Love Story: Blair & Elton

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Blair-Tiffany & Elton, who were married June 15th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We met in September 2015 while working for the same company but in different departments. I was still in training and he was sitting with my training group to answer any questions. Apparently, I wasn’t very nice to him when he asked if I needed help.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for 6 months.

How did he propose?

We liked to take monthly trips around Florida. In July, we had a trip to Naples planned. We were originally supposed to go to the beach when we arrived but the weather wasn’t too great. We also had a beautiful room and I wanted to stay in. The balcony wasn’t as large as it appeared in the photos and he was upset about that. He is very easy-going and things like that never bother him. He convinced me to go to dinner and as we were getting ready he kept complaining about his pants and how you could see everything in his pockets. I started to get suspicious at this point as his usually calm demeanor was quite the opposite. After dinner, he asked again if I wanted to go to the beach but I knew the sand would be wet so I declined. We got back to the hotel and he started to pace. He walked from the living room to the bedroom back to the living. He then asks me to come out on the balcony. We were out there for less than 3 minutes before he said, “No this won’t work let’s go back inside”. At this point, I know what’s about to happen. I sat on the couch and he asked me to stand up. I am a slight jerk, so I asked why and slightly annoyed he said just do it Blair. He got down on one knee while his hands were shaking harder than I’ve ever seen. He told me the reasons he loved me and asked me to be his wife.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We got married at the Addison and when I walked in, I knew it was perfect. I wanted an outdoor wedding but we live in South Florida where heat is a problem. The big Banyan trees provide the perfect amount of shade with a breeze off the intercostal.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

Our colors were Eggplant, Navy & Gold. Our theme was elegant vintage.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to Grenada. We stayed at the Sandals Resort.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I went to a bridal show in Boynton Beach and made an appointment that day because they were having a contest.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I ended up buying my dress from them because Alyson was willing to find a dress that I liked that they didn’t carry even though it meant losing my business. Those things matter. This industry has become so business-like to the point where vendors forget that this is someone’s special day. We went through the dresses she had and I fell in love with another Stella York dress.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Honestly the first look. Elton and I got to experience that moment together. It was just the two of us, we got to be present with each other before the ceremony. We took our photos and there was no pressure, it was amazing.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Do what’s best for you and your fiancé. Everyone is going to be giving you advice but in the end the only opinions that matter are yours and your fiancés.

Photos by Dolce Photography

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Cake: Publix
  2. Catering: The Addison
  3. Entertainment: Kenny Mondo DJ’s (Matthew was our actual DJ)
  4. Invitations: Wedding Divas
  5. Wedding Planner: Me
  6. Hair: Me
  7. Make Up: All Dolled Up 
  8. Photographer: Dolce Photography 
  9. Videographer: Dolce Videography 

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Love Story: Precious & Theodore

