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Seaside Cape Fahn Hotel Wedding

January 29, 2023 | justine

Maple and Miguel wanted their closest loved ones from all over the world to join them on their big day. And what better way to bring them together than a destination wedding in paradise that also reminded them of home! Set on a private island with rocky cliffs, lush greenery, and panoramic ocean views, their Cape Fahn Hotel wedding boasted picturesque scenery, gorgeous florals, and stylish wedding fashion.

With the help of planner The Wedding Bliss Thailand, their waterfront wedding was beyond stunning. Their ceremony overlooking the ocean featured a curved aisled leading to an altar on the rocks. After exchanging heartfelt vows, they had to move the festivities indoors because of the rain. But this didn’t mean that their celebration was any less spectacular. Their reception featured tablescapes covered in airy florals, candles, and gold accents. On top of that, crystal chandeliers and a greenery installation were the perfect dreamy touch and tied it all together. 

The romantic atmosphere and intimate vibe truly embodied what Maple and Miguel envisioned. Looking for beach wedding inspiration that’s romantic, whimsical, and timeless? Look no further and scroll through these incredible images captured by ProudRad.

The Couple:

Maple and Miguel

The Wedding:

Cape Fahn Hotel, Koh Samui, Thailand

The Inspiration Behind Their Cape Fahn Hotel Wedding

Our wedding was inspired by our adventures together. We love to travel to national parks on road trips, and California is our home. We wanted to get married in a wedding scene that blended with the landscape, brought out the natural beauty of Koh Samui, and reminded us of the California Coast. Cape Fahn Hotel‘s wedding venue has cliffs above the sea where we could exchange our vows and immerse ourselves in nature.

Choosing Their Venue Because Of The Incredible Scenery

We never visited Cape Fahn until the day before our wedding. We saw a photograph of the wedding terrace with cliffs above the sea. We instantly fell in love with the venue because it reminded us of our home—the California coast. It’s rare to see this kind of natural beauty on a tropical island in Thailand, but the rocky cliffs and wild plants were reminiscent of our road trip adventures in the Golden State. Cape Fahn Hotel is its own private island off the main island of Samui. We knew that the journey to our wedding venue added an element of adventure to our day. We all had to cross a little stretch of water between the two islands to get to the resort.

Sharing Their Wedding Mood Board To Communicate Their Vision To Their Vendors

In the planning process, we shared several images of organic, non-traditional aisles with whimsical and floral greenery. Our talented wedding designer, The Wedding Bliss Thailand, understood the assignment by taking our visual cues and designing our dream wedding. The wedding aisle and altar had a playful combination of lunaria, wild plants, and florals. We’d never seen anything like it in a magazine or movie.

Selecting Florals And Greenery That Reminded Them Of Their Home

The florals and plants selected for our wedding aisle and altar were truly unique to our tastes. The lunaria plant represents our relationship (we have them in our living room). Our wedding planner integrated lunaria throughout the day to personalize our wedding. We had it in the wedding aisle and altar. The sun would reflect on it, giving the plant an iridescent effect. We also placed little lunaria bundles on our guests’ baroque plates.

Including Their Beloved Pet In The Cape Fahn Hotel Wedding Ceremony

Having our miniature schnauzer Maroo be a part of our ceremony was really important to us. Maroo had a rope leash adorned with leaves. We never got to rehearse the walk with Maroo, and he did a great job walking down the natural form of the aisle as the “ring bearer.”

Advice From The Newlyweds: Plan The Wedding You Want

Our advice is to go with your gut. Get married in a place that is beautiful and feels right to you. Get married under the sun. Embrace the weather and rain. Choose wedding songs that make you feel victorious as a couple. Try to focus on each other and your shared vision. Hire the best wedding planner for your budget, so you can enjoy your beautiful day together without stressing over the details and flow of the day.

Fully Trusting Their Vendors To Bring Their Vision Cape Fahn Hotel Wedding To Life

We didn’t go too deep into the details. We were also pretty short on time. We gave our wedding planner and designer enough ideas and mood boards to give them a sense of our vision. Trusting them fully with the details left us the chance to be surprised and experience certain things with fresh eyes. We didn’t know the size of the stage and the exact location where we’d have our first dance. When we walked onto the beach that night, we were in awe of the stage under the fairy lights and pine trees. The not-knowing of many things allowed us to feel and enjoy every second.

Making Their Dream Cape Fahn Hotel Wedding Come To Life In Less Than Six Months

Planning the wedding together and designing it according to our dreams and aspirations was most important to us. We planned our destination wedding in less than six months. We didn’t want to over plan, and our decision to get married came soon after our careers kicked off. We stayed focused on each others’ needs during the planning process. Choosing the venue, the menu, the florals, the program, the songs, and planning the wedding together felt like directing a movie together. Planning it together made it our wedding of a lifetime, and it certainly was a dream.

