Natalie + Luke

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie wore Allure Bridals wedding dress, Melbourne

“All the RC staff were lovely and willing to help. They were really honest in helping me find the right one. I never had any issues, all my appoinntments ran so smoothly, they were all so lovely and made my dress perfect. I loved getting the little reminders via text. It was easy to keep track of fittings and appointments.”

#RCREALBRIDE NATALIE


RC – How did you meet Luke?
Luke and I have been family friends for many years and became best friends over 9 years ago. Our new marriage is based on many years of being such great friends. We truly are best friends and I can’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS

RC – How did Luke propose?
Luke very romantically took us up to our family beach house in Burleigh Heads in QLD for a weekend getaway, where he had scrablle letters out with the words WILL YOU MARRY ME? Burleigh Heads hold a special place in my heart and it will now hold even more of a special place knowing that’s where we got engaged. We had a wonderful weekend celebrating and it was so nice to celebrate just the two of us before heading home and extending the celebratiions with our families. We then spent a week up there after the wedding for our mini honeymoon to relax and getaway and again it was such a lovely time in a place that now holds such great memories for us.

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS

RC – Is there a particular reason as to why you chose your venue?
Is there a particular reason as to why you chose your venue? As soon as I entered Luminare I had no doubt it was where I wanted to be married. The most incredible city landscape views, the friendliest, kindest and most helpful staff and I could not speak highly enough of everyone and everything on our wedding night. The staff went above and beyond to make our night so special and all of our guests commented on how amazing the venue was. Jocelyn and Erinea my event managers were incredible and I can’t thank them enough!

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS

RC – Your favourite part of the wedding?
Seeing Luke’s reaction as I was walking down the aisle with my dad and then the celebrations with all my family and friends.

RC – How did the dress make you feel?
No words can actually describe. The most special and amazing moment. A moment I will never forget. I still have guests and people commenting about the dress and it really was just perfect for me!

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS
RC – How was your bridal shopping experience?
All staff were lovely and willing to help. They were really honest in helping me find the right one. I never had any issues, all my appoinntments ran so smoothly, they were all so lovely and made my dress perfect. I loved getting the little reminders via text. It was easy to keep track of fittings and appointments.

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS

RC – Tips for brides-to-be!
Remain calm at all times. Don’t let others stress you out. I felt so happy and so calm all throughout the wedding process and most importantly on the day. It was extra special as I took the time to really enjoy it and my new husband. One thing that really helped me was lists. I am a checklist person and I had a list for everything, for months before, for weeks before, for the day of, for the night of, I even had a lists for other people to follow such as what my family had to take home from the venue. This allowed everything and everyone to run smoothy. There was no one hiccup or issue. There was communication between everyone which is vital! You need to be organised and well prepared and your special day will be smooth and stress free which is what you want!

Raffaele Ciuca Real Bride Natalie married in an Allure Bridals fishtail gown. Available from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal. www.raffaeleciuca.com.au MELB . AUS

Some amazing wedding ventors: Raffaele Ciuca Bridal, Chris Kapa from Me Love You Long Time photographyK Image HairClaire Bradley Make Up, Maria from Blame It On The Cake Templestowe, Pia and the drivers at Triple R Cars, Hayley from Sweet Pea Florist in Briar Hill, Jocelyn and Erinea from LuminareThe Big GroupSacred Hearth Catholic Church in Kew, ProEye Videographer Richard and our incredible 5 piece band Forte!
Thank you so much to all of you amazing people!