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Precious & Theodore, who were married April 14th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We met online through a dating website June 2010.
How long did you date before he popped the question?
We were on and off (in a long distance relationship) for about 5 years before he proposed.
How did he propose? 
He proposed on a sunset cruise in Miami, He insisted I drink a glass of red wine, even though I do not like red wine lol. I guess I was taking too long to drink it because he was very adamant that I go ahead and drink it. So when I did I saw something shiny at the bottom of the glass, I thought I was just seeing things but it was a gorgeous diamond engagement ring when I turned to look at him he was on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was a little tipsy and shocked so I could say at the time was “You are such a butt-hole, Yes I will marry you”.
Where were you married and how did you choose the place?
We married at the beautiful Delray Beach Golf Club, after months of disappointing and exhausting searching for a venue I was up at 2am online just googling wedding things and came across a website for venues in FL. out of the blue. Delray Beach Golf Club was on there so I set an appointment and the rest is history.
What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?
We had a tropical themed wedding, main colors were fuchsia and orange. My husband (from the Virgin Islands) wanted a beach wedding and I wasn’t really feeling a beach wedding. After many many colors and themes we decided after going to the venue that a tropical themed/color wedding would be the best. The venue has really beautiful lush green landscapes and views
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Unfortunately we did not go on our honeymoon yet, We decide to wait until out 1st wedding anniversary to go on a honeymoon. That way it gives us even more time to save up and be able to stay longer and really enjoy ourselves. Which we were really glad we did because we were exhausted days after the wedding. But we will be going to Fiji for our honeymoon/anniversary.
Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?
I chose Wonderland Bridal for my dress because the moment I walked in I felt in my gut that this was the place. I’ve searched from Jacksonville to Orlando to Miami for my wedding dress and did not find anything that made me feel the way I felt when I chose my dress at Wonderland Bridal. The weird thing is that I received an email from Wonderland Bridal one day and at this point I was crying and stressed that I wasn’t going to find a dress so when I received the email I was like this was my last time going to another place and it was located less than 10 minutes from where I lived! This was heaven sent.
Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.
My experience at Wonderland Bridal was amazing!!!!!! Alicyn and Patti are the most amazing beautiful women I’ve ever met. I felt good walking in they treated me professionally and helped me with every question and concern I had. I’ve been to several places that doesn’t have good peoples skills, ignored me, acted as if they couldn’t be bothered and was very disrespectful of the size dress I needed. I only received the very best service and treatment going to Wonderland Bridal. I would recommend everyone to go to Wonderland Bridal I really felt like I was important to them.
What was the bets part of your wedding day? 
The best part of my wedding would have to be the vows between my husband and I and getting all glamorous. The make-up, hair, getting dressed and pictures were spectacular. The best feeling in the world. 
Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?
Advice I would give to future couples planning a wedding would be try not to too stressed out, it all works out in the end and always do your homework. Ask questions and comparison shop. Know what you are paying for.

 

Photos by Ron Wood

Love Story: Kelsey & Chad

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Kelsey & Chadwick, who were married April 13th, 2017 at The Addison in Boca Raton.

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When and how did you meet?

Chad and I met November 11th, 2015 thanks to my cousin, and a monkey. My cousin, who worked with Chad, thought we would be a good match. To get me to come by the office and meet him, my cousin invited me to come see the new office pet…a kinkajou. When I arrived, who was holding the kinkajou? My future husband!

How long did you date before he popped the question?

Chad and I started dating January 2nd 2016 and he proposed 11 months later on October 23rd.

How did he propose?

To say Chad knows me well is an understatement. He knew I would be so wrapped up in planning his 30th birthday, that I would not notice he was actually planning our engagement for the same day. I thought I was surprising him by taking him to one of our favorite spots in Palm Beach, but when we arrived at Bethesda-by-the-Sea (a church with beautiful grounds) he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.     ]

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married at The Addison in Boca Raton, Florida. The moment we pulled up to this venue, we felt so at peace (which is a rare feeling when you’re planning a wedding in 5 months!). We instantly knew we wanted to get married there.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

Because our wedding was in Spring, we stuck with blush pinks and succulent greens. And while we didn’t have a theme, we were married under two large Banyan trees in the Addison courtyard and the image of trees carried through our wedding on our invitations and favors.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to St. Lucia and stayed at the Sandals La Toc resort. We loved it!!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My sister found Wonderland Bridal on theKnot.com and read the rave reviews. Sure enough, I found my dress at Wonderland Bridal on the first try and never had to look anywhere else!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

Coming from a Hispanic background, its rare to travel anywhere without a large group of family members in tow. When I came to Wonderland Bridal I had my sister, mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, cousin, and aunt with me. Even with such a big, feisty group, Wonderland Bridal gave us a VIP experience! We had mimosas and enjoyed ourselves so much!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part of my wedding day was seeing Chad at the end of the aisle and knowing that when we walk back down the aisle together, we never have to be apart again.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Start from the end and work your way back! Think about what is most important to you and your fiancé, write it down and strive to make decisions with those priorities in mind. 

