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What's Your Kind of Honeymoon? Let's Find Out!

From scuba diving to cocktails on the beach to nature walks to mountain biking, there are so many different types of honeymoons out there and choosing the right one for you is so important to making the best newlywed memories. So how do you go about finding what's your vacation mood? Well, we're tackling that very question in a special Caribbean-inspired breakdown with our friends at Sandals Resorts. With so many resorts to choose from all surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters, it can be a little daunting figuring out which Sandals location is your jam. While some couples may love the nightlife, other couples may prefer quiet evenings on the sand. That's the best part about Sandals! Just like you, each resort has its own personality, and when you find your destination soulmate, then it's pretty much a match made in tropical heaven. Now let's get to know the various vacay spots and find out what kind of honeymooner you are!

Sandals Emerald Bay Honeymoon Ideas

The Whimsical Glam Wedding to Make All Succulent Lovers Swoon

If you're a fan of all things succulent, then you're going to be completely over the moon for Ashley and Jeffrey's Outer Banks wedding! Envisioning a whimsical, yet glamorous beach celebration, these two brought their a-game when it came to assorted natural coastal decor at the Sanderling Resort. From a custom driftwood cake pedestal to soft sage green bridesmaid dresses to itty bitty cactus cuties in the reception centerpieces, everything was a feast for the eyes and set the tone for a simple elegant wedding for the couple and their loved ones.

One of Ashley's favorite memories included smooching her new husband with sand between their toes and the Atlantic as their witness. With a gathered tulle bridal skirt reminiscent of gentle ocean waves and sunkissed cheeks, it's no wonder the romance of the beach captivated them both! Beautifully captured by Neil GT Photography, sweet moments at the ceremony like a flock of gulls gracing the sky above them and a special banjo ukelele solo one of the groomsmen played for Ashley and Jeffrey at the reception made the entire day a one-of-a-kind destination wedding.

Beautiful diverse succulent wedding centerpieces with mini cactus and table number sticks

Intimate Beach House Wedding with the Cutest Kiddo Squad

Anna and Jaredd's story has always centered around the beach since the day he proposed on the Boardwalk at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront by whispering that special question into her ear. With his love for fishing and this day in mind, planning their wedding by the water in the beautiful Outer Banks was almost a given; it was close enough to home, but still gave a destination vibe. A private beach house in Corolla provided the perfect stress-free setting as Anna slipped into a fabulous offbeat champagne wedding dress, Jaredd tied his champagne-colored necktie, and their daughters twirled in their coordinating neutral tulle and chiffon dresses.

Among their 40 guests with only their daughters at their sides instead of a traditional bridal party, this intimate wedding was a hub for happiness and an all-around good time. Beachy details like their jars of local sand paired with home-cooked food (can we get an amen for some fried chicken?!) made the day fun, casual, and beautiful. The Girl Tyler photographed the moments as guests hung out, listened to some great live music, and enjoyed all that the beach has to offer.

(P.S. Do these two look familiar? They should! They were our Spring 2018 Journal cover couple, so we're super honored to share their entire day with you now!)

Gorgeous intimate wedding at Outer Banks beach house

Relaxed Wedding with Lots of Gorgeous Rustic Wood Details

Meredith and Todd had been together for more than a decade before he proposed. They had lived together for seven years, owned a home, and owned a business together, so it was assumed they would skip the wedding and keep doing life together as usual. But unbeknownst to Meredith, Todd had always had other plans when he proposed in their dining room on their dating anniversary. With several long handwritten letters, each was labeled to his "Best Friend," to his "Business Partner," and the last, to "The Love of his Life." It was that final letter that popped the big question and had Todd waiting on one knee.

Life had always been casual for these two lovebirds, and you know we are all about glamorous wedding days of all styles. But there is something to be said for events that feel like you are right at home with some wedding sparkle. For Meredith and Todd, the historic estate backdrop of The Obici House in Suffolk allowed the beauty of the day to intertwine with their desire to relax and enjoy each moment in rustic elegance. Photographed by Fowler Studios and planned and designed by Michelle Amarillo Event Planning, the bride and groom envisioned shabby chic vintage doors that led down the ceremony and a gorgeous outdoor reception underneath a clear tent and twinkling lights to create the setting for when they said I Do.

One of our favorite details has to be Meredith's bridal gown... because anything with pockets and a statement neckline is perfect in our book! The lush greenery-filled bouquets were accented with roses and Queen Anne's lace to add that chic touch, and gray linens sat gracefully atop wooden farm tables decorated with high and low centerpieces. With its waterside view, Meredith and Todd's day is a quintessential Hampton Roads event, and one that we love to relive over and again.

Bridesmaids in gray dresses for a rustic Suffolk Virginia wedding

Vintage Modern Brewery Wedding and Moody Floral Goodness

Kelsey and Patrick are that rare story of a Tinder match gone right. They started out as pen pals writing letters to each other before Kelsey finally joined her military sweetie, Patrick, on the West Coast. Virginia always held a special place in their hearts because it is where Kelsey is from and where Patrick asked her to marry him so when it came time to plan their wedding, Norfolk, Virginia it was! They both share a love of vintage things, tradition, and craft beer, so they wove those inspirations into the entire burgundy red wedding captured by Mirage and Light Photography.

From getting ready at an historic B&B, to the traditional Catholic ceremony, to the casual reception at O'Connor Brewing Company that made everyone feel like family, Kelsey and Patrick wanted their day to not only look gorgeous but to be a really great time for all their loved ones.

Heartfelt details also made their way into Kelsey and Patrick's celebration: an engagement ring featuring her Mom's diamonds, sweet handwritten letters read before the ceremony, fun bride and groom childhood photo pins at the reception that let guests "choose sides," and even a custom wedding brew to celebrate the union of these two lives.

Vintage modern wedding ideas
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