Tuesday, April 17th 2018
Drawing inspiration from nature, Naturae Design's 2018 collection 'Touched By The Sea' has been inspired by the elements of the sea and a mood of serene calmness. The perfect adornment for simple slip gowns and ethereal fabrics, the collection includes haircombs inspired by seafan branches in imperfect shapes evocative of kelp, and one of our favorites - a sterling silver coronet mirroring the undulating movement of water adorned with delicate fresh water pearls.
Thursday, March 8th 2018
Fusing unusual and precious stones with artful, organic settings has us enamoured with Julia deville's curiously beautiful collection of jewels. A master architect of nuptial adornments based in Victoria Australia, each piece tells its own story of craftsmanship and romance. Inspired by Baroque aspects and brimming with rose cut champagne diamonds, parti sapphires and other unique gems - Julia talks to us about the creative process, gemstones used and what a bespoke design entails...
What defines your design style?
My work is inspired by the memento mori jewellery of the 15th – 18th centuries as well as Victorian mourning jewellery. Handmade, bespoke wedding and engagement rings are the focal point of my jewellery range. My rings are designed to look organic, antique and time worn – as if scavenged from a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.
Can you describe the Julia deVille customer in a few words?
My cliental varies greatly: from very young goth couples choosing engagement rings to more conservative women in their 70’s wanting to rework family heirloom pieces. I am always delighted by the array of personality types that come through our showroom – I guess the one thing they have in common is they are seeking something distinct and unusual.
A favourite piece you’ve created?
The 20000 Leagues Ring is one of my all-time favourites. I wear this ring every day, as does my mother and sister. We all have different colour ways; mine has a parti sapphire with champagne diamonds, Mum’s has an aquamarine surrounded by rose cut white diamonds and my sister’s is a yellow beryl with white diamonds.
What are some of the gemstones and meterials you love to use?
I love to source unusual stones and cuts. Black & champagne diamonds feature a lot in my work, as do parti (green/blue/yellow) sapphires and Morganite. I also use more traditional stones such as rubies and emeralds.
I am particularly fond of rose cut, old cut and other antique looking stone cuts as well as uncut diamonds.
I mainly work in 18ct white gold as well as yellow & rose gold. I do a little bit of platinum but personally prefer 18ct white for its cool steely colour which pairs well with all gemstones.
Can you explain the bespoke process and who would you recommend this for?
First I get my clients to browse through my website and select styles they like as well as stone and metal colours. Then we arrange a meeting in my Melbourne showroom where we have hundreds of styles to view and try on, or we discuss via email and phone if they’re not able to come in.
Some people opt for a ring exactly as is, but most people want some level of customisation. This could mean simply changing the stones or metal but often it involves completely reworking a design or creating something unique from scratch. If I’m making a one-off piece it will be based on other rings the client has indicated they like, as well as elements we have discussed together.
I then source stones and make a prototype in wax for them to view, at this stage further changes can be made until they are 100% happy with the design and stones. Once the ring has been made in metal, we can do a fitting before setting the stones so the client gets to see it on their hand and check that they like the stone and metal combination.
I also rework people’s existing heirloom jewellery. This can be as simple as building on top of an existing ring or as complex as taking the ring apart and turning it into something entirely different.
Where can your jewelry be purchased?
I have a showroom behind my workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne.
We take appointments Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 11am – 4pm but can arrange other times for people that can’t make it during office hours.
I do a lot of work with international and interstate clients via email and phone.
I also have a large range of rings at e.g.etal in the city.
Thursday, March 8th 2018
Taking its name from the fabled lost city of Atlantis, Halfpenny London’s brand new bridal wear collection channels the untamed beauty of the ocean. Inspired by raw, textural coastlines, foamy white wash and the undulating movement of the sea, the stunning new pieces highlight designer Kate Halfpenny’s continued innovation with unexpected twists on tradition.
Pearls adorn the finest tulle, soft leather sits alongside delicate lace and edges are embellished with contradictory trims. Handcrafted in England, unique silhouettes and ultra-modern textiles define a collection perfect for brides looking for drama and decadence.
View more of Halfpenny London's collection on their website.
Thursday, February 8th 2018
Acclaimed for her ornate handcrafted wedding gowns, Israel based Dana Harel beautifully blends contemporary and feminine aesthetics using luxurious textiles. From diaphanous silk tulle to hand embroidered details, Dana’s craft of combining avant-garde materials has positioned her as one of the most sought after designers in the luxury bridal world.
We were given an exclusive look at Dana Harel’s latest collection ‘Daydream’, a juxtaposed range of feminine, delicate pieces and bold beaded gowns inspired by the ‘caftan’ or ‘gallabia’ dress, originating from the Middle East.
Each piece is completely custom made, sourcing fabrics from one of the leading fashion and fabric tradeshows in the world, Première Vision Paris. Dana Harel’s inspiration comes from travelling the world and from the unique fabrics and luxurious materials used in haute couture designs.
Thursday, February 1st 2018
There’s a moody allure we love about the way photographers Joel & Justyna capture romantic, honest moments. Describing themselves as thoughtful observers, their images are rich in detail, drenched in light and filled with poetic movement.
We caught up this international photography duo, based in Canada, to find out 3 important things you shouldn’t overlook, when it comes to wedding photography.
The most underrated but important piece of decor in a room, believe it or not are chairs. Chairs set a tone, more so than centrepieces, simply because there are so many in a room. If you're working with a tighter budget but still want an elegant feel to your decor, rent a set of beautiful chairs and opt for more modest centrepieces – like a selection of candles in hurricane vases at different heights.
2. Getting ready locations
Picking a photogenic location to get ready is often times overlooked. Instead of choosing a stark, modern hotel suite or cluttered relatives home, we often suggest a heritage hotel, or an Airbnb with antique features. Classic never goes out of style and dark, window lit spaces with interesting antique decor will stand the test of time in your photos.
A great way to create dynamic images of your recessional is to have your guests throw confetti or rose petals, as you and your spouse run off down the aisle.
Thursday, February 1st 2018
The LANE’s handpicked venue, The Anchorage, is set to host a Wedding Open Day on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at their newly renovated luxury resort in Port Stephens, NSW.
Tucked away on the secluded shores of sparkling Port Stephens, those attending the event will enjoy champagne and canapes while exploring the breath-taking indoor and outdoor spaces on offer.
Expert Bridal Style Sessions will be available, focusing on beauty, fashion and florals whilst showcasing the impending trends for 2018.
With tailor-made wedding packages available and expert event coordinators on hand, we couldn’t recommend this event more to any of our LANE brides looking to wed in New South Wales.
The Anchorage will be offering exclusive upgrades for guests who secure their wedding day at the event.