Steph wore a stunning custom Kenny and Harlow gown with a square neckline and statement bow, for her Havelock North wedding to Scott. Here she shares her wedding story.
Can you tell us about your dress journey?
I had a trip booked to Sydney with my mum to try on dresses but the pandemic struck! That meant I needed to look locally and I am so glad I did. One of my bridesmaids told me about K&H and as soon as I met Meg, I knew she would be able to create the dress of my dreams. She also made my mum’s dress so that was really special.
The dress Emilia Wickstead wore on her wedding day was the inspiration behind my dress. I love the square neckline and how it comes in at the waist. I always knew I wanted to have a bow at the back of my dress, I just never thought I would go that big! But I am so glad I did. If there is one day to make a statement, it’s your wedding day.
Can you share your engagement story?
Scott proposed to me at home in our lounge whilst I was wrapping Christmas presents under the tree. It was very romantic. He caught me completely off guard! We had been renovating our house so it was a special place for us. He proposed with his great grandmother’s ruby and diamond ring. I’d never seen it before so it was a beautiful surprise, I love it so much.
Where did you get married / what was special about your venue?
My best friend and maid-of-honour got married at the Red Barn and I fell in love. When it came to our time to getting married it was on the list of venues to go and see. When we turned up, Bridgette and her team really sold it to us. They did the set up and pack down, they had a wet weather venue on site, they had the ceremony/reception in one area & they had incredible staff Tayla and Shannon to help run the day. We honestly could not recommend the venue more.
What was your favourite part of the day?
There are too many to name. A few key highlights were my dad seeing me in my dress for the first time (it was very emotional!), reading our vows, the speeches and our first dance. Also, my brothers being the MCs – they were hilarious and had both spent two weeks in quarantine to be there for our wedding week so that meant everything.
If you could give other brides-to-be one piece of advice, it would be…
Do your wedding day how you want to! Be true to who you are as a couple and what is important to you. It’s so easy to follow trends or think you must have certain traditions or elements in your day. As an example, we didn’t have a cake and I didn’t wear a veil as those things weren’t important to me.