The Looks We Loved From Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2017

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Trend-spotting at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is a feast of contrasts. We saw everything from the re-emergence of boho, feathers galore, high-rise Victorian necklines and no less than three different collections inspired by the architecture of New York. The choice can be overwhelming. So we’ve edited the very best from the fashion runways into this handy guide. Here are the wedding outfits we loved at BBFW 2017 (we hope you find something to love too!)

1. Capes

We don’t know whether to thank Gwyneth or blame her. Ever since Ms Paltrow stepped out at the Oscars five years ago in her iconic Tom Ford white caped gown we’ve been hooked. Here’s hoping a swishy cape is the only dramatic thing present on your big day.

L-R: Galia Lahav, Isabel Zapardiez, Jordi Dalmau, Marylise and Rembo Styling, Pronovias, Sophie et Voila, St. Patrick, Christina Tamborero  

2. 3D Flowers

Florals take on a whole new dimension for the 2018 wedding season. Whether laser-cut, applique or hand-sculpted, 3D flowers were detailing dresses all over the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week runways.

L-R: Angel Sanchez, Carla Ruiz, Marco y Maria, Demetrios

3. Pants

Some of us just aren’t the type to frock up. If Emmas Stone and Watson and Tilda Swinton can make pants work on the red carpet, you can make it work on your wedding day. Thankfully plenty of designers included fancy pants in their collections. The below looks prove you can be comfortable and still feel extra special on the day.

L-R: Carla Ruiz, Cymbeline, Isabel Zapardiez, Marylise and Rembo Styling

4. Black Wedding Dresses

Whether you’re secretly (or not so secretly) a goth girl at heart, want something different or simply love the elegance of all things noir, these black dresses may be your perfect wedding look. We think black wedding gowns are best deployed at night, but you’re obviously a rule breaker so don’t heed us too much attention.

L-R: Angel Sanchez, Carla Ruiz, Cymbeline, Isabel Sanchis

5. Coloured Wedding Dresses

Red, yellow, purple, patterns. When coloured wedding dresses look this gorgeous, there’s really no need to consider white at all.

L-R: Matilde Cano, Isabel Zapardiez, Cabotine, Carla Ruiz

6. Long Sleeves

For the longest time, it seemed as if the reign of the strapless dress would never end. Yet fashion-forward brides-to-be have come to realise that you can have so much more fun with voluminous, edgy or attention-grabbing sleeves!

L-R: Angel Sanchez, Morilee Madeleine Gardner, Rosa Clara, Sophie et Voila

7. Metallic

You don’t have to be dripping in gold to add sheen to your wedding day look. Add a smattering of celestial glitter here, a sprinkling of heavy metal sparkle there and you’ll be sure to shine bright.

L-R: Angel Sanchez, Isabel Sanchis, Jesus Peiro, Marco y Maria 

8. Sheer Wedding Dresses

Go sheer on your wedding day with caution. For practical – as opposed to prudish – reasons, you want to be able to move and sit (and hug your nan) without risking going to peek-a-boo. Here are the designers we think are doing the sheer trend right.

L-R: Pronovias, Marco y Maria, Cymbeline, St. Patrick

9. Breath-taking Backs

Make as much of an impact leaving the room as you do walking down the aisle. Simple gowns with heavily embellished or artistically constructed backs turned our heads at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week.

L-R: Jesus Peiro, Rosa Clara, Galia Lahav, Pronovias

10. The Ballgowns

Sometimes only a proper, regal dress will do. Forget “princess dress”, we’re aiming higher! Here are the best, big and beautiful ball gowns we saw on the runways.

L-R: Cristina Tamborero, Cymbeline, Demetrios, Isabel Zapardiez, Jesus Peiro, Morilee Madeleine Gardner, Pronovias, St. Patrick

Photography by Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week.

Ms Fleur De Lys travelled to Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week courtesy of Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week Week and Pronovias.

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Angela and Rob’s Vintage Laurelville Manor York Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Angela & Rob

Angela and Rob’s vintage Laurelville Manor York wedding fell on a gorgeous Spring day, featuring fields of wildflowers and elegant personal touches. Photographer Tanya Voltchanskaya was present to capture the details, and we love every single moment!

