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When Freddie met Lilly Brides: Kyra

When Freddie met Lilly brides KyraIn this edition of when Freddie met Lilly brides our beautiful bride Kyra reveals her secrets for a perfect wedding day.

So please tell us – with months (or even years!) of planning, did the Big Day run smoothly!?
We had a long time to plan our wedding!  We had been engaged for about five years (can’t rush these things) and only really started to get into planning after I had bought the dress.  Even then the date we set was 18 months in advance – so heaps of time to plan!!

Our wedding day ran so smoothly.  The preparation on the day was super relaxing. I had the two most attentive bridesmaids you could ask for and it was so cool just hanging out all day with your best friends (and mum!) drinking champagne, listening to music and getting pampered with hair and make up.

Was your wedding themed? Did you and your hubby go for a traditional feel or more contemporary style?
No real intentional theme.  I had always wanted a garden wedding with flowers in my hair but there were two problems with that.

1) Every time Steve and I go on  holidays it rains.  So although I had my heart set on a garden, the logic won out and we went with the beautiful glass front chapel at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove (it didn’t rain!)

2) Floral headpieces had become a “thing” – thanks to the boho/vintage resurgence. Although it’s clearly a beautiful look, I didn’t want to look back on photo’s and think that I was doing something just because of a “theme” that was in. So therefore our theme was more just representative of us and the things we like.

The one thing we did theme was music.  Being huge Pearl Jam and Soundgarden fans we spent a long time piecing together the perfect playlist for the wedding <3

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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?
Prior to being engaged in 2010, I had visited Hoe Botique many times and knew that I wanted to get my dress from there!  The dresses were all so beautiful and they had amazing Bridesmaids dresses too.  Unfortunately between the time of falling in love with these, and when we actually came to think about planning, the boutique had closed down.  Not being able to find Hoe Boutique (and not knowing Vanessa at the time), I moved on and fell in love with and purchased, a  Johanna Johnson gown (the Lancaster).

What I always loved about Vanessa’s gowns was that they were different. They weren’t your usual tradition wedding gown. Instead of structured and tradition, they were more free, made of beautiful fabrics and with beautiful modern designs, but also designs that wouldn’t date.  Beautiful silk and a more unstructured look is exactly what i wanted for myself and the Bridesmaids.

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In the time between buying my  gown and searching for the Bridesmaids gowns, I ran into Vanessa at a bridal expo, with her new venture “When Freddie met Lilly”.  As soon as I turned the corner of the isle and saw a dress hanging up at the corner of a stall I knew who it was, and I was so excited to have found her again that I knew that is where we would be getting our Bridemaids dresses from.

Visiting When Freddie met Lilly was such a fun experience, and if I had any doubts about where to get the Bridesmaids dresses from at that point – I certainly didn’t after our visit.  Walking down the stairs towards the studio, we felt like we had entered a party. There were people drinking Champagne and beer and standing around laughing near a gorgeous Frangipanni tree.  I honestly had to do a double take to make sure this was the right place.  It was such a fun and relaxed vibe and made the whole experience very enjoyable.

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).
Yep, Steve chose his suit.  He looked great so he did an amazing job 🙂  (his suit was politix however, and the groomsmen roger david – if i had my way it would have been a When Freddie met Lilly)

How many dresses did you try on before you knew it was the one? 5? 10? 15+?
I had a pretty clear idea of the kind of gown I wanted, but that didn’t stop me from trying on a heap at all different shops. You only get to be a bride once (or a couple of times), and I love dresses – you want to be sure!!

While I loved trying on gowns, my poor bridesmaids on the other hand, didn’t quite share my enthusiasm (well maybe at the start they did).  They tried on heaps of dresses.  We just couldn’t find the right one, the right fit, the right colour.. too sparkely, too lacey, too tight, too “bridesmaidy”..

When we eventually found “When Freddie met Lilly” we were all super excited by what we saw.  Beautiful gowns in gorgeous silks, different designs, more free flowing….  They only tried on 3 and we loved every single one of them.  <3 So then we just had to pick the final one!

How did your gown make you feel on your very Special Day?
I was in love with my gown the Lancaster (Johanna Johnson). I was little obsessed with it.  I’m pretty sure the Bridesmaids understood the obsession haha, but I wanted to make sure they felt as beautiful and special as I did. You hear so many horror stories about Brides who want to make their bridesmaids look ugly so the bride looks better, or ones that just get a dress because it goes with their theme etc, so I am so happy we found gowns that the girls loved too.  Not just one that you “can always cut shorter to wear again” :0

All the gowns were comfortable and we all felt stunning, relaxed and happy.

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