COVETING AFFORDABLE BRIDAL STYLE

Above: Crepe off shoulder wedding column dress, $300

Your wedding gown is definitely up there with one of the most important elements of the day. Many women are looking for that ‘wow’ moment, the moment where they feel like a bride. But you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have your moment. Online retailer ASOS has released its SS19 Bridal Edition – and it is a beauty. Think clean, contemporary cuts that are super stylish and super wearable. The collection includes fresh tailoring in the form of jumpsuits and blazer dresses – which have taken inspiration from city brides. While all-over sequins, beaded embellishments in icy tones and lace embroidered gowns offer a contrast to the more minimalist styles. The range also plays with proportions and details such as cape trains and kimono-style sleeves. Prices start at just $190, with the most expensive gown at $330. These stunning gowns are a bargain for your big day, or even as a second dress.

Above: Lace halter neck maxi wedding dress, $240

Above: Plunge cami wide leg wedding jumpsuit in satin, $240

Above: Ruched halter neck maxi wedding dress, $240

Above: Plaited wedding dress, $300

Above: Fringe maxi wedding dress, $330

Head to asos.com to shop.

THE FUTURIST IS HERE

Above: The Futurist Gown

BRIDES-to-be with a love for the celestial will love Suzanne Harward’s new collection, The Futurist.
The collection, inspired by space, travel and the magic of galaxies, was released this month.
The collection expresses an aura of elegance with modern yet timeless pieces.
Handcrafted textiles used to create the collection include 3D laser cut fabric, embroidered tulles, asymmetrical necklines, embroidered leatherette fabric and embossed feathered fabrications.
“Inspiring and enigmatic, she emerges from the present transcending the status quo,” designer Brooke Harward says.
“Prepare for lift-off, The Futurist has arrived.”
Established in 1975, Suzanne Harward has maintained her humble beginnings with all gowns proudly designed and handmade in their design studio located locally in Melbourne, Australia.
Using the finest quality in luxurious textiles and complex couture construction techniques.
Specialising in luxury gowns, Suzanne Harwood uses only the finest quality luxurious textiles and complex couture construction techniques, marking the designer’s place as Australia’s premier couture wedding dress designer.

Above: The Prophecy Gown

Above: The Odyssey Gown

Above: The Nova Gown

Above: The Intergalactic Gown

Above: The Orion Gown

Above: The Destiny Gown

Above: The Tora Gown

Above: The Stardust Gown

Visit suzanneharward.com to view the range.

PLATTER PERFECTION

IT BRINGS MAJOR WOW FACTOR TO ANY GATHERING OR CELEBRATION AND, WITH SOME EXPERT HELP FROM PLATTER CO, WE TAKE YOU THROUGH THE STEPS TO CREATING A
SHOW-STOPPING SELECTION OF FRUIT, CHEESE AND SAVOURY DELIGHTS

TOOLS:
Bread board, bread knife, 2 spoons

MATERIALS:
Large cheese board
3 cheese knives
2 dip/pâté knives
1 dip bowl
1 even smaller bowl for quince paste

PLATTER INGREDIENTS:
3 cheeses (hard, soft and blue), prosciutto, 1 x dip, 2 cracker varieties, quince or fig paste, fresh breads (think baguettes, olive bread or even a little fruit bread for my favourite combination), fresh fruits (think grapes, strawberries, figs and blueberries), selection of nuts and dried fruit, fresh sprigs of garden herbs for garnish

PROCEDURE:
1. Place your main items, cheeses, dips and quince paste on the board to start your framework.
2. Now you can start to build around them with your next biggest items. Placing your small bunches of grapes against each cheese, as well as your cracker and bread selections.
3. As you place the prosciutto, twist and pile it up to create another texture within your board.
4. See all the little holes between the bigger items? Start to trickle and fill those holes with cashews, walnuts, dried apricots, dried or fresh figs and maybe a few pretzels.
5. Finally, place a few fresh strawberries around your platter, and garnish with a little homegrown freshness from the garden, such as a few sprigs of rosemary

EXPERT TIPS:
You eat with your eyes, so if it’s looking fresh, colourful and abundant, it’s a guaranteed winner.
Everybody has a buddy. When you’re arranging the board, think about like you’re making a suggestion for what pairs well. Fruit bread next to a soft or blue cheese, olive bread next to the dip, sliced fig or pear with a blue cheese.
I’m also a big believer in balance over symmetry. Keep the colour and ingredients balanced on your board, but it doesn’t need to match.
In warmer weather, lean towards the harder cheeses, and swap out the cured meats for in-season fresh fruits.

