An Intimate Elopement Shoot at Disney World

destination-wedding-invitation

Today we’ve got a very special shoot from one of our favorite places, Disney World!  This vintage Disney inspired elopement shoot is brought to us by Degrees North Images who clearly shares our love of fairy tales!  They take us to the beachside location of Disney’s Boardwalk for this shoot and here’s what they had to say about the day.

I’m a very nostalgic girl who loves an adventure…and Disney! I used to be a Disney Cast Member and my husband and I got married at Walt Disney World so I have a very soft spot for all things Disney fairytale…because they really do exist! I wanted to create a shoot to inspire couples who reflect that sentiment and I knew the absolute perfect place to do it was at Disney’s Boardwalk and the Beach Club Resort’s beach on Crescent Lake.

disney-themed-invitation carnival-wedding-invitationunique-wedding-invitations disney-wedding-ideasdisney-themed-wedding

Elopements aren’t what they used to be. With wedding costs rising, a lot of couples are bucking the modern tradition of the big white wedding to truly craft a day that’s all about them! Couples that decide to elope are inviting close family, buying a dress, and even traveling to epic destinations. I wanted to celebrate those daringly romantic and special couples and with the help of Yasmen Katrina Events, we were able to design a classic, vintage elopement inspiration at the Happiest Place on Earth! Walt Disney World has been hosting weddings on their property for decades now, but a lot of couples (and their families) still think a Disney wedding is too expensive and that it could even be a little hokie. Sure, if you want Mickey and Minnie to attend, you can have that, but if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, you can have that too…and this is the proof!

destination-wedding-bouquetdestination-weddings disneyworld-weddingsdisney-weddings disneyworld-weddingintimate-wedding disney-wedding

Our adorable stationary suit from Stone Werks set the tone. The carnival style matched the Coney Island vibe of the Boardwalk and the included ticket invited guests to come for the embarrassing speeches and joy! Our real life, newly engaged couple Kristine and Nicholas couldn’t wait to see the day unfold!

beach-wedding-bouquetelopementselopement-photos beach-elopementdestination-elopements beach-weddings beach-wedding-location intimate-weddingselopement-ideas picnic-weddingsrasberry-weddings

We definitely wanted to keep with the vintage theme so we opted for a short dress. The Justin Alexander gown from Casa di Bella and the vintage inspired hairstyle beautifully sculpted by Laura Reynolds Artistry made our bride, Kristine, look like she was straight out of 1940! We literally all gasped when we saw her! To add some classic Disney into her look, we adorned her with matching Minnie Mouse bow earrings and necklace. Nicholas was festive in suspenders and bow tie. The Flower Studio pulled colors from the buildings lining the Boardwalk and constructed a quirky, modern bouquet and bout and By Brittany Branson hand painted a set of Just Eloped canvases for our couple to announce the news! The canvases even feature some “hidden Mickeys”! In the spirit of a romantic, adventurous elopement, our couple celebrated with a morning picnic at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, just across Crescent Lake from the “historic” boardwalk. That’s Darlin’ assembled a beautiful basket complete with blanket, fruit, sodas and some sweet treats! Adventuring with your one true love is the most romantic, fun story you could ever share with future generations. A little Disney magic ensures it’ll be the best day ever!

beach-wedding-locations beach-wedding disney-destination-wedding

Photo Shoot Team: Photographer:  Degrees North Images, Signage: By Brittany Branson, Dress Store: Casa di Bella Bridal, Location: Disney’s Boardwalk, Makeup Artist: Laura Reynolds Artistry, Invitation Designer: Stone Werks, Favors and Gifts: That’s Darlin’, Floral Designer: The Flower Studio, Event Planner: Yasmen Katrina Events, Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander, Models: Kristine and Nicholas, Bridal Shoes: Nine West, Engagement Ring: Judith Ripka, Minnie Mouse Jewelry: World of Disney

Share

A Fun Star Wars Themed Destination Wedding

beach-wedding-location

Today we’ve got a darling Hawaiian destination wedding with a Star Wars twist!  You read that right, Brittany and Ethan wanted a little personal touch for their event and they got exactly that!  The couple shared with us the details and decisions behind their big day.

Halekulani is one of the most beautiful and elegant hotels you can visit on Oahu. It was the first and only venue we looked at when we were shopping around for venues and we instantly fell in love with the intimate setting provided by the “Hau Terrace” (a patio deck and cozy banquet hall that overlooks the ocean). We wanted our wedding to be for the closest of family and friends while providing an upscale, yet relaxed environment (we are in Hawaii after all!). Lastly, Halekulani is known for their exquisite food, desserts, and service… And isn’t that what most guests enjoy in a wedding? It was “perfect” for our needs.

star-wars-themed-weddings star-wars-themed-weddingpink-bridal-bouquet

The significance behind the Star Wars theme starts with Ethan’s love for Star Wars. Although we both love a lot of different “nerdy” stuff, we had to narrow it down to something that meant something for both of us – and that was Star Wars. Our birthdays are 5/5 and 5/9, we often celebrate our birthdays together on May the Fourth (a “geek-culture holiday” that doubles as the line from Star Wars, “may the force be with you”). And so, we settled on Star Wars because it was a perfect embodiment of our “nerdy-ness.”

