystal Kate Spade drop earrings, and a silver Tiffany &Co. bracelet Pat gave me as a gift years ago (old and blue!). The bridal party kept their accessories very simple, because the dress had an overlay that allowed for different styles.

Where did you get your shoes from? Badgley Miscka from Nordstrom Rack

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral veil from Lovely Bride

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It is SO easy to get completely lost in the details. If you find something you love, whether it’s as small as the table numbers, or as huge as the dress, stop looking! You will always second guess yourself if you keep looking. You know what your style is, stay true to it so that when you look back on your wedding, you know it was a reflection of you (and your husband!).

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Same thing goes. If you feel like your most beautiful self in a dress, and it makes you cry, then make your decision and don’t look back. Spend a lot of time looking at styles in magazines before you go shopping, and let the stylist bring you a dress or two you might not have picked for yourself.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. Dads are just the best. My dad and I spent weeks wondering how we were going to get down the aisle without blubbering. Right before the doors opened, he pulled a puppet out from behind his back. It was the perfect little distraction for us, and we kept it together! My father-in-law wrote a song and played it during our ceremony. This was a complete surprise to us, and was beautiful!

Something Old? My grandmother’s sapphire ring. 

Something New? Kate Spade earrings.

Something Borrowed? My other grandmother’s rosary, wrapped around my bouquet.

Something Blue? Tiffany bracelet.

Suppliers

Photographer – Katie Africano, Moonshine Studio of Photography. Katie is a client of mine, and it was so helpful to have someone we were comfortable with take our photos. Looking at the photos in sequence, it perfectly captured the entire day, from the small moments to the big ones.

Florist  – Maureen’s Wholesale Flower Market.

Videographer – Jason Holler, Holler Media Productions. We hadn’t hired a videographer, but when I got out of the limo, I saw that my dad had hired my cousin to shoot the wedding ceremony. Such a great surprise!

Music – Joy Ryde and the Hitmen Horns. My biggest request for our wedding was a live band. They had EVERYONE out on the dance floor and had a blast doing it.

First Dance – Can’t Take My Eyes off You

Celebrant – Father Joe Gato. Father Joe was the priest at my aunt & uncle’s wedding 30 years ago. He was so interactive at the ceremony and it became my favourite part of the whole day.

Stationery – Elli.

Menu – Filet, Panko Stuffed Chicken

Cake – Marsha Fortman. We tasted about 15 different variations, all so delicious, but went with a 'white' cake with almond buttercream. We had it at a friend’s wedding and I talked about it for weeks.

Bombonieres – Since indoor cycling is such a huge part of my life, our favours were the cutest little bicycle bottle openers.

Hair & Make-Up – Studio 806. In the words of my hairdresser, 'I hear you're obsessed with me?' I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else to do my makeup for the big day. Just like our photographer, Emma is a client and I’ve always been 100% comfortable with her.

Wedding Bands – Scherer’s Jewelers. They’re a family-owned business that has been around for over a hundred years. My engagement ring has my husband’s grandmother’s diamond in it, and he had the ring designed there. One of the most special things was coming home from our trip when we got engaged and showing his grandmother the ring! Naturally, we went there for our bands as well, I got a band that matches my engagement ring, as well as a really unique marquis and circle cut band.

Karla & Matt's Hinterland Teepee Wedding

Posted on 03 Mar, 2017
Karla & Matt's Hinterland Teepee Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? When we were teenagers (16) through friends

How long have you been together? 13 years

Do you have a proposal story? Lugging a bottle of champagne around in his backpack with ring in hand, Matt tries to set the scene at the top of the ski fields in Queenstown New Zealand by dragging me to the very top of the mountain with a view of Mordor from the Lord of the Rings (I’m a huge fan). But the temperature at the top of the black run was arctic level and I wanted out quick smart. Being a beginner I turned into a human snowball trying to get down the mountain, exhausted and injured I sat at the top of the beginner slope and decided to do one last easy and manageable run before the park closed. This was our last day and Matt had no more time left to have his moment so as he fumbled around taking off his skis I got irritable and impatient. Next minute he whips this little box out and he’s down on one knee, then his gloves blow over the cliff edge, I point this out and he jumps down the mountain… I regret this immediately and was screaming “leave the gloves!” haha. Luckily it wasn’t as steep as it looked and up he climbs with gloves and open ring box with the ring still there and does a re-do. A skier watching nearby came over and took some pics too. It was the funniest and happiest moment of my life. Matt was just thankful it happened even though he didn’t get to execute his amazing proposal, it was still magical and very memorable.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Sat 16 April 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Maleny Retreat, Maleny, Queensland

What made you choose there? Maleny has always been a stunning place, it’s just magical at the top of the mountain and the views are to die for, it really just has nice vibes there. We couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else. Plus we needed to keep our venue quite local to our guests which were mostly from Brisbane.

How did you find it? Maleny Retreat was one of only a few venues Queensland to offer a DIY blank canvas and the option for guests to stay the night, even better that they were glamping tents as this flowed with our theme perfectly.

How was the weather on the day? The weather prior to our day was wet and very rainy, we were holding our breath and I didn’t have a wet-weather plan, on the Saturday morning we awoke to beautiful blue sky, and as the day went on we got cloud cover. It actually created a really beautiful moody feel to our photos. It was lovely because we got a stunning mixture of sunny and cloudy pics which completely change the feel of each of the photos. The night cleared completely and we were blessed with the most amazing starry sky for our outdoor reception. We could not have been luckier.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? I’m a bit superstitious so it needed to be an even numbered day but I also wanted a warm day not hot, so autumn or spring was the best choice. I chose April purely because it had the least predicted rainfall for those times of year and I wanted the odds in my favour for an outdoor wedding, so 16/4/16 it was - a date easy to remember and even numbers.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Boho, but I love desert hues so aimed for neutral colours such as beige, cream, peach and mint which all went well together I think

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? there are too many blogs to count so inspiration is endless but I’m a tiny bit fairylike at heart so comfort, good vibes and being outdoors meant a lot to us both so we designed our wedding around those key factors

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The whole venue was DIY but we had a talented stylist and hire company to style for us. We did however make our own stained timber ceremony platform, over 30 milk crates for seating sprayed gold, attached cushions and I also bought and collected over 60 Samantha Wills carved timber boxes for reception table styling.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Whitney, Eve, Lyndal and Karrisa (all my best friends)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Steve (brother), Mitch (best friend), Jarred (cousin), Blake (cousin)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw the most recent range in a blog and the styles looked stunning, flattering, modern and also a bit boho with caught my attention.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t

How many gowns did you try? Two, just the one I loved and one other style.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I tried two on but they were separates which I loved so I ended up mashing the two together and buying a piece from each set; the 'Tillie' crop and 'Mabel' skirt. The 'Tillie' crop what exactly what I wanted and the mabel skirt was soooo flattering and comfortable I just loved it from the beginning.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Aje

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Shirts & Belts – ASOS, Pants & Bowties – H&M, Shoes – Windsor Smith

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wanted quite dramatic bold makeup because I was having a plain hairstyle so I didn’t want to overload with accessories. Apart from my flower crown I only had some gorgeous anklets from Forever Soles and a pearl and diamante chain garter from Grace Bijoux

Where did you get your shoes from? Zu Shoes Brisbane CBD

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I couldn’t decide on a headpiece so I just left it but on the day my hair was too plain and I needed something so my hair stylist Kirstie whipped up the most beautiful half head crown with some flowers out of the bouquets and just pinned it in. She is a rock star.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? After you have chosen your items/vendors…stop researching and looking! You will always find something else to add or find other things you prefer. It will only create confusion and uncertainty. Stick with what you loved and then wait for the day to come.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t buy too early, you’d be surprised how much your style changes over a year or two so gowns I liked 3 years out I don’t like now. I think 8-11 months out from your wedding is a great timeframe, any longer and you risk changing your mind for something else you see. Don’t settle for “nice”… wait until you find “the one” it will feel amazing and be flattering from all angles, you will find it!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. Having family arrive early in the morning to lend a hand (away from the bridal party of course) but on standby at the venue - made setting up our DIY wedding happen without any dramas. The day was executed perfectly because we had so many people to help in their own little way, everyone enjoyed contributing and having their own job to do so it really took the load off the bridal party and allowed us to simply enjoy the day we prepped so much for.

Suppliers

Florist – Stem Design

Photographer – Ash & Stone, Rebecca Robson

Videographer - None

Music – Family Friend; Jake Lacy

First Dance – None (we are both pretty shy haha)

MC – Family friend; Dean Butcher

Celebrant – Kari Celebrations; Kari

Stationery – Save the dates (Blushing Confetti & Floralovely Calligraphy), Leather Invites (Paper Birch Designs)

Menu – Noosa Catering

Cake – Family made; mother and sister-in-law

Bombonieres -  Chantilly & Coco

Hair – Evalyn Parsons Hair; Kirstie

Make up – Embellished Makeup; Gemma Elaine

Wedding Bands – Bride (Stephen Dibb Jewellers) Groom (Michael Hill)

Other – Pop Up Bar (Hello Mr Jenkins), Stylist (Judi from Little Gray Station) and Styling Hire (Hampton Event Hire), All signage, menu, table numbering & place cards (Kelsi from KB Lettering)

Bouquet Ribbon (Silk & Willow)

Exclusive NZ KWH Stockist- Paperswan Bride

Posted on 02 Mar, 2017
Exclusive NZ KWH Stockist- Paperswan Bride

We are excited to announce we now have an exclusive Karen Willis Holmes stockist in New Zealand.  Introducing Paperswan Bride, who have just opened up their second boutique in Christchurch after the success of their first in Wellington. At the moment, Karen Willis Holmes is stocked in the Christchurch store, with a delivery arriving in the Wellington store as soon as next week!  To add to this exciting news, Paperswan Bride in Wellington is holding a Karen Willis Holmes trunk show from 18th-30th April.  If you live in the area, make sure you don't miss out and book an appointment today. Some of our favourite styles from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes, WILD HEARTS, BESPOKE and D.Y.G Collections will be featuring in this event.

The new boutique in Christchurch will be stocking gowns such as the Anya, Caitlyn, Beatrice, Fontanne, Genevieve drape skirt, Ophelia and the Blake/Prea gown. The Wellington store will be stocking Anya, Genevieve skirt drape, Fontanne & the Beatrice gown.  This curated selection of Karen Willis Holmes gowns has been selected by owner Jen Barnett, who knows her way around a wedding dress. She brings so much passion, enthusiasm, and love to everything she does, stating "whether you’re a bohemian babe, hippy chick or vintage goddess, we can channel your inner fashionista and find you the perfect gown." 

Jen saw a gap in the market back in 2012, after she arrived back in NZ from living in London working for womenswear designer Stewart Parvin.  Her vision was simple. She wanted to share some of the incredibly inspiring local and international wedding dress labels that she adored with the rest of New Zealand. This, teamed with the unforgettable shopping experience she provides her brides makes both Paperswan Bride boutiques a store not to miss.  


Jen Barnett, owner of Paperswan Bride


The stunning boutique in Christchurch



The following gowns from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes, BESPOKE and D.Y.G. collections will feature in Paperswan Bride:
The 'Ophelia' gown from the BESPOKE collection


The 'Blake/Prea' gown from the D.Y.G. collection


The 'Anya' from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection


The 'Beatrice' from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection


The 'Caitlyn' from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection


The 'Fontanne' from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection


The 'Anya' from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection with the 'Genevieve' skirt drape from the WILD HEARTS collection.
 

STORE DETAILS 

Paperswan Bride - Christchurch
McKenzie & Willis Building, Ground Floor
181 High Street (Corner of High Street and Tuam Street) Christchurch 8011
NEW ZEALAND
Phone: +64 3 366 9956
Email: chch@paperswanbride.co.nz
Website: www.paperswanbride.co.nz

Paperswan Bride - Wellington 
94b Upland Road
Kelburn Village, Wellington 6012
NEW ZEALAND
Phone: +64 4 475 5945
Email: info@paperswanbride.co.nz
Website: www.paperswanbride.co.nz


TRUNK SHOW DETAILS 

Date: 18th-30th April
Location: Paperswan Bride- Wellington NZ
Featuring gowns from the BESPOKE, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collections
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Stefania & Nile's Moody Melbourne Wedding

Posted on 01 Mar, 2017
Stefania & Nile's Moody Melbourne Wedding

Stefania and Nile fell in love- but this love story took a while.  Nile knew he had found something special the moment he laid eyes on Stefania.  For Stefania, it took a little longer to be convinced to go on a date with Nile.  Once she finally accepted his invitation, it became one of the most pivotal decisions of her life. She fell for Nile & 2 years later they tied the knot, in their beloved city of Melbourne.  They exchanged vows in Xavier Chapel, where Nile went to school, had in-between cocktails for the bridal party at The Everleigh followed by an extraordinary black-tie party for their friends and family at Movida Aqui. Every detail of this wedding was carefully thought through and delivered with perfection- oozing an abundance of style and vintage glamour- perfectly reflecting the couples colourful personalities.

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?
Nile and I technically worked together – but we did different types of law and sat on different floors so we actually had very little to do with each other – that said, I really enjoyed his performance of Gangnam style (complete with enthusiastic dance moves) at the firm karaoke competition.
One day, he asked me out for coffee. He was more junior than me at work and (shock!) younger so I presumed he just wanted to be friends. We had some mutual friends so we started spending some time together – mainly going out on a Friday night and always ending up at FAD Gallery having way too many gin and tonics.
Then he actually asked me out properly – and I said no. I was convinced it wouldn’t work out.  Nile was convinced it would work out – so he continued to ask.  I was impressed by his persistence and confidence – but I continued to say no.
A few months later, I somehow came to my senses (probably helped by all our mutual friends encouraging the union) and gave him a chance.  I am so incredibly happy that I did.



How long have you been together?It was 3 days short of 2 years when we were married. When you know, you know.
 
Do you have a proposal story?
All Nile wanted was for the proposal to be a surprise. I am a ‘planner’ so this was an especially hard ask. To his credit – he really had me believing we wouldn’t get engaged for at least another year.
One ordinary Friday night, we had a delightful dinner with friends and Nile suggested we go to our favourite haunt – The Everleigh – for a couple of dry martinis.  The martinis hit the table and I had just finished saying ‘This place is my idea of heaven’ when Nile put a little black box on the table. I was in complete shock – I thought it was maybe a present for something else. But Nile looked so incredibly excited I realized what was happening – and didn’t know whether I was crying or laughing with excitement. It was simply perfect.


 
The Wedding
 
What was your wedding date? Saturday, 5 March 2016
 
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
 
Where? Xavier Chapel (Service) – Movida Aqui (Reception)

What made you choose there?
I always wanted to get married in a church and knew it would mean so much to my Dad. Nile knew it meant so much to me and agreed – but asked that we get married at Xavier where he went to school. I was very happy to get married at Xavier as a number of my cousins have been married there so it was special to me too.
We only had six months to plan our wedding and so we knew a lot of venues would have already been booked. We had decided that the thing we wanted most out of our wedding was to throw one epic party for our favourite people – so we decided to have a cocktail reception – which also gave us some greater choice with venues.
I had organised a few work Christmas functions for around 130 people at Movida Aqui and they couldn’t have gone better. Nile had never been so I took him there for dinner and introduced him to the food and the people – and Nile was immediately convinced. Andy and the team are simply the best. The food and drinks were spectacular and everyone said they had never received better service at a wedding – the waiters even joined us all on the dancefloor!

How was the weather on the day? Not too hot and not too cold – just right
 
What made you decide to get married on this particular date?

We actually only had one day we could get married.  When we became engaged, my father was unfortunately battling terminal cancer. We decided we wanted to get married in six months as then he could hopefully be at the wedding. To add extra complication, in about six months I was about to start a long-running trial.  I asked my boss if I could take a week off to get married – and luckily the one day that suited us was the one day in March that Xavier chapel wasn’t already booked out!

The Wedding Details
 
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?
We both love art deco – so that sort of style definitely inspired us in a number of our choices – from our outfits, to the invitations and the rings. That said, more importantly, we just wanted all of our loved ones to look their most fantastic and then show them an amazing time. So we decided to make the flowers and the venue look elegant but bright and make the event ‘Black Tie Invited’ – which was our polite way of saying ‘Wear a tux – but if you don’t have a tux, just wear something fantastic!’
 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?  I think Nile poured his heart and soul into our wedding playlist by hand-picking every song (and song order) for the whole night, if that counts?
 


Bridal Party
 
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Pia & Kate – two of my oldest and dearest friends from Perth. Sarah – my lovely Cousin & Paul (my bridesman) – one of my favourite men, I was his best lady when he was married

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Matt H – one of Nile’s oldest family friends. Gerard, Matt and Harry – Nile’s best pals from Xavier
 
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Emily & Evie – Pia’s 2 yr old twin girls & Olivia – Sarah’s little girl

 



Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I wanted a classically elegant gown that didn’t cost the earth. Nile wanted me to look like Michelle Pfieffer from Scarface – but potentially slightly more church appropriate.  I spoke to a couple of girls from work and they suggested Karen Willis Holmes would be perfect!
 
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?
One of my friends from Sydney – who has also recently been featured on your website – bought her dress from KWH and it was simply stunning.

How many gowns did you try? About 4 – but I think I knew the 'Aster' was the one from the start.
 
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? High Street – Armadale
 
What did you especially like about your gown?
The 'Aster' just sits so beautifully – it is perfectly made to drape over curves. It also met the most important criteria – I knew I could dance up a storm wearing it!



Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?

I was at a wedding a while ago and one of the bridesmaids was wearing a gorgeous navy blue full length dress. When it came to choose the bridesmaids dresses, I asked where it came from, and found out it was from Zimmermann.
The girls and I went shopping one day and went to Zimmermann first off. Completely unexpectedly the girls all loved the dress I had first seen and asked if they could all wear the same one. The whole experience took half an hour, everyone was happy and we had plenty of time for coffee and cake afterward.
I also had a bridesman so he hired a tuxedo from Prinzi in a slightly different style to the groomsmen. He only came into Melbourne from Perth the night before the wedding and the team at Prinzi were able to have him suited even with no time to spare.
 
