Paula enjoyed a sub-zero wedding. Photo: Mizzi Taner

Paula enjoyed a sub-zero wedding. Photo: Mizzi Taner

This time last year, we featured New Zealand brand Kathmandu’s revolutionary Gore-Tex wedding dress, unveiled on 1 April.

Ha-di-ha, eh?

Well, it turns out that the Adapt Wedding Dress, designed by Tanya Carlson and using seven metres of the Gore waterproof fabric, really was manufactured and was put to good use earlier this year.

The dress sold for NZ$4,100 (£1,970), with all funds donated to the Himalayan Trust.

On 24 February this year the winning bidder of the dress, Paula and her husband Ian decided to get married in Alaska at the Chugach State Park, alongside a celebrant and witness, before hitching a helicopter ride to a glacier for the ultimate wedding photos.

The one-of-a-kind dress was insulated with merino wool and the draped waterproof Gore-Tex, meant that Ian and Paula could get married in their dream location, post-snowstorm, temperatures of -28C without suffering hypothermia.

The newlyweds in Chugach State Park. Photo: Mizzi Taner

The newlyweds in Chugach State Park. Photo: Mizzi Taner

For nuptial fashion gurus, the dress was cut and draped in a continuous line to create a classic Carlson silhouette with minimal seams. Inside, the gown was lined in fine blue merino wool.

It was design-engineered with Gore-Tex product, enabling the dress to be waterproof yet functional and had a train that transformed into a cape with hood to deal with unexpected heavy rainfall.

Its Pack&GO design allowed the dress to pack down cleverly into a travel-size bag. The garment had large storage pockets inside the dress also allow the bride to carry flowers, first-aid kits or bottles of water.

Internal zips transformed the length of the dress, taking the bride from alter to first waltz with ease and style.