Lili & Michael’s Wedding – Inspired by the Romance of the East and West

Nestled amongst the Willow trees of Melbourne’s most romantic venue – Lili and Michael exchanged vowes in a glamorous, gold dripping ceremony inspired by the romance of the East and West. Adorning a custom made gown with delicate lace and flower details – Lili, Michael and their closest friends and family enjoyed a stunning reception which featured a champagne tower, a floral arrangement from Victoria Whitelaw and a gold-dusted candy bar.

The First Meeting

We actually used to work for the same company so we’d always see each other around the office and just got to talking one day.

The Proposal

He proposed to me during the TV show “Family Guy” completely out of the blue. Honestly, if that isn’t a dream proposal, I’m not really sure what is!

The Gown

My bridal gown was handmade by Neomi Pereira from Neomi Allens Couture. I wanted something modern, western and elegant but with a whisper of The East. Neomi brought it to life and her creation was gracefully modern, effortlessly elegant and the perfect harmony of East and West. What stood out to me were the details, the tiny flowers, sewn by hand, with love in every stitch, the pearls, the lace, the collar….all amazing.

The Wedding Style

I envisioned the style of East meets the West. The theme for the day was black and gold with a touch of the 1920s. I definitely wanted a golden touch of glamour throughout the day.

The Reception

We wanted a place that was intimate and beautiful. As soon as I saw the court yard and the beautiful willow tree of The Willows, we knew that we found the perfect reception venue.

Your Favorite Moment

Was of course marrying the love of my life and getting to share the day with the closest people in our lives.

DIY décor elements

I did all the signage’s for the wedding, as well as the guest book and photo booth. It was fun to get a bit creative!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

Nothing, we absolutely enjoyed every moment of it!

Tips for future brides

Relax, chill, drink, eat and be married. ☺

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Vendor Credits:

Bridal Gown: Neomi Allen || Suits: Dom Bagnato || Stationery: Adorn Invitations || Rings: Canturi || Venue: The Willows || Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw || Cake and Bonbonniere: Regnier Cakes || Photography: Elleni Toumpas || Hair & Makeup: Onset Studio || Entertainment: Blue Avenue || Honeymoon: Singapore

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Jessica & Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony in Portland, Oregon

Following a month long trip and a very large traditional wedding in India, Jess (writer) and Chintan (engineer) returned home to Portland, Oregon for a low key, small and simple wedding with friends that took place on April Fool’s day. The day began with a civil ceremony at Multnomah County Courthouse where the judge was gifted with a custom cake by Dream Cakes.

Adorning a gorgeous custom made gown by local Portland designer – Embellish Designs, Jessica’s shimmering gold Christian Loubotin’s (and gold sequin converses for the reception) were a beautiful contrast against their relaxed civil ceremony. Jessica also payed homage to her partners ancestry and her own contemporary taste with a nontraditional bouquet completely filled with glimmering peacock jeweled broaches (the national bird of India.)

After taking a romantic pedicab tour around the city where their hearts first met, the couple returned home to their newly built house with their friends and family for a selection of treats from Vodoo donuts and Poplandia popcorn following a dinner of sweet and savory grilled sandwiches from local food trucks, PBJ’s Grilled and Koi Fusion.

The Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

The Proposal

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

The Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

The style for your wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

The favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Powers Photography Studio || Cake: Dream Cakes ||  Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs || Makeup: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon || Hair: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon || Shoes: Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception || Accessories: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet is “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from her best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago) || Bridesmaids Dresses: N/A || Grooms Suit: Custom made in Mumbai || Stationery: Adorn Invitations || Food: Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion) || Flowers: Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets || Ceremony Venue: Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA) || Reception Venue: Our custom built home (they moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Wedding Album Design

Photographers today are not often a one-stop shop. A good photographer will focus on what they do best: Take great pictures. In the past a wedding photographer would take the photos, do the editing, print your prints, and create a wedding album design if you chose to pay for one.

Now, things have changed. Photographers generally deliver you a DVD or a memory stick that has all of the photos that they took. Yes, there are usually hundreds of them.

Wedding albums are even more desirable now in the digital world. Can you imagine pulling out your Ipad with a guest at your house to flip through hundreds of photos from your wedding day?  Talk about boring!

So, there is a strong argument to have a real wedding album designed. You can leave the album on your coffee table and your house guests will not be able to resist the temptation of flipping through and enjoying your wedding story.

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If you want a wedding album you should contact someone who specializes in wedding albums. A photographer may take great photos, but they likely cannot design a wedding album as well as a professional wedding album design company.

A great wedding album company will help you choose the images for your album, or will even choose the best images for you for your approval. And it should not take long! Wedding album designers should be able to complete the first draft of your design within a few days to a week.

