Love Story: Jennifer & Jeremy

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Jennifer Jeremy, who were married March 10th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

Jeremy and I both attended FAU and had mutual friends, but we met and became friends while working at Olive Garden in 2008.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

7 years!

How did he propose?

We were on a hiking trip for our 7 year anniversary. When we reached the summit of Cowrock Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I sat on a rock to meditate and soak in the beauty. I turned to Jeremy and said, “When we decide to get married, I’d love for you to propose somewhere like this!” I swear…and was so embarrassed when he turned around, slightly pale faced, and got down on one knee! I was looking around in disbelief and kept asking if he’s serious. He was of course, very serious, and it was a magical moment that we shared alone. We had no cell phone service and a he had hidden a bottle of champagne is his backpack. We hiked into the forest, hung our hammocks up, and celebrated!

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

We were married in Live Oak, Florida, at Heritage Park & Gardens. We, along with our family and friends, camped at nearby Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Jeremy’s family lives in Live Oak and the Suwannee River holds a special place in our hearts. One afternoon a few years ago, we came upon HPG while driving around town and decided to hike the pines behind it. We snacked on wild blackberries and found a field to practice some yoga. After the engagement, we knew we wanted to get married in nature. We remembered the Live Oak park and set an appointment to visit. We toured the historical house and gardens once and knew it’d be the perfect venue space! We had a house to get ready in, but the wedding events could be outside, in nature.

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

We wanted our wedding to exemplify our bohemian style. It was a floral, nature inspired theme with many colors! I could not decide on set colors… I love them all!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Nicaragua for 2 weeks and it was beautiful!!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

The staff was friendly and worked with my budget. They helped me envision our day and pick a dress that was perfect for me.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Listening to the speeches from my Dad, MOH and Best Man. Sitting there, listening, allowed me to be present and grateful for my friends and family. 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

You have the choice to allow stress into your planning experience and on your wedding day. Choose to be present and grateful. Your union is what matters, not the centerpieces. HAVE FUN!

Photos by Stephanie W. Photography.

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  • Cake: Publix assorted – including our favorite, Carrot Cake
  • Catering: “Two Cuban Guys” food truck
  • Entertainment: Amplify Events – DJ Drew
  • Invitations: Homemade by Jennifer
  • Wedding Planner: Natalia Pappadia – Delightful Bash
  • Hair: Retro Red’s Beauty Shop, Ft. Lauderdale – Annie Macko
  • Make Up: Retro Red’s Beauty Shop, Ft. Lauderdale – Annie Macko
  • Photographer: Stephanie W. Photography
  • Videographer: N/A
  • Decor: DIY – my WONDERFUL bridesmaids
  • Other: Service Staff – J.R. Events – www.jreventsinc.com

 

 

Love Story: Lillian & Jonathan

LJW-1669We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Lillian Jonathan, who were married March 31st, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We met by chance as we were both celebrating friends’ birthdays in Fort Lauderdale. Our interaction was a short 5 minutes where we exchanged some preliminary information about each other and telephone numbers as my friends hurried me to leave. 

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for a little over 2 years and a half.

How did he propose?

He suggested we plan a last minute spontaneous get away for a long weekend where we originally had no plans. I thought it was odd but was not going to question the opportunity for a much needed vacation! We booked a short cruise to the Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay. He had been acting so weird the entire cruise, said he wasn’t able to sleep, wasn’t feeling good, etc to which I kept thinking either he was sick or just wasn’t having a good time (little did I know his nerves were getting the best of him!). On the last day, we departed the cruise ship on to Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay. I wanted to set our bags and stuff on the tanning chairs close to where everyone else was, with the DJ playing and the bar next to us. He kept insisting that a co -worker told him about a great quiet spot with hammocks underneath the palm trees where we could relax. Again I kept thinking it was weird as my fiancé is full of life and always up for having a good time. Honestly, a proposal never crossed my mind as again this was a last minute, short weekend cruise. We continued to walk in the heat with all of our stuff along with my complaining that this hammock section better be worth the walk. We settled on some tanning chairs in the shade underneath some nice tall palm trees overlooking the water. We went into the water for a little while and somehow or another began talking about life, engagement, marriage and kids. When we exited the water and came back to our chairs he turned to me and asked “So when do you want to get engaged?” Of course my response was “I don’t know, anytime, now” to which I meant now meaning anytime in the near future, not that very moment! Lol He pulled out a ring and said “Ok, let’s do it”.  =)

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

We were married at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s New River Inn. It is Broward County’s oldest standing hotel, preserved as a history museum. We picked this location as we had seen a wedding taking place there as we drove past by chance a year or two before and thought it was beautiful. My dream was always to have an outdoor wedding that was atypical of the normal South Florida weddings. I wanted a Plantation style home to be the backdrop of our big day. However we mainly picked this place because it was about a minute down the street from the place we met which happens to be the same place we ended our wedding night. After the wedding, our closest friends (who happened to be with us the night of our meeting) and other friends and family walked down the street with us to Public House, the lounge we met at.  We ended the night dancing away there in our wedding attire!

