Beija-Flor Events wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Welcome to Bali, a romantic paradise bursting with lively people, arts, culture and, most importantly, absolutely gorgeous beaches!
In November, when for those of us in North America or Europe, the cold arrives in full force; having a destination wedding somewhere warm and exotic is a dream come true!
And Bali is such a fantastic location to tie the knot! The wedding business is well established in this island and you can find several locations like villas, hotels or private beaches where it is fairly common to host weddings. You can even hire wedding planners to help you throughout the whole process and allow you to just sit back and enjoy this paradisiacal island. And, although it is a recognized business it is still possible to find secluded and intimate locations for your event if you so wish.
The destination you pick for your wedding can also be your honeymoon location. Once all your guests go home, after a few days of celebration, you and your spouse can enjoy all the wonders Bali has to offer: romantic beaches, adventurous safaris, beautiful natural landscapes, iconic temples and the lively atmosphere of the markets!
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In Bali, wedding ceremonies usually happen on the beach and my favorite type of gown for a beach wedding is light and flowy so it can wave slightly in the wind – so romantic! White flowers especially orchids are great to add softness to your look. For your hair, I love the style on the left with flowers draped all over – they almost look like starfish! For your shoes, since it is a beach wedding I really like the idea of going barefoot with a beautiful jeweled chain to add some bridal sparkle.
For the reception, bright colors are a Must! Orange, blue, green and red will bring out the lively atmosphere of this paradise! Treat your guests to a taste of the local delicacies in a traditional Balinese banquet. This cuisine offers many sorts of rice (red, white and black), pork, nasi goring (Balinese fried rice with fried egg), satay meat, coconut, peppers and other spicy goods. And, make sure your guests take home a little taste of your big day by treating them with little Indonesian coffee favors!
The fall season is fantastic in terms of nail polish colors. So many to choose from! Whether you are picking a color for the bride or for the bridesmaids these are some great options to pick from!
What to do for a themed wedding in November? It is certainly a fall wedding, but when I think of those, I either imagine a Harvest theme in the vineyards in the month of September or more often than not (especially living in New England!), I picture the October foliage with its bright red and orange colors, Pumpkin and apple decorations, Halloween treats and, on occasion, spooky costumes!
It feels to me that November is that fall month where we start feeling the upcoming cold, yet it is not a snowy wintery time. Thanksgiving is approaching and with it a time for celebration and delicious comfort foods!
For that reason, I propose an autumn theme where the gold and rich brown colors take center stage.
A woodland wedding with candlelight and copious chocolate treats!
For this Wedding theme the bride can opt for a gold dress or (and this is my favorite option!) a white or ivory gown to which she can add a few golden accents. They can be anything from beading, lace, belts, jewelry, hair accessories, shoes or, of course, the bouquet! The options are endless. Another, fabulous alternative is to have the bridesmaids wearing gold or chocolate colored dresses.
Decorate the venue with chocolate colored tablecloths, golden utensils and cups, burlap napkin holders, gold painted candles and lace covered mason jars with gold ribbons.
At the reception, let your guests enjoy of a delicious chocolate buffet and other tasty desserts like these beautiful glittery cupcakes. When it comes to Wedding cakes, here are a couple of examples that would be ideal for this theme. I particularly love the one adorned with gold autumn leaves in an upward spiral. It looks like a delicate work of art!
Before the fun is over, treat your guests to a small token to remind them of this amazing day. These gorgeous tea light holders are absolutely perfect as wedding favors!
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in June, Beija-flor Events had the pleasure of coordinating the wedding of Susan and Anton. These two were amazingly creative and such great fun to work with!
They chose to host their wedding at the Wellesley campus where Susan had studied, and what a fantastic choice!! The trees were in full bloom and the lake reflected the gorgeous sunlight.
Susan looked absolutely glowing in her ancient Greek inspired gown with her dazzling bohemian styled hair and make-up exquisitely done by Noel at Makeup2die4.
Anton was such a fun and handsome groom, always making everyone feel comfortably while (slightly!) nervously awaiting to get the first look of his stunning bride.
They incorporated lots of personal details into their celebration which both reflected their personalities and made for a very moving ceremony.
Their ceremony was held at the Chapel in the Wellesley campus. It is a gorgeous church designed by the same architects that designed the magnificent St Johns the Divine in NYC. I particularly loved its spectacular glass stained windows.
