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WFML Real Bride Sharla
Our real bride Sharla from Rockhampton had a relaxed but still elegant wedding at a resort. Read below how Drew Barrymore inspired her sparkling dream dress and how she found the perfect sequinned wedding gown at When Freddie met Lilly in Brisbane.
So Sharla, please tell us – with months (or even years!) of planning, did the Big Day run smoothly !?
Mitchell and I got engaged September last year and we decided not to have a long engagement and get planning as soon as possible! We talked about getting married in June the next year due to Rockhampton being so hot we wanted a cooler month but did under estimate just how much there was to do so we locked in 26th August, August is still a cool month for Rockhampton and there is usually less chance of rain.. and more time to plan!
Planning stages went pretty smoothly and it slowly all came together during the last few months before the wedding!
The big day was literally perfect! Not one thing went wrong and things just flowed as they were supposed to. It was amazing!
Was your wedding themed? Did you and your hubby go for a traditional feel or more contemporary style?
Our wedding wasn’t themed we chose a relaxed but still elegant style at a resort which is what we both loved.
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?
All I wanted for my dress was to suit me and also something that was flattering, different and beautiful! When I had sequins in mind as a love sparkle but not sure what design. When I saw Drew Barrymore wearing her beautiful gown on the red carpet at the Golden Globes a few months earlier I immediately thought I love that and would love to wear a dress like that for my wedding! My mind began to race with thoughts of how to make this happen. I showed my close friends and family what I wanted and one of my friends suggested WFML as she had her daughters dress made the year before for her formal by WFML. I jumped straight on my phone and messaged Vanessa and the girls and asked them was it possible to make such a gown for my wedding. Very promptly I received a reply that said that it was definitely doable. I was so excited at this stage and before I knew it I was making arrangements and booking flights to make the trip down to Brisbane to have a fitting with WFML to make this gorgeous dress a reality.
The fitting went amazing and Vanessa was amazing, measuring me everywhere a number of times to get the right fit and talking over material that would be used and what would be the best for the dress and my body type etc.. the was so professional. I left knowing that my dress was in good hands and I didn’t have to troll the streets of Brisbane or Rockhampton searching for a dress that I had to settle for. I was getting my dream dress made!!
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).
Mitchell and I went to look at suits to hire as it was not worth buying one. He and I chose a classic look .. black with a faint pinstripe which looked amazing on him. His tie was a beige/cream stripe which went with the sequin strips on my dress. We also chose the same suit for our son Benjamin to wear as he was Mitchell’s best man. They both looked handsome as ever!
How many dresses did you try on before you knew it was the one? 5? 10? 15+?
I had ordered a sequin multi way dress that I saw online but the company mucked me around a little and sent me the wrong size and there was no after care. I didn’t try on anything else until I saw the team at WFML. Problem solved J
How did your gown make you feel on your very Special Day?
My gown from WFML made me feel amazing! The first thing Mitchell whispered to me when I walked down the aisle and stood next to him, was “you look beautiful you picked an amazing dress”. That’s why I married him (haha). I had lovely compliments and it suited our elegant resort 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?
The team at WFML was truly amazing! Nothing was too much trouble and my dress was ready within 5 months which is amazing considering there was so much hand sewn sequins making up the majority of the gown. We communicated via email along the way with updates of the progression of my dress which was brilliant as well. Vanessa and Stephanie were so friendly and welcoming when my friend and sister made the trip with me for my final fitting. I was very excited to see my dress and I put it on and it fit like a glove. I had also asked Vanessa advise on my shoes as I had seen a pair I liked and sent a photo to Vanessa and she said buy them immediately and they matched perfectly as well.
Any tips for our future Brides choosing a gown that makes the day complete?
The only tip I would give is not to rule anything out. If you want a particular type of dress make it happen. After all it is your wedding day and every bride wants to feel comfortable, beautiful and special. WFML are truly amazing and are happy to sit with you and discuss anything your heart desires. 10/10 for customer service and making dreams come true!