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Lucy + Callum's stunning Tweed Coast wedding.

Posted on 23 May, 2017
Lucy + Callum's stunning Tweed Coast wedding.

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met through a mutual friend on a beach holiday in Ocean Grove, a classic summer romance. 

How long have you been together? 5 years

Do you have a proposal story? Callum took me for a weekend away in the Yarra Valley. We stayed in a beautiful winery where we had a 5-course dinner, he proposed to me outside a beautiful little chapel in the vineyard under the stars.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 24th of September, 2016

Ceremony Location? Cabarita Foreshore, NSW

Why did you choose this location and how did you find it? We wanted to get married next to the ocean as we both love it so much. We had originally thought we’d get married in Bali but after a trip there changed our mind. We then moved our minds back to the NSW coast. The Tweed coast is so beautiful and we had gone to Cabarita Beach one day by chance. We were looking at locations close to our reception venue when we found the perfect location on the grassy foreshore with a perfect beach background.

Reception location? Madura Tea Estate, NSW

What made you choose there? The venue was so unique! It had a similar feel to a vineyard but much more lush and green. It also was in a valley surrounded by mountains, which I really liked.

How did you find it? I had seen the location on few wedding blogs that I followed and I just couldn’t go past it.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect. Sunny and 24 degrees, no wind. I couldn’t have asked for a better day

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Not particularly, we knew the weather is usually quite nice around the time, which was what we needed for an outdoor ceremony

The Wedding Details

The tealight candle holders and welcome sign were re-used from my sister's wedding 2 years prior. The glass prisms on the tables were from Kmart and filled with Forrero Rochers for a sweet treat at the end of dinner.

Theme? The theme was a cross between Garden party and Rustic. There was a lot of green and white with gold and pink accents throughout our décor.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I styled the wedding myself with some help from my mum. There was a lot of time spent scanning Pinterest pages and wedding blogs. Social media also played a big role. Following different wedding companies on Instagram gave me inspiration and helped to tweak my ideas to make the day more personal.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? All of my chalkboards on the day were DIY by a family friend saving us a lot of money. It was difficult to do a lot of DIY as we got married in a different state to where we live, meaning we would have had to transport it all.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Sally- My older Sister and  Courtney- My best friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Hamish and Angus - Callum’s two oldest Brothers. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Lucy looked stunning in our sequin 'Tulip' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen Karen Willis Holmes gowns in a few online wedding blogs and I liked the general style and make of the dresses which drew me to the boutique.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Blogs/Magazines and online.

How many gowns did you try? At least 15 over 3 separate days

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I had tried on many other gowns that didn’t suit me and some just didn’t feel right. When I tried the 'Tulip' gown on I felt comfortable and it felt right, I tried on a few more after but came back and purchased it within the week as I couldn’t find anything quite like it. It made me feel elegant and sophisticated but also had a floaty feel which I really liked.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Review

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We re-used the suit Jackets from Callum's brother, Hamish’s, Wedding 2 years prior. They also wore Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, GAP chinos and shirts from Jack London. The bow ties were from The Tie Bar.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My dress was so detailed that it didn’t need anything to finish it apart from my earrings were from Etsy. The girl's belts were from Forever New, their earrings from Lovisa and their shoes from Famous Footwear

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes are from Mod Cloth.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was the one-tier full length silky tulle from Karen Willis Holmes and my comb was from Etsy

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try and stay calm. Remember that the day is about marrying the man of your dreams and everything else is a bonus .Any bride will tell you it’s easy to get hung up on the little things.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Keep looking, your dream gown will be just around the corner, where you least expect it. Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

Something New? My beautiful dress

Something Old and Borrowed? My grandmothers promise ring

Something Blue? My bridesmaids.

Suppliers

Photographer – Figtree Picture

Florist – Pollen Weddings

Music – The Wedding DJ (DJ Kristin)

First Dance – This old love- Lior

MC – Wesley Hetherington

Celebrant – Mine Forever, Melissa Fahey

Menu – Osteria Weddings 

Cake – Two Little Bakers

Hair and Make-Up – The Beauty Lineup

Wedding Bands – Megan Webb Jeweller

Trunkshow - Bella Bleu

Posted on 18 May, 2017
Trunkshow - Bella Bleu

The gorgeous Bella Bleu Bridal Boutique is hosting a Karen Willis Holmes trunk show, starting tomorrow! Owner Andrea Novak prides herself on creating a space for brides that is non-traditional & tailored to each bride's personal style.  It is an intimate and relaxed space where whoever enters is surrounded by fashion forward designs from local and international designers crafted from the finest fabrics.  
Located in Winnetka, located just on the North Shore of Chicago, this is a must-go-to boutique for brides in the area. Worth the travel too if you live a little further out!

The trunk show will run from May 19 - May 28 & appointments are essential. Sharing with you some of the incredible pieces that will be at Bella Bleu until the 28th. More details on this exciting event below this post. 


The stunning Bella Bleu Boutique located in Winnetka, Chicago, USA. Featuring plush lounges, warm wood floors and a calm, inviting environment.


The 'Agyness' gown


'The 'Caitlyn' gown


The 'Aria' gown


The 'Celine' gown


The 'Lauren' gown


The 'Cassie' gown


The 'Cindy' gown


The 'Caitlyn' gown


The 'Poppy' gown


The 'Nerada' gown


The 'Taryn + Camille' gown 

BELLA BLEU KWH TRUNK SHOW

Featuring gowns from the BESPOKE, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collections. If you have been looking at a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gown then this is an event not to miss!

Address - 912 Green Bay Road Winnetka, IL, U.S.A 60093
Dates - 19 - 28 MAY 2017
Book an appointment online - http://www.bellableubridal.com/book-appointment/
Email - info@bellableubridal.com
Phone - 847-386-7406

Karen Willis Holmes BESPOKE 2017 Collection - Drop 1

Posted on 18 May, 2017
Karen Willis Holmes BESPOKE 2017 Collection - Drop 1

Get excited ladies, a handful of new pieces from the 2017 BESPOKE collection are currently in the workroom getting finished & we have news that over the coming weeks, they will be in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques nationally. Shot by the amazing Kas Richards, this collection focuses on new exciting silhouettes- introducing square cut V-neck ball gowns as well as fitted gowns with slinky skirts that sit close to the body.  The strength of the heavy twill in gowns like 'Taryn / Camille' is softened by soft georgettes, organzas and layered laces. The effortlessly cool hair and makeup on Peyton Edwards was achieved with help from the talented Sophie Knox, who we always adore working with.

Please follow social media closely for exact delivery dates over the coming weeks.  

LAUREN

Off the shoulder bodice with a delicate fold-over neckline that swoops into an elegant, low-cut back. The fitted skirt hugs the curves and nips in at the knees before splaying out into a full elegant train.

TARYN + CAMILLE

Low, wide V-shaped neckline with a corseted, simply tailored bodice in heavy twill. A wrapped, full skirt with a gathered waist and an elegant side split. Hidden pockets add a fresh modern twist to this statement gown.

NEISHA + HELENA

Bustier bra cup bodice with delicate embellishment and fine straps. The slim stretch base has a romantic overlay of souffle georgette skirt which is tailored through to the knees and splays out into a godet strain.

NEISHA + HELENA + TRAIN

The above gown with the addition of a detachable asymmetrical organza train that gently waterfalls to the front.

NEISHA + FRANKI

Bustier bra cup bodice with delicate embellishment. Worn with the 'Franki' tea length tulle skirt. 

PRIMROSE + PARKER

Soft hint of a bustier bodice with delicately draped lace and organza strips over the bust finishing into a fitted waist. The skirt is panelled in organza and is fitted to the hips before falling into a full hemline with soft tulle layers. The sheer, full skirt reveals an elegantly fitted stretch base skirt underneath.

BLAKE + MIMI

Classic bustier bodice with bust top stitching detail.  Worn with the slimline fishtail 'Mimi' skirt which features a centre split reaching just above the knees. 

ALECIA + NATALIA

Sweetheart bodice with delicate spaghetti straps. Mixed lace is draped over the bodice into a fitted waist. The skirt is panelled in organza with godets running through each seam. Fitted to the hips before falling into a full hemline with soft tulle layers. The sheer, full skirt reveals an elegantly fitted stretch base skirt underneath.



SHOOT CREDITS

Photographer - Kas Richards •  HMUA - Sophie Knox •  Model - Peyton Edwards • Location - XO Studios, Brunswick • Gowns - Karen Willis Holmes

Shadowed // Collaboration with Mauro Palmieri

Posted on 10 May, 2017
Shadowed // Collaboration with Mauro Palmieri

Sometimes the stars align and everything just falls into place perfectly.  This was the case when we recently shot this breathtaking collaboration with the AMAZING Mauro Palmieri. Mauro is not only a beautiful soul but a true artist with an incredible eye for detail and art direction. With a background in more than fashion photography, we adore his take on our gowns, showing them in all their raw beauty. 

Inspired by the transparency between strength and fragility, this collaboration highlights the delicate nature in which these two states sit. The soft elegance of muted sequins is juxtaposed against the use of strong shadows and negative space.
Heavily featuring sequined gowns with intricate detail that expose the high level of craftsmanship. There is an emphasis on the slim fit of these stunning gowns, heavily sequined to flatter all shapes. The essence of this collection holds an air of art deco glamour, whilst still being modern yet understated.

These gowns are available in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques and selected stockists internationally, limited stock and sizes available so get in quick.

