Real Bride Perspective: Make it a Weekend! {Steph Killip of Bubblerock Studios}

by jacin on April 19, 2011

While I am out enjoying the company of my parents, likely driving up to Tamalpais Bay for some fresh oysters today, and limiting my online time this week, I’ve invited a few guests to pop on by the blog to say hello. Today, we’re lucky to have the loveliest and sweetest friwi {french-kiwi} you’ll ever meet, Steph Killip of Bubblerock Studios, to stop by and give some bridal perspective from her own big day. I am super excited to not only have met Steph virtually, but lucky me, I get to meet her in person this coming August when we work together on Meleesa’s wedding in Cabo! {more on that later!} So let me step aside and hand the blog over to Steph for the day, starting with a video to summarize her wedding weekend just perfectly.

When Jacin asked me to guest post on her blog this week and maybe think about something that I learned from planning our wedding, I have to admit – it got me thinking. Yup. But first, I want to thank you Jacin for the opportunity to share what I think is the biggest thing I have taken away from planning a wedding.

So, the more I think about our wedding (and a few weddings I have been involved in lately) the more I realise and know one thing: if you can do it, make it a weekend-long celebration.

You will have heard this before, the wedding day itself goes so fast: in a blur. The days leading up to it end up being a little stressful, whether you have a planner or not, or everything is under control or not. Yes. You will not be able to avoid a little stress and nerves. It’s part of the experience.

So when the day is all over, the night is out and it’s time move on, you feel like you haven’t had a chance to chat with everyone, party with everyone, thank everyone, enjoy everyone’s company. It’s not the rule for every wedding but I am sure it is pretty much the case for a majority of them.

  • So make a weekend of it. We did it and I am glad. We even made it last further with extra time spent with family and friends the following week.
  • Take your wedding at least an hour away from home – makes you have to stay away for it.
  • Have it on a Friday and stay the rest of the weekend where you are getting married and enjoy some chill-out time with your family and friends with no more agenda, no ceremony to attend, no photo shoot to go to: just you, your family, your friends and some really awesome, fun-times.

I loved my wedding day, don’t get me wrong: but the night after, the ‘after’ after-party was such fun – we didn’t have to worry about anything, we didn’t have to make sure things were going according to schedule, we could just relax, party, laugh, play, have fun and make the most of the rare times we have with each other!…

I really feel that I created the best memories of my life with my friends and family, not only the day I said ‘I do’ to the love of my life but also the days after when we were all together, relaxed and in a super happy mode. I will never ever forget my wedding weekend and the days that followed.

And sure, we still haven’t had our honeymoon but if all goes to plan, this August we will enjoying the sun and the cocktails in Cabo San Lucas, and with no other than our dear Jacin [and our lovely bride Mel!} – I cannot wait to see you missy!

Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Bubblerock Studios website yet, you need to. Not only will you get lost in the images and video, but they also  just launched a new Wedding “Holi”-day package that includes both video AND photography, because a wedding is always a celebration that lasts more than one day, and every moment is worth recording!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna April 19, 2011 at 12:16 AM

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Jennifer Galindo Photography April 19, 2011 at 12:56 AM

lovely phone shots :)


Kismet April 19, 2011 at 1:01 AM

I love seeing these snippets from Stephs wedding- she is really teasing us- a photo here and a photo there- a video here and there! Show it all now!!
Great post Steph!


Diana April 19, 2011 at 5:24 AM

Love Steph! Congrats to both of you for helping with Mel’s wedding and congrats to her for an awesome weekend wedding! I love the video and that there is fun footage of the days before and after. <3


Laura @ Wine and Cheese, Please April 19, 2011 at 6:47 AM

I love this post—and I totally agree about making it a weekend. That’s what we did since like, 80% of our guests had to fly in. Some of the best parts of our wedding weekend also took place before the wedding day…it took a little more planning, but I’m SO GLAD we made it a weekend.


Mel {The Oceanside Bride} April 19, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Ahhh yay for Steph! Great post. It was that very video up above that gave me chill bumps and got me hooked on Steph’s talents!! =) Can’t wait to work with the both of you this August!


Jill@TeenageBride April 19, 2011 at 7:26 AM

I really wish someone would have suggested this to us. Our wedding was soooo fun, but it was over way too soon.


Sarah - Dodeline Design April 19, 2011 at 7:49 AM

I think that is an EXCELLENT idea!!


Tara April 19, 2011 at 8:09 AM

I completely agree about wedding weekends! However, we did ours right here where we live :) Thankfully we live about 10 minutes from our beautiful downtown and that’s where we held both our bachelor/bachelorette parties Thursday night, the wedding on Saturday and a goodbye brunch on Sunday. Friday we had a “rehearsal dinner” a.k.a. giant barbecue at our house and all of our out of town guests (plus of course the wedding party) were there! The wedding itself was amazing but now that I’ve had the whole weekend I wouldn’t do it any other way!


Kamie April 19, 2011 at 8:30 AM

We are trying to do a wedding weekend!! I hope it all works out! That video is is amazing so much love from friends and family!


erin * sparkle & hay April 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

so fun & such great perspective!!!!


Liesl April 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Love this guest post and all the amazing pictures and a fun video! Thank you for sharing…I want a video to capture my upcoming wedding weekend too!!!

Liesl :)


Laura *You Stir Me* April 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I love a little Bubblerock pop in my day! Such a great guest, Jacin:) Steph - you’re totally right about making your wedding a weekend. It helps dilute the chaos (as much as possible) and it’s now three whole days of celebrating vs one day…who doesn’t love that?:) Your wedding looked like it was such a blast and the after-after party is a great idea! Have SO much fun in Cabo, ladies!!! I can fit into a big suitcase. Just saying.

PS - enjoy your time with the family, Jacin!!!!


postcards and pretties April 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Yay! Steph. I love this post and love your idea of a wedding weekend especially since a lot of your family & friends live abroad. xo


Katherine Henry April 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Love this post! This is exactly what we did too. Friday wedding in Newport, RI and all our friends rented houses and stayed the weekend. We went on a boat cruise the next day and BBQ-ed. It was perfect and a great way to spend more time with out of town family and friends!


Steph {bubblerock} April 19, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Thanks Jacin for the opportunity to share my personal experience. Hopefully this will help a few brides and also, one thing I would have wanted any other way: great people to ‘record’ the days (more than just the wedding day) - priceless! We were lucky to have Branco Prata!


Kate/MagnoliaRouge April 19, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I’m all for the weekend wedding…. we spent three days over on an island and like you Steph, the pre wedding cocktails and the day after at the beach are just as memorable if not more so than the actual wedding day. It gives a chance for all your different groups of friends who may not have met before, to bond as well!! Great post!


paloma April 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM

your wedding weekend looked amazing steph! building such a festive, happy atmosphere over a few days is such a special and unique opportunity.


Lena April 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

LOVE this, and Steph’s amazing perspective. I think having your closest friends and family around in the days before could be stressful, but would ultimately give you the freedom not to fuss!


Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) April 19, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Such great advice about stretching the time with family and friends to a whole wedding weekend! A nephew of mine did something like that, by keeping the ceremony and wedding reception itself pretty intimate…then the next day (after we “oldies” had to be off and back to work!), they had a relaxed, fun time with cousins and close school/work friends!


Brancoprata April 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Beautiful round up of images that reflect the happiness of Steph and Robin!! Great post!


Alicia@CharityWedding April 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Such a great idea! After all that hard work- you may as well celebrate all weekend long!


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