Bride of the Day: Toni


Galia Lahav’s bride of the day is Toni Debolla who tied the knot this year with the man of her dreams and with the gown she’s been waiting for! Toni married with Galia Lahav’s Crystal gown from Les Reves Bohemian Collection and with an extravagant GL veil. Toni is not only a GL bride, she is also a GL friend, who connected with the Galia Family and made the team a significant part of her wedding experience, we thank you and congradulate you for such a special beginning.

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I met my husband to be nearly 19 years ago this September, I was only 17! I knew from the start he was my true soul mate. It really was love at first sight, he was very funny, passionate, loving and it’s still the same strong feelings remain 18 years on. He is my best friend and now we enter a new chapter of our lives together I’m so excited to become his wife.

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He proposed unexpectedly in the Maldives last year in the most romantic fashion! He had left no atom unturned in the wow factor of showing me how much thought had done into it all. I was blown away, and I will cherish that special moment forever.

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I had been looking at Galia dresses for around 4 years with my cousin/best friend Rio and only dreaming of one day wearing one. when I announced the news from the Maldives, one of the first replies I got was of a Galia dress from Rio saying, this has to be your dress! That’s how much I was in love with the designs.

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So I booked a appointment in Browns in London and I can’t explain how I felt from the minute I walked through the door. I can hand on heart say Isabelle is one of the nicest and sincerest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to meet and share such a special experience with. A total asset to the shop and Any bride to be would be lucky to be fitted by her. I will be returning to take her for a cocktail and show her my wedding pics. Bernadette is also a amazing lady who makes you feel at ease and special from the moment you meet. What a shop!! I’m already missing knowing my fittings are over!

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I attended a trunk show on my second fitting where I was returning with my heart set on the Norma gown, but after meeting and being blessed by the presence of the most fabulous guy, Sharon Sever I changed my mind. He suggested for me to just try the Crystal gown as he felt it would suit my shape and WOW I cried from the minute that dress zipped up! I felt like I have never felt before, like a total bride but with the right amount of sexy! And I just knew that it was right. He done the most stunning drawing of me and made my world by giving me a gift of a custom vail to match my dress as he said I should wear one. The most fabulous guy and the most fabulous gift!

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When I returned to try on my actual dress he had measured my body like a artist it fitted like second skin it felt incredible. Thank you Sharon. My little girl Elsie who is 6 was waiting to see me in it and burst into tears as she walked into the room, Sharon said to her why are you crying and she said because my mummy is so beautiful in that dress it’s happy tears!! It was a emotional moment that I will always cherish and have that memory set in my heart of all of the people at Browns and with Sharon. Thank you all.

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I may need to attend a trunk show just to see these people again, I’m seriously having withdrawals from all at Browns and Galia! Ha.

Lots of love
Toni x

Anna Fowler Photography