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Veronica and Javier wed on the beautiful island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  The bride shared with us a bit about their big day.

“We had decided that we wanted a tropical and relaxing location. St. John offers great views for pictures and we fell in love with the island while searching online.”

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The bride wore a traditional sweetheart wedding gown and lace mantilla veil with a darling flower girl by her side who almost stole the show!

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The pair wed on the white sand so groom donned a fitting lightly colored suit for the ceremony.

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We asked Veronica what her favorite moment from the day was.  “When I saw Javier for the first time waiting for me at the end of the aisle.”

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The couple even took some time out of their wedding week to tour the island, with photographer in tow!

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The decor was a clean white palette, just as the bride and groom wanted.  “We wanted something romantic, elegant, but yet simple at the same time.”

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We asked Javier and Veronica what advice they would give future destination couples (like you!) and we got lots of great advice:

“Enjoy every moment and remember that what truly is important is the marriage and union between your  sweet heart and you. Try to appreciate every moment and don’t get caught up in minor details. With adequate planning everything can go smoothly, but remember that not every detail may come out EXACTLY as you plan. (I’m a bit of a perfectionist for some things).  Invest in a good photographer and videographer because after the moments of the ceremony that is the best memory you are left with. We just celebrated our 1st year anniversary and it was priceless to look at our album and video with family. It is like reliving the moments of that day all over again.” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Crown Images 

Wedding Vendors: Event Venue: The Westin Resort St John, Day After Session Location: Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins

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A Formal Beach Wedding in Turks & Caicos

turks and caicos wedding A Formal Beach Wedding in Turks & CaicosAdriana and Phil held their destination wedding in the Caribbean, a place they held dear in their hearts.  Adriana shared with us the details and ideas behind their big day.  “Turks & Caicos was our first “away” vacation together.  We loved the intimate and private setting, not to mention the pristine beaches and boutique hotels.  Phil & I shared so many wonderful memories here and wanted to share this paradise with our loved ones.”

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“Phil and I were introduced by his cousin Vinny :)  My sister and Vinny had been friends for over 7 years. Somehow Phil and I had never met… until I hosted a party for my sister’s birthday on the rooftop of our Williamsburg, Brooklyn apt. Vinny dragged Phil (literally as he was hung over from the night before!) and 4 years later Phil got on one knee on the rooftop of our Upper West Side New York City apt!”

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After the proposal and wedding planning, the pair said “I do” on the beautiful beach in Turks & Caicos.  The day was beautiful but not everything went according to plan…almost everything!

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Brilliant Photography took amazing photos and truly captured our genuine emotions and special moments.  Anita and Preston became part of the family, after spending several hours Friday and Saturday capturing memories.” 

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We asked the bride about her inspiration for the design and decor of the day.  “After hours of endless research online, I realized 2 things, 1) I did not want the typical wedding (e.g. as viewed in “Martha Stewart”, the knot, on pinterest, etc) and 2) I did not want a typical island wedding color scheme.  I love deep purples, which you do not typically see for island weddings, and blues and thought the pop of color against the beautiful turquoise ocean and perfectly light sand would be breathtaking.”

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“With our busy schedules and considering the distance, we knew we needed assistance. When deciding on a wedding planner, the Gansevoort highly recommended Teresa, from Tropical DMC. Not only was Teresa extremely patient (I must of changed my mind 10 times on decor!), she was meticulous, thorough, extremely creative, very attentive to detail and so easy to work with.  We were beyond impressed with all the vendor recommendations.”  

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photography: Anita Marcus at Brilliant Studios

Wedding Vendors: Décor, Design + Planning: Tropical Destination Management, Reception Location: Stelle Restaurant at The Gansevoort, Dress: Vera Wang, Shoes: Gucci, Groom’s Suit: Custom Made by Michael Andrews Bespoke

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A Tropical Wedding Inspiration Shoot in the Virgin Islands

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Today we’re heading to the tropics with this beautiful inspiration shoot created by a team of professionals on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  Mary from Island Style Weddings shared with us the concept and details of their day out and about on location at Villa Rapture of St John Ultimate Villas.  “Our creative juices were flowing with visions of romance, whimsical Caribbean colors and glamorous gold accents. We hit the ground at the crack of dawn to capture the morning light at Carolina Corral, on the east side of the island.” 

