Luxury Weddings

New Magazine on sale! Luxury Weddings Volume 10


This magazine is all about quality and style! Use this edition as your wedding bible and you’re sure to create the most memorable event – that all of your guests will be speaking about for years to come.

Creating a luxury event isn’t about finding the most expensive, the biggest or the most popular thing/gown/venue/flower; luxury is in the details, the thoughts that go into styling and the uniqueness of your wedding day. We’ve curated the looks, the real life weddings and the latest trends to get you started on creating a wedding day that exudes luxury and style.

Lust haves

Embody effortless elegance with chic pieces to stand the test of time. Starting on page 44

Celestial Dreams

With a sprinkling of stardust and a silent wish to the universe dreams of couture gowns are made to come true starting on page 78

Jewels of the Sea

Treasures of the deep catch the sunlight in a kaleidoscope of colours. Precious gems kept safe in the earth come forth to entice and enthral. Allow the master crafters to create works of art to see you into a lifetime of love. Become entranced on page 104

A Sumptuous Occassion

You and your guests will spend the majority of your time at the reception. Learn how to make a warm, welcoming and unforgettable reception on page 140.

Real Love

Flick to page 92 to begin the real weddings journey. You will #swoon. There’s nothing better than inhaling inspiration from real weddings and we love getting to know the couple too!


Every bride deserves a little luxury and that’s why we are so excited to share this stunning magazine with you! Luxury Weddings Magazine is on sale at select Woolworths, Coles, newsagents and online.

Let us know what you think by tagging our sister site @modernweddingmagazine on social and using the #luxuryweddingsmagazine tag!



Cover credits- Gown: Amarige Bridal Couture by Joseph Sayadi / Jewellery: Zappacosta Jewels / Photographer: Steve Baccon Photography / Stylists: Camilla Prangnell and Katelin Bosler / Hair: Ava Belle @ The Future Mrs / Makeup Artist: Joanne Bentley / Location: The Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral 

Treasure Trove – LUXURY WEDDINGS VOL. 9 Jewellery Shoot BTS


Be captivated by the sparkle of alluring engagement rings and brilliant bridal jewellery in this #BTS peek at the new Luxury Weddings Magazine – out now!

There’s one word that sums up this bridal jewellery photoshoot in the latestt Luxury Weddings Magazine: dazzling! The ‘Treasure Trove’ luxury jewellery editorial brings syou an array of engagement rings and sparkling masterpieces to complete your bridal look. These pieces are heirlooms in the making and will be treasured for more than a lifetime.

A variety of styles featuring freshwater pearls, classic white diamonds and colourful gems gives brides with different styles a myriad of styling ideas.

We believe these beauties shine brightest in motion. See how they capture glimmers of light in these stunning behind-the-scenes videos here.

A touch of majesty – a luxury bridal fashion editorial



Bizzaro Bridal Couture

Luxury Weddings Magazine features the most beautiful wedding gowns by some of Australia’s most talented couturiers. There were so many gorgeous shots taken by the very talented team at 35mm Wedding Photography that we just had to feature them online! So much creativity goes into a fashion shoot – from the artistry of the couture gowns, the photographer’s ability to capture the moment, the hair and makeup team to the stylists’ eye for a beautifully staged shot. It was only fitting that the shoot was set at the beautiful historic building of Montsalvat in Eltham, Victoria which also happens to be Australia’s oldest artists’ community where art is made, taught, exhibited, performed and celebrated.


Croce and Colosimo Couture


Suzanne Harward


Suzanne Harward


Tanya Didenko


Croce and Colosimo Couture


Aleem Yusuf


Amarige Bridal Couture


Tanya Didenko


Aleem Yusuf


Suzanne Harward


Amarige Bridal Couture


Gown by Bizarro Bridal Couture / Necklace by Marie Elena Headpieces and Accessories


Bizarro Bridal Couture

This was a truly magnificent shoot and the results are stunning! There is so much more luxury bridal fashion to enjoy in the magazine – be sure to head to your local newsagent or online to see all of the magic that the team created in Luxury Weddings Magazine volume 7 out now!

MW x

Photography 35mm Wedding Photography Stylists Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair Stylist Mehrium Ajaib Makeup Artist Trish Sousa Location Montsalvat, Eltham Jewellery Maria Elena Headpieces and Accessories

Glistening Gold Wedding Cake Inspiration



 VAIO Photography, Cake by Takes the Cake 

A bit of glitz and glam for your wedding day is never a bad idea. After all it is your day to shine! One of our favourite ways to glitz up your wedding is by adding some sparkle to your wedding cake. A dazzling cake is sure to wow your guests and can be incorporated into cake designs for all themes. We’ve found golden cakes to inspire all brides – from a pinch of gold dust on a rustic cake to all-over-chic golden foil – you’re sure to find a golden cake that is just right!

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Sweet Fantasy Cakes / Zahn Pithers Photography – Enquire about this cake here!


