Sharleen and Craig became engaged in the romantic city of Florence, and two years later were lucky enough to tie the knot in a classically elegant, intimate ceremony and reception at Villa La Vedetta, overlooking the city of Florence.
Bride’s Name: Sharleen Groom’s Name: Craig Venue: Villa La Vedetta overlooking the city of Florence, Italy Wedding Date: July 30, 2016 Bridal Gown Designer: Steven Khalil Florist: Stiatti Fiori Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia Videographer: Gattotigre – Destination Wedding Videography Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent Accessories: Dior Groom’s Suit: Bespoke Stationery: Adorn Invitations Celebrant: Blessings From Italy Honeymoon: Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri, South of France, and the Greek Islands
It’s the moment you all have been waiting for. Or actually more like the moment I have been waiting for because I have been dying to share with you all our wedding highlight video! I wanted to wait until our recaps were done as our video captures the entire wedding day and reception.
Can you believe Aria Studios gave us our highlight video the day after our wedding?! They were such a pleasure to work with, and I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone that needs wedding videography services. They also provide photography, which I cannot speak to as we did not use their services.
Their use of our vows, words from our ceremony, and music all edited together into a cohesive video from that day is truly a work of art. I do not, for a second, doubt the extra expense of hiring a videographer, especially a good one like Aria.
The ceremony was done—we were married! As our guests filed out and ran toward the beer, Benjamin and I swung around and headed back up to the altar for our formal family photos. We were short on time at this point as there was a mass in half an hour, so we powered through the various permutations of family and party.
As I’m nearing the end of my time here on the ‘Bee, I can’t help but get a little sentimental and sad that our wedding day is over. Sheesh, Eel, it has only been six months since your wedding. Major eye roll.
While our wedding day wasn’t perfect and there were things in hindsight I wish didn’t happen or we could’ve changed, they in no way took away from the amount of happiness we felt on our wedding day. This may sound odd, but when I look at our pictures, I feel a little sad wishing we could go back and do it all over again.
On the other hand, I am so happy to have these pictures as I am able to relive each moment and even some of those that I may have missed.
Fallyn and Grant were wed at the beautiful Maleny Manor in Queensland, Australia. Their reception loosely followed an Old World vintage theme, and their outdoor ceremony included a special visit from a trained owl ring bearer!
Bride’s Name: Fallyn Groom’s Name: Grant Venue: Maleny Manor Wedding Date: July 11, 2015 Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias Wedding Gowns supplied by The Big Day Shoes: Christian Louboutin supplied by Myer (bride) Style Tread (bridesmaids) Accessories: Pearl Galleria (including $35K pair of vintage pearl earrings gifted in loan by the owner for my special day) Groom’s Suit: Stuart Suits Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Pia Gladys Peri supplied by White Runway Florist: Mondo Floral Designs (including special ordered peonies from France as a surprise from my florist) Photographer: Calli B Photography Videographer: Sunshine Coast Videography Cake: Ideas in Icing Makeup: Pru Edwards Makeup Hair: Dot & Birdie (Bride), Hair by Nicola (Bridesmaids) Celebrant: Jarrad Bayliss Ceremony Music and Entertainment: Cut a Rug DJ Stationery: Adorn Invitations Rings: Diamond House Jewellers Transport: SV Limousines Venue Styling: Love Bird Weddings Accommodations: Remingtons Cottages
After doing our first look and taking some lovely photos, it was time to head to the church. As I mentioned, riding to my wedding in a random taxi was NOT the original plan.
All will be well…eventually.
No doubt about it, the most stressful moment of the whole day was this: after the first look, we had planned on handing the dog over to my dad to drop at the boarder’s, and then he would come back to the Drake, pick us up, and drive us to the church.
Secret fact about me: I minored in Shakespeare, so of course I couldn’t resist that title for a post.
Now, as you may remember, I’m planning on doing our own flowers—or at least our own centerpieces for the wedding. We’re working with an awesome florist on bouquets and other personal flowers, but I actually enjoy flower arranging, so I figured I’d do something fun and relaxing (for me) right before the wedding.
Bonus: It’ll save us a bunch of money. And I’ve enlisted some awesome people in my life to help, so it won’t drive me bonkers.
After reading Mrs. Sixpence’s post about floral doom, I decided something: I need to start doing trial runs of the centerpieces, ASAP. So this weekend I started playing around with size and shape.
Mini roses, stock, carnations, and eucalyptus (seeded and regular)
To be clear, the colors are right, but I’ll be working with different flowers the day of. Though TBH, I like carnations. They may be a “filler flower” to some (thanks, SATC), but I think they’re pretty.
This is the first official post in our new “Real Bouquets from the Hive” series. We launched a set of bouquet surveys on the boards, starting with the most popular styles of wedding bouquets. (You can find them at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post.)
Why a “Real Bouquets” series?
We here at Weddingbee love providing inspiration of all kinds, and we thought it would be incredible to have a series of posts dedicated to the most popular kinds of bridal bouquets out there. It’s perfect for those who are just starting to get ideas for their florist or for their DIY bouquet.
How can YOU participate?
Head to the bottom of this post to be featured here on the blog with your real bridal bouquet. Closeups are better, but just use your judgment to choose the photo that captures your bouquet at its most beautiful. Make sure you fill out the survey completely, inclduing uploading your bouquet image to our Gallery.
These posts will continuously be updated to reflect new real bouquet submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL bouquets that will help the hive make decisions about what kind of bouquet they want to carry for their wedding.
Without further ado, here’s our first installment, featuring mixed floral bridal bouquets.
My favorite recap posts are ALWAYS the details posts. I love seeing the hard work of planning come to fruition in the little details that not all wedding guests may notice, but truly make the entire wedding picture complete.
Admittedly, the details of our wedding were a labor of love by our wonderful friends and family with a little help from me. We have amazing people in our life who volunteered to help us throughout wedding planning, which not only saved us money, but also helped turn my vision into reality. We could not have had the wedding we did without their help, so for that I am extremely grateful.