Love Story: Erica & John

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Erica & John, who were married July 1st, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

July of 2009 through mutual friends. We starting dating in January 2012.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

2 years and 10 months. we bought a house after dating a year and a half though.

How did he propose?

I had a birthday brunch with friends and family in Fort Lauderdale, he decided last minute to propose to me at the restaurant and just could not wait until our vacation to NYC.

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

The Church by the Sea in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and our reception was at the Josephine Leiser Opera Center.. The Opera center was sold weeks before, so we were the last wedding or event to be held there. The church and venue allowed me to customize and plan every single detail the way that I wanted.

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

My colors were white and silver, I didn’t exactly have a theme, but I would call it classic and elegant. I had little diamonds and candles on every table with white and silver china place settings and white roses in silver vases.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Italy and Greece- Rome, Mykonos, and Athens.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I wanted to find something unique and that could make a statement. I had a horrible experience at a different bridal store, and not only did I rush but settled on something that was bland and not me. Wonderland Bridal made me my dreams come true. I was showered with compliments about my dress during my entire reception.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I had less than 4 months until my wedding and was panicking, Alicyn got me an appointment right away, stayed in my budget, and was patient yet honest with me as I tried different dresses on. I picked out and ordered my dream dress during that very appointment.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

It is so difficult to pick a particular moment, but I think when my husband was reading his personally written vows to me, he literally was choked up and staring into my eyes.

Photos by Christian Saab

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  1. Flowers: Honey Bunch Florist
  2. Cake: We Take the Cake
  3. Catering: Hugh’s Catering
  4. Entertainment: NY Sounds DJ & Entertainment
  5. Invitations: minted.com
  6. Wedding Planner: none
  7. Hair: Hair by Shani Gottlieb
  8. Make Up: Makeup Omg by Lee (Shatil)
  9. Videographer: none
  10. Decor: myself 🙂

Love Story: Lauren & Tommy

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Lauren & Tommy, who were married July 30th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

I was going to college in Fort Myers, FL when my Aunt who lived in Atlanta, GA asked me to come and visit during the summer of 2011. I decided it would be nice to get away while I was between classes, so I took a trip to Georgia without any clue that I would soon meet my husband! I told my Aunt that if I was going to stay for a few months, I would need to get connected with a church. That’s where I found 12Stone church in Lawrenceville, GA, and began attending on Tuesday’s college nights. I’ve noticed Tommy around, and remember thinking “He’s so cute! Maybe I’ll get to meet him one of these days!”. Well… One Tuesday night, after about a month of attending I was hanging with a small group of new friends that I had made. We were hanging by the bottom of the stair case at the front of the church, when Tommy made his way over. I noticed that he was talking to one of my new friends (but by the looks of it, someone he’s known for years), and kept looking my way. I’m not going to lie, I was getting giddy just thinking about finally meeting him! Next thing I know, he’s walking towards me, put’s his hand out to shake mine, and says “Hi my name is Tommy!”. I responded back, “Hi, my name is Lauren,” with which I am sure was the biggest grin ever! Little did I know, that was the beginning of our forever! Years later, Tommy admitted to me that the first thing he noticed was my back side. Then added, it was a bonus that my front side was just as nice, and that’s why he introduced himself. Yup, that’s my husband! (You might have guessed.. I had decided to stay in Georgia permanently). 🙂

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for 3 1/2 years before he proposed, and we were engaged for a year!

How did he propose?

It was July 24, 2016, on Sunday morning. We were headed to church. The same church we met at 5 years prior. It also happened to by my moms birthday, who passed away back in 2013. Right after service, we went up to the pastor to say hi, and then made our way out. Keep in mind, this church is a huge church with hundreds of people.. As we were leaving, I noticed that it was extra crowded trying to get out. Tommy takes my hand and starts pushing through the crowd, walking faster and faster. I couldn’t figure out why. I thought maybe he just didn’t want to wait through it. As we make our way to the front of the church, all of a sudden I see a big opening in the crowd and as I look down, I notice rose petals on the floor where we met for the very first time. Immediately, I pulled back for a quick moment in shock, but slowly made my way to the spot where he would ask me to be his wife. I was shaking, and crying so much! He looked at me and said, “Are you ready?”, and I shook my head yes. He get’s down on one knee, and asks, “Will you Marry me?!”.. I said, “Of course I will!”. Later, I find out that he used my moms diamonds from her ring and Tennis bracelet to create my ring. I couldn’t have imagined a better, or more meaningful proposal!

