Get the Look: Winter Bride

Alon Livne ‘Caroline’ dress from Helen Rodrigues.

Alon Livne ‘Caroline’ dress from Helen Rodrigues.

Winter weddings can be a wonderland delight with a cosy and intimate feel, candles for atmosphere and possibly even snow (depending on the location) to make your photos even more magical. There are some incredible options for sleeved gowns and shrugs, plus it allows you to introduce warm tones through your blooms and other accents.

Being a less busy time of year to get married it also gives you more flexibility, and ensures your wedding will stand out in a season where there aren’t many other social engagements on the agenda.

So if you’re thinking of getting married in the winter (either here or overseas), check out our ‘Get the look: winter bride’ edit below for some inspiration for the big day.

Brides Ready to Swoop on Discount Designer Wedding Gowns

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End of Financial Year Sale

22 & 23 June 2017

Exciting news for all brides in Sydney and beyond! Helen Rodrigues is having its first ever End Of Financial Year clearance sale on Thursday 22nd June and Friday 23rd June 2017, where dozens of international designer sample dresses will be sold at a fraction of the original cost.

Almost too good to be true; luxury sample gowns from the likes of Oscar De La Renta, Jenny Packham, Inbal Dror, Sabrina Dahan, Zuhair Murad, Alon Livne, Monique Lhuillier and many more international designers, will be available at the sale which is expected to see a huge response from brides seizing this rare opportunity.

An increasingly popular trend, purchasing a sample wedding gown is not just for those looking to spend less on their dress. They’re a great idea if you’re getting married quickly or overseas and don’t have the time to invest in multiple fittings, because you can still have a stunning designer bridal gown straight off the rack (and at a great discount as well). 

Sample dresses are also perfect for those wanting a second gown to change into on the big day, or for brides who may have overspent their wedding budget in other areas too. Weddings aside, some women also just love the opportunity to get an incredible designer dress for a special occasion at an amazing price.

What is a sample gown?
They are wedding gowns that are either samples, ex floor stock or are now discontinued. Most have been tried on or have been used in photo-shoots or shows. Many of the gowns are in wonderful condition (particularly if it was only discontinued), while others may need a little bit more love e.g. a bead could be missing or a dry-clean required, but nothing that can’t be fixed. The End Of Financial Year sale will take place at our sister store, Sincerely. Located just a few doors down from the original Helen Rodrigues boutique, Sincerely is an extension of the brand into affordable luxury, with the added benefit of experienced and personalised service.

Helen Rodrigues EOFY Sample Clearance Sale:
Date/time: Thursday 22nd June (3-8pm) and Friday 23rd June (9am-5pm)

Where: Sincerely store, 1A 211 Ben Boyd Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089 (upstairs from Home Property Agents)

Cost/bookings: Free with no appointments required

Sale details: All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. Items are sold as seen. First in, best dressed! Most gowns will be between size 8-12 and will start from $2,000 upwards. All gowns need to be paid for in full on the day.

More information: For a sneak preview of some of the gowns available on the day visit www.sincerely.com.au. For further details or enquiries please phone 02 9904 5700.

Make sure you don’t miss your chance to get your dream gown at a dream price.

Lee Petra Grebenau Coming to Australia

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After a very busy trip to the New York Bridal Fashion Week (NYBFW) in April 2017 and searching for the next big name to bring to the Australian bride, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Lee Petra Grebenau in late July 2017.

The Lee Petra Grebenau gowns are well known for their signature couture craftsmanship using exquisite hand-sewn embroideries, the finest fabrics and materials to uphold high end finishes with meticulous and flawless detail.

“I am very excited to be working with Helen Rodrigues and have her represent us exclusively in Australia, said Lee Grebenau.

“It is really important to me that our brides feel special in their gown and that they are well looked after in Australia. Working with Helen gives me this confidence,” she adds.

“Our wedding gowns are made uniquely and will suit any bride that appreciates high standards of quality and are looking for a one of a kind experience,” says Lee.

