We always love hearing when brides have a memorable moment when finding their perfect Paloma Blanca gown, and Joanna's experience was just that! We caught up with her to hear more about why she chose Style 4450 for her day, and the unforgettable way her husband proposed.
How did Michael propose?
Michael and I have always wanted to plan a trip to Italy. We finally set a date to go in May 2013. We started off our trip in Venice, then visited Bologna, Siena, Florence and then Positano. Our second day in Positano we decided on go on a hike, up to a famous mountain known as Montepertuso. There’s a huge hole in the mountain (only 3 mountains in the world have these "holes" — one is in Positano and the other two are in India.) We started off our hike early in the morning, thinking it should take about 30 minutes. (According to Mike’s iphone.) Little did we know, 30 minutes became one hour and then two hours. But it was a beautiful sunny day, so I wasn’t complaining. Whenever we asked locals if we were walking in the right direction, they would smile and nod and point towards the sky, and tell us, we were almost there. Finally after three hours, we arrived to the top of the mountain. What a quaint spot… no one was there, just Michael and I. Michael ran right to the top of the mountain, where the hole was. He was so relieved to be at the top, because I don’t think he was planning on walking for 3 hours at all. And then right there, he got down on one knee, and proposed. We had the whole view of Positano, all to ourselves. Unfortunately, as I’m sure most brides can relate to, I don’t remember much of the proposal itself; I was in such a state of shock. So Michael had to spend that evening repeating his proposal!
How did you know your dress was the one?
Prior to finding the Paloma Blanca dress, I must have gone to 12 different stores. I probably drove my mother and maid-of-honour crazy. I was determined to find a dress that had a unique colour to it; not just your typical ‘off-white’ or ‘white’ dress. Then, one day when I walked into the store, I noticed a dress from a far distance that had a ‘blush’ tone to it. I instantly feel in love, and told myself I had to try it on; and that was it! It was simple, classy and elegant. The moment I put it on, a feeling came over me and I just thought to myself, I don’t ever want to take this dress off! I had my mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and my maid-of-honour all there with me. We all became so emotional and happy instantly, that everyone knew it was the one, without having to say a word. It was such a memorable and fun moment!
Tell us about your theme, what inspired it?
I’ll be honest, I think Pinterest helped inspire me to determine what theme I really wanted for my wedding. I spent countless hours, just looking at various colours schemes and flower arrangements. Once I selected various pictures that I liked, I noticed a pattern and I really liked arrangements that were white and green. I also loved the green, black and grey berries to represent the fall season. I’ve always loved the colour navy, and I thought ivory and navy make a perfect combo for a simple and elegant wedding.
Best advice for brides-to-be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! You don’t realize how quickly the time goes when planning your wedding. Just stick to your gut, and pick things that you like- and don’t over think the decisions you’ve made. Also, as we all know, wedding planning is very time consuming and you invest a lot of money. So pick vendors that you are comfortable with and get along with. My florist and I spent hours together, talking about different flowers and arrangements. I had a blast! Such experiences allow you to enjoy every step of the process, and make friendships while you’re at it!
Credits // Photography: derAVian Creative Works / Floral: The Orchid Florist