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My Bespoke Gown Experience With Style My Day

by | Inspired Memories, Weddings

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bridget Zenta
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Stuart and I got married in Tasmania at Glen Albyn Estate on the 12th of February 2016 and I was lucky enough to be wearing one of the first bespoke gowns created by Style My Day. It was such a fabulous experience and this is how it came to be.

Three years ago I was sitting in a bar on Sydney road with my friend Annie (of Style My Day, before she had even started the label) and after a couple of glasses of champagne we started talking about my dream wedding dress. It was beginning to sound more perfect than I could ever have hoped for so I asked her if she would design this imaginary dress one day and she said of course. I can still remember calling my Mum from the tram moments after to tell her all about the conversation, buzzing from champagne and this exciting dream.

I was so happy when the day came that I could make Annie come good on her word. The only thing that had changed was the style I wanted. After Stuart and I got engaged, my sister surprised me by revealing that she had been saving my great Aunt’s wedding veil for me. I was so overwhelmed by the veil and knew immediately that my dress would need to be designed around this beautiful family heirloom.

We started designing straight away. Annie came up with five different looks for me from based on our chats and a mood board on Pinterest that we both made together. Of course I liked something from each dress but without hesitation Annie went back to the drawing board and created my dream dress that had ‘the something special’ from each look that I loved. In order for me to have so many elements included Annie made some of them detachable (such as the train and bolero which enabled my look to change from ceremony to reception). Annie then started searching for fabric and found a lace that honestly looked like it was designed for my veil.

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From there I met with Annie’s pattern maker for a toile fitting who in turn then provided measurements (and the pattern) to the seamstress . At the toile fitting I remember the Style My Day girls saying to me over and over, “don’t freak out about how this looks, this isn’t your dress it just gives us an idea of how much fabric we will need and where things sit”, but I had quite the opposite reaction.  This was my dress in its rawest form and in this step I got to see these amazing women who have been in this business for years creating magic right in front of my eyes – making little adjustments here and there so the dress would fit/sit on my body perfectly. You really get an overwhelming sense of this dress is being designed just for you and it doesn’t exist anywhere else – it’s all mine!

The next exciting step didn’t come until closer to the big day – the dress fitting. We met at the seamstress’ house and of course I bought my Mum and bridesmaids. The dress wasn’t finished yet and the seams were on the outside still but it was the first time that you could see all the elements really take shape. Once again it was an opportunity for modifications and adjustments to be made in order to achieve the perfect polished look and fit. When I put the dress on for the first time Mum cried, it was a really lovely moment. I could feel all the love, time and energy that all the beautiful Style My Day ladies had put into my dress.

Two weeks later I picked up my dress, it was all done and I couldn’t of been more in love. Style My Day were such a delight to work with. I felt like the communication was always easy,  open and honest and that the girls were just as excited about making my dress as I was about its very existence. By the end of the process I felt like they were family and that they always bought positive vibes to our consultations.

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Images by I Got You Babe Weddings

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful story Bridget about your ‘perfect’ wedding dress – dreams really do come true!

Inspired Words – Naomi

by | Inspired Words, Weddings

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Ms Chinoiserie
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Bride in Anaessia Dress

Naomi remembers it is important to relax and just enjoy the day as it unfolds as she looks back on her botanical inspired wedding.

“Take it easy – regardless of what happens, it’s the best day of your life, because on that day everyone is happy just for you.”

Bride in short Anaessia Dress

Bride with colourful bridesmaid dresses

Bride in Anaessia wedding dress

Greeneyr bouquets for bride and bridesmaid

Images by Lucy Leonardi

Kate and Dave’s Garden’s House Vintage Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate from Good Day Rentals
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Kate & Dave

Dave and I met at a Graveyard Train show at the East Brunswick Club in Melbourne, two days after I returned from living overseas for a couple of years. We have a mutual friend and there were so many twists and turns that had us both (and said friend) there that night. So you know, fate.

We spent a lot of the first few years together seeing bands and enjoying music, and in fact, we said I love you for the first time at another Graveyard Train show at The Old Bar a few months later. Choosing retro record and sleeve wedding invitations was an easy choice. A nice lady on Etsy made them – Ello There.

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Getting engaged happened on a beach in Malaysia. Well actually, we were in the water, so of course there was no ring, and I asked awkwardly if Dave was being serious, which he thinks is very amusing.

I went shopping once or twice for dresses but came upon my dress by accident. I took the day off for my birthday and was talking on the phone to a good friend and absently found myself in front of Hannii. I went in and tried on my dress. I loved the use of a couple of different types of lace and some hardcore bling on the front! Very much a vintage inspired dress which is what I love.

