It’s finally here – the new collection from bohemian bridal label, Dreamers & Lovers. Featuring 12 dreamy gowns for the modern romantic, the ‘Chance’ collection ‘is about a woman who falls in love when she least expects it,’ says designer, Yanique Barnes.
In true Dreamers and Lovers style, the collection is big on lace, daring cuts and backless designs, together with demure long-sleeved gowns and embellished details.
Photographed by Christine Ta on a nostalgic California ranch, this free-spirited collection was inspired by the confident and independent woman who embodies the brand’s effortless sense of style.
Each wedding dress is hand-sewn to order, and the label offers a try-at-home within Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the U.K.
When teachers Georgia and Ben made the switch from colleagues to couple, their efforts to keep it a secret from their students only lasted until they were busted with the same classroom snacks! The loved-up couple tied the knot in a bright, chilled-out wedding that matched their bubbly personalities perfectly, with Figtree Wedding Photography along to capture the fun.
With their hearts set on a beachside setting, the couple chose to say their ‘I do’s’ at Hastings Point Headland, with a backdrop of the stunning sun-soaked Tweed Coast. Their fun and light-hearted ceremony was officiated by Lisa Laker, who aside from being an ace celebrant, also happens to be a parent at the school Georgia and Ben teach at. After dancing back down the aisle, the bridal party tucked straight into ice-cream from Wheel & Spoon Gelato’s cart before heading off with their photographer to chase the sunset.
Arctic Fox Styling used fresh whites, plenty of greenery and pops of colour to create a bright and vibrant feel for the day, with the help of Mrs Gibbons Flowers who created statement blooms in a mix of candy pink and tangerine. The bride shares the moment she knew they had found the perfect venue for partying the night away. “We went to a few Tweed Coast wedding trails to look at reception venues and loved Babalou the moment we walked inside. The walls were white, the roof had exposed timer beams and the windows looked out on the water. I could just picture our bright blooms on the timber tables and everyone dancing on the dance floor underneath the hanging festoon lights. We are so thrilled we chose Babalou because it looked beyond amazing on the night, the food was insane and the staff were absolutely amazing!”
An intimate ceremony of close family followed by a big ol’ warehouse party at Fremantle Prison, Erin and Michael threw a DIY wedding that suited them to a tee. Captured by Simone Addison, this fun and frivolous affair is proof that there’s no cookie cutter for a wedding.
The pair began their day with a cosy garden ceremony in Erin’s parents’ backyard, surrounded by just their immediate family. Erin and Michael left the styling in the hands of the bride’s parents, a decision which meant there was one less thing for couple to plan, and were rewarded with the happy surprise of how everything looked on the day.
For part two, the group grew by 100 people and moved to the World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison, where a party and cocktail style reception kicked off. Choosing the venue for it’s stripped-back warehouse vibe, the couple styled the space with eclectic and antique touches combined with dark florals and untamed native greenery by Plumm Wood Floral Design to create a warm winter feel. Guests boogied the night away to a playlist that the couple had put together of songs that meant a lot to their friends and family, which made for a well-used dance floor!
The glass chapel at Kooroomba Lavender Estate is really something else. Charming and dramatic in equal measure, its floor-to-cieling glass invites in the glorious surrounding views of Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Inspired by this magical setting, Gold Coast stylist Harper Arrow teamed up with a bunch of local talent to bring us these dreamy scenes.
Captured by Ivory + Rose Photography, the shoot showcases the chapel’s 360 degree views of the surrounding vineyards, lavender fields and mountains beyond. Harper Arrow’s Emily Harle tells us “We wanted this to be the main feature so kept the floral installations simple around the frame to avoid blocking that spectacular view. To bring in warmth and texture, we incorporated an aisle of muted rugs to focus your eye on the delicately hung neon sign placed above the couple to be. For an extra bit of love, a hand-woven Moroccan Wedding Blanket creates an area for the couple to stand on, as traditionally they are thought to bring blessings and good luck to a marriage.”
Demonstrating the versatility of the location, the team created a cosy cocktail hour setup on a picturesque clearing beyond the chapel. Emily shares “Here we had a mixture of low flooring seating on rugs and cushions as well as lounge areas where guests could relax before heading to the restaurant for the reception. To showcase a smaller scale wedding we kept the cocktail hour intimate with soft pastels to compliment the surroundings.”
The team felt it was important to highlight that despite the chapel’s impressive presence, Kooroomba Lavender Estate is still a beautiful option for intimate weddings. Emily explains “One of the reasons we love this venue is its ability to cater to a variety of budgets. Whether a large or small wedding it will still be equally as beautiful due to the landscape and design of the venue. Not to mention, it’s a bonus when your ceremony is wet weatherproof and this stunning.”
After two and a half years of engagement, Lisa and James were still in no rush to tie the knot, but a stint travelling abroad had them thinking a big party with their loved ones sounded pretty darn good. Captured by With Love from Near + Far, their fun and relaxed backyard wedding was exactly that.
