DREAMY NEW AUSTRALIAN COLLECTION

Amelia

Australian designer Anna Campbell has launched its latest bridal collection, and it is full of floating fabrics and sweet, feminine design.

The range, called Wanderlust, is fit for the modern bohemian bride and features exclusive embroidered fabrics, floating silks, custom-designed laces and detailed hand-beaded embellishments.

Wanderlust was photographed at Byron Bay, on the NSW coast.

One of the standouts of the collection is the 3D floral appliqué of the Paige Dress, made from raw cut ribbon and silk organza, with sparkling glass beads and ivory pearlescent shimmer.

Paige

Brides looking for the ultimate bridal statement will be drawn to the decadent Wanda Dress, a dress first designed by Anna for one of her closest friends. Created from a tulle fabric luxuriously hand-beaded with thousands of hand-sewn sequins, sparkling glass beads and pearls, the Wanda brings glamorous all-over sparkle with the option for brides to choose a draped sleeve for extra drama and coverage.

Wanda

Designer Anna Campbell explains the collection was all about staying true to the embellishments and unique lace adornments that have become iconic to the label, but reinvigorating these details for a modern bride.

Each dress is individually hand cut and sewn in Melbourne, also giving brides the option to customise their gown to suit their fit and style with luxury fabric options, the addition of draped or capped sleeves or additional custom embellishments for a bit of extra sparkle.

Aria

“Aside from the incredible quality we achieve, one of the true advantages of continuing to design and hand-make dresses in Melbourne is that we have the flexibility to tailor each bride’s dress uniquely for her,” says Anna.

“Our brides know when they step into their dress on their wedding day, everything is going to not only fit beautifully, but also feel incredible.”

From top: Winter with summer skirt; Rebekah; Blake; Blossom footcuffs; Jamie with summer skirt; Jamie with trumpet skirt; Saasha; Harlow; Amelia with draped sleeve; Kira; Eva;  and Blair.

The Wanderlust collection is priced from $2599 and is available at the Anna Campbell Melbourne boutique, Australian and international stockists, or the Anna Campbell e-boutique.

IT’S HERE- GT BRIDE MAGAZINE 2018-19

Our annual wedding guide has launched and it is all about letting love shine through.

With same sex marriage officially legalised, there is no better time to be celebrating the union of two people.

Our cover star Lucy Brownless is radiant, her natural beauty is captured with movement, expertly styled by Geelong fashion stylist Renée Enright.

The magazine showcases the best our region has to offer in terms of celebrating love – it is absolutely brimming with ideas to plan your nuptials. And even if you are not planning your own big day, it is full of some familiar faces and event inspiration.

Photography: Hails & Shine

This year we feature 21 weddings from across our region, from the Bellarine, the Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and Otways. Each one is a unique celebration, telling the couple’s love story and how they made it happen.

From the ring and the dress, to the honeymoon and advice on keeping calm and well before the big day, let us inspire you to write your own love story.

Buy GT BRIDE at newsagencies across the region,
and at the Geelong Advertiser office at 191-195 Ryrie Street, Geelong.

HOLD ONTO ME

Store your big day essentials in a stunning
clutch you will treasure

1. Elizabeth clutch, $44.99 from Forever New;
2. Margot hardcase, $49.99 from Colette by Colette Hayman;
3. Exclamation clutch, $249 from Mimco;
4. Lockett glittered acrylic clutch, $1677 from Jimmy Choo;
5. The Rockstud pouch, $920 from Valentino;
6. Duffel leather clutch, $333 from Kara;
7. Anne-Marie flap clutch, $199 from Skagen;
8. Olivia embellished clutch, $69.99 from Forever New

DARK ROMANCE

A dark and dusty colour palette sets the scene for a modern romance, a couple celebrating their big day with a romantic, yet mysterious feel.
This was the inspiration for Takisha Smith, Aster & Rose director and planner, for her styled shoot.
From the bride excitedly getting ready, having her hair and makeup done, putting on her carefully chosen dress, she walks with confidence, almost dancing, to meet her love.
The pair happily share some moments together, the first as man and wife, with some stunning backdrops behind them.
Their perfectly styled reception is a complete celebration of love and romance.
Dark shades with pops of colour bring this vision to life, romantic elements including candles, crystals and soft linen runners add to the look and feel.
It is moody, intimate and a modern interpretation of a perfect day.

WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Planner and stylist:
Aster & Rose
Photographer: Caroline Sada Weddings
Gown: Anna Campbell Bridal
Hair and makeup: Momu Hair & Makeup
Rings: Windfall Jewellery
Groom’s accessories: Peggy and Finn
Venue one: The Warehouse Geelong
Venue two: Rusty Gate Weddings
Décor and linen hire: Event Art
Furniture hire: Peppa And Peach Hire
Signage: Danger & Moon
Stationery: Fabled Papery
Place cards: Oliver Maple
Cake: Kiss My Cakes
Macaron favours: Little Miss Meringue
Flowers: Asdaisydoes
Crystals: Our Satellite Hearts

ESTHER + HOWARD

ESTHER + HOWARD

DATE TO REMEMBER
Esther found her dream gown while shopping in Los Angeles. “My best friend Kim got me to try on a handful of the big ball gown style dresses for fun but I was sure I wanted something slim fitting and really chic,” Esther says. The pair was married at Terindah Estate with 87 guests, including Howard’s family from England. “The whole week leading up to it, the wedding day, and the days following it, with everyone in town together, was an amazing time that we will never forget,” she say


For more imagery, including a full list of suppliers, CLICK HERE.

