Toni & Ricky’s Wedding: A magical, memorable and dreamy affair

We’re celebrating this Wonderland couple’s one year anniversary with their Love Story.

Meet Toni and Ricky, who were married on November 10th, 2018 at Benvenuto in Boynton Beach, Florida.

When and how did you meet?

We met in June 2014 at a friend’s birthday party at Benihana.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

He popped the question a month after our 2 year anniversary!

How did he propose?

Ricky proposed on August 17, 2016 (my 27th birthday!) at Margaritaville on Hollywood Beach in front of my whole family and a bunch of friends. I had no idea it was coming! After I opened up all my presents he told me he had one more present for me and got down on one knee. It was magical!

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

We were married at Benvenuto in Boynton Beach. The garden area and the vintage Italian architecture are things we fell in love with and that went well with the style and theme of our wedding. The price and all that it included was also excellent!

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

Our theme was elegant/vintage/classic with lots of blush, gold and greenery. We wanted to go with something timeless and not so much “trendy”.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Labadee, San Juan and St. Maarten on a Royal Caribbean 7 day cruise.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

At first I went to another bridal store to look at dresses for my first time and left feeling very disappointed. It wasn’t what I thought my first time trying on wedding dresses would be like. I found Wonderland on The Knot and thought I would try out a smaller/boutique store and I was so happy I did! The customer service doesn’t even compare to the first place I went to. The ladies at Wonderland were so sweet and personable and I found my absolute dream dress the first time going!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

From the moment I walked in, I knew it was going to be an amazing experience! The ladies at Wonderland are so warm and welcoming. They really cared and paid attention to the type of dress I was looking for. They took their time with me and really listened. I tried on about 5 dresses while I was there and one of the ones they pulled ended up being the ONE! Till this day I still stop by the store when I’m in the area to say hi to them! They make you feel more like family than just a typical client and I think that’s what separates Wonderland from other bridal shops!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Aside from of course marrying my best friend, I honestly think my dress was one of my favorite parts! It was everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

DO NOT STRESS THE SMALL THINGS! While planning, I paid such close attention to every little detail and when wedding day was here I didn’t even notice any of those things. Don’t go cheap on you photographer and videographer! Less is more.  If your venue is already beautiful as it is, don’t go crazy with the decorations. Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Things will most likely go wrong but just brush it off as much as you can and remember the real reason for the day! Also, you will laugh about a lot of things the day after your wedding. Enjoy every step of the way!

Wedding Photos by The Camera Wedding Photography and Cinema.

  1. Wedding Gown: Stella York from Wonderland Bridal
  2. Flowers: A Red Rose
  3. Cake: Earth and Sugar
  4. Catering: Benvenuto
  5. Entertainment: New York Sounds
  6. Invitations: made by a friend
  7. Wedding Planner: myself 🙂
  8. Hair & Make Up: Lulu Gomez at The Esthetic Center
  9. Photographer: The Camera Wedding Photography and Cinema
  10. Videographer: The Camera Wedding Photography and Cinema

Megan & Jon’s Wedding: BEST. DAY. EVER.

We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland Bride to get her love story.

Meet Megan and Jonathan, who were married on April 6th in Marathon, Florida.

        

Megan and Jon were introduced in the fall of 2014 at a Tough Mudder Race in Miami. About a year later, Megan was hired at Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Department along with Jon who had already been working there for 7 years. Instantly becoming friends and sharing the common love for the water, fishing, diving and FSU. Over the years they hung out often. Whether it was for a work event or just to grab some lunch and talk about an FSU game. In the summer of 2016, one evening at the Davie Ale House for dinner, she looked at Jon and said “I think I love you”, and his reply was “I think I do too”. Since then they’ve been inseparable. “Over the last 2 years we’ve helped each other realize that we’re exactly what we both needed”, Megan says.

They dated for about two years before Jon proposed. He told Megan they needed a date night, which of course meant she planned dinner at her favorite restaurant Casablanca. “After a lovely dinner, we went for a walk on the beach during sunset and he dropped to one knee (not sure I remember much of what was said) and asked me to marry him”, Megan recalls.

They were married at a house rented through VRBO in Marathon, Florida. Jon was born and raised in Marathon so they thought it would be nice to go back to his hometown and get married with all of their family and friends. With both being big water sports fans and love for the beach, they had a beach themed wedding which fit perfectly into the setting being on the water, on the bay side, with a beautiful sunset to top off the night. Megan walked down the isle to the cello and piano version of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”. If that wasn’t perfect enough, Jon’s brother sang and played the guitar for their wedding song – Brett Young “In case you didn’t know”.

WB: Why did you choose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

MJ: I had already had one long day of dress shopping and bought a dress on a whim on the west coast while visiting family. My mother and MOH weren’t sold on my purchase so I made two more appointments. Wonderland bridal was my first stop and the first dress I tried on was the one!

