Beautiful Black Tie Destination Wedding at Round Hill

Kerby and Michael hailed from the south down to Jamaica for their swanky black tie destination wedding at the beautiful Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Kerby was kind enough to give us a peek into the makings of this magical event in the Caribbean. We wanted a black tie, destination wedding, at an intimate location. Round Hill is just that. It is small, it is rich and feels exclusive. My vision for our wedding was elegant, formal, chic, classic and luxurious. Round Hill has the old Hollywood feel that I absolutely love. It is timeless. It offers many venues for wedding events–other than the beach! I am from Destin, Florida, some of the prettiest beaches in the world. But I only enjoy the beach to get a suntan. I wanted no part of a “beachy” wedding or wedding events on sand, but wanted our guests to enjoy a Caribbean vacation. Round Hill has amazing terraces, lush greenery and exquisite Villas. It is so dreamy.

Tiffani and Jimmy wedding at Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, California.

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I opted for Black Tie simply because I wanted a formal wedding. It set the tone for our entire wedding weekend. My guests looked magnificent and the vision I had came to life. We should have had a red carpet ;) kidding.

We had four wedding events–Thursday night Cocktail Party, Friday night Rehearsal Dinner and Saturday Ceremony and Reception. We had each of the events at a different location on the property and they were all perfect. The food is wonderful and stunning. The staff is warm and genuine. 

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We did not see each other before the ceremony, so walking down the isle and seeing each other for the first time was our favorite moment.

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We also thoroughly enjoyed our first dances. We danced to two of our favorite songs and it was a loving and fun first moment as husband and wife. 

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We asked Kerby about the decision to host a destination wedding and advice for our readers planning one now. It’s the best decision we made. It can be intimidating and overwhelming, but find a place you love and you won’t regret it. If you are able to travel to your venue to plan, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are OCD like me:) 

I don’t like surprises so being hands on in the planning and face to face with the staff was an absolute must. We had two visits to Round Hill prior to our wedding weekend. Depending on your location and photographer, I would strongly suggest taking day-after pictures.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Modernmade Weddings

Wedding Vendors: Shoes: Del Toro, Cinema and Video: Jamaican Wedding Videographer, Dress Designer: Naeem Khan, Event Venue, Cake, Catering + Hair: Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Invitations, Itineraries & Seating Cards: Paces Papers, Band: PACE Band, Ceremony Music: Classical Trio, Flowers: Tai Flora, Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow Bridal, Groom Tux: Custom, H Stockton, Bridesmaids: Zimmermann, Engagement and Wedding Rings: Brown & Company

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Pastel Pink + White Beach Wedding in Punta Cana

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Lori and Ross live in Charlotte, NC but traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for their destination wedding on a beautiful beach. The pair shared with us the details of their big day in the sand. We chose Punta Cana for its beautiful beaches and laid back vibe. Huracan Cafe was a no brainer the minute we saw the pictures. We loved the intimacy and rustic beach feel and knew it was going to be our new favorite place and it def is!

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The ceremony was our most favorite part because it was so special to us for us to be able to become a family and to have everyone we love in one place!  We also loved crazy hour!! We love being silly and it was seriously so much fun!! It made our wedding so unique!

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The “I DO” light up sign was something that Huracan offered and we are so glad we used it because we love all the pictures! Almost every guest used it for some photo ops and created so many fun memories! Besides, no one else we know has had something that unique!

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We asked the couple for advice for future destination brides and grooms: Once you pick your location, trust the wedding coordinator and do not sweat the details. I was able to fully enjoy the planning process. I think that the reason of having a destination wedding is to keep it small and intimate so you can enjoy every minute of the day and since you are planning from afar the little things are out of your control! Trust that the coordinators know what they are doing and soak in every second bc it goes by sooo fast! 

