Love Story: Brenda & Thomas

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Brenda & Thomas, who were married September 16h, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We have actually known each other for over a decade but we did not strike a romantic relationship till the summer of 2012. We started talking via social media just as old friends catching up and slowly from there we started talking every day and our friendship grew stronger and eventually became romantic.

How long did you date before he popped the question? We were together almost three years when he got down on one knee.

How did he propose? He surprised me on a trip to NY (which was supposed to be gift for completing grad school). He set up a fake photoshoot in Central Park in front of the Bow Bridge. We were supposed to be looking for a restaurant that was far away from where we entered and once we found it there a was mysterious woman that we followed down to where the photographers were set up that were posing as photography students that were looking to take photos of a couple for an assignment. They walked us through the steps and once I turned around for the last shot, there he was down on one knee.

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

We were married at the Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables. We choose the venue because of the grand staircase, the ambiance of the Rotunda and the overall beauty of the hotel. I remember seeing photos of a wedding there almost ten years ago and I always wondered what it would be like to get married there and walk down the staircase to my husband.

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

The theme was regal elegance. The colors were gold, ivory and black as an accent color. I selected black to give the wedding a more polished look and to be as formal and black-tie as possible. I felt that the Rotunda was so grand that the theme needed to match the hotel.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We want to Las Vegas and stayed at a beautiful suite on the 22nd floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I choose Wonderland Bridal for the reception dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses because the women of Wonderland Bridal were very warm, welcoming and always made me feel like I was shopping with old friends and so it was only natural to have them help me find something that would go well with the venue and theme.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My experience was nothing short of amazing. I have built a friendship with Alicyn that made me feel like I was at home. When it comes to trying on gowns there are several different styles, color ranges and price ranges to choose from within the store. Most important the women are very honest when it comes to having your best interest at heart. 

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part of the day was taking part in all of the traditional reception activities like the first dance, throwing the bouquet and the removal of the garter.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

My best advice would be to “take your time” and remember that on the day of to enjoy all the hard work because everyone is there to celebrate the joining of you and your significant other.

Photos by Dolce Photography

Please specify any vendors that apply…

  1. Flowers: WandW Events Design Group
  2. Cake: Ana Paz Cakes
  3. Catering: Hotel Colonnade
  4. Entertainment: EPIK Entertainment
  5. Invitations: Invitations by Khan & Minted
  6. Wedding Planner: Liz and Lex Events
  7. Hair: Hair by Leslie O.
  8. Make Up: AngelLoveBeauty
  9. Photographer: Dolce Photography
  10. Videographer: Dolce Wedding Films
  11. Decor: WandW Events Design Group

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Love Story: Lonnika & Willie

IMG_4801We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Lonnika & Willie, who were married September 17th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Willie and I met at my old job back in 2010. I worked with his sister and He came by to visit her. We were introduced and initially, I was not interested in being anything more than friends with Willie however, our natural bond and growing friendship over the years, led to us falling in love with each other.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We officially started dating March 20, 2015 after being friends since 2010. Willie proposed to me on June 26, 2016.

How did he propose?

Willie totally caught me off guard with his proposal. Being a naturally curious person, I would have figured out his plans if, He didn’t do it the way he did. He suggested that we invite our parents over for a cooked Sunday dinner (which we have done plenty times before). Being distracted with entertaining our parents in the comforts of our home, expecting a proposal was the last thing on my mind. While we were watching a movie, the TV went out, I was about to call our cable provider to complain and suddenly “Stone” by Alessia Cara started playing on the surround sound. Willie stepped out of our room and pulled me off the couch. He professed how much He loved me and then went down on one knee. I instantly broke down in tears, I was totally caught off guard and I can hear my Dad cheering us on. Through the tears, I said YES! It was a beautiful, intimate moment in front of our closest family members. I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal.

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

We married at The Addison in Boca Raton. As soon as we stepped foot on the grounds we just knew, it was the perfect location for us. The historical mansion was a breath taker. I literally saw a vision of us dancing in the main hall, which is exactly where we end up having our reception at.

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

Our colors were forest green and sangria purple with hints of gold and ivory,  which complimented our Enchanted Forest theme.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Aruba, compliments of being the winners of David Tutera Your Wedding Experience Bridal Show.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I always knew I wanted a unique dress. I remember seeing a wedding dress in a magazine and instantly fell in love with it. However, there were no details on the dress number just the brand of dress, this mystery “dream” dress. I happen to come across Wonderland Bridal through my Internet search. The name caught my attention as I though about my theme. I loved the décor, logo and modern boutique look. After looking through the website dress selection, I saw… the…. “dream” dress!!! I also saw that they offered a VIP experience where you literally had one on one service. I had a for sure feeling and booked the VIP appointment. I tried a few other beautiful dresses on before trying on the “dream” dress. Thankfully, It turned out to be the dress!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My experience was wonderful! I definitely recommend the VIP experience. I didn’t have to worry about interruptions and the mimosas and tea sandwiches greatly pleased my MOH and Grandmother who attended my appointment. Picking your dress is a really a big deal, so being able to focus and have that personal attention really made things easier.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part of my day was seeing Willie’s reaction as my Father walked me down the aisle. We did not do a first look prior to our ceremony because we wanted the full effect as I walked down the aisle. Personally it amplified that moment for us and made it the highlight of the day for me.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Pre-plan, stick to your vision and stay in comfortable budget. The importance of pre planning was a huge stress savor for us. It is easy to get caught up in the fun of the  engagement period and then We paid for majority of our wedding out of our own pockets. We both come from huge families so we had the difficult choice of having the day of our dreams or including everyone who wanted to attend the wedding. Ultimately, we decided on keeping our guest list small so that we could have everything that we wanted on our wedding date.

Photos by Munoz Photography

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Please specify any that apply…

  • Flowers:  Provided by Boca By Design
  • Cake: Publix – Green wise
  • Catering: The Addison
  • Invitations: Ann’s Bridal Bargain
  • Hair: Mii Fabulousity (Styles by Moneek)
  • Make Up: Le Grand Pro Experience
  • Photographer: Munoz Photography (Armando)
  • Decor: Boca By Design