I have chosen the three finalists for the wedding photography competition! Here are their stories and photos and then on Monday I will be showing their individual photos on my Facebook business page here. The winner is the person with the most 'likes' on their photo by 5pm Thursday 14th February (Thought I'd celebrate the lurrrvve on Valentine's Day!). Please get behind this and vote for your favourite couple on the White Tulip Photography Facebook page.
ABBIE AND KURT
MARIE AND CARLOS
My background is Lebanese/Greek and Carlos is Brazilian, we were both born in Australia and have big families. This means our wedding will be one large multicultural affair! We like to party and we LOVE to dance. We will have the dance floor set up outside and there will be outdoor couches, bench seating, lanterns and fairy lights to give ambience and lots of adorable decorations to make the day special. I work at a furniture manufacturer so instead of hiring cushions etc I can have them made up in a variety of colours.
I want to make sure everyone is well fed as quite frankly, my family will never let me live this down if they are not! When guests arrive we will have a vintage popcorn machine set up for them to have a treat before dinner. The main food option we decided on is a Paella station, with 4-5 tapas and a seafood, chicken and vegetarian paella to cater for all guests. People can watch a cooking demonstration and eat as they please!
After dinner fairy floss will be given out as a sugar fix:
We will be having a photo booth and a tip jar instead of a guest book so people can leave us marriage advice! This is sure to be a laugh as our family and friends are a wonderful, interesting, fun and crazy bunch of people. I love bright colours so at the moment my bridesmaids will wear cobalt blue cocktail dresses with blue wedges. I will also be wearing colourful wedges under my white dress. I want a headpiece instead of a veil and dress wise I am hoping for something cocktail but will lace or fabulous back detail. See my Pinterest account!
My favourite thing is what I have asked from my dad. He is a wood carver by trade and has carved all the formal furniture in our family home. He will be making us a sign for the wedding with our names which we can keep forever.
We want our day to be special, not just for us but for everyone involved. Good times, lots of dancing and for everyone to leave well fed and happy to have celebrated with us."
"My name is Emma, and John is my future husband to be! We are recently engaged and are planning our wedding for the 1st February 2014 in Guildford, more specifically, the Padbury Stables. I asked John what he thought we should enter as the unique details of our wedding and he said, "Thirty Irish people, many of whom have never been to Australia, sweating their bollocks off at our summer wedding!" This is what I think of our plans: Family is extremely important to us. John is Irish and has been living here for close to 5 years and his family have never been here. In fact his parents have taken possibly one flight their whole lives so coming over here is a big deal. We have been to Ireland once and we Skype and call and write, but we can't wait to have them here in person. Although I am Australian, my family are from Derby and we don't see them much either. This will probably be the only time in our lives that our families will ever meet so we really want to celebrate our love with them.
We hope to start new traditions - we are keen on the wine bottle concept where guests leave small notes and we bottle them with different bottles of wine and open them on different anniversaries. Or one box that we hammer together during our ceremony to include love notes that we write to each other the night before the wedding. We can open it on our 25th anniversary or if we ever hit a time of real trouble in our marriage.