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

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The bridesmaids dresses

Since the start of the wedding planning, the ideas for bridesmaids dresses has changed many many times…
Well its now official: The bridesmaids will be wearing lace detailed dresses.
I have been in love with lace for years, and it is part of our Vintage Elegance theme. Since I am studying fashion design (and even if I wasn’t..), I have decided to design the dresses myself 🙂
Each bridesmaid will have a dress that fits their body type and their personality.

I think that each bridesmaid should have a different lace detail: Open back, off shoulder, cap sleeve, lace chest etc…

Bridesmaids: Caryn, Genine and Janeel. This it it. You need to visualize yourselves in something like these dresses below. Of course, I don’t expect everyone to wear tight figure hugging dresses. You can choose your fit. Dresses will be above the knee like the pictures below (maybe a few cm’s shorter)

What you need to know:
Colour: Salmon
Fabric: Cotton spandex / Viscose spandex with Lace overlay
Accessories: Diamante – TBD
Shoes: Nude – also to be discussed at a later stage (but keep a look out!)

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