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One bride, 21 wedding dresses!

Spot the bride: Emmylee, front middle with black hair dressed her bridesmaids in wedding dresses.
This Sunshine Coast couple celebrated their nuptials in extravagant style. We takes you inside the most over-the-top wedding of the year!
Any bride-to-be knows that finding the perfect wedding dress is nerve-racking, but blushing Sunshine Coast bride Emmylee Anaya had to deal with that stress an amazing 21 times!
That’s what it took to pull off what might be this year’s most over-the-top nuptials, with Emmylee and her groom Andrew Keogh’s three-day celebration resembling an episode of the TV series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. “For the record, the 21 dresses were not all mine!” the 34-year-old tells Woman’s Day exclusively.
“It began very low-key and before long the wedding party just grew. The funniest part is that it was all Andrew’s fault! “When we started to plan our wedding, Andrew asked me how many groomsmen he could have,” Emmylee recalls. “I said, ‘As many as you want!’ When he came back with a starting line-up of 20, I thought I’d better get going with the girls’ dresses, including mine!”
So the charity worker found 20 second-hand wedding dresses in op shops around the country. “Cost all up? Not even $1000!” she laughs. “They are all very 80s – lots of bling, puff and frills on frills. The more meringue the better!”
Read more about Emmylee Andrew Keogh’s wedding in this week's Woman’s Day, on sale Monday, July 1 2013.

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