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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Photos courtesy of Hannah Hicks
Chad and Bria wanted a small and intimate wedding and, with their guest list of over 600 people, they knew it wouldn’t happen if they had a hometown wedding. Choosing a destination wedding was the perfect plan and they knew the people closest to them would most likely make the trip.
Keeping within their budget, the couple chose Punta Cana for the cost-effectiveness and the great things they had heard about the Dominican Republic. When it comes to planning, Chad and Bria say they spent about the same as they would have if they had a hometown wedding. Only with their wedding away, they had less people and were better able to add personal touches and make the experience special.
The couple says they included a fan-style wedding program, a “lucky in love” lottery ticket on each reception plate, drink koozies for everyone, a “welcome bag” for the guests and a Polaroid guest book. These were small, but meaningful special touches the couple knew they would have lost had they had over 600 guests.
They also appreciated the time they had with their guests. Chad and Bria stayed at the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, a small resort, along with most of their guests. Overall, the resort ended up being booked by mostly wedding guests, creating the feeling of having the resort to themselves. After the wedding, the couple thanked their guests for making the trip by renting out a party boat.
The couple sings the praises of their wedding planner, Val of Val’s Weddings. They say she was detailed and never missed a beat, being able to give the couple everything they wanted and more. With her, the planning process of a destination wedding was made easy.
The couple recommends that you “Go destination!” They say they couldn’t have asked for a better week and were able to spend quality time with their guests. They wanted an intimate wedding, and it turned out perfectly.
Vendors: Photographer: Hannah Hicks Photography, Wedding Planner: Val at Weddings In Dominican Republic, Ceremony/Recpetion Site: The Palms Villa, Florist: Val at Weddings In Dominican Republic, Stationery: Val at Weddings In Dominican Republic, Wedding Cake: Val at Weddings In Dominican Republic, Hair & Makeup: Barbara Marie MUA, Gown Designer: Pnina Tornai, Groom’s Designer: Island Importer, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Christina Wu Occasions
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Photos courtesy of Barnsley Resort
This fairy tale escape just got better: step into the storybook setting of Barnsley Resort and level-up with the Ultimate Romance Package.
The North Georgia resort offers the very best of the Southern experience, and is a short distance from both Atlanta and Chattanooga. The Ultimate Romance Package unlocks unbeatable options for the perfect escape from reality.
The Ultimate Romance package includes a two night stay in an Arbor Cottage. This free-standing and spacious accommodation offers a couple the utmost privacy. Including a living room, complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, private porches, period-inspired bathroom and a private entrance, Arbor Cottage offers a unique experience for a romantic getaway.
Couples will also get to experience the delicious dining options on the property with the Ultimate Romance Package, including a private dinner either served in your cottage or at an outdoor location and a breakfast for two.
This package also includes a romantic turndown service and, for the adventurous couple, a $300 activity credit for your choice of experiences on the property.
The activity credit can be used for a variety of different options, such as shooting clays, hunting at SpringBank Plantation, or horseback riding. The activities offered on the Barnsley resort property are seemingly endless, also including golf, hiking trails, a relaxing spa and gorgeous gardens.
For couples craving the perfect romantic escape, nightly rates start at $1250 per night. To learn more or reserve today, visit the website at barnsleyresort.com.
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