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    I'm a former BDW bride turned Wedding Photographer! My husband and I are based in Southern California but we have the honor of capturing weddings and portraits inspired by love all over the world :)

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  1. These are super cute, you did a great job! And congrats ~ Thailand is going to be amazing. That beautiful place is on my bucket list!!!
  2. Hi all you lovely BDWers!!! My name is MarieSam and I joined BDW way back in 2007 (I think, geez I feel old because I can't remember but it has been a while!!!). I have no idea how I came across this site, but it was like a gift from God as I planned my destination wedding in Akumal, Mexico at the CEA Center on June 26, 2009. This is the best resource you will ever find for planning a DW, so embrace it and enjoy it because you just struck gold My husband and I and our 16-year old daughter live in Cerritos, CA, where I work as a full-time journalist. And if you can believe it, my husband
  3. Congrats Missy!!! I've never been to Jamaica but I heard it's super beautiful ~ you are going to have a fabulous wedding *hugs*
  4. Hi Melissa, welcome to the forum!!! We had our wedding in Akumal not too too far from EDSS and the area is amazing!!! You are going to have a fabulous wedding with the help of all the ladies and tips on this forum ~ happy planning
  5. Welcome cocktails for a meet and greet or a welcome dinner is always a nice touch that your guests will truly appreciate. We did a Welcome Dinner the day before the wedding at the villa we were staying at and had a taco man along with mariachis for live music. It was AWESOME and we also got the chance to hand out our Welcome Bags to all our guests. Other than that, it's also a great idea to have a list of excursions you plan on doing so if they'd like to join, they have that option -- events like a beach day, trip into downtown, visiting a tourist attraction are awesome ideas!
  6. Thanks everyone!!! Y'all are so sweet ~ my wedding day was over a year ago but seeing all these comments always reminds me what an incredible it really was I hope each one of you has an equally wonderful Wedding Day
  7. So glad you ladies are still finding my templates helpful!!! Feel free to message me if you need any help
  8. By MarieSam Sanchez Journalist + Photographer www.mariesamsanchez.com One of the most popular locations for destination weddings is the Cancun/Riviera Maya in Mexico. And with one look at the pristine beaches stretched along the Yucatan coast, it’s easy to see why so many couples are flocking to this heavenly paradise to say their I Do’s. BY EUGENE SANCHEZ When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, the Cancun/Riviera Maya area offers an ideal setting for every style, type and budget. Whether you’re dealing with a budget of $5,000 or less, or ready to sp
  9. Welcome to the forum You might wanna try Kohl's! They've always got great summer decor and usually around August everything is on clearance. Good luck and best wishes!!!!
  10. When I was getting married a year ago, my two main options were Cancun Wedding Videos and Playa Weddings. I ended up going with Playa Weddings because I liked the simplicity and cleanliness of their style and edits. I can tell you that Playa Weddings was AWESOME!!!! We hired Paul for five hours and he ended up staying longer because our schedule was 1.5 hours behind. He was gracious, kind and so so talented! I have literally watched our video about 100+ times and I never get sick of it My family has made it a point to play it for whomever comes to visit us, and yes it sometimes get's pr
  11. I've been to Cancun/Riviera Maya in June, July and August. I can tell you, it always felt the same to me ... hot. But you are in a tropical paradise and heat will always be a factor The wonderful thing about hot weather in the Yucatan is that there are tons of beautiful beaches nearby, there's always a refreshing pool to jump into and of course man's best friend ... AC!!! I got married in Akumal in June of 2010. It was hot, but my guests didn't complain a bit ~ they were all just grateful to be somewhere so beautiful and of course to be part of something special I say stick with
  12. holy cow Jess, you're selling your amazing AV dress? Whoever ends up with it is one lucky bride ~ this is a steal!!! I'll spread the word for you
  13. Hey lovely brides-to-be!! I saw this interesting Forbes.com article on yahoo.com today, featuring 10 great wedding gowns for budget brides and they are beautiful! Further proof that you don't have to spend your life's savings to look fabulous on your Wedding Day!!! Hope this helps some of you ladies or at least brings you some wedding dress inspiration *hugs* :hugs2: Drop-Dead Gorgeous Bridal Gowns At (Almost) Bargain-Basement Prices - Yahoo! Shopping
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