Colorado Elopement at Telluride Waterfall

Lauren and Josh eloped under a waterfall in beautiful Colorado. The pair weren’t entirely alone on their wedding day, their darling son Guyus, joined them to witness their sweet (and stunning!) nuptials. The couple shared their intimate wedding day with us and a little about how it came to be.

We decided that something so important and special was better shared with those to whom it would mean the most. Not that our families wouldn’t have loved to be there, but since I have some health issues that make it hard to cement long term plans, we usually play things by ear. This day turned out to be no different: We made a few plans, went on a road trip (and got lost a little bit) and had an adventure!

Colorado holds a special place in our hearts. My husband was born here and I grew up outside of Denver. We started our relationship here. We felt like it would be really wonderful to incorporate the natural beauty of a place we both love so much in our special day.

The bride and groom loved having their little one by their side as they tied the knot!

He’s such a character, and he makes everything so fun! It was such a treat to be able to have him share in our familial celebration of love.

       

When we asked the bride about the most memorable moments from the day…

I think my son would definitely say the cake!

For me, it was just so special to be able to share that love we have for each other in such natural splendor, feeling at once both magnificent in the power of our celebration and minute in the setting of the world.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  RebeccaMarie Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer: azucar bakery, Floral Designer: Bella Calla, Design and Decor: Candlelight Ambiance, Dress Designer: D’Lola Couture, Event Planner: Sweetly Paired, Location: Telluride Waterfall

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Festive Destination Wedding in Las Vegas

Tamara and Karol opted for a festive Las Vegas destination wedding, one where they embraced all the city has to offer couples.  This wasn’t a quickie Vegas wedding however, the lovebirds selected the city for the special meaning it had right from the start of their relationship.  The newlyweds shared their story (and their wedding planning advice) with us!

Las Vegas held a special place in our hearts.  It was our first trip together as a couple, I proposed to Tamara in Vegas on New Years Eve 2014, and we had such great memories from all our trips to Vegas that it was just a natural perfect fit to be married in Vegas.

A favorite moment from the day for the groom?  When Robert our photographer set Tamara and I back to back where we then turned around to see each other for the first time that day.  Seeing Tamara in her dress was an emotional wonderful moment that I will remember forever and Robert captured it for us magically. 

Our photo stop at the Neon Sign Museum was really cool and was a great backdrop to capture some iconic and unique photos with our wedding party.

  

We wanted a fun environment with a great strip view for our guests to enjoy.  The Hard Rock Cafe had this cool vibe and a good location on the strip.  We had a lot of family coming in from overseas and many North American guests were coming to Vegas for the first time so we wanted their first Vegas experience to be memorable.  Our Hard Rock Cafe coordinator Christy was amazing and very detailed oriented and patient.  She connected us with a great décor designer from Naakiti Floral Design that helped create the vision we had for the floor space at the Hard Rock.   

The couple’s destination wedding planning advice, now that they are newlyweds?

Communicate with each other through the process.  A local professional wedding coordinator is a good idea when trying to plan an elaborate wedding.  We coordinated everything ourselves but we now have a whole new respect for what wedding coordinators do. 

You will go over budget no matter how stringent you are.  Be ready to spend more than you planned for.

However, if there is one tip we can give anyone planning a destination wedding is to spend the money on the best photographer and videographer you can.  They will help capture and create memories that will make you smile every time you look at your photos or videos.  Robert Evans and Jeff Berlin were our dream team and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts, patience, and amazing eye to capture these memories on our special day.

To see more of this Las Vegas destination wedding, check out the video highlights here!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Robert Evans Studios

Wedding Vendors: Bride + Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Karol & Tamara Warminiec, Wedding Location, Venue Coordinator, Food + Beverage: Hard Rock Café Las Vegas Strip (Christy Rasmussen), Florist & Décor Designer: Naakiti Floral Design, Officiant: Angie Kelly, Videography: Robert Evans Studios, Cake: The Gourmet Cake Factory, Desserts (cupcake tower and chocolate covered strawberries): Retro Bakery, Wedding Dress: Valencienne Bridal, Hair and Makeup: Perfect Hair And Makeup

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Beautiful Beach Destination Wedding on St. John

Felicia and Drew held their destination wedding on the beautiful island of St. John. So how did the couple come to select an island wedding for their big day? The pair shared their story with us…

Drew was born on an island (albeit Long Island!) and grew up in a Florida beach town. Since my childhood, I have spent nearly all of my vacation time on a beach or near the water. Through the years, most of our vacations together have revolved around water, in one form or another. Drew proposed at the top of a snow covered mountain in Lake Tahoe. So, when it came time to choose a wedding location there was no question that we would somehow incorporate our love of water. We ultimately decided that since we got engaged on a mountain, we should get married on a beach.