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“Jessica from Roses Too, transformed our color inspirations and vision into stunning arrangements! The bouquets were a festive mix of textures, colors, and whimsy – absolutely breathtaking.”

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Lesley Castle Photography did an incredible job capturing all of the details throughout the weekend! Based in Los Angeles, Lesley is no stranger to the islands. Having been raised on St John helped Lesley explore the essence of the island through her camera lens.”

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“Colleen Kramper and Michelle Collins of Grapevine Salon, used all the tricks of their trade to keep our models looking fresh and camera ready in the tropical heat.” 

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“The cocktail hour shoot burst with colors and island flavors. MJ of Motu Bar, our mixologist nailed our vision right on the dot with the tropical garnishes and lush flavors. The cocktails, were not only lovely but quite tasty! A Caribbean inspired shoot wouldn’t be complete without coconuts…and rum of course! Loved these playful shots drinking from the coconuts.”

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“The table scape set continued with our vibrant color and gold accent theme. The gorgeous sun setting in the distance made the ‘golden hour’ beautifully romantic! A champagne toast was the perfect end to our busy day.”

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“Although this team works together regularly on real weddings, this was our first inspired shoot. We hope that this shoot warms your heart as much as it did ours, enjoy!”

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Inspiration Shoot Team: Location: Villa Rapture of St John Ultimate Villas, Photographer: Lesley Castle Photography, Event Designer: Island Style Weddings, Florist: Roses Too, Inc., Mixology: Motu Bar, Hair and Makeup: Grapevine Salon

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A Sunset Wedding on St. John, USVI

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Kelly and Carlo wed in Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  They kicked off their festivities with a rehearsal dinner at Da Livio, perfectly fitting for Carlo and his family.  Located in the heart of Cruz Bay, this is where Carlo’s father shared his homemade Italian red wine from the family’s vineyard in Italy.  How fun!

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But it wasn’t just the Italian restaurant that had special meaning to the couple.  They traveled to St. John during their courtship and Kelly had spent her childhood visiting the beautiful island.  “Carlo and I first met our freshman year of high school. We were good friends throughout high school and stayed in close touch when we went off to separate colleges – Boston College and Fairfield University. Around junior year of high school, we started to visit each other at Boston and Fairfield and saw each other more often. Upon graduating college, Carlo was working in Connecticut and eventually went off to culinary school in upstate NY. I moved to NYC where I worked at the NYSE and then went to NYU for my MBA. Over the years, we were always in contact and often saw each other at get-togethers with our high school friends. After a few years, Carlo decided to move to San Diego to experience west coast living, while I remained in NYC and began my career with Anthropologie. Although we were on separate coasts, we still were very much in each other’s lives and would see each other when Carlo came back east to visit family. In early 2011 Carlo asked me to visit him in San Diego so off I went and after that point we never looked back!”

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 “We dated for a year living on separate coasts, but finding time to see each other every month or so. It was a year of great trips for us…Napa, Florida, Southern California Wine Country, St. John…After a year of long distance, Carlo moved back to the east coast and joined me in Philly where I was living and working at Anthropologie’s corporate office. After three months of living with my parents, we got our own apartment and on moving day Carlo painted in pink paint “Will You Marry Me” in big letters in our new bedroom. Considering I’d been going to St John as a child and we had both been there together and it felt like a home away from home, we instantly knew that is where we wanted our wedding to be.”

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On the wedding day, the bride-to-be even got ready at her parent’s swanky villa located in Rendezvous Bay.

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The ceremony was a traditional Catholic wedding held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

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From there guests moved to Turtle Point at the Caneel Bay Resort for the reception and rest of the festivities!

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The design of the day was of course fitting of an Anthropologie gal, given the bride works for the company!

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Shell and orchid napkin treatments flanked the place settings while the sweetheart chairs were dressed to the nines!

