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Little Works featured weddings: Paula & Michael

Little Works is fortunate to work with lots of wonderful couples who are planning their wedding. To show our appreciation for them we have started a Little Works ‘featured wedding’ series where we interview couples about their big day.

First up, we chat to Paula about her and Michael’s lovely day. Little Works provided their wedding stationery.

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How did you and your husband meet?

I met him 20 years ago when we were both ambitious 20 somethings looking for our big break in the IT Industry, our lives were on different paths then – we bumped into each other a few years ago and both of our lives had changed direction, we both happened to be following the same path.

How did he propose?

Totally unexpectedly, underneath what must be the world’s most miraculous stairwell, in a charming hotel in Strasbourg, Northern France.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

11 Months

What was your theme and why?

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We had all our guests wear shades of Pastel. We were married under an arch on the Boulders at Bakoven Beach in front of our Home, as an artist myself, I just know how beautifully the soft shades of colour all blend together to form a romantic & whimsical setting. My dress was white lace over a soft nude lining which blended into my tan so all that was visible was the intricate lace detail covering my body and trailing down to the floor. My flowergirls and bridesmaid wore layers of soft tule in shades of nude which picked up the nude of my dress and our flowers comprised of Ivory roses, apart from my bouquet which featured a few nude/vintage dusty roses that were also placed in my hair.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

My husbands face when he saw my 12 year old daughter walking before me, singing our wedding song “I’ve loved you for 1000 years” by Christina Perri (People are still talking about that moment … it blew everyone away, nothing prepared any of us for that moment).

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Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Get someone reputable to make your dress. I visited many bridal coutures and none of them seemed like the one… I ended up settling for Thomas Couture (Thomas Henning – went under the name TOMCAT), he took the R6000 deposit and vanished to JHB and left me without a dress 2 months before the wedding. I was lucky enough to be travelling to the USA and managed to get my dress in New York shipped to Texas where I was staying. I brought it home and had Eves Bridal in Cavendish work her magic to get it precisely how I wanted it in 2 weeks. All you will have left is memories.. and photographs.. The photographer is key, get someone who will represent YOUR style. I booked Angie Whittle before I set the wedding date, she just knows how to capture the perfect beach shot and has an incredible understanding of how to work with light.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

I put my mood board together, snapping ideas from Pinterest and the Internet and scanning wedding supplier web site galleries. I knew exactly what I wanted from the food and décor to the Flower arrangements – I left nothing a surprise. I ended up having 6 different suppliers as there simply was not one supplier that catered for everything on my mood board. But each one was very professional and delivered to perfection.

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What would you do differently, if anything?

Get your dress ready 2 months before… just in case. You can always alter it 1 week before to ensure the perfect fit. During the hair trial.. try… and try again until perfect, only then book it.

Check out their wedding video: http://youtu.be/p_O-SYMfQeo

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Meet Wedding & Event specialist Nicola Jane

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We are lucky to work with a lot of wonderful people in our business – paper suppliers, lovely retailers, photographers and of course wedding planners. We thought we would start introducing some of our trusted colleagues on our blog so that our customers will know who they can call upon in the industry.

We are starting with the lovely Nicola Jane who is a wedding and event specialist. She was kind enough to answer our questions and give some great tips for any brides and grooms out there.

Enjoy!

How did you get into weddings?

I always enjoyed events, particularly hosting them. Throughout my studies I was involved in event planning, whether it was a friend’s birthday celebration or a freelance event. I studied a Btech degree in Hospitality Management and it was during my in service training at The Mount Nelson Hotel, whilst working in the banqueting department that I realised events, but particularly wedding planning, is what I thoroughly enjoyed. This is when I decided to study wedding planning and pursue my career as a wedding planner.

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One of your favourite weddings and why? 

All the weddings I co-ordinate are special and memorable in one way or another. One in particular was a Gabonese couple that had a destination wedding in Cape Town. Their guests were from different counties around the world. We had a number of African inspired elements in their wedding, but the music and entertainment is what was great. The ceremony had a classical string duo, during pre-drinks and canapés a Jazz band entertained the guests. For the entrance of the Bride and Groom to the wedding reception an African Marimba band created a great ambiance and certainly made it known that the couple was entering. The Jazz band set the mood during the reception whilst the DJ ensured the dance floor was full later in the evening. To finish off the evening, we had fire dancers performing it the rain – it was absolutely magical.

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Beach or winefarm wedding?

Oh gosh this is such a tough question. Both options have such beauty and in the Western Cape we are spoilt with an abundance of venues. Both settings are beautiful and this is always dependent on the couple and their style or preference. For a couple who would like a more relaxed ambiance and don’t mind their feet in the sand, a beach wedding with a summer sunset is certainly one to remember. However with Cape Town and the Cape Doctor one does always need to have a good back up plan or venue. There are many wine farms and certainly plenty to meet all different styles and themes, from rustic to elegant.

How far in advance should you really start planning?

12 months is a good time frame to work with, it allows for plenty of time for the planning. I have however planned a wedding in 2 months and it was just as amazing!

How important is stationery for the occasion?

One of my favourite parts of the wedding day look is the wedding stationery. There are endless options with stationery and it is one element the couple can completely tailor. From using their favourite quotes to selecting the perfect font. Often the stationery completes the wedding look and one can be very innovative and out of the box with stationery.

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If a bride/groom had to remember/do just one thing when it comes to planning a wedding, what would it be? 

I always like to remind the couple that the day is about themselves celebrating with their nearest and dearest. They should think about what they want, what is important to them and they are guaranteed to have a wonderful celebration.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The best part is the wedding day itself. This is when all the planning comes together and the ideas and moodboards that we developed together with the couple transform the venue into a spectacular space. Naturally it is quite high intensity day, but that is why I am there – to take all the pressure off of the couple and let them enjoy their special moment. It is a joyful celebration for the couple, their families and their close friends. The atmosphere is tangible and you can feel the love and happiness among the couple and all their guests. It really does make your heart go all warm and fuzzy.

Get in touch with Nicola for your upcoming event: nicola@nicolajane.co.za

Greeting Card Expo: Progressive Greeting Live 2013, London

Exciting times for Little Works!

We have arrived in London and are exhibiting at the Progressive Greetings Live 2013. This is an International Greeting Card trade show where there are exhibitors and visitors from across the globe. We are very excited about the new possibilities for Little Works greeting cards!

greeting-card-expo-london   Sunday saw us going to the Business Design Centre in Islington to get Phase 1 of our setup started. We were greeted by the organiser of the Show, Simon, and he and his team were just phenomenal – he has been in constant contact with Ian to get our stand arranged. We were then greeted by Peter and his Team of very merry men that saw to the setup of the stand.READ MORE