A Beautifully Colorful Beach Wedding in the Bahamas

Today’s beautifully colorful Indian wedding comes to us from Nassau in the Bahamas where popular wedding planner, Marva Munroe of Chic Bahamas Weddings created a beach look full of celebration and love. The couple, Preeti and Vik knew they wanted a beach wedding so the pair said “I do” at the Melia Resort after falling in love with the property. The couple shared their story with us:

We love traveling and always knew we wanted a beach wedding – Finding the beach took some time. The Bahamas was suggested by the groom’s parents. We took one look, fell in love and started planning right away.

The guests enjoyed 2 pre-wedding events: 1) Beach game day where the bride and grooms teams battled it out to win prizes -games included: Beach hot ball, bury the bride and groom, beach beer pong and a horse and jockey race). 2) Maiyan on the beach (cleansing and preparation ceremony). Both activities were a great way for everyone to meet and get to know each other in a relaxed way. We always held dinner every evening at the resort.

My maids wore Aqua coloured Sarees, which complimented the deeper teal shade of the best men’s Kurtas. The guests wore colourful Indian attire. The outfits stood out beautifully against the backdrop. We knew the background would do most of the work for us! 

We opted for an understated minimal mid morning ceremony. I (The bride) wore a lavender bridal lehenga that I designed myself and had created in India. Vik wore a custom designed Sherwani in cream and gold.

We asked destination wedding planner Chic Bahamas Weddings to share a bit of the behind the scenes planning process with us as well.

The ceremony was a traditional Hindu one complete with traditions. An Indian Priest was a “must have” for the bride and groom.  We flew in an Indian Priest from Miami, Florida to conduct the ceremony.  

It was an absolute joy to work with this really sweet couple.  The experience was quite an emotional and bittersweet one.  Preeti’s mother suddenly passed away a few weeks prior to her wedding.  This brought planning to a halt.  The burial was delayed due to the temple not being available for several weeks.  Once the funeral took place, Preeti was able to spare small blocks of time to communicate with me about her wedding.  Her mother would have wished her to proceed with plans so we charged full speed ahead.  Vik and Preeti arrived in Nassau from the UK.  We reviewed all wedding plans.  The wedding day arrived and everything proceeded flawlessly. Both Preeti and Vik were ever so gracious and kind. Through smiles with some sadness in her eyes, Preeti was stunning.  Her family and friends cheered her, loved her and helped her through the day!  I cried too … couldn’t help it … mom plays such an important role on a bride’s special day. 

We often ask couples what their favorite moments from the day was. In this case, one such memory was during the ceremony.

Reading our Hindu wedding vows atop the beautiful white sand.

The evening reception was ‘black tie on the beach’. The decor was fresh and elegant with white linens and flowers with pops of red to compliment my red dress, Vik wore a cream dinner jacket with red bow tie and pocket square to match. The guests looked like superstars in their gowns and bow ties. 

Chic Bahamas Weddings described it as:

Our black tie wedding on the sand was a simple and elegant one.  The gorgeous attire that guests wore, the stunning bride’s red gown that she designed and wore all helped to create a glamorous look.  We took advantage of the local space that was flanked by palm trees, added lighting, white dance floor and brought up the evening color of flowers to contrast with the pastel palette of the morning beach ceremony.  The nighttime floral decor was created to reflect city elegance on the beach.

Another favorite moment for the couple was the bridesmaids’ surprise dance number during the reception and the reception in general – The black tie reception on the beach – everyone looked like stars! 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Erik Kruthoff

Destination Wedding Vendors: Planning + Flowers: Chic Bahamas Weddings,Venue + Catering: Meliá Nassau Beach, Hair + Makeup: Lucy Lu Beauty, Henna Artist: Hennergy, Cake: Brittni McKenzie, Lighting/Sound: Lighting Audio and Visual Rentals, Tent: Bahamia Rental

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A Swanky St. Thomas Wedding Full of Color

Kate and Alex wed on the island of St. Thomas, a beautiful destination on it’s way to being rebuilt after the recent hurricanes. Resident destination wedding planners, Island Style Weddings assisted the pair in tying the knot on location with ease and the couple shared their experiences with us.

