Wedding prep is moving really really slowly. Less than 11 months to my banquet, omg 10 I mean… and the only things we’ve gotten done are :
👌🏻 wedding venue
👌🏻 photog and videographer
👌🏻 pre wed shoots
Moving on to what we’re in the midst of planning are :
🤞🏻 gowns from Jessica cindy
🤞🏻 photo booth? Is it really a need or want 🤔
Nothing has been done for the rest not listed 😅
Needa stop chilling and start the ball rolling.. I managed to contact a renowned florist and the quotes were OUT OF THIS WORLD 😱 I had to blink hard 3 times to ensure I’m seeing the right number of 0’s just for stage decor. 😂😂😂
Ezra and I decided to just do a full floral timeless romantic theme for the ballroom, leaving the “fun” theme out at the reception.
The Husband likes this colour scheme! I Guess it’s pretty predictable but yet very safe. It’ll go well with my ballroom’s chandeliers though!
For myself, im leaning towards the orangey tones though the ballroom is alr so “yellow” looking 😯 The pop of blue and orange’s would make the decor stand out though!
Our photog actually mentioned that we should do “colours” and allocate a bigger Budget for the stage since most photos will be taken there. Kinda true…. heh!
Got this off Pinterest!
I LOVE THIS 😍
Got a quote of 8k for ONLY the stage backdrop?
Quite liking this timeless looking kinda backdrop but the amount of florals is gonna cost me 10k just for the stage. Not totally using fresh flowers, it’ll be mixed with artificial florals as well. 😫 I think it’ll look great with the colour palettes that we chose though!!
NEW ZEALAND SHOOT 🚁☀️🌳🧗🏻♀️🚗🏔
Flowers are just mad expensive and I keep telling Ezra how I want to be a florist my next life 🤨
This bouquet was from my pre wedding shoot in NZ and I kept it with me for 10 days (in the car) cause it was god damn expensive haha!!!
How it looks in fact, fresh from the store!! 😍 this bouquet cost me $450 NZD btw.
Actually got a couple of fake hand bouquets from one of my work trips in Auckland but he says I NEED TO treat myself since it’s our honeymoon. After sourcing around for florists in the Christchurch region, I decided to take the plunge and splurge on this bouquet. No regrets though 😝
It’s a pretty big and heavy bouquet. This is the first time Ezra bought for me such an expensive bouquet without batting an eyelid. It was damn sweet of him to make sure I not only look pretty but feel good throughout the shoot… no scrimping on anything. 😘
I don’t officially have any photos with my bouquet but yea, haha this was before I got on the heli ride for my shoot 🚁🚁🚁 hehe spot my bouquet!
Mirror shot by Ezra!
And not forgetting my flower crown which was too massive for my head! I loved the arrangements and how it matched my bouquet 💐
This post is moving towards my pre wedding shoot in nz land, so I’ll just share more 😄😄😄
So massive right!!!
I paid abt $150 for this floral crown and it was a last minute decision. I pondered Long and hard abt it, researched on the diff kinds of crowns + look and weighed out the pros and cons of a flower crown.
Yes it is mad chio and definitely brings out colours for the shoot! But then again, is it worth it for just a pre wed shoot??
I HAD NO REGRETS! ❤️
#dayrebrides whom are considering to get one for their shoot or actual day, please do so!! And don’t do faux flower crowns… cause it’s freaking artificial looking and the crown somehow or rather is not as full as using real flowers!
Pinterest feels!! 👌🏻
Mirror #selfie with the Husband before we left the makeup artist studio!
BTW if anyone is int, I’m selling all my gowns shown here.. currently at the dry cleaners.. please email me if keen!
MAKE UP + HAIR DAY 1
My makeup and hair done on both days were at Stacey hair and makeup @ Lake Tekapo! I would highly recommend her service!!
Stacey does only hair and she out sources the makeup artist. So imagine getting BOTH hair and makeup done at the same time??
She is super nimble with her fingers and just by describing and showing her a couple of images off my phone, she constructed some of the prettiest hairstyles for me!! Mentioning that my thick hair has an advantage to hold curls, I was OKAY, WHY NOT!!
