Alissa and Joshua elope at Sandals La Toc!

Bride: Alissa
Groom: Joshua
Resort: Sandals La Toc
Agent: Hannah

 

What made you decide on having a destination wedding? 
My husband and I both decided on a destination wedding because we wanted to avoid the stress that comes with planning a large ceremony. Even as a young girl, I knew I wanted to get married on a beautiful beach with crystal blue waters, and that is exactly what we had. It was stress free and a dream come true!
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
Our number one requirement was that we wanted an adults only resort. Don’t get me wrong, we love kids; however, this was our wedding/honeymoon, and we wanted to relax as much as possible. Sandals did just that! Because it was a couples resort, the staff catered to making everything romantic and personable without being cheesy. It was the perfect place for us.
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
Honestly, there was absolutely NO difficulty! I loved when people at work would ask me how the wedding planning was going, and I could just tell them that it was finished. All I had to do was pick out a few colors, taste some cake, and decide on the beach or a gazebo. I have been a bridesmaid plenty of times to know that the bride usually freaks out over something before the big day, and I didn’t have to worry about anything. If I absolutely had to pick something that was difficult, I would just say that my dress was heavy carrying it through customs…but even then, my husband helped me out.
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
The highlight, for me, was the perfect weather! The sun was shining, and the waves were crashing behind us! This made for great pictures. My husband and I also wrote a little something to each other for the ceremony, and I will always cherish that.
The greatest surprise were our wedding guests. To avoid drama and stress, my husband and I eloped without our family or friends. I knew, though, that getting ready might be emotional for me, but I was able to FaceTime with my mom the whole time, and my wedding planner carried her around everywhere I went the morning of. We ended up having guests too! There were three couples that we had met that week, and they came to our wedding! It was so much fun, but also, my husband and I were able to just enjoy each other without the worries of appeasing other people. If we would have had a wedding at home, he and I both would have been constantly making sure everyone was happy instead of taking in our big day.
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
Excellent! Sandals specializes in weddings and honeymoons, so they definitely knew what they were doing!
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? 
Go alone! Elope just the two of you, and then come home for a celebration. It is your day, it is about the two of you. Elope to avoid unnecessary stressors; plus the money you save from not having a wedding at home, you can use to upgrade or stay longer on your honeymoon.
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
Not a thing! I am still giddy just thinking of how special our wedding day was and how intimate it felt for the two of us. It was the smartest thing we have ever done!