Friday, July 29, 2011

A Symbol of Love

Sydney based designer Marta Niegowska had a budding urge to create, so she took on the age old form of moulding wax into shapes to form her unique unisex jewellery collections that make the label Bilingual. After exploring a range of concepts and ideas, it was the series of interlocking silver rings made by Marta for her partner to wear while he was away, that got people talking and the designer soon found herself taking orders for colleagues and friends. She soon launched Bilingual at the Powerhouse Museum Youngblood Design Markets during Sydney Design Week in 2005. Marta explores various ideas through her pieces that induce humour or provoke thought. More than just a beautiful adornment, wearers of Marta’s designs are drawn to her concepts as much as her craftsmanship and she designs to open people’s minds to imagine what jewellery can be. Each collection of locally handmade rings, earrings, bangles, neckpieces and wedding bands engage the wearer with the symbolic nature of her work. More than ever before gents wedding rings, like the ladies, symbolise love, committment and personal taste, they must be something loved and cherished. Afterall, it will be worn for a lifetime to come. All Bilingual silver jewellery is made from 100% recycled Australian silver. To view the Bilingual collection of men's and women's pieces visit




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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Feather Weather

It's a fair call saying it's freezing here in Australia. Winter has well and truly settled in and if you're having a winter wedding and still have your heart set on a strapless or more revealing gown consider this gorgeous Miu Miu feather collar. There's nothing worse than being cold so it's important to still keep yourself a little rugged up. Why not do it in absolute style?! Available to purchase at

Feather collar £412.50

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Design Star

Ever since the first Sarah Janks gown came through our doors I've been in love. The craftsmanship and detailing is simply exquisite. Sarah is excited to announce the opening of her flagship studio in Sydney's North Shore, introducing her debut Tempus collection. Reinterpretating classic shapes with a modern slant, Sarah employs traditional techniques with impeccable fit and attention to detail. The dichotomy of fitted versus fluid is underlined by second skin bodices accompanied by ball gown or curvaceous hourglass skirts. Slinky bias cut dresses in chiffons, liquid satins and morocains balance the tailored pieces in the collection. The intricate embellishments and fabric manipulations are inspired by pressed flowers, old hand written love notes hidden in the folds of the skirt, small tokens of affection and a nostalgia of an era where romance blossomed into love.

Sarah has come a long way from leaving South Africa where she was born and raised to landing in London with just 300 pounds. Sarah found her first job at Kashkets, who were responsible for the outfits worn by Prince William, Prince Harry and the page boys at the recent Royal wedding of Will & Kate. Twelve years on and after almost a decade working for incredible designers such as Roland Mouret, Jonathan Saunders and Jenny Packam, Sarah moved to Australia and this week opened the doors to her Neutral Bay Studio.

Be sure to visit Sarah's studio at Shop 9, 7 Waters Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney 2089. Bridal and gown consultations are by appointment. Contact details can be found at





The gorgeous Adina gown we featured in issue 18

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Real Wedding - Karen & Paul

One or our favourite weddings from our autumn issue was Karen and Pauls at Gunners' Barracks. It was a fun and relaxed wedding that really celebrated their love. Karen incorporated a lot of thoughtful touches that helped make their day unique to them.

We didn't have space in the magazine to show the stationery that Karen designed for her wedding. Below is the screen printed invite as well as the balloon hens party invitation - such great ideas!

Karen and Paul's wedding was shot by Bradley Patrick from SugarLove Weddings. Bradley has also just launched his new commercial site: which showcases a lot of the celebrity work he has done.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Sweet Treat

If you're after a super creative way to display your cake pops, macaroon pops or gourmet lollipops then you might just fall in love with this Sweetie Pop Tree. The tree is completely customisable with accessories such as wooden leaves, paper flowers, birds, squirrels or acorns (sold seperately). The trees are crafted from maple wood and are made in Canada. If you'd like to find out more visit The Sweetie Pop Trees retail for US$50.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Real Wedding - Julia Downs & Simon Strong

For their recent wedding in New South Wales Julia & Simon wanted the feel of their big day to be, most imporantly, homely. Choosing vintage, nostalgic and handmade undertones, they created more than just a homely feel. The day was filled to the brim with love, happiness and lots of emotion. They held their wedding in The Q Stations Govenor Bourke Room surrounded by family and friends. Julia opted for a Maggie Sottero gown and being the clever girl she is she even did her own bouquet! The palette was mainly neutral with a bold splash of yellow to celebrate Australia's colonial roots. A big congratulations to Julia & Simon!

