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.

MY LOW-WASTE WEDDING

Photography: Nova Photography Melbourne

My idea of a wedding, at least a low-waste one, involved a trip to the city registry office and a quiet lunch. While I love celebrating other people’s weddings, planning my own never appealed to me. Out of the two of us, I’m definitely less traditional than The Builder. He wanted to have a church wedding, to watch me walk down the aisle wearing a white dress, to pose for the cheesy photos, and to end at a party-style reception. Seeing The Builder’s enthusiasm for a big celebration was sweet, and we went with his dream wedding. I’m so glad we did, as the day was so much fun! As clichéd as it sounds, my wedding was one of the happiest days of my life.

We didn’t advertise our wedding as an eco-event, not because we didn’t want to be held up all night explaining to everyone why we chose to organise a low-waste wedding but because the goal for us was to simply lead by example and prove that many of the decisions we made can be integrated into any style of wedding, even a big Lebanese–Australian wedding in the suburbs of Melbourne. Eco-weddings are often portrayed as being small, in rural locations with hand-made everything. We wanted to debunk this idea.

As with the planning for any event, we broke everything into categories – and included some new ones such as attire and entertainment – to evaluate where waste would be created. Doing this really helped us stay focused in the five months we had to prepare for the big day. We set out questions to be applied as we worked out the logistics to reduce waste in each category.

  • Can we hire it?
  • Can we make it?
  • Can we borrow it?
  • Will anyone miss it?
  • Will we be sorry we didn’t have it at our wedding in 5, 10 or 15 years’ time?
  • How was it made?
  • What will happen at the end of its life?
  • Can it be reused?
  • Can it be composted?
  • Can it be recycled?

Most of our wedding invitations were sent using an online registry website; paper invitations for those without email were printed on recycled paper, as were the wedding day programs, menus and wedding favour cards. In lieu of a physical wedding favour (a gift for guests), we chose to donate money to a charity on our guests’ behalf and requested no gifts. If guests wished to give us something, we suggested a contribution to our honeymoon. This is a common practice and, while we did receive some gifts, they were all useful items given with much thought and care.

My wedding dress and shoes were bought second-hand and the jewellery was borrowed from my mother. I sold the wedding dress to another bride using one of the many online wedding dress websites and donated my shoes back to the charity store I bought them from. My wedding band was second-hand while The Builder’s ring was made from old gold jewellery belonging to his grandmother from Lebanon, a lovely reminder of his heritage. There are many online stores, antique and vintage stores, pawn shops and jewellers that sell second-hand rings or those made from recycled precious metals.

At our first meeting with our catering company, we told them of our plans
to reduce our rubbish; we knew that the food would probably be the biggest waste producer on the day. They loved our ethos and worked with us to make it happen. At the end of the night, they collected all leftover food in plastic buckets for us to take and compost at home along with the natural decorations we provided. We did have the option to organise a compost collection service but we didn’t need it:
our compost handled it well.

We hired furniture, linen and cloth napkins along with plates, bowls, cutlery
and glasses and said no to plastic straws. Drinks consisted of water, home-made lemonade, kegs of beer and wine on tap;
we even had bubbles on tap. This meant there were no beer or wine bottles to recycle; in fact, the only item we recycled for the whole night were the plastic bags from ice, and soft plastic that some of our hired linen came wrapped in. If we did it again, I’d remember to ask the hire company for the linen to come without the plastic.

The bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and table decorations were
a mix of foraged and seasonal flowers, set in glass jars from home and donated by friends. We used candles donated from another wedding; for table numbers, we painted directly onto some of the candle jars. The candles have since been passed onto another bride, the jars are back in my pantry full of food and preserves, the flowers composted and table settings composted or recycled.

The day was big success. We achieved a low-waste wedding without anyone being the wiser to our eco nuptials. While our aim to create an event that reflected our values was important, the main intention was for
it to be as fun and memorable for us as it was for everyone else there on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

This is an edited extract from Waste Not by Erin Rhoads published by Hardie Grant Books
RRP $29.99 and is available in stores nationally.

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


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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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