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

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

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

PEONY - V-neckline gown with sheer tulle back & centre back button detail. Richly designed with floral beading and embroidery on the bodice with a paneled skirt, fitted at hips into a flowing hem. 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.

TULIP - Sweetheart strapless gown with a delicate floral beading and embroidery on the bodice. Fitted skirt at the hips with flowing hem and centre back gathered detail. Finished with a belt.

POPPY - Boat neckline with a sheer tulle overlay with richly sequined detail over a strapless bodice. Sequins disperse at the neckline & into the skirt. Centre back button fastening at the neckline and finished with a belt {Worn here with a train overlay} 

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

ROSALIA -  Sweetheart strapless gown with richly sequined detail over bodice. Floral beading dispersed at the neckline & into the skirt. Centre back button fastening and finished with a belt.

IVY - V-neck gown with sheer tulle back featuring delicate floral beading detail over a strapless bodice. Beading dispersing at the center back & tulle skirt, gathered at the center front. Finished with a belt.

CREDITS  //

Photographer – Mauro Palmieri

MUA + Hair – Sophie Knox

Model – Lottie from Viviens Models

Lara + Ben's stunning Hunter Valley wedding

Posted on 02 May, 2017
Lara + Ben's stunning Hunter Valley wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met in high school through mutual friends. 

How long have you been together? 11 years (this year) Ben and I got married after being together for 10 years.

Do you have a proposal story? Ben took me away on a surprise weekend which started with a beautiful picnic set up in the Botanical Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbor (which was when he proposed). He then took me down to Jervis Bay for the weekend where we stayed at Paperbark Glamping site. It was perfect.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 21.10.2016

Wedding Location? Circa 1876 - Hunter Valley

What made you choose there? Ben’s family have owned property in the Hunter Valley so we have been up there many times for weekends away which made the Hunter Valley an easy pick for us as we have so many amazing memories there and feel as though it is a second home. Circa 1876 ticked all the boxes for us. Ben and I wanted a venue which allowed us to have an outdoor garden style ceremony with a rustic feel to it. It was important to us that we had our wedding at a venue where we could have our ceremony, photos & reception all in the one place without having to leave our guest or our guest having to travel. We wanted our guest to be able to relax and enjoy the gorgeous venue while we had our photos around the property.

How did you find it? We were always looking at venues around the Hunter Valley but Ben’s sister suggested the venue as she had come across it on social media

How was the weather on the day? Perfection! The sun was out most of the day with a little bit of cloud leading into the afternoon which helped cool the temperature down to a pleasant 23 degree spring day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Ben and I have always wanted to get married in Spring so everything is beautiful and green, but it can get very hot in the Hunter Valley leading up to Summer so we wanted to do it early Spring which is why we chose October. We chose to have our wedding on the 21st as this is Ben’s favorite number. The 21st is also the date of his birthday so I am sure it was to help him not forget our anniversary ha ha.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We didn’t have a stylist and we didn’t really have a theme. I guess we wanted our wedding to have a rustic feel to it but most importantly we wanted it to be our own.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Inspiration came from a mixture of places from Pinterest to Instagram. We collected images and ideas we liked and tried to put our own spin on it.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My sister Skye and I did all the table flowers and mason jar flowers for down the isle. Our groomsman Chad made all the wedding signs and my bridesmaids Sally did all the signwriting.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – My sister, Skye and best friend Sally Whatnall.

Groomsmen – Chad Wheeler and Mitch Brunell, Ben's Best Friend

Flower girls - Our gorgeous nieces;  Harlow, Indiana and  Poppy.

Page boys - Nephew , Te akau King. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Gorgeous Lara looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Saskia' gown in BLUSH - in stores now. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had seen so many beautiful and different gowns on KWH Instagram and loved the idea of the BESPOKE gowns. 

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? KWH Instagram & Website

How many gowns did you try? I lost track....a lot!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? What drew me to the 'Saskia' gown was the contrast of the lace detail in the bodice and the tulle aspect on the skirt. The tulle added a classic wedding dress feel to my gown and unlike any other tulle dress I tried on the tulle was soft and fell beautifully. The lace detail on the bodice of the gown added a soft romantic aspect to my dress which I thought suited our wedding perfectly. The moment I put the 'Saskia' gown on I fell in love with the colour. It was not white or ivory or any colour that I had seen a bride wear before and I loved that it was different and less traditional.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Show Me Your MUMU 

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? I wore a small pair of diamond Stud earrings as I don’t wear much jewelry and I wanted to keep it simple. My bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills Bridesmaids bar necklaces which I gave to them when I asked them to be my bridesmaids.

Where did you get your shoes from? Windsor Smith

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore flowers in my hair which the amazing Merrin Grace created for me.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy it

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? If you love it, get it.

Suppliers

Photographer – Justin Aaron

Florist – Merrin Grace Floral Designs

Music – Tillee Music

First Dance – Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me

MC – Kate Walker (Sister)

Celebrant – Maureen Stephenson

Stationery – Monique King (Sister & Graphic Designer)

Cake – Deleen Morrison

Hair and Make-Up – Chic Artistry

Wedding Bands – Aristides Fine Jewels

Highlight Stockist // Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique

Posted on 28 Apr, 2017
Highlight Stockist // Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique

Angelea, owner of Blanc de Blanc Bridal boutique in Pittsburgh, Pensylvania has one of the prettiest, most elegant stores we have seen! Stocking some of the most enviable international designers including KWH, we just adore their modern aesthetic, which sings out to the bold, daring yet forever timeless bride.  

The new store has opened its doors in an airy lofted firehouse, offering a refreshing, unique and non-traditional atmosphere for their brides.  Their mission is simple "to make finding your dream wedding gown an experience like no other. We understand that searching for the perfect bridal gown can be a long process, so we make sure that our brides have nothing but a pleasant and wonderful shopping experience. Assisting brides is not only our job but our passion as well".  Lucky brides in the area will be able to visit our Karen Willis Holmes Trunk show which will be held in this stunning space from April 28- May 7. See more details below this post.

Your name? Angelea Kuruc

Store name? Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique

Where is your store located? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a historical firehouse.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your store? I have always been into fashion and design for as long as I can remember.  After going from my University in Fashion Design, I loved to New York City to work in the bridal fashion industry.  I scored my first job working with a Brooklyn independent bridal designer and just fell in love with the indie bridal movement and I wanted to bring a really cool and modern boutique to my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. 

What does a typical day for you involve? I wake up, make a Nespresso and do a post on Instagram.  Take my dog for a walk then get ready for my day and head into the boutique.  Once I arrive at the office, I start by checking emails and meet with my bridal appointments for the day.  

Why do you love your job? It is incredible to have the opportunity to meet with brides and amazing women from different backgrounds.  I love hearing their love stories about how they met their fiance (e) and all of their unique wedding plans.  The best part is helping them find their perfect wedding gown that they will wear on one of the best days of their lives. 

What are your favourite KWH gowns and why? I fell in love with the 'Fontanne' gown because of all the intricate and directional bead work. That gown is truly a work of art and I am in “awe” every time I see a photo of the 'Fontanne'.

What is it your clients love about a KWH gown and who do you see as the ‘KWH bride’? My brides love how different the KWH collection is from all of the bridal gowns they see out there.  The KWH bride is a woman who wants to make a bold and classy fashion statement on their wedding day. 

Any great proposal stories from clients you have worked with? One of my bride’s fiance tricked her into thinking they were going to a wedding in Miami and he made a fake invitation and everything. He flew the bride's family down as well and he proposed to her with her friends and family all around. 

What are your tips or advice for brides searching for their gown? Stay true to yourself and the vision that you have for your wedding day. Choose a gown that makes you feel like the best version of yourself and something that you don’t want to take off. 

What is your coffee order? Depending on the weather, hot or iced black coffee.

Favourite city? Florence, Italy.  That city is just magical

Best way to spend $50? A bottle of wine or a few, some snacks and a night with my closest girlfriends. 

Best advice you ever received? Follow your heart and do what it takes to pursue your dreams. 

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your store and what you offer? Our boutique offers an intimate shopping experience for brides who are wanting a modern and unique bridal boutique. 

TRUNK SHOW DETAILS

28th April - 7th May - Featuring gowns from the BESPOKE, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collections

28th - 30th July - Featuring gowns from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection

STORE DETAILS

Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique
Address 1806 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA - U.S.A
Ph 412.884.8000
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Emily-Claire & Erik's stunning Swedish Wedding

Posted on 26 Apr, 2017
Emily-Claire & Erik's stunning Swedish Wedding

Emily-Claire and Erik's wedding was far away in Sweden, held in a barn in the woods.  August in Sweden is meant to be the best time of the year for weather but this stunning couple got the exact opposite. They were delivered one of the worst days in summer and rained the entire day.  However being in the woods, the weather created some absolutely magical photos as the couple meandered through the wet terrain, holding on to each other as they laughed and enjoyed their special day.  Emily-Claire planned the wedding from Australia which proved to be a difficult task but everything came together beautifully, with most of the wedding details designed by Emily-Claire herself.  The day was captured by Janneke Storm, who has an incredible eye for detail and capturing the small moments.  Emily-Claire wore the long sleeve 'Tillie' lace crop in a corded lace and the 'Natasha' skirt in georgette, a combination that is informal, playful and romantic, reflecting the Brides personality perfectly. 

Background
How did you meet your (now) husband? We studied together at university but the way we first really ‘met’ was on a ski trip in the Alps in France, we got stuck in a ski lift together.

