28 March 2013
France; the most romantic city on Earth. The home of delicate desserts, the finest champagne, young lovers, sensual fragrances and a plethora of delights to indulge the senses. Why not seek inspiration from the soft and whimsical atmosphere of an effortlessly glamorous French rendezvous. A gentle pastel colour palette and abundance of fresh flowers provide the basis for our vintage chic styling. Ooh la la.
True epicureans, the French take pleasure in fine food, wine and the indulgent pleasures in life. Keep guests flutes full of fine champagne and ensure delicacies are available to taste. We love the idea of freezing fresh flowers in ice-cubes as a feminine and colourful way to serve champagne and canapes and cheeses will transport guests to the authenticity of a relaxed, yet elegant French soiree.
Vintage vases, glasses and plates will bring with them the endearing qualities of a French chateau, the divine spaces where romance and the notorious Parisian femininity are born. Exchange sweet desserts and sweet nothings with guests as you toast to a future of romance with your new husband. Toi et moi; you and me.
French provincial elements add charm and sophistication to the styling and sweet fabrics and colours will infuse the ceremony and reception with the romantic femininity the French are infamous for. Bright hues and neutrals will allow guests to be captivated by the beauty of the flowers and will create an effortlessly fresh and stylish environment.
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27 March 2013
L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival came alive with a sophisticated collection of breathtaking bespoke gowns from prestigious Australian fashion houses. The spectacular occasion saw LMFF showcase their first bridal show, an event following in the footsteps of Australia’s first ever bridal runway debut at Adelaide’s 2012 Fashion Festival when Brides of Adelaide Magazine presented Bridal Runway Fusion: The Fashion Show.
The exclusive fashion set our hearts on fire as decadent gown after decadent gown was sent down the runway. Luckily for you, we’ve highlighted a few of our stand-out favourites, although let us assure you that narrowing the list down to a mere few beauties was not an easy task! Collette Dinnigan, one of Australia’s most internationally celebrated designers, wowed the audience with her signature delicate pieces. Easily the most wearable collection, Dinnigan successfully appealed to a wide spectrum of brides, utilising a diverse range of fabrics and silhouettes to ensure each and every piece told a different story.
Rachel Gilbert also did a fabulous job of producing a collection that could be plucked straight from the runway and slipped onto a radiant bride-to-be. Classic sweetheart necklines, layers of tulle and detailed bodices made the feminine creations, with vintage 1920s shapes incorporated into her sleeker designs. The bridal outfits were accessorised with a garland of white flowers, proving that the garland headwear trend showcased by bridal fashion powerhouses Carolina Herrera and Oscar De La Renta in S/S 2013 is still here to stay.
Aurelio Costarella’s collection shone with 1920’s sophistication and opulence. Chiffon, silks, sheer head wrap scarves, detailed embroidery, and feather shawls transported the audience to an era of swinging champagne garden parties and roaring jazz. The simply stunning gowns are the very definition of vintage chic.
One of the most fantastic things about the six collections that graced the runway Saturday night was the sheer individuality of each designer. Each artist sought inspiration from unique sources to create truly captivating gowns. Akira looked to his Japanese heritage and the draping silhouette of the Kimono to create his one-of-a-kind collection rich with detail and a hint of the extravagant Victorian period.
The rule with Maticevski bridal is to expect the unexpected, his signature manipulation of traditional silhouettes and use of unique resources bring together a crafted master skill of Haute Couture with a twist of Avante Guard Energy. On the night Maticevski presented gowns that fused soft femininity with structured shapes and materials.
Once again the 1920s reigned supreme as Gwendolynne sent opulent vintage inspired gowns down the runway, the flapper dress evidently has become a must-have for 2013. Sensual and romantic, Gwendolynne’s luxurious couture sparkled with hand-embellishments created with the utmost quality and timeless beauty.
