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Mrs. Elephant's Dream Wedding Recap - Photos by Del Sol (Lots!)


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Hello BDW ladies (and occasional gentlemen)! It's been 3 months since my wedding in Thailand and I wanted to post some of my favourite photos by the amazing Matt and Sol from Del Sol Photography. I found them on this website so I wanted to give back to the BDW community by posting this and hopefully inspire some future brides!

 

You can see my review for Del Sol here: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/del-sol-photography/reviews/6509

My wedding slideshow: http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=767

 

Here I am getting ready. Yes, those are all MY dresses! I wore 5 on wedding day, and 2 for TTD the day after. The remaining 2, I had for backup and didn't end up wearing =(

 

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This was what Mr. Elephant was doing while I was getting ready. He was having so much fun! So jealous!

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Putting on my red shoes

 

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Love his wacky colourful socks!

 

 

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My shoes for the Chinese tea ceremony

 

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My Mom zipping me up

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Putting on the same earrings my Mom wore on her wedding day

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Mr. Elephant is ready to go!!

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Trying on my red veil

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Anxiously waiting!

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Tea set for the tea ceremony

 

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Still waiting for the Mr. Elephant and his party to come over to my villa to play bride games and pick me up!!

 

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Oh here they come!!

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Haha door was locked!

 

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My sisters laughing at Mr. Elephant. He had to bribe them to let him in!

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And so my sister happily counts her bribe money

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Then makes Mr. Elephant eat a whole chili pepper

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And makes them dance to Single Ladies by Beyonce!

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Mr. Elephant reading out loud the contract he just signed, promising to love me forever and letting me have my way forever and ever! I was hiding behind the door, he wasn't supposed to see me until he passes all the tests and I am given to him.

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He passed all the tests! My mother escorted me out the room and handed me to him

 

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Tea ceremony for my mom 

 

 

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After tea ceremony for my side of the family, we left my villa and went over to his (which was right next door). It was important before the tea ceremonies are completed that I do not see the sun. So I had to hide under the red parasol! Traditions!!

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Tea ceremony for Mr. Elephant's parents

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Hugging my father-in-law! My new family are so good to me. After all the tea ceremonies for his family and relatives were completed, we were officially married by Chinese traditions!! Now for the beach ceremony! 

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Changing into my ceremony dress. My sisters almost couldn't zip me up. I swear I didn't gain any weight!! Crappy zipper!

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Putting on my veil

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Some final touches

 

 

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We're ready!!

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My dad passed away 12 years ago. I had this made to tie to my bouquet so he could walk me down the aisle too.

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Then I hear lots of ooohs and aaaaahhhs and guests running. I was hiding in my room but this is what they saw. Mr. Elephant's GRAND ENTRANCE! His entrance was bigger than my walk down the aisle!!

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Riding in on an elephant is so COOL! He had 4 dancers in front 7 musicians behind him. 1000

 

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Then he got off the elephant and the dancers did a welcome dance!

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I missed his entrance and the welcome dance because my party and I were hiding in the room. Although we were married by Chinese tradition, I still wanted him to see me in my wedding dress for the first time while I walk down the aisle

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Fixing my MOH/sister's makeup. 

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Sister/officiant walking down the aisle. She legally married us back in January in the States.

 

 

 

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Baby sister/MOH

 

 

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Ring bearer and flower girl

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My mom walking me down the aisle

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All I could see was him

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All smiles!

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Our special guest!

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I didn't notice it then, but Mr. Elephant forgot to leave his sunglasses in his room. 

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Our first kiss!!

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Champagne toast

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YAY! One of Mr. Elephant's many funny faces lol

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After the ceremony, we went straight to riding the beautiful elephant for some photos.

 

 

 

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This cute dog was following the elephant all around the beach! I think they may be friends!

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This is one of many many examples of how hard Sol and Matt worked. They jumped into the water to take awesome photos for us!! Thank you for having so much passion for what you do!!!

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After some photos, we went back to our guests and got off the elephant to feed her. She was really happy for yummy banana and watermelon snacks!

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My MIL - LOVE her expression!

 

 

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After the elephant was happy and fed, we went back for more photos while our guests stayed for cocktail hour.

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After the photos by the beach, my dress was a little wet (lucky I was prepared with my many dresses!) and changed into another dress for our first dance.

 

 

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Our beautiful cake!! My sister made the elephant cake toppers. They're sooo cute!

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I only had the one bite Mr. Elephant fed to me. It was really good cake too! Wish I had more!!

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Our first dance

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After our first dance, we all went down to the beach to release fire lanterns

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Then we had a spectacular fireworks show!

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After the fireworks, my guests went to the reception while I changed into the pink dress my mother wore to her own wedding. She never wore a white wedding dress and this was her reception dress. The only other dress she wore was a rental of a tea ceremony dress similar to the one I wore that morning.

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Reception. We brought the lanterns to Thailand with us. So glad we did that because we loved the look of the room!

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Watching a slideshow my sister made of pictures of my dad and I. Really wished he was there.

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Our toasts

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Sister/MOH speech

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Love you girls!!!!

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Yes, I changed again. My last dress for the evening I promise! Admiring the guest book I had made.

 

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My sister (who is great at photography) took pictures of the little elephants she made. I took those pictures and made it into a guest book.

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Our most amazing fire show!!!

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Family admiring my ring!! I love love love it!!

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Star shaped diamond. We had been shopping for a long time!! This was so special, and we instantly fell in love with it.

 

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That's it for now! It was the most amazing day and looking at the photos always makes me smile! More photos from our TTD soon!

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