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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

Hello 2017! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and we wish all of you an even better 2017. The year of the Chicken or Rooster is upon us. Still a few more weeks until that changes over and I bet many of you are ready for a fresh start, new energy and opportunities. I know I am. 2016 was a rough one on many levels for myself and my family but within the dark times there is always light.

I’m excited to start the first post of 2017 off with a real wedding! This wedding is stunning and makes us want to book a flight to Australia right now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Julia and Michael’s wedding day. Cheers!

The Details…
How did you and your partner meet?
Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.


How did he propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met


How did you choose your wedding gown?
I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through  two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!


What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.


Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would take more photos with my family, as we somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Tips on how to enjoy the engagement:

Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant! And have a party, why not!

On Planning:

I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!

 And on the Wedding Day:

BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!

Thank you for your submission. You too can submit your real wedding for a chance to be featured on our blog. For info on how to do so CLICK HERE. Here are all the fab vendors that made their day so special.

Who Made it Happen?
Couples Names:  Michael Wentworth-Perry and Julia Price
Wedding Date:
26th February 2016
Dress: 
Cristiano Lucci http://www.cristianolucci.com/gallery.php?i=122
Makeup:
Shopgirl Beauty
Hair:
Leslie Henshaw
Stationery: Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Shoes: 
Badgley Mishka
Accessories: 
LOVEON Jewellery http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore  Jadore.com.au
Grooms Suit:
Overseas tailor
Photographer:
Keepsake Photography http://keepsakephoto.com.au/
Cake:
Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams
Croquembouche: Croissandor
Food:
ANU House
Flowers:
Silk Florahttp://silkflora.com.au/
Ceremony Venue:
St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Reception Venue:
ANU House
Videographer: Say Hello to Forever http://www.sayhellotoforever.com.au/
DJ: Mr Michael Music
Live music: Jay Boats
Transport: Select Limousines

Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

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Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

You are in for a special treat. The real wedding of Jess and Jeremy has rustic charm mixed with elegance written all over it. We love the combination and special details they added to make their day their own. Take a moment to enjoy images from their beautiful day. Thanks for sharing with us!

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The proposal. Details please!
Jeremy surprised me with a holiday at Binna Burra when he came back from a 4 months’ overseas deployment. He took me for a hike to a lookout and clearing over a mountain stream, and proposed on the rock ledge in front of the stunning view. We celebrated with champagne and a delicious dinner at the mountaintop restaurant.

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How did you and Jeremy meet?
Jeremy and I actually met at the gym!

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The Gown! Where from and why?
I chose my wedding gown at Belladonna Bridal in Brisbane. I was looking for really beautiful and intricate classic detailing but still wanted something I could dance and party in and feel comfortable in all day.

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The Style of the wedding day?
Classic, timeless and elegant. We let the venue speak for itself. We splurged on our venue, photographer and dresses. We also paid for guest accommodation so they could stay the night in a gorgeous lodge and celebrate with us the next morning for breakfast. After all, they are some of the most important parts and it was our venue that created the elegant atmosphere we were after. We saved on transport, with the ceremony and reception at the same place.

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If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Remembering to take my engagement ring off before the ceremony! I completely forgot and had to quickly take it off and put it on the other hand.

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Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Keep your perspective centered. A wedding is just one day, and things do go wrong; embrace it. The weather on our day was absolutely crazy but as a result, some of our best photos are swirled in fog and rain!

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How about your favorite moment?
We played the shoe game and cried with laughter. The crazy weather was also memorable. We had sun, rain, storms and fog. It made the view even more incredible and cosy inside.
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Meet the vendors that made their special day happen.

