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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 🙂


Halo Bridal Designs Sale!

2 Nov

Halo Bridal Designs are having an amazing sale which we wanted to let you know about!

Here’s the deal:

  • Sale runs from 3rd-30th November 2012
  • Up to 50% off selected Halo gowns in stock (see stockists below)
  • Accessories and veils not included


Wedding dress - Halo Bridal Designs

Backless dress - Halo Bridal Designs

Wedding gown - Halo Bridal Designs

Real bride Sarah in her Halo wedding dress

Real bride Sarah in her Halo wedding dress – Photo by Insight Photography

Real bride Sarah in her Halo Bridal Designs wedding dress

Real bride Sarah in her Halo wedding dress – Photo by Insight Photography

Real bride Astrid in her Halo Bridal Designs wedding dress

Real bride Astrid in her Halo wedding dress – Photo by Darryn McKay

Real bride Astrid in her Halo Bridal Designs wedding dress

Real bride Astrid in her Halo wedding dress – Photo by Darryn McKay

Halo Bridal Designs

Halo Bridal Designs.

Who are Halo Bridal Designs?

Halo Bridal Designs is an Australian family owned business and their gowns are inspired by the latest Hollywood and European trends, infused with a modern Australian twist.

The company has been in business for more than 26 years and earlier this year Halo made its debut in the United Kingdom. Halo have stockists in Australia, New Zealand and now the UK.

Participating stockists:

  • Halo Bridal Designs (02) 9966 8599, Crows Nest NSW
  • Fashions By Farina (02) 9222 2933, Sydney NSW
  • Brides on Main (03) 9580 5669, Mordialloc VIC
  • Sabrina Moda (03) 5975 6559, Mornington VIC
  • Bridal Palace (07) 4772 1107, Townsville QLD
  • Safari Pearl Bridal Boutique (04) 11 986 447, Mackay QLD
  • Adelaide Bridal Centre & Spurling Formalwear (08) 8362 2291, Adelaide SA
  • Avon Bridal (64) 3 351 4045, Christchurch NZ
  • Confetti Bridal Boutique (64) 4 589 0635, Wellington NZ

Introducing Karen Willis Holmes 2013 Collection

29 Oct

It’s time to take a break from Monday… to think, imagine and dream about your perfect wedding dress. Luckily Karen Willis Holmes makes it easy for us with this dreamy shoot showcasing her latest collection. Dripping in timeless elegance these wedding gowns exude soft feminine beauty – something we have come to love about all Karen Willis Holmes gowns. We took this opportunity to ask Karen a little more about her stunning new collection…

What inspired this collection?

Our photo shoot features gowns from both the Demi Couture and BRIDE by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collections and draws inspiration from many different elements. A lot of the time I can be inspired when sourcing and viewing new fabrics, lace and motifs, and thinking about how I can work with the fabric.  I also love collating mood boards and inspiration images that mix from old world to modern day details.

What are the key aesthetics?

The key aesthetics of these collections is the fabrics and the way in which they have been used. We have cut out delicate corded lace motifs and hand stitched these as applique to necklines to soften the design on looks like the ‘Jasmine’ and ‘Matilda’ gowns. The silhouettes of the gowns are also very important to me – they are strong yet feminine.

Matilda- Karen Willis Holmes

‘Matilda’ Demi Couture Collection

Matilda-Karen Willis Holmes

‘Matilda’ Demi Couture Collection

Jasmine- Karen Willis Holmes


Jasmine- Karen Willis Holmes


Jasmine- Karen Willis Holmes


Jillian- Karen Willis Holmes

‘Jillian’ Demi Couture Collection


Jillian- Karen Willis Holmes

‘Jillian’ Demi Couture Collection

What fabrics and embellishments have you used?

I have used a real mix of fabrics and textures – from a number of different types of lace varying from fine and delicate French Chantilly Lace, Corded Lace and beautiful Guipure Lace which have been immensely popular of late.

I have kept the embellished design elements minimal compared to the previous designs that will allow brides to create an individual look with the embellished belts and epaulettes we have available if they wish.

