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Real Oregon Wedding: Jin and Eric at Wilmes Hop Farm

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Real Oregon Wedding: Jin and Eric at Wilmes Hop Farm

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous wedding!  Jin and Eric’s wedding was fun, romantic and oh so stunning. The colors they chose really popped against the vibrant green there at Wilmes Hop Farm. Take a look at their images and get inspired!  We included a complete vendor list down below the pictures. They had one heck of a team!

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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: 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
Host
Cece Nicolas- Mariano of Kiss The Girl Events
https://www.facebook.com/KissTheGirlEvents/
Lights and Sounds JS Mina http://jsminasoundsystem.net/
Female Entourage Favors Oliver and Maude http://www.oliverandmaude.com/
Male Entourage Favors Gouache Bags http://www.gouachebags.com/
Principal Sponsors Favors Oliver and Maude http://www.oliverandmaude.com/
Wedding Planner/Coordinator Kiss The Girl https://www.facebook.com/KissTheGirlEvents/
Photo Booth Party Smarty PH https://www.facebook.com/PartySmartyPH
Win a Stella & Dot Necklace and Bracelet!

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Win a Stella & Dot Necklace and Bracelet!

We are thrilled to announce our first giveaway of 2016. This one makes us extra excited because we heart Stella & Dot Jewelry. We wore all Stella & Dot at our wedding and loved how fabulous each piece looked with our wedding gown. Now it’s your turn to look fabulous on your wedding day.

What’s even better is this combo can be worn again and again after your wedding is over. We love a multi-use piece. This necklace and bracelet combo will look stunning with any style of wedding gown. Will it be yours?!

How to enter: Head over to our side bar and sign up for our free newsletter. You have until March 31st to sign up for the newsletter. After that we will send out the final step via the newsletter. It’s just that easy. A winner will be chosen by April 10th, 2016 and announced here, on the blog.

Details: Total value of the set is $100. Winner must reside in the United States. Winner will be notified via email. If they do not respond within 48 hrs then another winner will be chosen. We will ship the set to the winner after the contest is over. Not exchangeable for cash.

A huge thank you to Annette of BaublesBash for sponsoring the giveaway. If you can’t wait for the winner to be announced head over to her page to shop now!

Shown below: Somervell Necklace-Gold and Amelie Sparkle Bracelet – Gold.

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Real Wedding – Luke & Madeleine

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Real Wedding – Luke & Madeleine

When a real wedding comes into our inbox we get giddy. There is so much beauty and love in weddings which is why I think we heart them so much. When we saw the images from Luke & Madeleine’s wedding day we were swooning over her stunning gown, glam shoes, soft lilac bridesmaids dresses, and the absolutely gorgeous flower wall for the ceremony! This couple is so pretty you can’t take your eyes off of them and we take take our eyes off of all the beautiful details from their wedding day. Grab your tea, sit back and enjoy!

Below is a list of their vendors from their wedding day.

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What’s your love story? How did you meet originally and get together?
Luke and I are high school sweethearts! We’ve had eyes on each other since we were 15 years old and we’re each other’s best friends, we know absolutely everything about each other and we’ve shared so many amazing memories growing up together. I remember sitting in class with him (he was always the class clown) and he would just make me laugh so much! I suppose nothing much has changed though. To this day, I don’t go a day without him putting me in hysterics.

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How did the proposal go?
We absolutely love travelling and being in the outdoors, and we were in Bali when the proposal happened. I remember he took me down to the beach for a sunset stroll and I didn’t really think much of it. It was a gorgeous evening as well; the weather could not have been more perfect! The tide was out and the sun was almost setting behind the water and that’s when he surprised me by getting down on one knee and taking something out of his pocket. It completely caught me off guard! I had tears welling up in my eyes the whole time, and even now when I look back on it I can’t help but tear up a little.

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How did you choose your dress?
I knew that I wanted to have some input when designing my gown. I had a really clear picture of what I wanted so I didn’t want to buy a gown off the rack. Luckily, I found Jane Hill and it seemed like we were absolutely perfect for each other! She loved my ideas for the dress and I also completely agreed with all of her input. It was my idea for the extravagant and billowing pleating at the bottom but Jane recommended that we make the bottom pleats completely detachable and this was the most perfect idea because I was actually able to move and dance at the reception!

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Could you sum up your wedding in a couple of sentences – how would you describe the look and feel of the day, the vibe:
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. It was timeless, elegant and classic with just a touch of glamour. Ever since I could remember – I had always envisioned having a traditional wedding with an understated but elegant and romantic theme.

