Gen ♥ TJ
This couple absolutely loves to travel! They wanted their wedding to be ‘one of their trips.’ They wanted the locale to be their theme. They knew they wanted it some place lush and green, and with delicious food from their own garden. Dusty rose and persimmon were the colour themes that matched the tropical destination. Congratulations, Gen and TJ! May the hope and dream of your marriage be as deep as the ocean. Happy Wedlock!
How It All Began
Gen & TJ worked together at a restaurant downtown San Diego. “That hot, blonde, surfer dude” was Genny’s new secret crush, and after a work Christmas celebration on a party bus they became inseparable.
TJ on the Proposal:
Gen was not expecting anything, so I gently slipped the ring on her finger one morning while she was still sleeping. When she woke up and asked what I wanted to do today, I replied that I wanted to go on a hike and be engaged to her and pointed to her hand… then we hiked to one of our favourite local spots with our dogs and that’s where I did the whole down on one knee official proposal… tears ensued.’
The Happily Ever After
Extra Special Wedding Details
The wedding venue. Cabarete is a cute surfing town on the North Coast of Dominican Republic and is off the beaten track, just like Gen & TJ like it. They chose Natura Cabana for the boutique beachy feel, amazing food, service & unique experience.
The day after session. They drove towards the capital and stopped along the way in the countryside, making a special stop at their favorite ‘secret’ beach called Playa Diamante, for a picnic.
Top three things Gen loves about TJ: I love TJ’s constant silliness and twisted sarcasm, it’s impossible for him to be serious. I also love the fact that I am the most comfortable, in life, when I’m with him. We’ve basically grown into each other over the years. And of course, how genuine he is. This one definitely wears his heart on his sleeve.
Top three things TJ loves about Gen: She is like a beacon of light for weary soul travelers. People just love her right from the moment they meet her. She just makes people feel better. She’s also very intelligent and I couldn’t be more proud to have seen her go through nursing school and now to do what she does. She’s the strongest person I know. She’s comfortable in her own skin and also has a feisty side (to say the least) and can hold her own, which I wouldn’t have any other way.
The Bride’s Advice
I know it’s easier said than done but try to not let what other people say get in the way of YOUR wedding. This was my goal from the beginning, but I still had plenty moments of weakness. — Genny
$10,000 – $20,000
Photographer: Katya Nova Photography
Event Planner: 4TW Wedding Planner
Bridesmaid Dresses: CORALIE BEATRIX
Reception Venue: Natura Cabana
Invitation Designer: The Paperberry
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