4 March 2014
Chic, gorgeous, adorable - we are totally sold on this mod-inspired bridal look! The short dress teamed with a voluminous hair 'do and those purple parfait shoes are too babe'n! xx
31 January 2014
This beautiful bride sits amongst soft and romantic layers...so pretty...xx
30 January 2014
Whimsical and oh-so-pretty floral crowns are a trend for carefree brides that is here to stay. Feminine, soft and relaxed, floral crowns bring a sense of magical whimsy to a wedding day. The best part is there's SO many gorgeous ways you can incorporate flowers into your hair! Whether you want a dramatic crowns or a few blooms here and there, there's something to suit every flora loving bride! It's a beautiful idea to use fresh blooms that match the varieties in your bouquet to create consistency throughout the styling. Peruse our top ten floral crown picks...(it was hard to narrow them down!)...
pink + white off centre bridal floral crown / white + yellow bridal floral crown / ombre bridal floral crown / lilac bridal floral crown / white bridal floral crown / pink + orange bridal floral crown / white bridal floral crown in plait / leafy bridal floral crown / apricot bridal floral crown / pink, white + green bridal floral crown
24 January 2014
Vibrant, bold and so much fun - we LOVE this exciting look for vivacious brides! Inspired by Christian Dior Haute Couture 2009, this bridal dress incorporates the wedding colours into the gown lining for a look-at-me pop of colour!
15 January 2014
You can stumble across some incredible finds on Etsy - the website is a bride's source for all unique! Our breath was simply taken away by these gorgeous necklaces - an opulent accessory for the high-fashion bride! x
13 January 2014
Summer is well and truly upon us! We're turning up the heat further with these hot, hot, HOT beach-inspired wedding dresses! The perfect, floaty gowns for a day by the sea. Whether you're after elegance on the sand or boho romance, there's a style to suit every beach loving bride. These frocks are cool and light, with an array of textures and fabrics to reflect the wonders you find in the ocean and by the beach. Grab a cool drink and let your eye wander...
asymmetrical bodice detail wedding dress / mermaid wedding dress / v-neck wedding dress / strapless a-line wedding dress / empire line strapless wedding dress / beaded strapless wedding dress / boho lace wedding dress with straps / cut-out wedding dress / lace applique wedding dress with sleeves / cowl-back wedding dress / cowl-neck wedding dress / cap-sleeve wedding dress
26 November 2013
Would you swap traditional white in favour of dreamy blush wedding gowns? We love these feminine creations, full with tulle, detail and elegance...
20 November 2013
Simple bridal elegance...the soft and feminine neckline gives the dress a little something extra, and the houndstooth ribbon on the bouquet adds interest. Everything works beautifully...
15 November 2013
We love this dreamy photo by Feather & Stone Photography...the colours resemble a delectable pastel parfait! So gorgeous for spring bridesmaids! A hint of cornflower blue in the bouquet is the perfect touch.
4 November 2013
Wow! Who thought that we would drawing inspiration from maternity wear? Five months pregnant and Rebecca Judd has still managed to top our charts as best dressed at Derby Day in this outstanding leather and lace bump-hugging creation with a nude illusion lining! Fabulous inspo for a summery outdoor wedding gown or high-fashion engagement party outfit. Gorgeous!
31 October 2013
We love the hair, can't get enough of that bouquet and are coveting that amazing dress! Spot on bridal style!
30 October 2013
There are some celebrity brides who capture our hearts not only with their romance, but with their enchanting bridal style. Join us as we count down our top five fav wedding dresses from the past couple of years...
5. Aoife Cogan
Model Aoife Cogan shone in an Amanda Wakeley gold-embellished sparkling halter-neck wedding gown during her nuptials to her rugby star husband. The Grecian style creation was graced with a boho touch, thanks to a stunning pearl headpiece that sat upon her flowing curls. It doesn't get more beautiful than that!
4. Jodi Gordon
Australian actress Jodi Gordon's drop-dead-gorgeous J'Aton gown was a definite winner in our eyes. Strapless, with scalloped lace and a beautiful train, the gown flaunted Jodi's fit figure and polished shoulders. Rumour has it that Jodi's ornate ensemble took a total of 300 hours to make...so worth it!
3. Hilary Duff
Recognise this much-talked about creation? Hilary's hand-embellished mermaid style gown is by none other than the iconic Vera Wang and fitted the singer / actress like a glove. The exceptionally romantic blush tulle and organza, decorated with blooms, was especially made by Vera for Hilary. Lucky gal!
