Engagement sessions are the perfect way to dip your toes in the photoshoot world before the big day. Plus, any excuse to frolic on the beach in a stunning dress is an added bonus. And when the photographer behind the lens is none other than Jose Villa, consider that session a work of genius. Sneak a peak at stunning water views, the cutest ever couple and more of that blue number right here.
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Photographer : Jose Villa Photography
Now that spring has officially sprung, we’re ready to say goodbye to this endless winter and soak in day after day of sunshine. We see you snow, but we’re determined to kick off the celebrations a little early with two breathtaking weddings from Dreams Resorts & Spas. Think a little slice of heaven with gorgeous ocean backdrops and sandy beaches galore. Scroll for two of our faves below.
Weddings aren’t just for saying “I do”… they’re for having the time of your life, too. And that’s where Dreams Resorts & Spas comes in to play. With beautiful locales located across paradise, their all-inclusive resorts are everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need to celebrate your Big Day. From their luxurious accommodations to their gourmet restaurants to their fab spas + pools, you’ll be relaxing in paradise with your guests in no time at all… and all with an Unlimited Luxury® experience that includes everything from top-shelf liquor to 24-hour room + concierge service to daily maid service. I mean, that’s a wedding/vaca we can get on board with, you know?
Whether you dream of laying on the sandy beaches of Tulum, rushing off to Los Cabos with all of your friends + family or want to check out one of Dreams Resorts & Spas’ other amazing locales, their talented team will guarantee a wedding celebration of a lifetime. Contact one of their fabulous personal wedding coordinators today to begin planning and don’t forget to check out more of these dreamy days here and here.
Photography (Top to Bottom): J.M. Hunter Photography + GVphotographer
Oh to have a backyard this gorgeous. I’m convinced this particular spot was made just for hosting weddings. Set against an oak-filled estate, with the most elegant, romantic details and florals crafted by Florabella, this day is a sea of beauty. And with Sylvie Gil’s images in tow, the proof is in the pudding. Carve out some time for this pretty gallery. You won’t regret it.
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From the photographer… Hosted at the bride’s grandparent’s private estate in Woodside, California, Jessica and Michael’s wedding was an elegant outdoor affair. Jessica wore a modern Vera Wang gown with a classic veil, and her bridesmaids each selected a floor-length champagne gown of their choosing to make for a cohesive but unique look. The couple exchanged handwritten vows under the oak trees in the garden where the bride spent time during her childhood, and notes of Spanish guitar accompanied the affair. After cocktail hour on the lawn, complete with signature His & Her cocktails, dinner was served in a clear top tent, allowing guests a view of the towering redwoods overhead and the starry night sky beyond. We used a lovely sea glass palette of pale blues and greens with slate grey accents to create an elegant but understated ambiance as guests dined on lamb and salmon and drank a selection of wines from the bride’s family’s winery. A custom floral chandelier acted as the focal point of the decor atop the dance floor, where guests danced late into the evening. Finally, to conclude the festivities, guests bid the newlyweds farewell with festive sparkler departure as they were whisked away to start their new life as husband and wife.
Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Videographer: Patrick Ang | Wedding Planner: Florabella | Floral Design: Florabella | Cake: Studio Cake | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: McCalls Catering & Events | Lighting: Everything Audio Visual | Band: Hip Service | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Transportation: Corinthian Transportation | Bride's Gown: Vera Wang | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Florabella | Photobooth: Snap Fiesta | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Blueprint Studios
Growing up, the bride spent her summers at the family cottage on the lake so it’s no surprise Izzy wanted to say “I do” in exactly that spot. She married her love, Tom surrounded by their favorite people, with Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events working her magic on the wedding day design. The photos by Rebecca Yale will leave you craving summer in a serious way and we can’t get enough.
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Izzy and Tom were married on July 9, 2016 on Deer Lake at the Boyne Mountain Resort in MI. Izzy grew up spending her summer’s at her family’s cottage on the lake and knew that it would be the perfect spot to say her I Do’s. The bride and groom were married next to the lake facing the beach house all covered in ivy, which carried over into the flowers and design for the day. Izzy’s brother-in-law, Max, officiated the ceremony and the bride and groom were accompanied by Izzy’s sister and Tom’s brother as their Matron of Honor and Best Man. Instead of a traditional wedding party both the bride and groom invited their friends to get ready with them and take pictures with them all in shades of grey, cream and blue.
The custom letterpress invitation suite featured a custom watercolor crest and the Save The Date and welcome note featured watercolor illustrations of the dock on the lake and a map of the Traverse Bay area. The place cards were also watercolored in shades of blue and displayed on a hanging macrame piece at the entrance of the tent decorated in ivy. The bride wore a white grecian style Jenny Packham dress and accessorized it with blue Valentino pumps very similar to the shoes her sister wore the previous year to her wedding. The bride kept her family close to her on the day by wrapping her bouquet in her great grandmother’s handkerchief. The bride also paid tribute to her family by following in her mother and sister’s footsteps and smashing her own glass during the I Do’s.
The bride and groom had their first look by the lake followed by portraits in the forest before the ceremony while guests enjoyed a pre-ceremony refreshment. After the ceremony guests returned to the cocktail lounge area by the water and the Matron of Honor and officiant’s 6-month-old golden doodle puppy made a quick appearance. Guests were welcomed into the tent for dinner and dancing, which had been set in Tuscan blue linens with dark blue napkins and gold silverware for contrast with organic white and green centerpieces. The head table was a rectangular farm table with a leafy green runner dotted with white garden roses and peonies and a couch for the bride and groom to lounge on in between dances.
The bride surprised her groom with a dessert table full of donuts- his favorite treat- in addition to the cake. After cutting the cake the bride and groom took a quiet moment to themselves to walk to the end of the dock and watch sunset wrapped in one of the blankets thoughtfully provided for guests to snuggle up in as the nights get cold.
Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design | Shoes: Valentino | Makeup: On Site Bridal | Venue: Boyne Mountain | Tent Rental: Taylor Rental | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake + Donuts: Simply Sweet By Jessica | Invitations and Paper Goods: Gatlin Paper Co. | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music: Bluewater Kings Band | Rentals: Serradella Vintage | Veil: Sara Gabriel