The beautiful Bride of this stunning Hawaii soiree said it’s hard to put into words the love and joy they felt on their wedding day, but I swear you can almost feel that joy in all of the gorgeous images from James Moes. Their breathtaking day was nothing short of magical, and you can soak up all the sweetness here.
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From The Bride…It is hard to put into words the love and joy we felt on our wedding day but every time we look back at our photos from James, we are immediately transported back to the emotions of that day. Hawaii has always held a special place in our hearts. I was lucky enough to be raised on island of Oahu and Doug is an avid surfer and ocean enthusiast. We knew Hawaii would be the perfect setting for our dream wedding – personal, relaxed, and most importantly fun! Our inspiration was an intimate outdoor party with lawn games, good food, dancing, and plenty to drink.
We kept the ceremony short but meaningful to allow more time for cocktail hour and the reception. Our dear friend and Doug’s roommate throughout college wrote a beautiful ceremony and officiated the wedding. Doug and I selected readings on love and marriage for each of his four sisters to read. We wanted to highlight the natural beauty of our venue by keeping the décor simple and organic. We also tried to minimize the stress of planning a wedding by hiring our wonderful planner Lauren to guide up through the process and edit down our details to a few select projects. Instead of rented drinking glasses, we hand etched mason jars with the help of my mom and auntie, which also doubled as escort cards and keepsake favors for our guests to take home. Doug made all the wooden signs from old pallets. He also sourced a wooden bench from a local furniture maker to use for guests to sign-in and then engraved our initials into the bench.
My bridesmaids and I arranged the flower centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. A group of our family and friends gathered the night before and morning of the wedding to assist with the set-up and break down. The fact that so many of our loved ones played such a huge role in our wedding made the day all the more special for us and we are forever grateful for their support.
Aside from becoming husband and wife, the best part of the day was being able to celebrate love and friendship with all our closest family and friends in one setting. We could not have asked for a more perfect day!
Photography: James Moes | Flowers: L-4-Love | Catering: Chef Elmer Guzman's Island Cuisine | Hair & Make-up: Sarah La Glam | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Transportation: Gomes School Bus | Venue: Sunset Ranch | Wedding Planning & Coordination: L-4-Love
This couple took their destination wedding, sprinkled in a whole lot of romance and covered it in a beautiful pink hue – leaving us with a wedding so gorgeous we could spend our entire day getting lost in Jen + Ashley‘s images. Planned and hosted by the gorgeous Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana, we pretty much love every image sitting in this gallery.
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From Jen + Ashley…We are SO excited to send over this elegant and chic, garden destination wedding! Kim + Clark both live in Chicago, but wanted their wedding to be a celebration not only for them, but for their closest friends and family in a tropical paradise to give all of their guests a chance to step back from the hustle and bustle of city life. With fun activities planned all week, including a catamaran voyage with fresh coconut drinks and dinner served on the sea, they truly wanted their guests to be able to experience all that the gorgeous Punta Cana has to offer. Not wanting their destination wedding to be too “beachy”, they opted for a gorgeous, intimate garden setting on the grounds of the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe hotel, with swaying palm trees and wild peacocks roaming during their heartfelt and sweet ceremony. With their open-air reception space draped in perfect white linens, a whimsical ombre cake, and just the right amount of pink spread around the room, the setting tied in perfectly to the lush gardens that surrounded the venue.
Photography: Jen + Ashley | Floral Design: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Wedding Dress: Maya Couture | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Reception Venue: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Cinema: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema | Hair + Makeup: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Dexlue Hotel, Punta Cana
Destination weddings like this at the One & Only Palmilla are my dream come true. With the perfect amount of elegance, gorgeous florals from Elena Damy, and that Mexican flair we all love, every image from Sara Richardson feels like a virtual vacation. And you can get lost in all the lovely here.
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From the Bride…When my groom, Daniel, proposed to me, we knew pretty soon afterward that we wanted to have a destination wedding. Looking at dates, we settled on January 4th, and we could think of nothing better than escaping the cold of winter and trading in our sweatshirts for shorts. Los Cabos is truly a magical place, and after having visited it that summer, we knew it would be a perfect location to have a wedding. When we broke this idea to our family and friends, they were thrilled to have a wedding that doubled as a beach vacation. While planning our wedding, it was important to me to infuse it with Mexican culture; I really did not want to have a wedding with a country club feeling in Mexico. The invitations were lacey and reminiscent of papel picado, a type of Mexican folk art. While traveling, I became enamored with Milagros: a type of charm used in Latin America and some European countries as religious petitions to saints and God and had them printed in the background of our programs and used them as escort cards. For flowers, I went with bright-colored ones that contrasted with my bridesmaidsâ black dresses. When people would ask me about my colors, I think they thought I was crazy when I answered that they were red, orange, green, white and black. My other favorite details were my dress, the flower lasso and the mariachi band for cocktail hour. All in all, I can truly say that my wedding was so beautiful that it felt like we were in a dream. When carrying out a destination wedding, you give up a lot of control; thank goodness I had the wonderful and capable Arianna OâCampo as my wedding planner. She is so down-to-earth and understands your vision and executes it wonderfully. In terms of photography I fell in love with Sara Richardsonâs soft and warm photos when I was looking for a photographer, and I honestly believe that she is one of the most talented photographers out there. It was an honor and joy to work with her and her husband. We are in love with our photos and will cherish them forever. Looking back, we feel so lucky to have been celebrated and supported by so many loved ones and friends. This day wouldnât have been the same without you all. Thank you for sharing in our joy!
Photography: Sara Richardson | Wedding Coordinator: Arianna O´campo For One & Only Palmilla | Floral Design: Elena Damy | Wedding Gown: Rivini - Delicata | Invitations: P.S. The Letter | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Officiant: Diego Vidal | Bride´s Boots: M.L. Leddy´s Custom Boots | Ceremony & Reception Venue: One & Only Palmilla | Dj : Adan Mijares | Groomsmen Attire: Men´s Wearhouse | Groom´s Attire: Men´s Wearhouse | Guitarist: Francisco Alatorre | Mariachis: Mariachi Diaz | Programs & Menus: Byrd & Bleeker
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