Real Bride Paige wears La Sposa Ermalinda gown from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal, Port Douglas wedding

 “The lady who helped me was so genuine and lovely and the store itself is so beautiful it was a really nice experience.”


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RC – How did you and your husband meet?
We were set up by two of our friends on a blind double date -I had noticed Matty at the gym (where I work) and It just so happened matts friend who he trained and lived with was friends with my best friend elle (also a bridesmaid) so when I started asking her questions about matt of course she took it upon herself to set something up… Now Matty loves to tell everyone about how I stalked him but 3 and a half years later were married own a house and 2 dogs and couldn’t be happier!

RC – The proposal?
Valentines day this year! Matty’s not one for planning things but he actually planned a lovely weekend away north of Cairns with an ocean front apartment and it was perfect. He gave me this big gift bag over breakfast with only a usb in it and without going into all the details that’s how he proposed – it was really sweet. Plus there was an amazing diamond ring involved and I had completely no idea.

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RC – Is there a particular reason as to why you chose your venue?
We had our hearts set on a destination wedding and we loved the idea of NZ but it was just too far so when trawling through QLD venues I came across The Sugar Wharf and loved it instantly, it’s a blank canvas in an amazing location and we love Port Douglas, we actually go there all the time for holidays so I don’t know why I didn’t think of it to start with!

RC – Your favourite part of the wedding?
I cant pick a favourite part I loved it all but probably the ceremony & the speeches.

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RC – How the dress made you feel?
I felt beautiful and most importantly I felt like me. I tried on so many dresses that were all lovely but I just didn’t feel like myself in them. When I tried it on I just knew it was what I had been looking for.

RC – Your bridal shopping experience?
Was draining to be honest – until I walked into Raffaele Ciuca. I had tried on so many dresses over two days I was sort of over it but the lady who helped me was so genuine and lovely and the store itself is so beautiful it was a really nice experience. My dress is actually the first one I saw when I walked into the shop and it looked really boring and a bit limp on the hanger to be honest but I knew I was looking for something sleek so thought it might look better on so we added it to the bunch, I tried on a dress of every style all were beautiful but just not me. Once I put on my dress mum and I knew right away it was perfect.

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RC – Tips for brides-to-be!
Don’t sweat the small stuff honestly some of the smallest details I obsessed over ended up being forgotten and left behind on the day and it was fine just live in the moment and enjoy it because it goes so fast. If I could do it again I would start the day earlier! When dress shopping don’t try to follow trends or obsess over a dress you see in a magazine just choose what you like and feel good in – you’re the one who will be looking back at your photos in 20 years time!

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