“I feel lucky to have had Shehzarin Batha Couture create the most beautiful dress for mine and Anthony’s amazing day.”
Our Shehzarin Batha Couture real bride, Marian, answers some questions for us about her special day…
Where did you meet your husband?
Anthony and I met on the first day of high school, when we were twelve! We went through high school just as friends, we always found interest in each other and shared a few cheeky kisses at friend’s birthday parties over the years. At the age of 22 we were both out one night at Trak nightclub and it was there that we shared another one of our kisses. The next day, with my first cousin’s (who was also his best friend) blessing he asked me out on a date. He picked me up from my parent’s house the following Tuesday, took me on an amazing first date and the rest was history!
Can you tell us about the proposal?
Anthony and I were about to build our dream home, the land had just been excavated – we just needed to start building the house. It was my birthday, September 11, and we were going to have a dinner with family and friends to celebrate. He called me ten minutes before our guests were to arrive to tell me his car had broken down. He had gone to see how the excavation had gone that day and now he needed me to pick him up!
I went to pick him up feeling a bit frustrated that I had to go out when the guests were on their way – and there he was on the land, waiting with a birthday cake that read ‘Happy Birthday – Will You Marry Me?’ It was such an incredible moment, he asked me to spend the rest of our lives together at the place where our forever house would be.
What was your choice of venue and why?
Choosing Lincoln of Toorak was really simple. We had our first ‘official grown up kiss’ just downstairs at Trak, so it was such a simple decision. Why not celebrate our wedding at the venue where it all began?
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?
It was definitely walking down the isle with my dad and seeing Anthony at the altar waiting for me. I was so excited, I couldn’t even believe that it was really happening! Anthony kissed my dad’s hand and then looked at me and said ‘Wow”.
Tell us about the experience of finding the perfect dress?
My mum, sister and I had booked in a day of shopping down High Street in Armadale to try on dresses. I was so excited and nervous. Would I find THE dress? Would I find it today? Would it take me a long time? So many questions! The Shehzarin Batha Couture boutique was the second store I went into. Shehzarin greeted me with such excitement, she was so sincere and lovely. She walked me through her boutique and showed me the different dresses. The Jacqui dress caught my eye right away. I went into the dressing room to try it on and as soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was the one! It sounds so cliché, but it really did feel like such a perfect moment!
It was so flattering on my hourglass figure, it seemed as though the dress was made for me! I felt so beautiful and it wasn’t even done up! The shade was not quite ‘Greek wedding’, I needed something in white and this was more of a champagne colour. Shehz had me back a few weeks later with different samples and suggestions of what would look best with the dress style and my skin tone. We ended up choosing ‘bone white’ and it was even better than I could have imagined. Shehz made the process so easy and enjoyable. She was so easy to work with and always made sure I was happy with the progress of the dress. I feel lucky to have had Shehzarin Batha Couture create the most beautiful dress for mine and Anthony’s amazing day.
Finally, can you offer any advice to brides to be?
My advice to future brides would be to enjoy the process with your fiancé leading up to the wedding day. All you want to do is marry then and so you end up counting down the days leading up to the wedding. Its fun to appreciate all the pre-wedding fun together too!
Marian wears the Jacqui gown, to book a private viewing and consultation, please do not hesitate to call a member of the Melbourne couture team, or email us to book an appointment.