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I always knew I wanted a simple structured gown, so I took my mum and my best friend shopping with me. Mariana Hardwick was the second store I walked into and I fell in love with it straight away. My experience there was amazing, the staff were fantastic and they made you feel really special. They didn’t hurry you along, it was great to take time to decided on the style and fit I wanted. When going through to my fittings they were great, the fitters really wanted to make sure I was 1000% happy with the shape, structure etc.

How I felt in my gown on my wedding day – it’s definitely a different feeling to dressing up for a night out! I felt great in my gown (blushing) and it was really fun wearing a veil too. From the day itself my most cherished memories were a list of things:

  • seeing Pete waiting for me at the alter
  • accidentally saying “I do” at the wrong time
  • marrying the man of my dreams
  • dancing the night away with my new husband and my friends and family – everyone seemed to have great time, and were dancing from the moment we got to the reception

 My advice to other brides would be to pick a dress that feels like you and suits your shape.

Photography by Ali from Catseye Photography, she is a local Port Douglas photographer.

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