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?
Nile’s favourite place in Melbourne is P Johnson Tailors. He has had clothes made by P Johnson before and they always turned out perfectly – so there was no doubt he would go there to get his tuxedo made. His tux ended up being so perfect he basically hasn’t taken it off since the wedding!  Nile’s main accessory was an elegant “Mr Lincoln” red rose from Vasette. He loved it so much he has been ordering them for every black tie occasion since.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
I already had this lovely pair of vintage earrings I found on Johnston Street in Fitzroy – and they worked perfectly with the dress. A little bit of sparkle but not too much. I have to confess that I told my bridemaids to wear whatever they felt like – they all have fantastic taste, so I didn’t really need to worry about it.

Where did you get your shoes from?
Georgie’s Bridal Shoes in Perth. This is an amazing little store in Perth that has shoes and bags for weddings in every colour imaginable. The owner knows everything about colour – I suggested my dress was white and the owner looked at the photo and was able to tell it was ivory straight away. Even without seeing the dress in person, the shoes were a perfect match.
 
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I actually bought a headpiece from a lovely store in Perth but in the end decided not to wear it – the Aster gown was already so decadent I don’t think it needed much else!



Other:
 
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Your wedding day is the best – but there is a lot to do – much more than you will ever realise. Set up a task list and try to do a few things each month and all will be well.
On a more fun note, we took our bridal party to The Everleigh for some cocktails and snacks between the ceremony and reception. It was a really lovely part of the day and I would recommend a cocktail break to everyone!
 
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
Decide how much you want to spend first – and then only go look at dresses that are within your price range. There is no point falling in love with a million dollar dress!
 
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
My dad being able to be at the wedding was the most special part of our day.
He passed away only 5 months after the wedding and it is so special to remember how happy he was that day. My favourite photo of him is the one of him sitting with his brother and laughing his raucous laugh during the speeches.
On a lighter note – the funniest would be the flower girls. Pia had warned us that having 2 year olds as flower girls could have its complications. Nile told Pia that if the twins behaved he would be disappointed. The twins didn’t disappoint. Evie planted like a Labrador and refused to walk down the aisle despite the coaching of her father. Emily took a more direct approach and sprinted down the aisle screaming and crying. Olivia then took the stage and walked down the aisle like a perfect angel. All I could hear from outside the church was everyone erupting into fits of laughter – it was the perfect start to the ceremony.

Something Old? Vintage earrings.
Something New? The dress!
Something Borrowed? Do the hair pins from the hairdresser count?
Something Blue? Thank the Lord for that little blue ribbon sewn into the back of every Karen Willis Holmes gown.


Suppliers

Florist – Vasette
Vasette is our local florist and we buy flowers for the house there every weekend. It is such a wonderful happy group of people who are so unbelievably talented at their jobs. Nicholas (Head of Weddings) knows how to turn a vision into a beautiful reality. He did the flowers for our engagement party as well – and everything Nicholas has done for us ends up being just perfect.
 
Photographer –
It's Beautiful Here
Kat and Scout were perfect. They are the sort of people you just want to spend time with – and made us feel so relaxed. We are so grateful for the beautiful photos they took – the shots of all the fun on the dancefloor are phenomenal. We loved them so much that one of Nile’s groomsmen just used Kat and Scout for his wedding!

Music - DJ Josh – Rutherford Entertainment
DJ Josh was great on the night. We both love dancing and so spent hours coming up with our perfect playlist. DJ Josh was more than happy to put our wish for a fantastic dancefloor into action.
 
First Dance – A fantastic medley created by Nile – Let’s Stay Together / Let’s Get Married Remix / Happy ;)
 
MC – Our friends Matt and Lucy J
 
Celebrant – Father Chris Gleeson
He went to school with my uncle so it was lovely to have a family connection. Father Chris was just great and totally relaxed – he was really happy for us to choose readings and music that meant something to us and did a wonderful homily where he spoke about the importance of gratitude in our lives.

Stationery – Paperless Post
We wanted a clean and simple design for our invitations and we found just the thing from Paperless Post. We sent electronic Save the Dates but when it was time for the paper invitations, Paperless Post wasn’t yet delivering in Australia. Luckily we were able to ship the invitations to Nile’s Dad in L.A. and then to Australia – but we believe they are delivering to Australia now!
 
 Menu – Movida Aqui
Andy and his team created an amazing selection of food and drinks within our budget. Everything at Movida Aqui is delicious so we didn’t have a worry in the world when it came to the food. In addition, given that we love cocktails – we also had Sangria and Spanish Iced Tea cocktails on arrival, gin and tonics –and then later, bottles of Scotch and rounds of Pedro’s Negronis (a negroni with a coffee and sherry twist - a massive crowd pleaser!) with dessert.
 
Cake – Fig & Salt
Cassandra made us the most gorgeous cake. It was three layers and three different flavours – so even our gluten free friends could enjoy the deliciousness.

Hair – Gypsy and the Wolf
Kate is my usual hairdresser and knows exactly how to create a gorgeous vintage look. She is also one of the most relaxed people alive which makes her a wonderful addition to a wedding morning.

Make up - Livia Milazzo
I met Livia through Kate and she was amazing. Livia is such a talent and completely understands what look you want to go for.

Wedding Bands – Rutherford
The team at Rutherford Antiques were wonderful to deal with. They helped Nile with the proposal ring and then we went back and found my antique art deco engagement ring there. They also made Nile’s gorgeous rose gold wedding band – and then managed to track us down an antique art deco wedding band that goes so perfectly with the engagement ring it looks like they were made for each other.
 
Transport –  Classic and Prestige Car Hire
We hired some 1960s white Rolls Royce Silver Clouds from Classic and Prestige Car Hire. The cars were immaculate and, perhaps even more importantly, the service from the drivers on the day was excellent.

Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Round-Up

Posted on 28 Feb, 2017
Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Round-Up

So, our favourite Tinseltown event took place last night- The 89th Annual Acadamy Awards.  At the Karen Willis Holmes HQ, we look for absolutely any excuse to gush over amazing fashion & the extraordinary opulence of the Oscars is one we raced into work for yesterday! Modesty saw a comeback- with beautiful full skirts and high, Victorian-era necklines teamed with long sleeves.  Rich fire engine reds took centre stage, but it was the subdued neutrals and glowing golds that stuck a cord with us.  We are obsessing over the iridescent shine of embellishments, beading, and fringing paired back with demure silhouettes.  

For brides getting married in 2017, take note as some of the key looks displayed at the Oscars are sure to influence Bridal trends this year.  The emphasis on unfussy style was the key message and below are our selection of Best Dressed celebrities from the night who stole the show. 


Isabelle Huppert in Armani Prive


Naomie Harris in Custom Calvin Klein


Darby Stanchfield in Georges Chakra


Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo 


Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Couture 


Karlie Kloss wore this simple, asymmetrical Stella McCartney gown


Olivia Culpo in a custom made fringed Marchesa gown 


Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture 


Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco


Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture


Felicity Jones opted for a tea length, tulle Christian Dior gown with subtle gold foiling 


Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive


One of our favourite looks of the night- Emma Roberts wore Vintage Armani Prive


Taraji P. Henderson looked ravishing and curvaceous in a custom-made Alberta Ferretti gown


​Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad


Ruth Negga stopped the show in Valentino
 

Danica & Andy's beautiful South Coast wedding

Posted on 27 Feb, 2017
Danica & Andy's beautiful  South Coast wedding

Danica and Andy wed in the beautiful & picturesque location of Bushbank, Kiama Heights in New South Wales.  The couple who have been together for 9 years chose simplicity with strapping punches of magentas, primrose yellows and violets throughout for their wedding.  The guests picked up the memo about the colour too, arriving in striking shades that stood out.  This helped pull together all of the colours of the wedding captured by the very talented David Moore, as well as creating a fun, vibrant and playful vibe which complimented the stunning couple perfectly.  
Danica wore the Zoe/Mimi combination from the D.Y.G collection- an elegant, simple slim fitting silhouette with a plunging neckline and delicate spaghetti straps. The bodice cinches in at the waist before falling into an elegant slim fitting skirt with a split up the middle, all beautifully draped in a heavy twill.  

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met at High School – Andy came to my school in year 11 and then left later that year. We have been together ever since!

How long have you been together? 10 years.

Do you have a proposal story? It was our 9 year anniversary, we went for a walk from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay in Sydney and on the way back, right near Stockland house he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 3/12/2016

Location? Bushbank - Kiama Heights

What made you choose there? We wanted a mix of relaxed/ coastal but still for it to feel like a wedding and Bushbank did that for us.

 



How did you find it? On the internet.

How was the weather on the day? The day started off grey but as soon as the ceremony started the sun came out and it was beautiful the rest of the day.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? It was the same date as my grandparents!! It was their 59th wedding anniversary the date we married, so we will be able to celebrate our 1st anniversary with their 60th!

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? Bright! Kept everything simple and natural/ rustic. I had lots of bright flowers though :)

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest mainly!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? Most of it was D.I.Y  - Andy is very handy and he made our table numbers and seating chart. We just had wooden discs on the table and sprayed jars gold as our vases for flowers.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All friends – Carly (MOH), Lauren, Dani, Mel, Haylee.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? David (brother), Grant (brother), Ryan (friend), Sam (friend), Ryan (Friend).

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Heather was my flower girl (My Grandmother whose wedding anniversary it was!)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Danica looked stunning in the 'Zoey/Mimi combination gown from our D.Y.G collection. See more here

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I looked online- I wanted simple but beautiful and all Karen Willis Holmes dresses seem to tick the box for this!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only online/ Instagram.



How many gowns did you try? Only two!! My first pick was the one I ended up choosing.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I LOVED the bottom of my gown, but the whole thing felt so comfortable. It didn’t have any particular detail on it, but that is what I loved as it suited me and my personality so well. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White runway

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls had rings from Samantha Wills, the boys got ties were made from Woodyroo

Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted shoes

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? My headpiece was ordered from Summer Blossom online, veil was borrowed from my MOH.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Just enjoy the day! Everything always works out. I can honestly say I hardly stressed at all in the lead up to the wedding and everything was perfect! The lead up can become overwhelming as you are always thinking if you forgot anything or need all of these things, when really what does it matter? As long as you are marrying the person you want to spend your life with, everything else will work out perfectly!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with what makes you comfortable and makes you feel most like you ... but a more beautiful version!!

Something Old? Grandmother's engagement ring

Something New? Lingerie

Something Borrowed? MOH clutch

Something Blue? My Mum’s ring with a blue sapphire stone. 

Suppliers

PhotographerDavid Moore or @daveymoorephoto - Instagram. Dave had the help of his wife Leah Moore or @leahmoorephoto – Instagram) who does equally as beautiful photos, and together they captured our day perfectly.

Florist – N/A

Videographer – N/A

Music – Dan SearleDan was great and got our music spot on, would recommend him to anyone!

Celebrant – Andrew Straney, he was great and really brought out Andrew and my story within the ceremony.

Stationery – N/A

Menu – N/A

Cake – N/A

Bombonieres – N/A

Hair – Haylee Simpson

Make-Up – Sara Mead 

 

BRISBANE MOVING SAMPLE SALE

Posted on 24 Feb, 2017
BRISBANE MOVING SAMPLE  SALE

Karen Willis Holmes in Paddington, Brisbane is packing their bags and moving to an INCREDIBLE new location nearby (stay tuned, all will be revealed shortly!).  Therefore, this calls for a bit of spring cleaning and a sample sale will be taking place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March! Do not miss this amazing opportunity to pick up a wedding gown with couture-like quality and innovative design at a bargain price.   With sample gowns from BESPOKE, Wild Hearts and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections being sold at reduced prices starting from 50% off, this sale is a must for any bride-to-be. Our lips are sealed as to what styles will be in the sale, so you will have to come down and see for yourself. 

Please note only sample sale gowns will be available over the weekend. If you would like to try on full priced gowns you will need to make an additional appointment at our beautiful new Brisbane boutique (click here to make an appointment). Any of the gowns are sold in their current condition and will be final sale only. 

Across these two days, we will be accepting cash, MasterCard, Visa and Eftpos.

Sample Gown List 

  • Eliza skirt
  • Frances skirt
  • Lindy train
  • Clara
  • Genevieve
  • Tyler
  • Milani
  • Lina
  • Isla
  • Dahlia
  • Bonnie
  • Stella
  • Nadia
  • Juliet
  • Imogen
  • Sequin peplum
  • Lila jacket

Sale details

Trading hours
Friday 10th March- 10am-5.30pm
Saturday 11th March- 9am-5.30pm

Location
Shop 5, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD, 4064
Ph- +61 7 3368 2216
Email- info@karenwillisholmes.com

 

Chris & Corrine's Colourful Osteria Wedding

Posted on 22 Feb, 2017
Chris & Corrine's  Colourful Osteria Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

We met at a bar on New Year's Eve. Chris couldn’t take a hint on the night, so the next day I tracked him down on Facebook and messaged him.

How long have you been together? 4 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? It was a simple proposal on New Year’s Day after a pub meal and a walk along the beach

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday 14 May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Both were at Osteria, Casuarina

What made you choose there? We loved the Northern NSW area, around Kingscliff. I had looked at a few venues, and Osteria’s menu was by far my favourite as I loved the idea of having a table banquet/share platter menu. The venue was what we wanted with an outdoor ceremony area, connected to an indoor reception with a rustic industrial feel.The food was really important to me, so we did eat at the restaurant before booking, and our guests are still raving about the arancini balls!

How did you find it? Via the Casuarina Weddings website and a lot of stalking on wedding blogs.

How was the weather on the day? It was amazing! We had clear blue skies, not a cloud in the sky. We picked May because of the mild weather and clear skies and the day turned it on!

The Wedding Details

Theme?  I created a name for the theme Industrial Luxe. I loved the industrial elements with copper tones and exposed bulbs and we then glammed it up! Everything we picked was what we liked, not necessarily sticking to one particular idea, but it all worked together. I included a lot of darker tones, in the flowers and the bridesmaids in French navy.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest! What an amazing creation that is! I spent a lot of time on wedding and photographer’s blogs, pinning ideas I liked.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I planned and styled the wedding myself. We went and set up the venue the day before.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids who/relationship?

Maid of Honour: Kate

Best friend & Bridesmaid: Natalie

Groomsmen who/relationship?

Best Man: Jim

Groomsman: Todd (Groom’s brother)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

I had seen a KWH gown on a couple of blogs that I absolutely fell in love with and wanted to try on, so KWH was a must on our shopping trip.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Have seen KWH gowns on a number of blogs and in magazines.

How many gowns did you try? I had one shopping trip with my Mum and future Mum-In-Law to Brisbane.  We went to about 4 stores, and would have tried on at least 10 – 15 different gowns across all the stores.  I had gone in looking for another gown, which was no longer in stock, and tried on a few other gowns, before putting Poppy on hold for the day.  We did a few more stores, and eventually came back at the end of the day, tried Poppy back on and knew after all those other gowns it was the one.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?  The Brisbane KWH store What did you especially like about your gown? I suffer from a nervous/excited rash across my arms, chest and neck, and knew this was going to an issue on the big day.  I went in knowing I didn’t want a strapless gown for this reason.  I also am not the “princess” dress type of girl.  I wanted something unique and modern and that no one would have seen before.  Poppy fit all the criteria!

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Bruno’s Suits on the Gold Coast

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

My gown was quite a big statement so didn’t want to go over the top with accessories. Choose rose gold earring & headpiece and wore my Grandmother’s diamond brooch.

Where did you get your shoes from? Myer

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Headpiece was my Etsy.

 

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It’s true what they say the day goes so quickly so just take everything in and don’t sweat the small stuff.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t be influenced by the fashion. Choose something that is you and you will look back on the photos and still love it in 50 years time.

Something Old? My Grandmother let me borrow a diamond brooch she wore on her wedding day. It is my great great Grandmother’s.

Something New? The dress!

Something Borrowed? Gold crystal champagne flutes from my parents.

Something Blue? Lucky there was a gorgeous blue bow sewn into my dress. 

Suppliers

Photographer: Figtree Wedding Photography

Florist: Elyssium Blooms

Music: Chris Hutchinson & Peppers Entertainment

First Dance: Crazy Love, Michael Buble

Celebrant: Jo-Ellen Moynihan

Stationery: Invitation design on Vistaprint. I then designed matching favours & seating plan myself using the initial design.

Cake: Cakeit4U

Bombonieres: Chocoblock Chocolates (which double as our place cards!)

Hair and Make-Up: Harpier

Wedding Bands: Handcraft Studio

Reception ceiling installation: Elyssium Lighting

Jess & Ian's Stylish Victorian Wedding

Posted on 20 Feb, 2017
Jess & Ian's Stylish Victorian Wedding

AS FEATURED BY: 

Following a Thailand engagement (that included a smiley faced flashing plastic ring), Jessica and Ian spent their 15-month engagement envisioning a warehouse wedding… that is until they decided to make things sweet and simple by getting married in an already set-up venue.

Farm Vigano was the first and only venue of this kind that we looked at. We’d been there for lunch before and loved the property (not to mention the food) – you could easily be somewhere in Tuscany if it wasn’t for the surrounding Australian bushland,” explains Jessica, who utilised Hello May faves I Got You Babe Weddings  and Larsen Jewellery to help pull off their special day.

“We opted for a very relaxed day… Good food, decent alcohol and great music. The thought of a traditional wedding didn’t really appeal to us, which is why we decided to go for a casual celebration instead,” she tells us, adding that her Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress was one for the memory books.

Happily married and living a life full of life, the couple says that one of their best decisions was hiring legend videographer Light Noise Films. “We originally thought it may be overkill but my parents talked us into it and I’m so grateful that they did. The video is a little piece of the day that we can share for years to come.”

