Hi there! This story is too great not to share.

When Jamalee Jenkins and Mat Henning hired me to plan their destination wedding in Vieques, I knew it would be an amazing experience to work with them because they were absolutely hilarious from the very beginning. Not all of my brides and grooms actually go visit the destination ahead of time, but Jama and Mat had been to Vieques before so they used the pre-planning trip as an excuse for a vacation, and so we could meet in person.

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At our meeting, Mat didn’t express many opinions about what he wanted at the wedding. He was happy to go along with whatever his fiancé thought was best. But before our meeting ended, he told me that his wedding would be perfect if I could just have a shark and a monkey there. With a straight face, I added it to my notes.

Flash forward six months – Jama and Mat were married last weekend. And everything was flawless – including the surprise for the groom. When the bride and groom recessed and arrived in front of their villa for pictures, the SHARK was waiting for them!!! And although we didn’t have a guy in a monkey suit, the bartender’s name was Monkey (for real).

I just had to share this video of Mat and Jama’s grand entrance into their reception – I thought it was so much fun! And it was exactly what they wanted.

Enjoy, and happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!