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Right from a young age Kahla knew she wanted wear a veil on her wedding day. She and her twin sister use to take it in turns to dress up as a bride and wear a towel on their head in their pretend backyard weddings. Thankfully, Kahla no longer needs to improvise with heavy terry towelling! The soft floaty tulle, blusher layer and seamless design of the AMORA veil was the perfect alternative for her wedding day. The veil complemented her stunning wedding day look, while fulfilling her childhood dreams.

Kahla and Zane married in Townsville, a north Queensland city overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. With family and friends (and their dogs!) involved in the wedding festivities, the day beautifully celebrated their relationship and the close connections they have with loved ones.

Kahla's dream look

Kahla coveted a bridal look that was timeless and elegant, she didn’t want to look at pictures of her wedding in years to come and “cringe and giggle about the fashions of the time.” 

Trying on dresses in a range of styles, materials and sizes, Kahla said she decided on a Made With Love gown for a number of reasons…

  1. Queensland designer
  2. The dresses are modern with a classic feel
  3. They suited the warmer climate
  4. Not unreasonable in price range for the stunning dress you got in the end.

Meeting all of the ‘must have’ requirements, Made with Love’s Ella gown was `The One’.

“My checklist items included: a stunning train, a belt at the waist, sweetheart cut neckline and as my nanny says: it was a ‘show off that figure while you’re young’ kind of dress. I really didn’t picture myself in a full lace dress, but it was just perfect for me,” says Kahla.

Having found her dream dress, Kahla searched and researched the perfect veil design.

“The Tania Maras veil and accessory collection made for a hard choice. Every piece in the range is so delicate and beautiful. I was very happy with the delicate tulle on the comb of my AMORA veil. Looking through my photos, the veil really created a soft romantic look with the modern almost bold lace on my dress.”

Although Kahla loves wearing her her long hair down in waves, she needed a more practical hairstyle to withstand the warm September weather in North Queensland.

“The smart but beautiful choice was an up do with soft waves into the low bun, which suited the veil, dress and weather,” she says.

Special Moments

Kahla and Zane’s nearest and dearest had special roles on their wedding day. From their dogs’ involvement in the ceremony to a delicious potluck dessert table, the day was a celebration of love and family.

“Our ceremony was held at the Townsville Heritage Centre. We had our dogs walk down the aisle and involved in the photos. They are some of my happiest photos from the entire day.”

“We weren’t really allowed to throw rose petals on the day, but my one bridezilla request of ‘being showered with flower petals’ while walking back down the aisle required my brother in law to bring his leaf blower to clean it up once the ceremony had finished. We all had a good laugh at those photos.”

“The reception was at The Ville Resort-Casino. My mum and dad had gotten married there 31 years before and my dad has worked there for 30 years, so we loved that it had been a big part of my life growing up in Townsville. Coming from a family of ballroom dancers, I had also dreamed of our first dance and gliding across that floor, my poor husband had big shoes to fill. Luckily he doesn’t have two left feet and learnt to dance for me.”

“We asked our closest friends and family to bring their most favourite and famous dessert for our dessert table. It felt as though it was another family BBQ with the best homemade cannoli, tiramisu, chocolate mudecake and cheesecake slices to stuff our bellies and celebrate another special milestone with these important people in our lives.”

Best advice

“The options really are endless and it’s what you want to do as a couple,” says Kahla. “Keep in mind there comes a point where there are too many opinions and advice, so make sure you have an A team who are supportive and honest when you need to talk about everything and anything wedding related, whether it be in the evening or at 2 am in the morning!”

“We asked our closest friends and family to bring their most favourite and famous dessert for our dessert table. It felt as though it was another family BBQ with the best homemade cannoli, tiramisu, chocolate mudecake and cheesecake slices to stuff our bellies and celebrate another special milestone with these important people in our lives.”

Special thanks to…

With springtime finally upon us, we’ve seen some beautiful warm days and blossoming trees around our city.  In the studio, we’ve been busy working on some fluttery hair flower pins for the wedding season ahead.  You can’t have a spring wedding without beautiful blooms and you’ll see some inspiring floral creations coming your way over the coming weeks and months.

We love to be able to offer our brides the ability to style their bridal looks in different ways that suits their personal style and wedding hairstyles. Wedding hair flowers set on separate pins means you can position the flowers as you wish. This could be in a row, clustered together or to one side only.

The ROSA hair flowers are delightfully delicate and feminine. As a set of two, these pins are the perfect size and shape to complement a range of soft wedding updos and half up bridal hairstyles. The soft sheer petals are perfect for bridal white, light ivory or medium ivory wedding gowns. We love to cluster them together as groups of two, four or six for a look that’s eternally chic.

Shop this look: ROSA wedding hair flowers

Style these with

We love to pair the ROSA pins with earring sets of a similar aesthetic. Our favourite combinations include the TULIP, BREATHLESS and LOURDES earring sets.

