What did you wear on your wedding day?

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 222 Comments

Romance is in the SY house today.

Well, it will be after work and family stuff is done. I’ve booked a caterer so I don’t have to cook tonight. I’ve chilled the champagne and we’ll get out the fancy Royal Doulton flutes and toast to nine years of marriage.

If you’re new here to SY, I wrote a little bit about our wedding day here but I wanted to ask the question: What did YOU wear on your wedding day?

I wore a Wendy Makin gown – the top of this gown was originally strapless. Strapless gowns are not my friend so Wendy changed it to suit. The pearls I’m wearing were my late mum’s Mikimoto pearls (a gift to her from her parents on her 21st).

And yes, I would still wear something like this today.

Nikki Parkinson Styling You wedding gown  Wendy Makin Bridal Designs

Photo: Images by Lou O’Brien 

What did YOU wear on your wedding day? Tell me about it … or even better … upload a photo in the comments section (you just click on the landscape icon in the comment box).

  • Alex

    I had to come back and upload a pic, we got married last Saturday! I wore a vintage-ish gown that I bought online and flowers in my hair because I could. x

    • Oh, I was hoping you’d find the time! Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous xx And a huge congrats!

      • katypotaty

        I love love love your gown, Alex – it was just so YOU. (Which I think is the best compliment for a wedding dress ever.)

  • You looked simply stunning on your wedding day Nikki. And a big Happy Anniversary to you and Mr SY, you make a gorgeous couple!
    We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday, and will be spending this weekend away together, just the two of us, at our favourite hotel The Langham, Sydney (formerly The Observatory Hotel). I will arrive Friday afternoon and enjoy 3hrs of pure bliss in the day spa, thanks to my gorgeous hubby!
    On my wedding day, I wore a Maria Coppolino gown with a beautifully beaded silk bodice. If I had my time over again, I would probably choose something different, even though I still love my gown. But with age has come confidence in my body, it’s voluptuousness and my ability to see some of my better features, which would lead to a different choice of gown.

    thanks for giving us the opportunity to re-live our wedding days, every girl loves a wedding!

    • Look how radiant you are!! And I must say that I’m very impressed about how you plan to celebrate this weekend. Very impressed!

      • Thanks Nikki, how sweet of you! I married my best friend and we have been head over heels in love for 15 years now. I’m sure I won’t be able to resist posting a couple of pics on instagram over the weekend!

  • Happy anniversary Nikki – I love the little belt on your dress, haven’t seen anything quite like that. You looked gorgeous!
    I’m married 2.5 years now, still feels like yesterday. I love the dress, but if we ever renew our vows I’d try something else – so many stunning gowns out there (and so many stunning brides in the comments). What a great idea getting everyone to share!

    • Oh Rachel … I love your headpiece. Modern yet with a nod to vintage. Gorgeous!

      • I had it made at the last minute, from a tiny little place in Pyrmont. You can’t quite see it but there’s a beautiful big white feature on the other side with a couple of diamantes… it was really cute!

  • Catherine Yarham

    Congratulations on your anniversary Nikki!

    I married in July 2011 at Spirithouse in Yandina.

    My sister-in-law and I went shopping twice and quickly figured out that white wasn’t really my colour. I tried on a peacock green bridesmaids dress for sizing & I was sold! Nikki Hearne, a seamstress at Twin Waters made me a gorgeous soft gold bolero jacket and did a few alterations to the dress. My bridesmaids who came up from Melbourne surprised me by wanting to wear the same thing, which they found on special in Target! I had asked the florist to make them bouquets of peacock feathers so they could take something home with them but the message didn’t get through…

    • Oh Catherine … what a beautiful photo. Love the colour and the jacket. And what a great venue you chose?!

      • Catherine Yarham

        Oh it’s stunning. My friends & family in Melbourne are still raving about it. But I didn’t choose it – it was the ONLY place my husband wanted to go!

  • Andrea from Perth

    Oops here’s my photo!

  • Andrea from Perth

    I’ll never know why but I cut my own fringe the night before my wedding in the early 90’s. My crooked fringed couldn’t be salvaged as I would have ended up looking like Friar Tuck. I wore a full ‘meringue’ tulle dress with a massive petticoat underneath which was sort of coming back into fashion back then. My beautiful bridesmaids stole the show with bubble hem dresses off the rack from Myer. I have no sewing skills but made their pillbox hats which I still love all these years later. Later in the night,my veil caught fire from a candelabra at the reception whilst I was ‘working the room’. The marriage also didn’t last but we have remained friends! I think this photo really captures the 90’s. 🙂

    • Oh Andrea, you’ve given me reason to smile tonight … yes, it sums up the ’90s completely. I’m guessing you’ve never taken to your own hair since?!

  • Love your photo Nikki. Thanks for sharing. As for me, it was 2002 and I wore a strapless beaded Sonia Cappellazzo frock which I loved and I would wear again today.

  • I wore a “fish tail” gown – slim fitting, then flared into a train from the knees. Satin with lace, beading, crystals, pearls, more beading – no it wasn’t the 80’s but you’re close! May 1990 actually 🙂 There’s no way I’d fit it now but I loved it then and wouldn’t change a thing, I felt like a princess.

