Dressing for a Stylish Island Wedding

It was a week-long celebration for Kimberley and Anthony and their guests on the Whitsunday Coast. Couple: Kimberly & Anthony Location: Endeavour Chapel, Daydream Island, Queensland Following a ceremony at the waterside Endeavour Chapel, guests celebrated under a terrace overlooking the beautiful Whitsunday coast. The venue styling tied in with the classic black-and-white theme, with white chiffon and fairy lights draped from the ceiling, white tablecloths and one-metre-high candelabras, each holding 30 tea-light candles and wrapped with white roses. Kimberley wore an ivory dress from Brides of Sydney with matching diamante-embellished Jimmy Choo heels. Her bridesmaids looked stunning in black, floor-length gowns, while the groomsmen wore black Spurling tuxedos with ivory rose boutonnières. As the wedding was on Daydream Island, guests joined the couple for a full week of celebrations. The group enjoyed fishing, jet-skiing, parasailing, minigolf and, of course, a stunning wedding. Bride's Advice: "My advice on a destination wedding is to go for it. I had the best week of my life spending it with more than 50 of the people I love the most. It was nice to enjoy dinners, cocktails, swimming and fun activities in the lead-up to the wedding. All our friends and family got to know each other beforehand and that made the wedding more enjoyable."

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Hand-beaded Swarovski masterpiece

This couple didn't hold back, having a wedding that was both beautiful and bold Couple: Natalie & Sam Location: The Grand Paradiso This couple chose oyster with a touch of soft pink for their colour scheme, reflected in Natalie’s dress, shoes and jewellery, the men’s charcoal suits, the gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses and the flowers, which were arranged by Natalie’s mother. Natalie wore an oyster coloured wedding gown by Lillian Khallouf from Liade Couture. The dupion silk dress was adorned with hand-beaded Swarovski crystals and beautiful French lace to tie in with the theme. Natalie also wore a Liade Couture headpiece, rosary bracelet and a pair of oyster PeepToe shoes. The bridesmaids wore pale pink Liade Couture dresses with a charcoal overlay to complement the colour scheme. “Lillian from Liade Couture is blessed with an amazing talent; her eye for detail is outstanding,” says Natalie. Natalie and Sam celebrated their marriage at The Grand Paradiso with 430 guests. The reception was a night of fun, dancing and laughter, with entertainment courtesy of an English band, an Arabic band and a comedian! For their bomboniere, Sam and Natalie made donations to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) on behalf of their guests.

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The Perfect Vintage Dress

These two lovebirds had a beautiful vintage-inspired family wedding to celebrate their union Couple: Josephine & Nick Location: Doltone House, Sydney Nick and Josephine met at the age of six when they both attended the same primary school. It wasn’t until much later, after they finished high school, that they reconnected and fell in love. “We have been inseparable ever since,” says Josephine. The couple spent only eight months of planning and wed in front of 160 guests at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Hunter’s Hill. The bride wore a stunning made-to-measure Louise Alvarez silk satin gown with a silk chiffon circular skirt. The bodice had French corded lace detailing and sat just off the shoulder. “A highlight for me as a bride was working with Louise and her staff. Their beautiful designs made creating my gorgeous gown so easy. They understood my desire for simple elegance and the gown complemented my beautiful bridesmaids in their soft silk dresses. It was a wonderful and positive experience,” says Josephine. The newlyweds and their guests partied the night away at their gorgeous classic vintage-themed reception at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf. They dined on appetisers of gourmet antipasto, fresh king prawns and smoked salmon; had mains of barramundi and beef medallions; and enjoyed vanilla crème brûlée, trios of chocolate, wild berry compote and amaretti crumble for dessert. Bride's Advice: “The choices available when planning a wedding can be overwhelming, so try to plan a little at a time but enjoy every moment of it.”

Fashions and trends vary like the wind. “So next week” very quickly becomes “so last week” and everyone is constantly talking about it. Fashion is ever on the move, always evolving and wedding fashions are no different. A bride-to-be has to firmly have her eye on the ball and her finger on the fashion pulse to make sure she get's it right... she needs to have a few of her very own tricks up those fashionable sleeves of hers. The big day may be about sensational love and devotion, yet it's also about looking and feeling amazing! Yet fashion is not what it's all about to make you look and feel fabulous.

Fashions come and fashions go... it's style and elegance that remain. And moreover, it's your style and elegance that will be there on the day! And we are sure, here at bridescollective.com that one of the most important things pertaining to your elegant wedding, fashionable (or not) as it may be, is that it will absolutely oozes sophistication and style! However, here's a fashion question that will have been asked a million times over.

Can You Break The Fashion Rules On Your Wedding Day?
Never before have you lived in an era where you can more perfectly break those fashion rules. Yet if you're going to break them, you need to make sure that you do it with grace. Wedding fashions are always going to evolve and nothing says that more than a wedding dress with a difference! Dita Von Teese is a classic alternative fashion example... when she purple corsetted it and Gwen Steffani also when she went and dip dyed it pink. Vera Wang and de la Renta have introduced a whole new fashion collection of non white dresses and in China, it's the height of fashion to get hitched in bright red. Who says you have to be a slave to fashion? Yet if you're going to break those rules, firstly, get it right, secondly, stand tall, loud and proud with it! So there's another question out there regarding wedding fashion that I'm sure you're all absolutely dying to know.

Why Do Brides Wear White?
Now there's a question! And you may be surprised to learn that it's probably a more recent fashion tradition than maybe you first realized. One rainy British Saturday in February, 1840, Queen Victoria and her Prince Charming (and cousin) Albert became betrothed in holy matrimony. Somewhat unusually, she chose to wear white to say “I do” instead of the royal fashion choice of silver. In that era, it was only the richer upper classes that would purchase a wedding dress for the day, and it would be blue or yellow. Normal folk would fashion their plain old Sunday best to their nuptuals. Queen Victoria's white dress signified the absolute ultimate in richesse and luxury and she was a true fashion setter. From that day forward the fashion of white wedding dresses became standard.