Santa Maria College to celebrate 80th year with exhibition of 80 wedding dresses from chapel ceremonies


Bridal Exhibition coordinator Jacqui Daniels with some of the gowns going on display in June.
Bridal Exhibition coordinator Jacqui Daniels with some of the gowns going on display in June.

WHILE the attention of the world has been focused tightly on Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan Markle, a local school has been quietly preparing its own wedding-inspired spectacle.

To celebrate its 80th year, Santa Maria College’s Old Girls’ Association has gathered just as many wedding dresses from ceremonies held at its chapel.

The gowns will be exhibited across three floors at the college’s McAuley building.

The gowns will be exhibited across three floors at the college’s McAuley building, the first structure built at the school eight decades ago.

“We are delighted to put together such a fabulous event,” co-ordinator Jacqui Daniels said.

“I mean who doesn’t love a wedding, even if it is not a royal one?”

The mix of satin, silk, sequins and lace going on display during the Bridal Exhibition are owned by past students married at the chapel.

“Our oldest wedding dress dates back to July 26, 1980 and this was only the second wedding the college had had in the chapel as weddings did not take place before 1980,” Ms Daniels said.

“It puts a smile on your face when you see the fashion over the years.

“Even our principal Jennifer Oaten has her wedding dress in the exhibition.”

80 wedding gowns will feature.

The exhibition will be held, June 9.

What: Santa Maria College’s Bridal Exhibition.
Where: The McAuley Building, Santa Maria College, 18 Stoneham Road, Attadale.
When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday, June 9.
Information: Entry is a gold coin donation. To take part in the high teas, visit www.trybooking.com/355075

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