Love Story: Christina & Kyle

Christina&Kyle1832We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Christina & Kyle, who were married December 16th, 2017.

When and how did you meet?

We didn’t even realize it but we went to the same church and never met each other until his cousin got me a job at a lab where he was working. That was back in 2009. I was waiting for an interview when I first saw him and I gave him a dirty look like why are you looking at me??

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for about 7 years.

How did he propose?

It was July 16, 2016 and I was mad at him because he didn’t propose to me yet. But what I didn’t know that he has a ring with him for a while waiting to find the right time. We had an argument about it so he decided to just do it. He took me down memory lane. We finished a movie and after he drove me the spot where he realized he first liked me. And then to where we had our first date, to all our make out spots and places where we had our best memories. Then we ended up at the lab where we met. And alone in the parking lot he got down on one knew and told me that he knew I was special from the moment he met me and he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. And if I would marry him. And of course I said yes.

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

We actually got married a few months after in December 2016. My grandpa was put into hospice with only a few weeks to live and I was heartbroken that he wouldn’t be able to be at our wedding so Kyle thought it would be a good idea to get married with him. We had a little ceremony in his room with our grandmas as bridesmaids, and a few days later he passed. Our wedding took place a year later at the Living Sculpture Sanctuary. I just randomly and luckily came across this gem. I was searching online for a unique outdoor space to have a rustic wedding and it was the first place I visited. It was perfect.

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

I wanted a romantic and rustic feel for our wedding. The colors were light pink/blush, navy blue and gold.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I looked online for places that had styles that I liked and again it was my first stop. I had other appointments, but I didn’t have to go anywhere else, they had exactly what I was looking for.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

They were so helpful and nice from the moment I walked in. And they, in a nice way, put up with my BS. I told them what I wanted and against my will they made me try on the opposite. But that technique made the experience even better. I did not want a strapless sweetheart dress, I wanted something different –and they made me try on a few strapless sweetheart dresses. (One was actually a runner up to my final choice). I tried on all the ones I didn’t want to and then once I put on the last dress I wanted everyone knew it was the one. I know they made me try on those dresses strategically so that I knew for sure what I wanted and that made finding my dress all the more special. You need to see yourself in other dresses because you just never know how a dress in a magazine or online will look on our body type. Brides are usually stubborn about that but the ladies at wonderland know how to get you in the right dress.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

It was all so perfect, but I think our first dance was the best part. Your wedding day is such a whirlwind and just those few minutes of swaying in his arms makes everything slow down and the beauty of it all just hits you and wow the ceremony is over already.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Don’t stress!!! No one knows what your vision is except you. So if it isn’t exactly what you wanted who cares! Also at least a day of wedding planner is a must! Mine was just amazing she was able to put together everything even better than what I imagined.

Photos by Gloria Ruth Photography

  1. Flowers: DIY
  2. Cake: DIY
  3. Catering: The Miami Party Place
  4. Entertainment: Photo booth brothers- DJ and photobooth
  5. Invitations: Vistaprint
  6. Wedding Planner: Laurie De Silva
  7. Hair: Tatiana’s Vanity
  8. Make Up: Nicole Macaluso
  9. Decor:  DIY

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Love Story: Carriette & Sebastien

View More: http://poirierweddingphotography.pass.us/carrietteandelusmaWe sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Carriette & Sebastien, who were married November 11, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We met in pharmacy school during our orientation week at Nova Southeastern University. We were standing next to each other in line for food and he made a joke that caused me to laugh hysterically. When I got home, I had a friend request from him 🙂

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We officially started dating on 11/11/11. So the number 11 definitely has a significant place in our hearts. He proposed about 4 1/2 years later on my birthday 6/18/16.

How did he propose?

I really love to eat (it’s literally my favorite thing to do) and Sebastien took me to a very nice restaurant near the beach for my birthday dinner. The atmosphere was perfect and it was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Sebastien suggested that we go for a walk on the beach after dinner. After searching unsuccessfully for parking I convinced him to go home. I had an intimate, at-home proposal that was 100% perfect and absolutely what I wanted.

