Have you ever changed jobs as a result of your wedding? Strange question we know, but one of our fabulous MILQUE brides Karlie, started a wedding styling business after having so much fun planning her own!
Here’s the story of Karlie & Rob…
Rob, a shopfitter and Karlie, an area manager for a jewellery store fell for each other on the job! After 18 months together, in August 2010 they got engaged whilst on holidays at Malolo Island, Fiji.
Karlie’s dress was designed and made by her close friend Aimee Kahl who has since moved to London to pursue her career in fashion. The dress was an ivory, full circle, silk cotton, one-shouldered gown adorned with ivory feathers and tulle. The inspiration was to combine a classic A-line shape with a fashion-twist incorporating the shoulder of feathers.
Aimee also designed and made Karlie’s three different bridesmaid dresses in three complimenting blue tones, based on the body shapes and personalities of her bridal party. She not only wanted them to feel individual, comfort was also important.
The inspiration for Karlie & Rob’s wedding was ‘eclectic vintage + fun’… Although their wedding was at Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, transport difficulties didn’t hold Karlie back from planning exactly what she wanted – a wedding that expressed both of the bride and groom’s personalities.
Starting off with a decorative gramophone, Karlie wanted a large centerpiece for the tables. Something that was eye catching and vintage, but not easily broken during transport… AND it had to be different!
Planning the wedding was a thrill for Karlie who spent 12 months digging through op shops finding treasure in someone else’s trash. She found some amazing vases, ornaments, and decanters which were placed along the banquet tables filled with either fresh flowers or sweets for guests. With Rob’s building background, he was able to help his soon to be wife’s vision come to life and built a quirky seating escort sign and kissing booth.
With Karlie’s background in retail merchandising, creating a setting that was romantic, interesting and with an element of fun, came as second-nature.
Karlie kept her styling plans very tight-lipped as she wanted guests to experience something out of the ordinary, and after receiving so many humbling compliments, Karlie started Hello Beautiful Day – prop hire + event styling co. After finding so much joy in seeing her guests enjoy themselves, Karlie wanted to be able to offer the same experience to other brides and grooms.
Check out some of the photos from Karlie & Rob’s special day!
- Karlie’s engagement and wedding bands were from Gloss Diamonds in Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore.
- Kate was the makeup artist and Holly was hairstylist from Kate McKenna Hair & Makeup.
- Blooms were created by Geraldine from Bouquet Boutique in New Farm.
- Shoes were from Wittner. Earrings from Silver Shop.
- Red velvet cake was made by Karlie’s maid of honour and sister, Jodi.
- Feather sash and matching hair clip via Etsy and my swarovski elements crystal cuff was handmade from vintage brooches and stones, all via Etsy.
- Rob & the groomsmen wore suit pants and tailored ivory shirt from Connor.
- Hats were from the Hat Shop in Robina Town Centre and silk ties and suspenders via Etsy.