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WEDDING BLOG

East Meets West in This English Garden Wedding at Sezincote House

May 12, 2020 | brooke

Culture-infused decor, dragon dancers, and lots of sentimental moments made Natalya and David’s wedding truly unforgettable! The couple’s day was set perfectly at Sezincote House, a stunning 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace with a most spectacular Organery, which the incredible planning team from Liz Linkleter Events decided would be the perfect spot for their ceremony. It was important to Natalya and David to incorporate lovely little touches of Chinese influence — and we’re obsessed! We love the lanterns and twisting foliage that hung above their lively guests and lit up magically as night fell. Get ready for some of the most awesome party photos Benjamin Wheeler captured of the couple and their loved ones partying all night long, and even more! We can’t wait for you to get inspired by this one, babe!

The Couple:

Natalya & David

The Wedding:

Sezincote House, Cotswolds, England

I am a very casual dresser, so the idea of a wedding dress was quite daunting for me. Instead of looking at wedding gowns, I began to search red carpet looks and I quickly realized I wanted a dress that had a simple silhouette and, most importantly, that I felt comfortable and very much myself in. As for accessories, I decided they weren’t for me, so I ended up just wearing a special pair of jade earrings that my mother passed down to me. 

We had been to Sezincote House for a wedding a couple of years earlier and fell in love with its uniqueness. We knew we wanted a wedding that was set in the English countryside, but in order to blend our two cultures it was important to us that we chose a venue which would compliment what we wanted to create. Sezincote House was the perfect setting. The house itself was designed to reinterpret an Indian home in the Mogul style. When we got engaged, we immediately got in touch with the owners of the house; it was a no brainer for us.

We really wanted to blend both of our cultures and create an East meets West ambiance for the day. We both come from Jewish families so we knew that we wanted a traditional ceremony under the chuppah, completed with the smashing of the glass and, most importantly, Israeli dancing. We never wanted to steer far from a sense of fun and went to a lot of effort to ensure that the beautiful setting we created did not distract from the fact that the day was all about celebration.

With the bride’s family being from Hong Kong, it meant that Chinese elements were introduced throughout the day in the forms of lanterns, a red opium den style bar, lion dancers & each guest’s table setting also had napkins embroidered with their own zodiac sign. We were lucky to have a very talented artist named Isla Simpson to do all of our illustrations and she was able to incorporate things from both England and Hong Kong into a Chinoiserie style design for our invitations, napkins, website, etc.

We were fortunate to have our incredible wedding planner, Liz Linkleter, and her team guide us through everything from start to finish. Communication is key, and Liz and her team were always on the same page as us. One piece of advice that we would like to share is that when it comes to decision-making, it’s only up to you and your partner. You can listen and take advice from friends and family but, at the end of the day, it’s your special day and it’s up to the two of you create an occasion you’ll remember forever. Also, don’t stress about things that are out of your control on the actual day. There may be little mishaps but no one is going to notice and, if they do, it’s an icebreaker!

We had an incredible band, Sensation Band, who basically played throughout the day (including between courses, which meant the dancing started even before we sat down for our starters!) Something that still stands out to both of us was when everyone spontaneously got up on their chairs and danced and sang along to the band’s rendition of “Lean On Me”. Loved it.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Benjamin Wheeler
Second Photographer – Ash Springle
Event Planning – Liz Linkleter Events
Wedding Venue – Sezincote House
Floral Design – Aesme
Catering – Spook London
Reception Music – Trio Manouche
DJ & Live Music – The Sensation Band
Dragon Dancers – KSK UU Dragon & Lion Dance
Videography – Wagtail Productions
Invitation Design – Isla Simpson
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – The White Dossier
Wedding Dress – Suzanne Neville
Groom’s Apparel – Beggars Run
Rentals – Great Hire

 

Congratulations, Natalya and David, and many thanks to Junebug member Liz Linkleter Events for sharing their most beautiful Sezincote House wedding with us! If you love what Liz and her team put together for this couple’s day, be sure to visit her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

 

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Elegant Tropical Hawaii Elopement at Four Seasons Oahu Ocean Lawn

May 11, 2020 | brooke

We’re feeling all the sunshine and happy vibes over Destiny and Austin’s elegant Hawaii elopement at Four Seasons Oahu Ocean Lawn! There’s nothing quite as magical as eloping under the beautiful sunset with the ocean breeze blowing through your hair. Along with the help of Aloha Artisans, this couple’s day had just the perfect touch of color and decor that didn’t take away from their candid laughter and sweet, emotional moments. We love that the couple both rocked Ted Baker shoes, and Destiny could not have looked more gorgeous in her beaded Galia Lahav dress! If you’ve been dreaming of a day under the Hawaiian sun, we can’t wait for you to see these breathtaking images Sheyanne Lyn Photography captured of this tropical elopement!

