SWEET CELEBRATION

Photography: Jenna Fahey White

A GIRLY GET-TOGETHER AMONG THE VINES
A beautiful set up of glasses of rosé garnished with flowers, sweet treats and fresh
table florals make this hen’s day one of pure celebration. Set at Moorabool Valley
winery Austins & Co., ladies wine and dine as the sun shines down on them in a natural
setting with greenery and white roses adorning the lunch table. This daytime kitchen
tea style set up is a fresh approach to a bride-to-be’s pre-wedding celebration, styled
by Geelong wedding stylist Laura Harvey of Weddings of Desire. “It’s more of a girly
type of celebrating,” says Laura.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Location: Austins & Co. winery
Wine: 6ft6
Flowers: Botanical Muse
Stationery: Sketch & Etch Creative
Cake: Alice BroadwayCake Design
Cheese platters: Bear & Bean
Desserts: Cakesmith
Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Outfits: Purple Cow Clothing
Glassware, cutlery, crockery, place settings and linen: Table Art

 

MODERN ROMANTIC COMES TO LIFE

BLAKE DRESS from AUD $2,999 (Non-Embellished). From AUD $ 3,499 (Embellished)

Against the backdrop of a wakening Manhattan, a new bridal silhouette for modern romantics comes to life with Anna Campbell’s new release.
Fitted lace and silk crepe dresses are embellished with shimmering hand-beading, while plunging low-backs and embroidered lace trains combine inner-city chic with classic romantic details.
Released at New York Bridal Fashion Week earlier this month, the Blake, Kira, Harlow and Saasha are four new Anna Campbell dresses, perfect for brides who love the idea of a little Anna Campbell sparkle or unique lace detailing, with a sleek, slimline silhouette.

HARLOW DRESS from AUD $2,599

Designer Anna Campbell says she is introducing a mid-weight silk crepe fabric to her designs, in her Blake gown.“For so long we have been looking for the perfect, luxurious silk crepe, with just a little bit of stretch,” she says.
“The Blake – which is available in a plain ivory, or with an additional beautiful embellished back detail – is our unique take on the iconic Caroline Bessett-Kennedy wedding gown.
“I adore the shimmering ivory hand beaded detail that peaks across the shoulders, then journeys down the low back dramatically.

SAASHA DRESS from AUD $3,599

“We can’t wait to see our first Blake brides walk down the aisle next year.” The Blake, Kira, Harlow and Saasha will be available to try at all Anna Campbell stockists from December 2017.​

KIRA DRESS from AUD $2,999

BLAKE DRESS from AUD $2,999 (Non-Embellished). from AUD $ 3,499 (Embellished)

REAL WEDDING

ELISE + CALEB

LOVE STORY
Hundreds of candles and fairy lights and flowers surrounded Elise Vaccarello and Caleb Plumridge during their nuptials at a family property in the Otways. ”I’m a huge fan of all things rustic but beautiful,” says Elise.
From a foliage adorned garland to the couple’s names illuminated above the bridal table, everything was a reflection of the couple and their love for one another. Their first dance was to a song by Caleb’s brother Nathan, written especially for them.
“It was a magic night of celebrating friendship, family, good food, glorious styling, the majestic Otways, but most importantly us,” says Caleb.



BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony:
Birregurra Christ Church
Reception: Family property, Barramunga
Catering: The Wedding Fair
Photography: Jake Hogan Photography
Transport: Groom’s father’s van
Entertainment: Nick Tabone
Stationery: Created by the bride
Celebrant: Justin Gall
Prop hire: Vent Collective
Reception co-ordinator: Vent Creative
Honeymoon destination: Bali

LOOK BOOK:
Gown:
Raffael Cuica
Shoes: Wittner Shoes
Hair: Soho Hairdressing
Makeup: Dale Boseley and Genna Nelson
Cake: Two Birds Cake Designs
Flowers: Lustre Blooms and Geelong Flower Farm
Bridesmaids dresses: Shona Joy
Suits: Eddie Elias Menswear
Rings: Michael Hill

ANNA CAMPBELL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

Photography: Jessica Apap. Hair and Makeup: Melonie Santos. Flowers: Flos Botanical Studio

Anna Campbell has launched its vintage-inspired, 10-year anniversary collection, Eternal Heart.
The Australian bridal label is best known for its vintage-inspired hand-beading, relaxed designs and signature silk bows.
The special new collection of wedding dresses marks the beginning of the brand’s 10-year anniversary celebrations.
The Eternal Heart collection is an unapologetic celebration of all things sparkly, romantic and feminine, and pays tribute to some of Anna’s signature past styles that have continued to be loved and sought after by brides all around the world.

