Here’s how to get tickets to the latest bridal collection launch

Wedding PhotographyThe new Easton Collection by When Freddie Met Lilly will be launched at a spectacular evening celebrating all things bridal at The Lushington in Woolloongabba on Thursday 11 October. Tickets are still available, so if you have getting married on the diary for 2019 or beyond this is an event you won’t want to miss, with the latest bridal designs on show at a newly restored art deco venue.

Each year Vanessa Hoe, bridal designer and owner of When Freddie met Lilly, brings together an expert array of bridal suppliers to showcase her latest designs in an atmosphere of red-carpet glamour and sumptuous surroundings. This year looks to continue the trend with the gorgeous Tess Alexander MCing in this new luxurious venue.

Vanessa describes her latest collection of bridal gown designs, “The Easton Collection has hints of ethereal elegance, with our signature French and Italian laces taking on new styles and silhouettes.”

“The collection is drawing inspiration from both vintage and contemporary romance.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to be one of the limited guests for this very special evening.

Thursday 11 October 2018
The Lushington, 5 Hubert St. Wolloongabba
6pm for 6:30pm start to 8pm

Reserve your ticket now

View the 2017 Dakota Collection launch event photos

 

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The first things to do in your journey to ‘I Do’

If your new years was a little more spectacular than most and 2017 has started out with the excitement of a wedding proposal, then it’s time to start the planning process.

So, what comes first? The date or location? Actually, neither! Your budget is a great place to start so you can ensure you have everything you want on your special day.

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1.Set your budget

Agreeing on an achievable budget gives you the parameters to plan within – after all, there’s no point looking at venues with a $30k minimum spend if your total budget is $20k.

2. Set your ideal date

Once you set your ball-park budget then one of the very first questions is whether you intend to have a long engagement or race to the altar sooner. It’s a good idea to have a few options for dates rather than getting your heart set on one particular day on the calendar. Think about the dates you’d like to avoid (check with the important people in your life too), and the season you want to celebrate your nuptials in. The most important factor with your planning is to get your first choice with every element, which can mean staying flexible with dates, especially with some popular venues booking out up to 3 years in advance. That might be fine if you need time to save but if you want to head down the aisle within a year or 18 months then you may have to be a little bit more flexible.

3. Find your dream location

If you have some idea of your preferred locations then it will pay to check with the venue coordinators to suss out availability and whether they have any blockouts that might affect your planning.

View our preferred wedding venues.

4. Other essential vendors

Setting a date allows you to start locking in the other vendors who will be essential to creating the perfect day. Popular celebrants and photographers often book out up to 18 months in advance and again, to make sure you get your first choice of suppliers, make sure you book your preferred choices as soon as you possibly can.

5. Reflect your style

Once you have settled on the date at your dream venue then the next decision is what style of wedding you want. Do you want boho, or vintage, or glamour or casual? With so many decorating options available today it is easy to have Hollywood glamour in the most rustic of locations, or enjoy a Boho themed celebration in a central city hotel.

6. Gowns, glorious gowns

Your choice of dress is intrinsically linked to the style of the day, so you may hold off on setting a theme for the day until you have found the perfect gown, or vice versa.

Whilst you may have a style of dress in mind be open to change and check the different styles that are available and try on a wide range of gowns at several different salons. Let the consultant help you, but make sure you have your besties there to keep everyone on track and make sure you tell them to give you honest feedback.

View our favourite gown suppliers.

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7. Professional help required

If you’re starting to get a bit of a brain spin by now it might be worth considering hiring a professional wedding coordinator to help out with your planning. Whilst it might seem a luxury expense, experienced and well-connected planners can actually save you money as they will have negotiated discounts with other suppliers that you can take advantage of. They will also have more contacts within the industry, allowing them to source the unique extras that will make your wedding stand out.

8. Who to invite?

Who makes the cut, and how do you explain to Great Aunt Petunia that there simply isn’t space at the relatives table for her? Obviously, your budget will have defined your venue which will, in turn, have defined the numbers you can accommodate. If your budget allows for 200 attendees then you probably won’t have to be too quick to cull, however, if you’re planning a small intimate ceremony then this may be a tougher decision. If you are paying for the day then the decision should be yours and yours alone, however, if you’re lucky enough to be getting help from family then there will have to be some tricky negotiations. The most important factor is going to be who do you want to spend the biggest day of your life with? Would you rather spend the day with distance relatives or close friends?

Of course there’s also the little detail of who gets to be in your bridal party, but maybe that should be a post for a little later so you can enjoy some quality time with your new fiancé and not freak out.

