We want to start off today’s blog post by saying a big,
huge, gigantic THANK YOU to Rachel and Aaron! These two are just… I N C R E D I
B L E. We first ‘met’ Rachel and Aaron over a Consultation Meeting on Skype
many, many months before their Wedding Day, and we instantly fell in love with
their personalities. Throughout the entire process of Skyping, and countless
emails back and forth, they have been encouraging, gracious, and so kind
through it all! They flew us out to Jamaica to document the BIGGEST day of
their lives and we are FOREVER grateful to them for such a remarkable
opportunity! This trip became a family affair – we had such a blast and a HUGE
part of that is because of Rachel and Aaron’s generosity of taking us to such
an exotic place in the world and allowing us the opportunity bring our little
toddler along for the adventure!
When we began editing photos for today’s blog post, we’ll be honest in saying that it was difficult - It’s been difficult because we want to do JUSTICE to the 4 days we spent with this beautiful couple and their amazing family + friends. There are only so many photos we can post! It is our hope that you get immersed with this Jamaican adventure along Rachel and Aaron as you browse through each photograph.
Montego Bay was a blast for sooo many reasons, too many to list! But a BIG reason was because of how incredible Rachel and Aaron were. They made us feel right at home the instant we met them. They valued our talent, yes, but we quickly transitioned from ‘professionals’ to ‘friends.’ They are not only a beautiful couple on the outside, but equally beautiful and genuine on the inside. We love them dearly and cannot wait to receive a phone call or email when they are expecting little ones! (yes, we are making plans to visit them in Louisiana to document their journey whenever the time is right! Ha!)
We TRULY hope you take the time to browse through today’s Blog post. It is a compilation of 4 days of events which display joy, laughter, memories, and of course – LOVE.
Sammy + Natalia + Saylah (+ baby Audrey!)
"The young women will dance for joy, and the
men - old and young - will join in the
celebration." - Jeremiah 31:13
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FROM THE BRIDE:
We were the couple that never thought we would be wed – that progressive couple that thought we didn’t need marriage to define our relationship. But something happened to us ten years later, our hearts changed and we were open to the idea. Aaron popped the question and I had butterflies. It couldn’t have been more perfect of timing.
Needless to say, I’ve never dreamt once before of what my wedding could be and had no expectations other than for it to be intimate and relaxed. And since we’re not the traditional couple, we certainly did not want a traditional ceremony. All of these things led to an easy decision, destination wedding. We fell in love with Montego Bay right away, but trying to find the perfect resort was tricky. With much research, it led us to the most incredible place on Earth (according to us), the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. This former pineapple plantation captured everything we wanted: complete sophistication but with an effortless atmosphere. Grand enough to house the likes of Grace Kelly and the Kennedys but small enough that the entire Round Hill staff knew my guests by name.
Transferring and planning for 40 people was certainly a tall task – someone described it on the trip as to “herding kittens.” However, we were up for the challenge and made it work. We were incredibly fortunate in assembling the best team that made everything incredibly easy for us – from our coordinator, Raquel, to our lovely photographers to the local artist that we used to letterpress our invitations and menus. Everyone went above and beyond and made the planning process equally as enjoyable as the execution was. Each detail was valued as a memory and was tailored to giving our guests the ultimate experience. It was important for our friends and family to feel the gratitude that Aaron and I had for them – that they had traveled so far to witness us say ‘I do’ and that they had patiently waited all these years for our big day to come.
Every day was planned with an event. A chartered sailboat served as our welcome party, where we snorkeled in a nearby lagoon and toured the bay until sunset. The following day, Aaron proudly organized beach games on the shore, which involved tossing mangos into rings and relay races on paddle boats. Later that night, we kicked off our shoes and dined directly on the beach in the sand for our rehearsal dinner. We enjoyed a Jamaican barbeque feast and celebrated with folklore dancers, fire breathing artists and the now-infamous limbo. News traveled quickly, and I was greeted as “Limbo Queen” from there on out.
Our ceremony was held on a shallow cliff overlooking the bay and the cocktail party in a large hut next to the infiniti pool. Candles illuminated the path for our guests which lead them to our sunset reception at the Hanover terrace. Paper lanterns adorned the large tree that pierced through the balcony and shaded our guests below. Candles glistened throughout… That night was perfect and will forever have our hearts. Every second was divine. It was so peaceful and calm... But perhaps, I was a bit too relaxed because I forgot a handful of things to do including putting on my garter! My sister ran back to our villa during the reception to grab it and Sammy chuckled, “This is a first.” But that was the magic of it – everyt’ing is gonna be alright.
Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas (http://www.roundhill.com/)
Wedding Coordinator: Raquel Bernard
Photographer: Closer to Love Photography
Videographer: Elite Media Concepts (http://elitemconcepts.com/)
Floral and Candles: Tia Flora Services Ltd. (http://www.taiflora.com/)
Invitations and Menus: Blackbird Letterpress (http://www.blackbirdletterpress.com/)
Calligrapher of invitations and menus: Neithersnow (http://www.neithersnow.com/)
Calligrapher of place cards: Nancy Hopkins Handlettering (http://hopkinslettering.com/)
Guest Bags: Faux Pas Printing (http://www.fauxpasprints.com/)
Cake: Round Hill
Officiant: Glenroy Clarke
Ceremony Guitarist: Jorge Valenciano
DJ: Kevan Stewart (http://jaweddingdj.com/dj.php)
Makeup: LVO Makeup Artistry by Lynna Vo (https://www.facebook.com/lvomakeupartistry?sk=wall&filter=2)
Hair: Huey Nguyen
Dress: BHLDN (http://bhldn.com/)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo ((http://jimmychoo.com/)
Veil: Mia Bridal Couture (http://miabridalcouture.com/)
Hair pins: BHLDN (http://bhldn.com/)
Garter: Bella Fleur Bridal (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaFleurBridal)
Maid of Honor Dress: J.Crew (http://www.jcrew.com/wedding.jsp)
Custom suit: Luca Falcone(http://lfsuits.com/)
Shoes: To Boot New York (http://www.toboot.com/)
Tie: Tie Bar (http://www.thetiebar.com/)
Cufflinks: Zara (http://www.zara.com/)
Best Man: Custom suit by Luca Falcone