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Behind The Seams Of A Couture Wedding Dress

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom

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Heather Harlowe
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I love to find out how things are made. From watching documentaries about marshmallow makers to car manufacturers—one of my favourite things to do is get behind the doors of a design studio and discover how a beautiful creation came to be. So when Brisbane-based bridal store, Paddington Weddings, released a video which allows us inside their workshop and behind the seams of one of their couture ‘Bertossi Brides’ gowns, I couldn’t help but watch it once, twice…..OK maybe three times!

Simply titled ‘The Dress’, the film follows the story of bride-to-be Peta and her dream wedding frock—from its initial design, right up to the reveal on the big day. Captured by photographer/filmmaker James Goss (of Square-i.co and Bonbon Photography), the video covers the almost 300-day-long process in six minutes, as designer Anne Bertossi and her team dream up, fit and handcraft Peta’s perfect gown in their Brisbane studio.

The result is a film that’s as fascinating as it is moving and to be honest, it brought tears to my eyes (but I’m the kind of gal who sobs hysterically in every romantic movie I see!). You can have a watch for yourself here—but keep the Kleenex handy, just in case.

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After wiping away my tears, I chatted with Gill Hulse of Paddington Weddings about the inspiration behind the film. “Our aim in producing the film was simply to invite brides into our world to experience the excitement and joy that comes with our very special gowns. We wanted the film to be all about the gown, as this is our passion, which is why we followed the story from design, to creation, to being loved and worn on a very special day.”

As for what the bride envisioned for her big day, a sophisticated ‘Modern Vintage’ style was key. “Peta wanted a timeless, classic, elegant wedding day so our ‘Grace’ gown was just perfect for her. She fell in love the moment she put it on. She was so patient during the filming process and was just as excited to see the final product as we were”.

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Documenting months of work may seem like a massive task, but as Gill informed me, it was a enjoyable one as well. “Our film maker James Goss was just fantastic, he kept coming back in to see us over the 3 months that it takes to create a couture gown and loved filming all the intricate work that goes into them.”

Still, it’s not always easy getting that perfect shot and sometimes James had to squeeze into the studio to capture it: “He was almost sitting on Ellen’s (our seamstress) knee while she was sewing at one point! Thankfully we got used to having him around and were able to just be natural and enjoy the process.”

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And in the end, all the hard work was worth it. “I think James managed to capture the essence of Paddington Weddings and how much detail and love goes into the creation of a Bertossi Brides gown.”

“What makes a Bertossi Brides gown so special is the experience that comes with it and the knowledge that this gown is crafted just for you by the designer herself to fit you perfectly. It also allows you to have a gown that is personalised to you, not just a photocopy of a gown that’s been made for hundreds of girls before you.”

So if a one of a kind creation sounds like just the thing for you, find out more at Paddington Weddings’ website. Or, you could always watch the video another three times like I did!

Images courtesy of Paddington Weddings

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The Brides Guide To Jewellery

by | Jewellery Wisdom, Wisdom

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The Brides Guide To Wedding Jewellery

The attention that you give to your appearance and that of the wedding party shows, especially when it comes to jewellery. The type of jewellery chosen for a wedding has the potential to elevate your appearance or detract from it. Read on for suggestions in selecting the appropriate gems.

Jewellery and Wedding Location/Theme

When deciding upon jewellery, you should first take into consideration the type of wedding you are having. Different ceremonies call for different codes of dress. For example, a resort wedding will likely mean that the atmosphere is casual. An elaborate tiara would look out of place here, while a delicate locket may better suit the occasion.

The same holds true for themed weddings. If the bridal party is dressed as lords and ladies for a medieval wedding, their jewellery should look as though it could have been worn during that historical period. Western and Gothic-themed weddings call for casual and edgier gems, respectively. A little research beforehand will ensure that your choices coincide with the ceremony’s atmosphere.

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Jewellery and Bridal Gown

It’s important for your jewellery selection to complement your wedding dress. Necklaces and strands of pearls can flatter a strapless gown, but the same pieces worn with halter-neck styles will compete for attention at the neckline. For those styles, focus on placing jewellery on areas such as the wrists or ears. Steer clear of additional rings on fingers, though. Not only do they have the potential to confound a nervous groom when he goes to place the bride’s wedding band, but they can draw attention away from a beautiful engagement ring.

You need to consider the ornateness of your wedding dress, as well. Beaded necklines, crystal-studded bodices or workings of elaborate lace in the sleeves and train have enough embellishment of their own without additional jewellery. In these cases, you may want to choose smaller accessories such as pearl studs, a teardrop pendant or a diamond tennis bracelet.

