Amanda tied the knot with Alejandro, on 14th May last year at Chaquacabana Resort in Chaguaramas, Trinidad & Tobago. Their wedding was a rustic lover’s dream, filled with burlap, candle lit tablescapes, and a dress that would make even Princess Kate swoon.
With their focus on love, family and a hell of a party, they joined together on this extraordinary day in May and said “I do”, and the rest as they say is history.
“Our love story may not have begun with “love at first sight”, but after getting to know each other it eventually grew into love. We met in Tobago after one of my friends invited us to come up for a weekend, back in August 2008, and we just hit it off.”
Their wedding was inspired by the rustic, natural and ocean view feel of their venue, Chaquacabana Resort, Chaguaramas. The bride knew that she had always wanted an outdoor reception, something simple and personal, yet oozing with elegance, and so from the moment that they set foot in their chosen venue, they just knew it was the one.
“Everything on the day went as planned. We had exceptional vendors who stuck to their word and executed perfectly! We only had hiccups with the venue itself, who unfortunately turned out to be a bit disorganised, but so things go sometimes. Other than that, we enjoyed the day to the fullest, and had a lot of fun!”
“My beautiful wedding dress was custom- made, because I’m so tiny. No store bought dress would fit me, but thankfully my friend recommended Meiling who worked with my budget. I showed her images of what I would like and she got it spot on!”
The bride’s glam team were Steffi Stodart – hair stylist, and Arriane Thompson – make up artist, who both gave Amanda that little added glow for her special day. She looked so beautiful, didn’t she?
The groom and his boys decked out in their classic suits from none other than Stefano’s – one of Trinidad & Tobago’s top menswear stores.
“We tried to pick our favourite image from the wedding, but we just couldn’t. We loved ALL! Julie did an outstanding job of capturing our special moments, and we could not have been more grateful for choosing her as our wedding photographer for one of the most special days of our lives.”
“I loved my wedding dress so much! The favours and decor were also stunning, and left both my husband and I speechless from the first sight.”
“Our musical selections were “Beauty and the beast instrumental” for the bridesmaids, and “somewhere over the rainbow” for the processional; “Best day of my life” by American Authors for the recessional; and “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol for our first dance.”
The cake was done by cake artist Rowan Joseph from The Cake Lady, who created a three tiered rustic masterpiece for the lovely couple. Every little element contributed so beautifully to this piece, and made such a statement in this wedding, which we absolutely LOVED.
“We went to BALI for our honeymoon! We chose there because I’ve always wanted to go somewhere exotic and different, and also because it was a great opportunity to travel so far away. With no house or children yet, why not? It was one of the best experiences that we ever had, and we would definitely recommend for any couple seeking a fun destination honeymoon to go.”
WEDDED ADVICE FOR THE NEWLY-ENGAGED COUPLES
- Try to keep it small, big weddings tend to be a bit expensive.
- Make sure you have meetings with your photographer and videographer in advance, so that they know the shots to capture on the day.
- Try and get a location that has most things included – tables, chairs, etc. (it’s one less thing you have to organise)
- Create a Pinterest Board for inspiration for each aspect of the wedding.
- Take the year to plan for the wedding, as it will help in spacing things out so you are not too stressed.
- Hire a wedding planner to take care of all the details so you don’t have to!
Special thanks to the lovely couple Amanda & Alej, and to the beautiful Julie Charlett Photography for sharing these images with us!
ADRIANA WED VENDORS
Photography: Julie Charlett Photography | Wedding Dress: Meiling | Florist: Derek Lee Weddings | Cake: The Cake Lady- Rowan Joseph | Catering: Boomerang | Bar Service: Chaquacabana Resort | Hair: Steffi Stodart | Makeup Artistry: Arianna Thompson | Groom Attire: Stefano’s | Groomsmen Attire: Stefano’s | Music/ DJ: DJ 4play | Lighting & Decor: Strictly FX & Derek Lee Weddings | Event Linen Rentals: Gasp!! Events Ltd. |
Stefano’s and Gasp!! Events Ltd. are both beautiful members of our Wedding Directory!