Convenience at her fingertips, good old-fashioned customer service and the desire to support local business - that was Sophie Betts' choice.By Kerri Thomson
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
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