Destination Wedding in Aruba

Valaya and Johnny wed on September 8th on the beautiful Caribbean island of Aruba.  They selected that locale because of the bride’s love of the area, “I went to Aruba on a girls-only vacation two years prior and I absolutely fell in love with the feel of the whole island.  The island motto is ‘One Happy Island’ and it is just that!  I’ve done some travelling before but this island stole my heart during my first visit.  When my husband and I talked about how we wanted our wedding to “feel” like, we agreed that we wanted a very private, low-key and family-like atmosphere.  We wanted our guests to feel like they were a part of one big family vacation so we chose a place that we would consider bringing our families to.”  In order to make it that much more intimate, the couple chose the Renaissance Resort on Renaissance Island as their wedding venue.  “We both decided on the Renaissance Island because of its privacy and it worked out great!  The boat ride to the island was fantastic and our guests had a blast just running through the water.”

To kick off the festivities, the couple sent this adorable map themed invitation to get guests excited about the adventure!

“Renaissance Island actually has 2 sides to it – Flamingo Island and Iguana Island.  Our ceremony took place on Flamingo Island where there were flamingos walking around all along the beach.  They were beautiful pink against the clear blue waters.  Many of the guests were daring and actually went up very close to them for pictures.” 

What a great ring pillow idea – a wooden airplane from your little man to fly down the aisle (and it doubles as a toy for him during the reception)!

Aruba Destination Wedding PhotosThe palette was bright yellow, white and a few soft natural greens – all complimenting the island and not distracting guests from the natural beauty around them.

The bride wore a one shoulder Maggie Sottero gown while the groom dressed in a white linen suit.

And all her gals dressed in yellow!

The bride and groom used the beautiful surroundings as the focus of the event design.  “Our inspiration was the beach and its simple beauty.  We had a few elements at our wedding for our guests to enjoy – yellow and white sunglasses for our guests to wear during the ceremony, grey and yellow pashminas and fans for guests to cool off.    We didn’t go overboard with details…we wanted the natural backdrop to be the main piece of our wedding and kept everything else to a minimum.”  

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What a spectacular ceremony site at sunset!

In lieu of a guest book, family and friends imprinted a rendering of a tree with their fingerprints in the coordinating wedding colors.

Many of the unique elements were made by the couple, with the help of some hard working bridesmaids.  “We made the details we did have for the wedding light enough to pack and easy to assemble upon arrival (like our DIY welcome bags, that we gave out during our welcome dinner prior to the wedding day, which had only a few essential items like pretzels, SPF, aloe lotion and a DIY emergency first aid kit).  Keeping things simple and minimal for a destination wedding is worth it in the long run!”

And as dark fell, the reception heated up!

“Our reception took place on Iguana Island named after the blue iguanas that are found on that part of the island.  We did have a minor issue with uninvited sand fleas that appeared during sunset.  It was chaos for our guests for a good few minutes as it really did take us by surprise but as the sun disappeared, they were gone and everyone was happy again.”  

“By the end of the night, some of the guests got too happy and started to throw each other in the ocean to cool off – including the bride and groom!”  A great way to end a wonderful celebration!

Congratulations Valaya and Johnny!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Courtney Davidson

Wedding Vendors: Location: Renaissance Resort / Renaissance Island, Dress designer: Maggie Sottero, Florist: Renaissance Island florist, Invitations, Welcome Bag, Welcome Booklet: DIY, Wedding Cake: The Renaissance Resort, Makeup Artist: Loretta Tong / Embellir Artistry 


Beach Honeymoon Clothes

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Last week we covered how to cover up for your beach honeymoon and still look like that oh-so sexy blushing bride.  Today’s honeymoon attire is for a bride who is a tad more daring and loves the look of a bikini on the beach.  Show off with color, polka dots and even a heart shaped tan line on your bum with the bikini pictured above.  Layer your look with bangles, hats, a designer beach tote and a pair of wedges and you can walk right off the sand to a swanky lunch spot or cocktails at the magic hour.  Here are some of our favorites for this season’s beach honeymoon!  Ruffles, bright prints and even a toned down black and white look are all great gear to pack for your sunny honeymoon stay.

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Black Honeymoon Beachware

Planning a tropical honeymoon to sit on the beach and sip fruity cocktails while you recover from all that dancing?  Sounds delightful! But what if you’re not the type to bare it all on the beach?  Have no fear, we’ve got a few sexy and not-so risque options to be a beautiful blushing bride in all black.

black honeymoon cover upBlack Swimsuit: A one piece can still be sexy and this Calvin Klein mesh wrap bandeau swimsuit is just that!  Covers you up but shows just enough skin to be young and sophisticated too.

Ruffled Swimsuit: Love this low cut one piece by Zimmermann Glasshouse. With a lace trim crossover V neck and beaded straps that tie behind neck, this is a show stopper for a lady who doesn’t want to bare all in a bikini.

Sunglasses: Gotta love Gucci.  Inspired by Gucci’s iconic bamboo, these oversized square-frame sunglasses have tiny gold inserts to add to the detail and update the Audrey look.

Black and White Tote: The perfect staple for during and after the honeymoon is a tote by Hable Construction.  This bag is perfect for the beach, has a zip closure and plenty of room to pack as a carry on and for a day in sun.

Platform Sandals: Go nautical with these hot YSL wedges.  The suede sandals would look perfect with a pair of white shorts and a flowy black top or even your one piece bathing suit coming off the sand.

Cuff Bracelet: This heart shaped cuff by Eddie Borgo is the perfect accessory to dress up that cover up. 

Black and White Bow Bikini: For a bikini that isn’t too tiny, consider this sweet bow-embellished black suit by Miu Miu.

Black Cover Up: For a crocheted cover up, this one takes the cake.  Vix created a tunic will show just a hint of your bikini or suit underneath and still show plenty of leg for maximum sun.Vix,

Black and White Cover Up: Day or night, this silk-chiffon maxi dress is the perfect piece to pack for your honeymoon.  Designed by Norma Kamali, this look can go from sand to sipping cocktails over lunch and even into the evening, depending how you dress it up or dress it down.