Who: Deanna & Alex
When: 26 November, 2016
Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne; Australian-Croation Association, Footscray
Dress: Zuhair Murad from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
From watching her favourite designer, Zuhair Murad, on Fashion TV as a young girl; to wearing one of his beautiful gowns on her wedding day – for our real bride Deanna it was a dream come true.
“I love the transparent and ‘tattoo lace’ looks which are popular right now, but was amazed at how intricately detailed his gowns were when I finally saw them in real life,” says Deanna, who initially visited a few bridal stores in Melbourne before coming to the Helen Rodrigues boutique in Sydney.
“I had never seen so many so many designer gowns in one place and wished I had gone there first!” she says.
Deanna found her experience at Helen Rodrigues very different to other larger boutiques where there were multiple appointments at the same time and other brides looking at her. Helen Rodrigues only offers exclusive appointments and therefore she was the only bride in the boutique, so felt extremely comfortable and well looked after with the undivided attention of the staff.
“My mum was unable to accompany me dress shopping so I really appreciated Helen's guidance and trusted her as she is clearly experienced and excellent at what she does!” says Deanna.
She knew she had found ‘the one’ when she tried it on and felt beautiful, confident and could visualise herself wearing it on her wedding day. Interestingly however, her gown was not the style she had originally set out to buy.
“I had my heart set on a long-sleeved gown, but when I tried them on they didn’t suit my arms,” she says. “The style you want is not necessarily the style which suits your body shape. I'm glad I listened to Helen's advice and also my husband who also attended the appointment with me.”
Deanna’s other advice for other brides-to-be? “I would also recommend ensuring you are able to sit down in your dress (if it is a fitted style) at your fittings.”
All photography by: Mark Dayman Photography