    • So beautiful Janet! Got to love a bit of soft focus … I could do with it now!

  • Julie Borthwick

    Hi Nikki, so glad you’re doing a wedding blog. I’m mother of the bride next Feb and am really struggling with what I should wear. The wedding is at a barn near Ocean Grove Vic. My problem is I’m 5’10 or 11 so finding it hard to find a dress that’s an acceptable length. Any ideas you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I’m 47, size 10 and not an “old” Mum but don’t want to be mutton dressed as lamb either hahaha. Thanks Nikki 🙂
    Oh, BTW, I got married in 1988 and was pregnant, I wore a true to 1980’s style mango orange dress complete with baby’s breath in my hair and white court shoes…………….

  • Viktoria Burgmann

    I made my own wedding dress. Ivory satin, fully boned and double lined lined. Took me about a month as I was working full time and pulled it out when I could. I adjusted a vogue pattern so that I could have a slightly longer train. As it was a winter wedding I borrowed a vintage fur from my sister in law that had belonged to my husbands and her Mum as she had passed away the year before.

  • Gorgeous dress, Nikki! I was married in March 2007, and still absolutely love my wedding dress. I had it made because I’d always wanted to go with an asymmetric shape but NO-ONE was doing one-shoulder dresses at the time. (If I’d gotten married a year later though, they would have been everywhere! D’OH!) Croce Colosimo made it, and let’s just say I absolutely smashed the $2k budget I’d set for myself.

    • You were ahead of the wedding fashion pack and budget smudget – you look amazing!

  • Kathryn

    What a lovely post. Happy anniversary to you and your bloke. You were a beautiful bride Nikki – your dress was gorgeous. There are lots of gorgeous dresses and beautiful brides in the comments too. I love the joy and vibrancy of weddings and am enjoying all the pictures.

    We were married in 1997. I wore a Wendy Makin frock too. And loved it. I drive past Wendy Makin’s shopfront near the Gabba most days on my way home from work and always look up to admire the frock in the window. I love seeing the changing styles, all stunning.

    Hope you had a lovely night. With catering! Very fancy.

    • Oh you look fabulous! And I love that you get to drive past Wendy’s store every day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dianna Elliott

    Marriage #1 1981 on my 21st Birthday. It lasted a whole 18 months! The sheer over lay on the skirt had to be sent to Sydney to be sunray pleated…very “on trend” for the 80’s, along with the babies breath in the bouquets and hair :-). The attendants are my sisters, who ranged from 5’9″ to 4’10″…their shoes went from stiletto to flats trying to make the heights more even. It was Townsville…local dress maker. I went all out for the second wedding……… 🙂

    • Oh you’re funny Dianna … and baby’s breath is back, you know!

    • Tresna Wood

      Thanks for that. Oh how we change and we all looked stunning on the day

  • Rukmini Roy

    Nikki, you look absolutely stunning! Considering I just got married, I think I’ll seize the opportunity here. Here, I am in a red and gold brocade sari with a dull gold blouse or choli, all complimented with ancestral gold jewelry. The first pic captures the ritual where we’re taking the first seven steps of matrimony or Saptahpadi, with each of the steps representing a different vow. The second shows the jewelry. We will complete 1 this Jan!

    • Oh Rukmini … these are such beautiful photos – thanks for sharing. You look stunning! And I love the symbolism of that ceremony.

  • Poopsie

    You look gorgeous Nikki! Mine was a blue and white striped sundress!! The ceremony involved the celebrant and our two best friends, and we had a reception 12 months later to celebrate with family and friends. Married for 27 years this December!!

  • Tess

    woops sorry everyone as you can see new to this and have posted my photo to many times and don’t know how to get rid of it – sorry everyone

  • Tess

    Thank you for sharing such a stunning photo, I love your dress. I had my dress and veil made by Leonard Derecourt on the Gold Coast who captured my dream dress. The highlight of the day was definitely marrying the most amazing man who has taken care of me through the good times and the bad, I love this photo as it was the first moment captured after saying I DO!

  • Annie

    My 1st wedding was in 1974, (39 years ago!!!) and as I was a bit of a rebel decided to wear white with little pale blue spots and very girlie and frilly as was the fashion then. Definitely not me at all but went the whole way with the wedding thing. Was in love with the idea of a perfect wedding.

    Probably knew it wouldn’t last.

    So for my 2nd wedding I wore a bright yellow sundress with navy blue spots this time.There was just me, hubby and an big fat Greek office worker called in to witness from the District Commissioner in Limassol Cyprus who performed the ceremony. Unfortunately there were no photos (camera didn’t work), and I didn’t have time to organize anything special as we were there just for that from a kibbutz in Israel. From that no frills wedding we are celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary next month. So from my point of view it doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you are marrying the right person for the right reasons.

    • Oh I couldn’t agree more! I was a flower girl for my aunty in 1973 or 4 so I do recognise that style and congrats on 33 years the second time. I’m aiming for the same and beyond!

  • Happy Anniversary!

    I loved my San Patrick gown. I had the Billy (bilbao) design. It was called brown, I told people it was Latte. That sounded better. In hind sight I’d wish I had worn something more colourful in teal.

