GSS Featured Wedding :: Shasta & Lance’s Mexico Beach Wedding :: Arden Prucha Photography

Today’s fabulous featured engagement comes from Arden Prucha Photography a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Does her name sound familiar?  It should!  We featured the amazing engagement session of Shasta & Lance back in December.  If you have never laid eyes on their super HOT engagement session, please click here to check it out!  And we’re so honored to being featuring their wedding today!!!  Arden has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature. 

Shasta and Lance  were married on February 5, 2011 in Playa del Carmen.   Shasta was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Lance meet?  We met through mutual friends. I was finishing school and waiting tables and he came in with some friends. I blew him off on our first date- haha. Then we finally went out and I was in love.

How long have you been together?  We will be together two years in April. A true whirlwind romance.

How did Lance propose?  He got his mom and sister to come kidnap me for a day of shopping. I arrived home that night to a long stem rose on the door with a note. I opened the front door and there were over 200 candles and flowers everywhere. Took my breath away. There was a trail of Hershey kisses throughout the house with long stem roses and letters about why he loved me so much that he had hand written. I walked into the bedroom and he was on one knee. I started bawling. I couldn’t tell you what he said I just remember holding his face in my hands because his sweet voice was shaking.

What made you decide on a destination wedding?  We chose a destination wedding because we both wanted a non traditional more personal wedding. We both love the beach and both of our families are small and love to travel. I would definately recommend a destination wedding to anyone who is considering!

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We knew that we wanted to have our wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico because that is where we had our first vacation and it only takes 2 hours to get there. I researched resorts for many many hours! I fell in love with Azul Sensatori because of the beautiful modern decor and their attention to detail of weddings. It was an all around wonderful experience.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  Thank you! I found my dress at Stardust Celebrations in Dallas, Texas. I tried on about 14 dresses and saved my favorite for last. It was a beautiful Monique Lhuilllier. I put it on and my mom said i had the biggest smile on my face and i said “This is IT”!

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  Brad Paisley “Then” Its an amazing song :)

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  My something old was my great grandmothers hankerchief, something new was the diamond earrings my dad gave me, something borrowed and blue was my mother’s garter.

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  My favorite color has always been blue and I met with my wedding invitation designer and she had these beautiful peacock blue envelopes and I went from there. Its a hard color to match! Then i loved the blue with hot pink flowers.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  The main advice I would have is go with what you want. Don’t try and please others. Be true to what you feel in your heart and it will turn out beautiful!

Vendors:

Venue: Azul Sensatori Riviera Maya, Mexico   

Dress: Monique LhuillierStardust Celebrations Dallas, Texas

Cake: Azul Sensatori Riviera Maya, Mexico   

Floral: Azul Sensatori Riviera Maya, Mexico   

Linens: Azul Sensatori Riviera Maya, Mexico   

Catering: Azul Sensatori Riviera Maya, Mexico   

DJ/Band: my ipod :)

Videographer: Azul Sensatori Riviera Maya, Mexico   

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Caroline Hull at www.carolinecreates.com

Event Planner: www.destinationweddings.com

Thank you so much, Arden, for sharing this amazing destination wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Shasta, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We hope your wedding was everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you and Lance a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Engagement Session :: Shasta and Lance’s Sweet and Flirty Fort Worth Engagement :: Arden Prucha Photography

Today’s fabulous featured engagement comes from Arden Prucha Photography a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Does her name sound familiar?  It should!  We featured the amazing engagement session of Jessi & Turner back in October.  If you have never laid eyes on this awesome 1940′s inspired engagement session, please click here to check it out!

 Arden has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.  FYI- This is one of the sweetest proposals ever! :)

Shasta and Lance  are to be married on February 5, 2011.   Shasta was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Lance meet?  We met through mutual friends. I was finishing school and waiting tables and he came in with some friends. I blew him off on our first date haha. Then we finally went out and I was in love. 

 

How long did you date before the proposal OR How long have you been together?  We will be together two years in April. He proposed on March 20th, 2010.

Have you set a date yet?  We are getting married February 5th,2011 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!

Have you picked your venue?  If so, what made you choose this location?  We chose a destination wedding because we wanted a smaller intimate setting of close friends and family. Also we had our first vacation in Playa and it was unforgettable. 

   

At what point did you know that Lance was “the one”?  After about two weeks of dating we were completely inseparable. He truly is my best friend. 