The Lee Petra Grebenau bridal gowns are all made to measure and start from $12,000. To be one of the first in Australia to view her exquisite collection, simply book your appointment now at the Helen Rodrigues exclusive launch day on Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd July. Bookings are $150 and include a glass of bubbles.

For more information on Lee Petra Grebenau please visit her website here or for enquires on the collection simply phone the Helen Rodrigues boutique on (02) 9904 5700.

Deanna - A Real Bride Story

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Deanna's Story

Who: Deanna & Alex
When: 26 November, 2016
Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne; Australian-Croation Association, Footscray
Dress: Zuhair Murad from Helen Rodrigues Bridal

From watching her favourite designer, Zuhair Murad, on Fashion TV as a young girl; to wearing one of his beautiful gowns on her wedding day – for our real bride Deanna it was a dream come true.

“I love the transparent and ‘tattoo lace’ looks which are popular right now, but was amazed at how intricately detailed his gowns were when I finally saw them in real life,” says Deanna, who initially visited a few bridal stores in Melbourne before coming to the Helen Rodrigues boutique in Sydney.

“I had never seen so many so many designer gowns in one place and wished I had gone there first!” she says.

Deanna found her experience at Helen Rodrigues very different to other larger boutiques where there were multiple appointments at the same time and other brides looking at her. Helen Rodrigues only offers exclusive appointments and therefore she was the only bride in the boutique, so felt extremely comfortable and well looked after with the undivided attention of the staff.

“My mum was unable to accompany me dress shopping so I really appreciated Helen's guidance and trusted her as she is clearly experienced and excellent at what she does!” says Deanna. 
She knew she had found ‘the one’ when she tried it on and felt beautiful, confident and could visualise herself wearing it on her wedding day. Interestingly however, her gown was not the style she had originally set out to buy.

“I had my heart set on a long-sleeved gown, but when I tried them on they didn’t suit my arms,” she says. “The style you want is not necessarily the style which suits your body shape.  I'm glad I listened to Helen's advice and also my husband who also attended the appointment with me.”

Deanna’s other advice for other brides-to-be? “I would also recommend ensuring you are able to sit down in your dress (if it is a fitted style) at your fittings.”  

All photography by: Mark Dayman Photography

Get the Look: Autumnal Bride

Naeem Khan Niagra gown available from Helen Rodrigues.

Naeem Khan Niagra gown available from Helen Rodrigues.

Spring and summer may be the most popular months to get married but with its cooler days, beautiful light for photography, and higher availability of venues and suppliers; autumn is now a new favourite for many and can be just as magical. Check out our ‘Get the look: autumnal bride’ edit below for some ideas for anyone getting married at this lovely time of year.

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Focus Feature: Keren Wolf Jewellery & Accessories

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Jewellery & Accessories

Often it’s the finer details that can make all the difference; which is why at Helen Rodrigues we love to help brides with selecting not only their gown, but also beautiful accessories that will complete their perfect wedding day look.

Keren Wolf Jewellery & Accessories has been represented at Helen Rodrigues for a couple of years now and is a huge favourite amongst our brides with its range of stunning head pieces, and exquisite earrings, bracelets and unique arm cuffs.

A former renowned Israeli actress, Keren Wolf has been making distinguishable jewellery, clothes and accessories from a very young age. Inspired by her fascination with the theatre’s rich archive of costumes, accessories and photographs dating back to the 1920s; she first opened a small jewellery booth which received a lot of buzz and attention from fashion savvies and passersby’s. This then gave her the confidence to improve and craft her designs on a much higher level, prompting a career move to leave acting and dedicate herself fulltime to jewellery and accessory design.  

Her namesake collection was officially introduced in 2005 when Keren became a bride-to-be and realised the bridal market was significantly limited. She decided to launch a Bridal Collection ranging from heirloom-quality headpieces and dainty jewellery; to modern, over-the-top statement pieces. A huge success, Keren Wolf quickly became the go-to designer within the bridal arena in Israel, collaborating with renowned wedding gown designers such as Inbal Dror and many others for NY Bridal Week.

