Inspired by all the wonderful and exotic holidays they had taken with family as children, Dianna and Dan had always wanted a destination wedding on a beach and even though it sprinkled on and off from heavy clouds all day, the couple still had their dream come true and felt the sand beneath their feet with the gorgeous turquoise waters beyond as they exchanged their promises to each other. The sun may not have been shining in the sky that day, but their spirits would not be dampened for the love and happiness exuding from the newly weds and their loved ones was plenty light enough to brighten any weather.
Dianna's gorgeous gown was by Alfred Angelo - the detail of rhinestones and ruching were so dreamy for a beach wedding - loved it.
Her dainty sparkly flip-flops were Arturo Chiang and how darling are her little niece's silver shoes in keeping with the beach glam theme.
The bride's something new was her dress and shoes and her something blue were the darling blue polka dot knickers she wore under her dress. Dianna thought the word knickers for underwear was utterly hilarious.
The bride's something old was the exquisite diamond heart that had belonged to her great grandmother and which was loaned to her by her much loved maternal grandmother. She borrowed the pretty little chain that the pendant was stung onto.
Flowers were arranged by El Shaddai and were a combination of white roses, green hypericum berries and white ranunculus. The first flowers Dan ever gave Dianna were roses and they were also recommended by Dan's mum who is a master gardener. The ranunculus were chosen because they were in the bride's mother's wedding bouquet.
The bride and her mother had their make up done by Terenay, while her hair, along with the bridesmaids styling was all done by Kat Aleman.
The bridesmaid's twilight coloured dresses were found at J. Crew. I loved that they were all the same hue, but each style was different and perfect for each woman.
I thought Dianna's father looked rather fetching holding the sweet flower girl's basket of petals.
Dianna had never been to Bermuda before but Dan had been as a teenager with his mother and younger brother. He had wonderful memories of the island and these fond feelings inspired the pair to decide on Bermuda as their wedding location. It also helped that the island is relatively easy to get to when traveling from the east coast and midwest which is where most of their guests were coming from. Once they knew they were coming to Bermuda, Dianna and Dan had chosen Elbow Beach for the ceremony and reception after the bride's sister found the resort while doing some research online. The love birds fell in love with the location and discovered it fit all the "must haves" on their list. The hotel was able to accomodate a beach wedding and also provided a separate and lovely venue for an outdoor reception. The fact that the resort was also so central to the island was a bonus for all the guests who were somewhat spread out around the area.
Daniel was using his last moments before the ceremony started to memorise his personalised vows.
Dianna was so touched that her mum's best friend, who is like an aunt to the bride, flew in for the event and did a reading during their ceremony the way she had for the bride's sister at her wedding in Dallas.
Being around so many close friends and family really made the wedding special for these two. They were originally planning a very small wedding, but were so incredibly touched by the eagerness of friends and family to travel to join in on their special day. They were so happy that even though they tied the know so far from home, they were able to have important touches in the ceremony because people were willing and excited to make the journey.
This little love bug is Nora, the bride's niece. She was just so delicious in her ruffled dress and hair flower. She was just such a little cuddle muffin and was fascinated with Dianna's flowers.
I always know I have a fun crowd when they ask to do a jumping shot - lots of energy required for this one.
Sadly, due to poor health, Dianna's grandmother who had loaned her the beautiful heart pendant could not come to the Bermuda wedding, but the heart was a constant reminder that she was thinking about Dianna and wished the bride the best. She had also loaned it to Dianna's sister when she wore it as a necklace during her wedding so it has become a bi t of a tradition in their family to wear it on their wedding days.
The bride's platinum diamond solitaire engagement ring was picked out by Dan with the assistance of his Uncle John, who happens to be a jeweler and so was able to give some great advice. Dianna's platinum wedding band has 15 channel set diamonds while Dan's is a classic palladium band.
Dan's prepared a very simple and sweet proposal. They were getting ready to go out for dinner when he asked Dianna to come sit on the sofa with him. He went on to tell her how special she was to him and then slipped down to one knee and asked her to be his wife. Dianna cried, of course, and obviously said "YES!". They then went out to a fantastic dinner to celebrate and met up with some close friends afterward to continue the party.
The newly weds had heard about the Bermuda moongate and its significance so were keen to make their own wish as they walked through to start their marriage off with even more good luck.
The wedding had some delightful details that were elegant and personal.
The wedding colours were mixtures of blues and greens and white since Dianna was keen to choose a palette that complimented rather than competed with the beautiful natural colours of Bermuda.
The cake was reacted by the Lido at Elbow Beach. Dianna had always liked very simple classic white cates with the fresh flower detail. Since it was important to the bride that everything had a central theme and flow, she requested the flowers on the cake match the blooms in her bouquet, as well as the centrepieces on the tables.
The wedding cakes were two different types. One was a vanilla cake with butter cream frosting, while the other was their favourite flavour, Red Velvet cake so they knew they had to have it to commemorate this special event in their lives.
Dianna and Daniel - your wedding was so full of happiness bubbling over that it spilled onto all who were involved in making it happen. I am so happy and flattered to hear that you felt the photography side with me was fun and helped you feel at ease in front of the camera but I have to say you make my job easy when the two of you are so adorable together in the first place! I am so happy that you are so please that you picked Bermuda and even more thrilled to hear you are already planning your anniversary here - see you then I hope!! xxxx