Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bagpipes, Kilts and French Lace - and lots of fun!

Here in Australia we are lucky to have so many different cultures represented amongst us, allowing us to enjoy the diverse food, music, festivals, cultural traditions and fashion on offer, from living in a truly multi-cultural society. It is precisely this concept that my label "Culture Bridal Couture" is based on, and continually inspired by! One nationality which is strongly represented here in Sydney is Scotland, and of course with a good, fun-filled Scottish wedding celebration comes the kilt, and the bagpipes!

One of my favourite recent "Culture" brides is Wendy, who married her handsome Scotsman David in true style at Sydney's "Gunners Barracks", overlooking the splendid Sydney Harbour. Wendy also has Scottish heritage, so when she came to see me to discuss possible wedding gown designs, we knew there would be many a kilt being worn to her wedding! We talked about what sort of bridal gown and overall bridal "look" would compliment the groom & guests wearing kilts of various colours and patterns, and agreed that a wedding gown which is neutral in colour, and classic in design, yet with amazing detail and a bit of "bling", would be best suited so as not to clash with the kilts, whilst still looking BEAUTIFUL.

Wendy had already fallen in love with our "French Metallic Lace" bridal design from photos seen on my website, and as soon as we tried it on her, we knew it was the one! Teamed up with a custom-made silver tulle veil, silver satin shoes, Swarovski crystal beading and a stunning Vintage-style brooch & matching earrings, Wendy's custom-made silk gown fitted her like a glove, and as you can see from these photos, she looked absolutely breathtaking on her wedding day!

Surrounded by family & friends who had travelled from around the globe, Wendy and David's outdoor wedding ceremony featured a lone bagpipe player playing as Wendy walked down the aisle, and at the end of their ceremony, the lone bagpiper was then joined by a full pipe band who suddenly appeared on the headland above the wedding venue, a magnificent surprise and a memorable start to their married life! Dining on a menu of Modern Australian cuisine, the guests were also given traditional Scottish toffee (called "Tablet") as their bonbonnerie, handmade by the father of the bride from an old family recipe. A celtic rock band kept the dance floor swinging throughout the reception, with a magical rendition of Auld Lang Syne wrapping up the night in true Scottish style.

Congratulations to Wendy & David on a truly wonderful wedding, I just love the way you blended the Aussie and Scottish traditions together and showed your heritage, individuality and love of life throughout every fantastic moment - yours is such a beautiful story!
Til next time,
xx Lisa
Wedding gown & accessories by Culture Bridal Couture
Wedding photos by Gavin Cato at Cato & Pade Photography