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Real Wedding: Jill & Jarrod

Where it all Started

Jill, a structural engineer, and Jarrod, a truck driver, first met when they were in high school and Jarrod accidentally sent a text to Jill’s mom. After Jill replied for her mom asking who it was, Jarrod and Jill began chatting – it turned out that the text had been sent to the wrong person! The two began texting regularly and discovered that they had a lot in common; sparks flew, even though the two had only talked over the phone.

Photographer: Michael Weiler from Caribbean Emotions

The couple lived over two hours apart (Jill lived in Regina and Jarrod lived in Saskatoon) and even though Jill snuck away once to meet Jarrod in Saskatoon, the distance and school led them to grow apart. Five years later when Jill had finished school and they were both single, Jarrod made a move to rekindle their relationship, and the rest was history!

Planning the Wedding

Jill and Jarrod knew right away that they wanted a destination wedding. Going away on tropical vacations had become a special tradition of theirs, and one that they wanted to become part of their wedding, so that they could share it with their family and friends. The couple had previously visited Punta Cana and fallen in love with the beautiful landscapes and romantic ambiance, so they decided that it was the perfect place for their destination wedding.

Photographer: Michael Weiler from Caribbean Emotions

Jill and Jarrod wed on the beach at Riu Bambu in front of 32 of their closest family and friends, with the white sands and sparkling turquoise water providing the perfect backdrop for their big day. After the ceremony they held their reception at the Mamajuana Steak House and danced the night away at their pool bar after party. After the big day was over it was on to their honeymoon at the adults only Riu Palace Macao, the place where the couple had first fallen in love with Punta Cana, to enjoy some romantic time alone together in paradise.

Old | New | Borrowed | Blue

Old: Jarrod’s grandma’s cake knife that has been in the family since the 19th century.

New: Veil and rings.

Borrowed: Ring box.

Blue: The sky and the ocean!

Photographer: Michael Weiler from Caribbean Emotions

Wedding Day Wear

Kristen’s gown: Lace bodice and satin skirt with gold waist sash.

Kristen’s shoes: White sandals.

Kristen’s accessories: Long cathedral veil and coloured sunglasses.

Andrew’s attire: Beige pants, white shirt with dark grey cuffs and beige vest.

The bridesmaids wore: Long beige or gold dresses.

The groomsmen wore: Beige pants, white shirt with dark grey cuffs and beige vests.

Wedding bands: White gold.

Photographer: Michael Weiler from Caribbean Emotions

Small Details

Flowers: White calla lilies and birds of paradise.

Hair and makeup: Done by Jill.

Photographer: Michael Weiler of Caribbean Emotions.

First dance: Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

Stationary: Programs and schedules designed by Jarrod’s sister that included little games and trivia on the back (in case the groom was late, as usual!)

Favours: Personalized tumblers, sunscreen, Advil and sunglasses.

Welcome gifts: Postcard for guests to record their favourite memory from the trip, then mail them back to the bride and groom when they returned home.

Tips for Brides and Grooms

  • Don’t stress and make sure you enjoy yourself! You’re on holiday and so are your guests, so don’t feel like you need to be entertaining everyone all the time.

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