Anastasia- Karen Willis Holmes


Anastasia- Karen Willis Holmes


Rachel-Karen Willis Holmes

‘Rachel’ Demi Couture Collection


Rachel- Karen Willis Holmes

‘Rachel’ Demi Couture Collection

Rachel- Karen Willis Holmes

‘Rachel’ Demi Couture Collection


What kind of bride do you think this collection would suit?

 I am very conscious of who my bride is and what she wants.  They want to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. They are after a gown with exceptional fit, a gown they can personalize and make their own with accessories or small changes and they want a design which is both functional & fashionable.

Adrianne- Karen Willis Holmes


Ella- Karen Willis Holmes


Ella- Karen WIllis Holmes



Illusion- Karen Willis Holmes

‘Illusion’ Demi Couture Collection

The Demi Couture & BRIDE by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns range in price from $1,800 – $5,000.

A Couture gown & service range in price from $7,000 – $15,000.


*      KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Couture – by appointment only service

*      KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Demi Couture gowns – designed & manufactured in Australia

*      BRIDE by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES – set for release in early 2013

*       KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES – currently in store with new collection due in store early 2013

Please email or phone +61 2 9519 3901 if you would like any other information.

I am completely in love with Ella and Jillian – if only we could wear wedding dresses more often so we could choose more than one! I’m thinking we should organise annual wedding dress parties…What do you think? Do you have a favourite? Tossing up between two? Let us know – stop by Facebook or Tweet us.

Isabel 🙂

Grace Loves Lace – The Perfect Bohemian Wedding Dress

17 Oct

Sometimes words are not enough…not enough to describe the beauty of this shoot by online bridal boutique Grace Loves Lace. This one’s a visual feast for your eyes so scroll on and enjoy these raw shots showcasing the Grace Loves Lace 2012 collection.

Clare by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Clare by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Josee by Grace Love Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Josee by Grace Love Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Josee by Grace Love Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Josee by Grace Love Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Olivia by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Olivia by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Sophia by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding

Sophia by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding

Sophia by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding

Reine by Grace Loves Lace - Bohemian Wedding Dress

Loren by Grace Loves Lace

Shot at Fingal Beach in northern NSW, it took just 2 hours to complete and don’t lose your mind, but this bohemian bride isn’t wearing makeup – you may want to take a second look – amazing right?

The collection of dreamy dresses are made to order here in Australia, using only the finest lace and silk from France and Italy.  For more information visit the Grace Loves Lace online boutique.

Here is everyone who made this shoot beautiful:

Stylist: Megan Ziems
Shoot and dresses by: Grace loves lace
Hair: Elina Valttila
Photography: Ali Mitton

Isabel 🙂

White on White Bridal

12 Oct

Modern Wedding spoke exclusively with White on White bridal about their stunning new collection. Here’s what they had to say, along with a sneaky peak at some of the divine gowns!

1.What inspired this collection ?

White on White bridal, aim to create original designs that combine creativity and timeless elegance, along with chic sophistication at affordable prices. With the added feature of being able to opt for either a lace up or zip up back, and a choice of colours and fabrics. Gowns are also available in a variety of lengths, from flirty short lengths to elegant, slender floor length or romantic full skirts.

Gowns are available in sizes 0-28.

Catherine by White on White Bridal

Kira by White on White

Madison by White on White

Samantha by White on White

2. What are the key aesthetics ?

Gowns that curve gently draped in silky taffeta with romantic hand crafted floral appliqués, to emphasise a woman’s body shape. Refined empire style strapless bodice with sweet organza flowers and beading. Young and pretty wrapped in matte satin bodices and lace, beading on organza skirts. Strapless beaded sweetheart necklines in silky taffeta with full skirts applied with hand cut rosettes and pickups.

Valentina: For the bride who is looking for over the top glamour. The bodice is encrusted with a king’s ransom in pearls, Swarovski crystals and beading, which takes three weeks to craft, contrasted with a softly ruffled organza skirt adorned with crystals.

