Bride | Jocelyn Ullett
Groom | Michael Russell
Wedding gown style | Freida
Wedding date | October 27, 2012
Boutique purchased | Blush Bridal and Special Occasions, West Vancouver, British Columbia
Location | Esencia Seaside Estate, Xpu-Ha Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Photographer | Matt Adcock of Del Sol Photography, Playa del Carman, Mexico
First things first, where did you meet your husband? How did you know he was the one?
Michael and I met while working at competing investment banking firms in the oil and gas industry. Prior to dating, we would often meet for coffee or run into one another while picking up our dinner to go. When the time was right, we had a few mutual friends who thought playing match-maker would be genius. However, we had already beat them to the punch, Michael had asked me out on a date. I knew he was the one when I could not imagine my life, and my future, without him in it!
How did he propose? Tell us the story!
Michael and I were on vacation in Maui, for a few weeks, with his family. He surprised me one afternoon with a weekend gateway, just the two of us, to the neighboring island of Lana’i. Upon arrival, and after a wonderful Cliffside massage, we headed to the beach! Michael seemed rather excited on this particular afternoon, and I would soon figure out why! I will never forget the look in his eyes as he asked me to be his wife! It was the best day of my life!
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?
From a very young age, I have always been in love with the fashion world. When I think wedding gowns, the only name that comes to my mind is Vera Wang! Vera is synonymous with taking wedding gowns to an entirely new level. I love the style, flare and couture nature of Vera’s work! I could not have imagined wearing anyone else on my wedding day! From the moment I tried Freida on, I knew she was perfect!
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?
When it came to accessorizing for the big day, I wanted to make sure that the accessories spoke to my life motto of “living fabulously!” I went with a style true to my personality, without taking away from Freida. My favorite color is red, thus it was imperative that I incorporate that into my accessories for the day. I wore red lipstick, had a red manicure and topped it off with red patent pumps. My husband, Michael, in true form, wore not only a red tie, but solid red socks to match! To add a bit of flare and modernize the look, I opted to wear two strands of Tahitian Black Pearls.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
The main inspiration behind the theme of our wedding was sophistication and elegance. I kept all the colors neutral to blend in with what is the most spectacular venue.
Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how?
On my gift registry, for the formal flatware, I selected Vera Wang Wedgewood, in the pattern “Lace”.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
Yes, of course, I stayed true to the Old English wedding rhyme! Why stray from tradition? My something old was a beautiful Opal ring my Father gave my Mother on their wedding day 37 years ago. My Mother has since given it to me! My something new was my stunning wedding ring and gorgeous Vera Wang gown! My something borrowed was my Mother’s strand of Tahitian Black Pearls and dress watch. One might think it is odd for a bride to wear a watch on her wedding day, but staying in true form to my family, who has a real soft spot for watches, the day would not have been complete without it. My something blue was what was worn beneath my beautiful Freida!
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
First things first, the number one tip I can give to new brides in selecting their wedding dress is to have fun in the process! This is such a special time in your life and the time spent selecting your gown will be a memory you will have for a lifetime! Be sure to bring your family and close friends along for the ride! It is sure to make it an amazing experience!! Secondly, select a dress that you know you will have fun in on the day of your wedding! You want to be comfortable in your dress so that you can have the time of your life at your wedding! This is your fairy tale ending, be sure you feel like a princess when you are wearing your gown! Trust me, when you find it, you will know! Always go with what your heart says; if you have always dreamed of wearing a ball gown, be sure you do!
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
Wow, what a question! It is really hard to narrow down my favorite part of my wedding day! The entire weekend was more than I ever could have dreamed of! I could do it over every single year. However, I would have to say, the best part was right after Michael and I said our wedding vows to one another, it was official, we were Mr. and Mrs., dreams really do come true!