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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.

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