Besides getting engaged, what is your favorite memory as a couple?  We took a trip to Mexico with another couple and had so much fun together just relaxing and laughing the entire time. 

  

  

How did Lance propose?  He got his mom and sister to come kidnap me for a day of shopping. I arrived home that night to a long stem rose on the door with a note. I opened the front door and there were over 200 candles and flowers everywhere. Took my breath away. There was a trail of Hershey kisses throughout the house with long stem roses and letters about why he loved me so much that he had hand written. I walked into the bedroom and he was on one knee. I started bawling. I couldn’t tell you what he said I just remember holding his face in my hands because his sweet voice was shaking :)

  

Were you surprised?  Very much so!

What made you choose Arden as your photographer?  We have a ton of mutual friends on facebook and I added her. I began to look at her blog constantly even before we were engaged. Her work is absolutely breathtaking. I was amazed by her use of color and her way of bringing out the inner beauty in people.   Her family is so picture perfect. Love you Arden!

Thank you so much, Arden, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Shasta, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We hope your wedding is everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you and Lance a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Anne & Scott’s Notting Hill London Wedding :: Don Mamone Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Don & Emily Mamone of Don Mamone Photography, a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer (but clearly can travel anywhere needed!).  Don & Emily have been true friends to GSS since our very beginning and we absolutely adore them! 

Anne and Scott were married in May, 2010 at St. John’s Notting Hill in London in an intimate family only ceremony!  They later had a reception at home in Pennsylvania.  Anne was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Scott meet?  We met during our freshman year of college in 2000.  I met one of Scott’s high school friends who went to my college and she said that we had to meet. So over one snowy holiday break from school, we met at a Barnes & Noble and the rest was history.

How long have you been together? Officially for 3.5 years.

How did he propose? We had taken a trip to East Africa together in 2005 and had started the trip by meeting in Paris. Scott arranged a trip to Paris & on one gorgeous April day we walked through the streets, laid in the grass, looking up at the Effiel Tower, wandered over a few bridges and ended up in the Tuileries (where Scott and I had discussed our relationship in 2005, now 4 years past).  We sat down on a park bench surrounded by trees & green grass and Scott got down on one knee and said, “Would you want to spend the rest of your life with me?” and I said, “Of Course!!!”

What sold you on your wedding location and venue? Ceremony- Scott & I had the discussion that we would make our relationship a priority and one of us would move if we had to when I was visiting him in London–so it had a lot of significance to us.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  It was the first dress that I tried on. It fit, felt comfortable, and did not need any alterations.  I tried on many more and my mom and sister and I all agreed that it was “the one” because it was so comfortable & easy to wear, but I had to sleep on it.  Many dress and one day later, I went back and bought it.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Something old-a handkerchief that my grandma made for me.  She tells the story that there was one wedding of a family friend that she was unable to make one for and that wedding ending in divorce, so it was good luck (she can’t tat any longer, but had saved one handkerchief for each grandchild for their weddings.  Something new & something blue- a necklace from Satya Jewelry.

 How did you choose your wedding color palette? Chocolate brown was an easy color that we could put pops of bright colors next to &  it brought out the gold flecks in my wedding dress.

 

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  Do what makes you happy!  Ask for a takeout box of your appetizers & entrees to take with you at the end of the night.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Dressing up & making funny faces in our photobooth with each other, family, and friends. 

Vendors:

Venue: Ceremony in London-St. John’s Notting Hill.   Reception in Mechanicsburg, PA–My parent’s farm!

Dress: Nicole Miller

Cake:  JDK Catering

Floral:  JDK Catering

Linens:  JDK Catering

Catering: JDK Catering

DJ/Band:  Boilermaker Jazz Band

Videographer: Don & Emilyalong with Scott’s brother just did a bit of flipcam, but it did the trick so that we have a record of the ceremony & toasts!

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Ann’s Bridal Bargains

Thank you so much, Don, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love!  And thank you, Anne, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Scott a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Asks an Expert :: Destination Wedding Issues & Solutions with Lauren Schmidt of The Creative Touch Events by Lauren

A lot of couples nowadays are opting for destination weddings.  The idea of a destination wedding is very enticing… A beach wedding in the Caribbean or an old church in Rome… Oh so romantic!  However, there is a lot to consider if you decide on a destination wedding.  The Bride & Groom must consider not only issues such as where to get married and the expense, but also take into consideration their wedding guests.

