Ashlyn and Gabriel met in Nicaragua. The bride says “He was ‘tutoring’ me for my college Spanish class which I still barely passed. He interpreted for me on a Nicaragua trip which led to him sharing his testimony for the first time and leading someone to the Lord. We have both grown so much but what I love most is his reflection of Christ. Can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for us!”. After a sweet and romantic courtship, when Gabe asked Ashlynn to marry him she said it was the best “yes” she had ever said!
This bride planned a destination wedding in Nicaragua while living in the United States. Her style is dreamy, romantic, natural and organic. All of her love and hard work she put into this destination wedding came across in every detail! Set in a beach villa in Pochomil, Nicaragua, this wedding was a paradise. The Nicaraguan wedding ceremony was on a secluded beach. The couple was wed underneath a home made driftwood arch. (The driftwood arch was hand made by the groom + friends the morning of the wedding!). After their intimate wedding ceremony (bride and groom washed each other’s feet during the ceremony. So sweet!) they retreated to a romantic, organic wedding reception in the back yard of the beach house villa!
The guests were welcomed by a linen + calligraphy sign that read “Two Nations Become One”. The marriage of Ashlyn and Gabe was so obviously meant for more than just them. This couple and wedding experience put their family, friends, and faith first. The place settings were designated by white calligraphy names on stones. The farmhouse family-style tables were lit with bistro lights above and vintage brass candlesticks on the tables. This gold, brass, ivory and pale blue theme perfectly complemented the Nicaraguan beach cabana setting. The organic feel to this wedding went right along with the bride and groom’s personalities!
This was my first wedding as an international destination wedding photographer and it couldn’t have been more perfect! It was an adventure from start to finish! I photographed this destination wedding at 19 weeks pregnant, which was also fun! (Luckily my baby girl to be is used to me being active and following my dreams! I’ve had a blissful pregnancy! ;) The bride’s family welcomed me with open arms and I had such a great time being a part of this wedding!
Venue: Private beach villa in Pochomil, Nicaragua
Bride’s Wedding dress: Dreamers & Lovers
Groom’s suit: Old Navy + Forever 21
Maid-of-honor dress: Dress Up Boutique
Decor: Thrifted/ DIY by Bride, friends+family, Carlen of Host and Toast
Calligraphy: Host and Toast
Videographer: Sara Klepacki @saraklepacki
Floral design: Local flower shop in Managua, Nicaragua | Put together by bride & me! (Can you believe it?;)