How I found my dream dress: Real bride Lucy shares her story

Wedding Dresses // by QB

“What did she wear?” … “Who was the designer?” …  Brides-to-be know that everyone’s eyes will be on this defining element of their wedding, and while finding the perfect gown can be a daunting decision, this is not always the case.

We caught up with bride, Lucy Andrew, who tells how she found her dream dress with designer, Anne Bertossi of Paddington Weddings – and how she knew instantly that it was the one.

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Real Bride Lucy and her dream wedding dress from Paddington Weddings.


“I was totally open to suggestions and happy to try on different styles to find what suited me. It was actually my sister who found my dress in Paddington Weddings and suggested I try it on. As soon as I put it on I knew it was my dress; it didn’t feel like something that had been put on by hundreds of other brides.

I chose an ivory, strapless, A-line dress made with Venetian lace for the bodice and a silk organza skirt. Designer Anne Bertossi and her sister Gill actually travelled to a small island off Venice and found the lace for my dress. Swarovski crystals were added, so it sparkled beautifully. There were three layers of silk organza and a hoop underneath to give the skirt some volume.

I took my sisters and mum with me when I tried it on for the first time and when it was the final pick-up I took my aunt, who had travelled from England; they all commented on how elegant the design was. I loved the dress so much and I truly felt as though it was made just for me. On the big day I remember people commenting on the timelessness of my dress and how I will look back in 50 years’ time and still love it. I know they’re right!”

Real Bride Lucy in her Burano dream wedding dress from Paddington Weddings.


“This gown was named after Burano, an island in Venice where I found the stunning silk lace. I love to travel to Europe for the laces and silks that I use to create my collections. They’re of the highest quality and you find things that are a little bit special.

Burano’s famous lace is handmade by the nonnas to this day. When I find a special lace like this I tend to only purchase enough to make four or five gowns, to keep it very exclusive for our brides.

This gown was then hand beaded and teamed with a delicate silk organza circle-cut skirt, giving wow-factor without overwhelming the stunning bodice. It was the perfect combination for Lucy, so simple and elegant, just like her.”

Just married - Real bride Lucy and her husband walking under a guard of honour.

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