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26 March 2013
Little to their knowledge, Michael and Chantelle first met in hospital just after being born! Michael was born two days before Chantelle in the same hospital and their mother’s hospital rooms were practically right next to each other. It wasn’t until they were fourteen and Michael cheekily pinched Chantelle’s bottom in the canteen line at school did their relationship begin. Seven years later, Michael proposed to Chantelle on her 21st birthday and the couple began preparing their elegant wedding.
Despite the beautiful scenery and dreamy decorations, all eyes were on Chantelle’s amazing Alexis George gown. The bodice was made with just three layers of sheer tulle and beading all over the torso area leading down her back. A detachable skirt was made from just a few layers of tulle with the same beautiful beading around the waistband. Connected to the bodice was a very cute bubble skirt, which was pinched up in different places to give a ‘flower’ effect all over. Absolutely stunning.
The fact that Chantelle and Michael held their wedding on the weekend of one of the biggest flash floods ever in Mildura didn’t dampen their day. Their stylish reception venue looked magical decorated with white curtains, fairy lights and centrepieces of tall thin vases filled with Singapore Orchids.
Lillies and champagne pink Singapore orchids decorated all of Chantelle’s bouquets and flower arrangements, sweetly complementing the white and pink full-length bridesmaid dresses. Each girl also wore a single lily in their side-swept curls. We must mention the beautiful cake - an eight-tiered cake design shaped in a love heart and decorated with edible bows.
The weather was wet and overcast however Photos Xposed capture the most wonderful photos, ensuring not a single moment was missed. They were ‘a lot of fun’ to work with, says Chantelle.
26 March 2013
The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour and we’ve found ourselves wrapping a warm, soft cardy around our shoulders in the mornings – yes autumn is officially upon us! We love a warm palette of burnt oranges, aubergines and marigolds, inspired by the natural autumn surroundings. A blend of oranges with earthy woods, crystal and modern luxury bring nature together with glamorous style.
Orange has recently been described as the ‘new neutral’ after appearing as the hottest colour trend for designers’ 2013 resort collections. Designers have embraced a variety of different orange hues, moving away from 2012’s tangerine obsession into earthier versions paired with browns and natural shades. The addition of vibrancy will brighten up the skies as we prepare for the winter months. Orange can look opulent and expensive when accessorised with gold and other warm colours and textures. Pack a punch with a statement making orange bridesmaid gown or let the flowers do the talking; the cooler months also provide stunning opportunities for fresh flowers in marigold hues.
Consistency in the colour scheme begins with invitations, and continues into every element, from the fresh flowers topping the cake to decorations and paper goods at the wedding. A warm rich palette of balloons would look fantastic floating in the autumn breeze and pinks and red can be utilised throughout the styling to reflect the changing colours as the months descend into winter.
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22 March 2013
Ambience is the elixir in wedding styling - similar to set dressing, it brings all the design elements to life. 'My home will have no windows, floors nor doors, nor bricks or mortar. My only home is in your arms and nowhere else.' – Rob Ryan. Drawing inspiration from a rob ryan artwork, this concept centers on finding home in another.
The colour palette is primarily shades of white with small accents of silver and a blue green. Whilst the concept is ‘home’, it is not the home of your grandparents or of your childhood. It is a slick contemporary interpretation with clean lines and a clean palette. With a palette so simple, it is largely left up to the details to carry the concept. With white roses punctuated by bright succulents, blooming in unexpected vessels and place cards infused with a common household item, this concept holds many surprises.
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21 March 2013
Create beautiful memories prior to your wedding with family and friends in a creative and simply stunning engagement session. Relax in front of the camera and capture gorgeous images that reflect the love you and your partner share and the start of your romantic journey. Combining decor elements that will set the styling theme of your wedding, engagement sessions will create timeless keepsakes, favours or stationery in the lead up to your special day. A fun, enjoyable and artistic event, your engagement session is the perfect time to build a personal relationship with your photographer before your wedding day whilst capturing the celebration of the special proposal forever.
