“The dress was so classic! I adored it and I still love it. The all satin with just the hint of embellishment made me feel like royalty.”


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RC – How did you and your husband meet?
High school sweethearts! He was in the year above me and we started dating after he graduated and I was in my final year of high school. We’ve dated ever since, been together 6 years before we finally got married.

RC – The proposal?
My husband proposed to me 2 years ago over dinner. We were already talking about getting married and living a life together so it didn’t come as a complete surprise but it was a special moment nonetheless.

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RC – Is there a particular reason as to why you chose your venue?
Lakeside Reception in Melbourne is truly beautiful. It’s closer to home than a lot of the other venues we looked at, and the inside is decorated so beautifully- all black interior and gorgeous lighting.

RC – Your favourite part of the wedding?
Getting ready! we were a massive bridal party and it felt fabulous to have all my family and girlfriends getting ready in one space. Also entering into our venue to all our guests was an amazing experience.

RC – How the dress made you feel?
The dress was so classic! I adored it and I still love it. The all satin with just the hint of embellishment made me feel like royalty.

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RC – Your bridal shopping experience, Is there anyone from RC who stood out?
Teresa from the Brunswick store!

RC – Tips for brides-to-be!
It’s a very stressful time indeed, and I know everybody says don’t stress but sometimes you can’t help it. It’s your day, do what YOU want not what other people want, and if you’re going to stress, do so in the lead up to the wedding so everything is ready to go on the day itself. Enjoy the day, it passes so quickly, you don’t want to be wasting time crying or stressing out.

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Raffaele Ciuca Bride Sumeyya married in a stunning Pronovias gown in Melbourne, Australia wedding