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SAY YES TO THE DRESS 
Welcome Randy Fenoli to Raffaele Ciuca
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As the most trusted source in the Bridal Industry, it is Randy Fenoli’s mission to “Educate, Elevate, and Empower” every bride to choose the most important dress in her life and all women to realise their own personal beauty.
 

“No matter what her size, age or shape, EVERY woman is beautiful”
Randy Fenoli


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Born on a cattle farm in Southern Illinois, Randy is the youngest of seven children. Driven by his fascination for design, Randy taught himself how to sew at the early age of nine. Randy’s passion for fashion and design lead him to the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. While at FIT, Randy won many awards for design and achievement. Immediately after graduating in 1993, Randy launched his first two bridal industry collections: Randy Fenoli for the Diamond Collection and Randy Fenoli for Dressy Creations.  From 2007-2012 Randy worked as Fashion Director at New York’s Kleinfeld Bridal Salon where he consulted with nearly 15,000 brides a year. 

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Today as the star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”, “Big Bliss”, “Randy Knows Best”, “Randy to the Rescue”, and “Say Yes to the Dress Benelux”, Randy is seen by millions of viewers each week in approximately 150 countries. On Randy to the Rescue, Fenoli traveled the country with a semi-truck filled with wedding gowns and accessories helping brides find their dream wedding dress at his ultimate pop up bridal salon. Randy selects three lucky brides who have said “Yes” to their dress and then, with the help of a hairstylist and makeup artist, transforms these brides from “head to hem” and presents each with a “bridal blueprint” for her wedding day. With a philosophy that no matter what her size, age or shape, EVERY woman is beautiful, Randy seems able to overcome any challenge.

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Randy Fenoli’s appeal reaches far beyond bridal. His natural charm and enthusiasm is infectious, making everyone who comes in contact with him feel “Beautiful”. 

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RANDY FENOLI
New to Raffaele Ciuca Bridal

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KRYSTAL  by Randy Fenolo. Some wedding dresses are true gems. That is the case with this spectacular mermaid wedding dress in tulle with impressive beading on the strapless sweetheart neckline. A bodice that makes sparkles the focal point of a sensational neckline fit for royalty. The back, matching the front, combines the sheer effects of the tulle with crystal appliqués. Unquestionably a dazzling, unique and very special wedding dress.

Available in our Brunswick Emporium


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LAYLA   by Randy Fanoli.Strapless, sweetheart corset bodice with neckline cuff on satin mermaid gown with side flounced skirt insets.

Available in our Brunswick & Armadale Emporiums


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REBECCA  by Randy Fenoli. Sensational ballgown wedding dress with a sweetheart bodice, where the illusions and bustier effect steal the show. A very trendy design that highlights feminine lines and makes the most of the majesty of the voluminous embroidered tulle skirt.

Available in our Brunswick Emporium


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CHARLIZE  by Randy Fenoli. The tulle embroidered with floral motifs is the secret to this spectacular mermaid wedding dress in which the second-skin effect and illusions set it apart. A v-neck design that hugs the silhouette as if painted on, blending the fabric with the body. The beaded appliqués add sparkle to the entire design.

Available in our Brunswick Emporium


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RANDY FENOLI’S TOP 10 TIPS
FOR DRESS SUCCESS!

“Say Yes To The Dress” gown guru,
Randy Fenoli, shares his shopping secrets in his book, It’s All About the Dress.

 


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1. ESTABLISH YOUR STORY
How do you want your dress to make you feel and what do you want it to say to your guests? Do you want to look sexy, understated, modern, chic, traditional? Or perhaps you want your dress to have a more vintage feeling? Once you find your story, I promise you will find your dress.

2. ESTABLISH A BUDGET
Once you make a wedding budget, lock it in. But what happens when you love a dress that’s over your budget? Can you reevaluate and borrow money from one part of your wedding budget and apply it to your dress? As long as you stay within the overall wedding budget you’ve established you should be able to spend a bit more if need be.

3. DON’T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO SHOP FOR YOUR GOWN
In general, it takes around six to eight months for a dress to be ordered and delivered to our store.

5. NEVER PURCHASE A GOWN WITHOUT TRYING IT ON FIRST
It doesn’t matter if you’re petite or tall, slim or plus-sized, whether you are straight or curvaceous: You still must TRY IT ON!

 


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6. IT’S NOT ABOUT SIZE : IT’S ABOUT SILHOUETTE AND PROPORTION
Whether you’re choosing your gown, your accessories or your bouquet, you must always look at your silhouette and the proportions of everything in relationship to your body.

7. EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION. MAKE SURE YOURS IS HEARD
When gown-shopping, only invite people who love and support you — and who understand your story, your style, your budget and are there for positive support.

8. WHEN MAKING CHANGES TO A DRESS, ALWAYS GET THE DETAILS IN WRITING
Make sure that all changes you discussed with your consultant, along with the prices, are clearly written on your order.

9. DO NOT SKIMP ON ALTERATIONS. YOUR GOWN MUST FIT PROPERLY
There’s nothing worse than watching a bride tugging at her strapless gown to keep it from falling down or tripping on a hem that’s too long.

10. WITHOUT A VEIL, YOU’RE JUST A PRETTY GIRL IN A WHITE DRESS
Many of my brides tell me that the moment I place a veil on their head they feel like a bride. The perfect veil pulls everything together.
 


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THE LOVE STORY
Leah & Ritchie

 #rcrealbride Leah wore the stunning Ella Rosa BE360 gown for her wedding at Coral Sea Resort in Airlie Beach QLD on the 4th of November 2017

Summer Rain Photography


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THE FIRST SIGHT
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Ritchie and I met in the beautiful Whitsundays working on Hamilton Island.


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THE PROPOSAL
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We had just purchased our new home and Ritchie was showing me around the garden that evening to admire the outside of our home, the moonlight and to discuss our future garden! He then got down on one knee and I had shouted YES before he even got to ask the question. My parents were there visiting from Melbourne and we both ran inside crying with tears of joy to tell them the news. 


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THE VENUE
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The Coral Sea resort is right on the waters edge looking out to the beautiful ocean, there is lush green grass where you can have the ceremony. It is close to town and the food, accommodation and service is great. As we are local to the area we thought it would be the perfect getaway for all of our friends and family coming from interstate. 


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THE FAVOURITE MOMENT
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Wow all of it! I really just want to relive the day over and over. I loved the ceremony it was absolutely magic and it was also a full moon so we got to watch the moon rise over the water.  Ritchie and I had dance lessons leading up to the wedding. Our first dance was definitely a highlight it was so exciting to dance our Batchata Dance in front of our friends and family and it was very entertaining. 


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THE DRESS
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 I felt like an absolute mermaid princess in the dress! I loved my dress it really suited my personality, the setting and was the amazing to wear all day it was comfortable and easy to move/dance in. 

FINDING THE ONE
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My shopping experience was so beautiful and exciting. It truly was a wonderful experience. I went with my Mum and the team knew the style of dress I was after and had everything all prepared ready for me to try on. As I travelled from QLD to Melbourne to find my dress it really was worth while. Francesca looked after me, she was attentive, caring and lots of fun. The whole experience was seamless from start to finish. During my fitting/alterations I was looked after as the ladies understood I had a time frame to travel back to QLD and ensured that my dress was ready in time. 

LEAH WEARS ELLA ROSA BE360 WEDDING DRESS


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ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES
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  1. Have everything organised 2 weeks in advance so when your friends and family arrive you can spend some quality time with them.
  2. Spend a moment the evening before the wedding visualizing how you wish to see the day unfold and set your intention for your wedding day. As this helped calmed my nerves and re-enforced that the day was going to be truly amazing.
  3. Don’t stress about minor details they don’t matter, let someone else take care of that. 
  4. Choose music that really sets the scene, I found our playlist just encouraged everyone to have so much fun. 
  5. Really be present ”In the Moment” so you don’t miss any part of you and your partners special day! 

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Coral Sea Resort / The Event Company Whitsundays / Vartamana Spa – Wedding Makeup  / Summer Rain Photography Airlie Beach​
 
CONSULT WITH A
RAFFAELE CIUCA EXPERT
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ARMADALE BRIDAL EMPORIUM
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Experience High Street Armadale luxury in our glamorous conveniently located Emporium. Let our expert stylists guide you through our extensive collection of the latest in bridal.

1088 High Street Armadale
(03) 9509 8731


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BRUNSWICK BRIDAL EMPORIUM 
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Sydney Road’s flagship Bridal Emporium; Raffaele Ciuca Brunswick will impress with the ultimate bridal shopping experience with over 250 styles to choose from including our new RC Curve Collection.

441-443 Sydney Road Brunswick
(03) 9380 4044


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LUXURY BRIDAL SUITE
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Raffaele Ciuca Bridal strives to exceed our customers’ expectations. We have opened a Luxury Bridal Suite above our Armadale Emporium. This is a VIP experience like no other in Australia.

Level 1 1088 High Street Armadale
(03) 9509 8731