 

Each style in the 10-piece collection has customizable skirt options, including a form-fitting ivory guipure vintage lace, flowing and romantic silk tulle, and entirely hand-embellished sequined laces, each creating high-impact bridal sparkle.
Designer Anna Campbell says the flexibility of the Eternal Heart dresses means that every bride can feel beautiful and unique, as well as comfortable, on her wedding day.
She says the 10-year anniversary of the business also marked a natural point to stop and reflect on the success of Anna Campbell as a brand.
“Reaching the 10-year mark with Anna Campbell feels like such an incredible achievement,” she says.


“It has been a roller-coaster of highs and lows along the way, but the name of this collection – Eternal Heart – reflects the passion, hard work and love for Anna Campbell that continues to be felt not only by myself, but also by our entire studio team here in Melbourne, as well as our global network of Anna Campbell stockists and our brides themselves.”
The Eternal Heart collection is priced between $2699 and $7999 and is available through all Anna Campbell stockists and online at annacampbell.com.au

Photography: Jessica Apap
Hair and Makeup: Melonie Santo
Flowers: Flos Botanical Studio

 

 

 

UNBREAKABLE BOND

Truffleduck owner Deb Nash has seen more than her fair share of weddings but it was a dream come true seeing her beloved daughter Jessica say “I do”, as Miranda Luby finds out.

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Photography: Trevor Cooke Photography

Nothing compares to the feeling of being a mother-of-the-bride for the first time but for Deb Nash it was extra sweet.
The owner of catering company and function venue Truffleduck has been at more than 1500 weddings in her time in the business. So when her daughter, Jessica Murray, got married earlier this year it was like a dream come true.
“It was the most special day and such a beautiful family experience,” says Deb, who let her emotions take over from her professional impulses for the big day.
“I truly remember every wedding I’ve catered for and have loved them all so much. But this … this was just ‘wow’.”
Deb and Jessica have always been close.
“We love going to Pilates together and watching the football,” says Deb, with clear adoration in her voice. “We’re very similar people and are great friends.”
Adds Jessica: “My mum and my family are absolutely everything to me.”
It was this special bond that made every part of her daughter’s wedding so emotional for Deb. In fact, her mother-of-the-bride instincts kicked in from the moment Adam proposed to Jessica.
“Twelve months to the day after they met my husband and I were walking along the beach and I turned to him and said, ‘do you think he will propose today?’” Deb laughs.
“My husband asked me what would make me think that. But it turns out he knew as Adam had asked him permission. The next minute Jessica rang and I burst into tears.”
For Jessica, 28, planning for a wedding with her mum’s experience on her side proved invaluable, while both made sure the day was all about Jessica and Adam.
“It was perfect because Adam and I would come up with what we wanted – I had a clear picture of what I wanted my wedding to be – and, once it was decided, I could ask mum for her professional opinion about if it was going to work or if there was anything I hadn’t thought of,” Jessica explains.

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Photography: Trevor Cooke Photography

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Adds Deb: “In my profession I know what makes a wedding work and what doesn’t, but at the end of the day it was always Jessica’s decision. I was just there to help.”
The morning of the wedding was one of the highlights for Deb and Jessica, who snuggled in bed and got ready together before having family photos.
Despite both admitting to being ‘stress heads’, the pair promised each other they would take their watches off in the morning and not let anyone tell them the time all day.
“Neither of us wanted to worry about what was going to happen or how it was going to go,” Jessica says.
“We just wanted to be in the moment.”
Adds Deb: “I thought it was going to be hard for me given what I do for a living but once I had my beautiful family around me it was easy to let go. It was incredible working with all Geelong suppliers as I knew them and knew what a brilliant job they would do.”
Jessica’s elegant and classic wedding was held at the Lorne Hotel. She was dressed in a French silk dress designed by Karen Bourdamis from Pearls & Roses Bridal, who also designed and made the bridesmaid dresses and Jessica’s Nana’s outfit.
“I felt like the luckiest bride in the world to have both sets of grandparents with me on my wedding day,” Jessica says.
And despite Deb’s hand in the planning, Jessica made sure there were a few special surprises for her mum on the big day including the stunning sequined party dress she changed into for the reception, and a certain special song.
“Their signing of the register song was the same song my husband and I had at our wedding,” Deb says.
“When I realised I looked over at Jessica and she was beaming at me and I just lost it. It was such a special moment.”