 

CREDITS 

Photographer -  I Got You Babe Weddings 

Bridal gown + Veil - 'Blake/Prea'  Karen Willis Holmes 

Shoes -  Wittner 

Accessories -  Shopbop Christie Nicolaides 

Hair -  Kim Tavares 

Make-Up -  Blanka Dudas 

Rings -  Larsen Jewellery 

Bridesmaid dresses -  Manning Cartell 

Bridesmaid shoes -  Zomp  

Bridesmaid gifts -  Mecca 

Kilt, jacket and socks -  McCalls Ltd 

Shirt -  Rhodes and Beckett 

Tie / Bow tie -  David Jones 

Shoes - Aquila 

Florist - Tribal Rose 

Stationery -  The Graphic Quill  

Printer -  Stadium Signs + Bambra Press 

Ceremony, reception + catering -  Farm Vigano, VIC

Food trucks and carts - Bianco Latte 

Prop and furniture hire -  Harry the Hirer Georgeous  

Marquee / teepee and Lighting / sound hire - Harry the Hirer 

Entertainment -  Ross Bates and Perfect Day Music 

Celebrant -  Andrew Redman 

Transport -  Murray’s Coaches 

Cinematographer -  Light Noise Films.

Caris & Ben's Stylish Sydney Harbourisde Wedding

Posted on 17 Feb, 2017
Caris & Ben's Stylish Sydney Harbourisde Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Ben and I met a long time ago – he was my unrequited teenage crush. I was in Year 7 and had been dragged along to watch my oldest brother’s basketball game and Ben was in that team. He said ‘hi’ to me, thinking nothing more of it, but I was starry-eyed. My brothers teased me about it for years! However more than a decade later, thanks to a chance encounter at a work party Ben hadn’t planned to attend, he got in touch. The rest, as they say, is history.

How long have you been together? Our first date was Valentine’s Day 2013 (yep, brave), so three and a half years.

Do you have a proposal story? It’s something of a family joke that unlike his brothers, Ben is not at all musically inclined. However Ben asked his dad (who had then recently been diagnosed with MND) to teach him one song on the guitar and spent the following months secretly mastering it. Imagine my surprise when Ben organized a picnic at our favourite spot by the water in Sydney, and disappeared at one point, only to return with a guitar, which he started to play – and play really well. He rewrote the lyrics to a song so it incorporated our story and at the end, reached into the guitar case to pull out a box and bent down on one knee… The ring was designed by Ben and Jacque Fine Jewellery, with the central diamonds from his great grandmother’s engagement ring.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? April 15, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony: Sacred Heart Church, Mosman; Reception: The Grounds of Alexandria

What made you choose there? We just wanted somewhere that felt intimate and not too formal – we really just wanted our wedding to be a huge celebration, with shared platters of delicious food, good music and wonderful people. We looked for quite a while for our reception venue, but as soon as we saw The Grounds, it immediately felt like ‘us’. Similarly, Sacred Heart is just a beautiful little church and felt very welcoming.

How did you find it? I could not rave about The Grounds enough. Ben and I had obviously never organized anything this big before and they helped us every step of the way in the lead-up and made sure everything went smoothly on the big day. The location itself is gorgeous, but combine that with fantastic staff and the exceptional food (oh my, the food!!) and it was perfect. The people are Sacred Heart were lovely and personable, and as hands on as you needed. 

How was the weather on the day? Beautiful. Sunny and a touch windy.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We needed to time it when Ben’s brother Paul was home from the UK, which was significant 1) because he’s Ben’s brother, but 2) because he married us.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Navy, white and burgundy. I love film and television, and Ben is a fan of Marvel superheroes, so we also had a few cheeky pop culture and superhero nods here and there.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest. I’d never used it before and it became such a lifesaver.

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

  • We designed our invitations and the wedding booklets ourselves and had them printed at iDesign & Print.
  • I hand wrote all the table cards, by finding a calligraphy font I liked on Google and using it as a guide with a white pen on dark blue cards.
  • I also baked personalized shortbread biscuits for every guest as a party favour, using cookie cutters bought through Printsicle via Etsy. I also made slightly salty/slightly sweet popcorn, to tie in with our love of movies.
  • Every guest was also given a personalized Lego-style figurine to assemble at their table. We matched the figurines, whether it was Batman, or Thor, or Queen Elsa, to a person and individually wrote them a description that incorporated not only the amazing traits of the character, but also the guest we were giving it too. It meant that we were able to let every single person know how much they meant to us, and how thrilled we were about them being there. And yes, our mums both got Wonder Woman.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Hayley and Emily – both highschool friends.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Cavan – best mate from highschool. And Nicholas – younger brother.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes was the very first store I went to. Everyone told me it would take weeks of searching and dozens of gowns before I would find the right one. But one gown at Karen Willis Holmes had caught my eye at One Fine Day and so we made it our first stop in a day of shopping.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? We went to One Fine Day for inspiration and I saw some of the gowns in the runway show.

How many gowns did you try? When we came into the store, my mum and bridesmaid picked out a couple of choices, but I went straight for this one particular gown. It was the first one I tried on. And that was it. It was unanimous – this was the dress. I tried on a few others, but the bar had been set and nothing else quite reached it. The time-frame to make the dress was tight because of the beautiful detail in it, but the amazing team at Karen Willis Holmes made it happen. As I was leaving the store, I asked the name of the dress. When the reply came “Ava”, I was stunned. I’ve been writing a novel for a couple of years and the dress had the same name as my main character. What are the chances? Believe in coincidence or not – I think it was meant to be.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? From the Paddington Sydney store, with the help of the lovely Hannah Kate. Also a big thanks to Susan who was at our fittings and just fantastic.

What did you especially like about your gown? Where do I start?! The fit, the intricate detail, the way the sheer overlay floated and how it could be removed when the dance floor got started. The look was a bit art deco, similar to my engagement ring (and which we also got vintage cars to tie-in with as well). There was also an indescribable element I’m sure other brides are familiar with. It just felt like ‘me’. I never thought I would wear a strapless gown – I actually didn’t have my heart set on anything. But once I put it on everything clicked into place. And I was honored to discover I would be the first bride to wear the Ava gown.

Fashion

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Swarovski bracelet we bought through Karen Willis Holmes and borrowed my mum’s Bulgari earrings. My bridesmaids bought/brought their own shoes and jewellery. I gifted them with cuffs from Jezebel Charms via Etsy, not for the wedding day, but so they had something unique to say thank you.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Elizabeth Bower lace patterned hairpiece with Swarovski pearl and crystal accents. From Babushka Ballerina.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  • Create boards on Pinterest. It meant when we were organizing flowers/table decoration, we could easily convey the kind of look we wanted.
  • Yes, it’s stressful. But all the organization and emailing in the lead-up to the big day, meant that on that day, we could just relax and soak it all up.
  • Don’t do too much DIY. I loved making the cookies and Lego descriptions and they made all the difference on the day. But for some time I entertained the idea of creating our wedding cake as well and I’m so glad I didn’t. Making your wedding personal is wonderful, but having a break-down trying to achieve it by making absolutely everything would not be.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I felt lucky in that it was the first shop and first gown I tried on. But I know it’s not the case with everyone. But don’t settle and also, make sure it’s what you want – not what everyone else wants. It’s easier said than done, but when you’re walking down that aisle, you want to feel like you’re still ‘you’ and not someone you don’t recognize. 

Something Old AND Blue? I had a little blue handkerchief from my childhood, which my bridesmaids held onto me for the day.

Something New? Swarovski bracelet.

Something Borrowed? My mum’s Bulgari earrings.

Suppliers

Florist – Church florals: Sydney Floral Events; Bouquets, button holes and Reception Florals: The Grounds Florals by Silva

Photographer – White Lane Studio

Videographer – White Lane Studio. We chose White Lane because I stumbled across one of their stunning wedding videos while searching for reception venues. With my film background, the video was important to me, and I was struck by how they capture the mood and tone of the day. Their photos are equally gorgeous. The way they incorporate natural light and the colours are beautiful. They’re also very relaxed and just a tonne of fun to have around for the day.

Music – At the ceremony: Lauren (vocals/key) and Matt (acoustic guitar) from Event Entertainers; At the reception: 6-piece band from Baker Boys Band.

First Dance – “I’ve Got a Question For You” by Rhett Miller

MC – Bride’s brother Jarrad

Celebrant – Ben’s brother Fr Paul Rowse

Cake – Sugar Bee Cakes, who did an amazing job creating a pretty quirky Captain America/Black Widow wedding cake with the lyrics “Home is Wherever I’m With You” – the song that I walked down the aisle to (an acoustic version sung against the guitar backing of Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men)

Bombonieres – Made ourselves

Hair – Chervonne and Sarah from Toni & Guy Manly

Make-Up – Make Up by Elizabeth, who does really beautiful, natural-looking make-up

Wedding Bands – Jacque Fine Jewellery

Extra features – Invitations and booklets designed by us and printed by iDesign & Print in Newtown (who also cut and folded the placecard paper)

Cars – Fifth Avenue Vintage Automobiles

Natasha & Todd's Margaret River Wedding

Posted on 16 Feb, 2017
Natasha & Todd's Margaret River Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We were set up by a mutual friend

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Todd proposed on the Busselton Jetty, Western Australia on a Friday at sunset. We then spent the weekend down south at Bunker Bay. It was the most amazing blue sky weather for August!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 14th November 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Hay Shed Hill Winery, Margaret River, Western Australia          

What made you choose there?  We knew we wanted a down south wedding, both loving the region and growing up holidaying there. Hay Shed had everything we were looking for … an incredible chef, Jake Drachenberg, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and the beautiful vista over the vines.

How was the weather on the day?  We woke up to blue skies and enjoyed them all day. The clouds came over in the evening for a pink sky sunset and the night closed with a lightning storm in the distance over the vines.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Whites, greys and greens. We wanted it to be simple, classic and natural.  We wanted it to be about good food and good company. To feel like a large dinner party for our nearest and dearest.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  I loved trawling pinterest for ideas and really enjoyed the planning stage! Our venue already suited our style so we didn’t feel we needed to decorate too much. We both like a minimal style and wanted to try and keep things simple.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My mum, Todd’s mum and I spent the afternoon together sewing linen napkins for the table. We also collected rose petals for months that our guests threw over us as we walked down the isle. I loved the idea of being showered by rose petals collected by family and friends.
I also hand wrote the escord cards for the table and soaked off labels from Hay Shed Wine bottles and replaced them with table numbers.

Chef, Jake Drachenberg takes so much pride in his food and created the most incredible menu for our wedding day. Something Todd and I will always be grateful for! It was hands down the biggest thing people raved about after the wedding!
We thought it was only right to paint up the menu so guests could read what they were being served. I hand painted it on to ply wood and stood it next to our “find your seat”  board.

Our whole dessert table was also DIY. A close friend, Krissie baked and cooked up a storm! Together we styled the table with concrete pots and gum leaves.

Our bonboniere were also homemade. Little jars of chutney and a play on words – TnT .. Todd and Tash.Together with family we spent the day making a tomato chutney so our guests to get to take home. A friend’s wedding a few years back had the same idea and we loved being able to take it home and enjoy it over the weeks to come. When it came time for our wedding, there was no doubt we were going to pinch this idea!

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Maid of Honour, Brodie – primary school/high school friend
Sofie – university friend
Rachel – high school friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Best Man – Brad, brother of Todd
Luke – highschool friend
Liam – highschool friend

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girl – Todd’s cousin’s child, Sophie
Page boy – Tash’s cousin, Macario
Macario carried a home made ring dish that was inscribed with a line from our vows … which was taken from our first dance lyrics .. “I’ll wait for you and should I fall behind, wait for me”
Our rings were tied with a piece of grey ribbon and rest on this clay dish.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had an appointment at Zanzi’s Bridal, Subiaco. She’s a close friend of Karen’s … and said that she thought my style would more suit Karen’s designs. She told me a new store was opening in Perth and I should go and check it out. I had to wait a month or so for the shop to open and then I made an appointment.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t!

How many gowns did you try? Only three! Third’s the charm

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I really loved the two piece. I wanted some lace but was finding the full lace gowns too overwhelming. I wanted something more modern and light. I also wanted something simple, no layers, or tulle, or sparkle! The 'Sienna' gown was classic, and light, but modern and just elegant. I loved it. Still do!!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Amsale in Dove Grey. I wanted full length gowns and let the girls pick the style they liked.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls selected their own shoes to wear with the dress in various nude colours.
Brodie and Rachel wore drop earrings I found on Hardtofind and Sofie (who wore strapless) wore a bar necklace from Samantha Wills

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Tony Bianco

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My Mum made my veil. I wanted just a very simple strip of tulle and only wore it for the ceremony. My headpiece was from etsy… Anna Marguerite …It was a gold leaf comb which matched my little gold leaf earrings which were my Mums.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Work with people you love and enjoy the company of! Every one of our vendors were so wonderful. People we really admired for their work but also people we could see ourselves being friends with. This made the process so much more enjoyable!!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be patient! And shop around!

Something Old? I wore my Mum’s gold leaf stud earrings which I’ve always loved. My Aunty also gave me my Nanna’s ring on the morning of the wedding as a surprise. It was such a beautiful moment and I’ll always treasure that memory of her popping in that morning. I wore this ring on my right hand. It was nice to have Nanna, who has passed, there with us.

Something New? My dress!

Something Borrowed? Mum’s earrings also fit this category!

Something Blue? Todd has always called me “Blue” because of my eyes. I figured that was all the blue I needed.

Suppliers

Florist True Love by Laura. Laura was incredible. She owns the Yelverton Protea Farm, a local native flower farm in Margaret River. She was an absolute joy to work with and I loved our florals.  She made an incredible wreath that hung from the gumtree we were married under. It was then carried up and hung over our dessert table.

Photographer – Eric Ronald. Eric flew over from the east to be a part of our wedding day. Photography was right at the top of both of our lists for Todd and I so we knew it had to be someone special. Eric was just so friendly and warm to work with. He truly loves weddings and committed so much time to be with us the day before and all through our wedding day. He was even there until midnight photographing the lightning!  He caught some incredibly beautiful candid moments and was able to capture the beauty of the south west which we wanted. We can’t speak highly enough of him.

Videographer – My uncle works as a film maker in Sydney. His little son was our page boy! We are so grateful he played the role of family member and videographer for the day! We’ll always be grateful for the footage he captured.

Music – DJ Damo for the dancefloor. My brother, Chris played guitar and sang at the ceremony. And a collection of my uni friends (we all studied music together) sang and played after dinner in a surprise for Todd! His favourite song, Dancing in the Dark – bruce springsteen.

First Dance – If I should Fall behind – Bruce Springsteen. We both heard this a few years ago when we were in the Macedon Ranges watching Bruce perform at Hanging Rock. It’s a wonderful ballad that has lyrics which really resonated with us. We used them in our vows.

MC – Todd’s university friends, Dave MeHarry and Josh Johnson

Celebrant – Laurissa Knowles

Stationery – The Little Press. Emily created our custom letterpress invites to mirror the gumleaves and native flowers that we so love!! She was just the most beautiful person to work with! And crazy talented!!

Menu – Jake Drachenberg

Cake – Our friend Krissie styled and cooked the dessert table. My Mum, Lisa made a chocolate roulade which we cut together. It was a recipe she learnt to make with her Mum (Nanna) so it has very special memories.

Bombonieres -  Chutney jars made by family

Hair – Ashley Pacey, Eric Moran Hair

Make up – Carmen Atkinson

Wedding Bands – Antony Colin the Jeweller  

Montsalvat- Karen Willis Holmes Campaign Shoot

Posted on 15 Feb, 2017
Montsalvat- Karen Willis Holmes Campaign Shoot

The end of 2016 finished on a high for the Karen Willis Holmes team, shooting the exciting new campaign at Montsalvat, Australias oldest artists colony in Eltham, Victoria.  The shoot features new Karen Willis Holmes gowns from the BESPOKE and DYG collections, as well as revisiting our favourite gowns from the current collection.  

We decided to shoot at Monsalvat because it exudes an old world romance synonymous with the Karen Willis Holmes brand through the contrast of whimsical internal and external spaces, soft tones and sweeping hills.  The classic example of French provincial gothic style architecture features extravagant exhibition halls with cathedral height ceilings, striking stained glass windows that lead to small corridors, spilling onto the richly established gardens.  The winding stairs inside twist around to tiny balconies, offering a breathtaking view of the grounds & the numerous historical mud brick buildings that surround.  Peacocks and ducks roam wild, adding drama to the whimsical space & creating a perfect backdrop for the 2017 Karen Willis Holmes campaign.

It is simply a photographer's dream to shoot at Montsalvat with Bek Smith working her magic behind the lens & Bunched together providing the stunning botanicals & foliage that perfectly complimented the gowns we were shooting. Videographer Lauren Schulz interpreted the shoot from another perspective, showing off all the gowns in movement.  Sultry eyes and deep plum lips finished off the looks by talented make-up artist Sophie Knox.
Lace featured, with long sleeve corded lace overlays & nude slips, glamorous ball gowns with sweeping trains & structured fitted gowns creating a modern romance throughout the grounds.  We are so excited to share with you this beautiful shoot put together by an incredibly talented team.    


Abbey Bodice & the Selena Train


Gerry Bodice & the Melanie Skirt


Gerry & Merida


Milani Corded Lace Overlay


Lauren


Ophelia & the Joni skirt


Eddie


Ophelia


Blake bodice & Prea skirt


Rosemary


Shelly bodice & the Melanie skirt


Shelly bodice & the Samantha skirt


Sophie


Ophelia bodice & the Joni skirt

CREDITS

Gowns- Karen Willis Holmes

Photographer- Bek Smith

Florist- Bunched together

Hair & Makeup- Sophie Knox

Videographer- Lauren Schulz

Model- Brooke Meredith

Location- Montsalvat, Eltham

 

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES - MONSTSALAVAT CAMPAIGN from lauren on Vimeo.

 

Chloe + Dan's stunning Newcastle wedding

Posted on 14 Feb, 2017
Chloe + Dan's stunning Newcastle wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met in Year 9 on my first day at a new school, but we didn’t start dating until two and a half years after we finished Year 12.

How long have you been together? We started dating July 2011, and Dan proposed March 2016 – so we had nearly been together five years.

Do you have a proposal story? Dan proposed at the Hunter Valley Gardens up in the Hunter Valley’s wine country. I had a sneaking suspicion that he was going to propose as he had said three weeks earlier that we would set aside that day to do something together (we had been very busy the previous nine months – moving back to Newcastle from Brisbane, buying a house, renovating) and we never plan in advance and set aside days to do things. So I spent the next three weeks a nervous wreck, thinking that the day had finally arrived! But then, when we woke up Saturday morning, Dan asked what I wanted to do. I was so cranky at him, he had been telling me he had it all planned and here he was, asking me what I wanted to do! We decided to head up to the vineyards, as we both love it up there, and I was thinking there was no way he was proposing. But as we were walking around the Hunter Valley Gardens, he got down on one knee, extremely nervous and asked me to be his wife.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12 November 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Newcastle Club

What made you choose there? Dan wanted to get married locally instead of the vineyards, and The Newcastle Club is a beautiful venue made up of old heritage-listed buildings and is rather grand. I love anything old world, and as someone who continually re-watches Downton Abbey, it suited perfectly.