 We incorporated it because we wanted to be a little different while staying true to our interests as a couple. A lot of weddings we’ve attended all seemed very traditional, and so we wanted to do things just a tad different. Also, with all the collectibles we have lying around the house and Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out around the time we were planning, it just made sense to incorporate the Star Wars theme into our wedding.

tropical-bridal-bouquetpink-mint-wedding wedding-leis

Our most favorite moment from the day was our “First Look,” there was so much anticipation building up to it (with getting ready and our vendors coming in to capture every moment) and Halekulani offers such a prime spot for this little moment to take place that it felt “perfect.” It was a wave of emotions that hit us as soon as I tapped Ethan on the shoulders and he turned around. At that exact moment, we knew we were getting married and that we would be spending the rest of our lives together. It sounds really cheesy, but in that moment is when the weight of this symbolic event – and everything that marriage stands for – finally hits you! Other memorable moments were the Mother/Son & Father/Daughter dance. We are both close to our parents and so having that private moment with them in the midst of our wedding celebration was a touching moment for both of us. Our last favorite moment was our Grand Entrance, it was such a silly idea to walk into our wedding reception with lightsabers and to do a little Star Wars battle before our first dance, but it was a great encapsulation of who we are as a couple. It was fun, different, and “ours” and that’s what made it so memorable.

first-look-photos tropical-wedding destination-wedding-hawaii destination-weddings destination-wedding pink-wedding-flowers hawaii-weddingshawaii-destination-wedding hawaii-wedding-photographer tropical-destination-wedding  hawaii-wedding-photographerstropical-weddingsbest-wedding-photographer hawaii-destination-weddingsbeach-weddingswedding-instagram-signs star-wars-guest-book star-wars-wedding-details wedding-star-warswedding-ideas-unique unique-wedding-details wedding-confetti

The details from Star Wars that we incorporated were a lightsaber grand entrance with a lightsaber duel right in the middle of it using our Force FX lightsaber props and complete with the Imperial March playing in the background. A harpist that played iconic Star Wars tunes for our guests leading up to our wedding reception. A Star Wars themed sign in poster with 1990 Star Wars micro machine collectibles to accent the sign in table. Darth Vader table numbers and storm trooper, rebel alliance, and imperial insignia confetti for table decorations. Custom made Star Wars keychains for each guests. A custom made wedding topper of Totoro (one of Sumi’s favorite anime characters) with lightsaber in hand. And lastly, Xwing and TIE fighter hidden “Easter eggs” on our welcome cards and printed materials.

star-wars-weddingstar-wars-weddings wedding-detailswedding-chairswedding-place-cards  wedding-table-namesfirst-dance-songswedding-favors-unique  hawaii-wedding-cakescustom-cake-toppers

One last thing we would like to share is that we learned to not worry about making everything “perfect” for everyone else, but to make it perfect for ourselves. We had family members second guess a lot of our choices, but we knew what we wanted and we stuck to it. In the end, everything turned out beyond what we had envisioned and it made for our “perfect little moment” in our new lives together.

wedding-dessert-bar wedding-thank-you-signs

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Creatrix Photography

Wedding Vendors: Favors and Gifts: Candy Art Hawaii, Veils and headpieces: Casablanca Bridal & Formals, Photo Booth Equipment: Crane Media, Beauty: face art beauty, Reception Venue: Halekulani, Linens and Coverings: The Wedding Linen Co.

Share

Palm Springs Wedding Location: The Parker Palm Springs

best-palm-springs-hotel

If you want a swanky place to wed in the desert of California, then your search may have just ended here.  One of our favorite places for a destination wedding in Southern California is sunny Palm Springs, and one of the best hotels in the region?  The Parker Palm Springs.  Beautifully manicured grounds, delicious cuisine, fire pits and places at every turn, a spa worth writing home about, and a retro chic style unique only to The Parker is what ultimately sets this special spot apart from the rest.

Briese Soleil with Personparker-palm-springs

Even the front drive is memorable – a giant decorative wall that you almost tuck into to get inside and check in for a relaxing, old world experience.  Once you get past all the eye candy in the lobby (where I highly suggest you return later to enjoy a drink by the fire), your room will be nestled away in one of several buildings that you’ll get to via a secret-like winding path.  What I love about this property is that it’s not small, 144 rooms, big enough for a large wedding party, but it feels incredibly boutique, without the hustle and bustle of a large resort.  But if you want big, they’ve got that too – with reception lawns large enough to fill a small county fair (they’ve built one for a private party before, complete with rides and all!).

luxury-palm-springs-hotelspalm-springs-wedding-locations

Weddings at The Parker have several options – outdoors under the stars of course (if it’s not too hot in the summer months), and two beautifully appointed ballroom spaces that need little else to dress them up other than the elegant decor already inside.  The Mafiya Suite, which is perfect for parties of 100 or less, has beautiful high ceilings, grand windows and drapes, and even makes for an intimate indoor ceremony site when need be.  For larger weddings, the Grand Ballroom can hold up to 200 for dinner and dancing and has a private indoor / outdoor space for when curfew calls.

outdoor-wedding-locations-palm-springs palm-springs-weddingspalm-springs-wedding-location

The Parker has charm, sophistication, and playfulness – including a spiked lemonade stand on property with a bike and cart for poolside delivery – all that you’d want in a Palm Springs wedding.  And with so many party places on property, you’ll never have to leave when celebrating your destination wedding weekend.  Shhh…that includes the spa too!  One thing not to miss is a day at their stunning spa, which, for just the right occasion, has been known to host a party or two.