2. Millie Mackintosh
Millie was a breath of fresh air in her elegant, but refreshingly casual wedding gown during her ceremony to Professor Green. The vintage lace gown was modernised with an on-trend peplum skirt and the outfit would not have been complete, of course, without a classic white pair of Louboutins.
1. Rebecca Judd
Yep, Mrs Twigley still has our hearts soaring in her highly-coveted J'Aton masterpiece. The incredible gown continues to inspire brides who crave a little extravagance on their big day. Kudos Bec, you absolutely nailed it.
28 October 2013
Style file: the white pantsuit! A fashion-forward option for the anti-bride. Totally chic, comfortable and an incredibly unexpected twist on typical bridal fashion. We love the idea of white pantsuit for your wedding day - it's fresh, sleek and would look so Hollywood with a bright red pout. This look is definitely a fab idea for ladies blessed with long legs, as the pantsuit would accentuate height. Are you a shortie? Don't stress - wear it, OWN IT!
18 October 2013
It can be tricky business trying to find a purse that matches your perfect bridal outfit! Something small and elegant that will carry your essentials, while still being fashionable and looking fab. We've picked some fabulous little bags that will look amaaaazing on your wedding day - the perfect size and oozing with the hottest style! We're loving metallic hues - they'll add a real pop of glamour to your look and look amazing teamed with equally gorgeous accessories. Adelaide's very own Miss Martini stocks an incredible selection of unique clutches...there will certainly be something to catch your eye!
5 October 2013
The simplicity of the illusion neckline on this beautiful wedding dress is divine. We love the modern twist on your classic wedding gown design! An illusion neckline would look so fab on bridesmaids dresses also, especially with some modern accessories!
27 September 2013
Sok Hoffmann is the wonderfully passionate and talented designer behind custom couture bridal label Malachi Empire. Specialising in high-quality custom made bridal gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses, Sok strives to make every woman feel gorgeous and take pride in her individuality. Her love for luxurious fabrics are evident in her designs and creations, allowing each bride to enjoy an unforgettable experience as her dream wedding gown comes to life.
Sok’s exquisite 2013 bridal collection features soft silks, strong silhouettes and beautiful beadwork. Playing around with gorgeous drapery and defined necklines, vintage glamour is represented exquisitely in their design aesthetic this year. The gowns are feminine, highlighting the beauty of a woman’s curves, and refreshingly unique. We simply love Sok’s innovative approach to bridal fashion; her distinct designs bring an opulent dose of high-fashion to our fabulous Adelaide bridal industry.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Sok to find out exactly what inspires her creative mind...
What drew me to the bridal fashion industry… I am a self-taught dressmaker and studied design for a couple of years. My business has been created with love and appreciation for art, design and fashion. I create gorgeous gowns for women who appreciate the same pleasures and for those who appreciate my skill. I became a designer and dressmaker in Adelaide purely because I had not seen very many gowns that intrigued me as much as the designers interstate and overseas had.
My favourite bridal fashion industry leader…Vera Wang - her designs are creatively engaging to so many women. She challenges herself with design from beautiful to bold and outrageous. I think Vera Wang can merge into any type of design so flawlessly whether it is bridal, ready-to-wear, resort wear, perfumes and home wares.
What inspires me… I have a love for detailing and I see a lot of gorgeous work from other designers. I enjoy the challenge of recreating something completely different, yet with similar elements such as draping, beadwork or cuts.
My approach…my designs are delicate. Every detail has been carefully thought through and hand finishes are strategically placed. I work with the fabric and understand the way it moves and breathes. I start with the basic fundamentals, such as working with a strong silhouette, then work on adding, cutting or changing elements to suit my client’s needs.
Career accomplishments…showcasing in the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2012 has been one of my biggest achievements, as I was able to stream into the fashion field in addition to bridal.
The first thing I do when I step into work…switch on my computer and turn on some music, check my emails and have a glass of health juice. I find when I have fed my musical tastebuds I feel inspired throughout the day.
A typical day at work… involves a lot of positive mental thoughts so I generally start the day with a morning run or a yoga session. I check/respond to emails at 8am and work through my assigned workload for the day. It could be cutting patterns, sewing, ordering fabrics, designing or organising appointments. On Sundays I plan my weekly work schedule to stay organised.
My favourite wedding story…my favourite wedding so far has to be one of my client’s Alysha. I had the opportunity to design a gorgeous slinky silk satin gown for her wedding in Venice. I loved how she spoke about her plans about marrying her best friend, her friendly nature and meeting her lovely parents during her fittings made the experience so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to see Venice and having someone wear a Malachi gown overseas at my dream destination was a bonus!
