January 19th, 2017 // Author: Tina Causey Bislick
Who needs crazy Uncle Sal to keep the party going when a photo booth will do the trick?! The photo booth has been trending big at weddings for the past few years, and it seems to be a trend that will continue for quite some time. As one destination bride told me, “…as soon as dinner was over, we opened up the photo booth and BOOM—our reception took on this crazy, fun vibe…even my normally refined and formal grandparents had a blast wearing the props and posing for the camera!”
“True style comes when you follow your own rules.” Those are the words of fashion designer Kate Spade. Massachusetts bride Lindsay Oleson and her groom Mark Dettenrieder chose Aruba as the locale for their destination wedding, but put their own personal stamp on their seaside nuptials, and followed their own rules.
If you have been to Aruba, then you know that the breezy beaches of Aruba would present a challenge for anyone wanting to do a unity candle ritual during a wedding ceremony. The modern, beach version of the unity candle is the sand ceremony.
New Yorker Jessica Grun met Matt Lender, from Connecticut, online. “It seems to be the way these days,” shared Jessica. And planning a destination wedding online seems to be the way to go for many brides these days as well. Jessica and Matt decided to have a destination wedding, choosing Aruba as the locale for their special day.
January 5th, 2017 // Author: Tina Causey Bislick
At the heart of every wedding reception is the cake. Today, just about anything goes in terms of flavor, design, color, and decoration. Aruba’s bakers and pastry chefs are happy to accommodate each couple’s personal taste and flair.
Personalize your wedding party gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen with authentic accessories from VADAVAS. At the helm of the local company are three sisters—Valeria, Daniela, and Valentina, who create handcrafted accessories with a social conscience.
No need for mulling over destinations for their wedding—Aruba was inevitably meant to be. “Aruba was not only our first vacation as a couple, but a place we both visited as children…additionally, both his parents and mine went to Aruba on their honeymoon…its been a meaningful place in our lives and seemed the perfect choice,” the bride said.
December 8th, 2016 // Author: Tina Causey Bislick
If your destination wedding is taking place during the December holiday season, here are a few of our local traditions to consider incorporating into your wedding celebrations here on Aruba.
For our brides that are celebrating their Aruba wedding during the winter holiday season, a festive, seasonal bouquet in all white is a gorgeous statement.
Who needs bouquets when you can carry an adorable puppy down the aisle? Bride Jamie Geesaman and groom Herb Johnson, from Gorham, Maine, chose to honor a cause near and dear to their hearts by sharing the spotlight on their wedding day with dogs and puppies from Animal Rights Aruba and New Life for Paws Foundation—both local, non-profit foundations that promote awareness and foster/adoption programs for stray dogs and cats.
Jasmine Norwood-Dioulo and Julian Dioulo were recently wed on the splendid shores of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino’s private island. Jasmine, from California, and Julian, from Texas, met while living and working in Washington D.C. Both were at the same club dancing and, reports Jasmine, the chemistry was instant. Chemistry blossomed into love, with the couple eventually deciding to tie the knot.
Aruba boasts the highest repeat ratio of visitors in the entire Caribbean. New York couple Dana and Christopher are no exception—having visited the island five times prior to their wedding here, as well as getting engaged on the island. “We love the people, the culture, and the weather,” shares the bride. The couple’s familiarity with the island prompted them to choose two venues to celebrate their nuptials—the iconic beach setting of Palm Beach for the ceremony and the dramatic views and sophistication of the clubhouse at Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf for the reception.
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