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Elegant Casa Adela Destination Wedding

September 1, 2022 | justine

Planning a destination wedding in the middle of the pandemic might be a tall order, but not for Valyce and Dorian. In fact, this adventurous couple made the brave decision to get married somewhere they’d never been. After postponing their plans for a year, with the help of their planner Elana Walker Events and their trusted team of vendors, they pulled off the elegant Casa Adela destination wedding they’ve been dreaming of. 

Surrounded by breathtaking 360-degree views of the high desert valley, the couple said their “I do’s” under a romantic floral arch adorned with crystal drop pendants. It was followed by a dreamy reception featuring hanging foliage and blooms that beautifully complemented the tablescape filled with lush white florals. They continued the celebration in the outdoor courtyard under the glow of string lights and the night sky.

The gorgeous photos captured by their photographer and Junebug member Nahuel Aseff are proof that their Casa Adela destination wedding was worth the wait! If you and your partner think that tying the knot at a beautiful location embodies  romance, then get ready to swoon. This is definitely the getaway wedding inspo you’ve been looking for.

The Couple:

Valyce and Dorian

The Wedding:

Casa Adela, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Why A Casa Adela Destination Wedding

We were looking for a venue that gave traditional hacienda vibes and it was important to us that our immediate family could use our wedding weekend as an opportunity to bond. We also needed defined areas for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and after party. Casa Adela met and exceeded our needs. The grounds were beautifully landscaped. The open courtyard and cobblestone floor provided the hacienda style we envisioned and served as the location of the dinner and party. The rooftop was ideal for a sunset ceremony with the mountains in the background. And the poolside cocktail hour added a bit of luxe to the evening. As a bonus, there were enough bedrooms for us to host our immediate family at Casa Adela, creating the perfect atmosphere for quality time.

Personalizing Their Ceremony By Having Their Guests Bless Their Rings

We decided not to have a wedding party but still wanted our guests to be part of the ceremony. We invited our guests to participate in a blessing of our rings. The rings were placed in a box and passed among the audience. Each guest said a silent prayer or words of hope over our rings. Once the rings were passed to each guest, Dorian and I exchanged the rings blessed by our family and friends.

Their Photographer Granted Their Request To Explore The Town For Post-Ceremony Portraits

Nahuel Aseff was one of the best choices we made for our wedding. Nahuel’s portfolio gave artistic and somewhat moody but natural vibes. Working with him on the day was better than we could have imagined. Nahuel blended into the background of the getting-ready process, ceremony, and reception, and the results were spectacular, capturing wonderfully organic moments. Nahuel granted our wish to have a secondary location for post-ceremony photos while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. He whisked us off to the neighboring town to capture pictures against the backdrop of a beautiful and historic Sanctuary of Atotonilco. Those photos represent our memories from our dream day, and we love them.

Their Dreamy Reception Was The Most Memorable Part Of their Casa Adela Destination Wedding

The most memorable part of the day was during the reception. I remember looking up at the flowers hanging from the chandeliers and then at the people sitting around the dinner table, laughing and engaging with one another. I felt blessed and incredibly proud of the families my husband and I were bringing together.

Their Wedding Planner Was Key To The Success Of Their Casa Adela Destination Wedding

We made the right decision to hire a wedding planner early. Elana Walker’s location scouting and communication skills were invaluable, precisely when we decided to postpone the wedding for one year due to the pandemic. Regardless of the wedding planner, the best advice we could give couples is to spend the necessary time to develop your vision. Decide how you want to feel throughout the day moments and make them happen. 

They Pulled Off A Memorable Casa Adela Destination Wedding With The Help Of Their Trusted Vendor Team

It took a sense of adventure and a tremendous amount of faith to commit to a wedding in a location where we’ve traveled. We managed to plan and execute a destination wedding in a pandemic, which wasn’t easy. Add on the stress of the uncertainty that accompanies a global pandemic, and the level of faith required increases exponentially. We researched and trusted our vendors—that all the elements of our vision would be there when we arrived for the wedding weekend. It was worth it to have the opportunity to spend quality time with close family and friends in the Mexican countryside. It was an experience that we will all treasure forever.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nahuel Aseff
Second Shooter – Anna Sauza
Event Planning – Elana Walker Events
Ceremony Venue – Casa Adela
Floral Design + Catering – Bougainvillea Weddings
Officiant – Alex Van Doren
DJ – BGolden Productions
Live Music – Pepe Alcocer
Invitation Design – Caitlin O’Bryant Design
Makeup Artist – Erika Almanza
Hair Styling – Samantha Zengbean
Groom’s Apparel – The Robert Jamison Collection
Transportation – San Miguel Transfers

 

Congratulations to Valyce and Dorian on their elegant Casa Adela destination wedding. And big thanks to their photographer and Junebug member Nahuel Aseff for capturing all the special moments and beautiful details that made their  intimate celebration one for the books. To see more of Nahuel’s incredible work, check out his profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!

