Jasmine Warrican and Chris Wineinger
April 15, 2011
An hour before sunset, twenty-five of their closest family and friends gathered at the scenic Albatros Villa in Mexico’s Riviera Maya to watch Chris and Jasmine tie the knot.
Chris, a Houston-based wedding photographer, met Jasmine when they were in the Dominican Republic; he was shooting a wedding, she was traveling with a friend. He proposed to her the first day they met. I said, “If you were my girlfriend, I’d marry you in a heartbeat.” Four months later, she called him and eventually relocated from Toronto to Houston.
Having seen a lot of destination weddings, they wanted one. “You spend three full days as opposed to six or seven hours with your closest friends and family,” comments Wineinger.
The bride was stunning in a gown from Winnie Couture. Her niece, Olivia, provided a touch of color with a hot pink flower girl gown. Jasmine was unsure which flowers would look best, so she ordered three different types and made her selection the morning of the wedding. In place of a unity candle, they had a sand ceremony. Perfect for the beachy setting, colored sands were blended to symbolize their two families coming together.
The ceremony was met with a couple of challenges. Chris was a groomsman short and filled the role with a groomslady, his close friend Andi. Jasmine couldn’t find colored sand for the unity ceremony; she improvised with blue and white laundry detergent. The whole celebration was clean and fresh.
They constantly travel, for work and pleasure, but did not designate a specific trip as a honeymoon. –Laurette M. Veres