Every once in a while we get the chance to see something totally different from the bridal world. Not the endemic need for classic beauty or eternal romance as is so often quoted and pictured, but something much more magical than that... Stumbling upon Mariana Hardwick's latest collection was once of those occasions.
There is something infinitely romantic about the Melbourne-based designers offering. But not that same old 'pretty' romance, but something deeply rooted in mythology and ancient times.
Her latest collection, Precious Curiosities, which draws inspiration from nature, reflections in the water, ancient artifacts and Byzantine design, has an air of bygone passion and simplicity immortalised in mythology.
The Hardwick bride strikes us as the kind of bride that would walk around barefoot on her wedding day, elegantly dressed but laid-back, and never ever high strung.