Karen Willis Holmes In The Media 2021
Our highlights of influencer activity, creative collaborations, favourite bride moments and much more that summarises KAREN WILLIS HOLMES media activity in 2021.
Georgia Gorgeous Brownlows Debut
A night of extreme glamour and honour at the 2021 Brownlow Awards had the media in a frenzy over one bold woman who dared to push the boundaries of what a black-tie gown should be. Georgia Mitchell, an NSW paramedic and mental health advocate, stepped out into the lights of the red carpet with her partner AFL player, Sam Collins. Although he was supposed to be the featured guest, Georgia stole the show in her stunning Taryn Camille gown from our BESPOKE collection, a modern A-line wedding dress with U-shaped neckline and oversized bubble sleeves, styled by the incredible Jamie Azzopardi. Yes, she wore a wedding dress. Maybe Sam will get the hint? She certainly caught the attention of major press outlets including, ABC News, New.com.au , and Yahoo! Lifestyle.
Taryn Carson at the Dally M
On a star-studded evening at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane for the 2021 Dally M NRL awards, Taryn Carson became the beacon of light in her glamorous ivory Jacqueline Elizabeth gown, a contemporary aline wedding dress with a straight cut bodice and alluring Puff sleeves. Although she is traditionally a wedding dress, Jamie Azzopardi celebrity stylist extraordinaire, had a different plan; style the wives and girlfriends of NRL players in the most extravagant dresses to wow the crowd, and that she did. The Daily Mail says it best, “The WAG turned heads in a long white silk gown which featured ruffled sleeves and a high slit.”
Married At First Sight
Karry Knight had Australia smitten since the moment she walked on screen with her sweet demeanour and kindness shown towards her new husband and castmates. After weeks of getting to know each other intimately, it was time for Kerry and Johnny to commit themselves to each other at their final ceremony. Viewers subtly took out their tissues to blot away their tears as the couple exchanged the most genuine vows. However, those same eyes were also drawn to Kerry’s intricately beaded Cassie gown from our LUXE collection, which hugged her figure beautifully while making her shine. Cassie has art deco vintage wedding dress vibes with modern elements like an open keyhole back and fit and flare silhouette.
Although MAFS on Channel Nine is known for its shock factor as fans are left with their mouths agape as brides meet grooms they’ve never met before, Georgia Fairweather caused a stir in other ways. Her over-the-top personality dazzled viewers for many reasons, but her style truly stood out; all pink everything! At the reunion episode, after an epic breakup, Georgie showed up in the hot pink vintage KWH gown from decades past, a 90’s style mermaid dress. We dove into our treasure trove of unique dresses to find one that spoke to her personally, but let’s rewind to a time a few weeks before the reunion, the day she met her charming husband. On Georgia’s wedding day, she graced the aisle in her BESPOKE Sophie gown, a limited edition princess style wedding dress with an organza aline skirt and V-neck fitted bodice with hand-beaded detailing. For her third KWH number, Georgia donned the sparkly Ellie gown for her commitment ceremony. She looked incredible in her fit and flare sequin wedding dress with lace-up back.
Sydney cool girl and model Laura Dewit rocked our bridal suit for the Million Dollar Beard Ball in Sydney. Beard Season founder Jimmy Niggles and billionaire businessman Justin Hemmes hosted the charity ball, which was held at the Ivy Ballroom and MC’d by Hamish Blake. Proceeds of the gala went towards saving lives through the World’s first National skin check program.
Have you ever seen a more sophisticated bride? Sydney Model, DJ and Presenter Demi Bryant is no stranger to the sudden twists and turns of life with COVID. After getting engaged to her long-time beau, James, she knew she couldn’t wait any longer but would be hindered by safety restrictions. In the most intimate, divine elopement, the two wed surrounded by their relatives at their minimalist city ceremony. Demi, being a uber-successful model, had to arrive in style! The straight-legged Danielle Pant exaggerated her elegant long legs, while her top was sultry in her Charlie Jacket with nothing underneath. Knowing that one day she would have a larger more elaborate ceremony and reception, Demi wanted to play it cool in her simply sleek bridal suit made for a boss babe. With her anti bride look, she made headlines on Hello May and of course you can view Demi James’ minimalist Sydney wedding on our Journal.
Photography | Zoe Morley Photography
This American born but newly Italy based body positivity icon honoured us by including us in her inner circle for her destination wedding at the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Danae is known for her incredibly realistic and raw attitude towards societal pressures plaguing women in the media today. Boasting a social media presence of over 2 million followers, her before and after images of the realities, or should we say lies, of social media beauty trends have captured a global audience.
Along her bridal journey, she taught unconditional self-love and never put unrealistic pressure on ourselves to look like a different person on our own wedding day. However, during her three-day wedding extravaganza, she was absolutely a goddess.
As guests explored the stunning coastline and got to know each other more intimately, the day before, she wore our chic Grace Mini to socialise. This darling ensemble is short, strapless, and simple, making it the perfect bridal dress to enjoy the day. In a dramatic change of attire for the evening dinner at Monastero Santa Rosa, she donned the striking and ever-so-sexy Sage gown, a silk slip wedding dress with feather tassels. To make the dress even more effortless, she hemmed the long train to allow for movement. If you’re dying to see more from her spectacular wedding events, check out Brides.com.