Melanie and Jordan's enchanting engagement soiree is a spectacular feast for the eyes with an array of lavish locations and backdrops in the Barossa Valley. Dainty details and pastel colours create the antique image of a whimsical love affair, dotted with handmade pieces, delicate florals and rustic wood. The couple, with Bree from Life In Still Photography, created a romantic visual story, with the soft hues of the colour palette gently introduced to each mismatched decoration. Handmade pinwheels, boutonniere, pink peonies and a lace tee pee provide a playful and soft ambiance to the chic styling.
Photographer Bree says that there are so many reasons why she recommends couples have an engagement shoot prior to their wedding day, “It is important to establish a relationship with your photographer, not only with meetings but by also having the opportunity to be in front of the camera prior to the wedding day so that you have an understanding and a better expectation of how things may be on the big day.” Once you receive your final images, you will be able to review your favourite style, look or pose in preparation for your wedding photos. Whether your images are are set amidst a beautiful run-down abandoned stone cottage or next to a lone pine tree, the natural, relaxed feel of the photos will be a reflection of the comfortable and personal relationship you will build with your photographer throughout your engagement session.
By creating these inspired images, you can expand your wedding portfolio and use the images for you wedding stationery, favours, guest signing book, ‘save the date’, or ‘thank you’ cards. "This time in a couple's life is all about celebration" explains Bree, "the decision to marry a life partner is a huge milestone in anyone's life and it's the perfect time to celebrate the love and connection they have for one another. There are an unlimited amount of locations to have an engagement session and sometimes it can also incorporate a place that has a special meaning to the couple. I encourage my couples to be creative, but more importantly have lots of fun."
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20 March 2013
If you're looking for a very special way to take home a beautiful lasting record of the guests at your wedding we have found just the thing! These unique interactive art portraits allow family and friends to stamp their fingerprints with colourful ink pads on the design and sign their names underneath, creating a brilliant piece of artwork that your family and friends are literally a part of!
The creator of these darling artworks is self-taught Adelaide-based artist Alexis Atkins, who says that her ‘genuine love for life and connecting with people’ has always been an underlying drive in all of her artwork. “I get such enjoyment from being able to capture a significant moment or the image of a loved one in such a unique way.” This passion shows in her detailed pieces, which can be custom designed to truly reflect the personality of you and your hubby-to-be.
We absolutely love the hippie-chic kombi van and sweet portrait of the couple being lifted away in a colourful hot-air balloon - both designs are drawn with Alexis’ skilled hand - simple, fun and oh so very cute!
Choose a style that highlights the theme of your wedding or a special moment that you and your partner have shared, whether it be your first date or a reminder of his romantic proposal. Underneath Alexis will scribe your names and the date of your wedding, ensuring your can reflect on the memories for a lifetime.
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20 March 2013
With Easter only a week away we thought we would embrace the festivities (yes, we do an enjoy an excuse to eat chocolate!) and share some Easter inspired wedding style with you. A mixture of pretty pastel hues and freshly cut flowers were the canvas for our inspiration, based on the innocent and delicate palette one associates with this special time of year. For us, Easter is a holiday that involves family and relaxation and so our Easter wedding style is homely and intimate, with an array of mismatched elements that create a warm and personal vibe.
The birthstone in April is the beautiful diamond, so it is mandatory that Easter style needs a little sparkle! Sprinkle diamantes along the table or add glamour to your outfit with some opulent accessories. In order to stay pastel glam, we have stuck to various shades of blue, pink and lilac; sugary colours as sweet as delicious Easter eggs themselves.
A mismatched collection of vintage crockery, fabrics, vases and freshly picked flowers only add character to the comfortable home-style theme. The aim is unstructured, fresh and playful so don’t overthink your styling! The elements don’t need to match perfectly so as long as you stick to your pastel parfait of soft hues the end result will be light and sweet. These coloured oval candles are adorable and will illuminate the tables with a romantic glow and a dress made from layers of tulle will have you looking good enough to eat.
