Cultural

Bella Montagna Wedding {Erika + Michael} 23.09.2013

This wedding indulges our love for beautiful things.

The beautiful couple met whilst at college. Erika explains, “Michael and I met in college while working at Trader Joe’s. We hit it off instantly becoming great friends, but eventually we found ourselves single and decided to jump into an amorous relationship that’s lasted 9+ years. So it was no coincidence that his proposal took place at Trader Joes, where we first met.”

Erika and Michael chose to have an outdoor wedding on a private estate and a cultural theme. “We married outside on a private estate in San Jose, California. We wanted a place that felt like home and more intimate than most wedding venues feel. Our theme was ‘a joining of two cultures.’ Michael is African American and I’m Mexican American. We had Mexican and African American traditions such as jumping the broom and a mariachi band, which actually played as we landed our jump. Both were our favourite and cherished moments,” says Erika.

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More from the Bride:

Did you DIY anything for your wedding?

“My wedding was full of DIYs. The program fans, all signs, escort cards, candy favors, cookie favors. If I had to do it again I would’ve had the escort cards professionally made. I ran out of time and ran into a few problems with the printer (typical)! My advice is to have your friends and family help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

What is your advice for brides currently in the planning process?

“Keep calm and carry on. The end is near and it’s going to be the happiest day of your life! So don’t worry all the work and money is worth it in the end.”

Congratulations Erika and Michael and thank you for sharing your wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Erika + Michael’s Style Guide

Photographer: Chloe Jackman Photography / Reception Venue: Bella Montagna / Dress: Enzo Anglioni / Groom: Burberry / Invitations: Pistachio Press / Florist: The Card Mart / Cake: Margarets Bakery / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

From Sweden With Love {Hanna + Shi} 23.11.2011

We’ve got something stunning in red and all luscious shades of white! It’s Hanna and Shi’s wedding, which was photographed by 2 Brides Photography.

Hanna and Shi had a stunning wedding at Fåfängan in Stockholm, Sweden. Try saying that three times fast!

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“We tried to ignore all the do’s and don’ts that are associated with weddings. During the planning we always thought ‘what do we want?’ or ‘what do we think?’! It was important to both of us that it was the two of us that planned and organized the wedding, so during that year we did all the planning, we did it together all the time. In that way we made our wedding about us. We wanted the guests to feel that there was a part of us in every detail” says Hanna.

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“Since Shille’s parents and family are from China we wanted to have Chinese influences in our wedding. It was important to us that one could see that there were two families from two different cultures, which were united.”

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“We had a civil marriage ceremony and hired a civil wedding officiant who came to Fåfängan. The wedding officiant wrote (together with our thoughts) the wedding ceremony. First me and Shille had to write a letter to each other where we declared our love to each other and why we wanted to marry each other and grow old together. We were not allowed to show each other the letters. Then the letters were sent to our wedding officiant and he started to write the ceremony.”

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“To be able to relax during our wedding day and only think about ourselves we asked friends to help our toastmaster and toastmadame with all the decorations and preparations at Fåfängan.”

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Any advice for other brides?

“Think about what you want. Nothing else is important since that day only is about you. Try to start the planning with time. It’s much easier to plan with no stress. Sometimes it takes a while before you even know what you want.

It is easy to get stuck in details and forget the whole picture. Try not to forget what your wedding day is about – It is only about you and about celebrating your love. Nothing else matters. That helped me when I sometimes got stressed out. Ask for help from friends and family and trust them! It is very important to be able to let go of that need for control that many people have. If you ask your friend/relative to help, you have to trust that person that it will be done. Give clear instructions if you need.”

Congratulations Hanna and Shi and thank you for sharing your amazing wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Hanna + Shi’s Style Guide

Photographer: 2 Brides Photography / Wedding Dress: Brudbutiken / Bride’s Undergarments: Twilfit (Chantelle) / Groom: Suit from Steens herrmode (Masterhand) / Earrings: Guldfynd / Bride’s shoes: Filippa K / Groom’s shoes: Filippa K / Cufflinks: Steens herrmode / Ceremony & Reception: Fåfängan / Flower Arch & Red Carpet: Aladdins Uthyrning / Red tablecloth: My Heart / Chair covers: Handmade from sheets from IKEA / Party lights: Clas Ohlson / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

My Big Fat Traditional Greek Wedding {Nicoleta + Chad} 16.08.2011

Get ready to have your breath taken away!

We just had to share this Greek wedding and these gorgeous wedding pictures captured by Santorini Photos because we’re seriously in love with the wedding reception decor and styling at La Maltese.

Event planning was by Weddings in Santorini and boy-oh-boy they sure know what they’re doing! Just superb!

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Our congratulations and best wishes to Nicoleta and Chad!

Nicoleta and Chad’s Style Guide

Photographer: Santorini Photos / Event Planner: Weddings in Santorini / Bridal Preparations: Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites / Reception Venue: La Maltese / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

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