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Montarna – A Real Bride Story


Montarna’s Story

Bride & Groom: Montarna & Nick
Planning & Styling: After The Rock Weddings
Gown: Inbal Dror
Venue: Redleaf, Wollombi
Photography: Erin and Tara
Floral: Grandiflora

How did you and your husband meet?

Nick and I met via mutual friends in 2013.

How did he propose?

In October 2017 Nick tricked me in to thinking I was heading to Sean’s Panorama at Bondi for his belated birthday celebration. Actually I arrived to the private room filled with flowers, candles, Celine Dion playing and he was down on one knee! Both of our parents were waiting excitedly in the next room so once I’d said yes they joined us to celebrate our engagement. It was so well-planned and it caught me completely off guard – no easy feat!


What was your vision for your wedding day?

We just wanted our wedding day to scream ‘us’. Aesthetically we went for an eclectic vibe reflecting our home. I loved that Redleaf has a European feel and wanted to teleport our guests to the vibe of a private villa in the Italian countryside.

 Where did you look for your wedding inspiration?

We drew inspiration from everywhere but mostly from interiors, and our personal style when we renovated our home and my office. Our wedding planner Georgie was amazing – once she got my vibe she was great in sourcing further references and really pulling everything together.

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

I chose a wedding dress from Israeli designer Inbal Dror – it was everything I thought I wouldn’t wear! My style usually has a masculine edge but this was all-out girly, it even had a huge bow on the front and an incredible princess silhouette. I like to be bold with my fashion choices so a simple white dress wasn’t going to cut it on my wedding day!

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

We started planning shortly after getting engaged. Nick and I both have busy careers and we needed enough time to create our perfect day alongside everything else life throws at us. I work in PR and events so the actual organisation and logistics didn’t phase me, but our wedding planner Georgie was a godsend in keeping us on track and taking the time-intensive tasks off our hands.

What was the biggest decision you had to make?

Definitely the venue. We didn’t make life easy for ourselves with the choice of location. Redleaf is stunning but it’s very remote so it took a lot of checklists, dotting i’s and crossing t’s to ensure we remembered everything ahead of the day. And with Redleaf being a private property rather than a dedicated wedding venue we had to bring in all styling and catering elements ourselves - although personally I loved this aspect, taking a beautiful blank canvas and making it completely our own.

What was the highlight of your wedding day for you?

I surprised everyone by walking down the the aisle to bagpipes playing Flower of Scotland. We had three pipers with one leading my dad and I to the top of the aisle. When he started marching in front of us to get into beat we both got very emotional and everything became very real all of a sudden. We then came around the bend and I saw Nick for the first time - I’ll never forget that moment!

 Is there anything you would do differently?

Not a thing – it was perfect!

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

I love these wise words from Helen Rodrigues at my final wedding dress fitting - “don’t worry if some things don’t go to plan, as nobody knows the plan!


Working with Helen was a dream in the lead up to my wedding. She suggested the dress to me, and I’m so happy I listened to her as otherwise I would never have found my perfect bridal gown. From selecting the dress and being on hand for fittings around my schedule, to picking my dress up the day before the wedding and giving me so much trusted advice on all elements of my big day, Helen became a close confidante during my bridal journey and she’s an amazing support to women planning their wedding. MONTARNA #HRRealBride


Georgie - A Real Bride Story


Georgie’s Story

Bride & Groom: Georgie & Marc
Planning & Styling: Georgie (Bride) After The Rock Weddings
Gown: Inbal Dror from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Venue: Stones of the Yalla Valley, Victoria
Photography: Erin & Tara
Floral: Cecilia Fox

Georgie Karloci (nee Duddy) is one of Australia’s best wedding and event planner and stylists having been at the helm of magazine worthy occasions including the wedding of Montara Pitt, Anna Heinrich and Tim Robards and Kate Waterhouse’s 30th.

