Craving summer over these cold-weather months? Us too! Keep reading for many tropical vibes and warm wedding inspiration from Alecia & Jesus’ summer wedding in Orlando, FL.

We met in the school I was working at. He was your fourth and fifth-grade teacher and I was the Art teacher. It’s ironic since the first time we met, I actually didn’t want almost anything to do with him. At that point during my life, I wasn’t searching for new friendships or relationships. I felt I needed to become alone, however, the minute I allow him in, everything turned out to become better than I expected.

We had made intends to go out for lunch that night (like every other night), but I have been pretty emotional during the day. It felt like nothing was going suitable for me on that day and I wanted to stay home. He thought with all the ups and downs during the day, it might be a good idea to get free from the house and obtain some outdoors.

And it had been a good idea! We visited a restaurant at Disney Boardwalk and we had a pleasant walk around afterward. It was actually the place of our first dates, so it had been nice to revisit the region. One of the bridges around the boardwalk overlooks the France pavilion at Epcot. It has a beautiful view and we stopped as if we were to go ahead and take the sights in.

That was where he surprised me and also got down on one knee and proposed. I was so in shock that I immediately said, “Yes,” but I needed to ask him to repeat his proposal because I couldn’t wrap my head around what was happening.

Remember to choose what’s good for you. Please do not get peer pressured into obtaining a dress you’re not deeply in love with because of social networking, friends, or family. Also, don’t be afraid to become open-minded. I tried on several slim-fitted, lace wedding gowns because it was the only idea I had in my head. The dress that I was left with wasn’t even my choice. It was suggested by my consultant at stacees and turned out to become a perfect choice.

My favorite detail about my look is my pocket of mermaid wedding dress. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want pockets within their dress? Plus, it included a surprise slit in the front. So I felt like I had both sophistication and drama during my dress.

To start our special day, we flipped the script by not doing the standard walk-down-the-aisle. We had some members of our wedding party lead guests down a road to our outside ceremony space. Once there, we'd the rest of the wedding ceremony open up curtains (just like a doorway) to where they were surprised to determine that I was already standing at the altar, prepared to greet everyone instead. It was fun and intimate, which helped to calm the nerves and go ahead and take extra pressure from us.

Our reception afterward was energetic and engaging. Because it had been a brunch wedding, we were built with a mixture of breakfast foods served, together with bottomless mimosas. We closed the reception with trivia, sorbet, bubbles, and dancing. The trivia game was hilarious with questions regarding our love story, and we even had prizes for the winner of every table. We passed out sorbet to the guests as one of our wedding favors (plus, it had been a nice cool-down treat since it had been a hot day). I even reached help design the cups that included our dog, Suki who had been also a member of our wedding party.