Love Story: Meghan & Anthony

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

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

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together 3 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Brandy Wine Photography – NC

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

Love Story: Gabriela & Andres

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

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When and how did you meet?

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

How long did you date before he popped the question?

2 years

How did he propose?

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

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

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

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

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

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

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

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

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

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

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

What was the best part of your wedding day?

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

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

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

Photo Credit: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango

Vendors:

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

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

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

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The dress checks all of your boxes

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

Does this dress make me feel beautiful?

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

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

Does it work with my venue?

Am I happy with the color?

Do I love it?

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

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

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You compare this dress to everything else you try on

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

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You chose it for all of the right reasons

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

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

You feel great in it

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

You have eliminated other styles

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

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

Love Story: Tracey & Justin

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married December 3rd, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Justin was working as a firefighter for Fort Lauderdale, and I an emergency room nurse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We were friends for 4 years before dating. Immediately we both felt this was something special from the beginning.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together a 1 ½ year before Justin popped the question. He was waiting for me to finish Grad school so that I wouldn’t be distracted.

How did he propose?

Justin and I had a favorite picnic spot in Tree Tops Park, after completing my final certification test for school Justin planned a picnic day for us to celebrate. As we walked to the spot I noticed a white blanket with rose petals, and our song “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing. He led me over to our tree which he had engraved “Tracey Will You Marry Me” got down on one knee and popped the question. It was romantic, meaningful and perfect for us!

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

The Addison in Boca Raton, we wanted to get married under the beautiful Banyon Trees there as a symbol from our engagement day.

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

The colors were blush & burgundy with a rustic romantic theme. We really wanted to celebrate love with a lot of natural wood/rustic elements.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Hawaii!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

A trusted friend who was also our décor vendor recommended we visit the store. It was the best decision! The entire staff was incredible and it was actually Patty who picked out the dress I chose! She listened to the details and wanted and found the perfect dress

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My experience was perfect. The staff makes you feel welcome, and truly listens to the vision you have for your wedding day. I would have never thought to try this dress on but I trusted Patty’s advice and gave it a shot. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it! It was everything I wanted and instantly felt like a Bride.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Marrying the love of my life. I feel grateful and blessed everyday that I was lucky enough to have found my soul mate in my best friend.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy even the smallest of details. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the planning but try to remember stay calm and just ENJOY!

Photos by  Donna Irene & Masson Liang

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Love Story: Meresa & Eric

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meresa & Eric, who were married December 16th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Eric and I met in the ER while working. Eric is a fire fighter paramedic and i am an emergency room nurse. It was a few months before we ran a 5k together (as just friends) and shortly after he asked me out on a date and I said yes. The rest was history.

 

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for one year before he proposed.

How did he propose?

He took me to one of my favorite vacation spoke in the Keys, Hawks Kay, he proposed beach side. It was very sweet and romantic. We actually planned the trip together and the proposal was a complete surprise. Eric is really good at surprising me. He set up a little golf cart tour of the property so we could get great sunset photos and had it planned that our driver take “the picture” of him popping the question. After, he planned a romantic dinner at one of the hotel restaurants with after dinner drinks by a bon fire. Needless to say, I picked a good one!

 

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

We were married at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. We really wanted a destination wedding that wasn’t to far for all of our guests to attend. My wedding planner and sister both recommended the Omni. I did some research on the hotel, and fell absolutely in love. Eric and I actually never even saw it in person and grew attached to all of the amazing staff we had connected with via email. We booked the wedding through phone and email conversations a month before actually visiting the property. I have nothing but great things to say about every aspect of the plantation. It’s just such a breathtakingly romantic setting and everything we had hoped for. And really came to life through the most stunning pictures and whimsical feel.

 

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

I choose gold, ivory/ white, natural greens and blues. My wedding designer and floral extraordinaire, Shea Hopely, really opened my eyes to this color pallet. I wanted romantic, elegant, vintage, whimsical with a little shabby chic. We wanted our guests to be able to feel the love we have for each other throughout our wedding weekend. And with that said shea and Our team at creative touch party design ( wedding planner) really helped our vision come to life by adding many small details and personal items.

