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While she couldn ’ t control the weather , Sammi ’ s bridal look proved among the silver linings . After purchasing a long sleeve ‘ winter ’ gown , she snapped up a more summery option as the February weather heated up . “ One blessing was that I was able to wear both dresses ,” Sammi says . “ With less than two hours to spare , I made the snap decision to wear my original dress for the ceremony . However , it was still at home .”

Cue a cinema-worthy mad dash to collect dress , shoes and accessories . “ I was still doing up the last buttons as Darren arrived ,” says Sammi . “ I hadn ’ t even decided how to wear my hair and what veil , so I threw the headband on myself ; I didn ’ t even look at myself in a mirror before I walked down the aisle .”
[ Above ] Jaw drop . Sammi reveals her second look . [ Right ] Dance floor drama ( in a good way ). [ Below ] The couple give kudos to their catering teams for creating a memorable dining experience . [ Bottom ] Guests brave the extraordinary conditions to celebrate .
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The groom was doubly surprised , not realising Sammi had bought two dresses . “ He says seeing me in that first dress was his favourite moment ,” says Sammi . Good call ! Despite the back story , the day was beautiful , sophisticated , joyful and overflowing with the love of family and friends who braved the weather to celebrate . “ Despite everything , I still had the most incredible day ,” says the bride . Her advice ? “ Whatever happens , stop , breathe , and take in that moment when you lock eyes before you walk down the aisle for as long as you can ,” she says . “ It is the best feeling in the world ...”
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