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Karen Willis Holmes

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Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australian bridal dress designer, widely acclaimed in the fashion marketplace for offering trend conscious women their perfect designer wedding dress. Originally from England, Karen moved to Australia with her family where she studied fashion design and manufacturing. Returning to London, Karen worked with companies specializing in evening and special occasion day wear before moving back to Australia to open a store designing evening wear.

Focusing on exceptional fit and centered on embellished and embroidered details the designs compliment the Bespoke Bridal Gown Collection and offer brides a glamorous wedding day look. The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES brand has established a reputation in the bridal dress designers industry for constantly exceeding customers’ expectations both with the product and the service provided. Karen’s collections reflect her lifelong love of fashion, and unfaltering demand of attention to detail & exceptional fit. Her gowns celebrate the spirit of today’s modern bride, who is both stylish & sophisticated – all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist.

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Fashion & Jewelry:

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

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Colorful Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

Beach Weddings

Who could resist a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas? As the bride Madison says, “I wanted a very classy Mexican wedding that was as colorful and complementary to the Cabo surroundings as possible.” Thanks to these images from Ana and Jerome Photography and the skilled coordination of Yarai Peregrino, I’d say the couple nailed it!

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

From the bride, Madison: Most importantly, I wanted a traditional Mexican feel with personal touches throughout. I also was determined to keep it gender neutral so that my husband enjoyed the décor as well. Considering it was a destination wedding we weren’t able to incorporate many DIY projects. However, the “Shake at the Kiss” maracas were a DIY hit!

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

wedding shoes - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

destination wedding invitations - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

groomsmen details - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

papel picado wedding invitations - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

pink bouquet - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas
Flower recipe: My bouquet was a mix of peonies, spray roses, ranunculus, and tons of greenery.

hot pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

ceremony chair decor - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

ceremony decor - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

wedding ceremony - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

I wanted to do something that would enhance the existing beauty of Hacienda. I wanted a lot of color but nothing matchy-matchy. Throughout the planning process, a lot of people asked about my “colors” and “theme” and I would honestly tell them I didn’t have either. I wanted a very classy Mexican wedding that was as colorful and complementary to the Cabo surroundings as possible. Chris and I have been together 10 years and we are lucky to share a lot of the same friends so we wanted to make everything as personal as possible to show our appreciation for their love. The most important part about the wedding for us (from the beginning) was having our pastor (Jeremiah Morris from First Presbyterian Church of Houston) there. It was also really important to us to have a great band that would have everyone dancing and celebrating – they lived up to that expectation! My mom and I left a lot up to our wedding planner, Yarai Peregrino, who exceeded our expectations. She chose the majority of our vendors and could not have done a better job matching them with our personalities. We were thrilled with the way it all turned out. It was the best day of our lives.

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

tropical wedding hair - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

wedding portraits - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

chalkboard signs - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

tropical beach wedding tablescape - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be to let go and try to enjoy the process. Chris and I waited 10 years for our moment and we can honestly say it went perfectly. Neither of us could stop smiling the entire night. Your focus should be on one another and everything else will fall in to place.

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

tropical wedding table - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

colorful joyous wedding in Cabo San Lucas - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

tropical tablescape - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

chair signs - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

dessert table - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

cake cutting - photo by Ana and Jerome Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-joyous-wedding-in-cabo-san-lucas

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Feelin’ Good Again,” Robert Earl Keen
We had a wonderful band and didn’t leave the dance floor! We requested (and they played) a ton of 80s rock music that everyone (from 10 year-olds to 80 year-olds) enjoyed. For the last hour we had a DJ play some of our favorite 90s hip hop songs – it was such a fun way to end the night!

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Ana & Jerome Photography

Floral Design:

Pina Hernandez

Wedding Coordination:

Yarai Peregrino

Venue:

Hacienda Beach Residence

Wedding Dress:

Watters

Bridal Store:

Mia Bridal Couture

Wedding Shoes:

Badgley Mischka

Hair and Makeup:

Blanc Bridal Salon

Catering and Desserts:

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

Music:

The Kilometros

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods:

JP Stationery

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Whimsical Elopement Inspiration in Paris

Wedding Design

An elopement in the city of love? Say no more, we’re already hooked. Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day recently traveled to Paris to create this simple styled elopement rich with one of the greatest dresses we’ve ever seen, and a sweet dinner party for two in the heart of Montmartre. Romance, here we come!

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

From the photographer, Olga Thomas: While there is almost nothing we love more than a gorgeous couple surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate their union, we have to acknowledge that the traditional wedding is not for everyone. And furthermore, we live in a world where we don’t have to follow the cookie cutter version of what a wedding, bride or groom should do or be. We are so lucky to be able to embrace it all! We strive to spark inspiration and conversation around other options that couples may have for their wedding day.

sparkling bridal headpiece - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

This particular styled shoot that we did in Paris is a wonderful story to show the beauty of eloping. And let’s be honest: probably every couple who has planned their wedding, while deep in the minutiae of vendors, flowers, music, seating charts, and pleasing the in-laws, has entertained the idea of eloping. Although most couples eventually do prevail through the stressful planning and have their traditional wedding, we don’t believe that one version of celebrating marriage is better than the other. Either way, we are able to see such gorgeous celebrations of love captured in their photographs.

whimsical pink feather dress - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

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pink and green bouquet - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

It’s 2015. A bridal gown does not have to be white, cream, ivory or eggshell. A bride does not have to wear a veil. A wedding does not need to take place in a church. A bride and groom do not have to be a man and woman. We have let go of the rigid ways that have kept us boxed in, thinking of what a wedding should be. This is a day that is meant to celebrate the love of two people, so let’s start making new traditions! Let’s start bringing back the focus of a wedding to truly being about the couple. We want to start the conversation of being genuinely true to each couple, their style, and their needs and wants. In this particular styled shoot, we celebrate in the City of Love, and in front of one of the most monumental symbols of love and engagements, the Eiffel Tower. We hope that our photographs help inspire those less traditional couples, and show how they can break the mold and try something that is truly devoted to what they want for their very special day. So to all of our brides and grooms out there, we say, Beaucoup d’amour! (Much Love!)

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

champagne toast - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

whimsical elopement inspiration in Paris - photo by Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-elopement-inspiration-in-paris

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Olga Thomas of Chic Wedding Day

Location:

La Maison Rose

Dress:

Kelly Faetanini

Dress Provided By:

Zita Bridal Salon

Belt and Headpiece:

Jaxie Bridal

Tabletop Decor:

Zara Home

Wedding Invitations:

Paperwhites

Photos by:

Olga Thomas

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