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

We were both raised Catholic and it was important for us to get married in church. We got married at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Coral Springs. Our reception was about 10 minutes away at the Coral Springs Marriott.

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

Our theme was royal and elegant. We chose Gold, Purple, and Ivory which gave us the majestic feel we were going for.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

My husband loves to travel. Our deal was that I would plan the wedding and he would plan the honeymoon. We went to Hawaii, Australia, Thailand, the Maldives, Venice and Portugal. It was the trip of a lifetime with the love of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect honeymoon 🙂

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Wonderland Bridal was my first stop for wedding dress shopping because of the wonderful reviews I saw online. I called to make an appointment and Alicyn suggested that I come in for the Stella York Trunk show. She said that it would be an ideal time to come since it was my first time shopping and there would be a variety of styles to try on. She was super pleasant on the phone and it made me really look forward to visiting the store.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I felt so welcomed by Patti and Alicyn. The store was nicely designed, very clean and there were so many dresses on display. Patti helped me during my appointment. She helped me get an idea of exactly the style of dress I was looking for. She is very attentive in listening to what the bride wants and how they feel in the dress. We got down to one dress that I loved, but I just couldn’t make a commitment my first time dress shopping. Seven stores later I was back to try on more dresses. I retried the Stella York dress and finally had my waterworks and say yes to the dress moment. There’s a quote by Maya Angelou that says “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. My experience with wonderland bridal exceeded expectations and it is such a memorable part of my journey to the big day.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

It was honestly the best day of my life from start to finish and I loved every minute. But walking down the aisle was so special. We didn’t do a first look prior to the ceremony because we wanted to keep with tradition. When the bridal chorus started playing in church it finally hit me that this is it, it’s finally happening! My mom and uncle walked me down the aisle. It was so exciting and emotional walking towards my future husband surrounded by all of our closest friends and family. And then finally locking eyes with Sebastien and seeing the look of awe on his face. I will treasure that moment forever.Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Give yourself time to enjoy being engaged, but start planning as early as you can. I started about a year before our wedding date because we were paying for the wedding ourselves and wanted to stay within budget. This will give you time to research and find the best vendors and packages without feeling any pressure. Reliable and supportive vendors are key! If at any time you don’t feel comfortable with something go with your gut. I ended up canceling a DJ I hired 2 months prior to my wedding because the communication was not where it needed to be. The DJ I ended up going with was amazing and I have no regrets. This is one day and it goes by so fast. Think about what’s most important for you and work to make it happen. Everything else will fall into place.

Photos by Poirier Photography

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  1. Flowers/Decor: Flowers By Sandra
  2. Cake: Publix
  3. Catering: Coral Springs Marriott
  4. DJ/Photobooth: The PhotoBooth Bros
  5. Invitations: GreetingsIsland.com
  6. Day of Coordinator: Susan Marie Weddings
  7. Make Up: Cleo Jorge Makeup
  8. Photographer: Poirier Photography

Love Story: Meghan & Anthony

image8We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meghan & Anthony, who were married January 6th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?
We met back in high school at age 15, but reunited in life almost 4 years ago.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together 3 years.

How did he propose?
On the sand at a beautiful beachfront restaurant here in Ft Lauderdale.

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

We were married at Buckingham Farms in Ft Myers, Fl.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?
We chose a rustic country themed wedding which was perfect for our outdoor venue. We knew right away that’s what we were going to base everything off of, including my beautiful lace dress.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We spent a few extra days in Ft Myers since ours was technically a destination wedding and then some quality time off at home with our dog!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?
Wonderland was the first place I ever visited to try on dresses, and when I tried on “my dress” there, I just knew it was the one! I couldn’t and didn’t need to look any further. I left that day knowing I had purchased the perfect dress for me and my wedding vision.

 Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I had a great experience both times I visited Wonderland Bridal. The first day, with the help of Alicyn, I found and purchased the most beautiful lace covered gown that I happily and patiently waited to arrive. Once it did, I went back to try on and pick up my dress where I was treated like a princess by Patti. Everything was perfect

What was the best part of your wedding day?
Saying I do to the best husband ever! But seriously, picking a favorite part is hard. It literally went exactly as planned and it was just a beautiful day for us all!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?
Take your time and do it YOUR way! Don’t stress it too much and having friends and family as helpers is a big plus. Don’t be afraid to ask for helpJit’s a very stressful time but take time to enjoy yourself, too!