CHOOSING YOUR PLATTER INGREDIENTS
Choosing platter ingredients is fun. Head to your local deli and just get curious. Some of my suggestions around Geelong with the best cheese ranges are Harveys of Highton, The Fresh Food Merchant, Geelong Fresh Foods, and East Fruit Market.

CATERING CORRECTLY
If you’re looking to feed a group for a meal with your platter, you should be planning for 500-700g of food per person. But if you’re like me and would prefer for there to be more than enough food, go with 600-800g per person. If it’s just a graze before or after dinner, wind that back to 200-300g per person.

I love wine … I love cheese. A gathering with both, is my favourite.
Here’s a few suggested wine pairings:
Pinot noir and brie
Sauvignon blanc and goat cheese
An aged port and blue cheese
Prosecco and something sharper and bitier like a parmesan

Photography: Hails & Shine

LETTING THEIR HEART LEAD THE WAY

Views of the Amalfi Coast from the water

Are you and your love planning to whisk your whole tribe away for a familymoon? Joel Cooper, of Frank and Dollys, shares his insights and highlights from the family’s glorious global adventure

We missed our bus.
Standing on the wrong side of the narrow road that winds along the wild cliffs leading down to Amalfi, the bus flew right by all five of us. After already waiting for 30 minutes in the Mediterranean sun it was fair to say we were a tad disappointed.
For the kids, they had just missed the bus to the place where we were going to eat gelato all day, lazing on the pebble beach and splashing about in turquoise water.
But for my wife Rachel and I, we had just missed the bus to tapered streets full of hidden treasures, cheese platters and glasses of vino by the sea.
A missed bus may not seem like a big deal, but when travelling around the world as a family everything has to be planned with our toddler son Oak’s day sleep in mind, time slotted aside for running our online clothing business, Frank & Dollys, as well as squeezing in home schooling for our daughter Poppy.
The bus to Amalfi suited our timing perfectly, we were ready to jump on and head to the town which is on everyone’s bucket list and have the dreamiest day in the Italian sunshine.
When we missed it, Rachel and I glanced at each other as the kids gazed back at us with a certain look in their eye; we knew we had to make some magic happen very quickly to turn the day around.
The gorgeous little seaside village we were staying in, Conca Dei Marini, had a hidden little cove beach, full of locals watching the world go by while a handful of tourists caught rays on the stone beach, taking a refreshing dips in the clear water.

Above: Rachel, Poppy and Wren in the cove of Conca Dei Marini. Photography: Joel Cooper

Above: The stone beach at Polignano A Mare.

Above: Joel and Rachel at their Airbnb in Monteleone Sabino.

As we headed down the steep steps to the cove I stopped the first local I saw.
“Do you have a boat?” I asked, talking in slow rounded English.
“Si,” he replied, looking confused.
The next couple of minutes I played charades with him, passionately acting out the five of us, and him, in the boat, going to Amalfi.
“Now?” he replied in a thick Italian accent.
“Si,” I nodded enthusiastically.
He disappeared, and within 10 minutes we were sailing across the crystal clear sea of the Amalfi Coast, our kids literally squealing with joy as salty sea water splashed in their faces.
Rachel and I pinched ourselves at the beauty in front of us, as our new Italian friend at the steering wheel beamed, “Welcome to life in Amalfi.”
So here is my first family travel tip; when you miss the bus, find a boat.
On February 1, my family and I packed up our home in Bellbrae and our retail store in East Geelong and squeezed our life into five suitcases with a one-way ticket around the world.
We often get asked how do we do it with three young children, a busy online business and a daughter in school.
The answer to that can’t be written in an Instagram post or a blog feature, but unravelled, in detail, over time.

