After looking as far as Sydney for the gown for her special day, it was locally in Geelong that she found a very special woman that expertly brought her vision to life.
It was retired Geelong dressmaker Cecile Dew, who will this year turn 80, that helped make Emma’s big day even more beautiful with a gorgeous long-sleeved low-back gown.
“I even fainted during one fitting while Cecile was kneeling while doing my hem, and when I woke up she was just sitting there sewing away – she said not to worry, that it happened all the time with brides in the past,” remembers Emma, who is the creative director of Pepper Sprout Hire Co.
Emma married her love, Evan Jessop, in a seaside ceremony in Pacific Palms in New South Wales.
Emma and Evan worked together to ensure their day was a reflection of them and their love. Special touches included the guest’s placemats, which were individually carved from timber logs with each person’s name written and then sealed with surfboard resin.
At the end of the evening, Evan stole Emma away for an ice cream from the van they hired for dessert and together they reflected on their day.
“We shared our ice cream and just watched all our closest friends and family dance the night away; it was awesome to have that moment together,” she says.
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: The Green Cathedral, Pacific Palms
Reception: The Green Cathedral, Pacific Palms
Catering: XS Food
Photography: Julia Archibald Photographer
Videographer: Joseph Willis
Gown: Designed by bride, made by Cecile Dew
Headwear: Veil: made by bride; floral headpiece: Harperwood Floral Design
Hair: Avant Garde Hair Creations
Make-up: Naomi McFadden
Cake: Baked Patisserie
Flowers: Harperwood Floral Design
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Designed by bride, made in Bali
Rings: Annie Mac Designs and Lee Brennan Design
Entertainment: Dino Raftopulos and DJ Adam Masters
Stationery: Designed by bride
Celebrant: Father Andrew Doohan
Prop hire: Pepper Sprout Hire Co
Honeymoon: Sri Lanka