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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 🙂


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

Behind-the-Scenes Fashion Report

7 Feb

Good m… afternoon Modettes! Isn’t it funny when you look at the clock one minute and suddenly it’s eight hours later. Where did today go? And for that matter, where did 2011 go? Believe it or not, we’re already two months into 2012, so it’s time to be looking forward to what the big trends are going to be for the next year, and doing a little sneaky reportage from behind-the-scenes too.

We spent the entire day at the gorgeous Quay West yesterday reviewing what’s going to be big in bridal fashion in the next 12 months, and here’s what we discovered…

1. Sydney looks amazing no matter what the weather and the view from Quay West is awesome. Ok, that’s just an easy one to help me warm up 😉

2. The Princess Bride never left the building. She was just around the corner tidying herself up a little and getting rid of some of those extra bits and pieces. (Above: Amanda from Halo Bridal with a piece from her new season collection.)

3. Colour is going to be BIG. And we can’t wait! Add a dash to your gorgeous white gown with a unique belt, like the ones above from JN Bridal.

4. Black is back! Like it or not, bridal designers are always looking for clever ways to personalise your gown, and we saw loads of beautiful black lace embellished gowns, black beading and black ruffles. Definitely a statement piece from Mon Cheri above.

5. Your bridesmaids now have more choice than ever before, thanks to clever designers like Sandra and Garth Pitman from Sugar & Spice (above with Modern Wedding Editor-in-Chief Victoria Black) seeing an opportunity to create wonderful quality, unique, non-cringe-worthy bridesmaids dresses that can be worn again, available in all the colours of the rainbow.

6. Accessories are a great way to personalise your gown without looking overdone. (And I look awesome in white faux fur… Who knew?) We’re starting to see lots of gorgeous little wraps, boleros, capes and capelettes, as well as loads of clever gown straps, earrings and bracelets that will make you swoon for more. (Just like the one I’m wearing from Halo Bridal.)

And designers are saying over and over again, brides are finally starting to dress for their shape! Hooray! That’s what we love to hear. Embrace your shape, make it beautiful and find a gown to fit you… not the other way around!

So Modettes, what do you think of the new season fashion trends? Have you noticed anything different? Or anything we missed? Let us know! Leave a note, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Enjoy your afternoon 🙂
Rosemary xxx

p.s. looking for more fashion inspiration? Check out our Fashion Gallery!

Gown shopping with Modern Wedding

21 Jun

I’m excited to be sharing with you today some of the latest gown designs, hitting boutiques and shops this month!

Modern Wedding has swept through the Bridal Showings to get a sneak peak at the ranges that will be available very, very soon. We talk to the designers and get them to give us (and you) a private tour of their latest work. Be prepared for some oo-ing and ahh-ing, and to fall in love (err… again).

I am sharing three fabulous designer ranges this morning and will continue shopping with you in the coming days… keep an eye out.

Some of the gowns you will see are already in the shops, and some will be in over the next couple of weeks. The websites of these designers will have a full list of stockists – go and try these stunning dresses on!


Check out Essense and Martina Liana for their full ranges.


All of Fiorenza’s beautiful range.

Halo Bridal:

Check out all the gorgeous Halo Bridal designs.

If you haven’t started trawling the bridal shops yet, make sure you get a head start with ‘What style suits you best! 

Drop us a … comment and tell us how you are going shopping for your gown. Did you find any inspirations here? If so what was the gown or idea that has inspired you?

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K xx

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