Dasha and Christopher met each other in high school, but it wasn’t until after their first year at university that the two realized they had feelings for one another. Although Dasha and Christopher both went to separate universities far away, the distance only strengthened their relationship.
After 5 years together, Chris was sent to Indonesia for a business trip and Dasha decided to go with him. Chris knew how much Dasha loved to travel and Bali was the perfect place for a proposal. On their first evening in Bali, the two enjoyed a beautiful candlelight dinner on the beach at sunset. After dinner, Dasha and Christopher took a walk along the beach and, when it was just the two of them, Chris got down on one knee and asked Dasha to marry him.
The bride's favourite wedding moment began with her walk down the aisle. "At that moment, my life was complete – I was in one of the most beautiful places on earth, I had both of my wonderful parents on either side of me, and I was about to marry my best friend, surrounded by the closest family and friends," says Dasha. "I was the happiest I've ever been and it all seemed like a fairytale."
As for the couple's favourite wedding detail? Well, at the end of the night, Dasha and Christopher gathered everyone to come to the beach and release Chinese sky lanterns. Each person made a wish, lit the lantern and watched them float into the sky. "Chris and I lit a lantern in the memory of his grandmother, who passed away a month before the wedding, and it was such a special moment for us," says Dasha.
Photographer: Adrian McDonald of Lexon Photography
Ceremony and reception location: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica
Reception decor: DIY
Bridal gown: Madison James Collection
Bridesmaid gowns: David's Bridal & Etsy
Bridal/ bridesmaid accessories: Etsy
Hair and Makeup: Zentropia Spa at the Grand Palladium
Cake: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica
Favours: DIY and eBay
Flowers: Tai Floral; bridesmaids bouquets were handmade using silk flowers