8 Jan

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Planning a destination wedding is tricky. Even more so if the two of you are from two different countries. Emilia is from Poland, Fernando is from Portugal, and they both reside in England. But three things made it possible: an 18-month engagement, amazing vendors like photog André Teixeira + wedding designer Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata and wedding coordinator José Santos of Colunata Eventos, and of course—the internet. Kudos on pulling it off so gorgeously!

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

The other half of the Brancoprata team, Sofia Ferreira, designed all of the flowers. They look amazing paired with our cheery bride, yes?

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

The ceremony venue was a simple decision: Fernando’s local church in Portugal, ideal for a wedding of 80.

As for the reception spot… We choose Colunata Eventos for the venue as it is a beautiful place in amazing scenery with great management and excellent costumer service provided by José Santos

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

The bride’s bouquet recipe: garden roses, astilbe, ruscus, craspedia, countryside flowers

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Aisle song: Wedding March by Richard Wagner played by musicians Manuela Machado, Raquel Fernandes, Eduardo Sousa
First dance: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Cheers to the happy couple!

Photographer: André Teixeira of Brancoprata / Ceremony Venue: Igreja De Calvos, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Portugal / Wedding Coordinator: José Santos of Colunata Eventos / Reception Venue & Caterer: Colunata de Eventos / Wedding and Floral Design & Styling: Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata / Hair: Monica Araújo, Lina Cabeleireiros, Guimarães /Makeup: Bride / Invitations: Bride / Cake: Casa Das Natas, Braga, Portugal / Bride’s Dress: Anna Kara ‘Corriander’ from Anna Kara Saloon, Kraków, Poland / Shoes: Dune / Veil: Borrowed from Bride’s Sister / Headpiece: Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata / Jewelry & Wedding Rings: Oficina do Outro, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Portugal / Lipstick: MAC Sunny Seoul / Groom’s suit: Custom from Without Prejudice in London / Shoes: Dune / Watch: Tommy Hilfiger / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Flower Girl Wreaths: Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata

 
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7 Jan

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

Because Christel and Francois were so hands-on throughout the wedding planning (just about everything was DIY), it was easy to get lost in the details. On the verge of cutting out a few things in order to make it work, they realized something: their wedding should include everything they knew they’d regret not having been there. Five months and lots of DIY projects later, they had exactly what they dreamt of from the beginning—including Carolien and Ben Photography to capture all those handmade details…

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

All of the bridal bouquets featured ornamental cabbage—so unexpected!

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

The bride, on having a first look…

I read so many different blogs and articles about the ‘first look’, reasons for it and reasons against it. We knew we wanted to have a quick chat before the big day started but we didn’t want to actually see each other. Carolien & Ben arranged a very nice setting where we could talk without seeing each other, they took a few photos and gave us some privacy. We are best friends and want to share everything but obviously couldn’t be with each other during the morning of the big day so this was a perfect way of getting in that special time. We chatted about how the day went, how we felt about what was about to happen and how we want to remember that moment. We both felt so calm and ready afterwards. It was absolutely amazing!

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

The bridesmaids outfits were handcrafted, with the exception of those colorful Topshop socks.

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

C + F created the galvanized pipe coat hanger lamps, window + rope name placements, wooden table names, and all stationery. Christel’s mom made the tablecloths, guest blankets, buntings, and knitted the bridesmaid scarves. Her grandfather even crafted all the white paper used as confetti!

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

South African wedding | Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84256

They got engaged on December 30th, took January to celebrate, and hit the ground running in February 2014 for a wedding in June. All the hard work definitely paid off from the looks of it! Congrats guys!

Photographer: Carolien and Ben Photography / Videographer MSM Productions / Venue: Poortjie Venue and Guest House / Florist: Lucretia Schabort / Bride’s Hair: Shear Style / Makeup: Beauty 4 You / Catering: Elsabe Cronje / Bar: Lenie Burgers / Bride’s Dress:  Modeca by Enzoani from Bridal Wardrobe / Jacket: Forever New / Shoes: Redemption Leather / Wedding Ring: Brescoe Diamonds / Groom’s Suit: Baldini / Shoes: Truworths / Groom’s Wedding Ring: Vena Amoris / Bridesmaid’s Outfits: Handmade / Groomsmen: Bride & Co.

 
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7 Jan

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Florence and Brian are so fun. Their wedding had a DIY flower crown booth. They designed neon fans in the shape of their beloved kitty. And they love spontaneous song and dance battles: They both belted out the lyrics to their aisle song, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, to ease Florence’s nerves. She says, I’m normally a very laid-back person and felt no pre-wedding jitters but when it came time to walk down the aisle, I was surprised to feel butterflies in my stomach! As I made my way down the stairs and saw Brian waiting for me at the end of the aisle, I was unexpectedly overcome with a wave of emotions. My natural reaction, which I will always remember, was to start belting out the song and even better to see Brian start singing too.

Thanks to Paige Jones for the photos!

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Brian and I both grew up in California so when planning our wedding, we went for a “woodsy” California cool/bohemian style that was laid-back but still polished. We also didn’t want to have too many formal traditions just for the sake of doing them.

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

So cute!

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

F + B have loved Ojai ever since spending an anniversary weekend there, so when it came time to find a venue, Ojai was still on the mind. At Calliote Canyon, they could share such a meaningful location with 120 friends + fam, including a weekend of accommodations for the wedding party.

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

What New Years resolutions? Nothing like a cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop to give you a sweet tooth!

Whimsical California wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84190

Florence says, We already loved Paige’s work and her photographic style before meeting her. Actually meeting her sealed the deal for us, as she is incredibly genuine and just the coolest person you will ever meet. Conversation was natural and we felt instantly comfortable with her. It was the best blind date I’ve ever been on!

Cheers!

AEP Feature | Flo plus Brian #llamasinlove from Anything Everything Productions on Vimeo.

Photographer: Paige Jones / Videographer: Anything Everything Productions / Venue: Calliote Canyon in Ojai, CA / Event Planner: Amber Cowell of The Love Riot / Design: Jesi Haack Design / Florist: Megan Gray of Honey & Poppies / Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang / Invitations: Amber Moon of Pitbulls & Posies / Signage: Blot & Dot / Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Catering: Nicolette Di Maggio, Heirloom LA / Linen: La Tavola / Rentals: Yeah! Rentals, Signature Party Rentals, & Casa de Perrin / Flipbook: A Little Scene Flipbooks / Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Martina Liana from Lovella Bridal / Reception Dress: Mara Hoffman from Planet Blue / Ceremony Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Reception Shoes: Charlotte Olympia / Groom’s Suit: BLACK by Vera Wang / Shoes: Native Shoes / Bowtie: Vineyard Vines

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