My favourite place to shop in Adelaide…my husband and I enjoy taking our kids to Tanunda to walk on the main strip. We love getting ice-cream, visiting op-shops and looking for new treasures for the home or garden.
My favourite place to eat in Adelaide…British India - I love their food and the restaurant interior.
The top of my shopping list…some new exercise gear; I have started a new training program and new programs need new outfits and shoes!
My idea of a good time…a lazy Sunday afternoon with good food, wine and great company in the sunshine.
When I am not at work you will find me…in the garden with my daughters. We enjoy planting native plants and shrubs to attract the native birds to visit our property.
What makes me laugh…I can laugh at anything now, as I am pretty random. I don’t take life too seriously and enjoy everyday as it comes.
I can’t live without…music. It clears up the mind when you’re cloudy and soothes you when you’re tired.
Stuck in my head is…”Hall Of Fame” by The Script. It is my work out song and uplifting.
Five words that describe me…friendly, practical, artistic, loyal and ambitious.
My favourite drop…Peter Lehmann Red Wine.
Make sure you visit Malachi Empire for more information about Sok and her gorgeous wedding dress and bridesmaids designs...
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20 August 2013
We are swooning over Australian wedding dress designer Grace Loves Lace. A fresh, whimsical and unexpected take on bridal, the brand has broken the bridal mould and is creating unique gowns for brides who are looking for something different. Ethereal, vintage-esque gowns are handmade to order in their Gold Coast studios and sent anywhere in the world. The best part? Not only are they refreshingly different, they’re also totally affordable.
“Gone are the days when ‘bridal’ meant wearing structured princess dresses, diamond studs and tiaras or a string of Grandma’s pearls. Style defines each of us on a daily basis and your wedding day should be no different.” - Grace Loves Lace.
Bohemian, carefree and comfortable, these dresses were created to fill a void in the market for dresses that were easy to wear and free-spirited. The stunning, ready-to-wear dresses are created from the finest French laces and silks, with inspiration from the Bohemian era combined with vintage charm. The site also offers beautiful boleros, veils, headpieces, belts and accessories so that you can create a unique look from head to toe.
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26 July 2013
Float away to your most far-away fantasies with this dreamy lavender wedding. Mix plenty of bridal chic with a touch of bohemian and add a hint of indie style. A recipe for a perfectly relaxed and gorgeous lavender wedding day.
22 July 2013
We've got some news that will knock your frocks off...media personality and New York based bridal designer, Henry Roth will be in Adelaide this Wednesday to start his ‘Rock Your Frock’ Australian tour!
Henry is just off the plane from New York City, where he is now based. He appeared on season one and two of Project Runway Australia (swoon), was the makeover man on last year’s Channel 7’s Beauty and the Geek and formally the Fashion Editor on Channel 9’s Today Show - you bet this man KNOWS fashion. His gowns have also featured internationally on programs including Entertainment Tonight, CNN and Oprah.
Here's a sample of some of the stunning designs from Henry Roth's latest collection...
Henry will be in Adelaide at Adelaide Brides and Bloom to kick start his tour and will be doing a day of one on one, top-to-toe consultations with local Adelaide brides - that's you! These gowns are by Henry Roth and the newly launched Michelle Roth Couture, Henry’s sister's collection, which will also be available at the in-store visits. This is a fabulous opportunity to receive a personal bridal fashion consultation from one of the most talented celebrities in the industry - nothing will relieve the stress of finding the perfect dress like someone who understands your concerns and knows exactly how to solve them.
Some of the exclusive collection of super chic and sophisticated gowns from Michelle Roth's collection below:
5 July 2013
Retro has been revamped in the form of uber-glamorous gloves, the perfect addition to your bridal outfit. Not so vintage anymore, these designs are opulent, fashion-forward and would add a touch of 'wow-factor' to your wedding day style. They're feminine and the cover up of skin is half-glamorous, half-sexy!
