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What’s new and hot in the bridal industry? Here, we share some of our favourite pickings   Deseo Shoes Bigger and better After huge success, Déseo Bridal & Evening Shoes is expanding with the company opening its second store in Melbourne’s bridal hotspot, Armadale. Over the last six months, the shoe boutique has introduced Bella Belle to its ever-expanding range, with more exciting brands to be released with the opening of the Melbourne store this spring. Teaming up with one of Melbourne’s famous couture dress designers, Déseo aims to create a bridal and evening hub where customers will have all their designer and customising...

Matthew Ely creates fine handcrafted jewellery to reflect your unique love story   How did you get into the bridal industry and what motivated you? I have a strong family history in the jewellery industry. My parents owned a well-established jewellery business in Western Sydney where I grew up surrounded by precious stones and exquisite designs. My childhood interest transformed into a professional passion that I pursued both at home and abroad, learning and refining my craft alongside some of the most experienced jewellery makers in the world. Marking a significant turning point in my career, I channelled my passion for design and...

Whether it’s man-made or a natural phenomenon, these countries’ landscapes are visual feasts that satisfy a hunger for the spectacular When it comes to vibrant encounters, the world plays host to many colour parades, from vivid carnivals in Spain to the intoxicating red hue of Marrakech. Avoid feeling blue and inject some colour into your honeymoon with these top destinations. After all, a honeymoon should be a special holiday and why not turn to the colour wheel to help determine where to go? A honeymoon encapsulates that feeling of je ne sais quoi - magic in the air, moments of romance,...

We unravel Sydney’s most magical hidden gems   Luna Park Luna Park While Luna Park has been in operation for more than 14 years, the attraction has been a destination for blossoming romances since the 1930s, when it first opened. The unique harbourside setting provides a vintage vibe with hints of modern sophistication. It also offers exclusive photographic opportunities called Brides on Rides for couples seeking something special and extraordinary on their wedding day. Award-winning chef Mark Taylor and his team create exceptional menus and offer seasonal selections, which include local and high-quality produce. Luna Park’s wedding and celebrations manager also works alongside the...

Reign of style Designer Ervan Woo draws inspiration from world-renowned classics for his ethereal gowns   How did you get into the bridal industry and what motivated you? As a child, I’d always had a huge interest in weddings. I loved attending weddings to see what the bride was wearing. I was fortunate enough that my mother encouraged my creativeness; I would ask for Barbie dolls and create wedding and evening gowns for them. That was my beginning. I studied hairdressing in 1986, then fashion design in 1990 and in 1992, I launched my label Ervan Woo, which included sportswear, evening gowns and later...

Shine like a bright star on your wedding day with these prime cuts, intricate pieces and jewellery must-haves   Tiny treasures BGB Jewellery   The team at BGB Jewellery combine superb craftsmanship and stunning style to bring you authentic Italian pieces. Established in 1993 by Italian master jeweller Giovanni Blanco, the brand has been creating custom pieces ever since. The Western Sydney-based store offers a one-of-a-kind interactive jewellery experience. All the best brands are at your fingertips and you can get an insight into life on the other side by watching the brand’s jewellers work their magic at their in-house workshop. bgbjewellery.com.au   One of a kind Luminate Pearls Encouraging...

The best wedding venues throughout New South Wales   St Michael’s Golf This little waterfront gem is extra special. Established in 1938, St Michael’s Golf is steeped in history. Located within the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, the venue is conscious about the local flora and fauna and has implemented environmental programs that reduce the carbon footprint and protect the endangered species of the region. Of course, the location makes for beautiful scenic photos like no other. Surrounded by the Pacific Coast, the venue’s Tasman Room is the ultimate affordable option for your wedding day. It caters for up to 140 guests seated...

Australian stylist Bianca Roccisano reveals her secrets to choosing the best dress for your big day Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life. The memories and the photographs will last a lifetime and naturally every woman wants to look her best. When shopping for a wedding dress, it’s easy to go for something you love; however, what you love and what suits your body shape don’t always match. The best advice any bride can be armed with is to understand and dress for her body type. People have this idea that brides need to wear...

With a few months to go before the big day, now is the ideal time to devise an effective eating plan to shed some unwanted kilos, maintain your weight or shape up to ensure you feel fit and fabulous in your wedding dress — and on your honeymoon. Linda O’Byrne, nutritionist for Atkins Nutritionals, the original low-carb eating experts, has put together some tips to get your pre-wedding diet plan started — based on reducing your carbohydrate and sugar intake — to ensure you see lasting results in time for the big day and for anniversaries to come. Make a plan Just...

Words by Alexandra Longstaff, Photography by Daria Kurilo and Phill Taylor There’s a reason Italy is considered to be one of the most romantic countries in the world. Italians are passionate people who place the highest importance on a little thing called love. The country exudes it, from every nook and cranny, to every sleepy coastal town and buzzing restaurant. A stroll down an ancient cobbled street reveals statues and carvings made with love, about love. Balconies and windows tell of sweet nothings that have been spoken through them, and galleries and museums ring with the sound of beating hearts that have...