My best friend introduced me to my now-husband, Guy, through the good old days of MSN messenger, when I was 16 and he was 17 years old.
I had a terrible boyfriend at the time (and I mean 2.5 hours late to a date kind of terrible!) which prompted my rather cheeky best friend to hatch a secret plan to introduce Guy, a friend of hers, and I, online. When my then-boyfriend had yet again not called me back, Guy, boldly declared "If I were your boyfriend, I'd call you back" to which I replied, "I'll hold you to that" and immediately broke up with my other boyfriend and began dating Guy.
Tell us about your proposal
Oh lordy. Guy had it all planned out - he was originally planning to propose on top of a hill in Daylesford, overlooking the gorgeous view whilst pretending to take a photo of me. We drove to Daylesford...except it was raining when we got there...and I was unknowingly brewing Gastro. We went to a cafe where I couldn't stomach anything, and I was feeling so sick I demanded we swiftly drive home, during which we briefly fought in the car as Guy was acting (quite rightly) agitated by his foiled attempt and deep in thought for a plan B. We were due to fly to Japan the next morning so Guy proposed on a walk in our local area that evening and I spent all night in the bathroom, before cancelling our flight the next day. Oh, the romance of it all!
Tell us about your wedding dress. How was your experience when you were searching for "the one"?
I initially saw The Sposa Group on the runway at a wedding expo when I was a bridesmaid and had made a personal note that when I was to get engaged I'd take a look at them. The Sposa Group was my first wedding dress place to try on dresses, and we found my dress within the hour. I had such a gorgeous time with The Sposa Group girls, I felt so welcomed and cared for, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't jumping in too quickly so I tried on dresses at another boutique and had an almost comically awful time, along with not finding anything that could beat that dress I was now so firmly envisioning in my head. We marched right back and I have no regrets at all, the dress was more perfect than I could have ever hoped it to be. I felt beautiful and womanly and I'm secretly hoping a future daughter or granddaughter will wear it too.
Describe a favourite highlight or two from your wedding day.
Our main highlight is that we could even have the wedding with the number of people we had during the gap between two lockdowns!
20 guests, ourselves, and our celebrant, we feel so incredibly blessed that we were able to share our day with the people closest to us, especially after such a stressful and changeable lead up to the wedding.
A lot of my fond memories were in the lead up too, as we had such a hands-on wedding. Our pre-COVID dried flower gathering at the Camberwell Market, the hours of excitable planning over the phone, the relationship bonding that's created in the process. My sister-in-law Mia Solomon (@miss_flour_power) is an absolute powerhouse! I've been truly blessed to have a cake maker/stylist/florist as a sister-in-law! She single-handedly made our gorgeous cake, did the venue flowers and decoration, the co-catering and the acting celebrant, as well as turning up to support me at my dress fittings. It was an incredible and bonding experience and her capacity to bring it all together when I had about completely lost it was miraculous!
Another memory that comes to mind is that although my parents offered to hire a car for the wedding, I opted for our car as I envisioned being more comfortable and the added ability of a seat-warmer never goes astray. Mum was tasked with driving myself and my bridesmaids to the wedding, and in the weeks leading up I had mentioned she would need some coaching on how to drive my car, but it never came into fruition. It's now time to pile into the car, and mum immediately doesn't know how to start it. I'm sitting there surrounded by tulle and the car was full of sass and laughter with my bridesmaids and I instructing her how to turn off the handbrake!
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?
I think if planning and executing a wedding during Covid-19 has taught me anything, it's that the minute details which you spend hours stressing over that ultimately doesn't make any real difference. For example, I had it in my head I needed to be truly flawless in the lead-up, a full skincare overhaul, facials, hair, nails, the works, and we came to find just about everywhere wasn't open due to the pandemic. I ended up painting my nails (in an accidentally quite tipsy fashion) the night before with all of my bridesmaids whilst watching bridal films and the experience was far greater than the perfection I had thought I had planned out in my head. Remember why you're getting married, it's (hopefully) for the love, not the napkin colour.
The Sposa Group Melbourne
Katie Harmsworth Photography
Scrub Hill 1869
The Manor House
Myself and Mia Solomon
Wicker and Whitewash
By Flowers Boulevard
The House of Lane
The House of Lane
Renee and Co
Paul Bonadio the Stand Up Celebrant
Mia Solomon as acting celebrant
Highly highly recommend coming here to find your dream dress! Their customer service is above and beyond especially Vesna who was incredible, genuine and so patient while trying on dresses - the best!
