2017 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

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.

Cut and polished

Kirsty Lief has found creative fulfilment in jewellery-making. Photos: Kirsty Lief

A creative heart and a career in retail and graphic design was the foundation stone of a precious setting in jewellery-making, writes STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI

TORQUAY’S Kirsty Lief knew from a young age that she would be a creative.
And her simple, geometric and on-trend handmade jewellery is what she knows she wants to put her creative energy into.
Kirsty, who was born in South Africa, moved to Australia when she was just seven years old.
“There’s nothing like being a seven-year-old in a school ground with a funny accent to make you really aware of yourself,” she says.
“I think it was then that I learnt I had creativity in me.
“I remember realising that the other kids found it difficult to understand me and as a result I found all sorts of creative ways to initiate play with others.”
Kirsty dabbled in dance, music and art lessons as a child, then, when she was older, studied graphic design.


“I worked in retail for much of my teens to early 20s and I think this gave me a great insight in to how to run a business,” Kirsty says.
“I’ve also always been drawn to working in a creative capacity for small businesses, and I’ve worked at a letterpress studio, a few boutique design studios and most recently a tea company as their all-round creative person.
“I’ve always tried to make time and room for pursing my own creativity, whether I was working full time or casually, and I’ve done my best to pursue a career doing something that I love and that I find creatively fulfilling.”
Kirsty’s first go at jewellery-making was part of a year 12 design project.
“The brief was to design a logo for a made-up company, and I designed an entire jewellery business and range around the logo instead,” she says.
“Then in my first real job as a graphic designer, I pretty quickly realised the profession requires being creative on someone else’s terms, because that’s where the money is.
“I started making laser cut jewellery for a bit of a creative break from my day job, took my wares to a local market and sold out of my products that same day.
“I saw the way people connected with my work, and walked away from a purchase with a smile on their face, and I was hooked.
“I was so excited that I told my boss about it, and when I finished up at that job she gifted me the most beautiful wooden artwork by David Bromley and said ‘I don’t think you’re meant to be a graphic designer’.
“That stuck with me, and every time I look at that piece I’m reminded of where it all started.”


Kirsty’s love for crafting and her eye for graphics design has given her the best start, being able to not only make beautiful items, but present them in a beautiful way online as well.
The business elevated when Kirsty went overseas, hoping to be inspired by new ideas.
She took a metal smithing course and things clicked for her.
“Despite the fact that I had just filed a single piece of metal for three hours straight and my fingers were on fire and missing a few layers of skin, I just knew that I had finally found what I wanted to channel my creativity into,” she says.
Each piece from Kirsty’s range, which she describes as minimalistic, is made from precious metals and designed, formed, soldered, polished and buffed by hand.
The elegance of the range goes from staples to statements, and she is constantly trying to think up new ideas.
“I always get my best ideas in the shower, and I sketch things into the fog on the glass just to get it out of my head,” she admits.
Life right now for the 30-year-old is all about a balance between building the business and family time. Any spare time she has is spent with her husband Josh, seven-week-old baby Oscar and dog Lola.
The new mother creates between naps and on weekends.


“I’ve learnt to be much more efficient with my time,” she says.
For Kirsty, that sense of knowing she is making something that is truly cherished by the people who buy it, is a feeling of fulfilment.
“I love the way I can take something raw and unrefined, and through a very messy process, which is full of blackened fingers and a trail of dust, grim and metal shavings, create something that is not only beautiful, but can also become a part of someone’s story,” she explains.
“Jewellery has a beautiful way of working sentimentality into people’s lives, and I love being a part of that.”

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World’s most breathtaking wedding photos

GRAND WINNER: Photographer Erika Mann of Canada

THE most breathtaking wedding photos from around the world have been recognised, with the winning snaps showing unbelievable backdrops, exposing close-ups and magical dance floor moments.
Winners were selected among eight categories as part of the prestigious International Wedding Photographer of the Year competition for 2017, which celebrates incredible imagery from professionals across the globe.
The big winner overall was shot by Canadian wedding photographer Erika Mann, who captured a stunning still of a bride in the distance walking under a double rainbow, toward a rocky peak, along a creek in Canada.
“Paige and Daniel had a super low key wedding, with the reception taking place in their parent’s backyard,” Erika says.
“After a short and unpredictable storm we were treated to the most amazing double rainbow.
“(We) got low into the creek bed so we could remove houses and simplify the frame to the rainbow, mountain and Paige, with her dress billowing in the wind.”

OVERALL RUNNER UP & WINNER OF SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Paul Woo of United States

Australian photographer Adam Browne was listed in the top 10 single capture category for his photo of newlyweds popping champagne on a boat.

SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Adam Browne of Australia

SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Benjamin Wheeler of the United Kingdom

The winner of the dance floor category also proved a crowd pleaser, showing a couple dancing in a field beneath lightly snowed mountains, surrounded by family and friends clapping and taking photos.

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

 

 

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Erika Mann of Canada.

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Paul Santos, United Kingdom

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

FROM ABOVE WINNER: Photographer Adrian O’Neill of Ireland

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Krzysztof Krawczyk of Poland

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Donatas Ufo of Lithuania

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Ye Htut Lwin of Myanmar

Other favourites among the categories, which included black and white, photo journalism and epic destination, was a stylish shot taken by Irish photographer Adrian O’Neill, who snapped a picture from above of a newly married couple kissing as they drove down a dead end road.

