Monday, October 31, 2011

Roller Jamming in wedding dresses…

Roller Jammers: Fiona and Sarah

And that’s the way our staff at the Melbourne boutique roll… pub crawling on bikes (and skateboards) adorned in Karen Willis Holmes gowns. Why? Because that’s what Roller Jammers do. And because they love the gowns so much, they wear it in their spare time!

Roller Jamming: /rol’ər jah’hæming/
a. The act of converging at an appointed destination trading in alcoholic substances on a wheel-like vehicle (skates, bikes, skateboards etc.).
b. Continue to converge at various destinations trading in alcoholic substances on a wheel-like vehicle (skates, bikes, skateboards etc.).

(origin: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA)
Synonyms: good times; merriment;
gaiety; fun, frolicking

 In additions, it is vital you take note that the gowns worn whilst Roller Jamming are obsolete stock! And another addition, be wary of your train getting caught under the roller.

Karen xx

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wedding videos...

I would like to introduce you to a real gem I came across through my gorgeous couture bride Stella Tio. 

Stella sent me a link to her wedding video and it is the BEST wedding video I’ve seen. C2-Video did a fabulous job to capturing Stella and Minh’s wedding in Melbourne. I know many people have mixed feelings regarding wedding videos and so did I before I came across C2-Vidoes work, it was classy and charming...the video had a wonderful warm mood to it... just perfect really!

Marcus was kind enough to shoot a video for us at our Melbourne store - click here

And here is Stella and Minhs wedding video - you will love it!

So if your a bride in Sydney or Melbourne, we thoroughly recommend Marcus to capture your wedding day!

Karen xx

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Celebrity Wedding...

Liz Hurley

Liz Hurley first caught my fashion eye when she wore the Versace safety pin dress in 1994 and is now set to marry Australian cricket legend Shane Warne. 

I think her wedding to Shane Warne will be traditional yet star-studded celebration with sporting stars and celebrities topping the guest lists and fingers crossed the celebrations will take place in Australia, where the couple can enjoy a traditional Aussie outdoor or harbour wedding.

For Liz’s wedding gown, I imagine that she will want to accent her body conscious fashion sense with a figure hugging mermaid silhouette, perhaps with that all important antipodean twist.

The gown, in a soft pearl shade will be made with delicate layers of silk chiffon, one of Liz’s favourite fabric and will feature a v-neckline with intricate lace sleeves – a strong bridal trend of the moment to soften the look. 

Hand embroidered and appliqué lace detailing on the torso will accentuate the design and inner corsetry of the gown as well as Liz’s stunning silhouette and will become more prominent with sculptured layers of lace featured on the skirt and train of the gown.  Not forgetting that Liz does love her jewels, a diamante belt completes the look.

Karen xx

Monday, October 24, 2011

Featured Gowns

The beautiful ‘Felicity’ gown is from our Ready to Wear collection.

Felicity is an elegant, strapless, multi layered tulle gown with a skirt that flows into a train and features a divine bodice embroidered with beautiful sequins and diamantes.


Check out these amazing photos of the Felicity gown, shot by White Heights Media.

Karen xx

Friday, October 21, 2011

Real Bride...

Angela & Simon

Angela and Simon met at a party 15 years ago and on the 3rd of September this year they “had a lovely, small wedding full of laughter, fabulous food and wine. We are grateful to everyone who helped make our day special and will always remember it with a smile”  

Angela and Simon had a lunchtime wedding at The Immigration Museum “We are both first-generation Australians and discovered our families’ immigration records while visiting The Immigration Museum one day. We decided the Museum was a great venue to celebrate our past and future.”

Angela wore the Rebecca gown from Karen Willis Holmes Ready-to-Wear in Melbourne. I cannot imagine a more perfect gown for her. It suits her in every single way and is a very flattering choice. We love that Angela added the halter-neck – just perfect!

Angela especially likes the fact that her gown is “by an Australian designer, and it wasn’t too layered or bulky. We had a lunchtime wedding, so I wanted a more simple dress. I love the fabric, the clean lines gathering at the hip (perfect for attaching a vintage piece of jewellery to), and the corset. I also love the halter piece Enza attached to the dress for me”

“My jewellery is vintage-inspired. It’s by Wendy Louise, an Australian designer (bought from Kattina Fashion Accessories). This includes the piece on the dress, bracelet and hairclip.”

Angela’s photographer Tizia May has captured the whole day wonderfully – “with outstanding results”. Tizia sent us these lovely images for our blog and she also said how beautiful Angela was and that they were a great couple to work with. We are so happy that we contributed to Angela’s big day and very glad she enjoyed wearing our gown!

Best wishes to Angela and Simon!

Karen xx

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Our gorgeous new ready-to-wear Angelina gown is certainly creating a stir. We promised you more pictures of this stunning gown... and here they are! 

This tulle fishtail gown hugs the figure beautifully. Some stunning detail in the diamanté sheer shoulder feature. 

Take a look at these lovely photos of the Angelina gown from a recent shoot, shot by Infinity photography...

Karen xx

Monday, October 17, 2011

Put a ring on it...

Today at Karen Willis Holmes we have been inspired by all things sparkly and bright! Your engagement ring and weddings bands are going to be with you forever... so it is important to choose a style that you absolutely love as it will be an accessory worn everyday! 

There are so many gorgeous sparklers to choose from, as well as some interesting and beautiful wedding band ideas that we know will inspire you! Enjoy...

Here at Karen Willis Holmes, we adore all things vintage jewellery, and after all, antique is the new black! Opting for a vintage engagement ring adds sentiment and history, making your engagement ring even more special. Take a look at these vintage beauties..

Some modern styles of engagement rings, something for every personality. A more unconventional ring could be just what you are looking for..

A girl cannot resist! This gorgeous sparkler with matching band is certainly eye catching.

Wedding bands are special in that they are a featured part of your actual ceremony, as well as being something that you will share with your husband/wife forever. Generally wedding bands have some commonality to link the rings together, or you can each opt for a personal style. Take a look at some great ideas we have found...

A classic style that is simple and has timeless elegance.

These bands share a common classic style yet have added touches of his and hers- for the girl who cannot resist more diamonds!

Weddings bands that are especially created for the individual. You are your partners individual styles can come out to play.

Weddings bands that feature imprints of each other's fingerprints on the inside of the band. A beautiful and intimate idea that we adore!

We hope you have found some inspiration in these weddings ring ideas, the hardest bit now is choosing!

Karen xx

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cake Pop vs Sugared Almonds

And the winner is …. CAKE POPS!  We were looking for bonbonniere ideas to inspire our lovely brides and came across something that has changed all our lives, the mighty and delicious cake pops. Not only do they look scrumptious and pretty… I can bet my right elbow and left knee that it would taste divine. What could be better than and edible treats? Not key rings – oh no, nor ornaments… it is a delicious goodness called cake pops. Without further ado … some graphic evidence to get your mouth watering…







Karen xx