Destination I Do
Friday, July 27, 2012

Destination Wedding California: An Alternative to a Beach Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Susan Hudson Photography

Jordan and Kyle’s destination wedding just might be a Destination I Do first – a wedding on a yacht! They chose to travel from Texas to California in order to get the unique, small wedding they had always dreamed about. “Kyle wanted a wedding on the beach, but after a lot of research, this was not something we were comfortable with,” recalls the bride. “We found something that was the best of both worlds, a yacht! We had the view of the water with the protection of the yacht and if it did rain we would be fine.”

This DIY bride planned her wedding without bridesmaids or a wedding planner! With the help of some family members, great organizational skills and a few tools, this couple really pulled off the wedding they wanted. “Pinterest was so helpful,” says Jordan. “You can get tons of ideas from there. I did everything by email (always keep a paper trail!). Plus, since we couldn’t see things in person we were able to send pictures back and forward. Make sure you ask a lot of questions, just because you think something is included doesn’t mean that it is and then the price starts adding up.”

This couple achieved the unique, but classic destination weddingthey were after. While their ceremony and reception took place on the yacht, they were still able to get those beach photos they so desired! For other couples planning their own destination wedding, Jordan and Kyle have some strong words of advice.

“Do what makes you happy, we can’t stress that enough. Don’t listen to what other people want you to do or what works better for them – it’s not about them, it’s about you. We did not compromise what we wanted from the beginning, so we know we made the right decisions and we would not change a thing!”

Photographer: Susan Hudson Photography
Ceremony/Reception Site: Electra Cruises, the Athena
Florist: The Flowery in Villa Park
Videography: Andrew Hudson Videography
Cake: Cinderella Cakes
Gown Designer: Allure, sash on Etsy
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Express

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