A MOMENT WITH: Stacey Popovski

Bridal Fashion

Jermaine Clark Melbourne celebrant multi-denominational caring experienced

How did you decide to become a dress designer?

It’s just something I always wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I loved sewing and crafting when I was younger. I would leave a trail of paint splatters and sewing pins everywhere I went.

Tell us a bit about yourself. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a creative through and through, and enjoy working with my hands! I love to cook, but have yet to master the art of baking, and I also adore gardening, despite living in the city.

What is your favourite part about your work?

Meeting so many amazing people, and hearing all of their gorgeous stories. Just being a small part of such a special time in someone’s life, it’s a real privilege. The highlight of my job is when my clients get to see their gown in fabric for the first time after weeks of calico toiles. Their excitement is infectious!

What do you do to prepare for each bride?

At an initial consultation, I try and get as much information about a bride as I can, and not just design specific. From getting to know the client’s personality and lifestyle, to hearing about their fiancé and the overall style of wedding they’re planning, it all really helps when designing the perfect wedding gown.

What are you excited about for your business this year and for the future?

Moving in a slightly different direction this year, the company will soon be launching under a new label. The new line comprises a capsule of six gowns and separates that can be ordered as is, or you can mix and match them to create a bespoke design.

It’s something I’m really excited to offer brides, who are looking for something they can put their own spin on without having to venture down the entirely bespoke route.

Do you have a favourite dress design that you have created?

Probably the ‘Daphne’ set, with its full, structured skirt with pockets that accompanies a beaded and embroidered silk tee. I think it will resonate with the bride that’s looking for an artisanal and beautiful gown, that’s not too traditional or formal. The Melbourne Wedding & Bride Spring Expo will be the first place to see it in person, and I can’t wait to share it!

What is your advice for couples getting married?

Enjoy the planning process! If you can relax and have fun during the planning stages of your wedding, it makes the most out of the journey and not just the one big day.

What are you excited about for the expo?

Getting to meet all of the amazing brides and sharing our vision for the new collection with them, as well as seeing what all the other incredible vendors are offering this year.

What do you love about the Melbourne Wedding & Bride Spring Expo?

The idea of having such a diverse mix of fabulous businesses together under one roof! It really makes the planning process for brides fun and easy! Also, all of the interactive elements and exhibitions at the expo makes for a really fabulous day out!