Luxury Weddings

An Interview with Couturier Catherine Colubriale


There is no mistaking a Catherine Colubriale gown for anything less than couture. Hours of work speak from every detail and the most perfect fit discloses a gown unique to one. You may remember the Catherine Colubriale gown that graced the cover of Luxury Weddings 6th Edition, and it’s fair to say that ever since, we’ve been head over heels for everything Catherine Colubriale puts her very talented hands to.

We caught up with Catherine to get to know a little more about the process behind the most beautiful gowns…

Catherine Colubriale

How long have you been designing and making wedding dresses?

I’ve been designing and making wedding dresses for over 25 years, really since I was 15 years old, I’d make dresses for my siblings and friends.

What inspires you?
Life, my family  and the beauty in our world.

Do you have a signature style?
I like to be innovative and I am transformational in my styles and approach to fashion and design.

What kind of fabrics and materials do you use?
I love using beautiful hand beaded laces and delicate fabrics to create my gowns.

Talk us through the couture process at Catherine Colubriale
A couture gown is custom designed and made using the finest quality fabric. It is created with intense attention to detail and intricate hand finishes. This can only be achieved by an experienced designer who will help you choose the most flattering silhouette, appropriate colours and fabrics and ensure a perfect fit through a series of personalised fittings.

What advice do you have to offer brides who are looking for a wedding dress?
We usually recommend that our brides start a scrapbook by collecting images of inspiration. This creates a visual platform for everyone that works with you to make your dream day come to life. If you require an evening gown you can feel free to bring any inspiration or images along. Otherwise just bring an open mind and we will take care of the rest.

Is there anything you wish to add?
Our mission statement is ‘A woman is everything, most of all elegant and Beautiful.’

Our team works intimately on your gown from start to finish in our Sydney based studio, with the highest level of workmanship and intricate hand finishes. Your gown is 100% Australian designed and made by myself and my dedicated staff.

I believe that every woman is unique and has a different way of expressing herself through the gown she wears. When you come in, I will help you uncover your individual style by asking you lots of questions and finding out what really makes you tick and excites you. This will really help me understand what type of person you are and by going through fabrics, styles, colours and silhouettes I can make honest recommendations based on what I think will suit your body, shape and style. You can also try on gowns from the Catherine Colubriale current collection to give you an idea of silhouettes and finishes you might like. You will leave feeling very excited because the gown that is designed for you is exactly what you dreamed of!

{Image: Gown Catherine Colubriale Jewellery House of K’dor Photographer Justin Aveling Stylists Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair Stylist Rhiannon Dimaria, Simon Bright using Eleven Makeup Artist Julie Elton using MAC}

Catherine Colubriale

To make an appointment with Catherine Colubriale call the studio on (02) 9568 2282 or email For couture ‘gownspiration’ be sure to follow @catherinecolubrialecouture on Instagram!

Luxury Weddings #7 On Sale



Luxury Weddings Magazine

In the words of editor Rosemary Slade, this edition of Luxury Weddings is dedicated to beauty in all it’s forms. It’s a celebration of the beauty that can be found even in imperfection, in both complexity and simplicity. Staying true to it’s ideals, this edition Luxury Weddings magazine brings every bride ideas, inspirations and indulgences of the luxury variety. From unique couture gowns to luxe styling and lavish real weddings. It’s a book to set your dreams on fire and your heart a flutter.

Fashion in it’s very nature is luxurious so a large part of this magazine is dedicated to the art of couture weddings gowns. When we ask Australia’s top couture wedding dress designers to create something for our shoots, they bring their A game. Countless hours of work, hand sewn details and exquisite lace mean there is no mistaking these gowns for average. You’ll get your fashion fix with each of our designer profile pages and our opulent La Dolce Vita shoot (page 106).

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In Stone Worship (page 134) we were lucky enough to shoot jewels whose value lies in excess of $400,000! These diamond beauties really are the most luxurious best friend!


The best in the business show us their to die for decor, while photographers, venues, foodies and share their luxury weddings ideas and showcase their work.


It wouldn’t be Luxury Weddings magazine without our pick of the latest lust-haves!