There are two main styles of wedding album design: Classic and Modern.

Classic Wedding Album Design – This design style uses black or white backgrounds and are similar to traditional wedding albums. Fading and effects are kept to a minimum with this type of wedding album design

Modern Wedding Album Design – The Modern Album Design style uses fading and transitions in order to guide the viewer through the story of the day. Rather than solid backgrounds, many of the pages are designed with image backdrops.

So, first find a great photographer. Then find a great wedding album company to design and make your perfect wedding album.

Set your wedding album out on your coffee table. Your friends will love it!  You will love it! The magic of your wedding day will be relived over and over again.

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Repurposing Items for a Wedding

When you start shopping for all the supplies that you’ll need for your wedding, you’ll quickly start to notice that the prices are much higher than when you shop for everyday items. Even paper plates that have wedding related printing on them will go for an arm and a leg, so being creative and finding alternatives is important if you are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are many great items out there that aren’t actually designed for weddings that will easily look as if they were. By using a little bit of savvy shopping and the patience it takes to look around at all of your local stores, you’ll find that repurposing items for a wedding is actually quite simple and you can even find appropriate items in your very own home.

Centerpiece Vases

Instead of shelling out a ton of money for centerpiece vases, you should consider emptying out your cupboard of old glasses and goblets that will easily do the job for a fraction of the price. Chances are you have way too many glasses that are all mismatched or starting to show their age, so your wedding can be a great opportunity to swap those out by putting some new ones on your gift registry. Even if you want to keep your glasses, you can always take them off the tables and put them back into your cupboard at the end of the night. If you need to buy glasses for this job, you can always check the dollar store where you can find them for really cheap.

Sparklers

Many couples choose to have sparklers at their wedding to use during the send-off line. Buying sparkler specifically for this purpose can be a little expensive, but most people have sparklers left over from the 4th of July sitting in a box in their garage. Overall, the difference between regular sparklers and wedding sparklers is usually only the packaging as long as they have metal wires instead of wooden sticks for their cores. You’ll have to throw away the bright colored packaging that they originally came in, but you can just tie them together with a ribbon for a lovely looking arrangement.

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Wedding Dress

To save money on your wedding dress, you should consider asking your friends and family if they still have their and if you can use it at your wedding. Wedding dresses are one of the most expensive things you’ll need to have, so trimming off that cost can be a massive savings. If you can’t find one that’s available or that fits, you can always check thrift stores and second-hand stores throughout your area. If you look hard enough, you should be able to find something that works perfectly for little or no money.

Recycled Goods

Lastly, recycled goods have become very popular at weddings. Whether they are new items made from old plastics or simply items that are repurposed, this can be a fun and inexpensive way to help you decorate your wedding. One of my favorite items was a gift table made from old plastic water bottles. They simply lined up all the water bottles upright and placed a piece of glass over the top to create a unique statement piece that held all of their gifts perfectly. Best of all, by repurposing the water bottles for their wedding, they were able to construct it for absolutely no money.

 
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Rustic Chic: Amanda & Joshua By Queen B Photography

A heart felt country wedding! That is how I would describe this adorable rustic, North Carolina wedding.

Amanda & Joshua were married on May 11, 2013 at the bride’s family farm in North Carolina. Mandy, our blushing bride, loves things that have a rustic country vibe. She wanted the wedding to have a rustic feel with lace accents to soften it up. Although this bride looked fit for any black-tie wedding, she didn’t let her southern roots disappear as we can see in her pictures with a jean jacket and cowboy boot wearing bridesmaids.

The wedding had wonderful DIY touches. From the creative use of hay bails for benches to the hand painted turquoise wooden piece used to hold the mason jars at her reception. Each detail was handmade and wonderfully personal. All the flowers were also uniquely created by each bridesmaid, and her wedding turquoise, ruffled wedding cake was certainly a highlight.

Thank you to Queen B Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us and congratulations to the new couple! We wish you all the best.

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Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Queen B Photography || Cake Designer: Bake Me Happy
 
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Lace, Crystals And Roses Oh My: Gabriella & Ryan By Janet Lanza Photography

Gabriella & Ryan were married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2012. The wedding was glamorous, elegant and had the perfect amount of vintage touches to accent their stylish wedding.

This cool toned October wedding combines an edgy, modern style with vintage glamour. The bride was the epitome of glamour with her long blond hair, strong black eyeliner and crystal headpiece. The crystal headpiece, although vintage inspired and reminiscent of the 1920’s, looked fashion forward at the same time. It is a very glamorous look and Gabriella wore it well.