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And for the honeymoon? For our honeymoon, we switched resorts and stayed in Punta Cana for a few more days. We are glad we did because we didn’t have to have the hassle of traveling more and could actually relax and soak everything in!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Musicians: Crazy Hour & Fire Show – Hots Production, Equipment Rentals: EPC Events, Reception Venue: Huracan Cafe, Makeup Artist: Indira Mua Makeup Artist, Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau, Wedding Coordinator at Huracan Cafe: Natalia Roldan

 

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Tropical Beach Destination Wedding in Jamaica

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Taylor and Matthew opted for a destination wedding in Jamaica, at Sandals Montego Bay, where friends and loved ones gathered to celebrate a very personal ceremony and experience.  The couple shared with us a bit about their big day.

We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding, but didn’t have a specific location in mind. We ended up choosing Jamaica because of the ease of travel for our guests and we had heard from friends that the culture and the people were really amazing. We loved every bit of it and the Jamaican people were so much fun and so kind and made the event even more special.

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We have been to quite a few weddings together over the past 5 years (over 30 in total!) and were so excited to plan our own big day. We wanted a more relaxed setting and we chose a destination wedding so that we would have a little more time to spend with our family and friends who were able to come. The day was so perfect! The weather was beautiful, everything came together as well as we could have hoped, and the Jamaican culture was so unique and special to have as part of our wedding celebration. 

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For us personally, the first look was one of the most memorable moments of the day and the part of the day that we can actually remember clearly! One of our favorite parts of the evening was definitely the saxophone player who played live during the cocktail hour. It set the tone for the whole night and our guests were up dancing before the cocktail hour was over! Most of them are still talking about that as their favorite part of the weekend.

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We wanted the wedding to feel very personal, especially because our friends and family traveled so far to spend the day with us, so we added a lot of details throughout the event to leave our mark on it. We sent our guests cocktail kits and drink vouchers in the mail ahead of time so they could enjoy a drink on the plane, welcomed everyone with a personalized itinerary, and had gifts waiting in the rooms for our bridal party. Some of our favorite elements from the wedding day were our jenga guest book and my “An Ideal Husband” clutch.

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We wanted a fun relaxed vibe where everything looked like it belonged together but nothing matched exactly. It was a little nerve racking because we didn’t see everything together until the day of the wedding!

We chose options from a few different packages that the resort offered so that we ended up with a combination that felt like our own. Each bridesmaid was able to choose her own dress so that she felt comfortable and we brought the bouquets and corsages with us so that everyone had an option that matched her dress. We kept the palette pretty neutral so that all the different colors and details stayed cohesive and were thrilled with the end result.

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One of the funniest and most memorable moments was trying to cut our wedding cake. The staff was very insistent that we cut the cake a certain way to wanted to make sure we got the exact perfect photo! It took us about 20 minutes to cut the thing and we were laughing the whole time.  

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design

Wedding Vendors: Invitations: Inspirations by Amielee, Place Cards: Calligraphy by Kyla King (friend of bride and groom), Wedding Dress: Katie May, Gown Salon: Alice in Ivory, Engagement Ring and Wedding Rings: Randy’s Jewelry, Men’s clothing: Banana Republic, Hair/Makeup: Spa at Resort (Red Lane Spa), Bouquets, Corsages, Boutonnieres: Pumpkin and Pye, Centerpieces and ceremony flowers, DJ, Saxophonist + Wedding Cake: Sandals, Favors (mailed in advance of travel, cocktail kits for on the plane): W & P Design, Clutch: Kate Spade, Sandals: Badgley Mischka, Pearl Bracelet: BHLDN, Diamond Tennis Bracelent: Vintage – borrowed from Grandmother, Ring: Vintage – gifted by grandmother, Earrings: Randy’s Jewelry (gift from Liz), Crochet Handkerchief: VERY vintage (handmade by my granmother’s cousin circa 1900)

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Colorful Beach Destination Wedding in Punta Cana

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Melissa and Edwin wed on the beach at a beautifully colorful destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The couple shared with us the story of how the location, and the big day came to be.

Both of our families are from the Dominican Republic so it was a no brainer for us! We visited Punta Cana right after we got engaged and put down a deposit right away. We couldn’t wait to get married in paradise and be able to incorporate many elements of our Dominican culture.

