Elie Saab

Jocelyn – A Real Bride Story


Jocelyn’s Story

Bride & Groom: Jocelyn and John
Planning & Styling: Kashaya & Co
Gown: Elie Saab
Venue: Catalina, Rose Bay
Photography: Erin and Tara
Floral: Kashaya & Co
Rings: Matthew Ely
Hair: Julia Homard and Melanie Burke
Make Up: Amelia Axton

‘Helen Rodriques is the Australian authority when it comes to high end wedding gowns. I explicitly trusted her and her team personally in sourcing my perfect gown and I am so grateful for their assistance throughout the process. A wedding is such a big and important day for most women, and having Helen’s advice and expertise on that journey is reassuring, it instils confidence knowing she is an absolute expert in her field.’ Jocelyn #HRBride

How did you and your husband meet?

We were introduced by our dear friends Edwina McCann and her husband David Basha. The four of us went out to lunch and I was incredibly nervous and quiet. Johnny was his usual talkative and hilarious self and I instantly fell in love with his smiling eyes.

How did he propose?

Johnny proposed at Whale beach. It was the day I arrived back from Coachella from a girlfriend’s hens - We drove straight up to Whale Beach as we were staying there for the weekend. As soon as we arrived, we grabbed champagne and glasses and walked straight down the road to check out the surf. It was a windy day and Johnny’s glass smashed on the footpath. I thought he was picking up the pieces when he dropped to his knee so I knelt down to help him when he said “look at me!” I was completely taken by surprise and I love how casual our proposal was – true to Johnny’s personality and a reflection of our relationship.

What was your vision for your wedding day?

Johnny is Catholic and I am Buddhist brought up Catholic, so we wed in Johnny’s local Catholic church, Mary Immaculate in Waverly. I wanted the wedding to be classic, traditional, simple and elegant. We plan to travel to Bhutan for a belated honeymoon to receive blessings from the Tibetan Lamas, which will be my spiritual wedding.

I also worked with trusted suppliers that I knew and loved so I handed over the vision to them. It was a really simple brief – clean, white, minimal, romantic, nothing over the top. I put my trust in Kashaya & Co and Catalina to create the perfect day so there wasn’t a lot of pressure – I really enjoyed the whole experience.

Where did you look for your wedding inspiration?

I didn’t! Even my wedding gown a girlfriend of mine found for me and I didn’t know the flowers in my bouquet until the day of my wedding – I really put my trust in the suppliers in that way. It all felt very easy and natural. I really handed it over to the experts, I tried to step back from the planning so I didn’t get too caught up. I wanted this day to be about Johnny and I without focusing too heavily on the minor details. I’ve never really been a ‘wedding person’… until I met Johnny then I found myself really wanting to get married. The day was incredibly special and I think this had a lot to do with handing over the responsibility to the experts.

For your wedding day what drew you to your gown from Helen Rodrigues Bridal?

My very stylish friend, Nat was helping on reception in the salon and I asked her to browse around online for some wedding gown inspiration. She said her “heart fluttered” when she came across this Elie Saab gown and her adoration was infectious, I instantly fell in love with it! I couldn’t get the dress in Sydney, London or Dubai, luckily Helen Rodrigues stepped in and helped me find it. I bought the dress before even trying it on!

What was your wedding planning journey like for you? How far out did you start planning?

Not very long at all! I only ordered the dress two months prior, I remember when the dress arrived just two weeks prior to the wedding, I’d only had three fittings with Helen Rodrigues – the beauty of working with someone you really trust.

We did most of the organising a month before the wedding and Johnny actually did most of the planning - he chose the church and our reception venue, Catalina. He booked the venues early on and we left the rest of the planning until a couple of months prior.

However, the one thing I did get on top of early was my skin – I started working on my wedding skin very early. I put myself on an intensive skin program for glowing, dewy and radiant results, it was important to me that my skin more luminous that it has ever been.

I booked in my salon as a client for a facial every 6 weeks.

I alternated the skin brightening peel with the skin perfecting Azyme peel every two weeks and at 6-week intervals I had the Heart Chakra Prescribed Facial. I added an omnilux booster to every peel or facial as well.


What was the biggest decision you had to make?

The only time I felt I had to make a big decision was when other people were involved eg. Where they were sitting, who they were sitting with, what the bridesmaids had to wear etc.

What was the highlight of your wedding day for you?

My little sister’s speech and her incredibly powerful words was an absolute highlight!

Is there anything you would do differently?

I didn’t have a change of shoes with me and I wanted to dance more throughout the night but my feet were hurting from my heels. Always bring a change of shoes!

Is there any advice you would give other #HRBride’s?

Listen to Helen and her recommendation, trust in her expertise and her team. We made a fair amount of alterations to my dress and I went with whatever she recommended. I had complete trust in Helen Rodrigues and it turned out perfectly!

Also, focus on your skin early! Work with a great salon who can put you on a personalised skin plan in the lead up with regular facials every 6 weeks.


