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Vera Wang Bride – Spring 2015 Collection

by | Event Reviews, Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


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Stepping into the Vera Wang showroom at the Intercontinental Sydney is like walking into a fairytale. Where the outside world fades away and just for a moment, you are in a magical world of tulle, mystic and beautiful romance. A world where all wrongs are righted by the exquisite corded lace and there is no trouble too worrying that the perfect beaded belt can’t remedy!

Being welcomed into the Vera Wang showroom by candy coloured Laduree macaroons and the tinkling of tall stemmed champagne glasses, guests were personally taken through the collections on display (straight from the runways of NYC) by a Vera Wang consultant. While being introduced to the collection, it was explained that many of the gowns have optional additions such as beaded belts and lace boleros that work to suit each brides’ personal style. Additions such as these are also favoured amongst brides who may be observing particular cultural or religious practices on their special day – just one of the many reasons brides over the world choose Vera Wang!

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Starting with the showing of the traditional ball gown designs, it was sheer indulgence for the guests to be within such close proximity to these fairytale-like gowns. Whilst being shown through these styles, the modern approach to the ball gown silhouette in the latest collection can only be described as pure innovative craftsmanship.

Moving away from the heavy designs that the modern bride tends to shy away from, ball gowns in this collection are light as a feather due to clever fabric manipulation techniques. Sculpted to still form the decadent ball gown shape, the cut of the tulle and the application of voluminous layers results in an almost weightless design with beautiful movement.

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Moving through the ball gown styles, it was some of the most sought after pieces from the collection that were on display next; the A-line dresses! With elements including raw edging, horsehair lined ruffles, hand appliqued lace and grosgrain ribbon belts, these pieces are for the women who truly appreciate couture craftsmanship (or who just adore a beautiful gown!) How is it possible to choose just one though?

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As guests proceeded into the second showing room, they were introduced to an exquisite array of mermaid silhouette gowns. Incorporating the same meticulous detailing as in the more voluminous styles, this is the figure flattering silhouette most favoured amongst our modern Australian brides! Sitting close to the body almost like a second skin, it then flares dramatically out into the skirt.

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This display of the complete Vera Wang SS15/16 Bride Collection is showing for one week and is an absolute must see for all brides to be. With all the detail and exquisite craftsmanship that you have come to expect from the Vera Wang Collections, make an appointment at so you don’t miss out. Enjoy!

Contact Vera Wang Bride Sydney on 02 9252 6186 or for more information on collections or to make an appointment.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Just dreamy; the fabrics and detailing are so divine!

Vendor’s Favourites – Gwendolynne

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


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1. Milliner Richard Nylon… our enduring, creative friendship spans over 20 years and we collaborate regularly in our Fitzroy studio to create custom bespoke pieces –  personalized gowns, headpieces, veils and accessories. Image by Tori and Sal Photographers with Gwendolynne ‘Sabine’ wedding dress and Richard Nylon headband and drape veil.


2. I love ‘gothic architecture’ as I draw my inspiration from many nineteenth century decorative elements. Image by Love Katie and Sarah with Gwendolynne ‘Winnona’ wedding dress.


3. The iconic Fitzroy florist, Flowers Vasette, who have been supplying romantic blooms and signature arrangements for 25 years.  Image with ‘Elke’ wedding gown via Gwendolynne


4. Photographer Julia Archibald and her incredible talent. Image by Julia Archibald Photography with Gwendolynne ‘Khaleesi’ wedding dress. Floral styling by Wunderplant Studio; Makeup by Kate McCleary; Styling by Marie – Luise Skibbe  


5.  Abbotsford inner north alternative to the traditional wedding reception; beautiful gardens and historic buildings nestled next to the Collingwood Children’s farm…the perfect location with endless photo opportunities and ceremony locations. Image by I Got You Babe with Gwendolynne ‘Freya’ gown.


6. I love jeweller and taxidermy artist Julia deVille; her work nurtures a continuation of time honored traditions and her recent focus on engagement rings blends tradition with contemporary. Image with ‘Phoebe’ wedding gown via Gwendolyyne


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A beautifully romantic choice of favourites! I’m in love with all the flowers!


About Gwendolynne:  Gwendolynne Burkin has established herself as one of Australia’s fashion purists; she works with intuition, avoids fashion trends, and remains true to her own sense of style and obsession with creating beautiful unique, vintage style designs.


What Would They Know? Julian Gerner of Morgan’s Beach Shack

by | Venue Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Morgan's Beach Shack

Morgan’s Beach Shack in Sorrento (Victoria) is the perfect combination of beach casual, fresh sea breezes, salty air and an indoor/outdoor vibe. Now catering for couples who want a wedding without “formality or pretense” co-owner Julian emphasizes the relaxed feel of the ‘Shack’ with lobster pot lampshades, oars and lifebuoys with a seaside menu to match.  Veg Enchiladas or Scotch Fillets vie for attention with fish and chips – just add bare feet, board shorts and a Mojito or three and it sets the scene for “all day sun, all day fun, all night long”.

You operate the Royal Saxon in Richmond (Melbourne). What led you to open your newest venue, Morgan’s Beach Shack in Sorrento?

I was looking for a sea change and a site to operate a bar by the beach.  I came across the site and fell in love with the location.  I signed the lease, bought a house and bought a boat.  Now I’m happy spending most of my time in Sorrento.

Where is it situated? 

1 Esplanade Sorrento.  On the water, near the ferry terminal.

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What was behind the idea of opening up the ‘Shack’ for weddings?

The location on the water is beautiful and very romantic.  Sorrento is also famous for its moon which seems bigger and brighter for some reason and reflects on the water;  Shooting stars are guaranteed!  There is an increasing demand for casual weddings without the pretence and price tag.

How would you describe the atmosphere/style of your venue?

Informal beach bar/eatery with nautical references.

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Who would your (wedding) venue appeal to?

Any couple who doesn’t want to go down the formal traditional wedding path and is looking for an alternative.

Are bridal couples able to hold the wedding ceremony close by?

Sorrento Historic Park, Sorrento Foreshore.

Once the bridal couple have booked Morgan’s Beach Shack for a wedding, do they have exclusive use of the venue?

It depends on the size of the wedding, but in most instances it is exclusive use.

How would you describe the style of food you serve?

The food is casual and draws inspiration from Southern California with its Latin influences.  Think tacos, ceviche, salads, seafood and meats.

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Are bridal couples able to bring their own ideas to you re the food ?

The menus can be customised according to particular needs depending on budget.

Please describe briefly a menu you would recommend for a wedding.

I would choose a seafood menu with alternatives for non-seafood eaters:





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Which vendors do the bridal couple have to bring in?

We can recommend local vendors and can coordinate everything.  Wedding planners are welcomed but are more suited to formal weddings.

How many guests does Morgan’s Beach Shack hold?

350 for a cocktail function (subject to license extension) and up to 100 seated (depending on floor plan).

Is there room for a dance floor?


Is there plenty of accommodation nearby?


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How can couples contact you to come and view your venue and discuss their wedding ideas?

5984 3121 or

What is there to love about Sorrento……

The water, the boats, the beaches, the sunrises/sunsets, the moon, the gardens, the walking paths, the nature, the history and Morgan’s Beach Shack 😉

Thank you Julian for sharing your story with us. To find out more about Morgan’s Beach Shack visit the website or use the contact details above.

Headshot and images by David Cook Photography


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