The Couple:

Destiny & Austin

The Wedding:

Four Seasons Oahu Ocean Lawn, Ko’Olina, Oahu, Hawaii

JUNEBUG TIP:

You can still go all-out on stationary for your elopement! In fact, you might be able to splurge a little more knowing that you don’t have to send out tons of invites.

RECOMMENDED READING: 60 Stunning Simple Wedding Invitations on Etsy for the No-Frills Couple

JUNEBUG TIP:

Don’t want to worry about holding vow books in your elopement ceremony? Speak from the heart. You can always share your  written vows privately at another time of the day. That’s the beauty of elopements!

RECOMMENDED READING: Simple Ceremony Readings for Your Wedding

RECOMMENDED READING: 80 First Dance Songs You Haven’t Thought of Yet

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sheyanne Lyn Photography
Event Planning – Aloha Artisans
Venue – Four Seasons Oahu Ocean Lawn
Floral Design – Lulu’s Lei and Bouquets
Invitation Design – 43 Stationary
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Reveal Hair & Makeup
Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav via Magnolia White Hawaii
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse, Ted Baker
Rentals – Aloha Artisans

 

Congratulations, Destiny and Austin, and many thanks to Junebug member Sheyanne Lyn Photography for sharing their Four Seasons Oahu Ocean Lawn elopement with us. If you love Sheyanne’s work, be sure to check out her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers!

 

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This Alternative Wedding Inspiration at Hacienda Montemar is a Color Explosion

May 10, 2020 | brooke

Raw Shoots Photography and One Heart Event Planning were inspired by the romantic story of Romeo and Juliet—but wanted to put their own rock ‘n roll spin on it with this styled photoshoot at Hacienda Montemar! And we’re enamored with every detail. This couple’s style is everything that funky, colorful, and eclectic dreams are made of. We can’t get enough of the bride’s fur Agua Dulce Costa Rica jacket complete with the most awesome, sparkled wings on the back. If you love rad, vibrant decor, you’re sure to swoon over the rentals from Costa Mesa Event Rentals and Deco 73 Rental Designers that make a perfect intimate dinner setting for any couple and their closest friends! Couples looking for an alternative twist: Look no further. Your inspo is here!

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Chinese Laundry Rumor Ankle Strap Heel ($59.95); ASOS Design Padded Heel Sandals ($40.50); Aldo Shoes Hendra Platform Sandal ($69.98); Vince Camuto Sebatini Sandal ($99.95); Vince Camuto Defina Ankle Strap Platform Sandal (89.95)

JUNEBUG TIP:

If you want to totally “wow” your wedding guests, go big with your ceremony backdrop. This can also be repurposed later in the day as a super rad photo booth background — all your guests will surely want to snap photos with it!

RECOMMENDED READING: 7 Creative Ceremony Backdrops to Wow Your Wedding Guests

JUNEBUG TIP:

If your wedding goes from day-to-night, change up the nighttime bar with funky lights and interesting glassware. We love this tiki bar inspiration!

RECOMMENDED READING: The Ultimate Guide to Your Wedding Reception Bar

The Talented Team:

Photography – Raw Shoots Photography
Event Planning – One Heart Event Planning
Venue – Hacienda Montemar
Floral Design – Diana Palomo Floral Design
Catering – Brûlée Gourmet
Cake – José Pablo Cake Designer
Mixologists – Bar Chef
Videography – Forever Wedding Films
Invitation Design – One Heart Event Planning
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Alberto González
Wedding Dress – Rosa Clará via De Novia A Novia
Bridal Accessories – Madre Perla
Bridal Kimono – Maracao Beachwear
Fur Jackets – Agua Dulce Costa Rica
Groom’s Apparel – Gerson André
Neon Sign & Lighting – GDS Magic Lights
Rentals – Costa Mesa Event Rentals, Deco 73 Rental Designers

 

Many thanks to Junebug member Raw Shoots Photography for sharing this awesome alternative wedding inspiration at Hacienda Montemar with us! If you’re digging Raw Shoots’ work, be sure to check out their page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

 

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