Real Weddings: Janice & Brian

Where it all Started

When Janice, a 9-1-1 dispatcher, met Brian, a police officer, she initially thought he was a tad quirky. But soon, Brian’s offbeat charm won her over. As they lingered over drinks on a restaurant patio, Janice found Brian warm, genuine and funny. Brian was soon smitten, too. He thought Janice was really pretty and nice.

As the two got to know each other better, their thoughts drifted towards marriage. Janice’s heart warmed when she saw Brian’s close relationship with his niece. Brian was delighted by Janice’s thoughtfulness, like when he was on vacation and she sent strawberries and Champagne up to his room. The couple collectively made the decision to marry, and they had their rings designed together. But there was still a proposal. At home, in their shared family room, Brian got down on one knee and formally asked Janice to marry him. She, of course, said a very happy yes.

Planning the Wedding 

When it came time to start planning the wedding, Janice and Brian were on the same page: they both wanted to take the show on the road. The couple had each been nursing a fantasy about a sunny destination, so they chose Los Cabos, Mexico. They had both been there before and absolutely loved it. Plus, the weather is dependably spectacular. They chose Riu Santa Fe on the beautiful Baja Peninsula – with its soft-sand beach, swim-up bar and water sports – because it seemed like the perfect option for guests of all ages.

Day Details

On October 20, 2016, Janice and Brian became husband and wife at a beachfront venue full of beautiful flowers. Janice walked down the aisle in front of sixty of their closest friends and families. And that moment, when Brian and Janice saw each other at opposite ends of the aisle, was their favourite moment of the day. They both had a terrific sense of happiness and enthusiasm, and Brian thought Janice looked stunning.

They recited their vows against the backdrop of a glittering Pacific Ocean and Los Cabos’ picturesque mountains. This fun and laid back wedding, decked out in gold and white accents, later moved the party over to a poolside bar. The ceiling of the bar was hung with white paper spheres, and Janice and Brian had their first dance as a spectacular orange sun was setting over Los Cabos. For their honeymoon, Janice and Brian moved to the Sandals Regency La Toc for a relaxing, all-inclusive vacation.

Wedding Day Wear

Janice’s gown: A draped white dress with a crystal belt by Stella York.

Janice’s shoes: Sandals by Le Chateau

Janice’s accessories: A Swarovski necklace and earrings, plus a crystal belt that was sewn into the dress. Janice also wore a small but elegant headpiece.

Brian’s attire: Beige linen pants and a white Tommy Bahama shirt.

The bridesmaids wore: Coral dresses from Etsy.

The groomsmen wore: Khaki linen pants and white shirts.

Wedding bands: Janice’s ring is white gold with diamonds and Brian’s ring is tungsten; both were custom made for the bride and groom.

Small Details

First dance: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Ingrid Michaelson

Flowers: White and coral daisies with white roses

Photographer: Candi Wilson of Icandi photography

Hair: Done by the resort’s Renova Spa

Makeup: Done by the resort’s Renova Spa

Stationary and invitations: A friend designed them and Janice’s (very helpful) mother had them printed and organized.

Favours: “His and hers” favourite candies

Welcome gifts: Janice and Brian made a welcome bag that was given to everyone at the barbecue meet and greet they hosted just prior to the wedding; it consisted of Advil, Pepto-Bismol, Emergen-C, tumblers, sunglasses, hair ties, and a few other things.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Old: Janice placed a precious silver bangle – a memento from her great grandmother – around her bouquet of flowers.

New: Janice’s dress.

Borrowed: Janice wore a bracelet borrowed from her best friend, who also served as one of her bridesmaids.

Blue: Janice’s wedding lingerie spelled “bride” in blue rhinestones.

Tips for Brides and Grooms

o Don’t fret about the little details.

o Work with good people and it will all come together in the end.