Lifestyle

$150 Op shop dress could be Bride of the Year material

Tegan Gargett (nee Hamilton) from is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition. Photo Contributed by Ta Da photography.
Tegan Gargett (nee Hamilton) from is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition. Photo Contributed by Ta Da photography. Ta Da photography

WHEN she saw a wedding dress in a Rockhampton op shop, Tegan Hamilton couldn't resist the fun of trying it on.

She was blown away when it fitted perfectly.

With a few adjustments, it became Tegan's dream dress and perfectly complemented the antique engagement ring that sparked her search for vintage decorations.

The 1920s engagement ring was passed down from husband David's great-grandmother.

The dress cost Tegan just $150, with her whole outfit coming to $300.

"The suits were harder to organise than my dress," she said.

Now, Tegan's in the running to become Bride to Be magazine's Bride of the Year.

Bride of the year

Vote for Tegan Hamilton at bridetobe.com.au/voting-and-winners /bride-of-the-year-2014-competition

She was selected as one of the magazine's July finalists and, if she wins this round she'll go into the running for a luxury South African honeymoon.

Tegan, who lives in The Range, said she entered the competition on a whim after seeing a friend's post on Facebook.

She said she was shocked to be announced as a monthly finalist.

A zoologist by day, she would love to see the wildlife of Africa if she won the main prize.

Tegan Gargett (nee Hamilton) from is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition. Photo Contributed by Ta Da photography. Photo Contributed
Tegan Gargett (nee Hamilton) from is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition. Photo Contributed by Ta Da photography. Photo Contributed Ta Da photography

While Tegan and David were married on her parents' property just outside Mackay, she had a complementary wedding band designed at Angus and Coote Rockhampton and used Big Colour Works for her stationery.

Tegan Hamilton and David Gargett (nee) from Rockhampton were married in Mackay. Tegan is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition. Photo Contributed by Ta Da photography.
Tegan Hamilton and David Gargett (nee) from Rockhampton were married in Mackay. Tegan is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition. Photo Contributed by Ta Da photography. Ta Da photography

Tegan, who described herself as "wedding crazy" drew inspiration from bridal magazines, including Bride to Be, wedding blogs and Pinterest when planning the big day.

"I didn't let little things worry me," she said.

In the end, it proved to be the formula for her perfect day.

Held outside, with a reception under a fairy-light covered fig tree, the only worry was if the weather would hold out.

Despite a high chance of rain being forecast and grey skies overhead, the rain stayed away for Tegan and David.

"It was everything I wanted it to be, it was perfect" Tegan said.

Tegan Gargett (nee Hamilton) now from Rockhkampton is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition, who bought her dress from an op-shop. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Tegan Gargett (nee Hamilton) now from Rockhkampton is a finalist in Bride To Be magazine's Bride of the Year competition, who bought her dress from an op-shop. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

And rather than keeping her dream dress, Tegan's going to donate it back to the op shop she bought it from with the hope its joy and luck may just rub off on another bride-to-be.

Topics:  bride, op shopping, weddings




Woolies to shut Masters by year end

Masters Home Improvement - keen to get a foothold in Noosa. Photo Contributed

Hardware stores to shut down

Woman twice the legal limit

Police will be out in force during the June-July school holidays for Operation Cold Snap. Photo: Griffith Thomas / The Satellite

An alcohol reading twice the legal limit landed a woman in court.

Latest deals and offers

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

Sir Cliff Richard feels 'best' after sex abuse allegations

Sir Cliff Richard is 'back' to his best after sex abuse claims

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

Chris Hemsworth surprises kids at hospital as Thor

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston surprised children at hospital

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.