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The Five-Year Engagement Save The Date Sweepstakes – WIN $1000 of Amazon Vouchers!

Whenever I blog a wedding, I always ask the couples about their engagement story. I don’t always include them in the final posts, but it really helps me get to know the couple and what makes them tick – how they got together, how long they were engaged and how they got from ‘will you?’ to ‘I do’. In fact some of my favourite wedding stories have been those with interesting engagement tales. One of my besties, who was married just last month, was only engaged 3 months (in fact her now-husband did a lot of the planning before he even popped the question!) but at the other end of the scale, Emma & Pete were engaged for 3 years before their surprise wedding last year!

As we all know, engagements and wedding planning aren’t always smooth sailing, but sometimes you just need to have a laugh about it. So needless to say I was pretty excited to be contacted by Universal Pictures just last week to tell me all about their latest comedy release, The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. I think it’s pretty much standard that you have to go watch wedding related movies throughout your engagement isn’t it?! And with the team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Bridesmaids working on this picture, I just know it’s going to be a hoot! I for one can’t wait to see it!

“The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall joins the producer of Bridesmaids for The Five-Year Engagement.  This irreverent comedy looks at what happens when an engaged couple (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.”

“Exactly one year after Tom Solomon (Segel) met Violet Barnes (Blunt), he surprised her with a ring.   By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after, but career plans and comical problems manage to torpedo every “save the date.”  Five years later, two people who once dreamed of the perfect day just want to get it over with.   Through the humorous trials of discovering who they will become as a couple, Tom and Violet will learn if they have what it takes to survive their five-year engagement.”

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A Horror Movie Themed Wedding: Catinka & Dennis

Being huge movie buffs, the theme for Catinka & Dennis’ wedding had to be set around their biggest passion – horror films! They were keen to make sure the wedding didn’t end up looking like a cheesy Halloween party though, so they DIY’ed and crafted their way through the planning process.

“The challenge for our wedding was that the horror themed decor should look nice, colourful and stylish but also fit the theme,” the bride Catinka told me. “We made Ouija board placemats and as favours every guest received a survival box with useful stuff in case they ever had to survive a classic horror movie situation. It was filled with matches (to see in a dark basement or to use as a weapon), chalk (to mark your way back), a whistle (to draw attention) and some other stuff like that.”

“We didn’t have traditional dinner but a pizza buffet with pizza boxes (no plates, you know, like at a real movie night). We also came up with a survival training game as most of our family are not massive horror geeks like us! We prepared various tables with written instructions for little games and tasks.”

“The games included jump rope to get in shape (to be able to run away from murders or monsters obviously…) throw balls on cans (in order to learn how to aim) and even had a fishing game with little horror puppets that needed to be correlated to the movies they were taken from. Our guests loved them and it really kept them entertained! We’re not big fans of dancing so we didn’t want our entertainment to be a band”

The evening was concluded with all the guests being served fresh popcorn and nachos and everyone sitting down for a The Bride of Frankenstein. I just love love love this idea!

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A Movie, CMYK & Zombie Themed Wedding: Elizabeth & Steve

As keen movie fans, the theme for Elizabeth & Steve’s wedding was easy to choose, especially when they realised they could have their ceremony at the amazing Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida.

“When we got engaged, we knew we wanted the whole day to be a big fun celebration, and our first thought for a venue was Tropic Cinema,” Elizabeth explained. “It’s an amazing volunteer run theater in Old Town Key West, and we are huge movie buffs. We even had our 2nd date there. When we contacted them, they were ecstatic to be a part of our big day as they had never hosted a wedding there before.”

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Their brightly coloured scheme also suited the venue perfectly. “Instead of fighting the existing color scheme, I ran with it and used the CMYK theme in all our stationery and decor,” the bride continued. “Lori, the event manager at the Tropic was floored when she saw that we used their colors. Plus, you can’t really have a better setting for a colorful wedding than Key West!”

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“Our wedding had a definite movie theme with an island twist, but overall, we just wanted it really fun and playful. We had to throw some zombies in there somewhere of course too, as we’re huge zombie dorks. Also everybody kept asking us about the Domo cake toppers. Steve won me a Domo plush at Universal’s Islands of Adventure right after we got engaged, and he quickly became our mascot…. I bought the figurines from an online comic store and made all the little accesories out of polymer clay. Who knew they would be such a hit!?”

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The couple put their own stamp on their day by DIYing as much as they could. Elizabeth found the tutorial for the paper roses on youtube and spent 10 months in the run up to the wedding hand making them all. That’s dedication for you!

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Michael & Michelle’s “Up” Inspired Engagement Shoot

Michael & Michelle are huge fans of the Disney movie ‘Up’ and so wanted to style their engagement session around it. They actually say that they saw a lot of themselves in the main characters of the film, who met when they were children, fell in love and then got married. 

They handmade all the props themselves including ‘My Adventure Book’ which they filled with scenes from the film as well as significant photographs from their time together as a couple.

The couple chose a park down the road from their apartment in Singapore as the location as they themselves and the props they used were really the main focus of the shoot.

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A Psycho Wedding

Why have I never seen a Psycho themed wedding before? This is so incredibly cool! Robert, a film director, and his bride Suzi, a make up artist, sent out generic invitations for their June 5th Wedding.  It included a strict meeting time and hints of being transported  to a secret location. 

This year is 50 years since Psycho terrified audiences all over the world and the film-loving couple thought that the very house that the movie was filmed it would make the perfect location for their wedding. It was the first ever wedding held at the Psycho House. The pair really went all out with their theme which started when and the groom appeared from the House escorted by none other than Norman Bates as Mother.   He descended the famous staircase and the bride entered from Janet Leigh’s room #1.   The recessional ended with Robert carrying Suzi back to the hotel under the watchful eye of Norman Bates.  

After the ceremony the guests signed the hotel ledger, sipped champagne and posed under the Bates Motel sign before piling back on the bus and heading Michael’s Bar and Grill, Burbank for the reception. 

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When this Baby Hits 88 mph…

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?
Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

Back to the Future is my favourite movie. Like ever…I am also quite partial to the sequels and am still convinced that in 5 years time we will all have hover boards. I even have a die-cast Delorean on my windowsill that Gareth got me one Christmas…yes I am that much of a geek.

So when I saw this engagement shoot starring my ultimate dream car (shh don’t tell the Honda outside) well there was no way I wasn’t going to feature it!

“I was shooting this couple at an airport with their plane and some dude came out of the hangar and said that we should use his Delorean” photographer Carl told me. “I was like, YES AND YES! It was epic!”

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