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Real Wedding | Lisa & Richard

Bride | Lisa Mitry
Groom | Richard Mitry
Wedding gown style | Katie Gown
Wedding date | April 14th, 2012
Boutique purchased | Helen Rodrigues, Sydney Australia
Location | Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia
Photographer | Blumenthal Photography

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? We met during our first year of law school in 2004. We were very good friends for four years before we eventually got together.

How did he propose? Tell us the story! While I was travelling in South America with a girl friend, Richard sent me some love quotes written by Khalil Gibran, his favorite author.  After the last quote he wrote ‘and there is one more quote to come but that will have to wait until later…‘ Almost two years to the day after he had sent me the quotes, while on a weekend getaway in Kangaroo Valley, a beautiful part of rural New South Wales (Australia), Richard asked me to read out loud from the book containing my quotes.   When I turned the page, there was a little note written by Richard with the words ‘marry me?’ (and my final quote about marriage).

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? What I had in my head for a wedding dress was not at all what I ended up choosing.  In fact, I had specifically talked with my maid of honor about not wanting a big ball gown.  So, when the store owner suggested I try on the Katie dress, I rolled my eyes at my maid of honor and said I’d only do it for fun. When I walked out, my maid of honor began to cry.  I felt like a princess.  No matter how may different styles I tried on, I kept coming back to my gown.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? The dress itself is such a masterpiece so I wanted to keep my accessories simple.  I wore a diamond tennis bracelet that my mother gave me for my 21st birthday.    I also wore pearl and diamond drop earrings given to me by my mother in law for my engagement and a small crystal and pearl hair piece (bought by my mother two days before the wedding!).

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? We wanted a traditional wedding with a touch of modern elegance.  The Museum of Contemporary Art, located in an Art Deco-style building in Sydney’s Circular Quay, combined the refinement and grace synonymous with the tradition of marriage, with contemporary class and energy.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? My veil was also Vera Wang.  It flowed perfectly with my gown, flowing over the tulle of the dress and really tied the whole look together.

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? I borrowed my garter from my cousin (and bridesmaid).  It was made with 100 year old lace.  I wore pale blue Oscar del la Renta shoes which had a lace overlay that tied in with the lace on my dress.  My something new was, of course, my dress.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Be open minded. Wedding gowns are not something you wear every day so you do not always know what is going to look good.  Choose something that makes you feel special.

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? The part of the day I remember most was getting to the end of the isle and holding Richard’s hand.  All my nervous energy melted away. The fireworks over Sydney Harbour during our reception were also magical, a perfect reflection of the joy and love shared by our friends and family.

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