Photography | Gianni di Natale
Together, Maddi and her fiance Kurtley Beale, a former Wallaby full-back created the most gorgeous and inclusive wedding at Swifts House in Darling Point. The couple blended their cultures by having an Indigenous ceremony at the outdoor gardens to honour Kurtley’s heritage. Being an experienced sports manager for the AFL and FFA, Maddi met Kurtley at a prestigious Waterpolo event in Sydney, where many of sports greatest names were in attendance. The two hit it off immediately and quickly became inseparable. Six years later, she walked down the aisle to the sound of a didgeridoo in her non-traditional Daisy gown from our WILD HEARTS collection. Her soft A-line wedding dress moved effortlessly with her as she glided towards the alter. The Daisy gown is a modern wedding dress with a square neckline and chiffon skirt. Her ethereal look even captured the hearts of VOGUE Bride.
Photography | Jack Henry
Ange Anderson was the picture of femininity as she entered into a covalent with her love, Josh, at their intimate Maleny Manor wedding. She exuded pure joy as the day’s events created beautiful memories for a lifetime. Ange is known for her delightful, bubbly character as a host on the popular radio station, NovaFM, so we knew she needed a dress to match. On her day, she wore the simple crepe Imogen gown with added long sleeves that let her personality do the talking. It is a conservative wedding dress with a bit of edge created by her V-neck and fitted silhouette fit for a modern, classy bride.
Photography | Joshua Mikhaiel
This brown hair, brown-eyed beauty is a social media influencer known for her charisma and charm while showing women precisely what to wear to their future weddings. Since leaving her job in finance, Kennedy, aka Gowneyed Girl, has garnered fame as a leading bridal stylist and creative content creator, helping ladies find alternative wedding dresses to fit their style. Together, she helped us develop KWH Bridal Tik Toks to launch our Triteia collection featuring brand new beaded wedding dress designs by Karen herself. In her short clips, she showed us how you could wear each sequin wedding dress in different cities around the USA. We personally LOVE Isabelle in LA.
Kennedy is recently engaged, check out her exquisite vintage ring here.
This tropical beach goddess worked her magic in our whimsical spotted tulle Audrey wedding dress. The soft pale pink hues of the gown contrasted with the mystical blues perfectly in these specially curated Instagram photos. Cara is a recently engaged travel style guru based in Vancouver, Canada who has dominated the media waves since she started her company, A Fashion Love Affair.com ten years ago. Since then, she has worked with media outlets worldwide, and we are one of the lucky brands to have collaborated with her. Her photos spark the imagination and transport us to destinations we can only dream of in far off places.
The genius mind behind The Cultivating Creative, Byron Bay model Christina Macpherson brings wonder and beauty to our daily lives by inspiring her Instagram followers with tips and tricks to infuse fun into our mundane days. We not only had one but two glorious photoshoots with this stunning gal where she rocked some of our most prized pieces.
The jagged coast of Tasmania became her backdrop for our ELOPE collection earlier in the year. She truly took our breath away in the Charlie & Danielle bridal suit.
Her second shoot with us was as our campaign model for our TRITEIA and soon to launch WILD HEARTS collection, shot by her husband, photographer Tom Paterson.
Big personalities require big style! NYC’s Deanna Giulietti is quite possibly one of the loudest and proudest voices on the fashion side of Tik Tok, where her boisterous flair for dramatics bewitches her crowd of loyal followers as she shows off her daily outfits. We charmed our way into working with this outstanding performer to showcase our fabulous ELOPE and BESPOKE collection in NYC. Watch here to see how she reigns supreme in the world of fashion Tik Tok while she tries on our Blake Camille gown, a modern aline wedding dress with the bustier bodice.
Ever wonder where brides go to get inspired? Look no further than the bridal stylist sent from above, Hope LaVine. With a passion for fashion and a need for a creative outlet, Hope found her calling as a bridal blogger and stylist on Instagram & Tik Tok, where she’s accumulated over 140K devoted followers. To help us launch our Triteia collection, she went on-screen to ask her Insta crew what they thought of our glittery gals. However, she couldn’t help herself and was dying to try on the Taryn Camille wedding dress with the Bubble sleeves, so we figured, why not? She looked divine in Taryn Camille’s lustrous satin fabric, fitted bodice, oversized sleeves, and voluminous aline skirt. You can check out her videos here. We believe any modern bride can find valuable nuggets of bridal wisdom from Hope!
Join us by taking a trip down memory lane through the thoughtful and inspiring lens that Hello May has created in their Real Weddings blog. Each modern bride brought a unique vision to life through their one-of-a-kind weddings that were destined for Pinterest. From simple to grand, you can find whatever wedding style you want by exploring these bridal articles from this past year.
Dancing With Her
This exclusive online magazine created for the LGBTQ+ community has curated a flawless collection of alternative weddings. We have the pleasure of being featured in many of their Real Weddings, where our brides have put their own twist on the modern bridal style.
With an emphasis on Australian wedding suppliers, Ivory Tribe collects all the most important vendors for brides-to-be for their wedding planning journey. We have been fortunate to be featured on multiple occasions as a trusted wedding dressmaker for our Australian brides.
In digital format or a physical print, Issue 23 of Together Journal puts the spotlight on our soon-to-be-launched BESPOKE collection in the most funky fresh way with bold colours and unique floral designs to compliment our new bridal designs.