Where do I even begin. It’s obvious to anyone who’s ever taken even a short glance at Wendy & Sean that they are soulmates – or whatever word you want to use to describe two people who complete each other so perfectly and love each other so deeply, that your eyes well up with tears of joy and gratitude.
They met at work and the innocent flirting started pretty well right away. At the time, a group of co-workers were playing pranks on each others’ cars and Sean dared to leave a ‘ticket’ on her car for being ‘not such a great driver.’ Naturally, Wendy decided to flirt back … by asking him to come over to her apartment and help her bake for a baking contest at work. Booya! Nice moves, Wendy! Would you be surprised if I told you they didn’t do much baking that night?
Wendy: ‘I had butterflies the night before our first date. I was so smitten with Sean and really hoped he liked me as much as I liked him. Confession: the day he showed up to help me bake, we talked for hours, had snow crab legs and curly fries, went out for snowballs and watched a movie – only 30 minutes of that evening was actually spent baking brownies out of a box for the contest, hence no blue ribbon to show for it. However, I ended up with the best prize, Sean!’
They managed to keep their relationship a total secret from everyone at work for 7 months, only keeping in constant contact on BlackBerry Messenger, which was their lifeline. So romantic!
Here’s their gorgeous Punta Cana, Dominican Republic wedding at the gem off-resort Kukua Restaurant, run by the wonderful Bego. Enjoy!
Top three things Sean loves about Wendy: ‘She is a nurturer. Also, I love her ability to interpret people and their emotions, intentions, and feelings so easily. She picks up on things well before other people do. Last but not least, I love her spirit for what is important in life: she is light-hearted and fun but also shows serious dedication to what matters to her most, like completing nursing school and her relationships.’
The fabulous Bego, standing by the labour of her love…
Top three things Wendy loves about Sean: ‘I love Sean’s heart. He wouldn’t hurt a fly… (well maybe a fly, but nothing else). He has this innocent and humble heart that makes me want to be more like him. He always focuses on the positive aspects of every situation and cares so much about people. I also love his sense of adventure. He taught me to ride a bike, to love the ocean, to take risks, and he was even *almost* successful in teaching me to drive a stick shift!’ Oh, and to me, he’s the most beautiful man in the world. I never get tired of staring at him. He still gives me butterflies, even 5 years later…’
Ideal day together according to Sean: ‘We’re having a blast, most likely traveling somewhere warm and trying something new. It doesn’t have to mean adrenaline-pumping activity (but it might). Or it might just be sitting watching the sunset. Ideally, we are enjoying great food as well. The point is, that we are together, enjoying the moment, living youthfully.’
Ideal day together according to Wendy: ‘A sunny day playing in the ocean, followed by a delicious meal, (we are true foodies) and lots of cuddling. Ahhh, what a perfect day.’
Wendy & Sean didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but were excited to share a few moments ‘alone’ together before the ceremony… I ran around frantically, trying to conceptualize the perfect shot of their ‘First Touch’ – until Bego, bless her heart, pulled out this genius ‘divider’ wall. It was perfect. And so special, we were all in tears.
Sean, on the proposal:
‘It happened while on a trip to the Outer Banks, NC. I purchased the ring months before and had kept it a secret from Wendy the whole time. I had a plan to propose by the ocean at the Hatteras Island Cape Point. This plan was almost spoiled by sea turtles! When we purchased an off-road pass to drive to this area on the beach, the National Park Service informed us that this area was closed to vehicles due to turtle nests, but it was still accessible by a 3/4 mile shoreline walk. I wanted to propose at this spot, so I had to figure out how to make it work.
Forgetting about how I would actually get Wendy to the beach so early in the morning (sunrise), I moved forward with the rest of the plan, which included gluing letters made of wood, which spelled ‘marry me,’ to a shell. The nice lady at the campground store did not sell any large conch shells, but said she could bring one in from her garage which she collected during the last hurricane. The next day I picked up the shell from her and sneakily spent a very long time “taking a shower” that night – working on the shell. Wendy agreed to wake up very early the next morning to go watch the sunrise at the point. As we walked towards the spot, I continued to add shells to my backpack so Wendy wouldn’t become suspicious. We collected shells and took pictures along the way, and when we reached the point, I strayed off from her while she took pictures. During this time, I took THE shell out and held it under the waves, calling Wendy to come look at what I’d supposedly ‘find.’ As she got closer, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She freaked out! We enjoyed our time on the beach and began making our way back, forgetting only to stay along the shoreline as to not disturb the sea turtles. At about this time, a law enforcement officer showed up and pointed out our missteps: 1. driving on the beach before the time allowed, and 2. walking on off-limit parts of the beach. He took our IDs and went back into his truck. Wendy flashed the new ring and the ‘marry me’ shell to the officer and said ‘We just got engaged!’After some time he returned with: ‘Well, between the two violations, you’ve racked up over $700 in fines, but because you just bought that ring, I’m sure you don’t have any more money left, so … just have a nice day and be more careful.’ We left the beach and enjoyed the rest of our day without breaking any more laws!!’
