November 2014

Archives for November 2014

A Luxury Wedding & A Luxury Stay at Pier One

26Nov

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Pier One is a boutique wedding and hotel experience offering three venue options for your wedding day – Water, Dawes Point or Bridge – each with a distinctly different but equally breathtaking setting. A bespoke wedding ceremony and reception at Pier One Sydney Harbour can be completely tailored to your taste – from creating a sumptuous menu, bespoke cocktails and decor.

For an even more luxurious touch, guests can enjoy direct pier access, an outdoor area, a private entrance – even the private pontoon if they’d like to arrive via the water. Pier One Sydney Harbour is an independent luxury hotel part of the Autograph Collection and recently renovated suites provide a unique experience for couples and their guests who wish to stay.

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Get in contact with the events team at Pier One here to find out how you can create your own bespoke luxury wedding at Sydney’s newest boutique address!

An Interview with Fashion Designer Jennifer Regan

14Nov

Jennifer Regan is an Australian Designer better known for her distinctive bridal and red carpet creations. Her formal training in fashion, costume design and couture techniques has seen her work featured in movies, theatre and on as many red carpets as they have on real brides. We get a sneak peek inside Jennifer’s world and discover what influences her work, her passions, her authentic approach to design and how she started her eponymous showroom in Newtown, Sydney.

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What originally made you want to become a fashion designer?

I’ve always had a strong appreciation for beautiful forms and a strong desire to create. Choosing to become a fashion designer was a natural choice for me.

How did you come to set up your brand?

After completing my studies in design, I spent some time working for local fashion brands. During this time, I also started designing and selling my clothes at the markets and opened a pop-up store in Sydney, whilst also stocking my clothes in small local boutiques. Due to the success and loyal following I received from my pop-up business, it wasn’t long before I had made just enough to open my Newtown showroom in January 2000.

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How would you describe your approach to design?

With each story, I start by thinking about a female persona. I ask myself who I would want to wear this, what is her body type, where is she going, what’s the theme… From there, through a flurry of organised chaos a concept is born and the end result is my collections and the various interpretations of looks that I’ve created for her. In such a competitive industry how do you try to ensure you’re always in demand? I work hard, remain true to my design aesthetic whilst making sure that I’m aware
of current trends.

Who / what has been the biggest single influence on your way of thinking?

My husband Steve, he’s always seeking fun and has a great belief in the good in people. He makes me take time out from work for fun and keeps me calm and reassured when I get overwhelmed by the unrelenting work pressures, and my sensitivity to my work environment and the people around me.

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What would you say is your strongest skill?

Determination and persistence. I love being hands on and having the creative ability to craft the patterns for my designs, I feel it consolidates my design vision.

What type of styles or genres do you enjoy working on the most and why?

I’m a real fan of the latter end of the 1920’s and early 1930’s bias cut silhouette, I love the way it gracefully skims a woman’s figure. My design aesthetic is minimalism, clean lines, elegance, soft drape and movement, this style encompasses all.

What has been the most satisfying collection/project that you have worked on to date?

I was recently commissioned to design intricately embellished Middle Eastern costumes for an upcoming, yet to be released Australian movie. It was enjoyable working to a specific brief for a change, rather than the ones I give myself.

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What are you passionate about besides your work?

Family, good health and exercise

Do you have any superstitious beliefs or rules that you live by?

I believe in Karma

What’s the best piece of advice you have heard?

Be true to yourself, you only have one life to lead.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were 18?

Nothing really, and I probably would’ve answered this question very ifferently 10 years ago. I guess with time I’ve come to accept that I am a product of my dreams and my life experiences, I am learning and venturing one step closer to my destinations every day. But hey, I wish I could look like I was 18 forever…

What’s your personal motto?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

See more of Jennifer Regan’s gowns in the latest edition of Luxury Weddings magazine!

Images from top: 1. Madison – Love & Lace Collection 2. Zahara – Love & Lace Collection 3. Harper- Love & Lace Collection  4. Actress in Jennifer Regan Middle Eastern Bridal costume 

Lilli Marcs Bridal Gown Collection 2014

11Nov

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Here at Luxury Weddings magazine we have crowned Lilli Marcs the couture queen of slinky bridal gowns. Today we’re sharing this queen’s latest bridal collection.

Lilli Marcs signature style is unmissable and oh so stylish, while a Lilli Marcs gown can be personalised, we’ve come to love the detailed embellishments, low backs and the fall of luxurious lace and silk fabrics that flatter a woman’s natural silhouette.  From their quaint studio in Paddington, Lilli Marcs and her team of designers, dressmakers and bridal consultants work tirelessly to create the perfect gown for every bride that walks in their door. In addition to their extensive bridal gown collection, Lilli Marcs offer gowns for the bridesmaids, flowers girls and mother of the bride/groom gowns.

A veil, headpiece or piece of jewellery from Lilli Marcs is also something to be admired. Over the years we have had the pleasure of working with her accessory collections on fashion editorial shoots, and these unique pieces will set off any bride’s unique look. Lilli Marcs’s accessory collection also includes some of those hard to find items like fur wraps, shrugs and muffs. Check out more of her accessories at www.lillimarcs.com.au

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Lilli Marcs has also launched a fresh new fragrance – available in store! To smell the new scent and start your dream dress, make an appointment with Lilli Marcs at their boutique on darling William Street in Paddington + stay connected with Lilli Marcs on social media – @LilliMarcs or www.facebook.com/lillimarcs

Romantic Renaissance at Oatlands House

7Nov

Oatlands house is the perfect venue for those looking for historic charm that does not compromise on luxury and elegance. The five acres of immaculate gardens surrounding the recently restored venue are adorned with stone pathways and elegant water features that complement the grand Georgian inspired façade.

The historic venue exudes old world romance through numerous fine period features including pressed cornices, architectural columns, decorative ceilings, archways and corbels, sandstone feature walls, antique white marble fireplaces and elaborate high ceilings.

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The fresh Deck Room flaunts alfresco ambience with a glass conservatory structure, timber floors and superior views of the garden and golf course. Larger functions can make use of the extravagant Georgian Grand Ballroom with an inbuilt parquetry dance floor and a space for live stage entertainment all set to a brilliant floor to ceiling garden backdrop. Guests can take a romantic evening stroll that starts by passing through elegant French doors that open up to the beautiful surrounding terraces. Fine architectural and décor details are complemented with a delectable food and wine menu that adds the perfect finishing touch to any event.

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It’s Impossible not to fall in love with the luxury and charm of Oatlands House. To see more of this romantic venue, visit their website here.

Photographer David Mannah for Phao Photography Gowns & Flower Crown Diane Lewis Couture Shoes & Accessories Stylist’s own Hair Stylist Cristina Jones for Halo Hair Makeup Artist Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry using M.A.C Cosmetics and DMKC Flowers & Décor Styling Vesna Grasso Floral Designer

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