Bride & Groom: Simona & Ben
Gown Designer: Lee Petra Grebenau
Veil: Peter Langner
Venue: Bennelong Point
Photography: Image Haus
Film: C2 Films
Floral: Kashaya & Co
Wedding Plannign & Styling: Kashaya & Co
Neons: Sketch & Etch Creative
Simona, you were such a stunning bride and your wedding was utterly beautiful. What was your vision for your wedding day?
Thank you! Our vision for the wedding and across all my mood boards was modern elegance with crisp white tones throughout with hints of gold. A space that felt like it represented us and where our close family and friends could get together and celebrate our love.
What were the most important wedding reception styling elements to you?
It was important for us to really incorporate small elements of who we are throughout the wedding. My favourite style elements were the flower arch with our neon sign for the guests to take photos under, the seating chart which instead of table numbers we used names of travel destinations we love (we are big travellers and also live abroad) and the way the seafood bar was styled outdoors.
How did you select your wedding suppliers?
I had been saving wedding inspiration since before we even got engaged so when the time came I knew who my favourite suppliers were in the industry and it was a mixture of that and word of mouth.
What drew you to Helen Rodrigues Bridal and at what moment did you know your Lee Grebenau gown was ‘the one’?
My best friend had found her dream gown at Helen’s store so naturally it was my first booking. Helen asked me to pick a bunch of gowns to try on and funnily enough they all ended up being Lee Petra Grebenau gowns so I knew then that one of Lee’s gowns would be the one for me. I went back the following week to try on some of Lee’s new designs and as soon as I slipped in to my dress, my hands found the hidden pockets and I knew it was mine!
How did you decide to accessorise your gown?
I found this part of the process really fun. The type of accessories I had initially thought I would use didn’t actually match my gown so it was a matter of standing in front of Helen’s mirror in my dress and trying on different styles of earrings/hair pieces/veils to see what went well together. As the gown itself was heavily beaded I decided to go with a plain veil that was subtly beaded at the edge to tie in with the dress and a pair of drop earrings as my dress was strapless and my chest was bare.
What was your experience like as a #HRRealBride?
I would say Helen was definitely one of the easiest of my suppliers to work with. It was always so refreshing walking in to her store and knowing that this part of the process was always on track.
What was the highlight of your wedding day?
There are so many stand out moments for me but nothing can compare to the overwhelming feeling of walking down the aisle with my husband and walking in to the reception and feeling the love from your closest family and friends.
What was your greatest learning through your wedding planning journey?
That it takes a village!! I have a tendency to be controlling and wanting to be very hands on but I learnt to lean on my family a lot as I live overseas and needed my mum and sister to basically be the brides during the whole process. I have never been so grateful for my support network.
What advice would you give other brides when it comes to selecting their own wedding gown?
Try and let go of the idea of what you think is your dream wedding gown and just try on anything in the store that catches your eye and just let your emotions take control. Trust the process!!