Introducing The Aisle Edit by Dissh

Introducing The Aisle Edit by Dissh

Introducing The Aisle Edit by Dissh

Uncomplicated and understated. Simplistic and carefree. It’s an approach at odds with a bridal industry that is so often smothered by excess and formalities, yet Aisle Edit is innately in sync with the woman of today.

Choosing a gown to prolong the day’s festivities can be overwhelming, difficult at best. It’s at odds with the modern bride who simply craves comfortable, wearable silhouettes without compromising aesthetics. Fusing current, uncomplicated silhouettes with beautiful soft linen fabrications, each outfit is designed with wearability top of mind, allowing the bride to feel effortless, relaxed, light and wholly themselves, but most importantly, with the freedom to dance the night away… a sense of effortless ease, lightness, and natural beauty to their designs, stripping back unnecessary adornment to the bare essentials. 

The Aisle Edit – a capsule collection curated for brides, bridesmaids and guests. The looks go beyond the one-day wear and the collection has that luxe designer feel, but it’s accessible. This is Dissh’s first instalment of The Aisle Edit. Stay tuned on what’s next and shop the collection here 

Exploring dramatic white cliffs, pebble beaches and jewel seas with Silkentile.

Exploring dramatic white cliffs, pebble beaches and jewel seas with Silkentile.

There are places synonymous with romance. From Parisian streets to Tuscan hills, these are the spaces to where our minds wander – the destinations that have inspired romanticism as genre. With sunset skies and iridescent waters, the Greek Islands have long allured travellers to their shores. Their coastal vinettes lend themselves as evocative referents, timeless reminders of where we’d rather be.

Silkenile is a premier event planning firm specialised in destination weddings in Greece. As a team of creative designers and strategic thinkers, they understand that important life events ought to be extrodinary. 

Set in a 17th – century Castle surrounded by olive gardens, Mikaela & Louka’s wedding evokes refined beauty and timeless elegance. Nestled in the southern region of Athens overlooking the sea, this wedding unleashed a bold greek ambience with luxurious touches. The reception was illuminated by bulbs strung from above and dinner was served beneath the stars! Wooden tables were dressed with blooms and thick cascading foliage in an olive green palette which fostered tranquility. Nobody met warmth like this and never saw symbols of eternity and prosperity so boldly represented in one setting. No matter what, you’ll be swept away by the wondrous beauty of this wedding celebration.

Event Planning & Design: @silkentile

Wedding florals: @silkentile

Wedding Venue: @pyrgosmelissourgou

Photography: @anestis_papakonstantinou

Videography: @nikos_fragoulis

Light and sound: @pavlakisdimitrios

Stationery: @silkentile

Catering: @menooplatis

Bridal shoes: @prada

Bridal make up: @barbara_nanou







Inside a picturesque Sydney wedding

Inside a picturesque Sydney wedding

Tell us.. how did you meet and what was the proposal like?

Tell us about your partner, how you met and how the proposal went down! Mark and I actually met on social media…Instagram! Once we started chatting we realised we had a lot in common and we both grew up in country NSW. After our first date, we were inseparable. Not long after we met approx. (3 moths) Mark had to move to Sydney and asked me if I would go with him. I didn’t even think twice and knew it was the right decision. It has been smooth sailing ever since.

Mark proposed at Mrs. Macquarie’s chair in Sydney. Afterwards we had a picnic and Mark had organised for me to have a manicure so my nails looked nice in the proposal photos.


Tell us about the wedding day…

Where did you get married? Tell us a bit about the venue and what drew you to choosing it! We got married at the University of Sydney. It was the only venue we looked at. We were drawn to the beauty and old-world charm of the building and it reminded us a little of Harry Potter! It made our day feel so magical!

Tell us all about your inspiration for the day in terms of how the style of the wedding was pulled together. I didn’t want to over style the venue. I wanted to keep the theme very classical and timeless and compliment the already beautiful surroundings. We decided to add no colour and stick to blacks and whites only. The day turned out more beautiful than we could have imagined.


What was a highlight of the day?

Being able to announce to our closest friends and family that we are expecting a baby girl in May 2020.

What made you decide to choose KWH?

I knew exactly what look I wanted to achieve and I was lucky enough to find the design on the KWH website. I was so excited when I saw the dress that I booked in an appointment on my lunch break and took one of my work friends to see what she thought . The dress I chose was the only dress I tried on and I knew right away that it was the dress for me

What did you especially love about your gown?

I loved how much volume the bottom of the gown had! The team at KWH even gave me a hoop for underneath so I could achieve a really full princess look (which I was obsessed with). I also loved the lace detail on my veil. It was so elegant. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?