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Lanny Mann of Canada

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Gustavo Franco of France

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Ho Yee Ching of Malaysia

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Sara Rogers of Canada

The touching moment a little boy bursts into tears when he sees his mum walking down the aisle tugged on the heart strings of judges, and the bridal party category was taken out by a group staring blankly at the camera as thick fog and snow builds around them.

Competition director Luke Simon said of the winners: “we live in an exciting time with technology that is allowing photographers of all genres greater scope, flexibility and expression of concepts and emotions, and none more so than wedding photography.”

SOLO PORTRAIT: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

SOLO PORTRAIT: Photographer Donatas Ufo of Lithuania

BLACK AND WHITE WINNER: Photographer Bruno Sauma of United States

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DREAMY GEMS

Get your sparkle on and express your personality
with an engagement stunner

1. 18ct gold Three Cosmos ring, $4865 from Kataoka; 2. Winter pearl ring, $5035 from
Kataoka; 3. 14ct yellow gold brick multi-waif ring, $4074 from Jacquie Aiche

4. 14k white gold Beloved solitaire, $6400 from Maniamania; 5. 18ct pink Morganite and diamond
Rochester ring, $4850 from Jan Logan; 6. Marquise Bea ring with platinum and white
diamond, from $14,250 from Anna Sheffield

7. 14ct Maya ring with champagne and quartz and white diamonds, $1690 from Natalie Marie Jewellery; 8. 18ct yellow gold One-of-a-Kind Keshi pearl ring, $2550 from Satomi Kawakita; 9. 18ct gold Vena Amoris nesting ring, $3898 from Blanca Monros Gomez

10. Lorelei handmade platinum and rose gold Peonia diamond ring, $POA from Charles Rose Jewellers; 11. 9ct rose gold ring featuring a cushion cut Morganite and round brilliant cut diamonds, $1999 from Duffs Jewellers; 12. 18ct white gold Truly Zac Posen emerald cut diamond ring, $3999 from Bevilles Jewellers

 

REAL WEDDING

EMILIE + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Ocean Grove couple Emilie Biggar and Daniel Crook were showered with gum leaves as confetti after they said ‘I do’ at Oakdene Vineyards. Their union was held against the backdrop of a homemade macramé by Emilie, who also made her own flower crowns and wildflower bouquets. The newlyweds, their two children and their 90 guests covered their cheeks in glitter and danced barefoot under the stars for their celebration.
“Our life path was spontaneous and never planned; full of luck and surprises, just the way life should be,” says Emilie.




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REAL WEDDING

GEORGIA + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Georgia Torney wore a Raffaele Ciuca gown with a lace cape draped around her shoulders. “As soon as I put it on, I got that feeling,” she says of her dream dress. The pair was married in front of 75 guests on Georgia’s family’s Jan Juc property. “Standing next to my brother and looking out at the ceremony crowd of our closest family and friends as Georgia walked down the aisle is something I will never forget,” says Daniel.


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LOOK TO THE STARS

Never before has there been so much celebrity inspiration as bridal trends translate to the red carpet. Fashion stylist Renée Enright talks us through some of her standouts from red carpet events

 

SARAH MURDOCH
Former model and host of Australia’s Next Top Model, Sarah cuts a striking
figure in this white textured Alex Perry creation, a modern take on the classic ball
gown with pockets and high neck line. The perfect full skirt for any bride wanting
to be the belle of her own ball.

KARLIE KLOSS
Sleek, sophisticated and daring to be different, KK shows us exactly
how to wear a cape. Understated and edgy is Stella McCartney’s vibe, and I’m diggin’
it. Perfect for the fashion-loving bride who wants a little more impact and drama
to her wedding day look.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON–WHITELEY
Sexy, sultry and super sophisticated. RHW just slaying in
Glavan silk. The perfect proof a simple silhouette, a beautiful fabric and great craftsmanship
can be the answer – can be everything! Be prepared to turn heads as you slip on down
the aisle, less is more for this bridal attire and confidence is everything.

EMMA STONE
When gold is more your thing and you want a little bling bling, look no
further than Emma Stone. The epitome of old Hollywood glamour and looking every part
the leading lady in this intricate Givenchy Haute Couture masterpiece. WOW. Now that’s
a dress.

HAILEE STEINFELD
This 20-year-old actress was an absolute vision turning heads in
a metallic floral Ralph & Russo gown, proving that ruffles and floral appliqués are
very much a sheer delight for any bride-to-be.

MARGOT ROBBIE
Aussie actress and The Legend Of Tarzan star Margot is a long way from
the jungle showing us how to do white right in a deep V sleek Calvin Klein masterpiece.
Minimalism at its best, showing that the sleeve is totally sexy and perfect for the
modern day bride who’s oh-so on-trend.

KRISTEN WIIG
There’s nothing funny about comedian/actress Kristen in this stunning
Reem Acra lace dress, perfect for the barefoot boho or beach bride wanting something
a little more casual and a little less structured.

DREW BARRYMORE
Bohemian babe Drew is no stranger to a red carpet, and staying true
to her unique style she turned heads in this metallic cold shouldered Monique Lhullier
frock that is one part boho, one part disco and it’s all parts amazing. Perfect for
the Art Deco loving bride who likes a little bit of vintage glam with a twist.

REAL WEDDING

BROOKE + JOSH

DATE TO REMEMBER
Brooke Baxter and Josh Walker, who describe themselves as very shy, decided to meet before the ceremony to share that ‘first look’ moment privately. “It took the nerves away,” says Brooke. “It was very personal and intimate.” The bride stunned with a beautifully structured Toni Maticevski gown. The newlyweds’ ceremony and reception that followed was full of fun and laughter, surrounded by 160 family and friends.


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