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Wedding Save or Splurge?

We are celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary this week and I decided to take a moment to reminisce on what is {cliche as it may sound}, hands down the happiest time of my life to date.  Some of it was a blur and some of it imprinted in my mind forever but here are a few things I’d change or keep the same if I had to do it all over again.

I purchased my dress from an etsy seller {who is no longer active}.  The great thing about etsy is that you can get something custom made and delivered all while supporting a small or local business.  I would highly recommend it.

I opted for no shoes and would do it again in a heartbeat.  I’ve always envisioned myself to be a barefoot kind of bride and it just felt right.  This was the right choice for me for two main reasons: Before walking down the aisle, there was a short but hard rain storm and I basically waded through a few inches of water to get to J.  Second, much of our pictures were snapped on the beach so I was free to feel the sand between my toes.

The flowers were fuchsia bougainvillea plucked from the backyard of our venue by my mother in law and when we moved to St. Croix, it was one of our first sights and good omens.  With such great sentimental value, I wouldn’t have wanted this any other way.

We picked our place, sight unseen through Airbnb.  Ours came with a housekeeper/cook and it was spacious, airy and accommodating.  We couldn’t have asked for more.  It was definitely worth the splurge.

I purchased a cake topper on etsy as well and popped it on a cake that we picked up last minute at a local bakery in The Dominican Republic.  I think we spent all of $10 on it and I wouldn’t change it one bit.  Everyone got a sizable piece and we had some leftover to enjoy the next day and honestly, after a large meal of local lobster and steak wedged in between the excitement of the night, it wasn’t something we were that focused on anyways -and that’s saying a lot from the girl who looks forward to something sweet at the end of every meal.

Our steak, lobster, quinoa and veggies were all prepared by the in-house housekeeper/cook and we invited her to dine with us and we all slowly unraveled the most leisurely time to enjoy the meal at one long table.  It felt warm, intimate and un-rushed- which was something I had been worried about from speaking to other brides.  Our housekeeper/cook was actually very affordable and built in to the rental but we all made sure to tip her very, very well at the end of the week for our many thanks and gratitude.  She was worth every penny.

This was by far our biggest splurge and still today, very worth it.  These are images that Asia Pimentel captured of our big day and I’ll have them to cherish forever.  Asia and her partner Niko were easy to work with, had great turnaround time and really truly cared about being present while freezing the beauty of each moment in an eternal image.

My father and baby brother really stepped up with the music, bringing tears to my eyes for what seemed like the thousandth time of the night.  Dad had written a song just for the occasion while my baby brother sang “Wild Horses” {one of J’s late father’s favorite songs} while playing his guitar for our first dance.  Otherwise prior to the wedding, we had compiled a combination of our favorite songs to play over the speaker.  By handpicking each song, we were guaranteed we would enjoy the music since it’s such a big part of our everyday lives.  I walked down the aisle to a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole while “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley played when we walked out for the first time as husband and wife.  The music was so on point I couldn’t have imagined anything better.


4 thoughts on “Wedding Save or Splurge?

  • angelitacarmelita says:

    I hope a million people read this post and I wish more people took their wishes and desires into making their special day a reflection of themselves and their love and stopped focusing on what they think they’re supposed to do, or what other people expect them to do. Your special day w/J sounded magical and everything you both wished for. Blessings and joy to you both on your anniversary!!

  • Mama H says:

    Great memories!!❤️❤️❤️

  • OOOO, Cake, Seak and LOBSTER! How wonderful!!!

    Sounds like you are doing great Angie. Great to hear! Hope you have a wonderful day and week! I will be so happy when spring comes, LOL been a bit ( VERY) cold in my area 16 degrees right now! Happy Valentine’s day to you and your Husband Angie!

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