09
Mar 2013

Julia + Ricardo

Outdoor Brazilian Clown Wedding

This post is to close all discussion about what makes a wedding beautiful. It’s you, your love, your emotions—that will eventually be captured by your photographer. Details are great, but you know, it’s like your home: it’s great to decorate it so it reflects your personality; but what makes your home your home, is how you feel and what you lived there. Subject closed, today’s wedding is Julia and Ricardo’s. They’re actors (clowns!) and maybe that’s why so much emotion is expressed, but whatever the reason, we could all learn from them. Photography by Mariana Magno, from Brazil.

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Julia and Ricardo were both part of a troupe of street theater and met while on tour in Brazil. It took them 30 cities to finally, in the last week, start dating. Their story started there, and then 8 years later, these now parents of a 4 years old girl and a 5 years old dog got married. They had an intimate wedding, with a very simple ceremony led by a pastor friend and were surrounded by their closest friends. Small yet important detail for those planning their wedding right now: it took them less than 20 days to plan theirs… 

 

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Name one thing you regret…

My only small regret is to not have taken a look at the decoration some time before all our guests arrived. It was beautiful and I wish I had enjoyed more the atmosphere created by our decorator.

 

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

I loved to have our daughter to be our maid of honour! It was a dream… She was the most beautiful in the world.

 

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04
Mar 2013

Lauren + James

Real Extravaganza Circus Wedding!

If there’s someone here who, deep down inside, still thinks weddings are boring and out of trend, this HAS GOT to be the one wedding that will shut this little voice up forever and turn you into a pro-marriage activist. This, my dear friends, is simply the most unique wedding I got to see and maybe feature in a very long time. Lauren wrote, We don’t like cliches or stereo types and we like things to be fun. Wearing a white dress was not part of my life dream. (…) James’ background is Singaporean Chinese, so the format we chose really pushed the boundaries and conventions as far as weddings go!! Actually, no need to be Singaporean Chinese to realize that boundaries were pushed — and you know we love that. Photography by the amazing Australia-based (but available for some May & June weddings or else in Europe/ France—reservations start now!) photographer Lakshal Perera.

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I know this shouldn’t be that exceptional, but Lauren proposed to James, and I think I haven’t seen that before, at least not since I’m running the blog. From Lauren:
The engagement happened on 29th of February 2012 in a reasonably non-conventional way. After living together for 11 years, I decided to propose to James by hanging a 13 metre poster across a freeway overpass leading into the city. He didn’t crash the car… and he did say “yes”.

 

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OK, I know that’s all you’re waiting for, so here’s about the circus theme.

After we became engaged, we threw around some ideas and very quickly settled on the circus theme. The more research and people I spoke to the more exciting it became. It wasn’t without some resistance from the traditionalists, but I guess people had 11 months to ask some questions and embrace the idea.

Everyone, including our guests, were in costume. During the evening all things were circus. Food presented in theme, the MC Heidi (miss Amour) was stunning and entertaining. Our events company showcased the various acts, with an umbrella foot juggler, an aerialist / contortionist who can hoola hoop,  and the “muscle boys” performed a comedy and athletic balancing routine. Just spectacular.

 

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Name one thing you regret… Maybe that sounds a bit of an unnecessary question, doesn’t it? Let’s just go on with more stories from Lauren and James’ circus wedding, because I don’t know you, but I can’t get enough.

We choose the traditional bits of a wedding we liked, like entertaining and heart felt speeches, being walked down the aisle by my Dad, the Chinese Yum seng, and a fabulous band and ditched the bits we didn’t. As promised, our Jack Russell dog, Milo Dinosaur, delivered the rings with her 6 year old assistants (the animal tamers) and even barked in response to the crowd’s round of applause.

 

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

In terms of the Wedding day, we held both the ceremony and the reception at the same venue, doing photos the day before, something I would recommend to brides to be. I loved the way people got involved and proud of how the event unfolded and was just as we had envisioned it. Our friends and family really went to a great deal of effort to help with the festivities leading up to the event, making invites, a piece of art for decoration, a kissing booth, hen’s and buck’s nights and the list goes on. A lot of thought and effort went into costumes and the response to the invitation calling for “Dress: creative circus” was met with great creativity indeed.  The kissing booth seemed fitting for a wedding and has now become a feature of the venue. The later part of the night attracted greater participation in the booth!… and Lucky our photographer was able to capture it all through his lens.

 

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More pictures on the photographer’s blog here!

11
Feb 2013

Karin + Fred

Fun and Casual Brazilian Wedding With a Colorful Origami Paper Arch

I’m glad to share a colorful wedding filled with emotion today, that should cheer you up on this beginning of the week! Photography credit: brazilian duo Frankie e Marília. Oh, and Karin and Fred also have a band – you can check it out here.

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Fred and Karin had known each other for six years, working together as journalists at the same place. After six years of being “just colleagues”, they started wondering: Why is it that we never dated? But then, just when they were ready to start something, it was already Christmas and both went back to their families. Karin spent New Year’s Eve at the beach… ignoring that some friends of her would give a complete stranger, Fred, a lift to join her and surprise her that very night! One year after, while walking back home after a night of samba, in the middle of the street, at dawn, Fred proposed to Karin.

The wedding took place in Embu das Artes (the exact place is called Espaço Galiileu), about half an hour away from São Paulo, Brazil.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

I would say the choice of the DJ. We decided to go with a big and renowned firm, but it came out, they didn’t really understand the kind of music we wanted—and it’s not like we didn’t send a very long list of songs. We were lucky that some friends of ours took over on the desk – they rocked!

 

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

We’re happy to have stayed who we are. I’m glad we had all our DIY details, our friends and family helping us with the invitations, our decoration at the altar, the cookies. I’m also happy with the 500 origami paper birds that I folded one by one, and to have put some books on the tables as a decoration. I’m happy we discovered this samba band at carnival. I’m happy with the party and our photographers. Well, I could go on forever!

 

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