Nov 2014

Jil + Jul

Super Fun French Wedding in Brittany

I’m so happy to share with you the wonderful and fun wedding of Jil and Jul. This wedding has it all: some really fun newly weds and guests, a beautiful decoration (I LOVE the contrast of the multicolor flowers with those white tables), entertainment, and the key ingredient – some really stunning pictures! Photography by Benjamin Le Du out of France.



The wedding took place on August 22, 2014 in Brittany, France (Querrien and Pont Aven to be precise).

We’ve been together for 11 years and Julien proposed to me during a trip to the Rodrigues Island we made last year to celebrate our 10 years together. We started the day with some snorkeling in a turquoise water; the skipper stopped us on a little desert island called the cat Island. We were walking around when Julien made his proposal: He took a photo of us two, but had previously placed the engagement ring beside my neck; then when I looked at what the picture had given I saw it! I say Yes, of course. We were both shaking like a leaf… It was perfect!


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Name one thing you regret…

The bride: That I didn’t serve the oignon soup!… long story. Do not hesitate to delegate, but take some time before the wedding to organize everything and be able to give every piece of information needed. This helps a lot on the D day (and the D-1 day).

The groom: That I didn’t dance a lot. I spent a lot of time outside with the non-dancers. We had a very intimate wedding, we could afford to spend some time with each and everyone of our guests, but still, we can’t be everywhere at the same time, and it’s normal.


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And one thing that makes you happy or proud.

We aren’t very organised people, and planning this wedding was a challenge. We are very proud we did all the decoration ourselves, the aperitive, the bouqet, the favours, the invitations and save the date. We also worked the whole year on the playlists – no DJ but a computer and 2 good speakers!
Second, our surprise dance at the city hall!!
But one thing’s for sure, if we were to do it again, we wouldn’t change a thing!


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Mar 2014

Anni + Rauno

Fall Inspired Wedding from Estonia

I confess, I am totally obsessed with their car. But not just that; they also have a super cute cat wearing a bowtie, and all the little touches of yellow and orange are just perfect for this fall inspired wedding! The very nice pictures were taken by Gerry Sulp, out of Estonia.


The wedding took place on October 5, 2013. The ceremony was held at our home-town’s (Tartu, Estonia) railway station, an old building which was recently renovated.
Our wedding car belonged to my grandfather, then to my mother, and now me and my husband. Rauno started to fix it (it was a bit dented and rusty and… well, an old car) about 6 months before the wedding and it was his major project. It was Rauno’s most important wish that he could be the one driving it on our wedding day.
We were very close with my mom, Rauno thought of her as his own… and we both don’t have very good relationships with our fathers. My mom passed away, sadly, in January. One of her biggest goals in life (she was fighting cancer) was to see our wedding day… which she did.
We wanted a fall wedding and the day before and the day after our wedding, it was raining and cloudy but on the 5th of October the weather was sunny and perfect!
So we started to plan the wedding, we made to-do-list by month and we kept to the list. We had wedding meetings with my mum and my two best friends the weeks before the wedding day, we thought about where the cars were gonna park, who was going to be sitting in whose car, etc. We really thought about every little logistical detail. We were joking that we (me and Rauno) did all the hard work for a year and two months (all the pre-planning and handycraft) and my bridesmaids Kairi and Maarja did everything on that one special day. I had written a 10-page long vision of the wedding with every little detail for my bridesmaids Kairi and Maarja, so that they would know our wishes exactly. It worked out perfectly because EVERYTHING (and I mean EVERYTHING) went according to plan. And that’s what made it special for us. I’m a big planner in life as well, I like my things organised, and the wedding day of an organised person has to be very well organised. :)
I recommend envisioning the day in your mind and really thinking through the details. That is how I found out the “critical” things and was able to think about them in advance. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. And even if things go a little south, it is still the best day of your life!

