When organising a wedding one of the first, and most important things, the bride sorts out is her wedding dress. More and more in Australia unique bespoke designers are popping up and I have organised a collection of some of my favourites, that you may, or may not have heard of. Please enjoy this unique collection of Australian Bridal Designers and I would love to hear your feedback!
1. Bo & Luca
The designers at Bo & Luca have approached the designing of bridal wear with a 'refreshingly free spirit' and are mainly influenced by the bohemian lifestyle, travel and different cultures, with a little bit of sass thrown in there. They have a wide range of styles available, with beautiful free flowing silk crepes and georgettes that ooze femininity.
"A refreshingly free-spirited approach to bridal wear. The Bo & Luca woman loves truly unique, boutique style luxury.Defined through a fusion of flowing silk crepes and georgettes, layers of soft tulle, hand cut petals and delicately hand embroidered embellishments of beads, pearls and crystals"
Find them here:
2. Rachel Gilbert
Australian designer Rachel Gilbert has been established since 2007 and has a unique range of bridal wear which is affordable. She has her collections of evening wear and bridal wear stocked all over the globe and I personally love the sophistication her designs bring. Each dress has exceptional attention to detail achieved through beading and choice of material. She is an Australian designer that is definitely worth a look!
"Rachel's acute awareness of what a modern brides needs is innately executed within her bridal collections. Elegantly tailored floor sweeping gowns create a timeless sophisticated elegance for the Rachel Gilbert bride."
Find more information and collection here:
3. Grace Loves Lace
I LOVE this brand. If I could get married all over again I wold be wearing one of these stunning gowns. Channelling bohemian vibes with luxurious French lace and silks. All items are handmade in Australia by their team of 20 tight knit talented and passionate visionaries. An exceptional brand and should be on your list to check out if you are after a dress that promotes elegance with a feminine and bohemian twist.
Also this talented team also has a bridesmaid dress line - For the Love of Grace (http://fortheloveofgrace.com.au) as well as an everyday clothing line, jewellery and bridal accessories.
"Here at Grace Loves Lace we are so in love with what we do. We are excited to be growing as a movement, shirking the commerciality of getting married, revelling in the pure joy, and stripping it all back down to where it belongs; to love and love alone. So to you, the avant-garde, the free spirited, the rule breaker, the earthen, the gypsetter, the vintage goddess, the chic modernista, the true bohemian beauty; we welcome you to our divine paradigm. Long live the woman who throws it all to the wind, chooses and follows through with conviction and zeal, who is reckless in her passion, nomadic in her joy, progressive in her beliefs, knows exactly what she wants, and always, always bets everything on love."
4. Anna Campbell
Anna Campbell's gowns are a visionary and timeless that will continue to be in style for many years to come. With delicate beading and fine lace each dress is carefully handcrafted and I personally think the results are amazing. With a 'Made to Measure' collection and an 'Ivory Collection' currently available each gown is breathtaking and refined. Anna Campbell is continuing to make her mark on the Australian Bridal Industry and is sure to continue to design gorgeous dresses for many years to come.
"There is something truly mesmerising about an Anna Campbell dress, with designs simply dripping with decadent embellishments, intricately beaded laces, soft pretty tulles and floating silk chiffons. No matter which Anna Campbell bride you may be, when you slip into your dress on your wedding day you will feel timeless, yet not traditional, sexy yet sweet, and truly beautiful - just how every one of our brides should feel on her wedding day. We create breathtaking, silken dresses inspired by vintage romance, all hand made in Melbourne, Australia with love."
The humble Guestbook has been a long tradition at weddings. Your guests would write you a lovely message, wishing you on your way into marital bliss, for a perfect life together. This is lovely and all, and a necessity for you to look back on once a year for on your wedding anniversary, but really, its is a book that may stay on your coffee table for a while and then make its way onto the dusty bookshelf, where it will sit for years to come….
#1. Jenga Guestbook
This idea is genius. This game could become a family heirloom that your play together with your family as it grows and will always be a reminder of how fun and exciting you big day was!
#2. Record Guestbook
For the musicians and music lovers out there! This cool take on the guestbook idea that will look ah-mazing on the walls of your home. IKEA even sell Record frames for you to put them in after they have been signed! Hunt through your local thrift shops for old records and get labels made with your names in the centre! Voila! an awesome and personalised piece of art for your walls!
If you don't want all that effort, they can be found ready to go here:
#3. Couple photo Guestbook
Use your favourite photo together, (even one from your enagement shoot) and take it to a frame shop and ask them to put a wide mat board around the outside. Guests can then sign and write a message, then after the wedding get it framed and hang it in your home! you can read the messages of love everyday!
#4. Large Initial Guestbook
Use some MDF board and find someone who is a bit handy and ask them to cut a large initial that you will share (if you are changing your name! If not, a love heart or other shape will do just fine). Paint the initial in whichever colour you choose, and then provide your guests with coloured permanent markers to record their message to you! Hang on a wall for an interesting feature piece.
#5. Bible Verse or Dictionary Guestbook
If using a Bible, ask guests to highlight their favourite verse and then use a sticky note to record a message to you and stick it to the page. If using a Dictionary, ask guests to find the word that best describes you as a couple, and ask them to record a message about why they chose this word on a sticky note and attach it to the page.
#6. Fingerprint Tree Guestbook
These guestbooks are becoming increasing popular (we actually had this at our wedding). Guests put their finger on an ink pad and then add a 'fingerprint leaf' to the tree. They can also sign their name next to the leaf so you know who is who.
