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

An interview with kyha from One Day Bridal, the wedding dress designer of the moment

An interview with kyha from One Day Bridal, the wedding dress designer of the moment

An interview with khya from One Day Bridal, the wedding dress designer of the moment

Established in 2011, One Day Bridal has cemented itself within the fashion industry as a
leader of uniquely designed wedding gowns. Kyha, the Founder and Creative Director
of One Day has successfully built a business that continues to challenge tradition by
responsibly creating fashion forward pieces that embody, empower and elevate
modern women.   

You can find the brands Head Office and flagship store nestled in the heart of South Melbourne, however the brands notoriety far precedes the Australian borders. The One Day Bridal brand expanded on a global scale in 2016 when they launched their made to order ‘CHOSEN by One Day’ range internationally.

Beginning her career in the Police Force at the age of nineteen, Kyha had clear ambition and drive working as a prosecutor and later progressing into the water Police. “I come from a family of Policemen and it was an obvious career path for me at that stage of my life”.

After getting married eight years ago, whilst still working in the Force and going through the journey of finding her own wedding dress Kyha struggled to find a wedding dress modern and unique and reflected her own personal style.

“I finally ended up have a custom designed gown, however I found the process difficult and disappointing as my dress on the day was nothing like the original design. This experience left me thinking that no other bride should have to go through what I did. The gap in the bridal industry for modern and more fashion orientated gowns was screaming at me. So I took a leap of faith and created what is now One Day Bridal.”

 

 

 

Advice to avoid large gatherings of more than 100 people – in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus – has already prompted many couples to cancel, downsize or postpone imminent wedding ceremonies. The circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and its impact on the Wedding and Events Industry has been huge. The Bridal Journey reached out to Kyha and got all the answers you’ve been searching for, scroll below to see!

What are the buying trends for brides – are they cancelling orders or postponing?
It is still early days and our thoughts are with those couples who are navigating this unprecedented territory. Most brides are eager to continue their journey with us and for those who have a date secured later in the year, they are sticking to their plans. We urge couples planning their wedding to postpone if required, do not cancel.

Have sales been impacted in anyway?
There has been some impact from overseas as our stockists in places like the USA go into lockdown. However, as couples continue to plan their weddings sales have not been impacted. Brides start the search for their gown nine to twelve months out from their date, so we are still seeing many brides for October 2020 weddings.

Are many brides cancelling or postponing weddings?
The trend we are seeing is postponement rather than cancellation.

Have you noticed other changes in buying trends or received feedback from customers?
The strongest trend we’re seeing is a move to buying gowns online using video consultations with our specialist bridal stylists – with a focus on gowns that are available for immediate delivery. It seems to be creating a great level of comfort for couples.

Is One Day still facilitating appointments or are they all virtual now?

To ensure the health and safety of our team and customers, One Day Bridal will be temporarily closing our South Melbourne Boutique, with the intention to reopen on May 1. As we strive to continue to offer our services and support to our brides during this time One Day is proud to offer virtual consultations and gown concierge service.

 

“For brides that are beginning their shopping journey, our virtual consultation service allows brides to meet with a stylist via a video call, during which we will showcase several gown options that have been selected especially for the bride, all whilst she remains in the safety of her own home. If our brides have fallen in love with a One Day style, our concierge service allows Melbourne-based brides the opportunity to try her favourite gowns on in the safety of her own home, accompanied by our stylist on a video call. To ensure that we are keeping both our customers and the One Day team safe throughout COVID 19, One Day is upholding the highest sanitation practices in delivering this service. This includes cleaning each and every gown prior to delivery and handling each piece with gloved hands. Our online stylist and customer service team are also available to answer questions through One Day’s website.” – Kyha 

On Thursday the 2nd Of April the St Martin collection at One Day Bridal launched. An ode to a dear friend, a sailor and most of all, a father. St. Martin tells a tale of adventure and discovery. This fifteen piece collection navigates the uncharted waters of modern. Bridal, exploring a new range of beaded fabrics and silhouettes. The use of subtle draping, knotted fabric and corsetry creates a dynamic collection that is timeless and compelling. We see a nostalgic reference to some of our favourite pieces from previous collections. A fresh approach to design through the use of new fabrics pays homage to these classic designs.

One Day Bridal – https://onedaybridal.com.au/ 

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I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened

 

I’ve always had pretty scarce and bare nothing like brows. Plus, I remember wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunnies one summer where the beginning of my brows always got caught in the sunglasses and would literately rip out. I’m not sure if that is that even normal? I’m sure that’s contributed to my arch’s disappearing act.

What’s more, I pencil in my brows every day and I do this even on a lazy Sunday morning. Cue the cruel cycle of wanting to be able to swim or workout with Cara Delevingne-like brows but slowly and surely losing the effort involved in creating these every day. 

