When it comes time to searching for ‘the dress’, finding a gown to suit a minimalistic, chic but romantic style can be difficult amongst the more traditional and structured options available in many bridal stores. Megan from Grace Loves Lace struggled with her search in 2010 for this very reason and out of the frustration her brand was born . Grace Loves Lace specalise in unique, bohemian luxe wedding dresses made from french laces and silks. All of their products are made in their studio on the Gold Coast but are available at wholesale cost to brides via their website so their prices are refreshingly affordable!
I had the pleasure of witnessing one of my dearest friends marry in a Grace Loves Lace gown and she was the picture of effortless elegance and beauty – I couldn’t imagine a more fitting gown. If you have visions of flower crowns, seaside soirées or a simple garden wedding, I hope you may also find your dream dress through this lovely company. Here are just a few of my favourites from their collection.
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She found her wedding dress for $150 at a Salvos store, she didn’t stress about the minor details and she has the best advice for future brides – “Remember the most important thing is having a beautiful marriage, not a beautiful wedding.” I think this Central Queensland bride, Tegan, deserves our vote in the Bride of the Year competition which will hopefully win her and her husband David a honeymoon to South Africa! You can vote for her here. Congratulations Tegan our fingers are crossed for you!
How did you both meet? Tell us your love story.
David and I knew each other for a long time before we started dating. He has been friends with my older brother since I was in primary school. Both of our parents are primary school teachers in Mackay and my mother and his father worked together at Northview Primary which is where we both went to school (though not at the same time). We started dating while I was at university in Townsville. David was living and working in Mackay at the time and seemed to conveniently come up to Townsville for work. The funny thing is I didn’t even realize he was taking me on dates! I was completely oblivious to his efforts at first, but I figured it out eventually. We were dating for 4 years when we got married.
Tell us about the proposal!
He didn’t pop the question, I did! It was pretty awkward because I asked and he said yes and then neither of us knew if the other was joking! We worked it out in the end, and a good thing we did!Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
I actually bought my wedding dress from a local Salvos store in Rockhampton for just $150! It was an absolute bargain and such a beautiful dress. It fit me perfectly and seemed like fate. I didn’t have to alter the fit at all but I did unpick some of the motifs off the skirt and used them to make a belt and to put in my hair.
Why did you decide to have your wedding in Central Queensland and why are you glad you did?
When my parents offered to host both my ceremony and reception in their backyard I jumped at the idea. We got married on my parents’ property just outside of the main ‘township’ of Habana. They have an acreage which is the property I grew up on so it was very special to get married there. The reception was held outside under a beautiful big fairy lit fig tree that my mother planted from a pot plant 20 years ago so it was all very personal and quite magical.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding in Central Queensland?
The hardest part was right at the beginning of the planning process. We were actually living in Alice Springs 2 years and got engaged while we were there. So at first I was trying to organize a wedding from thousands of kilometers away. It was hard not being able to meet all of my suppliers face to face, so it was a bit of a relief that I got a job in Rocky and moved there 8 months before the wedding.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
We had 50 close family and friends there.
If you feel comfortable sharing what budget did your wedding fall into.
Our day came in at about $12 000
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Don’t stress the little stuff. If you worry about every minute detail then you are setting yourself up for disappointment when everything doesn’t go exactly to plan (which it won’t). Look at the bigger picture and just enjoy your magical day. And remember the most important thing is having a beautiful marriage, not a beautiful wedding.
Suppliers: Photographer: Ta Da Photography Celebrant: Forever Yours Marriage Celebrant (Karen Beckham) / Florist: Florrific Flowers / Cake: JR Cake Designs / Party Hire: Fiesta Rentals / Caterer: Coast to Coast Golden Roast / Stationery: Big Colour Works
Don’t forget to vote for Tegan in the Bride of the Year competition! Vote here.