MARINE COUPLE CELEBRATES WITH SIMPLE YET ELEGANT CEREMONY
PHOTOS BY GINNY LOPEZ PHOTOGRAPHY / WEDDING PLANNED BY BETH BALDWIN WEDDINGS
When Cara Huntley and Junior Novas tied the knot Nov. 25 at the Belfair Clubhouse, they knew they wanted it to be an elegant event — and as stress-free as possible. After all, the Marine couple had enough stress in their lives: They met online in 2010 thanks to the help of mutual friends, and even though sparks flew, there were obstacles to overcome — like the literal oceans between them.
“He was in Afghanistan recovering from injuries,” Cara said. “We started chatting online, and in the fall of 2010 he flew to Brazil and we met there.”
It was that grand gesture that made Cara realize Junior was the one.
It was important for the couple to incorporate both American and Dominican Republic culture into the big day in honor of their families. The ceremony was traditionally American, but the announcements and music were in both English and Spanish. The couple also hired DJ Hector of North Carolina to keep the reception party going by playing American and Spanish music.
“We knew we wanted our song to be for a specific Dominican Republic dance,” Cara said of her first dance, set to Spanish singer Luis Fonsi’s romantic hit song “Llegaste Tú.” But for the father-daughter dance, her dad went all-American: Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This For Long.”
CARA CHOSE A CAPSLEEVE GOWN WITH INTRICATE LACE AND BEADWORK AND AN OPEN BACK.
For her dress, Cara went with a cap-sleeve gown with intricate lace and beadwork and an open back. To keep things easy for her bridesmaids, she chose a color and then let her friends pick their own dresses in that shade. Hair and makeup were kept soft and romantic thanks to Bride’s Side Beauty.
It took the groom and groomsmen a little longer to decide on their outfits.
“My aunt is the owner of A Floral Affair, so she gets all the tuxes and wholesale cost from Tuxedo Central,” Cara said. Her mother and Junior went through all the tuxedo options before settling on elegant gray suits.
Cara’s aunt, Dawn Kiritsy, also put her green thumb to good use. Cara wanted a romantic, elegant and understated color palette, so Kiritsy crafted beautiful floral arrangements from A Floral Affair. She also created Cara’s bouquet of peonies, roses and eucalyptus.
In keeping with her simple yet elegant theme, Cara went with the “naked” cake, inspired by Pinterest. The trendy design is an alternative to the traditional towering white cake, with layers of icing sandwiched between layers of cake but no icing on the outer edges.
The evening wouldn’t have been the same without their family and friends, Cara said, including their Marine families.
IN KEEPING WITH HER SIMPLE YET ELEGANT THEME, CARA WENT WITH A “NAKED” CAKE, INSPIRED BY PINTEREST.
“This was the first and only time we had everyone together — some of Junior’s and my marine buddies,” Cara said.
After a romantic ceremony and a night on the dance floor, the family and friends had a short walk back to the cottages that were rented for them on the property. It’s a day the couple will never forget.
“Let it be a fun process,” Cara said. “I wish I knew how fast everything goes by — all the little details people stress about don’t mean that much. Enjoy the moment. I miss our wedding more than the honeymoon. I would do the wedding 10 times over.”