21 June 2013
Today we are inspired by these totally eclectic boho beauties. They've ditched 'traditional' bridal style for fashion completely individual to them. Casual, fresh and effortlessly chic, these bohemian brides are relaxed versions of your usual haute couture. We love the serene carefree feel their look has to offer - with tousled hair, comfy flowing materials and floral adornments, these brides have nothing to worry about but enjoying their special day. Comfortableness aside, there's another reason why you should consider going bohemian-chic for your wedding day; the go-with-the-flow vibes are definitely going to be on trend this Spring.
boho bride with rose / bride with embellished headpiece / bride in halterneck metallic dress / bride in sheer gown and floral headpiece / white smock on bicycle / short wedding dress with floral veil / relaxed bride in fedora / floral cutout dress with floral headpiece / beach bride with pompom detail / beach bride with wrap wide-brimmed hat / bride in pantsuit and wide-brimmed hat / casual mini-dress bride with embellishment / beach bride with off-the-shoulder sleeve / seventies-inpsired bride with head wrap / pant suit bride with sheer lace top / full-length skirt with white-tshirt bride / lace gown with handpicked bouquet / bride on chair with floral headpiece / white halterneck wedding dress with knit jacket
18 June 2013
Engaged, already married, single, divorced...whatever, your relationship status is totally irrelevant when it comes to these breathtakingly stunning gowns by Israel designer Galia Lahav Haute Couture 2013-14. Whether you're busy planning a wedding or have sworn off men forever, there is absolutely no way you cannot love the immaculate detail, silhouette and design of Lahav's incredible artistry. This tres-glamorous photo shoot is entitled "The St Tropez Cruise" and, well, the photos speak for themselves.
The team at Galia Lahav shared their inspiration..."This season Galia Lahav’s bride explores the French Riviera, sails her yacht and rides her Harley Davidson from the heels of Monte Carlo, to the hot white graveled beaches in Cannes. From the film festival, the Casino and the royal palace in Monaco this is where royalties, actors, super-models, and celebrities meet and this collection is inspired by two princesses, on and off screen Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly.
Body-hugging silhouettes, softly embracing each curve, imperial ball gowns, and statuesque red carpet glamour dresses, all in a modern look, but with a wink at the sizzling 60's. Classic silk satins, chiffons, and French laces, Tulle and dotted net, mixed with hand embroidered details, using crystal and pearl embellishments, and antique cross-stitched ‘Gobelins’ medallions and floral motifs."
Like the burning sun over the glistening ocean in St Tropez, these dresses are hot..hot..hot!
wedding dresses galia lahav
13 June 2013
Naaawwww....it's what you're thinking isn't it? How cute are these little lads in their best ring-bearer get up? VERY CUTE we say! Little ring-bearers have a big responsibility - they will be delivering the rings after all, so ensure they look as dapper as can be whilst they're performing their special duties. Here's a few adorable and stylish ideas for the important little man on your wedding day (no, not your husband!). From bow-ties to chinos, suspenders and fedoras, these little guys can be just as stylish (if not more so!) than the rest of the bridal party.
Gilt.com has a great range of suave clothes for boys. We love their big-style clothing that has been shrank down to miniature size. We've picked out a couple of our favourites below that we think would suit the little members of your bridal party. You might pick up something for yourself whilst browsing...try to resist!
orange cardigan and fedora / black bow tie and suspenders / matching grey cap, tie and pants / polka dot shirt and fedora / checked shirt with bow tie / white shirt with orange bow tie / blue suit jacket and white chinos / white shirt and yellow bow tie / blue shirt and pink suspenders and bow tie / black suit jacket and green tie / white shirt and green suspenders and bow tie / green pants with red and navy stripe jacket / black tuxedo jacket / grey blazer / beige chinos with suspenders / green tartan chinos with suspenders / blue loafers / bow tie
12 June 2013
If primary colours immediately take you back to your school days then you clearly haven't been staying up-to-date the big 2013 trends hitting the runways. Designer's have been raiding the crayon box to produce some totally cool combinations of show-stopping red, bright yellow and cobalt blue. Spring 2013 collections saw the likes of Chanel, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Gucci return to classroom basics with styling and couture takes on primary colours. We love this bold trend so much, we're translating it into chic statement-making wedding style. Enjoy!
Monochromatic hits of the bright hues is the best way to approach this type of bold styling. Colour-blocking is modern, makes an impact and allows you to mix and match different pieces together. This will ensure decorating is a lot easier - often it is difficult to find primary colour decor. It isn't hard, however, to match a white pair of heels with red nails, throw on a bright necklace or to carry beautiful block colour bouquets. Since you're colour blocking, keep your shapes and colours simple. A bouquet in one bright flower is enough to make an impact - avoid small detail or your styling could end up looking messy.
Simple, bright, vivid and timeless, primary colours are constants in a world where colours are coming and going (a mixture of browns, oranges and olive greens certainly haven't returned in full force from the 70's, have they?) They the base hues of our entire colour palette after all. There's still something so contemporary about this style - especially the monochromatic interpretation made by current designers and the almost 1960's approach on primary colour styling. Whether you decorate in full force, or accessorise with vibrant red, yellow and blue bits and pieces, there's no doubt your guests heads will be turning at the sight of such a beautifully bold decor choice.