I longed to wake up with Brooke Shields brows — so I instantaneously called up not just my local brow expert but one that’s highly suggested and recommended in any forum online, you type in ‘micro-bladed brows in the Surf Coast’ and wah-lah cosmetic tattoo specialist, Chrissy, shows up (aka the eyebrow queen from Peep Studio and I shortly booked myself in for an appointment.)

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of shitting myself about the whole semi-permanent part of this procedure but at the beginning of my appointment, Chrissy reassured me that’d she’d draw in my brows first to make sure I was into them. Plus, Chrissy’s looked amazing, so I knew I was in good hands.

 

 

These are my sparse eyebrows (below)

I had an initial appointment with Chrissy from Peep Studio (https://peepstudio.com.au/) and a follow up list of what to do ‘pre treatment’. The list of instructions were as follows:

Client pre- care to appointment: 
• No alcohol 24hrs prior to apt as this effects normal blood clotting.
• Limit caffeine intake as it causes you to bleed more and we need your pigment to stay within the skin.
• Minimum 4weeks prior to apt, you can not have Botox, injectables, chemical peels or any other skin treatment. If so, please check with your therapist.
• Avoid blood thinning medications 72hrs prior to apt. This includes Vit E, Asprin, Niacin, Ibuprofen & fish oil.
• Avoiding sun exposure 4 weeks prior as can impact on pigment absorption.
• Wash your hair the night before or morning of apt as you can not get your brows wet for 7 days.

To start, Chrissy began to outline my brows and create the shape that she would eventually work within when she began microblading my arches. It was like I had Da Vinicis Vitruvian Man of the golden ratio drawn on my face. The brows are drawn up with a waxed pencil as as she explains,  “this gives her a frame to work within”. Once the drawing is complete, she begins to blade.

 

Gloved up, with a disposable pigment ring on her finger that she dips the blade into to scoop up the pigment. Then she blades the pigment into the skin. Starting at the beginning of the brow, she begins her first lot of hair strokes and follows through to the arch and finishing at the tail of the brow. After the first pass, the brows are soaked with the pigment to get into the small incisions. She then begins the same on the other brow. She will then do a ‘second pass’ on the brows. This is filling in any gaps. Once finished, the brows are soaked again for 10-15min. The pigment is removed and the liquid bandaid is applied. I realise this all sounds super-painful, but I promise it’s not; if you’ve ever gotten your eyebrows threaded, microblading feels unusually similar.

The whole procedure took about two hours, she would show me a mirror to make sure I liked my results, and if I wanted another hair or two here and there, she made it happen for me. Straight after the MB treatment, Chrissy applied a liquid bandaid immediately after the treatment. Chrissy explains that its ‘an antibacterial sealer and prevents any bacteria from penetrating, & reduces crust & scab formation. It also allows the colour to adhere to the skin better. Chrissy explained that “in the next coming days, the brows will tighten and a slight scab will form over the wound” and that “the colour will still look dark. Little flakes start to form and this is caused by the natural cell renewal of the skin.” She continued to say that when the flakes, flake off, the brows will then look patchy & the result will be 40% lighter (see photos below I was very concerned during this stage). I was also told that during this stage, do not use any cosmetic products, soaps or oils to the area. Do not rub, scratch the treated area.

She then supplies me with take home aftercare which includes 2 sterile water wipes & aftercare balm. 2-3hrs after my appointment, I gentle remove the liquid bandaid with the water wipes provided. 1 for each brow. Then I leave them till day 3. Day 3 I start to apply the balm on my brows morning and night, for 7 days. Not too much, as it can inhibit the healing process that needs to take place. After the 7 days, a shiny layer of healed skin has covered the area, I can now wet my brows.

Details of MB
MB is the art of drawing fine like hair strokes into the skin to create a natural brow. It’s done by using a small hand-tool which consists of micro needles positioned next to each other to blade fine hair strokes into the skin. It’s a very precise and quite difficult procedure. The pigment needs to be placed into the basal germinal layer. To shallow, in the epidermis, the pigment will fall out. She listens for a scratching sound on the skin, and the blade should glide through like butter. It should not be painful and unbearable. It feels much like scratching on the skin.

My eyebrows au natural. 

Immediately after my first session. 

What the actual fuck has happened to my eyebrows?

oh dear lord… Chrissy did warn me they’d go dark at first!

A week after my eyebrows calmed down and started to flake away!

After my second session where Chrissy filled in the missed sections and I was that happy!