How long have you been together? We have been together about 4.5 years



Do you have a proposal story? It was actually me (Emily-Claire) that proposed. We were out on an island on the west coast of Sweden celebrating our 3 year anniversary and I had planned a day of swimming off the cliffs and sun baking. I was very nervous and when I actually asked him I didn’t get down on one knee, I just asked if he wanted to marry me. He didn’t know if it was for real haha but then when he understood that I was serious he said of course! Then he actually got down on one knee and took a piece of grass and wrapped around my finger, so I guess in a way we both proposed. Then we drank champagne and went out for a super nice dinner and concert on the island that I had planned.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 12.08.2016

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

Where? Falkeröds Hembygdsgård, Grebbestad, Sweden

What made you choose there? We were actually living in Australia last year and planned everything from there so we hadn’t been to the venue at all until about 4 weeks before. We had always wanted a barn, something that would highlight the laidback and relaxed vibe that we wanted.



How did you find it? It was really hard to find a barn in Sweden that you could rent which is rather ironic since there are barns absolutely everywhere in the small towns. In the end, I remembered that my friend's sister had gotten married somewhere that I liked – so I went back on her Instagram account and tried finding it haha. I ended up asking her about a million questions about the place since it didn’t have a website or anything and is owned by the council. Planning a wedding in Sweden was pretty hard in general as its still a very small industry and we had to do A LOT of research ourselves and figure everything out by ourselves.

How was the weather on the day? Being in Australia the year before we had high hopes of a lot of it being outside. The ceremony was meant to be outside in the forest near the barn and we were going to have lawn games and mingling all outside before going inside for the dinner. Unfortunately, it was one of the worst days of the entire summer haha so it rained the entire day. Luckily we had the barn though that we could transform to have the ceremony, and then we had a little marquee outside where guests could hang before going inside for the dinner again.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We liked the sound of the date, the even numbers. Also, August is meant to be the best month for weather, the most stable month in Sweden but that didn’t really help us haha.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We had a pretty rustic theme since it was in a barn. We had a lot of greens (ferns, blueberry branches, and monster leaves) in clear & brown bottles and fairy lights above in all the ceiling. We also had all the guests sitting at different animal tables that we designed.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I spent a fair bit of time on Pinterest, but a lot of it came from experiences from other weddings we had been to. What we liked and what we thought we could do better or what suited the vibe that we wanted.



Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Pretty much everything. We designed all of the printed stuff (invites, table numbers, menus, signage, etc). All the greens on the tables come from the garden/forest at my house in Sweden and we did them the day before. We ordered little bonbonnieres online (personalized stubby holders – they don’t exist in Sweden!) that we wrapped and put on each guest's place. Basically we gathered everything we wanted for the venue over time and then set it all up the day before (with help from our families, thank goodness). The venue was completely empty apart from a few old cupboards.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Caroline (sister), Eloise (oldest friend), Emily (old friend), Stephanie (old friend), Ida Kristine (old friend)

Groomsmen – who/relationship? David (Eriks best friend)



Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Emily-Claire wore the 'Tillie' lace crop with the 'Natasha' skirt from the WILD HEARTS collection by Karen WIllis Holmes

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Eloise, one of my bridesmaids had got her dress there so she gave me the tip to check it out.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Eloise wore one at her wedding.

How many gowns did you try? At Karen Willis Holmes I think I tried about 3 or 4. But in total I probably tried about 25 different dresses on.



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

What did you especially like about your gown? I thought the 'Tillie' top and 'Natasha' skirt was very me. It was one of the only gowns that I felt really comfortable in that sort of reflected my personality. I wanted to have something a little different but still very elegant and pretty.


Fashion
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? All the girls had different dresses. Some of the suppliers I remember were Lover and Alice McCall.

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 had a flower crown made by my florist, and I also had a veil that I borrowed from Eloise that she had at her wedding (from Karen Willis Holmes). We all had simple pearl earrings.



Where did you get your shoes from? I honestly can't remember hehe but they were very simple.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil – Karen Willis Holmes, Flower Crown from my florist (Interflora, Grebebstad).

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Make it what YOU (and your partner) want. Try not to listen too much to what everyone else thinks/recommends.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with your gut. Get one that makes you feel beautiful, happy and comfortable so you want to dance!

Something Old? My ‘new’ wedding band is a vintage ring

Something New? The dress

Something Borrowed? The veil

Something Blue? I had a garter on that the bridesmaids got me with blue lace.


Suppliers
Florist – Interflora Grebbestad (she did an AMAZING job, I couldn’t have been happier)
Photographer – Janneke Storm
Videographer - Family
Music – We had a guy sing and play the guitar in the afternoon (Micke Loui), and then a DJ (DJ Babe Station) that played the tunes for the dance floor late into the night!
First Dance – Barry White – Can't get enough of your love
MC – Eloise Noakes
Celebrant – Sven Moosberg
Stationery – We designed and printed everything ourselves.
Menu – Same as above
Cake – My sister made the main cake (a traditional Norwegian cake) and then we had friends and family make other ones. It was more of a dessert buffet. And we also had a lolly bar.
Bombonieres - Etsy 
Hair – My good friend, Sofia Larsson was the hairdresser.
Make-up – Did it myself
Wedding Bands – Vintage shop in Melbourne.

Feature // Hello May Issue #16

Posted on 21 Apr, 2017
Feature // Hello May Issue #16

Hello May recently visited our Newtown workroom to catch up with Karen have a look around our beautiful studio. Issue #16 of Hello May has done an incredible 6-page spread on Karen Willis Holmes and how she has built the brand to what it is today.  We are excited to share with you some exerts from the interview...

What sparked your interest in fashion? I always wanted to be a designer of some sort.  It's a cliche, but yes I was always cutting up and sewing dresses for my dolls.  My sister would complain because every time she wanted to play, my dolls required a new outfit for the occasion.  
I made dresses for my little sister as well.  I can still remember the first dress I made her; I was about 5 or 6 and my Grandma had given me some navy polka dot fabric with white spots.  I laid my sister on some sheets of newspaper and cut a pattern around her.  I don't know how (and I remember my Mum asking what I was doing) but I knew I needed to add extra when drawing around her to make the pattern so it would fit.  Then I hand stitched the side seams together to create a little shift dress and my Grandma helped me make a belt using the sewing machine.

Well, it's safe to say designing is in your blood.  So when did you know you wanted to work in bridal? I worked for myself and another company while I was in Perth before moving to London.  I stayed in London for a couple of years and worked for companies specialising in evening and special occasion daywear. When I moved back to Perth I started a store designing evening wear.  During this time I started to get people asking me to make wedding gowns for them. When the lease finished on my store at the time I had to make a decision about what I was doing and where I was going to go.  My husband recommended I specialise in wedding gowns.  I don't know why I couldn't work this out myself and it took Geoff to suggest it for me - designing wedding gowns is perfect for me, I love the quality, the fabrics, corsets, trains...

Are you self-taught or did you study fashion design? I studied fashion design and manufacturing at Bentley TAFE in Perth.  I have also learned from different people I have worked with over the years, including one particular person I met while I worked for Arabella Pollen in London.  We would make sample patterns in the studio and, after the shows, I'd take them to this older gentleman and he would tweak them and turn them into production patterns which were masterpieces.  He had such a love and passion for his work and taught me so much.  I have always been interested in, and focused on a high level of workmanship and focused on job opportunities that involved this craftsmanship, which also allowed me to self-train. 

Talk us through how you produce your designs? We have four collections, and each one is made slightly differently.  Gowns from the BESPOKE & DYG collections are made in our workroom in Sydney whilst gowns from our WILD HEARTS collection are made in small production runs in workrooms across Sydney and our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Collection are hand beaded and embroidered in India.  We source our fabrics from all around the world- France for lace, the UK for tulle and beading in India. We are proud that the majority of our collections are made right here in Australia.  

We are obsessed with our DYG collection- can you explain how it works? I was actually doing this concept with the BESPOKE collection for years because the gowns are made in our own workroom we have the ability to mix and match bodices and skirts from different gown designs.  The DYG collection is a more practical way to illustrate this concept- we have created samples (separate bodice and skirts) which brides can try on, and mix and match and customise the gowns they want- it is like having your cake and eating it too!

What is the best part of being a bridal designer?This might sound cliche but it is designing and creating beautiful gowns.

How would you describe the "KWH bride"? They want to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day.  They have an interest in fashion and know their own style, so they are after a gown with exceptional fit, a gown they can personalise and make their own with accessories or small changes, and they want a design which is both functional and fashionable. 



How do you balance creativity with running a business? I find running a business just as creative as the design process.  When you are growing a business you have to be open to change, and constantly evolve how you do things to keep up with the times.

Describe a typical day in the studio? I am a workaholic, but out of choice.  I'm very lucky that Geoff (my husband) supports me with the business. Mt work is also my hobby - I love what I do and I am very driven to create a bigger and better business. In a normal week, I work 6.5 days per week. During busy periods I will take my laptop home with me at night to do some work. Sunday mornings is my time off and I usually start work at 12-1pm. My day usually begins at about 8 am when iI will check my emails before meeting my husband for a coffee at 8.30am. I am then back at HQ either in the workroom designing and sampling the new collections, in the office planning tradeshows, overseeing the boutiques and working on all the paperwork and notes on new designs. 

What can we expect to see from your brand in the future? We are currently working on the aesthetic/interior of all our boutiques, we are opening a brand new store in Brisbane and working on plans for Melbourne as well.  We are also continuing to expand our presence in the US and UK. 



