The Wedding Day!
Anyway, after getting my makeup done, I walked outside to head back to my room, it began to rain. I’m talking, dark clouds, thunderstorms, and pouring down rain! My heart sank. It didn’t rain not one single day while we there, but it decided to rain on my wedding day! I headed to my sister’s room, where I would be getting ready, and just really hoped for the best. We had a backup plan to have the ceremony in a reception hall, but I was realllyyyy hoping it would be on the beach. The wedding coordinator told me that we would see how the weather was closest to 3pm, which was the time the ceremony started.
So my girls returned to their rooms, and my sister, my mom and Zé began getting ready, (with the photographer there to capture all of those moments), and by the time we were done getting glammed up, the rain had stopped!! I’m talking, possibly 5 minutes before 3pm. Ain’t God good?!!
Right after the ceremony, it began to pour down raining. I was totally fine with that, and even took some of my photos in the rain. 🙂
|Getting my makeup done|
|Tamika touching up my makeup while Zé gives the photographer a curious look|
|Champagne never. stopped. flowing!!|
|The photographer decided he wanted to show my tattoo behind my ear. I had no idea he took this pic, but I think it’s dope. 🙂|
|The robes my sister, Zé, and I were wearing came from Amazon.com.|
|Zé’s flower girl dress was designed by a lady who lived in China. I found her on Etsy.com I sent her Zé’s measurements, and the dress was sent to our doorstep in about 3 weeks. Her little flower sandals were from zullily.com|
|Another sweet moment: After I put my dress on, Zé said: “Mommy we’re both princesses! Let’s spin around!” And this moment was when she put her arms up so that we could spin around so that our dresses could twirl. Like princesses. 🙂|
Vito and Chris got dressed together in back in our hotel room, so I didn’t get to see Vito unit right before the ceremony. He and Chris, however, had several private moments together on the beach right before the start of the ceremony:
|As we walked from our hotel down to the beach, a lot of the people at the resort cheered for us as we made our way down. Such a special moment captured!
|Daddy, Mommy, and sissy|
|Zé talking to her Nana at the ceremony.|
|Chris with his mom and dad|
After the ceremony was over and we finished up taking pictures (with some being in the rain!), and I then went back to my sister’s room and changed into my dinner/reception dress. I actually designed this dress myself. I knew that I wanted a short dress, lace, and I wanted feathers! What led me to design the dress, was that I could not really find anything that I envisioned in stores or online. And I was running out of time. I found a different lady (not the same one who made Zé’s dress) on Etsy.com as well, and we went back and forth over email as to what I wanted exactly, with sketches and specific descriptions. I sent her my measurements, and (impatiently) waited for the dress to arrive. It was coming from China as well, so I knew that it would take well over a month. Do you know that my dress did not arrive until the DAY we left for Costa Rica?! This meant that, if the dress didn’t fit, I did not have time to get any alterations done!!! Talk about drama!
For our dinner, we had Japanese cuisine. Sushi, seafood, and everything in between. For the reception, although the ceremony was small, we still had an open bar and a DJ. Because, what’s a wedding with drinks and dancing?!
|Dance floor shenanigans|
|My bouquet and the cake. We only had about 12 guests, so this petite cake was plenty!|
|How cool are these shots?|