Donna and EJ opted for a simple, traditional wedding with a modern flair. The blush and nude palette gave the occasion a warm and welcoming feel, while the couple's DIY projects made everything more personal.
Donna first met EJ when she went to the United States on vacation, and was introduced to him by her mom's friend. It turned out that both their families knew each other, and their families' bond allowed Donna and EJ to become friends.
Later on, romance took its course, and Donna and EJ developed a long-distance relationship that lasted for two years. During that time, the two made sure to always keep in touch by seeing each other every six months.
On one of Donna's visits to EJ, he asked her out on a simple dinner date. The date became even more special on the way home, as EJ proposed in the car, and Donna happily said yes.
Donna and EJ envisioned a simple and modern wedding. One of their goals was to stick to their budget, so Donna came up with the idea of making the missalettes, and thank-you labels for their souvenirs. Their loved ones also extended their help to the couple. For their reception at Villa Irene, Donna's aunt, the owner of Holland Blooms, offered to provide the flowers. The couple was very pleased with the floral arrangements, as they turned out to be unique.
The couple also added personal touches to their reception program. For their first dance, the couple chose Train's Marry Me to be played because "It melts our hearts every time we hear that song," Donna says. EJ also received a special surprise from Donna and her cousins, who performed to the tune of Grateful by Julianne.
Donna and EJ were determined to have their dream wedding, but the bride says that they didn't let all the planning get in the way of their enjoyment. She shares, "It's never too soon to start planning. Try to start with the simplest detail that you can do, just to avoid cramming. It's nice to relax one to two weeks before the wedding."