How did you find it? My Mum is a member of the Club and had always pictured me getting married there, so it didn’t take much consideration. We were engaged on the Saturday and had the Club booked lunchtime on the Monday!

How was the weather on the day? Pouring in the morning and then very hot, but I was just so glad it stopped raining, it turned out beautifully.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Peonies! I had to have peonies in my bouquet, and also both sets of my grandparents were married in November.

The Wedding Details

Theme? White, blush and lots of foliage. I wanted a garden feel, something almost like a fairytale. I didn’t hire a stylist as I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted, I hired some of the décor from a few different places, I borrowed the beautiful lace bunting and lawn games from another friend, and our florist, Lorey, did the most amazing job. I wanted the main feature to be our florals and I was in complete awe when I walked into the reception, I kept looking over to Mum with an amazed expression on my face.

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Grace (maid of honour/best friend), Emily (cousin), Nicky (best friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Jarrod (best man/best friend), Luke (Dan’s brother), Blake (my brother)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Our flower girls were two of our nieces – Elke and Minka, our page boy was our godson Kohen and our page man was my youngest brother Ben.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I first started looking at Karen Willis Holmes when I was helping my best friend Grace find her wedding dress, and I instantly fell in love with the gowns. I actually came in to try the Mabel bodice, I thought I was going to like that with a tulle skirt but when I put on the Mabel bodice and skirt I smiled and when I walked out, everyone started crying – it was the one!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Online and in wedding magazines

How many gowns did you try? At Karen Willis Holmes, probably five – but my gown was the first one I tried on.

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sleeves and the back on the bodice, and that it was so simple but so beautiful.

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My step-dad Andrew bought me beautiful pearl studs from Rutherford and I borrowed my Mum’s pearl ring. I also had a small bag from TDE which I had my new initials engraved on – Dan loved it. I bought Grace a Pandora bracelet (she doesn’t have her ears pierced, it was such a mission finding something!) and I bought Nicky and Emily earrings from Swarovski.

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes and my silver laurel leaf comb was from Anna Marguerite, a NZ designer.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Surround yourself with people you can trust and rely on, they make planning and the day so much better and sweeter.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I honestly believe that you’ll know. But have a few different styles in mind – even though my gown from KWH was one of the reasons I went there, I was also toying with the idea of a long-sleeve lace gown (which is what my husband thought I would have chosen) but when I tried some on at a different boutique, I and my helpers quickly realised that look definitely wasn’t me.

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

Our ring cushion was my copy of Pride & Prejudice, my favourite book, which was originally Mum’s copy. Also, the music for the processional was composed and performed by Uncle Eric, it was very special to walk in to something that was written just for me. 

Something Old? My grandma’s handkerchief.

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My mum’s pearl ring

Something Blue? The blue bow on my garter

Suppliers

Photographer – Nick Sim Photography. Where to begin! The first night we met Nick and his wife, Kel, they ended up staying for hours while Nick and Dan played FIFA. Nick and Kel made us feel so relaxed and like we had been friends for years. We couldn’t be happier with our photos, Nick did a stunning job.

Florist – Flowers By Lorey. Lorey was absolutely amazing, I was in awe of what she accomplished. She took my vision of what it would all look and made it so much better. I found Lorey through where I go to barre, Fleur Wellbeing, as they would sometimes have her posies for sale.

Music – Tre Soul

First Dance – A Thousand Year by Christina Perri

MC – Our friend Dave

Celebrant – Jennifer Wendtman – who is a very close family friend, it was so beyond wonderful having someone marry us who knows us so well.

Stationery – KR Creative

Wedding Bands  – Leonards

Sinead + Daniel's pretty Queensland Wedding

Posted on 07 Feb, 2017
Sinead + Daniel's pretty Queensland Wedding

Simple and fun was the brief for Sinead and Daniels wedding.  Fairy lights, foliage and candles filled the space, creating an intimate, romantic and whimsical wedding for the pair that that met through Daniels brother 7 years earlier.  After re-kindling their romance after some time apart, the couple were inseparable.  A gorgeous beach proposal followed, complete with cheese and champagne as they snuck away for a weekend in Kingcliff, near Tweed Heads.  

The couple wed during a romantic ceremony and reception at Osteria, Casuarina NSW.  Sinead opted for a simple yet classic gown by Karen Willis Holmes- the 'Kitty/Karly' combination, finished off with a sheer tulle skirt.  Brendan and Alice from Figtree Pictures shot both the special day as well as their engagement shoot which meant come the wedding, they had such a fun time with photographers they felt so comfortable with.  Three incredible floral installations were hung by master florists Elyssium Blooms, as you can see, it tied in the whimsy of their wedding perfectly.  

Background

How did you meet your partner?  I used to work with Daniel's brother who introduced us and we went on a few dates before our life direction's changed and we split and went our separate ways for a couple of years, only to get in touch again in late 2010. We used to MSN chat to one another whilst we lived in different states, upon return to the Gold Coast in 2011 Daniel left to go overseas on a holiday, I organized with his brother to pick him up from the airport and we have been inseparable ever since.

How long have you been together? 7 years

Do you have a proposal story? I had booked us a weekend away in Kingscliff as a cheeky little getaway in August 2014, I had been bugging Daniel for quite some time as to whether he was ever going to propose only to get “it will happen when you least expect it” as a response. I had given up all hope and just let it slide and waited quietly in anticipation. Whilst we waited to check into our hotel, we headed into Woolworths and purchased some bits and pieces for cheese and crackers that we would take down and nibble on at the beach (which I must say is one of my all-time favourite things to do!). As we headed down to the sand Daniel said “I will just run back to the car and grab us a couple of towels to sit on the sand”. We headed down the beach to a nice quiet spot where Daniel rolled out the towels and there tucked away was a purple box with my gorgeous engagement ring tucked inside. He knelt down and asked the question I had been waiting to hear for years. I immediately answered “Yes”. We sat on the beach taking in the moment and Daniel told me that he had called my Dad to ask him for his permission. My Dad is a FIFO so catching him at a good time is always a tad challenging, Daniel called him late one night after a gym session and apparently my Dad looked at the caller ID and thought why is Daniel calling me this late thinking it was one of his colleagues. When Daniel nervously started talking, Dad had no clue what was going on.  Once he finally twigged who it was poor Daniel was so nervous he could barely get the question out. I really admire that he asked my Dad for permission to marry his daughter as it was something I never asked him to do.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 26th August 2016

Ceremony and Reception Location? Osteria, Casuarina NSW

What made you choose there? I saw a picture online and as soon as I saw it I thought this is where we are going to get married, the pictures made it look intimate and inviting. I met the wedding coordinator at a wedding expo and placed a holding deposit on the venue before setting foot on site. It definitely was love at first sight. When we finally got to the venue, I knew it was the right decision.  We both were ecstatic with our choice and would visit regularly to build the anticipation.

How did you find it? Instagram

How was the weather on the day? Perfect! The day was perfect weather, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. Being August, the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold. Later in the evening it began to get colder and around 10:00 that night it began to rain.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Daniel proposed to me on the 30th August 2014 so we tried to get as close to our engagement date possible. The 26th August fell perfectly into plan.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Our vision was to have a very simple and fun wedding. A very whimsical and romantic feeling was what we achieved, we had fairy lights, flowers, foliage and candles galore. We had a lot of white with a touch of gold and rustic pieces.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Mostly from my own personal style, clean and white with touches of antiques. A lot of my DIY ideas came from Pinterest and Instagram.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Most of our wedding was DIY, I am a very artsy/crafty person. My Uncle made our blackboards that we used as our welcome & menu boards. I made all our frames with “Please take one” “Photo Booth Snaps” etc, we collected jars for months and months so we had jars with colouring pencils, candles and flowers throughout. We set up the whole venue the night before so there was nothing left to do the day of the wedding which took a huge load off.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Jordann, my sister & Mercedes, my Best Friend.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Kyle, Daniel’s Brother & Dale, Daniel’s best friend.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girls: Gabrielle & Sienna (Cousins), Phoebe and Allegra (Friends children).

Page Boys: Sebastian, Elijah & Jacob (Cousins)

Ring Bearer: Hunter (Godson)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Sinead looked stunning in our 'Kitty/Karly' combination gown from the D.Y.G collection {made in Satin and worn with our 'Maggie' tulle skirt overlay from the Wild Hearts collection.} 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Again my impulse decision making, I had seen your gorgeous dresses online and fell in love. I love Karen Willis Holmes's simple, classic styles.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I am a fan on Instagram (the perks of social media) as well as seeing ads in magazines such as White & Hello May

How many gowns did you try? 3, it was the second gown that I chose that stole my heart! This was the first store I had been in and I chose straight away. My bridesmaid Mercedes lives in Dubai so we scheduled it in for her one day home to go wedding dress shopping so it worked out perfectly!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The simplicity, I never envisioned myself wearing anything like the dress I chose but once I put it on it just felt right. I felt instantly teary and when I looked at my mum, sister and friend.  We all just knew it was the one!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I told both the girls that they could choose whatever dress they wanted as long as it was white, surprisingly without any coaxing they picked dresses that complemented the other. It was hard with Mercedes living on the other side of the world to go dress shopping so it was simply a few facebook messages and snap chats and their dresses were sorted.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? All the boy's attire came from Tarocash in Robina,QLD. Daniel usually struggles with decisions and to my surprise, he chose the 2nd outfit he tried on. Not really being a suit man (he would have preferred shorts and a t-shirt!) it was important that his look was relaxed and comfortable. They wore converse shoes and had superhero socks, perfectly suiting his style.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a Karen Willis Holmes belt, I found a bracelet on Etsy that I loved which had a very similar embellishment to my belt and tied up with tulle. My earrings were Samantha Wills. The bridesmaids wore their own earrings and like their dresses chose their own shoes, I bought them Frankly My Dear 'Tie the knot' bracelets. The boys had superhero cufflinks which I found on Etsy.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes came from Novo, all I wanted was flat gold sparkly shoes and they had them their store, being tall already and 14 weeks pregnant at the time I wanted comfy shoes, and that was exactly what I got!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No headpiece just flowers from our florist which my hairdresser popped in out hair.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy every minute of the planning and organizing, you go to so much effort and your big day will be over and done with in the blink of an eye.  Spend time with your partner to see what is important to them too, as it is as much their big day as it is yours. There is nothing I would change about our day it was the most amazing day of our lives, I just wish we could do it all again and slow it down next time.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on that dress you would never have contemplated wearing, it may just be “the one”!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We let our guests know during our ceremony that we were pregnant and expecting our first addition in Feb 2017. It was a great surprise, our parents and siblings already knew so it was nice to see everyone’s faces and their reactions at this time. I was very thankful that I was still small enough at this point that I could still fit in my wedding gown. Phew!

Something Old? A set of my great, great grandmothers earrings. I pinned one of them to my bouquet.

Something New? My wedding dress!

Something Borrowed? An earring from my mother in law that she wore on her wedding day that I pinned to my bouquet.

Something Blue? A brooch that belonged to my great, great, great grandmother that I also pinned to my bouquet. Everything really special close at hand.

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Suppliers

Photographer – Figtree Pictures Brenden & Alice. Two of the most chilled and fun photographers you will meet. They just went along with what we wanted to do and pointed and clicked away. I wanted to have a picnic during our photoshoot so we did and Brenden just started pointing the camera. We chose Figtree Pictures for our Engagement shoot as well and Brenden was right on board when I suggested doing a holi powder shoot, where Daniel and I threw coloured powder to get these great colourful shots which turned out amazing!

Florist – Elyssium Blooms Elise did the most amazing job, I had been following her work for quite some time as she is a family friends relative. All I told her in our brief was that I wanted white flowers and succulents and that is exactly what she delivered, it was better than what I could have ever envisioned. We really wanted a focal point in our reception so 3 large hanging foliage installations were hung which just made our wedding complete. The flowers in a wedding are really one of the main products that just make or break a wedding. We can’t thank Steve & Elise enough for their awesome work!

Music – Quinn McHugh which I found through Live Music Agency, I emailed Live Music Agency and told Kirsty what we liked and she found us Quinn. We listened to his demo’s and went and watched him play and again we booked him straight away. He had the most amazing voice and he stayed with us right from the ceremony, through until the end of the night.

First Dance – “Young & Beautiful” – Lana Del Ray (Which Quinn learned and played an acoustic version for us. Such a special moment.)

MC – My little brother Brady. He was so nervous, but his with his witty charm and humour he pulled off such a great night.

Celebrant – Kathryn Murphy. I met Kath at the Byron Bay Wedding Expo and from the second she opened her mouth, I just felt comfortable with her. She is such a kind hearted and beautiful person, we both felt so comfortable with her and she was happy to answer any of our questions and help out any time. She encouraged us to write our own vows which made our ceremony feel very special. We will definitely be going back to Kath if we renew our vows.

Stationery – I created ALL our stationery from our save the dates, invitations and thank you cards - everything I designed myself and once complete I sent to a friend who kindly printed all our pieces at his Printing Company.

Menu – I painstakingly hand wrote our menu on one of the blackboards my Uncle made.

Cake – The Cake that Ate Paris. Bree Meldrum. Bree did a wonderful job with our cake, we have four different flavours; Banana, Caramel, Peanut Butter & Choc Mint Mud Cake. It was the tastiest cake you will ever eat! We had a partially naked cake which Bree painted gold flecks on.  Elise from Elyssium Blooms decorated it with fresh white flowers and succulents.

Bombonieres – We had each guests names laser cut out which were for them to take home.

Hair – Amelia Anne Hair Styling. Amelia is an old friend of mine who does wedding hair styling came and styled our hair for the big day. I gave her a photo and said I wanted something similar with flowers around the back, she did a great job.

Make-Up – Rachael Simms. A well-known make-up artist on the Gold Coast, she always makes her brides look so natural. She is the cutest person you will ever meet, so down to earth and amazing at what she does. I have seen her for other beauty treatments and she is just wonderful.

Wedding Bands – Michael Hill for my set & Wallace Bishop for Daniel’s ring. (he wanted a tungsten ring and we spent a good year trying on bands for him)

Photobooth – Photobooth Collective. The photobooth was a real highlight of our night.  It was sooo much fun and it is hilarious to look back on and see all the goofy shots of all our guests.

Lighting – Elysium Lighting. The fairy lights and hanging light installations were installed by our wonderful Florists husband. The lights really set off the romantic feel to our reception.

 

Matt + Christine's stunning Noosa wedding

Posted on 07 Feb, 2017
Matt + Christine's stunning Noosa wedding

Christine & Matt wed in spectaular Noosa in October 2016.  The Melbourne couple got engaged with their gorgeous son in tow one afternoon at Stables of Como. Christine, who thought she would know when Matt was about to propose was completely shocked when he knelt down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.  Christine & Matt have known each other for nearly 7 years and had holidayed in Noosa for years.  Their connection with the balmy coastal town lead them having a destination wedding on the beach at Maison La Plage Grove, followed by a stunning sit-down dinner at Sails Restaurant Noosa. We love the intimate moments and laughter that was shot by Lucas & Co Photography who are known for their carefree, natural, candid style of photography.  Christine looked stunning wearing the 'Abbey' bodice with the 'Prea' skirt- a modern silhouette which exudes a classic romance through the corded lace delicately laid over the beautifully structured bodice.  White coastal blooms by Mondo Floral Designs perfectly finished off this elegant wedding. 

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met in London through mutual friends but did not officially become an item until a year later.

How long have you been together? For 6.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? The day Matt proposed caught me very off guard! I was booked in with my best friend for a day spa. Matt had secretly arranged for my friend to drive me to the beautiful Stables of Como in South Yarra straight after our morning appointment. Matt was there with our son and had a catered picnic and my favourite bottle of champagne waiting. He told me that he wanted to surprise me with a picnic, as he knew how busy he had been lately that wanted to do something nice for me. I thought that makes sense now (so any idea of a proposal was pushed right out of my head). It was half an hour later that I made a comment about how beautiful our family was, that he then got down on one knee in the middle of the gardens and said that he would like to make our family official and proceeded to ask me if I would marry him. I always thought I would know when he was about to do it or notice him acting strange but I had no idea! Everything about this day was perfect including the warm weather.  Also, I still can’t believe that he picked my beautiful engagement ring on his own.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12th October 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Ceremony: Maison La Plage Grove, Noosa

Reception: Sails Restaurant Noosa

Where? Noosa

 

What made you choose there? We absolutely love Noosa as a regular holiday destination and sums us up perfectly- so was an easy choice to make. We wanted good food and good wine right on the beach.

How did you find it? From previous holidays in Noosa

How was the weather on the day? Was warm and windy by the afternoon, it was also overcast but at least it was not raining or too hot for our guests.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was the only date left available for all of September and October so we decided midweek would be fine as it is a destination wedding.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We wanted a simple and elegant theme. The venue was on the beach and was already stunning so did not want to take away from that. We had all white flowers with greenery (white coastal blooms) with tea-light and pillar candles on the tables. We also had festoon lights out on the beach.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest, Instagram, The Lane

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  No, as it was a destination wedding it was quite hard to make any decorations and carry it up with us.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Emily Fletcher- Best Friend (No relation to Matts side of the family)

Kristy Oborne- Best Friend

Belinda Alfonso- Best Friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

David Jackson- Best Friend

Tim Vesey- Best Friend

Rob Fletcher - Brother

Pageboy – who/relationship? Nate Fletcher - Son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Christine looked stunning in our 'Abbey' bodice and 'Prea' skirt combination gown from the D.Y.G collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My friend Emily booked me some appointments to look at dresses when I was in Brisbane and the first store we went to was Karen Willis Holmes. The last dress I tried on in that appointment was the one I ended up buying for my wedding day. I tried some more dresses on once I came back to Melbourne, but found myself comparing all the dresses to the first one I tried on with KWH.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I never really took notice of wedding dresses until I needed one, now I notice Karen Willis Holmes all the time.

