Love Story: Dawn & Tobias

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Dawn & Tobias, who were married May 27th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We were introduced by a mutual friend on my 26th birthday in 2014 downtown Ft. Lauderdale. I invited her to come out and celebrate and she asked if she could bring the “new” guy at work since he was new to town.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We didn’t start dating until about 5 months after we met. We were dating about a year and a half before he popped the question.

How did he propose?

He proposed at a waterfall on a hike in South Carolina. We were supposed to go to a waterfall lookout but they hadn’t pruned the trees yet so we did the actual hike to the waterfall completely unprepared. We ended up doing a 10 mile hike that day with 2 bottles of water!
Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married on Pompano Beach, FL and I picked the location because we have a family beach house there. I knew from when I was a little girl that that’s where I wanted to get married. Tobias and I also shared our very first kiss on that beach.

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

My theme for the wedding was beachy rustic which is our style as a couple. We chose the colors tan, dusty blue, a muted peach, a coraly pink, and a seafoam green. I know they sound like a crazy mixture but together they are very beachy!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?

That is still up in the air where we are going. My husband travels for work so we are just trying to figure out when and where we can go.
Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

They had my dress. I went to around a dozen different stores before to try on dresses. Some had tops that I loved and some had bottoms that I loved but none that I loved the entire dress. Wonderland actually had 2 similar dress that I loved but one stood out a little more than the other with the detailing be more me and my style.
Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

They were great! Very attentive and helpful!
What was the best part of your wedding day?

Getting to spend it with everyone that we love at the place where it all started.
Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Unless you have tons of time on your hands, still seek a professional to help you because a wedding is not like a normal party. There are more facets than you realize and having all the small personal touches is what makes your day unique as well as what you remember. Also, enjoy your day. It goes by too quickly. Almost on fast forward.

Photos by Love Meets Life Photography.

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Consider silk for outdoor wedding for part of your decor. We only used real flowers on table because we knew it would be too hot for the flowers to make it through the whole wedding.
  2. Cake: We did Publix. They do a great job and are worth throwing into places to check out.
  3. Catering: We chose our favorite restaurant, Little Havanas in Deerfield Beach. Pick something that you both love!
  4. Entertainment: We did a live band which brought soooo much more energy than a DJ can and everyone loved it.
  5. Invitations: We ended up ordering online
  6. Photographer: Love Meets Life Photography

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Love Story: Tyler & Austin

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Tyler & Austin, who were married May 6th, 2017.

When and how did you meet?

Austin and I met one June night after the Miami Heat had just won the national championship, we were both out celebrating and met through a mutual friend. He got my number right away and we have been together ever since.

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How long did you date before he popped the question?

3 years.

How did he propose?

We had just bought our first home together a few months prior.. We were having a yard day and literally did yard work all day. When we finished up Austin suggested we go grab margaritas and Mexican at one of our favorite local spots. We showered and got all ready and before we left he told me he wanted to take a “selfie” in front of the windmill I had given him for our 3 year anniversary which was set up in our back yard (we live on a small ranch). As we walked over there to take our picture he took my hand and got down on one knee, I couldn’t believe it! He told me to look around at our beautiful home and said this was his favorite place in the whole world to be with me and couldn’t imagine proposing anywhere else in the world. After I said yes I saw our family and friends cheering from the sidelines and taking pictures! We celebrated with champagne and grilled out ( we really weren’t going to  Mexican and margarita’s).

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

Growing up I always lived on land and grew up in Jupiter Farms. When Austin and I stumbled upon The Lucky Old Sun Ranch in Jupiter, FL a few months before we were even engaged, we said the day we were engaged we would go check it out in person. We pulled up and immediately knew it was our venue! Located in Jupiter Farms across the street from where I had grew up and it being a ranch, which also had their very own windmill too, not to mention! It was the first venue and we booked it 3 days after he proposed!

