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Colorful & Cultural Wedding at Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort

It’s a fact that each and every wedding gives me a daily pinch-me-please moment. And today that moment was made possible all thanks to this Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort celebration captured by Natalie Franke. It’s so alluring it has officially left me in a tasteful trance of paradise. It’s the type of gallery that is tropical with a traditional twist and we’re loving every minute.

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From Natalie FrankeAfter falling in love with these two at their Baltimore Engagement Session, I knew that their American-Indian Fusion Wedding was going to take my breath away! What I didn’t expect, was to be seated at Sarah’s parents table for dinner… which lead to near teary-eyed moment for this veteran photographer. Oh friends, I truly couldn’t believe it! Such an unexpected honor!

There were so many moments of this special day that took my breath away… from the first moment Sarah put on her wedding gown to the beachside ceremony where Mohit saw his bride for the first time, all the way through her surprise wardrobe change during the reception – Everything about this wedding was perfect! There were tears and laughter… And I truly cannot imagine a more perfect setting for their special day!

Photography: Natalie Franke | Wedding Dress: Garnish Boutique | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Jewelry: Givenchy | Venue: Secrets St. James Montego Bay | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photography

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Intimate Beachfront Gay Wedding in Phuket, Thailand

Get ready to have your wanderlust ignited, loves, because these gorgeous, intimate nuptials on a private beach in Thailand are so Pinterest-worthy, you may have your bags halfway packed by the end. Thanks to Pure Bliss, this darling duo was able to plan their dream wedding from halfway around the world, and, lucky for us, we’ve got all the waterfront bliss in the gallery right here!

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We were able to ask Sterling and Ron few questions about how their love story started and how they end up having their wedding in Phuket, Thailand.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both meet each other?

Sterling: My little brother had been telling me about this guy for months – he said I needed to meet him. Well, at his medical school graduation, my little brother finally introduced us. I had seen him earlier and thought, “WOW!”, and when my brother brought him over, I was speechless. We hit if off right away, but started off as friends. We emailed back and forth (I lived in Seattle and he lived in Virginia – opposite sides of the US), and after a lot of plane flights and quick weekends, we fell deeply in love.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both feel when you met each other the first time?

Sterling: I don’t think I am allowed to say what I was really thinking, so I will give the nice version: My heart leapt, and I was giddy. It was like I had known him forever, and I just found him again. I had to get to know him more. I was like a little a nervous little kid.

Pure Bliss Team: May we ask how your love has grown until the wedding day?

Ron: Neither of us were “out”, so we walked around the issue for quite a while, and the whole coming out to each other was very special. I was actually hiding in a closet when I told him I thought I was gay. Having someone going through the same thing was huge for me. His family was much more accepting than mine (they still are), and they were so patient with me as I started to accept who I was. Every time I saw him, I thought, I couldn’t love him any more – but then I found out that it just keeps growing and changing with time. He started off as my best friend, and now I am married to my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Pure Bliss Team: Why and how did you choose Phuket, Thailand, as your wedding destination?

Sterling: We had been planning the wedding for months – originally scheduled for Seattle. Coordination, suits, colors, food, travel, venues…it was overwhelming. Especially since we lived on opposite sides of the country. So, one night we just decided to get married somewhere else, without all of the drama. We randomly picked Thailand. Ronnie had sent me a Youtube video from some company called Pure Bliss. I contacted the team on a whim, and Nanya got back to me the next day. I explained that we were on a budget. In under a month, she coordinated everything from across the globe!!!!

Pure Bliss Team: How did you find the wedding?

Ron: IT WAS EVERYTHING WE HAD IMAGINED! Pure Bliss Wedding team found us a venue and a private beach. We walked out on the warm sand, and I was holding my best friend’s hand. I am not emotional, but I started to tear up as I looked at everything that had been set up for us. The beach was groomed, there were flower petals, there was a simple canopy where our officiator awaited us. The whole team was there, and the music was surreal. They had Cannon in D playing for us, with the waves crashing in the background. Simple elegance. Everything was planned! The flowers, coordinators, photographers…everything went smoothly! They even added a small surprise for my husband – his favorite animal is an elephant, and the look on his face when they brought a happy baby elephant out was PRICELESS!! We spent time together laughing like little kids, playing with the elephant. The dinner was then set up for us on the beach. We had enjoyed our first dance together, and then got ready for dinner. We had a private chef and servers wait on us, as we enjoyed our first dinner as a married couple. It was a perfect day. I can’t thank the team enough for making our day…perfect.

