Sixty-seven guests gathered at Tatura Community House to celebrate 100 Years of Marriage — and what a wonderful evening it turned out to be.
The event celebrated International Women’s Day in style, with a delicious three-course meal featuring some wedding food from across the years, including prawn cocktails and asparagus rolls.
The mains were beef or chicken, followed by a range of scrumptious mini deserts.
At the end of the night there was the cutting of the wedding cake and the guests raised their glasses to celebrate and remember all the amazing women in their life.
At the centre of the celebrations were 27 beautiful wedding gowns, each with its own story, the oldest from 1912 and the youngest from just last year.
The fashions of each era were very distinguishable, reflecting famous brides of the time, such as Grace Kelly and Princess Diana.
Embossed satin, fine lace, taffeta and sequins were some of the materials used in the gowns, many made by the brides themselves or by family and friends.
An attendee on the night said it was a fantastic event, enjoyed by her whole table.
‘‘There was a lot of effort put into the event and it was great,’’ she said.
‘‘The meal was wonderful, including the wedding cake.’’
A number of the dresses were worn by multiple brides, adding further to the history and sentimentality attached to them.
The seven models were privileged to wear the wedding dresses, including flower girl Tameeka, who led the girls down the runway, throwing rose petals and delighting the guests.
The two youngest wedding dress models, sisters Jamieson and Paige, were proudly escorted ‘‘down the aisle’’ by their grandfather Gary Clough in his tux.
Jamieson wore Gary’s mother’s dress and Paige wore a dress from 1914, making it a very special moment for the Clough family.
The guest speaker on the night was Fairley leadership fellow Julia Thomas.
Julia lives with her husband on a farm at Youanamite and is an agribusiness banking manager.
She spoke eloquently on how the wedding dresses brought together generations of women, connecting them on one of the most significant days of their life.
There were a significant number of people who contributed to the evening, and all are offered much thanks for making it possible.
Tatura Community House board member Sally Sherman said the event was well received and they had received a lot of positive feedback.