Trying on a lot of wedding dresses can be really overwhelming. Have a think about the venue and what sort of theme you would like to go with. Looking at our venue, I automatically knew that I wanted something full, timeless and elegant. It helped me narrow down my search a lot

What does love mean to you?

To me, it means not being able to imagine your life without the other person in it. My partner is my best friend, my rock and my happiness all in one. When I think of him – I think of the word love.

Photographer – Megan Kelly – I found Megan on @thebridaljourney on Instagram. Her photos we so effort-less. Megan did a complimentary engagement shoot with my partner and I and the photos were to die for! I didn’t think they could get any better but she managed to top them on our wedding day.

Event Planner- Tran Nguyen @hostcosydney – Tran was provided to us when we booked with Host Co Sydney. We couldn’t have been happier with Trans event planning skills. Our day ran seamlessly and it’s all thanks to her.

Florist – Maysa from @eventflorsit_specialwedding – I found Maysa on instagram also. She works out of her home in Greenacre. She did a fantastic job! we had a mix of silk and real florals on our day. We were able to achieve the look we wanted on a more affordable budget.

Videographer –  Tomas Lynch – We original were not going to have a videographer but decided last minute to get somebody to capture our footage and posted a task on air tasker. turned up on the day and exceeded our expectations, he was so impressive we decided to have him cut our footage as well and he did an incredible job.

Dress: Karen Willis Holmes 

What To Do If You Have A Wedding Scheduled During The Coronavirus Outbreak

What To Do If You Have A Wedding Scheduled During The Coronavirus Outbreak

What To Do If You Have A Wedding Scheduled During The Coronavirus Outbreak

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by wedding planning during COVID-19, you’re not alone. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all and couples planning their weddings in 2020 and 2021 are faced with unique challenges that are totally unprecedented
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The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has thrown into question several, if not all, aspects of daily life as we know it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by wedding planning during COVID-19, you’re not alone. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all and couples planning their weddings in 2020 and 2021 are faced with unique challenges that are totally unprecedented. With wedding season fast approaching, many couples will also be questioning whether their upcoming nuptials will be able to go ahead as planned, or whether they will be forced to postpone or even cancel their big day. Of course you’ll feel frustrated and downhearted by rescheduling and replanning an event that requires as much headspace and time as your wedding day. Saying you feel disappointed about postponing your wedding doesn’t mean you don’t care about others experiencing other difficulties because of the pandemic. There is space for both.

However, like with all industries and commitments at this time, one hopes there will be leeway when it comes to the financial obligations, postponement of events and negotiating contracts given the unprecedented situation.

Deciding whether to proceed with your wedding is a question on a lot of couple’s minds right now, especially since the newly required distancing rules and the restrictions on weddings having no more than five people (being the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses). Keep in mind, the 4 square metre rule still applies. Find more information via the Government’s website here.

Check your insurance, lead with your heart—and postpone. Because, at the end of the day, all involved parties (your loved ones, your wedding vendors, our editors) want to see you say “I do” whether it be two months or 12 months from now. Due to many great vendors and suppliers, postponing has been made easy for lots of couples, as demonstrated by the discussions currently taking place in our Facebook Group ‘The Bridal Journey Covid-19  Support Group’, which now has 1,862 members. Many of our TBJ members who are also suppliers, and have been posting on our page, it seems that the general consensus is:

  • Many postponed weddings are being forwarded within the same year
  • Mid -2020 weddings are being postponed to the latter half of 2020
  • Many have postponed weddings original planned for May 2020 to October 2020 
  • An increasing amount of couples that had originally planned for their weddings to take place in July and August of 2020, are keeping the same date and moving it forward into 2021.
  • It appears that the end of 2020 and beginning to middle of 2021, is going to be a race for dates.
  • Trying to find a new date after August, registry offices are closed until further notice, and many have already said that they will keep to a limit of 3-5 people until the end of August 2020.








– Here’s everything you need to know, from wedding insurance to letting guests know

Stay Informed

  • Keep calm and level headed.
  • Employ friends and family to do the same.
  • Follow CDC and local government pages.


Check with your Insurance

  • First call your insurance company to explore what your policy covers and what it means for your vendor relationships. It may not cover COVID-19 but it may cover the difference in costs from vendors.
  • If you don’t have insurance ensure you get it for the new postponed date.


Consult a Professional

  • Speak to your planner about the possibility of a postponement and if you dont have a planner speak with the venue or caterer.


