Flowing gown for a garden wedding

This couple travelled back to their hometown to have a gorgeous English garden wedding Couple: Joanne & Greg Location: The Norfolk Mead Hotel, United Kingdom Joanne and Grey met working at Naked Wines in the UK and were together five years before they made the move to Australia. In 2013, Greg told Joanne to keep April 25th free. As it was her birthday on the 27th, she thought it might have been an early birthday present. The couple drove up to Palm Beach where Greg revealed they were taking a flight on a sea plane. “We were to fly down the beaches, over Sydney Harbour and back again. On the way down, we flew over our house on Bungan Beach and, as we did, Greg got down on one knee, pulled out a massive diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said ‘Yes’ and we celebrated with a bottle of sparkling while enjoying the rest of the flight,” says Joanne. As the couple were originally from England, their wedding reflected their roots as well as their new home town by combining a traditional English garden theme with touches of Australian beach inspiration. Joanne wore an elegant, slim-fit gown made of silk with lace detailing on the bodice and back, which was modest in front and low in the back. “I had my dress specially made at Ribbons Bridal & Couture in Newport by Rose Ribbons. I really enjoyed the experience, working out the design style and fabrics and seeing it coming together at each fitting, with the end result being my perfect dress,” says Joanne. The couple trekked back home to wed and their 95 guests celebrated at the newly transformed The Norfolk Mead Hotel with stunning grounds next to the Norfolk Broads. “Anna and James, the owners, were so lovely and had done such an amazing job on the hotel itself, so we were very confident they would do a great job on the venue as well. And they sure did!” says Joanne. “The reception was built in the walled garden with the walls exposed. It has glass all around it so even though you are inside, you still feel like you’re outside. The garden was beautiful and we were so lucky to have a hot sunny day to enjoy it.” Bride's advice: “Enjoy every part of it, from all the organising up to the day of the wedding. You will never do anything like it again and, once it’s over, you will miss it. Don’t forget what the day is about — not the flowers, not the cake, not even the dress (gasp)! It’s about the two of you celebrating how much you love each other, sharing this love and happiness with all your family and friends and looking forward to the happy future you are going to share together."

Corston Couture's 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Corston Couture's 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection is full of stunning gowns that include lace, mesh, low backs, figure hugging corsets and delicate chiffons.

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A Gown and Wedding with Personality

This intimate wedding held in the beautiful Hunter Valley region will be remembered for all the special touches NATALIE & DANIEL 27.07.13 ROBERTS CIRCA 1876 RESTAURANT, HUNTER VALLEY ELEMENT OF SURPRISE Daniel popped the question to Natalie on December 22, 2012. He called Natalie and in a distressed voice told her he’d gone for a run, rolled his ankle and was unable to walk. Natalie drove frantically to pick him up but as she walked over to help him, she noticed he was wearing thongs. “No wonder he rolled his ankle — who goes for a run in thongs?!” she thought to herself. Then Daniel began walking towards Natalie without limping. “I was confused,” says Natalie. “As he reached me, he looked over to the right, pointing to a picnic he had set up, where he then proposed to me.” THE LITTLE THINGS Shortly afterwards, Natalie found out she was pregnant and, although many of the wedding plans had already been made and everything had been booked, the big day was brought forward to accommodate bubs. Luckily, the couple were able to go ahead with their destination wedding set in the Hunter Valley and were able to reorganise everything. It’s the little things that make the difference and the extra effort they put into making all the decorations themselves to match their style and theme really added warmth to their special day. GETAWAY “I feel like we had a stroke of luck on our wedding day,” says Natalie. “The sun was shining, which took the chill out of the air on an otherwise cold winter’s day, and everything went off without a hitch. Maybe it was the happy vibe in the air, but it seemed like everyone fed off each other’s moods; the photographer, videographer, hairdresser, makeup artist and wedding singer went above and beyond what was expected of them, each one working their absolute hardest to make our day extra-special. We would not change a single thing.” BRIDE’S ADVICE “Make a decision and stick to it — don’t second-guess yourself. Pinterest is a lifesaver. Try to do and make anything you can by yourself. Finally, utilise the skills and expertise of friends where you can to help keep costs down so you can splurge in other areas.” CONTACTS BRIDE’S GOWN Lobelia Couture BRIDE’S SHOES Tony Bianco GROOMSMEN’S SUITS Oxford PHOTOGRAPHY Hilary Cam VIDEOGRAPHY Light Noise Films MAKEUP The White House Productions JEWELLERY Samantha Wills CAKE Lush Cakes by Lisa FLOWERS Valley Fresh Flowers ENTERTAINMENT Luke Marlin HONEYMOON Kauai, Hawaii

Everything is important on your big day, it's obvious that you're going to be keen to ensure that everything is as you want it to be... but a massive, gargantuan, collosal part of the perfection is, your wedding dress!

Choosing wedding dresses is amazing fun.  Wedding dresses are gorgeous, elegant, awesome and adorable all rolled into one!  Your wedding dress needs to sparkle and shine, your wedding dress is something that you are going to keep forever and most importantly... your wedding dress is going to be a huge focus on that special day. 

But where on earth do you begin with this wedding dress choice, which wedding dresses suit your figure, which wedding dress is going to fuse perfectly with your chosen theme...

We are guessing that you're going to need a wedding dress guide :

10 Top Tips For Buying Your Wedding Dress


  1. Trying on wedding dresses : It's a fairly obvious one, but try them all. If you purchase the first one you tried on... that's fine!  But you need to try every wedding dress on in the shop!
  2. Wedding dresses and shoes : Take a pair of shoes that are roughly the style, colour and heel height you'll be wearing with your wedding dress. You need a more complete look for your overall wedding dress idea.
  3. Wedding dresses and undies : Make sure that your bra is suitable when trying on your wedding dress... you don't want to be looking at bright red bra straps whilst trying on that backless number!
  4. Wedding dresses and the feel good factor : Shave those legs and make sure that you're hair is in great shape! Feel good and you'll look good.
  5. Trust your wedding dress stylist : wedding dresses don't always fit perfectly! When the shop assistant says it will look awesome when it's altered... believe her, she knows!
  6. Wedding dresses date in style : No matter how hard you try, you're not going to find a look that won't date. At some point, it's going to look like the era it came from.  Give up the fight!
  7. Don't give in to wedding dress critiques : When your evil aunt says “you'll look terrible in strapless”... ignore it! You and your wedding dress will look amazing on the day.
  8. Wedding dress gurus : Take two or three with you... and everyone's a wedding dress guru! That includes your mom, your best friend and your adorable friend who always looks a million – they've always got a great eye!
  9. The veil and the wedding dress go together : If you are looking for a veil, you can't have a cathedral veil with a mini wedding dress... in theory! Try the wedding dress on with the veil.

  10. Follow your wedding dress dreams... if you've always wanted a pillar box red wedding dress, who says that you can't?