With this ring I thee wed…The Beauty of a Courthouse Wedding

natasha-lee-natashaleeds-stylishlee-jamaican-fashion-hair-beauty-travel-bloggerHi! I’ve been away for far too long but if you follow me on Instagram (@natashaleeds) then you know it’s because I recently got married to my boyfriend, my best friend and my faithful partner of 10 years ♥ I gave myself away to him in marriage on our 10 year anniversary of being together on the 28th day of March, 2016.

Ever since announcing that we tied the knot, we’ve received so much kind, loving and congratulatory words and we both appreciate them all. I originally did not intend to write a blog post on our special day but instead just planned on sharing a few pictures and details on what I wore. But, most recently more and more people have been asking why I chose to get married at the courthouse. As such I’ve decided to share with you why I switched from having a traditional wedding to getting married at the courthouse.

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Originally Manny and I were planning the big “PERFECT” wedding, with all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, a spectacular venue, a florist, caterers and a long guest list. I purchased wedding magazines, had meetings with a wedding planner and began the hunt for a one-of-a-kind wedding dress. After about 2 months into planning the wedding that I had dreamed of, it started to not feel like me anymore; it no longer felt like us! It began to consume me and I stopped looking at our wedding as a joyous occasion and began feeling overwhelmed and under pressure to please everyone…so I cancelled everything.

We live in a world where an extravagant wedding almost is a prerequisite for romance. From a young age we are groomed to hold details of our future wedding in high regard and as a result many brides and grooms follow a ‘go big or go home’ mentality when planning their wedding. I feel like we’ve been raised to think that we aren’t having a ‘real wedding’ unless you go the whole nine yards; have the ball gown, several bridesmaids, an ice sculpture, a three tiered cake, enough flowers to create a garden out of and thousand dollar designer heels. I however don’t think you need all that to have a beautiful and meaningful wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living out your childhood fantasy of having the perfect, dream wedding but I don’t think going the traditional route is the only way to do it.

If you recall, Manny and I went on a little weekend getaway earlier this year at the Iberostar Grande Hotel and it was on this very relaxing stay where we gained good mental head space and decided to plan the perfect day for us. I knew then that I just wanted a short and simple ceremony with just our immediate family on a day where I would be able to spend my special day with him, skip all the hassle and just have a no-frills courthouse wedding. We realized that a big wedding wasn’t for us and over our weekend getaway we both gave careful consideration to what we both really wanted. We agreed on a courthouse wedding in Florida where he currently lives and the following weekend I told my parents and sister about our plans and he did the same with his grandparents and siblings.

“We were going small and simple and doing it at a courthouse but we most definitely weren’t going to be boring! I told everyone not to worry about stealing my show, just wear ALL WHITE!”

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Sometimes without even realizing it, a magical moment happens in our lives and everything begins to slide right into place. Somewhere in the deepest part of my heart I knew I was in the right place, at the perfect time while standing next to the person I’m meant to be. Our courthouse wedding was that magical moment.

The moment Manny began repeating the very cliche phrases from the officiant, my eyes were filled with tears. I’ve been telling my girlfriends for years that Manny would be my husband one day and although I’ve dreamed of the day and envisioned what it may be like, not once did I think about the moment Manny would say aloud the words that we have all learned to associate with marriage. Hearing it from him made my heart melt, and although they were an obvious collection of phrases, somehow it all seemed significant and remarkably fresh as the words emerged from my fiance’s mouth.

When it was my turn, I was so moved I could barely speak—my lips quivered as I repeated the very same words back to him. All sorts of thoughts raced through my mind as I repeated the words and by the end I giggled and thought to myself how happy I felt for not having a huge audience. The only voices were mine, his and the officiants, while the room was filled with love everywhere; our love and the love from our family. The moment was magical. The moment was right!

“You may now kiss the bride…”

Frozen in time, I held my breathe. Manny leaned in and we shared our first newlywed kiss. A kiss that held so much more magic than any other kiss in my entire lifetime ♥

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I’m glad we did things this way. A few people have since asked if I hold any regrets and want to know if I plan on having a big wedding a year from now. My answer is: ‘if I had to do it all over again I would do it exactly the same’. It meant so much to me that Manny and I were able to share our love quietly with our immediate family. I understand that a courthouse wedding isn’t for everyone but it’s also important for us to realize that a traditional wedding isn’t for everyone either. If you are thinking about tieing the knot at a courthouse, I hope these wonderful reasons help you decide.

