Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kate & Michael's stylish Winter wedding

Beautiful wedding photos not only capture the spirit & emotions of the day, but also capture the intricate details and magic moments that are easily missed in the excitement and buzz whilst it's all happening!

These stunning photos of 'Culture Bridal Couture' bride Kate's Winter wedding really show the spirit and feelings of their day perfectly.... and what a fabulous location (Bennelong Lawn, Botanic Gardens - overlooking the Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge - say no more!!!) and the groom Michael couldn't look happier! Their stylish reception at Pyrmont's Doltone House was a perfect blend of classic, elegant and contemporary.

Kate's vintage-inspired "Culture Bridal Couture" gown was fully custom-made from silver French metallic lace, with a soft silk satin underlay in Latte, to highlight the pattern within the lace, and it simply glowed against her tanned skin and gorgeous blonde locks. Her gown featured a stunning Swarovski crystal brooch and matching earrings, with a jewelled headpiece & exquisite hand-beading to tie it all together. WHAT A GORGEOUS COUPLE - WE LOVE IT!!

Wedding gown by Culture Bridal Couture
Wedding photos by Luke Butterly at
Til next time,
xx Lisa

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vicki and Steve's Palm Cove wedding...

Here at the buzzing Culture Bridal Couture HQ (our little studio in Leichhardt), we always LOVE getting our bride's wedding photos back - not only do we get to admire our gowns as they are seen on our clients' BIG DAY - but we also get to see what the groom looks like, too!! Although we often hear all about the lucky guy during fittings, understandably we rarely get to meet them (as the gowns we create are usually top secret brides business!!)

Vicki & Steve tied the knot in Far North Queensland, Australia, at the luxurious Palm Cove. Although the day was really, really windy, they had a ball and of course Vicki looked fabulous in her 'Culture Bridal' Grecian-inspired silk georgette gown, featuring a sexy Halter neckline, flowing multi-layers of sheer silk and a beautiful silver beaded Sari braid at the Empire Line. As you can see from their wedding album pics, the wind actually added to the dramatic landscape when it came time for their photos!

Vicki's custom-made Wedding Gown by Culture Bridal Couture
These beautiful wedding pics were taken by Milk & Honey Photography.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Glam Awards Fever - my fave looks!

I always get so excited with the US Awards season - it's fashion overload!!! The hype & the TV coverage is so over-the-top (but entertaining in a voyeuristic way!), and seeing which stars choose which designers is a sport in itself!! This year i was pretty impressed with the vast array of different looks, themes, fabrics and styles embraced by the glamorous celebs - and its so good to see a continuation of COLOUR favoured over basic black. The gorgeous jewel-coloured gowns just POP in photos, and really do look so much more flattering and memorable than the drab black dresses these days.

After looking at THE ultimate fashion website, , here is my personal selection of gowns i loved most from the Globes & the Oscars, all of which i can imagine brides being inspired by.

It's great to see women of all ages, shapes and sizes looking SO FABULOUS on the red carpet - of course they have a support team of stylists, beauty professionals, major design houses willing to loan amazing Couture gowns & jewels & accessories for free, in return for the PR... but hey, that's entertainment!

If only we all had more opportunities to frock up and wear full-length gowns (sigh) - here in Australia our lifestyle is so relaxed and casual, but thankfully we can still glam up for WEDDINGS (whether we are guests or in the bridal party) and enjoy the pleasures of feeling like a Hollywood Star for a day!

My faves - at the Golden Globes - Mo'Nique, Maggie, our own adorable Toni Collette, Diane Kruger and Drew... fab gowns, fab colours, their gowns suited their figures, looks and personalities to perfection!

My faves - at the Oscars - Sandra Bullock in silver Marchesa, SJP in Chanel (controversial - but i loved it!!!), Helen Mirren, as always she looked just divine (in Badgley Mischka), Gabourney in her Marchesa gown rocked it, Elizabeth banks in Atalier Versace was tres chic, and Anna Kendrick's softest pink Elie Saab gown was absolutely BEAUTIFUL - a stunning shape and so perfectly made, so delicate and feminine and just breathtaking - wow!! Til next time, xx Lisa

Friday, March 5, 2010

Karen & Graham's English Castle wedding...

Our beautiful 'Culture Bridal Couture' bride Karen got hitched to the very dapper Graham in true style in an amazing English castle in the UK recently... the castle grounds featured beautiful gardens with wandering deer, and quaint stone steps and little bridges, perfect for the wedding photos!
Karen's "Culture Bridal Couture" gown was fully custom-made in Ecru silk dupion, with soft sheer tulle straps, tulle flowers & metallic lace applique and Swarovski crystal beading throghout the fitted bodice. Her style was inspired by our signature "Mon Cherie" gown (see our website for that design), but with a more structured skirt shape, instead of tulle. The gorgeous handmade silk flower bustle at the back of Karen's gown added that "English Rose" feel, and the touches of pale gold in the beading complemented her Rose Gold wedding ring.
We LOVE these photos, Karen - and it looks like you all had an absolute ball on your wedding day - BIG CONGRATS from my team and I,
xx Lisa

Karen's custom-made wedding gown by Culture Bridal Couture in Sydney, Australia
All photography in this posting from Karen's wedding photographer Gav Harrison -
view his website at