Friday, July 7th 2017
A dreamy afternoon spent at one of our fav Sydney haunts, Beachside Dojo Manly exploring their newly renovated beachside venue... a private event room with floor to ceiling glass bifold doors and sweeping views of Manly Beach, that open onto your own private split-level balcony. Finished in bleached timbers, raw textured wooden tables and white washed walls, it's the perfect blank canvas for weddings inspired by the rhythm of the sea. Head over to the Beachside Dojo website for more info.
Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Every bridal fashion week there are stand out shows we fall in love with, pieces that capture our attention and dresses we dream of long after the runways. For us this season was all about the smaller, boutique labels who are breathing new life into the traditional world of bridal. One of our favorites was New York City based, LEIN with a dreamy collection that blurred the lines between bridal, ready to wear and resort, with exquisite textural finishes that added a rawness and nonchalence to weightless silhouettes and gauzy cottons...pieces that had us dreaming of barefoot weddings and summer vacation escapes.
We caught up with LEIN founder and designer Meredith Stoecklein to find our about inspirations, fabrics and her muses...
What inspired the latest collection?
‘I wanted to evoke Americana spirit, which to me is the toughness and natural grandeur of the West, but keeping with modern luxury and staying true to the romantic and feminine make-up of the brand. Sheer gingham fabric, cotton & silk faille, ruffles, double faced chiffons, brushed white denim, raw edges, relaxed fit, tough but feminine, elegant but daring.’
Who are your muses that you'd love to see dressed in LEIN?
‘I have a major girl crush on Clemence Poesy. She has this perfect tomboy style but with a feminine edge that makes it both timeless and fresh. She is the girl I design for, and a girl I want to be friends with. Effortless is a term that is so overused but I think she really is that. She has that natural cool girl confidence that exudes the "I didn't do anything to my hair" look. Plus, she's always in denim - a girl after my own heart.
I also always find myself referencing Brigitte Bardot, but the off-duty Brigitte as a muse. I love finding an old snapshot from her skiing in Aspen or hanging at the beach with friends - barefoot, hair undone and in her favorite pair of jeans. ‘
We love how experimental you are with fabrics... and this season we saw pieces created unexpectedly with denim (which of course only you could execute to perfection!) Tell us a little bit more about this fabric...
‘I love denim, if I could wear jeans and a tee shirt every day I would. It's such an ode to the Americana lifestyle and is such a nostalgic fabric – it reminds me of my summers out west. So when I found the brushed denim it felt organic to this collection. The brushed finishing is soft to the touch and with the stiffness of denim, it becomes a really elevated look. I also just love the juxtaposition of the organza and the cotton denim, feminine and utilitarian. I like to find that happy place between girly-girl and tomboy. And, I always prefer a raw edge as it makes it a bit of that “undone” I love, while still looking put together.’
Discover and shop the full collection on the LEIN website.
Thursday, June 29th 2017
High on our list of places to stop by in LA is Esqueleto - a haven spilling with eclectic jewels (seriously one of the most incredible edits of unique stones in handcrafted settings from the likes of Lauren Wolf, Mania Mania, Satomi Kawakita...and the list goes on), and a rotating collection of prints, wall hangings and gifts from emerging visual artists. This beautiful white washed space inspired is our absolute go-to for artful jewels and antique engagement rings and those unique, hard to find gifts! But for those who can't head over to their LA or Oakland boutiques, everything is available on their e-boutique.
Monday, June 26th 2017
An Israeli label we love for their impossibly delicate couture, Lee Petra Grebenau is (finally!) coming to Australia, offering Aussie brides access to outstanding craftsmanship and intricate designs. Exclusively stocked at Helen Rodrigues in Sydney’s Neutral Bay, each gown is made-to-measure from luxurious fabrics and meticulous hand embroided detailing, starting from $12,000. Be one of the first in Australia to view her newest collection and book your place at the Helen Rodrigues exclusive trunk show on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July. More details here, and see the full collection on the Lee Petra Grebenau website.
Monday, June 19th 2017
A few frames that stopped us in a heartbeat, created by wedding by flower favorites Prunella. Captured by Beck Rocchi in The George Ballroom we love the wild romance and rambling beauty of each sculptural arrangement, where blooms in fuchsia and magenta entwine around vines as they climb up arbors and cascade to the floor.
Prunella’s top tip for wedding florals? Curation. "While Pinterest and Instagram are fantastic tools for generating ideas and becoming inspired, don’t try and cram every concept you like into your day. Edit your ideas and let your chosen team make suggestions on how you can create the most individual, cohesive, stylish affair possible."
See more of Prunella’s creations or get in touch via their website.
Friday, June 16th 2017
We find ourselves looking for jewelry that serves as an extension of the self, pieces that capture our energies and speak to our spirits. Deeply personal and imbued with sentiment, we want to adorn ourselves in jewels that inspire and empower, our fingers and wrists brushed in delicate gems and fine metals that serve as windows to our souls.
Celebrating fierce individualism and esoteric design, the latest pieces by Maniamania capture our love for bridal reimagined. Effortlessly wearable and nonchalantly cool, there is a mystical quality to each piece, in shapes and hues that reference celestial beings and spirituality. Worn by the likes of Erin Wasson, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Rihanna, each ring can now be engraved with a bespoke range of alchemic symbols, etches of private whispers immortalised in metal.
Discover more or shop the collection on the Maniamania website.