Often, choosing a wedding venue is tied to sentiment. But if you and your partner are an adventurous couple like Valyce and Dorian, then tying the knot somewhere you’ve never been could be the right one for you. No matter the location, a trusted local planner and vendors are crucial to bringing your vision to life. Kickstart your search by checking out our directory of planners from around the world.

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Opulent Downtown Brisbane Hotel Wedding

August 30, 2022 | justine

Alex and Wade originally planned to have a destination wedding but had to cancel due to the pandemic. With lockdowns and restrictions in place, the pair decided to tie the knot closer to home instead. And it turned out to be the best decision in the end. Hosting their celebration at a stunning urban resort, using a sweet but sophisticated color palette, and adding lots of personal touches—their downtown Brisbane hotel wedding was a fun and unique experience shared with their loved ones

Their big day was filled with colorful florals and decor that perfectly complemented The Calile Hotel’s muted interiors and chic minimalist vibe. For the ceremony, low altar flowers in peach, coral, and pink beautifully framed the moment the couple exchanged their vows. The reception that followed featured a sleek tablescape of thoughtfully placed centerpieces and artful blooms in bud vases. 

From the bride’s sister walking her down the aisle and their two pug ring bearers to forgoing a first dance and cake cutting, the pair were very intentional with what they included in their celebration. Scroll through these incredible images captured by photographer Todd Hunter Mcgaw for unique ideas on how to seamlessly add personality to your wedding day!

The Couple:

Alex and Wade

The Wedding:

The Calile Hotel, Brisbane, Australia

Change Of Plans That Led To Their Downtown Brisbane Hotel Wedding

We originally planned a destination wedding in Bali for early 2021 but, like many others, had to cancel because of the pandemic. When choosing another venue, we wanted to pick something close to our hometown of Brisbane to avoid having to cancel again because of travel restrictions. The architecture and interiors of the Calile Hotel are stunning, and we liked the convenience of having the ceremony and reception in one place. The hotel provided all the catering, drinks, and furniture, making the planning process straightforward, precisely what we wanted after planning and canceling one wedding.

They Surprised Their Guests With An Appearance Of Their Beloved Ring Bearer Pugs

We had one major surprise that we both knew about. Our guests, however, did not. Our two pugs were the ring bearers. The best man pretended to forget the rings and ran out of the room. Then, he re-entered with our two dogs, one ring on each, dressed in tuxedos. Our guests erupted with laughter and tears. It took all the pressure out of the room and replaced it with fun.

Skipping Wedding Traditions For A More Personalized Wedding Experience

We are proud that we decided to include only things that felt authentic to us as a couple and not feel pressure to include something for the sake of tradition if it didn’t feel right for us.–things like not having a first dance or cake cutting and Alex’s twin sister walking her down the aisle rather than a parent.

Their Downtown Brisbane Hotel Wedding Was Filled With Memorable Experiences

The entire day was so much fun and went by so quickly. During the day, Alex was so nervous about walking down the aisle and saying our vows, but on the day, it ended up being such a highlight. Our speeches were all hilarious, and we had the best time just dancing for hours with our family and friends.

Choosing Like-Minded Vendors Whose Values And Style Aligned With Their Vision

The most significant piece of advice we would give any couple planning their wedding is to be selective with vendors and not to focus just on price. We suggest asking your planner or venue for their recommendations on who they like to work with. Vendors will also be likely to recommend other professionals with a similar style to them, which can help produce a really cohesive look. Every single vendor we worked with was an absolute pro and not only fantastic at what they do but also made the lead-up and the wedding day go so smoothly. Experienced vendors might seem more expensive, but the right vendor should be able to work within your budget to produce something amazing. For example, we had a relatively small budget for flowers, but we are still getting compliments on them months later, thanks to our amazing florist.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Todd Hunter Mcgaw
Ceremony Venue – The Calile Hotel
Floral Design – Mrs Gibbon Flowers
Cake – Petal and Peach
Officiant – Brisbane City Celebrants
Live Music – Nick Trovas Band
Invitation Design – Signed by Shaun
Makeup Artist – J Dolls
Hair Styling – Paula Maree Hair + Ryan and Co Barbershop
Wedding Dress – KYHA Studio via Sphere Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Wil Valor
Rings – Bybaby

 

Congratulations to Alex and Wade on their opulent downtown hotel wedding. And big thanks to photographer Todd Hunter Mcgaw for capturing those special moments and thoughtful details that made this celebration one for the books.

Of course, we have to thank Junebug member Brisbane Officiants for helping the two tie the knot, too. If you’re in Brisbane and in need of an officiant, check out their profile in our directory of officiants from around the world!