We chose to have a destination wedding in St. Thomas because we wanted to spend time with our closest family and friends.  We loved everyone being in one location and planned multiple events for our guests to mingle, have fun and celebrate.

We wanted the décor to be fun, bright and as personal as possible. Alex’s favorite color is orange and we both love bright vibrant colors and stripes. So, we went with a preppy, nautical, colorful vibe that fit our personalities. Mary and Brenda (Island Style Weddings) were able to take our vision and make it cohesive and beautiful.

We asked the couple about their favorite moments from the big day.

Kate: After the ceremony Alex and I took some time alone to take photos. It allowed us to celebrate together and bask in the moment of “Woah, we’re married. We did it!” Some of my favorite photos are the candid ones Savannah captured of us during that time, because you see how truly happy we are to be husband and wife.

Alex: Mine was definitely seeing Kate for the first time walk down the stairs to the ceremony. They had me facing away from her and facing the ocean until she got to the top of the stairs. Once they told me to turn around I looked up and there she was, my (soon-to-be) wife!

Mary and Brenda were the best wedding planners we could have asked for! They took our vision of a fun, relaxed, colorful wedding and made it come together flawlessly. Every detail for every event was perfect! Planning a wedding, yet alone a destination wedding can easily become overwhelming. Mary and Brenda are experienced and have wonderful relationships with vendors, so we felt at ease. They really listened and understood who we are as a couple. They were able to take a few inspiration photos and create a magical wedding. Because of Mary and Brenda we were able to enjoy a stress free week and celebrate with our friends and family.

Advice for future destination wedding couples?

Definitely hire a wedding planner. The reason to have a destination wedding is to enjoy time with friends and family. We were able to do so because of Mary and Brenda. I’d also arrive a few days earlier, so you can meet with your planner, visit the venue, finalize details etc. That way when your guests arrive, you won’t be stressed and can actually have fun.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Savanah Loftus

Wedding Vendors: Brides Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Grooms Suit: Abbeydale, Engagement Ring: Swiss Jewelers, Wedding Bands: Malak Jewelers, Invitations + Save the Dates: Minted.com, Wedding Signs + Menus: Nikki Goldman, Wedding Planning + Design: Island Style Weddings, Ceremony + Reception Venue: Spring Bay Villa Estate, Ceremony Music: Darin Laurence, Officiant: Meaghan Goldstein, Reception Music: DJ Adonis, Florist: Roses Too, Cake: Island Sweet Stuff Wedding Cakes, Caterer: Norbu Events, Hair/Makeup: Sugar and Spice Salon Spa, Welcome Party Venue: Cruzan Beach Club, Welcome Dinner Invitations: Swoozie’s

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Elopement Beachside in Puerto Rico

If you haven’t already fallen in love with Puerto Rico, then today’s styled shoot in the spirit of an elopement will certainly have you head over heels! Becca from Becca and Chris Photography shared the behind the scenes of this could-be big day with us.

Our morning began at the San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, a chic, modern hotel with an incredible rooftop view. Yari Rey created a soft, coppery look for our model Alanis, and pinned back her dark hair into a romantic updo. While Alanis got ready, Keff (our groom model) had portraits done on the rooftop of the Water Club, with gorgeous blue water as a backdrop. The Water Club has so many tucked away corners and details that were perfect for detail shots, especially a few of the shoes! D’Royal Bride provided a gorgeous soft pink gown, with intricate beading and tiny tulle flowers.

The ceremony inspiration was held in Old San Juan at Plazuela La Rogativa, which overlooks the gorgeous turquoise water. There’s something undeniably romantic about Old San Juan. The architecture is reminiscent of Venice, and the quaint, cotton candy colored houses made a beautiful backdrop for some photos of Alanis and Keff. Although Alanis and Keff are models, they’re also a couple, which made the entire inspiration shoot much more fun. There was quite a bit of teasing for poor Keff, and many jokes made about how they’re well prepared for their possible future wedding!