 

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

The Maldives in South East Asia. We both love the tropics and our dream was to stay in a water hut, relax, and really enjoy each being newly married. After a 24 hour flight and two stops, we arrived to one of the most beautiful serene places I’ve ever laid my eyes on. We took a sea plane to a private resort and spa ( The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi) where we are some of the most amazing food and relaxed in the most tranquil spa I’ve ever been to. It was definitely a dream honeymoon and I was very happy with our choice.

 

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My friend Lindsey Swing recommended I go there to try on dresses and said I would not be disappointed. She wasn’t lying.

Shared your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

Every dress I tried on was beautiful in its own way, the staff was beyond helpful. I was so lucky to of found my dream dress, after only trying on 5 dresses. Wonderland was the only bridal shop I went to in search for my wedding gown and I’m really happy with my choice. I was specifically in love with the draping of the pearls and the soft lace, absolutely stunning and photographed very well. Thanks again!!

 

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part of my wedding day was walking up to my ceremony. I felt like I was in a fairy tail, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. All of my best friends and family waiting for me to marry the man of my dreams, and my beautiful husband to be waiting for me to be beside him. Not to mention every single detail of my ceremony turned out exactly how I had envisioned. The chairs draped with eucalyptus, the violin and cellist playing bitter sweet symphony in the background, the amazingly lush florals all around me, the sunset gleaming through the huge banyan trees draped with Spanish moss. It was the most breathtaking moment of my entire life.

 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Make sure you have fun!! Though my groom really let me plan most everything, he had a few requests and i made sure he got them. I would highly recommend a wedding planner. Creative Touch Party Design was the best investment we made. I literally didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew her and her team would get it done and it would all be perfect!!

 

Photos by Brooke Images Photography

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Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Shea Hopely
  2. Cake: Omni Hotel
  3. Catering: Omni Hotel
  4. Entertainment: String Theory, and White Tie Events
  5. Invitations: Smock Paper
  6. Wedding Planner: Jessica Weot with Creative Touch Party Design
  7. Hair: Studio Bride
  8. Make Up: Studio Bride
  9. Photographer: Brooke Images
  10. Videographer: 5 Star Production
  11. Decor: Shea Hopely

Love Story: Nathalie & Jose

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married November 18th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We met at Florida Atlantic University through mutual friends as we were both studying business majors. Jose was Finance major and I was a Marketing major, this was back in 2009.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for 7 years before he finally popped the question on June 2016 at a beautiful vineyard in Napa Valley, California.  The name of the vineyard is V.Sattui Winery.

How did he propose?

In June 2016, we traveled to California for the Copa America (Soccer Cup of the Americas). We are both Colombian and the opening game was Colombia vs. USA, really great game. As part of our trip we decided to visit a few vineyards and we were granted a special tour of the vineyard since we had purchased a case (This was the reason given to me, little did I know he had spoken to the owner and mentioned the idea to propose). While taking a photo, he said look at the scenery and I looked once I turned around he was on his knees saying all these beautiful things and all I could say was Thank you. Hahaha pretty funny for everyone that was present.

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

We got married in Cali, Colombia where both of our families are from. We selected the place because of its rustic yet classy look. We wanted to stay away from enclosed ballrooms and give our guest the opportunity to see where we come from, the culture, etc. The church where the ceremony was held is the place where Jose did his Confirmation and where my matron of honor had her communion so it had some family ties. Church: Parroquia La Transfiguración del Señor Reception: Casa de Eventos Piedra Grande

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

Our colors were Navy Blue and Blush. Blue is Jose’s favorite color and we wanted something rustic/vintage classy.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

A few days after the wedding we went to an Island called San Andres in Colombia.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Wonderland Bridal had a great selection of dresses and the experience felt intimate. I had gone to other places in the Gables and it always felt so rushed and overwhelming. Wonderland Bridal allowed me to find my perfect dress.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

The team at Wonderland Bridal was exceptional! From my first meeting Patty and CeCe treated me like family. They allowed me to try on as many dresses without feeling pressured and suggested other they thought I might like. Their goal was to get me in the dress I felt most comfortable and beautiful in. The women in my family are very opinionated which I love but that did not stop the Wonderland team from focusing on what was best for me. It was a super sweet and professional experience.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

There was a moment in the wedding when Jose and I looked at all our guest and felt so loved. Not only were we surrounded my so many people who loved us but we knew they all made a tremendous effort to share this moment with us as many of them had to travel to Colombia to be with us. It was really something very special to us.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Create a budget and stick to it as much as possible. As you get closer to your wedding there are so many little things that come up. During the planning process think about all the things you want to have and what both of you are willing to give up.