Telling of how their romance began, Angela shares, ”When I was studying I worked in a restaurant where Rob was the manager. We had some drinks after work one night and Rob gave me a lift home. Instead of taking me home he took me back to his house for more drinks – what a smooth fella!”

Angela took her time finding her dream dress, saying, ”It took me a good while to find something that wasn’t overly ‘bridey’ – I went dress shopping in physical shops and they were all too elaborate! Karen from Lace Bridal was amazing to deal with and very talented, I was super happy with my dress.”

The groom wore a clean cut navy suit with a floral Noose & Monkey bowtie and Rob’s sister, his ‘groomsmaid’, found her dress at ASOS. The bride walked down the aisle to a cover of ‘One Thousand Years’ by the Piano Guys.

Wanting to keep things simple during the ceremony, Angela and Rob were delighted with their celebrant Kate Fenton. The bride shares, ”We loved sitting down to sign the papers. That feeling of ‘it’s happening!’ hit us and we had a little moment together.” The bride and groom also managed some time to themselves, with Angela sharing, ”Sneaking away to the manor just after the ceremony was really special, just to take a moment to reflect on what had happened – it goes so fast!”

Photographer Tanya Voltchanskaya took the couple up to Mount Brown amongst the Spring wildflowers for their portraits. Angela remembers, ”Tanya really understood what kind of memories we wanted captured for the day. We were both in awe of her talent, and we couldn’t be happier with how our photos have come out!”

Laurelville Manor was recommended to the couple by Ultimo, the bride and groom’s chosen caterer. Angela shares, ”The venue was very elegant and luxurious, plus our family got to have a weekend away! Everything turned out incredibly well, we were blown away. The decor looked stunning, the food was amazing and everyone had such a great time – which was exactly what we wanted!”

The bride and groom enjoyed being able to send their guests home with a memento, and loved how popular the Complete DJ photo booth was. Angela and Rob also had a remembrance table featuring a small bouquet for Rob’s Mum.

Congratulations to our gorgeous bride and groom on their wedding, thank you for sharing your beautiful day! Thank you also to photographer Tanya Voltchanskaya for every stunning image!

Photographer: Tanya Voltchanskaya / Bride's Dress: Lace Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Groom's Attire: Asos / Groom's Attire: Noose and Monkey / Groom's Shoes: The Iconic / Hairstylist: / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Fenton / Flowers & Decor: The Flower Girl / Reception Venue: Laurelville Manor / Catering: Ultimo Catering / Rental Furniture: Joondalup Marquees / DJ: Complete DJ / Bride's Jewellery: Blue Nile / Photobooth: Complete DJ

Sophie & Aaron’s White & Greenery Byron Bay Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sophie & Aaron

The gorgeous celebration of Sophie & Aaron, a gorgeous white & green Byron Bay wedding, made the most of the lush green rolling hills. With photographer Carly Tia behind the camera, it was always going to be a day to remember.

Sophie and Aaron met as children, Sophie remembering “We met way back in primary school and continued on at the same high school but we always had different friendship groups and were in different grades. After school had finished we started to become friends and grew closer and closer over the space of a year. That’s when our relationship blossomed into something more.”

Sophie chose an elegant lace gown by Grace Loves Lace after an intense search. She remarks “I found that looking for the dress was the most difficult of all wedding planning tasks because there were so many options that I loved! Having Grace Loves Lace on the Gold Coast was so handy as I was able to make a couple of visits to their show room. My dress was always going to be from Grace Loves Lace. I loved their style, they made it such a special experience for me. I opted for ‘Lottie’ in the end because it made me feel pretty, sexy and classy all at once. It was so comfortable yet flattering. I also wanted something that would be timeless and simple, I was so happy with my choice.”

Floral & Mineral created the stunning floral arrangements for the day, Sophie remarking “After changing my mind a million times I decided I wanted all white and leafy greenery. We had a beautiful garland over our arbor to match my wild flower bouquet. The bridesmaids had babys breath bouquets to keep it simple. And we had white rose petals scattered down the isle. The groom and groomsmen all matched with buttonhole flowers on their suits.”

