carmen and joshua real bride

Real Essense of Australia Bride Carmen + Joshua

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Calling all romantic brides! We have all the wedding inspiration you need with Carmen and Joshua’s breathtaking wedding photos. It all started on a starry night when Joshua popped the question with a proposal under the stars and ended with a wedding day filled with classic elegance. With a proposal that romantic, it comes as no surprise that their Alberta, Canada wedding was equally fairy-tale! 

Carmen chose Essense of Australia Style D2771 to wear on her wedding day. She tried on many different dresses that she felt like fit her ideal bridal aesthetic, but it was Essense of Australia’s unique fit-and-flare gown with beaded tulle that stole her heart! She completed her bridal look beautifully with soft glam make-up, loose curls and a dainty floral hairpiece that turned heads as she walked down the aisle. 

Keep reading below to learn more about the couple’s sweet, starry-eyed proposal and how Carmen found her dream dress! 

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What was the most special memory from your wedding day? 

My favorite memory from our wedding day was all the joy and laughter. If our wedding had happened 13 days earlier, we would not have been able to have more than 15 people attend because of COVID-19 restrictions, but on the first of July, all of the restrictions were lifted, and we had 200 people at our wedding who were all so happy to be there. Joshua and I were over the moon because we were actually able to have our dream wedding with friends and family there to celebrate with us! 

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Tell us about your proposal! 

Joshua has a passion for star photography, so naturally, he wanted to propose under the stars. He watched the weather prediction and light pollution map closely to find a night when the stars would be most visible. Of course, he kept this a secret, but on a flawless night, he drove us far away from town to this beautiful provincial park.  

We listened to music, had a picnic and talked all night while we stargazed. Then he wanted to take some pictures of us under the stars, so he asked me to close my eyes in case there was “a glare,” and he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. It was so special, and he captured a stunning picture of us under the stars. 

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Describe your bridal style! Tell us about your dress-shopping experience. 

I knew I wanted an all-white, fitted wedding dress with unique detailing throughout. There were so many gorgeous dresses that fit my criteria that it was difficult to narrow it down to just one. The bridal stylists working at The Bridal Boutique in Calgary, Alberta were so helpful and patient when I was trying on different dresses and styles. Over and over again, I tried on this dress with the most beautiful lace detailing and a stunning train — no other dress looked like it!  I finally said “I do” to Essense of Australia Style D2771

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Tell us more about your wedding. How did you personalize your wedding with your love story? 

I wanted a wedding surrounded by nature, so we found this beautiful golf course wedding venue. My color inspiration was white with gold accents for all the decor. All my flowers were white, and since I was born and raised in South Africa, I included some proteas, which is their national flower.  

We had “his” and “her” favorite snacks and “Josh” and “Carmen” wine bottles (both actual wine brands) on each table. For communion, we mixed the wines to make a rosé that we both drank. We had so many details throughout the wedding that reflected Josh and I’s relationship. 

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Photography: Tim and Court Photo and Film 

Bridal Salon: The Bridal Boutique 

Flowers: Pretty Petals Floral Designs 

Hair and Makeup: Kira Dawn Artistry 

Venue: Hilltop Wedding Center 

Cake: For Goodness Cakes 

Cheers to Joshua and Carmen! 

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