Honeymoon at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in Jamaica

Honeymoon in Jamaica at Montego Bay

If you’re currently planning + researching for your honeymoon, today’s post couldn’t have come at a better time! And we really can’t imagine a more beautiful location for relaxing with your love than the gorgeous Jamaican resort, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay. Set on a peninsula with over a mile of private beach leading into the crystal-clear Caribbean, the Wild Orchid provides the perfect romantic getaway for newlyweds! Book one of their stunning suites with direct swim-out access from your own private terrace, enjoy a world-class spa treatment at the Spa by Pevonia, and see the breathtaking sites up close and personal on a fun ride aboard the resort’s catamaran! And the best part of all? With Secrets’ Unlimited-Luxury® experience, your room or suite, meals, cocktails, activities + more (even tax + gratuities) is all included!

Honeymoon in Jamaica at Montego Bay

Honeymoon in Jamaica at Montego Bay

We love the look of the resort – a modern, island vibe with unobstructed views of the beautiful Jamaican waters.

Swim out suites

We really can’t imagine anything better! We’re off to spend the rest of the afternoon daydreaming about white sand beaches, tropical cocktails, and those amazing swim-out suites! If you’re actually lucky enough to be planning a honeymoon, or your next beach vacation, be sure to check out Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay to learn more about the incredible, all-inclusive perks guests get to take advantage of when they stay at a Secrets Resorts & Spas.

* This post is sponsored by Secrets Resorts & Spas. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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DIY San Luis Obispo Ranch Wedding: Aileen + Adam

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

Who’s in the mood for a gorgeous ranch wedding to start off the week? We are + we thought you all might be, too! Luckily, we have the perfect wedding to share that’s sure to fulfill our rustic-loving state of mind. As soon as we laid eyes on Aileen + Adam’s amazing DIY central coast celebration, we knew it would be a total crowd pleaser. With vibrant florals by Lori Boe Floral Design, super sweet + thoughtful personal touches scattered throughout, and that oh-so noteworthy golden California sun, there’s just so much to love + be inspired by. Let’s get a bit of the wedding background story from Aileen:

We are both originally from the rural east coast, with family in both Connecticut and North Carolina. The outdoor/ranch style wedding really reminded us of where we grew up. Living in Southern California, and far away from our families, it was very important for us to find a venue that felt like home. Also, we wanted everyone flying out for our wedding to get the full experience of California. We also wanted to DIY as much as possible for our wedding from the seating chart, signs, cornhole set, to the all the groom and groomsmen’s bow ties. My family even came out a week early to help put all the finishing touches on all of the signs and our moms even baked special desserts for the wedding. Some of the best memories we have before the wedding are having 7 people in our little apartment painting, sewing, baking and stenciling into the early morning hours. But finally seeing it all come together on that day made it well worth all of the time and effort we put in.

Thanks so much to Priscila Valentina for the super gorgeous images and love + high fives to the happy couple!

rings in a flower

pink maxi bridesmaid dresses

pink maxi bridesmaid dresses

A resounding YES to these punchy-hued bridesmaid dresses!

rustic pink bouquets

Watters wedding dress

flower hair piece

pink dahlia bouquet

succulent boutonniere

tan vest groomsmen

tan vest groomsmen

And let’s give it up for the guys who looked as dapper as dapper can be! Each tie was handmade by A + A and we’re totally in love with how they turned out!

floral bowtie

first look on a cliff

first look on a cliff

first look on a cliff

first look on a cliff

What an epic first look on the edge of a cliff…

first look on a cliff

first look on a cliff

San Luis Obispo wedding

San Luis Obispo wedding

polaroid wedding photo

rustic wedding party

bride and groom on vintage couch

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

film inspired arbor

The super creative ceremony arch was a nod to Adam’s career as a filmmaker. So fun, right?!

film inspired arbor

chalkboard and garland

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

ceremony box

Such a sweet ceremony idea: Aileen + Adam wrote down their vows to one another, but saved them to open up years from now, hammering them shut in a vintage wooden box.