Ekka celebrates Fashion

Ekka_Rush005-12The maxim says “Things get better with age”, and that’s certainly true for the Ekka, which is currently celebrating it’s 139th year.
The extensive redevelopment programme of the showgrounds is coming ever closer to completion and the venue is looking increasing elegant with the whole event feeling much easier to navigate again.
This year’s show displays the ever increasing sophistication and broader appeal that has been evident over the past few years and we were lucky enough to secure front-row seats to the always fabulous Natural Fibres Fashion Parade.
The parade itself is enjoying a milestone of it’s own this year, with Brisbane fashion legend Lindsay Bennett celebrating his 25th year of directing Australia’s longest running free public fashion parade.
We attended on the second day of the show and it was wonderful to see crowds queueing to grab seats, ample evidence of a passion for fashion in Brisbane.
The catwalk show opened with a creative, informative and highly enjoyable history reel that took the audience on a brief history of the Ekka, before the opening segment, a stunning retrospective of designs from leading couturiers involved in the parades over the past 25 years.
This year’s show was a true catwalk event, with exquisite choreography and bubbly, vivacious models who were clearly enjoying the experience. The highly polished parade featured a unique mix of emerging talent and iconic brands, with stunning outfits and millinery for every conceivable occasion.
A spectacular, high-split gown with see-through red lace bodice and flowing skirt from the always edgy George Wu was one of my favourite pieces from the current collections on show.
The grace and feminity of the Darb Couture bridal gown in the retrospective segment showed the timeless elegance of Brad Webb’s creations and why he’s one of Brisbane’s leading couturiers.
You really don’t want to miss out on this show and if you haven’t been yet, you’ve still got time to get along and enjoy this wonderful spectacle before the Ekka closes on Sunday 14th August.
Retrospective Gowns from the past 25 years included: Keri Craig, Anthony Leigh Dower, Grbac, Maiocchi, Tengdahl, Paul Hunt, Darb Couture, Pia du Pradal, Cotton Wool, Sacha Drake, Bora and George Wu.
The parade included fashions from Sacha Drake, White Label Noba, Hunt + Kelly, Maiocchi, Bags by Louenhide, TAFE Queensland Brisbane, QUT Fashion School, Tengdahl, The Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Pia du Pradal, Darb Couture, George Wu and Paul Hunt.
Production Credits:
Executive Producer – Lindsay Bennett
Parade Stylist – Kimberley Gardner
Choreographer – Bernadette Bagley
Lighting & Audio – Microhire
Projection Screens – Microhire
Set Design – Iceworks Design
Hair Stylists – CorCorz Hair
Video Production – TPD Media
Stage – Corporate Stage Solutions

Bridal Veil 101

Masterpieces Photography + Video at Jimbour HouseMany brides today are forgoing the tradition of bridal veils and choosing headpieces, flower crowns and bejewelled adornments, but we want to champion the tradition of the bridal veil.

Once believed to ward off evil spirits, it was Queen Victoria who popularised veils in the 1800s and since then they have drifted in and out of fashion.

Just like your wedding dress itself though, this is only time you get to wear this dramatic and spectacular article of clothing, so why wouldn’t you?

The one universal fact about veils is that they can flatter your figure, by elongating your body. The length of your veil, your body shape and your bridal gown need to complement each other for the perfect look. Test out a variety of options and see what works best with your gown. You want a veil to complement your overall silhouette, not break the flow of your look.

If you have a daringly low back, intricate cut out or delicate lace detail on the back of your gown, the veil provides some modesty for the ceremony, whilst removing it later takes your gown into party mode in one easy move.

Your veil can be an individual as your gown. If you are getting your gown designed and made for you, the designer may also tailor the veil to you.

We spoke to Linda Brewster from Gowns of Elegance who said that 80% of her brides still chose a veil to complement their dress. Linda said “Brides today are inspired by the spectacular shots they see on Pinterest, with cathedral length veils particularly popular because of the photographic opportunities they present. The veil that will float on the wind, create shimmery movement or drape over people, cars and so on is fantastic for the creative photographers and videographers out there”.

So before you toss away the idea of a veil here are some options for the length of your veil.

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So let’s hear it for the humble veil – that flattering, fluttering piece of tulle or lace that can become the perfect photographic prop – and that’s before we add any of the embellishments that make a modern veil so unique.

Illustration by Watermelon and Soda Design
Images by Masterpieces Photography and Video

Wedding dance en pointe

TWA_Mirra_103Graceful elegance, flowing beauty, floating on a cloud. They’re all phrases we associate with wedding gowns, but they’re also words that apply equally to that most exquisite of art forms – ballet!
Ballet and weddings have a unique kind of synergy that appears to link them intrinsically. Perhaps it is the style of the dress, with many wedding gowns resembling ballet tutus, or is it the commonality of fabrics – lace, chiffon, tulle? Maybe it is the way ballerinas and girls in wedding gowns move, with a magical, flowing or floating appearance that draws similarities. Or it could just be that both demand perfection to achieve maximum impact. During our recent shoot at Mirra Private Dining and Events in the Valley we put a ballet dancer in a range a stunning, balletically inspired gowns and let the magic happen.