Now that the fashion world says that it's okay to binge on primary colours, just remember that everything is wonderful...in moderation. Break up your bright style with a white backdrop and accents. Even a touch of black here and there will keep your decor stylish instead of over-bearing. With that in mind, go crazy! This type of wedding isn't for the conservative folk who tend to hold back! Make that decor pop!
bride / coloured napkins / white wedding gown / blue groom's suit / white strappy bridal heels / yellow wedding bouquets / blue bridal jewellery / red wedding invitations / coloured bridesmaids dress / lemon meringue tart / chanel quilted handbag / white and red wedding gown / red velvet icecream dessert / yellow wedding cake / yellow heart wedding decor / lego bomboniere bag / coloured bouquets
6 June 2013
It is common these days for brides to ditch the traditional white bridal shoes in favour for some heels with a pop of colour. More and more grooms and groomsmen are opting to show some colour too in the form of brightly patterned socks under their suit pants...but now that suits are getting skinnier and brogues have reached cult status, men can mirror the ladies and wear an interesting pair of shoes on their wedding day. Who says only the ladies can indulge in fashion?
Brogues look cool and suave with skinny suits with a shorter pant hem than normal. If you want to be really creative, a pair of interesting socks will keep the look super trendy, or, if you're really brave, you can show off a bit of ankle. This look is definitely for the fashion forward groom! If you're looking for something a little more low-key, tan brogues are versatile and still edgier than classic black, particularly when worn with a navy or grey suit. If you've got your heart set on a pair of black brogues, try changing the shoelaces to a bright colour that matches your socks.
30 May 2013
In a world where each season symbolises a sudden change in textures, silhouettes and hues, a throwback thursday on a 2012 wedding dress collection may seem to contradict our claim to be Adelaide's ultimate bridal fashion and styling resource. When it comes to Yaki Ravid Couture, this is not the case. His stunning 2012 Love Collection designs are as relevant now as they were a year ago, with a versatile showcase of truly stunning couture gowns. Each dress finds a way to perfectly highlight the feminine curves of the female form in all the right places, offering current trends from lace and peplum to cut outs and 1920s draping. Take a brief trip back to Yaki Ravid's 2012 masterpieces and be inspired by the impeccable detail and silhouettes. We could gaze wistfully at them all day...
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9 May 2013
It may still be warm this week however the winter months are upon us and whilst winter weddings have a distinctly magical quality about them, there’s no doubt the air can get a little chilly! As a bride, you will probably be looking for some chic options to keep those shoulders warm when you’re braving the outdoors!
A cape is a fashion-forward idea that takes the bite off the air but still looks fabulous. We are loving these stunning designs by Johanna Johnson. Not only are they beautifully designed, but they are vintage-inspired, taking on the 1920’s Gatsby trend that the world has suddenly gone crazy for!
bridal capes johanna johnson
7 May 2013
Girls! Bridal Fashion Week in New York has just finished – as always, we’re bringing you a dose of the best inspiration from the runways. First and foremost fans of Australian and local designers, it still never hurts to see what is on offer around the rest of the world! Without sounding cliché, one of our most anticipated shows was, as always, Vera Wang. Love them or hate them, her designs are undeniably interesting, from an array or head-turning colours to va-va-voom silhouettes. Wang took a turn from her bright colours of previous years and has produced a dramatic, yet elegant, monochrome collection (trend alert! See our monochrome styling concept for ideas).
Even if you’re a fan of the traditional white gown, these gowns provide some incredible inspiration with their amazing cuts, silhouettes and fabrics. We love the way that Wang has combined traditional styles with ultra-modern in one runway. Lace, princess skirts, fish tails and tulle are on offe for the classic brides, and fabulous cut-outs, panels and mesh fabrics will satisfy the modern brides needs. Once again Wang, we are not disappointed. Sometimes, simplicity is enough to be striking.
wedding dresses vera wang
2 May 2013
To wear a veil or not to wear a veil – that is the question. The people of Ancient Rome believed that evil spirits would be attracted to the bride, so they covered her face with a veil in order to conceal her face and confuse the spirits, and thus protect her. Today, many brides are braving the evil spirits and leaving tradition behind. In the fashion world, veils are all over the runway, from couture shows from Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli to headpieces designed by Marc Jacobs. Despite the trends, a veil is a personal choice and totally up to individual taste.
