Yola & Alexander tied the knot at Montsalvat bringing to life a slice of rustic Europe, nestled in lush gardens and providing a story-book background followed by the reception at Melbournes iconic Leonda by the Yarra within the surrounds of the willows on the banks of the Yarra River. #RCREALBRIDE Yola looked like she had just walked out on a fairytale wearing her Demetrios Platinum ballgown in ‘Anastasia’.
Photography & Videography: T-One Image
THE FIRST SIGHT
It was just like any other day. I was going out to meet a group of friends for dinner and I originally wasn’t going to go because I was so tired from work. Alexander decided to come last minute to see a mutual friend. We got chatting and really hit it off!
Alexander has always been a very romantic type so I had no idea when it was going to happen. However, he did it big. Alexander organized a Helicopter Ride over Melbourne CBD and while I was in awe of this beautiful city he popped the big question!
Many reasons to be honest. I believe Leonda on the Yarra is known to be a bit more refined and upper class and that is the feel I was going for my wedding. It has stunning rooms and the garden areas are well looked after it. It suited my theme and I just loved the view of the Yarra.
I can’t pick just one moment to be honest, the whole day was like a dream come true! It was truly one of the best days of my life and I will never ever forget sharing such a special day with my friends and family. I wish I could do it all again.
The dress was nothing short of amazing! It was very comfortable and loved every bit of detail. I didn’t want to take it off. The sweet heart cut, lace detail and ball gown look made me feel like a real princess on my special day. It’s hard to describe but when you’re trying dress on after dress and you put the final one on you just know you’ve found the one.
FINDING THE ONE
Terese from Brunswick was amazing! She was like my fairy god mother. We sat down and I filled in a form to best describe the dress I liked. After she went over that I explain my vision of what I wanted to look like and we discussed my options. Terese knew exactly what I wanted and made sure I was 100% with everything, even with the alterations. She was a star! It was such an easy, seamless process – defiantly over the moon with the service and recommend Raffaele Ciuca to all my friends and family.
ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES
Once you’ve made your decision on your dress, don’t doubt it. Sometimes throughout the wedding you will doubt if you might the right decision with the details. Never doubt your final decision, trust your initial gut instinct. Don’t hold back, get what you want!
Photographer & Videographer: T-One Image
Flowers: Lillypad Weddings
Hair: Ella Martinez (ellasbridalhair)
Makeup: ZF makeup (Zieneb Farha)