Bride's a winner again second time around
Jessica Lyver got to be the blushing bride, twice.
Mrs Lyver is this year's Nelson Bride of the Year. She won the competition held on Saturday at the Hope Community Church, with all proceeds going to Nelson Region Hospice Trust.
Mrs Lyver, an architectural graduate, said she decided to enter the competition mainly because it was a fundraiser.
"Hospice is a fantastic cause, and I got to wear my pretty dress again."
Mrs Lyver married husband Rob on 11.11.11 in Brightwater.
She found her gown at Robyn Cliffe Couture in Christchurch and said it made her feel like a princess.
"For our whole wedding we had gone traditional with a modern twist. I had the big skirt, which is traditional, but the bodice was very unique and different, the beading and a big sash at my waist."
Her hair on Saturday was done by Hair @ Monaco, and her makeup by Jo Henderson from Art About Face.
"My look was exactly the same as the wedding.
"It was nice to have a lot more time to get dressed."
Event organiser Heather Harley said the whole event had gone amazingly well.
"The brides were all stunningly gorgeous.
"The judges were looking for the total overall look. One even said they were looking to see if the dresses were pressed before the show."
The silent auction, the ballroom dancers and the performances of the night were also spectacular. Mrs Harley said she was not sure how much money had been raised for Hospice. "I haven't even opened the money tin yet", but that it was thousands of dollars.
Mrs Lyver said it was a great feeling to win.
"One of the judges came up to me and said I just had the ‘essence of a bride'."
The first place prize totalled more than $2000, with the main prizes being a Jens Hansen handcrafted necklace and a Höglund glass vase.
It was also nice to meet the other brides and hear about their weddings, Mrs Lyver said.
"The funniest thing was hearing about all the dramas, I think everyone had something that didn't go to plan," she said.
The whole event was great and brought back many memories from their special day, Mr Lyver said.
"Rob got a little emotional. Even from the stage I could see he was smiling.
"The thing I really missed [from the actual wedding] was having my bridesmaids there. They helped me into my dress and put on my jewellery. It was those special moments, and they all live away so it was great to have them by my side."
You can read more about Jessica and Rob's wedding here.