Where do I even begin, Amelia was absolutely amazing!! I had no idea what wedding dress I was looking for and she helped me pick the perfect dress. She explained everything to me and helped me decide what dress suited me the best.I can't thank Amelia enough!! I will be recommending everyone to Sposa Group as they were absolutely amazing.Thanks so much Amelia!! you really helped me pick my dream dress!! xx
I had the most amazing experience finding my dress at the Sposa Group. I honestly cannot speak more highly of Jas and her support throughout the whole process. From the moment we walked in she made our group feel very welcome and comfortable. Jas is a wealth of knowledge and offered advice and guidance on different dresses as well as veils. Not to mention she is an absolute ray of sunshine, which made the experience so positive. I would highly recommend The Sposa Group !
After mix up in the appointment time , Marianna was more than welcoming and made me feel very comfortable. She was very open too feedback snd just wanted me to be happy. She has been accomodating and has always answered any questions I had. I found my dream dress and I’m so glad I went through this experience with Marianna.
I live in the area and have passed this store multiple times, during my bridal dress hunt, I never looked into this place originally due to the dresses in the window not being the style i was going for at all, but then I stumbled upon it online and saw the amazing reviews and decided to give the store a go as I wasn't having much luck elsewhere. And I am so glad I did!!! I had a wonderful experience, I was helped by multiple lovely consultants who together helped me find the shape, fabric and cut off my dream dress. I was blown away by the kindness and creativity and all for such an affordable price. I loved the bottom of one dress and the top of another and since they were the same designer they said they can custom make it for me! I'm getting a custom dress for such a great price and at a store I can't wait to go back too for my fittings!
I could not recommend the Sposa group enough!I went in knowing the style and look of my dream dress and Amelia was so attentive and didn't make me feel bad for wanting a dress with no lace or embellishments. She listened to everything that I was saying that I either liked or disliked about the dresses I tried on. She took in all the information she had gathered about my style and recommended some dresses that I would have never chosen for myself that ended up being my dress!I did go to other stores after Sposa as I felt I should shop around as Sposa was the first boutique I had gone to. Big mistake!After being stood up by one store, then going to another where the guy "looking after" me gave me such a bad attitude after not liking the dresses he put me in (that were disgusting and covered in makeup stains, and the stitching was stretched) and other stores that just had bad vibes, I knew I needed to go back to Sposa and say "yes" to my dress.The environment is clean and beautiful, the dresses are clean, the staff are amazing and so so soooo helpful.I wouldn't bother going to any other place.
We did the private experience with champagne and the platters. Honestly beyond happy with the service and the food and bubbles were amazing! We had such a wonderful time and enjoyed having the beautiful space to ourselves. More importantly I felt so comfortable and reassured for the whole experience, the knowledge the team have and the time and care they take to understand you and your day but to also find and ‘fit’ the dress they truly go above and beyond to help you visualise every detail. You won’t get service like this anywhere else, it was truly appreciated from a nervous and unsure bride to be. I’ll forever be thankful for this experience. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thanks again to the team can’t wait to pick up my dress!!!
After going to multiple bridal Boutiques I have to say my mum sister and I left the Sposa Group boutique raving about the customer service here. I had Vesna as my consultant and she was the most patient and helpful consultant. She did not pressure me into any hasty decisions and made me feel in complete control of the whole process of choosing and buying my wedding gown
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My experience at The Sposa group was wonderful and I couldn't thank Marianna enough for all her help. She was amazing and patient in helping me find my dress and I am so grateful. I would 100% recommend to anyone looking for their gown.
The whole process with Sposa was absolutely seamless from trying-on, to alterations, to pick-up. None of the other bridal shop experiences I had when choosing my dress could even come close to comparing to the experience I had at this store. The moment I walked in the positive energy was infectious; I can absolutely tell just how much all of the beautiful ladies I dealt with genuinely love what they do. The range of amazing dresses, especially the ballgowns, was like nothing I’d ever seen. Thank-you to the whole team for making me feel beautiful, and for making the whole 12 month process so exciting and stress-free. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have chosen Sposa to play such an important role in our day!