Vintage became the theme of our wedding. Though I hesitate to say theme because it’s just the sort of stuff we like and have in our lives. I have a lot of vintage clothes and furniture so it was less a choice of theme, but rather a nod to what we love and what felt right for us.

Both of our rings are antiques which we bought from Kalmar Antiques on a spontaneous trip to Sydney. I wore my ring as an engagement ring and now as a wedding ring.

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Pretty soon we realised we wanted to have an entirely outdoor wedding with mismatched vintage dining chairs, old school wooden trestle tables and a lovely outdoor lounge area. We found an amazing venue – Garden’s House at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens – that was spot on for our type of wedding. It was so perfect because it was in the city but felt like the country, and is private so that you can have you ceremony without onlookers getting involved. I was once a bridesmaid at a ceremony in a public park and some random people actually stood in front of the guests to take photos!

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When I couldn’t find anyone in Melbourne who hired out enough vintage furniture (most places only did props or crockery), we decided to acquire it ourselves via our trusty friend eBay. And then turn it into a vintage furniture hire and event styling business once we were wed. That’s how our business, Good Day Rentals, came to be. We spent five months before the wedding ‘winning’ things on eBay, and driving all over Victoria in my sister’s ute to pick up our loot and what would become the start of our vintage and retro hire range.

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The flowers were a family affair. My Dad – who is a plumber by day – has always been a dab hand with flowers, creating amazing bouquets from his garden for me, my sisters and our Mum over the years. Given his talents and the joy he gets from it, I asked him to do the flowers. He accepted nervously and then set out to get qualified and did TWO floristry courses! On the day, he made five bouquets for my bridal party of two, because he wanted us to have lots of choice! Mum, Dad, Dave and I planted succulent cuttings from their garden and my grandpa’s garden to create the table decorations.

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We folded (OK Dave folded) 1000 paper cranes to decorate our ceremony as a tribute to my sister, Jacqueline, who died of cancer as a toddler. My family always like to remember her in a positive way, and Dave and I felt like this was a beautiful way to accomplish this, given the story behind the 1000 cranes made famous by Sadako Sasaki. Dave also lived in Japan, making him partial to Japanese traditions.

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Dave’s brother was his best man and my best friend forever (she tells me off if I don’t refer to her as this!) Melinda formed our bridal party. We chose a small bridal party to match our small wedding. We had only 40 guests. I was in Jakarta for work the week before the wedding and my colleague there was so confused by this and thought I had 40 people just in my bridal party. Makes sense given she had 1000 people at her wedding!

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Even though it was a small wedding, it was still a cracking party. As with the whole wedding, the dance floor was on the lawn. The ladies kicked off their shoes and everyone danced, in huge part thanks to wedding DJ extraordinaire DJ Jess McGuire. She is the very best DJ and she is also now my sister-in-law. Jess and my sister met at the wedding and got together a while later!

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Our favourite moment of the wedding was our first dance. Given we met and said our first ‘I love you’ at Graveyard Train shows, we chose one of their songs, ‘Mary Melodie’, for our first dance. The song is slow to start with and we danced to that part by ourselves. When it was time for our guests to hit the dance floor, it coincided with the song’s quickening pace and clapping. All our guests including my 80 year old poppa came onto the dancefloor, clapping along, whooping and high kicking. It was just the best thing; so fun, spontaneous and fantastic that it’s hands down our favourite moment.

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Dave is a Kiwi so we had lots of out of towners which made the celebration a much longer one than just the single day, which is great and I highly recommend it! Why not stretch it out!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Kate and Dave; what a beautifully fun and colourful wedding in the Gardens; love your choice in furniture!

About Kate : Hi, I’m Kate from Good Day Rentals and we specialise in vintage and retro furniture hire with a hand picked collection of mismatched dining chairs, wooden trestle tables and sweet lounge furniture. Whether you want to deck out your whole wedding or simply create a vintage cool ceremony, Good Day Rentals can create the wedding of your actual dreams.

Bridal Gown & Veil: Hannii / Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bianca Spender / Hair & Make-Up: Lady Day Hair and Make-up / Rings: Kalmar Antiques / Groom's Suit: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsman's Suit: T.M. Lewin / Flowers: Bride's Father / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gardens House / Catering: Peter Rowland Catering / Vintage Furniture Hire, Styling & Decoration: Good Day Rentals / Photographer: Bridgette Cole / Invitations & Stationery: Ello There / Cake: Cakes and Vases / Music: Jess McGuire / Ceremony Officiant: Rosemary Salvaris
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