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19 March 2013
Shoes, shoes, glorious shoes. A gorgeous pair of heels is an absolute must on your wedding day; God wouldn’t have given us Manolo Blahniks if he didn’t want us to wear them. Lately, brides are ditching the traditional wedding shoe for something a little different, whether it is a bright colour or a hot platform heel. The current fashion trends have a major influence and as far as stilettos go this season – the sky’s the limit. Style your wedding gown with a pair of white heels and add a touch of glamour with some stylish bling. Feminine cut out shapes are on trend and look amazing with a tan peeping through. If you are a fan of a classic pump shape, snap up a pair with a textured finish to keep your look up to date.
As for bridesmaids, a silver heel will look great no matter what colour gown you’ve styled them with. The versatile colour is opulent and will finish their outfits with the right amount of sparkle. Just like the brides, the bridesmaids can say goodbye to your typical wedding pump. Modernise their looks with sexy ankle straps and save bridesmaids' feet with a comfortable platform they can dance all night in.
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18 March 2013
As the sun set over Oia in Santorini, Greece, Stephen proposed on bended knee to his high school sweetheart, Carly, presenting her with his great grandmother’s ring. A fairy-tale proposal set the scene for a fairy-tale wedding infused with beautiful classic elements of rustic romance.
The couple wanted somewhere they could have a casual ceremony that could also host some lawn games and refreshments to allow guests to relax prior to the reception. As a result, a gorgeous estate hosted their out-of-city wedding.
The bride wore a strapless Martina Liana gown with a subtle sweetheart neckline covered in silk organza sourced from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal. The stunning dress that seemed to fit Carly like a glove was waisted with a beautiful French tulle and diamante belt. The skirt was made of hundreds of hanky-shaped French tulle pieces. The outfit was complemented by dazzling accessories from Miss Martini and the most important accessory of all – a ring created by EverettBrookes with the same diamond that was in Stephen’s great grandmother’s ring. Finally, Carly wore a striking pair of bright blue heels from Ivory Soul Bridal shoes with “I do” written beautifully in diamantes on the back.
Carly describes the moment her eyes met Stephen’s for the first time at the ceremony as the ‘best part’ of the day; "…we have been dating for eleven years but there is nothing like the feeling of seeing your beloved for the first time on your wedding day. Your tummy becomes tight and it feels like a family of butterflies have taken up home in your chest!" After the relaxed garden ceremony, guests were invited to a beautiful reception area decorated with large glass cylindrical vases with white willow inside. Hanging from the willow were class candle balls and ribboned carnations.
Stephen is the chef and owner of Adelaide business How Sweet It Is and so he made the cake as a surprise for Carly; a beautiful six double tier display cake. He creatively used their invitation paper, purchased from Giftables, as a template and hand piped the same detail on two of the tiers. The creation was decorated with crosshatching, pearls, brooches, flowers and draping – Carly’s dream cake!
17 March 2013
It’s fuchsia, but not as you know it. Bright, fresh and sexy we have re-vamped this playful colour for a vibrant modern wedding. 2013 runways showcased clean faces void of makeup aside from a striking pop of fuchsia on models’ lips. This inspiration has seen us begin our styling with a blank canvas, adding eye-catching fuchsia elements to create an up-to-date look. It’s all about fresh femininity with a cool edge to your usual shades of pink.
Deliver a tropical punch to wedding décor with contrasting white and fuchsia décor. A slight hint of aqua accessories and voila, your guests are in the (oh so chic) Caribbean. We suggest you don’t get too literal and decorate your bouquets and centrepieces with an array of actual fuchsias – it’s about making an impact with modern colour.
Colour blocking with white and fuchsia is a stylish way to decorate your wedding - they're contrasting shades that balance each other, particularly if you use white as your base and fuchsia for the accents. A pair of bright heels with a white dress, or fuchsia lips like the recent runway models, will tie your bridal fashion into the styling. Has our case of fuchsia fever rubbed off on you yet?
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15 March 2013
Inspired by ‘the romance of balmy summer evenings, the bohemian breeze and stars that sparkle through the changing sky’, Samantha Wills’ latest bridal collection ‘Evening Dreaming’ is a meeting of bohemian and luxury. We are always excited by the designer’s unique style and creativity and just had to share her latest bridal accessories with you; opulent jewellery of pearls, crystal and turquoise set in burnished metals.
