Monday, April 9, 2018

Our Perfect Destination Wedding || Story + Photos


These photos have been long in coming. But I am so excited to finally share some of my favorite shots from our perfect wedding day with you! Our wedding was simple and small, but our photographer still managed to overwhelm us with 600+ beautiful photos from this perfect day. We were so satisfied with how she captured so many perfect moments, colors, expressions, and joy! 



One of Brooks’ concerns with planning a short engagement and a small destination wedding was that it would ruin the romance for me. He wanted this day to be a special one, to be a day we could both look back on with no regret. 



Not every wedding day turns out perfectly. Some wedding days are really miserable for the bride and groom involved. There are so many variables, even with a small destination wedding, that can make it a rough day! What if your plans fall through? What if you’re sick? What if you get zero sleep the night before? What if you are ultimately disappointed with everything?



Our wedding day was perfect to me. It was not necessarily the kind of wedding I envisioned for myself. I always imagined a traditional ceremony in a traditional chapel with a traditional program and the traditional following reception. But I am so happy I married a man who is not afraid to break tradition for authenticity, a man who puts our well-being and our relationship first, who conscientiously and carefully thinks about “what is best for us?” instead of “what does everyone expect of us?” While my wedding day was not the traditional program I thought it would be, it turned out to be the happiest day of my life hands down and if any detail of that day had been different, I don’t think it would have been such a happy day. 

What ultimately made our wedding day so happy, special, and wildly romantic was that I married the love of my life. 


We were married on Gulf Shores beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on December 30, 2017. Our parents were present to witness our marriage union (and help us celebrate afterwards!) 





I woke up the morning of December 30, enjoyed a lovely cup of matcha green tea and (gluten free) peanut butter banana toast prepared by my mother. I got dressed, leisurely put on my make-up and fixed my hair, and then waited for our photographer to arrive. The rest of the morning was quiet and relaxed, set against the backdrop of the ocean waves gently landing on the shore just beyond the confines of our lovely beach cabin.
Our photographer was an absolute gem. It was a complete providential god-send that we managed to find such a good photographer on short notice and within our budget range. She had shot many destination weddings before, so she was totally cool with rolling with whatever happened. She kept things laid back and relaxed while also helping us stay to our schedule. 





After the photographer arrived, I put on my mother's wedding dress, and we took some "getting ready" photos as well as some "first look" photos. The photos taken before the wedding are some of my favorites because the anticipation and love on our faces is so apparent. 







Around noon we met up with our minister and his wife on the beach. We found a lovely vacant spot and got married. Like our photographer, our minister was providentially perfect for our ceremony. Even though he had just met us via phone a month before, he quickly and intuitively knew what kind of sermon and ceremony would fit us. 






After getting married, Brooks and I checked into our hotel, changed, and then joined my parents to celebrate together over the best seafood the Alabama gulf coast has to offer. Many oysters were consumed. Many laughs and fun stories were shared. A lot of wine and liquor might have also been consumed. In short, it was a beautiful conclusion to a beautiful day.


11 comments :

  1. *all the heart emojis in the world* so happy for you both <3 my favorite photo of you two is the 3rd one up from the bottom. so precious. <3

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    1. Thank you Julia!! :) That photo is definitely one of my favorites too. It was really hard to not post all 600+ pictures on here haha but I knew you all would hate trying to load the post in your browsers.

      Dani xoxo

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  2. This is such a cool way to celebrate. We've had two weddings in our family (there are six kids) and we've watched/helped with several more . . . so some/all of us are burned out/not happy with the excess. This is refreshing.

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    1. Livia, I have three older sisters who are all married! None of their weddings were exceedingly extravagant, but I was still always surprised with how much work and stress went into one day. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a big wedding...but at some point the expense can get a little ridiculous!

      Brooks and I were definitely happy to save ourselves (and our parents!) a lot on our wedding. And we actually had fun on our wedding day! We got to enjoy each other and our small party and it was really the most special thing ever.

      Dani xoxo

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  3. Oh I'm so happy for you - this is beautiful and I love all the photos. You are gorgeous and I love those boots you were wearing.
    *Hugs* and many congrats!!!

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    1. Thank you Kara!!! I was really happy with my boots as well. I thought they fit the vintage look of the wedding dress really perfectly.

      Thanks again!!

      Dani xoxo

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  5. These pictures are forcing my neurons to think about getting married. Photography is truly amazing. Keep doing good stuff like this. Good luck for future.

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