Understand the Financial

  • With any change of plans comes a potential for different costs, including losses of pre-paid fees like retainers and final payments.
  • Read the fine print of all your contracts that you have with the vendors. What is their cancellation policy? See if theyve missed something that allows you to receive the money you paid back outside of what’s refundable.


Plan for Additional Costs

  • All the fees may change based on the season and vendors may have exchange fees based on the scope of work, whether they’re hourly or contract


Let Guests Know

  • Let your guests know as soon as you’ve officially decided to change your date.


Talk to your Vendor

  • Ask for three-four open date.
  • Keep an open mind as there will be a lot of people looking for mid-week weddings.
  • Keep in mind that wedding vendors are small businesses and they are greatly impacted by the affects of COVID-19. Many vendors are offering to credit your existing payments for a transferred date or towards other services (photo sessions, floral arrangements, etc.) if you ultimately decide not to move forward with a new wedding date.


Discuss with Hired Vendors

  • Once you’ve spoken with your planner and venue about rescheduled dates and understand your vendor contracts and postponement clauses reach out to the vendors you’ve hired about rebooking.
  • Send a mass email to your vendors with the dates so you can make it work. Do this in sections. Talk to primary / major vendors for example, photographer and then reach out to vendors who can do more than one wedding on your set date such as, cake, hire companies, et cetera.  Here are the questions she recommends asking when contacting your vendors:
    1. Discuss possible alternative dates right away so that you have a back-up plan ready and don’t need to make a decision without knowing where your suppliers and venue stand in terms of availability. By looking at weekdays instead of weekends, and off-season dates instead of peak dates where you live, you’re more likely to be able to move all your plans smoothly. Find out whether your deposit (or any other fees paid to date) are transferrable should the wedding be postponed.
    2. Ask your suppliers whether there is a cut-off point for certain costs – for example, when your florist or caterer need to place their final order. They will work with you on a one-to-one basis and be as flexible as they can, but there may be a deadline beyond which certain costs have to be recovered if the event does not go forward as planned.
    3. Find out what their policy as of one day, one week, or one month before the wedding if you end up needing to cancel or postpone at the last minute.
    4. Discuss what their policy would be in case you end up needing to significantly reduce the scale of the wedding and just invite close family, or choose to hold the wedding ceremony but delay the reception. Would there be financial penalties for this?
    5. Ask what would happen if postponing or cancelling is triggered as a result of the government or local authority banning social gatherings.
    6. It’s ok to ask if they have any contingencies in place in the case that they cannot fulfill their product/service due to illness. Do they know of other suppliers who may be able to help? They will more than likely be part of a wider network and can recommend an alternative for your date if they become unavailable.

Choosing a new Date

  • Consider availability and find a new date that feels comfortable. When are we available? when are our families available? Is the venue free? Is our photographer available?
  • Be flexible

Inform Your Guests

  • There is no need to redo printed invitations. We recommend a paperless post update so you can check who received the email and the system upsates you with who has opened the message.
  • If you have had to postpone or cancel quite close to your wedding date and you need to notify your guests ASAP, then a call, text, WhatsApp message or email are your best options. This could be a huge task depending on the size of your guest list, so if it helps, group your messages by friends and family or ask family members to help you call around.
  • Simply letting guests know that you have decided to postpone and that more details are to come will suffice. Including additional information that you are not 100% sure of could only cause more confusion at this point. If you want to, you can also include some background on why you have come to this decision. Though not normally necessary if the reason for cancelling or postponing is a private matter, the current COVID-19 pandemic is no secret!

Wording Examples: 

A lot of things are very uncertain at the moment but one thing is clear – we are so excited to celebrate our wedding day with you. However, after talking it over, we’ve decided to postpone our special day until we can properly celebrate together. When hugging, kissing and dancing in close circles is allowed again we will set a new date and be in touch. Until then, stay safe.

After careful consideration, and in light of the current situation around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding celebrations that were to take place on (Date). The health of all our loved ones is our priority and we want to wait until it’s safe for everyone to attend. We will be sending out more details in the coming weeks.

We are heartbroken to say that our wedding has been postponed. Rules and regulations have been put in place and we respect the situation is completely out of our hands. The health of our family and friends will always come first. We will reach out with more details once we have set a new date.

Due to high risk to the health of our family and friends, the wedding of (Name) to (Name) will not take place on (Date) as originally planned. A new wedding date will be announced as soon as possible. If any of you have any questions about your accommodation arrangements, please let us know.