We are absolutely captivated by the Heart of Aries pieces, intricate art-deco inspired bangles, rings, earrings and necklaces that will add the finest touch of glamour and romance to your wedding day.
Samantha Wills’ dreamy sentiment behind the collection shines through with each luxurious piece, designed for the bride with a ‘soul of wanderlust and love’…
Continue the Samantha Wills’ styling with whimsical treasures for your bridesmaids’ accessories. The Hunters and Gatherers collection features earthy tones, vivid jade, turquoise, golds and silvers, romancing the bohemian style. We love the idea of taking a step back from the traditional and adorning bridesmaids in sparkling luxe jewellery unlike any other. Inspired by a girl who lived in Paris for a year and collected trinkets along the way, Samantha Wills describes her pieces as ‘the experience, the midnight walks beneath the Parisian stars. The inspiration, the souls adventure…’
What a wonderful reflection of love and freedom to include in your wedding day. Sign up to the SW VIP newsletter here to stay up-to-date with of all Samantha Wills new releases…the glamour is worth it!
14 March 2013
Always on the eye out for new and exciting trends and products, we had to look twice when we came across these dapper wooden accessories by Two Guys' Bow Ties. Yep, these guys (presumably two of them) have reinvented the traditional bow tie, using ‘a variety of rare and exotic pieces of hardwood’ to craft their unique creations. If your husband-to-be and his groomsmen seek to dress down their formal wear, or ‘de-flamboyantize’ it, as designer Tim Paslay puts it, then these may just be the accessory they’re after. Personally, we love them.
They’re bows that manage to reflect true masculinity – what, with the woody smell, strong exterior and little bit of softness in the middle (they only use the finest materials and leather). They’re cool, they’re edgy and as the casual equivalent of a bow tie, they will take the flamboyant edge off your groom. Of course.
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12 March 2013
Lavender is so pretty and feminine with a lovely effortless quality about it, a few stems tied together with ribbon or string amongst very relaxed styling looks so naturally beautiful. The colour is sweet and soft, perfect for a bright and fresh wedding of classic and rustic elements. Reflect the darling simplicity of the flower in other aspects; fresh whites and recycled bits and bobs highlight the purple hue in all its unfussy glory.
Lavender is known not only for being ornamentally beautiful, but also for its soothing effects. A blanket of calming aroma with sweet overtones will relax everyone involved on your wedding day and keep spirits high. Fill empty mason jars with freshly picked bunches of lavender and use mis-matched ribbons to tie a sprinkling of lavender across your white styling.
Lavender toss is an environmentally friendly alternative to confetti and the soft purples have a fairy-tale quality in photographs. Wheat colours and lace work seamlessly with the organic style of the lavender plant and keep the men’s suits light and fresh, finishing with a simple lavender boutonniere.
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8 March 2013
Elie Saab presented a divinely romantic collection of pastel hues at his Spring 2012 Couture show. Pastel colours are in high-demand and everyone is looking to this memorable 2012 couture show for inspiration. Ultra-ladylike and ultra-sweet, sheer and sparkling powder blues, cotton-candy pinks and minty greens delicately swayed down the runway in intricate embroidery and feminine silhouettes.
We can’t look past the light as air skirts and crystalised tulle flowers as the perfect creations for an opulent wedding dress. If you ever doubted the coloured wedding dress trend, this is the collection that will restore your faith. The frosty pastel colour palette is nothing short of divine and undoubtedly still has women scrambling for a proposal and wedding bells ringing in our ears.
7 March 2013
In light of our friends EverettBrookes’ fourth birthday, we couldn’t help but treat our eyes to a wistful gaze at some of the jeweller’s stunning white gold creations. It all comes down to personal taste and white gold is still a serious trend; the metal is fresh, versatile and flattering on all skin tones. After spending the morning making a shortlist of our favourite EverettBrookes wedding and engagement rings (not an easy task, mind you) we’ve decided we need to share them with you. What’s your favourite?