Gowns featured - The BESPOKE 'Jasmin' gown • The BESPOKE 'Alesha' gown • The KWH by Karen Willis Holmes ' Nerada ' gown • The WILD HEARTS 'Shima' gown • The BESPOKE 'Blake / Prea' combination gown with the 'Webb' cape

CREDITS

Photos Jack Steel // Cover image by Lara Hotz

Hair and makeup Liv Lundelius

Model Annabelle Harbison for Chic Management

Location Karen Willis Holmes Head Office

Production, art direction and styling Hello May Magazine

KWH Trunkshow - Paperswan Bride NZ

Posted on 18 Apr, 2017
KWH Trunkshow - Paperswan Bride NZ

New Zealand brides, you are about to be spoilt for choice! We have the Karen Willis Holmes Trunkshow visiting both Paperswan Bride boutiques to show our latest collections. Gowns from the Bespoke, DYG, WILD HEARTS & KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections will be gracing the Wellington boutique from TODAY, and Christchurch shortly after. 

We have picked out some of our favourite pieces that will be in the showing, as well as some KWH brides who wore these gowns best.  More information about the upcoming Trunkshows including dates is below this post.  


The 'Lottie' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Kimberley (Photographed by Alpine Image Co.


The 'Antoinette' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection  // Worn by Sofia (Photographed by Cinemotive)


The 'Agyness' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection (Photographed by Bek Smith)


The 'Aster' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Annie (Photographed by Heart and Colour Photography)


The 'Nerada' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Katie (Little Black Bow Photography)


The 'Poppy' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection // Worn by Corrine (Photographed by Figtree Wedding Photography)


The 'Ellery' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection


The 'Leonie / Alexia' gown from the DYG collection // Worn by Abbie (Photographed by Ashley K Wedding Photography)


The 'Sophie' gown from the BESPOKE collection

PAPERSWAN BRIDE WELLINGTON

Address - 94B Upland Road, Kelburn Village, Wellington 6012
Dates - 18 APR - 4 MAY 2017
Appointments - To book an appointment online, click here or email the boutique directly.

PAPERSWAN BRIDE CHRISTCHURCH

Address - McKenzie & Willis Building, 181 High Street, Christchurch NZ 
Dates - 6 - 28 MAY 2017
Appointments - To book an appointment online, click here or email the boutique directly.

Bridie + Matt's stunning Jervis Bay 'glamping' wedding

Posted on 17 Apr, 2017
Bridie + Matt's stunning Jervis Bay 'glamping' wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? We met at about 5 am on New Years Day after some mutual friends invited us over to his house to watch the sunrise over the ocean. We woke him up and he came downstairs all sleepy and grumpy, but then we clicked and ended up spending the whole day together. We basically haven’t been apart since.

How long have you been together? A little over 9 years

Do you have a proposal story?  It has become sort of a tradition to spend the New Years period camping with friends, so in the summer of 2015'16, this is what we were planning. Unfortunately, in the lead-up, I realised that I had gotten the dates wrong and I had told work I’d need one less day than we had planned. 

He called my boss and fixed my mistake but made sure nobody told me. On the day I thought we were going home, Matt said he had an anniversary present for me and that we weren’t going home after all! Of course,  I was stressing out because I thought I had to work the next day but he promised me that my boss said it was ok. After a week of camping, I was ready for a real bed so I joked that he better not be taking me camping again, to which he replied ‘kind of'.

That afternoon we arrived at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay, which is an incredible ‘glamping’ property in the middle of the bush. We walked around for a while exploring. Well, Matt was actually trying to find a good spot to propose but it didn’t work out how he hoped ... The spot he had in mind (where they sometimes have wedding ceremonies) had been washed out by rain and so was at this time just a dirt circle. We moved on to the jetty, only to find some kids fighting over who’s turn it was to use the kayak. We ended up back at our Safari tent where Matt decided was the place to pop the question. The next day he surprised me again as he had organized both of our families to have a bbq at his sister’s new house. He had disguised it as a housewarming but then we surprised them all with our engagement.

     

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28 January 2017

Ceremony Location? Saint Barnabas Church, Yarramalong NSW

What made you choose there? It is around the corner from Matt’s grandparent's house and we have always thought it was adorable! I also love history and this church has been there since 1885.

How did you find it? We drive past it every time we visit Matt’s family. His grandmother is also heavily involved in the community and this church.

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Reception Location? Family property, Yarramalong NSW

What made you choose there? Matt’s grandparent’s property is a place that his family visits for weekends and special occasions. It is so beautiful and we have the most fun memories from up there. It is a special place to a lot of us and we wanted to share it with everyone we love.

How was the weather on the day? Very, very hot!! Over 30 degrees. (Too much praying for no rain!)

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No special reason, we just picked one about a year from when we got engaged.

The Wedding Details

Theme?  Natural.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The two major parts of the wedding – Tipi’s and Bell Tents – were ideas from my friend Jackie and Matt’s Aunty Jo. The styling of the wedding was pretty simple. Matt and I like to keep things pretty simple so just a lot of greenery and lighting. We didn’t want to take away from the beautiful space we were in!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Matt’s dad built all the signage and shepherd hooks for the festoon lights. Myself, Jackie and Matt’s cousin Mitchell painted the signs. Myself, my sisters and the bridesmaids all helped my sister in law with the greenery arrangements. I made my own wedding cake.   

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Jackie, Madi, Emily and Shell, who are all of my closest friends. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Abba, Dom, Caleb and Ben, who are all of Matt’s closest friends. 

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? My cousin Summer was in charge of the wedding rings

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Bridie looked stunning in the sequin 'Anya' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a few pictures on the KWHBRIDAL Instagram and loved how beautiful but simple the dresses were. I am not an overly flashy person when it comes to fashion so all of the complicated lace and beading etc that I saw in other shops just wasn’t for me. The shapes of the KWH dresses really caught my eye and I thought they would suit me better than anything else I saw.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Firstly, on Instagram and then I looked on the website to see the full range.

   

How many gowns did you try? I don’t think too many. Maybe 5 or 6. 

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I went into my appointment pretty certain that I would get the Melanie skirt and a sweetheart shaped top with spaghetti straps. This was what I had imagined I would wear. I loved the combo when I tried it on. Matt’s sister asked me to try on the Anya dress and I was really hesitant. But I had promised my mum, my sister and Shani (Matt’s sister) that I would try on something that they chose. The reason I was hesitant is because I really thought I was not a sequin person. The idea was too flashy for me. When I walked out in it, I said “Damn it!” because I liked it so much. The next 2-3 months consisted of me changing my mind between the Melanie skirt and Anya dress on a daily basis. Finally, I brought my bridesmaids back to the shop and tried them both on again. Their reaction to the Anya dress and the fact that it would have surprised Matt (in a good way) made me let go of my puffy skirt idea. The Anya dress was equal parts nothing I would have ever thought I’d wear, but perfectly suited to me and my personality. Very confusing.

     

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls all picked their own dresses from various brands. We had a Maurie and Eve dress, Misha Collection sample jumpsuit and the other two were bought off The Iconic.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I don’t wear much jewellery and felt that the sequins were flashy enough for me! So I wore no jewellery apart from my engagement ring. The girls all wore various pieces that they already owned, but I bought them all earrings to wear in different styles.



Where did you get your shoes from? Boohoo, for $43!

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

   

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t over search. Once you find something you like and would be happy with, stop there. Otherwise, you will get lost in too many options and get overwhelmed.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open to the idea that your dress may end up the COMPLETE opposite to what you had thought.

Suppliers

Photographer – Jason Corroto Photo - All I can say about this guy is that he is absolute magic.

Florist – Erica Anderson Florals – Poor Erica had to try and figure out what I wanted from an array of very different pictures I kept sending her. Mostly because I didn’t really know what I wanted. I ended up giving her full creative license and she paired our bouquets perfectly with the vibe of the whole day. I am obsessed with what she created for us! 

Wedding day Coordination – Days Like These Events – I literally did not think of one logistical or operational aspect of the entire day thanks to these ladies. They made sure everything was set up and running on time. So helpful and they really know what they are doing.

Catering – D’Vine Catering – Our guests are still raving about the food!!!

Videographer – Five Peas

Music – The Baker Boys

First Dance – Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

MC – Aidan Hayes

Celebrant – Claire Belford and Meg Cockle.

Cake – Made by me!

Hair & Make-Up – Beck Carroll

Wedding Bands – Matt chose a ring from Ryan Label & mine was from Natalie Marie Jewellery

Guest Accommodation – Wow Tents

Reception Set Up – KataLane Tipis – The team at KataLane are particularly incredible. They are the most helpful people and so nice. They did such an incredible job!!!

Furniture – The Wedding Designer

Claire & Daniel's picturesque country Victorian wedding

Posted on 13 Apr, 2017
Claire & Daniel's picturesque country Victorian wedding

A long, elm-lined driveway, the Murray river & an old Estate was the setting for Claire and Daniels summer Victorian wedding, photographed by Sarah Godenzi Photography. Since the two have been together, every summer has been spent at their holiday house nearby which made it an easy decision for them to find a winery in the area.  As the Estate came with such history, they really wanted to play into the heritage and let the venue speak for itself.  The wedding was romantic, relaxed and filled with soft complimentary tones of pale powder blues and greens.  Blue gum foliage and king proteas made up the arbor and lined the banquet table by florist Rutherglen Florist- as the couple's friends and family feasted on a delicious spread and danced the night away. 