While tradition calls for wedding gems to be diamonds, pearls, or “something blue”, it’s quite acceptable to wear jewellery of a different gemstone if it poses significant meaning to you. For example, a grandmother’s emerald brooch may make a fetching hairpiece, or a ruby heart necklace gifted to you from a loved one can flatter an ensemble. If you are going for a modern or more casual wedding, there is nothing wrong with selecting gems that add a pop of fresh colour to your dress.

Jewellery For The Bridal Party

As the bridesmaids’ dresses are not to compete with that of the bride, nor should any gems they wear. You have the choice of supplying your bridesmaids with matching jewellery or allowing them to pick from an assortment of complimentary pieces. As for younger members of the bridal party, such as flower girls, jewellery should be smaller and age-appropriate.

Jewellery For The Reception

One of the things brides tend to overlook when it comes to selecting wedding jewellery is how it will coincide with their reception wardrobe. If you choose to change out of your gown into a shorter, festive dress, then your gems need to be able to make the transition, too. If that isn’t possible, no need to worry. A reception is the perfect opportunity for you to display the more colourful, unique jewellery designs that you could not or would not otherwise wear during the actual ceremony.

Choosing wedding jewellery can be an enjoyable experience. With a little bit of forethought, you can be sure that your accessories are unique and flattering.

Images from Hotsy Totsy

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Ms Gingham says: Great ideas and advice. I love the idea of changing your jewellery at your reception for a more fun look!

About Francesca: My name is Francesca, I work for a startup jewellery retailer called Hotsy Totsy, I’m massively into anything fashion, jewellery, design or wedding related – just don’t tell my boyfriend about that last bit!

Brunch with the Experts – Weddings Unveiled

by | Event Reviews, Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom

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Ms Floral
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A champagne brunch and lots of wedding talk on a Sunday morning? Truly a beautiful idea. Recently I got to head along to Weddings Unveiled with Mr Floral (who, like most guys, is always reluctant to get involved in wedding things!). But I’m pleased to say we BOTH had a fabulous time, nibbling on canapés from ARIA Catering and checking out Decorative Events + Exhibitions gorgeous showroom – they had everything from coordinating chair ribbons and table cloths, to glass jars and blackboards, as well as little areas styled for weddings in all different themes. Absolutely gorgeous.

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The biggest highlight was the massive amount of information that the four speakers on the day gave to brides and grooms-to-be. They were so generous with their time and you could tell that each of them was very passionate about their individual crafts – something you definitely want and should expect from your chosen suppliers.

Lucky for you (if you weren’t there), I scribbled down their top tips.

First we heard from Rebecca at ARIA Catering. She really hit the nail on the head when she said that brides and grooms MUST keep the guest experience in mind. Food and beverage can really encourage people to have a good time, and it will be something they remember from your event. She also suggest considering different types of catering:

* Big impact – food stations (dessert, cheese, risotto etc).

* Roving food (works for canapés on arrival, dessert).

* Sharing menu – platters of food in the middle of the table.

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Next up was Graham Monro from GM Photographics. These points are the ones that really stood out for me when thinking about wedding photography:

* You need to get the best out of your wedding photographer – look at their work and their volume of work. Depth, quality and consistency is king.

*A good hair and makeup artist is essential and should work with your photographer on timings on the day.

* Have a Plan B for weather and stay positive if it rains. Graham’s team have beautiful white umbrellas that make for great photos, for example.

* Learn how to walk, pose and move in your wedding dress.

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Then Linley from Decorative Events + Exhibitions shared some key styling tips for weddings that I find help simplify the (overwhelming!) process and assist when thinking, researching and buying decorations for the big day.

* Commit to a certain style. Go with it and build upon your design.

* Styling should be a reflection of you. What do you as a couple like? Also you can add personal touches that could also be take home gifts.

* Make sure your styling compliments your venue. Take inspiration from your surroundings. You don’t want your styling to look out of place.

* Think about different times of day – how will your reception space look in the day and at night?

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Kathy from Nightingales finished off by singing the praises of a wedding planner. This opened my eyes to what they can do besides just bringing your stress levels down! Wedding planners can be fantastic because they know how to pull everything together, who to work with and can save you time and money by making the right choices. Some other interesting things to note that Kathy said are:

* Wedding planners strive to give you everything on your wish list in your budget. Let them know everything you want.

* They are also good at guiding suppliers, especially if they are inexperienced. This gives you time to focus on getting MARRIED.

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I came away from the brunch feeling very inspired AND excited, plus a little wiser, hearing the inner workings of four important aspects of a wedding. Hope this helps with your planning! What tip do you find most useful?

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Photos by GM Photographics

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