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Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses

Australian-based wedding gown designer, is renowned in the bridal industry for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding dress. The Bespoke and KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collections are hugely successful, both in Australia and internationally. Following the success of these two collections, Creative Designer Karen Willis Holmes, has a new labor of love with her latest venture, the WILD HEARTS collection. The essence of this collection is to offer the free spirited bride a sophisticated wedding gown.

Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses

Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses

New Yorkers and brides alike, listen up! Karen Willis Holmes will again be showing at New York Bridal Fashion Week in October 2014, launching the new WILD HEARTS collection. Simply put, this is a stunning collection. ‘ attention to detail is truly a work of art. These exquisite gowns strike a perfect balance between romantic and modern.

Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses

With a desire to continue her distinctive stylish and sophisticated design aesthetic, the WILD HEARTS Collection showcases gowns, overlays, jackets and capes, capturing a romantic and ethereal feel for the bohemian bride. Flattering silhouettes in soft laces, delicate tulles and graceful georgettes gives brides the ability to mix and match their wedding day look. With pieces ranging in price from $1000 – $3000, offers something for every bride’s budget.

Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dresses

You can find the Karen Willis Holmes collections at flagship boutique in New York’s Soho, Australia and through stockists internationally. To view more of these beautiful gowns head over to today.

Sangria Inspired Wedding Ideas

Though perhaps unexpected, we love that the event designers in today’s styled shoot chose to pull their inspiration from a white sangria. The sophistication of the wine mixed with the bright colors of the fruit make for a truly stylish affair, don’t you think? Thanks to Amalie Orrange Photography, RW Events, and Windermere Flowers for sharing your beautiful work on this one!

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

From the designer, Katie of RW Events: I wanted to create a Sangria inspired shoot, and I wanted to do the exact opposite of typical. Not a dark wine cellar, but a bright and airy feel. In this shoot you will find the vibrant Pantone colors of Cayenne, Celosia Orange, Freesia and Hemlock. These colors are found naturally in the fruit used to make our White Sangria; Oranges, Strawberries, slices of Peaches, and Raspberries. These same colors inspired the floral, and greenery. With added accents of bright pink, gold, light blue and creamy milk glass, we created a fun and flirty atmosphere for this Sangria inspired shoot.

romantic wedding invitations - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

paper goods - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

natural toned bouquets - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

peach sangria drinks - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

The shoot featured many DIY elements, because frankly, DIY makes me happy. Most every piece you see in this shoot was made from scratch, refinished, or enhanced in one way or another. The wooden Sangria Bar was made from reclaimed wood, and featured “upgraded” wine glasses (gold painted bottoms), creamy light blue painted wine bottles, a custom sangria sign and refinished wooden crates used as the sangria stands. Some of those same handmade elements carried over to the head table, which also featured handmade placemats, refinished chairs, and a farm table cut, built and stained right in our studio. The seating are featured our stunning gold refinished dresser.

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

watercolor escort cards - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

gold place settings - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

peach wedding inspiration - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

One DIY element you will find throughout the shoot is “blue washed” wood. The Sangria sign, place mats, and Sangria stands all donned this soft finish. I love using wood in any way possible, and was trying to think of how to incorporate it in the shoot. I didn’t want to just paint the wood because then you lose the grain pattern (and that’s the best part about wood!) I decided to wash the pieces in a light blue hue. This is done by applying a small amount of paint brushed on the wood, and then while the paint is still wet, wiping the paint off with a damp rag. You can repeat this process until you acquire the desired shade. Once dry, I added the calligraphy with a gold paint pen. This look allowed me to incorporate color without covering the wood completely!

Sangria drink station - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

pink gold receptions - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

apple pie pops - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

place setting ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding receptions - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

dessert tables - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

floral wedding inspiration - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas

Sangria inspired wedding ideas - photo by Amalie Orrange Photography http://ruffledblog.com/sangria-inspired-wedding-ideas


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Shoot Location: Orlando, FL / Photographer: Amalie Orrange Photography / Planning and Design: RW Events / Floral Design: Windermere Flowers / Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House / Wedding Dress: Calvet Couture / Hair and Makeup: Simone of Makeover Station / Desserts: Two Sweets Bake Shop / Paper Goods: 5 Thirteen Designs






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Thompson Toronto Wedding

Photos By: Celine Kim

Why do we love today’s bride so much? Oh, it could be her effervescent coolness, her perfectly angelic Jenny Yoo wedding gown, but the fact that she popped the question to her groom is probably our top reason. Jessica and Brock didn’t want their wedding day to be reliant upon tradition and instead carved out their own little slice of wedding day heaven thanks to the talents of Celine Kim and Coriander Girl!

