Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday I'm in love : James + Melinda


We just adore James + Melinda's Sunshine Coast wedding, thank you for sharing! Fresh off the press! James + Melinda's gorgeous wedding is featured in the current Autumn 2011 issue of Queensland Brides! Grab your copy online here.

It was a wedding of stylish proportions when James Gardam, managing director of Queensland’s fine fabric retailer Garrdam’s Fabrics wed Melinda Corcoran, the designer behind luxe ladies’ footwear label Bitter Sweet. Both have years of experience in fashion and design so it was bound to be one beautiful event!



Melinda's Styling Notes:
Gown: I didn’t want the traditional white strapless dress which is why I chose silver/platinum silk satin and then to soften that colour I put an off-white silk chiffon overlay, so it looked silvery in some lights then white in others. With the one shoulder look, I love goddess style dresses and to glam it up we added art deco crystal trims. The chiffon and crystal plaiting down my back was Michael Klease’s idea, to the make the back “sparkle”.

The head piece was originally going to be crystals with veiling but at the last minute I took the it to my florist and she sewed on the fresh white peony, it looked amazing, no one would believe it was real. The shoes are from Bitter Sweet and they are a one-off design that our factory made specially for the day, they matched the platinum silk satin of my dress.

Reception: Carly (my wedding planner) and I just wanted a relaxed, party atmosphere but with a touch of glamour, hence the single white peony in the vases along the tables and white table cloths. We also didn’t want the traditional guest book so we had our guests hang notes on our willow wishing tree. As with the cake we followed the white with a touch of silver theme, but topped it again with fresh peonies. In all we just wanted a relaxed beach styled wedding but with a glamorous feel to it.


Special memory: Both of our parents’ speeches – don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole restaurant. Advice for other brides-to-be: The day goes so fast, so make sure you both have a moment together alone to savour all that is going on around you. Also, have a wedding folder – keeps everything together!

date: 26 November 2010
theme: Glamorous Beach Wedding
ceremony: ‘Maison La Plage Grove’ Noosa Heads
reception location: Ricky’s Restaurant & Bar, Noosa
gown: Designed by bride and made by Michael Klease using fabric from Gardam’s Fabrics 

wedding bands and engagment ringsKimmison Jewellery / Brisbane Arcade
celebrant: Robert Campbell
coordinator: Carly Laczko/ CL weddings & events
hair: Evalyn Parsons
make-up: Pru Edwards
flowers: White Peonies, Flax Flowers
cake: Vanilla Lily Cake Design
photography: Karen Buckle Photography
honeymoon: New York City then a road trip down the Californian coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles

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Happy Friday! QB x

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