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It’s casual baby.  That’s right… a casual beach wedding.  I love how the groom wore jeans and the design of this wedding was quite literally the beautiful surroundings.  Chalk up another reason why destination weddings are so cool!!  Special thanks to Jennifer Kathryn for sending us this special wedding!  Below the photos, Jennifer wrote about her experience capturing this lovely wedding:

 

“Working with Brittany and Reed before and during their beautiful wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was such a wonderful experience!! Brittany is also a professional photographer (InSite Creatives based out of Humboldt, Iowa) and we were connected through some mutual friends of ours (Bob and Dawn Davis). We hit it off instantly and I had so much fun getting to know them both in the months leading to their wedding.  Since they live quite a distance from Chicago, we planned to meet up in historic Galena, IL for their engagement session. My engagement sessions typically last 2-3 hours, but since we both traveled several hours we wanted to make the most of our time, and we spent all day together shooting and hanging out. I loved hearing their story (they are high school sweethearts!) and so enjoyed watching them interact! Brittany is sweet, fun, spunky and sassy and Reed is laid back, easygoing and a blast to be around. Getting to know my clients is so important to capturing images that authentically reflect who they are, and what I love about Brittany and Reed is that building relationship is a priority for them as well. They come from a small town with a very tight knit circle of friends and family, and when planning their wedding the thing that was most important was that they be surrounded by those they love while they exchange their vows. They decided they’d like to get married on the anniversary of their first date (January 17th) and since it was winter in Iowa, they figured why not invite all of their loved ones with them to sunny Punta Cana? I took another photographer friend with me both to their e-session and to the wedding so they’d have ample coverage of their celebration, and from the moment we stepped onto the resort they invited us to be a part of everything. Brittany put a lot of care into planning certain details such as custom designed luggage tags, plane ticket themed invitations and personalized beverage holders for their guests. The guys wore colored ties with white button down linen shirts and jeans while the girls rocked chic dresses in matching bright colors. They chose their own funky jewelry and shoes and each held a fan instead of a traditional bouquet. Guests were given fans at their seats both to take home as a souvenir and use to stave off the heat!  But when it came to the logistics of the day, Brittany and Reed left it up to the resort staff to do what they are best at. They entrusted me with the agenda and direction of the day and focused on what really mattered to them- having fun and celebrating with their guests!  It was such an honor to capture their day and I’m truly thankful to have been a part of their celebration. Staying at Ocean Blue was a fantastic experience and there was never a shortage of things to do. They had plenty of shops and I loved the variety of restaurants. It was my second time to Punta Cana and I would come back to this resort in a heartbeat.”

NOTABLES:

Resort: Ocean Blue & Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  The resort had its own wedding coordinator, musicians, wedding area on the beach, private restaurant and catering for events, and a full service spa for bridal use. (Wedding link)  The all inclusive resort offered excursions and had 9 restaurants to choose from.

Photographer:  Jennifer Kathryn

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Shoes: Fergie

Invitations: Since Brittany is also a professional photographer, she used her own lab to custom design her own Save the Dates, Invitations and post-wedding reception invitations.

Today I’ve been asked to share my wedding inspiration board with you and I can’t wait!

My fiancé and I both love France, the culture, the food, the dress sense, the cities and the refreshing attitude to life – my fiancé even has a tattoo on his wrist in French to show his love for the language!

So, we’ve always known that our wedding would be in France or at least have a Parisian theme.

Many of the pictures I’ve chosen for my inspiration board are a mix of pastel shades, mainly ivory, powder blue and peachy pink. As a blonde girl with pale skin, I feel these hues compliment my colouring, and we all know that’s an important consideration when trying to finalize a color scheme for the big day!

I’ve decided I don’t want a large traditional meal or buffet, I’d rather have a selection of sweets, like the pictures of cupcakes, marshmallows and macaroons I’ve collected together. I think these cute and colorful sweets would go well with large bunches of pastel colored balloons, tied together with ribbons and bows instead of lots of flowers.

I love French interiors and the picture of the spiral staircase I’ve included is a beautiful design, which I think would work well copied onto a dress or some of the wedding furniture. The white and dark chocolate cake has been decorated with a similar pattern, I’d love a very simple cake like that with ornate detailing around the sides and obviously chocolate is the best choice!

I haven’t decided on a design for my gown yet, but although I know I want it to be rather simple, I’d love it to have some ruffling and lace detail – as I think these features look really classy and very French!

I want my hair to look styled yet a little undone, which is why I’ve included a photo of what I think is a perfect, relaxed bun. I think there’s definitely a fine line between it looking good and just plain messy and this example does that perfectly!

Image: 1 Balloons from izillatheterrible

Image: 2 Staircase from remodelling.tumblr.com

Image: 3 Eiffel Tower from WeHeartIt

Image: 4 Blue Dress from Petals and Waves

Image: 5 Chocolate Cake from Poires au Chocolat

Image: 6 Ruffles from Good Night Irene

Image: 7 Felt Blossoms from Dashing Etc

Image: 8 Macaroons from Fashion Toast

Image: 9 Messy Bun from Department of the Interior

Image: 10 I do Cupcakes from WeHeartIt

Image: 11 Blue and White from WeHeartIt

Image: 12 Lace from psiheya.deviantart.com

I think I want to just bathe myself in the colors of the Bahamas.  Those soft pinks, light beiges, and blues of the sky and the ocean!  That in itself is enough for me to want to get married there!