Background

How did you meet your partner?  We met through mutual friends at a music festival over New Years in 2008

How long have you been together? 7.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? We had planned a trip to Bali with friends and decided to add a couple of days in Nusa Dua before everyone arrived. I thought Daniel was acting a little strange going through the security check but didn’t think anything of it (he was trying to hide the ring!) On the first night, we had drinks on the beach to watch the sunset. As we were surrounded by a few other tables, and not wanting an audience, Daniel came up with an excuse to go back to our room before dinner so that he could get me alone. On our way from our room to the resort restaurant, through a quiet courtyard, he dropped to his knee. Coincidently, it was 33 years to the day since his dad had proposed to his mum.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday, 4 February 2017

Ceremony Location? The Rose Garden, All Saints Estate – Wagunyah, North East Victoria

What made you choose there? Having a holiday house in nearby Yarrawonga, we have spent every summer on the Murray River since we’ve been together. As it is a location that holds great memories for us, we always knew we wanted to get married in the region. The first venue we visited, All Saints Estate blew us away as soon as we drove down the elm-lined driveway. We loved the history of the Estate and that it combined two things we love: gardens and wine!

How did you find it? We researched a couple of wineries in the region and although we had another venue in mind, as soon as we saw All Saints Estate we knew it was the one. With the Murray River just down from the Estate, we were sure to escape to the nearby riverbank with our bridal party after the ceremony.

Reception Location? The Great Hall, All Saints Estate – Wagunyah, North East Victoria

What made you choose there? We were after a venue that could accommodate both our ceremony and reception to allow guests to relax in between and enjoy some drinks and lawn games while we snuck off for photos by the river. The Great Hall was lined with historic wine barrels and festoon lights; guests sat on long banquet tables, which made it both intimate and relaxed.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect for North East Victoria, 35 and sunny. The Rose Garden was shaded in the afternoon and we provided a bowl of hand-held wooden fans for our guests, which they appreciated!!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We’ve always loved our summers spent on the river so it was an easy decision to get married at that time of year. We wanted our guests to experience and share in our love for the region and it was beautiful to spend our days before and after the wedding by the water.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We were after a relaxed, romantic theme with lots of native greenery to tie in with the location. All Saints Estate has such a rich character so we wanted to keep our theme simple and fitting to the venue. Our florist created beautiful blue-gum foliage garlands for the banquet tables and adorned our arbour with King Proteas and native foliage to match the girls bouquets. The girls wore gorgeous powder blue dresses with romantic, textured hairstyles and the boys had light linen jackets with matching pocket squares.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Instagram, Hello May, One Fine Day Bridal Fair and Etsy.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Daniel’s father Jeff built our beautiful arbour and Daniel made our card box.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Having a close bond with our sisters I always knew that one day they’d be my bridesmaids. My sister, Michelle was my Maid of Honour and Daniel’s sisters Kylie, Brooke and Sharn were my bridesmaids. To have them a part of our wedding was incredibly special to both of us.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Daniel’s best friend Heath was his Best Man and close friends James, Sam and Daniel were his groomsmen.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Claire looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Gianna' lace wedding gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes came highly recommended to me from close friends and family who wore KWH on their wedding days. I loved vast range of classic yet modern gowns, which extenuate the female figure.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A couple of my friends wore Karen Willis Holmes to their weddings, as did Daniel’s cousin; each dress unique and equally as beautiful. I also loved the new range at the One Fine Day Bridal Fair.

How many gowns did you try? Karen Willis Holmes was the first boutique we visited; I found the 'Gianna' in the first hour of looking. I tried on about 8 dresses and 'Gianna' was the first one that I didn’t want to take off!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes, Armadale VIC. Leana and Brianna were amazing in helping me find my dress. Having lost 10kg in the months leading up to our wedding, my fitter Enza did an incredible job in altering my dress so that it fit perfectly.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the delicate lace and modern front split; it was so comfortable to wear and so classic in style. We tweaked the original design slightly to create a ‘V’ with the straps, which finished the gown perfectly. As North East Victoria in February is typically very hot; with the anticipation of it being over 40 degrees, I loved the 'Gianna' gown as it was light, flowy and perfectly suited the location.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls wore Pia Gladys Perey ‘Carla’ dress from White Runway. It was such a flattering dress that complimented each of their figures beautifully; the fabric was light, and perfect for a warm summers day.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Daniel’s navy suit was from Briggins matched with a paisley bow tie from TM Lewin. Dan’s groomsmen wore Daniel Hechter linen jackets and Industry chinos.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I have always been a big fan of Samantha Wills so I gifted the girls matching Bohemian Bardot rings and earrings. I wore some simple pearl studs from the Samantha Wills Bridal collection

.Where did you get your shoes from? Jane Debster at Myer. It took me a lot longer to find my shoes than it did anything else; as you could see them through the split in my dress. They were extremely comfortable (even when walking through fields of grass/over logs by the river!)

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My florist created a beautiful floral headpiece for the ceremony. For the reception, I wanted something to suit the evening so I wore the ‘Ava’ embellished headpiece from Anna Campbell.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I tried to book one thing per week, that way it was more manageable and allowed more time closer to the day to relax and enjoy the lead-up. On the day, take a moment to sit back and take it all in together; it’s not every day that all of your special people are in the same place. Enjoy your time together and dance all night!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Have fun and make a day of it! It’s not every day that you get to try on beautiful gowns so go in with an open mind and try on a range of styles; you never know what you might find!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We loved making the day our own, from keeping to some traditions and breaking away from others; it was important to us to personalise and tailor the day to suit. Having raised me, it was so special to have my mother walk me down the aisle along side my dad. In place of a formal reading, we had my aunt and godmother Moira read a children’s book ‘Henry and Amy’ by Stephen Michael King.

Something Old? My late Oma’s pearl necklace, which I wrapped around my bouquet

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My grandmother’s engagement ring (tied to my bouquet) she wasn’t able to attend so it was lovely having a part of her there with me

Something Blue? My bridesmaids!

Suppliers

We felt extremely fortunate to have an incredible team of vendors, both local and those willing to make the trip from Melbourne; we would highly recommend all of our suppliers.

Photographer – Sarah Godenzi Photography.

Having photographed a couple of our friend’s weddings, we fell in love with Sarah’s candid and relaxed style. Sarah was able to capture the day perfectly, she was there for every big and little moment and we loved sharing the day with her.

Florist – Rutherglen Florist

Carla did an incredible job of our flowers and foliage; from our beautiful native bouquets, blue-gum table garlands and the gorgeous arbor decorated with King Proteas; it’s no wonder that Carla comes highly recommended throughout the Rutherglen Region.

Celebrant – Sam Watterson.

Having married Daniel’s cousin recently, we knew Sam was exactly what we were after in a celebrant. As a firefighter by profession and a celebrant as a passion, Sam sees people on the worst and best days of their lives. Sam was personable and ensured that the ceremony was authentic, real and relaxed.

Make-Up & Tans – Jessica Schifferle

I had been following Jess’ beauty blog for some time and was excited to hear that although now based in Melbourne, she was from the region. Jess was incredible and made everyone feel and look amazing!

Hair – S & Co Hair Styling by Shan

Shan did an incredible job creating textured, romantic hairstyles for myself, the girls and our mums

Music – Marc Lucarelli (DJ). Marc came highly recommended to us and didn’t disappoint! The dance floor was incredible and full from start to finish!!

First Dance – ‘Endless Summer’ by The Jezabels (Josh Pyke cover)

MC – Jayden Weatherley (Our close friend and Daniel’s business partner)

Event hire – Hens Teeth Trading.

We hired gorgeous timber benches from Hens Teeth Trading in nearby Tocumwal

Cake – Burnt Butter, Richmond.

As we love cheese, Lisa at Burnt Butter did a wonderful job in sourcing a cheese wheel cake for us. Not only did our guests love our cake, we also enjoyed it on our trip along the New South Wales South Coast in the days following

Stationery – CouturePress, Etsy.

Clare did an amazing job designing our engagement and wedding invitations, welcome sign, menus and seating chart. TheBritishRule, Etsy designed our custom illustration‘ Save the Dates’ which we just loved!

Bombonieres – KatrinaLouiseDesigns, Etsy

Katrina created gorgeous wooden laser cut nameplates for each guest, which added a personal touch

Wedding Bands – Holdsworth Bros Jewellers.

It was very special to have Tim and Carmen Holdsworth create our wedding bands. Carmen is my sister’s best friend, having grown up together it was so lovely having them involved in our day.

Robes – Le Rose robes.

They were so lovely and comfortable to wear. 

Kimberley & Simon's stunning New Zealand wedding

Posted on 10 Apr, 2017
Kimberley & Simon's stunning New Zealand wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? Simon and I met at one of my best friend’s 21st birthday party. We hit it off straight away and have been together ever since.

How long have you been together? Seven years.

Do you have a proposal story? Simon, tuned into his romantic side and hired a helicopter that flew us up to the top of the hills of a high-country farming station in Southland, NZ. When we reached our destination, Simon quickly set up a picnic with French champagne and strawberries. While I was taking in the beautiful view from the hill top, Simon quickly knelt down on one knee to ask me to marry him. We joked afterwards that I had no choice but to say yes, as it would’ve been either an awkward helicopter flight or a very long walk home!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 13th January, 2017

Ceremony Location? St Patrick’s Church, Arrowtown, New Zealand

What made you choose there? We wanted to have a ceremony that was traditional but also reflected us. Our priest who performed the wedding ceremony is a close family friend of Simon’s, so it made our ceremony that much more special.

