Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major

Jul 18, 2020

Jaime Lee Major is one of Australia’s brightest design stars. Her bridal collection has grown over the last 10 years making her one of the most sought after dressmakers to come out of Australia. Jaime Lee Major wedding gowns are meticulously crafted pieces of art.

A while back I photographed the Perth wedding of Sarah and Dave, which started in a majestic ceremony and ended in an actual rave. Throughout all that this wild Jaime Lee Major creation weathered all the wild glory.

Jaime Lee Major wedding gown
Jaime Lee Major wedding gown

I wanted to do a piece on her because I am inspired by her wild design talent and outer-space way of approaching bridal gowns for folks wanting something a little more on the edge. Her designs are for the fashion-forward bride (the exact words that came out of David’s lips all day at their wedding).

Jaime Lee Major background

Born and raised in Fremantle (Perth), Jamie Lee Major rose to fame after she designed a gown for Kimbra at the Grammys in 2013. Her blue tulle and Swarovski encrusted dress was seen by 40 million people and she gained a mighty whack of international fame, and said in an interview for VOGUE that she hadn’t really thought about bridal couture but had so many enquiries that it ‘just sort of happened’.

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She’s won WA Designer of the year, been featured in VOGUE, dressed Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rita Ora (to name a few). Major has since left the red carpet behind her now to focus her creative genius on wedding dress designs.

Luxury wedding dresses like you’ve never seen before

Jaime Lee Major wedding gowns are priced from $5000 to $24,000, but worth every cent. They are pieces of art that she carefully wraps around a human body, and have endless hours of labour put into every last little detail. There are hundreds of thousands of beads, crystals, pearls and stitches in her creations.

Jaime Lee Major wedding gown

The bridal collection features a lot of tulle and exposed flesh, lavishly covered with luxurious embellishments. They’re a Pinterest board dream. You can forget the classic silhouette or cathedral length train.

Jaime Lee Major wedding gown

Jaime Lee is talking frills, cuffs, ruffles, sparkles and bespoke demi-couture tailoring. The materials tend to stray away from classic whites and ivories and delve into lux golds and silvers. Something I’m excited to see more of in contemporary weddings.

Jaime Lee Major wedding gown

If you’re a bride who wants to do things differently then Jaime Lee Major’s collection is awe-inspiring. See-through trouser suits and everything covered in Swarovski will certainly turn some heads and take your Grandmothers idea of the traditional wedding dress for a glorious golden ride. The way the light catches the sparkles and the overstated glamour is perfect for any bridal shoot. 

Jaime Lee Major wedding gowns: also a photographers dream

There is no end to this gifted woman’s creativity. She is such an exciting element in Australian wedding scene. One of her recent catwalk gowns used the most insane floristry to bring her ideas to life.

Jaime Lee Major wedding gown

I love capturing everything that makes the day special, the bride’s dress is at the top of my list. Be over indulgent, be bountiful, be sumptuous. It’s a wedding, nothing can be too amplified! Your dress should make you feel like you’ve never felt before and there is no way in hell you can’t feel $1million dollars in a Jaime Lee Major wedding gown.

Jaime Lee Major wedding gown bridal party gold and black dresses
Jaime Lee Major wedding gown
Jaime Lee Major wedding gown
Jaime Lee Major wedding gown
Jaime Lee Major wedding gown
Jaime Lee Major wedding gown

Find Jaime Lee Major wedding gowns online

Jaime Lee Major on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaimeleemajor

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Brooke tyson ritual bridal

Jul 6, 2020

Brooke Tyson Ritual – some of the most incredible bridal designs on the planet, with delicate contours and flowing textures, and what a treat it was to photograph them in a (real) blizzard, atop a volcano in New Zealand, draped over our incredible model, Fran, for the Story and Light photography workshop hosted by the genius wizardchildren over at Bayly and Moore.

Featured here is the Brooke Tyson Ritual Luna gown, as well as their Flora gown.

Story and Light was sponsored by the brilliant Australian film-lab Atkins, who kindly developed and scanned all of these images, shot entirely on Kodak Film. More on analogue wedding photography.