Whether it’s choosing an unconventional location or revamping traditions, don’t be afraid to tailor your wedding according to your and your partner’s personality and vision. Why settle for anything less than a unique wedding experience? Draw inspiration from our list of unique ideas to create a big day that’s truly one-of-a-kind. 

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Fall Engagement Outfit Inspiration

August 30, 2022 | kailey
fall engagement outfit

Image by Maya Lora Photo.

Pumpkin spice, sweater weather, and a whole lot of layers—need we say more? If you’re eager for cooler weather and colorful leaves, then a cozy fall engagement session is right up your alley. Unlike warmer months, Autumn air brings about a certain romance. Making it a perfect time to hire a talented photographer and announce your engagement with stylish save the date cards

If searching for the perfect fall engagement outfit has proven to be an overwhelming and stressful task, you’re not alone. From colors to accessories, the options are endless. But we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up the coziest fall engagement outfit ideas that’ll have you falling in love with fall engagement sessions—pun intended. 

Before diving into our inspiration, here are a few tips on what to wear to your fall engagement session:

  • Choose items that represent you and make you feel most confident
  • With temperatures getting cooler, prioritize warmth when selecting your outfit. If you’re comfortable, that will shine through
  • Utilize accessories and jackets to create layers, which will provide both warmth and depth to your photos 
  • Play around with different fabric textures 
  • Choose prints wisely but don’t be scared to mix them  

Ready to get inspired? Check out our outfit picks below. Don’t be afraid to mix and match them to create a few stylish fall engagement outfits.

A Neutral Color Palette With Subtle Pops Of Color 

Since you’ve decided on a fall engagement session, the odds of you being surrounded by vibrant fall foliage is pretty high. To compliment your stunning natural background, we recommend sticking to neutrals. 

Neutral shades like black, white, and brown always photograph well. By making the main pieces of your outfit neutral, you leave yourself with more options to play around with subtle pops of color with layers and accessories. Autumn colors like deep hues of orange, red, and yellow make us melt. They’re also a great way to add that desired cozy vibe to your engagement photos.

Mix And Match Different Fabric Textures And Prints 

Your engagement outfit should celebrate your uniqueness and make you feel confident. This is your chance to add your own flair—making it unlike any other. Start by playing around with different and interesting fabric textures. A touch of velvet or silk is sure to make your outfits radiate fall vibes. 

You should mix and match different prints that represent you. Patterns are sure to add an element of personality that’ll shine through your images. To keep the focus off of your clothes, stick to large, simple patterns that won’t overpower the photo.

Junebug Tip: 

Ask your photographer—an expert in visual aesthetics—what they think about the prints. This is helpful especially for unconventional couples looking to incorporate multiple different patterns. Your photographer will let you know if you’ve nailed it or if you need to rework the idea.

Layers, Layers, And More Layers 

If you’re planning on utilizing prints for your engagement photos, layers are the way to go. For example, adding a jacket over a flannel shirt allows the checkered pattern to pop without overpowering the photograph. Wearing a neutral top with jeans? Incorporate Autumn touches by throwing on a sweater or cardigan—stylish and functional! 

Recommended reading: Calling All Fall & Winter Brides: Warm Up Your Wedding Look with These Cool Jackets

Image by Kylie Farmer.

Incorporate Sentimental Clothing Items Already In Your Closet 

Yes, purchasing a new outfit for engagement photos is a lot of fun. But, before grabbing your wallet and hitting the internet, consider digging through your closet for cherished pieces you already own. The vintage t-shirt you wear every day, that flannel you just can’t get enough of, and maybe your favorite denim jacket. Then, build off of those items to create the rest of your look.

This is a great way to add sentimental value to your photos while also saving money in your overall wedding budget. The best of both worlds. 

Image by Lukas Korynta.

Don’t Sleep On Accessories For Your Fall Engagement Outfit 

Accessories are a perfect way to add a subtle, personalized touch to your outfit. The best fall engagement photos feature couples with fun elements like hats, scarves, and sunglasses in their engagement photo wardrobe.

Avoid The Cold With An Indoor Session 

Couples dreaming of an extra cozy indoor engagement session, we didn’t forget about you. With cooler temperatures outside—in most places, at least—you might be tempted to stay inside and snuggle on the couch. We fully support this. 

Image by Cedar & Pines

 

This is your engagement session. You get to wear whatever you want, wherever you want. So don’t feel obligated to put on a “real outfit.”  Pajamas or loungewear work just fine. In fact, casual attire is always in style for cozy fall engagement sessions. 

From picking the perfect outfit to finding your dream photographer—there’s a lot that goes into the planning of your engagement photo session. For couples nervous about stepping in front of the camera or couples just looking to make the most of their engagement photos, check out these easy tips for nailing your engagement photo session.

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