Reception Location? Mount Soho Winery, Arrowtown, New Zealand

What made you choose there? We knew that our reception venue had to have a comfortable but elegant feel to it, and that made the most of the stunning Central Otago landscape. When we found Mount Soho Winery, we knew that it ticked all of the boxes. We live in Perth so it was a bit daunting thinking that we would be planning a wedding from another country but Janet and Edwin from Mount Soho assisted us in planning all aspects of our wedding reception, so it was a breeze!

How was the weather on the day? Lucky!! It snowed the day before our wedding and blew a gale the day after, but fortunately we had sunshine on our day!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Who wouldn’t want to get married on Friday 13th!

The Wedding Details

Theme? Classic with a hint of rustic.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and lots of wedding magazines.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honor – Bronwyn Cowie

Bridesmaids – Emma Johns, Amy Watson and Aleisha Restieaux. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man – Finlay Wilkinson

Groomsmen – Aaron Graham, Bill De la Mere and Andrew Fisk. 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Kimberley looked stunning in the 'Lottie' gown fro the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I always knew that I wanted my wedding dress to be elegant and classic. When I first started researching wedding dresses, I saw some pictures of the 'Anya' gown on Pinterest and I immediately fell in love it. Straight away I knew that this was the silhouette and fabric that I wanted in a wedding dress.

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

How many gowns did you try? The 'Anya' was the first dress that I tried on and I instantly fell in love with it. When I saw that there was a new collection coming in I thought I would try the Lottie dress on to see which beading/sequin design I liked the best. I had my bridesmaid Amy with me and when I tried on the 'Lottie' dress we both knew that this dress was definitely the one!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins and bead work gave the dress a modern edge, which was a standout for me. I loved the elegant silhouette of the dress and how it fitted me perfectly in all the right places.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Stella dress in Ivory/Nude by Love Honor.

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? For my something borrowed I wore my mum’s pearl and diamond stud earrings. My bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills earrings. I wore a fur cape from Mode & Affaire to keep me warm during our location photoshoot.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes, Perth.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t stress! Planning your wedding should be enjoyable and stress-free, don’t worry about the expectations of others as it is your special day.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Research gowns that have elements that you really want your wedding dress to have. Don’t be overwhelmed by what is on-trend at the moment, or what everyone else is wearing. Stick to your guns and choose a gown that you feel amazing in!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? As the groom was waiting nervously for the arrival of his bride, an uninvited special guest made an entrance! A ginger kitten minced into the church from outside and ran down the aisle. Hilarity ensued as the priest ran to grab the cat but it had already decided that it wanted to stay and see what the bride was wearing. Eventually, with the help of guest's it was convinced to wait outside just before the bridal party arrived.

Something Old & Borrowed? My mum’s pearl and diamond stud earrings.

Something New? My 'Lottie' dress.

Something Blue? A blue ribbon that was sewn on the inside of my dress.

 

Suppliers

Photographer – Nat from Alpine Image Co.

Florist – The Flower Room.

Music – Jay Moore.

First Dance – We danced the Mumba to ‘You’re in my heart’ by Rod Stewart.

Stationery – Minted

Venue – Mount Soho Winery.

Cake – Cakes by Kim.

Hair – Claire from Beautiful Bridal Hair.

Make-Up – Juliet from J.E.T makeup.

Wedding Bands – My engagement ring and wedding band were designed and custom made by Naveya & Sloane. Simon’s wedding band is from Michael Hill.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beth + Ryan's Woollahra Wedding

Posted on 09 Apr, 2017
Beth + Ryan's  Woollahra Wedding

Background
 
How did you meet your partner? We met at a Friday night young adults church event in July of 2014. Initially, I met him in a circle of ‘new people’ as he had just moved here from Atlanta Georgia. After that I didn’t see him for 8 weeks when we bumped into each other at a Sunday night church service, then our friend groups began to merge and then one thing led to another and on 10 November of 2014 we started dating and we’ve been together ever since! 

How long have you been together? We have been together for 2 years and 5 months. Two years of dating, 5 Months of marriage!

Do you have a proposal story? Ryan and I got engaged on 11 March 2016. Throughout dating, on the 10th of every month we would celebrate a ‘monthaversary’ (well let's be honest I made it up because I am super sooky and sentimental). On 11 March 2016 which was a Friday night, Ryan was taking me out for dinner to celebrate our 16-month anniversary. He told me we were going to The Bar at the End of the Wharf (where we ended up having our wedding reception – it was planned). He picked me up from work, took me back to my house, I got changed and drove us into the city. He pulled off at Barangaroo Reserve and said that we were going to walk over to the restaurant. At this point I was getting ‘hangry’ as I had just worked a 9 hour day, traffic was intense and I was honestly just tired so I initially put up a fight about walking because if you know me, physical activity isn’t my vibe. Reluctantly I obliged, still at this point very clueless as to what was about to happen. 

We walked along the walkway around the harbour at Barangaroo and he stopped us at this little point of the walk to take ‘photos’ I was enjoying the scenery and turned around and Ryan pulled me close to hug me, pushed me out just a little bit still holding tight onto my arms and said “Beth Victoria Ryan, I love you with my whole heart” then he got down on one knee (I began crying immediately and freaking out) and then he said “Will you marry me?” I said yes before he could even finish or before I could properly see the ring and we hugged and kissed and just dwelled in pure bliss. Unto my knowledge, Ryan had actually organised one of our friends to take photos of the whole thing so I have the whole proposal documented which is so special. After a couple of minutes of freaking out of excitement, I said to him “we’re not really going out for dinner, are we? I want to see my mum” to which he replied, “of course not, we’re going home for pizza and champagne with your family”. It was all planned. It was all perfect. After we finished face timing family back in the States we headed home to celebrate!

The ring was beyond perfect and it was my dream ring that I had wanted my entire life. The simple tiffany setting, 0.74 carat. Stunning. It was the most perfect evening. 

Another amazing thing that happened that night was that Ryan had actually already booked our reception venue in advance. So not only did he propose but he also took the stress of finding a reception venue out of the equation. We had loved/wanted the Bar at the end of the Wharf in Walsh Bay (which was right around the corner from where we got engaged) to be our reception venue so when he went and asked my parents to marry me, he told them about it, they all went and saw it and put a deposit down. He had serious confidence that I was going to say yes, and I’m so grateful for that. I am also the eldest of the kids in my family. It's me and then my three younger brothers. Ryan actually took them all out and asked them if he could marry me too which I just find to be so sweet and intentional, just like him. It was all perfect and I am so grateful. 


 
The Wedding
 
What was your wedding date?  27 November 2016, it was a Sunday. 

Location?All Saints Anglican Church, Woollahra.

What made you choose there? My dad is an Anglican Minister so it made it easy for us to be able to secure any church on a Sunday (if it fit with that church’s schedule). I had been to many weddings prior to my own where there were hours or long distances between the ceremony and the reception and I found it to be really difficult and hard for the guest so from the outset I wanted to make it so easy for my guests to not have to wait around for hours between both. So from the start, we were looking for churches in the Sydney CBD or Eastern suburbs that were beautiful, available and close to the reception venue. 

How did you find it? My dad just contacted other ministers in the area to see if they were available on a Sunday and we went and looked at it, within three seconds of looking at Woollahra Anglican I knew that’s where I wanted to get married.

Reception 

Location? The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Walsh Bay 

What made you choose there? Ryan and I love the ocean and being by the ocean, I have also always loved Sydney Harbour so we always dreamed/wanted to find a place that was representative of us and what we like to do and this venue did that and so much more! Plus Ryan is from the USA so it was a semi-novelty to have our reception venue in Sydney Harbour.  

How did you find it? I found it through Instagram honestly. I saw so many people going there for cocktails and dinners and loved the wharfs around it so actually in the January of 2016 Ryan and I went to check it out to see if it was a possibility and we immediately fell in love. 

How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect. The morning was cool and overcast but by the afternoon, we got married at 3 pm and the reception began at 5 pm for our guests with cocktails and canapés then we arrived at 6 pm. It was the perfect summers day (without all the humidity) clear skies. It was beautiful.  
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Because Ryan was from the USA, we needed to find a weekend where his family was able to come out. So we planned for it to be the same week of thanksgiving in the States because most people can easily get school and work off on those days! That let everyone come out the week before the wedding, get over jetlag and have a week of family hangs! 

The Theatre Bar at the end of the Wharf is only available on a Sunday as they use it throughout the week for after shows. Apparently when Ryan enquired the weekend that we wanted was 26/27 of November because that was the weekend after thanksgiving in the USA so that meant that it allowed his family to be here and hang out and celebrate the week before so we got time with them before the wedding. When Ryan enquired there was only one available date for the rest of the year, 27 November 2016. Some would say it was meant to be. So he put the deposit down and everything else fell into place. 

The Wedding Details

ThemeMy attitude towards everything when it came to decorations or ideas for the wedding was ‘simple but elegant’ 
I really wanted it to reflect us.  I also love turquoise and peonies. I really just wanted everything to fit together and flow and it did which was a dream come true, all because of my Mumma. She was the most incredible support through everything and my parents really just made every dream/idea/wish of mine come true. I am so grateful for them. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Some inspiration was from social media and such (Pinterest is a dream), but I really didn’t have massive plans of what it needed to be. I wanted it to reflect summer, reflect us, and to feel elegant but still comfortable. I had a pretty clear idea of the theme and allowed my suppliers to really worry about the small details of making everything flow together. To be honest I think it turned out perfect. 


