Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

For the team at Wedding Style Guide the year has drawn to a close. Before we leave we'd all like to send our sincerest thanks to everyone who has made this year such a fabulous one for WSG. To our readers, suppliers, advertisers, brides and fans a huge Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2011. We look forward to giving you even more of what you love in the coming year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Love Annabelle, Jane, Emma, Emilie & Silvana xx


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Suzie Willks & Nick O'Halloran

In the new summer issue 17, on sale now, we were thrilled to get offered to opportunity to run the gorgeous wedding of the even more gorgeous Suzie Willks & Nick O'Halloran. Married in front of 170 guests on the 21 August this year in a marquee on the banks of the Ornamental Lake in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, Suzie and Nick's celebration was warm, colourful and love filled. Stylists extrodinaire A Lavish Affair created a simply breathtaking space filled with flowers, candles and topped off with a grand chandelier from Harry the Hirer.

A note from the stylist:
"The brief - a warm and inviting 'feels like home' setting. After the ceremony, the space converted into a luxutious French-style lounge. A vintage chandelier hung over seating areas set amongst an abundance of gorgeous florals, candles and framed family photographs. Soft neutral pieces were enhanced by the bride's choice of vivid colour florals"

Suzie's amazing gown was designed for her by the very talented Jane Hill with the photography by Blumenthal Photography.

A note from the photographer:
"Suzie and Nick are such a beautiful couple, it is hard to imagine we would have achieved anything but beautiful photographs. The attention to detail put into the styling ensured every shot had a consistent colour palette and a point of interest. The brilliant, bright colours looked just fantastic and photographed so well"







Photographer - Blumenthal Photography
Bride's dress - Jane Hill
Florist - Victoria Whitelaw
Grooms suit - Tom Ford @ Harrolds
Ceremony & reception - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Event coordiantor & stylist - A Lavish Affair
French Provincial Furniture Hire - Splendid Days
Cake - Alison Louise
Caterer - Blakes Feast
Stationer - Chapel Press

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Pretty Shades all in a Row

I adore this palette of colours for a wedding. So soft, feminine and pretty and would suit so many varying themes and styles. Why put all your bridesmaids in the same colour? Offering a selection of colours from which to choose would then give the girls the opportunity to wear a colour they're truly happy with. Such a neat idea! Visit www.net-a-porter.com to view their gowns and colourways.


Lanvin draped silk gown £1,841 & Alberta Ferretti draped silk-chiffon gown £2,322


Michael Kors stretch-jersey one-shoulder gown £1,603 & Rachel Gilbert Sasha embellished silk-chiffon gown £1,053

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Nicole Richie & Joel Madden

I have to say I thought Nicole Richie looked beyond gorgeous at her recent wedding to musician Joel Madden. Married on the Estate of her father Lionel Richie, Nicole wore three different gowns designed for her by her close friends Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman of Marchesa. Channeling Grace Kelly, Nicole noted she'd always wanted a dress inspired by the gown Kelly wore at her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Of course the wedding was a flamboyant affair, styled by celebrity wedding planner extrodinaire Mandy Weiss. Check out this weeks issue of Who Magazine for all the pics.




Photos courtesy of cocoperez.com

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Moving On Up

After 20 glorious years in Sydney's Paddington, Collette Dinnigan has relocated her flagship store to 104 Queen Street, Woollahra. The new, light filled space was inspired by Collette's love of Belgium design. The pale grey interior features white panelling and a mix of aged sandstone and luxurious carpet flooring. Soft lines feature throughout and the space surrounds a sunny courtyard perfect for coffee and shaded by olive trees. The store, of course, also features a spacious bridal room available by appointment only. Visit www.collettedinnigan.com.au for further info.



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Sketchy

It's no surprise to hear there's been an intense bidding war from the worlds best designers for the honour of designing the wedding dress of the decade, if not the century, for future Princess Kate Middleton. Rumour has it British designer Bruce Oldfield has secured the job, however the list of designers putting sketches forward to the future Princess is amazing. Oh to have these designers knocking down your door dying to dress you. How on earth would you choose?! It makes sense to hear Kate's opted for a British designer and no doubt this will put Bruce's future collections firmly in the spotlight. Here's a peek at some the designs put forward.


Sketches by Reem Acra & Valentino


Sketch by Prabal Gurung


Sketches by Karl Largerfeld & Jason Wu


Sketch by Monique Lhuillier


Sketches by Vera Wang & Gucci
Pictures courtesy of cocoperez.com

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A Nice Thought

I received a gorgeous email from our Kailis competition winner, Penny, overnight and thought I would share with you some of what she had to say.

"I was at home covered in flour baking mince pies when WSG rang to tell me I had won the Kailis jewellery prize. I couldn't believe it, sticky and floury and hot from the oven it couldn't have been more of a Cinderella moment! At the moment our wedding plans are so very new it's hard to get my head around them being more than just a dream. This beautiful prize will not only make that elusive wedding day seem real but will be with me into the future when it's just a memory"

Congratulations again Penny and we look forward to seeing some pics of you in your amazing prize!

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The Winner Is...

I was a the lucky one who made the phone call today to let the lovely Penny Johnston know she was the lucky winner in our fabulous Spring Kailis giveaway. For her prize Penny chose the Ethereal collection and plans the wear them on her wedding day next year. Congratulations to Penny and a big thank you to all of our readers who entered and to Kailis for the wonderful prize! We look forward to seeing a picture of Penny in her new jewellery after her big day!