Our dear Lacy Bear behind the scenes!!
Wendy’s nickname for Sean: ‘HFL (husband for life). I think this came from some reality tv show…’
Sean’s nickname for Wendy: ‘I sometimes call her Wen for short, or .. I guess she’s my WFL (wife for life).’
Most romantic memories together according to Sean:
‘… We have a tradition of writing notes on dinner receipts at restaurants. We probably have hundreds by now.
… Our beach engagement for sure.
… The first date at her apartment and the first kiss on her couch.
… When we’re laying around, she sings songs in a delicate voice – ‘you are my sunshine’ and one she made up called ‘heart strings.’‘
Most romantic memory together according to Wendy: ‘The first time we said ‘I love you.’ I felt it for several months but wanted him to say it first. We were sitting in his truck in a parking lot of a restaurant after a yummy dinner. He finally said it. My life was complete!’
Sean: ‘My life is so great with Wendy. She is my better half and we really complement each other. She pushes me in areas where I need it, and I think I do the same for her. We are a great team. With Wendy by my side, my life is different because I know that I have a life-long partner to tackle all of life’s challenges with and to celebrate all of life’s prizes with. That is huge.’
Wendy: ‘I love that I can literally feel that he loves me. He shows me how much, every day.’
Sean: ‘I really appreciate that Wendy is there for me 100% and that she always wants to be with me all the time. She really takes great care of me too. Also, she makes the best breakfast burritos on earth.’
Wendy: ‘After I met Sean, for the first time, I felt I would be happy living the rest of my life in its current state. I am happy, satisfied and in love with our life together. It’s fun and exciting, yet simple. My favourite part of the day is coming home to him.’
Wendy’s favorite things to find in the fridge: ‘Blackberries and sweet wine.’
Sean’s favourite things to find in the fridge: ‘Pizza!!! And anything she has made leftover… chicken parm, pot pie, steaks, shish-kabobs, smothered pork chops, jerk chicken, burgers.’
Sean: ‘If Wendy had magical powers, she would be able to stop time. She doesn’t like to go to sleep at night because that means one more day has gone. Not that is has passed by (as in wasted), but she is just very aware of the immense value of our time.’
What did you love most about your wedding?
‘We loved that it was so different from the traditional wedding. It was all about fun and love, and our friends and loved ones were all on a beautiful Island, thousands of miles away from home, supporting us and cheering us on as we tied the knot.’
Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?
‘We have zero regrets. It was hands down the best wedding we have ever been to. We spent a year planning our wedding, down to every little detail, but in the end all we remember is that we had a blast and everyone was happy.’Most memorable moments from the Wedding?
Wendy: ‘Walking down the aisle to Sean. I was filled with happiness, excitement and out-of-control butterflies. I couldn’t wait to see him, marry him and show him my dress.’
Sean: ‘Seeing Wendy come out in her dress left me in awe, but standing at the beach gazebo together during the ceremony was very special for me as well. Wendy and I held hands while her brother delivered a heartfelt ceremony – I couldn’t fight the tears and felt elated the whole time!’
Seandy: ‘The First Touch was so awesome. We got a chance to hold hands and talk without seeing each other before the ceremony. It was pretty darn special. A moment we’ll cherish forever.
Also, my big and tough Army Ranger brother, Kwame got all emo as he officiated our wedding. Love love love!’
On Melia Resort:
‘The Melia Punta Cana was a great resort for our group. It’s very large, but beautiful. The grounds are very clean and well kept. The food and drinks were pretty good and the pool bars became a daily ritual.’
On Kukua & vendors:
‘Kukua Beach is breathtaking! It has a unique design and holds lots of character. The view of the ocean is absolutely gorgeous there. We loved that it was private and had an intimate feel. The beauty of having a destination wedding is not having to worry about finding vendors on your own. Bego is the awesome wedding coordinator at Kukua. I sent her my vision with lots of pictures and she delivered. We had a meeting and tasting with her a few days before the wedding. It literally lasted all day. We had a great time discussing our ideas and seeing them come to life. Everything turned out amazing.
I had my hair and makeup done by the spa at Melia. I was happy with the results.
We loved our MC Raul. He was a lot of fun and such a nice guy. He kept the party going. Katya Nova, Rob and Lacy are beyond photographers. They are incredible people with such positive energy. They were obviously very passionate about photography, love, and life in general. Our guests loved them, and so did we.’Advice for future Brides?
‘If your reason for having a destination wedding is so you can take it easy and have fun, then keep that in perspective and don’t stress. Enjoy the planning process because you’ll probably miss it after it’s all over. Focus on the positive, and it will feel like the best day of your life.’
Dearest Wendy & Sean – we loved every moment with you! You know we’re not just saying that too — the beautiful tears and hugs we shared were absolutely magical. Wishing you all the love, joy, and bliss of connectedness that you deserve… You two are incredible. LOVE, K+R.
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