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Real bride story: Zoe Osullivan

This is the story of our beautiful bride Zoe Osullivan. Zoe had a brilliant Tuscany upscale wedding in this dreamiest villa. 
Being a bride is full of exciting moments and joyful memories. 
Read her story and be inspired by her words and gorgeous mermaid wedding gown Naomi from the Florence collection

Where did you discover Riki Dalal?

It all started when I was back in the UK visiting family (as I Reside in Dubai) and was early for an appointment at another well-known Bridal Store. Killing time before my appointment, I just so happened to walk past the Riki Dalal Flagship store on Bond Street and couldn't help but pop in to look. I hadn't considered Riki Dalal as a potential designer until then, but as I walked in the store, I was blown away by the dresses I saw and knew this might be the one! 


How was your experience in the Boutique?

Although I had walked in unannounced, the store assistant was very accommodating and explained that if I could wait 20mins, there had been a cancellation. They could fit me in for a consultation if I would like to take a closer look at any dresses. Instantly I felt like a VIP, and the consultant explained how each dress could be custom altered to my preference. 


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

When I tried on 'THE DRESS,' (the Naomi) I just knew this was the one. The intricate beading and delicate lace overlaying a sequined sheath made me feel like a million dollars, and the high-quality boning and fabric meant it fitted like a glove. When I found out it was from their "Florence" collection I took it as a sign! (Florence is where we got married). 


How did you know it was "The One"?

I had to leave to meet my bridesmaids at my other appointment, but nothing I tried on at the other store compared. I dragged them back to Riki Dalal, and immediately they confirmed my feelings that this was the "one"!
I took the opportunity to make a few minor alterations to the train shape and add some detachable sleeves. It felt beyond amazing that this dress was going to be the only one in the world and custom-made for me! 


Tell us all about your wedding day!

Our Wedding Day was set in the majestic Tuscan Hills in the Chianti region of Italy, at a 15th Century Villa rumored to be designed by Michangelo. We had 90 guests join us from across the globe for our special day.
When planning the wedding, we wanted to create something timeless, classic, and elegant. Our main goal was to give our guests a real chance to escape the mayhem, let their hair down, and fall in love with the rolling hills as we did. With the breathtaking views and giant pink structure taking center stage of the scene, we decided to use simplistic decor with a muted palette of grey, green, and white complemented the surrounded olive groves.
Villa Mangiacane is full of beautiful antiques, unique sculptures, and works of art. I made sure to feature these as part of the decor where I could. I also utilized items found in the estate, such as wine barrels, corks, and Persian rugs in the decor design. I love a bit of DIY, so I threw myself into creating handmade invitations and hand-painted welcome signs and table numbers. A truly Tuscan feast, all sourced from the estate, was served in the villa's courtyard. A beautiful space surrounded by vines which once the sun went down was truly magical under the twinkling string lights. Favors consisted of lemon-cello bottles and personalized chocolate coffee beans to keep guests dancing all night, which they certainly did! After a surprise Italian opera singer performed our first dance, guests witnessed a huge firework display from the loggia in the villa (signaled by the cut of the cake!) before commencing an all-night cellar party complete with International DJ. It really was an absolute dream come true! 




Zoe wore our unique Naomi from Florence collection.
Naomi is a classic mermaid silhouette gown with strapless bone corset and a skirt that opens with many layers of tulles and elaborate lace.
Glimpse the Florence collection here or better yet, our top dresses here.


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