Zuhair Murad

Deanna - A Real Bride Story

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Deanna's Story

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

Sophie - A Real Bride Story

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Who: Sophie & Arie
When: 1 July, 2016
Where: Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Dress: Zuhair Murad from Helen Rodrigues Bridal

For Irish-born Sophie, not having her mum here in Australia to join her on her bridal gown journey meant she was incredibly grateful for the family-like support given by Helen and her team in selecting, styling and fitting her dream wedding dress.

From the moment she first walked into the boutique she felt very supported and spoilt. After feeling very excited and in awe of all the gorgeous gowns available she ended up choosing a gorgeous dress from iconic Middle Eastern designer, Zuhair Murad.

“When I tried it on I felt very much like myself...just a shinier version. The quality of the gown was sublime and it was very much about how it made me feel more so than the name, that was an extra added plus!” says Sophie. “I was so excited for it to be the one I was going to be married in and to have all the beautiful memories of it from our photos. I couldn’t wait for the wedding day to come so I could wear it.”

It was the styling advice from Helen and her team however that Sophie found particularly thorough and helpful.

“I was not even considering a veil until Helen suggested it; I tried one on and was so grateful she did as I would have regretted not wearing one for sure. And during fittings, every tiny detail was attended to, to ensure I felt comfortable on the day,” says Sophie.”The seamstress Julie is so wonderful at what she does and made me feel so at ease and so well looked after.”

According to Sophie her favourite memories from her wedding day were celebrating her marriage to Arie with family and their closest friends....and of course wearing her fabulous gown!

Her advice for other brides-to-be? 

“Don't start too early – 11 or 10 months out is a good starting point. Make sure you have your venue and date chosen so you can visualise yourself on the day in the gown, and make sure you feel like yourself in the gown. The gown that's yours is the one that makes you feel the most special, beautiful and like yourself.”

All photography by Rory O’Toole.