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We handwrote our own vows in personalized vow books. Needless to say, the vows were super emotional and everyone was crying as we read them. Edwin provided some comedic relief by including that he would always share his French Fries with me for as long as we both lived.

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Edwin also made me a beautiful personalized book “The story of our love” as my wedding gift that had all the things he loves about me. I gifted him a personalized watch box with a brand new watch that he had been eyeing for years and never purchased.

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We had many personal touches. Each guest was given a mini beach ball upon arrival to our venue and instructed to keep it until after the ceremony. Our friends and family threw the mini beach balls into the air (not at us) as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. We did a unity sand ceremony using sand that matched our wedding colors to symbolize us joining our lives as one.

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We also honored our close family members that have passed with a collage frame on our welcome table that said “Share a toast with…” and had all of their pictures.

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Each table for our reception was named after a place that held significance for us and our relationship. There was a frame at each table with details on the location, a map, and why it was special to us on our journey as a couple.

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 Our first dance as husband and wife. We did a three song medley of “Never Felt This Way” by Alicia Keys, “Mi Corazoncito” by Aventura and “Poision” by Bell Biv DeVoe. No one knew that we had choreographed moves and that we were mixing different songs. It was the perfect mix of emotion, Dominican culture, and fun! The first dance ended with cold fire sparklers illuminating the dance floor and our guests were wowed!

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Advice from the newlyweds for future destination wedding couples?

Stay organized and on top of your guests! Everything will depend on the number of guests who attend so send save the dates with details early on to give your guests adequate time to plan!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding/Reception Dress:  Alvina Valenta from Kleinfeld Bridal, Videography: Araña Productions, Wedding Venue: Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Hair + Makeup Artists: Krystie Anne Hair and Makeup, Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro, Desserts: Punta Cana Cakes, Favors: Dominican Favors, Crazy Hour Entertainment: HOTS Productions, Officiant: Pastor Marcos Lykins, Travel + Accommodations: Destination Weddings

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One Couple’s Honeymoon in St. Lucia

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Sara-Lane and Stevie celebrated the start of their marriage with a beautiful Caribbean honeymoon on the island of St. Lucia. The couple shared with us how they selected this stunning tropical honeymoon destination and a bit about their vacation.

We selected St. Lucia as our honeymoon destination for a few reasons. First, we knew after having only 4 months to plan our wedding that we would want some major rest and relaxation on our honeymoon. We wanted to go out of the country, somewhere warm, with crystal clear water. After researching several different places all over the world, St. Lucia was pretty convenient as far as the travel route (no jet lag or really long flights) but was still far enough away to really unplug and experience a new culture. We stayed at a boutique resort called Cap Maison on the northern part of the island. We loved the contrast of the blue waters and sand with all the greenery, mountains, and hills of the island. 

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The resort we stayed at was suggested by our travel agent, Karen McAfee. She did an amazing job helping us book everything and we feel like we got a great deal. We can’t say enough nice things about Cap Maison – from the spa, to their resident cat, to the incredible food. 

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Our vision for our honeymoon was to be in an environment that had zero distractions and somewhere we could really unwind. After planning our wedding literally every spare moment for months, we were aware of the stress we were under and decided ahead of time that we had to escape somewhere to be rejuvenated and focus on celebrating our marriage. 

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This was my husband’s first time out of the country, so it was definitely a special trip for him. We planned it together, paid for it (with the help of his father) together – so a lot of work and intentionality went into the trip. It was easy to make it a personal one since it was our honeymoon. Being so secluded and having so much alone time to spend with each other, uninterrupted and away from all of the every day distractions was refreshing for our relationship.

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Some of our favorite moments were laying down at Smuggler’s Cove on the beach, reading or talking. We also went snorkeling, neither of us had done that before, and we absolutely loved it. We got so (overly) excited about all the fish we saw.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Photos by: Sara-Lane and Stevie

Honeymoon Hotel: Cap Maison, Travel Agent: Karen McAlphin

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