Now stocked in over thirty boutiques around the world and a second Ready to Wear line, Keren Wolf has been named one of the five most influential women in Israeli fashion. Her distinctive designs and quality of workmanship have made her a favourite of stylists, international magazines and celebrities such as Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot.

At Helen Rodrigues we feel very lucky to be able to make her fabulous creations available to our Australian brides. Says Keren herself, “I am very happy to collaborate with a leading name such as Helen Rodrigues that is known for its fine style, and am looking forward to continuing this fruitful collaboration.”

The Diamond Garden collection is the latest Keren Wolf line available at Helen Rodrigues. The exact sculpture of the royal gardens; the delicacy and elegance of their flowers; and the mysterious, magical wilderness of the climber plants were the inspiration for the amazing silver and gold collection. Tiaras set with Zircons, crowns set with hovering pearls, earrings covered with Swarovski, and the bracelets hold an exact sparkle. Together they are combined in perfect harmony, generating a glamorous and unique look for brides – a real royal diamond garden appearance.

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For more information on the Keren Wolf Jewellery & Accessories range simply phone the Helen Rodrigues boutique on (02) 9904 5700.

Emma - A Real Bride Story

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Emma's Story

Who: Emma & Jonathon
When: 25 February, 2017
Where: Dunbar House, Watsons Bay (Sydney)
Dress: Alon Livne from Helen Rodrigues Bridal

Planning a wedding can sometimes be stressful, which is why it was such a relief for our real bride Emma when she found organising her gown such a pleasant and comforting experience amidst her other wedding preparations.

“The ladies at Helen Rodrigues are all so lovely and so helpful. I really valued their honest opinion when I was trying dresses on,” says Emma, who admits she was very excited but also a little overwhelmed initially by all the beautiful dresses in the boutique and having to make a decision on just one.

The designer she ended up choosing was Alon Livne. “I had done research online to see which labels Helen had in store and Alon's dresses stood out for me,” she says. “The style of his dresses were perfect for my figure and I loved all the intricate details.”

Emma says she knew she’d found her dress when she tried it on. “It was just beautiful and unique to all the others that I'd tried on previously. I think it was the back of the dress that really sold me - it's just gorgeous,” she says.

And after selecting her perfect gown, Emma found the personal service and support from Helen’s team continued right up until the wedding.  

“When I had chosen my dress, the time the girls spent with me on alternations to make sure I was happy, was just amazing. They even helped me choose my wedding jewellery,” says Emma. “I also had a minor breakdown at one fitting from the stress of organising the wedding day and Helen was so calm and caring and helped cheer me up – time was never an issue,” she adds. 

Once the big day arrived however, it was of course the dream wedding that Emma and her husband had envisioned; with their first wedding dance and the happiness in the room at the ceremony and reception being among her favourite memories. 

“It was such a happy day,” says Emma, whose advice to other brides is not to get too stressed out. “The right dress is out there!”

All photography by: Sarah from GM Photographics
 

Helen Rodrigues Shoots First Ever Campaign

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It is with great excitement that we can now finally unveil the first look images from the inaugural Helen Rodrigues Bridal campaign photo shoot that took place recently. After being Sydney’s iconic bridal boutique for 16 years, we decided it was time to showcase our beautiful designer gowns in an incredibly special shoot produced exclusively for us by stylem and photographed by the amazing Amelia Soegijono.

A fine art photographer, Amelia chose to shoot the entire campaign on film – an extreme rarity these days. Able to achieve more sensitivity to light and softness compared to digital photography, it made the shoot even more magical for our brand. 

With Jess Berg on hand for hair and make-up and Susan Avery on floral headpieces, our model Alana looked stunning in the gorgeous bridal gowns from a number of our esteemed international designers such as Inbal Dror, Alon Livne, Jenny Packham, Elie Saab and Monique Llhuillier.

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We’re delighted to now share our Helen Rodrigues Bridal images with you and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

All photography credits: 
Photographer – Amelia Soegijono
Stylist / Producer – Emma Wood from stylem
Grooming – Jess Berg Hair & Make Up
Model – Alana Mia @ Chadwick Models
Studio – B2 Studios in Alexandria
Florals – Susan Avery Flowers & Events