One of my favorite memories of the day was traveling between the ceremony and reception space. Alanis’ dress was so huge, full of tulle and beading that we couldn’t all fit comfortably in the car. I ended up sitting on Chris’ lap and having to duck down under the seats any time we passed a cop on the winding cobbled streets of Old San Juan!

After the ceremony, we traveled back to the Water Club for their intimate rooftop reception. Intic did an incredible job with the decor, with romantic lanterns and candles and lush greenery. The pink and soft red of the flowers brought out the pink hues in Alanis’s dress, and were perfect with the pink flowers atop the cake made by Delighted by Yare.

To end the evening, we took a few photos of Alanis and Keff above the rooftop pool at the Water & Beach Club. The setting sun created soft lilacs and lavenders in the sky, a perfect end to a completely magical day.

Elopement Photo Shoot Team: Photographer: Chris and Becca PhotographyShoot Director and Planner: Ruthie Fonseca, Bodas del EncantoModels: Alanis Colina and Kef Matthew, GModels, Hair and Makeup: Yaritza Rey, Dress: D’Royal Bride, Jewelry: Eva Guadalupe, Tux: Leonardo Fifth Avenue, Ceremony Venue: Old San Juan, Minister: Pablo Aymat, Reception Venue: The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel, Decorator/Floral: Intic, Cake: Delighted by Yare, Invitations: Paper Pixel

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Pretty in Purple Beach Wedding in the Dominican Republic

Julie and Jake wed on the beach in the Dominica Republic as friends and families (and even boats passing by) were witness to their nuptials. The couple shared their story with us and why pair opted for a destination wedding to begin with…

We knew we wanted to do a destination wedding because, in all honesty, we both have such humongous families that we just wouldn’t be able to afford a wedding in America. That being said, we also didn’t want people who to “just come for the food and open bar.” Those who really wanted to celebrate our love would literally cross the ocean for us.

We went for a rustic beach theme, with colors Ancient Violet, Hummingbird Blue, and Elegant Charcoal.

 

Favorite moment from the day?

“We both agree it definitely was the First Look, which is funny because we weren’t even completely sold on doing one!? We didn’t want to ruin the “butterflies” of seeing each other for the first time at the aisle, but WE ARE SO HAPPY we did it.

I loved it because it was an intimate moment that Jake and I got to share with just the two of us (and our wedding party overlooking from a distance). We took our time and enjoyed just “being” in the moment. It was overwhelming, but in a good way.

  

DIY just might be my middle name. I love doing arts and crafts, and I knew if I ever got married, I would definitely be making a bunch of my own elements. I made my own Save-The-Dates, helped in every design element of our wedding invitations, designed our welcome & thank you cards. I also made the boutonnieres for the groomsmen/godfathers/fathers, corsages for the godmothers/mothers, bouquets for the bridal party, and my most favorite DIY element of all, my bouquet. I drew inspiration for it on Pinterest and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The combination of imagination, love and hard work is a pretty wondrous thing!

We don’t regret anything because we are firm believers that everything happens just as it’s meant to. So whatever happened, was perfect. If you’re one to sweat the little things, DON’T! If anything goes wrong, i.e. a party boat passing by on the water BLASTING obnoxious music as your saying your vows (yes, this happened to us), everyone will still remember it as being the “best wedding” they’ve ever been to, which we hear all the time!

Our favorite part of wedding week was the boat party the day after the wedding! In lieu of wedding favors and welcome gifts, we opted to pay for a private excursion on the Sanael for all of our guests. It was a large party boat with drinks, food, and music. They took us out to snorkel and swim in this natural pool, and partied/danced with us all along the way. There wasn’t one person who wasn’t smiling or having a great time, and absolutely everyone raved about it (even until this day!). The wedding stress was all gone, and we were all able to just let loose.

