January 16, 2016
After meeting through mutual friends in college, Ryder knew Jennifer was the one for him. When the time came to propose, he planned a romantic vacation for two in Key West, Florida. Their second night out, while awaiting their table at the bar overlooking the ocean, Ryder’s nerves caught Jennifer’s attention. Ryder went to ask for more limes for Jennifer’s drink, but little did she know, he was secretly asking the waitress to take pictures of their surprise engagement! When Ryder returned, he got down on one knee and asked Jennifer to spend the rest of her life with him. Jennifer and Ryder both love the beach and have always wanted a tropical destination wedding. When they visited Cabo once before, they fell in love with Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is a beautiful beachfront property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Jennifer walked down the sandy aisle in an impressive strapless gown found at Weddings by Debbie in Houston, Texas. She attached charms that belonged to her grandmother to her bridal bouquet for a special keepsake on her big day. The couple decided on a cupcake tower, instead of the traditional wedding cake. Jennifer and Ryder honeymooned in the luxurious Bucuti and Tara Resort in Aruba right on Manchebo Beach.
By Stephanie DiCiro
Photos: DC Stanley Photography
I learned to see all of my options in person. I had them show me our inclusive package at the hotel and requested separate dressing rooms for our guests. Know that not everyone will RSVP. It’s stressful but you will have to contact some guests to confirm their attandance. Be prepared for uninvited guests and unannounced dates. Stand back with your new spouse during your big day and view all of your guests having a blast during the party. It’s amazing to see so much love in one room. There are also things going on that you didn’t remember planning or picking out. If possible eat somewhere private with your spouse. We didn’t do that and we barely had time to eat since everyone came over wanting to talk.