Vusala & Gurban’s gorgeous, colorful destination wedding took place at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I love the combination of orange and pink! The beautiful photography was done by Kristina Hill Photography.
Vusala was kind enough to share the details of her wedding day as well as tips for those planning a destination wedding.
From the very beginning we wanted to have something unusual, informal and original. The idea to have about 200 guests, being all formal and organizing this whole thing just seemed to be scary. Plus, I’m in love with photography and destination wedding pictures always seemed to be so beautiful and out of this world. And we decided, why not!? We both are originally from Azerbaijan, the country where everyone is having traditional weddings in a big restaurants and crazy amount of guests and relatives. So here we were deciding to take our chances and be different and make this day about us, and not the crowd of people
A big difficulty we faced was communicating with resorts trying to find out wedding plans, locations and all that stuff. It’s really hard and extremely unbelievably stressful to organize and get answers when you are not there and can’t really see the actual picture. We were expecting it to be much smoother and stress-free( just the way all wedding magazines describe wedding destinations!)
I would say that Our favorite wedding memory would be the fact when we decided to trash the dress the day of the wedding and finish the photo shoot with jumping into the water in the wedding dress and suit. It was great feeling of happiness and excitement when we came out from the water and the whole beach of strangers were clapping for us, coming up to us, sharing in our happiness, and congratulating us.
One of the locals, a teenage girl came up to us and told us that she wants to be just like us when she grows up. It was extremely sweet. Random people were genuinely happy for us.
My favorite detail was my dress I had it custom made because of an image I had in mind to take. I kept seeing shots of brides sitting down with their dress flowing all around them. I knew it was a memory I wanted!
Some advice I have for brides planning a destination wedding is that If you have a chance, try to visit the location before the wedding. Go there for a vacation to check things out, to plan, to speak face-to-face with wedding coordinators.
You should keep in mind that besides rain, it might get really windy on a beach location. Consider all of those things.
Definitely if you want to have a live music, don’t choose a saxophonist. Hooked up ipod worked perfectly though.
Oh and yes, make sure check out your wedding cake the day of the wedding. They have several weddings per day every day and things can happen (like confusing your cake with some other wedding party
You always have to be on top of your wedding coordinator to make sure that everything is being done as promised (we had the wrong cake! It didn’t match anything and was not what I ordered. We cut it and I didn’t say anything, because I was just having fun. Then they brought us the real cake at the end of the night and we had a cake cutting do over!!!)
MAKE SURE you spend enough time choosing your photographer. Pictures are everything for this type of weddings. And Kristina Hill simply did a wonderful job!
Also, if the wedding video means a lot to you, then don’t trust video guy from the resort. It’s a waste of money.
In conclusion, people are very friendly and pleasant, it was definitely memorable and unique experience!:)
Venue/Cake/Catering/Flowers/Hair – Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa
Photography: Kristina Hill Photography
Make Up – Bride’s Mother
Hairpiece – USABride Weddings
Dress- Lace & Satin
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Rings- My rings were custom made by Ariel, name of the company was “Fine Laser Cut Inc.”, Gurban’s ring we got from Zales
Pillow for rings- Etsy Shop: creativebridal
Cake topper & cutters: Wedding Mountain
The andle next to the cake – I Do Originals
The sand ceremony set – Amazon.com
Wedding favors, silk fans: Beau Coup
Thanks to Vusala for the details and tips and to Kristina Hill Photography for submitting this beautiful wedding.
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