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Real Wedding: Zuzana and Martin

Bride: Zuzana Tomkova
Groom:
Martin Spusta
Vera Wang Wedding gown:
Evelyn
Boutique purchased:
Vera Wang Bridal House, Los Angeles
Wedding date:
November 13, 2010
Location:
Bela, Slovakia
Venue:
Chateau Bela
Photographer:
Ola Haram

Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress?
Yes, I am a very visual person and I love fashion. I could not picture myself in a huge traditional ballgown, which was always my idea of a classical wedding dress. I joked that I would not get married, because this was the only style I could find. Then I found Vera Wang, and since then I didn’t look at anything else!

What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown?
Vera Wang’s styles are so different, yet absolutely classic. The entire concept of my gown is so much better than anything I have seen before in bridal couture. It was love at first sight.

Did you bring anyone along dress shopping to help make a decision?
The wedding dress process was very difficult and I am extremely happy that I did not give up along the way. The wedding was on short notice – 4 months. First, it took me awhile to find stores that distribute Vera Wang in Europe, as we currently live in Oslo. We flew to Paris to try the dress sample on, and then we ordered the gown directly from the Los Angeles boutique. It arrived 5 days before my wedding day and it was just perfect! My mother was amazing and supportive from the beginning, and after seeing the dress in Paris, there was no turning back.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day outfit unique?
I wanted to keep it simple, yet make my outfit special. I liked the idea of a winter wedding, so I wore a marabou fur, which went perfectly with the slim dress. I wanted to cover my hair for the ceremony, but a veil was not an option due to the voluminous fur. Therefore I went with an absolute classic Hermes silk scarf – Chevale de Legende. The look I created may be atypical for this time period, but it is very traditional.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
For me the entire wedding planning was a very creative process. I did everything myself from the invitations to my wedding bouquet – and I enjoyed every minute of it. Our venue is a historical chateau in southern Slovakia where luxury meets tradition, so I wanted to keep that setting as much as possible. We went for a black and white theme, with golden touches slightly enhanced by art deco elements. I always knew I wanted to go for a big wedding bouquet. Gypsophila flower was my only option and I accessorized it with nude and black satin, and a vintage brooch that my grandmother gave me on my wedding day.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I was so overjoyed the entire wedding day. We had so much fun getting ready, I was 20 minutes late for the ceremony! As I was running to the church, it was already dark, and the air was calm. I saw candlelight everywhere, and I thought ‘I am the happiest girl in the entire world.’ This feeling remained the whole night.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Just be yourself. That is what our husbands love about us.

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