    I left my gown shopping til the 6 month mark. That turned out to be the cut off date for some Designers. In the rush of deciding the ladies never measured me. They guessed my sizing. I was trying to imagine what the size 12 would look like if it did up on my size 18 body. Then Spanish sizing is different to Aussie sizing. Three days later I realised what happened and asked for specific measurement details. I discovered I had to loose over 20cm off my waist to fit into my gown! I thank the spanx, my 3 times a week personal trainer, and the general suck-in ability of a wedding gown structure.

    • OMG Jeanie, that’s a whole lot of pressure! You look fabulous and the gown is amazing. Definitely not brown – latte or oyster!

  • Tresna Wood

    All the brides and grooms look fantastic congratulations to you all. Our anniversaries on the 28 of this month 7 years. I made my own dress and hand sewed the glass beads on the photo never do Justus to dresses, I just loved the colours as I walked and we hade an exceptional day. all the best to you all. 😉

    • You made this? Who Tresna. Such a stunning colour and you look fabulous!

    • Dianna Elliott

      Tresna…what a beautiful effort…you looked amazing <3

  • Lauren Roney

    I love your dress, and wedding look. Its so you!!! You radiate happiness and isnt that the most important thing onj your wedding day!
    I wore two custom made dresses, made in China… I loved both my dresses and they fitted like a glove

    • It is the most important thing Lauren – and you have got it going on too!

  • Been married 4.5 years. I wore a Peter Trends gown that I customised to be a bit less cleavagy! The dress weighed 10kg and my custom grown black magic (very dark red) roses weighed about the same!

    • They’re both black and white! Here’s one in colour

    • Dianna Elliott

      wow! Classically elegant.

  • Sonal

    Hi Nikki,
    You look so radiant and stylish. Happy anniversary!!!
    22years ago so no digital pics..(.sorry), I married my gorgeous Greek australian hubs. It was in my sisters garden…I wore a duck egg blue pure silk sari with gold border and fine dots and traditional jewellery for our simple afternoon civil ceremony. Then changed into a pretty gown for our cocktail party…made from a magenta coloured sari with stunning gold work in a style very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn …fitted , cap sleeves, and with long over skirt/train..very 50s!
    It was a sweet meaningful day with respect to Aussie Greek and Indian cultures and I wouldn’t change a single detail. X

  • I confused my poor Greek in laws with a sari inspired gown! We had beautiful rich coloured orchids as part of the tropical asian theme and I am Scottish-Australian.

    I still love the richness of the colours …
    Congratulations on 9 years!!

    • So, so stunning Peita … and your husband looks more than a little chuffed!

    • Dianna Elliott

      that is uniquely beautiful…the flowers seal the deal…you looked beautiful

  • Molly

    Happy anniversary! Our five-year anniversary is coming up next week. I had a bespoke dress made by an Irish designer, Sharon Hoey – I fell in love with the corded lace on the bodice and particularly on the back. Luckily for me we had two wedding parties – one in London where we were living, and one six months later back in Australia – so I got to wear the dress twice (and have two honeymoons!)

    • That’s a good argument for two parties! The detailing here is incredible! And happy anniversary to you next week!

  • Kate Turnbull

    Happy anniversary!

    I wore a silver gown I snapped up off a clearance rack for all of $50. I had some lace added to make it more ‘bridal’

    For the ceremony I wore a sliver organza veil and wrap and swapped them for a sequin bolero and feather headpiece for the reception.

    • What a genius stroke of luck and then to add the bridal bits – stunning result!

  • Guest

    Happy anniversary!

    I wore a silver gown I snapped up of a clearance rack, it cost me $50. I had some lace added to it to make it a little more ‘bridal’

    For the ceremony I wore a silver organza veil and wrap and swapped them for the sequin bolero and feather headpiece for the reception

  • Guest

    Happy Anniversary. I wore a sliver gown that was marked down to $50. With the addition on a little lace it was exactly what I wanted.

    I wore it with a silver organza veil and a dark silver metallic wrap for the ceremony and swapped them for sequin jacket and feather headpiece for the reception.

  • Nine years! Wow, congratulations! You make a stunning bride Nikki. Just love all the comments to this post too.

    • Thanks Miss Pink … I love this post … so many beautiful moments shared x

  • Happy anniversary lady!!! I had to leave a comment and a piccie… love this post – GENIUS and LOVE your gown!!! N x

  • Happy Anniversary! We have been married six and a half years. I would probably choose a different dress now, but I loved mine on the day. Our families have Scottish heritage so the bridal party and our Dad’s wore kilts. Everyone looked great. My bridesmaid’s wore black so they wouldn’t clash with the different tartans.

    I don’t have a good picture of the front of my dress with me alone, but it had a lace panel, and lace along the bottom. It was ivory, and had straps as I am not a strapless girl.

    • My bridesmaids wore black too … no kilts, just like how black looked with the suits. Thanks for sharing Sarah x

  • Nanette Mutnica

    Happy happy Anniversary here’s to many many more. We got married in 1998 and I wore a gown by Emoda. Maria beautifully modified it for me.

