We recently attended the One Fine Day Sydney fair and boy, oh boy was it a cracker! Reminiscent of our dream Pinterest board come to life, One Fine Day is a must-attend bridal fair packed with handpicked vendor stalls, drinks and goodies galore.
Being the bridal nerds we are, a trip to One Fine Day is always a pleasure but this year even more so because Hello May curated and presented the runway. Yeah, you heard us! We got together a selection of 80 of our fave new gowns, separates, suits and accessories and marched them down the runway.
No need to fret if you missed out. One Fine Day are yet to host their Melbourne event (28th & 29th August FYI with tickets available for purchase here) and yep, we’ll be there! We’ve also rounded up a selection of our fave looks from the runway for your viewing pleasure this very day. We were lucky enough to snag the exceptional talents of Miko of Tones & Harmony to capture the show. He’s a regular on the HM blog who has shared a bunch of weddings with us including Hannah & Zee’s Sydney wedding and Andrea & Dale’s Hunter Valley wedding (you can book him for your own day here.)
A huge shout out to the legendary models who, despite one of the coldest Sydney weekends we’ve had in recent times, danced backstage and gave off all-around wonderful vibes. They looked all kinds of magical in their Amelie George Bridal jewels and Forever Soles heels, all done up by Monique Kazokas (using Napoleon Perdis prods, no less).
So, if you’re in the market for a wedding day fit, or just in the mood for a little bit o’ bridal eye candy, be sure to scroll all the way down…
KAREN WILLIS HOLMES
Our forever queen, Karen Willis Holmes, delivers in spades each and every year, consistently adding to her five varied collections: Elope, Luxe, Wild Hearts, Bespoke and Curve, with the latest Luxe injection being the Triteia collection, blogged in full here. Pricing ranges from $3490-$3790 and sizing, AU 4-16. Karen has got a Sydney, Melbourne, Brissy and Perth store so if you like what you see be sure to book your appointment, stat. Fancy peeping some Karen Willis Holmes real brides? Head over here and be sure to scroll right down.
CARTE BLANCHE BRIDE
Carte Blanche Bride is our go-to for handmade French wedding dresses from the likes of Laure de Sagazan, Margaux Tardits and Donatelle Goddart. Curated with precision by the glorious Anastasia, you’re in for a real treat with her approach to customer service. The majority of the Carte Blanche collection lies within the five to six thousand mark with all gowns made to order. Based in Melbs, this fab boutique also offers virtual appointments so you can all get in on a little of that French luxury. Head on over here to get in touch.
This Perth-based brand is at the forefront of minimalist and contemporary bridal design and as per, we were smitten with their latest collection ‘My Paradise’, equal parts exquisite and unconventional. We blogged each and every piece (divine bridal pantsuit included) right here. Pricing ranges between $1400 and $5400 and sizing from a six to 20. Fancy a try on? You can find a selection of Lola Varma goodies in Mrs Fray in Canberra (ACT) and Sphere Bridal Gallery in both Maroochydore (QLD) and Sydney (NSW).
PREA JAMES BRIDAL
We’re long term fans of local designer Prea James and her relaxed-yet-luxe-as-anything bridal style. In addition to the above delights, her latest collection may well be our fave yet. Embrace, a refined collection of civil ceremony inspired pieces, includes the mini dress of our dreams. We’ve blogged it in full here. Available in sizes 6-18, you can hit up Prea’s new boutique in Sydney or Sphere Bridal Gallery in QLD and Mrs Fray in ACT for the goods.
GRACE LOVES LACE
Entirely Australian owned and made, Grace Loves Lace is a pillar of effortless luxury in the Aussie bridal market. Serving up fresh new designs on the reg, their latest collection, Disco Daydream, is a textured satin dream. The new collection has gowns sitting around the $2200 mark and are available in sizes 6-20. Pop on over here should you like a smidge more info or book into their Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast or Melbourne boutiques to try on IRL.
A modern spin on tradition, Oleg Cassini offers brides an affordable and accessible experience with options galore. Their latest collection, Love Story, starts at a sweet $1299. Twenty gowns strong, there’s a little something for everyone with selected styles available in size 0 through to 30. Fancy shopping from the comfort of your couch? Head on over here.
CHÉRIE BY OUI
Serving sleek silhouettes in low-key luxe fabrics, Oui is about simplifying the bridal gown search. Their latest drop has a heap of options for those chicks after a statement neckline and flattering flare. Starting at around $4400, sizes are available from 6 through to 24.
Options much?! M.J. Bale is constantly delivering updated groom gear – we’re talking refreshing colourways and sustainable fabrics – which is good news for the groom on a mission. We blogged their latest drop, Inspired By Nature, right here. They’ve got a bunch of stores Australia-wide so we recommend ducking on in and checking the goods out IRL. Wanna read more about their ultra-sustainable approach? Pop on over this way.
There’s minimalist and then there’s minimalist, the later of which Oarma embodies with ease. Delicious to wear and equally lovely to keep, these pieces are designed to be worn again – an ethical initiative we adore. Their signature collection boasts a range of separates and simple gowns available in sizes 6-14, starting at around $500 for individual pieces. Pop on over here to catch a bunch of our faves or here to shop online.
MOIRA HUGHES COUTURE
Taking the sculpted gown into the modern era of bridal, Moria Hughes Couture combines traditional forms of construction with on-trend detail. The Pearla Collection is the latest drop from this brand with twelve gowns available in total. Gown prices range between $4-12000 with all gowns made to order.
AMY NEW BRIDAL
The apple of our eye, Amy New Bridal serves up the kind of low-key luxe, comfy bridal wear that we can never get enough of. You can get in contact here and find one of our real bride’s, Su, donning the goods here. Amy New’s latest collection, Miracle Love, boasts voluminous sleeves and sweet button details. Offering sizes XS-XL, brides are welcome to get in touch for custom sizing and designs.
In love with our handpicked runway accessories? We don’t blame you! We selected only the best after all. Head on over here to catch more from Amelie George Bridal, a dedicated bridal accessory brand with veils, hairpins and earrings designed specifically with the bride in mind, and here for more from Forever Soles, a bridal shoe and accessory brand based out of Byron Bay.