SOIRÉE BLISS

Renée Enright and Kylie Oliver

Almost 100 people, including brides-to-be, their families and friends, gathered at Le Parisien Restaurant on the Geelong Waterfront for the Plan Your Day Soirée, presented by GT BRIDE on Tuesday. The intimate event gave those planning a special day insider advice on all things weddings while enjoying canapés, French bubbles and plenty of other goodies. Editor Kylie Oliver led the evening, interviewing two panels of industry experts including fashion stylist Renée Enright and representatives from Blondie, Blush Bar, Florette, Pearls & Roses Bridal, Weddings of Desire, Geelong Celebrant Collective, Cakesmith, Stephlee Photography and Le Parisien.

The 2018 edition of GT BRIDE is out June 30.

Emily Ditcham, Laura Harvey and Rebeccah Vivien

Paris and Julie Lewis

Nicole Penning and Laura Sexton

Lisa Swan and Chelsea Leembruggen

Lauren O’Toole and Cassie Buckley

Lauren Mills and Simone Weidner

Anna Fry and Kate Leyonhjelm

Danika Pamplin and Gemma Borgwardt

Erin Cusack and Steph Bevan

Georgina Rolls and Tara Muffet

Jade Dowling, Rosie Law and Emily Dowling

Joanne and Lucy McFarlane

Angela and Lucy Sheehan

Amy Bacon and Emma McFarlane

Alex Jones, Annie Taylor, Kiara Coceani and Tessa Carr

Peter Temple and Karen Bourdamis

Phoebe Anderson, Louise and Mel Blake

Ruby Thompson, Amy Gill, Sarah Taylor and Amy Bacon

Photos: Jackie Paige Sanders and Stephlee Photography

ONE DAY BRIDAL INTRODUCES NEW COLLECTION, 1985

Thelma

Named after the year founder and creative director, Kyha was born, One Day Bridal has released its newest collection, 1985.
The collection celebrates the influential women in Kyha’s life.
Since 1985, this group of women, and two men, have sculptured, shaped and inspired Kyha and her life in some way and supported her to become the person she is today.
For Kyha, family is everything and the people she holds close to hear heart mean the most to her.
This is Kyha’s way of saying thank you and showing her appreciation to those who have given her strength.
Each gown in the 1985 collection has been named by one of these Influential people.
One Day was established in 2011.

Elle

Edith

Charlie

York

Scout

Mavis

Valentyna

 Since then, Melbourne based Kyha has been pushing the boundaries of traditional bridal, cementing the brand as a leader in the fashion industry.
Her eye for detail, stunning silhouettes and contagious personality has helped brides find their way down the aisle.

Koda Cami

MacKenzie Bodysuit

Saint

Olive

 Visit onedaybridal.com.au to view the 1985 range.

PLAN YOUR DAY SOIRÉE

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Planning your wedding day and in
need of a little expert advice?

We can help!

We are excited to invite you to join us at our “Plan Your Day Soirée” on
Tuesday, May 8 at Le Parisien Restaurant on the Geelong waterfront.

Enjoy some French bubbles and delicious canapes while you listen to our two expert panels discuss all the insider knowledge you need to plan your one perfect day. From wedding styling to photography, flowers and beauty advice, we have you covered.

GT BRIDE editor Kylie Oliver will emcee the night and panel members will include special guest Renée Enright, along with Laura Harvey from Weddings of Desire, Rebeccah Vivian from Blondie, Emma McFarlane from Blush Bar, Karen Bourdamis from Pearls and Roses, Erin Cusack from Florette, Emily Ditcham from Cakesmith, Amy Bacon from Le Parisien and Stephanie Lee Bevan from Stephlee Photography.

We have 150 places available and tickets cost $30 each.

Everyone receives a goody bag which is valued at more than $250  including a copy of
GT BRIDE magazine, GT JOURNAL magazine, a $50 Le Parisien voucher and other goodies. You will receive a glass of French sparkling on arrival, as well as canapés through the evening. Drinks will be at bar prices.

Join us for this fun and informative evening from 7-9pm.

Get your tickets here 

REAL WEDDING

ALEXANDRA + LEIGH

DATE TO REMEMBER
Leigh Hodge proposed to Alex Kearney as the pair enjoyed a picnic during sunset near Gibson Steps. They married on the Bellarine on November 19, 2016. “Leigh is always inspiring me to be a better person,” says Alex. “Alex’s selfless and nurturing personality, along with her great sense of humour make me fall in love with her more every day,” says Leigh. A small cutting from Alex’s late grandparents garden was used to grow succulents used as wedding favours. “It was a special way to include my grandparents in our special day,” says Alex.