Shop this look: ROSA wedding hair flowers

Hair flowers with a wedding veil

If you’re looking to wear a wedding veil, finish the look with some scattered flowers to the sides or along the top to conceal the veil’s comb. The look is ethereal, romantic and oh-so-pretty. After the ceremony, you can simply remove the veil and the hair flowers can stay in place.

Shop this look: ROSA wedding hair flowers (set of 2) + THEODORE pearl veil

Side wedding hair pieces

For a look that’s fashion forward, clean and modern, we love to style these pins to one side. Chat to your hairstylist about the best positions to secure the hair flowers – after all, you can always reposition the hair pins during the day of your wedding. Clustered in a row as a set of 6 around a veil for the ceremony and then reposition them to the side for reception for a fun and flirty bridal style.

Shop this look: ROSA wedding hair flowers (set of 2) + THEODORE pearl veil

We’re sure you’ve spent a good portion of your wedding planning browsing Pinterest and Instagram looking for inspiration on wedding hairstyles with veils. We do this on a daily basis too – what can we say, we love hair and we love weddings! We’ve pulled together the crème de la crème of our favourite wedding hairstyles with veils to inspire. Feel free to pin them to your Pinterest boards for later.

Wedding hairstyles with veils

The wedding hairstyle you choose to wear on your wedding day is quite an important decision. It should reflect your personal style and sensibilities, and complement your wedding dress and venue.  In addition to being timeless, it should also be functional if it needs to accommodate a wedding veil or bridal accessories and keep them in place all day.

Most brides falls in love with a wedding updo, a down hairstyle or something in between. You can’t go past these beauties for the season ahead:

1. Wedding updos with veil

For the bride seeking a classic look that feels modern with a nod to the traditional, a romantic wedding updo with a veil is chic and effortless.

For some brides, a veil with a wedding updo is a bit too traditional but we think it’s all about the placement of the veil. If you position the veil too high (i.e beyond the crown of your head and closer towards your hairline where a headband would sit), it will look little more dated.  If you’d like to avoid the bridal looks of the 1980s-1990s, try positioning the veil a little further back – at the crown or above a low set bun. This has the effect of elongating your silhouette and also frames your updo in the most beautiful way.

We often work with brides who try on a veil with their wedding dress in their local bridal boutique. Often the veil looks overly fluffy and full – a look that a lot of modern brides try to avoid. With a little repositioning of the veil (i.e. lowering it) or opting for a more modern cut to the veil, the whole look can be transformed instantly.

Photo credits: 1. via Once Wed | 2.  Marisa Rose MPH 3. LAURETTE hair pins + THEODORE veil | 4. CLARABEL headpiece + AMORA veil | 5.  JASMINE headpiece + BLAIR wedding veil | 5. HARLOW headpiece + THEODORE veil | 6. ROSEMONT headpiece + THEODORE veil| 7. Rachel Meagan Photography | 8. FLEUR crown + LUMIERE pearl veil | 9. MARION headpiece | 10. EVENING headpiece | 11. via Snippet & Ink | 12. ENCHANTED headpiece + AMORA veil | ROSEMONT headpiece + KARELL short veil | 13. via Pinterest | 14. AUDREY wedding veil

2. Hair down with veil

So you love the look of a veil and you also want to wear your hair is loose curls on your wedding day. Perfect! There’s no reason why you can’t wear a veil with your hair down. You’ll just need a few extra bobby pins (and a little extra teasing) to secure the veil into place.

We adore this wedding hairstyle with a veil for its clean and minimalist vibe. It suits bohemian bridal looks right through to classic silhouettes.

This look can also be paired with a beautiful headpiece for a little added interest. Simply position the veil into place and place your headpiece on top of the veil’s comb for a seamless finish.

Photo credits: 1. CARMEN veil | 2. via Pinterest | 3. via Style Me Pretty | 4. NADIA pearl veil | 5. via Pinterest | 6. via Pinterest | 7. via Style Me Pretty | 8. via Pinterest | 9. via Pinterest

3. Half up hair with veil

If you can’t decide between a wedding updo or a bridal hairstyle that’s all down and flowing, a half up half down wedding hairstyle might be the perfect style for you. When paired with a veil, it creates the perfect foundation to hold the veil into place and also keeps those strands of hair off your face.

We love this look because of the way it frames the hairstyle. The veil is positioned a little lower so it’s possible to achieve more volume at the crown which is always a flattering look.

4. Ponytail with veil

We’ve seen so many beautiful ponytails grace the aisles this wedding season. They’re modern, clean, chic and oh-so beautiful. Our favourite Anna Heinrich wed this year in Italy in a gorgeous cathedral veil secured to a low set ponytail. The look is not only mesmerising and romantic but ultra chic and feminine.

Customising your veil to suit your wedding hairstyle

Not all veils are created equal and not all veils will suit the wedding hairstyles of your dreams. If you’ve fallen in love with a wedding veil from our collection, send us photos of your bridal hairstyle and let’s chat.

We’d be happy to offer advice on how the veil can be customised to suit you and your hairstyle. Often it’s as simple as ensuring the correct sized veil comb is attached. Or it could be a slight variation in amount of gathers at the comb or a tweak to the blusher width for a cleaner look.