Photography: Studio Impressions http://www.studioimpressions.com.au/
Ceremony + Reception Venue:
Spicer’s Peak Lodge https://spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge/
Bride’s Dress: Watters gown from Belladonna Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses:
Custom Made
Hair + Makeup:
Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Artistry
Groom + Groomsmen Suits
: Custom Made
Coordinator:
Chloe Douglas of Spicers Peak Lodge
Flowers:
Blooms Bridal http://www.bloomsbridal.com.au/
Cake:
Special Moments Cakes Made with Love
Stationery:
Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Music: Matt Fasso and String Ensemble
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins
Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au
Engagement Ring:
Xennox Diamonds
Bride’s Wedding Ring:
Saleras
Groom’s Wedding Ring:
Michael Hill

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

You know we swoon when we get to share a real wedding with you. This one is so sweet, beautiful and one of a kind. Who ever said you need a fancy location to feel opulent is just plain wrong. A court house wedding can be stunning and filled with your special touches, just as Jessica and Chintan show us below. Take a moment to view and read about their love story, enjoy!

Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon http://picassoartisticsalon.com/
Shoes:
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories:
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
N/A
Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer:
Powers Photography Studio http://powersstudios.com/
Stationery:
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake:
Dream Cakes http://www.dreamcakesportland.com/
Food:
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers:
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Their Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

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How He Proposed

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

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Her Wedding Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

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Style for their wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

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The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

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Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Your favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Getting Married: Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier

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Getting Married: Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. But planning it can be a pain. There always seem so much to do, so many people to speak to when all you really want to do is get on and enjoy the day. Why not benefit from those that have been there before you and check out our guide to things that we’d wished we had known earlier.

You don’t have to choose the first dress you try on

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Dianne that said she wished that she hadn’t of bought of the first wedding dress she tried on. Although both she and her mom got the feels and had a good cry, she thinks maybe it was just because that the first time they saw her as a bride.

Remember that the assistants in the bridal shop will be trying to make a sale so don’t feel pressured into buying any dress you are not sure about. If you can’t make up your mind there and then it’s perfectly acceptable to walk away and make the decision later.

You don’t have to have a formal event

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Sally says she loved her formal wedding, but would have an informal do if she had her time again. While all the glitz and glamor of a six course sit down meal was nice, Sally felt like things were a bit flat at times. She has seen guests have more fun at a country style wedding with line dancing, so would recommend that for potential brides.

Remember you are having this wedding to celebrate your union, so it’s important that it reflects you as a couple. If you would prefer hay bails and drinking jars make sure you let everyone else know and don’t be bullied into their dream for your wedding.

You can have your wedding reception in almost any location with a marquee

Karen wished she has realized that she could have a wedding in the grounds of her parent’s house. She wasn’t keen on the idea of a hotel reception. But it seemed the most sensible thing to do as there was nowhere to put the 200 guests if the weather was bad.

Of course as long as you have the permission and space it’s pretty easy to a marquee to have to have your wedding whether you’d like it. Companies that offer luxury marquee hire also often provide bar and catering services so you can get it all booked at the same time.

You can do your own flowers

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Mercedes says she spent a fortune on flowers only to have them go over the very next day. She of like to have pressed them and given them to family and friends but she just didn’t get the chance. She recommends doing your own flowers the night before.

Use florist oasis to hold them in an arrangement and keep them watered. Adding a soluble aspirin to the water can also help them keep perky for much longer.

We hope a few of these tips and advice from past brides will help you out. It’s so hard sometimes planning your wedding since it is a big event that typically only happens once. We understand you want everything to be perfect but it’s ok if it’s not, just remember to enjoy the day!

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Little Wedding Details That Are Just As Important As Saying ‘I Do’

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Little Wedding Details That Are Just As Important As Saying ‘I Do’

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What do you worry about the most, planning your wedding? For many couples, guys, in particular, it’s the part where they say I do. Believe it or not, most couples stumble and fumble just at the thought of saying these two words. They know what they mean and the impact they will have on the rest of their lives. They are binding themselves to one person forever in a declaration of true love, and it’s a beautiful act. However, by focussing all your concern on details like this, you may miss important little things that could make your wedding a hit or a miss. Here are some of the things you still need to think about if you want your wedding to be a triumphant success.