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Name on thing you regret…

Regrets? I think it is safe to say: NONE! It took many sleepless nights and many discussions and many-many-many hours of working, buying things, making things, talking to people etc – but everything was exactly like we wanted it to be. As I said… we didn’t have even the slightest glitches or mishaps, although we were prepared for almost everything. HAHA! I just remembered one thing. Since I’m not big on make-up and hair-do’s or all that girly stuff, I like it quite natural, I didn’t want to use any hair products on my hair-do (actually it wasn’t that I did not WANT to, the thought just never occurred to me since I do not OWN any hair products). But in retrospective, the wind was pretty strong that day and maybe a little hairspray would have been necessary. But like I said, I like everything natural, so it really didn’t bother me that much.


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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

I’m HAPPY about all the things about my wedding day. Even the stressful planning. But the thing I’m most proud of – is my world’s greatest husband! When we were planning the whole thing, I read about many weddings and many girls/women planning their wedding. And somehow it always seemed… that the wedding (for the most part, there are always exceptions) is more important for women. And not so much for men. And it is totally normal because men are not really that into this – they just want to hear the “I do” from the person they love most in the world. But not my man! Rauno was always 100% involved, thinking about every little detail, spending many nights with me and the paper cutter… I literally did not have to do anything alone, I always had my maid of honour – my Rauno (that was I joke I often made, that I didn’t need a maid of honor because I already have Rauno).


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Dec 2013

Tamara + Stefano

Italian Vintage Wedding with Songs to End the Day With

A simple countryside wedding… Except that it took place in the middle of Milan! This couple is the living proof that when you really want something, there’s always a way. I love the sweet atmosphere they created and how the day ended with everybody singing together! Photography: Davide Zanoni out of Italy.



The wedding happened on the 9th of June in the outskirts of Milan, in a place called Cascina Boscaccio. The place consists of an 11th century villa, a farmhouse hosting animals and a huge park, all this located in this isolated, sort of a natural oasis, surrounded by a beautiful lake. From the bride.
Stefano is italian, born in Milan and I am Serbian, I came eight years ago to study architecture in Italy. We met by pure accident at the university. I say by accident, because when we saw each other for the first time, Stefano was already a full employed architect while I was doing my last exam. At that time, he was coming to the university only because he was working on a competition together with his old school mates. As a matter of fact, he even got to see me cry, as the exam didn’t come out as I was hoping it will be, so while I was releasing my frustration through the tears, his big brown eyes were looking at me. :)
After some thinking, we got excited about having a wedding in a rustic style, but the idea to have hay bales as our furniture was a huge problem for us. Just imagine trying to find the perfect rectangular hay bales in the middle of Milan?!? O.K. Now imagine the trouble it is getting them transported, making armchairs out of two, three, four of them… not to mention the traces that it leaves behind!!! Not only did we have to talk with like every farmer in the area, going in the middle of nowhere to get the hay and transport them in the car, but we also had to hide them in our basement in order to make our experiments. Try doing that in the building where the average age of your neighbours is 70 years old?!? Eventually, it was fun and it created a nice atmosphere as a part of our wedding decoration, so it was quite successful move!!

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Name one thing you regret…

One thing we regret is having too much people at the wedding, that is, we wish we had made it a smaller and more intimate wedding. Not that we had people we didn’t want to, but having less people means being more interactive, involved and dedicated to each other to enjoy this day as much as it is possible.

All of us were pretty much stressed thinking about everything to be perfect. To people planning to get married : ”Don’t be so stressed!”. It is inevitable and you know it, but the best part is that on your wedding day, all this stress is forgotten and you only care about having the greatest day of your life together with the people you love.


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… And one thing you’re really happy about: proud of.

Even if you are trying to be original, you will find difficulties achieving it as it seems like everything has already been done, like every possible style and form has been carried out, so it’s important to try to be yourself by doing the things by yourself!
Stefano and I are the type of people who would never get a wedding planner, even though it makes everything so much easier – but maybe less personal as well. This is also why we chose to get married with our close friends. Having a familiar face in front of you gives you the insurance that the words you are saying and things you’re promising to the person next to you are more alive and worthy.
So, bottom line, this is what we are proud of – the fact that we did everything on our own, especially the things that we’ve done manually: from the complete design of our invitations to the favors, table decor, venue decorations & center pieces. Those are the things that today have a special place at our home so every time we have a look at them, it fills us with the joy of that day.

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