I wasn’t always sure of half Updo’s cause somehow I feel that I look older and it’s kinda neither here Nor there. Either u have it done or put it up? Dk if anyone understands..
Stacey suggested a half up do cause of the dresses I’ll be wearing and also the flower crown which will help keep in place!
I was so happy with the result! Might consider doing a half do for my actual day now 🤔
Got so excited that I made my Husband to take pics for me even before my makeup was done 😂
I’m so annoyed with myself right now cause I can’t remember my makeup artist name……….. ughh.
Done by a sweet Japanese lady! I opt for a dark Smokey eye effect for a bolder look. Wanted something different from the usual romantic pink/brown shadows. She did an airbrushed look for the base and the blush + lipstick were on the lighter side so as my eyes can stand out more.
Ezra says somehow the makeup looks like my SQ makeup for work? Haha boys will never understand.
Closer look for makeup on the first day!
Btw I took off the floral crown for my second gown. Wore this headpiece I got in Korea during my vacation last year. If anyone is int, I’m selling this for $12 with postage! Excellent condition
#selfie with my man
We got caught in the rain and ended up wet hence my hair curls were loosening up! Kinda like beach waves, it was a whole other look!! Very boho-ish and what more, we were along the waters of Lake Tekapo, forest woods and mountainous areas for the shoot that day.
MAKEUP + HAIR DAY TWO
Day2 was sucha Breeze!
Gg back to Stacey hair and makeup @ Lake Tekapo, I opted for an elegant yet classic updo. Giving her absolutely zero photos, she constructed this Low bun with tousled loose stray hairs to frame my face!
See how thick my hair is! 😅
She took out some flowers from my flower crown and pinned them to the bun. Haha my $150 was def worth it.
View from the sides~
My Friend commented I look like a Korean ajuma here 😂 okay, it’s the angle okay. I hope I don’t look like an ajuma in my photos for the shoot 😢
Why do I look so oily here???? Haha I was bored in the car ride of 3 hours to Queenstown at that point.
Makeup wise, I requested for a slightly lighter smokey brown eye with glitter! As the gowns I wore that day were more grand and luxurious, she did a glowy base and light pink cheeks! Don’t think it can be seen in photos though
Oh yes and the coral lips!! 💋
My photog mentioned to me that he prefers bolder makeup so that it stands out in photos. I couldn’t agree more!
Wedding makeup is traditionally classic. Soft and natural makeup enhances the facial features perfectly… and that is what MOST brides go for. Yes, it’ll be great for your actual day when you’re walking down the aisle and so, your Husband to be is able to recognise you still.
✋🏻 BUT not for photoshoot guys.
after doing 3 wedding shoots, I realised that makeup wise, it should be a little stronger than your Everyday look- think picture perfect not necessarily natural.
Also, with hair! The big question of having your hair up or down or half do for your wedding.
Can be a real headache but do your research. In my opinion, tube gowns looks better with hair down… unless God decides to bless me with Super slim arms + collar bones one day. Then again, weather is also crucial. Having my photoshoot done outdoors without the luxury of a MUA following me, I had to tame my own tresses every now and then. can be quite a hassle! But bo Bian if you wanna look pretty 😅
My first day of shoot, I wore two tube gowns and had my hair in a half updo. It was freaking windy and it started to rain 😫 luckily New Zealand isn’t humid, i still managed to get by the day and ended the shoot with loose tousled curls! Somewhat like having your hair fully down, I won’t really recommend if you’re having your shoot outdoor without a MUA.
Had my hair in a full updo for the second day since I was wearing two strappy gowns! Yes it’s MOST ideal if you’re doing your shoot outdoors with windy conditions. I find my hair holding up really well the entire day without re-pinning or touching it. It’s super manageable and Ezra told me to always have my hair up for shoots now cause he and the photog were so frustrated with my day 1 hair 😂😂😂😂
My two cents worth. But every bride is different so just go with your gut ❤️
I can’t digress any further. This post was suppose to be abt my wedding planning and how much I need to get done but it ended off with my nz shoot hair and makeup. How did that even happen!! Haha I blame the flowers.
Ending this post with a sneaky sneak from my Husband’s phone up on Cecil peak! 😻 New Zealand is so amazing.
Back to my wedding planning now! Good night everyone ❤️❤️❤️