WB: Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

MJ: I had such a great experience at Wonderland Bridal. The girls were always very accommodating and so helpful. I had 5 of my 8 bridesmaids purchase their dresses from Wonderland Bridal as well. Alicyn was in constant email communication with me and super helpful.

WB: What was the best part of your wedding day?

MJ: Great question. There are so many parts to my day that were amazing. I think our first look moment was awesome. Jon was super emotional. I left him a card on the bed before I went to get ready the morning of and he read it and called me crying. He said, “I almost facetimed you and realized I couldn’t see you yet”. I felt so bad but ensured him it would be an amazing day. Dancing to our favorite song was pretty awesome too.

WB: Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

MJ: Grooms, don’t fight the brides… you will thank them after its all over.

Vendor Team:

  1. Wedding Dress: Stella York from Wonderland Bridal
  2. Flowers: Floral Creations by Blanca, Pompano Beach (AMAZING)
  3. Cake: Bridesmaid actually made it as her wedding gift to us 🙂
  4. Catering: Mrs. Paella (Miami)
  5. Entertainment: DJ Kenny (WPB)
  6. Invitations: Friend from work that owns a printing company
  7. Wedding Planner: Ivette Chao (FL keys)
  8. Hair & Make Up: Kiss this Make up (AMAZING!)
  9. Photographer: Renato Macassi & Ruel Navarro

Nicole & Aaron’s Wedding: An Intimate and Picturesque Celebration

We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland Bride to get her love story.

Meet Nicole and Aaron, who were married on May 24th in Taormina, Sicily.

 

Aaron and Nicole met in college at Temple University in Philadelphia. They bonded over their mutual love for the Pittsburgh Steelers! They went on their first date in Pittsburgh, PA where Nikki was born and raised. “I remember going home after that first date and telling my twin sister ‘He might be the one’ but I really realized he was the one during a 5 hour drive from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh when the song “Forever and Ever, Amen” played on the radio”, recalls Nikki.

They dated for about four years before Aaron proposed. During a night out on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Aaron proposed to Nikki. As a surprise to her, Aaron had arranged for her family from Pennsylvania to come down and celebrate at their favorite restaurant “Casablanca Café” after he popped the question. She had no idea! It was perfect.

Their wedding took place in Taormina, Sicily. “Sicily has a very special place in my husband’s heart since he used to visit to see his grandparents when he was young. After his grandfather passed away a couple years ago, we decided to share this special place with our close family and friends”, says Nikki. They were married in a Catholic Church with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. The casual but elegant setting allowed for the couple to keep it small with just their closest friends and family. “Our idea of a destination wedding was a chance to spend this special day and the days before and after with the people we love!” says Nikki. The intimate and picturesque setting made for an amazing experience for everyone.

WB: Why did you choose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

NS: Wonderland Bridal was very patient but also encouraging. I would have never even tried on the dress I chose if I didn’t get a little push.

WB: Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

NS: I found my dress on a spontaneous trip with my classmates after an exam but I couldn’t say yes without approval from my mom and sister so they squeezed another appointment in with me for my family to see before they flew back home! I was always well informed and educated about all the details. I couldn’t have been more happy with my experience at Wonderland Bridal.

WB: What was the best part of your wedding day?

NS: My favorite part of my wedding day was the maid of honor and best man speeches. This wasn’t a “planned” event during the dinner but it ended up being the most memorable moment for me. Both speeches were extremely heartfelt and I couldn’t have pulled off such an amazing wedding without the help of them too.

WB: Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

NS: Don’t be afraid to do something out of the normal boundaries of what a “typical” wedding should be. We were able to keep all the traditions but made it our own. A destination wedding is a great way to spend time with the people you might not get to see so often and you’d be surprised how many people will make the trip for your big day!

Brittny & Chance’s Wedding: A Magical Country Fairytale

We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland Bride to get her love story.

Meet Brittny and Chance, who were married on March 9th at The Telico Gin in Ennis, Texas.

 

Brittny and Chance met on Match.com about five and a half years ago. They went out on a couple of dates but did not hit it off immediately and went their separate ways. “The timing wasn’t right”, Brittny recalls. Fast forward to a few months later where Chance took a chance and reached out to Brittny again. They have been inseparable ever since. “It’s been a long bumpy road but with every bump we hit, we get stronger and love each other more”, Brittny says. She describes herself as a quiet and shy person. One who likes to stay in her bubble. She felt herself coming out of her shell and liking who she was around Chance. Feeling truly happy. She attributes it to the love he showed her and helping her open up in ways she had always been afraid to. That’s when she knew he was the one.

They dated for four years before Chance proposed. During Easter Sunday last year, Chance proposed to Brittny in front of her entire family. “I love that he knew me well enough to know that I would want my family around when he proposed”, says Brittny.