 
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so, What? No, not really. Except we did write our own vows which meant so much to the both of us. Being able to commit our lives together in our own words was so so beautiful.

Actually, the wedding invitation/order of service sign is my design. The beautiful Rachel from Hunting Louise who did all my invitations and stationary brought it to life! 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All my bridesmaids are my nearest and dearest. Each of them has been involved in my life in so many different ways, are my biggest supporters, encouragers and just the loveliest women I know. I am super grateful to have friends like them.

Bryony Macdonald – She is my best friend and was my maid of honour. She currently lives in New York City but flew in for a week for my wedding. Best. Friend. Ever. 

Laura Collins – another one of my best friends. Laura and I met in 2015 and I believe instantly became best friends. She is the sweetest and was my honorary maid of honour as Bry wasn’t able to organise as much as she would have liked because of the distance. 

Thomasin Powell – Thomi is my cousin and another great friend. We have walked a lot of life together and our parents have been friends since forever. 

Groomsmen – who/relationship? 

Jared Miller – Ryan’s brother. He's a great guy, but maybe not the best person to have do a wedding speech haha. All in all, though it was so amazing to have him next to us on our day.

Sang Yun Han – Ryan’s exchange student/brother from Korea who moved in with his family when Ryan was in high school and just never left. He’s the greatest. Seriously never a dull moment with Sang.

Harrison Ryan – My oldest brother. A genuine bloke. And would give Sang a good run for his money as being the fun, loving, life of the party. He and Ryan clicked from the start and I know he considered it such an honour to have my brother in the wedding party!

Family really matters to Ryan, and I know he wanted people around him on our wedding day that would still be around us in the years to come.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
 
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 
I had seen KWH on social media and just knew whenever it was my turn to get married I wanted a gown from them. Initially, I couldn’t get an appointment for a couple of weeks after I got engaged and mum and I went to some other bridal stores in Sydney and honestly didn’t have the greatest experience. One Thursday afternoon mum and I had just left a bridal store in Paddington and we walked past KWH and we thought let’s take a gamble, sometimes they take walk in appointments. That day they had a cancellation so it turned out to be just me in the store for the whole afternoon. The girls were beyond lovely and literally let me try on every gown I thought I could possibly want in order to work out which one I wanted. The first gown I tried on was my wedding dress but I believe I tried on 9 other dresses before I finally confirmed the first dress was my dress.

It was the best most stress-free experience and I bought my dress that day. It was part of the BESPOKE range so I just ordered it & the veil. Perfect. 

Not only did KWH have my dream dress, but I will always recommend future brides to them as they make the experience of picking out a dress something stress-free and truly special.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On social media and Laura one of my bridesmaids, her sister actually got married in April of 2016 and it was and she wore a KWH gown. 
 
How many gowns did you try? 
9. But I ended up going with the first gown I tried on!

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

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that I was able to make it my own, I changed some of the design, I lowered the back and had buttons rather than ribbon. 

I mostly loved that when I tried it on I felt like a bride and it was everything that I could have wanted. It wasn’t what I thought my wedding dress would be but I’m so glad that it was. 

Fashion
 
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmerman. My favourite colour is turquoise and when I saw these dresses in Zimmerman in the ‘winter grey’ which is basically turquoise, I just knew they were the dresses. 

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I am very plain when it comes to jewellery, I don’t often mix it up, I usually wear the same pieces. My mum was really sweet and got some of the jewellery that my nanny left to me after she passed away made into a necklace and earrings. I am very understated when it comes to jewellery and to me, less is more, so she changed my nanny’s diamond ring into a diamond pendant necklace and got her old aquamarine stud earring dipped in sterling silver to give them a fresher look. It was so special and meant a lot to me. 

The morning of my wedding, Ryan actually organised and surprised me with a single white rose, croissants, and coffee for all as well as a beautiful Tiffany bag. Inside was a beautiful simple bracelet that I also wore on my wedding day. (can you tell I love Tiffany?) I bought my bridesmaid's pearl earrings to wear. 

Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey, David Jones. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral veil which I bought it from KWH. 

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Chill out and don’t worry about what anyone else wants. It's your day so make it yours. Ryan was really good about bringing me down to earth a lot of the time. I really did just want to create a day of celebration that was about Ryan and I, so we just kept that in mind. What works for me doesn’t have to work for someone else and that’s so okay! 
I would also say don’t stress about having a long engagement just to give yourself time to plan the wedding, I did most of it all in the space of 2 months!


What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t take too many people it’s so overwhelming with lots of opinions. I would say take people who are really close to you and whose opinion you really value. I only took my mum and she was amazing and actually was so conscious and didn’t say anything until she could see what I actually wanted. When I tried on the dress that became my wedding dress we both burst into tears so we both knew.

It is an overwhelming experience so take a breath and a moment and if you find yourself getting stressed out or frustrated it's okay, you don’t need to make a decision in that moment but let it happen organically because that’s the best. 



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

Something Old? My Nanny’s Diamond from her wedding ring made into a necklace

Something New? My bracelet from Ryan. 

Something Borrowed? Nothing

Something Blue? My Nanny’s Aquamarine Earrings

Suppliers 

Photographer –  Jordann Wood. Jordann is a great friend of mine that I have known for a couple of years now and she is an incredible photographer and an even lovelier person. I actually met up with Jordann a couple of weeks before I got engaged because I was suspecting it was going to happen so I wanted to book her in asap! Jordann is the person you want around you always, she is fun and kind, sweet as ever, so talented and she really brings a calmness when she's around and she does that on the day too. She was perfect to have on my wedding day because she just gets it, she knows the shots you want to have when you look through your photos and she makes them happen. Especially capturing the atmosphere of what it actually looked like. Plus the photos turned out to be incredible!

Florist – Heather Halls, Gypsa Flora. I have known Heather my whole life, her family is very close to my extended family.

Music – We had a live band for our ceremony of a wonderful group of people from our church. 

First Dance – Coming Home by Leon Bridges

MC – Hemant Raval. I grew up next door to the Ravals in Sydney and my parents have been friends with them for as long as I can remember. Hemant and Ryan really clicked when we started dating and so we wanted someone who was fun and that knew me my whole life. They’re a wonderful family and I am grateful they’re in my world. 

Celebrant – David Crafts and Ross Ryan. As my dad is an Anglican Minister I always wanted my dad to marry me because I have always seen it as such a privilege that I could have that! But I was also conscious that I wanted my dad to enjoy being the father of the bride and all that comes with that so we got David Crafts who is a pastor at our church who did our marriage counselling and knows Ryan and I personally as well to lead the service through to the vows and then my dad took over. It was so special. 

Stationery – Hunting Louise – Rachel was so sweet. She is an amazing designer and I saw some of her work and really wanted to work with her. I had a design that I wanted to come to life and she made it happen. She was very professional and helpful along the way. We were so happy with the outcome of all our stationary from the wedding and its now all sitting on our fridge as a beautiful reminder! 

Menu – The Bar at the End of the Wharf is catered by Fresh Catering. We were able to choose a menu package and to do a wedding tasting so we could pick our menu and the food was incredible. A lot of our guests on the day raved about the food. 

Cake – The cake was from Paper and Poppies in Caringbah. I had seen some of their cakes on social media and again sent them what I was after and they made it happen! It was so beautifully done. We had a semi-naked cake which was chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Delicious. 

Bombonieres -  We had candles for every guest. A beautiful lady and her husband from my parent's church started a candle company called Dux located in Circular Quay and we got them to make little candles for our guest. Each candle had our wedding design on a sticker and a bible verse. It was perfect. They are the sweetest most generous individuals I know, so professional and their candles are divine! Such a treasured memory. 

Make up  & Hair – Both hair and make up was done by Lauren Goth. I found her through facebook as she had done another friends’ sisters wedding. Lauren is so professional and lovely. I did my trial at her house and she just knows what she is doing. I was able to talk to Lauren about what I wanted, which was to be really natural and elegant. I didn’t want anything over the top or crazy and she really listened. She is so talented and such a joy to work with. On the actual wedding day, she was a dream and it was lovely to share it with her! I was thrilled with how my hair and makeup was. It was exactly what I wanted. 

Wedding Bands – Tiffany and Co. My favourite.
 

Highlight Vendor // Photographer Bonnie Jenkins

Posted on 07 Apr, 2017
Highlight Vendor // Photographer Bonnie Jenkins

We took a few minutes to have a chat to Bonnie Jenkins, a photographer from the Sunshine Coast who we recently invited to shoot the opening of our beautiful new store in Paddington, Brisbane. On top of that, she also shot the magical wedding of Robyn & Whitney, who was a Karen Willis Holmes bride wearing our 'Saskia' gown. Their wedding was natural, candid, full of love, laughter and of course, colour. Jenkins' style of photography captured this perfectly. For those lucky enough to live near the Sunshine Coast, she is a photographer one must consider booking for their wedding day. Thank you for your time and generosity, Bonnie!

Your name? Bonnie Jenkins



Business name? Bonnie Jenkins Photography


Where is your business located? Sunshine Coast

Tell us a bit about yourself, your company & how everything began. 
Born and raised in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, I started my photography career in 1999 studying a diploma of photography then going on to complete a bachelor in Photography at Queensland College of Art, which gave me the opportunity to study abroad at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2008 I expanded my visual art practice completing a Masters in Visual Arts at Falmouth University College, Cornwall, UK.
After several years of teaching photography, I am now focusing full-time as a freelance photographer. I am experienced and interested in many genres of photography and video, including fashion, weddings, fine art and travel. I like to keep a good balance in my work to ensure I have time to pursue all my areas of interest. 



