Happy Friday! We're heading into the weekend with some amazing images from a very stormy shoot at the Baltic Sea. When the forecast for one of Germany's strongest hurricanes came through, things looked quite dreary for Dina (wearing our HB6979 dress from Victoria Rüsche,) Lasse and their photographer, Katja. But with plans for this shoot already made, they continued towards the coast. With just a 15 minute window and a bit of fearless attitude, the result is truly breathtaking. Thanks so much to Katja Scherle of Festtagsfotografien for sharing this beautiful shoot and story with us! Many congratulations to Dina & Lasse!
Every once in a while, we come across a wedding that overwhelms us with it's beauty. There are so many amazing shots from Amy & Craig's wedding in Hawaii that we decided to share them in two parts! The couple was married at Sunset Ranch in Haleiwa, O'ahu and we absolutely love the way they made the best of the unexpected rain that day. The umbrellas during the ceremony, and rainbow afterwards make it all the more special! An incredibly huge thank you to Erin Paris for capturing it all! Amy (who looks flawlessly elegant in HB6565) also shared with us one of the more special moments of the day, during her and Craig's first dance. She said, "Our reception was in a barn and there was actually a big storm that night and the power went out for a few hours after dinner was served. Because of this, we had our first dance on the dance floor lit by our guests' cell phones and Craig's mom led them in singing "You are my sunshine" since we had no power for the speakers to play music. We couldn't use a phone to play the song because the sound would be drowned out by the pouring rain. Amazingly, one of our guests had just purchased a guitar that day and had it in his car, so he ran out and got it and played a few songs for us, while one of Craig's groomsmen sang." Although the photos of this moment are romantic themselves, Amy sent us the video and it truly gave us the chills. Make sure to scroll down to see it play out and check with us next week for the rest of the breathtaking shots Amy and Craig took through the Hawaiian sunset!
To be continued...
Dominique's wedding alongside the St. Lawrence River is so full of love. She is absolutely radiant in the sheer scalloped neckline on AH6235, alongside her bridesmaids in Deep Fuchsia styles DU6574 and HB6631. What a joyous occasion, to be able to celebrate Dominique and her sister's pregnancy as well as a wedding all at once! Thanks so much to Mariane Baillargeon for capturing it all so beautifully!
Saja: How did you meet?
Dominique: Vincent and I met at a friend’s birthday party eleven years ago. I actually knew who he was because we had friends in common but we had never really hung out together before. We ended up chatting all night. He likes to say that that night it was love at first sight!
Saja: How did he propose?
Dominique: We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary while on vacation on the Italian Riviera. We had a nice romantic dinner overlooking the sea and afterwards we went strolling in the village. Once we got to the main square he stopped, took my hands into his and pulled a ring out of his pocket! He did not get down on his knees – he is not that traditional! – but he did ask for my father’s blessing before we left on vacation!
Saja: Where did the wedding take place? What made you choose there?
Dominique: The wedding was in the charming village of Cap-à-l’Aigle in Northern Quebec, Canada. Our friends built a magnificent house there overlooking the St. Lawrence River. We held the ceremony and cocktail on the patio and the dinner and party were in a tent just beside the house.
Saja: What was your favorite part of the day?
Dominique: The whole day was memorable but I have to say that the ceremony was very special. My little brother officiated and we exchanged our own vows. In addition our mothers and siblings said a few words. All in all it we received a gigantic dose of love!
We're about to head into the holiday weekend and the forecast isn't exactly sunny. Despite the impending rain, we hope our Memorial Day Weekend brides have amazing weddings. Here are a few reminders that rainy days can be fun and romantic and to make the best of your wedding day, whichever way the weather turns out!
Ben and Sarah are both from Australia, but met in Edinburgh, Scotland. When Ben returned to Australia and Sarah remained living in Scotland, the couple ended up having a long distance relationship and as such never got to travel the beautiful country together. For the wedding, they chose to “semi-elope” from Australia to Scotland, where they had met 5 years earlier. Sarah envisioned their wedding to be just the two of them in a rugged highland ruins and when Ben suggested Kilchurn Castle, a ruined castle built in 1450, it was perfect!
Saja: Tell us about the process of planning an elopement so far away.
Sarah: Our wedding was special to us as we had organized to elope and then were lucky to have my immediate family attend as well. The whole day and subsequent honeymoon were organized on the internet! My gorgeous Saja dress was obviously from New York, shoes were purchased via Ruche in USA, and the organization of the venue, bagpiper, celebrant was all done via email. It was a very easy fuss-free event to organize, just the way I like it!
Saja: Were there any quirks to planning your wedding at a castle rather than a traditional venue?
Sarah: It was the easiest part of the wedding to organize! A simple call to Historic Scotland was all it took and it ended up being the cheapest detail in the whole wedding as well (I believe my flowers were more expensive!) The only problem we had was when it rained non-stop the day before hand, and Historic Scotland rang me the day before to advise that the path leading to the castle was flooded and that I may need to look at a back up plan. The back up plan ended up being gumboots! Easy fix!
Saja: What was your favorite part of the day?
Sarah: Walking down the 1km aisle towards the castle with my dad behind our Bagpiper playing traditional Scottish ballads, and then entering the castle to see Ben and feel the excitement of what was to come.
Saja: Do you have any advice for brides planning a wedding at an exotic destination?
Sarah: Don’t get too caught up on an exotic venue, I think the focus should be on the day itself and what the day means to you and your partner. Also feel free to think outside the box when considering venues, consider alternate options that wouldn’t necessarily be associated with a wedding. You might be surprised what you come up with or what may be available once you actually ask.
Thank you so much to Bayly Moore for the incredible stop-motion film!!
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