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Enchanted Charlotte Garden Wedding at The Duke Mansion

September 20, 2017 | colleen

The Duke Mansion‘s lush scenery was perfect for Arianne and Steven’s elegant garden wedding. With florals being so important to Arianne, she knew there was no one else for the job other than Kate Asire in creating the most whimsical, romantic bouquet. With the help of planning their wedding with Love and Honey Weddings, Arianne and Steven’s day was full of elegant details and personal touches. All Bliss Photography’s romantic style captured the essence of the day.

The Couple:

Arianne and Steven

The Wedding:

The Duke Mansion, Charlotte, North Carolina

We exchanged some wedding vows that we wrote on these little precious vow books to each other. Since we got married through the Catholic Church, we weren’t going to have the chance to read our own, so we decided to write our own to each other instead. I’ll never forget what Steve wrote which pressed my “tears button” like no other: “We are meant to walk, love, and enjoy life on earth and in heaven together” – I love that we’ll get to do just that. Thankfully I wasn’t wearing my make-up yet – thank god for timing.

Our wedding was on May 20th in Charlotte (which is known to have high temperatures around that time) and I chose a wool tuxedo. Yes, wool. My tuxedo was from Bonobo and it was a great Burgundy textured color with silk lapels – just so sharp, I couldn’t pass it up.

If you’re planning you’re own wedding, or are heavily involved in the planning process, let go of it all on your wedding day. It’s hard to do, but you’ll feel so much better. Also, stick to your plan – don’t try to squeeze things in last minute to please other around you!

We wanted it to be magical. Steve and I love the outdoors and value thoughtful organic & delicate details so we thought we should describe our wedding vibe as enchanted garden – airy and lush organic flowers, lots of trailing and loose greenery, handmade paper with deckled edges, curated and meaningful vintage stamps, a custom made map included in the invitation, our personalized wax seal with our wedding logo, delicate silk ribbons trailing from the bouquet, dusty blue linen tablecloths.

We immediately knew The Duke Mansion was the perfect place for us – it was intimate and it fit our enchanted garden wedding vision perfectly and it was intimate, lush greenery everywhere, just a dream.

I wore two dresses on my wedding day. My first dress was my “church dress.” I fell in love with that dress because of the subtle mixture of modern and vintage. It was an A-line wedding gown with all over delicate lace. It had a long beautiful tail and an open back for a touch of sexy so I just had to walk out with it! My second dress was by Jenny Packham and what I would call my dream dress – long lace sleeves, delicate beading, illusion back with lace-covered delicate buttons. I also love the 1920’s (Deco era) which I feel that dress evoked and it was great for dancing while still fitting the romantic, magical, enchanted garden theme.

Favorite wedding picture is me buttoning Ari up when she was changing into her second dress. It was our secret most memorable moment and love that it was captured.

We think our favorite moment was probably approaching the dinner tent and sitting down at our table surrounded by friends and family. At that point of the day we were quite ready to take a deep breath and unwind with our friends and relatives. Seeing everyone turn their heads towards us to cheer us on as we walked in was not only comforting but also quite emotional. Not to mention the amazing speeches delivered which left everyone not knowing whether to laugh or cry!

What was most important to us in planning our wedding was to make sure that we were creating an environment reflective of who we are. We met in Dubai and moved to Charlotte to start a new life together. We were getting married in a place that was our new home so we wanted to make sure we incorporated our background into it. We wanted to create an intimate environment for all our loved ones to feel like we were simply having a big party, so one of the most important things for us was to have everyone on the dance floor the whole night! We knew The Duke Mansion was perfect because it really created a homey environment.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – All Bliss Photograhy
Event Planning – Love and Honey Weddings
Ceremony Venue – Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Reception Venue – The Duke Mansion
Floral Design – Kate Asire
Catering – The Duke Mansion
Cake – Suarez Bakery
Officiant – Father Christopher Roux
Calligraphy – Delighted Calligraphy
DJ – Split Second Sound
Live Music – Carolina Royal Strings
Makeup Artist – Beauty Asylum – Kristin Jordan
Hair Styling – Beauty Asylum – Lizzy Barrett
Wedding Dress – Helen Miller, Jenny Packham
Bridal Accessories – Erica Elizabeth Designs
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – ASOS
Groom’s Apparel – Bonobos, Santoni
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Cartier
Rentals – Old South Vintage RentalsLa Tavola, Ultrapom Rentals, VTGCLT, Shutterbooth
Transportation – Queen City Party Charters

 

A big thanks to our Junebug member, All Bliss Photography, for sharing this romantic garden wedding with us! To see more of All Bliss Photography’s work, take a look at this cool glam engagement session at Atlanta’s Swan House.

