Glen Allsop sent me this fabulous Australian wedding and the minute I saw her dress, I was sold! You have to read to the bottom to hear the story…its totally fate.
Our aim was to keep our wedding relaxed and casual to make sure that it was a true reflection of who we are and what we enjoy in life.
There are about a gazillion things to love about your wedding day…so many special moments all wrapped up into one very totally unforgettable event. BUT, there is no doubt that one very big and very pretty part of that day will be your wedding dress.
I was lucky to find my wedding dress soon after getting engaged while on a visit home in Melbourne. I didn’t know what I was looking for but I did know I wanted my dress to be something that I was able to wear again. Walking down Chapel Street in Melbourne my girlfriend suggested we have a look in Collette Dinnigan. After trying on your typical long, sleeveless wedding gown I decided that what I was looking for was going to be a far cry from your typical wedding dress. I was thinking short, lacey and fun! We came across this beautiful dress which was very 1920’s and I fell in love. Size Medium was the only one left so let’s just bite the bullet and lay by what would be my wedding dress. A BIG tick in the box so early on.
After 6 months of fortnightly payments towards my lay by I’m starting to get extremely excited about seeing my wedding dress.
One week before our wedding I call Collette Dinigian in Melbourne to make my final payment on my dress and was getting my bridesmaid to bring it up with her that week. My final payment was processed and I’m not sure what made me ask but I did “Could you please check that the slip which goes with my dress is size small??” and the shop assistant went away for ten minutes to check only to come back and tell me that she couldn’t find my dress??
My heart sunk. This MUST be a mistake! I’ve been paying you money for 6 months how could this have possibly happened?
After 2 sleepless nights, different sample dresses sent in the mail for me to choose from I was finally sent via express post my Collette Dinnigian wedding dress. Sure enough they had sold my original dress very early on and they had no other option than to give me her FINAL sample dress of the same design – an archived dress. (This designer must archive one of every design which she makes). The dress fit like a hand in a glove and I felt beautiful!! Although it was extremely stressful and a test of who I am everything came together nicely.
Our wedding day was very much a true reflection of who we are and a very memorable night.
Photographer: Glen Allsop Photography
Ceremony/Reception site: Bilgola Surf Club N.S.W
Planning: Peter and Karinda Morgan
Bridal Party flowers: Ordered fresh from Terry Hills Flower Markets
Music: Rob “Millsy” Mills (LIVE) (Australian Idol finalist 2007)
Bridal Gown and shoes: Collette Dinnigan and Winton Shoes
[images from Glen Allsop Photography]