Written by Katie Stevenson, Photography by Two & Quarter.
While many brides have been dreamily planning their wedding for years, ever hopeful for a romantic proposal featuring rose petals and champagne, Natalie VandenHeuvel was more than thrilled when her future husband simply turned to her while sitting on the couch one day and asked, “So, do you want to get married?”. The two met on a plane en route to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Natalie was heading there to teach a yoga workshop, and Jonathon was embarking on a fishing trip with three of his best friends. According to Natalie, Jonathon talked her ear off the entire flight, then flooded her Facebook inbox with messages, and three days later left her swooning after their first dinner date in Old Town Vallarta.
The pair married in December 2015, and celebrated their union with twenty of their closest friends and family. Natalie and Jonathon decided the theme of their wedding – unlike most – would be “low-key, no stress, and all fun!”. On the morning of December 18th, the duo set off to the Registry Office in Hamilton. Natalie walked in wearing an embellished scoop-neck wedding gown, and of course received what all brides hope for: a sweet smile of endearment from her groom. After the ceremony, the bride and groom spent the afternoon with their wedding party enjoying champagne at Admiralty House Park and snapping photos. To finish off the day’s festivities, the group headed over to a crowd-favorite sushi dinner at Beluga Bar.
For bride-to-be’s also hoping for a laid-back but special wedding, Natalie’s one tip is to “Let him pick something, even if you disapprove.” She claims that by having your groom involved, the process is smoother, and when it’s all said and done, he will be able to look back at that one detail he “nailed” and feel proud. And finally, she says to just enjoy it! “It is the fastest, happiest and most ethereal day of your life.”