Claire & Zane

demetrios 634 from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal

This week we interviewed #rcrealbride Claire
who married the love of her life Zane in our 634 wedding gown by Demetrios on
14th February 2017


We both had recently come out of long term relationships and were taken out to Electric Ladyland in Chapel Street, by our respective friends as a mean of distraction. We were immediately attracted to each other and so our love story began.


On the exact day we started going out, two years later, we started the celebration of our anniversary by getting my first tattoo. Zane then surprised me with a day in the Yarra Valley. He took me to Balgownie Resort and Spa for dinner before taking me on a romantic walk along the paddock trail at sundown. At the end of the trail, there were hay bales and candles with my favourite South African beverage. At that point, Zane descended to one knee and, as the sun began to set in the valley, he asked me to marry him.


We loved the rustic but clean feel of Inglewood Estate. The chapel is absolutely stunning, as are the surrounds. I also loved that they had buffet seafood as this represented a link to my father who had passed.


Our favourite part was being able to share this special day with so many family members, many of whom had come from overseas to celebrate this day with us. The ceremony was also absolutely wonderful and everything we had hoped for and more,  thanks to our amazing celebrant Sally Hughes.


I wore a dress that my mother had chosen for me to try. When I initially saw it I thought oh my that is way too detailed, the wrong colour (I initially wanted white) but it had the coverage of my chest and the fit I was looking for. As soon as I put it on I was in love. I knew in that instant that it was the dress for me. It made me feel indescribable, like no dress has ever made me feel. I cannot imagine wearing any other dress.


It was nice. We didn’t have an appointment but Bianca managed to fit us in. I did not feel rushed as I had felt at previous stores.


Try dress styles that you wouldn’t usually try, prior to trying on wedding dresses I had a very different idea of what I would wear.
Listen to your gut, I didn’t do this with a few things and of course those were the few things that I look back on now and wish I could change.

A good photographer is key.

Enjoy the day, it goes by so fast!!