A bride wore a sheer, one-sleeved dress covered in head-to-toe floral lace to her wedding

A side-by-side of a bride and groom walking in their wedding attire from front and back.
Loren Hall wore a sheer Ella Moda gown to her wedding. Ivy Road Photography
  • 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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Although Loren Hall and Jason Brown are both Australian, they met in Canada in 2014.
A woman in a blue, floral dress and a man in a navy blue shirt smile for a selfie.
The couple have been together since 2014. Loren Hall
“Jason and I met when we were both living and working on a ski hill in Canada,” Hall told Insider. “We lived in the same building called ToyBox.”

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.

Brown proposed to Hall in 2018.
A woman in a red dress and a man in a white shirt smile for a selfie.
They got married in March 2021. Loren Hall
While they were on a trip to Japan, Brown got down on one knee in front of the country’s famous cherry trees.

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.

Hall anticipated she would like sparkly dresses.
A bride stands in front of a mirror in a sparkly, backless wedding dress.
She didn’t like the sparkly gowns. Loren Hall
“I thought I would love the really sparkly dresses because they were really ‘in’ when I was shopping,” Hall said. “But I hated them on me.”

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.

Hall liked the backless dresses she tried on, but she didn’t fall in love with anything.
A front and back photo of a bride in a backless, crochet dress.
Backless wasn’t right for her either. Loren Hall
“I thought I would love the backless plunge neckline, but I felt I was too broad for that type of dress,” she said.

Although she thought the dresses were pretty, Hall didn’t love them on herself.

But when Hall tried on this Ella Moda gown, she knew it was the one.
A front and back shot of a bride wearing a one-shoulder wedding dress.
She loved the dress. Loren Hall
Hall had seen the one-shouldered Mona gown on Instagram before she went shopping, so she was looking forward to trying it on.

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. 

She said finding the dress when her mom was with her made the experience even more special.
A mother and daughter smile together in their wedding attire.
Her mom shopped with her. Ivy Road Photography
Hall’s mother was in treatment for breast cancer when she was shopping for her wedding dress, so they didn’t think she would be able to accompany Hall as she searched for a dress.

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.

Hall added a sleeve to the gown.
A black and white shot of a bride's body in her one-shoulder wedding dress.
She added a sleeve to the gown. Ivy Road Photography
“My husband said he would love me in a long-sleeve, tight dress,” Hall said. “As marriage is all about compromises, I added one sleeve.”

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). 

The Mona gown was both modern and feminine.
A side-by-side of the front and back of a bride's one-shoulder, sheer, embroidered wedding dress
The pattern covered the dress. Ivy Road Photography
The silhouette of the dress was architectural thanks to the corset-style bodice.

But the floral pattern atop an under-layer of off-white fabric created a softer look.

The pattern continued on the back of the gown.
A bride stands facing a window in her wedding dress as her bridesmaids fix her gown.
The train was full. Ivy Road Photography
The floral applique faded at the end of the dress, adding additional drama to the train.

The totally sheer sleeve was attached to the top of the original dress.

A slit in the center of the skirt brought modernity to the gown.
A bride and groom smile at each other in front of a fence and field of green.
The skirt had a slit. Ivy Road Photography
The updated version of a trumpet gown gave Hall more mobility as she walked and danced throughout the wedding day.
Hall wore Christian Louboutin pumps to the wedding.
A pair of sparkly high heels sit on a box.
The shoes were a gift. Ivy Road Photography
The Degrastrass pumps were a gift from Brown and Hall’s mother.

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.

A floor-length veil completed the look.
A bride and groom embrace as the bride holds her floor-length veil in front of a white fence.
Hall wore a veil. Ivy Road Photography
Hall’s friend Sally did her hair, while the makeup artist Mia Conner did her makeup.
Hall told Insider she felt “amazing” in her wedding look.
A bride and groom dance in front of greenery.
She felt beautiful. Ivy Road Photography
She said she had never felt more beautiful in her entire life, particularly because of Conner’s makeup skills. 
Brown didn’t see Hall’s dress until the wedding ceremony.
A side-by-side of a bride and groom seeing each other as she walks down the aisle on her father's arm.
The couple didn’t do a first look. Ivy Road Photography
The couple opted for a first look at the aisle rather than before the ceremony.

Hall told Insider that Brown loved the dress — though he did ask why it only had one sleeve.

Hall and Brown said their vows with the volcanic Mount Warning behind them.
A side-by-side of a bride and groom kissing at the altar and leaving their wedding ceremony with their hands up.
The ceremony had stunning views. Ivy Road Photography
The couple’s wedding was at Fins at Plantation House in Duranbah, Australia.

The ceremony was outside, giving the couple a stunning backdrop as they said ‘I do.’

Ivy Road Photography captured the big day, and Lemon Tree Film House videotaped the event. 

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.”

The couple sealed their marriage with a kiss and a secret handshake.
A bride and groom kiss their thumbs in a secret handshake during their wedding ceremony.
They pinky swore during the ceremony. Ivy Road Photography
The couple wrote their own vows.

“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.

The couple’s dog also played a big role in their day.
A bride and groom kneel with their dog who is wearing a tuxedo on their wedding day.
Their dog attended the wedding. Ivy Road Photography
Their dog, Bruce, attended the nuptials in a doggy tuxedo.

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.”

Hall and Brown were grateful all of their loved ones could be together for their wedding.
A side-by-side of a bride and groom walking into their wedding reception and sitting at a table with their guests.
Their loved ones attended. Ivy Road Photography
“That rarely happens,” Hall said of their friends and family gathering. “It had been a long time coming, so it was great to finally be able to enjoy the day.”

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.

Hall thinks it’s a good idea for brides to consider a plethora of options when shopping for a wedding dress.
A bride and groom walk together. The bride smiles while the groom looks at her.
Hall suggests trying on a myriad of gowns. Ivy Road Photography
“Even if you feel something’s right, still shop around,” Hall, who tried on around 20 dresses in total, 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. 

“He is the yin to my yang, the calm to my storm,” Hall said of Brown.
A bride and groom touch noses in their wedding attire at sunset.
They complete each other. Ivy Road Photography
“He has truly taught me things I could never have discovered on my own,” she said of their relationship. “I love how much he cares about me.”

“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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