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

We went with rustic ranch wedding, our colors were navy blue, and pops of yellow in sunflowers. My favorite flowers are sunflowers and the navy really made our bridal party pop.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

With living in paradise year around in South Florida, we decided to take our honeymoon to Kalispell Montana! We stayed in a very exclusive Honeymoon suite in a private estate tucked away in the mountains overlooking flat head lake!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I chose Wonderland Bridal after one of my clients ( I do Real Estate) had just purchased her dress from them, she told me she went everywhere from Jupiter to Miami looking for her dress and finally found her dream dress and amazing service at Wonderland. They were my first appointment and my last!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My mom came into town and I decided to just go look and bring my mom, mother in law, and MOH. We all went to Wonderland and found my dress on my first appointment! Allison was a dream to work with and made me feel like a real life princess and was such a pleasure to my entire party. I couldn’t have had a better experience!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part was the ceremony. Having all of our family and closest friends all together from near and far together and witnessing Austin and I saying I do to forever together was the most amazing part of our wedding day. We wrote our own vows, which really made our ceremony that much more personable.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy every minute of it! The planning, the dreaming, the events leading up to it, and most of all enjoy every second of your big day! It is truly the best day of your life!

Photos by: Jack Bates Photography

  1. Flowers: Flower and Fringe
  2. Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake
  3. Entertainment: Andrew Morris Band
  4. Invitations: Minted
  5. Wedding Planner: 59 and Bluebell
  6. Hair: Sammy Suites
  7. Make Up: Sammy’s Suite
  8. Photographer: Jack Bates Photography:
  9. Decor: True Love Vintage Decor

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You know you found “the one” when…

View More: http://staceyelainephotography.pass.us/wonderland_trunk_show_marchPicture this: you’re standing in front of a full length mirror in the wedding dress of your dreams surrounded by your mother, future mother-in-law and trusted bridesmaids, and no one is crying. There are smiles and the usual “ohhs and awws”, but no tears. Does this mean it’s not the one?! It’s something you always envisioned yourself wearing on your wedding day, it fits you like a glove and you’ve never felt more beautiful, but…no one is crying. Does this mean it’s not “the one”? Of course not!

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If your mom doesn’t cry when you’ve found your wedding dress, it in no way means it’s not “the one”. Brides have a certain idea of how “wedding related events” are supposed to go based on misconceptions brought on by movies and reality shows. As you dive into wedding planning, you will soon realize what your reality is, one that doesn’t always involve happy tears.

 

More often than not, we see the confusion on bride’s faces when their loved ones don’t erupt in tears when they have found their dream wedding dress. So often, that we felt compelled to write a blog post about it. Remember, this is an overwhelming time not only for you, but your loved ones as well. If it’s their first time seeing you in a wedding dress, their reactions may be clouded by the amount of emotions they are feeling. If you have invited these particular loved ones along to help you find a wedding dress, chances are you value their opinion and know them very well. Look for other signs that might indicate you have found “the one”. Look for genuine facial expressions and look into their eyes. The eyes are key!

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So, what are other signs can you look out for when you’re looking for your dream dress? First and foremost, pay attention to how YOU feel about the dress. How do you feel in the dress? Can you envision yourself in this dress at your venue? Are you comfortable? Can you move around and dance the night away?

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Make a list of the most important things you want in your wedding dress before coming into Wonderland Bridal so you have a clear understanding of what you’re looking for.

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That being said, we still encourage brides to keep an open mind and try on dresses they wouldn’t necessarily gravitate toward, because those dresses usually end up being “the one”, believe it or not.

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If you’re going to take something away from this blog post, we want you to remember that this moment is about YOU. Chances are, you have waited your entire life for this moment, the moment you say “yes to the dress”. Try not to have unrealistic expectations about what other people are going to think or say, stay true to yourself!

