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Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore

Dreaming of a wedding in Jamaica? Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your passports and a fruity cocktail, because today's destination wedding at RIU Ocho Rios sure is a beautiful one. Oh, and did I mention how creative today's couple is? Yep! If you're a DIY lover, then you're going to really appreciate all of the thought that went into this beautiful wedding captured by Be Photography.

Speaking of DIYs, let's hear a little bit from the bride herself, "As individuals, we have always been crafty in different aspects. But planning a wedding together really took our creativity to a whole other level."

"We wanted everything about our wedding to be original and personal, so we  decided to DIY everything."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"I couldn't find any save the dates that I liked so I made them myself."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"I cut the invitations to look like suitcases so when you opened it, it would make you imagine yourself going on vacation."

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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

Yay for destination weddings, I say!

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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"All the handwriting, cartoon drawings, and cover logo was drawn by me and I even did our own gold foiling and Tricky assembled the pages and hand sewed the passport."

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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"Every single bow tie was handmade by Tricky. He made bow ties for all the groomsmen and all our guests. Oh, and he also made all of the suspenders"

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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"We came up with the concept of a Bow Tie Bar. Tricky sewed a ton of bow ties for our guests and I made the "bow tie," sign. Every tie was unique in its own style, no two were alike."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"We laid them out on the table next to the welcome bags during our welcome dinner (day before the wedding) and we let our guests pick out their own bow tie and bag. Everyone really enjoyed it."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Riosg

"Floral crowns. I used to be a Hawaiian hula dancer and we used to have to make our own floral crowns. Making these took me back to my hula dancing days."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

And these lovely hangers? "A clothing store was giving away wooden hangers so I took a few, painted them and hand painted the girl’s names on each hanger." So cute!

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"We created custom welcome bags for our guests and I hand, ombre dip-dyed each tote bag and custom printed "fun in the sun"; with my own writing."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"We gave everyone their welcome bags the day before the wedding during our welcome dinner with a personalized thank you note."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"Another fun story? Our Cake Topper! Would you believe that I actually made it the day before our wedding in our hotel room on a tiny nightstand table in less than 2 hours?" 
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"Plans for our original topper fell through so 3 hours before our flight, I grabbed whatever random things I could find around the house."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios 
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"2 ping pong balls, some chopsticks, a glue gun, and leftover fabric scraps from our DIY bow ties and a white bed sheet. (Yes, you read that right, a bed sheet). I think it turned out pretty cute!"
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios 
"We got married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and since it's the Caribbean, the chance of rain is always unpredictable."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"The morning of the wedding, it had been pouring rain so hard that even our coordinator suggested that our dream beach wedding may have to be moved indoors."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"The possible changes had even worried our guests. But for whatever reason, while everyone was worried, Tricky and I were not."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"We were confident that everything would work out just fine and remained positive the entire time. We did not allow the rain, to "rain on our parade."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios 
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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"The moment we both walked out to the beach...the dark black rain clouds separated and the rain stopped. The sun shined bright and all you can hear was the ocean waves and the birds chirping."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"Once our ceremony and outdoor pictures were completed and we moved indoors to our reception, it started to pour heavy rain again. It was as if the rain only paused momentarily, just for us."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"Tricky and I met online when we were in high school. I had accidentally mistaken him as one of my old friends because they have the same exact name."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"But it turned out, not only was it the wrong person, Tricky lived in New York and I lived in California. After the mistake, we still remained friends."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"We were never attracted to each other from the very beginning and even had conversations with each other about how we would never date one another because we were "not each other’s type" and also because we lived across the country.

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"As we got older, Tricky would go out on dates and call me to tell me about how horrible they went."

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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"Then I would go through my bad breakups with past boyfriends and he would be the one to console me and let me cry it out to him over he phone."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios

"He was truly a best friend to me. It wasn’t until he told me "those guys are a fool for not seeing how special you are." ..."

 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"...that later Tricky said to me, "I started to realize that I was a fool for not seeing how special you are." It was then that we started looking at each other in a different set of eyes and took a chance in love."
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios 
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"I moved from California to New York to start our lives together...and here we are now...happily married."
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 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"How we got engaged? Actually, Tricky never proposed to me before we decided to get married. As a matter of fact, I remember one day when he introduced me to his family members and said, "this is my fiancee Arlene" and I looked at him and was like "Fiancee?"
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
 Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore, Be Photography, RIU Ocho Rios
"He said he already knew he wanted to marry me. I was happy with that answer and knew I too wanted to marry him."
"Then on the day before the wedding we had a welcome dinner. Since we had a destination wedding, he told me he wanted to say a "thank you" speech to everyone who traveled so far. So right before his speech, I remember him being extremely nervous and shaky."
"I thought maybe he was just having stage fright, so I started giving him a pep talk telling him to relax, to breathe, and that everything will be okay. As he started his speech, he began thanking everyone for traveling so far, then he turned to me and said he could not marry me until he did things right."

"It was then that he got down on his knee and proposed to me in front of our closest family and friends. I was completely shocked and could not stop crying. I had never expected it in a million years and it was one of my happiest days of my life."

Photography: Be Photography // Pajama Party Photography: Sirin Samman Photography // Videography: Happy Kamper Films // Venue, Catering, Accommodations, and Planning: RIU Ocho Rios // DIY Wedding Items: DIY by Bride and Groom, now via Etsy: Arlene & Tricky // Tour Operations: FunJet Vacations //

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Chrissy Arpie Ott

Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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2 Comments " Ocho Rios Jamaica Wedding with DIY Details Galore "

Maria Niezgoda Azanah October 13, 2016

What a lovely wedding and a beautiful couple! Where is the gorgeous wedding dress from? So ethereal and elegant! Kudos to great photography capturing those moments!

Aegean Catering services October 13, 2016

That was a unique wedding

   
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