Photos by Rocha Fotografia

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  2. Cake: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  3. Catering: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  4. Entertainment: Pintura Fresca Orchestra
  5. Invitations:
  6. Wedding Planner: Angela Maria Silva
  7. Hair: Ivan Montano @ivamoangel
  8. Make Up: Ivan Montano @ivamoangel
  9. Photographer: Rocha Fotografia @Rochafotografia
  10. Videographer: Rocha Fotografia @Rochafotografia
  11. Decor: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  12. Other: Hora Loca: Edecanes

Love Story: Katie & James

Katie James'Wedding-566We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Katie & James, who were married November 17th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

James and I met when I was home for spring break from college. A friend of mine invited me to the beach with a bunch of her friends and James and I went on a walk and got to know each other that day.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for 1 year and 3 months before James proposed.

How did he propose?

We were walking down Fort Lauderdale beach where we had one of our first dates. After a long walk, we came up to a heart in the sand that looked like it was deeply shoveled into the ground and rose petals all around and inside the heart. He took my hand and walked me inside the heart. James started to tell me some memories we had together and then he got down on one knee and proposed. After, my family and friends were all at the beach hiding out and came to surprise me. We ended our night celebrating with all of our family and friends.

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

We got married at The Flamingo Gardens. We toured several venues but all I ever really wanted was an outside wedding with lights and trees all around us. Flamingo Gardens was beautiful during the day time but it was MAGICAL at night so we went for it!

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

Picking my colors was one of my favorite parts of planning our wedding! Mauve, ivory, gold accents, and greenery! I wanted my wedding to really have a garden/whimsical feel.

“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” Ecclesiastes 4:12 was our theme Bible verse for our entire wedding. James and I agreed that our wedding day was more than the trees, the lights, and the colors. To us, the meaning of our marriage goes beyond just one day. During our ceremony we literally braided a three strand rope in the shape of a cross to symbolize the meaning of this verse. Our theme was and is to keep God at the center of our marriage.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We decided to bundle up and go to Asheville, NC during November and see the Fall leaves. Since we are from Florida and all.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

The dress shopping experience at Wonderland was peaceful and stress-free. I always had in mind what kind of dress I wanted. Wonderland Bridal showed me dresses that matched what I had in mind and they were at such a reasonable price!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I chose my dress during my first visit there! I really felt like the ladies at Wonderland knew my vision and understood what I was looking for. All the dresses I tried on were exactly what I wanted. They allowed me to take my time and made the experience of finally choosing my dress so special for me and my guests who were with me.

They were with me every step of the way especially since they helped with my Bridesmaids dresses as well. The Wonderland ladies really went above and beyond to make sure my girls and myself had everything we needed.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Where do I start? I had FUN from beginning to end!

If I had to choose though it would be the time spent with my husband during our first look. It really was the only “alone time” we had during our wedding and I loved it! Not to mention I cried like a baby.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Yes! I know it’s hard to imagine BUT there IS life after wedding planning so don’t get so caught up in the details for one day that you forget marriage is more important than the wedding day. AND HAVE FUN! Things might not go as planned but just embrace the day and enjoy the people! 

Photos by Andrielle Photography

 

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Petals and Stems – @petalsandstemsflorals (Facebook)
  2. Cake: The Cake Lady – www.thecakeladybakes.com
  3. Catering: Exquisite Catering
  4. Entertainment: DJ – Jayson Escalona Media (Insta: J.Escalona Media).
  5. Singer (Ceremony):  Josh Bramos www.joshbramos.com
  6. Invitations: Minted – @mintedweddings 
  7. Hair: Jackie Olivera
  8. Make Up: Nina Bradley
  9. Photographer: Andrielle Photography
  10. Videographer: None
  11. Decor: My Mom and I (we got a bunch of stuff off of Offerup.com for pretty cheap – and of course Etsy.com)