Anita - A Real Bride Story


Anita’s Story

Bride & Groom: Anita & Robert
Gown: Elie Saab Bridal
Veil: Helen Rodrigues
Earrings: Keren Wolf from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Venue: Ottimo House, Denham Court

The first time Anita stepped into the Helen Rodrigues boutique was to help her sister (another Helen Rodrigues bride) choose her gown, a whole year before she was to come back to find her own dream gown. Having ‘very fond’ memories of coming to Helen Rodrigues Bridal with her sister, she knew this should be her first stop.

Although Anita had originally envisioned herself on her special day in ‘a plain, silk number’, when she saw the intricate lace Elie Saab gown on the Helen Rodrigues Bridal website, she knew she had to try it on.

Anita had gone into her first appointment with Helen thinking she’d be going to lots of other boutiques to find her dream gown. This was until she put on her guipure lace winged sleeved gown and she just ‘knew it was the one’. It was hard for Anita to even consider any other gown for her wedding day.

Anita’s relaxed attitude in the lead up to the wedding really shone through on the big day itself, with both bride and groom enjoying every minute of the laid back and fun day.

It was a beautiful mid-June winter’s day and Anita felt so blessed to be surrounded by her friends and family to celebrate the newlyweds love for each other. She ‘loved absolutely everything’ about the wedding.

Anita admits, it didn’t hurt that on the morning of the wedding that she got to put on a stunningly designed gown by Elie Saab to spend the whole day in, something she never imagined possible.

Being open minded is the biggest piece of advice Anita could give other brides going into planning their special days. So many aspects of the day ended up being ‘the exact opposite’ of what she had originally thought – her gown, bridesmaid dresses and the flow girl outfits too. Keeping an open mind definitely means that you do not close yourself off to anything and perhaps missing ‘the one’.

In her own words Anita advises to ‘have fun and remember your wedding is the start of a lifelong commitment and journey’.


The Helen Rodrigues Elie Saab Bridal Presentation


We were beyond thrilled to host our Helen Rodrigues Elie Saab Bridal Presentation last Thursday evening, where we showcased a selection of gorgeous gowns from the inaugural 2017 Elie Saab Bridal collection ahead of our weekend trunk show for brides-to-be.

Available in Australia exclusively at our Helen Rodrigues boutique for two days only, it was a rare opportunity for members of the media and bridal industry to view Elie Saab gowns in person and see up close the magnificent quality and beautifully intricate design details that the esteemed designer is renowned for.

With gowns starting from $15,000, the exquisite new bridal collection features a gown for every type of woman with styles ranging from traditional and classic; to boho, retro and modern. All dresses are incredibly feminine, beautiful and sophisticated; and designed to highlight a woman’s silhouette.

As the exclusive Elie Saab Bridal stockist for Australia, we were so pleased to be able to showcase this stunning collection and formerly introduce the brand in such a special way. Whilst viewing the line, guests enjoyed French champagne and delicious canapés from Katering, with our boutique beautifully fragranced by divine peonies from Susan Avery. 

We can’t wait to fit all of our beautiful brides in their dream Elie Saab gowns and share the photos with you, but in the meantime feast your eyes on some of the images from our presentation evening below.

For any enquires regarding Elie Saab Bridal gowns please contact the Helen Rodrigues boutique on (02) 9904 5700.

Elie Saab Bridal in Australia this November


Mark your diaries brides-to-be, because Helen Rodrigues is thrilled to announce the exciting arrival of Elie Saab Bridal in Australia next month. Wedding gowns from the stunning new 2017 collection will be available to purchase exclusively at our Neutral Bay boutique for two days only at our special trunk show happening on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November – appointments essential.

An entirely new bridal line that joins the Elie Saab haute couture and ready-to-wear collections; in the air de temps of the modern bride, both feminine and daring silhouettes feature making our Elie Saab Bridal exclusive showcase a wonderful opportunity to find your dream gown.

A few things to consider before making your appointment:

  • The Elie Saab Bridal range is between $14,000 - $50,000 (includes the cost of your fittings/alterations)
  • There will be a one-off $100 fee for your personalised one hour appointment  The sample gowns are size AU10
  • No makeup or fake tan can be worn to your appointment to uphold the integrity of the gowns
  • No photographs are permitted during your appointment
  • We kindly ask that you limit the friends/family members you bring with you to three
  • As the Elie Saab gowns are only here for two days, we highly recommend that you have tried on gowns elsewhere before coming so that you can make your decision during your appointment knowing you have tried on other styles/designers prior

Elie Saab dazzles with his intricate details and strong sense of beauty, working with fine materials and delicate embroideries. He builds his fairytale creations using simple designs and precious resources, whilst always maintaining a form of sophistication. His specialty is the ultimate dress that highlights a woman's silhouette.

We are so honoured to have such an esteemed designer joining the Helen Rodrigues Bridal range and look forward to meeting all the lovely brides-to-be.

Appointments are limited, so book now to make sure you don’t miss out - (02) 9904 5700.