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I was quite open when I started to look for the dress. I just wanted something that was going to look nice, and something that suited me. I wanted to see a dress, try it on and order it.
We went to a few shops, my mother and I, and then we went to Rowberry’s in Swansea where I saw this dress by a designer from Cyprus, and I loved it!
I actually found two dresses I really liked, to be honest. One was a bit mental looking back! It sounds horrible - it was a little bit like a cake at the bottom and then the bottom of the dress ripped off for the evening to reveal a really short ra-ra miniskirt. But Mam said ‘No, you can’t, your father would go mad!’ when I took off the bottom of the skirt for the evening – because it really was short! So I decided to go for something a bit more conventional.
I think everyone worries whether they’ve chosen the right dress – and I remember going back to the shop after I’d bought it and ordered it just to see if there was anything else. Mam said ‘why, because you’re not going to buy another one now’ and I was like ‘I know but I just want to check there’s nothing else there!’ So, there’s always something in the back of your mind. I had no doubts on the day – when I woke up the dress was hanging up and I thought ‘I can’t wait to wear that now’.
Did Simon [Easterby, Sara’s husband] know about the dress?
He had no idea what I was going to wear, and I didn’t give him any clues. He cried when he saw me, so I’m not sure whether he was thinking ‘what is she wearing!?’ but it was very emotional for me to see him cry. And then seeing him cry set my Dad off, so I had my father crying on one side and my husband-to-be on the other! But yes, he loved the dress.
What about your jewellery?
I really think that jewellery makes an outfit. I had more of an idea in my head about the jewellery than the dress, maybe...
Did you worry what people were going to think of your dress? Or particularly, the press?
I just think wedding dresses and weddings are quite personal things and as long as you like what you’re wearing and how the day went then that’s what’s important to me. It’s the kind of dress you wither love or hate. There was one article where a wedding designer said about my dress ‘what was she thinking and it doesn’t suit her figure, she’s usually got such good dress sense - where did it all go wrong?’ but I just thought ‘that’s her opinion’ – and it’s obvious some people aren’t going to like the dress, so it didn’t really bother me...really...much!!
If you got married again, to the same man, would you choose the same dress?
Maybe I wouldn’t, you know. Maybe I’d get something a bit different. But that doesn’t take anything away from how much I love that dress, and how much I loved it on the day.
- CWPWRDD DILLAD