The Speeches

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Oh dear, this is a part of your wedding that really can go wrong. When you are picking the key individuals for your wedding, you do need to consider the speeches. In short, you shouldn’t choose people who are going to make a mess of what should be beautiful words about the past, present and future. Of course, one way to get around this is to coach the people who are writing the speeches. Help them say something that is perfect for your wedding. Careful with jokers who are just interested in making your guests laugh. Wedding speeches should hold some sentiment without making guests gag.

Colour Coordination

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A lot of people hire a stylist for their wedding and there is good reason for this. Without a stylist, you might find that you have a lot of clashing colours. When thinking about colours and shades, consider the flowers, the food being served and the general decorations. You might also want to think about the different outfits that are being worn by members of the bride and groom’s parties. Remember, everything should compliment everything else beautifully. The only exception is the dress. No matter what colour wedding dress you choose, it should stand alone. The bride should always be the centre of the wedding ceremony.
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Your wedding lasts one day. The memories will last forever, especially if you get great pictures. You need to think about your wedding photos carefully because these will provide the frame of the memories. It could have been a wonderful, beautiful day. If the pictures are terrible, that’s how you’ll remember it. Rather than hiring a photographer, one idea is hiring a photo booth from Melbourne Memories or a similar company. That way, you’ll have plenty of fun snaps from your wedding day. At the very least, this is a great idea for the reception.

Table Decorations

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table decor for weddingsLastly, you have a chance to do something special with the table decorations. You can use them to help your guests become a part of the wedding. One idea we love is to have a part of a poem on each wedding table. Then, one guest from each table can read out a piece of the poem forming a beautiful symphony of ideas about your partnership.

 

Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

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Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

We always get excited when a real wedding comes into our inbox and this one doesn’t disappoint. In the style of a “Big Greek” Wedding this couple wows us from start to finish. Rochelle’s gown is stunning and you can see how happy they both are together. Enjoy the images below and thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for the submission.

Vendors
Dress: Jason Grech http://www.jasongrech.com/
Shoes: Ninewest
Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish http://swishclothing.com.au/
Accessories: Just Me Jewellery justmejewellery.com.au
Photograph: Eye to Eye Photography http://www.eyetoeyephotography.com.au/
Wedding Movie: C2 Films http://www.c2films.com.au/
Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Reception Venue: Crown Towers
Makeup: Martina
Hair: Hue’s Hair
Flowers: Kitsa’s Flowers
Cake: Abfab Cakes

How did we meet?
Nathan and I have actually known each other since our early twenties, however didn’t really get together until a few years later. We both worked for the same company out of uni and we’d always chat (even though I remember him being so nervous around me) however at the time I was in a long-term relationship with a guy from high school, who I was certain that I’d marry. When that didn’t pan out and we broke up, Nathan and I spent more time together and started getting a lot closer.
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It’s still crazy to think that Nathan has been in my life for so long and I could have easily missed out on something so special. I was so devastated when I broke up with my previous partner as we’d been together since we were 15 years old, but there really is a silver lining to every cloud! I couldn’t imagine my life without Nathan now.

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How did he propose?
Being the hopeless romantic that he is, I don’t think Nathan could help himself with going all out on the proposal.

Nathan said that he had a work conference at Melbourne’s Crown Towers (If you know Crown Towers, you’d know that it’s the most glamourous building in the city!) So he recommended that we book a hotel room and go stay over for the night. I remember we were sitting in the hotel room about to get ready for dinner when he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. As it turns out, there was of course no conference and we woke up the next day to a gorgeous brunch on the waters of Southbank and later just dawdled around the city in pure bliss.

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How did you choose your wedding dress?
Every bridal gown I’ve ever seen at a wedding that had made my jaw drop was a Jason Grech design, so I knew that as soon it was my turn, I’d know exactly which designer to turn to! All of his pieces are so elegant and classic, and when I saw my gown – I knew it was the one. I couldn’t believe how well it fit me even before alterations, and because it was silk, it was so comfortable to wear all day. It also had gorgeous embellished detailing down the sides which matched with a stunning Capulet that could be removed. So comfortable and functional!

