Four Seasons Destination Wedding in Nevis

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Sarah and Nate said I do at a small church on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean before celebrating with friends and loved ones at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Nevis.  But let’s back up a minute and first take a look at how these lovebirds met – in a very unusual way, back when it all began!  Sarah shared with us their love story.

 “Nate and I met on twitter. Our initial exchange debated the merits (laziness) of using the valet at the gym. Nate didn’t see the wisdom of using the valet, but I did. From there it was more weighty debates like how Khloe Kardashian affects Lamar Odom’s play, why anyone would want to be a Montreal Canadien’s fan and how many chicken wings Nate should eat that night. The rest was history!”  True love can be found on twitter!  So great!

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So how did this happy couple land on the small Caribbean island of Nevis for their big day?  “We knew we wanted a destination wedding, but not the typical destination wedding places, somewhere unique and different. It was while in Nevis for the baptism of my goddaughter that the idea was put in motion. We loved the Four Seasons and the attention and care they provide their guests and felt that Nevis would offer our guests a unique experience; an idyllic, unsullied and often unheard of Caribbean island.”

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“To set the mood, the invites were brightly colored and margarita-scented. The RSVP cards were created with special attention to the geographically challenged destination and for our Caribbean friends. We included a photo Welcome booklet in a welcome bag for our guests designed from Minted, as well as Sea Turtle adoption certificates from Sea Turtle Conservancy, Nevis Group. We wanted to give back to the island, so on behalf of our wedding, we adopted two Hawksbill Sea Turtles – Caribelle and Banjo.” 

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The inspiration for the day came from the remoteness of Nevis – the theme was The Great Gatsby entertaining pirates. We wanted guests in black tie and gowns celebrating on this tiny secluded island, dancing on a wooden deck, under the stars.” 

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“Pedro from the Four Seasons understood the theme perfectly and suggested their restaurant Mango.” 

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“To lessen the formality and add a Caribbean laid back vibe, the escort cards had everyone’s nicknames instead of their proper names. One can’t think of pirates sailing around the Caribbean without thinking of rum. We included a Tiki Rum Hut with rums from all over the Caribbean. Guests were invited to rum tastings and to create custom rum cocktails.”

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“We wanted an authentic nautical map of Nevis as our guest book, and chose a navigational map issued by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office; the same map used by the British Navy.” 

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“Kathy and her team from Meeting Dynamics flew in and built custom shadow box tables. The shadow boxes were filled with sand, twinkling lights, coral and seashells and the table had a centerpiece of candles and hydrangeas. Walking into Mango and seeing the set up with the backdrop of the water was breathtaking.” 

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“One of the best surprises of the evening was recorded message from my ninety-eight year old grandfather who couldn’t attend. It was so nice that he was a little part of our day.” 

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“Nate wanted a chocolate cake but acquiesced to a vanilla sponge cake so I surprised him with a groom’s cake. Nate is an avid baseball fan so the pastry chef at the Four Seasons created a cake that was baseball shaped with double chocolate.” 

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“Being in Nevis with our closest friends and family was so special and wonderful – sunbathing by the pool, the welcome party at Sunshine’s (THE beach bar to visit on the island) and the wedding itself. It was really amazing having this time with everyone who traveled so far to celebrate with us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Janice Yi Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony location: St Theresa Catholic Church, Reception venue + catering: Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Reception styling: Meeting Dynamics, Guestbook: Nevis Nautical Map, Wedding favors: Sea Turtle Conservatory, Reception music: Green House Band, Welcome booklet: Minted, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Bride’s fascinator: Blair Nadeau, Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin via David’s, Bride’s gown: Justin Alexander via Diva Boutique, Lace capelet: Pronovias via Diva Boutique, Groom’s attire: Tom’s place, Florist: Bloom Bridal

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5 Beauty Essentials You Need for Your Honeymoon

 

Today one of our destination guru friends has stopped by to share some of her favorite finds for you!  Sarah Carrillo Riswick, the editor over on Destination42 knows a thing or two about bridal beauty and packing your bags and hitting the road.  But what does she pack?  What does she suggest you take on your honeymoon?  What bridal beauty is a must after your big day?  Well, Sarah’s got all the answers for you today!

honeymoon beauty essentials 5 Beauty Essentials You Need for Your HoneymoonAfter getting all glammed up for your wedding day you’ll probably want to take it easy on your honeymoon. But it’s worth it to bring a few products with you so you can nail that “I just woke up this fabulous” look.

No. 1: Tinted lip balm with SPF
A subtle pop of color on your lips will make you look pulled together, even after one-too-many margaritas And you can dab a little on your cheeks to give you a natural-looking flush. I love Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments, the color is sheer but lasts.

No. 2: Eyelash curler
Mascara (even waterproof) is more effort than you really need to be making on your honeymoon, especially during the day when you’ll rarely take off your sunglasses. But curling your lashes will open up your eyes and make you look more awake. Plus, it only takes a few seconds.

No. 3: Smoothing serum
Most beaches = serious humidity and frizzy hair. So bring along a good smoothing serum or leave-in conditioner. Bonus: using these products before you go in the pool or ocean can help protect your hair and keep it soft.