Gabriella’s lace off the shoulder dress was gorgeous and her bridesmaids and flower girl dresses were no exception. I must say, these are the best flower girl dresses I have ever seen! In fact I desperately want one in my size. I think I would have gotten married in one of these dresses.

The bridesmaids also wore lace in a beautiful grey/blue with pale pink heals. The dresses were all different styles, which is something I typically do not like because I think it becomes distracting but these are one of my absolute favorite bridesmaids dresses ever. The color, fit, length and yes, the different necklines! I loved them all.

This wedding is really some eye candy and a great inspiration for style and color palate if you are having a fall wedding but not interested in doing the warm browns and yellow.

Thank you to Janet Lanza Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with us.

xxoo Dov

 

Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Janet Lanza Photography || Jewelry: Betsey Johnson & Thomas Knoell Designs || Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Burberry London & The Mens Warehouse || Dress Designer: Christos || Dress Designer: Lazaro & Christos || Floral Designer: Petal Pushers Inc. || Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & Badgley Mischka || Event Venue: Vie – Cescaphe Event Group

 
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A Wedding With Elegance And Southern Charm: Elizabeth & Justin By Loren Routhier Photography

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s my favorite day of the week! Woot woot!

I have such a stunning wedding on the blog today! Truly one that will inspire us all.

Elizabeth Allina and Justin Lott were married on April 27, 2013  at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina.  This wedding is a prime example of why I love Southern weddings so much. With its elegance, charm and idyllic scenery, this wedding takes the cake.

My favorite wedding details:

  • Bride’s gorgeous accessories. Such an elegant and glamorous touch. She reminds me of Grace Kelly in these photos.
  • The view as they exchange their wedding vows. Just perfection. Reminds me of a scene straight from The Notebook.
  • The chandeliers displayed in the reception are phenomenal. The centerpieces, the softness of the wedding colors…. le sigh.
  • The photo of the soft pink rose on a table just sums up the simplicity and elegance of the day.
  • The beauty and pure love shining through the eyes of the Bride and Groom.

Huge congrats to Elizabeth and Justin on their marriage and thank you to Loren Routhier Photography for sharing this amazing wedding with us.

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Vendor Credits:

Caterer:  Duvall Catering || Event Planner:  Duvall Events || Makeup Artist:  Generations of Designs || Event Venue:  Middleton Place

Photographer:  Loren Routhier Photography//Caterer: Duvall Catering//Event Planner: Duvall Events//Makeup Artist:Generations of Designs

 

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A Colorful Bohemian Vintage Styled Shoot By Our Hearts Photography

I have a wonderfully colorful and lovely Boho and Vintage Styled Shoot to share with you all.

Our Hearts Photography and Sparkles and Vintage teamed up to create this bohemian and vintage styled shoot with the desire to inspire the DIY bride. With the idea to showcase bright colors and inspired by their love for relaxing summer days, they produced this amazing shoot that is not only boho and vintage but also elegant and classy.

They produced a stunning display and their ideas and visions will inspire brides everywhere.

A special thanks to Our Hearts Photography and Sparkles and Vintage for sharing this with us all.

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Photographer:  Our Hearts Photography || DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Sparkles and Vintage
 
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A Breathtaking & Intimate Wedding: Eddie & Ana By Iris Cinematics

What can I say, this video is just perfection. The cinematography is perfect, camera work is smooth, and editing flawless. This is what you want when you think wedding video, and it doesn’t hurt that this couple is movie star quality.

This gorgeous wedding began with a ceremony at Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, New Jersey, and I must stop and say, this was a breathtaking ceremony location. Our Lady of Grace really evokes feelings of faith and grandeur; it reminded me a great deal of the royal wedding this past year. The reception followed at Home Studios in the Flatiron District, New York.

Let’s take a second to talk about the prep shots … the preps were done at Mondrian Soho, and wow! The filming was so romantic and beautiful. The bride looked just breathtaking in her lace gown and the romantic and mysterious library and trap door create the perfect backdrop for something out of Beauty and the Beast are every girl’s dream. The romance and love is evident in every part of this video, from the groom’s first look at his bride (which was one of the most genuine and adorable moments ever) to the hand written guest cards written and placed on the tree.

I cannot say enough about this great video, so I will just say thank you to Iris Cinematics. We are very happy to share this video with you all.

 
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A Bit Of Inspiration: Oh How We Love Stripes!

Oh how we love stripes! I can never get enough! (I should insert a picture of my closet!)

The weekend is almost here and I wanted to spark your creativity and inspire you to create something awesome!

This stunning picture was featured in our wonderful post of Laura and Wes’ wedding by Paige Winn Photo. We love this table decor SO much that we wanted to share it with you all again.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo

PS: To see the complete post of Laura & Wes’ wedding, please click here
 
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