Photos by Stacey Elaine Photography

Love Story: Caroline & Richard

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Caroline & Richard, who were married March 4th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

My husband and I met at work five years ago.  I was moving back to Boca Raton from Fort Lauderdale and wanted to get a job closer to home.  I was working as a bartender and decided to apply in Mizner Park at a restaurant named Racks.  He was a manager at the time and hired me.  He was extremely charming and so sweet and it took him a couple of months to finally get the courage to ask me out on a date.  And the rest is history!

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for about a year before he asked me to be his wife.  I think we both knew that we would last forever and things just felt right with us.

How did he propose?

We were on a cruise in the Caribbean and decided to go on a horseback riding excursion in Jamaica.  I didn’t know it at the time but he had the ring with him wanting to do it on the horses together.  Little did I know that the men in charge of the excursion pick one person from the group to go on the “crazy” horse and that happened to be me.  It was so fun but we didn’t have a chance to link together because my horse was everywhere.  I was holding on for my life. 

Since that didn’t go as planned he picked a more intimate spot on the ship before dinner and proposed.  It was absolutely beautiful.

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

We were married in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  I am originally from New Jersey and lived there until I was sixteen. My mother passed away when I was ten years old so all of my memories from that state include her and I felt closer to her having it there. 

My husband and I visited our actual venue first and decided to go on a couple of other appointments just to take a look but nothing compared to David’s Country Inn.  It was so charming and rustic and felt perfect from the first moment we walked into the building.

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

The Inn was extremely chic and rustic so we basically stuck to that theme.  I was in love with the color champagne for my bridesmaids dresses and wanted their bouquets to have a marsala and teaberry coloration to them.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We actually leave for our honeymoon on Tuesday, July 25.  We are going to France!!  We are staying on Gerard Bertrand’s winery in the south of France and then making our way to Paris. 

Why did you choose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I chose this store because I knew I wanted a Stella York gown.  The store came highly recommended and had a wonderful selection of her dresses.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I had the best time shopping for my dress.  It is so difficult picking out a wedding dress but Patti and Alicyn were so patient and accommodating. All of my close friends were there to help pick my dress and the minute I had it on, I was in love. Patti and Alicyn are an absolute pleasure and a dream of a team to work with.  I cannot thank them enough!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part was having all of the people that we both love in the same room together at the same time. 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

I would advise couples to enjoy every moment of planning and work together with compromise.  It is a day that you will never forget and it is a day that flies by way too fast!

Wedding Photography by Jason Rhee Photography

Wedding Vendors:

  1. Flowers: Fluers Divine
  2. Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
  3. Catering: David’s Country Inn
  4. Entertainment: Fantasy DJ
  5. Invitations: Zazzle
  6. Wedding Planner: Mostly my husband!!!
  7. Hair: Kathleen Benjamin
  8. Make Up: Kathleen Benjamin
  9. Photographer: Jason Rhee
  10. Decor: David’s Country Inn

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Wedding Dress Code 101

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Ohh the age old question, what is okay (and not okay) to wear to a wedding? Well, we’re here today with our wedding experts to clear this up for everyone.

NO WHITE IN SIGHT

First and foremost, let’s start with the obvious. Don’t wear white! Just don’t do it! Don’t even think or consider the thought of wearing white or any color close to white! Unless the bride specifically states she wants every single one of her guests wearing white in her invitation, don’t do it. Not only will the bride shake her head and roll her eyes, her guests will be talking about you all night long.

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In addition to the actual wedding day, don’t wear white to any wedding festivities as well. This means engagement parties, bachelorette parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, brunches…etc.  

Don’t even wear a color that is close to white. If you have to ask “is this color too close to white?” then you’ve answered your own question. Steer clear of beige, champagne, cream, off-white, or any other super light color that could be mistaken for white. Even light yellows and pinks/blush can be tricky. You don’t want to take a picture, post it on social media and have people think you were THAT girl who wore white to someone’s wedding.

 

WHAT ARE THE BRIDESMAIDS WEARING?

This isn’t a make or break situation, but if you can avoid wearing the color or style of the bridesmaid dresses you should. These days with all of the mismatching bridal trends, it’s hard to accomplish this, so don’t beat yourself up if you have already done this.