RELIVING THE DAY

Videographers are in high demand as couples commit to reliving their wedding day, writes Jemma Ryan

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Photography: Stephanie Brown Photography and Lightbox Media

Between mingling with guests, dancing and posing for more photos than you ever have in your life, your long awaited wedding day is sure to come and go faster than you would like.
Which is why employing the skills of a videographer is becoming a popular option for those who wish to capture both the sights and sounds of the day.
Wedding videos are no longer synonymous with the hours of poor quality, unedited footage that your parents may have sat you down to watch on a VCR.
Today’s wedding videography produces short dynamic films with quality camera work that helps to capture the broader narrative of the day.
It allows the best bits of a 10-14 hour celebration to be condensed into a one-to-two minute trailer, three-to-five minute highlights package or 15-20 minute feature.
Pat Petrucci, owner and director of Lightbox Media, says the professional yet relaxed approach employed by those operating the camera allows couples to soak up all the joy, laughter and emotions of the day while they go about capturing the atmosphere on tape.
“Wedding videos are a lot more candid than in years gone by,” he says.
“Ideally we just capture the way the day unfolds as opposed to setting up things which can make it look a bit uncomfortable.”

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Photography: Stephanie Brown Photography and Lightbox Media

As-seen-on-gt-Bride-gtbride.com.au-reliving1Many couples request that their videographer capture a selection of footage including establishing shots of the location, aspects of the bridal party preparations, the exchanging of vows, and the speeches and bridal waltz at the reception.
The recent revolution of wedding documentary has resulted in plenty of innovation in the field.
The application of a soundtrack, which can be chosen by the couple, can both personalise the product and help to communicate the emotion of the day.
The final product is now a lot more polished with black borders on the top and bottom of the screen to give a cinematic effect.
And the output of the film as an MP4 file means it can be played on all your portable devises, uploaded to social media and put on a USB so you’ll always have a back-up.
While popularity is growing, videography is only really considered in addition to still images, if budget allows.
But Pat cautions that the decision to go without videography is one that can’t be rectified once the big day has been and gone. He says while some couple might be reluctant about investing in videography at the start, they are won over when they see the final product.
“I advise couples to give a lot of consideration to things that might be missed that wouldn’t be missed if you had a video.”

STARSTRUCK

It pays to keep your eye on the red carpet when hunting for breathtaking
bridal inspiration. Fashion stylist Renee Enright shines the spotlight on
designer gowns that ooze star power and big day appeal

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TAYLOR SWIFT
T Swizzle knows how to turn heads, balancing her thigh-high split perfectly with a long-sleeved embellished bodice that’s sure to make a lasting impression.
JENNIFER LOPEZ
Jenny is a long way from the block as she makes a statement in this ethereal Ellie Saab gown. The beautiful blush tone is perfect for those brides wanting something a little untraditional on their big day.
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REESE WITHERSPOON
America’s sweetheart Reese Witherspoon dazzles on the red carpet ticking all of the boxes in this exquisite metallic strapless gown. A bold choice for those who love their bling.
JULIANNE MOORE
Tinseltown favourite Julianne Moore radiates pure elegance and class in this sequined Chanel number on the Oscars red carpet. Proving simple silhouettes with wow factor can be the ideal choice for the classic, feminine bride-to-be.
DIANNA AGRON
Glee star Dianna Agron is dressed to impress and looking every part the Grecian goddess in this high neck gown. A great option for the boho bride wanting a slightly more relaxed style that still makes a fashionable statement.

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CAMILA ALVES
Never one to disappoint on the red carpet, Matthew McConaughey’s better half shows us that sheer can ooze sophistication. A statement gown that’s sure to turn heads – perfect for the modern day bride-to-be.
JENNA DEWAN-TATUM
She may be married to a Hollywood heart-throb but Jenna Dewan-Tatum knows how to steal the spotlight. Showcasing how accessories can be the icing on the cake when styling an outfit, Jenna is the picture of elegance in this simple gown with plunging neckline.
OLIVIA CULPO
Demonstrating that less can most definitely be more, Olivia Culpo is the epitome of simple sleek in this chic crisp white gown. Modern yet classic, a lovely balance for a bride who wants to exude effortless understated style.

And some of our Oscars favourites.

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Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

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Margot Robbie in Tom Ford

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Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Couture

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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

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Isla Fisher in Marchesa

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Cate Blanchette in Armani Privé

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Daisy Ridley in Chanel and Louboutin shoes