Bride Guide – Bridal Box Co Wedding Blog

Amanda & Carly’s Wedding

 

Our Story

Carly drums in a band, and we had a mutual friend who asked me to go with her to see this band that’s the day I met Carly. It was a slow start for us but eventually we ended up together and we thought we couldn’t of been happier. We got engaged three years ago after being together for only about 1.5 years. I always wanted one of those chocolate advent calendars for the countdown to Christmas. It was December 1st and we were having dinner in (stir fry, my favourite) Carly handed me this advent calendar, I was beaming with excitement cause I’m a chocoholic. She told me to open the box labelled one and there it was a beautiful engagement ring and that’s when our life together really started.

 

Planning

Our wedding planning experience was stressful and draining which is why in the end we decided to elope and surprise our guests at a party that they thought was a surprise birthday party for Carly. Surprise was on them. 8 weeks before our elopement I threw the idea out to Carly and she said yes and before we knew it the day had arrived. The most important thing to us was that the day was about us and our life together not about anyone else and that our fur baby could be there to celebrate with us.

 

The Dresses

Our wedding dress search was rushed with 8 weeks to find something. Luckily I had been into see Nancy at her boutique prior to the elopement (as we were originally planning a larger wedding) after we decided to elope we went in to see her and she said she could make our dresses from scratch in time for the elopement. We had no idea what “the one” was. We both went in with pictures of this and that and joined bits and pieces together, luckily for us Nancy knew exactly where our imaginations were going and created us both our dream dresses.

 

Special Touches

My (Amanda) dad passed away 8 years ago and we had a special button hole made for him that matches our hair pieces and it went out to his plaque the morning of our day so that he could be “wearing” it while he was with us. Archie our fur baby came with us to our ceremony and photos as well. 

 

Advice

Elope.

Only do what makes you and your partner happy.

You can’t please everyone. So take a deep breath and enjoy your day it goes crazy fast. 

 

wedding vows

Photography: Morgan Roberts Photography www.morganrobertsphotography.com

(Morgan is amazing, he made us laugh so hard but at the same time made us feel very relaxed and comfortable) 

Videography: Julie Lowe www.julielowephotofilm.com
Ceremony Venue: Buderim Forest
Officiant: Josh Withers www.marriedbyjosh.com
Styling: custom hair pieces- Crown of Eden  www.edentheflowershop.com.au
Flowers: The
 Elopement Collective www.elopementcollective.com

Wedding Dress: Nancy Khau boutique www.m.facebook.com/NancyKhauBoutique (Nancy is amazing! Beautiful personality, accomodating and an incredible designer. She made parts of my dress from me trying to explain styles to her) 

Hair: Dollhouse Makeup Artistry (Whitney Tooth) www.dollhousemua.com.au

(Whitney was an absolute gem. We clicked with her straight away she helped make our morning so seamless and so relaxed)
Makeup: Lilly (our beautiful friend)
Other: Venue for our surprise party- La Ruche (Matt our function manager and his offsider Ben went above and beyond to make our surprise so perfect and our night run so smoothly. Hands down the best function space and staff I have ever met and had the pleasure of dealing with)  www.laruche.com.au 

Bride To Be Blog- with Chanel Nouanrasy

Bride and Groom
Allen Garcia & Chanel Nouanrasy

 

Chanel got engaged in November last year and caught our eye after she won a loop giveaway we were participating in. She is ALL about the details, has great taste, captures her engagement with Allen beautifully through social media  and just by following her beautiful Instagram feed @chanelnouanrasy  we can tell her favourite colour is pink! Needless to say we think we have a girl crush..
Recently we sat down with Bride-to-be from Sydney to talk all things weddings like her romantic proposal, her wedding planning and how she popped the question to her bridesmaids and it’s the cutest we’ve heard so far!

 

The BRIDAL BOX Co: When is your wedding date and how long is your engagement?

