The {wedding shoe} edit

Looking for the perfect bridal shoe… look no further!

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+ all shoes available {at the time of publication} at Quincy, in Woollahra and online.

+ styling & photography by catherine & grace

xx Catherine JPEG

Style tips for your wedding…a stylish (and happy) bridal party

Bridesmaids do not all have to match!  Your girls will look and feel much better if they are in a style that suits their body type and personality.
It is normal to want some level of control over what your attendants wear, however with the help of a good tailor you can individualise their outfits for a relatively small expense.  My girls changed up their tops a bit to allow for more (or less) cleavage as they each preferred.  They had their skirts tailored to the length that suited them best.  Allowing your girls to choose their hair and makeup also helps keep them relaxed and, provided you inform your make up artist not to make them too different (an English rose and a black lipped vamp look probably won’t complement each other!), it is not necessary to have each bridesmaid a clone of the other.
Originally we were going to hem my pregnant bridesmaid’s dress so it was the same length as the other girls’ skirts.  However once she put on the dress, in all her glowing pregnant glory, it just looked so beautiful as-is we just could not bring ourselves to change it.  She felt more comfortable and I loved the look of each girl being slightly different.  Keeping the shoes the same helped to bring the whole look together.
Choose your bridesmaids based on who you want standing next to you on one of the most important days of your life, not whether they are large or small, pregnant, buff, short or tall.  Again a good tailor can help you here.  Fabric from a dress or skirt can be used as a wrap, belt or bolero if you find that a previously slim bridesmaid is pregnant by the time you have the wedding.  Find a block colour dress (that flatters the bump) in one of the colours or tones used in your bridesmaids’ outfits and use the fabric from the original skirt or dress to fashion another item that can bring the girls together without having to desperately purchase new outfits for everyone.
Keep your attendants happy (and warm) by considering cool weather options and flat shoes for later.  I had little “care packages” gifted to the girls the night before.  They consisted of a tonal wrap to keep them warm during photos, a warm long cardigan to wrap on later in the evening, flat silver ballet flats to change into when the dancing started up and little necessities for the night – a mini fragrance, band-aids, lip balm and mints.
Don’t forget that your groom may want to feel fashionable too!  Net-a-Porter’s brother site, Mr Porter has fabulous cufflinks, bow ties and other accessories that will make your man, and his best men, feel special.
While you will want the boys in the bridal party to complement the girls, putting the boys in a tie that matches the colour of the bridesmaids dresses is just one way to do it (and often not a super successful way depending on your colour choice).  Instead introduce the colour theme to the male side of the bridal party using ribbon to hold together the flowers in the buttonhole, colorful socks for a bit of fun or a muted version of the colour in the pocket-chief.
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Bride & bridesmaids all wearing Lisa Ho
* Bride’s headpiece & veil – custom, by Neil Grigg
* Bride’s shoes – Manolo Blahnik, from Quincy
* Bridesmaids’ shawls – Witchery
* Bridesmaids’ shoes – Peeptoe

Style tips for your wedding…a common thread

Using the one coloured ribbon across various facets of your styling can bring the theme together and ensure the day is cohesive from the first moment the guests spy the bridesmaids, until the final farewell.  We used a silk grosgrain ribbon in various widths on the Order of Service booklets, menu cards/place cards, favours, lolly bar, buckets of flat footwear, cake and the cake knife.  The bride wore a custom belt made with a thick style of the ribbon and one of her bridesmaids used a slightly thinner version for a relaxed bow style tie above her pregnant belly.  The florist also used the ribbon to secure the bouquets, corsages and buttonholes.  We even tied a beautiful bow on the bride’s parents’ gorgeous lab, Elli!
Using a muted tone for the central theme ribbon enabled it to be used all over the wedding without overwhelming the guests with a saturation of colour.   If you want to start the theme even earlier, you could use the same ribbon on your save the date cards, invites and any other pre-wedding stationery the guests will receive (instructions, maps, registry information).
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Order of Service covers, menu cards, dance floor sign (as well as invites, envelopes & RSVP cards) – Papier D’Amour
* Order of Service inserts, seating plan,  lolly bar  &photo table signage, and the favour tags – catherine and grace
* All ribbon – silk grosgrain – Papier D’Amour
* Favours (for girls only) – small stones handbag holders, Wedding Bling
* Acrylic frames (for table numbers and various signage) – Wedding Bling
* Lolly jars – various.  Similar styles available from Domayne
* Flowers & all vases – Floreat Floral
* Round mirrors & tealights on tables – provided by The Deckhouse
* Cake – Faye Cahill
* Thongs (flip-flops) – Target
* Plastic thong buckets – Howards Storage World
* Purple feather bolero – Lisa Ho

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