Photos!!

Our amazing photographer, Mark Engelbrecht has posted some of our wedding photos on his blog and facebook!! 🙂

We should be receiving our photo disk soon.

Here are some of my favourites:

I will be blogging soon about all our wonderful suppliers – Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Venue, Cake, Dress, Shoes…everything!
Our wedding would not have been as beautiful without the help of all these committed and talented people!

xx
Carla Satram

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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

The Shoe Issue

A bride’s wedding shoes will probably be the most important shoes she ever invests in. Unfortunately most brides make the mistake of buying the wrong bridal shoes (the type that won’t be worn again after the wedding, or utterly hideous looking things). Something like this:

For starters, I don’t know why these are even on the market. Are they catering for 3rd time lucky grannies…??
Ladies, you don’t have to base your decision purely on the comfort factor you know…

I love shoes…just ask my family or my fiance. Lol. I have a passion for beautiful shoes and as a shoe fanatic, I want the very best for my wedding day.
*Very best means it should look like this:
But at R3700, these Benjamin Adams babies are just way out of my budget…. 😦
My shoe’s characteristics:
8cm heel
No platform (or very small)
White or ivory in colour (so that I can dye them)
Cinderella potential (I am having my shoes customised!)

The problem is that most wedding shoes are BORING as hell and just lack oomph! I have seen a few Anella designs that are okay, but nothing to go gaga about…Then on the flipside, the majority of NON wedding shoes (Foschini, Luella, Zoom, Nine West, Aldo etc), all have killer heels and/or platforms. Killer heels are great for going out, but not for my wedding day! Yup, I would like to be able to walk around the whole day comfortably and not worry about falling flat on my face, or (the horror…) stepping onto my dress and ripping it!! Plus, just as a cherry on top, my fiance is shorter than me when I am in heels…. 😦
This is the commercial shoe store problem:
Kim Kardashian’s Christian Louboutin wedding shoes pictured first. And Bella’s Manolo Blahnik’s from the Breaking Dawn movie. What a joke, who is going to be comfortable in any of these for more than an hour?

I know some brides opt for a heeled shoe, and then an additional pump for the reception…..but I don’t see the point. Are you buying the heels just so that you can do this for your pictures?

I wish I could design my own range of sexy wedding shoes, the South African market really needs it!!
(Who knows, maybe I just might…!)

I am off to do some fantasy online shoe shopping again…till my next dilemna…bye!

xx
Carla