You need to consider how your veil will work with your dress, face shape, body shape, hairstyle and location. Firstly, identify the main focal points of your gown so that you can complement it with the perfect veil. For example, if you would like to make a stunning low back the feature, choose a shorter veil or an ultra sheer style. If your dress is elaborate and heavily detailed a simple veil would be most flattering. If your dress is simple, a more detailed veil would look beautiful.
Next step, consider your face shape – not every veil flatters every face! A round face requires a veil that will help make your face look longer and slimmer. Choose a veil that comes to at least your shoulders and preferably with something with volume on top of the head. If your face is square, choose a feminine veil that will soften your frame and add length, such as a circular and cascading style. A rectangle face is usually a bit long, balance it with a style that has width around the face but minimal volume on top. Finally, an oval face suits many styles of veils – lucky you! Time to experiment! Bear in mind the time of year and location – a veil caught on a windy day can be disastrous.
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28 April 2013
High-fashion and couture meets the humble streets of Adelaide with these exquisitely unique wedding gowns by popular designer, Jaimie Sortino.
The collection focuses on ethereal fusion of whimsy and romance, with the elements of bridal inspiration. Keeping the colour palette a majority white and ivories with soft blush pinks, the collection pulled inspiration from European romance and classic shapes with the classic Sortino twist of using modern textiles and French laces - the collection is designed for a woman who dreams. Using soft silk tulles, French laces and silk georgette the gowns create a soft but dramatic emotion.
Designer Jaimie Sortino belongs to a new breed of visionaries rediscovering the allure of couture. With an eye for romantic fairytale confections with a modern twist, Sortino builds effortless drama into every design. Every piece is handcrafted here in Australia using the best fabrics sourced from France and Italy. Sortino's romantic vision is tempered with a vibrant, modern edge that positions him as a creative force to watch.
Sortino's love for textiles using hand cut embellishments, hand cut lace detailing and textile methods to treat fabrics feature heavily in his designs. A testament to Sortino's dedicated craftsmanship, each handmade gown is treated to with care and hours of painstaking beading and embellishing, which results in an ethereal fusion of whimsy and romance, with the elements of bridal inspiration.
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11 April 2013
It’s that time of year again. Australia has come alive with the magic, glamour and excitement of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The time when you cannot open a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed without a fashion blogger sharing amazing pictures of their front row experience…not that we’re complaining! We love seeing the surprising and innovative fashions MBFWA has to offer. We have sat back and reflected on the first half of the busy, busy week and chosen our favourite inspiration for wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses straight from the runway! Enjoy!
Alex Perry, Dyana Kosso, Lisa Ho, Aurelio Costarella, Alice McCall, Bec & Bridge and Camilla & Marc set our hearts racing with unique gowns perfect for the fashion-forward bride.
Alice McCall hit bang on trend with feminine cut outs and Lisa Ho was her traditionally understated, yet cool self with full-length gowns of modern silhouettes. A personal favourite had to be Alex Perry’s figure hugging structured bodice gown with a sexy thigh-high split; so simple but so, so good. Bec & Bridge and Alice McCall had sexy and modern, shorter designs.
Let’s not forget about the beautiful bridesmaids…we are loving the neutral colour palette of the dresses below by Diyana Kosso, Bec & Bridge and Lisa Ho. Neutral, but definitely not snooze-worthy, cut-outs, layers and a-symmetrical designs are the features of these fabulous dresses. Diyana Kosso produced amazing gowns that could be worn by both bridesmaids and modern brides in warm ivory shades.
If you're after a splash of colour, MBFWA did not disappoint in the vibrancy department. Lisa Ho went va-va-voom in a show-stopping fire-engine peplum gown with a thigh high split (we’re noticing a trend…), while Alex Perry decided to keep his pop of colour to accessories with a bright yellow belt.
Bridesmaids always look stunning in blue shades. Take a cue from Bec & Bridge and coat bridesmaids in a baby blue pastel shade – modernised with a trendy below-the-knee hem and racer neckline. For a glamorous look, we love this full-length Alice McCall cutout gown in a deep navy.
10 April 2013
The best part about being a little girl is the joy of dressing up in beautiful clothes, doing a little twirl and feeling like a pretty princess. When we think of sweet costumes, we think of lovely tutu dresses – the epitome of soft and fun femininity. Tutus were originally designed for the ballet in the romantic era to look ethereal and give the ballerinas the appearance of merely floating across the stage. It would be charming to dress your flower girls in little tutus and have them float down your aisle.
These absolutely stunning tutu dresses by Tutu Du Monde are flower girl dresses unlike any we have ever seen and are sure to make any little girl feel special. Your delicate flower girls will sparkle and shine in these embellished tutus, each unique in their design and dotted with sequins, bows, feathers and jewels.
