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

Struggling to Commit

It has been a manic past few weeks….I love my blog, so to neglect it for so long has been totally unintentional!

I will be starting my new job soon, so I have been super busy. Brendon is quite busy too with his studies. We hardly have time to just relax together anymore 😦
I have had a few days to finalise the last few wedding tasks….It has not been easy!

I got myself in a tizz last week when trying to decide between vases at the hiring company. Then the sight of flowers at the florist made my brain turn to mush…!!
A vase is a vase right? And flowers aren’t hard to pick right? WRONG.
Today is the day though – I have just confirmed my final order with the hiring company, and I am off to the florist to finalise with them now…

A few weeks ago, after searching for what feels like a year, I found my wedding shoes 🙂 Well, one pair that could be my wedding shoes…
I found them at the Errol Arendz sale. Gorgeous satin champagne coloured sandals!
Then the next day, I was casually walking around in the mall. I went into Truworths, SALE – the poster screamed out at me. And behold, I found teal satin sandals on sale! TEAL, our wedding colour, and on SALE. I bought them. Obviously.
Then one week went by, and I found the most beautiful satin champagne shoes at Aldo. I bought them (well, my husband-to-be paid).
Now I have 3 pairs of wedding shoes 🙂

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A few days ago I was on a mission to find teal satin ribbon for the invitations. After 4 hours of driving up and down Cape Town, it seemed like Mission Impossible. Considering that this wasn’t the first time I was looking for this dreaded teal ribbon, I was beginning to lose hope!
Luckily, I managed to find the ribbon at the end of the day (probably at the 30th place I looked at). Teal ribbon is scratched off the list!
All my decor / DIY items have now been hired or bought.
New cupcake samples will be collected tomorrow, and invitations are going out this week!

We are almost there….
6 weeks to go!!

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

2 months. 30 days

Hello everyone,

My last post was before the holidays, so here I am, getting back into it!

Welcome 2013! 🙂
We have just under 3 months left till our wedding! The nerves and excitement is starting to kick in…I still have a few things to tie up and I am running out of time…eeek!
Besides those few things, our checklist is almost complete!
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We have begun looking around for apartments to rent. It is a fun process I guess, but stressful wondering if we’ll find the ‘right’ place in time. I don’t want to settle! We’ve only seen a few places, so I must keep my chin up and continue!

Over these past few weeks off work, I have designed my bridesmaids dresses, and our wedding invitation. Thats a few more things off the list, but I still have to find chiffon in the perfect shade of teal for the girls dresses… I will continue the search at the end of the month (my pocket is really empty!)
I am still on the lookout for my wedding shoes (what a nightmare!), and the bridesmaids dress fabric. Hopefully I will have these both done and dusted by the first week of February!
We will be meeting with our priest soon to discuss a few things and our order of service.
Lastly, Brendon needs to arrange store visits with his groomsmen for suit hire within the next few weeks.
Then we can sit back and relax till our big day arrives! (Well not actually, but we will try to relax!)

I am very excited for next year’s upcoming weddings – my cousin (and bridesmaid) Genine got engaged over the weekend! And our friends Roxi and Daryl got engaged in December 🙂
So much love and happiness is blooming all around us, I LOVE weddings!
I am actually a tiny bit jealous of Genine and Roxi, because they get to go through the whole planning process for their weddings. It took me a few months, but once you get into it, there’s no looking back. Wedding planning is addictive! (Well, for me at least!)

Here’s to the last few months!

x
Carla

Wedding flowers!

I don’t think that it was by coincidence that I happened to stumble upon The Rose Cafe in Newlands a few months ago. I knew immediately after walking into the shop that this place would understand what I was looking for!
The vintage pieces and homey decor inside the store confirmed that my Vintage Elegance theme would be a piece of cake for them, and of course all the lovely colourful roses made me swoon!

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Before the wedding planning began, I was not into flowers. I could appreciated them, but I wasn’t mad over them. Now I LOVE flowers! When I walk past flower shops or see beautiful bouquets at Woolies, I get excited….Strange!
I can blame the quoting process for this – lots of time spent at the florist – seeing, smelling and touching a variety of flowers was lots of fun!

Initially when I started with my flowers quote, my wedding colours were Salmon and Ivory. Along the way that changed to Teal and Cerise. So there was a lot of up and down and quote changes when it came to my flowers! Thank goodness I found a florist who was able to keep up with my messy brain and indecisive thoughts!

Thank you to Chloe and the owner, Angie! You ladies are really creative geniuses and I can’t wait to see my flowers in April next year! 🙂

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Brides to be in Cape Town: You should really contact The Rose Cafe, they are awesome! They work with all types of flowers, their prices are reasonable, and they are super helpful!
Please have a look at their website: The Rose Cafe

x
Carla

1 year ♥

Its been 1 whole year since we got engaged! Last year, on the 30th October 2011, Brendon proposed to me at the President Hotel…I will never forget the moments leading up to it 🙂 What a surprise! Well done again to Brendon, and my family for not spilling the beans!

And what an eventful year it has been!! So far, so good, I am still waiting for the wedding stress to kick in…*touch wood*!
I think I am not feeling nervous because I am doing almost everything myself (call me a control freak!)…If you are a perfectionist, or indecisive like me, DO NOT hire a wedding planner! You will waste your money I promise you!
I think that planning your own wedding really is a journey that every bride to be should embark on. It is an amazing, fun and enlightening experience. I have learnt so much along the way…I am learning to be more patient too! 😛

Besides feeling all mushy and excited to get married after 6 years, we had a good lunch with the bridal party this past weekend 🙂

Genine and Robbie will be paired up, and Janeel and Daryl. That leaves maid of honour Caryn, and bestman Myles as partners. They are all going to look so dapper!
Unfortunately, Janeel wasn’t able to make it (on account of her living in Botswana…) We missed you cuz and can’t wait to see you soon!

Here’s to just over 5 months left…!! Its getting closer!

xx
Carla