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Real weddings…over 58 pages to be exact, featuring the best of the best.

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A Luxury Wedding & A Luxury Stay at Pier One


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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!

Alana Aoun Bridal & Spring Racing Headpiece Collection


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To complement her couture gown collection, Alan Aoun designed a special bridal and spring racing headpiece collection. Luxury brides will be totally in love with the romantic details of these pieces, both whimsical and elegant they’ll complete your bridal day look. Wear one, wear two, from day to night, races to the aisle an Alana Aoun Couture headpiece is the finishing touch…


Angelique Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Atilla Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Bouquet headpiece by Alana Aoun


Fenille Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Gloria Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Jolie Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Narcisse Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Ophelie Headpiece by Alana Aoun


Papilion Headpiece by Alana Aoun


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See Alana Aoun’s Bridal and Spring Racing Headpiece Collection in store at her Paddington boutique + stay in touch with all the latest from Alana Aoun on Facebook and Instagram.

Alana Aoun Couture Collection Spring/Summer 2014/2015


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Today we are delighted to share Alana Aoun’s new couture collection for the Spring Summer season! Alana Aoun delivers her latest collection with ethereal beauty in this campaign shot by Laura Marii. Her unique designs shine under the golden lights against an industrial backdrop, showcasing the embellished luxe essence of the brand with dresses ranging from cocktail to evening gowns and bridal. Perfect for the big day and all the events in between. We love that the collection comes together as cohesive work of art, whilst each piece stands alone in style and grace.


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Photographer Laura Marii Model Vivienne Barclay Hair & Makeup Artist Brea Mudler Styling Katherine Eleyce

In a couture Alana Aoun gown it’s easy to make a luxury statement. Be sure to visit her boutique in Paddington or visit Alana Aoun online via her website, Facebook or Instagram.

PLUS click here to see Alana Aoun’s bridal & spring racing headpiece range which complements many of the gorgeous gowns in this collection.

Swept Away – Couture Wedding Dresses


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Take your beau by the hand and set sail into the wild blue yonder. Create fresh, relaxed elegance with soft fabrics and bold embellishments. Make sure he’s looking just as haute as you, in crisp cotton and linen suits. Love, ho!

Our Swept Away shoot featured in the last edition of Luxury Weddings magazine, but in case you missed it – here it is! The best thing about couture wedding dresses – they don’t go out of season. If there is something you love contact the designer listed below and that dream dress is yours! While a couture wedding dress designer has a certain style, their skill is making a dress that is unique to you, so you can be sure they’ll create something you love.

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Photographer Justin Aveling  Stylists Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair Stylist Paula Hibbard, The Art of Hair  Makeup Artist Julie Elton using M.A.C Shot on board The Penguin 67′ Lunstroo Staysail Schooner, Sydney Harbour

Couture Wedding Dresses and Accessories from top: 1. Wedding Dress by Emoda Couture, Headpiece by Viktoria Novak, Groom’s Attire by T.M. Lewin 2. Wedding Dress by Lilli Marcs, Grooms Attire by T.M. Lewin 3. Wedding Dress by Bizzaro Bridal Couture, Earrings and Necklace (worn as bracelet) by Zappacosta Jewels 4. Wedding Dress by Rhonda Hemmingway, Earrings by Viktoria Novak 5. Wedding Dress & Earrings by Diane Lewis, Ring by GS Diamonds, Groom’s Attire by T.M. Lewin 6. Wedding Dress by Alana Aoun, Accessories by Viktoria Novak, Groom’s Attire T.M. Lewin 7. Wedding Dress by Croce & Colosimo Couture, Accessories by Zappacosta Jewels 8. Wedding Dress by Azzaria Haute Couture, Headpiece by Teeki 9. Wedding Dress & Headpiece by Lora Eliss Couture 10. Wedding Dress by Karen Willis Holmes, Earrings by Zappacosta Jewels, Headpiece by Teeki 11. Wedding Dress by Mark Holt Bridal Couture, Earrings by Zappacosta Jewels, Rings by GS Diamonds, Groom’s Attire by T.M. Lewin

*NEW* Luxury Weddings Magazine #6 On Sale


Luxury Weddings Magazine #6

Luxury wedding style is born again in the 6th edition of Luxury Weddings magazine. This annual, award-winning, publication is a celebration of all things lavish and luxe. Dedicated to high end fashion and elaborate styling this is your ultimate guide to planning a flawless wedding from start to finish. Here is a sneak peek of what’s behind that amazing cover…

Our lust-have wedding accessory pages will set your heart racing with sparkling jewels, divine makeup and exquisite scents.


