CELEBRATING LOVE IN 2017 The best of the year from RC Real Brides __ It's true, we couldn't do what we do without you! It always warms our hearts to see our brides send in their photos and their special memories
from one of the most important events of their lives.
We are so honoured that we are able to be a part of your big day.
To our brides of 2017, thank you for sharing your day with us,
and to our brides of 2018 we cannot wait to see you in your beautiful gowns.
We wish you all a lifetime of happiness. With love
"Lucy, from the Brunswick store was my dress consultant, and she made my experience memorable and fun. Her honesty was exactly what I needed, and she definitely knew what she was doing! I not only loved the dress she insisted I try on but it suited my body and wedding perfectly. I’d recommend her any day" #rcrealbride Jessica.
"I had Francesca and she was great. She listened to me and wasn’t pushy, which is what you need at a time that can be quite stressful and overwhelming. It needs to be a relaxed experience." #rcrealbride Sarah
"The dress was perfect. I felt like a princess, I had so many comments throughout the night about my dress and how beautiful it looked and I couldn’t of asked for a more WOW dress. As soon as we arrived we had champagne, I chose a dress that I had dreamt of wearing and realised it didn’t suit me. My stylist chose 4 dresses that thought would compliment my body keeping in mind I wanted long sleeves. The last dress I tried on that she chose was the one. I walked out and my mum couldn’t stop the tears rolling down we were all involve and found ~the dream dress~." #rcrealbride
"I have honestly never felt as beautiful as I did in my dress, it was the first wedding dress I had tried on and it fit perfectly. it was definitely meant to be. I am so glad that I chose RC, all the ladies there are amazing and so helpful, particularly Lucy, who helped me find my dress. She was so kind and made me feel comfortable, she was so helpful!" #rcrealbride Sam
"I had absolutely no idea what I wanted in a wedding dress. I first went dress shopping with my sister to find a style that suited me. I found ‘the’ dress alongside of my Mum. When I tried on the Malina gown my Mum got a bit teary – I knew this dress had pulled some heart strings and must have been ‘the one’ for me. I left Pina to choose some dresses for me to try on and this was one of them. She also found the most incredible cathedral length veil which pulled everything together absolutely perfectly. She was a great help!" #rcrealbride Tahlia
"The staff were all so lovely. When I walked into the Brunswick store, I didn’t have an appointment but Allison looked after me until her next client arrived. I think we tried on about 10 gowns. She really listened to what I wanted and took the time to get to know me and made me feel incredibly comfortable as I was a little overwhelmed with it all." #rcrealbride Georgia
"I had the best experience shopping for my dress with my mum and sister, everyone was lovely, super helpful. I went in wanting one style and after trying it on I was so upset as it didn’t suit me. I’m super grateful for the help of my stylist who quickly picked some options of what would suit me and bam there I fell in love with my dress. That wasn’t the scary part for me though, the alterations were. Aurora was absolutely stunning and so helpful and calming on my crazy indecisiveness. She was just beautiful!!" #rcrealbride Maryanne
"Honestly – I can’t say any particular person because every single staff member we encountered was professional and helpful. I am recommending your beautiful boutiques to all my bride to be friends! Don’t worry if you have no idea what you want, I visited Raffaele Ciuca about 5 times before deciding on a dress, and each time the ladies were helpful!" #rcrealbride Caroline
Highlights of 2017 ___ This year at Raffaele Ciuca has been bigger than ever!
Here are some of our favourite moments from 2017.
Same sex marriage law passed in Australia! We celebrated with a fabulous shoot at Campbell Point House with Lenzo.
We watched Vanessa on Married At First Sight Wearing a fabulous Raffaele Ciuca gown that stylist Francesca selected.
Francesca even went to the ceremony!
We were awarded "Best Emerging Market Dealer" Nicole Awards in Milano, Italy.
Wedded Wonderland Directory Launch Party We attended the fabulous party in Sydney.