Photography: Mildly The Film | Wedding Planner: Pure Bliss Wedding | Rings: Jared's Galleria Of Jewelry | Venue: Cape Panwa Hotel | Belts: Wallace And Barnes | Groom Suits : J Crew | Makeup And Hair Stylist: Top Phuket Makeup Artist

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Intimate + Glamorous Desert Wedding in Dubaï

This morning, we established with this couple’s gorgeous engagement session from Michael Ferire that it was entirely possible for the desert to be romantic. Now, their wedding is here to prove that the desert can be glamorous, too. From the Bride’s stunning rose and calla lily bouquet to the intimate ceremony in the sand, this wedding is seriously special. See all the swoon-worthy details here.

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From Michael FerireCoraline and Johan wanted a simple, intimate and chic wedding, with a small number of guests, surrounded by those they love. They chose Dubai because it is a city where everything is possible. The contrast between comfort and desert was definitely one of the reason why they love this city so much.

The color palette has been balanced between warm and cold to underline the contrast of the city. From natural desert pastels to hard textures of steel and the architecture, Dubai was the perfect fit for the marriage they wanted.

Photography: Michael Ferire | Wedding Dress: Ellis | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Dubai Hotel (Marina) | Calligraphy And Stationery: Aurélie Sculier, Ante Scriptum | Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

Romantic Dubaï Desert Engagement Session

Who knew a desert could be romantic? Obviously, this sweet couple and their talented photographer, Michael Ferire, did and brought their vision of a desert romance to life with the gorgeous engagement photos below. With stunning light, a beautiful landscape and a couple so obviously in love, even the barren desert of the United Arab Emirates looks like an oasis for love. See it all here.


From Michael FerireFor their engagement shoot Coraline and Johan wanted something very natural. The best option was to use the desert as a minimal and warm place. The aim was to do an authentic engagement shoot and the Dubaï desert was a perfect fit for that.

Photography : Michael Ferire | Venue: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Bouquet Breakdown: Romantic + Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Inspiration Bouquet

Happy Saturday, loves! When this romantic tropical bouquet popped up in last week’s Romantic + Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Inspiration I knew I had to get the scoop on all the stunningly lush pink and white florals that went into this beauty! Thankfully, Maui-based floral designer, Christina Hartman of Wildheart Flowers, was more than willing to share, and we’ve got all the deets below!

Romantic + Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Inspiration

  • 2 Sprays Pink Phalaenopsis Orchids
  • 5 Stems Light Pink Shell Ginger
  • 5 Stems White Tuberose
  • 9 Stems White Ranunculus 
  • 5 Stems White Parrot Tulip 
  • 4 Stems Dracena Foliage
  • 10 Stems Maidenhair Fern
  • 3 Stems Alpinia Foliage
  • Adorn Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon (3″ and 1.5″ widths)

From Christina Hartman… The bouquet was created to be very tropical, soft and romantic. Although our usual ideas of tropical florals are bright and bold, there are many different textures and softer colors in the tropical blooms and foliage. As my love of flowers has evolved, so has my need to look at what I can use that is growing at my back door; what is in season, and what is the environment in which they will be experienced.  

With the historical Haiku Mill as the backdrop, replete with its rich heritage of “Old Hawaii”, creating something that felt ‘local’, tropical and romantic at the same time was the focus. Working with O’Malley photographers was nothing short of a dream. They captured the Mill and all the softness we were hoping to create beautifully. When we began discussing the concept for our shoot, we kept centering on the idea of capturing the essence of Hawaii, and its beauty, but not its typical beach wedding vibe.  We wanted to tell a story that felt rich in local tradition. The bouquet is composed primarily of locally grown materials. So, by using what is growing here on island, we easily establish a sense of connection to this magical place.

Floral Design: Wildheart Flowers | Photography: O’Malley Photographers

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