    1. More intimate: Often times planning a big wedding with the very long guest list can get overwhelming, especially when you hope to please everyone on that long guest list. If you decide to tie the knot at the courthouse you can either invite two witnesses to be present on your special day or invite a small group of guests like immediate family members to help celebrate your beautiful day with you. Take it from me, it felt very special when gazing into each others eyes to say ‘I Do’ because it felt as if we were the only two people in the room. My husband is also quite shy so he never did like the idea of having 200 eyes staring at us on our big day. A smaller wedding means you don’t have to think about the 200 guests who will watch you share your first kiss, say your vows, or have the first dance.
    2. Less Stress: Okay, Okay! I’ll admit it…planning a wedding can sometimes be pretty exciting. But all that excitement sometimes diminishes because of how stressful things can also get. For me, the guest list nearly drove me insane. I spent my nights trying to figure out who to invite, who can I leave out and where to sit my crazy family members who aren’t the easiest to get along with. I spent so much time worrying about whose feelings would be hurt if they didn’t get invited that it caused me to lose focus on what my wedding was really about; Manny and I sharing a union together. At the courthouse you save yourself the sleepless nights by not stressing about catering to a venue packed with a few hundred of your closest friends and family. There is no worrying about seating charts, table cards, wedding favors etc. The only thing there really is to do, is for both you and your partner to show up!
    3. Budget Friendly: I think this is perhaps one of the main reasons for a courthouse wedding ceremony. [Fun Fact: the average cost of a traditional wedding is roughly USD$30,000. Crazy I know! But hey, a courthouse wedding will run you anywhere between $35 to $80 depending on which state you’re in]. By getting married at the courthouse you will be able to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Plus, think about all the other places you and your partner could spend that money to get your marriage started on the right financial footing.
    4. No Time Restraints: When Manny and I first started planning our extravagant, traditional wedding one of the first things our wedding planner went over with us was a ‘Schedule’ that laid out exactly what to expect on the day of our wedding and the allotted times for each ‘activity’. I honestly felt like I was back in school all over again. My mind went in overdrive just listening to her tell me how much time we had at the venue, how much time we had for photos, how much time we had to eat and for our guests to eat, how long for speeches, etc. It was too much and felt way too planned for me. When you get married at a courthouse as long as you arrive before the marriage department closes you’ll be perfectly fine. You’re in and in no time you’re out and then you are completely free to do as you please.
    5. Focus on What’s Important (LOVE) – Yes, the fancy place cards and centerpieces taking center stage are nice, and table tops adorned with flowers are too, and lets not forget how awesome getting a top DJ is. BUT!!! Instead of focusing on getting the best DJ so your guests can dance up a storm all night or having a three tiered cake adorned with edible rhinestones, if you get married at a courthouse all those things become irrelevant and your love becomes your primary focus. Plus, your photographer will now be able to spend more time capturing photos of you and your new spouse. The focus will be on the new union between you and your other half and that’s what is most important.

Often times we hear the words ‘courthouse wedding’ and immediately assume someone has eloped. It does not just signify that a couple is eloping when they take the courthouse route but it is also for those who want something less stressful and more intimate. I love weddings and enjoy attending the very extravagant ones too but I’ve realized that I’m simply not the big wedding type of gal. I didn’t choose a courthouse because it was a quick and easy way to get married, but instead I did it this way because it was a more intimate, stress free and budget friendly way to rejoice in our commitment to one another.

So if and when you are thinking about getting married don’t just think doing it ‘BIG’ is the only way to go. Always remember that there are other options available too. If you do hope to get married at the courthouse stay proud of your decisions and make sure it is something that both you and your fiance agrees on. Remember not to get too caught up in the details or making sure that everything is perfect. As long as the love you have for each other is there, whether you get married at a mansion or at the courthouse you’re big day will be special no matter what!

Enjoy a few pics from the day of our wedding. Nuff Love, Talk Soon. Natasha ♥

[My dress is from HouseOfCB: more details to come…]

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88 Comments

  1. April 7, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Congratulations ! Beautiful couple

  2. Camille
    April 7, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Lawd I thought you were cool before but this just puts you on another level in my eyes. I know we don’t know each other but girl I root for you soooo much. I think you made the perfect choice as long as you are happy that’s all that matters. I think most people plan the big wedding and forget that it’s about the marriage, I wish you guys all the blessings this world has to offer. So good to see a young Jamaican doing things the right way. You are a friend/lil sis (in my head) and I pray for your continuous unstoppable undeniable success!!!!!!!! Big up

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Lawd jeeeez Camille thanks!!! Thank you so much for rooting for me and huni you are my friend and my big sis.

  3. April 7, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Absolutely fantastic! Congratulations again to you both. I wish for you all the happiness and blessings possible. May you have the strength and tenacity to navigate the challenges if they arise. #onelove

  4. April 7, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Congratulations Natasha! You look beautiful and I wish you both the best 🙂
    My sister got married at that very same courthouse in Florida as well, and I’m so happy for her because it really was less stressful. I also appreciate how much more intimate a courthouse wedding is. Btw that dress is gorgeous! Xx

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you Nats! and congrats to your sister!

  5. Daña
    April 7, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Congratulations again, beautiful. You looked stunning as usual… I’m so happy you wrote this. For years I’ve been telling my friends and family that when I do get married, the wedding would be really small with just immediate family and my best friend. People have this idea that weddings are supposed to be these grande events, but I’ve always wanted mine to be simple, but amazing. Why spend a fortune trying to impress people? I say, plan a spectacular honeymoon or save that money for the new life with hubby.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you! and yes spectacular honeymoon is a must! We’re hoping to have ours on our one year anniversary.

  6. April 7, 2016 / 10:25 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! So lovely of you to share your special day with the world/ Yes, yes and yes to everything you said – you did it your way and it looks perfect. And lawdavemercy what a piece a dress! All the best for this next chapter.

    Nuff love from Berlin.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you toni. Nun love from Jamaica!!! I’m dying to visit Berlin again.

  7. Rhadika
    April 7, 2016 / 10:29 am

    LOVE , LOVE . LOVED THIS ARTICLE!!! AMAZING COUPLE AND BEAUTIFUL WEDDING.

  8. Keesha
    April 7, 2016 / 11:16 am

    This is so lovely, congrats again to you both. Wishing you much love and continued blessings.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Hey hun! Thank you so much!

  9. April 7, 2016 / 11:17 am

    This is so beautiful :’) Congratulations!!!!! I know society is rough, with the pressure of “You MUST have a big wedding and invite the whole world” thing. I’m so happy for you and I don’t know you lool! Have a happy life darling 🙂

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you Rashida. You are so right…Society is rough and we often times feel obligated to conform. But it’s perfectly fine to step outside of what is normal and seems ‘right’ too. Have a blessed week love.

  10. April 7, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Congratulations Natasha, it must have been a perfect moment for you & your husband. All the best & enjoy every minute of the rest of your life together.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks a mill. It did feel perfect Shana. It really did.

  11. Denique
    April 7, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Congratuulations to you and your husband. The moments were wonderfully captured, every photo was a reflection of the evident love between eveyone that was present, and it felt like I was taken on a journey of the days event.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Awwwww. Thank you love.

  12. April 7, 2016 / 11:59 am

    You did it in style & looked AWESOME!! I Loved reading this post and seeing you so happy. And.. that dress is TDF. Enjoy your Life!

    **Formerly Kurves now “Madam Too Much”.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time out to read this post. I really appreciate it.

  13. April 7, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of courthouse weddings for the reasons you listed. A big reception can be fun, but there are so many better ways to spend that money. You all looked wonderful. Congrats!

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      my sentiments exactly. Yes a reception can be fun and filled with love and happy moments but you’re right, there are other ways a newlywed couple can spend that money and celebrate their union

  14. Sashayed
    April 7, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Congrats Tasha i only know you on social media, saw you once at Pier one while I was on vacation. You are such an amazing person, while going through you pics one day I showed my brother and he said I know her and her boyfriend he was my classmate.. JJ but just so you know I really enjoy your blogs and your pics. I wish you all the luck on your new adventure

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you huni. & yes JJ and Manny go way back! Really appreciate the love hun

  15. Sashalee
    April 7, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Sorry it mispelled my name

  16. Camargo Smith
    April 7, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    You have no idea how extremely inspiring you are. I now have a whole new love and respect for you, your ability to step outside of the norm and what is expected is very refreshing. Your individuality and love of self speaks volume of who you are as a person. Thank you for being your true self and sharing your life stories, which helps us to gain the confidence to step outside what society dictates and just find comfort in knowing that it is ok to be ourselves.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Camargo. I think the more we stay true to who we really are, is the happier and more confident we become. It meant a lot for me to share this post and I’m so happy you’ve shared your thoughts with me as well. Thanks.

  17. Manster
    April 7, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    You are perfect and I love you 🙈😊😘

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much for helping to mold me into the woman I am becoming. You mean the world to me and I’m so happy to have you by my side for the rest of my life.

  18. Natasha
    April 7, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Such an amazing read! Your blog is so well done and truly refreshing! Keep doing your thing!

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much Tasha!

  19. cristsllina
    April 7, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    There’s a lot I would say but I don’t want to overwhelm you with an epistle.

    But I will say this, I share your sentiments as it relates to the ceremony you decided to have and your reason behind it. Should god bless me one day to form a union of my own I have always imagined it to be private and intimate; having only the most important persons to share in that special moment. You were super gorgeous, I’m so happy about the “All White” theme, you stood. I look at it and think about a pure and genuine love. Your dress was perfection, faultless and u wore it beautifully. Though we have only had little interaction through this medium I can tell that you’re a beautiful soul. You deserve the all the happiness that lies ahead, both of you. Congratulations once more darling…. Stay beautiful and continue to inspire and be inspired. ❤

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      awwwww Criss!!!! Thank you so so so much! I saw your comment a few days ago and it didn’t overwhelm me at all, it just left me smiling from ear to ear. Thank you so much huni.

  20. Christine Davis
    April 7, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    After reading i have a newfound respect for you girly.truly i am happy for you. Still and still it was about damn time! 😜 you and ya hubby seems inspire alot of people positvely with respect to relationships and finding “that” person. Though i dont support these “nowadays” relationships as most are based mainly upon sex and money. I am proud of you both and I fully support mi feminine black sista! Its good to know you two share true love and i hope you help guide your followers by sharing both your good and bad experiences. Congrats hun and i will see you around 😉😉 peace and nuff love. I will be subscribing 😘
    Christine Davis
    Mobay city rep!

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you Christine! It means the world to me that you took the time out to leave a comment. & yes I keep hearing that it was about time from everyone I know lol. I do hope I’m able to inspire my readers through this post and hope to help guide them as you’ve suggested. Thanks again lovey.

  21. Shanni
    April 7, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I am totally thrilled for you Natasha 🙂 You are starting out the right way; making sound and mature decisions to govern YOUR life. Your family looked gorgeous in white.
    It was beautiful to see that you remained true and natural on the day. I don’t think your hair ever looked more gorgeous.

    May you and Manny be blessed in every good thing.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much Shani.

  22. Andreanna
    April 7, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Congratulations again. I really enjoy seeing you winning, succeeding, being in love and accomplishing your goals. May God bless your union. You really are a beautiful person inside and out. And you’re my friend in my head lol

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much love. I’ve always appreciate the love and support you’ve shown towards me. Thank you for always being there for me and best believe I think you’re my friend too.

  23. Anmarieta Staines
    April 8, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Congrats Natasha

  24. Shelly-Ann
    April 8, 2016 / 10:37 am

    This is absolutely beautiful!! Congrats to you both. God bless you and your Union. You inspire me😍

  25. Mary Martinez
    April 8, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Congratulations to you both!!! My husband & I got married @ the Court house, this year it will be 17 years next month!!! Do what works for you both and make it work!!! Also you both look absolutely gorgeous!!!

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you Mary. WOW 17 years…CONGRATS!!! I hope I will follow in your footsteps and share a union as long as yours.

      • Mary Martinez
        April 11, 2016 / 1:28 am

        Thank you!!! Stay beautiful!!!

  26. Shelli
    April 9, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Hey Natasha your message is so inspiring I’m so glad I found it and read it…I myself is planning my wedding and all you stated are so true…or becomes stressing and over whelming…recently my father-in-law to be was taken from us tragically by gun violence and it has ripped the entire family apart and with that has also brought me to the idea of a simple court house wedding as well…however my mother in law to be is now using the planning process as an outlet to help ease her mind from all that’s really happening and everybody knowing Dad knows he would have wanted us to push forward and have as much family with us as possible to celebrate or lives and love together…however I’m still for the idea of a court house wedding…we will c lol…anyway enough about me…you look absolutely stunning and the all white theme was spectacular and there was absolutely no out shining of you…wish you all the best in your lives together…p.s.hope cola is ok 😉

    • April 10, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment Shelli. I’m so sorry for you’re tragic loss. Whether you choose to do it with all your family present or do something small, I do wish you a fabulous wedding filled with love, happiness and genuine love.

  27. Kadeen
    April 9, 2016 / 8:25 am

    You look so happy. Congrats to you both

  28. Kay D
    April 9, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    My fiance sent me this article and I am so glad he did because we are actually having a courthouse wedding ourselves this August. It was so refreshing to read another couples Journey. This has made me even more confident in the decision that we both have made to get married at the courthouse. It is so ironic especially with the fact that I’m a travel designer who enjoys helping brides and grooms with their destination wedding; and I am not having one of my own. At least not right now. I wish you both all the best and many blessings. Thanks again for sharing your story.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you for commenting, and big thanks to your fiancé for sharing this article with you. I’m so thrilled that I’ve helped you feel more confident in your decision. All the best love.

  29. Nicole
    April 9, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Congrats.beautiful.I simply congratulate you on this merry day and the way you did it.
    I would love to know where\what courthouse\county in Florida you Wed\took pics and who\what are you wearing?

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Hey Nic. Thank you love. This was at the courthouse in Pine Island, Florida. I’m currently working of 3 part series post sharing more details on our wedding. So stay tuned huni.

  30. Jhan
    April 10, 2016 / 10:42 am

    I love you so much for this post, because I can completely relate!! When I decided to get married to my now husband ( who lived in JA at the time) and Me ( in Florida) started the whole wedding planning process! I made my wedding binder cute and all completely organized, tried on dresses, picked colors, created a guest list that included people I haven’t even seen for years, you know the whole shebang! But exactly what you said my wedding started feeling like work and stressful, the biggest thing was where would we keep it because not everyone in Jamaica would be able to fly to Florida ( you know the whole Visa issue) and if I have it in Jamaica would everyone in Florida fly to Jamaica (because a trip like that is not feasible for everyone)! I found myself dreading my wedding day, ignoring the wedding planner’s phone calls and just shutting myself away from the whole thing. That’s when I knew something was wrong and this isn’t the route we should take and then we agreed on a courthouse wedding! So on the 28th day of Sept we went to the courthouse (pretty sure that same exact one 😉) with immediate family and got married and it was the best day ever! This year will be four years of marriage and I don’t regret not having the big extraordinary wedding! I did deal with a lot of negativity when we decided on the courthouse as well, things like “don’t you want your day with all eyes on you” and comments like that is what made be realize big over the top weddings are actually a joke and show for everyone attending and not really about the “getting married” part of it! I wish you and Manny all the happiness in the world, you look amazing and so happy, Congrats to you both ❤️❤️

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      I saw your beautiful comment yesterday and it completely melted my heart. It means so much to me that you not only took the time out to visit my blog and read this post but even more it means the world that you left this beautiful comment sharing a small snippet of your story. Congrats on 4 beautiful years of marriage and I wish you many more in the years to come.

  31. Raqs
    April 10, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    You guys rock!! Practical, sensible and beautiful all at once 🙂 God’s blessing on u both as u start this new chapter

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      You ROCK!!!!! Thanks love!

  32. Pat
    April 10, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Hi I don’t know you but you and your Manny are beautiful and your families are beautiful. Believe it I am a huge believer in a small intimate wedding (in Jamaica) just friends and family. I am an introvert and so is my beau. Although a date has not been set we both prefer the small wedding (not necessarily at a courthouse but maybe at a North Coast Hotel). My problem is more the stress and budget of planning for a large wedding. Also I am concerned about the meaning of the event to the two people who are involved i.e. a lifetime commitment. I admire your decision. The photos are as beautiful as every other wedding photos that I have seen and I wish you and your Manny a lifetime of love, commitment and happiness.

    • April 10, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much Pat. It means so much to me that you took the time out of your day to read this post and also leave behind such beautiful words. Thank you and I wish you all the best on your future wedding plans love.

  33. Kanedrah watson..
    April 15, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Congrats beautiful. May the lord bless UR Union.. Ur a Beautiful Bride. Hussy looking so sharpe too..

    • April 15, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      thank you hun. Hubby says major thanks too

  34. Trevinna Smith
    April 15, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    OMG!! Reading this makes me tear up! Congratulations again Natasha. I was super happy to see that you got married you looked absolutely beautiful as did your whole family. I only met you once and I was so happy I had to keep from crying you are such a nice person and emanates good vibes I wish you and Manny all the best for your marriage and your new family and thank you for sharing your wedding story with us.

    • April 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      thank you so much gorgeous!!!! The second time we meet will be filled with a mini selfie session and more good vibes.

  35. Chandra Smith
    April 16, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    This is a beautiful story thank you for sharing. Your hair and dress is so pretty. I believe this is Plantation courthouse because my husband and I got married there 3/31/16. Congratulations and I wish you much success on your union!!!

    • April 16, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you so much hun. This is actually Pine Island Courthouse. 🙂

      • Chandra Smith
        April 16, 2016 / 9:01 pm

        Right, the city is Plantation. I was very surprised by how beautiful the inside was.

        • April 18, 2016 / 11:28 am

          oh right, my bad, yes Pine Island, Plantation. I went to 2 other courthouses before someone recommended Pine Island, and I was blown away when we stepped inside.

  36. Morrine
    April 19, 2016 / 1:57 am

    Beautiful couple. You are right a big traditional wedding is not for everyone. I did the big traditional on the very same day 18 years ago just to please family, and it was OK just not my day.

    All the best for both of you. You started off on the right footing, doing what’s best for both of you. Kudos

    • April 20, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Hi Morrine, thanks a million & it’s so beautiful how we now officially share the same dates 03.28.

  37. Morrine
    April 20, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Haha true.I wish you both the same amount of happiness I have experienced for the past 18 years.

    My maternal grandparents told us that marriage is a mutual admiration society, and to treat it as such, also that arguments between us should be just that, because when you share with others and you have moved on and forgotten, they are still stuck with the past. Finally however you treat your spouse is just how others will.

    Hope my inherited wisdom helps, best wishes.

  38. jade
    April 23, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    OMG!! Congrats! I wish you a lifetime of happiness- best wishes and thank you for sharing your special day 🙂

    • April 27, 2016 / 7:08 am

      Thank you Jade. Hugs and Kisses

  39. September 27, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    I Can relate to this so much I tried to plan a wedding so many times and got anxiety, then I was like EFF this!!You looked so amazing

    • September 28, 2016 / 1:35 am

      hahahaha! EFF this man! That was my breaking point. When you start thinking ‘eff this man!’ then you know something just isn’t for you. Thank you again Lauren.

  40. October 13, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    This blog was so on point! So many clear examples of how you can loose yourself in all the hype of a BIG wedding and then how you beautifully allowed you and Manny to see through the eyes of your spirit for what was truly important. I am new to your content, but I truly adore your spirit, your brand and the hustle in you…it’s so refreshing! Blessings for life to you and yours!

    • October 13, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      Hey Khaliah! Thank you so much. I can’t express enough just how much your comment mens to me but just know reading this completely brightened up my day.

  41. October 20, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Very beautiful ceremony; Congratulations on a lifetime together 💯

  42. October 20, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Very beautiful ceremony; Congratulations on a lifetime together 💯and thanks for sharing your experience.

    • October 20, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much for the well wishes. xoxo

  43. Nia
    October 22, 2016 / 12:12 am

    These pictures are beautiful, What camera was used to take these pictures?

    • October 24, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you. A Canon Sl1 and also the SOny A6000. 🙂

  44. Gizelle
    December 14, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Absolute Love! I absolutely love this story! And pictures of course! You looked stunning! #blessedmarriage… People tend to forget it’s all about the marriage and not the wedding day.

    • December 14, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you Gizelle! I couldn’t agree more with you; we often times spend so much time focusing on a grand wedding and we end up losing sight of the marriage and the love between husband & wife.