Shana and Eric threw tradition to the wind resulting in a thoroughly charming offbeat wedding. Typically, you’ll see guests seated and turning their heads to wait for the bride and groom, but Shana and Eric wanted to change it up. They decided to have the entire group walk up together and made the entire entrance more epic with a classic high five as they arrived at the ceremony… and don’t forget the pink wedding dress! Cheers to that!
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“As far as the decision to not have my dad walk me down the aisle… I just don’t think I could’ve handled it. I’m an only child, and the thought of him giving me away broke my heart.” – Shana
Shana: “I love my parents so much, they’ve provided me with so many opportunities, I feel like our trio of a family is the core center of my being. Marriage, to us, is about a community of people coming together. Not just to witness your commitment to one another, but to support it. To promise to be there throughout it. This was important to demonstrate with us leading the pack down the aisle the day of the ceremony.”
“We want our family and friends to forever be a part of our lives, to love us and encourage us throughout our marriage, not just to watch it happen.” – Shana
Del Sol: Was there a part of each others vows that really stood out?
“Eric’s vows to me were the best things said that day. Eric said in his vows that he had prayed for me before he met me. For someone to come and fill his life and how I have changed him to be a better man and that he will strive to be so for the rest of my life. It was very sweet…not a dry eye in the house!” – Shana
Del Sol: You had a LOT of personalized details in your day, your amazing dress, the drummers and performers in your reception…
Shana: “As Eric is a chef and I am a dancer, we both have artistic mindsets. He loves fish tanks, I scuba dive. We both love good drinks, good food, and good entertainment. We wanted the wedding to be a special celebration, filled with entertainment, laughter, love, and fun. Thus, the choice of a band, the water drummers, the Caribbean trio at cocktail hour, which lead to dancing with my dancer friends in the garden.
“We live our lives with laughter at the forefront, we want to be a forward-moving couple that provides food/drinks and entertainment for our friends and families.”
“We want to grow things and grow together in new experiences. Thus a destination wedding also seemed appropriate. A new setting and new adventures for everyone involved.” – Shana
Of course we can’t miss a special mention for Shana’s incredible red ruffled wedding dress by Wai-Ching. Shana admits she loves a little drama and a bride with bright the red frills set against a blue sky are a spectacular alternative to traditional wedding white.
“I was not interested in spending a ton of money on some dress that felt impersonal for me to wear, shop in a large bridal store that has an overwhelming amount of options. I wanted it to represent me…a little traditional, a little unique.” – Shana
Shana: “I chose my dress from a small boutique in Pittsburgh, PA, called Glitter and Grit. The dress was from a designer named Wai-Ching, from Seattle, Washington. She personally makes all of her dresses for her brides, will switch fabric/color and cater to the bride’s needs. She designer decisions and described what I wanted changed from a prototype at the Pittsburgh store.
“I loved the idea that I was supporting an individual designer, not a dress made by someone I don’t know. I also love a little drama ;)’ – Shana
“I wore three bracelets that were all significant to me. The first was from my grandma, the second blue sapphires from my mom, and the third was a gold knot bracelet. I’d given my Aunt Jan and cousin Emma (I consider them my second mother and sister) the same bracelets to take away from the wedding with them. I guess you could call us bracelet buddies…. haha I also had a vintage handkerchief from my Aunt Wanda, Jan’s mother… a second grandmother to me. I felt well supported from the women in my family and I treasure them so much.”
Del Sol: Why did you choose a destination wedding at Secrets Capri?
Shana: We wanted a relaxed wedding where the guests, as well as the bride and groom, could enjoy themselves. When Eric proposed back in June 2014, he coordinated a surprise engagement party with our closest friends and families. Before that, we were considering eloping, because weddings have become such extravagant and expensive events these days, the bride and groom seem to get lost amongst the details of the day.”
“I particularly liked Secrets Capri Riviera because they seemed to promote a truly exceptional experience for their guests and take pride in making them the happiest they can be. It seemed more secluded and intimate than most other all-inclusive resorts. I also gravitated towards the European decor and style of the hotel. They did not disappoint and exceeded our expectations!” – Shana
Del Sol: What did you learn from your Secrets Capri destination wedding experience?
“The most successful thing about our wedding was that we were honored to have so many people join us. Not everyone was able to make it, but the entire experience was the best week of our lives. We could not have asked for greater friends and family that came down and vacationed with us.
“Our offbeat wedding was the most intensely loving experience. It would not have been the same without everyone there.” – Shana
Principal Photographer: Martina
Destination Wedding Location: Secrets Capri
Wedding Ceremony: Secrets Capri South Beach
First Look: Secrets Capri lobby
Cocktail hour: Secrets Capri Grand Garden
Wedding Reception: Secrets Capri Pool Deck by Gazebo
Secrets Capri wedding coordinator: Gabriela Javier
Wedding Dress: Wai-Ching from Glitter and Grit
Hand Painted Glasses: Amanda Lee Glassware