Each tutu is made and decorated by hand and come in an array of dusty feminine colours to suit your wedding theme. Layers of tulle and glittery patterns are the signature features of each dress from Tutu Du Monde, perfect for your mini-members of the bridal party. Vintage inspired sequined boleros are also part of the gorgeous collection and soft jackets for those holding a winter wedding.
We ooh and ahhhed as we gazed through the Tutu Du Monde lookbook in the office, each little tutu was so whimsical and the little models looked truly adorable in them! To be honest we wish we were small enough to float around in one the little tutus. Andrea Rembeck, the designer, described her inspiration as a wonderful make-believe world; “Fairy dust and secret games. Princess dresses and sparkle dreams…at last there is a line of tutus that call to mind a kinder world, a gentle place where little children can imagine being a dainty Ballerina, a helpful fairy and a benevolent princess.”
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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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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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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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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.
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!
28 February 2013
Gold was the first metal widely known to humans – and we’ve been obsessed with it ever since! Its discovery was made throughout time in many different locations all over the world and nearly everyone who found it was understandably impressed with its natural beauty and brilliant lustre.
Opulent, decadent, luxurious – these are all words that spring to mind when planning a wedding dripping in metallic hues of gold. Your wedding day is precious, so why not infuse it with the shine of this statement making precious metal.
Dip into gold and paint your wedding with a timeless elegance. We think gold looks fabulous and sophisticated when balanced with neutrals such as white and earthy colours, a sparkling combination that is the epitome of classic style. Too many colours will take the look from classy to OTT so keep your palette simple.
Diamonds are a girls best friend, right? Embellish with jewels and crystals for the ultimate in decadence that is eye-catching, yet elegant. Make the most of dazzling metallics by incorporating them all over the styling board, from golden accessories to a chic table setting and shiny metal cutlery. Treat yourself, and guests, to the enviable gold treatment.
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15 February 2013
Finding the perfect wedding dress is an experience that fulfills childhood fantasies, in fact we are convinced ‘finding the one’ is an expression meant for finding your dress, not your husband (priorities ladies, lets be honest, we have all dreamed of our ideal gown long before any man came into the picture).
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12 February 2013
Paul Vasileff burst onto the Australian fashion scene with his elaborate, elegant and ethereal couture collections in 2007, fusing established style staples with a contemporary edge, creating unique handmade garments that infatuate those with a truly romantic heart.
Paul continues to cement his mark on the Australian bridal fashion scene with his label Paolo Sebastian as he launches his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. Paul’s latest collection pays tribute to the ladies of the silver screen, with Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo being his greatest inspirations.
“These elegant women exude a certain level of sexuality, whilst still epitomising sophistication,” says Paul. “I searched for months to find the most intricate silver and rose gold laces to create a collection of muted metallics.” The romantic silhouettes and intricate craftsmanship, make Paul’s Autumn/Winter collection unforgettable and we just can't keep our eyes off the amazing slim line silver silk crepe corset gown with beaded lace boat neck...decadently divine!
paolo sebastian autumn/winter 2013 collection: long sleeved wrap dress in beaded French lace and draped silk crepe skirt / slim line silver silk crepe corset gown with beaded lace boat neck / backless rose tulle ballerina gown with hand sewn French chantilly lace detailing / beaded French chantilly lace and knot detail with hand beaded rose tulle skirt and silk organza underlay / hand sewn, long sleeved tulle and French chantilly lace gown / low back sheer sleeved dress in French chantilly lace
7 February 2013
The illusion neckline is oh so hot for weddings right now. From the bride to the bridesmaids, designers everywhere are showing off a little décolletage through sheer materials. The faithful strapless gown has been around the block and we are welcoming this stylish spin on your classic cut. Perfect for bridesmaids, a chiffon neckline will take their gowns from simple to sleek, allowing you plenty of room to play around with opulent accessories. Statement clutch bags and shoes are the perfect details to complete the high-fashion look. Bridesmaids in illusion necklines are very now and very glamorous.
6 February 2013
Bohemian weddings encompass a mis-matched array of boho beauty in rich colours and interesting textures. We adore the carefree and laidback style of this vibrant wedding theme and how couples manage to creatively infuse their love into every little aspect of the styling. There are no rules when it comes to a bohemian wedding; pre-loved and new pieces come together to create a homely and natural space.
