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Corley & Ben | Dominican Republic Destination Elopement


Blush & Rose Gold Dominican Republic Destination Elopement

Corley & Ben’s destination elopement to the Dominican Republic was absolutely perfect and overflowing with love!  First of all, Corley is an amazing wedding and event producer for her own company, Spell Events.  They are the greatest dynamic duo!  Corley’s attention to detail and meticulous planning skills combined with Ben’s musical talents and ability to build anything Corley dreams up make them an unstoppable company! Corley knows exactly how to plan and produce the perfect event for all of her clients so I knew her wedding was going to be one for the books, but she really outdid herself!  All of her gorgeous BHLDN details had me swooning from the start, but once I really got to see her love with Ben, I knew that was the best part of all.

Like all of our sweet #cottoncouples, these two are so madly in love but, believe it or not, they hadn’t been dating long before they tied knot.  Corley and I were friends before Ben came along and swept her off her feet, so I was a little surprised to hear how quickly these two were running off with each other! : ) All it takes is about 10 minutes with these two to realize that they are truly soulmates.  It’s like they’ve known each other their whole lives and I honestly can’t imagine them without the other.  They are both such sweet, old souls and when you see them together, the way he treats her, the way she looks at him, the way they laugh together, you can just tell they are best friends in love.

Since it was just the four of us for 4 days in this beautiful place, Kellan and I instantly became lifelong friends with this amazing couple!!  They’re just so full of grace and goodness!  You don’t really realize how intimate an elopement can be until you are the one there documenting the whole thing.  Their families were waiting patiently at home and we know what we were creating was the only tangible thing that they would have to show their friends and families.  What a gift that was to us!

Since this was such a small and private elopement, we decided to take this opportunity to do our very first wedding film for them!  Kellan used to do film making in high school and college so we went for it! You can see their sweet wedding film here and at the end of this post!   Corley & Ben, can we go back and do it all over again? Take us back! #Cottonlovesdestinations!

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Here is their sweet wedding film!

Corley and Ben, you know we love you guys to pieces!  Your love is going to do such amazing things and we can’t wait to see what life brings y’all!


Michelle & Kellan

Amazing Vendors

Venue & Florals: Hard Rock Punta Cana | Dress: BHLDN | Veil: Ieiebridal Etsy Shop | Suit:  Zara | Tie: Tie Bar


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  1. Charlie

    November 18th, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This is an inspiring set of photographs. So much love and happiness. Beautiful as always!

  2. Michelle

    November 29th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks so much, Charlie! That’s so sweet! We’re so glad you enjoyed them. They are such a sweet couple!

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