Notes from the Heart
By Christchurch Weddings
Balencia Lane is a boutique event planning, hire, design and styling business. Owner Chloe is extremely passionate and puts her heart and soul into creating one of a kind events that are a unique, true and authentic reflection of you.
Prepare yourselves for MAJOR Coachella vibes, people! Sharne’s hens, dubbed ‘Sharnechella’ seriously reached Bridesmaid level = 1,000,000. These gals sure know how to throw a party!
If there’s one thing I love about our city coming back to life, it’s the fact everything is spread out just that little bit further. The cool kids will tell you going out to small towns framing Christchurch for the day is all the rage and one of those special little places is Rangiora.
Cue. Gather and You.
Cara and Jamie headed to Mt Cook with one of our absolute favourites, Johanna Macdonald for the most incredible engagement shoot I have seen in a while. How stunning is this landscape - and that light is pure magic! Below I got the chance to talk to Cara about their love story, and the all important wedding plans.
While I don’t regret having the amazing wedding we had, there’s definitely a few things I would do differently if we could go back in time and do it all over again. Below you’re going to find some of the things I’m glad we did, and of course the all important ‘regrets’ - because we don’t often get a second round at this wedding gig!
Those warm, balmy nights are literally just around the corner and what better way to toast the season with a little bit of Sangria! Today on the blog, I’ve partnered with one of our favourites Cocktail Mail to bring you a concoction you can try for yourself at home.
Last night one of my girlfriends sought out my advice. She’d seen on one of my recent wedding related stories that a biggest regret of mine was around a certain gal in my bridal party and that she was having issues - Problems that turned out to be far too similar to mine and oh boy, a whole lot of not so great memories were brought up! It’s not something I’ve touched on a lot on here as I prefer to leave things in the past, but I think it’s time to talk and hopefully help those of you finding yourselves in a sticky situation.
Wedding planning can be so stressful, am I right? One slight difference in opinion with a family member or friend and you can be sent on a downward spiral of sleepless nights festering over how you’re going to broach the subject next time around. Aside from a s**t tonne of deep breaths, there are plenty of natural remedies that can help you relax and put the emotional and physical tension at bay.
One of my most requested questions is around how to work your order of events, especially when you're wanting to do something out of the traditional 'norm'.
The fact of the matter is that for probably 99.99% of us, the dreaded word budget is going to be thrown around a lot in the lead up to our wedding day - or really any event we plan! Whether your wedding budget is $1,000 or $100,000 there are some things to consider that will help you determine where to put your pennies without blowing things.
Here lies the tale of two runaway lovers eloping in the beautiful region of Canterbury, New Zealand. Driving by Kombi with few belongings and trekking through New Zealand's rugged terrain to uncover the spellbinding magic of a hidden waterfall, these two lovers declared their most pure love for each other, with only each other.
So, it's finally happening - you're getting married WOOHOO!! But, how do you let everyone know the details of your big day, and of course how do you go about inviting them? And what details do you need? So many questions, but luckily for you I've given you some time back in today's post.
You may look at this image and think wow, those really are the perfect waves! But, today’s post is about going so much further than what’s on the outside. Take a look and see.
She’s finally here! Introducing to you Notes from the Heart and how she came to be.
If you're anything like my dear friend Petrina, you'll rock up prepared for any occasion. And when that comes to weddings, in tow is a giant bag filled with every possible item you may find yourself in need of should things take a turn, big or small. Ready to make a shopping list? Let’s go!
The wedding week will be here before you know it, and if you've taken our advice from part one of the Bridesmaids Tales series, you'll be safe and sound in the good books and in the running for Bridesmaid of the year! I'm with my girl Petrina once again to show you what might be expected of you in the final days before and on your girls' wedding day. So, grab a pen, some paper and a coffee and let's get this thing started.
Being asked to stand by your gals side on her big day is literally the ultimate extension of friendship you could ever come across. A role that is such an honour should never be taken lightly, and that's why I have called in an expert for this blog. Meet Petrina Chai, you could call her a serial bridesmaid - but one thing is for sure, she has this gig down pat.
Locking in a helping hand when it comes to bringing your big day together is quite possibly one of the single most stress-lifting decisions you can make as a bride or groom. But with it comes the question of what type of person do you need for the job, and why?
Bride Babe, stop stressing and get with the programme. The lead up to your big day is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of your life!
Did your ma ever tell you, if you don't have anything nice to say - then don't say it at all?
People love positive vibes being sent their way, it’s what makes the world go around. Let’s talk about how to approach the wedding vendors you want, the right way.
If there's a makeup artist in the region who stands out as a total go getter, Katie is your lady! I was fortunate enough to spend Sunday with Katie and a team of CW favourites putting together her makeup look book and had the opportunity to get to know her, and the story behind the accent a little better.
Let me take you to a time, a time where a makeup artist was applying false lashes on me. WITH SUPERGLUE. And another time where I was told to take a lipstick of another MUA for the day and just return it to her the next day. Or another time where my pasty face was subject to the same colour foundation (or do I call it paste) as my super tanned friend.
Two of those situations were from the same experience. Regardless, NOT COOL. Let’s chat about what you should expect from a bridal trial.
Sharing this story with you all has been near the top of my to do list literally as long as I have had my wedding images back, but I didn’t just want to write this post specifically for acne sufferers. Every bride and groom deserve to look and feel their best EVER on their wedding day, so what you will find as you read this ginormous blog are the things I did for my skin in the lead up to my wedding along with things I would do differently, or incorporate now - Oratane or not.
There is literally no better excuse than a good ol’ fashioned hens partaay to get your girls together and dress up for the occasion, but where on earth do you come up with the theme surrounding the day?
Not so long ago, Tessa and I went live on my social story to talk all things beauty - Things you need to know about taking care of your bridal glow in the lead up to your big day, which we all know goes far past what we do topically to our skin! Tessa is now an official part of the Christchurch Weddings directory, and I am so excited to bring to you what is essentially part two of our chat. Read on to get to know a bit about Tessa, her take on weddings, and all things beauty.
With all of the tans available on the market these days, how on earth are you supposed to decide which one is best for you? Well for one, a tan trial is a must, and two - if you’re not out to look like either an oompa loompa or ready to hit the Gold Coast clubbing scene, you should probably hit up The Tan Bar.
Sitting at my desk wondering where on earth the last two months have gone made me realise how quickly times change - and I’m not just talking about the day to day, but eras too. We’re out of the eighties and in the 2K's now, so unless you’re stuck in a time warp it’s quite possibly time to get with the programme and understand that something for the home may not be the best option for newly weds.
Don’t sigh just yet, you strong, independent bride squad!
Yes, most hens aren’t complete without a pretend fireman busting his way into the room to put out the fire you and your friends are totally dying in - But for the modest bride, or someone who’s just into having a good time with her friends, here’s a few seeds to plant, that, let’s face it - don’t involve a substandard stripper rubbing his nuts all up in your girls grill.
I won't lie, I had big plans to create social media epicness on our big day. We had the hashtags in place, the life size photo frame, heck I even had a Snapchat geofilter lined up until I discovered they weren't available over this side of the world yet... no hint coughing here, come on Snapchat! These details are all fun and games though right, all part of the entertainment package for lack of better words! However when I think as a couple, and then with my guest hat on too there are some important things to consider.