We knew that we wanted a U.S. destination. Neither of us had been to the Virgin Islands so we decided to cross two items off our bucket list at once! We researched St. John and after seeing photos of Trunk Bay, it was settled.

Working with Island Style Weddings was amazing! I have a Type A personality so planning a destination wedding at a location we had never seen could have easily pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone! However, Mary put me at ease from day one. On our first call she explained that they focus on one wedding at a time. At that point I knew that hiring them would be the best planning decision I would make. And it was! Mary and her team coordinated every detail from guest accommodations, transportation and pre-wedding activities to hair and makeup, décor and flowers, photography, food and music. They provided a vendor list which was all encompassing, yet not overwhelming. They have personal relationships with their vendors and that makes all the difference in the experience that you have with each of them. Mary even officiated the ceremony for us. The level of personal attention we received throughout the entire process was wonderful! They took every phone call, read every email, listened to our ideas and provided guidance and comfort when needed. When the big day finally arrived, we were able to relax and enjoy it. Thanks to Island Style Weddings, our wedding was everything we ever wanted … and more!

There had been the threat of rain all day but on the drive from our villa to Trunk Bay, in between short showers, we saw a fantastic rainbow. We accepted that as a good sign! Yet, we did have to postpone the ceremony for a few minutes to let a brief rain shower pass. During that time, while Mary coordinated the guests and the groom on the beach, Brenda waited patiently with me under an umbrella at the top of the ramp leading to the sand. Just before I started my walk down the aisle, she helped me arrange my dress and assured me that rain on your wedding day is a sign of blessings to come.

I had chosen to walk down the aisle to the acoustic guitar version of “A Pirate Looks at 40”, one of Drew’s favorite Jimmy Buffett songs, but I had kept it a secret from Drew. It was delightful to see his expression when he recognized the song … and when he first saw me.

While I was barefoot for our beach ceremony, Drew (initially) wore flip flops. About half-way through the ceremony, I noticed that he was shaking off his shoes. Literally. When I asked him about it later, he said the thought had suddenly occurred to him: He was standing on a sandy beach … why was he wearing shoes?

St. John is so beautiful naturally, we did not want the ceremony décor to distract from the existing landscape. Instead, we took a “less is more” approach and chose simple decorations in white and pale tones to accent the sand and the ocean as our backdrop.

What stands out vividly is the laughter. There was so much joy and love and laughter surrounding us throughout the entire day.

We can honestly say that the entire day was perfect! We got married on a beautiful island, surrounded by our closest family and friends. What’s not to love??

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer + Videographer: Andrew and Elisha Wedding Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Island Style Weddings, Wedding Dress: Bel Fiore Bridal, Wedding Invitations: Minted, Hair + Makeup: Cruz Salon, Flowers: Roses Too, Officiant: Mary Bartolucci, Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay, Ceremony Music: Chris Robbert, Reception Venue: The Terrace, Reception Entertainment: DJ Adonis, Wedding Cake: Queen of Tarts, Accommodations: Villa Mistral, Welcome Party Venue: Joe’s Rum Hut, Beach Day Venue: Maho Bay, Transportation: Chris Taxi and Limo Services, Dress Steaming: Kilroy’s Dry Cleaners

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Desert Wedding Photos You’ll Flip For

Alex and Austin wanted something a bit different for their wedding photos. This cute couple opted to drive six hours in the rain to a destination that would lend itself to picture-perfect images and a day these two won’t ever forget. Their photographer, Jenna Noelle Photography, shared how this day came to be.

After throwing the wedding day plans out the window, they were stoked to have an opportunity to capture beautiful photos out in the middle of nowhere with no stress of planning or wrangling family! This couple was a joy to work with not only because of their flexibility and willingness to drive 6 hours through the rain to our destination, but because their story is so amazing.

