Our newest feature Betsy Bride, Latisha, first emailed us about her wedding pretty much immediately following it. She sent pictures and stories to her bridal consultant right away, and just about every sentence in her email ended in an exclamation point.
But who can blame her for her enthusiasm? Even from the initial cell phone pictures it was clear that her Puerto Rico destination wedding was a major success.
And just look at her! Now I’m using all the exclamation points, but really, she looks gorgeous in both of her wedding gowns, and it’s clear what an amazing day they had.
The couple’s romance began at Howard University as both Latisha and Brandon were hard at work studying law. Their story, at least from Latisha’s perspective, was not exactly love at first sight. He stared at her intensely, and she thought he was just a creepy staring guy. It’s actually cute; trust me. It’s a Bella/Edward kind of thing.
A mutual love of volunteering brought them together, and a chance meeting that was really meant to be formed the foundation of their relationship.
Jump nearly 5 years later and the two were planning their big day. As litigating lawyers, their schedules are pretty full, but they still tried to plan their destination wedding on their own. Then Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico followed by Hurricane Maria.
It was time for professional help.
Latisha enlisted wedding planner Maria Lugo who helped set her up with great vendors. Latisha learned quite a bit about how to plan a destination wedding, and she is all about passing on some advice to other brides who want to do the same.
The main thing she learned is to do everything early. Send save the dates early. Send invites early. Ask for responses, you guessed it, early. Brides need a lot of time to plan a destination wedding, but guests also need time. They need time to plan and save and book travel.
Despite the early planning obstacles, and having to coordinate everything by phone and email, the couple enjoyed the planning process. The biggest stress it seems came on the morning of when rain was looming. Their outdoor ceremony hung in the balance and the frantic text messages were flying between the bride and just about everyone.
But they didn’t need their plan B. The weather held for their early evening ceremony. The wedding was soft, romantic, and classic with white details and hints of gold and rose gold. The bridesmaids are a ringing endorsement for a neutral bridal party in their champagne Bill Levkoff gowns. The group looks cohesive, but Latisha still shines the brightest. No question.
The 63 guests had just as much fun as the bride and groom. They danced the night away to the expert stylings of DJ Ment, and they couldn’t say enough good things about the music, the food, or the floral arrangements by Patricia Lorraine Torres.
All of the pictures taken by photographer Lucky You Weddings tell the tale of an intimate wedding with classic details, lots of romance, a lot of happy guests, and a very happy, happy couple.