Exhibition wedding dress becomes part of Katherine history

HISTORY MAKING: Nola Sweetman shared her wedding story at the Katherine Museum Wedding Exhibition.
HISTORY MAKING: Nola Sweetman shared her wedding story at the Katherine Museum Wedding Exhibition.

Katherine’s first major wedding exhibition has been a roller coaster of emotion for one Katherine resident. 

Included in the exhibition, Katherine marriage celebrant Nola Sweetman’s wedding dress is now part of the history of this town. 

“It makes me feel more connected,” Mrs Sweetman said. 

The droplets of rain on my veil looked like diamonds

Nola Sweetman

“It is just so moving, the exhibition has brought back many memories, especially the funny ones from my special day,” she said. 

The exhibition Our Town’s Wedding Gowns, tells the stories of 36 weddings, through various gowns, fabrics and fashions, with the oldest dating back to 1924.

Mrs Sweetman said she was honoured her dress from 1966 was part of the exhibition. 

Nola Sweetman married Derek Sweetman on April 15, 1966.

Nola Sweetman married Derek Sweetman on April 15, 1966.

“I was overcome with excitement the morning I woke up to marry Derek Sweetman, I met him in Katherine,” she said. 

“In those days it was a church wedding or nothing so we were married at 5pm at the Church of Christ in Carnegie, in Melbourne, where my mum and dad had married. 

“It rained on the day. 

“My dad gave me away and mum said the droplets of rain on my veil looked like diamonds. 

“My life in Katherine, as opposed to what might have been had I married a Melbournian, was unbelievably wonderful. 

Ms Sweetman was married to Derek Sweetman for 48 years until his passing in 2013.  

“The dresses in the exhibition are all so diverse. They all tell a story of a dream day,” Ms Sweetman said. 

Our Town’s Wedding Gowns exhibition is showing at the Katherine museum for one more day. 

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