Alex by White on White

Carolyn by White on White

Robin by White on White

Marianne by White on White

Vivian by White on White

3. What fabrics and embellishments have you used ?

The collection features fashionable, flattering styles with close attention paid to the design details. Stunning crinkle taffeta, silky taffeta, full and flirty tulle, sheer organza, chiffons, stunning satins, lace and silk fabrics are sculpted into fitted, draped or pleated bodices and skirts. The exquisite hand beading, embroidery and appliqué details are also a signature of the company and elevate each gown to something very special.

Jolie by White on White

Charlotte by White on White

Valentina by White on White

 Regina by White on White

Wendy by White on White

4. What kind of bride do you think this collection would suit ?

With a superb fit and a high end finish, our attention to detail and design sets us apart from many other designers within our price range. Our collection is geared towards the bride who is conscience of receiving value for money, whilst still looking to attain the glamour and romance of the international Designer labels.

Nancy by White on White

Alexandra by White on White

Kate White on White

Cathy by White on White

5. Do you have anything you wish to add ?

Canadian company, White on White Bridal, which has just been launched in Australasia, by Tammy Dunne, has extensive experience in designing and manufacturing exquisite bridal gowns. Their product has been the choice of brides for design, quality and attention to the smallest detail. We now have several stockists in Australia and New Zealand and we are still growing. For information on becoming a stockist of White on White label or for your closest retail store, please contact Tammy Dunne Mobile 0409 018 038 ph: 03 9798 7875

Thank you to White on White Bridal for sharing this divine collection with us. Do you have a favourite gown? Or can you see yourself in all of them because it’s just so hard to choose one? I definitely fall into the latter category! Let us know on Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz

Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

Rosemary xox

How to choose an amazing location for your wedding photos

14 Sep

Wedding photos are the one thing that you’ll have forever from the big day. So you should make sure they’re awesome! One thing many couples don’t take the time to consider is where to have their portraits taken. Your photographer will capture the day as it happens, but you should also think about a location that fits with your personalities, the style of your wedding and will make a beautiful backdrop. We decided to ask an expert, so we chatted to renowned wedding photographer Warrick Cramer of Chateau Photography, and he gave us some pointers on location selection for wedding photos that really stand out.

“Location selection is one of the most important components for wedding photographers.  So many couples overlook locations for wedding photos and entrust the photographer to make the decision for them. When I meet couples I always discuss the theme of the wedding and from that I offer a few ideas around the location settings.  It is so important to select locations that will match your wedding theme.  As an example if you choose a classical theme – it is probably no point selecting modern architecture for a location.”

“Also thinking about the time of the year is important, always have a backup plan!  You never know what the weather will do, what events are taking place, protests in the City, road works or accidents on the road.  This all can have an impact on time.

Album design should be considered when taking into account locations, thinking about where it will fit in the overall design.  A good album should tell a story of the wedding day from beginning to end.  Remembering what you do on the day is what selection you have for album design.  Only selecting one location or similar locations will mean multiple pages looking the same.”

“Locations should reflect your personality, your relationship and should mean something to you both. Planning locations can be overwhelming and tiring – but don’t give up as it will pay off in the end!

The amount of time to allocate to locations is always difficult to estimate too however, give yourself, your bridal party and photographer enough time to enjoy the experience and have a bit of fun as the day goes by very quickly. Guests waiting in wedding are always a concern however is it expected to have a delay between ceremony and reception, these people are family and friends and will understand.”

“Most weddings which I photograph, couples will allocate 2 – 3 hours for location photos – which is an ideal time for get some great photo variety without being rushed.

Photos in a wedding album are for life – and photos always get handed down.  So spending the time in considering what you both like as a couple, will help to produce a better end result.”

Thank you so much to Warrick and the team at Chateau Photography for offering their expertise in this matter, as you can see they have a lot of experience selecting incredible locations for wedding photography! And a striking location really does make all the difference for your portraits.

Chateau Photography are AIPPaccredited, and have won a slew of awards, including AIPP Silver in 2010, International Aperture Award Bronze in 2008 and 2009, and Silver International Aperture Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Chateau Photography is a business with over 7 years experience in taking photography for all different occasions. They believe that photographs immortalise time – capturing a moment that is never to be repeated. To view their wedding portfolio  or Real Wedding Portfolio visit the Chateau Photography website.