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

I wanted all neutrals and natural wood items for our wedding. We wanted it to be outdoors, and have a laid back and breezy vibe to it. Our goal was for everyone to have fun and feel at home.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to a beach town in Costa Rica and also spent a few days in the volcano region there as well. It was absolutely amazing!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I had been in search of a particular Stella York dress I had seen online and Wonderland Bridal had it in stock. It is not however the dress I settled on.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

From beginning to end the ladies of Wonderland Bridal were so sweet and welcoming. They really made me feel comfortable with my experience and as if I had known them for years. Everything about the inside of wonderland bridal is magical. It is decorated so beautifully and the attention to detail of everything from the personalized sign for your fitting room to your gift bag once your purchase is made really makes the whole experience come to life. It really is a wonderland for brides that makes you never want to leave!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

I’d have to say the best part was taking a moment to watch everyone during the dinner hour conversing, eating and enjoying. I was able to take in the moment of the lights twinkling around the trees and the museum, the candles flickering on the tables and the classic jazz music I had requested to be played during this time. The venue turned out better than I could have ever imagined and moved me to a different place/era in time.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

We did not technically have a wedding planner except for the day of. Our caterer happened to be pretty amazing and helped a lot along the way and was able to contract a ton of stuff for us however if I could do it again I would hire a wedding planner throughout the entire process. I am a pretty resourceful and organized gal however there are so many options and vendors and things to consider during the planning process having someone as a foreperson for you to direct you through out who has expertise in the business seems pretty invaluable in hindsight. 

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Photos by Trenholm Photo

  1. Flowers: PCS Events
  2. Cake: Enchanting Creations hired through PCS Events
  3. Catering: PCS Events
  4. Entertainment: DJ Ubi hired through PCS Events
  5. Invitations: Minted.com
  6. Wedding Planner: Day of-PCS Events
  7. Hair: A Touch of Beauty by Lily http://www.atouchofbeautybylily.com/
  8. Make Up: A Touch of Beauty by Lily http://www.atouchofbeautybylily.com/
  9. Photographer: Austin Trenholm of Trenholm Photo https://www.trenholmphoto.com/
  10. Videographer: Affinity Wedding Films
  11. Decor: PCS Events
  12. Other: Voguish Photo booth

Love Story: Allison & Sam

imageWe sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Allison & Sam, who were married March 10th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We went to middle school together and started dating in high school.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

13 years!

How did he propose? Rang the doorbell, once I opened the door Sam was down on one knee.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place? Mansion at Tuckahoe in Jensen Beach, FL. We picked this place because it was and amazing building with a blank space.

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

We chose Navy, Silver with a splash of coral.

 

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Honestly, the environment was so welcoming. The staff felt like family. Plus the welcome sign with my name on it sealed the deal!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I honestly had no idea what I was looking for and the staff gave me different options they felt would look best for my body. I never felt rushed or pressured. They made the experience so amazing for myself, my mom and my bridesmaids

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Saying “I DO’ to my best friend and finally having the same last name has my son!!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Take your time. Enjoy the process. Hire Love My Glam Events to help you plan. And do not go anywhere else for a dress except Wonderland Bridal!

Photography by Diego & Vanessa Photography.

  1. Cake: Cakes By Gina
  2. Catering: CC Catering
  3. Entertainment: DJ Poetik – Jamie Vargas (also officiant)
  4. Invitations: Magnet Street
  5. Wedding Planner: Chelsea – Love My Glam Events
  6. Photographer: Diego & Vanessa Photography
  7. Videographer: Diego & Vanessa Photography

3 Ways to Afford the Wedding Dress of your Dreams

This is the part of wedding planning that no one gives you advice on. Choosing a wedding gown, venue, flowers, etc is all fun until you have to open your wallet. How can you afford your wedding gown without sacrificing what you want? Wonderland Bridal has a few insightful tips that may be able to help you!