We can only begin to imagine the pressure Georgie felt to ensure her very own wedding was all she could image and as you will see in the below images captured by renown wedding photographers Erin & Tara it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Georgie, your wedding is so incredibly beautiful. What was your vision for your special day?
Thank you! Overall I wanted the day to feel effortless, beautiful, romantic and fun. It really evolved throughout the year. I started with the venue - working with it however always making sure the styling had my own spin on it. I knew I wanted the ceremony to really WOW - it was the place of most importance to us as that's where we made the relationship official. I wanted depth with lightness and really enjoyed watching my brief evolve throughout the year. I wanted it to feel classic however still have a modern twist to it and I wanted there to be 'moments' everywhere for guests to stop, stare and enjoy.

Has planning your own wedding changed your viewpoint and the way you work as a wedding planner?
I believe it's changed how I plan a great deal. One big distinction for me is my ability to help guide my clients more with decision making as I understand when they have decision fatigue and they need some help to be pushed to make a decision versus when it’s actually a really important element that they want some space to consider their options further. Before I got married myself, I'd also not really understand why the couple wouldn't just go for it with the add-ons - thinking it's a once in a lifetime event so why not?! Now I understand that you get to a point where enough is enough! It doesn't matter how large your budget, it's all about making considered decisions.

What was the highlight of your wedding day?
I would have to say surprising my guests with a flash mob gospel choir at the completion of the ceremony! Marc, myself and my parents were the only ones that knew it was happening! It was a year of planning, months of sourcing the right people to bring together with the help of Rutherford Entertainment and rehearsal after rehearsal to get it just right! The choir were disguised as guests sitting in the ceremony with the remainder of the choir upstairs in the chapel and it really was an amazing performance. It certainly is something everyone can't stop talking about and seems to have set a trend!

Is there anything you would do differently?
As cliched as it sounds, no I wouldn't. It really was the most perfect day. I wish I could relive it again and again!

When you went looking for your wedding gown did you have anything specific in mind?
After all the years of experiencing this with my brides and seeing my friends get married, I knew to just trust the process and not rule anything out! I knew I would just feel it when it was my dress.

When did you know your Inbal Gown was 'the one'?
After recommending my brides to Helen for years I knew I wanted to go there first when looking for my gown - and I didn’t go any further! I had a feeling I would wear Inbal after all of my research - and narrowed it down to 2 gowns. I was so torn, however Helen and my bridesmaids knew the gown I chose was the standout and were very vocal about it!

How was your experience with Helen Rodrigues Bridal?
It was effortless, fun and a truly beautiful and unforgettable experience. For the first visit I took a couple of my bridesmaids, my mother and my mother in law. It was such a fun appointment and my bridesmaids fell in love with my dress immediately! Then I took my mum and my bridesmaid who lived overseas to my fittings. It was so nice to go on that journey with them all.

How did you select your wedding venue and suppliers?
I knew we wanted to get married somewhere other than Sydney. After working in events and weddings in Sydney for the past 14 years I wanted my wedding to feel like the opposite of work! We both love Melbourne so started to look in Victoria. Marc and I narrowed it down to 2 venues, one in the Yarra Valley and another in the Mornington Peninsula. In the end, I asked my parents to choose which one they preferred as I couldn't decide! They both loved Stones of the Yarra Valley - as it was a nod to my country roots and Marc's Italian heritage. It felt more 'us'.

For our suppliers, they came from everywhere! I did have a rule and wanted to work with suppliers I mostly hadn't worked with before! My invitation suite was created by the talented Tara Spencer in Canada, Hair and make up was from Sydney (as I knew I had to have Sarah Laidlaw with her combination of incredible talent and beautiful personality), our minister came from Sydney also (Garry Lee-Lindsay was the perfect choice - we knew he would do a beautiful service and he surely did!) and my favourite lighting and sound guru Rob King came down to Melbourne from Sydney also as I'm a self professed lighting snob! Our florist Cecelia Fox was incredible, I'd wanted to work with her for ever and it was a dream to see what she created - and also Erin and Tara (photo) and Moon and Back (video) were Melbourne based and we have worked together so much since as I loved what they produced and so enjoyed working with them. My friend Georgie and her colleague Claire from Georgeous Occasions helped with planning on the day and also recommended their favourite suppliers in Melbourne like Rutherford Entertainment for our Choir and DJ / Singer / Sax combo, Electric Confetti to create my custom Ti Amo sign, my incredible cake maker and multiple wonderful decor suppliers.

