Interview with the Bride…

How long was your engagement?

Our engagement was about a year and a half. It was enough time – I would probably have been stressed with any less time.

Why did you choose your venue?

Based on pictures, reviews, availability, and the ease of planning with the coordinators/resort staff. We chose Marco Ocean Resort without even seeing it and did our tasting after we had already committed!

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

The whole ceremony. It was beautiful weather, beautiful set up, our officiant was wonderful, and it turned out exactly as I envisioned and better than I could have imagined.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to face while planning your wedding or on the wedding day?

Planning a destination wedding and inviting all the members of our large families was difficult because we didn’t know what to expect as far as attendance. We were also expected to act as travel agents for everyone planning on coming, which was hard and a bit frustrating. The day of, there was a miscommunication with the florist and one bridesmaid bouquet didn’t show up. We ended up getting it on time due to the venue and the florist rushing to get it to us, so everything was fine.

Looking back on your wedding day, is there anything you would have done differently? 

The amount of stress I had the morning of! There was no need for all that stress because everything was perfect.

Any advice or tips to give to a Bride-To-Be?

Remember that you can’t control everything. Trust your vendors to do their job. Assign trusted guests to certain jobs like watching the card box, giving vendor tips, taking video, etc.

Vendor Information

Florist: Botanicals on the Gulf

DJ: Mobile Sound Entertainment

Cake Designer: Kakes by Karen

Wedding Coordinator: Galina Maniskova (Marco Ocean Beach Resort)

Bride’s Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace

Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors

Bride’s Dress Store: Grace Loves Lace

Groom’s Attire By: Express and Cole Haan

Hair Stylist: Meghan Posedel of Studio One Salon and Spa in Gurnee, IL (Cousin of Bride)

Second Photographer: Jamie Lee Duffy