How many gowns did you try? 6-7

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The quality! I tried on a few dresses before I made this purchase and felt like the other dresses had high price tags just because they were wedding dresses but I could not see or feel the quality. I love how beautiful and delicate looking the Abbey bodice was and thought it would photograph so nicely. The Prea skirt material was also gorgeous and I could feel the quality.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Custom made by Jeff Gibson in Geelong

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? All accessories were by Samantha Wills.

Where did you get your shoes from? Jimmy Choo

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try to enjoy the process as much as possible. Use good suppliers to help ensure your day runs smooth and as stress-free as possible.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open to trying on different styles as it may catch you by surprise what you like and what looks good on.

Suppliers

Photographer – Lucas & Co Photography

Florist – Mondo Floral Designs

Videographer – Joel Tronoff

Music - James Johnston Duo

First Dance –‘Stay with me’ by Sam Smith

MC – Close friends Chris and Genevieve Jones

Preist – Bren O’Donohue (Matt’s Great Uncle)

Stationery – Friend Luke Fletcher for wedding invites

Menu – Sails Restaurant

Hair – Hair by Nicola

Make-Up – Tasleema Nigh

Ceremony and Reception Stylist –  Lovebird Weddings

 

matt & christine from Joel Tronoff on Vimeo.

 

Saturday the 25th February - Oh Flora

Posted on 06 Feb, 2017
Saturday the 25th February - Oh Flora

Oh Flora's creations are just simply stunning. Old worldly, romantic, sophisticated & bursting with style.  Tanya is a Stylist and Florist based in Sydney and we have been in love with her work for years. Most recently, she was the floral mastermind and stylist behind one of our shoots- she created a large floral installation 'growing' from the floor and the walls, creating a botanical wonderland in shades of pastel pinks, apricots, ever so pale blushes & stronger crimsons, perfectly balanced with the subtle heaviness of greenery in the foliage.  

She is inspired by travel, nature, roadtrips, flower trips, markets and of course by creating unforgettable experiences for her clients. On top of this, she also runs workshops covering everything from bouquets, foraging, centerpiece making and private workshops. 

On Saturday February 25th, Tanya will be in our flagship showroom in Alexandria, Sydney to chat to you about all of your wedding floral ideas. Make an appointment to try on our gowns here and make sure to not miss out on this incredible opportunity.  

Your Name: Tanya Shaw

Location: Leichhardt - Sydney

Business name: Oh Flora Studio

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about? Oh Flora Studio was born when I decided to move to Sydney, then started to look into becoming a florist and just became obsessed with flowers.  I had wanted to work creating events since I was a child.  I'm honestly not sure where it all came from (the film "The Wedding Planner" probably had something to do with it).  I just love making things beautiful and creating spaces people can enjoy and take in.  I started off working a couple of months here and there in a few florist shops but had the urge since the beginning to jump in the deep end on my own.  So, I went over to the States last year on the most inspiring flower filled trip of my life and when I returned home I made the leap of working solely for myself.  I love to work closely with my clients to refine their inspiration and create a day that's truly unforgettable for them and their guests.

What inspires you? Nature & Travels!!  The combo of going on a road trip and pulling over in the middle of nowhere to stare at a stunning dogwood tree or visiting a flower farmer - absolutely the best in my books!

How do you start your day? On market days, I'd love to say I get up readily and excited for the flower market, but honestly, the first 20 mins are HARD!  After that the excitement kicks in when picking up all my lovely fresh floral orders and picking out any extra bunches I can't help but take back to the studio.  Then it's coffee time whilst making the studio look pretty (just for myself), followed by arranging orders and replying to emails! 

What is your favorite thing about your job? The change of seasons, especially when we go into Spring & how I learn something new every single day.  This would also tie with the excitement and emotion on a brides face when she sees their flowers the morning of her wedding. 

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding? Trust your vendors and list your top priorities for your budget.  Invest in the things they are truly important to you.  Pick vendors that are already aligned with your style, you will get better value for money and a professional who understands what you're wanting. They of course, should listen to your priorities and work closely with you, but trust and consider their opinions and options they offer. 

Favorite city? Can I please pick two!?  New York & San Cristobal. New York, because it's just amazing isn't it? And there are so many neighbourhoods to explore.  San Cristobal, Mexico- the most interesting mix of Spanish and Mexican influence inspired city in Chiapas, Mexico, made up of gorgeous cobble stoned streets, stunning churches, amazing food and beautiful people. 

Best way to spend $50? A relaxing beach picnic with a bottle of wine!

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work. My work is very much influenced by nature and an old world, historic style of floristry (think Dutch Masters paintings).  I love to use a huge variety of flowers and foliages when arranging and generally only a few stems of each, sometimes my bouquets can have up to 18 different types of botanics in them.  I have very recently started a small cutting garden in a borrowed yard to grow more organic looking stems and hard to find varieties.  I hope to add these flowers to my arrangements next year to make them a little more special!

FLOWERS, EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN

http://www.ohflora.com.au

Tanya Shaw
hello@ohflora.com.au
0402 520 429

Anna & Nick's Western Australia Wedding

Posted on 02 Feb, 2017
Anna & Nick's Western Australia Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? I came over from Germany to study a semester at the University of WA. Nick and I met at a Halloween Party, which was at one of Nick’s friends house in 2008. My then flat mate took me along to the party. I noticed Nick straight away and he started talking to me and offered me a drink. Love at first sight and we have been together since then! I decided to stay and live with Nick in Perth.

How long have you been together? 7.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Nick took his time, but probably had it all planned and thought through over the years. When we met at the Halloween Party, I was wearing a plastic black bat ring as part of my (not quite existing) costume. Nick took it off me that night and I never got it back. I got it back almost seven years later when he proposed to me at a lighthouse in Peniche, Portugal. I was still very surprised, even though Nick behaved very awkwardly that night. I always thought, that he would propose on a surfboard in Gracetown (family holiday house). We had planned to go on holidays to Portugal since years and it was a destination that was on top of our travel list. Our 4 year old Portuguese Waterdog Betty is the centre of our lives and we love her as much as we love each other, so that was maybe another factor why Nick chose Portugal and made me wait a little bit longer. Looking back, now I think the timing is great and I didn’t want it any other way. After the proposal in Portugal we spent a week together with my family in Germany and Nick got me a custom made engagement ring in my hometown Bremen!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday 12th of March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Incognito Escape, Cowaramup (South West Australia)

What made you choose there? Nick and I are spending a lot of time together, with our family, and friends in Gracetown (near Margaret River) in Nick’s family’s holiday house. It is the place where we are always happy together. I researched wedding venues as close as possible to Gracetown so that we can have a wedding weekend and have our guests book accommodation in Gracetown. The venue is not quite known for weddings, but they have had a few. So it is a bit of a secret location, which we loved and none of our family and friends have been there before.

It has amazing ocean views, one of the main reasons why we decided on it straight away. I also loved that it was in the middle of the bush, with no one around. We had our guests arriving on a bus from Gracetown and Nick and I enjoyed the house for two more nights for ourselves, which was amazing.

How did you find it? Searching in the Internet: through a photographer blog  (the bride wore also Karen Willis Holmes).

How was the weather on the day? Almost perfect! The day started off being really windy and my friend who is a florist and did the flowers for me, had real trouble putting up the flowers on the archway. The wind died off in the afternoon, but it was still quite windy.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We just decided on March due to the weather and picked a weekend that is not in the school holidays or a long weekend.

The Wedding Details

Theme?

Rustic, simple, casual, ocean

Colours: Gold, neutrals and white. Flowers had a bit of blush pink as well.

I chose blue silk cushion covers (zahir.net.au) for the occasional outdoor seating to reflect the color of the ocean.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pintrest, Instagram, the web. But I was trying to stay as much as possible away from all that wedding and bridal hype and deliberately didn’t buy any magazines or went to bridal fairs. I wanted a casual, relaxed and down to earth wedding. I wanted inspiration without getting too carried away.

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

  • I made the paper for the wedding invitations myself; it had gold glitter and metallic threads in it. I used the paper as much as I could throughout the wedding decorations. I made a heart garland, used it for the bomboniere gift tags, hand stamped cards and signs.
  • I made cards that were holding jewelry as thank you for my Mum, flower girl and best friends.   
  • I sewed 30m of gold bunting together to go outside with the festoon lights.
  • I made Portugese Pumpkin Jam as bomboniere. I wanted to do something with our engagement in Portugal in my mind. I cooked 4 batches of Jam, my friend and my Mother-in-law helped. I ordered a custom stamp ‘spread the love’ with our wedding date for the gift tags (made out of my paper).
  • Nick mad all the wooden signs for around the venue
  • Our ‘wedding band’ at the ceremony were Nicks mates, they usually don’t play together and formed a band for our wedding
  • I up-cycled and painted the chairs for the signing table
  • Our family and close friends and us set up everything ourselves the day before the wedding

Bridal Party

We decided to keep everything minimalistic and within the family for our wedding. We didn’t want any bridesmaids and groomsmen. Our flower girl Isabel is Nick’s niece, as she is only 2 years old she was accompanied by Anna Nick’s half sister (12 years old). My brother Matthias and Nick’s sister Emily did a reading during the ceremony. Nick’s Dad Wayne handed the rings over and our Mums Sue and Brigitta were our witnesses and signed the marriage certificate.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Before I even started looking for wedding gowns, I drove pass the Karen Willis Holmes shop in Subiaco, I never noticed it before so I looked it up. I looked up all the gowns on the website and read about Karen and then already really decided that I wanted a Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress. I wanted an Australian designer and I just liked everything about Karen Willis Holmes! All dresses are stunning!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I browsed through all collections online and then went straight into the Perth boutique.

How many gowns did you try? 5 I think? I really wanted to try more….but I already had trouble deciding between two dresses. It was such a hard decision and I needed 3 appointments (sorry Perth team! But big thank you for all your time and help!)

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Subiaco, Perth.

What did you especially like about your gown? That it is made of silk. I liked that I could customize it by lowering the back of the slip. I loved the lace! So beautiful! The fact that it is a wrap dress, which I though is different for a wedding dress. The dress is very versatile, it looks so different on every bride and with the different slips and belts it can get a whole different look. I chose lace over sequin in the end, because I think it is timeless. I hope that I will look at our wedding pictures in 40 years time and still love the dress! I also thought that it would suit our wedding venue and style of the wedding.

Fashion

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Nick got his Pal Zileri suit from Parker & Co in Perth.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a bracelet to match my headpiece; Jenny Packham (Stellina) Crystal stud earrings from Samantha Wills. I gave a pair of Samantha Wills crystal stud earrings to my Mum on the day. My best friends got a silver infinity bracelet from Jolie & Deen and my flower girl a necklace with a flower pendant from Jolie & Deen.

Where did you get your shoes from? I bought 4 pairs! I ended up wearing gold Jimmy Choo stilettos and when the dancing started I switched to very comfy block heels from ‘forever soles’. I saw these block heels on the KWH blog just after I ordered the dress and bought them straight away!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a headpiece from Jenny Packham (Stellina III), purchased from the UK Jenny Packham online shop with the matching bracelet.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? We had the venue, caterer, photographer, MUA, furniture hire etc. confirmed and booked in early on. This was great and it really is the biggest job with lots of decisions to make. But just try to be that organized early on, so you can get the best people. The area where we had our wedding is very popular and so we had to book everything in, before people are booked out. Experienced providers within the industry are great and we had people that work together all the time, they rock up and everything was running. Ask the suppliers who they recommend; for example I got the cake from who the caterer recommended. Order things you decided on already even if its months before. Custom orders through etsy etc.take time. 

Looking back I think I should have generated a much more detailed running sheet for each person e.g. the caterer, the DJ etc. Make sure you mention everything to the suppliers even if you think its common sense!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Most important is that you want to be comfortable and find a dress that suits your style. Take somebody along that has a similar style/ taste, but also honest. Think about the venue where you have the ceremony and the weather conditions. Take your time, enjoy and have fun! Best thing ever to go and try wedding gowns on! J It is such a special time.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? I had this all planned/ family and friends offered, but then it ended up being all too hectic! I don’t know…..what happened to my something borrowed? The most important was my something old: an antique sliver cake knife and cake server from my grandma in Germany.

As I am from Germany; I wanted to give the wedding a little German touch:

My Mum brought German schnapps from a little distillery from my hometown in Bremen. Nick and I toasted with our guests before we started our speeches.

We had German music of course and my husband, father in law and MC tried their best to speak German during the speeches. J

Suppliers

Florist – Poppy’s Flowers Nedlands, Perth

Very experienced team and they are making the impossible possible. I have trusted Milly in her taste and just said that I wanted white and blush pink blooms mixed with natives. She supplied also most of the decorations; candles, crystal vases, lanterns, chalkboards etc. The archway was just beyond my expectation! I loved it. The archway itself was made by Milly’s husband and she decorated it on the day with the wedding flowers and the aloe vera I brought out of my garden.

Photographer – Zaneta Van Zyl

Found through the Margaret River wedding directory. We chose her because of her style and the quality of her photos.

Zaneta is a very talented girl. It was great that we had an engagement session with her and I love the photos. She did a fantastic job (!): getting everybody in for a group photo, finding photo locations, getting our dog involved into the photos etc.

Music – Our friends played music before and during the ceremony. We walked in to ‘Wonderwall, Oasis’ and out to ‘Home, Edward Sharpe  & The Magnetic Zeros’.

MC – Nick’s best friend Kris

Celebrant – Diane Moore, She got recommended to us by a couple of people when we were looking for venues. We were very glad that we were able to have her – she is fantastic.  I Had already tears in my eyes at our first meeting, 6 months before the wedding. She reminded us that the ceremony is actually the most important part and brought everything so well together. 

Stationery – I made the paper myself with Leslie Westerlund

Furniture - Empire Events Dunsborough

Menu – Cowaramup Food, I chose them because they were local and pretty much everybody was raving about them…..so were the guests at our wedding about the food. Our chosen menu:

 

 

Feta + truffle risotto balls, sugo

Lime salt prawns, aioli

Harissa spiced chicken kebabs

Smoked salmon + dill labne blini

Seared scallops, fennel puree, micro herbs

Semidried tomato + macadamia pesto tartlets, goats curd, tomato dust

Slow braised pork belly + papaya salad, chilli caramel (boat)

8 hour Texas rubbed braised beef brisket + salsa, taco chips, crème fraiche (box)

Moroccan lamb cutlets

Chicken, mushroom + pink peppercorn wonton cups (veg option)

Thai green chicken curry, coconut rice (box - veg option)

 

 

 

Cake – Bake the Cake Margaret River, Recommended by our caterer - Naked cake, the flavours were Spiced Almond Orange and Chocolate Mud Cake

Bombonieres – Portugese Pumpkin Jam that I made myself

Polaroid photo in custom card holder - My One Sweet Day

Make up – Beautiquelove Cowaramup, Fantastic service, especially loved my eyelashes- they lasted a long time

The Gelato Chart - Gelato Buonissimo, Busselton, beautiful Italian ice-cream as dessert served from the gelato chart.

Silk cushions - Zahir 

Dressing gown - Piyama

 

 

Laura & Peter's Autumn Country Wedding

Posted on 31 Jan, 2017
Laura & Peter's Autumn Country Wedding

Background

Do you have a proposal story? Peter planned a big beautiful proposal in front of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree on Christmas Night in New York City in 2014. On Christmas eve we split up to buy each other’s Christmas presents, Laura bought Peter a scarf from Macys and Peter stopped by Tiffany & Co on 5th Avenue to pick up the most beautiful engagement ring (Peter obviously won Christmas this year). Peter hired a secret photographer to capture the moment he got down on one knee. She then took us on a photo shoot around Manhattan afterwards!!! It was truly what dreams are made of, SO AMAZING!!

The Wedding

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Curtin ACT; Reception: Yarralumla Woolshed, Yarralumla, ACT

What made you choose there? We were always on the same page about finding a venue that had character but also it also needed to provide us with enough of a blank canvas so that we could be as creative as we liked with our vision. The Yarralumla Woolshed did this! With its laid-back country vibe and big wide open space, it was certainly a hard venue to pass up. I come from a long family history of sheep farming (specifically for merino wool) in NSW and it provided that personal connection. The minute we decided it was the one our vision began to come to fruition, and from there we started making contact with all of the suppliers we needed to make this vision become a reality.

We originally looked at many stunning venues across the region and as beautiful each of them were, we didn’t quite get the same feeling we did when we saw the Yarralumla Woolshed.

The Wedding Details

Theme? From the start we agreed that we would shy away from the traditional white wedding theme. We wanted to create an experience for our guests from the minute they opened their wedding invitation to the moment they walked through the doors of the Yarralumla Woolshed. We wanted texture, warmth and sophistication, but most importantly, we wanted ‘WOW’. I think the canopy made up of 2km of fairy lights strung across the entire ceiling helped create that reaction.

What was your favourite detail from the day? There are SO many details we loved about our wedding, but the fairy lights have to be our favourite. Everything from the warm yellow colour to the sheer number of strings hung from the ceiling, they truly created the most amazing ambiance in that space. Although it took a long 4 hours to hang them, it was so worth it. The Yarralumla Woolshed has such high ceilings so to be able to create an intimate space for our guests with lights was just amazing!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We sure did! 12 months out we asked family and friends to collect all of their used tins (any shape, any size) we ended up with 400 and with the help of Peter’s parents we spray-painted each and every one of them gold. The tins lined the middle of each of the tables and acted as our vases. They were filled with gum leaves, wattle leaves and big beautiful dahlias.

Our wedding favours, individually potted succulents in terracotta pots, were all completely home grown by family, friends and some from our own garden. They also held our place cards – this really added a personal touch.

The table numbers, welcome and lectern signs were created by us. We had the designs printed on A1 size paper and purchased plywood boards and stained them. We then carved the design into the boards and painted over the carving marks with white paint – they were a lot of work but we are so proud of how well they turned out!

The desserts on the dessert buffet were baked by our family and friends and the wedding cake was created by Laura’s very talented sister Rebecca.

And we can’t forget the AMAZINGLY PERFECT bouquets and buttonholes composed by Laura’s cousin Tori-Lee.

