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Occasion Dressing: Spring Wedding

Ever wanted to get style advice from an acclaimed designer? Here’s your chance. We asked Rebecca Vallance, Nicky Zimmerman and Camilla Freeman-Topper how they get spring wedding ready.

Rebecca Vallance

These days weddings are all so different and personalised. For me, a dress is always appropriate. Buy something that you really like and choose a look that embraces the location and occasion. Pay attention to any strict dress codes. If one isn’t specified, you can usually gauge what the general vibe might be from the tone of the invitation and from what you know of the happy couple. Traditionally, avoid wearing head-to-toe black or white when it comes to choosing your outfit.

Cocktail weddings are usually less formal and have a bit more of a party atmosphere. Our Adorn Ruffle Wrap dress paired with black heels is sexy and sophisticated – it’s also a good option for weddings because it feels very feminine and polished. Always wear an outfit you love and feel confident in, then all that’s left to do is enjoy yourself! During the day, embrace chiffon and print in floaty, soft silhouettes.  Our Lavish smock lattice dress is perfect for spring weddings – so fresh and pretty.

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Nicky Zimmermann

Slightly overdress at a wedding rather than underdress. Make sure you choose something comfortable – it’s a long day so you want to enjoy what you are wearing. Jewellery and a handbag are very important parts of your outfit. I always try to pick jewellery pieces that are unusual and different.

Always try to plan what you’re going to wear well in advance too – no-one makes great style decisions in a hurry. Weddings are about looking as chic as possible with an element of sophistication and elegance.

I’d recommend guests wear colour; it’s a time to celebrate! Leave white for the bride, it’s her day.

What I love about cocktail weddings is that they are the perfect event to dress up for. We have an off-the-shoulder bonded navy satin midi dress which is perfect for these types of occasions. The bonded satin crepe gives the dress a very luxurious feel.

If it’s a black tie wedding then I’d wear a floor length gown and if it’s more relaxed – which weddings often are in Australia – I would go for a more dressed up cocktail gown. Our metallic long sleeve midi dress is perfect. Make it more formal with statement jewellery and you’re ready to go!

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Camilla Freeman-Topper

Choose a look that you feel comfortable in and will allow you to be the best version of yourself.

For wedding dressing, I prefer to keep the whole look simple and elegant. Colour is also encouraged – our Tori layered dress is perfect for day-to-night dressing. The fit and flare design creates a bit of movement and interest. I always think an off-the-shoulder number is also a great way to highlight your décolletage and is a great option for a spring wedding. I like to experiment with different necklines.

I think an evening wedding is a great opportunity to be bold with your accessories. Fabrics like satin or sil work well for a dressier look at night and heels are a must. When it comes to make-up, a natural and fresh look is always best.

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Supersitions: Good & Bad

  • According to Hindu tradition, rain on your special day is actually considered good luck.
  • In folklore, a knife may signal a broken relationship and is bad luck if given as a wedding gift.
  • In Greek Culture, a sugar cube placed on the bride is meant to help sweeten the new marraige.
  • Bells usually chime at Irish weddings to ward off evil spirits and encourage good fortune in the future.

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Words by Georgina Safe for JONES Magazine

Styling by Thelma McQuillan, JONES Fashion Director

Photography by Simon Lekias for JONES Magazine