Destination Wedding in Uruguay, South America

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Sabrina and Ryan met on a cruise ship they were both working on at the time.  Ryan tells us about their first encounter that ultimately lead them down the aisle in Uruguay!  “We used to walk passed each other every now and then, but I could never stop her to talk as she was always walking like a ferrari. It was in a costume party that I had my first “approach.” That night at the end of the party, I knew I had to make a move, or say something, so I said: “what are the chances that you would go for me?” and she replied: “what’s the point, I have to leave in 2 days time”. Then it hit me, she was signing off the ship, and I probably would never see her again. So the next day, I was in my cabin, and the phone rings. I answer, and Anna (Sabrina´s roommate) says: “Sabrina says you should come out with us tonight”, to which I replied in exactly 0.6 split seconds: “yeah sure, let me know, and I will be there”. That night, which was Sabrina´s last night on the cruise ship, we finally got swept off our feet in one of the stops the ship did in Rio de Janeiro were we hung out with two other friends. At first we thought that night was going to be the last one… but it didn´t, destiny (and our will!) made that we meet again in Uruguay. That evening was the beginning of our unfogettable adventure that first took us to Argentina, then South Africa, and now finally to Uruguay.”

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So needless to say, picking their destination wedding location would be a worldly task.  “We were looking for the best sunset in South America to share with family & friends from South Africa, Scotland, Brazil, and Norway.  We  loved the idea of having a wedding on the beach in front of our friends and family.”  And this was it!

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Sabrina wore a vintage wedding gown that flowed in the coastal breeze as the duo road in on an ATV to their ceremony (a surprise to their guests as apparent by all the photos being snapped up)!

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What a sophisticated way to celebrate with a small guest count – everyone in white!  “We had 2 days of storms before the wedding, but we had “faith” that we would have a beautiful day. It turned out to be blue skies with a beautiful gazebo on the beach  and the ultimate cremony with all our guests dressed in white.”

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When we asked the groom what his most memorable moment was, he admitted to being a little eager to get to kiss the bride!  “Most memorable was kissing Sabrina before she said I do…. I was so eager and got the timing wrong :)”

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The reception took place in the estate of Playa VIK, a wonderfully modern and artfully designed backdrop to enjoy the evening within.

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For the decor?  Long tables with white paper and floral details.  “We loved the idea of a “beach theme” that would be elegant and portray a clean & fresh feel.”  Mission accomplished!

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We’re loving these napkin treatments – each place setting has a different piece of the puzzle, that together say a sweet sentiment of love.

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“Following the ceremony we had a traditional Uruguayan BBQ on the terrace, while overlooking an unforgettable sunset. Timeless.”

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At the time, the bride and groom were living in Buenos Aires, Argentina but they have since moved to  Jose Ignacio, Uruguay – to make the location even more special, fifty of their loved ones got to see where they would later settle down post “I do.”

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After dinner, guests retired to the fire pit to enjoy the evening air and great company.  Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!  Congratulations Sabrina and Ryan!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Rodriguez | Mansilla Photographers 

Wedding Vendors: Dress: Vintage purchased at Gil Antiguedades, Location: Playa VIK, Uruguay, Event Designer: Sabrina D’Agrossi, Band: Los Casal, Bar: The Wine Experience


Antigua, Guatemala Destination Wedding Re-Run

Guatemala WeddingsOur fabulous re-run today takes us down to the ancient ruins of Antigua, Guatemala for Ashley and Carlo’s lavish destination wedding.  The glamourous design was only upstaged by the bride’s beauty and the breathtaking historic property on which they wed.

The 400 guest affair (that’s right, we said 400 destination wedding guests!) was full of family, history, and lovely tradition.  The bride describes their big day and the location they landed on.  “Carlo is originally from Guatemala City and we always spend time in Antigua when we travel to see his family and friends and it’s also where we got engaged in March 2009. We love the history, culture, people and raw beauty of the city. It’s a romantic little city filled with crumbling (and preserved) ancient architecture, cobblestone streets and quiet spots to enjoy the views of the volcanoes or the lush landscape crawling with brightly colored flowers and trees.” And in honor of her family, ” I wore my mother’s wedding veil from Priscilla of Boston circa 1976, which my Aunt Dorothy also wore at her wedding.”  So sweet!

Captured by DMPJ by Glen Cooper, the scenes of the city, ceremony, and reception are simply stunning!destination weddings in guatemalaFor their destination wedding invitations, Ashley called upon her talented friend, Nicola of Lettuce Paper, to custom design her save the dates and wedding invitations.  Perfectly capturing the essences of what this event would be like, they decided to keep their vibrant reception color palette a surprise until the big day!destination save the dateNow, when I said vibrant colors, I meant vibrant colors! As Ashley described, “The flowers were selected to reflect the colors of the local textiles and the landscape, deep jewels tone with pops of hot pink, fuchsia, and deep green. The theme was about romance and all things sacred, the setting gave us the foundation to build a beautiful event that exceeded our own expectations.”  It exceeded our expectations too, and we just adore this over the top old-meets-new look of the couple’s dramatic destination weddingsPost-ceremony was when the party really got started! “We danced, drank and ate until the sun came up!” Ashley told us.  And in a grand reception space like this, lit primarily with custom crafted chandeliers and candles, it’s no surprise no one wanted to leave! The Hotel Casa Santo Domingo was an exquisite backdrop perfect for a destination wedding.dramatic destination wedding receptionsDestination couples like Ashley and Carlo often forgo traditional weddings to celebrate what truly defines them. And if you’re concerned about the family tradition and travel hurtles you may have to face, as they were too, just listen to Ashley’s account of her dream destination wedding: “It reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple- adventurous, big thinkers, who love to entertain, who appreciate the spectacular, who can dance all night and cherish happy times with our friends and family. “ Now if that isn’t reason enough to jet away for your vows, I don’t know what is!

Congratulations Ashley and Carlo!

Destination Wedding Photographer: DMPJ by Glen Cooper

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Invitation Designer: Lettuce Paper, Floral Designer: Patricia Bentacourt, Cake Designer: Cirro Bakery, Band: Karibbean Band, Wedding Dress Designer: Carolina Herrera, Jewelry: Beasley’s Baubles

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