Going back in time through Coonalpyn bridal parade

On Sunday, August 5, about 80 people attended a Wedding Dress Parade and High Tea in the Coonalpyn Hall which was organised by the local quilting group “Sew’n’sews” with help from members of the hall committee and the district.

More that 93 articles of bridal wear were brought together, and 51 items including wedding gowns, veils, bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses, were modelled.

Several of the models even wore their own dresses which was a highlight.

The oldest item on display was a kilt worn by three generations of pageboys and the oldest wedding gown was from 1875.

Every decade of the 20th and 21st century was represented, including a classic flapper style dress from the 1920s.

Another highlight was the breathtaking decoration of the hall by Kath Callery and Marie Hunter.

Heart-shaped wreaths, flowers and lace decorated the walls and an archway made a stunning entrance way for the models.

A presentation of weddings through the years was played throughout the day and guests were invited to stroll around the hall after the parade to look at the amazing display of bouquets, photos, dresses and other wedding memories kindly loaned for the day. 

Competitions included two raffles, lucky ticket and a guess the bride photo competition of local faces.

The high tea of many sweet treats was mouthwatering and enjoyed by all, with hot savouries being served after the parade as well as two wedding cakes, one a modern cup cake style and one a fruit cake modelled on her parents’ cake, made and decorated by Tamara Lutze.

Sew’n’sews aim is to donate the funds raised towards a new carpet in the hall foyer and wish to thank all who attended and who contributed in any way to the day’s success.