Raluca's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

Raluca’s wedding dress story

This section of Kittenhood is dedicated to handmade wedding dresses. For many of us, it’s the one dress we have made to our exact measurements and our exact taste during a lifetime. And it’s supposed to last a lifetime – at least in our memory. So we got in touch with creative women who wore beautiful handmade dresses on their wedding day – a detail that’s virtually impossible to go unnoticed. 

If your wedding dress was handmade, we’d love to share it here! Check our submissions page to find out more. 

Raluca's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

Raluca works as a vet, but she also makes sweet illustrations, under the name The Art of Murmu. It’s immediately visible from her work (as well as her tattoos) that she loves animals, so it’s no coincidence that her wedding was critter-themed. Her dress was a dreamy combination of classic and contemporary, with traditional folk motifs embroidered in muted tones over the bodice and sleeves. But let’s let her do the talking… 

Kittenhood: Did you always know what kind of wedding dress you wanted?

Raluca: Honestly, no. Even the proposal was a surprise, so I was totally unprepared! Although I’m not the kind of girl who dreamed of her wedding dress as a child, I know my personal style and what suits me. 

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K: How did you come up with the design for your dress? What inspired you?

R: I started with Pinterest and some ideas in my head, then I gradually sketched it together with the designer. I couldn’t understand why it was so difficult to find a normal, comfortable wedding dress! But I was lucky to meet Oana, who understood my idea and made the perfect dress for me. 

K: So Oana is the designer of the dress? 

R: Yes, Oana Lupas, a local Cluj Napoca designer. 

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K: Does the dress define your personal style or did you get out of your comfort zone for the occasion?

R: It’s absolutely my style and just what I expected it to be! I felt very comfortable wearing it and I loved Oana’s idea of embroidering subtle folk motifs on the tulle. It made the dress truly unique! 

K: What did you love most about the dress?

R: The freedom of movement, the playful spirit, and, of course, the beautiful embroidery.

Raluca's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

K: Was it a surprise for your husband? If so, what was his reaction?

R: Yes, absolutely! The first time he saw the dress was when I came down the stairs on our wedding day. It was a very emotional moment.

Raluca's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

K: Were there any other handmade details in your wedding?

R: Yes, I guess I could say the entire theme of our wedding was handmade. I had enough time to make the invitations, table numbers, and menus myself. Then there were the lovely animal masks and boutonnieres, handmade by Vixy

Raluca's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

Raluca and Sorin got married in May 2015 in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Photography by Deers Photography.