Wed With Flowers

29 Nov

I love fresh flowers. Yes their beauty is short lived, but they are beautiful none the less. Fill your wedding celebration with sweetly scented blooms in vibrant hues or pure whites. Bouquets, tables, cakes and hair – the flower is a jack of all trades. Embrace the flower and all it has to offer on your wedding day.

Chanele Rose Flowers - Floral Wedding Cake

Chanele Rose Flowers - Wedding Table Decorations

Images: Chanele Rose Flowers & Event Styling

For more wedding flowers inspiration and ideas plus florists who can  make it happen grab yourself a copy of Modern Wedding Flowers magazine.

Isabel 🙂


Second thoughts

27 Nov

Our bride blogger, Alicia, is back for installment 9 on the Modern Wedding blog and she’s having second thoughts…

There are many decisions to be made in planning a wedding. For example should you have an indoor or an outdoor wedding, a modern or a vintage theme, beach or garden photos, vanilla or recycled stationary… it seems endless. I said that the detail wouldn’t get to me, but after six months of preparations it has! After eight months of looking and planning, all of the details are starting to get blurry I can’t seem to make a confident decision anymore.

For example, this weekend my future sister-in-law was just telling us about the beautiful wedding that she had just attended. It was glamorous and quirky and very on trend, and for each thing that she said I kept thinking “oh. Maybe we should have done that?”

Cute Wedding Table - Image by Jose Villa

Image by Jose Villa Photography

Wedding Favour

Candle Wedding Decorations

A real sign of doubt occurred a few weeks ago (doubts about the dress that is, not about the man! ;-). When I saw the Karen Willis Holmes collection I suddenly wanted to sell my wedding dress and burst out in the sun radiant and breathtaking in the Jillian or the Anastacia.

So what has happened? Where has this “grass is greener” idea come from?

Jillian by Karen Willis Holmes

Jillian by Karen Willis Holmes

Anastacia by Karen Willis Holmes

Anastacia by Karen Willis Holmes

I think that it’s because of information overload. I’ve read and researched too much. And I don’t necessarily get to see the price tag that comes with some of these things, and which might be way outside my budget anyway. So I have taken a step back. I’m spending very little time on Pinterest, and I am instead relying on my gut instinct and preference for personal style and options.

Personal Wedding Note

So our wedding may end up being a little bit of a crazy hodgepodge of ideas and styles. And so?! If that’s the case then it will be quirky in our way, not the quirkiness of a magazine or a stylist. The important thing is that we are comfortable, in love and at ease with our guests and that people will say “wow, that wedding favour really is Alicia” or “that music is so Shane”.

Alicia x

Image Credits from top to bottom:

Image from, Image from, Image from, Jillian (KWH demi couture collection), Anastacia by Karen Willis Holmes, Love note image from

Introducing: ‘live Royal Doulton’

23 Nov Royal Doulton Mode Collection

While the rest of the world is looking for items to put on their Christmas list, we know that all the brides out there are busy looking for items to put on their wedding gift registry.When it comes to a gift registry it really can be a ‘wish list’ because at the end of the day – you’re not paying for it! It may sound like the mentality of a spoiled brat, but you only get to do it once so choose the biggest, the best and the prettiest. Choose quality products that really will last a lifetime.

Royal Doulton just made things a whole lot easier with ‘live Royal Doulton’ an online magazine to showcase their products and all their latest collections. You’ll find videos with designers and artists, recipes, styling ideas, product information as well as a complete visual feast for the eyes. Deck your home in classic British style – Visit live Royal Doulton and explore items to put on your gift registry.

Royal Doulton Fable Collection

Royal Doulton Mode Collection

Royal Doulton Paolozzi Collection

Royal Doulton Pop in for drinks

I am in love with the ‘Pop in for drinks’ range which says just that. As newlyweds it’s such a joy to entertain and host friends in your new found home and with items like this, entertaining on a whim can be stylish and sophisticated. I am also a huge Donna Hay fan and I have to admit most of the Donna Hay for Royal Doulton collection has found a home in my kitchen. Be sure to check out Donna Hay at live Royal Doulton, watch the video for some of Donna’s food styling tips and browse some of her delicious recipes.

Do you have a favourite collection? What will be on your wedding gift registry? Let us know on Facebook, Tweet us or leave a comment below.

