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Danielle McConnell

Danielle is my niece, and today is her wedding day. Sharif and I are not only excited for today, but it

is also a privilege to be designing and making her wedding gown. My first discussions with Danielle about her wedding gown were back in May 2015, she had very strong ideas and direction, so she thought. Like most brides they set out with very strong idea's, then as the process begin's things change.

So while working on Danielle's gown, something told me that she had changed her mind. So I sent her a couple of images of her gown and asked her if she liked this design, not letting her know it was actually her gown. Her reply was as I had suspected, it looks beautiful but I had seen one of your new designs on Instagram and had fallen in love with that design/style. It was exactly the design / direction I wanted her to have in our original discussions. Uncle knows best.

Danielle's gown was made from a french cotton capuire lace, that was hand mouldered over a light flesh colored under base silk fabric. Danielle had said from the beginning that she didn't want her gown to be shinny in any way, so with this in mind I searched for silks that had very little too no shine and anyone who works with silks knows that is not an easy task, but one I succeded in.

Her bodice was hand beaded in Swarovski crystals in clear and pale ameyst shades, with pearls woven through the lace. The skirt fell to a multi layered full circle that was hand tucked in various places to create a soft floating effect. Danielle and Murray held their wedding service and reception in the beautiful location at Tindarra Resort

Moama / Echuca on the boarder of Vic & NSW. It was in the most exquisite surrounding of true Australian country side, the day was perfect. The Marque was set up along the Murray river, as the sun set and the chandeliers lite up, the atmosphere was so enchanting. Danielle had put so much time and attention to detail. Details such as every guest had their photos placed onto a board with the table number a board of thongs for guests to wear after dinner to dance and walk around more comfortably if they choose. The floral decorations were in colors of yellow and greens set in a wooden box and were kept in the country feel of the day. Danielle & Murray's groomsman had even built them the door way entrance for when Danielle walked down the aisle with her father, my brother Daryl McConnell.

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