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.
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, 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.
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.
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