Glamour & Gowns Aplenty for Brides Looking to Walk the Runway of Love

Dancing with the stars - Calypso PaoliEven as I write this article, I can still see tiny little nonexistent dots hovering about me, the result of having been exposed to more sequins and diamantes than a human being should normally expect in a lifetime. Where was I, you ask? At a Vegas club? A Liberaceholics anonymous? While I should consider attending the latter, the truth is that I was at the Auckland Museum attending the Astra Bridal wedding evening held to raise money for Endometriosis New Zealand.

It was an evening that, in many respects, quite resembled a wedding with the floral decorations and ivory flourishes. Tables were laden with beautiful floral bouqets and setting ideas for those contemplating a trip down the aisle.

Table Setting - Calypso PaoliAttendees were treated to fashion shows, dance performances and tips from various people ‘in the know’ about weddings. Of course, being fashion-obsessed and not too keen on getting married any time soon, I ignored the helpful ladies with their shiny brochures and remained rooted in my seat waiting for the fashion parade to begin.

Astra Bridal - Calypso Paoli Astra Bridal - Calypso Paoli

Very soon, the models began sashaying down the runway clad in their sparkling splendour. Satin and Dupion silk were aplenty and each dress embodied a certain sense of glamour. The sweetheart neckline was popular as were ruching and gathering. Astra Bridal - Calypso PaoliAs for colours, the gowns came in classic fresh whites, ivory and soft dove greys. One of my favourites of the evening was a delicious cream coloured satin gown with a sheer strap and a considerable train – elegant and timeless.

Astra Bridal - Calypso Paoli Astra Bridal - Calypso Paoli

Of course, no wedding outfit is complete without some decent ice and it seems that this season, it’s all about the bracelet/earrings combination. The hairstyles generally tended towards romantic updos à la Eva Longoria or Jessica Alba.

Several dresses broke out of the traditional bridal look with one Audrey Hepburn inspired LBD looking simple and chic. Another was a sassy pink dress with a dark chocolate hued sash at the waist. While I applaud the idea of not looking like another wedding cake figurine, I personally believe a wedding dress should appear unmistakably different to what one would wear to a cocktail party, however it is each individuals ‘big day’ and the brides choice as to what she chooses to wear down the aisle.

Nerida Cortese & Aaron Gilmore - Calypso PaoliIn between the fashion parades were also various performances by Dancing with the Stars contestants and a bizarre yet amusing auction of two single men, who seemed to be smothered in furious bids from the ladies. Of course, I couldn’t tell you much about that for, as I mentioned, I was too preoccupied with clothing. Well, that, and my eyes were still recovering from the sparkles.

The evening looked to be a smashing success and we hope that Endometriosis New Zealand raised plenty of money for their cause!

For more information about Endometriosis or to make a donation please visit their website http://www.nzendo.co.nz/

Written by: Kelly Jin
Photography: Calypso Paoli

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