The Special Couple: Samantha + Benjamin
Wedding Date: 13th September 2020
THE FIRST SIGHT & PROPOSAL
Benjamin and I met through the dating app Tinder. After giving one another a swipe to the right and spending the week messaging each other, we organised to meet in person. Our first-ever meeting up almost didn't happen when my phone went dangerously low on battery. Luckily it hung on at 1% for hours allowing us to find each other at the Bavarian Bier Cafe (pub) for a few casual drinks with friends. Before long, we were dancing the night away. It was fate.
The proposal happened on our last day in Slovenia; we journeyed high above the city to the beautiful Ljubljana Castle. Although there wasn't much of a view due to the early morning fog, I forgot all about it when Ben got down on one knee. I couldn't have been more surprised!
THE INSPIRATION & VENUE
My partner and I love Australian native florals, and once we saw our beautiful venue - Gabbinbar Homestead, we knew it didn't need much to have it be everything we had hoped for. We wanted a cocktail theme rather than a formal sit down as we prefer people to have the freedom of moving around and do as they please. So we planned and styled for that.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRIDAL LOOK
I wanted a relatively traditional take on a wedding dress, and I also knew my partner would appreciate that. Usually, I would wear my hair out and down. But when I choose my GALA by Galia Lahav wedding dress with its stunning back, I knew I had to show off that feature. I ended up deciding on an elegant loose braid, which allowed me to have my hair still partly down. Then we added some hair accessories that would complement the look but not detract from my dress. We also selected my makeup to best suit my complexion.
THE DRESS & THE SAYING "YES" TO THE DRESS MOMENT
I went to one other wedding dress store looking for a traditionally designed wedding dress before arriving at the doors of Eternal Bridal's Galia Lahav Trunk Show. But when I saw the vast selection of Galia Lahav dresses, nothing could compare. I tried on all the A-line dresses there that day but fell absolutely in love with the Gala G103.
THE BEST THING ABOUT OUR DAY
The highlight of my wedding day was when I was walking down the aisle and seeing Ben. I feel like everything had been leading up to that special moment.
I was super lucky not to have any hiccups other than Covid making us postpone our day. Everything else went perfectly to plan, even on the big day. So I'd probably tell myself that although I feel like I have so many organisation documents and lists, keep at it cause it will all be worth it on your special day!
SAMANTHA'S ETERNAL BRIDAL GALIA LAHAV TRUNK SHOW EXPERIENCE
Sebastian and his team were amazing at both the Galia Lahav trunk show and the Eternal Bridal boutique. They were so patient and kind and very helpful. And when I found my dress, I was absolutely thrilled! We loved that they were just as excited, making us all feel like we were all one big excited family.
Samantha wore G103 from GALA by Galia Lahav. See more gowns from GALA by Galia Lahav Collection here.
Hair: Aurum Bride
Videographer: Mitch Lally Films
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