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An Evening in Florence

True to its name, in the 1880s the Carriageworks workshops in Sydney were used for building and maintaining train engines and carriages to meet the demands of Sydney’s expanding rail network. Today, Carriageworks is exclusively used for creative projects and events – fashion shows, exhibitions, performances and now, a very special bridal photoshoot.

The moody, industrial setting of Carriageworks was the perfect contrast for the soft and feminine accessories in our new collection; The Romantics. We’ve returned to the classics when designing this collection, focusing on decadent headpieces, embellished veils and statement earrings.

To bring the collection to life, we worked with a talented group of creatives. Photographer Jack Henry and videographer Josh Carr-Hummerstons captured both the intricate details of the accessories and the impact of the full bridal look. Thanh Vo used her hair and makeup artistry to beautifully style models Hailey and Lilly and our stylist for the shoot was our good friend, Sophie Kirkby from Engaged Creative.

Just like Carriageworks has been reinvented for a different and creative purpose, we’ve breathed new life into classical pearls, bows and florals to create a line of fashion-forward bridal accessories.

Pearls

French fashion designer Coco Chanel was the queen of timeless style, championing the simple yet sophisticated aesthetic, with tailored suits, little black dresses and layers of pearl necklaces. We’ve also championed pearls, but through headpieces, veils and earrings. Some of our favourite pieces are the MARA pearl birdcage veil, the VIENNA pearl drop earrings and ADELINE pearl headband.

Shop this look: MARA birdcage veil | ADELINE pearl headpiece | ATTICUS pearl earrings

Bows

We’ve introduced the classical bow design in a new and bold way, transitioning them from sweet to sophisticated. We have several new pieces which feature bows, including the LAURENCE shoulder veil, with the statement bows attaching to the shoulders of dress, the HEPBURN veil, with a scattering of satin bows, and the slender, gold LUCIA bow earrings.

Shop this look: LAURENCE bridal wings | HEPBURN veil with bows

Florals

Our signature floral detailing remains a prominent feature, however, this time we’ve turned to smaller, delicate sprinklings of flowers, as seen in the ODESSA shoulder cape, SABLE headpiece, PEPE circle veil, MORNINGTON floral earrings and BLAKE floral drop veil.

Shop this look: ODESSA cape | SABLE headpiece | PEPE circle veil | MORNINGTON earrings | BLAKE veil

Crowns

Dainty, detailed and bold, bridal crowns feature strongly in the collection.  From the ANTOINETTE tiara to the EVELEIGH headband through to the CASPIAN, there is a crown for every queen.

Shop this look: ANTOINETTE tiara | EVELEIGH headband | CASPIAN pearl crown

We hope you will find your ultimate bridal look in The Romantics collection, and enjoy returning to the classics with us.

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From the moment we stepped onto the beautiful grounds of Milton Park we were captivated by this magical venue. From the ivy-covered pool house, to the ornate fences and hidden archways, it was as though we had entered the set of The Secret Garden. Located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, the grounds of Milton Park were the perfect backdrop for our new collection of floaty veils, regal crowns and statement earrings.

Designer and Creative Director, Tania Maras, was inspired by the art and sentiment of the Renaissance era when creating this new collection.

“The relevance of Renaissance is that of rebirth which felt timely with all things pandemic and the many changes around us,” says Tania. “It plays on the ‘renaissance’ style/aesthetic but also the deeper meaning of rebirth, innovation and change that came from the renaissance era.”

The Renaissance collection is a tribute to strength, femininity and possibilities. Featuring rich gold, silver and blush tones, lush florals and intricate beading, these designs have been handcrafted for ultra-romantic bridal looks.

Let’s take a closer look at the collection.

Shop this look: LADY GREY headpiece

Headpieces

We’re introducing fresh approaches to crowns and combs in this collection – adding new textures, new soft blush tones and crowns in new heights.

DUET is a decadent double crown design, featuring pearl scallops and a gold vine dotted with delicate ivory roses. We’re also releasing beautiful pink floral headpieces in this collection. The MONET hair piece is composed of golden leaves and blush fabric flowers with beaded centres. For a bolder look, the FRANCA features an abundance of handcrafted blooms to form the ultimate floral crown.

These headpieces also pair beautifully with our new line of veils.

Shop this look:  LOVERS headpiece, BLANCHARD earrings, REMBRANT headpiece, FRANCA headpiece, DUET headpiece, SOPHIA headpiece, CASPIAN headpiece

Veils

Our new embellished veils are designed to suit a range of styles, dresses and personalities. With dramatic florals, magical detailing and new silhouettes, these veils are designed to elevate your bridal look.