Love Story: Dara and Jonathan

IMG_4158 (1)We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Dara & Jonathan, who were married November 4th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Jonathan and I met online in March of 2015. Instagram, to be exact. We were both into body building and competing and I was getting ready to do my first show and thought it would be a good idea to start following other competitors for motivation. I lived in Florida and Jonathan in Georgia. Jonathan is one of the body builders I started following and his page intrigued me. His physique, workout technique, diet and of course his good looks and personality drew me in. I started going through his page and liking pictures here and there. A couple days later, I noticed I caught his attention because he had liked a few of my pictures as well. I decided to be bold and DM him and let him know that I was getting ready to compete and if he would mind me asking him questions. He replied me back to me, gave me his number and told me that he wouldn’t mind. We talked through FaceTime for three months before we decided to set up a date to meet each other in person. We wanted to wait until after we both competed to travel. Jonathan decided that he would fly to me first and we established June 4th, 2015 as the date.  June 4th finally came and we finally were able to meet in person. It was love at first touch! We made it official that we were dating and everything was great. We both flew back and forth to visit one another until I decided to move to Georgia that following September.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

Jonathan and I dated for a year to the date before he popped the question.

How did he propose?

Being born and raised in South Florida, Jonathan knew I was a beach girl. So, he asked my Dad for my hand in marriage on February 15th, 2016 and once my Dad gave him his blessing, he told all of my family and close friends that he wanted it to be a surprise and have them all included. So, we came down to visit my family the weekend of June 4th, 2016. Like always, the beach was on our list of things to do. Saturday, June 4th, 2016 we went to thebeach and about an hour in, Jonathan starts confessing his love for me when I turn around and see all of my family and friends standing behind me on the sand. Jonathan asks me to stand up and in front of everyone, proposes to me. The entire beach erupts in cheers and whistling. I was more than happy!

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

Jonathan and I got married at the Woodmont Country Club in Tamarac, FL. I decided to pick them as our venue because I wanted a Moroccan themed wedding, since I am Moroccan, and it just so happened that the chef at the venue is Moroccan and knew how to cook all the food I wanted and had all the Moroccan décor I envisioned. I knew that this was the place after meeting and speaking to him. Such a friendly, professional guy.

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

I had a Moroccan themed wedding and my colors were gold and plum because they are Moroccan colors.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We haven’t gone on our honeymoon yet but plan to go to either Cuba or Jamaica.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I chose Wonderland Bridal because my Matron of Honor, purchased her wedding dress and bridal party dresses from Wonderland and I loved the selection they had to offer and of course the staff. I went to two other places before going to Wonderland and the reaction I got from my friends and family were priceless.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

The girls there are so nice and helpful and they became my friends rather than just another sales lady trying to sell me something. They asked all the right questions in trying to help find my perfect dress.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

EVERYTHING…. But obviously marrying my best friend in front of everyone we love and care about.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy every minute of the wedding planning and don’t stress. Have fun. And make sure you have the right people around and helping you.

 

  1. Catering: Chef Micah who is the chef at the Woodmont Country Club
  2. Entertainment: Nate Horowitz- Q Productions
  3. Invitations: Zazzle.com
  4. Hair: Asha Joseph – Salon Paula Alexander
  5. Photographer: Kim – The Pros
  6. Videographer: Rosalia Gaitan – RG Squared

 

Capturing your Perfect Wedding Day Look

As any bride who has taken an iPhone photo of her wedding gown knows,  it can be difficult to miss some of the special details. How is it that photographers bring out all of these details? Lenses, yes. Lighting, definitely. All of that helps but what can you do to make an impact in your photos?

Preparation

First and foremost, Helena Carmouze with Provoke Photography recommends, “Make sure that you have everything that you need for your detail photos in the room with you while you are getting ready: wedding dress, veil, shoes, rings (both wedding rings), etc. Having these things accessible allows the photographer to capture details in the most efficient way possible.”

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Photo Credit: Provoke Photography

Sparkle

When you wear a dress with sparkle it can make your gown almost glow. Certain stones and sequin will reflect light and send delicate flares from your gown. Many wedding gowns this season have a sequin underlay which adds more sparkle to an already blingy dress. If you are not a big fan of sparkle, there is a way to have a subtle hint without it feeling overwhelming. Clear sequin over appliques are a great addition to any dress.

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This gown from Stella York has light sparkle on the appliques and straps but can be ordered with or without a sequin underlay. You can try this stunning gown on at Wonderland Bridal.

