It all started just over 3 years ago in a pool bar in Cancun, Mexico. I love Amanda & Brad’s story because it’s so similar to how Rob & I met & fell in love! Amanda was on vacation with her sister, and Brad – with a group of friends. Halfway through the trip, some ‘mudslide’ cocktails and football-team-bashing brought these two together and they knew they really liked each other right from the very start. Problem was, Amanda lived in Cincinnati and Brand was from Pittsburgh. Until the end of their trip, they spent time together in the pool, had a dinner date and lastly, exchanged contact info on hotel coasters. When Amanda’s plane landed in Cincinnati, a text message from Brad was already waiting, he wanted to make sure she got home safe.
They talked on the phone almost every night. Over the next two years, Amanda & Brad would fly back & forth for sweet weekend visits, until Brad convinced his Beloved to move to Pittsburgh to be with him … and to attend grad school!
There is so much tenderness in the way they hold each other’s gaze. So much tenderness in the way they speak of each other. Perhaps the distance they endured in the beginning of their love laid the groundwork for appreciating each other’s presence in this remarkable moment-to-moment way … I’m not sure, but it’s palpable.
Brad proposed last spring with the help of their dog Belle. Naturally, it was more than fitting to bring all their friends and family together in the same setting where they fell in love! What could be any more perfect than Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana?! Mayte whipped up one of the most visually stunning, classy and unique wedding themes I’d ever seen – chocolate brown with coral accents.
The ceremony was perfect, Amanda & Brad were married by the only Canadian ‘justice of peace’ in Punta Cana, our wonderful Shannon. Huge thank you to my awesome second photographers, Tamara Briggs and Jess Shields.
Amanda & Brad – wishing you a whole lifetime of amazing memories, Caribbean laid back smiles, and a most beautiful journey together!!
Arriving at Jellyfish Restaurant for cocktail hour & reception. Mayte’s genius decor, always so unique for every bride!
A ‘pirate ship’ sailing by… and more beautiful details for the ceremony.
First dance, Jellyfish dance floor.
I love that Mayte sets a table for two – the couple finally has a chance to hang out together!
Cigar rollers – great entertainment if guests are into it.