Beach Weddings

Destination Hawaii {Johnna + Ryan} 03.01.2012

This destination wedding was held in Paia, Maui, Hawaii and is everything you’d image. It’s stunning, exotic and wonderfully intimate.

Melissa of Melissa McCrotty Photography captured these exotic wedding pictures and had this to say…

“Originally, Ryan and Johnna were going to be married in their hometown, Russellville, Arkansas. They chose a venue, and hired a photographer (me!) but about 4 months before the wedding, Johnna realized the wedding she was planning simply wasn’t the wedding of her dreams.

Ryan’s aunt owned property in Maui, and she knew the island and the possible venues well, so she helped Johnna make arrangements for a destination wedding. About 15 family members came along, as well as me. Originally, Johnna was simply going to do her portrait sessions with me, and then hire a local photographer, but because she was familiar with my work and trusted me, she decided to bring me along. In addition to the wedding, we also opted to shoot their engagement session in Hawaii, to take full advantage of the beautiful surroundings.”

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The colour combination was “oranges, greens and some yellows,” says Johnna.

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From the bride:

What was your biggest challenge?

“My biggest challenge was trying to make sure everything was going to go smoothly especially being somewhere I had never been before.”

What was your favourite moment?

“Getting married on the beach and having a wonderful photographer so that I can fully enjoy remembering my special day!”

What’s your advise?

“Weddings don’t have to be hard. Yes, you might want a million different things, but you don’t have to go overboard with it at all. It’s about you and your groom, not anyone else. Don’t always aim to please all of your guests or family, because no matter what you do, they are there for you. If not, then they shouldn’t be there! Don’t let the whole wedding thing stress you out. Just remember it will be OK and in the end, you will be married to the man of your dreams!”

Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Johnna and Ryan Style Guide

Photographer: Melissa McCrotty Photography / Venue: Mama’s Fish House / Wedding Co-ordinator: Venue Wedding Coordinator – Vicki Habib / Music: Tarvin Makia / Wedding Dress: Galina by David’s Bridal / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun Wedding {Natalie + Matthew} 09.11.2011

These wedding pictures captured by Leigh Skaggs Photography will light up your soul. Yep, they’re that lovely.

The lovely Natalie and Matthew had a destination wedding and chose to wed at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. They chose a blue and white colour scheme. Natalie explains, “I wanted to match the colour of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico water, and incorporate the sand colour.”

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Natalie recalls, “It started to rain as soon as I walked out to go down the aisle. I walked all the way down to my groom and pastor and we decided to go back inside. Luckily the storm passed quickly and took a lot of the pressure off and it definitely made the wedding even more memorable.”

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“Having 75 friends and family members travel to another country with nothing but having a good time in mind, made our wedding a dream come true. We feel we were able to have a 3-day long reception and it was an experience of a lifetime,” says Natalie.

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More from the bride:

Did you DIY any details?

“We did create a CD of songs that we played at the wedding as wedding favors. We even had a CD label and cover designed with pictures of us and the wedding location. It was a big hit!”

What was your biggest challenge?

“Getting everyone informed of events while in Mexico. We created a group e-mail and sent out updates to all of our guest periodically leading up to our departure dates.”

What was your favourite moment?

“There are so many, every second was so perfect and more than I could have imagined. I would have to say the moments where I took the time to look around at all of our guests and my now husband and just take it all in. I hope that picture is forever ingrained in my memory.”

What’s your advice?

“Take little moments to spend time with your Groom throughout your wedding day and enjoy the day together.”

A million congratulations to the happy couple!

Natalie + Matthew’s Style Guide

Photographer: Leigh Skaggs Photography / Venue: Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun / Caterer: Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun / DJ: Fed up Entertainment /Dress: Le Femme / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

Port Douglas Wedding {Alana + Kieran} 02.11.2011

This wedding channels the laid back and the sweet and was captured by Matthew Evans Photography.

Adorable Alana and Kieran wed at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas in Cairns Australia, with a colour theme of ivory and purple combined with colourful flowers.

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Alana wore a chic wedding dress by Studibaker, which she purchased in Newcastle, NSW.

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Alana recall, “My favourite moment was the ceremony, it was perfect. The beach setting looked amazing, we had perfect weather and I got to marry the man I love. Kierans favourite moment was seeing me for the first time as I walked down the aisle. Cute!”

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Alana explains what made the wedding unique, “our wedding was unique because of the location. Most of our guests were from down near Sydney and they got to come up to Port Douglas for a holiday and enjoy the tropical weather while it was still cold down south. Our reception was also on a island in the middle of the resorts swimming pool. [Also] we did DIY place card settings. They were wooden hearts that we painted white with people’s names on them.”

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More From the Bride:

What’s your advice?

“My advice would be to not stress about all of the small details because the day is meant to be enjoyed. Dont worry if you dont get to have a conversation with everyone, they understand that you are trying your best and they just want you to have a good time.”

Congratulations Alana and Kieran and thank you for sharing your divine wedding pictures and story with One Stylish Bride.

Alana and Kieran’s Style Guide

Photographer: Matthew Evans Photography // Venue:  Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas // Wedding Dress: Studibaker // Videographer: Michael Patini // Wedding celebrant: Leisel Pisani

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