Dreamy Ocean Engagement Photos

Anguilla engagement

I’m sure you’re all going to be ready for a dreamy beach vacay after seeing Lisa + Adrian’s gorgeous Anguilla engagement photos captured by the incredibly talented KT Merry! NYC natives, Lisa + Adrian traveled to the British West Indies this past Spring for both their engagement session and to tie the knot several days later, at the Viceroy Anguilla, in front of 35 of their favorite people. The simplicity + beauty of the beach setting in these photos is so captivating + you can truly feel the love between these two!

You won’t want to miss their ultra-romantic love/proposal story, dating back to when they were just teenagers on a family vacation(!), at the end of the post. So, so sweet! Congratulations Lisa + Adrian — we wish you all the best!

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This last shot might be my fave! So fun!

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Now for the proposal story…

Adrian and I met when we were teenagers on a vacation with our families in the Caribbean. From the moment we met we knew that there was a deep connection between us but we lived on opposite coasts, Adrian is from California and I am from Pennsylvania. We both agreed that we were way too young to experience this type of connection. We stayed in touch and would visit each other over the years. Our friendship grew into love and we knew we wanted to be together. Adrian decided to attend college in NYC, where I was also attending college. We started dating and the rest is history. We always discussed getting married but we both felt we needed to focus on our careers and always felt too young. This kind of love only comes around once in a lifetime and neither of us ever took that for granted. Adrian had asked my father to marry me years before he proposed.

In the summer of 2011 we went on an amazing trip to Italy for my birthday. The day of my birthday Adrian had a romantic day planned and chartered a gozzo to explore Capri’s beautiful coastline and grottos. When the skipper took us under the faraglioni rocks in Capri, which one is shaped like a wishbone, we both made a wish and it was a magical moment for us. We laughed and I joked that all that was missing was a proposal. When we arrived home we were both going on-and-on that we needed to make a picture album of our trip to Italy, which was so special to both of us. We never got around to it and as time went on I forgot about it. Adrian and I love Christmas. Its our favorite holiday and we love the buzz in the air during the holidays. On December 23, 2011 Adrian came home and said there was a stocking stuffer I should open. I didn’t find this to be weird since we can’t keep gifts a secret and we typically open cute little gifts a few days before Christmas from all the excitement. I opened it and was so shocked that it was a picture book of our trip to Italy. I was so surprised that he had made the book without me knowing and I was crying tears of joy remembering the times we shared there as a soaked-in each picture. I got to a page in the middle of the book and there was a love poem. It was beautiful. Then on the following page it was THE picture of us in Capri under the faraglioni rocks with the caption, “Lisa, will you take my hand and marry me?” I was so surprised, which I have to say, is saying a lot since I am one of the hardest people to surprise. He got down on one knee and gave me a gorgeous ring that he designed. That was the icing on the cake. I was so happy that Adrian proposed in our home because it felt so intimate and we were able to say what we wanted to say to each other without anyone else around. If he would have done anything else I would have figured it out. It was a special, magical moment that we both will never forget and keep in our hearts.

And if staying at the Viceroy Anguilla sounds as romantic to you as it does to me, read on for more details about it below:

Viceroy Inclusive Package starting at $699.00 per night, which includes:

  • Accommodations in a Viceroy King Resort View Room
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Daily lunch for two
  • Daily dinner for two
  • Soft drinks (Alcoholic beverages are not included)
  • Service Charge

Guests may book online at: www.viceroyanguilla.com with special code VIP // Offer expires December 20th, 2013 // Click here for details, terms, and conditions // And if you want to see more from the hotel, check out some pics from my stay at the Viceroy Anguilla last year!

Note: This post is not sponsored by the hotel, I just loved our stay so much last year that I asked the Viceroy to share a special rate for GWS readers! :)

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English Barn Wedding: Gemma + Neil

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Gemma + Neil knew from the start that they didn’t want a traditional wedding. Instead, they wanted a celebration that was relaxed, informal + full of laughter. The York Maze proved to be the perfect setting for a heart-felt wedding ceremony + fun-filled reception! I love how they utilized the industrial and rustic space with long communal dining tables, simple garden-like florals + some lovely homespun details!

Big thanks to James Melia for the absolutely gorgeous images and congrats to Gemma + Neil!

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How pretty are Gemma’s sparkly Jimmy Choos?! Love them!

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The ceremony, marrying Neil felt like the most natural thing ever.

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The personalized crate filled with herbs, greenery + florals is such a fun detail.

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Gemma + Neil’s cake by Patisserie Viennoise looks SO good!

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Decide on what you want before you start looking at venues, etc. There is so much to choose out there and knowing what you want is half the challenge.

photography: James Melia //  venue + catering: York Maze York, England // prop hire + lighting: We Love This // floral design: Leafy Couture // wedding dress: 1960′s by The Vintage Wedding Dress Company from The White Closet in Didsbury // hairpieces: Hair comb from SO Jewellery // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Warehouse // hair + makeup: Jo Bilham, Hair by Bang Hair // groom suit: Jaeger // paper goods: Artcadia // cake: Patisserie Viennoise

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Win a $1000 Wedding Suite from Paper Muse Press

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We love pretty paper details here at GWS, so we’re excited to share the newest collection of wedding invitation suites from Paper Muse Press today. Each suite contains stylishly coordinated pieces  – from invitationssave the datesthank you cardsluxe coastersmenus and more. What makes Paper Muse Press different? Their swoon-worthy paper called LOFT. LOFT is sumptuous to the touch and incredibly thick – it’s like letterpress paper (but without the high price tag).

I am loving their new, modern designs! Here are some of my faves…

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And since they know there’s life beyond stationery, their blog has fantastic DIY ideas for wedding reception décor, floral and food. Check out their handmade arrows and heart-shaped seat centerpieces to name a few.

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And now for the amazing giveaway for Green Wedding Shoes readers from Paper Muse Press!

One lucky couple will receive 75 of the following:

  • 75 LOFT Luxurious Invites
  • 75 LOFT RSVP Cards
  • 75 LOFT Menus
  • 75 Gift Tags
  • 75 Place Cards
  • 75 Address Labels
  • 75 Envelope Liners

A $1000 value!

AND three lucky couples will receive a $100 gift card from Paper Muse Press!

Paper Muse Press is also offering a great discount – 20% off your wedding invitation order with the code 20GWSJUL (discount good until 12/31/13)

To enter to win, select your favorite invitation suite and fill out the form below:

Contest ends on 7/11/13 at 6pm PST. Winner will be announced in this post on or around 7/15/13.

***Congrats to Aisling M who was the grand prize winner of the $1000 suite and to Michelle S, Chelsey B and Bethany C who all won $100 Gift Cards***

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