After a first look, the couple walked down the aisle together and recited their own vows in a short but sweet ceremony in the back paddock of the Bride’s parents’ property in Geelong. Their gorgeous circular arbour (and all the beautiful styling of the day) was created by Lisa’s Aunty, Katie of Poppy Emporium.
Mid-ceremony, some uninvited guests made a memorable appearance. Lisa tells us “A large flock of pink galahs decided to put on a show for us overhead, which we will never forget. It was as though they were sticky-beaking on our special moment and we loved it!”
Transforming an empty paddock into a wedding, while a challenge, was made easier with lots of help from family and friends. The bride’s stepdad made their wooden bar out of pallets, and the whole fam pitched in to set up the lighting, decorations and tables. The couple shared their advice for a smooth DIY wedding experience, “We tried to make as much as we could, without adding too much pressure. Anything that caused stress or seemed like too much effort, we outsourced!”
Keeping bellies full of delicious food was top priority, so the couple brought in an impressive collection of food trucks. Freshly made paella from Paella Pan, a pizza van by Geelong Wood Fired Ovens and an incredible grazing table by Platter Co had guests spoilt for choice. For dessert, Lisa’s stepdad organised ice-cream van, Mr Wizzy – a pretty sweet end to a gorgeous day!
The latest collection from Australian bridal pioneers, Grace Loves Lace, has all of us here at Nouba swooning. ‘La Bamba’ is as every bit as smokin’ as the name suggests and features 13 new gowns, designed for celebration and movement.
Founder and Creative Director Megan Ziems said the collection is marked by metallic laces and burnout silks all in comfortable fits and playful silhouettes constructed with dancing in mind. “As the original disruptors, we feel it’s our duty to turn it up a notch – giving women the excitement and authenticity they deserve. ‘La Bamba’ is truly ‘luxury you can dance in’ – high impact gowns that don’t sacrifice wearability,” she said.
‘La Bamba’ gives the modern bride a highly diverse offering with an exclusive collection of ornate backpieces, alongside GLL’s first major range of hair accessories, purposefully designed in new signature fabrics to complement the silk gown capsule. “The idea behind the La Bamba accessories collection was to create multiple looks for each gown,” said Ziems. “The backpieces are an avant-garde take on bridal jewellery – combining lustrous pearls and gold and silver hardware. They fall beautifully from our signature low-back styles.
“We’ve also stepped up the veil game – introducing exciting elements such as pearl studs, shimmering tulle, muted colours and silk burnout. Traditionally, brides have had minimal choice when it comes to veils – deciding between a simple tulle or silk option.”
Australian supermodel and musician Cheyenne Tozzi is the ‘face’ of the campaign, which was photographed by Emily Abay at ‘The Range’ in Byron Bay – a Spanish-inspired private residence. “I really wanted a strong, iconic Aussie woman to represent this collection, and I knew Cheyenne would be the perfect choice,” said Ziems.
As always, a commitment to ethical practice underpins the collection. “We support ethical manufacturing and local production, and having an ‘in-house’ team means we can innovate and pivot as we need. For example, the idea for our stunning new hair buns came about from a collection of off-cuts that we wanted to turn into something beautiful, covetable and wearable – rather than waste,” said Ziems.
The gowns – which range from $1900 to under $4000 – are now available to order on the Grace Loves Lace website and at the brand’s five Australian and international showrooms.
When it comes to the soundtrack for your big day, you’re probably thinking soulful acoustics for the ceremony ceremony before you tear up the dance floor on the best night of your life. Sydney wedding band Maple Creek Music, takes versatility to a whole new level, morphing from a five-piece to an acoustic duo, DJ and MC to take your wedding on a musical journey from beginning to end.
The Maple Creek duo is Cassie – owner, and lead singer Blake – the man behind the guitar. When they expand into a ‘5 piece groove machine’, Wes, Daryl and Brendan create the ‘extra oomph and sexy sax’, to put a sassy spin on your favourite tunes.
While Maple Creek are constantly inspired by different artists and songs, their ultimate objective is to create THE musical soundtrack for your perfect day – whatever that might be. From dance floor fillers to sweet acoustics, these guys have got you covered.
We spoke to Cassie and Blake to find out how Maple Creek Music was born, their go-to tear jerkers and what inspires their particular brand of hustle.
Tell us a little about your musical backgrounds?
I came from a musical theatre background and studied at NIDA a few years ago. Maple Creek began as a side hustle in between auditions – I loved it so much that it quickly became my full time gig! Blake started his journey in music performing in bands; playing guitar, drums, keyboards – whatever he could get his hands on. He went on to study audio engineering at SAE and is now a country singer-songwriter.
How would you describe your style of music and performance?
We’re like an Allens mixed bag of lollies. We play a huge variety of music but predominately pop, funk, rock, country and alllll the love songs. We’re here to have a load of fun so that our couples and their guests can have an awesome day surrounded by music. Our duo features vocal harmonies, and with myself on shaker and Blake on guitar/stompbox we are able to make a pretty groovy sound for two people. The band is pretty much our duo expanded with extra oomph and sexy sax.