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

We got married at Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, North Carolina. Tommy use to work at Medieval Times as a knight, and he’s very much into the medieval era so I knew that we would want something royal like. I looked in Georgia first, but couldn’t find what we had in mind until we stumbled upon this venue. We instantly fell in love! It had a beautiful Castle, and a stunning ballroom with glass windows from the floor up that reminded me of the Beauty and the Beast ballroom (which is also my favorite movie). It was perfect for the both of us!

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

We had a medieval themed wedding with a touch of Beauty and the Beast. Our colors were burgundy, black and gold. Choosing our colors was probably the most difficult, but we decided that these colors worked together very well with our theme.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to St. Lucia!!! I miss it everyday! If you go, you must stay at the Grande St. Lucian. By far the best sandals property among the three that are on the island.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My sisters live in Florida, so I thought it would be nice to go dress shopping with them while I was visiting.  I came down during Thanksgiving, and we were actually not suppose to start dress shopping until  we came back down for Christmas in December. However, my sisters convinced me to go to this one bridal shop that’s down the street from there house “just to get an idea”, but not to buy. So I caved.  After a few dresses, I was worried it might be more difficult then I thought it would be. Then came the 7th dress. Let me tell you, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room! It was THE dress! With the help of the staff I was able to find a dress I had no intentions of finding. I am so happy that I decided to go that day. It also helps that Wonderland Bridal was so accommodating, and knowledgeable! They also did an amazing job making me feel special, and like I was a one of a kind Bride!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Seeing the man of my dreams at the end of the isle as those doors opened up. I’m about to cry just thinking about it!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

I thought that after reading many blogs and advice columns, WeddingWire, The Knot, etc; that I would know better than to stress. That was the biggest advice given.. to be IN the moment! Learn to breathe, and so on.. I thought I prepared myself to make it the happiest non stressful day ever. I mean I had months to prepare right!? Wrong! I still freaked out, ran out of breath, cried my eyelashes off before I even walked down the isle, and completely forgot that I was the bride and NOT a wedding critique. So now that I am past the wedding, I will go on to say what so many others did.. Breathe! Be in the moment, and most importantly, remember… it’s not about what went wrong, but what went right! And that’s having the man of your dreams standing up there ready to marry YOU! Not the flowers on the isle that ended up being the wrong color.. Because I wasn’t strong enough to keep reminding myself of all those things the advice columns kept telling me to.. Going back, I would of told my bridal party to make sure I don’t freak out. Telling them to make sure I breathe.. That is what they are there for, and tell them now so that you have the support system when your big day finally gets here! 🙂

Photos by Bert Reed Photography

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Wedding Vendor Tips!

Flowers: I’d recommend seeing a picture of EXACTLY what your bouquet(s) will look like before your wedding day, save it, and make them sign off on it completely understanding what is expected. I ordered my and told them greenery and pointed to a picture. I guess they figured any greenery will do, and gave me what looked like dead awful greenery for my bridesmaids bouquets.

Cake: Again, just be extremely detailed with what you are wanting. Don’t leave any details uncovered.

Catering: If your caterer is suppose to bring you food during cocktail hour while you are taking pictures.. Ask that they make sure the food is warm and not cold.   

Entertainment: Look at their reviews! If it’s a large company that is sending out a a DJ, find out as much as you can on that person as an individual, aside from the company.

Invitations: Make sure to proof read, and shop around! There are many companies that sell invites, and you can find some great prices! Or look into making your own!

Wedding Planner: Did not have one, but wish I did looking back.

Hair & Makeup: Don’t be afraid to say what YOU want! If you are doing a trial, take advantage and figure out what it is that you want! Don’t leave until you are happy with it. 

Videographer: Make sure that if they make your video, and your not happy with something, that they are accommodating by making the necessary changes.

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!

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!