Isabel 🙂

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

22 Nov

Earlier this week we celebrated the launch of Vera Wang’s Spring 2013 Bridal Collection at their flagship Sydney store. This collection sees Vera embracing her Chinese heritage with the use of red, a popular choice for Chinese brides, symbolising love, good fortune and joy.

The stunning gowns in crimson, cardinal red, dahlia and scarlett are all available in ivory, so don’t be quick to dismiss the beautiful lines and structures you see below just because you wouldn’t wear a red wedding dress. My favourite? Katherine, directly below, is definitely on my gowns wish list – surprisingly light weight the dress moves delicately with the wearer and yes the fabric does sit as beautifully in real life as it does in this picture.

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Katherine

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Kaitlin

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Kareena

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Karen

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - KendallVera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Kathleen

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Kimberly

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection - Kylie

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

For Alana Patience, store manager of Vera Wang’s Sydney boutique, trying on your wedding dress is a total experience and she makes it her mission to make it an amazing one for every bride that walks in her door. She also challenges the misconception that a Vera Wang gown is out of reach for average Australian brides – prices start at $4000 which is more affordable than many people may think. If you’re interested in any of the gowns you see above or simply want to browse more of Vera Wang’s beautiful gowns schedule an appointment online.

Which gown is your favourite? Would you wear a red wedding dress? Let us know on Facebook, Tweet us or leave a comment below.

Isabel 🙂

Unique Wedding at the Theatre

21 Nov

Renee and Jason were married on 30th September in a traditional church ceremony followed by a not so traditional wedding reception at The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. A mix of old world Hollywood glamour and stage show lights came together to celebrate this love story.


















F R O M  T H E  B R I D E


We met at a beach BBQ through friends. We spent the day playing beach cricket and enjoying the sun with our friends. At the end of the day Jason asked me to coffee. Shortly after our coffee date he delivered cupcakes to me at work so that I could share them with my girlfriends for morning tea. As you can imagine after that we kept dating.

The Proposal…

Jason flew his family to QLD and told me that he wanted them to meet my grandmother who is special to him. He asked her to cook for his family at her home. We were having lunch with our immediate families and he proposed in front of everyone. Although I should have seen it coming, I was really surprised and really happy. It was lovely to be able to share our engagement with all those close to us.

The Wedding…

We didn’t really have a ‘theme’ as such but we wanted to make sure the wedding had a great atmosphere. Our tastes are simple, elegant and classic. White, ivory and black were the basic colours used. The wedding had a hint of that old style Hollywood glamour. We also wanted something really different and interesting for the reception so we had our reception at The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. The theatre has a colourful history – from its beginnings as a flourishing silent movie house to the largest regional theatre in Australia. The ceremony was held in Toowoomba (my home town) at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The cathedral is old, beautiful and really impressive. It was a long walk down the aisle!

Jason and I have backgrounds where food is extremely important. Encores Restaurant did a great job of feeding our 250 guests quickly. We had platters of beef and chicken. Platters made it possible for our guests to sample everything and encouraged sharing and interaction on the tables. We had three difference desserts on each plate and course of Lebanese sweets.


Decorations were kept very simple as the venue surroundings were so impressive. We had white tables settings, fresh Colombian white roses in medium sized vases on the tables and tea light candles.  We had long tables of twelve with lux red chairs all looking out to a 1100 seat art deco theatre. The 25m star curtain from floor to ceiling and amazing ‘gold’ lighting gave the stage a magical feel.

The Dresses and The Suit…

My wedding gown was fitted, classic and very comfortable. It was made of lightweight silk. It was fish tail, Ivory and had just the right amount of beading. I added the straps and topped it off with my mothers vintage cathedral veil. The fact that I could wear the veil that my mother wore was really special and one of my favourite things about the day. I bought it at Halo Bridal in Sydney. They were amazing, friendly and made the overwhelming experience of trying to find the perfect dress really easy. My inspiration was to find something that suited my shape, that was classic, comfortable and formal enough to compete with the venue. I chose Ivory as the colour for my dress because of its soft hue. I wanted my dress to be reminiscent of Old Hollywood. My sparkling multi-colour Christian Louboutin stilettos completed this look.

My sister wore a Matthew Eager dress. It was so beautiful. Black velvet top and Ivory bottom with a large ‘fan’ of material off the side. It fitted her petit frame perfectly and she looked like a stunning movie star from the 50’s. Jason pulled off his Harolds dinner suit in style. His suit will last a lifetime and was complemented by his gorgeous Italian patent shoes. The groomsmen wore black suits, white shirts and charcoal ties.


