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WEDDING BLOG

Dazzling Multicultural Western And Sikh Wedding Celebration

February 23, 2021 | olivia

Combining two cultures for a celebration of love is both memorable and beautiful. With the help of Bliss Whistler, Abigail and Jason celebrated their love and incorporated their two heritages in a spectacular three-day celebration. Their multicultural celebration featured a traditional Sikh wedding and a Western ceremony. From a stunning red and gold Lehenga to a chic and elegant white bridal dress, these wedding ceremonies oozed love, tradition, and sentimentality. 

We’re so thrilled that Junebug member Nomad by NK captured every inch of these ceremonies—including a surprise Indian dance by the wedding party. Grab some bubbly and let’s head to Whistler for this Western and Sikh wedding celebration.

The Couple:

Abigail and Jason

The Wedding:

Whistler, British Columbia

The Most Memorable Moment In Three Days

The whole weekend was truly the best three days of our lives, but the moment I walked down the aisle and saw Jason’s face at the end—and all of our smiling friends and family—was a pretty amazing moment.

Wedding Advice for Nearlyweds

Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks your wedding should be. Do what feels right for you! We had a lot of decisions to make that were out of the norm as we were blending two totally different cultures. We did what felt right to us and everyone was so happy in the end.

Western and Sikh Wedding Celebration in Whistler

Whistler has been such a big part of our relationship. We spend all of our winter weekends at our family home there. As soon as we got engaged, we wanted to get married in the area. We wanted to be in Whistler but find a venue that would accommodate all of our guests, have delicious food, and have beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces.

Handwritten Vows 

For our Western ceremony, we wrote our own vows and shared them in front of all our friends and family. This was so special to both of us and made our ceremony so unique and perfect.

Multicultural Bridal Fashion

For the Sikh ceremony, Sunny’s Bridal worked with me to create my vision. I knew I wanted to be in a bright color, but I wanted the rest of my wedding party in more neutral and classic colors. For the Western wedding, I wanted simple and elegant. Jane Rhyan created a two-tier veil for me and I customized it by adding the lace from my mom’s wedding dress to the train of my long veil. It was so special to my mom and me, and I hope one day I can have a daughter to pass down the veil to.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nomad by NK
Event Planning & Floral Design – Bliss Whistler
Venue – Brew Creek Center
Champagne Tower – Lavish Liquid
Western Wedding Officiant – The Whistler Wedding Pastor
DJ – Air Wave Music
Live Music – Chris Sol
Videography – Nic Collar Film
Invitation Design – The Ephemerie
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Save the Date Beauty
Wedding Design & Decor – The Reverie Co.
Western Wedding Dress – Rituals of Love
Sikh Wedding Dress – Sunny’s Bridal
Henna Artist – Iti Kalsi
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Indochino
Rings – Vancouver Diamonds

 

Congratulations to Abigail and Jason on your multicultural wedding celebration! Big thank you to Nomad by NK for capturing the beauty of the two ceremonies, and for sharing it with us. To see more of Kerstin and Natalie’s work, check out their profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world.

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Intimate, Elegant, and Candlelit Playa Balandra Elopement

February 22, 2021 | riley

After getting engaged, Evony and Miguel knew they wanted a unique elopement in a one-of-a-kind destination. Once they figured out those two details, the two fell in love with photographer and Junebug member Donna Irene Weddings’ work and let her take the reins on planning. They ended up with a stunning Playa Balandra elopement featuring sunset vows, portraits amidst the saguaros, and a boat ride photo session that has us dreaming of sunny days at the beach.

There’s no better way to celebrate being newlyweds than to enjoy a luxury picnic–put together by MFC Events–complete with tequila shots and pizza under fairy lights and the night sky. If you’re searching for ways to make your intimate elopement special, keep scrolling because Evony and Miguel nailed it.

The Couple:

Evony and Miguel

The Wedding:

Playa Balandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Whimsical Boho Vibes At The Playa Balandra Elopement

Our style was heavily inspired by our photographer Donna, who was living in Mexico at the time. She was very familiar with destination weddings and capturing beautiful backdrops. She recommended that we travel to La Paz, Mexico, home to one of the most beautiful and untouched beaches in the world–Playa Balandra. Surrounding the beach were cliffs that overlooked the entire body of water, and we decided to climb up and exchange our vows at the top of the cliff. The vibe was earthy, boho, and whimsical. Using neutral colors and simple accents, we were able to highlight the scenery of Playa Balandra.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

Take the time to map out what you really want on your big day, not what you think others would like or want. Understand that although there are so many details that go into planning, a lot of it is unnecessary. Looking back, some small things won’t matter as much as you thought. However, do not cut corners on hiring your photographer, because it will make or break the experience.

