"Well, there's not much of a theme, just combination of things that I like," said Elsie Chrysila, today's bride, when asked about her wedding theme. "Constellations and all kinds of stars are truly timeless favorites of mine. So I incorporated the trending stardust theme and combined it with gold elements," Elsie said further. As Elsie and her fiance Jeffry was quite the simple couple, she wasn't fussed with an idea of perfection for the wedding. "All I wanted was for everything to go well. I didn't have much time to plan the wedding so I let Hilda Team and Kenisha Wedding Organizer to arrange everything for me," Elsie shared.
Something that stood out most to us was how easy it was for the couple to choose their vendors. As the bride was also in the bridal industry, most of her closest friends were fellow vendors who, of course, would do their best for her wedding day. "I'm lucky enough to have close friends that became my trusted vendors. We don't have to worry about pre-wedding photo shoot, makeup, hairdo, styling and even wedding shoes vendors as they're all our bridesmaids and groomsmen. We also have a couple of mutual friends help with photography, flowers, and my accessories. So it was really fun! A meeting never really felt like a meeting, but more like a catch-up time," Elsie recalled.
Being a wedding dress designer herself, it is without a doubt that Elsie will go all out for her very special day. "I had 3 dresses. For the tea ceremony I had a sleeveless number made with imported French Lace. The holy matrimony look was inspired by Lady Charlotte, but with a modern twist. Romi from Texworld Couture gifted this impeccable Jacquard Silk for my wedding, so I made it into an A-line, off-shoulder dress with a train that falls from my back," Elsie shared. Her reception look though, screamed stardust through and through. "This dress I made a lot of effort into. I did everything from scratch. Full handmade embroidery with authentic Swarovski and full hand-beading gown along with the cape. I wanted a dreamy constellation look, but at the same time the dress has to be versatile enough so I can mingle all night long. So I choose an H-line cutting and chose champagne gold to suit the dress to my wedding theme," she added.
With all the right vendors, beautiful wedding venue, and a 2018-trending theme, the only difficulty the couple experienced seem to lie on the time schedule. Especially for Elsie, as she had to also prepare other wedding dresses aside of her own, so much that she almost didn't have time to finish her dresses! "My mistake is that I forgot to set aside time for my own wedding preparation, so it was really stressful that I haven't even yet started my dress while the dates are filled with other meetings and client's fittings," Elsie recalled. She worked late every day to finish her dresses, moms and bridesmaids gowns until she finally got sick due to exhaustion. "I had vitamin injections to boost my immune three days before the wedding. I also didn't get enough sleep so it was actually makeup magic that I glowed as much as I did on the day. But it was all worth it. When the day is over, I felt so relieved and blessed," Elsie said.
With that experience, Elsie highly commends that a bride takes proper time off for wedding planning. "I know how it feels and how I regretted my decision to not take some time off work to prepare. You need to relax, to do your beauty routine, to rest your heart and mind so you are in the best shape and health," Elsie advised. On the wedding itself, Elsie encouraged couples to trust their vendors and control their expectations. She said, "Don't get frustrated if things are not exactly like what you've expected. And speaking of expectations, your vendors will give more than you expected if you trust and appreciate them. In the end of the day, no matter what happened during the day, you will still feel grateful, you will still be happy."
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