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Bridal Statement Earrings to Kick Your Wedding Style Up a Notch

September 19, 2017 | nicole

photo by Free the Bird

We are all about brides infusing their personal style into their wedding day looks. One detail we’ve been especially adoring as of late is bridal statement earrings. From silver to gold, from tassels to crystals, from ear crawlers to shoulder dusters, statement earrings are an easy way to step up your bridal style. If you’ve been shopping for the perfect pair to make a big impact, look no further than the fashion-forward bridal statement earrings in this post!

photo by Jonathan David Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Kym Ventola Photography, earrings by Ryan Storer; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Justine Montigny

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photo by LAYERS Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Alixann Loosle Photography, earrings by Charming Charlie; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Button Up Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Tana Helene Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Amber Phinisee, earrings by Erica Koesler; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Patrick Karkkolainen, earrings by Acne Studios; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Free the Bird, earrings by Stephanie Browne; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Joel & Justyna; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by India Earl; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Michelle Larmand Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Paula O’Hara, earrings by Gibson Bespoke; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Evynn LeValley; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by B. Matthews Creative; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Lilly Red Creative, earrings by Habella Handcrafted Jewelries; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Coley & Co Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by J Wells Photography, earrings by Sarah Sears Jewelry; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Cinzia Bruschini, earrings by Ranjana Khan; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Dearheart Photos; see more from this wedding here!

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photo by Vic Bonvicini Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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Love these bridal statement earrings? Check out these other stylish wedding ideas!

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Look No Further for Paradise Than This Amazing Wedding at The Amari Phuket

September 19, 2017 | colleen

Having spent many summers at The Amari Phuket as a child, Ashley added another fond memory to this already special place – marrying the love of her life. Their destination wedding allowed Ashley and Ali to be surrounded by their closest friends and family, not stress, and enjoy the celebration of starting the next chapter in their lives. With the help of The Wedding Bliss, these two effortlessly planned the day of their dreams. The fun and relaxing day was documented by Terralogical Photography and Tichakorn Cinematography.

The Couple:

Ashley and Ali

The Wedding:

The Amari Phuket, Phuket, Thailand

Rather than given wedding favours, we gave out guests welcome bags when they arrived in Thailand with hangover kits for a few late nights, Thai dressing gowns and wooden frogs for good luck.

Ali and I wrote our own vows from our heart. Ali wrote a poem months in advance, whilst I listened to my heart the morning of the wedding to write down my vows! We kept the ceremony simple without any readings, just love and laughter throughout.

From dancing with my bridesmaids to The Spice Girls while we got ready, to seeing my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle, having the baby elephant walk us back down the jetty and smother us in kisses, through to spending the night laughing and creating memories with our family and friends, it was all truly so special.

Ali and I decided to have a destination wedding as we wanted a small, intimate ceremony and to be in the moment and surrounded by our loved ones. When looking at destinations, we knew The Amari at Phuket, Thailand was perfect. I had travelled there 6 times with my family growing up, and it held so many beautiful memories. My Dad had mentioned many years before that he could see me getting married on The Jetty there one day whilst the sun set, and Ali & I couldn’t agree more.

Terralogical captured our wedding day in more ways then we could have ever imagined. The team made our day so special with their easy going personalities, big smiles and ability to capture moments without us realizing.

Rather than having a guestbook, we created advice cards with envelopes ranging from 1 – 20 years. Each year, we will open an advice card from one of our guests to remind us of who was there with us on our special day.

Something I will always remember will be sneaking away to the end of the jetty to privately dance with my husband, under our arch, surrounded by the sea and looking back at all our family and friends dancing on the dance floor! It is a snapshot in my mind that we got to spend an intimate moment together and just stop and reflect and appreciate the whirlwind of emotions we had experienced on our wedding day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Terralogical Photography
Event Planning – The Wedding Bliss
Venue – The Amari Phuket
Floral Design – Pennae Flowers
Officiant – Nigel Philp
DJ – DJ Nemo
Live Music – Tan Pla Up Band
Videography – Tichakorn Cinematography
Makeup Artist – Neil Donkin
Hair Styling – Neil Donkin
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – Samantha Wills
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Sheike
Groom’s Apparel – Country Road
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Country Road
Rings – Nader Jewellers

 

Thank you to our Junebug member, Terralogical Photography, for sharing this destination wedding with us! To see more of their unique use of composition, take a look at their tropical chic Bali wedding at Seseh Beach Villas.

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