Thank you to Wendell from DW Digital Photography for sharing with us a beautiful dreamy intimate destination Haitian wedding! These images are gorgeous and are not to be missed!
Here is Tracy and Justin's love story...
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal:
Justin and I met in 2005 at FAU when we were both 19 years old. This is the short version of the story: He told me I was very beautiful, he pursued me, and I forgot his name. Following a moment of awkwardness and embarrassment we began to build a friendship that quickly transformed into a deeply rich love. I fell and continue to fall in love with his heart; the way he loves others, the way he loves his Savior, the way he loves me.
We have been on a very long and challenging journey since then with miles of distance between us over the years. In 2007, Justin left FAU and moved to Washington D.C. Little did we know that from this point forward, our relationship would be long distance. The distance ranged from 1,015 miles to as little as 40 miles (but was still over an hour drive); all of which have been traveled by flight, car and even train. This is a pursuit that will continue as we capture and recapture each other's hearts throughout our marriage.
The long awaited proposal occurred on May 6, 2016. Justin’s birthday. I knew he was going to propose soon, but I did not know when. I spent all day baking a German Chocolate cake from scratch (which was challenging to say the least) for his 30th birthday. He came up to my place on the night on May 5th so he could start his birthday with me. The plan was to light 30 candles on the on the cake at midnight and later during the day on the 6th we would do fun birthday shenanigans. The candles were lit, wishes were made, and then things got weird. I was nervous about the cake but Justin did not want to cut it right away. Instead, he led me out of the room and gave me a blindfold. I was confused and a little bit frustrated because I was sleepy and really just wanted him to taste the cake. He leads me blindfolded back into the main living area of the apartment and I hear Never Stop by Safety Suit start playing. He instructs me to take my blindfold off and he is standing in front of me with tears in his eyes. He says all of the beautiful things, gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him while holding up the most beautiful ring ever in the history of rings (I’m biased). Of course, I do not actually see the ring yet because I have tears in my eyes (and running down my face). I say YES! And we hug and cry our tears of joy in each other’s arms. Justin recorded the whole thing and once we collected ourselves, we watch the video and started crying all over again. Oh, and the cake was delicious!
Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
We were going for a romantic feel. The wedding dress was lace with pearl beading. Shopping was pretty quick and easy. I do not enjoy going to several places and trying on hundreds of options. That is discouraging for me I am no longer enjoying the experience. So instead, I found the dress on my first shopping trip, at the first and only boutique I went into: David’s Bridal in Gainesville, FL.
Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Our wedding festivities were all immersed in Haitian culture since we chose to have a destination wedding in Justin’s home country. From the food, to the tours of the Citadel and Sans Souci Palace, to the beautiful people and countryside, every aspect of the celebration was rich with culture.
Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
We were so happy; there was so much joy in every moment. Some special memories were the surprises we had for each other during the ceremony. Justin picked out his own tux so we saw each other’s attire for the first time at the altar. Also, we each selected bible verses about marriage to be read during the ceremony without knowing what verse the other chose. We wrote our own vows and, lastly, our wedding bands were a surprise and first seen by the other during the ring exchange.
The best man speech was also pretty superb.
Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Be present in the moment. It is easy to have your mind on a thousand different details, but when it comes right down to it, none of it matters. Bask in every moment.
“Don’t let the engagement drag on. Don’t propose if you’re not ready to tie the knot!”
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids gifts - gemstone earrings; Groomsmen gifts: basketball shoes?
Favorite item on the menu: Sour soup sorbet and the shrimp white rice and traditional bean sauce (sos pwa)
First dance song: Never Stop by Safety Suit
Everything for the ceremony & reception, including décor and food were provided by the Cormier Plage Resort.
Photographer: Wendell Daltirus- DW Digital Photography, LLC
Photographer: Aaron Rose- @theclasslesssociety on IG
Music - DJ Power mix
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal- Gainesville, FL. Designer: Oleg Cassini, Style: CRL277
Bride Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amazon
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Tourism - Sans Souci Palace and Citadel Tour- Lojistik S.A. Tour Haiti email@example.com
Tourism - - Amiga Island Tours
Hair & Makeup: Bride & Bridesmaids completed their own hair & makeup
Venue: Private Residence
Happy Wedding Planning!