- Loren Hall and Jason Brown said ‘I do’ on March 27, 2021, in Australia.
- Hall wore a sheer Ella Moda gown that was covered in lace to the nuptials.
- She added a sleeve to the dress, making it truly one of a kind.
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Today, Hall, 29, is a key accounts manager at L’Oreal, and Brown, 32, works in construction. They’re based on the Gold Coast in Australia.
“We both traveled Europe in the 2014 summer and were in places like Germany for Oktoberfest at the same time but didn’t meet,” she said of herself and Brown before they both went to live in Canada for the winter.
Their relationship turned romantic when Hall’s father noticed something odd about a photo Hall took in Vancouver.
“My dad came to visit me for Christmas that year, and I was showing him my photos from traveling in Vancouver, and Jason and his friends were in the background of my photos,” she said.
“When I told Jason about it, he said he remembered me from the tour,” she said. “He even remembered what I was wearing, and after that, we got chatting more and more and then started dating.”
They’ve been together ever since.
The couple originally planned to get married in May of 2020, but they ended up saying their vows on March 21, 2021.
Hall started shopping for a wedding dress about six months after she and Brown got engaged, as she wanted to have ample time to order her gown.
She hoped to find a long-sleeve gown because Brown mentioned that he imagined her in a gown with sleeves, but Hall told Insider she went into the shopping process pretty open-minded.
“I didn’t want a strapless dress or a really goofy dress,” she said of the only things she didn’t want in a wedding gown.
She set her budget at 5,000 Australian dollars, which is about $US3,664 ($AU4,963), and went shopping with her friends and mother.
They just didn’t have the look she wanted.
Plus, Hall was shopping in the summer, so she didn’t find many dresses with sparkles that had sleeves that she liked.
Although she thought the dresses were pretty, Hall didn’t love them on herself.
She saved it for the end of the shopping trip, as she wanted to have dresses to compare it to when she finally put the gown on.
“All the dresses were lovely and the girls liked them, but when I tried on the Mona dress and walked out, everyone let out an audible gasp followed by some tears from a few of them,” Hall said. “Even the dressmaker came out from around the back because she heard the commotion.”
“When I looked at myself in the mirror, I knew it was the one,” Hall said.
But she was able to get special permission from her doctor to travel so she could be there when Hall said yes to the dress.
The floral, lace pattern continued onto the sleeve, so the addition looked seamless.
After alterations, the dress cost 6,200 AUD, which is approximately $US4,546 ($AU6,158).
But the floral pattern atop an under-layer of off-white fabric created a softer look.
The totally sheer sleeve was attached to the top of the original dress.
She wore them for the ceremony but then changed into simpler heels for the rest of the night, as much of the event took place on terrain that could ruin the shoes.
Hall told Insider that Brown loved the dress — though he did ask why it only had one sleeve.
The ceremony was outside, giving the couple a stunning backdrop as they said ‘I do.’
Hall said her favorite moment from the wedding day was “walking down the aisle and seeing all my hard work and styling choices come to life.”
“You are my home. You are my adventure,” Hall told Brown in her vows. “You teach me how to be the best version of myself, not by doing anything in particular, but just being the amazing person that you are.”
“I promise this is just the beginning of our adventure, the beginning of our love story and its many, many chapters. All this, I promise,” she said before the couple did a special handshake that included a pinky swear and ended with a kiss.
Brown joked about Bruce in his vows.
“I’m so grateful you have the biggest heart and took the chance on bringing the sweetest boy Bruce into our lives,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine my life without him — and you, of course.”
Multiple guests, including Hall’s father and Brown’s brother, gave speeches at the event, which meant a lot to the couple.
“Having people actually communicate how they feel about you and why they choose to be in your life is such a heartwarming experience,” Hall said.
“You’ll either find something better or you will solidify to yourself that that is the one,” she went on to say.
Plus, trying on a wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and experts suggest soaking it up while you can.
“Even when I get annoyed at him for being too needy, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she joked.
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