Oakleigh Quality Cakes via @nikoscakes on Instagram – Enquire about this cake here!


Cake by Reignier Cakes / Zahn Pithers Photography via Modern Wedding Cakes Magazine (vol 17)


Via Tessa Barton Blog

by Heavenly Cakes / Zahn Pithers Photography via Modern Wedding Cakes Magazine (vol 17)J-CAKES

Cake by Reignier Cakes / Enquire about this cake here!

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Cake by Jenna Rae Cakes via The Cake Blog

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Cake by Pasticceria Mancuso  / Zahn Pithers Photography via Modern Wedding Cakes Magazine (vol 17)


Cake by Coco Cakes / Enquire about this cake here!


Cake and image via One Sweet Slice


Cake by Coco Cakes / Enquire about this cake here!


Oakleigh Quality Cakes via @nikoscakes on Instagram – Enquire about this cake here!


Cake by Reignier Cakes / Enquire about this cake here!


Cake by Coco Cakes / Enquire about this cake here!


Cake and image via One Sweet Slice


Cake by Susie Q Cake Decorating via Modern Wedding Cakes (vol 16)


Photography by Al Gawlik, Cake by Love Birds Sweets via Pink Parasol


Cake by Oakleigh Quality Cakes via Modern Wedding Cakes (vol 16)


Image by Shona Henderson Photography, Cake by Sugar and Spice for Nicolette and Heath’s wedding as seen in Modern Wedding Cakes (vol 16)


Cake by Sugar and Pearls for a Candy Queen Events styled shoot that appeared in Modern Wedding Styling Handbook / Shot by Dear Lola Wedding Photography More pictures here!


Previous four images – Cakes and sweets by Hanans Cake Pops for a Candy Queen Events styled shoot that appeared in Modern Wedding Styling Handbook / Shot by Dear Lola Wedding Photography More pictures here!


Cake by Jenna Rae Cakes via Brittany Mahood

Love these cakes? Then pin, pin, pin the images to your board to keep track of what you love! Make your cake dreams come true by getting in touch with one of our talented wedding cake specialists that can craft a cake for you. If you want to take this golden theme to another level? Then check out all our gold posts by browsing our colour wheel. And if you are hungry for more cake inspiration? Check out all the pretty cake inspiration in our cakes gallery and our wedding cakes and desserts Pinterest board.

LW x



N A V A R R A   V E N U E S

For over 40 years, Navarra venues has set the scene for some of Sydney’s most luxurious weddings for the most stylish couples! Renowned for their exceptional customer service, attention to detail and superb venues; it’s no wonder why couples continue to celebrate their momentous occasions at Navarra Venues.

Explore the brilliant possibilities at Navarra Venues with four sensational styled shoots on Modern Wedding! Check them out here.


Luxury Weddings Magazine Volume 8 On Sale



The newest edition of Luxury Weddings Magazine is on sale today! Volume eight is brimming with all things decadent and beautiful and is the best source of inspiration for your luxury wedding. Every bride deserves a little luxury on her wedding day – be it a fabulous couture gown, lavish wedding day flowers or dazzling jewels. Luxury Weddings Magazine has all sorts of luxe-inspiration covered! Read on for a sneak-peek of some of our stories, spreads shoots and #swoonworthy fashion editorials!

Find the full preview of the issue here.

Start your luxury wedding dreaming with your very own copy available at all good newsagents and online.

Cover Credits // Photography Lost In Love Photography Gown Sant Elia Jewellery Calleija Styling Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair and Makeup Janice Wu Bridal Location Deux Belettes

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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Soft Meets Sleek at the Chic Le Montage


Le Montage was the set for a recent classically styled shoot for Luxury Weddings. The combination of soft fabrics and lush white bouquets with the contemporary style of the venue produced striking results.

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Only minutes away from Sydney’s CBD, Le Montage is the perfect destination for a modern romantic celebration. The stylish interior marries sleek marble floors and dark studded walls with sweeping circular staircases, damask panelling and chain chandeliers that bring softness to the space.

Boasting six magnificent rooms, Le Montage ensures ample capacity to meet all of your requirements. The modern ballrooms all feature high ceilings, generous dance floors, private bars and state of the art technical facilities.

Large terraces add luxury to your event with brilliant views of native gardens or the spectacular Iron Cove Bay. It’s the perfect place for guests to momentarily escape the crowd or for you and your partner to enjoy a romantic moment together as you watch the spectacular golden sunset make way for a sky filled with stars.

Your experience is enhanced with the very best in quality cuisine, professional service and a sophisticated style for couples that love all things chic.

To see more of Le Montage visit

Photographer Phillip Massa & Simon Bernhardt for Divinity Photography Gown & Accessories Bizzaro Bridal Couture Hair & Makeup Miriam Van Cooten Hair and Makeup assisted by Yasmin Denby and Michelle Cox both from MVC Décor Styling Decorations by Jelena

An Interview with Fashion Designer Jennifer Regan


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 

Romantic Renaissance at Oatlands House


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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