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Intimate Wedding in the Middle of the Ocean: Thomas & Kimberly

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Have you ever heard of a couple deciding to get married and do so within 12 short hours? And, no, a couple in a movie don’t count! Well that’s exactly what Thomas & Kimberly did whilst on holiday in Belize. They were married, just the two of them, in the middle of the ocean, on a sandbar in Ambergris Caye.

“We like to be laid-back, relaxed and chilled”, explained the bride. “We wanted to avoid any wedding planning stress, and to instead spend our time enjoying the sand, water, and each other. We wanted an event that would set the bar high for our life together, and we were very lucky to find Keli Engleson from “I Do” Belize Weddings. Keli coordinated the whole wedding in less than 12 hours. We were so excited about the location she suggested and she was great to work with. The ceremony itself was beautiful and touching.”

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What first attracted me to this story though was their amazing and dramatic wedding photographs, taken by local photographer Leonardo Melendez. While the trend for a lot of wedding photography is still very (sorry but there really is no other word to describe it…) vintage-inspired, his work is bold, daring and as far removed from vintage as possible! “We had a great time having our pictures taken with Leonardo,” Kimberly continued. “He is the best in Belize as far as far as we are concerned. He came up with some really creative ideas.”

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Destination Wedding Planning Help with Weddings Abroad Experts

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Considering a destination wedding in Europe? Well my lovelies have I got a treat in store for you today. How would you like access to a service that will help you find your destination wedding suppliers, answer all your wedding planning queries & concerns and basically take the stress out of planning a destination wedding completely?

Launched by French wedding planner Claire Jollain with over eight years experience in the industry, Weddings Abroad Experts are – er – experts in all things destination wedding. With planners based in France, Italy, the Mediterranean Islands, Morocco, Croatia and Spain, they can help you out wherever your dream European escape might be. With most of her clients booking her from abroad (predominately the UK, USA & Australia) Claire saw a gap in the market for a concise, easy-to-use and non-intimidating way to connect these couples with destination wedding planners who can answer their queries and generally help them navigate planning their wedding from hundreds (or even thousands!) of miles away.

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A Jewish Destination Wedding in Israel: Mack & Danielle

If your wedding dream is to literally party all night, then Mack & Danielle’s wedding is gonna be the one for you. These crazy cats partied until 10am the next morning, including an impromptu early morning photo session on the beach! The destination wedding was held at Gan Achuza in Beit Hanan, Israel. “We booked this venue for its natural setting in an orange grove on a hill, with a magnificent view”, Danielle wrote. “Having spent 3 days travelling up and down the country visiting over 16 venues, the minute we walked into Achuza we knew it was where we wanted to get married. If people were flying all the way from the UK, the US and South Africa, many of whom had never been to Israel before, we really wanted a wedding venue that would take in the incredible land. Another massive plus was the sheer beauty of the chuppah (canopy under which Jews must be wed). Our chuppah was made out of 4 trees that had all grown their branches and leaves into one and other. It all felt very symbolic.”

The Jewish wedding had many important traditions, and these were some of the most special parts of the day for the couple. “It’s really hard to decide on my favourite part of our day!” continued the bride. “The most intense part for both of us was definitely the ‘Beddeken’. At Jewish weddings, the groom must check the bride before veiling her, to make sure that she is indeed the correct bride! We had not seen or spoken to each other for 3 days so seeing each other for the first time was very emotional. It was a very highly charged few hours of waiting, and then when he was finally danced into my room by all his friends, I could not help but break down a little. It was an incredible moment, knowing that this was it! We were going to become family!!”

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A Waterside Wedding in Rio de Janeiro: Adriana & Daniel

For their November wedding, Adriana & Daniel were keen to inject as much of both their cultures (Brazilian & British) into the day as possible. The event was held at Iate Clube de Búzios, a yacht club in Rio de Janeiro. The bride designed her own dress and used handmade lace from Renda Renascença with the help of dressmaker Inês Uemura.

“Sometimes you shoot a wedding that is so amazing, that it is only when you look back on your images and film that you can actually even remember what happened,” wedding photographer Maria of Studio 1208 told me. “The whole thing is so effortless, yet it moves like a beautiful old steam locomotive, thundering past you and carrying you away into some distant land.”

“Daniel & Adriana’s wedding was spectacular, yet it was never over the top or dressy. It somehow managed to harness two cultures perfectly, and ride them along the Brazilian sun coast to a carnival by the beach. The wedding was in a tiny white and blue church, packed to the rafters, people hanging in the doors and windows, just trying to get a glimpse. The live soundtrack to the day was provided by a great composer and accordion player, Dave Thomas, whose music is featured in our film. As if that wasn’t enough, at some point in the night, an incredible Brazilian live band started to play and Samba dancers appeared in a swirl of luminous colors and shining beads, encouraging even the tamest of spectators to do a little limbo.”