After their ceremony, their fabulous photographer, Rachel (of Rachel Red Photography) sneaked the loving couple away to get some more photos, Beija-flor welcomed the guests in the TZE House by the lake. Once there, they enjoyed a wonderful cocktail hour outdoors. Susan and Anton love lawn games and had requested that the guests would partake in several of these games while sipping delicious punches of limeade and listening to the soothing sounds of a spanish guitar in this bright sunny afternoon!
Anton and one of his friends had devised a very entertaining Photo-booth containing several props where guests could snap some fantastic photos of themselves for the couple to see later.
The reception started with lovely impromptu speeches by the bride and groom thanking everyone for sharing this treasured moment of their lives. After a blessing from a dear uncle, guests enjoyed a tasty buffet meal in the company of their loved ones. Each table was cleverly labeled according to the different neighborhoods in LA where the couple currently lives. At the end of the meal, we gave little honey treats to the guests as a thank you gift for their attendance.
The afternoon was spent enjoying their friends, family and, most importantly, each other. You could feel the happiness and love emanating from the couple and everyone around them.
I got to know these three handsome little fellows very well as they played a big part in the ceremony. They were absolutely fantastic, great job boys!
Thank you Susan and Anton for letting Beija-flor be part of your special day. You are an amazing couple and I wish you all the best for your new life together!
A very special thanks to Rachel at Rachel Red Photography for the wonderful shots she captured on this lovely day! Check out her work at RachelRedPhotography!
The Greek islands are the ideal location to host a wedding. Their rich history, legendary myths and gorgeous climate create the perfect setting for such a romantic celebration!
There are several islands you can pick from to host your wedding. Perhaps the most recognizable are Santorini, Mikonos and Crete. In all of those you can find gorgeous hotels that would be delighted to provide you with a stunning location for your special occasion near the crystalline blue waters of the Aegean sea.
The best colors for this themed wedding are the traditional greek colors white and blue. However, you can add other colors to create a more exciting look. For instance, use tall vases with yellow and green flower arrangements – it it very ancient greek!
For a great menu choose from the most traditional and delicious greek foods such as Moussaka, hummus, feta cheese, eggplant, lamb, fish, and of course baklava!!
To show your warm appreciation for your guests send them home with a little bottle of gourmet olive oil. It is such a cute gift that I am sure will delight everyone at your party!
For this destination wedding you will want to look like a Greek Goddess wearing draped white fabrics that flow in the wind and flatter your figure. You can try different necklines such as one shoulder, sweetheart or halter. Don’t forget to add some beautiful golden jewelry like arm bracelets and necklaces – you want to look like royalty!
Marie Antoinette was the fashion icon in Europe at the end of the XVIII century. She was the French Queen and wife of King Louis XVI. At that time, the French court was characterized by their extravagant behavior. They frequently hosted lavish parties, theatrical performances and grand balls.
The palace of Versailles with its beautiful fountains, picturesque gardens and endless golden rooms with lustrous chandeliers, was the perfect stage for these luxurious events
A wedding inspired by this theme is going to be a magnificent event! The most suitable color palette is champagne with golden accents. Add more color to the decorations using coral, blue, yellow or even bright red.
This theme is exceptionally fitting for a springtime wedding. A great idea would be to host the ceremony in a gazebo followed by a garden hors d’oeuvres. For the reception nothing is more suited than a grand ballroom of a hotel. Don’t forget to have a harpist creating the ideal atmosphere for the ceremony and cocktail hour. It is said that Marie Antoinette was herself quite the harp player.
Such a grand theme asks for a spectacular gown – a dress fit for a queen! The most suitable silhouette would be, of course, the ball gown. Ruched dresses with tight bodices are especially appropriate. Pnina Tornai (featured in Say Yes to the Dress) has some fabulous gowns that are perfect for this type of wedding. You should definitely stay away from pure white garments, opting instead for champagne, ivory or even lavender gowns.
For your hair-do make sure to go all out! Feathers, flowers, big up-dos – nothing is too much for this occasion.
Since you are having a very sophisticated reception make sure the meals are served in the most sumptuous china and silverware. Decorate the tables with stunning linens and opulent flower arrangements as centerpieces.
My favorite element of this type of wedding is a generous dessert buffet with all sorts of decadent cakes, macaroons, marshmallows, cupcakes and other delicious and beautifully decorated desserts.
Check out these cakes ornamented with feathers, pearls and other sparkly decorations – they are for sure the ultimate indulgence!