Real Weddings – Sandra and Shawn

I love hearing proposal stories.  To me, the more tears the better, and the story of Sandra and Shawn’s proposal literally had me reaching for tissues (yes, I’m a sap). 

There’s always so much pressure on a guy to create the perfect proposal.  Whether it’s low key or over the top, I think the best thing a guy can do is take the time to make the proposal truly about them.  And that’s what Shawn did when he proposed to Sandra.  While making Valentine’s Day dinner, Shawn asked Sandra to come into the kitchen to look at the chocolate covered strawberries he arranged because they “didn’t look right”.  When Sandra came in, she saw dipped white strawberries with the letters “W-I-L-L  Y-O-U” written on them.  Sandra figured out the rest instantly, and turned to see Shawn on one knee with the ring.  (Ok, how many of you just said. “aww!”)  I love it because it’s sweet and genuine and, as Sandra said, “it was so us”.

When it came time for their wedding planning, Sandra incorporated several traditional elements but kept things modern at the same time.  Check out some of their gorgeous wedding photos and wedding details below. 

Date & Location: 09/25/10 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Hair & Makeup: Wingate Salon & Spa in Stratham, NH
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Photographer: Catharine Morris Photography in Litchfield, NH
Honeymoon: Greece
Church: Immaculate Conception in Portsmouth, NH
Reception Venue: Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, NH
DJ: Scott Langlois of Cuzin Richard’s Entertainment
Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes of Sandown, NH

Clockwise from top left:
Rings and Invitations –Bellman Jewelers (bride’s), Zales (groom’s) /Invitations: Talk, Paper, Scissors (Manchester, NH)
Wedding Gown –Allure Bridal
Bride’s Bouquet – Lyndsey Loring Design (Dover, NH)
Sandra and Shawn -Great Island Common

From left to right:
Portsmouth Country Club
Bridal Party
From left to right:
An emotional bride and groom during a song sung by a family member at the ceremony
Shawn and his brothers hit the dancefloor
To keep the party going, guests serenade the bride and groom once the DJ wraps up for the evening

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