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Why would a bride and groom choose a destination wedding?

When Alan and I did our first destination wedding it was for family in the Berkshire’s. The Berkshire’s is a country setting in Massachusetts. We went for the weekend. We covered the rehearsal and the wedding and we managed to have a great time with the family.

Since then we have traveled to Kaui, Arizona, and Annapolis Naval Academy to name a few.

***The reasons we learned for couplies choosing a destination wedding is because their families are spread out across the country.

A 3 Day Wedding gears everyone into having a great time. The couple doesn’t feel rushed and the guests are truly engaged.

Sometimes a destination wedding can cost less than a high end venue or a golf course or country club wedding.

Our wedding was set in St Thomas on the beach. We booked a cruise invited family and friends and planned for our day in St. Thomas. The cruise left from San Juan with the first stop being St. Thomas. We reached out to the St Thomas community and found a Justice of Peace, Flowers, Limo, and one of our guests was a professional Photographer. After the beach ceremony we headed to the Ritz Carlton for lunch before getting back on the cruise ship. Not counting the cost of the cruise our wedding cost us less than $2000.00

Our guests felt our wedding was an exotic stop on their vacation.

Many All Inclusive Hotels offer wedding packages. That way your guests are likely to enjoy themselves and stay on a few days. We recommend Anna’s Adventures for inquiring about a destination wedding. https://www.facebook.com/annasadventurestravel/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1417731446&pnref=lhc



Annapolis Naval Academy


Superstition Mansion, Prescott AZ

Booking the photographer for a destination has two options. Booking at the location, (this can be expensive), bring one from home. Some photographers will charge extra for travel and hotel. Do your research, many photographers are eager for destination wedding business and they may not up-charge as much as you would think.

Romance is alive in today’s youth!


I had the pleasure to participate in the proposal by our client, to his beautiful girlfriend this weekend past.

Brandon had planned this romantic moment leaving out no details.

First he spent time scouting out the most beautiful beaches and landed on Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach.

He went through his thought process and planned to have Sarah’s BF, Katie invite Sarah to brunch with a brisk walk on the beach first (of course it would be Crystal Cove), such a nice rouse.

Brandon invited his family to attend and drive him to the location (this would make certain) Sarah wouldn’t recognize his vehicle. Mom and Sis gladly agreed to attend and witness the magical proposal.

Brandon made sure there was clear communication between himself and Katie. Katie would text Brandon when they were close and again when they started down the stairs.

Brandon not wanting to leave any stone unturned, hired Sechresphotos to capture this romantic moment forever on film.

We met Brandon an hour before Sarah was to arrive. We talked about angles and light and where to best position him on the beach. We worked closely together to find the perfect spot to produce the magical photographs which would can capture this memory.

Brandon told us he had his words planned but he was very nervous. He wanted to make a large heart in the sand and fill it would rose pedals he had recently collected.

Once the heart was completed we all helped him find shells and he wrote the words “Marry Me” with the shells in the sand next to the heart.

All of this may sounds wonderful like a script from a movie. There is a big difference. The real emotion and love shown by Brandon and Sarah was heartfelt and joyful unmatched by fiction.

Tears filled my eyes as the scene played out. I feel truly lucky to witness their proposal.

To see the whole slide show click on Sarah and Brandon from the home page.   http://youtu.be/BQd3YxkCMR0

Ina Sechrest


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