These diamond engagement rings are making our heart beat very, very quickly….The corner set princess cut with channel set princess cut stones on the shoulders will certainly make you the envy of your girlfriends. For a unique spin on a traditional ring, we love this brilliant cut diamond on a knife-edged style band! We think princess cut diamond wedding bands look stunning stacked on either side of an engagement ring and are in love with this opulent wedding ring with alternating princess and brilliant cut stones.
White gold is also increasingly popular for men, particularly with a masculine brushed finish. For a ring that is bang on trend, we adore this band with the rose gold inner.
David Everett and Ian Brookes have created the place to go for exquisite custom-made jewellery, combining passion with expertise and quality at EverettBrookes. An experience like no other, they offer after-hours appointments accompanied by champagne and an understanding eye for creativity. Have your ideal ring in mind? Visit their workshop and they’ll make your dream a reality.
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6 March 2013
Tired of seeing the same bomboniere over and over again? Do you go home after a wedding and add your five sugared almonds to the mounting pile in your cupboard? They are lovely for those who are sticklers to tradition, but if you’re bored of the same-same, we have come up with some unique wedding favours ideas:
Cute socks. Practical and adorable, patterned socks (we particularly like this pink pair decorated with red hearts) are great for a winter wedding – guests can slip out of their of their heels and into cosy feet warmers when they get home.
For those food connoisseurs who prefer their savouries over sweets, these little jars of olive oil make for unique bomboniere gifts guests can actually use…but only if they invite you over for dinner!
A little crystal jar of your favourite perfume and cologne is a super personal wedding favour that guests can carry around with them and be reminded of your wedding day every time they dab on the fragrance.
Why don’t you each choose your favourite book and leave guests with a little reading material. A handwritten note and the date in the cover will make it even more special.
We absolutely adore the juicy succulent apple bomboniere from Adelaide’s edible gift specialists Berry Pop. They expertly carve your guests names into each bright red fruit, leaving a personalised and unique gift.
Can’t get enough of macarons? Neither can we! Our favourites are from the Mac Factory and look oh so charming in these miniature apothecary jars from Exalt by Design. Treat your guests…yum!
If you and your hubby-to-be love the cinema (and awkwardly spent your first date seeing the latest romantic comedy) give guests the gift of a movie ticket so they too can enjoy a date night with the big Hollywood stars.
Encourage guests to have fun, loosen up and take advantage of the flowing champagne. Just make sure you provide them with a pair of sunnies with the message ‘For the morning…thank us later”.
We love these witty little bag tags, with sayings on them like ‘hands off’, ‘my clothes won’t fit you’ and ‘not worth stealing’, guests will smile and think of you each time they travel.
If you’re holding your wedding somewhere like the beautiful Barossa, make the most of the amazing local produce and gift little paper bags of fresh fruits, such as these grapes. They are delicious, low-calorie and guests can refresh and cleanse their palates after their second slice of wedding cake.
Send guests a little flash-drive with their ‘Thankyou’ note as a tech-savvy bomboniere idea. Load them up with a few special songs from the wedding and your favourite candid snaps so your friends and family can re-live the evening.
Brighten guests day with some sunflower seeds; an environmentally friendly bomboniere idea. Guests can plant them and be reminded of you each time they see the big yellow bloom, or alternatively – munch on them!
Why not skip the whole wedding favour idea and make a donation to your favourite charity, such as the Cancer Council, in each guest’s name. They will feel honoured to be involved and you’ll be helping out those who need it.
Giftables stock the sweetest little bomboniere gifts, from heart shaped ice-cream scoops (a scoop of love, anyone?) to heart shaped tea-infusers and tongs, give each guest a little bit of love to take home with them. Aw.
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5 March 2013
Yep, summer is officially over. Mad March has crept up on us yet again and from now onwards the days are getting shorter, the air cooler and our hearts a little heavier (oh, how we miss summer already!). However, the change in seasons is the perfect excuse to add an extra pop of colour to your wedding palette: fluorescent hues will definitely brighten dull days and lift everyone’s spirits. We love, love, love neons – they are fun and contemporary wedding colours that will bring a little bit of spring and summer to the cooler autumn and winter months.