Photo Credits:
Gowns: When Freddie met Lilly and Darb Bridal Couture | Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Venue: Mirra Private Dining and Events | Hair: Whisk Hair | Makeup: Jess Brailak Makeup and Tanning | Models: Laura Herden, Sharon (Boss Models) and Billy

Bridal Fashion from NY to Brisbane

WFML_PreLaunch114Coming soon is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the bridal and formal fashion year, with the Brisbane launch of the new collection from When Freddie Met Lilly (WFML).
This exciting and popular showcase has outgrown the WFML studio and this year to be held at the elegant and sophisticated Mirra Private Events and Dining in the heart of Brisbane’s party district, the Valley.
Head designer, Vanessa Hoe, will be showing a brand new range of gowns from the Indianna Collection, as well as giving Brisbane fashionistas the chance to see the full, Hollywood inspired, Hepburnesque collection that previewed to rave reviews at New York Bridal Fashion Week.
The Wedding Alley was lucky enough to have a sneak peek of some of the gowns at a pre-launch photo shoot last week and as you can see from the photos and video, captured by the talented team at Masterpieces Photography + Video, these are spectacular statement gowns with exquisite detailing.
Tickets available online. Believe me, you don’t want to miss out!

 

Photo Credits:
Gowns: When Freddie met Lilly | Headpieces: A Little Pack of Five | Photography + Video: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Hair and Makeup: Bella Brides | Model: Tayla

The wrap party

GoE_Wraps_Blog002-3Last Saturday our friends at Gowns of Elegance hosted an eagerly anticipated high-tea function to celebrate the launch of a new range of fabrics and styles of wrap dresses from designer Erika Coyle, who was on hand to demonstrate some innovative ways to wear these versatile outfits. As usual, Linda, Bella and their team had created a stunning atmosphere with their Chermside boutique stylishly decorated for the occasion by Annastasia from Grande Moments Weddings & Designs. The floral decorations were particularly beautiful, with fresh roses being a distinct theme. We loved the unique “rose ceiling” feature with individual stems suspended in glass tubes. Guests arrived to find the store looking exquisite, with gift bags waiting on white americana chairs and a celebratory glass of champagne on offer, together with a smorgasbord of sweet and savoury treats for attendees to enjoy.

Whilst the event was aimed at Bridesmaids, Erika’s new range includes some stunning white lace and tulle gowns that would be equally suitable for brides, especially those planning a destination or casual beach wedding. The new “uber-bling” sequin fabric range of gown was especially popular with the bridesmaids in attendance who could clearly envisage being able to wear the gowns to formal events as well as to a wedding. Wrap dresses, being so versatile, are extremely popular right now, and are available from a number of sources, but not all are created equal. Erika’s dresses have a wonderful quality and feel. The gowns can be made in different weight fabrics and are made locally in South East Queensland.

Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video was lucky enough to be invited to capture the event and you can see some of the highlights below. If you weren’t able to get to the high-tea on Saturday then you should give the team at Gowns of Elegance a call and make a time to visit their showroom and take a look at their incredible range of both bridal and bridesmaid dresses.

Be the Belle of the Ball at BellaRose

BM1Brisbane has a new destination for Bridesmaids gowns and evening wear with the opening of BellaRose.

Brought to you by a passionate, and highly experienced team, this new, by-appointment showroom has a range of styles and designs to suit every girl and every budget

The quest for the perfect bridesmaid dresses can sometimes be more difficult than the search for the perfect Wedding dress. But no matter what your wedding style or the size of your bridal party, BellaRose Bridesmaids has catered for you all.

They are also stocking a range of jewellery and a range of very cute outfits for the youngest members of your bridal party – your flower girls and page boys.

BellaRose will be showcasing their fabulous range of styles at some of South East Queensland’s premier bridal events, including the Stamford Plaza Showcase and Vintage Bride show.

Find out more about BellaRose Bridesmaids

Désir à l’Anglaise – Vera Wang

Discover Vera Wang’s latest bridal film, “Désir à l’Anglaise,” which features the Vera Wang Spring 2017 Bridal Collection. “Désir à l’Anglaise,” celebrates the profound restraint of the British monarchy, the grandeur of English aristocracy, and the drama of real ball gowns within the context of today.

Styling: Vera Wang
Directed by: Gordon von Steiner
Hair by: Akki
Make-up by: Marla Belt
Set Design: Daniel Graff from Mary Howard Studio
Location: Oheka Castle
Talent: Josephine Letutour, Zlata Semenko. Florian Van Bael, Bram Valbracht

Gowns that your Grandmother might not like

Your grandma might not approve but there is a definite trend towards bridal gown designs that might cause blushes amongst earlier generations. Figure hugging sheer fabrics and see-through lace are now no longer the preserve of Hollywood sirens with a daring range of plunging necklines and low backs now de-rigeur in most modern collections. Skin is most certainly in!
Are you confident enough to strut in these stunning gowns from some of our favourite
designers?