  • The Plumbette

    I wore an Ivory two piece dress and the lace bodice was strapless and had crystals sewn on it. The skirt was an A-line. I didn’t want a puffy dress. I wore the bodice with a black skirts and pants to black tie functions after that… but sadly I can’t fit into it anymore. 🙁 My wedding was 8 and a half years ago.
    Happy Anniversary Nikki. I love your dress too.

    • Thanks Bec … and how cute is this photo?! Taken at University of QLD?

      • The Plumbette

        Yes this is one of my favourite photos taken candidly by the best man. And yes it was taken at UQ.

  • Fleur Raps

    Love all the photos in the comments!! I wore an off the rack Forecer New dress and we eloped to Bali! I’ve not worn it since, but would love to.

    • Do it Fleur … you look beautiful … and I’m all for the eloping business.

    • Dianna Elliott

      I love the mood of both of your outfits…beautiful <3

  • HypnobirthingBrisbane

    Happy anniversary!
    I love your wedding dress…so classy and beautiful.
    I wore a Paul Hunt dress…luckily he was in the process of cleaning out his warehouse so it was unbelievably cheap.
    It was the first…and only…dress I tried on!
    Caitlin from Mother Down Under

    • Paul Hunt is amazing and you did very well to score this … it’s very you Caitlin. Beautiful. x

  • Sam

    Love your dress Nikki – we got married 16 years ago – and I still love my dress (haven’t been able to part with it) It was made by a local designer in Toowoomba (she made my bridesmaids too)- I had a piece of lace that I loved and she worked around that…. Cant remember her name now….

    • Oh wow Sam, aren’t designers so clever – taking inspiration from the piece of lace!

  • Julie

    Oh Nikki, I love seeing photos from your wedding, you look so happy and gorgeous! We were married 10 years ago and I wore a simple ivory silk dress which was originally strapless and had shoestring straps added. I wore it and my veil to our private screening of Will and Kate’s wedding (was so cool to have Mum here dressing up in gloves and pearls – I don’t know who was more tickled, my little girls or me remembering Mum waking my sister and I up for Charles and Di’s wedding!) … but other than lending my veil out twice, my dress has been retired. Enjoy that bubbly – congratulations to you both xx

    • The bubbly went down a treat! I do love your story … and that you’ve worn it again so soon!

  • lj

    I got married when our son was 5 I wore dusty pink dupion silk that a local dress make made she even made the hat which had a piece of vintage lace that a friend gave me. even though my mum said I wasn’t dressed as a bride I felt very bridie

    • I LOVE this. Mums don’t often say the right things but you look bridie to me!

  • Cwooka

    We had our 14 year anniversary in April and I wore a GOLD dress that my husbands grandmother made for me! I loved my dress, not sure i would choose the same now though 🙂

  • Ms Db

    My wedding was pre-digital photos so I have nothing to share online, but I want to give a shout-out to my dress designer Brad Webb (Darb Couture) – he was awesome, the dress was awesome and needless to say I felt like a princess in a duchess satin full full full skirt, daisy-covered organza lace bodice with tiny capped sleeves and a low scooped neckline, my grandmother’s white sapphire necklace….I felt like Grace Kelly, which is how all brides should feel I believe. Nothing beats having a dress made just for you!

    Happy anniversary Nikki!

    • Oh Ms Db … love Darb Couture and love the sound of that gown. How special to wear your grandmother’s necklace!

  • Happy Anniversary!! We just had our 12th Anniversary 2 weeks ago. I bought the first dress I tried on 🙂

  • Housewife in Heels

    Happy anniversary Nikki! Mine was last week. This is my favourite comments section of all time!!! Love that so many readers wore non traditional options. You were absolutely gorgeous. I wore a simple strapless Bella Donna gown- I loved the lace. Sorry it’s sideways

    • I had to look twice to see if it was a photographer getting all arty with it … stunning gown. Bella Donna is/was a Wendy Makin label. She knows her bridal stuff. And yes, agree, love that so many people did their own thing!

  • I wore a black floral $25 dress from Big W (removed the front thigh-high pockets, it was looking too Raggedy-Anne with them!). It was a secret elopement in Thailand – secret even from me until a few days before 😉
    If I had known when I packed my bags… I may have taken something else. But… no regrets at all. In fact it turned out to be very “me”.

    • Let me try the photo again…

      • And that’s just the way it should be! Look at those flowers Sharnee! WOW!!

  • katypotaty

    I absolutely love what I wore – a strapless bridesmaid days that I had made in white, with a gorgeous big overblown silk gardenia at my hip. No troubling corsetry, miniature buttons or fancy train. And it had pockets – POCKETS!

  • Nicole

    My wedding was 8 years ago (can’t believe that!) I wore an ivory gown by Marianna Hardwick – the only dress I tried on and since it was at her yearly clearance event I got it for half price.

    It was strapless, and with only a small amount of beading on the bodice. My fave part was the gorgeous, rich, fabric that draped so perfectly and was pefect for a winter wedding. Speaking of which, I decided I MUST have an off white faux fur wrap so picked that up on ebay :)) and the lovely ladies at MH provided me with some fabric that matched the dress to replace the white coloured ribbon ties it came with. x Nicole

    • Oh just wonderful Nicole – wonderful! Love the faux fur wrap, think that’s something so special for a winter wedding!