I am told I need to not wash my face for a week and apply an ointment on them morning and night for a week. She did warn me that the pigment gets SUPER dark the next day and to not freak out as it’ll fade and scab within the next week. I must say I woke up the next day and I was freaking out, they were dark. I knew she pre warned me but they were so dark. I fought every urge to send a panicked txt message to her. It felt like my boyfriend couldn’t even look at me or that I was the laughing stock of Coles. I felt like I was meant to come out looking like Cara or Brooke. What happened? After a few days, it was like the heavens opened. Everything faded and my brows looked maybe 5 shades later. I was so pleased. I then had to go back after a few weeks for another session to fill in any missed spots. I must say I LOVE them and I am ready for Bali and a 5 minute makeup routine!

The most important product you can use after a microblading treatment is sunscreen. As Chrissy from Peep Studio explains “the pigment will last anywhere between 12-24 months, depending on the clients skin type and lifestyle factors. The more care you take of your brows the longer the colour will last in your skin. This can be done by using a SPF on your brows, as the sun will fade the pigment if exposed for long periods”. Like with other tattoos, sunscreens helps extend the longevity of your brows and prevent against fading from the sun. As Chrissy stated in the intial consultation “Tattoo balm, such as ‘Hustle butter’, can be applied everyday (evening), to keep the brightness of the pigment. Treat your tattoo brows the same way you take care of the skin on your face, moisturise daily!”

 

All in all I am VERY happy with my brows and bring on Bali! 

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One Day x Sphere Collective Collection

One Day x Sphere Collective Collection

One Day x Sphere Collective Collection

“Kyha and I are both Aries women and I feel very much have a similar passion and drive. Aries woman describes and known to be creative, fiery, independent, stylish and independent. We worked so well together on this collaboration I thought it was fitting to align with our Aries astrology and pull in other famous Aries figures from mythology and pop-culture”.

The One day x Sphere Collection beautifully showcases how designers and stylists can collaborate to create something with raw authenticity that otherwise would not have existed. Driven by customer insights from both one day and sphere that brides were seeking more elevated, cutting edge, and detailed options, Kyha and Sarah felt that together it was the perfect opportunity to create. Both Kyha and Sarah have described the collection as the perfect marriage of the unexpected and the timeless, fusing of cutting edge and etherealism. Brides can expect combinations of corsetry and draping, lace and boning, beading and structure, flowing fabric and intricate detailing.

“Kyha and I are both Aries women and I feel very much have a similar passion and drive. Aries woman describes and known to be creative, fiery, independent, stylish and independent. We worked so well together on this collaboration I thought it was fitting to align with our Aries astrology and pull in other famous Aries figures from mythology and pop-culture”.

 When and how did the idea of the collection come about?

“At One Day we work really hard at having really strong relationships with our stockists and love hearing feedback. Sarah reached out sometime ago and mentioned that she really felt she had a modern bride that was after an elevated product. With our last One Day Bridal collection having launched in 2018, we knew brides were anticipating and eagerly waiting for a new range to choose from, so we (Sarah & Kyha) thought it was the perfect opportunity to combine our creative minds. Sarah’s expert insight into brides wants and needs garnered from styling countless brides each year and my knowledge of fashion and design together produced something we think is truly unexpected and exciting for brides.” – Kyha

What makes you most excited about launching this new collection? 

“I am always looking to create something that has never been done before and was excited about collaborating with Sarah on something unexpected. I love Sarah’s keen eye for bridal styling and fresh ideas for the future of bridal. We know brides will love this collection for its intricate details and modern design elements.” – Kyha

How long have you known Kyha for and what do you think initially drew you two together?

“Kyha has always been a great support and mentor for me, so to work with her in this way was an extremely humbling and exciting experience. Whilst Kyha and I draw from different inspiration we found we had a common aesthetic that complimented each other and we knew would translate into a beautiful collection of gowns.” – Sarah 

From a designer perspective, where did you draw your inspiration from for this collection?

“This collection was definitely a process of collaborating on feedback from our brides collectively, drawing on each other for inspiration and personal design aesthetics and working with new fabrics and shapes.” – Kyha

 

From a Boutique perspective, what made you think brides would absolutely love this collection?

“I am so excited to launch this because I can feel that there is a bride eager for something truly unique that they haven’t seen before, but that they know will stand the test of time.” – Sarah

 

If you got married tomorrow, what dress from the collection would you wear?

I” would have two, definitely the Portia for the aisle and the Elton for later in the night! The light bounces so beautifully off the sparkles on Elton.” – Kyha

“Hera – it’s basically a recreation of my own wedding gown, I love an off the shoulder and sleeve combination.” – Sarah

 

Describe Sphere x One Day Bride in three words?

“Modern, Unexpected and timeless.” – Kyha

 

Describe the Sphere x One Day Bride in Three words – Sarah McCarthy?

“Chic, Elegant and Timeless” – Sarah

 

What is the best piece of style advice you could give a bride when planning their wedding?

“Choose a gown that reflects your personality and feels truly you.” – Kyha

 

What is the best piece of self- care advice you could give a bride when planning their wedding?

