Wantana and Endre’s wedding is the dream wedding for travel lovers! Along with an intimate group of family and friends, they traveled to France to celebrate their union in Annepont, a small town just outside of Bordeaux. We are just completely enamored with the idea of an afternoon reception in the garden–drinking french wine and feasting on local specialties! What a dream! And to top off all the loveliness, you must pay close attention to Wanana’s gown, which she sewed by herself!!! Very special thanks to André Teixeira of Brancoprata for sharing such gorgeous images with us!
What made the wedding special and unique?
The wedding was so special to us because it was small and intimate, with only our really close family and friends attending. Even though this was our five year wedding anniversary and third wedding (we had a civil service in Norway and then a traditional Thai wedding in my mum’s hometown in Thailand), this wedding was the white wedding I had been waiting for for five years!
What made it so unique I think is the fact that all the details of the day was designed/made by my husband and myself. For example we designed the menu, program fan, table setting, confetti holder and I designed the cake and cake stand, wedding dress and veil. Then during the course of a few months leading up to the wedding, my husband and I spray painted the charger plates, cutlery and cake stand so that they matched (I wanted gold for all but it was very hard to find in Norway). We sat together cutting out circular menus and two page heart shaped paper programs and then gluing them onto wooden sticks. We also made the napkins together from material bought from Ikea. The morning of the wedding, I made and decorated the wedding cake myself as well as cut the veil and glued the hair clip to it.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
As for my gown, at first I fell in love with the long sleeve lace v-back gowns I had seen on Pinterest and so I asked my mum if she could help me make it. My mum has been sewing me outfits ever since I was little so I knew she could help me make this happen. I visited her in Australia over Christmas 2013 and she created a sample dress for me as she didn’t want to ruin my dress material in case it didn’t work out. After getting back to Norway I had planned to make the dress myself
but kept putting it off because work/life schedule was just crazy busy all year. With about one month until the wedding and countless hours on Pinterest for wedding inspiration, I changed my mind regarding the dress! I realised that it wasn’t me! I have always been in love with spaghetti strap dresses and after seeing some on Pinterest during this time I decided to make one myself! So I used material from my own personal sewing box, pattern from other dresses, made a home-made mannequin from a youtube tutorial and set out to make this dress. I was still really busy with work so I didn’t manage to finish the dress until 11pm at a hotel the night before flying to France! So that’s the story behind the dress!
What were some touches added to make it personal?
I guess this is mostly answered but what also made it personal was that my sister sang my entrance song, she is incredibly talented so I was so happy to have her sing while I walked down the aisle! She sang Dami Im’s “super love” a cappella.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
There were so many memorable moments on this day, it’s hard to just name one! So I have two! I will always remember that moment when Sofia, from Brancoprata showed me my wedding bouquet that she created the day of the wedding (flowers didn’t arrive the day before as they were suppose to). Since I was in control of every other detail myself it was so refreshing to have this amazingly talented woman create me something so incredibly beautiful and simple, something that I wouldn’t have even thought of myself. It just added the final touch to my special day! Secondly, and most importantly, my husband’s wedding vow! He did a “10 things I love about you”. We always quote things from movies and our favourite movie we always watch together is Notting Hill so at the end of his 10 things vow he said “I’m just a boy standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him”. I was already tearing up during it all but that one just made me burst into tears! It was just so beautiful and personal.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met in 2007 in Brisbane, Australia at a joint birthday party for him and a uni friend of mine. We both love football, he love it so much that he was watching the game instead of celebrating with the rest of the party guests. I was sitting on the couch near him and saw him going crazy after his team (man united) had scored after being down 1-0 and my first words to him was “you take this way too seriously”. Those words turned into a long conversation about football which turned into an amazing friendship that to this day hasn’t changed. On our one month date we went to dinner at a restaurant along the Brisbane river and afterwards we found a park bench in this cute little courtyard. It became our tradition to go there each time before he went home for semester break, as he was from Norway! After graduation he came back to Australia one last time to be with me and on his last night in Australia he of course wanted us to do our ritual of going to the park bench. It was a cold June night and I really really didn’t want to go but after much persuasion I begrudgingly gave in. We sat and talked on the bench and he asked me to turn our song on on my phone (Celine Dion’s The Power of Love). We did that all the time so it didn’t struck me as odd. Then all of a sudden he got down on one knee, pulled out a bag of roses petals and started sprinkling them over my head. We had this joke that if he was ever to propose there would have to be rose petals falling from the sky! Hence the rose petals. He pulled out the ring box and before he even had a chance to say anything I burst into tears! This was June 13th and he left for Norway for good June 14th! We had been dating nearly 13 months when he proposed. Of course I said yes and then made the move over to Norway three months later.
Vendors: Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata // Wedding dress: Wantana Tierney, Bride // Shoes: Zu // Flowers: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata // Venue: Le Petit Moulin // Stationery: Wantana Tierney, Bride // Wedding Cake: Wantana Tierney, Bride