Picking a wedding dress will probably be one of the hardest outfits you ever decide on. I’m not sure about you, but choosing what to wear on a Monday morning is hard enough. So what will be the easiest way to navigate the whole dress situation? Well from what my married friends have told me, everyone has a totally different experience. For some, it’s the first one they tried. For others, it was a custom made wonder, where designer and bride embarked on a dress journey together. Whichever way you get there, as long as it feels like it’s ''you'', it’ll be breathtaking.
We’ve asked some of Australia’s top fashion insiders to share what they wore on their special day. If you’re on the hunt for the dress, hopefully you find some inspiration. And if you’re not in the market for a wedding dress, well, who doesn’t love looking at gorgeous girls and beautiful gowns?
Keep scrolling for the most beautiful dresses you’ll see all day.
What happens when highly acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Chee and fashion stylist Marina Didovich get hitched? Magic.
"On my wedding day I felt so blessed to wear this dress. It honestly is the most beautiful thing I've ever worn and the most treasured piece in my wardrobe. I didn't want a fashion moment. I wanted to look classic and chic and there isn't one thing I would change in hindsight. I chose Steven Khalil to create it with me. This was non-negotiable. Ever since I first walked past his boutique window, I knew he would be the man to one day make my wedding dress."
The perfect finishing touch when Brooke Testoni married her designer husband Leith Testoni at a sprawling Hunter Valley estate? The last hint of golden autumn leaves falling off the trees.
"In regards to my dress, I chose a classic lace Inbal Dror dress. It was actually the first dress I tried on. I wanted to wear a dress that I wouldn't look back on with regret. The dress was elegant, timeless, classic, the perfect shade of champagne and made of delicate lace with beautiful detail. All the key elements I wanted."
Our very own publisher Alison Rice, made sure that when she married her husband Creative Director Tony Rice, the day was all about what they wanted it to be. Has there ever been any better wedding day advice?
"I had my heart set on a Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy white slip style, but after trying on some dresses at Helen Rodrigues and not finding anything quite simple enough, Helen returned with something from upstairs that she thought I might like. Cue my heart stopping when I first locked eyes with it. An Oscar De La Renta. Let me be the millionth person to say I ended up in a very different dress than I'd imagined, but what I learned through this process is you have to pick a dress that suits your body shape. Believe me when I say you’ll know."
As the Creative Director behind ELLE Australia, Carly Townsend sees pages upon pages of beautiful dresses—but when she married Mitch Roberts, she knew exactly what she wanted to wear.
"I was lucky enough to wear a dress from Colette Dinnigan’s final wedding dress collection. I always admired her delicate detailing, all I wanted was a dress that was suited to me and my style as I'm not the most wedding dress kinda girl. But the important thing was comfort—something I could dance and have fun in."
Parlour X publicist Sophia Kondilis and her husband Mike Kondilis married in the Greek Islands last year with a week-long celebration with family and friends. The perfect nod to their families' heritage.
"I found my dress at Collette Dinnigan before the brand closed its boutiques. My mum has a great eye and suggested I try it on off the rack! I loved the simplicity and femininity. It felt so right on the day. With a 40 degree heatwave in Kalymnos, I was lucky that the dress was so easy and lightweight!"
What's your favourite style of wedding gown? Let us know in the comments below!