Rule #1: don’t be overwhelmed. The colours are striking and can look absolutely fabulous when styled right: the key is to ‘under-do’ it – splashes of bright neons are enough to make an impact. If you over-think the fluorescents and go on a neon rampage then you might as well crimp your hair, chuck on some shoulder pads and pretend you’re back in the 1980’s. Pops of neon on (a lot of) white and (a little) tan neturals is the most fresh and modern way to approach your styling, once you keep that in mind it’s all smooth sailing!
Neons are a little futuristic, so play around with shapes and patterns. We love these geometric bomboniere boxes in bright colours and bold symmetrical shapes on the napkins and invitations. Colour blocking looks incredible in fluorescent colours, from bright cake icing to the solid neon stripes on the doors created from coloured masking tape – the perfect prop for your wedding photographs.
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4 March 2013
The red carpet at the annual Oscar awards was, as expected, a walking fashion parade of 2013’s hottest couture looks for the season ahead. Between the display of stunning (and some not so stunning, sorry Anne Hathaway) gowns were a few that gave rise to some serious bridal inspiration. Fashion enthusiasts all over the globe are in agreement that Jennifer Lawrence killed it in her fabulous Dior Couture creation, a structured bell-bottom silhouette we can see trailing down the aisle. Amy Adams looked wedding-worthy in strapless bodice and full ruffled skirt dress by Oscar De La Renta, the soft grey colour providing a subtle tribute to the current coloured wedding dress trend. Amanda Seyfried shone radiantly in Alexander McQueen with a keyhole halter neckline that showed off her polished shoulders. Swept up in the flattering peplum trend, the winner in our eyes (Oscar or no Oscar) was Charlize Theron who perfected modern bride in her pure white Dior Couture gown.
The wedding gown contenders continued beyond the red carpet and into the Vanity Fair after-party, where the likes of Natalie Portman and Rose Byrne sent us into white dress envy. Natalie, forever effortlessly elegant, teamed satin Dior with emerald earrings, proving that brides can wear a column dress and maintain high-fashion class. Rose looked sophisticated ballerina in a Lanvin wrap skirt and backless leotard, a simple style turned bridal with the use of delicate silk. Kate Bosworth pulled off vintage bride in a sophisticated Chanel dress and Allison Williamson’s full-length patterned Valentino gown sent our bridal radar into over-drive. Love it!
1 March 2013
After a night out ‘stuffing themselves silly’ at a Thai restaurant, Michael proposed to Deb with a ring he made himself. Inside the stainless steel thumb ring was engraved ‘I love you eMBee, will you marry me?’ An amazing wedding followed, filled with a lot of nerves, a few tears, all smiles and a high five at the end!
When choosing her gown, Deb’s main priority was comfort – she wanted something different and easy to wear so she didn’t have to hold her stomach in and could easily sit down! The final product was a beautiful and breezy cotton and silk blend with shibori (Japanese twisted flowers) and tulle straps. She looked very much the radiant bride with a natural glow and a dazzling wide smile.
The wedding reception, held under magical strings of fairy lights on a tennis court, was relaxed and fun for all the couple’s friends and family. Deb collected vases from op shops and kept beer bottles, which were decorated with twine and filled with flowers by friends. Her mum made all the table runners from different materials, altogether creating a warm mismatched décor. The tennis court was set up with a ‘chill out’ area with rugs, sun chairs, ottomans, coffee tables and umbrellas. A dance floor was placed next to the trestle table dining area and bar, accompanied by ‘the most amazing’ little band. Guests enjoyed hor’deourves with drinks after the ceremony and later a shared platter dinner before a petit fours dessert of brownies, macaroons and lemon tarts.
Deb and Michael loved the style of photography Pete, from What Pete Shot, produced. “He is a lovely, easy-going guy who made us feel really comfortable for the photos’. The end result were gorgeous photos, capturing every special and candid moment of the day, to last a lifetime.
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