Katelyn + Brandon
Best friends, and inseparable since their first date, Brandon planned an unforgettable proposal off the beautiful shore of West Oahu. They were on vacation with Katelyn's family and best friend, Mandi, when the fishing crew coaxed her into reeling in the 'next big catch'. Fishing wasn’t really her thing so she told Mandi to do it, but the crew insisted. Reeling in what she thought was a fish, Katelyn noticed something popping out of the water. As it got closer, she realized it was a champagne bottle with something inside, so she grabbed it and popped open the cork to find a rolled piece of paper that read, “I love you. Will you marry?” Shocked, she turned around to find Brandon down on one knee with a ring. Katelyn said of course and tears were shed. It was the perfect moment and the best part of all was that they got to share it with their families.
The couple’s engagement lasted almost a year, and from day one, Katelyn knew she wanted to get married on a beach. The water is where she is happiest and shoes would be optional at their beach wedding in Cabo. She went all out with fun, bright colors that looked gorgeous set against the blue ocean, and worked with a wedding planner to get the boho, tropical vibe she was going for. Hiring an event planner was one of the best decisions she made, and worked with them on décor, rentals and day of coordination. “It was such an easy process and worth every penny!” Katelyn tells us.
Most of Brandon and Katelyn’s guests had a pretty full day of traveling to get to Cabo, so they knew they wanted to spoil them and thank them with as many goodies as they could when they arrived. They hand delivered nearly 75 welcome bags to each guest to greet and thank them for coming; and knowing they could never thank them enough, the afternoon before the wedding, arranged a private cocktail cruise before treating them to a delicious welcome dinner. The wedding day, and realizing that people loved them enough to travel across the country to celebrate with them, was their most memorable moment of the trip.
The couples advice to other people getting married is, “It’s really easy to get caught up in the flowers and décor. You can spend an endless amount of money on one day, but remember what that day is really, truly about—each other and the love you have. Just like any big life change or decision, it’s not always easy or pretty but if you’re in love and have your best friend by your side, you can do anything. All in all, just remember that it’s not the Chiavari chairs or expensive blooms around you that will make your day, but the people who surround you that will bring you true happiness.”
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Photography // Justin Salem Meyer Photography
Videographer // Estuary Motion
Hair & Makeup // Penelopie Beauty Bar
Wedding Invites // Minted
Florals // Cabo Floral Studio
Location// Sandos Finisterra,
Dress // Watters via Rhylan Lang