Enjoy Martine's I Guess I Do moments in her own words below...
When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding because 1) anyone who knows us knows that we LOVE to travel 2) Since his family still lives in Wisconsin, they would have had to travel regardless, so we thought it only fair to make everyone travel and 3) It was the best way to keep our guest list under control since we were mostly paying for the wedding ourselves. We had an incredible turnout though--about 120 guests came from all over (New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, etc.) to celebrate our wedding weekend with us.
Since we opted to pay for most of the wedding costs ourselves, we had to greatly limit the number of people we invited. I come from a HUGE family and we would have had to invite them all if we had the wedding locally in NYC or CT, so we thought having a destination wedding would get most people to understand that we were trying to have an intimate wedding.
My I Guess I Do moment came when there was a HUGE amount of drama amongst my side of the family regarding the guest list--I had one cousin get extremely offended that she wasn't invited to the wedding (even though I only see this person once a year and we never talk otherwise). On top of that, I had my dad add in all these last minute people to the guest list (something that caused us to get into a huge argument). I had to explain to him about why we simply couldn't afford to keep adding people to the guest list. This all happened about 3 months before my wedding and prior to that, I was enjoying every moment of wedding planning. I was pretty upset for a week or so, but after making a few concessions for my dad's sake, decided that I wasn't going to let anyone tell me what I HAD to do or who I HAD to invite. We wanted to be surrounded by people who actually loved and cared about us, so we knew we had to stick to our original plan of keeping the guest list in check.
Despite the bit of frustration I experienced with the guest list, I found myself still loving all things weddings (after all, I had been a featured blogger on WeddingBee, so I decided to change careers and start planning weddings professionally!) I got my certification through the Association of Bridal Consultants and recently launched my own wedding planning company, This Modern Love Events, LLC.
Wedding video courtesy of WeddingMix:
Photographer: Sarelle Photos Reception & Ceremony Venue: Hotel Nelligan Day of Coordinator: Rachel Cripps-Gervais of An English Rose Officiant: Brother Rolph Fernandes Baker: Les Glaceurs Florist: Madame K Floral Designs Makeup: Katherine Cloutier of Kat & Lea Maquilleurs Hair: Priska Laurent Invitations, Menus, Ceremony Programs: Megan Brusca of 1ofAKindCustomDesign DJ: DJ Yo-C Ceremony Musicians: Cadenza Strings DIY Videography: WeddingMix Wedding Gown: Pronovias Benicarlo Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade
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