Thompson Toronto wedding - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

From the bride, Jessica: Brock and I are not traditionalists by any means. In fact, I proposed to him (why should the boys have all the fun anyway?)! After we got engaged, what surprised me most was how quickly the wedding planning begins. We were asked about our wedding date the day we got engaged! It is so fun to let yourselves get swept up by everyone’s collective excitement and enthusiasm.

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

first looks - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

first looks - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

bridal looks - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

Thompson Toronto wedding - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

The hardest part of wedding planning was definitely choosing the right location. I am from Montreal, Brock is from Toronto and we met in Kingston, Ontario, so we knew friends and family would have to travel no matter where we chose. I began my searching in both Montreal and Toronto. I dreamed of an ultra modern wedding in an all-white loft or gallery but quickly found out that this was not the most economical decision. Being lovers of food, we looked into restaurants who held weddings but they did not feel right with our larger than expected guest list. I had never considered a hotel for our wedding but The Thompson surprised us! The whole rustic country-wedding thing is so not us. We are both city kids and wanted to be in an urban location. Nothing highlighted the beauty of the city quite like the view from The Thompson’s patio. I worried about the dark ballroom but we just could not resist having the city behind us as we exchanged our vows. I am so happy with our choice! It was so nice to have the food, drinks, linens, etc be handled by a team professionals and this allowed me to focus on the details of our day. Another very important detail was that the hotel was dog friendly so Jackson, our dog, was allowed to be a part of our day and he acted as our ring bearer!! The Thompson did a great job, we have only received positive feedback from our guests and I ended up loving the romantic look of the dark ballroom and the contrast it provided from our bright ceremony.

Thompson Toronto wedding - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

white flower bouquet - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

rooftop weddings - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

rooftop wedding ceremony - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

Brock and I decided to have a wedding to be able to celebrate our love with our friends and family. It was not only our day! Throughout the planning process, we thought deeply about our guests’ experience at our wedding. We considered the weddings we had attended and discussed what we really liked and disliked as guests. This informed several major decisions. A good example was our photo slideshow. My bridesmaid, MJ, made us an amazing slideshow and we wanted to share it with everyone but there were several photos and we knew that making everyone watch the whole thing during our reception would not be fun. Let’s be honest looking at your old baby pictures is not everyone’s idea of a good time. We were lucky to have a screening room included in our wedding rental at The Thompson and so we played the slideshow in a loop in that room all night. Aside from letting everyone enjoy the slideshow at their own pace this also offered an alternate environment to our guest where they could just sit and relax. It was fun to periodically enter the screening room and see different faces in there every time!

paper escort cards - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

pets at weddings - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

wedding reception balloons - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

I loved every detail of our wedding but two of my favourites were our table names and having Polaroid cameras with our guestbook. For the table names, Brock and I decided to have names of locations in our favourite films and TV shows. We worked on the list of names for weeks, researching the correct names and considering what films and TV shows to include. It was such a personal touch and really reflected our love for pop culture. For our guestbook, I had envisioned everyone signing the book and nicely leaving a cute little Polaroid of themselves next to their note but I got something way better! Thanks to our open bar, our guestbook is one of the funniest things I have ever seen and I still laugh every time I look through it. Everyone had a blast with the Polaroid cameras and I am so happy I bought way too much film to enable any late night photo inspirations. The guestbook has become the most meaningful keepsake of our day.

modern tablescapes - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

table number ideas - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

modern wedding details - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

Finally, the best part of the wedding day was actually taking pictures alone with Brock and our photographers. I had originally not wanted a reveal and hoped to wait to see Brock until I walk down the aisle. I am so happy Celine, our amazing photographer, suggested we consider a reveal. Our reveal was one of the sweetest moments ever and getting ample time to take photos afterwards was such a gift. The wedding day itself is so crazy, I was grateful for those peaceful moments alone with Brock even though they were in front of the camera. It allowed Brock and I to connect before our vows and let us really take in what we were about to embark on together. It also helps that our photography team was calm, fun and so easy to be around. Brock and I are still over the moon about the wedding. There were so many personal touches that made the day extra special. We still talk about it often and reflect on the many great moments but the best part is hearing how much our friends and family enjoyed themselves as we really did see it as their day too.

Thompson Toronto wedding - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

lego cake toppers - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

Thompson Toronto wedding - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding

Thompson Toronto wedding - photo by Celine Kim http://ruffledblog.com/thompson-toronto-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Toronto, ON, Canada / Photographer: Celine Kim / Florist: Coriander Girl / Venue and Caterer: Thompson Toronto / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo via White Toronto / Wedding Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Hair: Veronica at Marc Anthony Salon / Makeup: Marc Anthony Salon / Jessica’s Rings: Custom designed by Love & Promise / Groom’s Suit: Got Style / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Stationery: Chicks n’ Hens

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