Above: Exploring the streets of Xi Zhou Town, in northwestern Yunnan, China and the vibrant Shaxi Ancient Town.

 

So far we have travelled through Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, China and are currently in Italy.
The amount of times things don’t go to plan; struggling with a language barrier where no one speaks English; or being the only Westerners in the village; or the GPS not being able to find your Airbnb address; or working out the currency exchange only to realise you paid four times as much as you should have.
It is in these moments that the spontaneity and adventure of travel kicks in.
When you’re in this flow, you quickly realise that nothing is a mistake; that the boat was the far better option; that being without GPS forces you to knock on someone’s door and witness the kindness of strangers and the true meaning of hospitality.

Above: Tegalalang Rice Terraces

And when you are the only Westerner for miles you can sit back and truly be immersed in a culture so far from your own.
Showing our children the excitement that each day can hold, and teaching them about going with the flow, has been an absolute delight. You have to be willing to stay on the positive side and think creatively, as when you’re in a foreign country, it can seem easier to just head back to the hotel when things don’t go to plan.
We have this little saying, which often comes out over breakfast.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart,” and that is how we enter the day, because we never know what will come our way.
One thing people often said to us before we left was, “have a great holiday”.
For us, this isn’t a holiday, we are living our life very similar to how we lived at home, and that’s the key to making travel work with a family.

Above: Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Bali

TAKING ON TRADITION

There are so many wedding traditions those before us would have adhered to as if it were law.  Weddings have never been more personal. However, some traditions are so lovely we might just  keep them around. Here are a few popular ones – we’ll let you decide which ones to take on

Smitten Wedding Photography

What you wear
Queen Victoria wore white on her wedding day in 1840, sparking the trend in the western world; before then, women just wore their best dress. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart. Diamonds only became popular as a choice for an engagement ring after an advertising campaign in the 1900s. So many of the traditions linked to your outfit actually don’t have much meaning at all – so wear something that you love.
Matching bridesmaids’ dresses
In ancient Rome, everyone in the bridal party, bride included, wore matching outfits, to confuse other suitors or evil spirits trying to get to the bride – essentially your bride tribe were your decoys. These days it is not uncommon for bridesmaids to wear alternating, or completely different attire. And when every woman, and man, is a different size and shape, it makes a lot of sense to mix things up.

Darcy Tuppen Photography

The first look
Back when arranged marriages were the norm, the engaged couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The event symbolised a business deal between two families, and the father of the bride feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and didn’t think she was attractive, he would call off the nuptials. Now it’s more of a superstition, a bad omen. If you’re not one to believe in superstitions or outdated practices, you might want to meet up with your partner before the vows, enjoying the moment in solitude and getting a few happy snaps.
Being given away
Being walked down the aisle and ‘given away’ to your groom by your father is a nod to the days where women were seen as property. Fast forward a few hundred or so years and this tradition is so much looser. Want to be given away by your dad? Great. Want to be given away by your mum? Also fine. Want to be given away by both? Why not! Or maybe it’s your grandparents, your brother, your bestie, or maybe you want to just walk down the aisle by yourself. Make your entrance whatever you want it to be.

Miranda Kremers Photography

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
This Victorian rhyme is a tradition supposed to bring the bride good luck. Something old alludes to retaining connection with family once entering married life. Something new represents the new union. Something borrowed is an opportunity for friends or family to lend something special as a token of love. Something blue represents fidelity and constancy. If you are going the extra mile, you can carry a sixpence in your shoe, to bring a life filled with good fortune. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?
Financials
The tradition of the bride’s family paying for the big day stems back to concept of a dowry – a sum paid to the groom for becoming the provider for the bride. Now that women can provide for themselves, it’s more of a flexible gesture. Spend and accept money only when comfortable.