Making The Rain Work In Their Favor

It rained the moment we kissed, like a scene from a Hollywood film. Our guests said so too. It rained for hours, so our wedding planner moved our outdoor beach reception indoors. We loved having all our family and friends dine indoors and in the same room. The wedding felt intimate by having us all together in a smaller space, and the entire room fell silent during speeches. The chandeliers, wild greenery, and touches of elegance made the night feel magical.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – ProudRad
Event Planning – The Wedding Bliss Thailand
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering + Cake – Cape Fahn Hotel
Floral Design – I Am Flower
Officiant – Russell Watson
Videography – RJunhongFilm
Invitation Design – Minted Weddings
Makeup + Hair Stylist – Polina Pak Studio
Wedding Dress – Madi Lane
Bridal Accessories – Mejuri
Bride’s Wedding Party Apparel – Vera Wang
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Groomsmen’s Apparel –
Rings – Oui Jean Dousset

 

Congratulations to Maple and Miguel on their seaside Cape Fahn Hotel wedding. And a big thank you to ProudRad for capturing all the heartfelt memories and gorgeous details of their special day. 

A destination wedding can truly be a spectacular and unforgettable event for you, your partner, and your loved ones—whether you’re looking for amazing scenery, beautiful architecture, or simply trying to inject adventure into your celebration. Check out our guides on planning a destination wedding and creating a budget for a stress-free journey to your dream getaway wedding!

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Futuristic Warehouse Dance Party Inspired Wedding

January 28, 2023 | justine

When planning their wedding, Jordan and Tim wanted the vibe to feel like a futuristic warehouse dance party inspired wedding. And with the help of their trusted vendor team, the pair pulled off a celebration that can only be described as futuristic fantasy meets whimsical romance.It was precisely the wedding they envisioned.

Their warehouse venue provided the perfect backdrop for this unconventional affair. The statement piece of the ceremony was the floral and neon lighting strip installation. It complemented the distressed and industrial features of the space perfectly. For the reception that followed, they showcased another unique use of the lighting strips by repurposing them as centerpieces.

This wedding proves that contrasting elements can go together to create a theme that is totally out of this world and truly unforgettable! It was the perfect combination of modern, romantic, and fashion-forward. To see exactly what we’re talking about, scroll through these incredible images captured by Briars Atlas.

The Couple:

Jordan and Tim

The Wedding:

Jam Handy, Detriot, United States

The Inspiration Behind Their Dance Party Inspired Wedding

Our design inspiration was a mix of Blade Runner and the Arctic Monkeys’ album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. The venue was the first thing we confirmed, knowing Jam Handy’s industrial warehouse space would be perfect. We’re really proud of our vision for the lighting and how that all came together. We’re also really proud that we made the day true to us as a couple and that we got to include so many special people as a part of it.

Bringing Their Vision To Life Through Lighting

We created a mood board with many inspirational images, which helped us communicate our vision with our vendors. Because we knew we wanted the lighting to be a significant component of the design, it was essential to find someone we trusted. We’ve followed Patrick Ethen’s work for a while, and the light pieces he designs perfectly fit the vibe we wanted. Once he confirmed a design, we worked with the florist, and Jordan selected the other design details. We’re so thankful to have worked with such talented designers. It really wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Recreating The Magic Of Their First Ceremony For Their Guests

When we had to postpone our big celebration to 2022, we legally married in August 2021 with just our immediate families. We spent a lot of time crafting the ceremony, and when we repeated it this June with extended family and friends, it was just as special. Our family members were all involved. Our dads both officiated, each of our brothers stood up as our Best Man and Man of Honor, and our moms all read passages we had selected. We wrote our own vows, and repeating and hearing them again was a highlight of the day.

A Pre-Ceremony Drink At Their Favorite Local Bar

Before the ceremony, we walked with our wedding party and families to share a drink at one of our favorite local bars. They have a rooftop overlooking Eastern Market, and we couldn’t have picked a better way to soak up some extra time with our closest people. Everything felt so relaxed, exciting, and celebratory.

Taking On The Planning Themselves But Hiring A Coordinator Close To the Big Day

For a couple of months leading up to the wedding, we created a massive to-do list and committed to doing three things on it each day at a set time. This really helped the large amount of planning work feel a little more manageable and helped compartmentalize the planning. Hire a wedding planner for at least the day of the wedding. We worked with a coordinator for the month of the wedding, and it was so helpful to have someone coordinate all the logistics with vendors, especially on the day of the event. It really helped us enjoy the day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Briars Atlas (Oli Sansom)
Event Planning – Spoke Events
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Jam Handy
Floral Design – Detroit Design Co.
Catering – Great Greek Grill
Cake – Petite Sweets
DJ – A-Pili 
Makeup + Hair Stylist – Pop + Coh
Bridal Suit – Karen Willis Holmes
Bridal Accessories – Kyha Studios 
Groom’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Rings – Julio Cuellar Jewelry
Lighting Design – Patrick Ethen
Bartending – Miss Mixology

Congratulations to Jordan and Tim on their futuristic warehouse dance party inspired wedding. And a big thank you to Briars Atlas for capturing every element and moment of this celebration. Easily one of the most unique weddings we’ve seen!

