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WFML Real Bride: Carissa
The beautiful Carissa and her husband Mitch had a stunning, tropical destination wedding in Fiji recently. Read on to find out more about their day and the process of organising a wedding overseas!
“I absolutely loved my dress and couldn’t have felt better wearing it on the day. Thank you Vanessa and team for everything you do. It makes us brides have such an enjoyable process and importantly – wedding day!!”
Carissa and Mitch held their wedding on a gorgeous island in Fiji. Their biggest concern in the lead up to the day was whether or not their flowers would arrive on time. They narrowly did, arriving by boat the morning of the wedding! It looked as though there may be trouble as it rained right before the ceremony however thankfully this was in a beautiful chapel. A storm threatened the couple as they moved on for their outdoor beach reception but as Carissa wisely reflects, “There will always be something and ultimately when I walked down the isle – it was the best feeling in the world. Nothing can take away from that.”
Overall the ‘theme’ of the wedding was contemporary and relaxed, tying in island colours – greens and natural tones. “Fiji is the best place for a relaxed wedding – its not so much a theme so much as a feeling. You are surrounded by beauty and the locals are just so relaxed and wonderful.”
Originally Carissa wanted a long sleeve wedding gown. However, having a Fijian wedding meant Carissa needed something more suited to tropical weather and she discovered that long sleeve gowns were not her style.
“My second stop was WFML (thankfully!), and as soon as my bridesmaids and I arrived we were swept up in the love that WFML is. Vanessa was a great listener and as soon as I explained my feelings and thoughts about my first experience at a dress shop she said “I know the dress for you”. I was still skeptical – until I got into the Imogen, and then I knew. I walked out and saw my bridesmaids eyes swell up with tears immediately and then that was it! It really WAS the one. The soft textures of the dress worked so well on the wedding day to add to the relaxed island vibes. It was perfect.” Carissa paired our Imogen Gown with the Laura Belt. Mitch was adamant that he did not want a formal suit, just chinos and a white shirt with a buttonhole. This matched perfectly with the style of their wedding.
“At WFML, They make you feel welcomed – to be honest that is all you need. WFML is such a real experience and when Vanessa is speaking to you she is being honest and she genuinely cares. Its special and I did not feel like just another bride. When my dress arrived it fit like a dream. The hem alterations are done by a wonderful lady (also called Vanessa!) and are super affordable. Collecting my dress was a breeze. The entire process was so easy and enjoyable. The way it should be for all brides!”
Carissa’s advice for future brides? “Listen to your gut feeling. When you know you know. Don’t try to make the decision with your head, it needs to come from your heart. When the decision has been made, don’t look back.”
Dress: When Freddie met Lilly @whenfreddiemetlilly
Flowers: Grace Creations @gracecreationsfiji
Makeup & Hair: Silver Strand @silverstrandsalon
Venue & Set-up: Gloria at musket Cove Island Resort @musketcovefiji
Earrings: Molten Store @moltenstore
Photography: Nadi bay Photography @nadibayphotography