Photos by Two Cents Photography

Vendors…

  1. Flowers: Ana Trujilo
  2. Cake: Publix
  3. Catering: The Addison
  4. Entertainment: Custom DJ Services
  5. Invitations: Minted
  6. Wedding Planner:
  7. Hair: Carolyn Jones Hair and Makeup
  8. Make Up: Carolyn Jones Hair and Makeup
  9. Videographer: Two Cents Photography

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Fall 2017 Bridal & Wedding Trends

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Let’s start today’s blog post with information about our latest sale! Our FALL IN LOVE BRIDAL SALE begins September 22nd and runs through September 30th.

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-Select wedding gowns starting at $200
-Special savings on bridesmaid dresses for bridal parties of 5+
-Mother of the Bride dresses starting at $99
-All Bridal accessories discounted 50-75% off

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Space is limited so schedule your private appointment in advance and Fall in Love with your wedding dress for LESS!

In most places, September brings a change in the air and a change in personal style. Just like all seasons, fall has its ever-changing trends in the wedding industry as well. Fall weddings bring a deeper (and darker) meaning to florals, greenery and bold statements.

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At Wonderland Bridal, we are committed to keeping you up-to-date with the seasonal trends surrounded around all things bridal. Believe it or not, we are in peak wedding season in South Florida. August through December are some of the most popular months to get married down here. Is it the lack of humidity, or could it be the love for the bold fall colors that have brides racing to the altar during these months?

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Similar to spring, fall brides will continue to embrace off-the-shoulder gowns, plunging necklines and dresses with sleeves. As mentioned in previous posts, these are the go-to styles for the entire year of 2017 – not just limited to seasons. Brides love the fact that they can flatter their arms and upper body with these sexy and sweet styles.

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Bridal Fashion Week also brought in a new movement of wedding dresses. A movement of ruffles, feathers, and tiered skirts.

Cascading ruffles are perfect for a fall whimsical wedding, bringing a twist to the traditional “romantic wedding dress”.

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Tiered skirts make quite the “ball gown” statement. If this is the look you’re going for, our new fall arrivals will be just what you’re looking for.

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Sleeves were also a huge focus for designers this season. Our favorite “sleeve-inspired” dresses are all about lace. Lace is a trend that will never leave the bridal industry and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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Let’s talk about billowing bishop sleeves, because that seemed to get a lot of attention during Bridal Fashion Week as well. This is a trend we aren’t 100% on board with just yet. It brings us back to the days of when our grandparents’ got married, which doesn’t always have to be a bad thing – if done right. A dress with billowing bishop sleeves is a brave high-fashion move that can quickly turn into Betty White’s hand-me-down dress from the movie, The Proposal. If you’re a 2018-2019 bride-to-be, expect the year of the “bell sleeve” a toned down version of the billowing bishop sleeve. Stay tuned for those…

Fall brides should expect to see bridesmaid dresses in jewel-toned color palettes in Wonderland. The most popular bridesmaid dress colors of fall 2017 range of plum to burgundy. These darker colors naturally bring out the change of season, while the pastels remain in spring.

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In addition to these darker tones, we have hues of blues from Sorella Vita’s newest Mikado and Nouveau Sequin Collections, that have an icy glacier color combination.

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Rest assured, bridesmaid dresses with gold, silver and metallic beading are here to stay. They flooded the bridal runways as more and more brides embrace the “mix and match” trend. Here are some of our favorites in Wonderland.

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Off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dresses are one of the most popular dresses of the season. Every bride is in complete awe when she see’s her best girls try these styles on in Wonderland.

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Other fall wedding trends to be on the lookout for…

So much greenery, or as one of our recent brides called it “whimsical AF”. Now more than ever, brides want the “fairytale in forest” feel with embellish greenery and bold garden-like statements. Think hanging floral centerpieces and succulents that bring dimension to your table settings.

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While on the subject of greenery, paper invitations, programs and place cards are now being replaced with leaves. One of our favorite artists, Jenny of ChickadeeDixie, provides preserved Magnolia leaves with handwritten names in gold ink on the leaves.

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Be on the lookout for these fall wedding trends as you attend weddings this season!