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Brooke tyson ritual - Flora gown

Removing herself from the perilously wild volcanic blizzard (despite the hardy protection of the Luna gown), here, we see Fran emerging from a more friendly forest, in the Brooke Tyson Flora gown.

Above and below is the Flora gown. Anyone that has ever met a New Zealander knows that the Ritual collection benefits from the classic kiwi ingenuity, developed in and around curious brain-zaps that test the edges of what bridal gowns should look like.

Brooke tyson ritual - Flora gown
Brooke tyson ritual - Flora gown

Celebrating free-spirits and with inspiration taken from cinema and folklore, the Brooke Tyson Luna gown was pretty much made to be draped across Franc and then whisked by a blizzard in on top of a volcano.

Brooke Tyson are also featured here on my top 5 best modern wedding dresses.

New Zealand Volcano
New Zealand Volcano
Brooke tyson ritual - Luna gown
Brooke tyson ritual - Luna gown
Brooke tyson ritual - Luna gown
This majestic snap also lives in my wedding portraits post.
New Zealand Blizzard
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Find Brooke Tyson Ritual online

Website: https://brooketysonritual.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brooketysonritual
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrookeTysonRitual/

For more wedding dress designs from another planet, check out Jaime Lee Major.

If you like Brooke Tyson, you might also like these incredible wedding jumpsuits.

Best modern wedding dresses - Brooke Tyson Ritual

Jun 12, 2020

I’ve been lucky to photograph love and ceremony on all continents, which means seeing so much of the worlds most incredible bridal design on brilliant lovers in all kids of places: these are 5 of the best modern wedding dresses i’ve had the pleasure of working with.

When you look at how Australian and New Zealand designers have to fight for a place at the table with smaller markets and at a geographical disadvantage to the rest of the world, it’s no surprise then that some of the most brilliant and forward-thinking designs have actually come from this corner of the globe as they place tradition a gentle second, and innovation first, pushing the craft of design past the edges.

And so, incidentally, these designers are all from Australia and New Zealand.

As an art-lover, a beautiful and thoughtfully designed gown is captivating to look at and brilliant to photograph (as a kid who grew up on death-metal and martial-arts, this isn’t exactly a sentence I ever thought i’d say).

This is a run-down of 5 of the most beautiful gowns i’ve had the pleasure of photographing.

Best Modern Wedding dresses:

  1. Brooke Tyson Ritual
  2. Suzanne Harward
  3. Alex Perry
  4. One Day Bridal
  5. Paolo Sebastian
  6. Jaime Lee Major

Brooke Tyson Ritual

Brooke Tyson Ritual is what happens when you have a curious kiwi, captivated by the world of cinema and nostalgia and with a childhood spent playing dressups, cast her hand to the fine art of bridal couture.

Brooke Tyson’s Ritual gowns shown here are the Flora gown, and the Luna gown, photographed on Franc on film, on a volcano in New Zealand. You can also view a full feature on Brooke Tyson Ritual here.

Best modern wedding gowns - Brooke Tyson Ritual
Best modern wedding gowns - Brooke Tyson Ritual
Best modern wedding gowns - Brooke Tyson Ritual

Find Brooke Tyson Ritual online:

Brooke Tyson Ritual website

Suzanne Harward

Suzanne Harward is a designer i’ve had the good fortune of working with several times, and you can see a feature on 3 of the best Suzanne Harward wedding dresses here too.

Suzanne Harward is an icon of the Australian bridal design scene, with a rich long history while always staying two steps ahead of the trends. Check out the impossibly brilliant songbird gown.

Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown
Suzanne Harward modern wedding dress
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gala Gown

Suzanne Harward songbird gown.

Suzanne Harward gown for Melbourne Registry office wedding portraits
Suzanne Harward gown for Melbourne Registry office wedding portraits
Suzanne Harward bridal gown at Newstead Butterland

Find Suzanne Harward online

Suzanne Harward website

Alex Perry

Alex Perry isn’t necessarily a name synonymous with bridal design – and this isn’t even a piece from his bridal collection – but that didn’t stop the forward-thinking Liv from adapting one of his other pieces for her wedding to Adam.