No. 4: Dry shampoo
A must for greasy roots (aka brides trying to make that wedding-day blowout last just a little bit longer) or to give your hair more volume and texture. My favorite is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, it smells amazing.

No. 5: Nail stickers
OK, so maybe these aren’t essential but they’re a great way to update your nails if you stuck with a safe nude polish or French manicure on your wedding day. You can apply them in your hotel room easily (or on the plane since there isn’t a strong polish smell but they can be a bit messy). Most will last at least a week, sometimes two, without chipping.

You may notice that sunscreen is missing from this list, but come on, that’s a no-brainer, right? One tip though, make sure you pack plenty because many resorts will charge outrageous prices for a tube of Coppertone.

Thanks so much Sara for these great honeymoon finds!  For more on her favorite travel musts, locations and advice, be sure to check out Destination42.

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Modern Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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We’re back with more beach wedding inspiration from a recent event at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA.  Today we’re taking a look at what an indoor beachfront wedding could look like if you want to bring the ocean inside for a little event inspiration.

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This shabby chic yet oh-so modern white table by The Tangled Vine makes for not only a great reception table but post-wedding brunch look too.  The casual and relaxed vibe works well for just about any of the events surrounding your destination I do!

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Table runners and minimalistic yet natural napkin treatments go a long way in creating decor that feels fresh and finished.

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If you’re on the hunt for more of an evening look, consider darker linens and even pops of metallic like what these gold vases bring into the space.

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But these centerpieces didn’t stop at the base of the vase – they even peppered live product throughout the tables!

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For more modern beach wedding ideas, check out the Pacific Edge Hotel for your big day!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Snapmotive

Event Vendors: Location: Pacific Edge Hotel, Staging + Paper Goods: Pacific Edge Hotel’s on-site events concierge, Melinda Parker, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Florals: The Tangled Vine, Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio, Too Sweet (candy apple station)

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Laguna Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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Looking for some great summer wedding inspiration?  We are obsessed with today’s event – an industry event actually, not a real wedding but a real party!  Hosted by the relaxed yet chic Laguna Beach property, the Pacific Edge Hotel, today’s beach wedding ideas come from the locals down south who know how to produce a swanky oceanside I do in Southern California!

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The Tangled Vine decked out the oceanfront deck  with bright pops of pink and blue glass with a slightly vintage vibe.

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A creative idea for your family photos – a wall and shadowbox of photos of your parents, your courtship, or perhaps those you’ve lost along the way and couldn’t celebrate with you on your big day.

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When you get married overlooking the ocean, consider low or small ceremony decor to avoid taking away from the beautiful setting behind you.

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And of course match your cocktails to your color palette!

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For this dinner reception, one long table was set with a striped pattern linen and bold florals to really scream what a celebration this was!

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Notice the coral-like place card holders to keep the beach theme sprinkled throughout the event.

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And of course the food at the Pacific Edge Hotel is delish – and summertime perfect for a destination wedding in Southern California.

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And for the end of the evening?  Consider cookies that reflect the setting – in this case, surfboards!

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Stay tuned for more beach wedding ideas on the blog tomorrow from this fabulous fete!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Snapmotive

Event Vendors: Location: Pacific Edge Hotel, Staging + Paper Goods: Pacific Edge Hotel’s on-site events concierge, Melinda Parker, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Florals: The Tangled Vine, Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio, Too Sweet (candy apple station)

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Destination Wedding in Apulia, Italy

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Rosanna and Sabino wed in Polignano, Italy in a beautiful setting that friends and family were able to travel to and celebrate with them.  We chatted with the couple about their big day and what they experienced when saying I do!  “We chose to celebrate our wedding at Borgobianco because my husband and I decided get married in Polignano; the place was perfect for a two days party and to accommodate friends and family the day before the wedding. In addition, we loved the venue for the absolute simplicity, few details, and for the predominant color: white”

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The bride and groom handmade their stationery and paper goods for the big day!

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“With regard to the organization, there were no big problems. We can say that wedding requires meticulous care to detail and this requires attention, especially if some of the details are made by the bride and the groom, as favors, place cards, sweet’s table and the decorations. The greatest difficulty is the coordination of all parties.”

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We often ask couples about the most memorable moments from their day.  “All was emotional and intense for us, but, what I remember in particular was the moment we arrived at the patio where everyone was already seated for dinner, and, before we started dinner, me and my husband have improvised a dance between the tables with a funny song by Domenico Modugno.”

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And Domenico Modugno was infused elsewhere in the reception as well!  The famous Italian singer from the 60′s was also the inspiration for the table names – each a song of his.

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The white color palette was the woven into all the reception details with muted tones and touches of brown on the napkin treatments.

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Then during dancing a vintage DJ booth spun tunes for all to enjoy!

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“Wedding is a very amazing moment, but you have to live it thinking that it’s your important day, without thinking to satisfy other people. The planning must be funny and creative, without frills. And at the end, having on your side a good photographer who knows how to capture the most beautiful moments without being intrusive, but at the same time being familiar and friendly as has made our Erica.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Les Amis Photo

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Borgobianco, Bridal Dress: Alberta Ferretti, Groom Attire: Tonello, Suspenders: Hackett, Stationary: the bride and the groom, Flowers: Marcello of “Ditelo con un fiore” Castellana Grotte, BA, Italy

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