Posts Tagged ‘destination weddings’

Aug
07
Andrea + Stuart: An Intimate Colorful Destination Winter Mexico Hotel Wedding By Jorge Santiago Photography
Posted by czentgraf. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jorge Santiago PhotographyCeremony Venue: Hotel Boutique Casa OaxacaReception Venue: Hotel Azul Oaxaca

Andrea and Stuart’s ceremony and reception was held at two different locations – Hotel Boutique Casa Oaxaca and Hotel Azul Oaxaca – in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 18. ”We met at a friend’s party,” Andrea said. “We had spoken on the phone prior to that about arranging Spanish lessons [since I was a teacher], but he was so busy; it wasn’t possible. Ironically, he still hasn’t had one.” The bride wore an nontraditional red lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with long sleeves, accessorized with a braided crown updo, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “I wanted the wedding to be unconventional, bright and colorful, encompassing Mexican traditions but still including non-traditional aspects,” Andrea said. “I also wanted it to be small and intimate with not too many guests.” Following the handwritten vows and exchanging of rings, the newlyweds processed down the city streets amongst a calenda, or parade. Notice the chinas oazaquenas? Women dancing and carrying baskets of floral arrangements on top of their heads. Plus, monos del calenda too, or giant puppets. The outdoor terrace was hung with papel picados, tables were decorated fringe ended runners, and antique stained glass centerpieces filled with roses, mums, and a hint of greenery. The main dinner dish was mole, and “the chocolate cake was delicious,” she said. In addition to a DJ, there was also a marimba band performance, which is a percusion instrument consisting of wooden bars struck with mallets. The most important lesson they learned? “Listen to what people have to say and be considerate of them but only follow it if it agrees what with is in your heart,” Andrea said.”Following a set way of doing things doesn’t have to necessarily agree with how you would like them or dream them to be on your big day either.” See the full board here.

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May
19
Anna + Mike: A DIY Boho Chic Summer Idaho Ranch Wedding By Erin Leigh
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Photos: Erin LeighVenue: Fall River RanchFloral Designer: The Peripatetic SunflowerDress Designer: WattersGroom’s Attire: Leone CollectionOfficiant: John Prim; Ceremony Musician: Jordan Meine; Caterer: The CellarCake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Anna and Mike were married at Fall River Ranch in Ashton, Idaho last summer. The couple first met 10 years ago, when she frequented the snow-cone shack where he worked. “Finally, one day I had the guts to write my number down on a napkin and give it to him,” Anna said.  After deciding on a destination wedding four hours away from their home in Salt Lake City, they officially had all 40 acres of the property to themselves for the weekend, including no cell service. “Mike and I decided to have a getaway wedding because we only wanted the people there who wanted to be,” she said. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with a tiered ruffled skirt, accessorized with a floral wreath in her updo, while the groom wore tan suit, accessorized with a blue tie. ”It was very important for me to buy my bridesmaids dresses for them,” Anna said. “So, I shopped with each of them to find the perfect style. No one’s body is the same, and I wanted them to feel the best they could and comfortable.” Bouquets were freshly-picked wildflowers wrapped in lace around the stems. Guests were greeted with a welcome sign that encouraged them to hashtag “mike+anna” on their Instagram pictures. ”When it came to the wedding decor, we did it all ourselves,” she said. “We used all of my Depression-era glassware, my grandparents collected vintage medicine bottles for me and after many trips to vintage markers and estate sales I had a large selection of vintage items to use as vessels.” Following the evening nuptials, the newlyweds performed their first dance to ”Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, but due to a sound system snafu, they ended up dancing to “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran, dinner was served on vintage china, and in lieu of a traditional tiered cake, a red velvet bundt cake was served. See the full board here.

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May
07
Melissa + Chris: A Destination Navy Blue And Pink Fall Beach Turks And Caicos Islands Wedding By Brilliant Studios
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Photos: David Gallardo of Brilliant StudiosEvent Planner: NILA DestinationsVenue: Grace Bay ResortShoes: Coconuts by MatisseGroom and Groomsmen Attire: Tasso Elba and Banana RepublicOfficiant: Pastor Wayde Coleby

Melissa and Chris were married at Grace Bay Resort in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands last fall. The couple first met through Chris’ work friend, who just so happened to also be married to Melissa’s best friend. ”When I first saw her walk through the door she was all I could see with her long blonde hair and big bright smile,” Chris said. “From the moment we were introduced it was impossible to speak or look to anyone else.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with floral appliques, accessorized with her hair in a side braid and topped with a floral wreath, while the groom kept it casual with a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and flip flops. Bridesmaids wore navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of orchids and berries. ”We both wanted to get married somewhere picturesque and relaxing on a beach,” he said. “We both like to travel and heard great things about Turks and Caicos . . . the location and serene vibe of Grace Bay Club’s lounge area drew us in immediately.” They wed underneath a dramatic branch arch draped with fabric in front of 46 guests. The skies were overcast, but it was a blessing in disguise. ”It provided well needed and much appreciated breeze along with a soft light and backdrop for pictures,” Chris said. Following, guests were escorted to a tent where the reception was held poolside. Not once, but twice did everyone jump into it fully clothed by the end of the night! See the full board here.

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Apr
02
Marta + Jaume: A Rustic Vintage Spring Spain Villa Wedding by Arnau Dubois Photography
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Photos: Arnau Dubois Photography; Venue: Can Riera de la Pineda; Dress Designer: Jordi Anguera; Bridesmaids Dresses: Santa Eulalia; Floral Designer: Dee Haehndel; Shoes: Castañer; Caterer: Aspic; Rentals: Nuovi Piatti

Marta and Jaume were married at Can Riera de la Pineda in Arbucies, Spain on June 15. “The day was perfect; a sunny, summer day,” Marta said. ”We were inspired  by the campsite, and it’s vintage decor.” The bride wore a flowing v-neck wedding gown with lace detailing from Spanish designer Jordi Anguera, accessorized with a sideswept bun with a silver chain headband. Her bouquet featured white and purple blooms set amongst a surplus of greenery. The groom donned a classic black suit along with a striped tie. Following the ceremony, 150 guests enjoyed an outdoor lounge area next to a pavilion. They were served fresh vegetables, bread, and other passed hors d’oeuvres before they were escorted to their seats at round tables with fragrant herb centerpieces. When night fell, the venue was lit up with candles and trees wrapped in cafe lights to create a fairytale feel. The newlywed’s best advice? “They have to enjoy every moment,” Marta said. See the full board here.

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