Happy Friday Modettes!

Have you chosen a location for your wedding portraits yet? Have you even thought about it? Let us know! Leave a comment, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Rosemary xox

Finding my wedding dress

8 Sep

Alicia, our funny and lovely guest bride blogger, is back on the Modern Wedding blog for installment 4. In this post she tells us about the journey she’s been on to find THE dress.

There are many magical aspects to a wedding. Marrying your best friend has to be top of the list, but I also think that finding and wearing the wedding dress is one of the really special parts of a wedding too.

I never thought I’d be fussy about a dress, but let me tell you, since trying on gowns I’ve fallen waaaaay down the rabbit hole. Wedding dresses are so unique. They are so thoughtfully designed and carefully made…there is no other dress like it.

I found my dress very early on. Initially I was thinking of a soft, empire, chiffon, hair down sort of look so, in week three of engaged life I booked myself an appointment at Marry Me Bridal. I went by myself and first tried on a heavy lace empire gown which I easily crossed off my list. Then I tried a chiffon single-strap gown which I really liked. I then said to the consultant: “You choose something for me, something different.”

In through the curtain came an enormous gown, bustling it’s way into the previously large change room with a tiny consultant somewhere lost in the folds of the tulle skirt. “This is Tiffany,” a hidden voice said. “She’s very popular.” I was laced up tight and swooshed my out to the mirror. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I looked like a bride. My waist looked tiny I felt like I was on top of something; up there on show amongst all that tulle.

And then the veil went on. Swoon. All the hairs on my arms stood on end and I felt light headed. I was suddenly a bride.  The dress was gorgeous. I was gorgeous!

Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan | Photography - Justin Aveling

Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan | Photography – Justin Aveling

Bridal Vision | Photography - Tim Robinson

Bridal Vision | Photography – Tim Robinson

But it was still early days and I don’t think that I had even come to terms with being engaged, much less ready to walk away with a dress. So I decided to go home and think about it and next time enlist the help of some friends. Two weeks later myself and two excited girl friends trekked into the city to try on big beautiful gowns at Maggie Sottero.

That’s where I met my fairy godmother. She told me that she could find the perfect dress for any budget, and she spoke some wise advice: “Do not try on dresses that are beyond what you want to spend because invariably you’ll end up falling in love with it and you’ll have to take out a personal loan to buy it.“ Apparently this happens quite a lot.

In that store they recommended a mermaid gown and my first thought was “What on earth are they thinking?” I have curvy hips and solid thighs, why would I wear a dress that hugs those parts?!”

But wedding dresses are made to accentuate your assets and, ladies, the mermaid gown is made for us curvy babes. It hugged and draped the feminine silhouette, and it clicked with me how lovely the female shape is in these beautifully made dresses. I could have gone with the mermaid gown. It really made me feel like a Hollywood siren. However, the next dress turned out to be ‘The One’.

Emoda Couture | Photography - Tim Robinson

Emoda Couture | Photography – Tim Robinson

Briony Leigh Bridal

Briony Leigh Bridal

I knew this dress was the one after I had taken it off and saw a couple of other women eyeing it off.  I wanted it! I put a deposit down, picked it up a few days later and hid it in my wardrobe behind a couple of maxis and my dressing gown, in absolute SHOCK that I had just bought a wedding dress. What would my fiancé think?!

But now (it is safely stowed at a friend’s house) and I am very very happy that I made the decision early on. Now I don’t have to choose between all the other gorgeous gowns I have seen, and I can move on to creating a theme and a style around the feeling of the dress that I chose.  I can’t wait to put it on again!

What about you? Was it easy to find your dress or are you still going through the experience? How many dresses have you tried on?

Alicia x

About Alicia: Alicia is a water scientist by day and a blogger/jogger/home cooker by night. She is madly in love with her fiancé Shane, Pinterest and her fitness program. Check out her Pinterest board and lifestyle blog.

Alicia is guest blogging for the Modern Wedding blog leading up to her wedding day. She resides in Manly, Sydney, and is a Victorian country girl at heart. Swing by Modern Wedding Facebook or Twitter and ask Alicia a question.