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When Freddie met Lilly Brides: Laura
In this edition our bride Laura Spencer talks about her wedding and her perfect wedding dress. She got married in January.
So please tell us – with months (or even years!) of planning, did the Big Day run smoothly !?
The day ran totally smoothly. I was never the type of little girl who always dreamed of getting married and had this pre-planned idea in my head. Instead, all of the preparations happened in the six months between us getting engaged and the wedding. We were pretty relaxed and knew that some things wouldn’t work out as we imagined, so we just ran with anything that was a bit ‘off script’.
Was your wedding themed? Did you and your hubby go for a traditional feel or more contemporary style?
There wasn’t a theme, other than relaxed and casual. We got married in Echuca, Victoria in January. It is notoriously hot up there at that time of year, so we asked people to just dress comfortably in order to survive the heat. We were predicting a day around 40 degrees, but in the end we were blessed with a perfect 32 and sun (Tamara, our photographer, probably would’ve preferred a little bit more cloud!).
We also weren’t too fussed about doing things ourselves, even if it meant not everything looked ‘professional’. We made our own bouquets and buttonholes and I made our wedding cake. We drove our own cars and scraped together our decorations with things we had at our disposal. If there was a theme, looking back at the photos, Matt and I seem a little ‘Gatsby’ in our outfits when we were standing together, but that was totally unplanned. I love how it all came together on the day.
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?
When I started looking for dresses I had some idea in my mind and figured I would just stumble across the idea in ‘live’ form. I actually started by looking at second hand dresses, I wasn’t really fussy about getting the ‘perfect dress’, I didn’t mind if it was also someone else’s before mine. But then I started to realise that what I was after wasn’t something that was easily found unless I was willing to pay thousands and thousands! I wanted something a bit different, lace, but not floral, straight cut, no big skirt, not strapless (I want to wear a bra please!) and not traditional white, something else.
So I started looking in different places, websites with occasion dresses that weren’t made as wedding dresses, to try to find the style I was after. I found a few things but nothing that seemed quite right. I stumbled across When Freddie met Lilly on Etsy. When I saw the Phoenix gown I thought ‘That looks more like what I’m after’. So I went on the WFML website and from there thought we could put something together that was going to work for me.
When I spoke to Vanessa on the phone, she was totally flexible and basically said ‘if you’ve seen something you want on the website but want to alter it or make it your own, no worries, we can do it!’ I was a little apprehensive about living in Melbourne and ordering a gown from Brisbane, but the dress fit me perfectly when it arrived!
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).
I wasn’t really worried about what Matt was going to choose because he’s a pretty good dresser anyway. I think we had a chat early on about perhaps ditching the suit jacket given how hot it may get in Echuca. When we were looking at some of our photographers other wedding photos Matt got some ideas about what he’d like. He went off to the shops on his own and came home with a few different options. He tried them all on for myself and his sister, Kristen, and together we came up with the winner! He chose a spotted bow tie, suspenders, white shirt, charcoal blue trousers and brown shoes. His groomsmen were the same but with plain bowties.
How many dresses did you try on before you knew it was the one? 5? 10? 15+?
I only tried on 3 other dresses I think. But each place I went to didn’t have the kind of look I was after, NO FLORAL PLEASE! I remember saying that to Monica at WFML and she seemed excited that I wanted something different.
How did your gown make you feel on your very Special Day?
My sisters decided they didn’t want to see the dress until it was on me, so when they all walked in after Mum zipped me in it was really exciting. We all hugged and started to feel a sense of anticipation for the day ahead. My Dad’s reaction was really lovely, he seemed really emotional seeing me all dolled up. When Matt and I had our first look photo before the ceremony I was really excited to get out there and see him. We were both checking each other out and were really excited and nervous at the same time. So, as much as I didn’t want to be a bride defined by how she looked, I certainly felt pretty confident going to the ceremony after all the warmth from everyone.
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 really lucky that I knew what I wanted, so it took one consultation and then it was ordered and being made. It fit me perfectly, just needed hemming. It was really an easy process.
Any tips for our future Brides choosing a gown that makes the day complete?
Matt and I were told by all of our wedding providers (eg photographer, ceremony, reception etc) that we were a relaxed couple. I think that made our day so enjoyable. I had one anxious moment in the morning when my hair didn’t look quite right, we fixed it to how I liked it and then I was fine. I remember thinking, imagine if I felt like that all day, worrying about everything being ‘perfect’ and not just enjoying every moment. So if I can give any advice, it would be to remember that you’ve made all the big, important decisions already; everyone will get fed and watered, everyone has their outfits and jobs planned, and your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be onto anything that needs doing before you even need to worry about it. So just relax and enjoy the day with your partner, stop worrying that your vegan, gluten intolerant guest might get the wrong meal!
Oh, and also, no one tells you about the post wedding blues. I wish someone had warned us! When its all over and done, you do feel a sense of sadness after such a big build up. Its never going to happen again; a day that’s all about you and the person you love, with everyone there just for you. So be prepared for that, don’t let it sneak up on you like it did to us! I promise, it does end!