Love deeply and fully, and remember it isn’t about the small things; it’s about who you’re standing at the altar with and all the people there to witness the unfolding of the beginning of a fantastic journey of a love.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Musicians: Agua Azul Fire Show, Invitation Designer: Aster Bagtas Design, Cake Designer: Cake Studio Bavaro, Groomsman Attire: Club Monaco, Cinema and Video: Cores Films, Event Venue: Jellyfish RestaurantHair Stylist: Krystie Ann Hair & Makeup Artist, Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero, Officiant: Pastor Rick York

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8 of the Best Destination Wedding Ideas from Engage!17: Cayman Islands

Today we’re recapping the recent Engage!17: Cayman Islands wedding industry event on Grand Cayman. The summit is where the best of the best of our field from all over the globe come to dish about weddings and destination weddings and improve our businesses so we can be better for you.

This “hard work” doesn’t come without a few fabulous parties and oodles of great destination wedding ideas.  And we’ve brought back those ideas to share with you today.

So take a look at our top 8 favorite destination wedding ideas from Engage!17: Cayman Islands at the brand new Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa.

Penthouse Parties:

If your hotel has a penthouse or rooftop setting that can be booked for intimate gatherings or for a hotel stay, consider an intimate meet and greet for the maids and men, close families, or even a post-wedding day sendoff. It will give your guests a chance to see the destination from a whole new angle and treat them to something a little extra special on location.

Electric Signs:

Destination wedding or not, electric signs are hot, hot, hot in reception décor. Engage used these creative signs by Name Glo to welcome guests, jazz up the bars, and even say good bye after the festivities were over.

Beer Trucks:

Yep, beer trucks.  Food trucks may still be great, but what about a beer truck for your groom and guests on the wedding day?!  Let loved ones fill up on their favorites and try a local brew or two too!

Surfboard Stands:

If you’re hosting a beach destination wedding, why not repurpose your boards to serve as tabletops, signage and other party décor. We love how the Engage team used these surfboards as a shoe valet station!

Boozy Snow Cones:

When the weather is hot, nothing delights kids and the kid in all of us like an old-fashioned snow cone. For the grown ups in the group, consider spiking them with your favorite liquors and create a fun twist on old faithful. Serve this at your kick-off welcome party and your friends will know what fun is to come!

Signature Desserts:

Infusing the local culture, cuisine and flavor into a destination wedding is a must and dessert is a great way to do it! Kimpton Seafire created a ‘torched sweets’ station and served fresh-made popsicles at one of the Engage events and it was a crowd favorite for sure!

Adventure Activities:

Traveling is all about new experiences and making memories so why not give your guests something to talk about and plan a bucket list experience for all!? In the Cayman Islands, you have the rare chance to swim in the wild with friendly stingrays after an afternoon at sea on a Red Sail Sports catamaran. Your guests will not forget this wedding weekend activity! See what your destination has to offer that’s something a little bit different than the ordinary.

Celebrity Appearances: Because, why not?

The Engage Summits are known for big surprises and this event was no different. For the finale night gala, we were treated with a surprise performance by one of my old favorites, En Vogue! I can say from personal experience as a guest, budget permitting, this is money well spent to dazzle your friends and family and take the party to an entirely new level. Loved ones will be talking about that night for years to come.  And wedding music agency, Elan Artists, can get you groups like this – just as they did for Engage.

And a big thanks to the hosts of this fantastic event, Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnals from Engaging Concepts and the Engage Summits.  Without the two of these amazing women, the wedding and destination wedding industry that we get to work in wouldn’t be what it is today and frankly, weddings around the world would be a little less inventive, creative and well-done.  So thank you to Rebecca and Kath (pictured below) for always showing us what it means to be an innovator in the world of weddings!  …And thanks for a really great time in one of my favorite places, the Cayman Islands too!!

Stay tuned tomorrow for one more favorite destination wedding idea from Engage – this one was too good, it needed its own post!  Don’t miss it.

Photos by: Rebecca Davidson Photography, Laura Dee Photography, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Paul Morse Photographs, Carla Ten Eyck

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