 Evening Banquet Palm Court

For more information on getting married at The Parker Palm Springs, check out their dedicated weddings site here!

luxury-palm-springs-hotel

All Photos Courtesy of The Parker Palm Springs.

Share

Spectacular Captiva Island Tented Wedding

Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0003_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0006_low

­­Helene and Mike held their destination wedding in Florida – Captiva Island to be exact. The darling pair wed under a tent with beautiful palm trees and ocean views all around. We asked the bride to share with us a little bit about the design of the day (complete with a horse drawn carriage!) and how it all came to be.

We choose the location because of the sunset and beach waterfront.  My husband also fishes regularly in the waters off the beach.  Red Fish Pass is one of his favorite places to fish.

Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0017_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0025_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0031_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0039_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0030_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0037_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0083_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0084_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0050_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0046_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0048_low

The color palette I selected are my favorite colors, lavender, white, and pink.

Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0051_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0056_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0055_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0061_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0054_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0062_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0064_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0069_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0085_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0088_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0118_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0117_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0121_low

Our coordinator Kelly McWilliams was wonderful.  The beautiful decor I owe to Kelly.

Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0119_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0090_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0114_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0092_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0148_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0147_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0116_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0109_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0144_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0136_low

We are happy we opted for a tent.  We think the tent made the reception intimate and special.  We had more control over decor.  It was a beautiful evening and nice to be outside.

Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0128_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0130_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0137_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0135_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0124_low Farrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0127_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0098_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0097_lowFarrell_Hall_Impressions_Photography_0111_low

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Impressions Photography

Wedding Vendors: Photo Booth Equipment: Bash Booths, Floral Designer: Floral Artistry, Cinema and Video: IheART Films, Cake Designer: Kakes by Karen, Event Planner: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Linens and Coverings: nuage designs, Equipment Rentals: Party Time Rentals, Officiant: Reverend Dan, Makeup Artist + Hair Salon: Salon Tease, Reception Venue: South Seas Island Resort, Equipment Rentals: Tentlogix, Musicians: Thank You For The Dance Entertainment, Other: Tie the Knot Bridal Couture Collections

Share

Picture Perfect Beachside Wedding Dinner on Maui

best-wedding-locations-maui

Looking for a truly picture-perfect place to wed in Hawaii?  If you’re hosting an intimate destination wedding or elopement, then look no further than Cliff House, a private event space perched on the rocks above the water at Montage Kapalua Bay.

best-maui-wedding-vendorsbest-wedding-hotel-hawaii

This stunning dinner took place at sunset with waves crashing below and whales out on the horizon (yes, you can whale watch from your wedding dinner, pending the season)!  A table set for 20 was the perfect size party, but you can certain host more cocktail style and even exchange vows in this intimate wedding space.

montage-weddingsbest-wedding-venues-maui

The design was provided by the talented team at Island Events, using a mix of local and brought in decor elements.  Of course the florals were inspired by the tropical island surroundings and fit perfectly in this space!

best-weddings-mauimaui-weddingshawaii-wedding

The menus for the amazing five course meal were designed and hand embellished by the Hawaiian wedding invitation company, The Boutiquery.  And the dinner that it described was truly unforgettable! One event guest said it best meal they’ve ever had!  The Montage Kapalua Bay showcased the freshest fish from the area, local lobster, root vegetables, and even bread made from their local potatoes.  If you’re looking for a food-centric wedding venue with a million dollar view, you’ve arrived here.

hawaii-weddingsbest-wedding-hotels-hawaiimaui-wedding-ideas

As the sun set, the incredible staff wined and dined guests who not only enjoyed the indoor space but time out on the wraparound balcony too.  This tiny structure is one you will wish you could call home, but it’s only available for private events!

destination-weddings-mauimaui-weddingdestination-wedding-mauibeachside-wedding-mauicliff-house-maui

Luckily for us though, when the night did end, the incredible Montage Kapalua Bay residences (what they call suites) were waiting for us to retire to.  And if you think this wedding location is amazing, what until you experience the rest of the resort!

best-wedding-location-maui montage-maui-weddings montage-hawaii-weddings montage-kapalua-weddings

For an unforgettable destination wedding experience in Hawaii, land on Maui and say I do to the Montage Kapalua Bay.

montage-wedding

Event Vendors: Location: Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay, Linens: LaTavola Linens, Chair covers: WildFlower Linens, Florals: Maverick Events, Menu cards: The Boutiquery, Design: Island Events

Share