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Real bride story: Crystal Graham

Our graceful bride Crystal got married in beautiful Puglia, Italy during the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the doubts and concerns, Crystal got her dream wedding and gave us the story of how she found the perfect dress and eloped in an Italian Castle!
Being a bride is full of exciting moments and joyful memories. 
Crystal was wearing our sparkling Madonna gown on her special day. Read her full inspiring story below.  

 

How did you discover Riki Dalal? 

One of my bridesmaids and best friends had an amazing dress by Riki Dalal 3 years ago. I wanted something slightly more glitzy but decided to look at the dresses anyway - I reviewed the website and absolutely fell in love with the new collection that was full of glitter but classy - exactly what I was looking for. 


 
 

How was your experience in the Boutique?

The girls in the boutique were amazing. I had sent them a list of dresses and they were all there and ready on my arrival during the first appointment. Every change or addition to the dress I wanted they were on it and helped put my ideas together perfectly. 

 
Throughout my experience, the girls were always readily available by phone and email. Reassuring throughout the pandemic. I had to fly a couple of times from the UAE where I worked, and they arranged all my appointments and fittings to suit me.
 
What made my experience even more perfect was on my final fitting I had a personal issue with the top, a couple of years ago I had breast cancer and a bilateral mastectomy. The seamstress was able to adapt the dress last minute to make sure it fit perfectly within minutes putting my anxieties to rest. 
 
 

What made you choose your dress? What was your favorite thing about it?

I wanted glitz and glam but also quality and elegance, which was the whole vision of the wedding. The Madonna dress was that and more. It was just everything I wanted. Being able to customize the dress was amazing. Given my color tone turning it ivory just made the dress stand out even more. Adding the detachable overskirt and the two-tier veil was the perfect extra-ness to the fairytale image but also gave the dress two looks. We also lowered the back and added buttons. 
 The sparkle throughout was my favorite part as it just was perfect for a wedding in the sun.


 

How did you know it was "the one"?

I had selected a few dresses and the Madonna was the last one I put on. They say you just know, and I knew. The fit was perfect for my figure and as soon as they said we could add the additional extras and customize finer details - it just was perfect! 

 
 

Tell us all about your wedding day!

We got married in the beautiful Puglia, Italy during the midst of a pandemic. With Italy being one of the hardest-hit countries we were very doubtful it would happen in 2020 however, Italy recovered amazingly, and it was safe to proceed. We had 3 days of events over the wedding week - Puglian Welcome drinks in Polignano a mare Fly bar, the wedding at Castello Marchione and a Pool Party at Masseria Santo Stefano. 
 
 
We had the most amazing and unbelievably supportive family and friends go to extraordinary lengths to join us. 
 
The wedding: 
We got married in Castello Marchione the most picturesque castle I have ever seen and one of the oldest castles in Puglia. I had found the venue on Pinterest and the pictures just do not do it justice. 
 
We went for a classic white theme throughout. The maids of honor in Ivory and the Bridesmaids in Oyster. 
The groomsmen wore a tux. 
The ceremony was a circular ceremony setting allowing guests views from all angles. We had a London based singer and piano player (Cameron Bloomfield) singing lost without you for the aisle song and blinded by your grace as a hymn during the ceremony. 
After we had aperitif’s in the garden with a sax player. 
 
The meal we had a traditional Puglian starter buffet and then a further 3-course meal. Cameron continued to sing during the ceremony. 
The cake was cut under one of the oldest trees on the grounds with candle lights and sparklers. 
The party then began - we had a brilliant DJ (Josh Weekes) from Leeds UK playing a range of music. 
A sax player (Antonio) and percussion player accompanied the DJ throughout the night. 
Buffet Desserts were served alongside a traditional gelato ice cream machine. 
 
The first dance was a remix of Bob Marley - is this love  
 
It was the most magical day and night partying till 3 am



 
Crystal was wearing our stunning mermaid gown, Madonna, from the Glamour collection. Madonna is a mermaid silhouette gown featuring a strapless corset, a sweetheart neckline, and made with sequined fabric and sparkling tulle that shines in all the right places.
 
Sneak a peek at Crystal dress's Madonna or skip right ahead to the Glamour Collection page here.


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