You guys. This wedding story starts with an engagement in Paris. Then, because Kelly and Pat are confirmed globetrotters, they planned a super fun and very chic travel-themed wedding. Which makes total sense when you see these two together in action – there’s laughter, smiles and style for miles.
How did Pat propose?
While on vacation in Paris, Pat and I decided to arrange a fun photo shoot in front of all the iconic monuments. I was very excited to have some nice keepsake photos from our trip, but little did I know that these would soon become our engagement photos! Pat surprised me with a beautiful proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower at sunrise, and it was more perfect than anything I could have imagined. In that moment, my whole world stopped and the joyful tears started flowing. Six years and one day after we first started dating, we were finally engaged…in PARIS! Thanks to some sneaky coordination with the photographer, the entire proposal was captured on camera.
How did you find The Dress?
I’ll be the first to admit that my wedding dress search was a bit comical. I always thought that I’d be the type of bride who walks into her first dress shop and finds the perfect gown right away, but reality didn’t quite turn out that way. Over the course of six months, I tried on 80 dresses (yes, you read that right!) before I finally found THE ONE. I wouldn’t change a thing because I fell in love with the most beautiful silk gown by Lea-Ann Belter, Candice. It was absolutely gorgeous and well worth the wait!!
Tell us a little about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
Our biggest shared passion is traveling so when it came time to start planning, a travel-themed wedding seemed perfectly fitting. The inspiration came from a Pinterest photo of paper airplane escort cards. Pat and I absolutely LOVED it and knew we had to make it happen for our wedding. We named our reception tables after the different places we had visited together, and then we printed the paper airplane hang-tags with our guests’ names and their “destinations.” It was a huge hit, and our guests loved “traveling” to their tables. Some of the other travel elements included globes, vintage-looking suitcases, a little metal airplane, and framed engagement photos from Paris. For an alternative guest book, our guests wrote on various travel-themed postcards and then placed them in an old galvanized metal mailbox. We also used a vintage suitcase as our card box. The travel theme was so much fun and it really helped to personalize our wedding!
Do you have any advice for other engaged couples?
Although the planning process can seem stressful at times, try to have fun and enjoy it! If the napkins don’t match the centerpieces perfectly, that’s OK! If you don’t have time to handwrite all of the escort cards, that’s OK, too! The details are nice (I love details myself!) but what’s most important is that you and your guests enjoy the day surrounded by each other. The napkins will be quickly forgotten, but the memories created on your wedding day will last a lifetime.
Kelly + Patrick’s Travel-Themed Wedding Vendors
wedding gown: Candice via The Wedding Dress | photography: LandinoPhoto ImageStudio | planning + design: Kelly Bernardez + Double G Events | ceremony + reception venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills | cinematography: Ready Set Film | music: Powerstation Events | florals: Just For You Florals | wedding cake: Erica O’Brien | invitations: Minted | day of paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery | hair + makeup: Karah Haddock + Veronica Nunes | officiant: Darlene M. Rice | groom + groomsmen attire: Bresciani | bridesmaid dresses: Allure | groom’s accessories: Rolex Submariner + J. Fox Cufflinks | bride’s accessories: Helzberg Diamonds + Mariella Creations | sweets: NoRA Cupcake Company + Lyman Orchards