Elk and Willow Photography

GIFTING BACK

Weddings can be beautiful, grand, and such a special day to celebrate.
Love is all around, and you and your nearest and dearest are eating well, drinking well, and there are plenty of congratulatory hugs and of course, many of your guests will adorn you with a gift or two.
For those looking to spread the love a little further, there are so many ways to give back to those who need it most.
Many not for profit organisations offer ways for people to incorporate a donation into your wedding.

Save the Children,
a worldwide children advocacy organisation, offers a simple way to contribute.
Couples can ask their guests to make a donation to Save the Children Australia instead of, or on top of, buying a gift for you.
A personalised online donation page can include photos and information about your special event. The link can then be easily emailed to your friends and family.
Your loved ones can leave you messages of support and congratulations along with their donation to Save the Children Australia.
Interested brides and grooms can email events@savethechildren.org.au to organise the donation as the amount donated per guest is up to the bride and groom. Save The Children asks for a minimum donation of $3.50 per guest.

There are many other charities that also accept donations in honour of your weddings, so you can most certainly choose to support the cause of your choice.
Bonbonnieres are a cute way to say thank you to each guest for coming to your nuptials. But let’s face it, many get left behind, unused or forgotten about.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation makes Starlight Wedding Favours, a way to thank your guests with a personalised donation to help bring fun and laughter to seriously ill children in hospital.
From just $4 per guest, every Starlight Wedding Favour includes a personalised 90x52mm card with a silver or gold Starlight pin.
They come in a range of designs from classic and sparkly, to elegant and fun.
So much more meaningful than a cookie.
CLICK HERE to find out more.


Dementia Australia,
a supporter of more than 400,000 Australians suffering from the disease, offers a similar service.
The charity has a $5 awareness pin and personalised card, a wonderful way to support those with the disease and honour those no longer with you on your wedding day.
Call 1300 636 679 or email fundraising@dementia.org.au to make an inquiry.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which provides support services, including food, healthcare and employment, to asylum seekers, offers both a donation page or a wedding favour.
CLICK HERE or email events@asrc.org.au to find out more.

Many more charities offer these kinds of services; so do your research and find one that aligns with what you’re passionate about, making your wedding even more about love.

ELEGANCE FOR ALL

Dress: Fontaine

THE talented team at One Day Bridal has done it again with a collection celebrating all women.
La Bella Donna features the newest range of curve gowns.
Each curve gown has been specifically designed with bust support and enhanced structure.
This diverse range of wedding gowns and fashion accessories make from new, exclusive fabrics developed by the Chosen team.
The mirrored fabric of sequins and pearls in three colour variations, white, rose gold and silver is a standout.
Stunning pieces in soft lace, pleated tulle and bonded georgette complete the collection.
Shot with enchanting Capri, Italy as the backdrop, each gown shines.
This is modern bridal at its best.
Email enquires@loveoneday.com.au or call 03 9686 7744 to view the La Bella Donna collection by Chosen.

Dress: Remy

Dress: Hayes Bandeau

Dress: Emmer

Jacket: Huntley

Dress: Jones

Skirt: Millie

Dress: Loren

Dress: Kennedy

Dress: Byron

Gowns: Chosen by One Day
Campaign photography: Emily Abay
Look book photography: Jessica Apap
Hair and Makeup: Monica Gingold Beauty
Styling and creative direction: Kyha Simpson and Stephanie Neilsen, assisted by Stephanie Bartels

GT BRIDE: BEHIND THE SCENES

Light filtered through the windows of an unused warehouse for this year’s GT BRIDE cover shoot.
Renée Enright made her dreamy vision come to life at the Federal Mills and at a quaint Freshwater Creek chapel.
Matt O’Donnell from Hails & Shine captured the magic of model Lucy Brownless in Geelong’s best gowns.
Gabbie Ward, of Blondie Salon, puts her finishing touches on the local beauty.
Lucy looks radiant, using light and movement, holding florals carefully curated by florist Erin Cusack, of Florette.

 

For the full shoot, buy your copy of GT BRIDE, available at newsagencies across the region and at the Geelong Advertiser office, open 10am to 4pm weekdays.

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.