Plan your wedding well in advance

One great way to make sure that you can afford the wedding gown of your dreams and not go into debt in the process is to plan your wedding far in advance. Brides who start the planning process early can set money aside little by little so they can pay as much of their weddings as they can in cash and rely less on credit cards. This way when a hefty deposit is required, you can pay it all at once. Open a savings account for wedding expenses so you can keep track of how you are spending money for your big day. You can have your bank set up withdrawals so it comes out of your checking account automatically.

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Using Credit Cards aren’t always bad

Many credit cards offer zero interest for a term of 6 months or more. This is extremely helpful in paying for your wedding gown. You can make smaller interest free monthly payments instead of having to come up with a large amount all at once.  Just make sure that you pay off the amount you owe before the interest kicks in.

Do you have a credit card that has reward points or cash back? Use this! By paying for your wedding with this card you can save enough points to help pay for your honeymoon.

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Ask the bridal store for a payment plan

For some brides coming up with a deposit can be difficult. Depending on the bridal shop some may require the purchase to be paid in full or others can offer a bit of help in the way of a smaller deposit and several payments until the wedding gown order can be placed. If you know that you cannot come up with a large deposit up front, ask the bridal shops where you book your appointments what their payment policy is. This way if you fall in love with a wedding dress you know if you will be able to afford it or not.

Schedule your appointment with us at Wonderland Bridal Couture today! We have the experience and desire to help our brides find and afford the wedding gown of their dreams!

 

Reasons not to Rent your Wedding Dress

We get a few calls here and there from brides inquiring on wedding gown rentals. A very limited amount of places in South Florida rent wedding dresses. Why so few? There are more Cons than Pros. While Renting your wedding gown seems like a good idea on the surface, there are many more reasons not to!

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Cost

A budget conscious bride might look into rentals thinking it could save her some money. In reality, renting a wedding gown can actually end up costing as much as the purchase of a regularly priced gown. Rental pricing depends on the designer. If you are looking at a high-end designer you could end up spending about $1,000 or more. While a lot of rental places are insured for damaged wedding dresses, they will often ask for a deposit. Many places that rent wedding gowns will charge a fee in case something happens to the dress. If someone spills red wine all over your gown, there goes your deposit. If someone steps on your train and puts a big hole in your gown, there goes your deposit. If someone burns a hole in it with a cigarette, which we have seen happen more than once, there goes your deposit. You can see where we are going with this. If you are wearing a wedding gown you purchased, you won’t have to tip-toe around your ceremony and your reception trying to protect your gown from being damaged out of fear of losing your deposit. Who wants to spend their entire wedding doing that? There are other ways to save money.

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Alterations

Simple alterations may be done depending on your agreement with the store you rent your gown from. Online sites we visited did not allow alterations to be done at all. Not all brides are the same height or will wear the same shoe height. The standard length of wedding gowns are meant to fit brides who are between 5’7″ and 5’9″. If you are petite, this would not work for you. On a bride who is 5 feet tall, wearing a 3″ to 5″ heeled shoe could still render her gown too long. Also, depending on the style of dress, it may not even be proportionate to the bride’s size. The beauty of having a gown that is all your own is having it tailored to your body. Your curves should fill it in just right.

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Availability

With renting a wedding gown, you have a limited amount of time with it. You can borrow it anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. That sounds like just enough time, but what if the gown doesn’t work at the last minute. Maybe it is not quite what you imagined or the wrong size. The turn-around time in getting another gown to you by your wedding day is not something you want to play with. You will also need to plan to have someone take care of returning your gown while you are on your honeymoon, if needed.

Experience/Sentimental Value

Wedding gown shopping is a rite of passage. A bride goes with her entourage to look at wedding dresses and try them on and share an intimate moment. There is nothing intimate about ordering a wedding dress online. Wearing a rented wedding gown could possibly mean that several brides have worn it before you. Beading can be pesky and fall off. If they have fallen off a gown at another bride’s wedding, they may be missing from yours. There is no guarantee of every single bead being sewn back on by the time you wear it.

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A bride’s wedding is one of the best days of her life. Deciding to purchase the rented wedding gown she wore is usually not an option. This means she will not have the wedding dress as a keepsake and will not be able to save it for her daughter to wear.

Are you still looking for the perfect wedding dress to wear on your special day? Schedule your appointment today and let us at Wonderland Bridal help you find you something absolutely amazing.