Choosing my dream wedding dress, THE dress, was hard. It actually may have been one of the most stressful parts of our wedding day. I knew exactly what I wanted but I could not find it anywhere. I looked at various stores all across Sydney including in the West, the city and the North Shore. I Googled more wedding dress shops in Sydney and Marry Me Bridal in Mosman popped up as an option. I am so glad I visited that store back in April 2014.
That is one looooong heading but hey it sums up this post! Here are some close ups from my spring engagement shoot…
Photography by Chris @ At Dusk. Book Chris here for weddings, engagements + any lifestyle shoots
Top and skirt: Portmans Broderie available here
Sandals: Just one of those lucky finds from a Positano leather shop
With just sixteen days left until the big day, I am finding it more important to focus on what has been done rather than what hasn’t. I find these little thoughts and to-do’s constantly creeping into my mind and I don’t want them to subtract from the excitement and thrill of the wedding fast approaching!
Being a marketing student, I’m all about strategy. My current strategy for the wedding is listing out everything that we have achieved and realising how little there is left to do. Our goal always has been to finish up planning at the two week mark, which only leaves us with three more days! Yikes!
In order to get my zen back (peaceful and pure state of mind), here are all the achievements I am proud of whilst planning a wedding:
- Got the bridal party sorted and they are all going to look glam!
- Our guest list is filled with the best people from all parts of our life & I really can’t wait to spend the day with them
- My partner’s previous bible study leader will be marrying us
- We officially completed our pre marriage course
- I am obsessed with our church and reception venue – they are a dream come true!
- We have an awesome honeymoon planned – bring on lagoons, snorkelling, lots of sleep and amazing food
- Two words – Rolls Royce
- We officially have the most amazing vendors – my favourite photographers, florist, cake maker, videographer… so.much.fun
- My dress and accessories are all sorted and even though I can’t imagine what it will come together like, it feels like a fairytale come true
- I got to buy all my favourite items off Etsy
- Our set list and music is pumping
- We found our dream apartment and are currently moving in
- I’m so glad we did an engagement party and engagement shoot – love all the pics!
- Our wedding bands are unique and I can’t wait to add to my ring
- My girls have planned the funnest bridal shower and hens for this weekend
- We have some really fun, stand out decorations for our venues
- And a few extra sneaky surprises planned….
- And I am obsessed with our favours – I feel like taking them all home!
I’ve come to realise that even if we stopped planning today and got married tomorrow I would still be the happiest girl in the world.
Stay tuned for the final countdown and then our two week escape to the Maldives! Can’t believe I will be going there yippee!
Less than 40 days until I arrive at my dream destination with my husband-to-be. The Maldives has been on my hit list for quite some time and we couldn’t resist when planning our honeymoon. Obviously I will be more so out of contact while I am away for two weeks (Maldives for 11 nights, Singapore for 2) but upon my arrival home I look forward to sharing with you what I know will be an amazing review!
So where exactly?
The Maldives has fascinated me for a long time. Whilst planning my honeymoon with my fiancé we discovered that the Maldives is made up of about 26 islands. A lot of resorts occupy the whole island they are on! The Maldives is just north of the equator which means you are most likely to get hot weather all year round. The closest countries to the Maldives are India and Sri Lanka.
We will be flying from Australia up to Singapore (about eight hours) then a connecting four hour flight across to the islands. Our first stop (since we get in late) will be at the Traders Hotel. Traders is owned by Shangri-La and is located in the town centre close to the airport, great for quick overnight transit stays. I absolutely love the look of the rooftop infinity pool at this hotel. Check it out..
I can’t wait to try all the seafood dishes!
Next we head south to the bottom of the Maldives – which my fiancé is super excited about because of the good surf (hopefully for him – I will in the meantime be heading to the spa’s hehe). We will be staying at the new resort Maalifushi by COMO, which is a 40 minute seaplane flight from Male. Our agent recommended we take this flight during the day as it is a tourist attraction in itself.
COMO is a luxury hotel group with hundreds of escapes around the world. Both our five night stays in the Maldives will be at COMO resorts. Maalifushi is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the Thaa Atoll in the archipelago’s southwest. Having only opened in November 2013 this resort will be celebrating almost one year when we arrive! Hooray for more celebrations! The resort was created by a Japanese architect and features a mix of 66 beach villas, overwater villas and garden suites. The style of the resort is sophisticated and understated with shallow lagoons, private terraces and lush greenery.
We decided to first stay in a beach / garden suite. I must say they look really good – breezy with lots of fresh air, an outdoor shower, your own personal lap pool and outdoor spa – ah heaven! See it for yourself..
Next stop – Cocoa Island!
This resort is made up of 33 overwater suites – imagine a traditional boat-like hut attached to one long wharf extending out onto the lagoon. I’m looking forward to waking up and jumping off the hut straight into the lagoon.
The package we got was fantastic – it included all accommodation, flights, transfers to and from the airport, honeymoon bonuses, spa credit and all breakfasts and dinners! So we don’t have to worry about overspending on food. And hopefully we can go diving in the warm waters!
Here are some fun facts about the Maldives I recently discovered:
- The Maldives was established by an exiled prince!
- 99% of the Maldives is water
- It is the lowest country in the world
- It is the smallest country in Asia
I cannot express how excited I am whilst writing this. I cannot wait to see more of the beautiful world!
Have you ever been to the Maldives or Bora Bora? Or is it on your travel list?
Psst… To see my photos from our honeymoon click here
53 days. 53 days until I become Mrs Jennings. Until me and my best friend officially start our life adventure together. Getting married, and getting married young, can be an emotional rollercoaster. I mean I’m still trying to sort out where I am going in life, what my career will look like, graduating university, figuring out who my friends are… the normal things 20 somethings worry about.
On top of that, I’m not letting myself get overwhelmed by how society coins marriage and weddings. Well I am trying at least. These past 8 months have been full of ups and downs. It may all seem like happiness on social media, but I think it’s important for the young brides out there to know that I have struggled, and it’s completely normal.
I am a planner and I like to have everything figured out perfectly. I like to feel as though I have things under control and that I know where things are going. But with a wedding (without a wedding planner), decisions coming from all sorts of direction, and trying to plan your life with someone else, there is not definite answer. I honestly can’t even pretend to think or know how next year let alone the end of this year will look.
Regardless, I have learnt to take life one day at a time. It can be very frustrating when there are so many loose ends and unanswered questions – but hey, that is just life.
This year, so far, has taught me to just take life as it comes. The best moments are the ones unplanned. The spontaneous decisions when you let life and fate have their way. So do as you will life! I am longer afraid of changed plans and spontaneous moments. The best is yet to come.
What was your experience as a bride-to-be?