“Don’t stress over the small things and focus on what really matters to you and your fiance.  At the end of the day you won’t remember all of the little things you once stressed over, you will just remember that it is one of the most amazing days of your life.” – Sarah

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Emy & Sam’s Waterfront Wedding

Emy & Sam’s Waterfront Wedding

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Emy & Sam’s Waterfront Wedding 

Emy & 

Sam

How did the two of you meet? 

Funnily enough, Sam and I crossed paths (without knowing it) in various locations, in various circles until we first “met”. We shared the same Uni for 4 years, the same surf club during the same period, through to being born seven days apart at the same place – Paddington Women’s Hospital. 

We finally met at a friends local gym (The Cube), where I was a trainer and Sam a member.

The proposal played out in a stunning setting which Sam orchestrated (without me knowing) overlooking beautiful Uluwatu, Bali. At the time he said “Let’s get dressed up tonight” for a dinner booking that he happened to “wing” that day (I found out later this was coordinated weeks ago). It ended up being our own private isolated table for two – uninterrupted, flowers, petals, candles and a view overlooking the Uluwatu coastline. Very Bachelorette, Very Bali but totally Incredible.

 

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

The Band. We’re big on Music and it was especially Sam’s big non-negotiable. Worth every cent.

 

How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

We didn’t do too badly, although in honesty, we did go over budget. I would definitely say spreadsheets are a must to help you track where its all going, and who you still need to pay.

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

CELEBRATE. Initially the two of us soaking up this euphoric time, then sharing our excitement with our family and friends. In the blur of emotions, next came – when, where and how to celebrate our special day!?!

We’re both extremely close with our Grandparents too and they immediately came to mind. Given their varying health and our close relationships, we wanted to make our big day happen sooner rather than later. Sam’s Grandma gave Sam the rings during the ceremony and I was fortunate enough to have both my Pop and Nonno there too. Budgets quickly became an afterthought after we saw those faces in the crowd.

“We didn’t do too badly, although in honesty, we did go over budget. I would definitely say spreadsheets are a must to help you track where its all going, and who you still need to pay.” 

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?
I personally look after my skin pretty well year round, however leading into the big day I used Drunk Elephant products and had facials by the beautiful Marisa at MK Skin & Beauty. Sam’s “beauty” regime consisted of sun and the ocean.

Exercise-wise for me it was Pilates and for Sam is was boxing and occasionally touch footy. Collectively we both drank plenty of water and snuck in the occasional couples infrared sauna, where we had no outside distractions and were able to reconnect.

First Dance Song? 

‘Someone Like You’ Van Morrison (covered by our friend and amazing musician – Duan & Only). This song was extra special and meaningful, as my Nonna (Grandma) passed away the day after we got engaged and this played at her funeral – it was our way of having her there. 

 

 

Ceremony: Little Manly Point

 

Reception: Manly Pavilion

 

Flowers:  We chose to use faux flowers both for sustainability and the option to keep the flowers forever. My mum and I built the bouquets up with some fresh orchids and greenery which we sourced from The Wild Forager.

 

Celebrant: The Love Diaries 

 

Cake: Cakes by Dais our close friend Lisa Peters created a salted caramel “cement look” cake with vanilla butter cream icing. It was that good!!

 

Caterer: Manly Pavilion events – specifically chosen canapes as well as a Paella station

 

Photographer / Videographer:  Our beautiful friend and extremely talented Lucy from Lucie Weddings captured the bridesmaids pre-wedding fun, along with the location shoot. Hunter Manuel accompanied her and captured the boys pre-wedding, the ceremony and party!

 

The music ensured the dance floor was scarce, all thanks to the amazing Mike Champion & The Cool (reception and party) and Duan & Only (ceremony and occasional collab with the band during reception) Claudia Neal-Shaw from The Love Diaries

 

Dress: Chosen by One Day from Love Marie Bridal Boutique. Then slipped into Superga sneakers to dance the night away. I experimented with the sneakers and had them personally embossed with ‘ELG’ on the sides

 

The groom was in a custom-fitted Country Road jacket, with pants and shirt being custom. The groomsmen were in custom Institchu. 
Accessories: Sam wore his Grandpa’s cufflinks and he had custom sets made and engraved for his merry men. I wore custom a.b Ellie | HDWR.

 

Rings: The incredible Mia Chicco for both the engagement ring and our wedding bands. The engagement ring was bespoke, which Sam personally designed with Mia’s guidance. Rose gold, Australian champagne diamond and flanked by family heirloom white-diamonds which were re-purposed to suit.

 

Hair & Makeup: Given I do makeup (@emyclarebeautyco) I knew exactly what I was after and the beautiful India at Makeup by IVD nailed it. Less is more.