This wedding that Ian Grant sent over to us looks like so much fun.  The big day took place at Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort.  One thing you should know when you plan a destination wedding, is that your guests will most likely stay till the very end.  Everyone is on vacation and no one is thinking about their “to do” list for the next day.  You can tell that was definitely the case at Veronica & Brian’s wedding!  Here are the fabulous images:

 

More amazing photos from Betwixt Studio!  This time, their engagement session shot a few days before their wedding as well as several gorgeous shots of the island!

“What can be better than a fresh island smoothie made to order at one of Kauai’s local smoothie stands? Nothing that we know! We were excited to steal Danielle and Scott away from the wedding festivities for a couple of hours to explore Kaua’i and capture some engagement style portraits before their big day. Even though we had previously captured their San Diego engagement photos, we thought it was important to capture the couple on their favorite island. We started off at the St. Regis in Princeville before moving into the heart of Hanalei town, where we captured Danielle and Scott amid the bright colors and beautiful scenery. We finished with a few pictures in a to die for hidden stretch of beach on Hanalei Bay. Can you say Aloha?! Mahalo Danielle and Scott for taking us with you to a little slice of paradise!!”

Talk about romantic… take a look at this intimate wedding shot by Betwixt Studio that took place at the St. Regis in Princeville, Kaua’i!  Kaua’i is such a wonderful setting for a wedding.  It’s one of the most mountainous of the hawaiian island chains and doesn’t have as much tourism traffic as the other islands.  If you head to Kaua’i, be ready for absolutely STUNNING views.   This island is perfect for a relaxing getaway.  You won’t find many nightclubs or things of that nature, just beautiful beaches and scenery!  Here’s what Maurice & Amy (the talented photographers) had to say about this wedding:

“We are always honored and excited to travel with a bride and groom to capture their destination wedding. From the moment we start packing our bags we know a wedding on the Hawaiian islands is going to be an amazing experience. Kaua’i was no exception. Kaua’i is relaxing, charming, peaceful, beautiful and just everything you think Hawaii can be. Kaua’i also happens to be Danielle and Scott’s favorite place to vacation and relax away from their busy lives in Southern California so it was the natural choice for their destination wedding. Together with their closest friends and family, they shared a week of celebrations at the Westin Princeville Resort, culminating with their wedding ceremony and reception at the nearby St. Regis, Princeville. The  Resort is a gorgeous, serene and private location on the north shore of Kaua’i with terrific views of Hanalei Bay and the Makana mountains. It is the perfect location for a Kaua’i wedding. To give their guests a true Hawaiian experience, Danielle and Scott surprised everyone with fire dancers and live Hawaiian music at their intimate reception. What we loved most about this couple was their laid back approach to planning their wedding. They worked with the St. Regis Resort to plan most of the details, having a local florist and event designer transform the ceremony location and reception setting to their vision. They also decided to bring us, their photographers, along with them. In getting to know us before the wedding, they were certain that one of the most important aspects of their wedding would go flawlessly. Since photography was so important to the both of them, they took us out a few days early to capture their enjoyment of the island. We had fun shooting a Kaua’i engagement session with the bride and groom, visiting some of their favorite spots on the island. They also asked us to capture lots of gorgeous details of the island to remind them of the beauty of the island. We could not have been more thrilled to be there with Danielle and Scott for their special day.”

Notables:

Venue:  St. Regis, Princeville

Destination Wedding Photography:  Betwixt Studio

Bridal Gown: Ulla Maiji

Bridesmaid Dress:  Melissa Sweet

Invitations:  Ceci New York

Florist: Martin Roberts

Want to see more images?  We have a second post coming later today from Betwixt Studio with Danielle & Scott’s engagement session in Hanalei as well as more scenery shots of the island and the St. Regis, Princeville.  Stay tuned!

I truly love the south.  I do.  Everyone is so warm and friendly and there’s just a different pace of life.  It’s all about family and who you surround yourself with.  At least that’s what I’ve experienced.  Charleston is one of the most charming southern cities and I literally jump for joy every time I’m able to travel there. For those of you thinking of planning a wedding in Charleston, you’ll have a gorgeous backdrop of huge trees and southern architecture.  Just note that it does get quite hot & humid in the summer, so spring and fall are best.

Amanda & Marc had a beautiful and intimate wedding at Wickliffe House in Charleston. Richard Israel photographed shot these beautiful moments as well as their unique & personal details.  I just love the “well wishes” suitcase!  Enjoy this one!

Notables:

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  The Wickliffe House

Photographer:  Richard Israel

Flowers:  Frampton Flowers

Ring Bearer Bowl: Paloma’s Nest

Scent Sachets: ScentAir

Wedding Gown: Alvina Valenta

Bridesmaids Dresses:  J Crew

Trolley: Absolutely Charleston