I worked closely for many months with Adelaide-based wedding gown designer and couturier to the stars, Paul Vasilef, who heads up the label Paolo Sebastian. The custom gown surpassed all of my expectations with off-white Italian embroidered lace applique over a French tulle base, which was semi-sheer, with further layers of nude, pink and sand tulle underneath adding contrast. The gown featured an illusion neckline and mermaid silhouette, with a detailed lace back and gorgeous train that glided down the aisle. Working with Paul Vasilef was absolutely incredible. He’s so down to earth and talented, and really understood the aesthetic I was chasing. That’s why it’s important you always choose a designer who already creates gowns you would sell your house to wear. The fact that I chose Paul, out of several other designers, speaks volumes; as it’s quite a long trip from Perth to Adelaide. Amazingly though, he was able to do my consults via Skype including measurements and fabric selection. Just incredible.
A tough choice for me was whether to wear my hair up or down on the big day. I feel more glamorous with my hair down but, with the gown’s lace detailing, I opted for a sleek, low knot bun. My hair was styled by Marie Cain at Head Studio, while Aimee Smart from Allure Beauty Couture used her amazing skills to create a glamorous look with smokey eyes.