Austin is a Columbine survivor who became addicted to the drugs prescribed to him to treat his wounds. After a decade of struggling to cope, he went sober, met Alex, and started managing an addiction recovery center in Steamboat, where he has been able to be a voice for those who fall victim to over prescription of pain medications. You would never guess, meeting this couple, that they have been through so much, but it’s clear that their bond is unique. They are effortlessly a gorgeous couple and it was truly a privilege not only to work with them, but to have such a beautiful location to do it in.

The bride-to-be, Alex, also shared with us special moments from the day and their experience.

This was our engagement photo shoot. I wore my wedding dress for two reasons, the first being more logistical, in that we weren’t sure when, where or whom would be attending the wedding and I wanted some professional photos in my dress just in case we decided to elope. The second reason was that I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to have a wedding portrait in a place as beautiful as the dunes! 

The shoot at the Sand Dunes was what I had envisioned from the beginning, and when Jenna actually agreed to it I was over the moon! We were extremely lucky to have found such an adventurous and talented photographer – she captured it better than I ever imagined. 

The day was really such a blast with so many funny memories, which are always my favorite. It was all unknown territory and quite the adventure – Austin and I had never met Jenna in person until we arrived at the Sand Dunes, which we had never visited prior to this trip. However, through all the unknowns, it fell together perfectly, all thanks to Jenna and her boyfriend, Raymond. I felt like we were all old friends by the time we left the shoot, which is a priceless memory in itself. 

 

Austin and I planned very little for this particular event, as we do with most events, and it was absolutely perfect. I’m sure more planning would have made certain things easier, but we wouldn’t have these funny little memories that made it so special. My advice is to not take things too seriously and go with the flow – don’t let the little things ruin beautiful moments. 

Congratulations to the nearly-weds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Jenna Noelle Photography

Location: Great Sand Dunes National Park, Wedding Dress: The Altar Bride

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Caribbean Beach Wedding on the Sand of St. Thomas

Laysha and Timothy tied the knot in a beach wedding on St. Thomas. This bride did double duty as Laysha was the bride and a wedding planner at the same time! We asked her about the big day and the details that came to be and here’s what the pair had to share:

Lindquist Beach is our favorite beach on the island. It was also the one decision I allowed Tim to make. I asked him where he wanted the ceremony. He immediately said “Lindquist”, so I gave it to him. I wasn’t disappointed.

The first look was incredible. It was so nice having that time to be with him right before we said our vows. It was perfect. Another moment was the moment that the stress melted away. That was when my Matron of Honor presented me with a glass of champagne as I fell into my chair to get my hair and makeup done. That was the moment that I felt like I was finished and from that point, on, I could enjoy my wedding day.

My inspiration for the design and theme was to be different than other brides. I wanted to be able to show my future clients that they didn’t have to do the same thing everyone else does. That’s why I didn’t have an arch, but instead went with trees. I didn’t choose colors that are typical for beach weddings, but chose darker colors which popped really well with the bright sky and turquoise water of the Caribbean ocean.

My something borrowed was my late brother’s license, which I simply stuck in my bouquet as a little secret that only a few family members and my husband knew about. I wanted to have him there somehow, but I didn’t want to draw attention to it. I wanted it to be a happy day, and it was. Having his license in my bouquet made it as if the 3 most important men of my family were there to walk me down the aisle. My brother, who was there in our thoughts, and my father and grandfather, who were physically there.

Sapphire Beach for the reception was a last-minute change. The original location became unavailable because of a communication error when it was booked. I’m glad that we ended up at Sapphire, because the venue is much prettier than where we were originally. It really put my coordinating skills to the test, having to change 2 days before the wedding, but we made it work and it was worth it in the end.

  

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blue Glass Photography

Wedding Vendors: Bride + Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Irie Matrimony Weddings + Events, Florist: East End Flower Shop, Hair and Makeup: Sugar and Spice Salon Spa, Officiant: Island Wedding Services, Food and Beverage (Cocktail Hour): St. Thomas Restaurant Group, Food and Beverage (Reception): Janee Tune, Videography: DOW Studio, Transportation: Marley Taxi, Cake: Island Sweet Stuff, Desserts: VI Desserts

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