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Bridal Market October 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Bridal market hit the runways in New York last month and, as I have twice a year, every year for some time, I avidly watched the runways for the deliciously gorgeous gowns!

This market saw a lot of sleeves – sheer and chic, lace and even beautiful draped sleeves. Illusion necklines – raised up high and plenty of lace was also a dominant feature of the designer collections. I love seeing that more designers are paying attention to the back of the gown too, there are some incredible back designs which are works of art in themselves.

For my roundup of the beautiful bridal market creations,  I decided to do something a little different and only include designers available in Australia. These gowns won’t be available until next year, but it’s nice to be inspired and see what is on the horizon!

Claire Pettibone

Available at Intique & Co

(Images via by WWD/Steve Eichner)

Jenny Packham

Available at Helen Rodrigues, Le Louvre & Elle

(Images via Junebug Weddings)


Available at Helen Rodrigues

(Photos via Vogue Australia)


Available at Angela Wilson

(Images via Merci New York)

Reem Acra

Available at Anna DaFonte

(Images by Sofia Negron for Merci New York)

Badgley Mischka

Available at Intique & Co, The Babushka Ballerina, Basilica Couture, Helen Rodrigues

(Images via Vogue Australia)

Monique Lhuillier

Available at Intique & Co & Helen Rodrigues

Anne Barge

Available at Basilica Couture

(Images by Casey Fatchett via Merci New York)

Vera Wang

Available at Vera Wang Australia

(Photos via Vogue Australia)

Sherrie and Shaun’s Joy Filled Backyard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sherrie & Shaun

I love backyard weddings. I’m so sentimental I love the idea of marrying one day and wandering out the next, a cup of tea in hand, to reminisce! Sherri and Shaun celebrated their marriage in their backyard and had such a beautiful day. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Sherrie tells of how they met. “We met through Shaun’s best man whom I was dating at the time. It actually took me a while to warm up to Shaun.”

The fun photographs of today’s celebration are by Something Blue Photography. I love that they capture the intimacy of the day!

Sherrie wore green shoes from BHLDN with her Atelier Rose gown. For her jewels, Sherrie loved “My maid of honour Kirsten Wren lending me her Grandmother’s bracelet.”

Sherrie remarks, “Both the ceremony and reception were held at our home, it made the day even more special and it’s lovely to be able to go into our backyard and reminisce about our wedding.”

Plenty of hard work went into making the space fit for a wedding, Sherrie remembers, “Shaun built the benches for the ceremony and also decorated and fitted out his bar area. He also (along with both our Dads) re-planted our whole garden. I stripped and repainted the chest of drawers that formed part of the ceremony backdrop. We also both spent many days trawling the internet and antique shops looking for the décor.”

Sherrie’s bridesmaids wore colourful knee length gowns from Review.

Sherrie & Shaun hired The Wedding Designer to plan and style the wedding. Sherrie recalls “The backdrop to our ceremony was one of my favourite elements it featured a chest of drawers brimming with coloured glass vases full of flowers and a vintage curtain we found in our travels along with my failed attempt at a ribbon backdrop, The team from the Wedding Designer were able to salvage it and turn it into a real feature.”

Sherrie says “I walked down the aisle to Regina Spektor’s cover of ‘Real Love’.”

“Teresa and our friend Ange Brown recited readings they had chosen themselves during our ceremony. Both ladies did such an amazing job, and both the readings were absolutely beautiful.”

Special details were everywhere, says Sherrie. “Another special detail was the mural in the lounge area that my mum Carmen drew it was such a sweet little touch and is still there to this day. We also both loved the custom banner Jess made for us that contained an inside joke for us and a few of our friends.”

Of their photographers, Sherrie says “Our photographers were Luke and Kathryn from Something Blue Photography. We set our wedding date to fit with their availability as their style of photography was exactly what we wanted. They were super friendly and put us at ease as soon as we met them. We absolutely love how the photos turned out!”

The speeches were a hit! Sherrie explains “The Best Man Perry Hawkins’s speech was fantastic! It was heartfelt and funny, he put so much effort into it that he even made a book- ‘Saturdays with Shaun’ which was a huge crowd pleaser.”

Sherrie remarks “My favourite DIY job was done by Shaun’s mother- Teresa, she re-upholstered a set of lounges we found. It was originally a drab maroon colour that didn’t really fit with our style, Teresa used velvet I found to totally transform the lounges into a beautiful vintage inspired set that takes pride of place in our home.”

The first dance was one filled with laughter, Sherrie recalls  “Our first dance was an opportunity for Shaun and I to catch up with each other as the day is such a whirlwind it was lovely to spend a couple of minutes together dancing to one of our favourite songs.”

In fact, dancing was a highlight of the evening, Sherrie explains “A running joke with our friends is how much Shaun loves the Missy Higgins song – ‘The special two’. During the night one of our guests (whom shall remain nameless) requested this song be played. This resulted in Shaun putting on an impromptu dance performance for me and our friends, it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever experienced.
After Shaun had finished his father Brian decided he would show everyone who the real dancer in the family is and grabbed Teresa to recreate their first dance, to the BeeGees ‘First of May’. It was such a lovely moment watching them dance to their first song and was definitely my favourite part of the reception.”

Congratulations Sherrie & Shaun! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Something Blue Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Something Blue Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: The Wedding Designer / Bride’s Dress: Atelier Rose / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: Asos / Groomsmen Attire: Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Shoes: Pulp / Hairstylist: Bliss Hair, New Lambton / Makeup Artist: Bliss Body and Beauty, New Lambton / Flowers & Decor: Peter Herd Florist, Wallsend / Invitations & Stationery: Designed and supplied by the Best Man, Perry Hawkins / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Simon Joice, Bliss Celebrations / Catering: Redgate Farm / Cake Baker: Joy Nordsvan, Whitebridge Bakery 02 49434 027 / Transport: Newcastle Vintage Holden

Pallas Bridal Couture Destinné Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



 Gosh it has been way too long since I have highlighted the gorgeous, ethereal and whimsical gowns from Sydney& Perth designer Pallas Couture.

The latest collection, features exquisite French laces, soft tulle and floaty organza. Named “Destinné”, the collection is everything I love about Pallas.  It’s soft drapey fabrics that is ethereal and dreamy. The gowns are not for the shy, they make a statement with big fishtail skirts, low, drapey backs and beautiful fabric placement. It’s couture mixed with whimsy at it’s finest.

Designer Joy Morris works with daughter Phillipa on designing couture gowns that balance their styles. With their extensive training (including Joy in Europe and Phillipa at San Francisco’s Academy of Fine Art University) the duo combine their contemporary love with romance to create truly unique gowns.



Floressa, Lorenna




Princess Amorina




Ezrella, Mallerie

Princess Amorina

Images by Pallas Couture

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