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What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Nathan comes from a traditional Greek family, so it was a given that we incorporate his family’s traditions into the ceremony. However, I still wanted to inject some modernity and a bit more glamour into the event. This is largely why we chose Crown as our venue space (amidst the fact that our proposal took place there.) The views from our reception venue were absolutely stunning and we loved the fact that it overlooked the skyline of the city. When choosing my bridesmaids dresses, my own dress and the ceremony décor – I wanted to go for a timeless glamour feel to contrast against the modernity of our reception décor and to still tie in with the traditional Greek elements of the day.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Luckily, we both managed to take quite a bit of time off for our honeymoon and we fit in two trips! We headed to Bali for ten days to relax, came back for a week (possibly the hardest working week I’ve ever done) and then we jetted off to Europe. We met up with Nathan’s family in Greece and met up with a couple of my sisters as well. Afterwards we also travelled through Spain, Italy and Croatia. 

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Thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for submitting their elegant and beautiful wedding day photos. What an amazing day the two of you had! I hope they inspired another couple planning their big day.

What to have your wedding day featured on our blog and social media? Just click here for the info we need to feature your wedding day. It’s as easy as that! Cheers – Alexis

Real Wedding: Joanarc & Brian

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Real Wedding: Joanarc & Brian

We are happy to share this lovely real wedding with you. Joanarc and Brian had a winter wedding and we love how elegantly they planned it. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

“For our wedding, which we planned for more than a year, we wanted to keep it simple and elegant since it is a celebration of our marriage witnessed by close friends and family. We limited the colors to black, white, and champagne, to create a modern feel but we filled the venue with flowers and lights to evoke a feeling of coziness – we wanted everything to be chill, for the guests to feel relaxed and for everyone, including us, to have fun.

We met in college. We’re both taking up Journalism at the University of Sto. Tomas. We were friends and hang out with the same group but we became close during our last year in college. We were both in problematic relationships and commiserated with each other. We stayed close until after graduation, getting coffee and drinking after work but it wasn’t until three years after graduation when we first kissed. We’ve been together ever since. 🙂 We had a year and a half to prepare so it was relatively easy. Also, I think we had an advantage because I work in PR so I handle a lot of events. My mom helped with the venue, I looked for our florist, wedding coordinator, the photographer, and the videographer. Brian looked for the band and handled the technical stuff.”

They were also kind enough to send us a video from their wedding day. Click here if you’d like to see it.
Wedding Details:
Venue: Midlands Clubhouse, Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines
Church: Madre de Dios Chapel, Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines
Date: February 27, 2016
Theme: Simple and Elegant
Motif: Black, White, Champagne

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A list of their vendors:

Photographer Toto Villaruel http://totovillaruel.com/blog/home/
Videographer Dreamechanics http://dreamechanicseventfilms.com/
Ceremony Venue Madre de Dios Chapel http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Reception Venue Midlands Clubhouse http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Bride’s Dress Vania Romoff http://www.bridalbyvaniaromoff.com/
Bride’s Shoes Christian Louboutin www.christianlouboutin.com
Bride’s Robe Mara Chua https://www.facebook.com/marachuamanila/
Bridesmaid Dresses Mara Chua https://www.facebook.com/marachuamanila/
Groom’s Attire Felipe & Sons https://www.facebook.com/felipeandsons/
Hairstylist Jan Edrosolan https://www.instagram.com/janbenj13/
Makeup Artist Gery Penaso https://www.instagram.com/gerypenaso/
Bouquets Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Flowers & Decor Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Event Stylist Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Cake Baker Sweet Solutions http://www.sweetsolutionsbakeshop.com/
Catering Tagaytay Highlands http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Invitations & Stationery Katrina Tapang and Tefiny Tulod
Band The GoatCake https://www.facebook.com/The-Goatcake-103237513198948/
Ceremony Musicians Iris Gonzalez
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Real Wedding of Steve & Kristi

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Real Wedding of Steve & Kristi

You are in for a treat. Kristi and Steve had an opulent wedding day. She had three outfit changes! The long ruffled train detached and the gown was then sexy & beaded. For the reception she changed into a gold strapless gown perfect for partying in. How amazing is that? Besides the stunning gowns the decor at their wedding reception was beautiful. From the five tiered gold cake to the cascading center pieces with orchids, roses and tulips we want to be transported there now! The deep red, gold with black accents really made for a modern and decadent backdrop. What about the individual bottles of Moet Champagne for each guest? That’s an idea we can support. Sit back, grab a cup of tea and view a fairytale wedding that is truly one to remember. Thanks again for the couple so kindly sharing their images with us and to Blumenthal Photography for taking all the great images. Enjoy!

