Rosanna chooses bridesmaid pal to design dress for her big day
Published 20/03/2014 | 06:52
Rosanna Davison could have her pick of high-end international designers for her wedding dress.
But the former Miss World has chosen Irish when it comes to the all-important decision of who will design what she wears.
The Herald can reveal that Dublin designer Dawn Fitzgerald has the honour of creating a bespoke creation for the top model's big day.
Bride-to-be Rosanna (29) will snub celebrity favourites such as Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier in favour of her long-time friend, who's also one of her bridesmaids.
"They've been friends for years and Dawn knows Rosie's style really well so it was a bit of a no-brainer really," said a source.
"She initially steered clear of asking her to do it as she thought it would be too much pressure but then decided she couldn't get anyone better.
"Dawn was thrilled -- it's a massive boost for her career to be designing a dress for someone so high-profile."
This won't be the first time that the talented designer has devised a unique gown for the daughter of Chris de Burgh.
The Grafton Academy graduate previously dressed Rosanna for a number of posh events, including the Peter Mark VIP Awards as well as the IFTAs.
Bride-to-be Rosanna has snubbed celebrity favourites for her designer friend
She now has a store in the Powerscourt Townhouse, Dawn Fitzgerald Atelier, which specialises in occasional wear.
Rosanna will walk down the aisle with Wes Quirke on June 1 in what will be one of the biggest showbiz weddings of the summer.
The pair have been engaged for over a year and have chosen Ibiza venue the Atzaro hotel and spa to exchange vows. They will also have a post-wedding party for their wider circle of family and friends in the Powerscourt Hotel on June 21.
Speaking about her big day, Rosanna said that picking the dress was one of the easiest things when it came to planning her wedding.
Rosanna and Wes are set to walk down the aisle on June 1
"It was one of the first things to tick off my list when I really got focused on it last year. It wasn't too difficult a process," she said.
And she said the weather was a key factor when it came to selecting the venue.
"We're doing something abroad because we just wanted the sunshine and the sunny pictures and all the rest and it's a nice chance for all our guests and family to get together and enjoy each other's company over a few days," she said.
"But we're also doing -- at my mum's insistence, mainly -- a party at home in Ireland afterwards."