Bride: Jacqui La’Brooy
Groom: James Jayesuria
Wedding gown style: Diana
Wedding date: 23rd March 2013
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Boutique, Sydney Australia
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photographer: Lars Paysen
First things first, where did you meet your husband? How did you know he was the one?
We met at University back in 2006 when we were 19; we were studying the same course and kept crossing each other’s paths at parties and lectures. James convinced me to go on a date with him and the rest is history! I knew from that moment that we had a very strong connection and amazing chemistry.
How did he propose? Tell us the story!
James proposed on Boxing Day in 2011. He surprised me with a trip to Lorne which is a beautiful coastal town in Victoria. We stayed at the same hotel that we stayed on our 1 year anniversary 5 years prior. He proposed on our balcony overlooking the ocean, it was beautiful!
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?
From the moment I saw the Diana gown online I knew I had to have it- only problem was there was no Vera Wang store in Melbourne! I contemplated flying to New York or London and then my lucky day arrived, Vera Wang opened a boutique in Sydney! I booked my appointment and flights straight away and before I knew it I was standing in the boutique trying on the most amazing gowns. The experience was second to none and I purchased the Diana gown on the spot.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?
I wanted my gorgeous dress to be the stand out feature; therefore I opted for very minimal accessories. Just a beautiful diamond bracelet, earrings and port wine stained lips; my dress did all the rest!
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
We wanted our special day to be classy and sophisticated with a touch of rustic charm. Our reception was held in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and this set the stage for a magnificent event. Lots of varied white flowers, greenery and rustic wood amongst hundreds of little tea lights. Black tie and cocktail dresses, loads of champagne and spirits and a fantastic band kept everyone partying!
Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? If so how?
The night before my wedding day, I gave my parents a beautiful Vera Wang silver frame with a photo of the three of us inside. It was a photo that was taken on our last trip to Sydney, where we all got to see my Diana gown ready to take back with us to Melbourne. It was a very special weekend that I shared with my parents and the beautiful frame will always be a reminder of this time together. I also decided to get the Vera Wang long veil which was the perfect match for Diana.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
I certainly did! My Aunty made me a garter from my mothers wedding gown. It was delicate ivory Chantilly lace with a baby blue ribbon. My something borrowed was a French lace handkerchief with my initial on it that my sister lent to me. My something new was my beautiful Vera Wang gown!
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Don’t let anyone sway your decision, this is your day and you should get exactly what you want! Follow your heart and you will make the right decision.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
I had many memorable moments leading up to our wedding and on our wedding day. I guess the best part is knowing that you have orchestrated this magnificent event and everyone in your life that you love, is in the same room at the same time sharing one of the happiest moments in your life. Our wedding was so special in so many ways and we would not change a thing!