As a bride-to-be, finding your wedding dress is one of the most exciting aspects of planning for the big day, (I bought mine the other week, and it was very exciting, but will save that story for another day) but it can also be one of the most nerve-wracking. Who knows what you will want to wear months in advance? And how do you know you won’t find something you’ll love more?
A few weeks ago, Lucie Ferguson of jewellery label Babyanything wed in Byron Bay, in a magical Hawaiian-themed wedding. As soon as I saw the images pop up on my Instagram feed, I knew I had to find out the story of her beautiful dress. Lucky for you, Ferguson revealed all about how her wedding day vibes came to be.
Keep scrolling to read her story!
"To be honest from the moment I saw Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet when I was in sixth grade, I knew I had to had to incorporate the style of the movie into my wedding. I even thought I might end up in Juliet's angel costume as a wedding dress for a few years there!
Our engagement was a complete surprise, Rory (my now husband) took a drawing I had of my 'dream ring' from my studio and had it made by my best friend who is also a jeweller. He proposed in December 2015 in Hawaii, which was so magical! I knew then, that I had to merge Romeo and Juliet with the spiritual magic of Hawaii for the wedding."
"The dress at first came easily. I was on a business trip in Hong Kong in March sourcing stones for Babyanything when I saw an incredible Dolce and Gabbana white lace floor length gown. I had been out for 10 hours sourcing diamonds and was exhausted, but I tried it on anyway, and it was perfect! I FaceTimed my sister and told her I had found the dress. It was fitted with a cute little fishtail flare at the bottom and all lace—I imagined it with a Dolce & Gabbana crown which I had always loved. I brought it home with me on my lap on the plane and thought how easy my journey to the dress had been.
Only once I chose the venue at The Grove Byron Bay, I knew I needed a different dress! I had never told Rory that I had bought the original Dolce & Gabbana dress so I thought I’d just sell it and move on. The Dolce was too regal—the new venue meant my whole wedding would be romantic, magical, and Hawaiian so I needed a dress to reflect that."
"While planning the wedding, I was building the Babyanything boutique in Paddington, and really time poor so I was following every bridal business on Instagram. I came across Ru De Seine's Fox Gown and I knew that was my dress. The gown had the most exquisite lace panels individually sewn in between the boning, and the flowers in the lace looked very vintage-Hawaiian chic—but something about the gown also was very ethereal and Romeo and Juliet!
I tried the dress at a showroom in Sydney and it was made and sent from New Zealand. It arrived two weeks before the big day, and needed major alterations, so I took it to the angels at The Emergency Button in Double Bay and they worked their magic.
I accessorised the dress with a divine lace-scalloped veil and a vintage wax flower crown I had found in Paris years earlier—never knowing I was purchasing it for my future wedding!"