I'll admit: when it comes to the age-old question of mountains vs. beach, I pick mountains every time. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest: I can't help it.
But when a beach wedding has a solid breeze and dramatic heavy clouds that the setting sun pierces through, that totally works for me.
Hillary & James' wedding last October was one such wedding. With their families and close friends, they traveled to Pensacola to say their vows in between the sand dunes of Pensacola Beach. It may have gotten a little cold (read: it was real cold) once the sun set and the wind picked up, but this group celebrated into the night regardless.
That's the wonderful thing about destination weddings. When you're traveling elsewhere to have your wedding, typically your guests consist of the people closest to you. That means you're surrounded by the nearest & dearest, and the excitement and love and celebration is overflowing, even if you've got to break out your warmest windbreaker to get out on the dance floor.
And Hillary & James: love these two. Their wedding was so authentically them. Their wedding colors reflected their personalities to a T: vibrant, outgoing, fun. Smiles everywhere, all the time. The wand James proposed with, "Everything is Awesome" interrupting the first dance, jumping into the pool at the end of the night: all wonderfully true to who they are. Moral of the story: be absolutely, authentically, 100% yourself on your wedding day. It's much more fun.