The afternoon began with nervous anticipation, the clink of glasses and a lesson in how to “tszuj” from make-up artist and all-round party guy Paul Bedggood. Katoomba-based ‘Paulie’ has worked in fashion, advertising, editorial and the wedding caper – making brides beautiful – for many years. We immediately fell for his infectious energy and sense of humour.
Kylie’s adorable Shitzsu x Maltese, Louis, was on hand to make sure the shoot prep went to plan before we headed out to the Katoomba escarpment.
Behind the lens, the effervescent Jennifer Leahy from Silversalt Weddings in Leura, brought a level of relaxed professionalism and fun to the shoot. Jen has been known to climb a tree or stand on one leg to get the shot and her obvious delight as the intensity of the sunset made for a photographer’s dream light had us all beyond excited to see the finished frames.
Four stunning bridal gowns were supplied by Karen Willis Holmes, Sydney. Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australian designer whose eponymous brand blends bespoke couture with ready-to-wear and is characterised by an attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. ‘Faith’ BESPOKE gown and ‘Lilliana’ gown from the KWH ‘Wild Hearts’ collection featured on the cover.
The gowns were complimented by Kylie’s delicate native flower crown and Tiphanee’s romantic bouquet by Olivia Meredith of The Little Flower Shop Wentworth Falls. Olivia’s work is in great demand in the mountains and beyond.
Hand-crafted jewellery by Ainsley Whelan of Ainsley Fine Jewellery Leura, included unique matching wedding bands, and delicate drop earrings. Other accessories included a faux fur wrap from Leura Vintage, hand-made hairpiece from Christine’s Millinery, and props by Blue Mountains Love.
To read Kylie and Tiphanee’s story, more ‘True Love Tales’, plus profiles on local artisans and weddding suppliers in the Blue Mountains, pick up a copy of issue one, available throughout NSW and the ACT at all good newsagents, or online at Blue Mountains Love.
Words: Jacqueline Forster / Photos: Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt Weddings / Hair & Make-up: Paul Bedggood / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Flowers: The Little Flower Shop / Jewellery: Ainslie Fine Jewellery / Faux-fur wrap: Leura Vintage / Hairpiece: Christine’s Millinery / Styling: Blue Mountains Love