The dreamy DOLCE veil is created with the perfect balance of textural lace motifs, fabric flowers and sparkling crystals. This veil pairs beautifully with simple wedding gowns. AUGUSTINE is a Juliet cap veil with a halo of beautiful blooms and laces that trickle down the back of the veil. One of our new blusher veils is REMY, featuring bold floral and sequin lace motifs to frame your wedding dress.

If statement earrings are more to your taste, we’ve also designed a whole range of styles to fall in love with.

Shop this look: MATISSE veil, AUGUSTINE veil, AVA veil, FLORENCE veil, MIRA veil, CAMILLE veil

Earrings

In longer lengths and bolder designs, these new earrings will have a starring role in your bridal look. VALENTINA is golden drop earrings with a touch of empire blue, for a strong and feminine look. BLANCHARD features vines of beads and blooms that cascade down the neck. For a splash of pink, the DARLING earrings add colour and sparkle with handcrafted blooms and crystal stamens.

Shop this look: BLANCHARD floral earrings, ELISABETTA earrings TEARDROP earrings, DARLING blush earrings, VALENTINA empire blue earrings

We hope you find something special for your wedding day in the Renaissance collection. For help pulling together your bridal look, please get in touch.

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Over the last few months our studio has begun to somewhat resemble a haberdashery store, as beautiful bundles of lace trims started arriving at our doorstep. Beaded, corded, stitched and sequinned – soon the cutting table (and our head space) was filled with laces and possibilities, as we began designing and creating pieces for our newest collection.

We are excited to release the Paloma collection. Paloma is the Spanish word for ‘dove’. We took inspiration from these beautiful creatures, along with the exotic styles and aesthetics of the Mediterranean. Designer and Creative Director, Tania Maras, designed these new pieces to have a staring role in your bridal look. Feminine, dramatic and utterly romantic, this collection includes decadently embellished accessories, featuring laces, beading and florals.

“The Paloma Collection is inspired by birds of flight that roam the earth and sky. Peaceful yet powerful, the collection features statement wedding capes, veils, earrings and hair pieces to showcase the beauty of the free-spirited bride,” says Tania.

Photo credits: 1. via Pinterest | 2. Sasha Esenina | 3. Andrea Tiller | 4. via Pinterest | 5. via Pinterest | 6. Who What Wear | 7. Sasha Esenina | 8. Ash and Co

We photographed the collection at Mrs Fray Bridal Concept Store, a light and airy bridal boutique in Canberra. The earthy tones and magical lighting in the store made for some beautiful backdrops. The boutique stocks dresses by Karen Willis Holmes and Prea James Bridal (along with others), which we styled with our accessories.

A talented team of creatives brought our vision to life. Tania’s talented brother, Martin Maras alongside Hayden Sault, beautifully captured the mood of the collection. We also had the expertise of Kate Lily, on hair, and Jessica Peris, on makeup. Plus the beautiful Tahlia Toth modelled the pieces with grace and style.

With Señorita, by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello playing in the background, we channelled ‘Spanish princess’ vibes during the day, to help capture the regal and exotic mood of the collection. Previously, the brand focused on pairing veils with headpieces. As an alternative, this collection is about showcasing how lace capes and statement earrings can be styled together for stunning results. Along with capes and earrings, we’ve also released new birdcage veils, crowns, headbands and hairpins, which can transform a simple dress into something very special.

Ready to explore our new collection and create your ultimate bridal look? Visit our store to browse the new styles of capes, veils, headpieces and earrings.

SPECIAL THANKS TO…

Tania, designer and Creative Director of Tania Maras Bridal, celebrates the 10-year anniversary of her business at the beginning of this year. What started out as a side hustle designing and manufacturing clutch purses has morphed into a leading bridal accessories brand.  Her forward-thinking approach, vast skill set and unmatched eye for creating beautiful designs, have captured the attention and admiration of brides worldwide.  Here, she shares her insights, stories and lessons that have shaped her business.

1. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of your business is a huge achievement (congratulations!). What have been some of the highlights over the last decade?

Thank you! Being able to go full-time with what started as a side hustle while I was in my office job is one of my greatest career highlights. Now I have two young children, I’m able to balance work and family life. I’m surrounded by a supportive team who have allowed me to be a mum and also a boss. I’m very lucky. Learning to delegate has been the hardest thing, and building a team of dedicated and talented creatives who love what they do as much as I do, is also an important achievement for me. As is creating a beautiful studio where coming to work is always a pleasure.