“To top it all off, best man, Michael, introduced his ‘pièce de résistance’ – a video message from a guest who unfortunately could not be at the wedding. It was none other Mr. Snoop Dog himself personally telling the happy couple, ‘From big Snoop Dogg, congratulations on your wedding. Stay down, stay with each other.  Two lovers together forever.  Believe dat.’ Believe that indeed!”

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Professional Make Up Tips for DIY Brides

Hi Kat,

Firstly, I wanted to say that out of all the blogs I visit over various genres, your’s is the most consistently updated and therefore interesting blog I’ve come across.

My predicament is that me and my future husband are planning our wedding from London to take place in our home New Zealand. We are flying back there in February to get married on the beach with our closest friends and family.

My hope is to do my hair and make up myself. This will require deciding on a look (I know I want bright red lips!) and buying the products that won’t sweat off in the summer sun (it will be the middle of summer when we get married.) My makeup skills are amateur at best, and I’d like to know how to strategically paint myself pretty!

I’d really appreciate if you could give any tips of good long wearing products, what to avoid and options for learning to apply.

I’d really appreciate your advice,

Ruth xxx

Well there’s one lady I knew I could call on to help Ruth with her dilemma – my bestie, make up artiste extraordinaire, Elbie Van Eeden!

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When Kat emailed me about doing a post on DIY hair/make-up brides, I knew that it will be a tricky subject. I strongly believe in the difference it makes to have a professional take care of your hair and make-up on your wedding day, in both technique and products.  Photographers are now even more keen on using hair and make-up artists in engagement shoots, just to make their work easier when it comes to retouching.

But I know some brides get married abroad, or won’t be able to afford a hair and make-up artist. A lot of brides would consider going to a department store for make-up trials.  Whilst it is a good idea, and you often get the money you spent on the lesson off any product you buy, unless you know that the brand works on you, it could be a frightening experience.If you’re scared about being bullied into buying products from one make-up range at a store, book a consultation/trial with a independent make-up artist. That way you know you’ll have an unbiased opinion about products, and you could buy the products at your own time, once you’ve seen the results. They will be able to teach you about different techniques, what NOT to do, which brushes to use, and how you could use the make-up after your wedding day.

It’s also a good idea to wear the make-up all day, to see it in different light, and to see how long it stays put before committing to buy anything. If you book a trial, feel free to bring someone with you (preferably someone with a good eye for make-up and hair) so she could help you remember and assist you on the day.

The best make-up products are often expensive, but things like foundation and concealer are worth investing in. You’ll be having your photo taken all day so you don’t want any ‘cakeyness’, or even worse, a ghostly appearance on your photos! There are too many women out there with the wrong colour foundation – make sure you don’t make that mistake on your wedding!  Once the wedding’s over, you could still use it, even if it’s just for a night out, if you’re not a ‘make-uppy’ person.

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A Carnival Destination Wedding in Trinidad and Tobago: Erin & John

“The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is not your usual destination wedding location…  Then again, we’re not your typical bride and groom,” wrote Erin & John. “First of all, we wanted to base our wedding and honeymoon around Carnival that happens every year in Trinidad.  It’s one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations – and we wanted to be dressed in sequins, feathers, and not much else for our honeymoon celebration.  We invited our friends to come to Tobago the week before Carnival for our wedding.  We rented out all the villas at The Palms Villa Resort – and partied for a solid week leading up to our big day.  The following week, our friends followed us on our honeymoon…and danced with us in the streets of Trinidad!  How nice of Trinidad to throw us such a lovely wedding reception!”

The wedding day started with portraits on the beach, “Our photographer Angela Hubbard spent the morning following us around the small island of Tobago taking our photos on the beach, next to the colorful and whimsical architecture of Tobago, with goats, carrying chickens – you name it!  She captured such whimsical, beautiful, and silly moments… The photos are priceless.”

Erin wore an amazing Vera Wang gown and John designed his outfit himself.  “He wanted something just as unique and special,” continued Erin. “He succeeded, with custom made boots, hat, suit, and a vintage Louis Vuitton silk shirt.  John’s best friend and best man, his chocolate lab, Loki, couldn’t be there – but his life-sized cut-out was!  As for the rest of the bridal party, we gave loose guidelines – but really, it was all about us. With a few accessories like parasols for the bridesmaids and matching hats for the groomsmen – everything came together beautifully.”

“To end our special day, we lit Chinese wishing lanterns and sent them off into the night sky.  It was so beautiful (despite our worry that our wedding might forever be known as “the night we burned down Tobago”) and magical – that thinking back on it now, it hardly seems real…”

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