Earthy colours set the base for boho styling, allowing a natural canvas to build and build upon with a combination of bright colours and patterns. Vintage fabrics are charming and can be used as table runners, place mats, flags or any other kind of unique decoration. Coloured bottles and glass will brighten your table settings and gold goes perfectly with the indian-esque bohemian theme.
The relaxed nature of a bohemian wedding means you can have fun with your bouquet and wedding choices; a variety of colours and types can be mixed together, from bridal poppies to succulents. For creative couples who enjoy the unconventional, the boho wedding is the perfect way to express your eccentricities with family and friends on a day to remember.
5 February 2013
If there is one tip you can give your husband before your big day it is this: “honey, you need to buy a skinny suit.” A slim cut suit is modern, edgy and very, very sleek. It is not just a passing phase either, a trend soon to be gone by the winter months - the skinny suit has slowly been working its way into our wardrobe for years and has finally hit cult status. When accessorising the sophisticated slim cut it is important to remember to keep your details in proportion; experimenting with shades and patterns is ideal but chunky shoes and a wide belt isn’t. Keep it simple with a contrasting pocket square, a slim watch and a skinny tie. If you can convince your husband to be to read an instruction manual (for once in his life) ensure it’s our skinny suit styling guide and he won’t be able to go wrong.
1 February 2013
If loving shoes is wrong, we don’t want to be right! We love this gorgeous pair of Chie Mihara bridal shoes in creamy ivory. Yes, the chunky heel is back again – they took a noticeable place on the 2013 Spring runways and have been reincarnated into this stunningly feminine and vintage leather shoe. Grounded by a perfectly proportioned heel, spirited circles cut from the softest ivory leather will showcase polished toes at your wedding. We wouldn't mind them ourselves to show off at balmy summer affairs.
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30 January 2013
Can't get enough of the feminine and mystical shades of the sea? Good news! Turquoise is fresh, invigorating and on trend right now. We were inspired by the gorgeous shades of green and blue on the runway at Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 show, particularly the breezy and elegant mint dress featured below. Shades of turquoise and mint look fabulously crisp with white and will have a calming effect on your big day. Pastel nail polish and makeup was also seen all over the runways, a look that we ourselves are sporting in the office (hello, aqua nails!). Minty décor is pretty and soft, try subtle additions such as frosted mint chairs and hanging lanterns, the colour also looks beautiful with bouquets of baby’s breath. Minty fresh!
29 January 2013
Think gold is old? Think again. This year everything is about heavy metal; recent runways foreshadowing 2013 style saw an abundance of gold jewellery, nails, evening wear and trim. At Burberry’s latest show the models shone in chic metallic. Incorporate golden charm in to your wedding day with one of these statement bags, the stunning local versions of Chanel’s 2013 Cruise Collection in Dark Gold Metallic. A clutch is the perfect practical piece to make a statement as it allows you to accessorise with high-fashion golden accents whilst still small enough to remain subtle and elegant. Go for gold and you will feel like royalty on your wedding day.
gold hand bags / clutches : miss martini
22 January 2013
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts, of beauty rich and rare. Yes, our country is full of beauty, gifted to us by talented Australian designers. When planning your wedding you don’t need to seek coveted international stylists; we think some of the world’s best talent is here within our very shores. Aussie designers like Mariana Hardwick, Mezi and Lisa Ho have us standing tall and proud (and looking pretty chic whilst doing so)…
21 January 2013
Brides, the time is drawing nearer – our 2013 bumper edition of Brides of Adelaide goes on sale on January 30 and trust us, you are going to want to see what we have packed into our favourite issue yet!
With over 530+ pages of the finest wedding inspiration, we are delighted to offer you the very best our South Australian wedding industry has to offer, from the finest local wedding cakes to stunning jewellery and fabulous venues. In this issue we have brought international runway trends alive with our glamorous men and women’s editorial shoots, as well as a presentation of exquisite wedding dresses from South Australian designers. We were blown away by the quality of talent our state has produced, from designers who have been around for years to fresh new faces on the scene!
The same goes for our crème de la collection of photographers, showcased in our presentation of real South Australian weddings. This section allows you to draw inspiration from the unique styling created by real brides and grooms. We too have designed our own styling concepts, embracing the beauty of blossoms and this season’s favourite colour combination of yellow and taupe. We have included plenty of bomboniere, cakes, DIY and bouquet ideas just for you.
There is all of this and much, much more…you will read about the latest makeup, hair and fashion trends, discover the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Adelaide wedding industry and choose your ideal honeymoon location based on our professional Phil Hoffman travel tips.
Excited yet? We are! Can't wait till then? Pre-order your copy here and in the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @boamagazine for your daily dose of bridal inspiration!
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