At Forever New we adore weddings and especially delight in the planning process leading up to the big day. Having dressed so many bridesmaids in beautiful Forever New couture dresses, shimmering jewels and statement party heels, we wanted to find out more about a Forever New bridesmaid’s journey.
Gorgeous Victoria, the one and only bridesmaid at her sister’s autumn wedding tells all…
My older sister Stacey called me when I was at a friend’s wedding reception to tell me her boyfriend had just proposed at the top of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower! Her first question was to ask me if I would be her bridesmaid and without hesitation I said yes!
I saw her the next day for an impromptu BBQ at my parents’ house to celebrate, and as she’s very organised, we immediately started discussing ideas for her dress, the venue and my dress.
Luckily she had a very clear vision in mind for everything, meaning we were off to a great start!
After narrowing down the venue options we chose Quat Quatta, a gorgeous and opulent Victorian property in Melbourne’s Rippon Lea. Next we decided on a date, selecting mid-April as Stacey wanted an evening wedding, and for the sun to have set during the ceremony. April was perfect because it gets dark just after 6pm.
One Saturday Stacey, our mum, her mother in law to be and I ventured out wedding dress shopping. Stacey already had a couple of dresses in mind she liked from Jane Hill, so this was the first appointment of the day. As soon as Stacey tried on one of the dresses she’d chosen we knew it was the one, she looked stunning. We decided to still visit some other designers that day but nothing compared to the Jane Hill Dress.
Stacey knew she wanted me to be dressed in porcelain, the same colour as her and had always thought that a Forever New dress would be ideal.
Once Stacey had ordered her dress, we took a swatch of her dress fabric and went bridesmaid dress shopping. After trying on a number of dresses we finally found the one we were looking for at Forever New. The colour was a perfect match to the silk of her dress and it was also the ideal length, just above the knee. We purchased it straight away. A gorgeous pair of Forever New earrings and an embellished Forever New clutch finished the look.
Stacey had everything organised for her big day. The florist was booked, venue confirmed, invitations were being designed, both our dresses had been chosen, suits for the groom and groomsman were being made, decor for the ceremony and reception had been chosen. Everything was going smoothly and there was no bridezilla in sight.
With everything sorted there wasn’t much else to do, except keep a close eye on the weather. The wedding ceremony was being held in the courtyard of Quat Quatta and even though there was a wet weather plan we wanted the rain to stay away, which thankfully it did! It was perfect weather from the moment we woke up to the time my sister left her wedding day as a wife.
The big day
Thursday 17th April 2014 was the date my big sister married the man of her dreams. The day started with a few nerves, but we had a good breakfast of eggs and avocado on toast.
The first stop was our hair appointment, at Uva Salon in Prahran. Once our hair was pinned and sprayed to perfection we headed off to have our make-up done, only running slightly behind schedule. Next we arrived at my sister’s house where our parents were waiting.
Stacey then helped mum and I get into our dresses and then mum and I helped Stacey get ready.
Once she had her dress and shoes on we took a moment to marvel at how stunning she looked.
The moment was too short because we were running late and the car was waiting!
The rest of the day went by so quickly, from the photos to the beautiful ceremony and a reception where we danced the night away. It was a day I won’t forget and am so happy I was able to be a part of it. I wouldn’t have wanted to watch the wedding from any other spot than right there next to my sister as her maid of honour.