      • Nicole

        Thanks! Oops and forgot to say Happy Anniversary xx

  • I wore a dusty pink long flowing Lisa Ho number, with spaghetti straps. Mum bought it for me in Paddington, her, me, Linda and Leigh all went out for steak sandwiches afterwards.

    Because I already had Max, I felt like I wasn’t “allowed” to wear a bridal veil. So got my hair swooped up and a big beautiful pink lily put in there. Like I was going to Hawaii.

    Have an AWESOME time tonight Nikki, you look absolutely gorgeous in your wedding dress. xxxxxx

    • I love that you all bought the dress together and then ate steak, Eden. I didn’t have a veil but it was more because I didn’t want to … I’ve seen photos of your dress and love how you looked xx

    • Katrina Wilkins

      Eden, I busted you buying that dress. Walked on the whole family admiring you. You looked hot.

  • Mary

    I got married in 1980 ( child bride)! I wore a very simple white swiss cotton dress which I had made & cost me about $80. I carried a bunch of pink franjipanis & also wore them in my hair, I still love my “wedding story”. Congratulations Nikki, I hope you have a great day.

    • Oh WOW … that would have been amazing Mary. I can almost smell the flowers just thinking of them! Keep looking at our trees hoping we’ll see a bud soon.

  • becbrewster

    Sometimes I feel a tiny bit sad that I didn’t wear white and have a long fluffy gown, but mostly I love my dress of ‘midnight blue’ with my beautiful hat. I’ve worn both a number of times and always feel pretty special.

    • Oh I think you should be very happy with your choice – what a colour – would work well on me too!

  • Em

    My dress was an off the rack Cue number – ivory with lace overlay; and shoes – none were needed! We eloped and got married on Cable Beach Broome at sunset. No guests, just ourselves, the celebrant and a photographer (who also became one of our witnesses :)). So romantic, joyous and sexy as anything what with the sun, salty air, champagne and to die for backdrop! Such a stress free, fun process and took only 3 phone calls to organise. Ten years later I wouldn’t change a thing … and I’ve worn the dress many times (It helps that it stretches ;)), including the 2 other “weddings” we’ve had, one with the new wedding ring I had to get after the original was stolen. We are serial marry-ers – but just to each other :).

    • There’s a couple of off the rack Cue arrangements in these comments – I love that – but possibly not as much as where and how you got married. It’s on my bucket list to get to Broome!

  • This is such a gorgeous choice Nikki. I’d probably choose something similar these days myself. Not that I don’t love the dress I had which was hand made by my aunt.

  • Ingi

    This is from my 1995(!) wedding – I bought the dress at Parramatta somewhere, and it cost $1300. I have it in a box somewhere. I still like it, although these days there is NO chance I would fit into it!! I am pretty happy with our wedding choices and wouldn’t change much – and hubby is still around nearly 18 years later 🙂

  • Pip

    Here is our wedding photo. Doesn’t look like it come out on my last posts

  • Pip

    Happy Anniversary to you both. Enjoy the day and have a wonderful evening with your loved ones.
    My now Husband and I went to high school together over 31 years ago. We both had a thing for each other. Well I had ‘the hots ‘ as I call it for him. He was in Yr 11 at the time and I was in Yr9 back in 1982. We only knew each other for one year.
    We never went out with each other back then but we met up at our High School reunion in July 2011.
    We have been inseparable ever since. We got married on the 12/12/12 at 12pm. It was the most amazing day I could have ever imagined. He is my soul mate. I have never met such a wonderful, caring, loving, generous, trusting person before in life and we now get to share our lives together.

    • Oh Pip, I have goosebumps on goosebumps … what an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Marianne

    I don’t actually have any photos from our wedding, as we surprised everyone by getting married at our farewell party before we moved from Brisbane to Cairns, a little over 2 years ago. I wore jeans, ballet flats and a burgundy silk batwing top. Seeing as it was a second wedding for both myself and the man, we decided we didn’t need all the hoopla.
    It’s been wonderful looking through all the comments and pictures and putting faces to names today though – how fantastic!!

  • Lornie

    Happy Anniversary, your dress is beautiful. I wore a prom style dress, my Mum’s pearls and the BEST leopard print peep toe stilettos. Still love my outfit! My dress was bought in a hurry as I had to have an operation and cost a massive $90 in Myer, shoes were 4 times that haha!

    • I love the priority given to the shoes – in both their style and price!

      • Lornie

        It was all about those shoes Nikki! Even the celebrant mentioned them before we had the ceremony!

  • Lynn

    Hi Nikki, Happy Wedding Anniversary! This is me in my halter neck wedding gown – I love its asymmetrical skirt and flattering ruching around the waistline. I’d still wear it today – we got married at Culcreuch Castle in Scotland back in 2003 – this photo was taken by the Loch. My husband worse his tartan kilt as did most of the male guests! – wasn’t he handsome! Lynn 🙂 x

    • OH my … very handsome and you look stunning too … looks like you had great weather for it too.