I distinctly remember some of our guests attempting to print 'falling' leaves from our fingerprint tree, was hilarious and we had a great finished product. This hangs in our house still!
Find one here:
#7. Globe Guestbook
This would have to be one of my favourite ideas! Ask your guests to put pins in places they need to travel to and record a message on the globe. A great ornamental and conversational piece for your home!
#8. Polaroid Guestbook
Polaroid cameras are all the rage at the moment and they aren't too expensive either! Buy a Polaroid camera, blank journal or art diary and enough film for your guests to get some hilarious photos. Ask them to take a photo of themselves, glue the polaroid into the diary and write message for you to look back on for years to come. This idea also works very well with photo booths!
#9. Quilt Guestbook
If you are an extremely talented person who can sew quilts (or know someone who does) this idea is sentimental and personal. Have blank patches of calico or white fabric sewn into the quilt and ask guests to record a message in marker or pen. After the wedding, get their messages sewn into the quilt so they don't fade or disappear over the years. This is a great family heirloom idea and could be used on your bed or as a throw over the lounge in the cooler months.
#10. Drop Top Guestbook
This would have to be my favourite all time guestbook idea! If I was getting married again this is what I would have!!! Guest choose a heart, write a message on it and drop it into the frame, The top is sealed after the wedding and then hung on the wall of you home. Cute huh?!
Find one here:
For these and other guestbook ideas, check out this blog:
This was such a fun wedding to be apart of, and one I will truly remember for a long time to come! Anna contacted me earlier in 2014 to hire our Antoinette Sofa and Vintage Ceremony Arch, and closer to the date she called and asked me to undertake all her styling for their big day. I was extremely honoured, and more than happy to!
Anna was a very organised bride, she had collected, sewn and designed every single aspect of their big day. No detail was left untouched. The bright florals, and bunting really lifted the interior of Tangaratta Vineyards and created such a happy vibe, which every wedding day should be! I loved this wedding because both Anna and Kaine used ideas that were a little outside the box, and look at the results!
Such a delightful day for this gorgeous couple. We wish you the very best marriage, filled with fun and laughter for many years to come.
Thank you for choosing Ivory Lane to be a part of your wedding day.
Photography: Chasing Summer Photography (chasingsmmerphoto.com)
Venue: Tangaratta Vineyards (tangarattavineyards.com.au)
Styling: Anna & Ivory Lane
Makeup & Hair: Glamour Empire (glamourempire.com.au)
An ongoing trend, I seem to stumble across with brides (and even grooms?!) is the growing trend of coloured wedding shoes. I don't know how many of you know, but buying wedding shoes is HARD. I found it very difficult to find the perfect pair to suit my dress and my taste. Upon my travels looking for shoes, I found many of them to be a bit 'nanna' and do not reflect the style of dresses getting around today.
I have formed a collection of the best wedding shoes (that aren't white), and I encouraged all brides out there to dare to be different, because yes, your shoes will be photographed, along with your dress and other things you wear on your big day, so make them exciting (and something that you can wear again)!
Blue is a very popular choice amongst brides who dare to do the coloured shoe. As the tradition goes, 'something old, something new, something borrowed, and something BLUE'. I have also found that if you don't think an 'out there' colour will work or just 'isn't you' a gorgeous neutral coloured pair, such as silver, gold, or nude will work just as well.
So please enjoy the collection I have pinned and you will find the link to my board here: http://www.pinterest.com/janey1287/coloured-wedding-shoes/
(images are sourced from pinterest.com and are not my own)
Happy shoe shopping.
The backyard wedding is becoming increasingly popular amongst brides in Australia and around the globe. Here at Ivory Lane I ask myself why is this so? Here are a couple of reasons:
- The relaxed and personal vibe that can be created which usually completely reflects the couple
- There is multiple opportunities to add personal 'do it yourself' touches
- It usually takes place at a family home or property which again adds sentimental value to your big day
- There are no restrictions from vendors, suppliers, or closing times, which allows everyone to party all. night. long.
I am a big supporter of the backyard wedding, especially here in Australia, as we are renowned for spending extended amounts of time in our backyards.
There a few 'must dos' to achieve the perfect backyard wedding:
- Chill out area - with lounges and casual seating for your guests to relax
- Light your space with Bunting and Festoon lights - these are very popular at the moment and create beautiful lighting and ooze quirk.
- Informal Table arrangements - A backyard wedding is all about the relaxed vibe, so don't go too over the top with extravagant centrepieces. Keep it simple with pretty blooms in jars and bottles.
- Create a Self Serve Bar/ Food area - depending on what vibe you are going for, having easily accessible food and drink for guests will keep things informal and chilled out.
- Dance Floor - If your wedding is outside on grass, it is probably an idea to hire (or make) a click together dance floor to make sure your guests can bust out their best moves. Also, providing your guests with dancing shoes such as thongs always works a treat.
Below i have decided to comprise a collection of images which are uniquely fabulous ideas for your own backyard wedding! Everything from the Ceremony, Reception, the dress, the cake and multiple things in between.
I have also included an Ivory Lane Mood Board comprised of our own items and ideas to help you along the way!
(All images are found on Pinterest unless otherwise stated)
Find our Backyard Bliss board here: http://www.pinterest.com/janey1287/backyard-weddings/
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and what you think of the first Ivory Lane Sunday Styling edition.
Love and happy reading,
Inspiration for your own
The Ivory Lane Memoir
This is the blog of weddings and events Ivory Lane has been a part of and beautiful, unique ideas for your big day.