The best way to make a wedding stand out is to get creative and play up the unexpected details. If you and your partner want to throw a one-of-a-kind wedding personalized to who you are as a couple, check out our guide on how to plan a unique wedding.

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How To Avoid Wedding Debt When Planning Your Big Day

January 27, 2023 | riley

Your best friend asked you to marry them, and now you’re ready to enjoy the bliss of being engaged and planning your wedding. If you’ve never planned a wedding before–and we’re guessing you haven’t–the entire process can feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to finances. 

While some couples receive money from their family and friends, we know this isn’t an option for everyone. We also know just how expensive weddings can be. According to The Knot, the average wedding in 2021 was $28,000. That’s far from chump change.

Though the option of taking out loans is there, we understand that many couples want to avoid wedding debt, which can feel virtually impossible. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not! And we’re sharing our best tips to help you stay out of debt while still being able to enjoy the wedding of your dreams.

How To Avoid Wedding Debt

Create A Budget

There are a few steps to take before you can even begin to think about booking your vendors and venue–the first being creating a budget. Take a look at your and your partner’s saving accounts, how much money you can realistically save every month leading up to the big day, and what money (if any) you are receiving from parents or loved ones. This big-picture number will help you stay on track throughout the planning process.

Determine Your Non-Negotiables

As you start planning, you may find there are a few “must-haves” for your big day. This could be a venue you’ve had your eye on, a specific photographer, or an abundance of flowers. Whatever it may be, sit down with your partner and list your top three non-negotiables. This is where most of your budget will likely go. This will also help you cut costs in other areas that are less important to the two of you.

Don’t Forget A Miscellaneous Item Line In Your Budget

When putting together your budget spreadsheet (which we’ve already put together for you), don’t forget to include a line for miscellaneous expenses. There are quite a few unexpected costs, such as alterations, your marriage license, taxes, service fees, and more.

Create A Separate Bank Account

Creating a separate bank account that is used solely for wedding planning allows you to automate your contributions and keep track of your spending. While this may seem like a silly extra step, it can prevent you from overspending. For example, if you are just using money from your regular savings, you may spend more than you intend because the money is in the account. If you create a separate account, you can keep a certain amount in there, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

We recommend opening a high-yield saving account. This allows you to earn money by just having some in the bank. Although it may not be much, that extra $50 that you make could be what helps you get the florist you fell in love with on Instagram.

Give Yourself A Deadline

The last thing that you want to do is spend years saving up for your wedding. While your wedding is something you may have dreamed about since you were little, it’s also important to remember that it’s just a fancy party. The most important aspect of a wedding is you and your partner promising forever to one another. All of the other details are just an added bonus. That’s why it’s not worth spending years saving for a single night. Of course, you want it to be special, but don’t put it off just because you need to save. Make the deadline realistic.

Discuss Finances Often

We’re firm believers that you should be discussing finances with your partner often during the wedding planning process. If you begin to feel overwhelmed financially, have a date night where you get the focus back on just the two of you. Think about your future dreams together, whether buying a home in the near future, traveling the world, or starting a family. Focusing on saving money and not going into debt for these future aspirations will help you reel it in and remind you why you’re committing to a budget in the first place. 

Image by McKenzie McNeil

Other Helpful Financial Tips

Get Married On A Friday or Sunday

It should come as no surprise that Saturdays are the most popular day of the week for weddings. They’re also the most expensive. While having a weekday wedding may not be realistic for many, if you’re looking to save a little extra money, consider getting married on a Friday or Sunday. There’s nothing we love more than a Sunday brunch wedding full of delicious breakfast foods and sunshine.

Opt For A Wedding Website

While we recommend sending out physical save-the-dates and invitations to your guests, you can save money by having a wedding website. On the site, you can list all of the details about the rehearsal dinner, your welcome party, and information about the hotel room block you’ve set up, so you don’t have to have this printed on even more cards.

Host An All-Inclusive Destination Wedding

Did you know that destination weddings can actually be cheaper than traditional weddings? Especially if you choose an all-inclusive venue. Depending on the location, you can save thousands of dollars. Doing so also helps you trim down your guest list naturally, which also helps you save money in the long run as well.

Now that you know some tips and tricks to help you avoid wedding debt, it’s time to get serious about your wedding budget. That is the first step, after all. To make planning as seamless as possible, we’ve created a budget guide with everything you need to know. It even comes with a free budget spreadsheet, so you don’t have to make your own!

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