2. You started your creative journey by designing and manufacturing clutch purses. Would you tell us a bit about this experience and how it led to bridal accessories?

I loved the process of designing and handcrafting clutch purses – ones that are both beautiful and practical. My collections featured a range of prints and colours, in casual as well as formal designs. The support I received from my customers was so positive and they would request custom pieces in softer colour palettes for their bridal parties and their bridal looks. From there I ventured into the art of silk flower making, and then wire work, and here we are.

3.) Your business has evolved substantially over the years. What has sparked these changes to your business? And why do you think its important to try new things, expand and go in different directions?

The bridal industry has changed dramatically over the past decade and I feel this is because brides have evolved. Women are questioning and redefining the wedding traditions that don’t resonate with them and their values, as well as what is traditionally expected of them. Brides want to create a day that’s the perfect expression of themselves and their partners, so it’s much more of a personal event.

My goal is to help each bride find a piece or pieces that speak to her on a personal level, either from the collection, or by designing a bespoke piece to suit their individual style. Previously brides were the recipient of heirlooms from their grandmothers and mothers, but I’ve found over the years that brides now want to start their own traditions and find their own heirlooms to create a legacy which they can pass onto their daughters.

Wheeling in our racks or wedding gowns, boxes of veils and cases of jewellery into Mona Farm, we were captivated by the serene beauty of this historic property. With paths winding through lush woodlands, ornate gardens and fields of flowers, this hidden gem in regional NSW was the ultimate spot to showcase our very own collection of treasures.

The Tania Maras team spent a day at the picturesque Mona Farm to shoot our upcoming Le Jardin collection of veils and headpieces. The collection stars statement veils scattered with twinkling crystals and cascading lace embellishments along with wildflower-inspired hair combs and tiaras. Designer and Creative Director, Tania Maras, looked to the magic of moonlit gardens when designing this assemblage.

“The collection is inspired by the grandeur of the garden under the infinite stars above. Muted tones of silver and soft gold have been accented with tints of ivory, blush and champagne in a way that feels fresh and utterly enchanting,” says Tania.

The scenic surrounds of Mona Farm made for some breathtaking backdrops for the collection, captured by our photographer Phil, from Heart and Colour. We also had the lovely Sophie from Engaged Creative  on board as our stylist and Kate Lily Hair Dressing and Alex Perrin on hair and makeup respectively. The beautiful Sarah Shaw modelled the accessorises with flair and grace. We also had one very cute helper – Tania’s five-month-old son. Although he wasn’t the most productive member of the team, he did help boost morale and keep us entertained with his smile and giggles!

The Le Jardin collection will be available within the coming weeks. Here, we’re giving you a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released designs. If you’re interested in one of the pieces, please contact us. And if you’re in need of wedding venue, check out Mona Farm. The property is a three hour drive from Sydney and a one hour drive from Canberra, and offers scenic views, accommodation and a purpose built reception venue.

Photographer Phil capturing the exquisite details of our crystal veils.

Tania’s gorgeous baby outshining the WEEPING CHERRY embellished veil.

Mona Farm is a working farm and home to cattle, ewes, pigs and horses. These cheeky pigs were big fans of our work!

Hairdresser Kate styling the IRIS comb. The comb features dramatic clay flowers and delicate pearl sprigs. The piece is available in pale gold and silver tones.

The ENCHANTED tiara and AMORA veil work beautifully when worn together or separately.

A delicious rack of designer dresses to play with.

Sophie working her magic to style the beautiful gowns and accessories.

Sarah models the delicate CLARABEL tiara and frothy GEORGETTE veil, to achieve a regal bridal look.

The GARDENIA headpiece features and abundance of floral details and a flexible design that can be positioned in a variety of hairstyles.

A tiara and veil can be styled beautifully with a low bun and parted fringe.

We loved sunlit rooms and historic detailing for our photo backdrops.

Our veils are designed to beautifully drape around your shoulders and back.

Designer and Creative Director, Tania, capturing the action.

The MIDNIGHT veil is covered in glittering crystals.

The enchanting garden paths, ornate gates and lush plant life, were dramatic backdrops for our photoshoot.

Hairdresser Kate adding the finishing touches to this romantic look.

For a touch of old world charm, style the TROUSSEAU comb in a romantic side swept hair style.

Photographer Phil captured the soft, ethereal beauty of veils in his shots.

From wild woodlands to manicured gardens, Mona Farm has beautiful, photogenic spots at every turn.

The ANA ROSA halo is feminine and romantic, featuring golden sunset tones.

Mona Farm is dotted with quaint spots to sit and relax.

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