I think there is a magic that comes with vintage jewels. The stories they hold, the romances, the love that they have seen, it’s all just a little bit special. Jeweler Brilliant Earth has created a curated vintage collection of the most beautiful of vintage pieces with celebrity stylist and fashion industry veteran Michelle McCool and the offerings have me wanting more fingers and more reasons to buy jewels.
Brilliant Earth has always been known for their ethically sourced jewels, working hard to select suppliers that adhere to only the strictest of labor and environmental standards. The company donates 5% of all profits to communities that have been harmed by the diamond industry.
While their modern jewellery selection is large (and even allows you to design your own engagement ring), their vintage collection has over 700 individual pieces. Each is one of a kind – from the art deco era rings with French cut sapphires, the Edwardian ring with a stunning deep red garnet cabochon, the sixties style with a bezel set emerald to the Victoria era rings with turquoise cabochons and diamonds. My personal favourites? Anything with a turquoise cabochon – what a bright jewel to wear on your hands! Though the Elspeth ring above (from the Retro) era, is such a piece of art in itself with it’s five gold leaves each adorned with a brilliant cut diamond.
Michelle McCool worked with Brilliant Earth to select just a few of her favourites in a curated collection. With a background in fashion, Michelle’s selections are just as beautiful today and as fashionable as they were at the time of their creations.
Brilliant Earth has a full range available online- including specifications and ships to Australia.
Esther and Omar’s wedding day is just the kind of celebration that encapsulates a Spring winery wedding. The soft pastel colours, the lush green vineyards and the story of a new stage in their love story. They chose Joseph Koprek and Humdrum Films to document their Yarra Valley wedding day.
As for how they met, well it was all about coffee! Esther tells their story. “Well I guess you could say that we meet through Omar’s love of coffee. I worked at a cafe where he often came for his strong latte fix! So we’d known each other in that way for years but our first date changed everything. It’s funny that a lot of couples we know met through the same cafe – something in the coffee and the water perhaps!”
Esther chose a strapless wedding gown from Brides of Armadale, a family member making the unique bridesmaids’ dresses.
Esther and Omar chose Yarra Valley venue Stones Of The Yarra Valley for their wedding, Esther noting, “We couldn’t fault Stones of the Yarra Valley. Planning is made so easy when dealing with professionals and furthermore, when you just stop and soak the place in, you realise you really can’t go wrong in such a beautiful setting. We felt that it was ideal that the whole wedding day was at the one location not just for our guests, but for us too.”
Esther walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. She recalls “Nothing has been more breathe taking for us (Omar and I) than the walk down the aisle. I was feeling the nerves as I got out of the car and especially when standing just outside the closed doors to the chapel. I remembered Melissa (our celebrant) saying during rehearsal that if I needed to steady myself, just connect with Omar’s eyes and I’ll be fine. So I did – and it totally didn’t work, all the emotions had hit him too. There was a lot of ‘happy crying’ and we wouldn’t change a thing.”
There was a very special groomsmen, Esther explaining, “Jagger (our dog) was the special detail to our wedding, wearing his pin-striped tailor made bow tie (by Omar’s cousin who also designed the bridesmaids skirts). He was right next to Omar and the groomsmen and luckily, was very well behaved.”
Esther and Omar were married by Melissa Fahey of Mine Forever . Esther remembers “Melissa our celebrant is such a beautiful person, she was amazing on the day.”
Of their photographer, Esther tells, “Genius. Without imposing on our wedding day, he has captured so many memories we will enjoy forever. We used his work of us walking the streets of Melbourne to create a guest book for the wedding, it worked so well to capture the kind words of our guests in a way that looks perfect on the coffee table.”
Blooming Brides created the Spring inspired floral arrangements for the day.
There were DIY details aplenty made by the bride and her bridesmaids, Esther remembers. “With the help of my maid of honour especially, we really tapped into our creative talent! We made the doggy bag (male) and polishing glove (female) bonbonnieres, potted herbs for each guest to plant at home, wooden sign posts, framed flag seating arrangement, table numbers, wedding invites… ”
Of their first dance, Esther remembers, “Dancing isn’t really our strong suit. Omar can dance but doesn’t enjoy it and I enjoy it but I’m terrible. Our first dance was about enjoying some time together to a song we both love – and now whenever we hear it, there’s something extra special about it.” Who cares whether you can dance when a fab wedding band like the couple hired, The White Tree, will make everyone dance like nobody’s watching?
The boys from Humdrum Films captured Esther & Omar’s day in motion and captured plenty of memories, Esther remarking, “Humdrum Films really took our breathe away with their work. Jared and Jacob spoilt us with their easy going personalities and a video that really takes us back to the days – smiles, tears, the ‘shakes’, the romance, ALL of it.”
A big thank you to Esther and Omar for sharing their wedding story with us today and also to Joseph Koprek for sharing today’s wedding!
The Rachel Gilbert Spring 2014 collection, entitled “Purity” is all about the softer elegance poise of the Rachel Gilbert woman. She knows what she wants but walks with a sense of grace and belonging.
With such a talent for glamorous gowns, I am always eager to see Rachel’s newest evening wear collections and her latest offering is dotted with blush pinks, ice blues, darker hydrangea blues, ivory and of course dramatic black. Gowns feature laser cut outs, sequin embellished fabrics, crystal detail and feminine applique. Each gown is beautiful in its versatility suiting a bridesmaid as much as a bride looking for a modern shape or a hint of colour.
With the fresh hues of pinks and blues it can mean only one thing – Spring is almost here and I for one am looking forward to lighter colours, warmer days and plenty of beautiful weddings!
Happy Monday Dotties! We’re well into the final month of Winter now and as a Winter lover I have mixed feelings. This winter has seemed particularly brutal (laughable when you consider Australia’s mild Winters!) so I am definitely looking forward to warmer days and fresh flowers blooming in my garden. Heck perhaps this year my gardenia won’t die from the Summer heat!
I’m always excited to see who gets picked out of our polka dot tea cup for our vendor of the week each week and these week’s stunning vendor couldn’t make me happier! A hop skip and a jump from Melbourne is the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula and on it sits beautiful winery Lindenderry! With 30 acres of stunning gardens, 40 recently renovated guest rooms and a beautiful onsite restaurant serving up local produce, this wedding venue is the perfect escape from the city!
We asked Sharon, the wedding co-ordinator from Lindenderry five questions in five minutes -
What is your favourite after five drink?
My favourite after 5pm drink is a Lemon Margarita (with lots of ice)
Your favourite weekend getaway?
My favourite weekend getaway is camping at Echuca on the river banks
Favourite restaurant would have to be “Two Buoys” in Dromana. Two Buoys is more Tapas, so if you need a more formal restaurant, I would say Max’s Restaurant in Red Hill, both are my favourite. Two Buoys is a favourite when I just want a relaxed, chilled out experience, Max’s is when I am feeling like a special treat with friends or family visiting from far away.
What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
I like to sleep in on Sunday morning so I don’t normally have Sunday breaky, but when I do, it’s poached eggs on wholegrain toast loaf, yummy!
Your favourite wedding story?
My favourite wedding story is when one of my past couples had their wedding here at Lindenderry. For the ceremony, their flower girl and page boy were their dogs, all dressed up in suits and a pretty little doggy dress. They were so well trained and looked so gorgeous, it was fantastic! It was a surprise arranged by the groom for all the guests, and what a perfect surprise it was!