Thanks to this lovely little job of ours, we are blessed enough to be able to skim through the most gorgeous destination weddings and engagements on a daily basis. But, we must admit that whenever we spot any album from this incredible photographer – Jenna Leigh Photography, we get even more thrilled because her style is so beautiful, and she captures the most heartwarming images from the Cayman Islands.
See more from our Cayman Islands Engagement feature of the week with Earl and Lisa:
“Lisa was returning from a business trip, and I was picking her up from the airport. When she arrived, she had a series of pictures on her phone with a ring box and post-it notes reading, “Will you…” “Spending…” “Forever…” “Forever ever…” “With me?” I then had a poster board with a message asking her to marry me and flowers waiting for her when I got down on one knee and popped the question as she walked out of the airport.”
“It was intrigue at first sight. We knew instantly there was chemistry, but it wasn’t until we started hanging out that we knew just how deep the connection was.”
“We met each other at my work event and shook hands two years before we met again in the very same room for a second time at a different event. The first time we met I went searching for her in a crowd after I finished working, but I couldn’t find her. When Lisa said she remembered hearing me speak that night the second time we met, I instantly remembered shaking her hand and searching for her two years prior. Since then we’ve been inseparable.”
“I would say the planning has been pretty easy, but only because Lisa has done an exceptional job laying everything out. She started a google doc folder for me to view venues and rates, and then traveling to the island I was able to compare that information with what we envision.”
“There was a week when Lisa wanted to scratch the whole idea of getting married in Grand Cayman after we received our rate proposals from a few venues, and it didn’t align with the budget that we set. But I told her to take a week off and relax, and it was the best thing for us. Once we began to see there were miscellaneous things on the proposals that we didn’t need or want, we were able to remove items and get back within our budget.”
“Lisa is a simple, yet classy lady. She’s not really into jewelry or flashy things, so the choice was a simple and classy solitaire diamond. When I asked the question and saw tears of joy streaming down her face, I knew I made the right choice.”
“We will be getting married on July 21, 2018.”
“The Wharf gives us a private island feel while still being within our budget, and the food menu and customer service were great when we visited the island in September. The beach is gorgeous and closed off, while the indoor area is perfect for a dance floor. It offers us the outdoor-indoor ceremony and reception options that we’re looking for.”
“Our wedding colors will be shades of blue to match the water. I’m not sure as of yet which gown I will choose. Boho Chic is my style, so I want my dress to flow.
I’m torn right now, because I hope to find a beach wedding dress that will enable me to exude elegance without being perceived as ostentatious. Most of the gowns are too sexy for my taste or too conservative, so I’m having trouble finding that middle ground.
Earl will be wearing a Kenneth Cole sky blue vest set to match the wedding colors. We will be barefoot, so will walk down the aisle being as connected to the earth as possible. Also we’re clumsy, so we would like to avoid being a viral sensation for all the wrong reasons. Haha!”
ANY ADVICE FOR NEWLY-ENGAGED COUPLES?
“Just enjoy the process and pace yourself. Plan things in detail, but don’t overload yourself and burn out. It’s important to enjoy the process, so patience is the key. Get exactly want you want out of the ceremony, but stay within your budget. At the end of the day, it’s one day, and you’re going to hopefully spend a lifetime together.”