We love to bring a very personal approach to your special moment songs. We try to stay as faithful as possible to the original versions of songs, while rearranging them for our ensemble and putting our own spin on them.
What are you favourite music genres to perform at weddings?
We love variety! With our full day packages we get to play from the ceremony right till the dance floor at the end of the night. It’s great going from singing love ballads right down to funk tunes.
What style of wedding is your music best suited to?
We suit a couple/wedding that’s keen to have a good time but, at the same time celebrate their love above everything else. We’re here to create a musical soundtrack of your day and help you have the best flipping party ever to top the day off. Weddings that have the right mix of romantic and easy going fun are our jam.
What are some of your favourite tunes to play at key moments throughout a wedding?
I personally love ‘Marry Me’ by Train and ‘Your Song’ by Elton John. It definitely changes all the time though, as couples introduce us to amazing new songs each week. Meaningful lyrics are a must.
What are some of your key influences and sources of inspiration?
Music is a pretty inspiring thing as it is. Blake and I are constantly inspired by different artists, genres and songs all the time. Although I’d say – without sounding too corny – that we inspire each other everyday musically, and life in general.
I love being inspired by female entrepreneurs kicking butt in their business. I’m a bit obsessed with women’s business podcasts and books. I never thought I would run my own business and everyday I’m more and more surprised at how much I enjoy it. My bestie is another female entrepreneur and we like to joke that we’re insane for choosing a job like this, but also the smartest people alive.
Any upcoming performances where couples can check you out?
We’re mainly booked out with weddings at the moment but, keep an eye on our Facebook page and website where we update our public gigs/showcases. Seeing us live is a great way to know if we’re the right fit and we would love to meet you!
Shimmering, elegant and just a little bit daring ‘Luna’ is the latest collection from leading Australian bridal designer, Karen Willis Holmes. The collection features seven intricately hand beaded and embellished wedding gowns designed to celebrate the modern bride.
Think sophisticated femininity through slim fitting silhouettes, sheer panel detailing, elegant long sleeves and daring open backs. True to the designer’s signature style, each gown in the ready-to-wear collection has been lovingly hand beaded with a contemporary edge.
The mid-century inspired glamour of the collection is mirrored by the stunning campaign shoot by Janneke Storm, which plays out against the pastel-hued backdrop of The Calile Hotel.
The Luna collection is now available in Karen Willis Holmes boutiques in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and NYC as well as stockists in Australia and internationally.
After meeting in Melbourne, getting engaged in Columbia and moving to Singapore; it makes perfect sense that these globetrotters tied the knot in yet another corner of the world. Captured by Jess Nicholls, Amara and Ruben’s fun and intimate destination wedding in Canggu, Bali was the perfect excuse to spend a week partying and catching up with loved ones.
The couple chose the stunning Arnalaya Beach House for it’s luxe tropical setting and minimalist design, which they used as inspiration for the styling of the day. Planner and stylist, Emma of Long Table Events, set the party scene with pops of fuchsia, sleek modern elements and palm prints.
After officially tying the knot a few months earlier as part of their Hindu wedding, the Bali chapter was strictly for fun. Amara and Ruben walked down the aisle together and their good mate wore the hat of celebrant. The pair recited their own vows and danced back down the aisle to Ja Rule’s ‘Livin’ it up’.
The rest of the celebration took place on the lawn overlooking the sea. The couple planned the itinerary to maximize time with their friends and family. Amara shares, “We had most of our photos before the ceremony and just a few done later at sunset. This meant we got to spend almost all of the cocktail hour with our guests which we loved. We would have had the worst FOMO missing out on our own wedding!”
Australian bridal label, Chosen by One Day, has just released a collection that perfectly displays their vision for modern bridal. Shot amongst rolling salt flats, ‘Clair de Lune’ came to life as the sun was setting and the moon came out to create a moody glow complementary to the collection.
Exploring the beauty of lace, the collection is an is an ode to the edgy, fashion forward bride who moonlights as a hopeless romantic. The campaign explores self expression under the moonlight with imagery featuring classic lace in modern designs paired with unexpected elements such as playful glasses, a teddy coat and oversized pearl earrings. These touches are certainly not typical of bridal but are somehow seamless to One Day’s brand of soulfully unexpected fashion and forward thinking.
The collection is comprised of six pieces, all made of buttery soft lace in hues of cream and blush. Lovingly made to mold to one’s shape, these pieces create a supportive capsule of elegance and wearability. Tried and tested, the collection was worn by brides, influencers and seamstresses before launching, and the feedback has been resounding excitement for the collections striking etherealism, reasonable price point and wearable ease.
In order to make this collection accessible to global brides, the ‘Clair De Lune’ collection will be available online, shipped complementary and, for the first time ever, One Day Bridal will be accepting returns. The vision behind the capsules online availability is that it will allow brides the luxury of trying the gowns on in the comfort of their own homes without the fear of lock in contracts or flights to far away stockists.