Congratulations to Yen and Jarrett who were married in December at Pialligo Estate in Canberra, ACT.
After first meeting at a salsa dancing class, Yen and Jarrett tied the knot in front of family and friends at the gorgeous Pialligo Estate in Canberra. Yen looked breathtaking in a bespoke version of the Boston Betty gown that she designed together with the wonderful store, Affordable Bridal in the ACT. The mocha colour, lace and beading of our design initially attracted Yen to the dress but it was the clever customisation of the sleeves and back by her dressmaker that really made it her own. Guests enjoyed traditional Chinese door games before the tea ceremony and had a good laugh with the bridal party! Here we asked Yen a few questions about her wedding day and the experience of shopping for a wedding gown.
Peter Trends Bridal: How did you meet your husband?
Yen: We met each other at a salsa dancing class in Canberra.
Peter Trends Bridal: How did your partner propose to you?
Yen: One weekend, we were meant to go to the markets, but he kept making excuses and we were running late. I finally realised he was stalling for a reason. He packed a suitcase and an uber was waiting outside which took us to the airport. He surprised me with flights to Brisbane for a long weekend and booked us into a lovely 10 course dinner. I thought he had hidden the ring in one of the ten courses! He proposed just before dessert, and kept trying to put the ring on the wrong finger on the wrong hand!
Peter Trends Bridal: What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
Yen: The Chinese door games before the tea ceremony were lots of fun where my bridesmaids got to set challenges for the groom (and groomsmen) to prove his love. It was lovely to greet our family and close friends who had all gathered on our special day after we said “I do.” The photography session was another favourite part as the nerves and formalities were finally over. Pialligo Estate had packed champagne and a picnic basket for the bridal party’s photo shoot so we also got to eat and celebrate a little bit before returning for the reception.
Peter Trends Bridal: Did you have a theme or concept for your wedding day? What was your inspiration?
Yen: We had a subtle rustic theme with a bit of gold glitter spread throughout our red/pink/white colour scheme. We loved the gold glitter vases, props and candle holders done up by our florist (Peony n Pearl).
Peter Trends Bridal: How did you find the experience of shopping for a wedding gown?
Yen: It was a fun experience getting to try all different styles of wedding dresses. When I tried on the Boston Betty dress (in the colour mocha) by Peter Trends Bridal, there was just something so special about it. I absolutely loved the colour and how the beading and white lace stood out. I also loved the shape of the dress. But I knew I needed a dress with straps and preferred a lace applique back (see-through back with some lace on it). Marguerite from Affordable Bridal was fabulous to liaise with, gave good advice and said anything was possible. I met with the shop’s dressmaker, Gayle, who constructed the gorgeous back using tulle and the dress’ original lace.
Peter Trends Bridal: What did you love about your wedding gown?
Yen: I loved the colour, the beading, the lace and the flowy gorgeous train. I’m happy I got to customise it to add my own flair. It was a beautiful dress and made me feel so special. It was also a really light dress which was perfect for my summer wedding!
Peter Trends Bridal: Do you have any words of wisdom for future brides?
Yen: If there’s something you want slightly altered on the dress, don’t be afraid to ask. Make sure you get to eat some of the wedding food and the cake. Get your bridesmaids to remind you!
Photographer: Corinna & Dylan
Bridal Boutique: Affordable Bridal, ACT
Bridal Designer: Emanuella by Peter Trends
Venue: Pialligo Estate, Canberra ACT
Florist: Peony n Pearl
Make up & Hair: Cassandra Lee