The Final Wedding Post

I have decided that my wedding blog deserves a final post, a post to end this journey and hopefully be a good start to something new. I love blogging too much to let it go, so I am going to continue (but obviously not blogging about my wedding..)

It’s been 10 and a half weeks, almost 3 months, since I married my soulmate on the 13th April. There are days where I still daydream about our perfect day and how it all unfolded after all my stressful planning and sleepless nights..
It was a big task, there’s no sugar coating it. Wedding planning ain’t easy! ESPECIALLY if you are a control freak like me 🙂

Our wedding was a vintage elegance affair. I didn’t want a theme as such, I wanted our special day to be memorable and reflect Brendon and I.
I immediately knew I wanted to use lace and pearls as decor elements. I later decided to pair the lace and pearls with pops of pastels – roses and pretty flowers in shades of pastel, and our guests were asked to wear something pastel.
The result was a soft, vintage and romantic look and feel!

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The morning of my wedding was really stressful for me. We (bridesmaids and my mom) woke up at about 5am to get ready. We started running late in between having our hair and make up done, and this made me panic a bit. I struggled to eat. I had to force a piece leftover pizza down my throat. Fainting on my big day was NOT an option.
When it was time to put my wedding dress on, I was a wreck! My bridesmaids tried to help me put it on, but no success. I was on edge!
Luckily our videographer, Andrew, stepped in and took control – he stood on a chair with my dress, held it above me, told me to lift up my arms, and he just slid it on over me. Like it was the hundredth time he’d done it (..well maybe it was).
After that things started to smooth out. My hair and make up was done, I was in my dress, and it was time for champagne 🙂

I arrived at the church LATE, I was furious as this was the last thing I wanted to happen. We said “I do” in an old quaint Catholic church. Our nuptial mass was beautiful – traditional, but modern. It was well received by our guests and everyone wanted to know about the funny Archbishop Lawrence Henry!

Our reception venue in Hout Bay – Monchique, is an old barn style building nestled in a lovely lush garden. Very vintage, rustic and romantic! Our guests enjoyed mingling outside under a thatched roof as they nibbled on snacks and drank cocktails. I had exactly ONE snack and TWO cocktails, and that was it..
We then moved inside to the reception area, which looked STUNNING. I was so happy with the way everything gelled together. My decor ideas and the flowers looked unbelievable.
Lunch was awesome, and our cake was magical 🙂

My husband and I are still on cloud 9, enjoying every moment together on our new path. We constantly talk about our wedding day and everything that we are grateful for. Its been more than 6 years, and we are finally united forever!
Its not an easy journey, things are still very new to us, but we are in it for the long run! Nothing can prepare you for married life, it sure is something else! We are taking it one day at a time and learning all the time..

Our wedding day was exceptional and I will always remember how I felt like a Princess for a day! I wish I could do it all over again…

Please check out our wedding preview video:

x
Carla

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Wedding 2011 – Wedding 2013

Brendon and I got engaged in October 2011.
At the time, we couldn’t afford to start our wedding planning immediately. So Pinterest really helped me with ideas & inspiration…

Initially I was confused. I wasn’t the type of girl who dreamed about a fairytale wedding. I didn’t fantasize about walking down the aisle in a Princess dress either. So this whole experience has really been an eye opener for me, a true magical journey.

Back in early 2012, when I was able to brainstorm and choose elements of the wedding, lace and pearls naturally came to the forefront.
I have always had a fascination with all things vintage. You won’t find me in vintage clothing, but I have always admired old buildings, works of art, beautiful hollywood stars (before we had plastic surgery..), and of course old tales of adventure and mystery…

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Our theme of “Vintage Elegance” combines old with new (rustic with sparkly!). I really wanted a clean theme without too much work, and the lace and pearls really brings it all together.

I have changed our flowers and cake design about 1000 times (no kidding), so this process of planning has really brought every bit of indecisiveness out of me…
The main change I made for the wedding was our star colour. My original choice was Salmon. Now it is Teal.
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Bridesmaids dresses will be dressed in Teal, as well as the Bestmen’s ties and hankies. Pops of Teal at our reception, but mainly White, Ivory and Pastels.
Of course, Pastels also acts as the guests dress code.
I am looking forward to seeing a sea of pastel shades, its going to make stunning photos!
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My wedding hair and make up trials have been successful, my wedding dress is being altered and bridesmaids dresses will be ready this weekend. The men have booked their suits and Brendon's suit is being altered…The Groom still has a few very important tasks to complete though….(tick tock Brendon)
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Its very strange to think that its been about 1.5yrs of planning and waiting (and 5 years before that..) But very rewarding, I will probably cry at the sight of our venue on the day, dressed up with my choice of flowers and decor…I cannot wait.