Chanel: Our wedding is in November 2018, we would have then had a 2 year engagement.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Tell us about the proposal? Did you see it coming, or were you super surprised?

Chanel: No I didn’t! He caught me by complete surprised and kept the ring with my Maid of Honour. We went glamping in Glenworth Valley for our 10 year dating anniversary and he popped the questioned by the fireplace. It was very secluded and romantic!

The BRIDAL BOX Co: How did you go finding your dream wedding dress?

Chanel: Haven’t found it just yet but I’m really excited for upcoming fittings!

Bridesmaid Gift
Bridesmaid Gift by Chanel Nouanrasy

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Where are you having your ceremony?

Chanel: We’re thinking of having a cute little garden ceremony.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Where are you having your reception?

Chanel: Possibly in Camden, Moss Vale or Byron Bay.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: How many people are invited?

Chanel: We’re planning on having a small intimate wedding with about 60-70 people.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: What is the theme/colours of your wedding?

Chanel: Blush pink, white and gold.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: How many bridesmaids are you having and how did you select who they would be?

Chanel: I have three bridesmaids. My best friend as my Maid of Honour because she’s been there through thick and thin. We tell each other everything! My sister who’s always been supportive and my cousin who I share my fondest childhood memories with.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: How did you ask them to be your bridesmaids?

Chanel: I surprised all of them individually;

Maid of Honour- We were playing the game “speak out” with the mouth pieces. I pretended to read a card asking her “Will you be my maid of honour?” She understood what I said but didn’t realise I was actually asking her!

Cousin- I made a “Will you be my bridesmaid” mug and dropped it off to the barrister before we met up for coffee. I waited for her to receive her order in her mug. She was so surprised and excited!

Sister- I came out with a card and a “Will you be my bridesmaid” candle in a gown at my first wedding dress fitting.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: What did you fill your bridal boxes with?

Chanel: A candle, nail polish, beautiful soap, customised shot glass, customised hair tie and a DIY inspo booklet (with photos and details about our big day, their dresses and their roles).

Bridesmaid Gift IdeasBridesmaid Gifts by Chanel Nouanrasy

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Who/what will they be wearing?

Chanel: A simple floor length pinky coloured dress.

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Do you have any advice for other Bride-to-be’s planning their own wedding?

Chanel: Keep an eye out for inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest. Keep a little planner to note down ideas and plans. Involve your fiancé and your bridal party!

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Is there anything or anyone that has really stood out in making the wedding planning easier for you so far?

Chanel: My fiancé and KIKKI K wedding planner!

The BRIDAL BOX Co: Have you got any plans for your honeymoon?

Chanel: Hoping to go to France and Italy, possibly Greece as well for a little Europe trip!

 

Order your Bridal Boxes in time for your wedding!

 

Bridesmaid Gifts
Bridesmaid Gifts by Chanel Nouanrasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gift for him – Boudoir Photography

boudoir shoot
If you’re thinking about giving your fiancé a surprise gift on the morning of, or leading up to your wedding, one option to consider should be a little black box filled with a gold key unveiling some of the most sexy images he has ever seen of you!

Not for the faint-hearted! Indulging in a Boudoir shoot is not only about creating stunning and sexy images of yourself, it’s about reinvigorating yourself as a woman and seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes.

Brisbane based Boudoir photographer Stephanie Bowers is one of the best in the business. As you go through the shoot you can see how she is very passionate about inspiring and empowering women of any age and size, and bringing out your most sensual, vulnerable, and feminine side.

Stephanie Bowers Boudoir Photo
Stephanie Bowers Boudoir Photography

Speaking from experience, after I was given a sneak peak of my images, I was completely blown away that I could look this…. Well… hot! It wasn’t images of some model, it was ME! *insert hair flick

I have a newfound appreciation for myself and it was an investment I will never forget nor regret.

