The bride wore Blahnik

As a child, I had never dreamt of my wedding dress, or how it would feel to be part of a big white wedding.  I had, however, thought long and hard about the shoes!  So, it could be none other than Manolo Blahnik’s white satin D’Orsays from Quincy in Woollahra.

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I wanted a simple, elegant silhouette for my gown and chose a beautiful Lisa Ho cap sleeve dress, with a custom Neil Grigg headpiece and veil.  As a final flourish and nod to my love of fashion, I wore a purple Lisa Ho feather bolero when I felt the May chill.  I carried a Lanvin clutch from Net-a-Porter which carried a piece of lace from my paternal grandmother’s wedding dress (something borrowed) and a Liberty handkerchief from my sister-in-law with Manolo Blahnik illustrations (something blue).

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I had a Jayson Brunsdon necklace and some diamond and pearl earings, however after getting all dressed up, taking advice from Mademoiselle Channel, I removed the earings to save for the party dress…“before you leave the house take one thing off”.

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I always wanted my girls to feel comfortable and individual, a glamorous version of their everyday selves!  After spying the gorgeous mountain print skirt from Lisa Ho on a shopping trip for myself, I knew I had found the base for the bridesmaids.  I styled two of the girls in this skirt with a Lisa Ho lilac sleeveless blouse, each tailored to their individual style.  My third bridesmaid was 7 months pregnant at the time of the wedding.  The mountain print fabric also came in a stunning floor sweeping gown.  While we initially planned to shorten the dress to match the length of the skirts, once she had it on she truly glowed and looked, and felt, so beautiful in full length that we could not bear to cut it.  True to my wishes, I think each of the girls looked unique, beautiful and relaxed.

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Too much fun!

Details:

* The fantastic photographer that took these amazing photos is Carmen from Encapture Photography.  She is absolutely fabulous – such a delight to work with, super professional and…well the photos speak for themselves!

* Bride, bridesmaid & mother of the bride make up by the gorgeous and oh so talented Amanda Reardon who kindly stepped in at the last-minute for Charlotte Blakeney. Both are incredible at what they do.  You can see Amanda’s work in the photos above and I was recently a bridesmaid (just 5 weeks after giving birth) where Charlotte did the make up and despite having to work with a puff-ball of a face she made me feel quite beautiful!  If you are after make up for a wedding its best to contact Charlotte as Amanda does not usually do weddings.

* Bride, bridesmaid & mother of the bride hair by Paloma and her very talented team at Oscar Oscar Paddington.

* Flowers – Floreat Floral

* All ribbon – silk grosgrain, from Papier D’Amour.  Further details on this gorgeous ribbon available in this related post.

Other details set out within post.

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xx catherine and grace

 

It started with a roll of ribbon…

…and it spiralled from there.

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As soon as I saw the purplish/grey of this silk grosgrain ribbon at my favourite stationery store, Papier D’Amour in Double Bay, I knew it would be the inspiration for the styling for my very own wedding.  I wanted “modern elegance”, consistency from invites through to thank you cards and nothing that screamed “matchy-matchy”.

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I find that using a ribbon, colour, shape, monogram, font or theme throughout the wedding styling can help to bring the whole day together and link everything from the invitation, to the ceremony, to the all night party and through to the glowing aftermath and thank you notes.  Even when brides want an eclectic or boho style wedding I still find that a common theme or item can keep the day cohesive to ensure it does look eclectic or boho, and not just “messy”.

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For my wedding I purchased rolls and rolls of the grosgrain, in various widths from 6mm to 50 mm and used it throughout the event and fashion styling for the day.

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You really can use ribbon on just about anything, especially all the stationary.  we used the ribbon to
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…create my belt (made of 50 mm grosgrain, that we had tailored into a “Grace Kelly” bow belt)
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…hold together the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets (25mm)
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…hold together the boys buttonholes (6mm)
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…tie the Order of Service (6mm)
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… adorn the menu place cards (15mm) and tie a little note to the bonbonniere (6mm)
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…decorate the lolly bar and tie on the lolly labels (15mm)
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…and more!
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Even our family lab joined in on the fun!
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Details:
* All ribbon – silk grosgrain, from Papier D’Amour
* Purple feather bolero – Lisa Ho
* Clutch – Lanvin, from Net-a-Porter
* Wedding cake – Faye Cahill
* Flowers – Floreat Floral
* Photographs – Encapture Photography
* Purple buckets – from Howards Storage World
* Thongs (flip-flops) – Target
* Lolly jars & cake stand – various, similar styles available from Domayne
* Stationary – Papier D’Amour
* Handbag holder favours – Wedding Bling
xx catherine and grace
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