It was a chance encounter that brought Marie-Pier, a teacher, and Carol, a police officer, together. Hailing from the outskirts of Montreal, both had gone separately to Varadero with their respective group of friends for a vacation, but didn’t stay at the same hotel. As they headed out for a night out in downtown Varadero, Marie-Pier couldn’t help but notice the handsome fellow with a great smile and shy demeanour, while Carol couldn’t take his gaze off the woman with beautiful eyes. Marie-Pier recounts, “I saw him and I knew I had to go talk to him, I know it sounds cheesy but from the moment we met, we knew it was more than just a fling.”
Carol decided to propose to Marie-Pier during a surprise weekend getaway. As they settled in with a bottle of wine, the sky lit with meteor showers, Carol turned to Marie-Pier and asked if she would marry him. It was only when he presented her with the box, that they both noticed it was empty! “After a short panic attack and search for the ring,” Marie-Pier recounts, “I said yes!”
An intimate affair
Continuing with their Cuba theme, Marie-Pier and Carol celebrated their nuptials with a private gazebo ceremony at the Iberostar Laguna Azul in Varadero. Wearing a private label organza Kevin G. confection, the bride made her way down the aisle to a piano rendition of Coldplay’s Clocks. Joined by 48 of their friends and family, the wedding was officiated by the couple’s best friends, adding to the intimacy of their celebration. Walking down the aisle to her husband – who was crying from the beginning to the end of the ceremony – was undoubtedly Marie-Pier’s most memorable moment from the wedding, while Carol recalls the beauty of the service and the amount of people who chose to celebrate their love, as his most cherished and unexpected moments,
“Having our best friends there to celebrate with us made our day perfect,” he says.
The evening progressed with a music-filled reception, featuring plenty of Cuban rum, and complete with a first dance to Shania Twain’s From This Moment, a choreographed dance to the Backstreet Boys’ Get Down and a night full of dancing to an expertly-curated playlist of classic rock, disco, 90s dance hits and 2000s pop. “There was no time to sit!” Marie-Pier remembers.
Having their friends and family present for their tropical nuptials was certainly the highlight for both Marie-Pier and Carol who added, “We really wanted our wedding to be a special time for our guests too.” So to show their appreciation, they provided them with a customized itinerary and personalized gifts as part of their wedding favours.
Marie-Pier and Carol extended their Cuban stay with a week’s honeymoon.
As the winners of the Destination Weddings Photo Contest, Marie-Pier and Carol were treated to a romantic getaway at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Marie Pier’s gown: Organza, Private Label by Kevin G.
Marie-Pier’s shoes: Silver wedge heels, Aldo.
Carol’s outfit: White shirt and black pants, Protocol.
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Long turquoise gowns.
Groomsmen’s attire: Turquoise shirt and black pants, Protocol.
Hair and makeup: Soft and natural makeup; chignon.
Types of rings: White gold and diamonds (her), titanium (him).
Photographer: Marc-Antoine Gascon and Alexandre Bergeron-Cyr.
Stationary and invitations: Vistaprint.
Favours: Candy bar, heart-shaped plantable paper and lotto tickets.
Welcome gifts for guests: Havana Club rum.
- Do not hesitate to ask questions during the planning process. Your travel agent, your wedding planner and your family have the knowledge to answer a lot of your concerns.
- Don’t be afraid to give some responsibility to some of your closest friends.
- Most importantly, appreciate every single moment of this special week.