September 2013

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‘Vogue Princess’ Wedding at Curzon Hall


Navarra Venues encompasses four amazing venues spoiling brides with a choice of style, location and of course endless themes. Luxury Weddings teamed up with Navarra Venues and the best in the wedding industry to bring you four unique themes across their four venues.

Welcome to Curzon Hall…

Become a vogue princess on your wedding day in the grounds of Curzon Hall. No matter the theme, colour or size you can be sure that your wedding will carry the same elegance and grandeur of these opulent surroundings. This magnificent sandstone castle is the perfect setting for your new beginning. Curzon Hall has long been the most desirable location for brides hosting a luxurious affair. Forget about traditional fairytales, this venue is all about making styled dreams come true. Set tables with full scented roses, cut crystal and heavy cloth for a vogue princess look. Seat your guests on gold Tiffany chairs where they’ll be able to admire the ornate ceilings and imported chandeliers. Allow the sunlight to filter in through original stained glass windows while candles gently fill the room with a warm glow at the going down of the sun. Capture inspired bridal portraits under the high arches on the terrace or within the landscaped gardens…














Credits: Photography Phillip Massa & Simon Bernhardt of Divinity Photography Stylist Victoria Black Hair Stylist Jill Hutchings Makeup Artist Amy Chan Hair & Makeup using MAC Florist Sweet Bride Cake Project Cake Stills Stylist Wedding Decorations By Jelena Gowns (in order of appearance) Karen Willis Holmes, Diane Lewis Couture, Catherine R Couture Headpieces (in order of appearance) Viktoria Novak, Diane Lewis Couture

For more themes and venues take a look at A Vintage Wedding at Oatlands House and Modern and Chic at Le Montage

Introducing Calleija Couture


In a word, it is a difficult task to describe the new Calleija Couture collection without grossly misrepresenting its beauty and allure. Ironically it is when our own words fail us that a piece of the Calleija Couture collection is of most value, because nothing can better say ‘I love you’ than one of the exquisite creations below.

This sparkling new collection valued at $6 million dollars and designed by John Calleija himself exhibits the same extreme attention to detail that we have come to know and love in Calleija jewellery. “Calleija Couture is the result of a full year of craftsmanship and design in the making. It’s really wonderful to see my creations come to life. Each one is unique and one of a kind which our clients really love,” says John Calleija. The exclusive jewellery collection is proof that you can not rush perfection with some of the pieces alone involving over 100 hours of careful work by Calleija’s master craftsmen. Calleija Couture celebrates diamonds and gemstones of the highest quality; it is the epitome of statement jewellery.






Mon Reve


From top – bottom: Arabella, Arc De Lumiere, Aveline, Cristal, Eclat Monsieur, Empress, Evangeline, Fleur Rose, Florentine, La Bella Donna, Magnifique, Mon Reve, Odara, Paradiso, Rhapsody, Violetta.

Check out the video of the new collection:

For more Bridal Jewellery Inspiration click here.

A Luxurious Wedding at Doltone House Hyde Park



When Diane Khoury of Weddings by Diane Khoury shared the wedding of Andriana and Marcus on facebook this morning we couldn’t help but wish we were invited. We were also insanely jealous of Andriana’s J’aton gown and we knew that we just had to share it with you all!

The pair married on September 1st 2013 on a picture perfect day. The wedding, initially planned for September 2014, was brought forward leaving stylist Diane Khoury just 6 months to create and organise their dream wedding. ‘It was very obvious from the initial meeting that Mark and Andriana wanted a grand lavish and glamorous wedding,’ says Diane. They chose the newly refurbished Doltone House Hyde Park after falling in love with the plans representing a modern interpretation of old-world glamour in the main ballroom and catering for their 400 expected guests. It would be completed in time for their wedding.

‘Andriana knew from the very start that she wanted J’aton Couture to create her dream dress,’ says Diane. Diane organised for her to meet with designers Jacob and Anthony in Melbourne and from then the masterpiece began. For the final fitting Jacob and Anthony flew into Sydney and spent 3 days before the wedding at the Westin Sydney doing all the finishing touches for her amazing gown.  They also extended their flights to ensure they were there to dress her and attend the ceremony on the day. ‘The dress and veil left people speechless. The level of detail on it and the fit was perfection. No one could take their eyes off her and she felt a million dollars on the day,’ says Diane. The stunning bridesmaid gowns were designed and made by Liade Couture, Diane describes them as ‘beautiful and effortless.’

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Their ceremony took place at Saint Joseph’s in Croydon and was followed by photos at Sydney University. Weddings by Diane Khoury designed and created the wedding invitation and then carried this detail into their reception styling. Their monogram was used again on napkins, the cake and the guest book – making it feel personal for the couple and their guests. As wedding planner, Diane Khoury was trusted to engage all the right suppliers and execute the couple’s vision. Diane spent endless hours meeting with the venue and all the suppliers to discuss the styling brief and to ensure that every detail was covered and on the day they didn’t disappoint.

The flowers by Vesna Grasso Floral Designs were breathtaking with 3 different elaborate centrepiece designs at different heights filled with white and soft cream toned flowers and candles. A floral hedge lined the bridal table consisting of soft seasonal blooms at the base with phaleanopsis orchids and tulips cascading down the front of the table.  Flowers and candles were also placed on the 3 high fireplace mantles.

‘The room itself was already fitted with unique crystal chandeliers and we got another 8 different chandeliers – 3 above the bridal table and another 5 around the room from Chandeliers to Die For to add to the glamour,’ says Diane. The 1.2 metre cake which sat in the middle of the dance floor could not be missed as guests entered the room. ‘The talented Faye Cahill made the perfect cake with inspirations from the invitation design,’ says Diane.


The staff, service and hospitality at Doltone House was explained as sensational by guests that attended.  ‘Everyone was extremely impressed by their new luxury venue,’ says Diane.’When Mark and Andriana walked into the  room they were blown away. Their reaction was priceless. It was beyond expectation and this was the same response from everyone that entered. There was such a great warm atmosphere in the room the entire night and the celebrations did not stop. No one could take their eyes off the bride as she looked incredible – a dress made fit for a princess. The journey and experience with this couple was magical and they were extremely appreciative and thankful. It was great to witness the day unfold beautifully and sit back on the night and see the sparkle of happiness in their eyes.’

Thanks Diane for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

The companies that made this wedding spectacular:

Wedding Planning and Styling Diane Khoury from Weddings by Diane Khoury Bride’s Gown J’Aton Couture Melbourne  Groom’s Suit Tom Ford Bridesmaid Gowns Liade Couture Sydney Makeup Ann Hassarati Hair Natalie Anne Ayoub Photography Phao Photography Video Untitled films Flowers Vesna Grasso Floral Designs Cake Faye Cahill Chandeliers Chandeliers to Die For Invitations & Stationery Weddings by Diane Khoury Master of Ceremonies John Alten Cars 7th Heaven Wedding Cars Band MIB Productions

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