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

Processional: Groom: Here Comes Your Man – Vitamin String Quartet; Wedding Party: Best Day of Your Life – Vitamin String Quartet; Bride: Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros

Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates

First Dance: Do You Remember Jack Johnson

La Cuesta Ranch ceremony

La Cuesta Ranch wedding party

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

brown bottle vases

lolli pop favor

brown bottle vases

dahlia centerpiece

vintage couch lounge

chalkboard menu

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

dahlia cake

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

The most memorable moment of the day for both of us was when we were finally able to sit down and look out over all of our family and friends. Seeing everyone from different moments in our lives, from all over the world, all come together to share in the experience of our special day was an incredible moment that we will never forget.

bride and groom table

La Cuesta Ranch wedding

Remember to stop and take in the little moments in the day. It is really easy to get caught up in taking photos, saying hi to everyone and being rushed around. So when you are both sitting at your table at the reception take a moment to look out at all of your family and friends and just take it all in.

photography: Priscila Valentina // venue: La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California // event planning: Lauren Burleson with Planimation Events // florals + hairpieces: Lori Boe Floral Design // wedding dress: Watters from Lovely Bride // shoes: Ivanka Trump // bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan // hair + makeup: Lauren Hendrix with Design Visage // groom suit: Bar III // videography: Artie Delgado // paper goods: Minted // catering: Old San Luis BBQ Co. // cake: Just Baked SLO // music: Andy Morris Entertainment

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryMinted is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Adventurous Engagement Shoot in the Mountains: Kate + Adam

pacific northwest engagement

Today’s engagement session is seriously something else. Kate + Adam were lucky enough to achieve the look + feel of all four seasons – spring, summer, fall + winter – in one amazing afternoon! According to their awesome photog, Ryan Flynn, no one expected what they ended up capturing. He shares, With our game faces on and a heart for adventure, we all trekked up to Mt. Baker for an afternoon of engagement photos with no agenda beyond having fun, getting out of the city, and making some killer photos. As we neared to the top of the mountain, we expected to be greeted with wildflowers since it was the middle of summer, but instead we found a blanket of white. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to document their engagement getting all 4 seasons in one day! 

Let’s have a look at what they caught on camera…

pacific northwest engagement

woodsy engagement

pacific northwest engagement

These adorable woodsy photos definitely have a rustic, fall-like feel!

pacific northwest engagement

pacific northwest engagement

woodsy engagement

river engagment

And loving these playful shots of the cuties in the clear blue creek! Feels like summer all the way.

river engagment

river engagment

river engagment

snow capped engagement

snow capped engagement

snow capped engagement

snow capped engagement

snow capped engagement

When the group reached the mountain creek + were greeted with snow, jaws must have seriously dropped! And ours our doing the same right now as we look through these gorgy images! Between Kate’s red dress and the PNW scenery, we’re swooning big time!

snow mountain engagement

snow mountain engagement

snow mountain engagement

snow mountain engagement

snow mountain engagement

snow mountain engagement

snow mountain engagement

forest engagement

forest engagement

forest engagement

A sweet spring picnic, anyone? What a super-cool session!

forest engagement

sparkler engagement

sparkler engagement

sparkler engagement

Honestly, was that the most fun or what?! And the perfect fit for a couple who loves the great outdoors + being adventurous together year-round! Let’s hear a few more details about this super amaze shoot from the beautiful bride-to-be:

Our desire was to showcase the natural beauty of the PNW, and because so much of our time is spent enjoying and exploring, Adam suggested we pay a visit to the Mt. Baker National Forest in Washington (where he’d spent countless hours enjoying the outdoors) for our engagement photos. 

We started shooting in an old growth forest on the way up to Mt. Baker Ski Area, and then found our way to one of the creeks where I grew up fishing. The water was exceptionally blue, but FREEZING. We continued up to Artist Point, and were surprised to see how much snow was still around. We all joked about how we were able to capture all four seasons in one day. Ryan Flynn did an unbelievable job capturing our vision, and we couldn’t be happier with the photos.

Big congrats, guys! :)

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