  • Katyberry

    I love these comments and gawking at all the beautiful wedding dresses. We had a small-ish wedding almost 12 years ago, and I wore a silver lace Escada skirt with a dusky pink silk cardigan by Collette Dinegan, with hat made to match. I love my wedding outfit to bits.

    • I know, Katyberry, makes me all gushy and romantic. LOVE the sound of your outfit!

  • Erin Drummond

    You look beautiful Nikki! Simply stunning.
    It was my first anniversary last Sunday (15th), here’s my wedding dress by Allure Bridal. All lacy and pretty

  • annasamara

    Agree with you on the strapless dresses Nikki, they aren’t my friend either. Your gown is so classic, gorgeous! I wore hot pink suede heels, which sadly didn’t end up in most of the photos, but I would still wear the dress (wedding was less than a year ago!). I actually got to wear it twice becasue we had the reception on a different day to the ceremony 🙂

    • Oh gosh, Anna … the shoes … genius. And also genius getting to wear dress twice. It’s gorgeous BTW!

  • Guest

    Agree with you on the strapless dresses Nikki, they aren’t my friend either. Your gown is so classic, gorgeous! I wore hot pink suede heels, which sadly didn’t end up in most of the pro photos, but I would still wear the dress (wedding was less than a year ago!). I actually got to wear it twice becasue we had the reception on a different day to the ceremony 🙂

  • Katie Rainbird

    You looked polished & elegant Nikki, I wouldn’t expect anything else! Happy Wedding Anni, what a huge week of drinkies it’s been for you 😉 My wedding was arranged quickly & budget was tight so my dress was an off the rack CUE number. A modern 50’s inspired design with pockets in the skirt. It was white, affordable, ready to wear & comfy so it was chosen.

    • I totally endorse off the rack. Totally. And quite a few readers have done the same. Re the drinkies … you may see me embrace the green smoothie soon to counteract!

  • Jo

    This is me and my mum arriving on my wedding day. I was 7 months pregnant so had to buy a larger dress and have it fitted around my belly. Our daughters (both aged 6) were my flower girls and oh so cute! We got married at a beautiful winery in the Swan Valley and it was about 40 degrees! I didn’t get my bouquet until we arrived as I had asked everyone to bring a flower as a blessing and my sister put them all together and handed it to me just before I walked down the aisle.

    • Oh Jo, I’ve got goosebumps – what a beautiful day – and what a great way to create a special bouquet. Mum looks great too!

  • Johanne Taylor

    Just over 15 years ago I wore a pale gold off the shoulder dress with short attached sleeves and a very full skirt. I loved the tiny ribbon roses with cognac crystal centers embroidered across the breasts and trailing across the top of the sleeves and the endless row of covered buttons down my back. My veil was fingertip length and died to match with more of the ribbon roses on the comb.
    My dress was from Diane Lewis Couture and I will always remember how I felt like a princess and stayed in my dress as long as I could on the wedding night.
    I sold it afterwards for almost what it cost me, as we needed the cash to buy our home, and this was the only way I could justify the expense.

    I do still have my veil and more importantly the same husband!

    • Well, I think the last bit is the most important – and what use is a dress if it’s in a box (like mine!) – getting it to help with a house purchase – that’s just sensible!

  • Monique Tomlin

    Yay!! Found it! Me in my Wendy Makin Peach Blush gown….

    • Oh that is stunning and can see why you immediately fell in love with it!

  • Kelli

    Lovely! Just like your blog, Nikki. I so love reading it. You and I seemed to be rocking a similar vibe on our wedding days. I still love my dress and wouldn’t change a thing.

    • I love that you love reading my blog Kelli – means so much. And snaps to us for dress styles!

  • Gorgeous, simple is always best!

    I wore black – a knee length Lisa Ho dress which I can wear again to cocktail parties 🙂 Still the most expensive item of clothing I’ve ever bought – I think it cost $500….

  • Kelli

    Lovely! Just like your blog, Nikki. I so love reading it. You and I seemed to be rocking a similar vibe on our wedding days. I still love my dress and wouldn’t change a thing.

  • You look GORGEOUS! And that dress hasn’t dated at all. Have a beautiful day love!

    • Oh thanks Smags … we will have a beautiful day. All days involving champagne are beautiful, no?

  • Colleen Forno

    This is me in my wedding gown in 1963. My daughter in law wore the same dress 28 years later. Chantilly lace. Made by my mother.

    • Oh Colleen, you look gorgeous … and the history of it with your daughter in law wearing it too. Love that!

      • Colleen Forno

        My Grand daughter will also be wearing the same dress next month. Thats 51 years since I originally wore it.

  • Cara

    Our anniversary was yesterday … married 2 years! I wore a white silk dress made by Eve Boutique. Was a lovely day!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    My wedding was 28years ago so no pics on this computer to upload,but i think their is one on my IG feed somewhere! Very 80s dress and veil and beautiful orchids as a bouquet.I would not wear a dress like that again but I am not planning on getting married again so that’s ok:) Happy Happy Anniversary Nikki and Hubby you looked stunning and that dress was beautiful,have a lovely evening.

