Brig O’Doon Beauty: Eleganza Real Bride Emma Wears Essense of Australia

From her Harry Potter proposal to the romantic sunset at the end of her wedding day, Emma’s experience was like her own personal fairytale. She didn’t expect to fall in love with her Essense of Australia dress, but sometimes fairytales begin in unexpected ways…

How would you describe your Eleganza Experience?

My experience at Eleganza was outstanding! I was made to feel special from the moment I walked in – from my personalised wedding date tag, to our glasses of bubbly! The service was fantastic. I had been apprehensive about being pushed or influenced by sales advisors, but Francesca listened to what I wanted and valued my opinion. She encouraged me to try on styles I hadn’t considered, which was great advice as I ended up purchasing a dress I didn’t expect!

Tell us all about your Essense of Australia dress!

It was the dress of my dreams! My favourite part was the stunning train with intricate lace detail which looked amazing in all the photos. The subtle sparkle was beautiful. The dress made me feel so confident! I wish I could wear it every day!

How did your partner propose?

My fiance knew how much I have always loved Harry Potter, so he arranged a mini tour of the Highlands which included seeing the Hogwarts Express passing over Glenfinnan Viaduct! He then took me to a picnic spot at Glencoe Lochan where I opened our picnic basket, not to food, but to lots of homemade Harry Potter items. The best item was one of the books which, when I opened it, contained my engagement ring within the chapter called “The Unbreakable Vow”. It was a very emotional but unforgettable moment!

What kind of look did you go for on your wedding day?

We went for a rustic theme for our wedding as Brig O’Doon House Hotel is full of deep, bold colours and wood accents! We mixed berry red with pale pinks for the bouquets and had our cake and centrepieces on real log slices.

Tell us all about your Big Day!

We had the best day of our lives. The sun shone for us all day, so much so that many of the guests got burnt! We didn’t stop smiling and it meant so much to us to have our closest friends and family around us. We wish we could do it all over again!

What was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment was having some time to ourselves standing on the actual Brig O’Doon. The sun was setting and the view was spectacular! It was lovely to take some time to reflect on how much we had enjoyed the day so far. The boys vs girls dance-off during our evening reception was also hilarious!

Finally, any advice for future brides visiting Eleganza Sposa?

Be open-minded! The girls are experienced, supportive and give great advice without being pushy! You will have a fantastic, memorable experience!

Photographer: Andi Watson Photography

Florist: First Blush

Venue: Brig O’Doon House Hotel

Makeup: Kirsty E Martin Make Up Artist

Cake: Special Days Cakes

Music: The Big Papas