Boudoir photography is about empowering women who want to feel beautiful, sexy and desired.  Stephanie says “many clients have said that their boudoir photography experience was one of the best days of their lives and changed the way they saw themselves”.

“It was lots and lots of fun! Definitely an experience every woman should have for themselves. Who doesn’t want to feel beautiful and the centre of attention for once? It was great to experience something that was all about me, not my one year old, not my husband – just all about me and my beautiful body.

All of your photos are beautiful Steph and don’t have that cliche lingerie photo shoot feel. As soon as I met you, I felt like I was completely comfortable in a safe environment, and for some reason instantly trusted in you. All I can say to someone who is considering doing a boudoir shoot? DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! But only if it is with Steph!”

Stephanie Bowers Boudoir Photographer
Stephanie Bowers Boudoir Photographer

To contact Stephanie to arrange & discuss your own Boudoir Shoot email info@stephaniebowers.com or visit here

How to choose your Wedding Makeup Artist

Wedding Makeup
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/aliciaabbottphotography/ Makeup: https://www.facebook.com/facescapemakeup/
“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”  Calvin Klein

One thing that is crucial to get right on your Wedding Day is your Makeup Artist. You want to be 100% confident that they are skilled in their industry and won’t make you look like you’re about to audition for ‘Priscilla –  Queen of the Desert’!

We sat down for a Q and A with Rebecca Evans from Facescape Makeup Artistry on the Gold Coast, with 17 years in the industry she has happily shared some tips to help Brides when choosing their Makeup Artist for their wedding day.

How long should I book my Makeup Artist in advance for my wedding day?

You need to book your artist at least 6 months before your wedding. If you’re wanting a particular Makeup Artist, you should book as soon as your day is confirmed.

What should I look for when picking a Makeup Artist for my wedding day?

When looking for the right makeup artist for you, you should make sure you firstly check out all their photos of past brides. Make sure they are real everyday people and not all edited models. Read their reviews. Lots of years in the Industry doesn’t necessarily mean they are better than someone with little experience. I know lots of amazing Makeup Artists that have only been in the biz for a few years.

Should I have a trial before my wedding day and if so how long before?

Definitely get a trial if you can! Then you can feel at ease knowing how beautiful you will look on your wedding day. I recommend to have your trial around the same time of day as on the wedding day and keep it on for as long as you can so you can see how well it lasts. Take heaps of selfies too so you can see how it is on the camera. (Don’t waste it and go out!) I also recommend to get your trial about 2 months before the wedding (or more) just in case the Makeup Artist you have chosen is not right for you and you frantically need to find a new one.

Wedding Makeup Artist
Makeup Artist: https://www.facebook.com/facescapemakeup/  Photo: http://www.sweetspotimages.com.au/

How much time should I allow for each bridesmaid? And for the Bride?

Makeup generally takes an hour each. I like to come with an extra hour up my sleeve for set ups and a relaxed morning. I don’t like to rush.

Should I limit the amount of people/Friends/family getting their makeup done by my makeup artist on the day?

Most Makeup Artists can book up to 7 makeups on their own. But that means a very early wake up and no time for unforeseen hick-ups. If I get booked for 5 or more I bring a fellow makeup artist to share some of the load. It means a later start and more of a relaxed morning for everyone.

What should I expect to pay for wedding make up, is it dearer than normal event makeup and if so why?

  1. ‘Wedding’ makeup should not be more expensive than ‘event’ makeup. It takes the same time, same products and same perfection. And the bride makeup shouldn’t be more expensive either in my opinion. But many do charge more for the Bride’s Makeup.

When should I pay for the make up? Before the wedding day or on the day?

Most of my brides have their invoice paid a week before their wedding. I also take a deposit to lock in the booking. It’s very common for Makeup Artists to be requested for the same date, so a deposit is very important. Some brides pay the balance in cash on the day. I prefer transfer so it’s done and no one needs to worry.

What are some tips to keeping my make up looking fresh all day?