    • Thanks Lisa … and I love that wedding dresses mark certain fashion eras – they’re our history!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        Yes indeedy!

  • Melissa Williams

    I had a dress made for me – emerald green Thai silk with a bright red tulle underskirt. Loved it then and love it now.

    • I LOVE your style. LOVE IT.

      • Janet

        I LOVE it too!!

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  • Marie

    Oops pic did not attach 🙂

  • Marie

    Pale blue one shouldered frock and matching veil. Loved it then, still love it 10 years on. Happy anniversary 🙂

    • Sounds stunning – and thank-you!

      • MarieODesign

        OK, trying one more time to add a pic…..

        • MarieODesign

          And I just realised I must have managed to set up a separate account from my phone to the computer…clever me!

  • Happy anniversary, what a special day. I recieved a text message from Hubs on Friday, while I was sitting in a Problogger session. It was seven years since he proposed, what a treasure, I missed it completely! My dress was made by a loved dressmaker, Mai a gorgeous Little Asian lady. Disaster on the wedding day, when I was getting dressed. The zipper broke {or Zipple, as Mai called them} and Mai had to travel 25 minutes to my folks home, rip a zipple out of one of Mum’s jackets, head to their neighbours {who have the sewing machine on the kitchen table, threaded ready, threaded and waiting} Mai put in that borrowed zipple! And yes, I can only refer to zips now as zipples.
    This is my favourite photo, not a great one of the dress, but shows that we are still smiling 7 years later – and thats all that matters really.

    • 26 Years & Counting

      I love wedding photos where you’re clearly happy as can be, not just smiling for the camera!! 🙂

      • Don’t look back at the post I wrote a couple of years ago … Mr SY is snarling at me … he was over the photo session (which I’d condensed to 45 mins) and wanted to drink beers!

    • Oh Louisa, the joy in this photo is priceless … as is the zipple story … as is Mr Notable remember a milestone day xx

  • Michaela C

    No photo but black vinyl hobble skirt, double breasted black wool & velvet knee-length coat with detachable red tulle & silk bustle, black Victorian riding boater with red silk & tulle, flat black boots. Boots due to broken knee. Also held riding crop & single red rose. No bouquet. Well, you asked 😉
    I can’t remember what I wore for my divorce… A big smile, if memory serves!

    • I loved reading this comment earlier this morning and getting to the punch line!

  • Simone P

    I was married 14 years ago – on a budget of $3000 ($1500 of which was spent at the bar) My dress was $69.99 from Rockmans and I had my dressmaker Aunty modify the neckline from a boat neck to a sweetheart neckline. The veil was borrowed and the tiara was the local Miss Showgirl tiara I borrowed from a friend. It was a very intimate affair with family only at the ceremony, photos by a friend and a cocktail party for the remainder of our guests. Friends still comment to this day that it was one of the most enjoyable weddings they’ve been to.

    • Well hello and look at this photo Simone … so much love there … and I’m stunned at your dress. That is such a result!

      • Simone P

        Thanks Nikki, he is quite the catch

  • 26 Years & Counting

    We are less than traditional…I banned photos so I’m telling my sister off for taking photos in the main photo haha. And yes, Ben is wearing a jesters hat (sitting in the judge’s seat in the local courthouse where we got married).

    • You are hilarious! Aren’t you glad there is a photo! Even against your wishes … for legend’s sake!

      • 26 Years & Counting

        Haha I don’t resent it now because I like the story 🙂 And the jesters hat was only logical, we got married on April Fools Day!

  • Kirsten

    I absolutely loved my Karen Willis Holmes dress. I would wear it again. It was timeless!

    I’ve only just found your blog Nikki. I don’t know how I coped so long without it!!

    • Well, I don’t know how I coped without you being here! Welcome to the fun fashion house!

  • Monique Tomlin

    My gown too was Wendy Makin….a peach blush colour…not sure I would wear this colour today…I would change everything and elope!!!!!

    • Monique, you know what? I would too. I’d still treat myself to a gorgeous frock though. Sending you love and light today x

      • Monique Tomlin

        Thank you XX

  • Emma Steendam

    Gorgeously simple and elegant Nikki, beautiful that it’s timeless and classic. Here is what I wore on our wedding day… My mum bought the ivory lace for my dress in the Istanbul grand bazaar after me despairing that it was either going to send me bankrupt or not be what I wanted – I wanted loads of lace, with a warm latte lining and train (which I bustled for dancing at the reception). I did not want the ‘wedding uniform’ of a strapless gown either, I originally had visions of a lace back and more simple front but my shoulder blade ‘wings’ are ridiculously sticky-outy! Ha! Our wedding was on my family farm (we’re farmers too) and was based around our love of the land, underneath my lace skirt I wore my favourite cowgirl boots for photos in the shearing shed and with my horses. I also had a killer pair of heels for the ceremony, my mum nearly died when I said I wanted to wear my boots! I love my dress and get it out every time I’m at my mums to oh and ah over it. I wouldn’t change a thing about what I wore either. You can see more of our wedding here: http://www.shesowsseeds.com/our-wedding/

    • Emma, I just checked out your website and have decided I want to get married again but with your wedding. Just gorgeous!