Lauren Schmidt of The Creative Touch Events by Lauren has come on board with us to help you with common destination wedding issues by offering reasonable solutions.  Here are some questions that we have received from some of our faithful followers with answers by Lauren:

1.  How can couples avoid unnecessary tension with friends and family when planning a destination wedding? 
Just like planning any wedding, be clear about the desires you have for your wedding.  Conduct research on the desired locations & provide cost comparisons so that you can show your family who may be contributing to the wedding.  Once your family & friends know that this is the perfect way for you & your fiance to celebrate your union, they will be much more supportive.
 
2.  If guests are traveling to a destination wedding, should they still/do they still need to bring a gift? 
Gift giving for any wedding is not required.  You are not breaking any etiquette rules if you do not give a gift to the bride/groom at their wedding.  However, it is customary to bring a gift to the couple to mark the occasion.  So ,do so if you would like to.
 
3.  Who is usually responsible for hotel and airfare expenses for wedding guests? 
Guests are normally responsible to provide their own travel expenses.  There are some occasions where the family of the couple will provide for their guests travel, but it is not the norm.  As a bride or groom, you do need to price airfare and hotel accommodations and provide your guests with a list so they are able to choose which will best fit their budget.  If the wedding is at a fairly expensive resort, you definitely want to provide a few close by, more cost effective hotels/resorts for them.  You will also want to book your stay early so you can negotiate group room rates in order to save you and your guests money.
 
4.  How can couples politely let guests know they are responsible for their own travel expenses?
When you send out your Save-the-Dates (these should be sent at least six months out) and/or invitations (these should be sent out at least two months out), it is common practice to  provide a list of accommodation and airfare prices.
 
5.  Would you recommend holding a reception once the couple is back home for friends and family who were unable to attend the wedding? 
Absolutely, if it is in your budget to do so.  Your friends and  family who were not able to make the ceremony will still want to celebrate your union with you.
 
6.  How should you tell a couple if you are unable to attend their destination wedding? 
You should let the couple know as soon as possible.  A destination wedding requires guest arrangements to be made well in advance.  Couples usually understand if your schedule or budget prohibits you from attending.  The couple will appreciate the courtesy of you letting them know so they can make the proper changes without penalty to their pocketbooks. 
 
7. What should couples allow for in their budget to pay for guests attending their destination wedding? 
The couple should show their appreciation by first having a welcome bag with a list of resort activities, wedding itinerary, maps, goodies, etc. for their guests arrival.  Usually, destination weddings are a smaller affair.  However, do not discount the fact that  the guests have spent a lot more to be able to share it with the couple.  With that being said, it is proper to invite them to the rehearsal dinner as well.  If this cannot be done,  invite the remaining guests for a cocktail or dessert following the rehearsal dinner.  And of course, the wedding reception food and beverage should be provided for all guests.
 
Thank you, Lauren, for sharing your expertise with us!  You may find out more about The Creative Touch Events by Lauren and their services on their website by clicking here.
Photography Credits:
Destination Beach Wedding:  Image Courtesy of Evrim Icoz Photography
Lauren Schmidt Headshot:  Image Courtesy of Amy Karp Photography
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GSS Featured Wedding Professional :: Wisner Photography :: Thailand Wedding

Was there ever a time as a little girl you dreamed of finding a prince and having a wedding far, far away? Being from Texas and having a destination wedding in Thailand would certainly classify as far, far away. Cristina from Wisner Photography sent this gorgeous destination wedding to share with you and we lived vicariously through these images and dreamed we were in Thailand just for a second or two (or maybe a little longer!). Today we are bringing you a traditional wedding with a Thai fusion of food and customs with a good luck lantern send-off.  Kari and Pat, we enjoyed this wedding so much and wish you all an incredible journey together! Cristina also shared with us that she is rolling out her new photography blog today. Head over to www.wisnerphotoblog.com and be sure tell her we sent you :)

They were married on a beach in Phuket, Thailand and stayed at the Moevenpick Hotel and Spa on Karon Beach. Due to the heat on Thailand it was recommended that they use the flower most prevalent in Thailand – orchids.


Kari’s dress was a Palazzo purchased from Patsy’s Bridal in Dallas. Pat was stationed in Iraq on summer months when linen is not in stock so they couldn’t get him a suit from a store. The family imported linen from Italy and had a tailor make it for him so it was custom made.

They were able to enjoy themselves for some non-wedding social activities during the week as well. Some of the things they did were elephant trekking, white water rafting, kayaking mangroves, and a speedboat tour of the island.

 

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