All photos by Jeff and Lisa Photography
More than a year of planning led to this most perfect day that exceeded my and my husband’s expectations. I am by no means, an event planner or even close to enjoying planning one. The idea of having a destination wedding daunted me to no end, but I was persistent to execute the vision in my head. Being a creative, I already knew what I wanted and envisioned the day vividly in my mind. It didn’t take long for me to decide on my wedding dress style and shoes, photographer, coordinator, hair and make-up person and venue. I knew in my heart that they were the only options. The rest: videographer, florist, music and invitation were a little more challenging to accomplish but with the help of friends, recommendations, my parents and Carlo I was able to more than manage–I got my dream wedding.
I thought I’d cry buckets, be a complete stress ball or worse, a mini-bridezilla! God knows I had my fair share of diva breakdowns the past twelve months or so, my now-hubby can attest to that. But come wedding day, I was my old calm and steady self, giddy with happiness, excitement and anticipation. If there’s one thing I noticed about me in these photos was how HUGE my smile was in almost every frame. That and I looked down a lot, a habit I do when I’m feeling really overwhelmed. I wish I looked up more to see all the happy faces of those near and dear to me (and not have so much photos looking down–haha!). I did cry, but very minimal maybe because I was just so darn happy. In the end, I had my dream wedding after all, sans the pomp and grandeur but not lacking in style, quiet elegance and most importantly, the whole vibe that was so “us”. My good friend Mariel (who also flew in all the way from NYC) put it best: “This is such an Anne wedding!”. That line alone was enough to make my day.