Having done so much DIY and involving our friends and family in the process as much as possible created another level of personal to our big day

I created a frame with strings attached from side to side with each guest’s name attached with a small timber peg. 2 polaroid cameras sat beside it and guests were to find their name and replace it with a polaroid photo of themselves.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Talk to us about your dress? Where was it from? How long did it take to find and how did you find the over all experience? The dress!! Oh how I love my dress. I was always worried that I would look like a little kid playing dress up on my wedding day (thanks to my lack of height) so it was important for me to find the dress that made me feel beautiful, mature and followed the theme of texture that was included in every aspect of our wedding. After months of scrolling through pinterest page after pinterest page and many wedding dress websites I found the one I knew had to be mine. The Karen Willis Holmes ‘Matilda’ Gown was everything I could have ever imaged my wedding dress to be…that bodice…the details…the texture…that layered skirt – oh my, it was just divine! I only went to one KWH boutique and tried on many many stunning gowns, but the ‘Matilda’ was the one that had my heart and I couldn’t have been happier with it! How lucky am I!!

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? ASOS

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Suit ASOS, Shirt MJ BaleBow tie David Jones, Shoes Windsor Smith, Socks Country Road, Watch Tissot, Groomsmen's Ties Aquila

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Mimco glitter clutch bags, Mimco pearl earrings, Forever New 'Laura Gold' Kimono robes and nude ballet flats. 

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? 

Take the time to sit down and talk to each other and map out your vision. Our goal was to create an experience for each and every one of our guests.

The devil is in the details and no matter how small or how significant it may seem pay attention to the small things, your efforts and care will be noticed.

But most importantly have fun, enjoy the entire process in the lead up to the day – before you know it your wedding will have come and gone and there will be no more reason to search for wedding pins on Pinterest, believe me you will miss it!

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

Walking down the aisle towards Peter after 10 years of being together and building a life with each other was the most emotional and happiest moment of our lives. I think we both knew from the start that this was forever so this moment was one that was always going to be special; it was everything we dreamed it would be.

My Nan and Pop won’t like that this story is mentioned, but it’s a must. Nan and Pop travelled up from Goulburn to attend our wedding and not being overly familiar with that side of town they managed to get a bit lost on the way to the church. I was advised on arrival that they were running late so had to remain in the car for a little bit longer, it turned out to be about 25 minutes longer. As you can imagine poor Peter down the front of the church, already nervous enough as it was and knowing that I was there added to the anticipation of her walking down the aisle. Little did we know that on the drive from Peter and Laura’s house after taking photos of the bride and the bridesmaids Anthea’s (one of the photographers) car had decided to blow up half way to the church!! Maid of honour Rebecca thankfully answered Anthea’s phone call and was able to have my Unlce jump in a car and get out to Anthea with enough time to get her back to the church JUST before the girls arrived. So instead of being late Anthea ended up being 25 minutes early due to delay from Laura’s Nan and Pop! It’s funny how things end up working out in the end!

Suppliers

I am an event manager, so finding and working with the vendors was nice and easy!

Most were small local businesses from around the Canberra area such as our invitation man Sam from Artforme Letterpress Studio – his care and attention to detail came through in our incredibly beautiful invitations and the feeling of supporting local was so great!

One of the most important and most beautiful wedding fairs we went to was the One Fine Day Wedding Fair held at the Nationally Gallery of Australia, here we found our photographers – the very talented and oh so lovely Anthea and Lyndon.

 

Event manager and Stylist -  Sweet Little Sunday

Florist - Tori-Lee Lang, Miss Flourish 

Photographer - Anthea and Lyndon We can't speak highly enough of the most talented photographers we have ever met, Anthea and Lyndon. From the initial meeting exactly a year before the wedding (where Laura, armed with 3 different copies of Hello May magazine asked ‘So guys can you PLEASE get us on the cover of or at least in this magazine?’) to the communication we had with them in the lead up, Anthea and Lyndon made such an amazing effort to get to know us and who we are as a couple. This showed through in the most beautiful wedding photos we have ever seen. We were blessed to have them capture our day and equally as blessed to have gotten to know them both.

Music - Chicago Charles

Celebrant - Fr. Tony Frey (Peter's Uncle)

Stationery - Artforme

Menu - Canapes by Peter, Mains by Capital Roast

Cake - Bride's Sister Rebecca (Mini trifles, Laura's Mother; lemon slice and peach kertun, Laura's friend; chocolate biscuit slice, Laura's Grandmother; brownies, Laura's sister; chocolate slice, Peter's Aunt)

Bombonieres - Homegrown succulents (grown by us and Family) potted in small terracotta pots

Hair - Danielle Connell (Bride's cousin)

Make up - Tiarni Staples

Wedding Bands - Bride - Tiffany & Co. Groom - Mazzucchellis

Furniture Hire - Your Event Solution and Boy and Girl Co

KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES US Trunkshow

Posted on 30 Jan, 2017
KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES US Trunkshow

We are so excited to share with you the new photoshoot for the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Sequin Collection.  For those who have been hiding under a rock, these are our absolute faves from the collection and for those already familiar with the styles, we hope you adore these fresh new shots as much as we do! Some of our favourite stockists across the States are holding trunkshows from now until July showcasing the collection so for those brides lucky enough to live near a stockist, you truly are in for a treat! See below for more details about the trunkshows and how you can book an appointment to make sure you don't miss out.   

We teamed up with photographer Bek Smith at the beautiful XO Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne to shoot these little numbers in all their glory.  Brittany Cartel worked her wonder on hair while Ross Andrewartha, Director of Artistry for YSL delivered some stunning dewy and dreamy looks to the lovely Eileen Cassidy who turned on her magic and made our gowns shine.

Simplicity was key, shooting on a blank backdrop and against the beautiful industrial white washed windows.  Sequined sheaths with the finest of straps and the lowest of backs featured, plunging beaded necklines & intricately embroidered back detailing.  This collection stays true to its roots, with slim fitting elegant silhouettes, made to hug a woman's curves in the most flattering way. The essence of the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections always hold an air of art deco glamour, whilst still being modern yet understated.
 

Agyness

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

Antoinette

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

Beatrice

V-neck bodice with A-line skirt, delicately beaded and embroidered and finished with a belt. 



Caitlyn

All over sequin fitted fishtail gown with v-neckline, cap sleeves & sheer tulle back with embroidery detail. Finished with a belt in the same design.  

Ellery

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

Fontanne

V-neck bodice and bias skirt featuring exquisite beaded and embroidered detail, finished with a belt.

Lottie

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

Nerada

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



Nerida, worn here with the diamond train.
 



Anya

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



Anya, worn with the Genevieve skirt drape.

 

Anya, worn with the Maggie train.

Anya, worn with the Alice train.

Trunk Show Details

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Shoot Credits

Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes
Photographer: Bek Smith
Make-up: Ross Andrewartha Director of Artistry for YSL Beauty 
Hair: Brittany Cartel
Model: Eileen Cassidy
Space: XO Studios

Allyce & Daniel's Boho Garden Wedding

Posted on 25 Jan, 2017
Allyce & Daniel's Boho Garden Wedding

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The order in which Allyce and Daniel swapped vows was decided the same way they make all their decisions – with a friendly game of paper scissors rock. This cool couple had already won us over with their boho garden party wedding at Merrimac’s Braeside Chapel but the fact that one of our fave photography duos shot the whole thing is just an added bonus – Trent and Jessie never disappoint!

While their wedding was a relaxed affair, there’s no doubt Daniel knows a bit about romance – his proposal after a horse and carriage ride around Melbourne says it all! “We stopped to take pictures at a fountain (at the Botanical Gardens) and Dan told me to close my eyes…” Allyce tells us. When she opened them he was down on one knee and he rest is history! “It was a bit of a blur but I remember jumping on him so excited before he could even say anything. I finally regathered myself, let him ask me and of course I said YES!”

The ceremony itself took place under one of the most incredible laurel trees we’ve seen and the pair left the styling up to Mother Nature, save for some draped fabric and a dream catcher, while Gold Coast Wedding and Event Hire did the rest. Canapés on the lawn were followed by a roast dinner (courtesy of Spits n Pieces) and a whole lotta dancing ensued – no surprise when you’ve got The Paper Flowers on board.

Erin Stuart Styles came up with the perfect ‘do for Allyce - an intricate braided crown with a wavy side ponytail, topped with a halo of native flowers.

A two-piece Karen Willis Holmes number was the ideal wedding gown for this boho bride and she paired it with a gypsy like collection of rings.

Braeside is an absolutely gorgeous venue,” says Allyce, “and you can see how much pride the owners John and Judy take in keeping their property in immaculate condition. Even better, it’s only 10 minutes from the Gold Coast. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place was so convenient and made the day flow really well.”

Allyce’s bridesmaids each wore an Esther white lace midi dress of their choosing, along with turquoise accessories from Lovisa for added boho brownie points. 

Bits and Buds crafted stunning white and green bouquets for the bridal party, with some red accents and a gorgeous protea for the bride.

This happy couple had nothing but kind words when it came to photography team, Trent and Jessie, “These two were so great throughout our day. The loveliest people and so talented and enjoyable to be around!” says Allyce.

Credits

Images Trent and Jessie | Bride's Dress Karen Willis Holmes | Bride's Shoes Novo | Bridesmaid's Dresses Esther Boutique | Groom's Suit YD | Rings Michael Hill | Hair Erin Stuart Styles | Makeup Erin Stuart Styles | Ceremony Venue Braeside Chapel | Celebrant Vogue Vows | Flowers Bits & Buds | Catering Spits n Pieces | Entertainment The Paper Flowers | Stationary/Invitations Payne Print | Transport Golden Gate Limousines | Styling/Prop Hire/ Reception Flowers Gold Coast Wedding Event Hire | Cake Cakes by Ashlee |

Briana and Zach's Charleston Wedding

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 



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

 


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


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


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

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


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

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

Suppliers

Photographer -Studio 1250

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

Wedding Coordinator - Southern Chic Weddings & Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robes - 

Bridesmaids: Plum Pretty Sugar   |    Bride: Homebodii
 
Extra features

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


 
 

Laura & Tim's stunning Lake Tahoe wedding

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

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 3 years

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

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? July 29, 2016

Where?  West Shore Café and Inn, Lake Tahoe

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


 
 
The Wedding Details

Theme? Rustic Romantic/Simple Elegance

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

Bridal Party

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Badgley Mischka.

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



  Other:

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

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

 

 


Suppliers 
 
Florist - Brandie Chisholm

Photographer - One Love Photography

Videographer - Sky Rode Net Media

Music - Moonlight Mobile DJ

First Dance - Jack Johnson, Better Together

Coordinator - Forget Me Knot Events

Stationery - Paper Caper

Menu - West Shore Cafe

Cake - Native Baking Company

Hair - Km Gamache

Make up - Claire Alyse Makeup

Boat - Wild Goose II

Nada + Elliot's Modern Beverly Hills Hotel Wedding

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

Background 

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

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

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

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date? Sunday, 18 September 2016 

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

Reception:       The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles  

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4 

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

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

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Christian Louboutin  

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

Other

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

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

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

Something Old? My mother’s pearl earrings  

Something New? My dress!

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

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

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jennifer Sosa at Branch & Cole  

Videographer – Austin Stoecklein at Branch & Cole 

Wedding Planning: Samantha Hall Events 

Florist – Fiore Designs

Music - DJ

First Dance – Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers  

Celebrant – Father Petar Jovanovic  

Stationery – Copper Willow Studio  

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

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

Bombonieres – Randy’s Glazed Donuts  

Hair – Brides by Stephanie  

Make-Up – Brides by Stephanie

Tessa & Michael's Elegant Sydney Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 3 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 6th February 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Kate (sister)

Kate (best friend from uni)

Natalie (best friend from uni)

Lauren (friends from a previous job)

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Josh (best friend from school)

Jordan (brother)

William (brother)

Zen (friend from school)

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Austin and Noah (nephews)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

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

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

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

Something Old? Granny’s bells tied onto my bouquet

Something New? Shoes/Dress

Something Borrowed? Earrings from Mum

Something Blue? Blue ribbon tying the bells on

 

Suppliers

Florist - Lovely Bridal Blooms

Photographer - Strawberry Fields Photography

First Dance - Feeling Good - Michael Buble

MC - Ben Charlton (friend)

Celebrant - Monsignor Tony Doherty

Stationery - Ourselves - printed with Vista Print

Cake - Cake Atelier

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

Hair & Makeup- Blossom Hair and Makeup

Extra features - Wedding planned by Tessa Gallagher

Saturday the 21st January - All Grown Up Weddings

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

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

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

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

Business name? All Grown Up Weddings 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT DETAILS - 

When? Saturday the 21st of January 2017 

Where?  9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW 2015

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

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

VENDOR DETAILS - 

All Grown Up Weddings

Email: letsdance@allgrownupweddings.com.au

Website: Click here

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Facebook: Click here

 

EDITORIAL - City Moments by Love find co.

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

AS FEATURED BY: 

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

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

Credits

Creative direction - Sophie from Love Find Co.​

Photography - Bear Deer Fox 

Hair & Make-Up -  Abbey Love 

Florals - Trille Floral 

Model -  Bree Philipson 

Chelsea & Bharat tropical Queensland wedding

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

Background  
 

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

How long have you been together?  2 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  

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

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date?  01/10/2016 

Location – Maleny, Sunshine Coast; Queensland

Where?      
Ceremony – The Little White Wedding Chapel

Reception – Vue do Lumieres

 

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

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

How was the weather on the day?  

Perfect  Sunny and blue skies.

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

The Wedding Details


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

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

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

Bridal Party    

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?  

Made of Honour – Sister, Candice 

Bridesmaids – Eloise and Ashlee 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?  

Best Man – Bharat’s brother Parvin

Groomsmen – Ajay (introduced us) and Rupak

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

What did you especially like about your gown?  

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from?  Novo

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

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

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

Something Old? Rings 

Something New? Dress 

Suppliers

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

Photographer – Simon J Coulson 

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

Videographer – Andrew Clasohm

Music – One Fun Band

First Dance – You are the best thing; Ray LaMontagne 

MC – Uncle Mark 

Celebrant – Victoria K Simon 

Stationery – Designed by my sister 

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

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

Bombonieres – We made tea light candles 

Hair – Hair by Nicola 

Make-Up -  Jenna Turner 

Wedding Bands – Robert H Parker and Sons  

Engagement Ring – My Nannas ring

Bar – Gathering Events 

Hire – Simple Style Co 

Ring Barer – Indie Kids 

Flower girl – Ellies Handmade 

Dressing Robes – Le Rose

 

Kate & Andrew's modern Perth wedding

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

Background
 

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

How long have you been together? 
9 years

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

 


The Wedding
 
What was your wedding date? 11.11.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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



The Wedding Details

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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


 

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

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

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


 

Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? 
Bojena King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something New? 
Pretty much everything :P

Something Blue?
There was some blue stitching in my dress

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jodie from Merge Photography

Florist – Beans and Bunches in Northbridge

Music – Rod from Kaviar DJ’s

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

Celebrant – Wendy Wardell

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

Cake – Made by a family friend

Bombonieres – Mini champagne bottles for the guests to take home

Hair – Jaimee Lee Creative

Make-Up -  Jacqui Bradfield

Wedding Bands – Jogia diamonds 

Abby & Sandy's Elegant Country Wedding

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

Background

How long have you been together? 10 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? November 6, 2015

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

The Wedding Details

Theme? Relaxed summer garden party

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!) 

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

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Bianca Spender

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

Photographer

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

Catering and menu

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

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

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

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

Flowers

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

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

Suppliers

Florist – My Violet

Photographer – Hannah Blackmore

Celebrant – Rev. Dean Reilly

Stationery – Venamour, New York

Catering – Rustic Table Catering

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

Make up – Amelia Axton

Wedding Rings – Joseph Edirnelian, Double Bay

Prop Hire – Olivia Blackmore

Marquee Hire – White Umbrella Marquees

Christina & Andrew's Intimate Coastal Wedding

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

Background

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 24/06/2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Braeside Chapel in Merriman

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

How did you find it? Goggle! 

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

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

The Wedding Details

Theme? A little bit vintage, traditional and classic 

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

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

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Suppliers 

Florist - Romantica Florals 

Photographer - Heart & Colour 

Videographer - Burger media - Mick Antuar 

Music - Explosive Entertainment 

First Dance - Coldplays ' Magic'

MC - Shotty - John Schottelious

Celebrant - Ben Carlyle 

Stationery - Rachel Yong Design

Cake - Delicious by Sara 

Hair - Shannon Williams 

Make up - Penny Antuar 

Wedding Bands - Penfolds Jewellers 

// A N D R E W & C H R I S T I N A // from BurgerMedia on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Rebecca and William's pretty garden wedding

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

Background 
 

How did you meet your (now) husband?

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

How long have you been together? 9 years!

Do you have a proposal story?

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

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28th May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Verrierdale, Sunshine Coast Hinterland        

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

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

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


The Wedding Details 

Theme?

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

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

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

Bridal Party 

Bridesmaids?  

Maid of honour/best friend: Kaitlin

Bridesmaid/best friend: Jessica

Bridesmaid/family friend: Belinda

Bridesmaid/cousin: Lauren

Groomsmen?  

Best man/Best mate: Michael

Groomsman/best mate: Shaun

Groomsman/best mate: James

Groomsman/Will’s brother: Tom 3.    

Flower girls/Page boys?  

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

Wedding Gown

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?

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

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

How many gowns did you try? Maybe10.

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

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

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

 
Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

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

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

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

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

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

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

Something New? The dress and shoes.

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

Something Blue? My garter Suppliers  

Other

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


Photographer – Bushturkey Studios

Florist – Twig and Grace

Videographer – Yellowbull

Weddings Music – Cut A Rug  

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

MC – Our friends Jordan and Sarah.

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

Stationery – CL Weddings

Menu – The Van Fine Street Food and Pizzantica

Cake – Will’s grandmother made our cake

Bombonieres – We decided not to do bombonieres

Hair – The Beauty Case – Khesanh and Mel

Make-Up – The Beauty Case – Khesanh and Mel

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

Bec + Will [Cinematic Teaser] from YellowBull Media on Vimeo.