These two marvels are featured on Together Journal, where you can see even more glorious images of their day and her incredible sense of style.

Alex Perry Wedding gown
Alex Perry Wedding dress
Alex Perry Wedding dress
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Alex Perry Wedding dress
Alex Perry Wedding gown
Alex Perry wedding gown

Find Alex Perry Bride online

Alex Perry Bride website

One Day Bridal

Founded by Kyha Simpson after tying the knot and wanting to bring something new to the industry, One Day Bridal. Designed and handmade in Melbourne, One Day Bridal are one of the early frontrunners of doing things differently, and as a result have inspired an industry-wide shift in risk-taking designs.

One Day Bridal wedding dress
One Day Bridal wedding dress

Find One Day Bridal online

One Day Bridal website

Paolo Sebastian

I hope i’m not the only one who, based on the brand name, initially thought Paolo Sebastian was some kind of lavish octogenarian European designer with over half a century of brilliant work under their belt.

Nope – it’s the work from the genius mind of an impossibly young designer, Paul Vasileff, straight out of Adelaide, Australia.

Paolo Sebastian gowns blend a nod to tradition offset with something resembling the top end of the disney playground of fantasy designs.

Best Modern wedding dress - Paolo Sebastian
Paolo Sebastian wedding gown
Best Modern wedding dress - Paolo Sebastian

Hannah wears Paolo Sebastian. The Royal Mail Hotel wedding of Hannah and Ben, alongside the inimitable Humdrum Films, is featured on Farewell Fiance,

Find Paolo Sebastian online

Paolo Sebastian website

Jaime Lee Major

Jaime Lee Majors designs are from another planet. The Fremantle / Perth designer made a name for herself cutting cloth for every celebrity under the sun, beginning initially with an epic gown for Kimbra right around the time of her career take-off.

Since then, Jaime Lee Major has used her progressive, artistic inspired approach to design gowns that push bridal to the very edge. Check out this incredible piece from the Fremantle wedding of Sarah and Dave.

Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major
Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major
Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major
Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major
Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major
Fremantle Perth Bridal Designer Jaime Lee Major

Find Jaime Lee Major online

Jaime Lee Major on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaimeleemajor

While you’re here, take a peep at these incredible modern wedding jumpsuits.

Two Ton Max wedding

Jun 8, 2020

Tanya and Ryan are Jiu-Jitsu diehards, who train together, and Mario-Kart together. These legends had their Two Ton Max wedding in Melbourne right at the 11th hour before Melbourne’s first Covid lockdown. In one of Melbournes most brilliant warehouse wedding venues, these two got it done in style with a crew of the best. I was lucky to be along for the ride with my dear old mate Michelle Grace Hunder, photographing this together for the first time in years (we started out as a wedding duo before going solo).

Enjoy this little peek into Tanya and Ryans Two Ton Max wedding, featuring Melbourne wedding celebrant Shannon Jeans running the show. For more beautiful warehouse, rustic, or alternative wedding venues in Melbourne, check out this post on unique Melbourne wedding venues, featuring Rupert on Rupert and Gather and Tailor.

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Groom prep
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Western suburbs house
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Couple portraits
Couple portraits
Couple portraits
Couple portraits
Wedding portraits
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding
Two Ton Max wedding

Book Two Ton Max for your wedding

Two Ton Max website: http://twotonmax.com.au/

elle zeitoune bridesmaid dresses

Jan 8, 2020

Zoe and Adam married at the incredible Hydro Majestic hotel, in New South Wales. Zoe’s bridesmaids wore stunning Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dresses, in emerald green.

We’ll share more from their incredibly beautiful Southern Highlands wedding soon (we’re waiting for it to be featured in… a publication of some sort in the coming months), but for the moment, we just wanted to share these incredible, shimmering emerald green bridesmaid gowns.

