Gale & Josh
Los Osos, California
From the photographer: “Having met Josh and Gale at another wedding I captured last year, I knew the fun celebration that was in store. Gale found the Bay Back Inn online while searching for a wedding venue, and it was perfect. Guests could stay right on the property where the intimate ceremony and reception was held. The grounds resembled that of Hawaii with the vibrant colors, gardens and oceanfront view. Old row boats were scattered throughout the venue, and it offered some great props for pictures. The soft cloud covering lasted the entire day but truly made everything pop off the page.
Gale was radiant in her dress and had an effortless beauty to her. Both of their nerves simmered the moment the saw each other. Having Josh’s cousin perform the ceremony, Josh and Gale exchanged vows overlooking the bay with boats floating by. While guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, the couple headed to Montana de Oro State Park for some couple shots on the jetties. Upon returning, everyone indulged in an incredible Mexican food spread with homemade tortillas cooked on site and some of the best guacamole around. A dessert bar awaiting everyone after the cake was cut and onto dancing they went. This group truly knows how to celebrate and enjoy being together.” –Ashley Blake of A. Blake Photography
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We are so excited about the premiere of Wedding Island on TLC, featuring our friend Sandy Malone, owner, and founder of Wedding in Vieques. She’ll share an inside look at the fun and drama that goes into planning a destination wedding in gorgeous Vieques. While the show officially premieres tomorrow at 10pm EST, there’s a sneak peek airing at 10pm EST tonight on TLC. And – lucky us! – we have an exclusive clip of the show to share with you. This clip highlights an etiquette issue that’s becoming more and more common at weddings. Check out how Sandy handles the situation:
Are you cool with guests taking pictures at your wedding? If not, is there a way to politely share a “no photography” rule? Share your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to watch the sneak peek of Wedding Island tonight at 10pm EST on TLC!
Lauren & Ryan
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It was different than anything we had seen – it wasn’t the typical banquet hall, hotel or golf course. It was simple and relaxed, exactly what we had envisioned for our wedding.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Being able to have both my grandmas be a part of the day even though they are both no longer with me. I carried one grandma’s rosary in my flowers and wore my other grandma’s pearl bracelet.
2. Our programs – I loved our message to our guests. We wanted them to know that we truly felt loved for everyone coming to Florida. We are from Chicago.
3. Our favors! Who doesn’t love a good koozie?
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our first dance, all eyes were on us, but it felt like we were the only two people in the world. We were trying to soak up the moment that we were married!
Kimberly & Tonya
From the Event Planner:
“The couple chose to exchange vows on the lawn of Fleischmann Park overlooking the Gulf in Downtown Naples FL. The day could not have been more beautiful and everyone got a giggle when the flower girl tossed her basket down the aisle. A reception followed at the Naples Bay Resort where the guests dined on small plates, each representing a different borough of New York City. Kim and Tonya knew they wanted a NYC-themed wedding to celebrate the city where they fell in love – we focused on Central Park as the inspiration for the decor. The room was filled with large plants and the centerpieces featured large trees with hanging candles and orchids. The couple surprised the guests by changing into tuxes and serving a late night snack of candied nuts and warm pretzels just as you would have on the streets of NYC.” -Kehrin Hassan, Jet Set Wed
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Danielle & Rich
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Q & A with the couple:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It was a small, intimate resort with a beautiful, clean beach and a pier. With all of those aspects, we knew we had the right venue.
Which details from your wedding were your favorites?
One favorite was the ideal location of our ceremony on the beach. We were able to have the wedding party walk through a vine covered gazebo out onto the beach. My big concern as the bride was to ensure that my groom didn’t see me until I was walking down the aisle to him. The gazebo was the perfect barrier to make sure he didn’t see me a moment before!
Another favorite detail was the sand ceremony we did after exchanging our vows. The pouring of two contrasting colored sands into one vase was symbolic to us. We were both raised by single moms and wanted them to be a part of the ceremony. We asked them to take part in this ceremony to symbolize the blending of our families.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Make sure you scout out locations in person before booking a venue when planning a destination wedding. Pictures can be deceiving and going in person is the only way that you can truly get a feel for the venue. Another reason we chose Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita was because of the exceptional service they provided while we were there during our site visit. We felt confident that they would take great care of us and our guests throughout our wedding weekend.
I would also highly recommend utilizing your trusted vendors. We booked del Sol as our photographers purely based on their exquisite work, but they also ended up being our best resource for recommendations for all aspects regarding our time in Mexico. Their team was able to recommend the make-up/hair vendors we used (which we loved) and had endless recommendations for us during our planning period. It was an unexpected bonus to booking them.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
We loved the way we set up our table for the reception. We always knew we wanted a small, cozy group of guests for our big day. Instead of separating everyone during the dinner portion of the reception, we set up one large family style table so we could all sit together. The location was perfect as well, on the property’s garden section overlooking the beach, pier and spa pool. It was truly the picture perfect location for our special day.