This week you celebrated your 1st wedding anniversary, how has the 1st year of married life been for you and do you think being married changes your relationship?
The first year of marriage has completely flown by! I still get a huge kick out of introducing Marc as my husband. I definitely feel marriage has changed our relationship - everything just feels more 'together' in every sense of the word. He's my world.


Emma - A Real Bride Story


Emma’s Story

Bride & Groom: Emma & Anthony
Gown: Inbal Dror from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Venue: Fraser Gallop Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

How did you feel when you first walked into the Helen Rodrigues Boutique?
Being surrounded my beautiful dresses I knew I would find the one that day! I tried on around 3 dresses until spotting my dress in the room! The experience was amazing we had so much fun whilst enjoying a glass of bubbles!

Describe how you felt when you found your gown?
I had been searching for my dream dress for a few months and was having no luck. The moment I put the dress on I knew it was the one! It fit me like a glove and I felt amazing in it! My bridesmaid Ash had been to a few appointments with me and said she hadn’t seen me smile like this yet! We knew it was the one!

Which designer did you select and why?
Inbal Dror - Her dresses are just amazing! My dress was delicate and had the perfect amount of sparkle on it!

What was the inspiration for your wedding day?
Our wedding was in Margaret River in Western Australia at Fraser Gallop Estate. We fell in love with the venue the moment we saw it & with my wedding planner Lara from White events we wanted the vibe for the day to complement this incredible venue. The inspiration was classic elegance of the French country side.

What was the highlight of your day?
The reveal - the moment I saw Anthony for the first time my heart exploded. It was the most emotional and amazing feeling I really can’t describe it.

What advice would you give other brides?
My advice to brides who are starting their search for their dress is not to be afraid to try on different styles and silhouettes, you will be surprised what looks amazing on you.

Anything else you would like to add about Helen Rodrigues or your wedding?
Helen, Sophie and the entire team were wonderful throughout the entire experience. They were honest and always made me feel comfortable. My mum unfortunately couldn’t make it to my first appointment so the team helped Skype her in to show her my amazing dress and experience it with me from Perth.


Kate - A Real Bride Story


Kate’s Story

Bride & Groom: Kate & John
Gown: Inbal Dror from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Veil: Oscar De La Renta from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Venue: Halcyon House, Cabarita

“From the moment I first visited Helen and her team I was blown away by not only the amazing selection of International Designers but also the teams warm nature and ongoing personal touches throughout the entire experience. From beginning to end, Helen’s service was nothing but outstanding!”

Beautiful real bride Kate and her husband John’s wedding was featured on Harper’s Bazaar. Here we share an extract on Kate’s bridal journey and her magnificent images.

How did you meet John?
We met nearly nine years ago when I walked into a little cafe to find John (he was the barista at the time!). I was totally infatuated by him and after one date we were inseparable. We moved in with each other just three months later and nine years later we were married.

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How did he propose?
John proposed to me in Italy, 2014. We were in Positano and he hired a little white speed boat one afternoon, which I thought nothing of at the time. We spent the day cruising the Amalfi coast and anchored somewhere out at sea when he pulled out an amazing Italian picnic, dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was totally oblivious to what was happening and it was literally a dream!

When did you know your Inbal Dror gown was ‘the one’?
I found my Inbal Dror dress before we even found the venue. I didn't look for long as once I tried on my dress I knew it was the one! I was totally obsessed with it and in love with the design and craftsmanship of it.

My veil was by far my favourite accessory; it was an Oscar De La Renta two tiered cathedral veil. There's something so special about a veil and it was definitely a favourite part!

What was your vision for your wedding day?
Our vision for the day was a relaxed resort style wedding with plenty of Aperol Spritzers! Surrounded by family and friends at an amazing venue with beautiful food and wine, we wanted it to be easy and fun but at the same time really beautiful. After looking for the perfect venue for what felt like forever, our amazing wedding planner Georgie Duddy from After The Rock Weddings suggested Halcyon House. We were in love with it so much, we didn't even visit the venue before we got married.

Halcyon House was absolutely perfect as we shut down the hotel for the Saturday night. The majority of our guests stayed on site; we had the ceremony, pre-ceremony cocktail party and reception all at the one venue.