Soaking Up Mexican Culture

Tacos, Tequila, hospitable people, and jaw-dropping views—what’s not to love about Mexico? It was a quick sell for me. Especially since our photographers were living in the area and knew it was such an all-inclusive experience. We not only got to enjoy the views on our wedding day, but there were so many fun excursions to do afterward–like swimming with whale sharks!

The Wedding Team:

Photography & Event Planning – Donna Irene Weddings
Ceremony Venue – Playa Balandra
Reception Venue – Costa Baja Resort & Spa
Floral Design – Faby Flores
Catering – MFC Events
Videography – OM Storytelling
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Ana Soto Beauty
Wedding Dress – David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS

 

Congratulations again to Evony and Miguel on their Playa Balandra elopement! Junebug member Donna Irene Weddings truly put together magic and captured it beautifully–that’s right, she’s a double threat when it comes to weddings. To see more of her work, visit her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!

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30 Chic Low Heel Wedding Shoes

February 19, 2021 | riley

We know that one of the most important aspects of wedding fashion is comfort. which means you’re probably looking for low heel wedding shoes for your big day. That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 of our favorite pairs! Don’t worry though, these wedding heels are as chic as they are comfy. These picks include pairs for every wedding season, style, and color palette while showcasing some of our favorite trends like mules, ankle ties, and sparkling embellishments.

Neutral Low Heel Wedding Shoes

If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that won’t draw the attention away from your stunning wedding gown or bridal pantsuit, opt for these neutral-colored shoes. They’ll match any silhouette or color without sacrificing style.

  1. Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap Sandal ($69.95); 2. Nina Contesa Open Toe Pump ($78.95); 3. Jewel Badgley Mischka Women’s Robles Evening Pumps ($109) 4. Dirty Laundry DI Kismet Platform Sandals ($59.95); 5. Sam Edelman Dori Kitten Heel Pumps ($130); 6. Jeffrey Campbell Mr-Big Slide Sandal ($134.95)

White Low Heel Wedding Shoes

If you’re searching for something a little bit more bridal and your wedding ensemble is white–not ivory–then these picks will match beautifully. When picking white shoes, you may want to hold off until you have your outfit so you can compare colors. The last thing you want is an off-white gown with stark white shoes.

  1. 42 Gold Liya Slide Sandal ($119.95); 2. Jeffrey Campbell Appetit Wedge Slide Sandal ($139.95); 3. J. Renee Gabino Patent Sling Pumps ($89); 4. Madden Girl Daffi Block-Heel Mule ($59); 5. Badgley Mischka Clara Embellished Sandal ($225); 6. Sam Edelman Toren Leather Slingback Pumps ($129.99)

Black Low Heel Wedding Shoes

Wanting something a little edgier? We love black shoes paired with light colors. This is the perfect combo for anyone dreaming of unconventional bridal fashion. Our favorite? Black heels, a sleek gown, and a wedding cape!

  1. Jewel Badgley Mischka Feliz Evening Women’s Sandal ($109); 2. Nina Ganice Block-Heel Evening Sandals ($79); 3. Michael Kors Brie Ankle-Strap Pumps ($125); 4. Chinese Laundry Monroe Women’s Dress Sandals ($59.99); 5. Badgley Mischka Ginny d’Orsay Pointed Toe Pump ($235); 6. J. Renee Soncino Strappy Dress Sandals ($99)

Colored Low Heel Wedding Shoes

Maybe you want to add a pop of color or tie in your color palette into your style. That’s where these colored low heel wedding shoes come in. From blues to pinks to yellows, you can find low heels in every color of the rainbow.

  1. Jewel Badgley Mischka Fabiola Dress Slides ($89); 2. Schutz Betine Strappy Sandal ($127.95); 3. J. Renee Belamie Slingback Pumps ($88.95); 4. Kenneth Cole New York Riley 70 Slingback Pump ($158.95); 5. Coach Serena Block Heel Platform Sandal ($150); 6. Chinese Laundry Monroe Strappy Cage Sandal ($69.95)

Metallic Low Heel Wedding Shoes

Last, but not least, the metallic heels. Your wedding day is the perfect excuse to wear all things sparkly, and this goes for your shoes too. Whether you’re looking for bold jewels or understated sequins, you can play it up or down as much as you want.

  1. Jewel Badgley Mischka Bradley Ankle Strap Sandal ($99); 2. Journee Collection Luela Pumps ($65); 3. Blue by Betsey Johnson Mari Block Heel Dress Sandals ($109); 4. Alex Marie Parlyn Glitter Rhinestone Strappy Sandals ($69.99); 5. 42 Gold Liya Slide Sandal ($120); 6. Alex Marie Mairitwo Metallic Leather Ankle Strap Wedge Sandals ($69.99)

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