This week we interviewed #rcrealbride Talia who married the love of her life Dean in our Malina wedding gown by Maggie Sottero on the 12th November 2016 THE FIRST SIGHT We met as year 7 students – way back in 2001. We were great friends throughout high school and only started dating toward the end of Year 12. We parted ways for University, however continued to share a fond bond for one another, sharing the 3 hour drive each weekend. The rest, they say, is history! THE PROPOSAL We were living in London and Dean was adamant that he needed a beach holiday. Thinking that the London weather had ‘finally’ got to him we booked a very last minute weekend trip to Rhodes Island, one of the Greek Islands. Following dinner by the beach watching the most glorious sunset, Dean popped the question. I was totally unassuming and mystified! THE VENUE The Daylesford area has always been somewhere that we have spent a lot of time going for short drives on the weekend and absolutely loved. It seemed fitting that we found a venue within this area. We wanted a beautiful garden wedding with some added rustic charm, that was absolutely fuss free so everyone could just enjoy themselves. The Grange Bellinzona ticked all the boxes. THE FAVOURITE MOMENT Everything! Our first dance – this was a beautiful moment where we both connected in awe of the entire day. Finding out that we had a niece (born on our wedding day)! My sister and Maid of Honour went into labour between the photo shoot and the reception – definitely topped off an incredible day. My bridesmaids seeing me in my dress for the first time. It was such an incredibly happy and intimate moment to share with my closest friends. Having my Mum give me away and seeing Dean waiting for me at the other end of the aisle along with the beautiful smiles on the Groomsmen’s face. Such a special feeling. THE DRESS I wore a Maggie Sottero Malina dress in light gold with the most beautiful beaded cathedral length ivory veil. FINDING THE ONE 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! ADVICE Go with the flow. Don’t worry if something doesn’t go to plan – just make the most of it and keep smiling. The rain started during our ceremony and continued throughout the photos – the overcast weather made for the most incredible photos! My sister and Maid of Honour went into labour just before the reception (she was the only person who knew how to button up my bustle!) – wasn’t ideal, but makes for a wedding to remember for us and guests alike!