Luxury Weddings magazine features Australia’s best couture wedding dress designers, profiling their individual style across 76 pages.

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We shot more of these amazing couture gowns at the State Library of New South Wales with fashion photographer Justin Aveling. Reign of Style (page 82) captures the entire essence of Luxury Weddings magazine.

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Luxury Weddings magazine is organised chapter by chapter to help you with each stage of wedding planning from fashion and jewels to photography and styling.

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We know that luxury brides are all about style so we’ve included profiles on Australia’s best stylists and wedding planners so you can view their work and read their trend predictions and advice.

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Where do most luxury brides find their inspiration? Other luxury brides of course! You’ll find 54 pages of gorgeous real luxury wedding style!

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Luxury Weddings magazine is available at all good newsagents and online. Grab yourself a copy today and share your experience with us – on Twitter @modernweddingoz and on Instagram @modernweddingmagazine #LuxuryWeddingsMagazine

‘Hauntingly Nostalgic’ Viktoria Novak releases 2014 Bridal Collection


Luxury girls will already be familiar with the incredible work of bridal milliner Viktoria Novak. Her couture headpieces have crowned the head of many a blushing bride and we’re excited to be sharing her latest collection ‘Hauntingly Nostalgic’.  Viktoria is a Luxury girl at heart and drew on inspiration from royalty and opulence. She describes the collection as ‘French Parisian chic, transcending a modern bohemian goddess and evoking the feeling of the yesteryear in a hauntingly beautiful way.’ We especially love the idea that each piece is uniquely designed, creating an heirloom to pass down to future generations – so special!

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The Hauntingly Nostalgic collection is now available in Viktoria Novak’s Sydney boutique studio. Contact her for a personal consultation and add the perfect personal touch to your wedding day look – forget the dress it’s all about the headpiece!

Do you have a favourite? Pin it to your Pinterest board now so you don’t forget it!

Valiant Hire luxury wedding décor


Valiant Hire is an Australian furniture-hire company that has been in the industry for over 50 years. However, this company’s business is much more than just furniture: Valiant Hire has extensive experience in wedding décor, styling and design””and their work will blow you away!

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The company prides itself on their high standards in every aspect of their work, their quality items, great customer service and their team’s extraordinary creativity. Valiant Hire has something for every theme, ranging from sophisticated, rustic and vintage to modern, colourful and even playful.

Since Valiant Hire has a wide range of designer furniture options available, their styling and décor at weddings always catch attention. Lately, Valiant Hire has styled many rustic-themed weddings, where they decorated the venue with quirky coloured chairs, rustic chandeliers and gorgeous earthy table centrepieces.




The company has also decorated modern-sophisticated themed weddings where they either kept the colour palette neutral or used bold, striking colour for something different.

A current trend that Valiant Hire is fond of is providing alternative seating for guests, rather than just seats at the table setting. The company has lots of experience in setting up bar chairs and tables in various styles, ranging from modern and sophisticated ghost-chairs to rustic and relaxed colourful barstools.

Valiant Hire frequently arranges trendy lounge-suite seating-areas at wedding receptions, where guests can mingle and enjoy their drinks. A few stylish lounge suites or barstools with tables at your reception venue can add wonderfully to the décor and overall styling””and guests have more space to relax and socialise!





Although organising well-styled lounge areas for your reception seems like a lot of effort, Valiant Hire has the beautiful furniture and décor, not to mention the experience to effortlessly assemble exquisitely decorated lounge-areas. From various types and styles of lounge suites, carpets and coffee tables along with all the extras””Valiant Hire is known for providing stunning, luxurious and unforgettable décor.