Sophie and Aaron chose Fig Tree Restaurant  for their wedding, using Byron Bay Weddings  and The Wedding Shed to plan and style their day. “We knew we wanted a Byron Bay wedding, after a google search we found the Byron Bay Weddings website. There were so many beautiful venues, we chose The Fig Tree as it had everything we wanted and needed in the one location. My bridesmaids and I stayed in a cottage on site where we got ready for the big day, we had our ceremony in the garden overlooking the Shire and had dinner in the Fig Tree Restaurant. Aaron and I stayed in the cottage after the reception, it was so easy and perfect.”

Sophie tells “I walked down the aisle to ‘Yellow Brick Road’ by Angus Stone, a very special song to us. My Dad walked me down the aisle, it was so special.”

Heidi Robertson officiated the ceremony, Sophie remembering “Our celebrant read ‘A Proverb’ by Homer: ‘There is nothing more noble or admirable than when two people see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends’. It was very emotional and beautiful, the ceremony was purely a celebration of our love and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

“Fig Tree had packed a beautiful champagne picnic in the back of the Kombi we had hired for the day, it was a nice surprise when we went off location to get some photos together. It was so special because it was a moment of realisation that we were now married and to be able to have a picnic, grab some photos and just relax for a moment as husband and wife, was beautiful.”

Of their photographer, Sophie tells “We love Carly, we were so stoked to find Carly Tia she captured our day perfectly. We love her natural candid style. it’s so hard to pick just one! We were so happy with each and every vendor. But the photos Carly took were just magic, knowing that we have the best day of our lives captured so perfectly is something we can always treasure.”

Of their first dance, Sophie tells “We fell in love with a cover Asgeir did of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box. It was very us to have this song as our first dance. Our first dance was under the stars surrounded by our family and friends.”

Congratulations on your marriage Sophie and Aaron! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Carly Tia for sharing today’s beautiful imagery.

Photographer: Carly Tia Photography / Wedding Planner: Byron Bay Weddings / Styling: The Wedding Shed / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Emily K Hair / Makeup Artist: Emily K Hair / Flowers & Decor: Floral & Mineral / Venue: Figtree Restaurant / Ceremony Officiant: Heidi Robertson / Transport: Coast 58

20 Tabletop Pieces For A Dark & Moody Celebration

by | Bride, Gift Guide, Reception


If there is a wedding style that was taking 2017 by storm, then dark and moody it is.  Especially beautiful for Autumnal and Winter weddings, the look is all about embracing the other end of the colour spectrum.

With visions of cooler weather weddings on our minds, we’ve scoured the web to inspire you with our 20 tabletop pieces for a dark and moody celebration.

The beauty of this look is in the tones – dark indigos, eggplants and navy blues combined with raw woods, matte blacks and the glimmer of brass and gold. Think farmhouse wood tables, lined with soft gauzy table runners in deep jewel tones. Stunning boldly coloured crockery, paired with coloured glass, metallic or matte black flatware and of course – candles! Pillar candles, taper candles with all kinds of sizes and heights add a touch of twinkling magic.

(Psst… Many of these & similar styles piece also available from our fabulous styling & hire vendors.

BHLDN Secret Garden Candle Holder, BHLDN Heirloom Brass Tray, Iittala Votive Holder from David Jones, Uashama Paper Placemat from Hunting For George, Mud Australia Cheese Plate, Anthropologie Farren Wine GlassPottery Barn Arlington Candle Holder, Milk & Sugar Bowie Platter from Hunting For George, Sweet Little Parties Wooden Cake Stand, West Elm Black Flatware, Ikea Fenomen Pillar Candles, Anthropologie Mod Mercury Votives, CozyLinen Linen NapkinsHappy Day Antiques Brass Napkin Rings, LinenLark Navy Table RunnerDusk Black Taper Candle, Pottery Barn Galvanized Vase , Anthropologie Acores Dinner Plates. Songbird Silk Hand Torn Silk Ribbon in Grey Fantail,


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