What could be better than a day at the beach? Well, how about a wedding on the beach! I am so excited to share our featured bride, Venessa’s, Caribbean wedding with you! Learn about how her and husband met and take a look at their warm, sunny tropical pictures. It’s a great and beautiful escape from winter!
My husband and I met through mutual friends (thank you Chuck D. – I’m forever grateful) – while attending college at The Ohio State University. We were friends for four years before we started dating. I knew my husband was “the one” because I truly felt comfortable around him at all times. I found comfort in his presence, not his absence. He encouraged me to reach for my goals, fostered a sense of self worth and treated me with the respect that each one of us rightly deserves. I always feel confident, comfortable, loved, special and desired when I am with my husband. After almost 10 years, I still feel the same thrill when I see him.
We were married on August 13, 2011 at Sea Wind Resort in Negril, Jamaica. My husband and I LOVE the Caribbean so a beach wedding on the island of Jamaica was perfect!
My favorite memory of the day is a tie between walking down the aisle at our ceremony and dancing at our reception. Two totally different feelings but both equally amazing. I wish I could redo our wedding day all over again. I had so much fun!
If you could anything differently, what would it be?
Overall, everything went as planned. I’m not sure that I would do anything differently. But, if I could do it all over again, I would ask our DJ to play longer. I had so much fun at our reception. Our DJ kept the party going. I definitely didn’t want it to end.
Start planning as early as possible. It gives you time to look for deals on craigslist, ebay, BravoBride or other discount websites. Don’t make a huge DIY list. Time flies by. If you are planning a destination wedding, hire a wedding coordinator. I worked exclusively with our wedding coordinator and everything turned out fabulous.
Thank you Venessa for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!
Venessa’s Wedding Vendors
Photography: Carden’s Photography / Bride’s Gown: Tara Keely / Groom’s suit: Express
Venue & Cake: Sea Wind Resort / Flowers: Floral Fantasy / DJ: DJ Gemini
Bride’s Hair & Make-up: Debra Barrett from Scissors Salon
Favors for the ladies: personalized wine charms – Wilma & Betty Etsy shop / Favors for the men: cigars purchased in Negril, Jamaica / Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Gavin, Sea Wind Resort