Photographer - Global Sanctuary
Gown - Maggie Sottero
Stationery - Julia Made Imaginarium
Cakes - Exquisite Cakes
Bomboniere - Polka Dot Cookies
Brides rings - Tiffany & Co
Venue - The Q Station, Manly

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Silky Smooth

To celebrate her 12th Silk anniversary Lisa Gowing launched an exciting collection of demi-couture ready-to-wear gowns in Spring 2010. Being the uber-designer that she is, Lisa has now expanded the collection to include 15 new styles. The new collection of luscious and luxurious vintage inspired gowns is now available to view online and try in her studio in Edgecliff, New South Wales. Recalling the glamour of past era's, the collection draws inspiration from the 1920's through to the 1950's. All designs are hand made in pure silks with hand placed jewel and European lace detailing. Matching tulle and lace or jewel trimmed veils, headpieces and silk flowers are also available. Handmade locally by Lisa and her team, the ready-to-wear collection is hand made using time honoured couture techniques. The Demi-Couture gowns feature the same superb cut, luxe fabrics and feminine detailing that have become synonymous with Lisa’s couture designs, constructed in layers of silk and exclusive trims including European laces and crystal or jewel embellishments. If you'd like to register to attend one of her open days or to make an appointment to view and try the collection outside of these open days then phone 02 9327 6332 or email Be sure to visit the website at for all collection details.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Short Story

It seems that model weddings are happening left, right and centre at the moment! Anja Rubik wed her long time partner and fellow model, Sasha Knezevic, on the Spanish island of Mallorca over the weekend. Anja's modern Pucci gown was designed for her by Emilio Pucci designer and close friend Peter Dundas. With a short hem, long, flowing skirt and a veil Anja looked every bit the modern model bride. This gown is a fabulous choice for a destination wedding but it also helps when you have amazing legs such as hers. Congrats!

Photos courtesy of

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fly Me to the Moon

Cathrin D'Entremont of Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings has very kindly shared with us a styling shoot she did recently with a number of fabulous Western Austrlian suppliers. Fly Me to the Moon was inspired by the old charm of country stables. The palette that were used included cornflower blue with accents of antique gold and soft pinks and purples with natural accents in cream and dark wood. Cathrin and her team too shot on location in the stables at the gorgeous Stewarts Brookleigh in Uppper Swan WA. We're loving the hydrangea detail on the backs of the gorgeous antique wood chairs! See below for a complete supplier list.

Event Styling & Design - Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings
Flowers - Flower Talk
Photography - Samm Blake
Sweet Buffett - Kakawa
Gown - Fara Fashion
Cake - Glory Box
Stationery - Dizzy Wizzy Design
Bomboniere - Bomboniere Galore
Location - Stewarts Brookleigh, Upper Swan WA
Videographer - Urban Light

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sale Time!

If you're after some simply huge discounts on some simply gorgeous designer wedding gowns be sure to check out Net-A-Porter's huge end of season sale. With savings of around 60% on Alexander McQueen, Azzaro, Australia's Rachel Gilbert and many more you could very well score for yourself a super-duper deal and yes, they do ship to Australia. Visit their website at

Azzaro Jess crystal-embellished silk-crepe gown was £4,358 NOW £1,525

Alexander McQueen embroidered duchess-satin gown was £9,330 NOW £1,959

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Artistic Flair

Watching a friend getting married is always a very exciting and emotional time. If you're after a gift that is different to any other, something completely unique and personal and something the'll cherish forever it's worth considering an illustration. Specialising in personalized illustrations, Shereen Kahn, will take a photograph and turn it into a piece of art that will be treasured forever. Having studied fashion and currently working in the film industry in the costume department, Shereen draws using pencil, Gauche watercolour, black ink, pastel and charcoal on surfaces of canvas paper, watercolour paper, fabrics or anything that takes your fancy. All Shereen will need from you is a few relevant photographs of the subject, what medium you want the illustration done in, and whether you'd like a side, back or front view. The cost of the illustration can be anywhere from $150 to $350 depending on dress, size and style of drawing so if you'd like to find out more please visit Shereen Khan's Facebook page by clicking HERE.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Real Wedding - Zoe Chen & John Lee

One of our favourite weddings we've featured in our winter issue (on sale now!) is that of the gorgeous Zoe Chen & John Lee. Shot by Jose Villa, the wedding is vibrant, relaxed and full of fun and unique styling ideas. We loved the couples seating chart printed on a gorgeous array of coloured and patterned papers. We also adored their paper rosettes, designed so guests knew who was friends with the bride and who was friends with the groom. John even illustrated the cute image of Zoe & himself and Zoe loved them so much they were incorporated in to many aspects of their day. We think this wedding proves that a relaxed and fun wedding can still be big on ideas and neat aspects. Choosing a few key colours will then help to tie even the simplest of ideas together making the day one your guests will remember for years to come. To view more of Jose's fabulous and inspiring work visit his website at

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