If you are completely against having any sparkle on your wedding gown you may want to think about your accessories. We see many brides who love studded earrings.  Simple studs look nice but in any photo that is not a close-up, you won’t even see your earrings if they are too small. We suggest a larger stud or a small dangle if you don’t want to wear anything too heavy. If you are open to a dangle earring but are not used to wearing anything so long, we suggest wearing them for a little while every day until you feel comfortable having them on or decide that you need to go with another style.

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Train

Make sure you get pictures of that fabulous train! A train doesn’t have to be long to create a dramatic photo. There are so many different and creative ways that a photographer can have you position your dress. The more details the better!

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Our gorgeous bride Carly.   Photo Credit: Miguel Ocque Photography

Tip: Make sure that when a photographer fans out the train to take a photo, you move as little as possible. Some trains, especially those that are illusion are very difficult to position.  If you turn around or kick the dress, the picture will take longer to set up.

 

Veils

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Our beautiful bride Precious. Photo Credit: Ron Wood

Photographers can capture some truly special moments with veils. They are romantic and timeless.

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Photo Credit: Provoke Photography

 

Don’t stop here! Ask your photographer what ideas they have for shooting your wedding day and what else you can do to make your photos extra special. After all, they will tell a story you will be able to look back on for years to come.

 

 

Love Story: Amanda & Roy

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Amanda & Roy, who were married October 7th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

I had joined the dating site Okcupid after moving to FL in April. Roy messaged me at the end of June and hooked me by using quotes from Seinfeld, my favorite show. After several weeks of talking online and through text, we met for our first date at Tap 42 in Ft. Lauderdale. Afterwards we took a walk along the river walk, where we had our first kiss.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

On our second date we talked about what we wanted out of life (marriage and family). During Christmas shopping at the mall he attempted to take me in to Kay’s jewelers to look at rings but I was too anxious so quickly walked out of the store. Between Christmas and April we talked about our future together. In April we looked at rings so he could see what I liked. In July he asked my dad’s permission. In Aug he flew to long island to a family friend’s jeweler store to design the ring. The center diamond that was used was taken out of my grandmother’s wedding band that I had received from my parents several yrs ago.

How did he propose?

We went to the Naples Zoo and he had planned to propose on a boat ride around the monkey exhibit, however the boat broke down while we were in line waiting. Fast thinking had him take me to the Naples beach afterward to see the sunset. This is where he proposed. He asked a woman on the beach to take our picture and whispered that he wanted a video because he was going to propose.

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

Coconut Cove in Islamorada, Fl. We chose this because its an all inclusive intimate private wedding resort, 10 miles from where Roy grew up. They have a beach space, tiki hut style reception space, and rooms for guests to stay. Only one wedding is conducted each wedding so there is no competition with other weddings or wedding crashers.

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

Travel/beach theme because we have a passion for traveling and this was a destination wedding for family and friends traveling from MI and Chicago. The main color was tangerine, with the bridesmaids choosing shades of orange for their dresses.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Fiji

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Reviews on Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Yelp all suggested a very private and intimate experience, with one on one contact with the stylist.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

From the moment of walking through the door I knew I had made the right decision. I was welcomed with a smile and positive energy. I had my own dressing space with a welcome sign on the wall specialized with my name. Alicyn was accepting of what I wanted and didn’t want out of a dress. She knew exactly what would look great on me and I wasn’t disappointed. The 5th dress was THEE dress!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Feeling overwhelmed with love for my husband, being surrounded by all my loved ones, and seeing everyones enjoyment at the reception.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Realize that even though you have planned every detail something may still go wrong. And even if it does that is okay because the true meaning of your day is simply about you and your future husband. Keep in mind the true meaning of your day – Love!

Photos by Richard Knowles

  1. Cake: One naked layer with cupcakes. Key lime cake w/choc frosting and choc cake w/choc frosting.
  2. Catering: Coconut Cove
  3. Entertainment: Eddie B and Co
  4. Invitations: Made of honor designed them – vintage airplane boarding passes
  5. Wedding Planner:
  6. Hair: Gabriela from Amanda Lynn and Co
  7. Make Up: Carra from Amanda Lynn and Co
  8. Photographer: Richard Knowles
  9. Decor: Coconut Cove

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