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Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dress fontaine
Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dress fontaine
Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dress fontaine
Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dress fontaine
Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dress fontaine

Shop Elle Zeitoune bridesmaid dresses

Elle Zeitoune website: https://www.ellezeitoune.com.au/shop/section/55/Bridesmaids

Head here for more modern wedding dresses.

modern bridal wedding jumpsuit

Dec 5, 2019

Modern bridal jumpsuits have made their presence felt at some incredible weddings over the last few years, so I picked out some favourites. If you’re considering a wedding jumpsuit, check out these stylish scallywags, and examples of the white wedding jumpsuit making a statement.

Being a little island far away from everything else, we tend to end up doing things out way, and wedding fashion and styling is no different. The wedding jumpsuit can be easier to move around in, less finnicky, and as a result, one often overlooked ingredient in keeping your wedding day fun, simple, and hassle free.

Which isn’t to say there’s any compromise in style when going the route of a wedding jumpsuit – check out these maestros to see just why – featuring bridal jumpsuit designers from Australia, all the way over to the UK’s Emilia Wickstead.

White lace wedding jumpsuit: Kirstyn

Kirstyn wears an Alice McCall wedding jumpsuit.
modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit
Check out Kirstyn and Nicholas’ full Brunswick wedding featured on Polka Dot Bride. For another great Melbourne warehouse wedding venue, hit up Rupert on Rupert or here for more unique wedding venues in Melbourne.

Modern white bridal Jumpsuit: Hannah

See more of Hannah and Lachlans Gabbinbar Homestead wedding.

Emilia Wickstead white wedding jumpsuit: Tess

modern wedding jumpsuit
modern wedding jumpsuit

While you’re here, check out what are some of the best modern wedding dresses i’ve seen, as well as this beautiful Byron Bay wedding venue.

Suzanne harward songbird gown

Apr 8, 2019

The Suzanne Harward Songbird gown is an impossibly brilliant piece of design by the crew at Suzanne Harward. Featuring embroidered tulle, a circular skirt, and incredible floral and bluebird details from top to bottom.

I photographed the wedding of Laura and Walker held at Daylesford Convent, and this post will feature just images of Laura in her incredible gown. Their dog Bonnie came along for the ride (as in, the entire ride, start to finish, including dance-floor raving at the incredible Daylesford Convent) and what followed was a wild day of rain-dodging and glorious times with their community at one of the gems of regional Victoria.

To see their full wedding in detail, keep your eyes on Together Journal, where it will be featured.

See the Songbird gown also featured here in Modern Wedding Dresses.

Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown hanging
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown hanging
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown bridal preparation
Romantic black and white wedding portrait
Bride with her dog at wedding
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Daylesford Convent Sunset portraits
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent Reception
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown at Daylesford Convent
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown
Bride with her dog
Suzanne Harward Songbird Gown

Enquire about Suzanne Harward Songbird gown

Suzanne Harward website: https://www.suzanneharward.com/

Looking for another incredible wedding gown? Check out this modern wedding dress by Jaime Lee Major.

Mariana Hardwick wedding dress

Jan 30, 2018

Mariana Hardwick is Australia’s leading designer of bridal couture, with new and progressive twists on bridal classics. Over the last 30 years, modern brides all over Australia and beyond have picked a Mariana Hardwick wedding dress when looking for wildly progressive but timeless designs.

Because I photograph weddings all over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley, that also gives me the chance to check out some of the incredible designs happening on our own fine lands.

Today it’s this majestic Mariana Hardwick wedding dress on Elisha, at her wedding to Daniel at Yarra Valleys Zonzo Estate. Elisha and Daniels Zonzo wedding was featured over on Ivory Tribe.

mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
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mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
mariana hardwick wedding dress
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Zonzo sunset
Zonzo sunset
Zonzo sunset
Zonzo sunset
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mariana hardwick wedding dress
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Zonzo estate festoon
Zonzo estate festoon

Find Mariana Hardwick online:

Mariana Hardwick website: https://marianahardwick.com.au/

If you love this stunning Mariana Hardwick wedding gown, you might also like these modern wedding dresses, fellow Melbourne bridal designer Suzanne Harward, or these beautiful modern bridal jumpsuits. Pick up the work of this beautiful Victorian designer for your New South Wales wedding at Deux Belettes.

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