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CREATIVE BLOOM

Photography: Hails & Shine

Channel your inner florist and add vibrant colour to your home with this gorgeous flower arrangement. Alice Shepherd from She’s A Wildflower takes your through it step-by-step

TOOLS:
Snips/secateurs
MATERIALS:
Vessel – tip: select a shallow vessel with a wide opening;
Chicken wire; Floral tape – also called pot tape;
Lazy Susan (optional, but very handy);
BOTANICAL INGREDIENTS:
3-5 bunches of flowers (you may not need to use all the stems from each bunch,
but having a variety makes for an interesting arrangement);
2-3 bunches of foliage (same as above, you may not require full bunches).
PROCEDURE:
1. Measure the chicken wire so that it is approximately twice the width of the opening of the vessel you are using. Repeat this so you have two sheets of chicken wire and fold them over one another to create a ball like shape;
2. Wedge the chicken wire at the bottom of the vessel and to secure place two pieces of floral tape in a criss-cross over the top of the wire (as pictured) leaving approximately 1-2cm of tape on the vessel;
3. Fill the vessel with water approximately halfway to the top, do not overfill as the water level will rise as you begin to place your flowers and you can always top up the water level at the end if required;
4. If working on a low bench or table, elevate the vessel to waist height and use the Lazy Susan to allow you to easily view your arrangement at all angles;
5. Begin by placing foliage around the outside of the vessel to hide your mechanics (chicken wire and tape), place only a couple of stems in the centre and ensure you leave space for your flowers;
6. When placing your flowers, use the heavier items first (eg: natives or branches);
7. Place your other flowers amongst the foliage and chicken wire, be careful not to force stems. To create depth, cut flowers at different lengths so they are layered (but not squished!) – avoid creating lines where the same flower is vertically or horizontally adjacent to one another;
8. Repeat the above step until you have achieved your desired arrangement, remember to always turn your arrangement and stand back and view it from all angles to ensure your mechanics are covered;
9. Top up with water if required;
10. Stand back and admire your creation!

TIPS:
● I encourage you to select your favourite flowers and foliage! I would recommend choosing seasonal flowers in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures and colours;
● Don’t be afraid to forage for interesting flowers;
● Alternatively, visit your local florist and ask for their assistance in selecting the flowers and foliage for the desired look of your arrangement;
● Try choosing at least one delicate flower that you can use high in your arrangement, that “dances” above the other flowers;
● Raid your fruit bowl and pop some small pears or apples low in your arrangement, stick a couple of skewers into the fruit and place them in the arrangement.

ALICE’S SEASONAL FAVOURITES:
Summer: dahlias, David Austin roses, amaranthus, celosea;
Autumn: hydrangea (also a summer flower but the autumn tones are to die for), autumn foliage such as maple;
Winter: ranunculus, blossom, hyacinths, poppies, sweet pea.
Spring: peonies, lily of the valley, daphne, lilac.

SELECTING YOUR FLOWERS

1. Select seasonal flowers just as you would with your fruit and veg. Seasonal, locally grown flowers are often cheaper as there is more supply and they should last longer. Ask your florist to guide you as to what is in season (or see my suggestions below).
2. Select flowers in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures and colours.
3. Don’t be afraid to forage, most of the interesting flowers and foliages could be hiding deep in the back of your (or your neighbour’s) garden.
4. For an on-trend (or fail safe) look, opt for a large bunch of foliage or fruit stems instead of flowers.

CONDITIONING YOUR FLOWERS:

• Remove any foliage from the stems that will be below the water line to prevent bacterial growth (tip: keep any little flower offcuts and pop them in small bud vases to place around the home).
• Recut the stems (approx. 1cm) on an angle, repeat every two days. Cutting on an angle creates a larger surface area allowing stems to drink more water.
• Keep them in a cool room and out of direct sunlight, if placed in a heated environment they will wilt quicker.
• Refresh the water and wash the vase daily if possible, or every two days.

SIMPLE FLOWER ARRANGING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME:

1. Choose your vase wisely, the smaller the opening of the vase, the less flowers you will have to use (being cheaper) and the easier it is to handle and arrange. Keep your proportions in mind. For example, a tall bunch of blossom will require a tall vase.
2. Keep it simple. Don’t put yourself under pressure by trying to arrange the perfect mixed posy, try using just one variety in each vase and group a few vases together so it looks abundant, everything looks fabulous en masse!
3. When placing flowers in a vase start by criss crossing shorter stems, leaning them on the side of the vase to create a grid that will support the following stems to stay upright. Keep tall stems to the centre. Gradually add in shorter stems to create a dome-like arrangement, allowing your flowers to fall naturally;
4. If using flowers and foliage in the same vase, ensure your flowers sit higher than the foliage as they are the focal point.