It’s all in the products used (and application). All Makeup Artists are always searching for the most amazing, flawless & long lasting makeup. I use a matte moisturiser, the strongest hd primer ever, and lots of setting power and press powder. If the foundation is set correctly and your primer/moisturiser is correct for your skin type, your face should not be creating excess oil that will affect your base. Also you should check that your makeup artist primes your eyelids. If they are not primed you could end up with creases and worn off eyeshadow. Using a cream/paste like eye primer will ensure your eye makeup lasts (and into the next day if you’re careful).

Any other tips or anything relevant you would like to mention?

It’s a good idea to purchase a touch up lip stick. The MUA will sometimes supply a little bit of lippy in a container or card. But I think it’s best to just pop into a store and purchase one.

Makeup Application
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/aliciaabbottphotography/ Makeup: https://www.facebook.com/facescapemakeup/

The nitty gritty on choosing your Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids
Photo Credit: Pinterest
So, he (finally) popped the question, and you haven’t been able to wipe the smile off your face, nor stop showing off that beautiful engagement ring he bought you.

But things can sometimes get stressful once you start getting into the nitty gritty of selecting your bridesmaids. I think secretly most non-engaged women have had the thought maybe once or twice for when the time came they got engaged, who they would ask to be by their side. Now that time has come for you, and you may possibly be filled with anxiety over who you want to choose and who is expecting to be chosen.

It comes down to numbers

Firstly, think about how many bridesmaids you ideally want to have. How big is your wedding guest list going to be? Is your wedding very traditional and formal or super relaxed and casual. If you were having a wedding with approximately 50-60 guests and were looking at having 6 bridesmaids it could possibly look a bit over kill.

Nearest & Dearest

Think about who is closest to you. Write down a wish list and cross check it with your fiance’s list (yes, it’s a good idea to let him have some input too). See if the numbers line up or if you need to start culling. This is where you need to think about your closest family members vs your besties. Remember that family will always be there in 10 and 20 years, friends (no matter how close at the time) do come and go out of our lives sometimes.

Responsibilities

Now as you are finding out weddings need a lot of preparation and planning, and you need people you can trust to help take some of the weight off you and remind you that it’s a very fun and exciting time of your life. Your Maid/Matron of Honour needs to be someone you can rely on as she is usually the Brides right hand woman and her duties are to organise your Hens day/night (or lets be honest – weekend!). The Maid of Honour helps you with decision making leading up to the big day  and ensures the little things on your wedding day morning are running on time. . she also needs to bring your Bridesmaids into line if need being. And these are just a couple!

Bride and Bridesmaids
Photo Credit: Pinterest
Expectations

Think about your needs and expectations, do you want them available every weekend? Is it going to reduce your anxiety knowing they are only a few minutes away or if they are in another city or state, will this impact on your planning. You also need to factor in what they have going on in their own life. Do they have a stressful job? Are they trying to have a baby or engaged themselves?

It’s Not Easy

Choosing your bridal party can be a total headache these days. My best friend recently had so much anxiety over selecting her bridesmaids from her large bunch of amazing friends & family, she was really nervous at putting a label on her friendships and though she had a close friendship with a lot of different girlfriends, there were just too many to choose from and she didn’t want to hurt anyone and make them feel lessor of a friend than another. As her hubby to be was having similar issues and to prevent it from getting way out of hand they decided to get married with no bridal party at all. Their nearest & dearest will still be a part of their pre-wedding planning & activities but with no formal titles and no favourites.

Your family & friends can definitely force some decisions onto you whether you like it or not, and who you choose can sometimes have repercussions. Hopefully at the end of the day your loved ones will understand your choices and be nothing but thrilled for this exciting time in your life.

So to help you make your fine selection of Bridesmaids, we leave you with some very wise words from the one and only Sarah Jessica Parker “Best friends are like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.”

Love,

Bijour xxx

Blush Bridesmaids
Photo Credit: Pinterest