Real Wedding: Diana + Andrés Tie the Knot in a Carnival-Inspired Bahamas Celebration

In many cases friends are the best ambassadors of love, and in the case of Diana and Andres this was no exception. They met thanks to a mutual friend and from there they formed a friendship that gradually became an 8-year courtship. Now, they have said their “I dos” at the altar, and vowed to be together for the rest of their lives. We tell you their story…

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A Very Creative Proposal 

They say that long relationships don’t often end in marriage yet short ones do, but between Diana and Andrés the topic of spending the rest of their lives together didn’t stop cropping up and they talked about the matter for more than six months. In spite of that, the proposal was made to wait.

Still clear about what the two of them wanted, Diana noticed that nothing was happening, that Andres was not moving things forward in any way, so she was very persistent about the matter. He made his excuses, so that she wouldn’t notice that he was already preparing everything.

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One day, he had to travel to Cartagena and she went with him. He invited her to eat at the restaurant El Muelle del Chef, and there surrounded by exquisite champagne and a delicious menu, Diana imagined that at any moment Andrés was going to get down on one knee. But no! He paid the bill and they set sail to return to Barranquilla, his hometown. During the return trip the car broke down, so Andres got out of the car to check it and called Diana to hand him a flashlight so he could see the car battery. And there, at last, was the long-awaited ring! Definitely a very creative way to propose, don’t you think?

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“Forever”

That was the phrase that was marked in the rings that symbolized the eternal bond between Diana and Andrés. She wore a beautiful ivory lace mermaid cut dress, with a voluminous skirt and sweetheart neckline, accompanied by a veil embroidered with lace. All exclusive to Bridal Reflections NYC.

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She perfectly contrasted her look with gold and white gold earrings, Badgley Mischka branded shoes, the same color as the dress and with a flower on each side. Wildflowers Bahamas made the bouquet out of hydrangeas and roses in pastel tones, peonies and crystals.

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The lucky husband, opted for a white jacket and a black vest by Hugo Boss, and Bally shoes. For accessories, he wore a spectacular Rolex watch.

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A Dream Come True in the Bahamas

The bride and groom not only fulfilled their dream of getting married, but also managed to spend well-deserved time with all their guests in the Bahamas. The charming city of Nassau was the setting for this wonderful wedding, with a ceremony and a cocktail at the Ocean’s Edge event center.

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Then the celebration happened to be at the Atlantis Hotel, a magical place that Wildflowers Bahamas embellished even more, with delicate decoration in white tones with golden touches, adorned with candles, various floral arrangements and ivory-colored tablecloths with heart-shaped sequins.

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Diana and Andrés danced to “Out of the Planet” by Manuel Medrano, as a prelude to the traditional Bahamas Carnival dance recreated by the Junkanoo group with whistles, bells, drums, colors and dancers, as well as the “glow in the dark” elements that the couple wanted to include to make their party unique.

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In the face of so much dancing, Diana also thought about the guests and gifted them ballet slippers. They were also given pashminas for the cold and a kit with a thermos, a fan and a thank you letter. These last details were the bride’s idea.

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Thanks to the excellent photographic work of Christian Goenaga that surpassed all the expectations of Diana and Andrés, everyone left with lasting memories of the big day. We hope you also enjoy it and get inspired for your dream wedding. 

Credits:

Proposal: Restaurante El Muelle del Chef | Ceremony & Cocktail Reception: Ocean’s Edge | Reception & Catering: Hotel Atlantis | Dress: Bridal Reflections NYC | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Watch: Rolex | Zapatos novio: Bally | Decoration & Bridal Bouquet: Wildflowers Bahamas | Photography: Christian Goenaga | Crazy Hour: Junkanoo

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