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O, How Exciting!

After blogging about her last week, I've just heard from Sharnel Dollar from Sharnel Dollar Designs, that she, together with Ruth Buzzard from the ever-fabulous Specklefarm hosted a baby shower with none other than Oprah! How very exciting. We can't wait to see the show when it's released.


Sharnel, Oprah and Ruth.

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Refreshing News

Great news for all you party planners out there. Sharnel from Sharnel Dollar Designs is kindly offering all of our Style Guide blog readers a whopping 20% off of the price for her fantastic new Apothecary Beverage Dispenser.





This beautiful hand crafted piece is truly a work of art and sure to complete any event where a cold drink is welcomed. Valued at AUD $595, our lucky readers are looking at saving a bundle if they contact Sharnel and mention they read all about it on our blog.

Thank you Sharnel for sharing the love.

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Blue Inspiration

Vanessa from Stationery Couture sent me some new designs that have taken inspiration from the gorgeous blue Issa London dress Kate Middleton wore to meet the press recently. This colour has been a hit with Vanessa's recent clients. Be sure to check out the website for more designs and inspiration.

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Summer Issue On Sale Today!

Today is the day you can get your hot little hands on a copy of our brand new summer issue! Packed with the most stylish and inspiring ideas, you'll find everything you need to create your dream wedding. This issue we feature 23 of the most beautiful weddings, all brimming with the most creative and unique ideas. We also have on offer theming ideas in the freshest shades to truly get your creative juices flowing. Available at all good newsagents and Borders stores nationally or online at www.styleguide.com.au. Happy reading!



















Here's a sneak peek at our China Blue story!



































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White Hot

Here's my pick of some of my favourite gowns we've featured in the spring issue. Ruffles, crystal beading, draping and bows all combine to create simpy gorgeous gowns fit for today's bride. Don't forget today is the last day to get your hands on a copy of the spring issue before our summer 2011 issue hits the shelves tomorrow. If you miss out don't fret, back issues can be purchased at www.styleguide.com.au.

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Amsale Ella silk-faced satin strapless gown in Ecru with pleated A-line skirt, French lace bodice, grosgrain ribbon waist tie and pocket detail $8,150 exclusively at Angela Wilson, Katherine earrings $99 from Lisa Gowing and pink rose bouquet from Poppies Flowers













Watters Bride Holly silk taffeta gown in ivory with crumb catcher neckline, spaghetti straps, pleated and beaded corsage and full skirt with pockets $1,350 mantilla veil $264 and diamante ball earrings $126 all from Samantha Wynne, Versatility Strand $POA from Kailis Jewellery and pink rose bouquet from Poppies Flowers













Jacqui buttercream liquid silk halterneck gown with vintage French lace $2,990 with matching French lace edged fascinator veil $550 from Lisa Gowing, diamante and pearl earrings $59 from Samantha Wynne and apricot rose bouquet from Poppies Flowers













Esseline silk, organza and paper silk strapless gown with ruffle detailing from $6,000 from Palls Couture, diamante ball earrings $126 from Samantha Wynne, ring $2,490 from Kailis Jewellery













Chantelle Italian silk gown in shell pink with embellished silver French lace handbeaded with Swarovski crystals and pearls $POA from Croce & Colosimo, diamante and pearl earrings $59 from Samantha Wynne













Chloe tulle and lace one shoulder gown with French lace bodice and multilayer tulle frill skirt starting from $4,000 from Joanne Panzarino, diamante ball earrings $126 from Samantha Wynne
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Shoe In

It's been a long time coming but finally shoe lovers can rejoice, Sydney will be the home of Christian Louboutin's first Australian concept store. The 32nd Christian Louboutin boutique to open, it will be located at Australia's hottest new shopping destination, Westfield Sydney. Opening early December the store will also be offering Christian Louboutin's range of bags and mens shoes. Visit www.christianlouboutin.com for collection details.

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Below - a sketch of what the speccy store will look like




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Moodboard - Secret Garden

The very lovely Ellen from designer stationery company mini Moko very kindly put this gorgeous moodboard together for us. Titled Secret Garden, it's such a fresh palette, perfect for the warm, balmy summer months. We hope you love this divine bit of inspiration!

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Row One: Secret Garden wedding Invitation by mini Moko, photography by Peter Frank Edwards for Charleston Wedding Magazine, fresh flower cakes by Martha Stewart Weddings

Row Two: Leaf cuff by Martha Stewart Weddings, Three Pom Candy Kit by The Paper Whale, veil photo by Gemma Comas from Snippet & Ink, Sweet Little Daisies wedding cake by Martha Stewart Weddings

Row Three: Classic car in lemon at Martha Stewart Weddings, photography by Peter Frank Edwards for Charleston Wedding Magazine, Secret Garden wedding invitation by mini Moko
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Pretty Posies

Pretty blooms in soft shades certainly make the heart sing. Flowers have this wonderful ability to put a smile on anyone's face. I think these gorgeous bouquets would cause any heart to flutter. Some truly gorgeous summer inspiration!

Photo Credits
Image 1: rebeccapetersblog.com
Image 2: jnicholsphoto.com
Image 3: kristinvining.com
Image 4: bethhelmstetter.com
Image 5: marenparsonsevents.com
Image 6: jillthomasphotography.com
Image 7: simplephoto.ca
Image 8 & 9: sweetmondayphotography.com

Images found via Style Me Pretty

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