Featured Bride Gabrielle's old school country charm

Gorgeous Gabrielle chose the Sottero and Midgley Lara after popping into an Astra Bridal store to try on her 'dream gown' so that she could buy it off the internet. Gabrielle describes her experience much better than I could...

"Well like a lot of brides wanting to save money my intentions going into Astra bridal was to establish what I liked, then I was going to purchase off line to save money.  I had selected a list of dresses I liked in pictures online and went in to try them on. I tried on dresses that I loved in pictures, but once the dress was on me I absolutely hated them. The color, the style, everything I thought I would love was so wrong for me. My consultant was Dee from the Hamilton store, Dee went and picked out a bunch of styles that sounded like my vision but ones I had not given a second look before. Surprisingly we were getting closer to the dress by trying on styles I never thought of. We started to get an idea of what kind of dress I wanted. I quickly realized judging by my experience today that I cannot risk purchasing off line. I was so excited to try on this dress I thought was the one from a photo but I hated it on me. I just couldn't risk the unknown, with an online purchase. Then I saw the Lara by Sottero & Midgley and I fell in love with everything about it. I tried the dress on and I was crying, my sister was crying and Dee was crying. And from that moment on that was my dress."

I loved Gabrielle's old school theme. Gabby combined lace, neutral colours, wooden centre pieces, and glass jars tied together with twine. It was the perfect look for a perfect wedding.

The Suppliers:

Gown, Shoes and Veil: Astra Bridal, Hamilton.
Mens Suits: Dorset Suit Hire
Hair: Dayna Johnston from Vanilla Blonde
Makeup: Melissa from Beauty World Hamilton
Flowers: Le Fleur, Hamilton
Location (Ceremony and Reception venue): Ceremony was on the golf course at Te Akau Complex and the reception was in the hall at Te Akau Complex
Catering: Gaylene Bullock with the assistance of Gail Lempiere
Entertainment: Mikes Music
Stationery: www.vistaprint.co.nz
Photography: John from McCosh Photography
Celebrant: Liz Moffitt
Cake: Judy Clarke
Spray Tans: The Darling Room, Hamilton
Hire Equipment: Carlton Party Hire