 

Amy & Kane's Elegant Vineyard Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? Three years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22.01.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Ceremony & reception were at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

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

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

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

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

Other:

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

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

Something New? My earrings

Something Borrowed? My sister’s wedding bracelet

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

Suppliers

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

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

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

Music – FJ Entertainment (DJ)

First Dance – Nora Jones, Love Me Tender

MC – Relative

Celebrant – Cari Worstencroft

Stationery – Designed by Amy, printed by Tomcat Printing

Menu – Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Cake – Delaney’s Cakes, Wollongong

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

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

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

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

OLD WORLD CHARM EDITORIAL: AS FEATURED ON WHITE MAGAZINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

CREDITS

Photography - Shae Estella Photography


StylingMade To Match Events
 

Location - Flaxton Gardens
 

Jewellery - Salita Matthews
 

Florals - Woods & Bloom
 

Stationery - D&d Letterpress
 

Men's Accessories - Wood and Beau  
 

Suits - Suits Direct
 

Hair - Sass & Niki Wedding Hair
 

Makeup - Sally Townsend
 

Models - Tallulah and Anthony from WINK Models

Iresha & Kiran's Stunning New Zealand Wedding

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

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

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




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


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


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


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


 
Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Review

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

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


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

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


 
Suppliers

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

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

Margot and Andrew 's wet and wonderful Toowoomba wedding

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

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

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

Background

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  16th July 2016

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

Suppliers

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

Videographer – Made For This Photography

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

Cake – Artisan Cake Couture

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

 

Lauren & Dan's Melbourne Brewery Wedding

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

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 5 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 15th October 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Mountain Goat Brewery- Richmond

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

Groomsmen – who/relationship? None

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4

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

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

Fashion

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Reiss

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

Other:

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

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

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

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

Something New? Almost everything really!

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

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

Suppliers

Photographer – Oy Photography

Florist – Badlands & Co.

Videographer– Bottlebrush Films

Music - Rutherford Entertainment

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

MC – DJ Josh from Rutherford Entertainment

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

Stationery – DIY by me

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

Cake – Sweet Dakita.  They were recommended by my stylist

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

Hair – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair

Make-Up – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair

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

Emma & Matt's Berry Courthouse Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grace & Mike's Upstate New York Fall Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 3 years

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 11/7/15

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove NY

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

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

How many gowns did you try? More than 30

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

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

Fashion

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Bonbons

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

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

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

Suppliers

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

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

Music - Self made playlist

First Dance - “sweet avenue” Jets to Brazil

Celebrant - Rodney Wells - my stepfather performed the cermony

Stationery - Minted

Menu - Blooming Hill Farm

Cake - Pies from Jones Farm in Cornwall NY

Hair - AG Beauty Services in New Windsor NY

Make up - Self

Wedding Bands - Catbird and Featherstone Designs

TRUNKSHOW - SASH & BUSTLE, TORONTO CANADA

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

STOCKIST DETAILS -

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

Ph: (647) 340-5850

Email: info@sashandbustle.com

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

Bre & Jono's Elegant Brisbane Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 4 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17 June 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

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

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

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

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

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

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

GM#1 - Nathan (Jon’s older brother)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

FG#1 – Emma (Jon’s 11 year old niece)

FG#2 – Erin (Jon’s 9 year old niece)

FG#3 – Zara (Jon’s 5 year old niece)

PB#1 – Josh (Jon’s 7 year old nephew)

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

 

Other:

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

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

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

Suppliers

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

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

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

Music – Spotify

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crockery and Catering Machinery hire – Bob’s Hire.

Rachel & Marc's Western Australia Winery Wedding

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

Background

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

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Sandalford Wines

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

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

Groomsmen – who/relationship?  

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Zu Shoes

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

Other:

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

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

Suppliers

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

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

Music -  Felony

First Dance – Tracey Chapman – Give me one reason

MC – Sam Jones (cousin)

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

Stationery – Vista Print

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

Cake – Marnee – Sugar & Nice

Bombonieres – Cancer Council WA

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

Make up – Bruce Lim

Wedding Bands – Tiffany & Co

One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

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

One Fine Day Wedding Fair - New York

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

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

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

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


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


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


Delicious canapes were served to kickstart the day.


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


Karen Willis Holmes 2017 gowns- ready to be viewed. 


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


Our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes 'Anya' gown

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


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


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

 

Kim & Adam New South Wales Winery Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 4.5 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show

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

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

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

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

Other:

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

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

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

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

Something New? Wedding gown

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

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

Suppliers

Florist – Red Lily Floral Design.

Photographer – Erin Latimore Photography.

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

MC – Graeme, my brother in law.

Celebrant – Jane Endicott

Stationery – Print Storm Mudgee

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

Cake – Who Ate The Cake.

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

Hair – Lila and Allan

Make-Up – Bella Medi Spa

Wedding Bands – James Allan  

Other – Wedding cars by Sydney Mustangs

Winnow Chocolates

Posted on 09 Nov, 2016
Winnow Chocolates

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

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

GET TO KNOW AMANDA FROM WINNOW CHOCOLATES-


Your Name: Amanda

Location: Our studio is located in Crows Nest

Business name: Winnow Chocolates

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

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

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

How do you start your day?

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

What is your favorite thing about your job?

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

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

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

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

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

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

VENDOR DETAILS

Winnow Chocolates

Unit 2, 17 Falcon Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065

By appointment only

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Email: hello@winnowchocolates.com

 

Lisa & Angus' Boho Hinterland Wedding

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Suppliers

Florist - MONDO FLOWERS

 

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

Photographer - SHANE SHEPHERD

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

Music - RUSS WALKER DUO

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

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

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

MC - OUR HONG KONG BESTIE BEN ROBERTS
 

Celebrant - JARRAD BAYLISS

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

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

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

Cake - EDEN CUPCAKES
 

Hair - HAIR BY NICOLA
 

Make-Up - PRU EDWARDS MAKEUP

STYLED SHOOT - I Dreamed A Dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CREDITS - 

Photography : Amelia Soegijono from Pictures and Hearts Photography

Styling : Alice from ALC Events

Make-Up : YennXin 

Gowns : Karen Willis Holmes

Paper Artist : Stuart Mc Lachlan 

Lingerie, Veil and flower hairpieces : Labelle

Silver Props: The Wedding Collector 

Vintage Furniture: Willow Tree Vintage 

Calligraphy: Teresa Ling

Model:  Alina Timofeeva 

Charlene & Tom's Rustic Wedding

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

Background

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 21st May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception) Mali Brae Farm Moss Vale

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

How did you find it? Through Violets and vinegar

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Naomi – Big Sis

Alaina – Lil Sis

Katie – Sister in law

Cailin  – Best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Cody – Friend

Joel – Brother

Ryan – Friend

Brendan – Friend

Philip – Brother in law

Matthew – Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Suppliers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca & David's Surprise Wedding

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

Background

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

How long have you been together? 14 years

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 20.02.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The old Chruch of MiltonNSW

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Danielle & Alicia my sisters

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Scanlan & Theodore

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Tony Bianco

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

Other

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

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

Suppliers

Florist – Willow & Fleur, Mollymook

Photographer – Mr Edwards Photography

Videographer – Mr Edwards Photography

Music – DJ Ordy

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

MC – Debra Richards

Celebrant – Debra Richards

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

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

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

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

Hair and Makeup– The Beach Comber in Ulladulla.

Wedding Bands – Nicholas Haywood

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

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SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER - STEPHANIE BROWNE

Posted on 28 Oct, 2016
SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER - STEPHANIE BROWNE

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

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

GET TO KNOW STEPHANIE BROWNE- 

 

Who are you? Stephanie Browne ( Stephanie Browne Australia )
 

And what's your business?  

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

When did you launch your business?     

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

How did you get into your line of work?    

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

EVENT DETAILS - 

When? Saturday the 5th of November 2016 

Where?  9 Doody St. Alexandria NSW 2015

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

 

VENDOR DETAILS - 

Stephanie Browne and Co

1210 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Ph: (03) 9824 5722

Monday : By appointment

Tuesday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am - 5pm

 

Hannah & Josh's Sydney Wedding

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

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

Background

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

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

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

The Wedding

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

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

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

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

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

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?  I had some beautiful pearls for the ceremony. Simple and understated. For the reception, I changed into some beautiful marble Samantha Wills dangle earrings and amazing matching bangle. 

Where did you get your shoes from?  Nine West 

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

Other:

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

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

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

Something Old? My mother's earrings 

Something New? My KWH dress! 

Something Borrowed? My mother's earrings 

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

Suppliers 

Florist - The Sisters. They were perfect! 

Photographer - Michelle Fiona Photography and Yeesum Lo 

First Dance - The Best Thing by Ray La Montage 

MC - One of our best friends, Katie Trevor 

Celebrant - Our minister, Matt Stedman 

Stationery - Terrace Press – they were incredible! 

Menu - The Public Dining Room

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

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

Hair - Chris Hunter, QUE Colour 

Makeup -  Ash Quinn, Bridal Make Up Co

Wedding Bands - Cerrone 

Marta & Alvaro's Italian Wedding

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

Background

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

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

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The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 25/06/16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

Suppliers

Florist – I Giardini di Giava ( Bergamo Italy)

Photographer – Mara Brioni

Music – Ottavia Brown and our own music Selection

Catering – Da Vittorio (Bergamo Italia)

Jess & Mitch's Elegant Sydney Wedding

Posted on 20 Oct, 2016

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

 

Background

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

How long have you been together? Almost 3 years.

Do you have a proposal story? 

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


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

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

What made you choose there? 

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

 

How did you find it? 

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

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

 

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

 
 

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

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

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

 

 Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? 

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

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

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

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

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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


 


 

Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Adrianna Pappell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Suppliers 

Florist – Kindred Florals 

Photographer – Chris from At Dusk

Videographer – Soda Films

Music – Sam Joole

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

Celebrant – Liz Taylor

Stationery – The Home Girls on Etsy. 

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

Cake – Art Of Baking

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

Hair – Davina from Trumps Hairdressers

Make-Up – Lisa Elizabeth

Wedding Bands - Waldemar jewellers

Zoe & Bradley's Tropical Queensland Wedding

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

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

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

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

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

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

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

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

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

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

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


The Wedding Details

Theme?

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

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

 


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

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

 
How many gown's did you try?

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from?

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

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

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

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

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

   


 

Suppliers 


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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrant – Father Franciskus

Stationery – DIY by the bride & groom.

Menu – Catering by Sky Room staff.

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

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

Hair – Heather Salloum from H&S Beauty

Make-Up – Tanielle Jai Makeup Artistry

Wedding Bands – Le Gassick Jewellers

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

 

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

Brad & Zoe from The Smile Factory Film on Vimeo.

One Fine Day - New York Runway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

** Full collection will be in stores early 2017. 

Miranda & Adam's Tea Plantation Wedding

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

Background

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

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  28 May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Madura Tea Estate (Camellia Weddings)

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

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

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

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

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

How many gowns did you try? 4 gowns

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

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

Fashion

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

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

Where did you get your shoes from? Kate Spade

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

Other:

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

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

Suppliers

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

Photographer – Aurelie from Whisper and Sing Photography

Celebrant – Cara from Modern Love Celebrant

Cake – Miss Lissy Cakes

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

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

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

Hire – Hamptons Events Hire

Sarah & Paul's Romantic Churchill Wedding

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

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? 

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

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

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

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28 May 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Churchill, Taradale Victoria

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

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

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

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

The Wedding Details

Theme? 

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

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

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

 

Bridal Party

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

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

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? For Love & Lemons

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

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

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

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

Other:

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

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

Something Old? My grandmother’s faux fur coat.

Something New? Everything else!

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

Something Blue? Blue hydrangea

Suppliers 

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

Florist - Prunella

Photographer - Brown Paper Parcel (Jess Tremp)

Music - Ali E (Paul’s cousin)

MC - Josh Hanneysee (Paul’s friend)

Celebrant - Catherine Crothers

Stationery - Inhaus Creative

Menu - Monsieur Pierre

Cake - Blackbird Cakes

Hair - Melinda Wain

Make-Up - Melinda Wain

Wedding Bands - ManiaMania Fine

Veil Bride La Boheme

JewellerySamantha Wills

Bridesmaid dress - For Love & Lemons

2017 Collection - Sneak Peek

Posted on 10 Oct, 2016
2017 Collection - Sneak Peek

Today we are excited to be sharing a sneak peek of our highly anticipated dreamy new collection!

Adding to the solid foundation of our 2016 Design Your Gown collection, a strong focus again has been placed on versatility for brides. With an array of bodices and skirts mixed and matched seamlessly, and beautiful overlays and trains that can be styled with any number of slip options all to accentuate the female form. The epitome of romantic, this ethereal collection features beautiful laces, sparkling beaded gowns, flowing georgettes, delicate floral embroidery, and hints of nude tulle.

Put together by the incredibly talented Tanya from Maison Meadowthis shoot's large floral installation 'growing' from the floor and the walls created a botanical wonderland that perfectly reflected this romantic collection. Captured by Sophie Thompson this shoot is one of our favourites to date!  

The Nerida gown is up first with its sequined halter neck, featuring exquisite beading detail at the neckline, a low back design and flattering bias cut skirt.
It’s styled here with Genevieve Skirt Overlay, which is a Silk georgette skirt overlay that can pair well with any number of our gowns. (in-stores now!)

The Rose is a stunning lace overlay gown, with an illusion low centre front and centre back necklines, cap sleeves and finished with a centre front split in skirt. This sheer lace overlay does require a base gown.

The Rosemary gown is also an overlay featuring an illusion centre front and centre back necklines with cap sleeves. The full hemline gown features mixed lace panelling. This sheer lace overlay will also require a base gown.

The last beauty of the collection is the Shima, an embroidered georgette gown overlay with halter neck with drawstring neckline. It’s a soft fitting gown which can be cinched in on the waist with a belt or worn free for a more bohemian style. It is styled here with a strapless slip and the Vanita Cape, which is made of matching embroidered silk and finished with a centre front neck-tie.

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES 2017 Collection is a true reflection of Karen’s 15 years of couture experience and paramount ability to created designs that effortlessly drape over the female body exuding natural elegance and femininity. Each gown carefully considered and every delicate detail thoughtfully placed to best represent the Karen Willis Holmes bride.   

Shoot Credits

Stylist and Creative direction: Maison Meadow

Photographer: Sophie Thompson

Florist: Oh Flora

Model: Jemma from Wink Models 

Hair: Kayla Trisley from Hair Mumma

Make-Up: Rachel Pitt from The Make-Up Society Australia

Props: Ashdown and Bee

 

This full collection will be released in the coming months, but in the meantime be sure to follow us on Instagram for further releases from our New York Bridal Market showings.

Lauren & Tim's Florida Keys Wedding

Posted on 06 Oct, 2016
Lauren & Tim's Florida Keys Wedding

Background

Do you have a proposal story? We had always planned on doing something epic after I finally graduated nursing school, so we booked a trip to Oahu in December 2015. One night while there, we grabbed some food and drinks and headed to the beach for a sunset picnic. It began to rain so we scooted under this tree that formed a perfect umbrella. It was here on the North Shore of Oahu, under this perfect little umbrella tree, during a beautiful Hawaiian sunset, in the rain, where Tim asked most important question of our lives!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 08/06/16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? The Coconut Palm Inn, Tavernier Florida in the Florida Keys, we did both ceremony and reception on their beach property outside.

What made you choose there? One step on that beach and you would know.

How did you find it? My cousin/maid of honor was married there 10 years ago.

How was the weather on the day? Beautiful but very hot!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted as many family members and friends to be able to be there as possible, so we actually asked them when the best time would be. We ended up with 170 guests, the majority actually came down to the keys early and spent the week with us leading up to the big day. It was one huge beach family vacation!

The Wedding Details

Theme? I found these beautiful dresses for my brides maids from Show Me Your Mumu, and those colors were kind of what we went by from there on in planning.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? We wanted everything to fit the setting: outside on a beach in the keys. Barefoot, fun, party atmosphere.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?  For the center pieces we cut down bamboo from our back yard and my mother created the flower arrangements inside of them.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All of my brides maids were my cousins. MOH- Cara, Meghan, Meagan, Kenzie, Hannah, Emily

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best Man and Brother Robbie, My brother Kevin, Friends like family Bryan, Petri, Chris, Kenny

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? We pretty much incorporated all of the kids that came to the wedding, so we had 7 flower girls escorted by 7 boys who had bubble guns used at the conclusion of the ceremony.

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I saw a picture of this dress on Pinterest, and knew it was the one. A tiny boutique a few hours north of me in Vero Beach Florida called Isabella’s Bridal was able to track down the one sample of this dress between photo shoots in New York and LA. She had it in her shop for 2 days. Before I even put it on, my mind was made up.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? No. I was not a bride who had ever envisioned what I would want my wedding dress to look like, I just knew it would have to be very unique.

How many gowns did you try? This was the only dress I wanted to try on.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Isabella’s Bridal Vero Beach

What did you especially like about your gown? It was very unique. I am not someone who would have worn a big ballroom bridal gown… this was very much my style.

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Show me your Mumu.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The guys wore Perry Ellis linen shirts and hybrid board shorts from O’neill.

Where did you get your shoes from? No shoes!

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? No

Suppliers

What made our wedding so special was that the majority of our vendors were our friends. The only outside vendors we didn’t bring with us from West Palm Beach were for the bouquets and boutonnières, cake and rentals. The caterer was a restaurant I work of, The Foodshack. The DJ also works at The Foodshack as a chef. Hair and Make up was done by my friend, and the photographer was also a friend of ours. We asked my uncle JC if he would marry us, so he became an ordained minister. My uber talented cousin and bridesmaid Emily Schumer created all of our stationary. This was what I loved about our wedding the most.

Florist – Publix supermarket did the bouquets and boutonnières

Photographer – Chelsea Erwin Photography. She is AH-Mazing!

Music – DJ Midnight Mike

First Dance – Played by our friends Chris and Bryan from Doorway 27. They did an acoustic version of Ben Harpers Forever

Officiant – My uncle JC Brady

Stationery – Hand Crafted by my cousin and bridesmaid Emily Schumer

Menu – Created by The Foodshack, the best restaurant in Palm Breach county. They traveled 3 hours to cater our wedding. The food was amazing. Sweet Potato Crusted fresh snapper was the hit!