Vendor Info:

  • Ceremony: Ivy Merivale, Sydney
  • Reception (if different)
  • Wedding Dress: George Elsissa – georgeelsissa.com
  • Bridesmaids dresses: Sweethearts Bridal – sweetheartsbridal.com
  • Shoes: Stuart Weitzman – stuartweitzman.com
  • Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations – adorninvitations.co.uk
  • Flowers: Sydney Wedding Flowers
  • Groom(smen)’s suits: Hugo Boss
  • Accessories: Jewellery: Nader Jewellers – nader.com
  • Cake: Sweet Passion – sweetpassion.com
  • Photographer: Blumenthal Photography – blumenthalphotography.com.au
  • Make Up & Hair: Natalie Anne Hair – natalieanne.com
  • Film: Untitled Film Works

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How did the two of you meet?

Steve and I were childhood sweethearts… We started dating when we were just 15 years old after meeting at my friend’s older brother’s 17th birthday party. We may have been very young at the time but we were absolutely smitten with each other, and spent as much time together as our parents would allow. We decided to move in together when we start university, that was a true test of our patience, but perfect none the less!

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How did the proposal go?

For Valentine’s Day last year Steve surprised me by taking me hot air ballooning (I’d always wanted to go). We were watching the sun rise and absolutely freezing, luckily I had Steve to keep me warm. At one stage though he had stopped cuddling me, by the time I turned around to see what he was doing he was down on one knee with my stunning engagement ring gleaming up at me.

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How would you sum up your wedding in a few sentences?

Our wedding was definitely glamourous! The fact that I wore multiple different dresses on the day probably showcased that. We also focused our wedding décor around the contrast of gold and different shades of red. Our reception included over 2,000 individual flowers which really popped again our clear glass furniture and gold detailing. I really do think that glamourous is the best description!

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What was important to you about your wedding?

I really wanted our guests to be blown away, by everything! With this in mind we really had no limits set; the more glitz the better! Thousands of flowers and hundreds of candles, we wanted every element of our wedding to be incomparable and unforgettable. My dresses were also very important to me; I couldn’t decide between having a big princess dress, or having a more sexy fitted dress… So in the end I decided to combine both! I also wanted to wow our guests with ANOTHER dress for the cutting of the cake, so I chose to literally match my dress with the cake and have gold detailing throughout.

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What made your venue “the one”?

We needed a big venue to comfortable house all of our guests, we also wanted something quite neutral that we could fill with all of our chosen wedding décor. Steve and I did a lot of research and visited a lot of different venues; when we finally stumbled upon the Ivy I knew it would be the perfect canvas for what I had in mind!

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What made the day really special to you?

Definitely Steve and my first dance together as a married couple! Neither of us had much ballroom dancing experience, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, so I made Steve take private dance lessons with me for a few weeks leading up to our wedding. After cutting our amazing cake our wedding song came on, it was quite nerve racking to start with but Steve made it fun and I soon relaxed.

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What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?

On your wedding day; take a deep breath and enjoy yourself! Your whole day goes so quickly so you really don’t want to spend it stressing about minor details that may or may not go wrong. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help you, take advantage of that! If there’s anything that they can do to help, ask them so that you have one less thing on your mind and you can really embrace the day!

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Steve and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We spent two weeks at the Hilton in Honolulu, sipped on cocktails every day and did way too much shopping! The two of us hadn’t been on a proper holiday together for a few years before that so we really made the most of our time away together, finally able to relax without needing to stress about any wedding details.

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