Convenience at her fingertips, good old-fashioned customer service and the desire to support local business - that was Sophie Betts' choice.KERRI THOMSON December 25, 2012 4:19am
When planning her November 12, 2011 wedding to high school sweetheart Drew Fimmel, sourcing locally didn’t restrict Sophie one iota in creating her wedding with a difference.
The type to bypass department stores in favour of local specialist shops, Sophie didn’t hesitate to source her major ticket items locally.
“Some people have a false belief they can get something different and bigger by seeking the city stores,” Sophie said.
Her glamorous white Italian-designed Mancini gown was happily bought off the rack – locally.
Sophie said it was the first wedding dress she tried on and “fell in love with”.
Browsing in shops along Shepparton’s Maude St Mall, Sophie firmly fixed her eyes on a flowing, floral-patterned, strapless Cooper St frock for the bridesmaids.
“I bought the dresses 12 months before the wedding and the staff were extremely helpful with ordering additional dresses in the sizes I needed,” Sophie said.
And like a marriage made in heaven, the shop next door specialised in suit hire and sourced the stone-beige suits from the Spurling range with flattering pale pink shirts.
“Glen from Mensland made it a breeze, especially when I would go in and change my mind about the colour of the shirts,” Sophie said.
The value of a positive referral and the flow-on effect can also generate money for local business.
“A friend had her engagement ring designed by Craig Blizzard and I thought it was just beautiful,” Sophie said of her choice of jewellers.
Drew wasn’t planning on wearing a wedding band, however he liked Sophie’s and chose a two-toned white and yellow gold ring.
Sophie gravitated to local specialists in their field who expressed passion for what they do.
Blooms on Bridge enthusiastically sourced the hot-pink peonies, Harris from Gravitee Hair Studio fashioned the retro finger wave to the side hairstyle and make-up artist Angela Deppeler related to Sophie’s individual style.
So where did Sophie have her eye on for the wedding reception? Fast forward to a warm, spring November day before an intimate crowd of 90 guests; the cocktail-style garden wedding was held at the Olivehouse Restaurant, overlooking the picturesque olive grove.
At the end of the day, Sophie kept within her $20,000 wedding budget, sourcing locally when she could, with the majority of the budget injected into the local business community.
Sophie sourced locally from:
Wedding reception: Olivehouse Restaurant, Kialla West
Wedding dress: Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton
Bridesmaids’ dresses: The Road Way, Shepparton
Suit hire: Mensland, Shepparton
Wedding rings: Blizzards Fine Jewellers, Shepparton
Flowers: Blooms on Bridge, Benalla
Hair: Gravitee Hair Studio, Shepparton
Table decorations: Spotlight, Shepparton
Make-up: Angela Deppeler
Perspiration, passion, perseverance and providence are the four words successful Melbourne author and illustrator Graeme Base lives for.
The Australian Waterski Show Team, consisting of 18 skiers from the local area placed second in a nail biting finish at the World Championships held last week in Wisconsin, USA.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
A recent tax ruling means electricity bills could rise.
A kilometre-long levee will be built to protect Rochester, but some believe the money could be better spent elsewhere.
Ky kids celebrate dad
We've seen it, but we still don't believe it.
About 40 people attended the opening of the Booroobanilly Rural Fire Brigade's new station earlier this month.
Heathcote Bowling Club women’s captain Lorraine Speirs and club president Brian Taylor are appealing for new members ahead of the pennant season.
Cobram Barooga's last hopes in the Murray Football League for 2014, Cobram FNC under-14s, lose their grand final against Moama.
Murray Regional Tourism to showcase all Deniliquin has to offer.
Oilseed prices for the 2014 crop look ‘‘very tough’’, with a big United States soybean crop pressuring prices, a commodities expert told a growers’ forum at Mulwala last week.
A group of 14 Benalla P-12 College students flew to Papua New Guinea last Sunday eight-day, 96km treck. It's the sixth year the college has run the trek.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.