  • This may include your new wedding date or a simple announcement that your plans have changed and to keep an eye out for more information. If you haven’t already, this would be a great time to set up a wedding website  (which you can link on your Change the Date card!) where you can provide updates to guests as they happen. Most wedding websites also allow you to contact your guests all at once through your site, which is just another great reason to have one.

Can I get married with social distancing? 

If you’ve ever considered eloping, now is the time! There are no rules when it comes to weddings and shifting your plans to an elopement can allow you to celebrate your love as planned without risking the safety of your loved ones.

Couples around the world are transitioning their weddings online with a livestream of their ceremony or using Zoom or Google Hangouts to invite guests to a digital reception. Everyone can pour their own glass of champagne, your Maid of Honor and Best Man can give their toasts, and you can enjoy an at-home dance party using your favourite playlist. If you do choose to elope, remember that you can always throw the reception of your dreams at a later date when it’s safe to gather in large groups again. Planning a reception for the future can also be a good way to work with the vendors you’ve already hired as your deposit and payments may be used towards the new event. 

Celebrate the day anyway, make a plan for a film night or a romantic evening as a couple on your original wedding date. Use the extra time. Were you worried about those last-minute finishing touches? Relish the time to be able to perfect your wedding if you are able to postpone.Remember you’re allowed to feel a little bit sorry for yourself and you’re allowed to cry. Take a deep breath and remember all us “corona brides” are in this together.

Inside a joyful, sentiment-filled New Zealand wedding

Inside a joyful, sentiment-filled New Zealand wedding

Tell us.. how did you meet and what was the proposal like?

I met Sam in 2016 when I became his housemate. He was playing Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels and I had moved to Melbourne for athletics and my masters. He didn’t even know I was moving in and it wasn’t long until we were moving out together before purchasing our first house in 2018.

I had no idea it was coming, it was a very busy time for us we had just moved into our new house, had a new puppy Bella and Sam was leaving to japan for six months the following day. He proposed in the new house, I walked in and he was holding Bella outside he let her go and she came running over to me. She had a pink bow around her neck with the ring on it, he said “I was the best thing that ever happened to him” and “would I marry him” I cried before I said yes and was in shock for about two weeks.


What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Enjoy the process, this is a once in a life-time opportunity and don’t stress the small stuff. Something always goes wrong so be ready for it and don’t let it ruin the day.


What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for?

The florals, this was our statement piece. We wanted to create an ethereal, dreamy setting with a soft colour palette and romantic feel we used blush and white roses to create this. Our reception was classic and chic with sharp architectural accents for contrast and peonies en masse. Finally our party area, rich and romantic, black roses and greenery complimenting the old barn that housed it.

How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

Select a few areas to allocate a chunk of your budget too, this will give a big impact in particular areas rather then spreading yourself thin trying to have ‘everything’ if its not on your standouts list don’t spend the extra money on it, get these big budget items done first so you know what you have left to distribute. Always allow for a 15% increase in the budget.

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

Start by thinking about what is important to you as a couple, do this without outside influence of family and friends. Set some feature items to create a point of difference to other weddings. You don’t need a big budget for this to be realised this could be a homemade archway, framing views, a custom backdrop or dramatic lighting. 

We created a sentence as a springboard for our ideas: “Our day embodied all that Central Otago has to offer highlighting our beautiful New Zealand scenery and surprising our guests at every corner with intricate details and unique moments.” Florals, scenery, details and distinctive areas.

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

All my products are from Mecca. I also went to Liberty Belle Skin Centre for dermasweep and microdermabrasion. Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment is a great at home treatment to replace facials. Fitness wise I am an elite track and field athlete so did no prep or change to my normal routine, it honestly didn’t cross my mind to change my routine.

Tatcha water cream
Drunk elephant Shaba complex eye serum
Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment
James Reid tan drops/express tan
Mecca brand eye/lip mask

Photography: Jim Pollard & Setup by Jonny Scott | Ceremony and Reception location: Peregrine Wines | Celebrant: Sarah Cowley | Bride’s gown: Berta Purchased at Raffaele Ciuca | Bride’s Party Dress: | pallas couture Groom’s outfit: MJ Bale | Rings: All Diamonds | Shoes: Dior and RM Williams | Makeup: Beauty By Alexandra | Hair: Sarah from Pure Hair Studio | Bridesmaid’s outfits: Hexie | Groomsmen’s outfits: MJ Bale | Entertainment: Kayne Taylor Trio | Styling, Planning, Hire and Flora:PS I LOVE YOU EVENTS | Catering and Beverages: Artisan Catering | Cake: Cakes of Wanaka | Wedding Signage: Sketch and Etch | Stationery: My own drawings collaborated with Custom Crafted