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Luxury Weddings Runway at ‘A Wedding Story’ Expo by Navarra Venues



Navarra Venues’ expo and The Luxury Weddings Runway will be postponed until July 1st, 2015. Please see the statement from Navarra Venues​ below:

Due to extreme weather & traffic conditions please be advised the Navarra Venues spectacular showcase – A Wedding Story, has been postponed until the 1st July, 2015.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to the new date and the opportunities the Wedding Story Showcase Event will bring you.
All 1,250 pre purchased tickets will be refunded.
Keeping all our valued guests safe!


Navarra Venues amazing properties have long been a favourite for Sydney brides. For the first time ever Navarra Venues will be showcasing all four at one spectacular event titled “A Wedding Story”, the journey from “Will You?” to “I Do!”.

The iconic waterfront venue Le Montage will play host to sister venues, the classic Conca D’oro, Sydney’s premier castle, Curzon Hall and the elegant country manor, Oatlands House. To celebrate this event, Luxury Weddings will be holding four mini-runways organised by Pam Petherbridge at Le Montage over the two nights of the expo. Luxury Weddings Publisher and Editor-in-chief, Victoria Black will be presenting the runway shows featuring top couturiers Bizarro Bridal Couture, Diane Lewis Couture, Rhonda Hemmingway Couture, Velani by Nicky and Rosalynn Win Couture. Bridesmaids’ dresses and jewellery by Roman & French and head pieces by Viktoria Novak will also feature in the shows with hair and makeup by the talented Julie Elton.

The Navarra Venues showcase and Luxury Weddings Runway is open to the general public and is an opportunity to explore a world of wedding splendour and inspirational venue styling ideas, luxury bridal fashion, tips, advice and insider information from top industry experts and from Navarra’s experienced Event Coordinators. This year Navarra also present a uniquely dedicated gallery space – “The Groom’s Room” – exclusively for men, featuring educational workshops on how to dress for your big day, a personal trainer to advise on getting in shape, Toastmasters tips on the perfect wedding speech, whiskey bar, Chef’s wagyu sliders, cognac and cigars cellar packages and more.

Featuring all the favorite elements of Navarra’s renowned bridal expos, plus an elite selection of luxury bridal couture on show, Navarra Venues, “A Wedding Story” is an unprecedented bridal event, not to be missed! Read on for designer profiles and more details on the show.

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R H O N D A   H E M M I N G W A Y   C O U T U R E

Rhonda Hemmingway is an award winning designer and has earned a reputation for design excellence, originally designing and producing the Evening Collections for Trent Nathan and Brian Rochford. She is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading Wedding and Evening Gown designers, specialising in Perfectly fit made-to-measure gowns. Classically trained, Rhonda draws inspiration from the incredibly creative eras of the 20’s through to the 50’s. The gowns that leave her workroom are extraordinary works of art and have gained Rhonda a huge following by celebrities and fashion conscious brides. PHOTO CREDITS: 1. Photography by Justin Aveling / 2-4. Petter Karlstrom Photography / 5. Photography by Justin Aveling

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B I Z Z A R O   B R I D A L   C O U T U R E

Designers Dimmy and Mary have been delighting brides and making dreams come true with their beautiful and unique​ couture wedding dress designs and friendly service. Bizzaro’s vast knowlede of all things bridal, experience and expertise have made them a favourite with brides for over two decades. Every Bizzaro Couture wedding gown is 100% Australian made and is individually designed and hand crafted to reflect and showcase the unique style and personality of the bride. In addition to creating stunning wedding dresses, Mary and Dimmy are devoted to ensuring that every Bizzaro bride walks away with a dream couture wedding gown, a huge smile and fond memories of a wonderful and special couture wedding gown experience.​ PHOTO CREDITS: 1. Bizzaro Bridal Couture / 2-3. Tim Bauer Photography / 4. Photography by Justin Aveling 

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D I A N E   L E W I S   C O U T U R E

Diane Lewis has been designing and creating fashion-forward gowns for stylish brides for over 24 years. The 2014 WEOA Couture Designer of the Year prides herself on her ability to deliver a breathtaking gown, creatively incorporating elements of the bride’s personality and unique style, all white having fun in the process. Diane’s passion for her craft is immediately evident upon meeting her. She offers a full couture bridal service, as del as a range of contemporary-styled ready-to-wear gowns exclusive to her studio. PHOTO CREDITS: 1. Photography by Justin Aveling / 2-4. Tony Potts Photography / 5. Photography by Justin Aveling

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V E L A N I   B Y   N I C K Y

Nicky’s work comprises more than frills and sparkles – she and her highly trained team have maintained the bud of youthful imagination and enthusiasm with their creative designs and use of colour. And over the years their techniques have matured and blossomed, so much that in fact, that you can always tell a Velani creation. The individual touch comes from the fabrics – the fine laces imported from Paris and Italy, samples collected by agents on the look out, and Nicky’s niche-talent for designing her own. ‘We see what the client needs and have it made up especially – fabrics and laces which require a particular type of bead or pattern for instance. And through the long process of sampling we can create it’. PHOTO CREDITS: 1. Photography by Justin Aveling / 2-5. Petter Karlstrom Photography

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R O S A L Y N N   W I N   C O U T U R E

Award-winning designer Rosalynn Win has had a long love affair with couture, celebrating all aspects of fashion. Born in Rangoon, Burma she has many fond memories of visiting her grandmother’s house where, at the young age of 5 years old, the first fashion seed was planted. Rosalynn’s label is romance personified, always portraying a feeling of sensual glamour. Her exquisite gowns, matched with flawless fits, are all lovingly handcrafted in luxurious fabrics. They are gowns that consistently reflect the essence of haute couture with beautifully intricate details and traditional high construction techniques. Her clients are assured top quality service with personalised care in the exciting collaborative creation of their dream wedding gown. IMAGES: Rosalyn Bridal Couture


J E W E L L E R Y   &   B R I D E S M A I D   D R E S S E S   B Y:

R O M A N   A N D   F R E N C H

Roman & French was born out of a desire to bring stylish individuals alternatives to consider when creating their theme and vision for their special occasions. These events may be a gorgeous engagement to the spectacular wedding, or the thank you gifts for the bridal party, or accessories for the bridesmaids and flower girls. Whatever the glamorous event, Roman & French offer unique collections at affordable prices for savvy clients. IMAGES: Roman and French

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H E A D P I E C E S   B Y:

V I K T O R I A   N O V A K

Viktoria Novak is Australia’s premier leading and multi-award winning couture milliner. Specialising in luxury custom handmade Bridal and Race-wear headpieces, fascinators, hair combs, crowns, birdcage veils, headbands and accessories. Viktoria’s unique eye of delicately combining a vintage look, with a modern direction ensures her exclusive millinery headwear designs are personalised, unique and exquisite which are passed down through generations. IMAGES: 1-3. Viktoria Novak / 4-5. MacDougall Photography 

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H A I R   &   M A K E – U P   B Y:

J U L I E   E L T O N   &  T E A M

Julie Elton is a Sydney-based makeup artist with significant experience in editorial, bridal, runway and television makeup. Her passion lies in bridal and beauty work, and she’s been creating breathtaking makeup looks for more than 25 years. IMAGES: Photography by Justin Aveling


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