I chose medium sized Colombian roses with long stems for the bouquets. They were soft pink and almost antique looking.


We had a popcorn machine and buckets instead.


Bora Bora – Tahiti/French Polynesia. Yes in one of those over water bunglows!!!

Here is everyone who made this theatre wedding unique:

Photography: Evoke Images Ceremony Location: St Patrick’s Cathedral Toowoomba Reception Venue: The Empire Theatre Bride’s Dress: Halo Bridal Bridesmaid’s Dress: Matthew Eager Groom’s Suit: Harolds Flowers: Swish Flowers Decorations: Weddings by Florence Catering: Encores Restaurant

Isabel 🙂

A Great Time to Source DIY Materials

20 Nov

Are you looking to get started on some DIY wedding projects over the festive season? Editor of Modern Wedding DIY magazine, Gail MacDiarmid, has some DIY wedding projects and it’s the perfect time of year to start!

Gail: As a stylist, I am always looking out for interesting items that can be adapted and used as decorative detail when styling a photo shoot. Christmas is an ideal time to source pretty items and materials that can be integrated into weddings. Gone are the days when Christmas decorations were limited to tinsel, hanging baubles and glittery stars only available in shades of green, red, silver or gold. Nowadays, there are wide ranges of diverse items in various colours and themes that are not necessarily restricted to the festive season.  If you are getting married at this time of the year, or early in the new year, don’t ignore what is on offer at Christmas time. You will be surprised at what you find.

Earlier this week I did a quick whip around the stores and came up with a few ideas that  are not expensive and which could add interesting touches to your wedding. For example, I could not resist the cute little bird decorations, hard to find at other times of the year, for use as a cake topper. Cupcakes are always popular and pretty and I like the idea of using the delicate glass cupcake ornaments, often employed as a Christmas tree decoration, as placecard holders for guests. Another attractive and versatile novelty are the clear  Christmas tree baubles picked up at my local craft store. These make great favour containers and can be filled with messages of thanks, sweet goodies or even bath salts. Christmas food is something I always look forward to especially the delicious rich fruity puddings. These can be easily transformed into decadent truffles and given as favours to your guests.

Lovebird Cake-topper

The little birdies look gorgeous as lovebirds when placed in a delicate nest lined with spanish moss and perched on top of your wedding cake. Ready-made nests can be purchased online or, if you would like to learn how to make your own,  pick up the latest issue of Modern Wedding DIY magazine.

Cupcake Placecards

To use the sparkly cupcakes as placecard holders for your guests, simply insert an extra piece of fine wire in the shape of a hook into the top of the decoration next to the existing wire loop and slip the placecard in between the two pieces of wire.

Clear Bauble Favours

When I spied these at my local craft store I immediately could see them as wedding favours. Made from PET plastic and filled with items of your choice  they are sure to be appreciated as attractive novelties.

Fruit and Nut Truffles

A tasty wedding favour can be made from the traditional Christmas pudding. Serve the decadent chocolate truffles after your celebratory meal or give them as a take-home food favour.

To make, simply crumble a 250g miniature Christmas pudding into a bowl and add 1/3 cup of chopped slivered almonds previously oven-roasted until golden. Add 100g of melted dark cooking chocolate, mix thoroughly, roll teaspoon quantities of mixture into balls and coat with cocoa powder.



Special thanks to Gail for sharing with us!

Do you have any DIY ideas perfect for the Christmas season? Or perhaps you’re eager to try out one of the ideas above? Let us know, facebook or tweet us some pictures!

For more DIY wedding ideas from Gail check out {Do-it-yourself} Bomboniere Harvest Apples and Weekend Baking For a DIY Wedding Gift.

MW x

Mood Board : Outside In, Inside Out

19 Nov

This concept is all about playing with textures, lighting and dichotomies. Bringing the outside in and the inside out in a clever way that makes an elegant ceremony more rustic and brings a hint of decadence to a country wedding. This theme creates a nostalgic old-word atmosphere that conjures up images of midsummer night’s dreams, wonderlands, fairytales and fantastical far away places.


Clockwise from top:

Angi Parker via pinterest

Balenciaga fragrance

Sarah & Greg’s wedding. Photography Kathryn Kessler

flowers: Floranectar

Julie Weil via pinterest

Do you have a unique concept you’d like to see in a mood board? Let us know via Facebook, twitter or leave a comment below.

Kathryn X