The Best Kind of Love Story

All love stories are amazing to hear, but the ones that everyone (including Hollywood) seems to love the most are those take a few twists and turns along the way. Tyler and Marissa’s story is just that, and with these incredibly scenic images from Once Wed Preferred Vendor Jessica Rose Photography, we hope that you enjoy their tale.

From the bride:
“Tyler and I met our first day of college in Seattle and became instant-friends; however it wasn’t until four years later that we experienced the “aha!” moment and wondered why we hadn’t been together all along. But by then Tyler had already accepted a job in DC and I was moving back to Los Angeles, so dating didn’t come easy. It was a long road back to each other, but the solid friendship and deep love that had grown between us all those years managed to withstand the distance. Tyler pursued me the old fashioned way with handwritten letters, which I’ve kept safely in a box for our children to read one day. And seven years after we first met, we finally moved back to Seattle to start a new life together in a wonderfully familiar place. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that good love stories- the ones that really stick with you- are never perfect. They have long intermissions, moments that feel like failure, and plenty of asking for help along the way. But when you’re both standing side by side in spite of all the odds that were stacked against you, love is the sweetest kind of victory. And if you ask me, that’s a pretty good story.” 

From the photographer, Jessica Rose Photography:
“Rattlesnake Ridge offered the perfect backdrop to showcase the love these two share. Deep and beautiful, full of rich history, this is a place (and these are the people) that defy the odds and become even more beautiful because of them.”

Photographer: Jessica Rose | Dress: Free People | Brides shoes: Funkis | Engagement Ring: Amy Gregg Jewelry | Location: Rattlesnake Ridge, Washington | Groom’s Pants: JCrew | Grooms Shoes: Clark, Desert Boots

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05.13.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Bold Beach Wedding in Coral and Peach

Though we can’t all live by the sea, most of us feel drawn to it in one way or another. And if you are able, a wedding by the beach should be at the top of your list! Today we’re excited to share this beautiful editorial, inspired by the South Florida landscape and pulling together fresh ideas for all of our beach brides. The combination of coral and peach hues in wedding palettes isn’t new, but we love the bold way those vibrant florals are paired with the cultured wood table and chairs. Read on for more details behind these beach wedding ideas!

More from the event designer, Beauty in the Making:

“Inspired by the distinctive landscape of South Florida, we situated ourselves on the shoreline of Key Biscayne, a glorious location that quietly reveals the spirit and eighteenth century history of this area. The lighthouse is the oldest structure in Dade County & tells old tales of marauding pirates that passed through these islands.  I was influenced by the azure blue of the sea, golden rays of sunshine and lush greenery that characterizes this unique area.  Magenta and deep coral tulips, ranunculus and ivy vines highlighted the surroundings as the sun set, inviting the night fall.  Feather and Stone captured it all so amazingly, not only this stunning couple but all the finer details of the settings and scenery.

The magnificent Marchesa gown contrasted our backdrop with a gentle under layer of gold lace covered in decadent pearls and crystals. I felt it made for an elegant distinction from the simple beauty of the blues skies and sea. The cultured table made by Wood that Works paired with gold accented plates, glasses and cutlery, vegetation and pop of color from the blooms that seemed to be growing out of the center of it all.  An island affair that would excite any bride, highlighting the exquisiteness of this paradise.”

Photographer: Feather and Stone Photography | Coordination, Design and Paper Goods: Beauty in the Making | Flowers: Divine Design Flowers by Eileen Morales | Hair & Makeup:  Jet Alexandra Hair & Makeup | Bridal Dress and Jewelry:  Chic Parisien (Marchesa Gown) | Beaded Body Suit and Sheer Skirt: One Day Bridal | Tuxedos:  Men’s Warehouse Coral Gables | Table Rental: Wood That Works | Chairs:  Hitched Event Rentals |Models:  Next Models Miami (Roselyn & Dwayne)

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05.12.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dreamy Mountainside Wedding Inspiration

We love to receive weddings in which the bride or groom is also a wedding professional. Having seen and been a part of so many weddings as a photographer, today’s bride had a very keen idea of what she wanted her wedding to look and feel like. The planning started with the perfect location: in their stunning home country of Montenegro. With stunning views of the bay and the mountains, this idyllic setting became the backdrop for their romantic celebration.

