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    Sunny Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico

    Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico from 13:13 Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    While I don’t get to share them nearly enough (and until my baby naps longer than 40 minutes at a time I won’t get to – fingers crossed we get over this hump soon!) I sure do love to feature weddings. The love just gets me, every single time. The pretty details do it too, but mostly it’s the love. I’ve been waiting to share this bright burst of love destination wedding from 13:13 Photography for a bit. Hope it warms your day, wherever you are.

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    Saul and I were introduced by a mutual friend. We dated for almost four years before tying the knot, but once we decided to get married it all happened very quickly – we planned the entire wedding in less than six months! We decided pretty early on that having a destination wedding was a must for us. We were getting married in December and wanted sunshine and warm weather! We found everything we were looking for in Puerto Rico. We opted to host approximately 35 of our closest friends and family at two events: a welcome dinner in quaint Old San Juan at the historic El Convento hotel, and then the wedding two hours away at Villa Montana in Isabela on the northwest coast. We had a blast touring San Juan’s forts, salsa dancing and shopping/dining throughout the cobblestone streets and colorful buildings; and then spent the days surrounding our wedding relaxing on wicker loungers in front of a stunning, private beach. Given that we had never had a site visit to any of the locations we selected, I still can’t believe how lucky we were – and credit a lot of great online resources and reviews from other brides.

    We got married in a beach-front gazebo at Villa Montana Beach Resort. We felt like we had their private beach all to ourselves. It was gorgeous and stress-free, the resort took care of all of the details and we used the on-site wedding planner to make sure everything was on schedule.We had our first look in the resort’s herb garden, which was beautfiul. We decided not to have a standing wedding party. Saul escorted his mother in and my mother walked me down the aisle to an instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” The ceremony was very intimate – we would laugh and then cry and then laugh again. I think my favorite moment was when the minister led the group in a blessing of our marriage – our friends and family come from a variety of beliefs and backgrounds and it was very moving to see everyone raise their hands in unity and give us a loving tribute. After the ceremony we had a cocktail hour on the gazebo lawn and then dinner on the patio at the resort’s beach-front restaurant, followed by a bonfire on the beach with s’mores. It was exactly what we wanted – stress-free but beautiful and memorable.

    Love the bride’s BHLDN attire, that fabulous ring, and the whole warm and loving feel of the day, don’t you? Congrats to Amber & Saul!

    PS- Want more real wedding inspiration – check out the categories in the menu bar for so much more, sorted by real wedding, location, season, style & more!

    {Vendors} Photography: 13:13 Photography / Planning, Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue: Villa Montoña / Brides wardrobe: BHLDN / Bride’s rings: Adam Foster

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    Martha Stewart Weddings Fall Real Weddings Issue Sneak Peek

    Martha Stewart Weddings Real Wedding Preview | Oh Lovely Day | photography by Rachel Thurston

    The fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings debuts this week, and as usual it’s chock full of gorgeous wedding inspiration. And I have an exclusive sneak peek of one of their real wedding features, the Temecula wedding of Brooke and Shea. It’s a true blue fabulous affair with some amazingly good DIY. I’m in love and just want to live in it’s indigo stripes forever.

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    Did I tell you!? And can you believe that those umbrellas were DIY – painted on by the bride and her family? Be sure to see the full feature and all of the other stunning real wedding features in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, on newsstands now.

    Photos by Rachel Thurston, courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

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    DIY San Diego Picnic Wedding

    DIY San Diego Picnic Wedding by Hom Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    It’s been a while since I shared a real wedding here on Oh Lovely Day. To be honest, these features are super time consuming to edit and post and as much as I love them having a new baby was making it quite hard to do all that work. So the real weddings might be featured a bit less for a bit, but when I do share you know they will be good. Today’s simple and sweet San Diego wedding is full of DIY, color, and love. What’s better than that?

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    Picnic twister and pinatas! So fun, right!?

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    I love all of the color and texture the bride’s DIY napkins added to the day.

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    Sharing some sweet details from the day is Hom Photography:

    Alisa and Mike’s park wedding had it all: hand stitched details, gorgeous florals, puppies, bacon, waffle and omelet bars, hand-crafted mimosas, piñatas, and so much more.  What else could you need?  This celebration embodied the laid-back, humble couple behind it all, proving that your wedding day does not need to be elaborate to be perfect. 

    Held at San Dieguito Park in Del Mar, this morning wedding had a true San Diegan feel, from the native succulents used to in their floral arrangements to the bride’s choice of wearing her Rainbow sandals, despite the fact that she actually purchased another pair of shoes for the wedding.  

    Alisa explains that, “we immediately knew we wanted our wedding to be outside somewhere with lots of trees and grass. As I started thinking of colors and themes, my mind kept wandering back to a specific cloth napkin in my sister’s mismatched collection.  From that napkin sprang forth a picnic feel and mismatched color scheme.”

    For the ceremony, driftwood lined the aisle, which led to the simple, but stunning altar.  The bride and groom provided blankets and chairs for the many friends, family, children, and dogs that attended.  Songs used include:

    Processional: “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez  and “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
    Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
    Recessional: “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young

    Friends of the bride and groom played instrumentals of the songs on violin and guitar.  “Come Though Fount” is Mike’s favorite song, and other than that, the couple wanted to use songs that were non-traditional and fit the feel of the day.

    Guests moved their blankets and lawn chairs to the other side of the park and lined up to indulge in made-to-order omelets, waffles, and mimosas, among other brunch items.  For dessert, guests enjoyed cake made by the bride’s sisters and donuts from her grandfather’s shop.  “We’re breakfast lovers,” Alisa explains, “so we decided it was only natural our food choice should reflect that.”

    As a labor of love, Alisa made each guest a set of napkins.  Her sisters took care of all of the florals for the day.  Her sister explained to me that she was excited to repurpose the succulents used throughout the day to grow a succulent garden for the newlyweds using a little root stimulator. 

    Hanging from either side of the reception tent were bicycle wheels, covered with pictures of the couple, and also used by guests used to hang notes to the newlyweds.  Cycling is a favorite pastime of both the bride and groom.  Recently, Alisa and her beloved father toured all the way down the Pacific Coast by bike! Alisa and Mike also brought tons of games for guests of all ages to enjoy, including piñatas and twister, which were a huge hit amongst the kids and adults. 

    From the bride and groom: “Our favorite memory from the day was having all the people who love us most there to witness our covenant and then later seeing them visibly enjoying a day in the park.”

    Don’t you just love every single bit of that? Sounds like such a dreamy and romantic day. Congrats to Alisa & Mike!

    {Vendors} Photographer: Hom Photography / Venue: San Dieguito Park / Dress: David’s Bridal / Suits: H&M / Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer: Feast on This / Donuts: Stan’s Donuts 

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