We really look forward to see what else Valiant Hire comes up with!

Take a look at some wedding theme ideas and tips if you are still unsure about your wedding theme.

Planning a BIG Luxury Wedding


Are you planning a BIG luxury wedding? Nathalie of Pillingers Hiring Service spoke with a couple who planned for over 700 people to find out just how it can be done.

There have been some very special couples walk through our doors over the years. Sometimes they have their eyes set on the perfect intimate wedding, sometimes they have a unique venue in mind and sometimes they have a massive guest list to accommodate for. Once in a while you get the couple who requests all three! The whole gosh-darn kit-and-caboodle!


Sydney newlyweds Shalin and Neha were just that couple. Their guest list was over 700 large; but they were adamant they wanted to keep things intimate, unique and involved. Their ambition was admirable and their planning skills were second to none (Shalin is a project manager so we’ll warn you, spreadsheets were definitely involved!). As a weddings coordinator I see many couples struggle with the lead up to their big day, Shalin and Neha are an inspiration to couples and wedding industry types everywhere.

We sat down with them in an attempt to prise open their super-organised brains and figure out exactly what a couple has to do to get a 700-guest wedding running smoothly.

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends at an event; we started dating pretty soon after that.

How did you know you’d found the one you wanted to settle down with?

We can’t say that there was any one particular moment. It just felt like after a few months of being together we knew it was right.


Who took over the wedding preparations?

Neha: We set the rules right up front. Shalin is a project manager, it was very important for him to have the roles and responsibilities agreed upon early on.

Shalin: Because there were so many events we really divided the key responsibilities between Neha’s parents and between myself and Neha. Of course as the bride, Neha felt that she has overall responsibility but it was nice to give over the preparation of certain events to others.

Neha: At the end of the day it feels like it was a real team effort.


Who had control of the guest list?

Neha:  No one really… parents have a huge influence and we knew who we wanted to invite, too. There was a lot of negotiation as we wanted an intimate wedding but come from large families and close knit communities. Despite having a large wedding when compared to most, we feel like the guests that are invited are people we’re close to and know very well, so it will still have that small wedding feel to it.


How did you go about planning a wedding for so many guests?

Neha: Most things were okay; it just takes longer – the guest list takes longer to sort out, seating arrangements take longer, etc.

Shalin: We had lots of friends and family offering to help. It was nice to have that support there.

Neha: As well as having a large number of guests we also had a total of five events, so we divided the lead roles of organising amongst ourselves.

Shalin: As we had picked to have an outdoor wedding we had no central event coordinator for the day, so it was extremely important for us to choose suppliers that we trusted and could have good working relationships with.


What steps did you take towards planning the wedding?

Neha: Shalin and I spent a few weeks discussing what our vision was for the wedding and other events “” what theme we wanted, different ideas of what we thought would separate each event apart from the others and locations. Shalin and I are very organised by nature so some things worked naturally.

Shalin: We set up clear roles and responsibilities and took over what we needed to do. We also had to make sure that we were discussing our tasks with each other to ensure that everything was going on track and that we had time to share ideas. We set up tools -online spreadsheets- to help us stay on top of things “”painful at times, but looking back it helped us stay on top of things.

 Neha:  We did all our shopping in India six months before the wedding. We have some wonderful friends and family around who helped  whenever we needed them; from cooking (preparation for which started five months before the wedding!), to helping with making decisions and helping out during the various events. Most people just stepped up an assumed different tasks to ensure the events went smoothly.

Shalin: However, it’s important to mention that there were many sleepless nights and couple of minor hustles in the boxing ring!


 What feeling did you want people to walk away with?

Neha: We just wanted people to share this auspicious day with us. We want people to leave feeling like they have an important part in our lives because they could witness our wedding and give us their blessings and love.

Shalin: Having been to so many weddings ourselves we were looking for things that would give the day our own personal touch. So we worked on some of the table decorations ourselves, made the table cards and some of the other decorations as well. The event is specific to us as individuals and matches our style and personality.

Images courtesy Omid Daghighi

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