After their super fun pre-wedding bonfire on the beach, the big day for Jonathan and Nicola had arrived! The hot tropical sun was shining down over The Beloved Hotel, despite an incredibly brief and exciting thunderstorm that morning. Jeff and I sat down for lunch at the beach-side cafe in the sunshine, and in less than five minutes, the cutlery, napkins and cups were blown off the table with sideways rain soaking everything. Then, suddenly it was all gone, sunshine again! It was so brief that some of the guests didn’t even know it had happened. Everyone was really excited as they got dressed for the big event that afternoon. Our bride and groom had put in so much effort planning every detail of their international destination wedding all the way from Sydney, it was hard to believe the big day had finally arrived! Nicola finally got to reveal her amazing and gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown which we had a lot of fun photographing on their private terrace.
Nicola had also chosen the perfect sparkly heels!
We mentioned a bit in the last post about how beautiful The Beloved Hotel is. The grounds are truly stunning, with meticulous landscaping, lovely modern architecture and perfectly pristine swimming pools. Nicola and Jonathan had an amazing 270° view of the ocean and resort from their room!
They even had their own personal plunge pool on their top-level balcony.
Jonathan and Nicola’s wedding bands were handmade by Nicola’s uncle. Aren’t they beautiful?
Jonathan and Nicola had the foresight to make their wedding programs so that they would also function as fans to keep the guests cool. Perfect for a tropical beachside event!
The resort did an excellent job on the beautiful bouquets for the ladies.
We started off the morning with a few of the bridesmaids, who happened to be getting ready in nearby rooms.
When we found our beautiful bride, she was all smiles!
Jonathan, who was getting ready in another suite downstairs, sent up this adorable card to his wife-to-be.
Nicola’s aunt created the beautiful french-twist updo for our bride.
The rest of Nicola’s six bridesmaids soon joined in on the fun and everyone was in happy spirits!
Now it was Nicola’s turn to send some loving words to her groom…
Nicola gave each of her bridesmaids one of these beautiful personalised bracelets as a gift. So sweet!
I love this cute reaction of Nicola’s mum seeing her in her dress.
The lace on Nicola’s gown was just divine. Look at that beautiful train!
Meanwhile, our groom was getting ready in a room two floors directly below our bride.
Jonathan chose some fun socks for the day!
The boys were gifted with some awesome cufflinks!
It was pretty cool that Jonathan had become so close to Nicola’s brother that he wanted him to have the honour of being a groomsman alongside his old college friends.
As usual, the boys were ready in no time, so there was plenty of time to relax. Jonathan spent his last minutes of bachelorhood playing a game of cribbage with his groomsmen, something they had bonded over back in college.
One last celebratory toast before the big event!
Jonathan’s khaki-coloured linen suit, white shirt and coral-coloured tie were perfect for their beach wedding. Looking sharp, Jonathan!
As everyone was finishing getting ready, the resort was suddenly drenched in another brief thunderstorm just like the one we experienced at lunch! Like the earlier one, it lasted no more than ten minutes, and soon we were able to go outside for this shot that we couldn’t resist. Since their rooms were directly over each other two floors apart, we had everyone come out the balcony. Keeping with tradition, we made sure they couldn’t actually see each other, but we thought it was the perfect way for them to share a moment “together” before the ceremony. We loved these shots! Click to view them even larger.
Down on the beach, the skies cleared just as suddenly as the storm had come, and the ceremony setup looked amazing! The resort created some stunning floral arrangements in their wedding colours of coral, orange and ivory. Gorgeous!
Jonathan and Nicola also arranged to have a harpist, who played beautifully as the guests began to arrive.
The rattan aisle scattered with rose petals was the perfect touch!
The cloud cover came just in time to shade the guests from the intense tropical sun as the ceremony started. There was so much excitement in the air as the bridal party began to make their entrance.
A few onlookers sent smiles toward Nicola as she walked down the aisle with her father.
As our bride and groom prepared to say their vows, some grey clouds began gathering again, providing some welcome breeze and cooler temperatures…
As the clouds moved rapidly, suddenly we saw the most amazing thing: a beautiful long rainbow, touching down exactly where Jonathan and Nicola stood. How much more perfect could you get than that?
Our bride and groom exchanged rings and suddenly the wind picked up speed. Another thunderstorm seemed to be approaching at an incredibly rapid pace!
The weather had everyone a bit fascinated, and wondering just how much time we had before the skies opened up! The celebrant decided to play it safe and postpone the sand ceremony, instead bringing out the official documents to sign!
With their thumbprints, it was official! Yay!
The bridesmaids suddenly noticed the beautiful rainbow behind them.
And they were pronounced husband and wife!
As quickly as they had come, the dark thunderclouds seemed to be passing on, and so it was on with the final part of their ceremony. A beautiful sand ceremony symbolised their newly official union. Like the sand, Jonathan and Nicola were now one and inseparable.
Congrats to our happy couple, back under blue skies again!
I think we were all a bit amazed that we didn’t get soaked! :)
How cute are our newlyweds?
That little storm was pretty exciting, but there was lots more excitement to be had at Jonathan and Nicola’s reception that evening. And that rainbow was pretty spectacular, but wait until you see what the skies did for us at sunset. We have lots more beautiful images to share of this beautiful couple in our next blog post. Congratulations, Jonathan and Nicola!
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