Remember Elizabeth, the amazing DIY bride tying the knot in three different cities? Right before she set off on her Jamaica/Sweden/Kansas City destination wedding, she told us all about the totally one-in-a-million way she met her fiance and the story behind their triple-destination wedding!
Check out her Weddingmix trailer video above for Alex’s totally moving”first look” reaction to Elizabeth in her wedding gown (seriously, someone hand me the tissues….)
Alex and I met online 2 1/2 years ago, but not in the traditional way. He was my IT support. After several weeks of chatting and joking around we realized that there was something developing and decided to meet in real life. At the time I was living in Malmö Sweden and working in Copehagen. He was living and working on the east coast of Sweden in Kalmar. He came to Copenhagen and we met for lunch, walked around the city, and spent some time sitting on a bench people watching. That bench became “our bench”. It was on that bench in January that he asked me to marry him.
I am originally from Kansas City and Alex is from Kalmar, Sweden, so our wedding will be quite international. We wanted to get married in 2013, but needed time to plan, so November seemed to fit well. Only problem, no one wants to come to cold dark Sweden in November – and KC is not that much better. Plus, choosing either location would invariably make some part of the family angry due to distance. So we decided to make everyone equally angry, and ourselves quite happy, by going to Jamaica. It wasn’t hard to convince some of our friends and family to join us there at the all-inclusive resort we booked.
We will be 38 people in total in Jamaica. My parents and my two biological sisters, plus my bonus sister from Brazil. Alex will have his mother, her boyfriend and his two brothers. In addition some aunts, uncles, grandparents and some good family friends will be joining us. The groomsmen are Alex’s two brothers (Simon and Viktor) as well as Mats, who is a very close friend from Sweden. My bridesmaids are my two sisters, my best friend from the states and Marie, who is married to Mats.
The big day is on Tuesday November 26th. Everyone arrived at the resort at least a few days in advance. So we will have a bachelor/bachelorette party on the Sunday before, with everyone invited. I am sure there will be some footage from that. The rehearsal will be the Monday before followed by an open air cocktail party and dinner at an Italian restaurant. The day of will be a full day of preparations with the ceremony starting at 3pm. We will do a “first look” at 2pm to get all the tears out of the way before the ceremony.
We are planning a fun short ceremony with 2 readings and a wine box ceremony. We will seal the deal with a pinky swear and a kiss followed by a toast to include the whole party (guests are encouraged to bring a drink.)
After photos there will be dinner and dancing. Then as a cap to the evening we will go out on the beach and light 40 paper lanterns and let them float into the night sky. Then anyone who is still up for it, can join us in the night club for dancing and general merriment.