Real bride Mandy married the man of her dreams in the stunning Rosamund wedding dress by Maggie Sottero in St Kilda, Melbourne.
THE FIRST SIGHT
Marc and I met 7 years ago at the age of 20 through mutual friends. We started our relationship as the best of friends; you could say we were inseparable. We soon after moved in together and this escalated rather quickly and before we knew it I was pregnant with our now 4 year old son.
The proposal was completely unplanned! When I was 5 months pregnant Marc’s dad sadly passed away from cancer. The night before his funeral his mum gave him her wedding ring and with that ring on the same night he asked me to Marry him. We kept that ring as a promise ring and 3 years latter when we finally booked a wedding venue he bought me a new engagement ring to symbolize the beginning of our own future together.
We loved everything about Encore. It wasn’t the typical reception center which was something we loved about it. It was super modern and on the water which was an added bonus. We particularly loved the large outdoor area with large glass doors which allowed us to have an indoor/ outdoor feel.
Our ceremony was by far the best part of the wedding. We had our ceremony on site and both wrote our own vows. For me after waiting almost 5 years since the engagement to finally get married – sharing our love story with all of our friends and family and our promise to each other for the rest of our lives meant the world to me. We had alot of happy tears through out our ceremony and this was a huge credit to our celebrant Kelly Rossi who put our story into words.
My dress truly made me feel beautiful, it was the cut I had always dreamed of wearing and I got to feel like a princess for a day.
FINDING THE ONE
I can’t even explain how nervous I was so to go dress shopping. I thought everything was going to look terrible on me and that I’d never find something I loved. However, I bought the first dress I tried on. As soon as I entered the store Maria made my mum and I feel right at home, I told her some of the designs I had seen on line that I liked and she instantly knew what was going to look best on me. Thanks to Maria I found my dream dress in less than a day.
ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES
My biggest tip to all brides is don’t stress about all the little things no one is going to notice. Getting married should be such an exciting and happy time so enjoy every minute of it and don’t let anything get you down.
VENUE – @encorestkilda (encorestkilda.com.au) / DRESS – Rosamund Raffaele Ciuca / SUITS – Andre J Menswear (www.andrej.com.au) / MAKE UP – @beauty_byjulie (www.beautybyjulie.com.au) / HAIR – @hairstylingbysally / CELEBRANT – @kellythecele (www.kellyrossi.com.au / VIDEO – @lunar_red_films (www.lunarred.com.au) / PHOTOGRAPHY @clarriseweddings (clarissephotography.net) / BAND – @likethisband (www.likethiscorporate.com)