How did you select your wedding venue?
We chose the venue as we both love the ocean and boutique European hotels, which Halcyon House fully embodies. In addition to the location and beautiful styling, the venue allowed for us to have all our guests of whom had travelled from across the world (Europe, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand, The Barossa, Melbourne and Sydney, of course) to stay on site and not have to worry about travelling between venues for the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was held under two palm trees on the grass just before the entrance to the beach at Halcyon House in Cabarita, NSW. After the ceremony we had a cocktail party by the pool there and the reception was held at Halcyon House's restaurant, Paper Daisy.

What was the highlight of your day?
The highlight of the day was definitely when the skies cleared 20 minutes before the ceremony. It went from a drizzly day to perfect sunshine literally just before I walked down the aisle! Another highlight for us was definitely our amazing vocalist, Tom Francis, who sang for the ceremony and cocktail hour and a local DJ who played live percussion on the drums for our entrance and dancing later that night. The hosts at Halcyon House and Paper Daisy were all so incredible and made everyone feel so welcome for the whole weekend, remembering people by name and joining in on the party on the wedding night. They didn't even mind when some of John's Greek family starting smashing plates!

What tips do you have for future brides:
Don't stress in the lead up to the day! Everything has a way of falling into place perfectly. My maid of honour gave me the best advice which was to take five minutes to sneak away with your husband on the night and look back at the party and take it all in. It's a very surreal experience that you will never have again.

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This feature has been adapted from Kate’s wedding feature on Harper’s Bazaar Bride. Read more here

Three Bridal Events You Won’t Want To Miss This March


If you’re yet to find your perfect wedding dress then now’s your chance. With three exciting Helen Rodrigues events coming up in the next few weeks, there’s never been a better time to make an appointment at the boutique. With gowns to suit all styles and budgets, this is a fantastic opportunity to find your dream gown.
Alexandra Grecco Launch Preview – Saturday 11th March
Be one of the first in Australia to view the fabulous Alexandra Grecco bridal line at our exclusive launch preview day. The newest addition to the boutique, Alexandra Grecco’s gowns are exquisitely ethereal and perfect for the boho bride. Dresses range from $4,500 to $10,000. By appointment only, bookings are $50 and include a glass of bubbles.

Helen Rodrigues Sample Sale – Sunday 12th March
For one day only we will be selling sample gowns from a range of fabulous international designers such as Alon Livne, Jenny Packham, Inbal Dror, Monique Lhuillier, Sabrina Dahan, Naeem Khan, Zuhair Murad and Mira Zwillinger. A great opportunity to purchase a luxury gown at a more affordable price; all dresses are sample sizes 8-12 only and start at $5,000. Appointments essential.

Inbal Dror 2017 Trunk Show – Friday 17th & Saturday 18th March
Bridal gowns from Israeli designer Inbal Dror will be available in our exclusive appointment only trunk show held over two days. With a range of flattering designs crafted from the best fabrics, you’re bound to discover the perfect gown for you. 
To attend any of the above events phone the Helen Rodrigues boutique on (02) 9904 5700 to book your appointment today.

Image credit Jose Villa.

Get the Look: Fairytale Dream Wedding

Inbal Dror silk embroidered gown available from  Helen Rodrigues .  (Image courtesy of Inbal Dror)

Inbal Dror silk embroidered gown available from Helen Rodrigues.  (Image courtesy of Inbal Dror)

If you’re one of the lucky women who became engaged this Valentine’s Day then congratulations! It’s a special time and never too early to begin planning your big day. Check out our ‘Get the look: fairytale dream wedding’ below for some inspiration to get you started.

Inbal Dror Designer Weekend - 2nd & 3rd Dec 2016


Announcing the Inbal Dror Designer Weekend on 2nd & 3rd Dec 2016 in Sydney.

The weekend will have gowns from Inbal's latest collection. This stunning collection will be in Sydney only for 2 days!

Book your appointment to be part of this exclusive event and buy your dream Inbal Dror wedding gown. There is a $50 booking fee that includes personal advise from Helen and a glass of bubbles! Call Helen Rodrigues on 02 99045700 to make your appointment.

By appointment only
Date: 2nd & 3rd Dec 2016
Where: Helen Rodrigues
Tel: 02 99045700