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Along with the help of the girls at When Freddie met Lilly, Olivia chose a gown with a beautiful bespoke twist for her big day. Below, she talks about wedding gown expectations and how she completely changed her mind!
So please tell us – with months (or even years!) of planning, did the Big Day run smoothly !?
The big day was almost perfect, there was the slight hiccup of my sister, and maid of honour, dislocating her knee after the ceremony. I was lucky to have such a tough and amazing bridesmaid, after a trip to the hospital she made it back in time for the reception and, with her crutches and green whistle, she was able to make her speech and sort of do a bit of a boogie on the dance floor. It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how well you plan the day things will still go wrong and you just have let go of things being ‘perfect’.
Was your wedding themed? Did you and your hubby go for a traditional feel or more contemporary style?
I would say that our wedding was more contemporary. We really wanted to have a wedding that was very ‘us’. We are both outdoor people, so we had a lot of native greenery, flowers and raw wood. Marry Me Events were perfect for the styling we wanted and turned our reception hall into a forest of lights and leaves.
How did The Dress fit into your theme? Did you have an idea of which style you wanted before beginning the search for your Bridal Gown? And did this change much after you saw the girls at WFML?
I had something completely different in mind when I was looking for a dress. I expected to get something flowy and simple, but after trying on the dresses at WFML I was convinced to show off my curves, rather than hide them. I never expected to get a fitted dress, but the dresses at WFML were so flattering that every other dress I tried on after just looked plain and unflattering.
Did your man choose his Suit? Or with some guidance did you help him? Did his suit compliment your gown? (or was it the other way around hehe).
He chose the colour and style of his suit, while checking my opinion along the way. We made the final decision together to make sure everything matched.
How many dresses did you try on before you knew it was the one? 5? 10? 15+?
WFML was the first place I went to and I love a combination of dresses. Vanessa was so amazing and helpful in writing down exactly what I liked about each dress to combine together to create a new dress. Because it was the first place I went, I felt like we had to go to other places and try on other dresses. But the more dresses I tried on, the more I appreciated the expertise, assistance and the quality of the dresses at WFML. I never wanted to get a dress made, and I was pretty nervous not knowing exactly what the end product of my dress would look like. But Vanessa was so wonderful to deal with and clearly is very good at what she does. I knew that I wouldn’t just be another name on a list to her, but a valued customer who she wanted to love the dress she made.
How did your gown make you feel on your very Special Day?
I was never a girl who dreamt about my wedding day and thought about my dress and what it would look like. Looking back now, if I new how much I loved my dress and how amazing it made me feel, I would’ve spent a lot more time wishing, dreaming and looking forward to my amazing wedding.
Were the girls from When Freddie met Lilly helpful in what can be quite a busy and time consuming process when find The Dress?
I was nervous, apprehensive and a bit over looking for a dress. Vanessa’s joy and excitement was so infectious and made me finally get excited about picking my dress. Once we had finalised the details of my dress, it was such an easy process. I don’t know why I was originally so against getting a dress made, I recognise now how much better it was than buying a stock standard dress and having to get it altered to my shape.
Any tips for our future Brides choosing a gown that makes the day complete?
I am not at all a girly girl, WFML managed to make me a dress that not only made me feel girly, but like a bride. Because WFML was the first place I went, I did not appreciate how looked after and special they made me feel. It was not until I went to other stores and realised how unique my experience at WFML was. I loved that I was not confined to exactly the dresses that were in the store, they were so willing and accommodating to provide me with a dress that I loved. And the best part about my dress, it was so damn comfortable!
Ceremony – Kilcoy Farmstay
Reception – Coronation Hall
Photographer – Felipe Carranza
Hair and Makeup – Blush and Bangs
Decorations and Styling – Marry Me Events