Bride & Groom: Anita & Robert
Gown: Elie Saab Bridal
Veil: Helen Rodrigues
Earrings: Keren Wolf from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Venue: Ottimo House, Denham Court
The first time Anita stepped into the Helen Rodrigues boutique was to help her sister (another Helen Rodrigues bride) choose her gown, a whole year before she was to come back to find her own dream gown. Having ‘very fond’ memories of coming to Helen Rodrigues Bridal with her sister, she knew this should be her first stop.
Although Anita had originally envisioned herself on her special day in ‘a plain, silk number’, when she saw the intricate lace Elie Saab gown on the Helen Rodrigues Bridal website, she knew she had to try it on.
Anita had gone into her first appointment with Helen thinking she’d be going to lots of other boutiques to find her dream gown. This was until she put on her guipure lace winged sleeved gown and she just ‘knew it was the one’. It was hard for Anita to even consider any other gown for her wedding day.
Anita’s relaxed attitude in the lead up to the wedding really shone through on the big day itself, with both bride and groom enjoying every minute of the laid back and fun day.
It was a beautiful mid-June winter’s day and Anita felt so blessed to be surrounded by her friends and family to celebrate the newlyweds love for each other. She ‘loved absolutely everything’ about the wedding.
Anita admits, it didn’t hurt that on the morning of the wedding that she got to put on a stunningly designed gown by Elie Saab to spend the whole day in, something she never imagined possible.
Being open minded is the biggest piece of advice Anita could give other brides going into planning their special days. So many aspects of the day ended up being ‘the exact opposite’ of what she had originally thought – her gown, bridesmaid dresses and the flow girl outfits too. Keeping an open mind definitely means that you do not close yourself off to anything and perhaps missing ‘the one’.
In her own words Anita advises to ‘have fun and remember your wedding is the start of a lifelong commitment and journey’.