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Monica and Jason had a beautiful beach themed wedding, the couple looked amazing! Monica looked absolutely gorgeous in her bespoke When Freddie Met Lilly gown! The couple got engaged in August 2020 and being optimistic they decided to schedule their wedding in August 2021. Unfortunately, had to reschedule their big day due to the borders being closed and their close family would have been unable to attend from interstate. The couple only had to wait six months until they finally got their special day on the 19 February 2022, without border closures, masks and restrictions on guest numbers, although their family from overseas and a few interstate weren’t able to make it. The couple couldn’t wait to tie the knot and were so happy they managed to get through all the problems COVID presented.

Everything ran seamlessly on the big day! The couple had an amazing wedding coordinator Kealey from the Sheraton so she made sure everything ran smoothly which meant Monica and Jason could enjoy every moment.

Monica had some ideas of the types of dresses she liked after researching wedding inspiration. She liked boat necklines, crepe, a-line skirts and was looking for some floral lace and sheer aspects of the gown which ended up being a very different vision from the gorgeous gown she chose! She was extremely open to trying on all types of dresses and “embraced the once-in-a-lifetime experience – why not!?”


“When I first met Vanessa, she was kind, warm and I knew I was in the best hands for a bespoke experience – something I highly valued as I would be able to create a gown unique to me. When I tried on the Valentina Gown, I knew immediately that this was my starting point. I loved the lace, the way it fell and the gorgeous train, which wasn’t overstated.” - Monica

Monica tried on about 15 dresses (8 at WFML) before she chose the gorgeous Valentina, WFML offers a bespoke experience and customised the gown to make it perfect for Monica and her beautiful beach wedding!


“Vanessa took the time to make it ‘me’; we narrowed the straps, added a belt, made the gown fully lined and made even the most minor of adjustments to the measurements on different parts of the gown to complement my body shape. This was extremely valuable to me and a point of difference for Vanessa compared to other designers where you are limited to purchasing ‘off-the-rack’, purchasing the gown as it comes or you can only provide limited measurements.” - Monica

“The dress captured my personality, and fit in well with our ‘wedding by the beach’ theme. I felt beautiful, comfortable and so happy – much like every bride should feel on their special day!”- Monica

The couple chose the bridesmaids dresses quite early, so they knew they needed to find a suit colour for Jason and the groomsmen that complimented the navy of the bridesmaids’ dresses and a style that complimented Monica’s gown. The suit ended up complimenting the navy and Monica’s gown perfectly!

Monica said the WFML girls helped make the process unique, professional, exciting and fun and helped to break down what can be a very overwhelming process into an enjoyable and productive experience.

10/10 would recommend WFML to any future bride-to-be. All the girls are friendly, and are genuinely keen to help you find a gown that is YOU. Lean on the girls, ask questions, be open to different styles; you never know, you (like me!) could end up choosing a gown you didn’t think you’d pick! The cherry on top is the bespoke experience, the skill and professionalism of WFML. I can truly say I have a one-of-a-kind gown that is classy, elegant and is entirely ME!” - Monica

We love how stunning Monica looked in her gown, it suited her and the beach theme perfectly with the delicate lace, ‘V’ back and neckline and the beautiful train! 

Monica’s advice to future brides is; “you want to feel comfortable on your day, so embrace the bespoke experience that WFML has to offer. It is an amazing feeling to put on the finished gown for the first time, and when it fits like a glove, you know you’ll be able to spend hours in it. I even had a ‘reception’ dress to change into, but didn’t end up doing so because I felt so comfortable in my gown on the day!”

We can’t get over how amazing Monica and Jason looked and how perfect the photos are! We’re so happy the couple had such a magical day and everything turned out perfectly! 


Bride – Monica Radford: @mon_rad8

Groom – Jason Radford: @jrad_91

Celebrant: @rachelgreen_celebrant

Make Up: @sugarmobilemakeup and @pure_envy_makeup

Hair: @glamourosehairstudio

Flowers: @flowerlovers and @brisbaneflowermarket

Photographer & Videographer: @lm_images

Venue: @sheratongrandgoldcoast and @sheratongcweddings

Cake: @ginger_beard_cake_co

Photobooth: @snaptured

Stylist: @style_onq

Signage: @thediybrideau

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