Yay our first real bride blog!! I love all weddings but some definitely stand out for all the right reasons!
Zara & Mark's wedding is truly a gorgeous one I'll never forget!
Sooooo much sparkle!
Zara sent me these gorgeous photos & I have to share them!!! She also wrote her story of picking a gown which is well worth having a read of Xx
Zara's story Xx
Buying a wedding dress isn't like they make it out to be on all those American TV shows. When I first got engaged, I bought a dress pretty much the next day. It was about the first I’d seen and I think I was still riding the high of being engaged. I called them straight back and cancelled it. Far too hasty a decision!
I decided that I needed to shop around and take choosing a wedding dress a little more seriously. I found another dress, the bridesmaids approved, and I put my order in. It was great! Just what I wanted! That is, until I walked past and found that the shop was empty. They’d closed – no warning, and no phone call to let me know what was happening.
It was Christmas and everyone told me that over the December/January period dress makers were closed down. So on a whim I purchased a dress on... oh I don’t know if I can admit it… on eBay…….. I figured that since the shops were closed and I couldn’t do anything else, these dresses were that cheap that they were worth the roll of the dice. (Perhaps this is when bridal madness set in slightly?)
Of course, the eBay dress ended up being exactly what eBay dresses are. Not quite right to say the least! Again I was back at square one.
So then the search became serious. I had around three months to the wedding, three dress purchases under my belt (though I actually only received one of them) but nothing to actually wear on the big day! Well, except for my shoes. They were locked in ages ago. Gold sparklie little numbers, some things a girl just gets right from the word go. ;-)
Being new to Shepparton I had looked at a few bridal shops, but Michele’s instantly came across as being different. I had already started following Michele’s Facebook page – which I highly recommend to any bride-to-be’s – and had seen how infectious her passion for all things weddings can be. I’ve never known a store to change their window display so often! Every time I drive past there’s something different. I don’t need to ask Michele to know the reason why is that she is so genuinely in love with all the dresses she has in the shop, she struggles to find favourites to put in the window.
As soon as you walk in you are greeted by someone who honestly enjoys what she does. You’re speaking to a person who is a recent bride herself, a young mother, and a local business woman. She can give you the heartfelt advice of someone who has been there, but she can also back it up with sound knowledge of the wedding industry.
I found that straight away we were not only talking wedding dresses but colour schemes, flowers, the timing on the day - and yes, I did decide to buy another wedding dress too.
Only this time it stuck. It was a close push given my tight timeline, the wedding date just kept getting closer and closer and the lead up was filled with public holidays to make things even tighter. I ordered the dress which was scheduled to arrive just a few days prior to the wedding, and she delivered exactly as she said she would.
We had a couple of quick fittings and before I knew it I was wedding bound with a pretty white dress in hand. I’m a big believer in not worrying about things because they always work out, and I stuck with that throughout the wedding planning process. However, I think Michele had a big part to play in giving me the luxury of not worrying when it came to my dress. She told me to trust her, and I absolutely could.
Thank you Michele for playing such a big part in our wedding day.
And a special thank you for cleaning the dress for me when it was all over and done with. X
Photo's By - Ebony Finck Photography
I would like to wish Zara & Mark a lifetime of happiness & again a very special thank you for sharing your amazing photos and story with us! Xx