Cake - Publix

Hair – Courtney Martin

Make up – Courtney Martin

Wedding Bands – Provident Jewelers

Saturday 8th October - In A Maze Films

Posted on 05 Oct, 2016
Saturday 8th October - In A Maze Films

Karen Willis Holmes - Grand Opening // Sneak Peak from In A Maze Films on Vimeo.

 

We are excited to announce that over the coming month's we will be holding Vendor Saturdays in our Alexandria Flagship Showroom. Following on from the success of our Alexandria showroom opening we have invited some of Sydney's finest wedding vendors and suppliers to showcase their beautiful work to our brides. We are thrilled to have the talented team at In A Maze Films joining us this coming Saturday the 8th of October. This award winning duet's passion and creativity shines through in their work. Immortalise the love story of couples who are making the biggest commitment of their lives to each other.

 

We took an afternoon to sit down with Jeffery to learn more about what makes him tick:

 

Your Name:    Jeffrey Xiong  

Location:    Sydney, Australia

Business name:    In A Maze Films

Let's start at the beginning. How did your business come about?    We understand that it is your day, and you want it to be documented as uniquely and individualistic as your relationship. We are a dedicated, creative, award-winning team that are driven towards providing you with a specialised cinematic experience, while also allowing your individual story to unfold naturally on film - Rest assured you will be able to re-capture the memories and emotions created during your day, again and again with In A Maze Films

What inspires you?    Travelling and Movies, as well as Music, which has always a big part of my life

How do you start your day?    A soy latte

What is your favorite thing about your job?    My favorite thing about my job is able to discover the story behind the people, brands etc... And to use my ability to tell their unique story. 

What is your advice to couples planning a wedding?    Always following your heart. Appropriateness and relationship are the most important considerations in a wedding planning. And early planning is better!

Favorite city?    Paris

Best way to spend $50?    Movie with popcorn

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work?    We believe in capturing the story as it unfolds naturally, and we treat each wedding film as a masterpiece. We understand the importance of having a hassle-free wedding, and therefore we take every precaution to not interfere with your day and produce an artistic and emotional film that reflects your unique story. This will be a special memento for you and your loved ones, treasured for many years to come.

 

CONTACT DETAILS -

Suite 14, 849 South Dowling Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017

Tel: (02) 9699 9966

Open Hours: (By Appointment Only)
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 6pm
Tuesday/Wednesday evenings until 9pm

Wedding Enquiry: hello@inamaze.com.au
Other Enquiry: commercial@inamaze.com.au

 

Book an Appointment now for this exciting event!

Kara & Jason's Bright and Fun Wedding

Posted on 04 Oct, 2016
Kara & Jason's Bright and Fun Wedding


Kara + Jason // Mini Featurette from YellowBull Media on Vimeo.

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through a mutual friend

How long have you been together? 7 years

Do you have a proposal story? Jason flew us up to Hamilton Island where we spent a long weekend. On the Saturday he hired a private helicopter in which we flew to White Haven beach where he had a seafood and champagne lunch set up. He popped the question on the gorgeous beach we had all to ourselves.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 4.6.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Osteria, Casuarina

What made you choose there? We love the Kingscliff area…its like a relaxed chilled out version of Byron Bay.

How did you find it? We holiday there regularly.

How was the weather on the day? HORRIBLE. We had a super storm hit the weekend we got married. It was the biggest storm to hit the east coast in 40 years. At least champagne still tastes the same, whether its raining or not. Haha.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We were meant to get married in October 2015, however we had to change the date due to Jason’s work roster.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All friends….Lauren

Louisa 

Alicia 

Sally 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? All friends…

Daniel 

Ty 

Andrew 

Sean 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Mila (friends daughter)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Online shopping; found several I liked online. But the 'Anya' dress which I settled on, wasn’t actually one I initially saw online.

How many gowns did you try? I tired 4 gowns on

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Melbourne Karen Willis Holmes

What did you especially like about your gown? It was something different. Light and fun. I am not a “bride” kind of girl, so I didn’t want a big heavy bridal gown.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Friend of Audrey

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? I wore Samantha Wills and my bridesmaids wore Bauble Bar

Where did you get your shoes from? Mimco

Suppliers

Florist – Elyssium Blooms

Photographer - Figtree Wedding Photography

Videographer – Yellow Bull Media

Music – Amanda King

First Dance – Brown eyed girl, Van Morrison

Celebrant – Marg Walgers

Menu - Osteria

Cake - Friend

Hair – Erin Galliene

Make up - Erin Galliene

Wedding Bands – Cara Jewellers

Cath & Scott's Glamourous Wedding

Posted on 29 Sep, 2016
Cath & Scott's Glamourous Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? Scott and I were a work romance – Whilst Scott doesn’t work for the same company as I do, he was involved on a large project with myself. Took a while for me to decipher the hidden little messages, and late night Friday calls – but eventually it clicked that it may be more than a professional working relationship 

How long have you been together? 2 years

Do you have a proposal story? Christmas morning, I was in my PJS – and after his failed attempt for last years Christmas present (a chopping board and a knife), this year he definitely stepped it up! Funny enough I always thought I would be dulled up, nails done – but no I was in my PJS without my hair done. Argh!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 23.7.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Zest Waterfront Venues and Mosman Church

What made you choose there? Both Scott and I love water and beaches! They are also known for their high quality food – food was superb!

How did you find it? Recommendations

How was the weather on the day? It was SO windy, but the sun was shining so I can’t complain

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Availability.

The Wedding Details

Theme? It’s really difficult to pinpoint one theme for my wedding – but there were a few things that I consistently loved – Rustic theme, although difficult to have when you have a wedding of 220 people, I LOVE Natives and love the Hollywood glamour, vintage look. One would argue that these themes would not compliment – but somehow it all worked out!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I have followed so many instgram accounts, including Karen Willis Holmes and loved Pinterest .. USE SOCIAL!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My wedding favors were DIY – succulents wrapped in hessian

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Older Sister

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Step Brother 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? – Nieces, nephews and God son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

How many gowns did you try? To be honest, this was one of the first dresses I tried one and despite trying on many different dresses, I could not stop thinking about it ! I loved the sparkle!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the sparkle, how it sculptured by body, it was elegant, yes not over the top!

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Carla Zampatti

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Myer – Gibson

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Given my wedding was in Winter, I thought it was perfect to have a fox fur wrap to complimenet my dress. And boy I needed it on the day given the wind. I bought my vintage fur from Forever Vintage at Fivedock.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? From Karen Willis Holmes

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

  1. Go with your heart – if you like something get it! I debated about my fur for months, now that the wedding has past
  2. Your partner’s opinion is the only opinion that matters 
  3. If you see something you like on social, there is nothing wrong with asking a supplier to replicate it!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? GO to KWH! Loads of choice – and the girls are wonderful.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something Old? Grandmother’s engagement ring or my Fox fur

Something New?  Pearl Earrings

Something Borrowed? Tiffany Pearl Bracelet

Something Blue? Garter

Suppliers

See names below

Florist – Antonella from Blossom Flowers and Gifts I loved her because of her approach with natives and willingness to brainstorm with me

Photographer – Mr Wigley - Darren is gentle, patient calm man! I loved his creative talent and approach.

Music – Radio City Cats – know how to get a party started

MC – Friend – great idea!

Stationery – Friend of Brides'

Menu - Zest 

Cake – Fourth Village – Yummy Cheese!!

Bombonieres - DIY

Hair – House of Hair – long time high school friend

Wedding Bands – Cerrone

Naomi & Jason's Tweed Hinterland Wedding

Posted on 27 Sep, 2016
Naomi & Jason's Tweed Hinterland Wedding

 

Jason and Naomi - Summergrove Estate, QLD Wedding from Mad Rose Films on Vimeo.

 

 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? I met Jason at SurfCity Church in 2012.

How long have you been together? 3 Years

Do you have a proposal story? We had spoken about getting engaged for about 6 months, and Jason had been saving and designing my beautiful ring in that time. Jason had planned all these extravagant proposals, only to have me guess and figure them out before he had the to chance propose. We were going back to my family’s home for Easter 2015, and little did I know that he had planned with my parents to do it right there in the house I grew up in.

Whilst I was out with my mother, Jason set up my childhood bedroom with lights, roses and signs. After being blindfolded and lead to my childhood bedroom door, I was overcome by emotion as the man I had prayed for and waited for uttered ‘I  could have done this anywhere, but I wanted to do this in your safe haven, the place where you patiently waited and prayed for me to come, Naomi Maree Malcolm Will you marry me?’

 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18.05.16

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Summer Grove Estate, Tweed Hinterland

What made you choose there? When we saw the view and garden ceremony area, we fell in love.

How did you find it? Via the Internet

How was the weather on the day? Absolutely perfect, couldn’t have asked for a better day!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We took our relationship to the next level and became official on the 18th of Jan 2014, so we had the 18th and then May just turned out to be the best month for family, friends, weather and work.

 

The Wedding Details

Theme? We loved the simple raw modern elegance feel. Lots of Dark Navy, White, Rich Green, Dusty Pinks.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I love looking through wedding magazines and drawing inspiration from non-traditional decorating. I combined everything that Jason and I find beautiful and made it into our day. 

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We had all of our signs designed by our friend, and all styling of the tables done by my brother. We chose and decorated our marble coasters for guests gifts also.  

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honor – Sheree – I met Sheree at the SurfCity Church also, and she has become one of my biggest supports and beautiful friends.

Bridesmaid – Tiahna – I met Tiahna in primary school, and have continued to develop our strong lifelong friendship after high school. Tiahna is a friend of warmth and comfort, and adds a lot to my life. 

Bridesmaid – Amanda – I met Amanda through Church also, and she has become one of my greatest friends who constantly encourages and inspires me.

Bridesmaid – Jessica – My beautiful 15 Year old cousin who is the most beautiful, kind hearted young woman you will meet.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man – Justin – Jason met Justin at Church also, and they have been best mates almost straight away. Justin also had Jason as a groomsmen months after they met in 2013.

Groomsman – Nathan – Nathan is Jason’s brother.

Groomsman – Jamie – Jason has been close friends with Jamie for 17 years, they went through early learning and all of school years in the same year and same schools.

Groomsman – James – Jason and James share a long time of friendship, and have been closer than brothers after meeting when they started high school together.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a few Karen Willis Holmes dresses through the years of looking at beautiful weddings and thought that they were simply stunning and elegant on any size and shape.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine and Karen Willis Holmes Instagram.

How many gowns did you try? 5

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Brisbane

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how ‘Poppy’ felt like it was made for me. It flattered my shoulders and waist and made me feel elegant, beautiful and comfortable!

  

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We had someone make our bridesmaid dresses from an Audrey Hepburn inspired pattern that I found. We bought the most beautiful Silk from Silk Traders in Melbourne.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits were from Politix through Myer and were made in Midnight Navy.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wanted to wear White Pearls on my wedding day, and Jason bought me a pair of beautiful handmade South Sea pearls as part of my wedding gift. I also wore a stunning White Pearl Bracelet that was passed down from Jason’s late Grandmother. Jason wore a Daniel Wellington classic slim watch and hand designed cufflinks.

Where did you get your shoes from? I got my shoes from Myer, Calvin Klein.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a long rounded Ivory Veil from Karen Willis Holmes.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? There is no rush in organizing your wedding, we had 13 months to create our beautiful day on top of working 3 jobs. Look for a bargain, but don’t sell yourself short also. You will have these memories for a lifetime. I would also suggest including both Photography and Videography as a must for your wedding day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Find something that you are wowed by and that you know your husband to be will love. Also find something that you feel beautiful and comfortable in.

 

Suppliers

Florist – Bloom Collective – I met Faye through work a couple of years ago. She is affordable and she makes beautiful unstructured arrangements, which is what I wanted.

Photographer – Alcorn Images. I have seen Breony and Ryan’s work for years now, and fell in love with their skill, personality and professionalism. 

Videographer – Mad Rose. Madeline Rose is an absolute delight, she made our day and film exactly the way we had dreamed. She puts extra effort and goes the extra mile to accommodate the couples needs.

Music – Chris Lang Music. Chris did all of our set up for our ceremony and sound for speeches and dancing.

First Dance – Our first dance was to ‘Gracious Tempest’ by Hillsong United, sung by Taya Smith.

MC – My brother Joshua was our MC

Celebrant – Pastor Robert Allen

Stationery – Simple Things Press did our invitations and we were really happy with them. Simply and Elegant – exactly what we wanted.

Menu – Summergrove Estate made a beautiful menu for us, and the meal sizes were just perfect.

Cake – Rachael from Flower and Fondant made our stunning three tier textured white and gold cake. The flavours we chose were, caramel mud cake with caramel ganache and dark chocolate mud cake with wild berry colis – it was very amazing!

Bombonieres – We gave each guest a white marble coaster that we sourced from a Gold Coast Store.

Hair – Maria Dawkins (Mother of Groom) and Cathy Allen were our hair dresses and were able to create the exact look we were looking for.

Make up – Melissa Farrugia did such a great job with our makeup and made the bridesmaids, myself and the mother of the bride feel stunning.

Wedding Bands – Our wedding bands were designed by a jeweler from the Far North Coast of NSW.

Extra features – We wrote our own vows to one another which added a great sense of emotion to our ceremony and allowed guests to become apart of the covenant we made on that day.

Alice & Rob's Stylish Winery Wedding

Posted on 26 Sep, 2016
Alice & Rob's Stylish Winery Wedding

Background:

We meet at University and after 8 years of love, friendship and travelling the world together Rob proposed at our Bondi beach pad on a Saturday morning in bed with a ring engraved in Latin “for ours is a big love”. We celebrated with a morning swim and afternoon champagne with our best friends. We designed the engagement ring together.

The Wedding:

Our wedding was on the 4th of March 2016. The ceremony and reception were both at Cupitt’s Winery in Milton. We love the ocean but are both originally from the country so getting married at winery by the sea was the perfect setting. We wanted to make a weekend of the celebrations and for the venue to be private and intimate. The property has a beautiful a rustic sandstone winery, rolling hills, farm animals and amazing sunsets! 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

I researched Karen Willis Holmes on bridal blogs and Instagram and loved the style of the dresses. I spent the weekend with my mum going to a number of bridal stores. I tried on the 'Annika' gown and loved the lace and train but didn’t want to go strapless. I dealt with Hannah-Kate in the Paddington, Sydney Store and she was amazing. We added off-the shoulder lace sleeves and lowered the back and then it was my perfect dress.

Fashion

The bridesmaids wore matching silk navy dresses from Rodeo Show they all looked stunning! The groomsmen got their suits from Brent Wilson and ties and shirts from MJ Bale

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Veil and Earrings both from Karen Willis Holmes and for the girls I bought Samantha Willis earrings as a thank you gift.

Where did you get your shoes from? Silver/Strappy Jimmy Choo Heels from (Net-A-Porter)

The Wedding Details:

Our approach was an elegant, romantic, rustic wedding. I was so happy with the way it came together on the day. I got my inspiration from: The Lane, Hello May Magazine, Pinterest and Instagram.  We didn’t do DIY we bought together a bunch of amazing suppliers so in the lead up to the day we could enjoy spending quality time with our family and friends without having to think about the small details.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy the planning and have fun through the process; it is such an exciting time in your life. Extend the celebrations with welcome dinner and a recovery brunch. It is so rare to have all of your favourite people in the one place, we wanted to maximise on the time that we spent with our guests. Steal a moment together during the night to take it all in!

Suppliers

Florist – Moss Nest

Hair and Makeup – Liv Lundelius

Photographer – Justin Aaron

Music – White Tree Band

MC – One of our best friends from university. He was brilliant!

Celebrant – Victoria Eustace - All we need is love Celebrant.

Stationery – Dear Little Darling

Cake – Elegant Eats- A three tired naked orange almond and dark chocolate ganache topped with fresh flowers!

Holly & Sione's Picturesque Sydney Harbour Wedding

Posted on 22 Sep, 2016
Holly & Sione's Picturesque Sydney Harbour Wedding


Holly & Sione from Ripple Film on Vimeo.

Background

How long have you been together? We have been together two years this December.

Do you have a proposal story? Sione proposed to me at Clontarf beach. We headed down that afternoon for a picnic and swim. After eating he told me he was heading down to the water with our son. They were down there for a while, I assumed they were playing. Shortly after he called me down. As I got closer he dropped to one knee and I noticed my then 3 month old son was holding a ring. By this stage I was blubbering mess and in the sand next to them said “marry me”

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 19th August, 2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Both the ceremony and location was held at Athol hall café and function Centre, Mosman, Sydney

How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect!  It was a 23 degree sunny day in winter. I couldn’t believe my luck.

 

The Wedding Details

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? 

I was glued to Pinterest for months, anytime I saw something I liked I screenshotted it.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?

Originally I was going to try and do a lot of D.I.Y but the wedding was creeping up closer and closer so I thought it was best to get some help. I contacted Sophie & Tara at The fresh collective. Best thing I ever did, instantly felt less stressed and the girls were fantastic. I wanted the wedding to be simple, I love the look of lots of glass jars with white flowers and lots of greenery. It turned out beautiful and was everything I wanted. Even Sione loved it.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

My maid of honor was Lauren

My three bridesmaids were Chantelle, Rebecca and Abbe all friends since school

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

4 in total, Best man was his nephew Fred

He also had two brothers Malama and Daniel and Best friend Basil.

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Flower girls – Hallie , Vake and Mele

Page boy – Soni , our son

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I asked a friend of mine if she knew of any places I should go to try dresses and KAREN WILLIS HOLMES was the first place she said. I instantly searched on Instagram and fell in love with the 'Caitlyn' gown. The next week I went straight to the Paddington store and ended up walking out with it.

How many gowns did you try?  I tried on 4 that day

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney

What did you especially like about your gown? I’m not someone to wear a lot of jewelry or makeup, so with the beautiful sequins on the dress I felt I could get away with a very natural look and still look and feel amazing on the day.

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I told the girls I wanted a nude or blush colour and I let them pick whatever they wanted.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I did wear a veil, My aunty made it for me.

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Definitely worth hiring a stylist and find a great photography company, highly recommend the both that I used.