Summer Glamour: An Unmissable Rose Gold Wedding

Today’s Real Wedding is all about the location and all about the dress. Gorgeous bride Joan tied the knot to groom Paul in a lavish, yet super relaxed, Spanish destination wedding in the dream dress, and the dream rose gold Louboutins. The details are stunning, the style impeccable but most importantly the sun shone down on Joan, Paul and their guests for the entire day and they had one whale of a time celebrating this  Get ready for just a hint of envy and some serious temptation to start planning your very own wedding abroad in the sun…

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Joan and Paul met in an Irish bar whilst both living and working in Lyon, France. Joan first spotted Paul, approached him and began to chat in her very best French. Little did she know Paul was an Irishman, in fact he hails from Kerry just a short distance from Joan’s family home in Cork.5 6 7 8 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-6

Joan and Paul immediately hit it off and dated for a year in France before deciding to move back home to Ireland –  Joan to Sligo and Paul back to his home in Kerry. Despite the distance Paul and Joan managed to meet up every weekend, and another year later they finally moved in together in Cork.9 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-7 10 11 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-3 12 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-9 13 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-11 14 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-12 15 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-14 16 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-16 17 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-17 18 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-19 19 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-20

For their proposal Joan and Paul were on the move again, this time to London. Joan was in town for work, but unbeknownst to her Paul wasn’t far behind with an epic surprise planned. Liasing with Joan’s client, whom she was due to meet in London, as well as her hotel’s staff, Paul planned a surprise proposal in Joan’s hotel room complete with champagne and her dream engagement ring.20 En-Route-Photography-blush-pink-barcelona-wedding-100-22 21

(View more dress from gudeer.com)

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The Radiant Eliza Jane Howell Debutante Collection

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Straight out of the latest series of Downton Abbey, the current Eliza Jane Howell Debutante Collection is a real treat for those of us who love 1920s style. Despite the Débutante name, this collection is the epitome of vintage sophistication, with a strong art deco, Gatsby vibe. Perfect for a roaring 20’s wedding, a low key vintage soiree or a chic cocktail party with added glam. So beautiful you’ll be looking for an excuse to wear yours again and again.2 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Clara-dress 3 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Florence-dress 4 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Georgina-dress 5 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Gertrude-and-Rose-dresses 6 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Ginger-dress 7 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Madelaine-dress 8 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Miriam-dress 9 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Naomi-dress 10 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Sibella-dress 11 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Sibella-dress-back-detail 12 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Thelma-dress 13 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Wilma-dress 14 Eliza-Jane-Howell-Debutante-Collection-Elsa-dress

WIN 3 DONNA MORGAN BRIDESMAID DRESSES FOR YOUR GIRLS!

So the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about all things bridesmaids, bridal showers, andbachelorette parties.

But really, the only big decision you’ve got to make when it comes to your leading ladies, (aside from deciding who to choose, of course!), is figuring out what they’re going to wear.

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Bridesmaid dresses have come a long way in recent years, they’re no longer dowdy, unflattering, or in ghastly colours. And brides are so much more eager to let their girls shine beside them, and be as comfortable as possible.

And when it comes to beautiful, versatile, and utterly chic bridesmaid dresses, Donna Morgan are leading the way with stunning designs.

They create the kind of dresses your bridesmaids will look, and more importantly feel, gorgeous in.

And we’re pretty excited to announce (insert drumroll here!), that we’ve got three Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses of your choice up for grabs!

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

With a collection that has something to suit every style, shape and taste, Donna Morgan stocks mix and match dresses in every colour you could possibly want, along with floral styles, patterns and lace designs.

Choosing dresses for your friends is a tough job, (and can lead to squabbles!), but with so many gorgeous styles, each one of your girls will find something she adores (that you love too.)

And best of all, Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses are in stock and ready to ship (so you won’t need to wait for weeks to try them on!)

TAKE YOUR PICK

Scroll down to enter, and swoon over just some of the stunning Donna Morgan dresses you and your bridesmaids could choose from for your wedding day…

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(View more dress from idress.co.nz)

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DESTINATION ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION FROM ST. LUCIA

We’re so excited today because we’re getting to share the work of one of our very favourite wedding bloggers, along with the talents of a creative crack team of vendors too.

Burnett’s Boards has been a wedding blog that’s inspired us from the very beginning here at Bridal Musings, and Sara, the lady behind it, is a visionary when it comes to unique ideas for beautiful weddings.

So, when she told us she’d been working on a destination elopement shoot at stunning resort, The Landings, St Lucia, with the amazing Mikkel Paige Photography, we simply couldn’t wait to see it. 

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With a unique wedding dress, gorgeous locally-sourced blooms, pretty paper goods, and perhaps the most romantic setting in St. Lucia, ( oh, and an epic sail boat backdrop!) we can’t help but be tempted by this shoot, to jet off to the Caribbean for a destination elopement.

Scroll down to see if Sara of Burnett’s Boards can lure you too, and read her insights into the special details that brought this inspired elopement to life.

FROM THE STYLIST

St. Lucia is easily THE most sought-after destination wedding location in the entire Caribbean and it’s clear why!

Not only is it completely stunning with perfect beaches, weather, and everything else you’d want in the Caribbean, but also convenient with direct flights from London and several major cities in the US and Canada.

For this romantic, St. Lucia elopement wedding inspiration shoot I wanted to show that destination, beach weddings need not be the typical, package deals you see a lot of – The Landings, St Luciacan craft your wedding to be exactly as you’ve always envisioned it.

Mikkel Paige of Mikkel Paige Photography flew in from Raleigh to photograph it all and help with the styling of it – she’s just too fabulous and has shot in St. Lucia before.

Plus, she isn’t afraid to take her camera in the water to get ‘the shot!’

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THE SEQUINS & THE STATIONERY

The stunning sequin-bottomed wedding dress from Truvelle was just too perfect for a destination wedding (and big bonus – it packs well! I didn’t have to steam it or anything once I got there).

The sequin color also dictated the palette for the wedding invitations from Karla of Written Word Calligraphy.

She used The Landings’ architecture as inspiration for the RSVP card, which features pillars seen around the property and the gorgeous view off of the oceanfront villa suites.

A Saint Lucian seal was also used and a hand drawn map of the hotel’s location along Rodney Bay.

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THE FLOWERS & THE FINISHING TOUCHES

The Landings coordinated the florist who crafted a perfectly suited bouquet and centerpiece for a beach wedding, one that mimicked the colors of a St. Lucian sunset.

The Landings also coordinated the hair and makeup via their luxury Soleil Spa and they were absolutely amazing. We went with a soft, naturally beautiful look for makeup and for hair – a bun so our bride could still look chic and elegant with tropical breezes on the beach.

Jewelry was provided Diamonds International – St Lucia and we used jaw-dropping pieces from their Crown of Light Collection.

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THE SAIL BOAT

The sail was handmade and features lines from St. Lucian author Derek Walcott’s Nobel Prize winning epic poem Omeros.

The lines speak to the beauty of the island and I envisioned the boat as a ceremony backdrop, the sail showcasing vows.

The prow of the boat is covered in bougainvillea, all of which was available on the property and gorgeously local and tropical.

Super cute side story regarding the boat: we shot this in January and in February the lovely staff members at The Landings sent me pictures of the boat in action, they gave couples romantic rides in the marina for Valentine’s Day!

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