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Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Bridal Show Wows

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Chevron

I admit that I had an inner squeal of excitement as I received the invitation to attend the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Bridal Show… actually, I think it may have been more of an audible squeal, but nonetheless, I was excited!

Brisbane’s newly restored City Hall played backdrop to the Bridal Show and I was lead to an enviable front row seat to wait with others for the show to begin. After sponsor messages, the lights were dimmed and cameras readied to capture what we had all been waiting for – an exquisite line up of bridal gown glory.

With close to 100 bridal gowns on display, here are my dreamy dozen for your viewing pleasure (in order of appearance), along with insights from some of the designers themselves.

1. Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan:

I am loving the “Aphrodesia” strapless gown with hand-crafted lace complete with embellished head scarf.

2. George Wu

“The collection is all about research into ‘over consumption’ which lead to research on ‘where will our future go’ and has resulted in a design rationale of ‘Garden of Eden’. With this as inspiration, the collection is all about foliage and flowers covering the body and the design direction had to be light, airy, and effortless. Media has responded really well and the number of congratulations has been overwhelming… I am still in a state of ‘is this real?'” – George Wu

3. Regalia Bridal Designs

“Elissa” (pictured below) has a light gold Guipure lace embellished by Swarovski crystals overlaying ivory wedding satin. I love the vintage slim cut merging into mermaid style – very sophisticated.

“Tia” (pictured second below) may be your typical A-line white wedding gown, but the ruched bodice with layers of latte organza and white satin makes this one shoulder number simply gorgeous!

4. Bertossi Brides

“Grace” (pictured below) exudes elegance – everything from the cut, the rich English silk and Italian Chantilly lace speaks of perfection.

“Juliette” (pictured second below) is a crowd favourite gracing the cover of bridal magazines and bringing a palette of pastel florals to life through its hand painted Italian silk organza.

5. Darb Bridal Couture

Fun fact: this “Nicky” gown was named after our very own patterned person, Ms Lace!

“It was wonderful to be involved with this years MBFF, its a lot of work but always enjoyable and a credible platform to launch the new seasons’ collection. My Tuesday night parade was about fine detailing and lace… my Wednesday night collection was about a contemporary interpretation of a very traditional image, along with the introduction of some more relaxed cuts making it a very diverse collection with lots of looks to appeal to all brides tastes.” – Brad Webb

6. Paul Hunt

This sweet little number was the first knee-length cocktail gown to appear earning its place in my dreamy dozen. I love the softness of this look!

7. Jack Sullivan Bridal

“The Catwalk show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival was an adrenaline rush, and was a very rewarding experience. Launching a new collection is always a stressful experience, in addition to the pressure of doing my first MBFF, but was definitely worth it in the long run. The Collection was based around a couple of laces I have had custom made, and the whole concept of blending multiple colours and features to create one look. These laces were a combination of platinum and ivory, which I then layered over either (or sometimes both) an ivory or platinum satin. I then used a combination of silver back Swarovski crystals and “AB” crystals  to help create the overall look. I was really honoured to be showcasing on the same night with designers that I have always looked up to and respected.” – Jack Sullivan

8. Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions

“Ophelia” (pictured below) speaks of an ethereal goddess – everything from the headpiece to jewelled belt, not to mention the silk charmeuse with shimmer veiling tulle makes this gown my pick of the night!

“Lavinia” (pictured second below) also has shimmer veiling tulle to the one shoulder with hand-applied lace motifs, Swarovski crystals, and pearls.

Which is your favourite? I can only hope to go back next year and see what other incredible creations the designers have in store!

Vendor’s Favourites – Timeless Tales Photography

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Sarah Of Timeless Tales Photography
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1. Bright, fun and bold receptions. Lots of light, stunning flowers, a little bling and colour always make me smile. This stunning table and dessert bar were styled by Bec from Style My Celebration. Flowers by Blossom & Twine. Photography by Timeless Tales Photography

2. I simply adore when brides find new and fun ways to present their flowers! This stunning little flower handbag is so quirky and perfect for a vintage bride and of course your flower-girl too. Bag by the fabulous Kelly from Bella Bloom Floral Design. Tutu from Venice & Me. Photography Timeless Tales Photography.

3. One of my favourite things about photographing a wedding is the emotion and wonderful surprises! This image of the groom and his brother as his brother arrived from New Zealand to surprise him just before the ceremony. Photography by Timeless Tales Photography.

4. Begitta is a very talented young Brisbane designer so of course I am always excited to photographer her amazing work. I love how she captures something so cutting edge and ethereal at the same time! This Dress by Begitta is so soft and light it just flows. Make and hair by Kylie. Stunning! Photo by Timeless Tales Photography.

5. I love it when I arrive to find that the brides hair and make-up are flawless! Holly from The Glamour Bar is one of my favourite people to work with! Image by Timeless Tales Photography

Ms Gingham says: Thanks for the recommendations Sarah!

About Sarah of Timeless Tales Photography: The creative heart behind Timeless Tales Photography is a happily married mother of two who has been there before, organising every last aspect of her dream wedding. She knows how important your special day is.

What Marriage Means To Me – Eric & Suse

by | What Marriage Means To Me, Wisdom


Hailey of You Can't Be Serious

A series of films I am working on about love. Something I have been wanting to do for some time.  This couple, Suse and Eric are dear friends who inspire me lots….. I had to make a film about them so maybe they can inspire others.

Ms Gingham says: How lucky we are to be able to share the work of such a talented film maker on a topic so close to our hearts. This is a film that all couples need to watch on what marriage means to me!

About You Can’t Be Serious: Hailey is an award-winning photographer and film-maker who loves to inspire with colour and positivity.

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