Photo Credit: Brandy Wine Photography – NC

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1. Flowers: Southern Fresh Florals Ft Myers, Fl 2. Cake: Publix
3. Catering: Buckingham Farms Ft Myers, Fl
4. Entertainment: RIG Entertainment Ft Myers, Fl 5. Invitations: Basic Invite (online)6. Wedding Planner: N/A
7. Hair: Lindsay Arevalo – Pure Vanity Boutique Salon Ft Myers, Fl8. Make Up: “ “
9. Photographer: Brandy Wine Photography – NC
10. Videographer: N/A
11. Decor: Something Borrowed Ft Myers, Fl , Buckingham Farms Ft Myers, Fl and a lot of DIY.

Love Story: Gabriela & Andres

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Gabriela & Andres, who were married January 27th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We first met on January 27th 2015. We both have a mutual friend that wanted us to meet so he connected us and we decided to meet at Royal Pig in downtown Fort Lauderdale for some drinks. The rest is history.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

2 years

How did he propose?

We went out to dinner with his parents to one of our favorite restaurants in Mizner Park. After dinner he recommended we go to Red Reef beach, where we would frequently visit when he lived up in Delray. After sitting and talking he took out a book with many pictures of us and asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them there he was on one knee. He also had my family drive up to surprise me as well. It was perfect!

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

We were married at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church because that’s the church I grew up with. It meant a lot to him to get married at a catholic church so we did.

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

We went with blush, gold, and white with hints of pearls around the room. Those colors scream romance and because my dress had pearls it was a cute add on.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We are heading to Vietnam in a few days to celebrate our Honeymoon. We decided Vietnam because of the cuisine and because Halong Bay seems like such a magical place to Honeymoon.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My sister’s friend actually bought her dress at the store and when we went the selections they had were exactly what we were looking for.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

It was amazing. The girls working there really enjoy what they do and it shows in their customer service. They worked with my budget and made the experience an enjoyable one.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Saying our “I Do’s” and of course celebrating with all of our family and friends.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Stress free is the way to be. Things will happen but at the end of the day all that matters is that you are marrying the love of your life.

Photo Credit: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango

Vendors:

  1. Flowers: Pink Pussycat Flower Shop
  2. Cake:Sussie’s Scrumptious Sweets
  3. Entertainment: Vision Dj’s
  4. Invitations: Paperless Post
  5. Hair: Asteria Beauty Salon
  6. Make Up: Asteria Beauty Salon
  7. Photographer: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango
  8. Videographer: Sushi Films

5 Major Signs you Know you’ve Found the “One”

The first thing a lot of brides want to do after getting engaged is search for their wedding gown. The bride always cries when finding her wedding dress in a movie or on one of the wedding shows we are so obsessed with. Sometimes there are tears involved but if you don’t get emotional, how can you tell if the dress you love is the “one”?

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The dress checks all of your boxes

Some brides have been pinning their weddings since way before they got engaged. They just know everything that they are looking for. If you are still unsure about what you want, ask yourself these questions:

Does this dress make me feel beautiful?

Is there anything about this wedding dress I don’t like?

Can I imagine wearing this wedding gown on my special day?

Does it work with my venue?

Am I happy with the color?

Do I love it?

Will leaving the store without buying my wedding gown give me anxiety?

If you said, “yes” to any of these questions, this is a great indication that you have found your dream wedding dress.

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You compare this dress to everything else you try on

When you have found “the one” every wedding dress you put on afterwards will not compare. You will find that another wedding gown may have parts that you love or is missing that crucial detail that made you fall in love with the other dress. You may even decide to stop trying dresses on in the middle of your appointment because nothing else has given you the feels the way the last one did.

