You’ve waited your whole life for this day, dreamed of every little moment since being a young girl, and now your big day finally arrives… and it all goes wrong! After Nathalie Lout was let down by her dress-maker with moments to spare till she was to walk down the aisle, she had to take matters into her own hands.
Nathalie knew something was wrong when she had not heard from her dressmaker the Friday before.
After several attempts at calling them and getting no answer, she said, ‘My sisters, visiting from France for the nuptials, waited at the shop as late as they could on the morning of the wedding – but to no avail’.
It was at that moment that Nathalie and the groom, John Corcocan, called Courtyard Bridal Boutique to explain their situation and ask for immediate assistance.
While many brides have their wedding dresses prepared months in advance, this bridal boutique came to the rescue and the boutique’s team brought a number of gowns, as well as a sewing machine, straight to the wedding venue.
With the nuptials set to begin at 11:30am, the boutique’s team arrived to find the bride in nothing but a plain slip, and an obvious look of disappointment.
However, the team found a suitable dress, a plain satin gown by Pronovias, named ‘Niagara’. After a little trim and a few bra cups added, they were good to go!
Such a frantic and stressful situation could have resulted in a number of guests left without seeing the bride walk down the aisle that morning.
However, the boutique’s team were not leaving without a happy bride wearing one of their gowns, and after a call to say the bride may be running a little late, Nathalie was ready to walk down the aisle by midday.
The question remains, however, what ever happened to her original dressmaker? Well, according to Nathalie, who frantically tried to call them on the run-up to her wedding day and got no response.
She said, ‘I still don’t know what happened to my original dress. I had my final fitting about 10 days earlier and was told that the dress would be ready on either the Thursday or Friday before the wedding and that they would contact me when it was ready.”
Although the new dress was a different style to the original, Nathalie was still a happy bride. ‘The dress was incredible and such a difference to what I thought I was going to have to wear. While I tried to stay calm – I did break down in tears when I first saw it. So many people told me I looked ‘stunning’ and they could not believe that it was not the original dress, as it looked perfect on me.’