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Guest blogging on Petit Podium

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Today I have the honour of guest blogging on the beautiful, new Danish blogging platform for mummy bloggers, Petit Podium. In my post, I round up a couple of tips and ideas for a kid friendly wedding – check out the post right here (in Danish).

It’s my guest blogging debut – let me know what you think :) Do you have any other advice or ideas on how to make a wedding kid friendly? Would you invite kids at all to your wedding?

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Sponsor Spotlight: Tamara Kuzminski

Category: Vendor spotlight   |   Author: Elizabeth   |   1 comment No colors

You might remember the English photographer Tamara Kuzminski, whose work I featured a while ago with the super-cool bride with the scull bracelet? That Swedish wedding was just one of many more weddings that she would love to photographed in our part of the world. Tamara tells me that not only would she love to photograph many more Scandinavian weddings – but if any of you brides are considering a wedding at the Ice Hotel, it would be her utmost dream to be there to capture it :)

I’m so honoured to have a non-Scandinavian photographer sponsor this little blog – it really means the world to me. Here’s a small selection of favourites which illustrate Tamara’s versatility – from detail shots, to portraits, to shots of those unforgettable moments and emotions.

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Thea ♥ Espen – An Elegant and Light Wedding in Oslo

Category: Real Weddings   |   Author: Elizabeth   |   1 comment |

Photographed by Christin Eide – see the entire gallery here

This wedding is just so happy, crisp, beautiful and light… the couple really only have eyes for each other, and I simply love how the images are just utterly, and simply, filled with love, light and happiness.

I never tire of the classic image of the wedding dress hanging in the window, sunlight streaming through the beautiful lace…

Love this next series of images of the bride arriving to the church and walking up the aisle…

I’m so in love with the bridal bouquet…!

Champagne at the botanical gardens!

I simply love these next two shots…! I think they might be my favourite…

…or maybe this one. Such great expressions in this photo :)

A beautifully decorated venue… I’m really quite in love with the flowers and the elegant, simple look at this event…

Lovely details!

From Christin, the amazing photographer who captured it all: “This beautiful couple is Thea and Espen. They got married in Oslo, 24. march 2012 and had a fantastic party at Disen Gård. These photographs give a little taste of my day with Thea and Espen. We started at the hairdresser’s, went on for make-up at her sisters place and off to the church. For our portrait session we went to the beautiful Botanical Garden in Oslo and the impressive Operahouse in Bjørvika. After capturing Thea and Espen’s beautiful love for each other we went to Disen Gård were family and friends awaited their arrival for the perfect celebration of newlywed love in the sunset. I have to say this couple only had eyes for each other and often portrayed the perfect “movie kiss”.”

Thanks so much for sharing these images with us, Christin! And congratulations to the beautiful couple, Thea and Espen :)

Photographer: Fotograf Christin Eide
Wedding dress: Pronovias Nerveo dress
Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss tuxedo
Hair: Kjersti Fuglset, Hårkammerset, Oslo
Makeup: Luciana Thunem, Fashionbirds
Venue: Disen Gård, Oslo
Catering: Disen Gård, Oslo
Flowers: Kari Wahl, Oslo

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Sponsor Spotlight: Annevi Weddings

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I won’t lie – I am so excited about having Annevi Weddings as a sponsor! I think you’ll understand why when you see her work – from soft and romantic to quirky and modern… no wonder her work has been featured on really great blogs, including Once Wed and Rock’n’Roll Bride. I had a really hard time picking which images to showcase in this post, so here is just a tiny few… but check out her website for much more, and seriously consider her as your wedding photographer – you won’t be disappointed!

So happy to have you, Annevi!


Julie ♥ Endre: The Destination Wedding in Miami

Category: Real Weddings   |   Author: Elizabeth   |   2 comments |

Photographed by Anne-Margrethe Malkenes Mathiesen from Studio Vest

The other day, I asked on Facebook and Twitter: Where would you have your wedding, if you could choose any location in the world? You had some really lovely ideas – from the beach in Japan to forest in Ireland…. I have to say, it really got my imagination flowing… I could totally hop on a plane right now!

For now though, I have the sweet, February wedding of Julie and Endre, two (gorgeous!!) Norwegian dancers in Southern Beach, Miami. Oh, the backdrop of the sea and a ceremony under the palm trees… ahhh. I could go there right now! And I love the detail with the bride opting for a loose, beachy hairstyle for the portrait shots, and the formal veil and glittery headband for the ceremony… very lovely and stylish :)

Also, be sure to read Julie’s account of what it took to create the wedding of the couple’s dreams – right after the photos!

“I bought my dress at a little bridal boutique in Coral Gables, Miami called Alegria’s Brides, and the designer is Private Label By G. I was torn between two dresses by the same designer, but when I mentioned for the staff that my ceremony was gonna be held after sun down, and they dimmed the lights in the fitting room, I knew which dress was “the one”. My veil and headpiece that I wore during the ceremony is also from that same store.

I had such a hard time finding shoes! For months I searched all kinds of stores in Oslo, Miami and online. It wasn’t until 3 days before the wedding, when we just decided to check out a little shoestore next to our hotel called Soulier that was open late that I finally found the perfect shoes! The store is located on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, and the shoes are by designer Badgley Mischka.

Endre’s suit is from Tiger Of Sweden (Oslo), his shirt is from Banana Republic (Miami), his shoes are from Aldo (Miami), and his tie is from Prego (Oslo).

We chose to get married in Miami for several reasons. At first we were thinking about the caribbean. I’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach somewhere warm and exotic, with palm trees swaying in the breeze, and that was what Endre wanted as well. We even went on a cruise of the caribbean to check out different islands, and fell in love with Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. But when we started planning, we realised that Miami just made more sense. First of all, Endre grew up there. He lived there till he was about 6 years old, because his father worked on cruise ships. And ever since we met, we have gone there every summer, because we both love being there, it feels like a second home to us. It would also be an easier and cheaper alternative for our guests, after all, we did want our closest friends and family to be able to attend. And lastly, I have family in West Palm Beach, which is just about an hour away, who would then be able to help me plan.

When we were there last summer, we had a list of hotels that we had looked up on line that we went to to check out for venues. And we fell in love with The National Hotel. It was perfect for what we wanted! And the social catering manager there was also very helpful throughout the planning, getting me in touch with different vendors and such.

Most of my planning was handled online, through e-mails and phone calls. But in November I went back to Miami for a week to have a fitting for my dress, meet with all the vendors to sign contracts and pay deposits, have a cake tasting, and buy the last of the decorations and favors. I also had help from my cousin in WPB, who I had packages delivered to, picked up my favors and stored my decorations.

It was definitely the wedding of our dreams! And we are so grateful to Anne-Margrethe who captured it in such beautiful photos :)”

Thanks so much, Julie for sharing your day – and thanks to Anne-Margrethe, who sent the pictures along!

Photographer: Anne-Margrethe Malkenes Mathiesen, Studio Vest
Wedding dress: Private Label By G (Miami)
Veil and headpiece: Alegria’s Brides (Miami)
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka – Xavier (Miami)
Earrings, hairpin and bracelet: Twinkle, twinkle (Miami)
Bride’s hair and make-up: Marhú Salas (Bride’s friend and bridesmaid)
Bridesmaids dresses: asos.com
Ceremony and reception: The National Hotel, Miami.
Cake: Ana Paz Cakes (Miami)
Flowers: The National Hotel (Miami)
Decor and decorations: Americanbridal.com
Steel Drummer/musician: Master Musicians (Miami)
Dj: Dj En Som Heter Marius (Friend of bride and groom)

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