What does a typical day for you involve? After a cuppa, I go for a long walk along the country roads surrounding my home. 
This first part is about the only typical thing I do every day, after that it could be anything, which is partly why I love my job. Often it could involve sitting at the computer editing and prepping for shoots, or it could involve location scouting, meetings or shooting.

Why do you love your job? I get to work in beautiful areas all over the world and meet so many different people, and I get to photograph the things we celebrate in life. I simply love location scouting, it means you really get to know the landscape of different areas, you see so much more than if you were just doing the ‘tourist’ thing, but this also applies to my surroundings at home, I love discovering and exploring new areas. Most of my clients know that I love to get amongst nature for the shot. I feel so lucky to have a job that allows me to express my creativity but also explore the world. 
I love that photography can capture people's imagination as it can give vision to things we can only imagine or see in our peripheral. 



Where do you find your inspiration? Nature and experimentation

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Any great stories from clients you have worked with? Getting flown up via helicopter to a private Alpine Lake in Wanaka, New Zealand, overlooking the Mt Aspiring mountain ranges was a once in a lifetime moment.  
I find that I become friends with a lot of people I work with which is great.

What are your tips or advice for couples planning their wedding? Think outside the box, don’t worry too much about tradition if it isn’t what you want to do. The times of ‘what you should do’ at weddings are gone these days so just include the traditions that have meaning to you. Don’t forget to have fun.



What is your coffee order? Long Black

Favourite city?
Oh wow, such a hard question, I like them for different reasons. 
London for its old world charm 
Berlin for its art culture
Reykjavik- because I just love Iceland as a whole
Paris- some great memories from here
Oh sorry, I can’t answer this question, there are too many… 

Best way to spend $50? Buying amazing ingredients to make a big delicious meal for my friends. 



Best advice you ever received? When it comes to your art, you can’t please everyone so just be true to yourself.

Anything else you would like to share with brides-to-be about your work? I feel extremely lucky to have learned photography back when it was all analog. The hours and sometimes days spent in the darkroom perfecting one image has given me a great respect for photography as a medium. 

PHOTOGRAPHER DETAILS

Bonnie Jenkins
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Karen Willis Holmes Fall 2017 Collection

Posted on 04 Apr, 2017
Karen Willis Holmes Fall 2017 Collection

We are now excited to share with you the full shoot for the Karen Willis Holmes Fall 2017 collection shot by Sophie Thompson

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, flowing georgettes, delicate floral embroidery, and hints of nude tulle.

Put together by the incredibly talented Tanya from Oh Flora Studio, this shoot's large floral installation 'growing' from the floor and the walls created 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. This stunning backdrop perfectly reflected this romantic collection. 

Presenting....

The BESPOKE 'Ainsley' gown



The BESPOKE 'Angela' gown worn with the 'Diamond trains' 



The BESPOKE 'Alesha' gown

The WILD HEARTS 'Azelea' gown

The WILD HEARTS 'Claudine' gown

'Demi' Bodice & 'Joni' Skirt {last pic worn with the 'Webb' cape} 




The Wild Hearts 'Ellie' gown



The BESPOKE 'Olivia' gown 



The DYG 'Oriel' + 'Kelsey' gown

The BESPOKE 'Ophelia' gown

The DYG 'Jessie' & 'Catriona' gown

The BESPOKE 'Lauren' gown

The WILD HEARTS 'Pascale' gown



The 'Mariko' gown 

The BESPOKE 'Layne' gown

The BESPOKE 'Neisha' gown worn with the 'Frankie' skirt



The WILD HEARTS 'Rose' gown 

The WILD HEARTS 'Rosemary' gown



SHOOT CREDITS

Photographer Sophie Thompson
MUA Rachel Pitt -The Makeup Society
Hair Kayla Trisley & Veronika Moreira 
Florist/styling Oh Flora Studio
Model Jemma Barge 

Hayley and Sam's romantic Hunter Valley wedding

Posted on 03 Apr, 2017
Hayley and Sam's romantic Hunter Valley wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? I first met Sam at a youth camp.

How long have you been together? 1 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? Do I ever! It was my 21st birthday and little did I know what he had in mind. Unbeknownst to me, he had asked my dad if he could marry me and was secretly planning a trip to Paris. It was the day after my birthday party and we were heading down to Sydney to have dinner with my sister in law and her husband, Kelly and Paul. After dinner, I thought we were heading back to Kelly and Paul’s however, Paul pulled into the international airport in Sydney! I was in the back seat with Sam and he gave me an envelope and told me to open it, in the confusion I didn’t understand what I was reading but in my hand was the itinerary for our flights to Paris! Somehow he had managed to organise my leave from work and my luggage all without me suspecting a thing. We had been in Paris for a week when he asked if I would like to go shopping and buy an outfit for dinner. Sam had mentioned to me on the way, that we may be able to see the Eiffel Tower from the restaurant, little did I know till we arrived that he had a reservation at 58 Tour Eiffel. After our main meal we went out onto the balcony to look at the view. Sam asked me to turn around to take a picture, I wondered why he wanted to take a photo of the back of me and when I turned around he was on one knee holding my ring. He asked me to marry him and obviously, I said YES!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17th December 2016

Ceremony Location? Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

What made you choose there? We wanted an outside ceremony and the gardens were perfect for this.

How did you find it? I have visited the gardens previously and knew that they held weddings there.

Reception Location? Pokolbin Hall

What made you choose there? It was close to the ceremony and perfect size hall for the number of guests.

How did you find it? Word of mouth

How was the weather on the day? The weather was very hot for the ceremony but luckily had cooled off by the time of the reception.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We started dating on the 17th, got engaged on the 17th so when the 17th of December was on a Saturday we chose that date. This also suited family who were travelling from overseas and our work commitments.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Brie Nugent- Childhood friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Adin Sermon- Good Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Hayley looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Selena' gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? On my sister in laws recommendation

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

How many gowns did you try? Approximately 30 dresses

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

What did you especially like about your gown? EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved the skirt layers and the lace bodice.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? A formal dress shop in Newcastle

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

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? We had matching ties and pocket squares for the men. Sam’s was ivory and Adin’s was dark blue which tied in with the bridesmaids dress. Brie and myself kept things simple, I just wore drop earrings and Brie wore round studs and a bangle.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes, it was a gift from Sam’s family. I also had a small flower arrangement in my hair.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Write a list of photo’s that you want the photographer to take and be specific. Appreciate every moment of the day and don’t sweat the small stuff!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You only get one day to wear a fabulous gown so don’t hold back on choosing the one that you absolutely love.

Something Old? I borrowed an antique brooch from a friend that I attached to my bouquet. This was my ‘something old, something borrowed and something blue’

Something New? My gown and everything else.

Suppliers

Photographer – Jimmy Raper

Florist – Kelly Wright - Doctor Dahlia

Videographer – Ben Linsley - Family friend

First Dance – More than Words by Extreme

MC – Ben Kernahan – Sam’s housemate

Celebrant – Pastor Mark Hall – Revival Fellowship

Stationery – Lakemac Printing

Menu - Caterforce

Cake – Helen Brown – family friend

Hair  and Make-Up – Fuse Gallery Hair Skin & Body

Wedding Bands – Baunat – Belgium

Styling  –  Affections Wedding and Event Hire

New KWH Brisbane Store Opening

Posted on 31 Mar, 2017
New KWH Brisbane Store Opening

Karen Willis Holmes, Brisbane has packed their dress bags and moved close by to an exciting new location in Paddington (no, we haven't moved far!). After the bustling spring cleaning sample sale recently, the KWH team has been racing around getting the store ready for its fresh new start.  We searched far and wide for the 'perfect' store, finally coming across a stunning mid-1800's Colonial cottage that was screaming out our name. This once-home has been converted into the new KWH store and it oozes those classic cottage vibes with a huge, shady sweeping balcony, a steeply pitched roof and deeply overhanging eaves. It is classic yet with fresh modern details- two important elements that are synonymous with the Karen Willis Holmes brand.

To help launch the new store that is now open, we teamed up with one of our favourite photographers from the Sunshine Coast, Bonnie Jenkins. Hopefully, you caught one of our latest real bride blogs on Robyn and Whitney (who wore our stunning 'Saskia' gown from the BESPOKE collection). As soon as we found out Bonnie was the lady behind the lens for this breathtaking wedding, we knew it would be a perfect fit to invite her to come and take some pictures of our new store before it opened.

Bonnie has an incredible eye for detail, having a Masters in Fine Arts and a Degree in Photography to back up her unique gift of capturing the unexpected, real moments that leave memories. She lets the environment, her subject and the simplicity of her camera do all the talking and yet again, she has beyond impressed us with the stunning photos she has taken.  We are just bursting at the seams with excitement for the store to open and can't wait to give you a little glimpse at the new look. If you are in the area, please pop in and say hi!

 

STORE DETAILS
Address - 32 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane 
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Address - 46 Latrobe Tce, Paddington QLD 4064
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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 :-) 



VENDOR DETAILS

Petr Vackar - PV Hair & Make-up
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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

 

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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

Click here to find your closest Trunk show & to book an appointment.  To view the full collection, click here

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

AS FEATURED BY: 

 

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.