Australian Bridal Fashion Week – Not what you’d expect

If previously seen dresses and daggy accessories were what you were expecting of a Bridal Fashion Parade, you are going to be seriously disappointed by the Australian Bridal Fashion Week (ABFW) this weekend.  ABFW is raw talent and couture class all the way. Plus with the industrial backdrop of the Australian Technology Park in Redfern, Sydney’s brides will this weekend get to experience the kind of couture fashion show usually only seen in New York or Milan.

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(L-R) Liz Martinez opens the runway yesterday at the #ABFW2015 Media Launch. Sneak Peak of models on the runway (Photo credit Evoke Photography). Front row style with Renata Gilbert, Dean Bentick and Rachael Bentick from Inlighten Photography

From emerging designers such as Tanya Anic and Sant Elia, to the big names of Akira Isogawa and Leah Da Gloria, the white runway at the Australian Technology Park was a sea of cutting edge looks – lace on bare skin, exposed legs and even a green wedding dress from Diane Lewis.

Even bridal lingerie was given a modern twist. The sneak peak I saw of models prepping for tomorrow promises some seriously sexy and “adventurous” wedding nights…

Embellishment appears to be the key word this bridal season, with recognisable silhouettes from the likes of Anna Campbell and Johanna Johnson stepped up to the next level, thanks to a heavy dose of beadwork and detail.  Continuing the trend of “en pointe” fashion brought into bridal, headpieces were a key elements for many designers, including Campbell and Johnson.

A highlight of the show was unquestionably Sydney’s “It Girl” of Wedding Couture, Leah Da Gloria. Her gown featured her trademark use of laser cut French lace layered over a skin coloured structured bodice, creating a silhouette to die for.

And other members of the Bridal Party need not feel left out with collections to be shown by White Runway for the bridesmaids and Stellina Cute Couture for the “mini” maids of honour.

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(L-R) SJ Lingerie provides wedding night fashion inspiration. Johanna Johnson shows her latest collection at yesterday’s Media Launch for #ABFW2015. (Centre) Founder of ABFW Jessica Eckford Aguilera with presenters including Jessica Turner (Left) and Tara O’Keefe (Right) both wearing Leah Da Gloria (Photo credit Evoke Photography)

For more details on the Designers and their Show Times this weekend, check out Or if you can’t be there in person, get addicted to the hashtag #abfw2015 on instagram for all the latest updates.

Today’s Australian bride is sophisticated and has her own sense of style. ABFW’s ability to bring the latest looks in high end fashion, across to the bridal runway, was the breath of fresh air the wedding industry has been yearning for. And today we got that fresh air in giant gulps.

Author Rachael Bentick

Rachael Bentick is one of the owners of Inlighten Photography and has worked as an expert in the wedding industry for the last 13 years.