Their wedding took place at The Telico Gin in Ennis, Texas. Their vision for the big day was a rustic, country chic theme and that is exactly what this venue provided. The night was a magical country fairytale. Brittny’s favorite part was at the very end. Instead of a send off, Brittny and Chance sent all of their guests outside of the reception area and as their song “Let Them Talk” by Hugh Laurie played, they had a last dance, just the two of them. “It was the most magical moment”, Brittny recalls.

WB: Why did you choose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

BB: My sister got her dress at Wonderland and I loved how they treated her and made her feel special.

WB: Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

BB: I absolutely loved Wonderland Bridal. They make it all about you. You have your own dressing and viewing area with your name on it. The employees were amazing, nice, and made me feel like I was a part of their family.

WB: What was the best part of your wedding day?

BB: Our last dance.

WB: Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

BB: Don’t stress or spend so much money over the small stuff. I know it seems like the most important thing at the time to have the nicest decorations and the nicest table settings, but you’re not even going to notice them on the day. All you’re going to notice and care about it, is your partner.

 

Wedding Photos by John Benitez.

Vendor Team:

  1. Wedding Gown: Stella York from Wonderland Bridal
  2. Flowers: Flowers, etc
  3. Cake: Walmart
  4. Catering: Little Mexico
  5. Entertainment: Wagon Wheel Entertainment
  6. Hair & Makeup: Katie Beckett
  7. Photographer: John Benitez
  8. Videographer: Logan Harris

 

 

Megan and Michael’s Wedding: Romantic, Whimsical, Unforgettable.

We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland Bride to get her love story.

Meet Megan and Michael, who were married on March 24 at South Eden Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia.

Megan and Michael met the new-fashioned way: online, through Match.com. There was an instant connection between them and he “made it feel like I’d known him my whole life”, Megan says. She found him to be very funny, intelligent, engaging and oh-so handsome! Subconsciously, she knew he was the one much sooner than they actually began talking about marriage. “To be honest, I had always been intimidated by the idea of marriage. Mike was the only person that made me feel like marriage was something that I wanted. It no longer felt scary and I could not imagine my life without him in it.”

Megan and Mike dated for just over 2 years before he proposed. While on vacation in Hawaii, Mike proposed to Megan while watching a beachside luau from their balcony at sunset. The luau ended as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ began playing and fireworks were set off over the ocean. Mike dropped to one knee and proposed. Megan says it was a moment she will never forget.

Their wedding took place at South Eden Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia. The aesthetics of the property are breathtaking making it the perfect venue for the happy couple. The ceremony was held outside of a historic pool house that was built in the 20’s, cocktail hour was inside the pool house and adjacent gardens, and the reception was held in the back yard of the main house in a thicket of lighted magnolia trees. Although not intentional, Megan describes the inspiration for their wedding was a whimsical garden party with lots of florals and different shades of blues and greens in the attire and decor. At the end of the day, one of the most important aspects for Megan and Mike was to be able to dance under the stars, and that they did! The night wrapped up with the couple’s song – “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums.

WB: Why did you choose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

MN: I was born and raised in Margate and I was home visiting my mother from Tallahassee for spring break. We thought it might be fun to go look at dresses while I was home visiting, so my mother googled bridal salons in the area. Wonderland Bridal had terrific reviews and was close by, so we decided to give it a try. I am so glad that we did!

WB: Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

MN: We had an amazing experience at Wonderland Bridal. The atmosphere was so intimate and supportive. Cici was our consultant and helped me feel comfortable almost instantly. There was one dress in particular that I had been eyeing online and it happened to be part of an ongoing trunk show. I tried on the dress and loved it, but I wasn’t totally sure how the dress would look with a flower crown (which is something that I wanted). The next thing I knew, one of Cici’s assistants had run next door to the craft store to make an impromptu flower crown! The completed look was more than I could have asked for and I left my appointment with my dream dress purchased.

WB: What was the best part of your wedding day?

MN: Hands Down, our first look. It was such a special moment between the two of us that I will never forget.

WB: Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

MN: Pinterest is great for inspiration, but know that it can lead to lots of Pinterest fails! Seriously though, I learned a lot from former brides and brides-to-be on the Wedding Wire discussion boards. I found that online community to be really supportive and helpful in the planning process.

 

Wedding Photos by Hello Miss Lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendor Team:

  1. Wedding Gown: Sincerity Bridal from Wonderland Bridal
  2. Flowers: At Last Florals; Lesly Leahy (centerpieces)
  3. Cake: Michael Nichols
  4. Catering: South Eden Plantation
  5. Entertainment: Amplify Entertainment
  6. Invitations: Invitalia (via Etsy)
  7. Wedding Coordinator/Officiant: Amanda Reeves- A Beautiful Wedding in Florida
  8. Hair: Krysta Michaels- Beauty and Grace Hair Parlour
  9. Make Up: Lydia Filmore- Haus of Beauty
  10. Photographer: Autumn Beury-Hello Miss Lovely
  11. Videographer: Adriel Conde- Eternal Image
  12. Decor: Megan and Michael Nichols
  13. Furniture Rentals: South Eden Plantation