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Natalie,

 

I was very worried about the weather leading up to our travel date, but once we got there, the weather was beautiful.  Forecast showed rain everyday for the week we are there, but once we got there, we only had one day of rain really.  So hopefully it'll work out for you and everyone else here too.

 

Ladies, I just wanted to share with you some more pictures from my photographer of our wedding.  There are some nice shots of the bar H.  I know when I was planning it, I was obsessed with trying to find pictures of the ceremony and reception place.

 

Enjoy and let me know what you think.  Aaron Willcox did a spectacular job on the photos!

 

http://willcoxphoto.pass.us/teenaengel/

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Your photographer did an amazing job of capturing your special day! Some very unique shots! You looked beautiful and so happy and I love the colour of your bridesmaid dresses. Congratulations!!!

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Originally Posted by teena84 View Post

 

Natalie,

 

I was very worried about the weather leading up to our travel date, but once we got there, the weather was beautiful.  Forecast showed rain everyday for the week we are there, but once we got there, we only had one day of rain really.  So hopefully it'll work out for you and everyone else here too.

 

Ladies, I just wanted to share with you some more pictures from my photographer of our wedding.  There are some nice shots of the bar H.  I know when I was planning it, I was obsessed with trying to find pictures of the ceremony and reception place.

 

Enjoy and let me know what you think.  Aaron Willcox did a spectacular job on the photos!

 

http://willcoxphoto.pass.us/teenaengel/

Thanks Teena!  I was hoping it was just something that will be in the morning maybe!

 

Your pictures are awesome!! That cake topper picture was cracking me up! what a cute idea.

Are your bridesmaids flowers pompoms or are they real flowers? i cant tell.  I am still trying to figure out what mine are going to look like. Good idea on your reception centerpiece. Wish iw ould have thought of that cause its light and simple to bring down!! I have smaller ones for the cake table but nothing big like that. Anyways, love your mix of colors too. you had a great photog! 

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Thanks Candacey, Natalie, and MissJali!!

 

I highly recommend my photog if anyone is still looking for one.  One good advice I was given was to not skimp out on photog cost for your budget!!  They're the one who will capture your happiest day of your life for you to relive it forever.  If anyone wants more info about him, let me know.

 

Natalie - I'm glad to hear your compliments about the bridesmaid's pompoms!  Haha, I actually made them so they're fake, out of tissue.  I used 3 different shades of pink to create the ombre effect.  I can provide more details on how this is done if anyone is interested.  They turn out way better than I thought, didn't they?  It was good, because I just did all the folding before the trip, so I only had to carry long strips of flat tissue papers - very lightweight.  Once we got to the resort, my girls and I designated a couple hours out of a day to put together the wedding favours, and to pouf out all the bouquets and centerpieces. 

 

MissJali - I saw his cake topper picture idea from when he did it for another couple, and so when he asked me to make a list of what kind of group shots I want, and what are the must have shots I wanted him to take, I made sure that was on the list.  Feel free to copy the idea, although, if you post up that picture wherever, please be sure to credit his name for the idea - Aaron Willcox.  There's another picture he took for a couple for their engagement shot, which looked like the girl is standing on top of the guy's hand, like he's balancing a tray of drinks.  I thought that was cool, and I had my friend duplicate the same shot, had it up on facebook and credited his name, so he wouldn't mind.

 

Glad you guys enjoyed the pictures =D

 

TIP:  Cake style and centerpieces - please don't stress about this!!  I know I was, but once you're living that day, you'll realize no one really care what the cake and centerpieces look like, as long as it doesn't look like sh*t.  Think practical for centerpieces - so something big, colourful, and lightweight, and cheap, like what I had for mine.  For cake style, my husband and I had only a couple bites of the cake - we had chocolate chocolate cake and it was good.  At first, I wanted my cake to be a certain way, and they would've wanted me to pay extra for fondant and all that.  So I said no, no fondant, just regular icing is fine.  I was worried it'd melt and look bad, but they did a decent job with it, provided with the ribbons I brought for them.

 

Reception all comes down to how organize you are, and what you can do for them for entertainment.  This means, making an itinerary/timeline on what happens first once you arrive at reception, to the end.  As long as there's an organized flow for the whole evening, guests will enjoy themselves, whether you're paying $50 for each centerpiece, or $1 like I did!!

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Teena84,

 

Your pics are gorgeous. Awesome photographer and great photo ideas! Your were a beautiful bride...and good looking bridal party too! Love your colors and the centerpieces and bouquets turned out sooooo nice. Thank you for all the tips...very helpful and appreciated.

 

Question...did you ask for the drapery in Bar H to be removed and for the lounge chairs to be arranged outside?

 

Also, where'd you get the adorable little fans? Did your guests really need them? Like, was it hot enough where people were fanning themselves?

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Originally Posted by Reign14 View Post

 

Teena84,

 

Your pics are gorgeous. Awesome photographer and great photo ideas! Your were a beautiful bride...and good looking bridal party too! Love your colors and the centerpieces and bouquets turned out sooooo nice. Thank you for all the tips...very helpful and appreciated.

 

Question...did you ask for the drapery in Bar H to be removed and for the lounge chairs to be arranged outside?

 

Also, where'd you get the adorable little fans? Did your guests really need them? Like, was it hot enough where people were fanning themselves?

Thanks Reign for your kind words =)

 

I did not ask for the drapery to be removed.  When I met with Marlene, and she showed me the venue, the drapes were also not there.  I didn't mind not having the drapes there - the structures made the place stood out and gave it a more casual feel I think.  Which was what I was going for, semi casual feel.  I did not ask for the lounge chairs to be arranged outside.  I believe they were always there, and it was nice because some guests used it chitchat and lounge around before and after food was served.

 

I got the fans from Chinatown for $0.75 CAD (I'm from Toronto).  The cheapest I've seen them online might've been just under $1 unless you buy in bulk.  They were regular fans, and I bought the fan stickers and had it personalized to say 'Engel & Teena 05.21.2013'  You can also buy fans that come with stickers.  http://www.weddingfavours.ca/  At the end of each fan were these little metal loops, and I got little 'thank you' tags about 1cm x 2.5cm from Dollarama, and tied it with matching wedding colour strings to the fans.

 

And YES, everyone made use of the fans!  It was a breezy day, but still hot enough that everyone was glad to have them and fanning themselves throughout the whole ceremony.  Unfortunately I heard a bunch of them got left behind because guests didn't know that they can keep it, or maybe they just didn't want it.  Ah well, it did its job.  No sweat (no pun intended..lol).

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Thank you so much for your review pclama2013! I currently have Helen as my WC for my 4/2014 wedding. Now I will make sure to have a relative who isn't part of the wedding party stay on top of her to make sure things run smoother when we're busy taking photos!

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Thank you for your reviews Teena84 and Trivera5521 and congrats!

 

Teena, I love the idea of the surprise dance and I really appreciate your tip about the symbolic ceremony since I am having one there as well. 

 

T, thank you so much for your detailed photos, I was considering making my own centerpieces as well to save money and yours turned out great! It is also a relief to know that a beach ceremony can turn out beautiful as well. I am expecting at least 100 guests and according to my WC, Helen, the beach is really the only place they will be able to accomodate that many ppl.

 

 

I am meeting with Helen during my trip at the end of this month and will be sure to post details from my meeting when I return. Thank you ladies for all your help, it really has made my life easier in planning a large wedding so far away!!

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