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What was important to you about your wedding- what were your priorities from the very beginning?
The most important thing to us was having a wedding that would survive through the decades. We wanted a ceremony where we could look back on the photos in years’ time and not cringe at any of our choices from the wedding dress to the décor! Hence why we kept the theme timeless and classic. I really think that when we’re flipping through our wedding album, we’ll be able to look back on these photos and still adore them!

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What made your venue “the one”?
As soon as I walked up to see the Luminare Skydeck – the view of Melbourne city completely took my breath away. The skyline of the city was absolutely stunning and the gorgeous décor inside only complemented the stunning views outside. We also loved that the venue was so private, and guests weren’t restricted to their table as there were bars situated around the dancefloor where everyone could mingle. The sky deck had a beautiful colour theme of neutral greys and whites which I knew would be perfect as I could add my own special touch with the décor but the style was also very modern with hints of art deco just adding that little bit of a special touch.  The staff were also amazing and so helpful, and the food was done by the Big Group who I know have the most delicious catering!

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What made the day really special and personal to you?
My bridesmaids were absolute angels and really made sure that everything went smoothly! I literally did not stress throughout the whole day because of how well they handled everything. My mum and sisters kept me sane and calm the whole day so I could just enjoy myself. My mum also made the day so special for me. In the morning, whilst I was getting ready, her and dad gave me a little white box. Inside were the most beautiful pair of earrings I’ve ever seen. I want to give them to my little girl on her wedding day, and hopefully this can be a new tradition for my own family.

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What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?
The best advice I could give to brides and grooms would be to take some time out for yourself right before the big day. It can get so stressful with all of the planning and finalising the smaller details so it’s important to remember why you’re doing it – to share a lifetime with the one you love! Go for a dinner and have a nice stroll with your partner and don’t mention the wedding, this will help to ground you both and de-stress you.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Luke and I both share a love for travel so we’ve visited some amazing places together, but our Honeymoon has truly been our favourite holiday together. We took a month off and went travelling Europe from London to Paris to the warm beaches of Croatia. Stunning night time dinners and strolls through Paris would have to be my favourite memory though. The city truly is for lovers.

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The Weddington Way – Dress Your Groom

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The Weddington Way – Dress Your Groom

We all know that weddings are very focused on the woman. What will the bride wear? What colors will she have? What flowers? What will the bridesmaids wear? Shoes, hair, make-up! OH MY! So much going on with the bride what about the whole reason why you are planning this event…the GROOM! You met your man, your soulmate, your partner. Now it’s time to put some focus on him. What will he wear? He is the first to walk down the aisle, he will be the one standing at the alter waiting for you to arrive. So let’s take a look at dressing your man so he too can look dapper. Visit The Weddington Way to find the perfect tuxedo rental for your groom and groomsmen!

Let’s start with this light grey with eggplant vest and bowtie. Add the dash of color to your man for the unexpected. Then keep all the groomsmen in just grey. This makes the groom stand out. This look can be found here on The Weddington Way.

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Of course we know many of you like to keep things classic and classy! The always elegant all black always works. Oh wait, did we tell you that you don’t have to buy these suits and tuxes? No. These are all available to rent and will be shipped to you along with a return label to send it back after the wedding! What? Yes, all true.

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You can also buy accessories for him if you are looking to add some pattern to his overall look. We like this blue plaid tie to add a bit of spice. Visit the Weddington Way site today to find the perfect fit for your groom and the groomsmen!

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Stella & Dot – What’s New for 2015

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Stella & Dot – What’s New for 2015

We’ve said it before and we will say it again, we are big fans of Stella and Dot. All the earrings we own from them are good quality at a great price. The necklaces are statement pieces and we always receive compliments when we wear them. As many of you know that follow my blog I wore Stella & Dot on my wedding day and loved how it looked. I’m excited to see the new jewelry they have for a new year. I think you will like these as well and will add some bling to your wedding day! Here are our top three choices.

Let’s start with the vintage crystal necklace. Of course it looks lovely all by itself and we can see this around many brides necks but the wow factor really increases when you layer it with three strands!

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Next up is the crystal casablanca pendant necklace. We find this one very intriguing because you can remove one of the pendants to wear it short! Anytime we can get more than one look out of an accessory or item of clothing we are all for it. This would look amazing on a deep v-neck gown.

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Last but not least is another versatile piece. The silver sutton can be worn five different ways! Wear else can you find a stunning necklace that can do that for only $128? Again, a must have for any fashionista who wants the most out of their accessories.

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