The only thing better than saying yes to your dress is saying I do, and then being featured as a Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Real Bride!
Real Bride Kristen and her husband Ryan were married in January at a breathtaking beach ceremony in Punta Cana. Read their love story below
Ryan and I met in class at Temple in August 2011. We started as project partners and friends but that quickly turned into dating. His story though (which is much better) is that he saw me walking through campus one day, looking pretty sad and he decided he just had to make me smile. He says once he did, he knew he was going to marry me 🙂
April 21st 2016 – I, along with everyone else, had been waiting for this day but I had no idea when or where to expect it. I came home from work one night and our dog ran up to me dressed in a tuxedo. Ryan followed quickly behind and started talking. I was so confused as to why the dog was wearing a tuxedo, it took me a few minutes before I realized that Ryan was proposing and that the dog had a ring tied to his tux! Once I did, I immediately said yes (and then noticed the 2 dozen roses and champagne)! We went to celebrate with my parents that night and continued all weekend. It could not have been more perfect.
My mom and I started shopping for my dress pretty early. We had a year and half before the wedding but we wanted to get started! I was pretty sure of the type of silhouette I wanted, but was open to trying on everything! I just wanted to find something that was appropriate for a beach wedding.
My second dress appointment was at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo and I think the Sincerity dress was the 15th gown I had tried on. I just fell in love! It was different than anything I had ever seen, super comfortable and of course my mom cried! We left that day planning to schedule another appointment and bring my friends to see but when I called, I was told the sample dress had been sold and the designer might stop making it. I cried, called my mom and we bought it over the phone! A couple weeks later, it was in and I was able to say yes to the most perfect dress with my mom and friends there to celebrate.
We got married at the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We had vacationed there the year before and thought it was amazing. We had watched weddings on the beach and had a great time. We knew the setting was perfect for us and that our families and friends would love it too.
Our wedding was easy to plan. We are both laid back and knew we wanted a destination wedding. We decided February 3rd would be perfect and didn’t think anyone would mind leaving the cold for a few days.
Little did I know, the Eagles would be in the Super Bowl the day after our wedding!
Our bridal party was small – my two best friends Amanda and Jess were my MOH and bridesmaid. Ryan’s best friend Larry and my brother Matt were his best man and groomsman. We wanted our color scheme to be “beachy” and the only requirement was that it match the orange Tiger Lilies I wanted in my bouquet. The girls wore light blue and the boys were in tan suits. Honestly, the resort took care of so much it was simple to make decisions! It ended up being absolutely beautiful.
My aunt and cousin hosted my bridal shower on a Friday night at Cedar Brook Country Club. It was beautiful and we had a lot of fun, it was a great girls night! My amazing MOH and friends planned a bachelorette party in OCMD – exactly what I wanted. As I asked everyone to travel for my wedding, I didn’t want anything over the top for my bachelorette party. We hung out at the beach, played games, listened to music and relaxed. It was wonderful and I am so grateful to have friends that know me so well and put so much effort into making it perfect.
The Day Of
The whole day, start to finish, was incredible. I spent the day with my mom and bridesmaids, getting our hair and make up done and anxiously awaiting the 5 o’clock ceremony. Ryan was with the guys in another room getting ready and we did not see each other until I walked down the aisle.
My something old was the perfume I wore, Chanel, that belonged to my grandmother. All of my cousins wore it on their wedding day so I carried on the very special tradition.
I borrowed my mom’s topaz ring which my dad had given her years ago, I honestly didn’t think about it until right before we left but it worked out perfectly.
I think my favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle. It was a gorgeous day and while we were waiting to walk, the music started playing for the bridal party. The speakers blasted Kenny Chesney’s “Anything but mine”, it was so unexpected and the tears started flowing! My dad and I walked down the aisle to the Beatles “Here, There and Everywhere” steel drum version (like Phoebe in friends!) Absolutely perfect for the beach!
The Ceremony & Reception
We could not have asked for a better day. The sun was shining and there was a nice ocean breeze, we even ended up with a double rainbow over the water – absolutely perfect.
My cousin was our officiant, which meant a lot to us. The ceremony was short and sweet. The photographer took incredible pictures of us all on the beach and then we headed to the outdoor reception.We had a great dinner and spent the whole night dancing. Ryan and I danced to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by UB40, which has been our song for a long time and very important to us – also perfect for our beach setting!
My dad’s good friend surprised us all when she jumped up on a chair and started rapping “Rappers Delight”, it was hysterical! And as I said, the Super Bowl was the next day so there was a lot of E-A-G-L-E-S chanting! From the gorgeous flowers to the late night reception karaoke, the whole day was incredible and we could not be happier. A major bonus – the party continued into Sunday and we got to celebrate the Eagles victory! We are so grateful to all of our friends and family for celebrating with us and would love nothing more than to do it again!
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