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WFML Real Bride: Jennifer
Our real bride Jennifer had an amazing white lace themed wedding. And of course this also included a lacy dress. Read below how her big day went and how she found the gown of her dreams at WFML.
So Jennifer, please tell us – with months (or even years!) of planning, did the Big Day run smoothly?
We were engaged for exactly 12 months before our wedding so it was a full on year of planning but all worth it in the end! My profession has led me to be overly organised when it comes to planning for events so I had many tick lists and spreadsheets in order to make things run smoothly for the wedding week. I know that sounds ridiculous but I would recommend it to upcoming brides as it gave me the opportunity to hand things over to others as it was easy for them to see where things had to go etc rather than instructions being lost in translation on the day. It was also a way to make sure nothing got left behind when packing the car to head up the wedding destination.
We had such a relaxing morning with the girls rather than racing around getting things done, hence my nerves didn’t kick in until we stepped into the car.
We were lucky in that nothing dramatically went wrong on the day. There were small things that didn’t turn out how they were planned such as the bottom tier of the cake being the wrong colour and the first dance songs were not the versions we stipulated but all things only my husband and I would have noticed anyhow.
Did you and your hubby go for a traditional feel or more contemporary style?
Many people looked at me oddly when I told them our bridesmaids were going to be in white, which is often not ‘the norm’, however, we had a white lace theme that enhanced the effect of the amazingly bright coloured flowers and lush greenery. I managed to find the girls bridesmaids dresses online and imported my specially made lace drop earrings from the USA. It was such a great feeling seeing it all come together on the day. I was over the moon with how it all turned out.
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 knew that I wanted delicate, aesthetically pleasing lace particularly on the arms and a low back. I had found many types online but it was proving difficult to find within Australia. I remembered the name When Freddie met Lilly from a work colleague and to my delight there were some promising lacey styles in her range. I had chosen out a dress or two from her website that I was interested in trying on. I loved something about all of her dresses that I tried on but my mum and I looked at each other when I put Caterina on and knew this was the one that suited me the best. (WFML insert: Caterina is currently under redesign but please feel free to contact us for more images of the gown!)
The Addie Veil just topped it off so perfectly! My beautiful dress tied in perfectly with the white lace bridesmaids.
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?)
My groom knew he wanted a navy blue suit which sounds quite straightforward, however, it proved quite difficult to find just the right shade….not to mention the suspenders and accessories! I joined him and his groomsmen on a couple of occasions in order to help them out. The suits turned out better than I had expected once you pair the bright flowers and crisp white lace of the bridesmaids dresses with them. The colours really pop in our bridal party photos.
How many dresses did you try on before you knew it was the one? 5? 10? 15+?
I went to a few larger chain wedding dress stores with my mum down the Gold Coast – and even my dad came to one! However, the whole experience was a huge let down. Every dress felt tacky, the styles were lack lustre and they all looked hideous on me. The customer service ladies were annoyingly fake nice and the most important part was missing…the sparkling in hand!
Once mum and I stepped into When Freddie met Lilly we both felt that this was how the mother-daughter wedding dress hunting experience was supposed to be. Vanessa was attentive, refreshing and super personable. With a glass of bubbles in hand and the whole room to ourselves in her amazingly beautiful house studio, we relished in the moment together.
Overall, I hadn’t actually tried on too many dresses before settling on ‘the one’.
How did your gown make you feel on your very Special Day?
It’s amazing how different the dress feels on when you have all your hair and make up done compared to during fittings when you still look like your normal day to day self ha! My dress was an easy step into design so I managed to slip into it quite easily myself before the bridesmaids finished the final placements for me. I loved the moment of doing the big reveal to my father.
I know everybody says it but I genuinely had (and still have) non-stop comments on how stunning the design and detail of the dress was. A common quote has been along the lines of, “it was much more beautiful than Meghan Markle’s dress!”
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 have to say a HUGE thank you to Vanessa and her team for the lengths they went to in order to source the last remnants of the Italian lace that I wanted for my dress. The attention to detail and painstaking hand sewn pieces of lace was definitely not lost on me. The hard work paid off!
I cannot imagine a large stockist or chain brand showing such high customer service.
Any tips for our future Brides choosing a gown that makes the day complete?
- Try on different styles even if you think you will hate them, as you cement your understanding of what you like and don’t like on your body shape.
- Research the internet to see what options are possible
- Style your hair before trying dresses on to see how they complement each other.
- Don’t forget to think about your comfort: It’s a long day in the garment!
Who were your vendors and their Instagram @handles?
Robes/slips: Little White Couture @littlewhitecouture
Earrings: Vintage Ooak Designs Etsy USA
Stationary & Styling: Bec Eddison @berryandpeg
Hair: Evalyn Parsons @evalynparsonsweddings
Make up: Louise Henzell @louisehenzell_makeupartist
Car: 1929 Graham Paige @tictactours
Flowers: Tiffany’s Flowers @tiffanysflowersmaleny
Celebrant: Bill Scurry @bill_scurry
Cake: Elizabeth & May @elizabethandmay
Venue: Weddings at Tiffanys @weddingsattiffanys
Accommodation: Rainbows End @Montville Real Estate
Band: The White Tree @thewhitetree
Photographer: Calli B Photography @callib.photography
Videographer: Sean Elliott