We have a few things to still wrap up (mainly planning our wedding ceremony), but other than that it will hopefully be smooth sailing from here on out!

This weekend, we P A R T Y! Can’t wait to see what my girls have up their sleeves…. 🙂
Oh, and its Brendon’s Bachelor party too…we all know what guys do for Bachelors Parties lol…(same thing since 1925..) 😛

Just 11 DAYS to go! Chills down my spine….I am going to be a WIFE!

xx
Carla

Wedding Hair

I am at a stage now where I can finally seriously think about my wedding hair and make up.
There are many things that you can plan a year in advance (like finding the perfect venue), but the little things like hair and make up, has to wait till the furthest possible time.

I’ve had a few ideas about the kind of ‘look’ I’d want for my wedding day. I am definitely leaning towards having my hair up, with my bridesmaids having their hair tied up somehow. Of course, Janeel has short hair, so I thought it would look odd if Caryn and Genine had their hair loose…

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I am on the lookout for some cute hair diamante/pearls to complete our hairdos!
We are going to look so pretty 🙂

12 weeks left!

xx
Carla

ATTENTION: Shoe Addicts

I came across an awesome website yesterday that allows women all over the world to design their own shoes, and have them made for you!
Imagine my delight and excitement at this discovery…I am still on cloud nine!

If you’ve been following my posts, you will know that from the start, finding wedding shoes has been a big thorn in my side.
I am very particular about the kind of shoes I want, and of course, the size of the heel. So Shoes of Prey has been a HUGE help for me. What an experience it is to design your own shoes online – you can choose the style, the heel height, fabric (silk / leather / patent / glitter)….Just to name a few! And they have colours for daaaays.
A total MUST SEE for all you shoe lovers!

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I have designed a few shoes so far, and I may just go ahead and order it when I decide on the perfect wedding shoe! What’s holding me back? The price 😦
Its a bit over budget, but I may just be able to do it…Fingers crossed!

Check it out: Shoe of Prey website

Happy designing!

X
Carla

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Effect

So after watching this classic film last night for the first time (as part of an assignment for college), I was left feeling utterly inspired!
I am IN LOVE with this movie, why haven’t I watched it sooner..??

Audrey Hepburn rocks! I am definitely going to start watching more old movies. It really is refreshing to see how things were done back then…its pure honest acting. Not like the crap we have nowadays…Lol

I realised a few weeks ago that our Vintage Elegance colour scheme needed a bit of pizazz. The salmon and white just wasn’t doing it for me…And Brendon and his men will be wearing black, so I knew there was a problem with the colour scheme. I suppose I just figured it would all work on the day…? I dunno!

Last night I figured out a way to make it all work though. After some research, I found a few ideas from previous weddings.
Luckily I didn’t commit to anything in salmon or buy the bridesmaids dresses fabric yet! Everything will still work beautifully with what I will be hiring. I’m just glad the colour scheme and decor will lend itself towards the black tuxedos now!

My favourite colour is pink and I originally wanted pink to be our wedding colour, but I knew that would be better suited for my hen party or something. Men in pink ties and pink all over the reception wouldn’t be cool… So I thought I’d choose peach, which eventually changed into salmon. But after last night, I am dead set on teal, with splashes of pink (flowers).

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is all about sophistication, glamour, pearls and diamonds. Sounds just like my wedding!
I will still incorporate the lace and pearls, but keep it very subtle. I think the star of the show will be the beautiful flowers in shades of pink. Its going to be fantastic, I am so excited!!

Still 6 months to go!

xx
Carla

Vintage Elegance!

Our wedding theme is “Vintage Elegance”.
I was really drawn to an old natural feel (with a touch of pizazz!), when we decided on Monchique as our reception venue. The venue is rustic and quaint, perfect for my vision!
Our mood board captures a few key ideas and colours for our special day. A touch of lace and some bling…bridemaids will be wearing salmon, men in tuxedos…can you feel the Vintage Elegance…? Oh yeah its gonna be hot!

xx
The bride to be