By far the best bridal shop!! All staff were incredibly welcoming and such lovely people! I had Marianna as my consultant and she made the entire experience seamless and super fun! She absolutely knows everything she is talking about and made every decision I made super easy. I never second guessed myself and she gave some awesome tips! So so so happy! Would highly recommend :)
I had the most incredible experience working with Amelia at The Sposa Group for my wedding dress shopping! She was an absolute joy to work with - easygoing, kind, and incredibly helpful. She made the whole process so much more enjoyable and stress-free. Her expertise and attention to detail were outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a better consultant. Thank you, for making this experience truly unforgettable! Highly recommend!!!
I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Sposa Group, and I can't express how thrilled I am with my experience there. This boutique truly deserves every single one of these five stars!What truly sets The Sposa Group apart is their exceptional customer service. Suellen was patient, attentive, and incredibly knowledgeable. She made me feel like I was her top priority throughout the entire process. Her expert advice and guidance were invaluable in helping me make my decision.I'm so grateful to The Sposa Group for helping me find the wedding dress of my dreams. I can't wait to walk down the aisle in it! If you're a bride-to-be looking for a memorable and stress-free bridal gown shopping experience, look no further than The Sposa Group. They've earned my trust and my highest recommendation. Thank you for everything!
Amelia helped me find the perfect dress after her endless patience and amazing advice and service both times I was at sposa. I came in not knowing what I loved to finding myself using what I learnt from Amelia at other stores which I would've have if I didn't have the experience here! The range is also amazing from ball gowns to a line dresses to curvy and fit and flare or mermaids styles. Definitely check out this store!
I had such a wonderful experience with Amelia, I could not recommend Amelia and the team at The Sposa Group more highly. She was very warm and welcoming and kind in every interaction and made me and my girls feel comfortable and confident throughout the whole process.
Had a wonderful experience shopping for my dress at this gorgeous boutique. Amelia was very professional, and went above and beyond to help me find my dream dress!
The most amazing customer service from the ladies (Vesna and Marianna)! highly recommend
Where do I begin? Marianna is an absolute angel who brought my wedding dress dreams to life. ❤️ I could not be happier with the service that I received from the Sposa Group and the dress itself was absolutely perfect and the quality is second to none. I originally flew to Melbourne from Brisbane (where I live) to go wedding dress shopping with my mum. I had a store and dress in mind when traveling to Melbourne. I then stumbled across the Sposa Group on my last day in Melbourne and was greeted by the wonderful Marianna and Chelsea. I am the most indecisive person ever but Marianna was so patient and kind with me. She actually spent time with me (unlike other stores where you’re rushed out the door). She really got to know me and the style of dress I was after. After leaving the store I could not stop thinking about a particular dress that I had tried on. I decided to fly back again and Marianna spent more time with me, allowing me to fully customise a Demetrios wedding gown. I was sold! Since the initial appointment Marianna has spent countless hours with me either over the phone or in person or at alterations. She even came in on her day off! Btw the alterations team at Sposa were also amazing and worked tirelessly to ensure my gown fitted like a glove. In my time shopping for wedding dresses and also for friends wedding dresses, I’ve gone to 40+ bridal stores and there is no store like the Sposa Group. They just go above and beyond. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart Marianna, you and your team made my wedding dress experience so special. I’ll never forget it ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Amelia and the team at Sposa were amazing! They made the whole process so enjoyable at their care and attention to detail made purchasing my wedding dress a seamless decision! Thanks so much Amelia you were incredible!!
Absolutely fantastic experience with Sposa. Marianna was incredibly helpful throughout the entire dress hunting process! All the staff from Sposa patiently listened to my ideas for my dream dress and offered valuable advices which make this stressful dress hunting experience into a memorable and enjoyable one. Definitely go for Sposa if you are looking for a bridal dress shop that offers wedding dresses way beyond your dream!
Buying a dress is a really big deal. The staff at Sposa were so cheerful, welcoming and kind. I'm fortunate to be quite confident but, regardless, the team made sure they were sensitive throughout. I didn't feel vulnerable or nervous at all.Not to mention their huuuuuge range of dresses! I am certain that there is something for everyone here!I'm not quite married yet but, with the help of the team at Sposa, I know I'm going to look and feel so glamorous.Would recommend.
Sposa Group Wedding Dresses offers a breathtakingly beautiful showroom, creating a dream space for brides-to-be. Their excellent customer service invites you to share your vision, helping to select the perfect dress. A special shoutout to Suellen, who in one appointment, proficiently guided me from a sea of designs down to two stunning options. The experience is tailored, comfortable, and all about your desires. Highly recommend!