Melbourne Meets Muse Launch party in our Armadale Emporium
Menswear Department Closed We farewelled the RC Man
We went to New York To sit front row at the Berta and Berta Muse runways
THE LOVE STORY Caitlin & Daniel #rcrealbride Caitlin wore our stunning Tamar wedding dress by Pronovias for her wedding in Laharam. Photography Thea Jane Photography
THE FIRST SIGHT __ Daniel and I met at a party through mutual friends 4.5 years ago, it was an army themed dress up party, so Daniel was covered from head to toe in khaki body paint, all that I could see was his eyes and teeth, I had no idea who he was, and he didn't know me. When I entered the room, Daniel says he was instantly drawn to me, and constantly went out of his way to speak to me and to be near me all night. He added me on Facebook the very next day, and we talked back and forth for 6 months, before deciding to meet again. There was an instant spark between us, and all it took was staying up all night talking for us both to realise how similar our personalities and interests really were. We became inseparable. One month later we started dating, and we began living together after 2 months, the rest is history!
THE PROPOSAL ___ Daniel proposed in August 2016 while we were holidaying in Port Douglas, our very first holiday together. We had planned a day out snorkelling at Low Isles in The Great Barrier Reef on our third day. While we were waiting on the island for the rest of the group to finish snorkelling, Daniel asked me to come for a walk along the beach. I thought that we wouldn't have time, but he insisted. So off we went. Daniel was holding the camera, and he asked me to walk towards the water and he will take some photos. I went a long with it, so off I went. When I turned around to face him, Daniel was down on one knee still holding the camera, I began walking towards him thinking 'surely not', but then he spoke the words "Caitie, will you marry me?". I was in such disbelief that I kept saying "are you serious?" until he pulled the ring out of the pocket of his board shorts, and of course I said YES!. He captured my entire reaction on camera!
___ We held our ceremony on Daniel's family farm, it is a spot he had earmarked for a very long time. We had our alter right next to a beautiful big tree in the paddock, and a stunning view of The Grampians behind us. It is a place that we can continue to return to, and show our kids and grand-kids one day the place where we were married.
THE FAVOURITE MOMENT ___ Marrying my best friend, and seeing how big his smile was for the entire day. We had so much fun taking all of our photos. Not to forget celebrating with our family and friends!
THE DRESS ___ Where do I start. My dress honestly made me feel like a princess. When I first saw myself in the mirror with my dress, jewellery, hair and make up done, I was speechless, and began tearing up; surely I couldn't have been that beautiful. For the first time in my life, I felt 100% beautiful. It fitted me perfectly, and showed off my curves which I loved! I even had people commenting that it was the most stunning dress they had ever seen, and that they swear it was made for me. My dress made me feel so amazing. FINDING THE ONE ___
My bridal shopping experience at RC Armadale was second to none. It was the first bridal store I had ever been to. I was assisted by Billy, and instantly she made me feel so welcome and comfortable; she was lovely! She allowed me to walk around and pick out some dresses that I wanted to try on. My gown was the first one that I had ever tried on, and at first I wasn't sure as it wasn't what I originally had in mind, but after trying on a few others none of them compared, I went back and tried on my Pronovias gown, and that's when I knew that it was 'the one'. I could see myself walking down the aisle in it, and nothing else. Billy was so helpful, and never rushed me. She allowed me to stay in the gown to really take it all in, that's what I believe allowed me to really be sure of my decision. She was amazing, and I would recommend her to anyone.
ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES ___ Don't sweat the small stuff, because honestly you won't even notice it on the day, besides, it won't even matter, as long as you marry your best friend, that's all that matters. Also, be fully present on the day, people aren't lying when they say that it goes by so quick, it really is over before you know it. Be sure to take a few minutes to take everything in, and enjoy some alone time with your new spouse on the day to reflect, I believe that is so important.
Photographer: Thea Jane Photography
Cake: Sweet Boutique Custom Cakes
Celebrant: Shae Spry
Reception Venue: The Halls Gap Valley Lodges
Music: Jason Bull Music
Hair: Hair by Millicent, D'Cocos, Horsham
Make Up: Stacey McClure Make up
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