Amanda reluctantly joined her friends at a bar to have a little fun. When she got there and locked eyes with her future husband Drae, she was instantly glad she came.
Can't Be Without You
“I knew Drae was the one when I figured out that he had become my best friend in the world,” says Amanda. “He was the one that I wanted to share my day with and he was the one I wanted to share both good and bad news with. I realize that I did not want to be without him in my life.”
Amanda chose a stunning Allure gown for her tropical wedding day. “I actually wet to the store to try on another dress, but it had already been sold,” she says. “The saleswoman picked out this dress. I put it on and immediately thought it looked great.”
"I searched online for something for my husband to wear and he found something similar to what I picked out," Amanda explains. "It was a tan linen suit with a white linen shirt. He helped the best man pick out his outfit too."
Welcome to Paradise
"We decided that we wanted to have a destination wedding," explains Amanda. "Our first choice was to go to St. Lucia but we realized it would be too pricey for all of our guests. We googled resorts and the Paradisus Punta Cana looked amazing and had really good reviews." When their 40 guests arrived, they were greated with custom welcome bags from the happy couple.
Amanda and Drae's his and hers wedding bands are a perfect pair. "We planned the wedding together," says Amanda. "He helped with the location, the decorations and the overall feel and theme of the wedding and he would always provide his input if I needed it. He even helped put the welcome bags together. It was a good experience."
“The night I met Drae, I was expecting maybe a little eye candy, but I definitely did not expect to find the man I would share the rest of my life with,” admits Amanda. "I am truly amazed at how things work when you least expect it."
Amanda's father passed away when she was just 21, so her brother, whom she calls "the man of the house," walked her down the aisle. The sounds of "When I First Saw You" by Jamie Foxx played in the background. It was a very sentimental moment for all those present.
"When we looked into each other's eyes at the altar, I felt like my life was just beginning," says the bride. "Like, I love this man so much and we can do anything and everything together." The couple wrote their own vows to each other. "I felt so at peace and happy to start our new lives together," says Drae.
“We would have liked to have had the reception on the beach, but the area wasn’t available that night,” says Amanda. “Our reception was by the pool instead. It turned out very nice. Everything looked so nice with blue accents.”
"We were already on our honeymoon the second that the wedding was over," says Amanda. "That's the beauty of a destination wedding!" Did you love Amanda and Drae's laid-back wedding style as much as we did? Leave your congratulatory messages below! Want to see your wedding featured in Bridal Bliss? Email us now!