Sharon and Matt’s small Belize wedding at Honey Camp Ranch cost them just $5000. They avoided the usual trappings of a traditional wedding, instead choosing to do things their way. That meant everything was either borrowed, donated or homemade. The bride wore a custom wedding dress, made for her by her mother, and no shoes! She made the stationery herself and the flowers and reception decorations were collected from the local area.
This was also a completely unplugged event. There was no electricity, and no cell phones or computers allowed! The couple wanted their wedding to be a refreshing escape from their excessively electronic lives in the US.
“The inspiration for the wedding was love for the nature of Belize”, wrote the bride. “The most unusual thing about our wedding was that there was no electricity. The natural sounds of Honey Camp Ranch and the romantic light of gas lanterns in the evening made the lack of electricity a huge beneﬁt and gave a better connection with the amazing natural environment of Belize – away and unplugged from the busy world. It was different from the norm because it was a destination wedding, was super low-key, and was in the jungle!”
Emma and Liam wanted to honeymoon in Fiji so they thought, “hey, why don’t we just get married there too!?” So they upped sticks from their home in Australia and travelled over with all their family and friends for the wedding – and honeymoon – of a lifetime! Emma wore a beautiful customised 1950s style dress from House of Mooshki.
“I’ve always thought that I looked better in the 1950s style then I do in modern day dresses.”, began the bride. “I have always known that what I wore on my wedding day would reflect me and who I am, and not someone else. I knew I wanted a tea length wedding dress, and I knew I was going to have red shoes and red somewhere on that dress. And despite family having doubts, I stuck to my guns and stuck true to me.”
Marina & Phil wanted a small and intimate destination wedding in Maui. They love to travel and adore the water so a ceremony at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm followed by an after dinner boat cruise was perfect! “We love the outdoors”, Marina wrote. “In particular, we love picnics with a great view. That’s what we ended up doing – a wonderful picnic on a mountain on a tropical island. We laugh that we could not decide whether to get married on a mountain or on a tropical island, so did both. We also decided to have our wedding on the 4th of July because we wanted fireworks!”
The ceremony was officiated by Phil’s grandpa Jim, a retired navy captain and still an avid world traveller. “This man does not like Hawaii because it’s ‘too damn hot’ and asking him to officiate was the a way to get him to attend to the wedding!” Marina laughed. “His ceremony was simple and entertaining. We are so blessed that he could attend.”
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Hollie & John were married in Maui in April. The couple had a big hand in everything they planned. Although they hired suppliers to fulfil their wedding dreams, they were both there from start to finish. “John and I planned every detail”, began the bride. “We made amazing friends with our vendors and were able to experience the entire process from start to finish. I highly advise, if you have the organizational skills and enjoy sleepless nights, to plan your own wedding. We both carry an invaluable connection having survived the process and a feeling of self-gratification and accomplishment as we watched our wedding grow from conception to birth. I personally would not have done it any other way.”
The one thing they didn’t make themselves, though, was Hollie’s incredible Vera Wang wedding gown, which set the elegant tone for the entire day. “Our inspiration all started with the dress”. she continued. “I tried on the white version of Vera Wang’s ‘Hayley’ and knew I absolutely did not want a white dress (boring and not me) and when I found out it also was available in nude I jumped on the opportunity and ordered it blind. Vera’s inspiration and vision of the ‘Hayley’ gown had me hook, line and sinker. She said that the dress embodied ‘the pageantry of the Paris Opera’ and I was SOLD!! I admire textiles and ‘Hayley’ has major textiles. Vera used fabric manipulations in place of sparkle in order to give the dress vavoom.”
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“The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is not your usual destination wedding location… Then again, we’re not your typical bride and groom,” wrote Erin & John. “First of all, we wanted to base our wedding and honeymoon around Carnival that happens every year in Trinidad. It’s one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations – and we wanted to be dressed in sequins, feathers, and not much else for our honeymoon celebration. We invited our friends to come to Tobago the week before Carnival for our wedding. We rented out all the villas at The Palms Villa Resort – and partied for a solid week leading up to our big day. The following week, our friends followed us on our honeymoon…and danced with us in the streets of Trinidad! How nice of Trinidad to throw us such a lovely wedding reception!”
The wedding day started with portraits on the beach, “Our photographer Angela Hubbard spent the morning following us around the small island of Tobago taking our photos on the beach, next to the colorful and whimsical architecture of Tobago, with goats, carrying chickens – you name it! She captured such whimsical, beautiful, and silly moments… The photos are priceless.”
Erin wore an amazing Vera Wang gown and John designed his outfit himself. “He wanted something just as unique and special,” continued Erin. “He succeeded, with custom made boots, hat, suit, and a vintage Louis Vuitton silk shirt. John’s best friend and best man, his chocolate lab, Loki, couldn’t be there – but his life-sized cut-out was! As for the rest of the bridal party, we gave loose guidelines – but really, it was all about us. With a few accessories like parasols for the bridesmaids and matching hats for the groomsmen – everything came together beautifully.”
“To end our special day, we lit Chinese wishing lanterns and sent them off into the night sky. It was so beautiful (despite our worry that our wedding might forever be known as “the night we burned down Tobago”) and magical – that thinking back on it now, it hardly seems real…”