      • Emma Steendam

        Thank-you Michelle, lots of people ask me if I would change anything about our wedding and I honestly wouldn’t 🙂 That’s pretty awesome I think!

    • Oh Emma … just looked at your blog … you can see the joy in your wedding and how much it was a reflection of you. LOVE!

      • Emma Steendam

        Thanks Nikki, that was our number one goal – to have a wedding that screamed ‘us’. Our guests walked into our marquee and said ‘It’s like Emma exploded in here!’ LOL! Perfect.

  • dramaqueen

    22 years ago. A fitted ivory silk dress, sleeves and cowl neck, with detachable train. I felt beautiful and smiled so hard all day that my face hurt when it was all over. I had a full veil which sat beautifully over the train- the veil was used as the mozzie net over the bassinet for my three children. It had wonderful sentimental value and looked beautiful.
    I have never packed the dress away – in fact, I put it on every wedding anniversary and the kids think I am hysterical (when they were little they thought I looked like a princess walking down the stairs in my dress – now they just think I am funny). I sit with my husband, the love of me life and we drink a glass of champagne and remember the day.

    • dramaqueen

      oops- only meant to post the second photo – can’t work out how to remove the first one – sorry about that

      • All good – we get the back effect this way! And I love that the veil served as a mosquito barrier and that you put it on every year for your – and your children’s enjoyment!

  • You look beautiful Nikki and Happy Anniversary. My wedding was nearly 25 years ago so I don’t have any photos to upload. My dress may look a little dated, well it was the 80’s, but I still wouldn’t change a thing.Life has not always been easy, however despite everything that has been thrown at us my husband and I are more in love now then we were 25 years ago. Enjoy your special day and always make time to be together. xT

    • You know what I love? That more than anything our wedding dresses (and associated hair styles) can mark a period in time. I love that you’re more in love now … that’s what’s important x

  • Dani

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I was married at 25 (10 years ago) and had a budget and no idea what my ‘style’ was so there are lots of things I’d change about my wedding. One thing I wouldn’t change is the marriage. My husband is without doubt the best person I know.

    • Well, that’s the most important thing Dani … hands down more than the dress! And you look gorgeous BTW.

  • Fiona Munro

    Stunning Nikki. Mine was handmade by a local seamstress and I couldn’t have been happier. Winter wedding, champagne satin, long straight skirt split up the back for moveability, long sleeve beautifully shaped top with an endless line of covered buttons down the back. Gorgeous hat and very simple jonquils to finish. If I could fit into it I would absolutely still wear it today!

  • Belliviv

    Nikki you look beautiful, that dress is so flattering 🙂 I wore an MXM Couture dress, the girls did a wonderful job of making me look like i had a volouptious body 🙂 I felt like a classic Hollywood star!

    • Viviana

      not sure why the image isn’t loading??

    • Sorry it isn’t loading for you – not sure if there are size restraints – love that you felt AMAZING on your wedding day, as we all should! xx

  • Happy Wedding Anniversary!
    Finding a fabulous designer that is flexible to change, is the key to looking and feeling beautiful on your wedding day. Your dress looked stunning, such a classic un-dateable design.
    I wore a knee-length dress and coat with bright red Kurt Geiger heels – nine years for Jonny and I in December too!
    Have a wonderful evening x

  • You look gorgeous Nikki! Happy anniversary. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary recently. On my wedding day I wore an off the wrack Alannah Hill knee length dress as she’s my favourite designer. I’ve already worn my the dress since my wedding – I wore it to dinner on our honeymoon in New York.

    • I think I’d go off the rack too – with alterations as needed. So special choosing a fave designer. Love this photo and love the detailing!

  • Oh Nikki, what a gorgeous, classic dress. Just beautiful. Congratulations on your 9th anniversary.
    My inspiration was the wedding dress of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. I chose an Amanda Garrett frock for its simplicity. The silk was so delicious; it was like wearing milk! I would definitely wear it again.

  • I wore a blush Lisa Ho dress. Can’t find a colour picture on this computer, but this is it.

    • And Happy Anniversary!!!!

      • Emma Steendam

        Chantelle I LOVE your wedding attire, I think it suited you down to the ground, stunner 😉

    • Oh Telle you look SO beautiful. Thanks for sharing xx

    • I die from your beauty. And I wore Lisa Ho too! xx

  • I made my wedding dress. And the bridesmaids and flowergirl’s (I smocked that one in matching silk and emvbroidered a big loveheart made of grub roses on the front) I have a few skills in that dept. It had ruched sleeves and a bodice that sat a little bit on top of the skirt then it had hand made matching silk flowers around the neckline. Yes I would probably wear the same dress again, though I would change out the accessories! I wore it all the day and even left the reception in it- no change out clothes( going away outfit) for me. I raised eyebrows in the foyer of the hotel!

    • No change out clothes for me too! Sat outside a Thai takeaway restaurant waiting for dinner in mine!

      • hahah, my girlfriend(I was her bridesmaid) walked up the new england Highway at Murrurundi in her wedding dress eating a pie from the servo at 6 am the day after!

    • We did the same! I loved my dress so much I didn’t want to get changed out of it!!!