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Real Wedding: Hannia and Gaurav

Bride: Hannia Rawas.
Groom: Gaurav Singh
Wedding gown style: Modified Mermaid Deep (Style no. 11015N) and Tulle Metallic Floral (Style no. 8236G).
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Bridal House, Madison Avenue, New York.
Wedding date: April 22, 2006.
Location: Melbourne, Australia.
Photographer: X-sight photography

Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress?
We decided on a sophisticated wedding with ‘old world romance’ as the theme. With that in mind and when it came time to search for ‘the dress,’ my criteria was simple; elegant, feminine and chic. As a petite bride, the dress had to accentuate and not drown my frame.

What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown?
I was browsing through the Vera Wang Web site when two dresses stole my heart — I had to have both! The gowns were perfectly sculptured, combining beautiful fabric with just the right amount of detail in the design.  Made from French tulle, the deep V, mermaid cut, ivory gown with rouching down the bodice was spectacular. The cross-over back created a completely different dimension to the dress. The second was a blush, tulle, empire-waisted gown with delicate, metallic floral beading adding subtle femininity.

Did you bring anyone along dress shopping? If so, did their opinions influence your final decision?
Going dress shopping with friends was complicated given that Vera Wang dresses are not stocked in Melbourne, Australia. I made the ultimate decision and contacted the Vera Wang Bridal House directly. Breaking the rule of seeing the bride in her dress before the wedding day, my fiancé flew me to NYC for the dress fittings. His opinion and support were invaluable.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day outfit unique?
Wearing Vera Wang was a real luxury and the focus had to be on these exceptionally crafted gowns. With that in mind, accessories were limited to a plain Vera Wang short veil, Vera Wang swarovski crystal hairpeice, and Tiffany diamond earrings. A metalic pair of silver Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals finished the look.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
My approach when planning was to encapsulate an era and create a wedding that was going to be nothing short of enchanting. A historic mansion on a calm autumn day would create the magnificent and timeless backdrop to inspire ‘old world romance.’ Our wedding invitation reinforced that ‘destiny is not something to be pursued, it is something which walks with us always, hand in hand’.

Did your gown style relate to any other design elements of the wedding?
To orchestrate the delivery of an elegant wedding, a great deal of thought and planning was put into visualizing how different design elements could be combined to embody the theme ‘old world romance’ and create a warm ambience. This theme was instrumental, inspiring everything, including the dresses, venue, décor, transport, invitations, gift favours, music, and flowers.

What was your favorite part of the day?
The ceremony was held beneath a floral arch tucked under a willow tree and surrounded by the breathtaking gardens of Mother Nature. My favourite part of the day was filling the sky with colourful and lively butterflies as husband and wife for the first time. For me, this was an expression of new beginnings and joy.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
The style, cut, fabric quality, and versatility are all fundamental criteria for brides picking out their wedding dress. My dress was perfectly versatile for the wedding we had in mind. The elegant detail of the chapel train paved the way for a dramatic entrance to our garden ceremony, then was fastened to the back of the dress to create a bustling effect for the reception.

Are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
Essentially, the bride and groom must remember to enjoy every precious moment of their special day as they watch it unravel. It is one of the fastest days of your life, yet the memory will be forever etched in your heart.

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