More from the bride:
We met each other when studied in the same university. It was so long ago that it seems that we were together all our life! Last August, when we celebrated our 10th anniversary in Paris, Nikita proposed to me at Etretat. It was absolutely unexpected and unforgettable – that amazing place, sunset and just us!

We have felt ourselves as a family for a long time already, so our wedding was just a beautiful celebration of our love, an opportunity to gather our closest people together.
As I’m a wedding photographer, I knew all about wedding planning and decoration and we decided to make as much as we could by ourselves. We live in Montenegro, so there wasn’t a question where to celebrate. We are very happy to live in such a beautiful place, able to enjoy fantastic views of the bay and mountains every day. I couldn’t resist to use it as an illustration for our invitations. We found a cozy little villa on the seaside with the same beautiful view to host our reception.
All our guests helped us to make that day wonderful! On the night before our wedding, girls were helping with flowers, boys with lights! It added an especially warm mood to our celebration and we are so grateful for all their help and support! I can’t imagine what we would do without a huge floral help from our friend, Karina!
To be honest, I was a little bit of a crazy bride. I wanted to control everything! We were so nervous about the weather forecast. Only on the wedding morning was I able to relax. I started that day with making my bouquet. It was raining, but I didn’t care. And after a couple of hours, it gave way to sunshine! The weather stayed lovely the rest of the day.
It was very interesting to be on the other side of the camera, and I really liked it! Thank you so much to our dream team – Jose, Mar and Max – for helping us to relax and feel ourselves so comfortable! And for saving these important moments in such beautiful way! 

Photography: Romance Weddings  | Event Design, Stationary, Bridal Bouquet: bride Sonya Khegay |  Flowers – the bride & Karina | Wedding Dress – Rhea Costa | Wedding Shoes – Aerin | Rings – Tiffany | Earrings – Rl Jewel | Bridal Robe – custom made, designed be the bride | Groom’s Attire & Shoes- Hugo Boss | Hair & Makeup – Olga Pichugina | Cinematography – Maxim Molchanov

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05.11.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Your Dream Honeymoon Awaits at Sandals

One of our awesome Account Executives, Stephanie Godfrey was recently invited to go down and hang out at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica, and she’s excited to share her experience with you today! Keep reading to find out more about Sandals Whitehouse.

My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful country of Jamaica and stay at the all inclusive Sandals Whitehouse. Let me tell you, this is what luxury feels like. We had the best time. The pristine beaches, friendly staff and wonderful food and cocktails… It was bliss! After 6 years of marriage and 1 toddler, we felt like we were on our honeymoon all over again.

Every room at the resort has an ocean view which is such a treat. Our room was sprinkled with rose petals, a bottle of champagne chilling, some Red Stripes in the fridge and a plate of appetizers. After a much needed nap, we indulged in the treats and later met with our group at one of the great restaurants in the resort.

Everything thru the entire trip was effortless and so relaxing.

While there, I got to tour the resort and all of the endless possible locations to get married. There was one spot where these two trees created an organic arch on the beach and it was hands down my favorite.

I can see why Sandals and Sandals Whitehouse is such a popular place to plan your destination wedding, renew your vows, elope with just the two of you or plan a stress free honeymoon. The staff and the planners make it so easy. Every detail can be tailored to the couples needs and preferences. Perfect for a destination wedding when planning from afar.

There is no pressure to do anything. You could have your butler reserve you a lounge chair and umbrella on your favorite spot on the beach and stay there for your entire trip if you wanted to. The Red Lane Spa is there to pamper you with a relaxing hot stone massage or you and your guests can take advantage of the fun activities included at the resort- stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling. One night we took an Island Routes catamaran cruise during sunset and it was so beautiful to explore the island a little bit more. We jumped into the water as the sun set on the horizon and it was one of my favorite memories.

Photography: Stephanie Godfrey

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05.11.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog