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A few months back, Bryan and I were invited by Katie from Ever After Honeymoons to experience Four Seasons Bora Bora and all it has to offer! So along we went with some of our dearest friends–who luckily happen to be some of the best in the wedding industry–Jose Villa, Joel Serrato, and Cortnie Purdy (of The Venue Report). Because we all came with our significant others, we were able to experience the resort as honeymooners, but because we came as a crazy fun group, we also had a taste of what it might be like to host a mini destination wedding here! All of which was out of this world! So are you ready for a few images by Jose Villa, a film by Joel Serrato, and a retelling of our trip? Because it’s comin’ at ya!

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The minute you arrive in Bora Bora, you understand that all the photos and everything you heard about the water just does not do it justice. I can’t begin to describe the beauty! Bora Bora is on of the few places in the world where over-water bungalows are viable, so it naturally feels like a dream walking out to your room over water!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

While at the resort, we had a chance to try out several of their excursions. We loved that Four Seasons had so much to do–a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure! With several restaurants and pool/beach areas, there’s always more to discover! We had a chance to take a jet ski tour around the island and it is something I’ll never forget. At one point, we stopped in the middle of the ocean, jumped off our jet skis, and were standing waist deep in crystal clear aquamarine water. Did I mention that we were standing…in the middle of the ocean? Totally surreal!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

While we were on site, we recruited a couple (that had decided to get married AND honeymoon at the resort–kind of the perfect place to do just that sort of thing) to do a mini photography session, because you needed to see just how dang romantic this place is!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Did I mention the pool, the beach, the private kayak rides to the mini-island, and the service that comes with all of this? We were so well fed, you had to roll us back to the airport! One of the days, while enjoying this view, we were pulled away to enjoy a couple’s massage, which was absolute perfection and one of the only reasons it’s worth leaving this view.

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

The view from our private bungalows (with a sunken tub that opened out to your private deck) was pretty unbelievable. Sunsets? Magical. In room service? Felt like a 5 start restaurant. Indoor living room, outdoor dining room,

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Even the arrival to Four Seasons is next level. A boat picks you up from the airport and escorts you to the resort, where you are greeted with fresh juice smoothies. Golf carts escort you to your room, where your bags have magically arrived alongside treats that seem to magically appear throughout the trip, like fresh juices served in coconuts, fruit trays, chocolate assortments, flower petal turn down! Oh my! The surprises never seem to end!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

We also got to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Four Seasons whisked us away on a speed boat with the greatest tour guide of all time (ukelele serenades came as a bonus!) to snorkel with fish and eels, then to swim with sting rays (scary but incredible) and then of course to dive with sharks. Literally–an absolute life changing experience! Oh and then of course lunch on a private island with picnic tables in the water–totally normal, right?

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

All in all, what we loved most about Four Seasons Bora Bora is the versatility. You can enjoy the resort with friends as much as you can with just your spouse. Want to get married? No problem–you can elope and keep it intimate, or invite a big group of friends (and we know this because we got to experience what Four Seasons actually does for a wedding reception–complete with decor, candles, live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a four course meal by an award winning chef). Planning a honeymoon or anniversary? If you want adventure–they can deliver. If you want privacy–no problem! Romance? Need you ask? Private dinners, massages, candlelit dinner on your private balcony over the water? Yep, that too. Four Seasons specializes in saying yes and making your requests possible.

Of course, we couldn’t share all the images, without adding a gorgeous video by Joel Serrato.

We can’t thank our gracious hosts at the Four Seasons Bora Bora enough for letting us experience their piece of paradise. We’ve been so excited to share this all with you! And if you are interested in booking a trip, email Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons who can plan it all for you!

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Roanna and Rob and a super gorgeous couple that have Facebook to thank for their reconnection! Roanna shared their modern lover story with us below and we couldn’t help but feel totally smitten–especially because their engagement images are so insanely gorgeous, thanks to Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her.

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Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

How Rob and I met:

Rob and I met 10 years prior to being engaged. We were in high school and knew mutual acquaintances. Fast-forward 4 years later, Rob found me on Facebook and eventually had the guts to message me. We basically caught up with each others’ life stories and he visited me at work and we have been inseparable ever since. From that day when we saw each other again after many years, we just could not get enough of each other.

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

The Engagement:

Rob and I were born four days apart and because we love to travel, we usually go on vacations for our birthdays. This particular time around we went on a cruise. The moment happened at Turks and Caicos where Rob chartered a private boat. I hate swimming, I am not very good at it, so when he told me he chartered a boat and we were going to go snorkeling, I was having a slight panic attack. As I saw Rob in the water waiting for me what other choice did I have but to jump in? After snorkeling we went to Gibbs Cay where we could get up close and encounter stingrays! Overall we survived both parts of the private excursion. On the same island where the stingrays were, he took me for a walk to the other side of the island where he began nervously telling me the reasons I’ve made his life that much better. As I saw him kicking the sand, I knew what he was trying to do; I have never seen him this nervous around me before. He finally grabbed my hand then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, where of course I said YES! We then had a private picnic on the beach toasting to our future.

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Vendor: Photography: Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her

Cathy and Josiah were a ten year high school reunion set up! What a crazy story! They attended high school together, but it wasn’t until they were reunited after a decade that the pair found their match in each other! Very special thanks to Berrett Photography for sharing this couple’s gorgeous engagement images!

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How they met (in the words of Josiah, the groom-to-be):

It all started about two summers ago when I decided to go to my ten year high school reunion from North Crowley. My friends were talking about my singleness–I wasn’t married or even dating. I had heard that enough before so it didn’t really bother me but before I knew it, they were plotting and scheming about some girl we all went to high school with that was a year younger than me. How they could get her and I to meet? Her name was Cathy. I am always extremely cautious of these kinds of things so I put her thru my usual filter and started asking my friend questions. “Now, is this girl legit? I mean does she love Jesus? I mean doe she really love Jesus, NOT just some cultural, ya I believe in Jesus and go to church kind of thing?” As she started to tell me more about how Cathy was the “REAL DEAL” the more I wanted to get to know her. Then they showed me a picture of her on Facebook. Although her name and face really didn’t ring a bell, there was one thing I did know, “I wanted to get to KNOW HER!” A matter of fact, “I HAVE to get to know her!” I mean come on…how many times do you hear of a beautiful girl that also loves Jesus and wants His will for her life…NOW that’s a game changer my friend.

I contacted her and we set up a time to meet for the first time at her parent’s house. Pulling up to her house that night and walking up the steps to her front door was the start of our last two years of getting to know each other and dating.

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Their engagement story:

We left the day after Christmas with some friends for a ski trip in Red River, New Mexico. We both always wanted to get engaged on the beach, but because it was winter there was no beach trip in sight, so I figured the next best thing would be in the mountains.

We made it to the top of the mountain…10,000 foot aerial view of God’s beautiful creation all around us, sunshine, blue sky, a few spotty cotton ball clouds, the smell of pine trees, cool, crisp wind and a couple hot turkey wraps on a cedar table outside on the deck made for the best picnic yet together. As we were coming down the mountain and right before we crossed back over the frozen creek I said, “Hey, Cathy you know what the Bible says about he who finds a wife? It says in Proverbs 18:22 that ‘He who finds a wife, finds a GOOD Thing.’” Just as we crossed over the creek there in rocks read “MARRY ME.” Before I got on the knee I read thru the “Godly Characteristics Of A Woman” we see in Proverbs 31. I told Cathy that even though it was the physical attraction that might have initially drew us to each other, it will be the spiritual attraction that will sustain us for the rest of our lives in marriage and let me tell ya, “that my friends is SEXY. Her sweet and gentle spirit for Jesus and people challenges me daily!

I got on my knee and asked Cathy Elizabeth Gautier to marry me. She said YES, we KISSED, and fireworks lit up the sky as if it was the 4th of July. It was a day we will never forget!

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Wedding Blog Cathy and Josiahs Engagement

Vendor: Photography: Berrett Photography

Rebecca and Leighton scream cute! Their first meeting was at the age of ten, at which point teasing was their means of interaction. It was until college though, that friendship eventually turned into romance. We’re absolute suckers for this story, because it seems Leighton never really got over his grade school crush on Rebecca–and just like in the movies, he finally got his girl. Read the rest of Rebecca’s story, alongside their gorgeous images shot by Danielle Poff Photography.

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Wedding Blog Rebecca and Leightons Springtime Engagement

Wedding Blog Rebecca and Leightons Springtime Engagement

From the bride to be Rebecca:
Leighton and I met for the first time when we were about ten years old. We teased each other most of the time and drove each other a little crazy. Later we ended up in the same junior high and high school youth group. This was when Leighton first started to pursue me. He wrote me many love notes, gave me little gifts and flowers, and always let me know how important I was to him. Although I did not have romantic feeling for him at the time, we developed a strong friendship and I always appreciated his kind, sincere heart. As Leighton was dealing with the emotions of his mom battling cancer, he often confided in me and we grew even closer. After high school I came to Cal Poly here in San Luis Obispo. When I returned home for the summer after my freshman year Leighton and I began to hang out even more than we had before. I began to see him in a different light as he had matured from a young skateboarding boy to a working man. At the end of the summer he told me that he still had feelings for me. I told him the timing wasn’t right, but I was starting to see that we would be a great couple. When I returned to school we began talking more and more, but wasn’t until I returned home for that year Christmas that we officially started dating. Another year and a half of dating went by before Leighton moved down here to be with me.

Leighton, being the romantic that he is, was very eager to ask me to be his wife. Before moving down, he had already asked my dad’s permission to marry me. Being a longtime family friend, of course my dad said yes. In the first year Leighton was in San Luis Obispo with me, he had tried to plan about three different proposals. But every time he would get so excited that he would give away the surprise. The actual proposal was on a trip to Santa Cruz last July. We drove up and spent most of the day hiking. Later we went and ate dinner at a restaurant on the beach. After we went on a walk out to a lighthouse where Leighton got on one knee and asked me to be his wife! I said, yes, of course! We have been engaged for 11 months now and literally cannot wait until our September wedding.

Wedding Blog Rebecca and Leightons Springtime Engagement

Wedding Blog Rebecca and Leightons Springtime Engagement

Wedding Blog Rebecca and Leightons Springtime Engagement

Vendors: Photography: Danielle Poff Photography // Hair: Bluebird Salon

We’re wishing all of you, and especially all of our veterans and service members, a very happy Independence Day. Today, thanks to Timepiece Studio, we’re bringing you a darling engagement session that reminds us to keep having FUN in our relationships!

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Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Blog Happy Fourth of July!