Bride: Lisa Carnemolla
Groom: Thomas Comerford
Wedding Shirt Style: Guayabera Jack
Wedding Date: March 26, 2011
Wedding Location: Rincon, Puerto Rico
How did you guys meet? How did you know it was meant to be?
We met through work, while I was traveling onsite to a client meeting. Tom was one of the corporate entertainers my client had hired, and I was responsible for ‘minding’ the entertainers while they were onsite. It was instant chemistry, really. The first night we met, we talked and talked and talked all night over dinner and drinks.
How did he propose?
He proposed very quietly in our favorite french restaurant, where we had our first date. It was perfect.
What was the inspiration or theme of your wedding? How did you decide on casual vs traditional?
Our inspiration was nature and the ocean. We knew we wanted to have a fun party that was relaxed where everyone could enjoy themselves without having to be stuffy.
What was your color palette? How did you choose it? How did you incorporate it in the wedding design and attire?
Cream, beige, the colors of the sea (greens, blues) and a pop of yellow for sunny contrast. The colors just seemed right for the atmosphere. Though I love many colors, pink and purple especially, I just could not imagine a color that wasn’t found in this natural landscape being a part of the decor. My dress was cream with a ivory/yellow undertone, the groom wore cream and beige, as did our two groom attendants and best man. I had the two bride attendant’s dresses custom made by a wonderful children’s clothes designer on Etsy.com, who helped me pick out patterns that worked with our seaside inspiration. She had a lovely sundress design that I loved. (I actually used ETSY for a lot- our seashell ring ‘pillow’, custom jewelry, our paper decor and signage too.) Our florist used natural baskets with white and yellow flowers and local grasses/leaves for the tables and our favors were clay seashell magnets (made by a local Rincon clay artisan) in a drawstring bag. The children attending the wedding helped to collect seashells and lots of seaglass to add to the bags, so that everyone left with a little piece of the beach.
How did you decide on having the guys wear guayaberas? And what made you decide on Debra Torres?
We knew we wanted casual, but still dressy. I had seen guayaberas done at other tropical weddings, but they just weren’t quite dressy enough for our idea. I did a lot of web surfing and could not find anything that fit what I had in my head. When I finally came across Debra, I KNEW I had found the perfect combo, since she can make a custom shirt and would also custom fit and it would be something to keep/wear forever.
Who designed your dress? How did you know it was the one?
For the life of me I could NOT find a dress off the rack that spoke to me AND felt right for our atmosphere. There are many lovely ‘beachy’ wedding dresses, but none of them were ‘Me’. I also have a love for vintage, and there was nothing vintage in existence that would suit the environment either. Finally, I hooked up with a wedding dress designer named Lannette on ETSY. She was a dream come true. Even though she is on the west coast and I’m in NYC, we worked together via email and phone to come up with the perfect dress. I sent her lots of pictures of things I liked and she got a great sense of my style and was able to incorporate the types of materials I wanted (cotton eyelet, silk organza and pearls- don’t really seem to go together do they?! But the result was amazing) The custom fit was a great added bonus.
Describe your wedding in three words:
relaxed fun party
What was the most memorable part of the wedding?
There were many memorable moments, of course. But two stand out… First, the fact that my matron of honor was able to stand up and give a toast, when she has terrible fear of being in front of an audience was touching to me. She worked REALLY hard to overcome her fear and gave a great toast. I didn’t expect her to do it! Second, we had a surprise appearance by a migrating humpback whale just offshore when everyone was seated (facing the ocean, of course)! He stole the spotlight, but luckily it wasn’t in the middle of the ceremony! Everybody still talks about how incredible it was to see that whale pay a visit to our wedding.
What was the craziest moment of the wedding?
Hmmm… mojitos, cigars and salsa. Need I say more? I think there is actually a photo somewhere out there of ME smoking a cigar! lol.
Who was your photographer? Any fun stories behind the photos?
Jessie Ayala-of Jesart Photography in Puerto Rico. Oh! What a wonderful photographer and a sweetheart. That man knows how to capture a landscape and a sunset! Wow. He was such a cutie too, all the single girls were trying to get him to stay for the party
What was the best advice you received for your wedding day?
The little details don’t matter, let them go so you can be present. (Besides nobody likes a bridezilla!)
What words of wisdom do you have for other couples planning their casual wedding?
The only truly important thing from wedding tradition really is exchanging your vows! Everything else is open to interpretation, so don’t be afraid to do what you want and make your wedding feel comfortable to you and your soon to be spouse. For destination weddings: Remember your guest’s comfort first. Be sure to have refreshments if it’s hot out and make sure you have cover in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
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