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Black Tie

This is the most formal dress code out there, so you don’t want to mess around.

Ladies:  You’ll hear that a cocktail dress can be okay for a black tie wedding, but we don’t always agree with that. Depending on the length and look of the dress you can, but we’d rather not take that chance. If you’re attending a black tie wedding just wear a floor length dress. We’re not saying a full on ball gown – unless that’s something you want to wear. There are so many options out there and at Wonderland Bridal that you will be sure to find something that is affordable and adorable!

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Fellas: Same sentiment. Don’t take the chance of being underdressed. You should be wearing a tuxedo. Again, there are so many options out there for you to remain fashionable and dressed appropriate for the integrity of the wedding you’re attending.

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Black Tie Optional/Formal

Ladies: If you ask a lot of wedding stylists out there, they will say you shouldn’t wear anything but a floor length dress under these dress code terms as well, but we don’t necessarily agree with that. This is where your chic cocktail dress can come into play. Consider the length and formality of what the bridesmaids are wearing and venue where the wedding is being held to help you make this decision.

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Fellas: Another wedding you should consider wearing a tux to. If not a tux, consider a formal dark suit and tie.

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Semiformal or Dressy Casual

Ladies: This dress code can be intimidating in a way because of the amount of options out there. Dress somewhere in between formal and casual – for a lack of a better word. Consider the time of day the wedding is taking place. For a morning to afternoon wedding, consider pastels and light fabric. For an evening wedding opt for darker formal hues.

 

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We certainly hope we have cleared up any of your questions and concerns regarding dress codes at weddings. It can be a very tricky and sensitive topic for people, so return back to this blog post if you ever have any questions in the future. That’s what we are here for!

Wonderland Bridal’s National Bridal Sale Event

NATIONALBRIDALSALEEVENTFirst and foremost, we have to acknowledge what happened last week with Alfred Angelo. We feel for all the brides who have been directly effected by the latest developments in their business, and want to help in any way we can.

For the past week we have been FLOODED with phone calls, emails and visits from brides and their family members with tears in their eyes, but hope in their hearts. Guess what? There is always hope in Wonderland! In lieu of the “Alfred Angelo drama“, we will be offering FREE RUSH SHIPPING on all of our wedding gowns at Wonderland Bridal (subject to availability per designer).

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We’re not the only business wanting to help! Fellow local wedding businesses are going above and beyond to help their South Florida brides. Gizella from GEMakeup Artistry & Hair  is extending her services to brides in Broward, Maimi and West Palm Beach by offering complimentary bridal hair and makeup to an AA bride who books 5 or more bridesmaids with her for day-of wedding hair and makeup.  Good morning my beautiful #brides #bridetobe #bride and #bridesmaid! Those bridesmaids will also receive a discount on their services on top of that as well. To get in touch with Gizella to learn more about this opportunity, email her at GEMakeup@aol.com.

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Be on the lookout for other promotions and discounts being offered by other local wedding businesses. Take a deep breath ladies, everything will all work out!

If you or someone you know is in a bind due to the recent developments surrounding Alfred Angelo, please reach out to us directly via email at info@wonderlandbridal.com or over the phone at (954) 973-8695. 

 

Call it a coincidence or call it fate, but in the midst of everything it also so happens to be the week of our National Bridal Sale Event! Now through Sunday, July 23rd you can receive exclusive savings (see below) on some of your favorite designers: Allure Couture Stella YorkSincerity Bridal • Ashley & Justin BridePronovias.

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WEDDING GOWNS starting at $199

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/GROOM dresses starting at $99

BRIDESMAID DRESSES starting at $35

DISCOUNTED BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

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Here’s a sneak peek into some of the many dresses you can expect at Wonderland Bridal during our National Bridal Sale Event.

**For more information about our Bridal Sale Event or to schedule an appointment email info@wonderlandbridal.com or call (954) 973-8695.