Featured Bride Shay's incredible wedding

Shay and Matt got married in a gorgeous wedding full of sparkle and style! We talked to Shay about her special day. Check out Shay's feature magazine...

Why was your groom “the one”: Matt has always been the person that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, but it’s cemented by all the little things he does for me and how he makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Favourite part of the dress:  I don’t think I had a favourite part of the dress- I loved all of it. The shape was beautiful, the style was classic, I adored the lace and once I’d picked the belt, it lifted the gown and made it perfect. 

Why did you choose your dress? I chose my dress because it made me feel gorgeous. The shape and style of it wasn’t something I typically went for, but I wanted something a little different for my wedding day. My bridesmaid’s reactions sealed the deal for me. I’m fickle and stressed right up until the wedding day that I would have changed my mind about the dress – luckily every time I tried it on I fell in love all over again and knew that it was perfect.

What made your Astra Bridal experience special? Astra Bridal was the last bridal shop we went into on the day we’d set aside to try on dresses. From the moment we walked into the store we immediately felt at ease. There wasn’t any rush or pressure and I got to play around and try on many different dresses. Sandy gave us her honest opinion about the dresses, was helpful and so accommodating. I got to go back several times to try on my chosen dress and just felt welcome and special every time I walked in the door. It was above and beyond what I expected from the wedding dress process. Sandy and the team were beyond lovely and so incredibly helpful!

Favourite wedding day moment: I have two. Matt and I had joked around with everyone leading up to the wedding saying that we were going to high-five rather than kiss at the end of the ceremony. We sealed the deal with both – but to hear the laughter and see the smiles when we did high-five was so fun and just typically us. My other favourite moment would have been the speeches – listening to some of our favourite people speak about us and our love was incredibly touching, so funny and made the day utterly perfect.

Advice for future brides: Don’t lose sight about what the day is about. It’s not worth getting caught up in all the trappings. At the end of the day you get to marry the love of your life and that’s what it’s all about.

Your wedding in one word: Incredible!

The Suppliers:

Gown // Maggie Soretto Chesney. Astra Bridal

Mens Suits // Dorset Suit Hire

Hair // Kylie Lundy.

Makeup // Morganne Foster from M7FX

Flowers // Amy’s Flowers.

Location // The Laughing Peacock.

Stationery // Nicki Van Hellemond (the maid of honour).

Photography // The Official Photographers.

Celebrant // James Thomas.

Cake // Matt’s mum, Amanda.