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You chose it for all of the right reasons

Did your fiance tell you they wanted to see you in a ballgown instead of a mermaid gown like you imagined? Is Mom also weeping at the sight of you in a ballgown but you always envisioned yourself in a mermaid wedding dress? Don’t just decide on a dress to make anyone else happy. It’s ok to want them to like your wedding gown, but they will love you in anything you wear. You want to look at your wedding photos in 30 years and remember how much you loved your wedding gown.

Also, sometimes you can get a sweet deal on a wedding gown that is too hard to pass up. Buying a wedding dress just because it fits your budget is a big no-no. You don’t want to have buyer’s remorse on something that is on final sale. The most important reason to buy your wedding gown is because you love it.

You feel great in it

Most Wedding gowns are made of more fabric and are more structured than your day-to-day wear. You need to feel amazing in your wedding dress otherwise you will be dying to remove it the moment you say, “I do”.

You have eliminated other styles

We can’t even begin to tell you how many brides have found a wedding dress that is something she never thought to try on. Be open to taking suggestions from your entourage and your bridal stylist. You may be stuck on a certain style but the reason you aren’t falling in love with anything could be that you are not trying on different styles, colors, or fabrics. Don’t settle for a wedding gown ever! Especially if you haven’t gone out of your comfort zone with at least one wedding dress.

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Not every bride has the same response to finding her wedding gown. You will know when you have found the right one. Sometimes it is just as simple as feeling beautiful in a pretty wedding dress. Are you still searching for the perfect wedding gown? Schedule an appointment with one of our bridal stylists today and let us help you find it!

Tricks for Managing Large Bridal Parties

As any bride with a big family or more friends than they can count knows, sometimes it is impossible to cut down the number of their bridesmaids to a manageable amount. When you have more than 5 bridesmaids, it can be a lot to handle. We have seen it all and have compiled a list of things you can do to make finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses easier!

Do your homework

First thing! Make some decisions about what you would like your bridesmaids to look like and a comfortable budget. Do you want everyone in one color and different styles? Are you incorporating different colors and dresses into your scheme like you saw on Pinterest? Maybe it feels like a safer option to put everyone in the same style and color….After you have decided how you want your bridesmaids to look, now it is time to look at dresses online. Our designer Sorella Vita allows you to actually see a bridesmaid dress you like on their website in your wedding colors. This year we have a lot of brides asking for Mauve which Sorella Vita has named Rosewood.

Here is a gorgeous Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress as it is on the website

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Now here it is in their new color Rosewood…

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You could really spend hours looking at all of the beautiful bridesmaid dresses online but trust us, it really will be a time saver.

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Pre-select bridesmaids dresses

Before setting up an appointment with all 10-17 of your girls to look at bridesmaids dresses, go through the list and choose a few with different body types and those of whose opinions matter most to you. It is best to choose a smaller group of bridesmaids to narrow down the style choices. If you bring all of your bridesmaids to an appointment it can become hectic. Everyone wants their voices heard and with so many people trying to give you their opinions at once, it can be overwhelming. Once you have narrowed down the styles and colors bring in a few of your bridesmaids in at a time to try them on. We recommend no more than 5.

Remember this is your wedding

There’s always one bridesmaid who will protest the style or color bridesmaid dress you want her to wear. Some bridesmaids will try to get you to change the color scheme or her style of dress. It is o.k. to want to make them happy and make some changes, it is not o.k. to have to go to a hundred stores looking for prom-like dresses with cut outs and more sparkle than your dress has to please one bridesmaid. Believe it or not, we have seen this way too many times. Don’t lose focus of your vision for your big day!

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Put your Maid/Matron of Honor(s) to work!

With so many bridesmaids to keep track of, it may be easier for you to enlist the help of your MOH. Hopefully this is the ride-or-die friend or no-nonsense sister who will be able to help you set up appointments, send texts and email to the bridal party, and keep problem bridesmaids from causing you stress. Maybe have them follow up with the bridal store to make sure that everyone has paid for their dresses and that the order has been placed. Planning your wedding can be an emotional process. Let them help you!

Shopping for bridesmaids dresses should be fun! Be prepared and it will be!

Wonderland Bridal is proud to carry the bridesmaid dress line by Sorella Vita. We are ecstatic to announce that the latest collection of bridesmaid dresses will arrive by the end of March.