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Then a beautiful sunset arrived before guests partied the night away and were given bottles of the groom’s homemade Limoncello as parting favors.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blue Grass Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Church: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Reception: Caneel Bay Resort, Welcome Bags: Convention Totes, T-Shirts: Custom made by the bride’s brother Kyle Thurman, Votives: Anthropologie, Suits: J. Crew, Ties: Liberty of London, Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Mother of the Bride: Issa, Wedding Planner: Island Style Weddings, Welcome Reception: Westin St John, Rehearsal Dinner: Da Livio Italian Restaurant, Welcome Party and Rehearsal Dinner flowers: Jessica Aubain Roses Too, Hair + Makeup: Michelle Collins + Collen Kramper, Ceremony musicians: Chris Robbert- violin, Jesus Zamora Harp, Leah Burris vocalist, Transportation: Love City Limo Service and Slimo’s Limo, Wedding Flowers + Design: Felipe Alaya

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Montego Bay, Jamaica Destination Wedding

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Danice and James landed on Jamaica for their destination wedding at the Grand Palladium, where close friends and family gathered for a great party and an intimate wedding ceremony.  The pair found the location simply from searching online!  They wanted a space for the ceremony that was colorful but culturally neutral since she’s Filipino and he’s Puerto Rican and they weren’t hosting a wedding in either place.

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The brightly colored tropical vibe of the wedding lend itself perfectly to the feeling of fun they wanted to have!

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Wedding photographer Olivia Vale described the day and experience for us.  “Close family and a laid-back sense of fun are the most important thing to both Danice and James. They wanted the beautiful breeziness of a tropical wedding, and just wanted the closest people in their lives to be there. They had about 40 guests who flew in to celebrate with them.  The morning began with getting ready in the gorgeous Grecian villas, followed by a pavilion ceremony surrounded by water and a sculpture garden, and ended with a reception on the sweeping veranda overlooking both ocean and infinity pool. The main theme was fun, and there was plenty of it; but also some very tender moments too.”

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Guests were given fans at the ceremony to keep cool and as a keepsake from the wedding.

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Dinner was in the round!  What a place for your first meal as husband and wife!

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Colorful and creative shots got this party going :).

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The purple wedding flowers were the perfect mix of tropical for the location and romantic for the occasion.

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And clearly a good time was had by all!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Olivia Vale Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Grand Palladium, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Hair and Makeup: Resort Spa + Bridesmaids, Wedding Dress: Pronovias

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Five Reasons to Wed in the Caribbean

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If you haven’t been to the Caribbean, it’s hard to fully express how special the beaches are, how friendly the people are, and how beautiful the islands are.  If you want a destination wedding that’s a beach wedding, then you’ve got oodles of choices here.  From dark, volcanic sand in St. Lucia to pink sands in Bermuda and white sand in the Bahamas, each island is as unique as the next.  We love a Caribbean destination wedding!  Here are five reasons to touch down there if you’re considering a tropical wedding location.

1. The Flights:  If you live on the east coast, travel to most of the Caribbean Islands is a breeze!  Direct flights from Miami, Atlanta, and New York are fairly priced and frequent!

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2. The Resorts:  The best names in the biz have made their way to this part of the world.  If you like a big hotel with all the luxuries and service of the states then you’re in luck – brands like Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Westin and others have taken up residence across the Caribbean.

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3. The Villas:  If a resort isn’t so much your style, then snuggle in to a cozy and oh-so special villa instead.  Whether you rent a beachside home direct from the owner or go for a spot high above in the hills through a villa booking agency, you can find temporary homes for most budgets with everything from butlers, chefs and daily maid service to the untouched spot where you never see another person on your private honeymoon.

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4. The Seafood: Fresh.  Fresh.  Fresh.  Hit islands like St. Lucia and you can even hit their local fish fry on Friday nights where the community serves up and sells what was caught that week.

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5. The Beaches (of course):  Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found in the Caribbean.  From the pink sands of Bermuda to the white sands of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman; you can have any kind of beach experience you’re looking for here.  Well, except for too much epic surfing.

And of course we can’t forget the people!  Be prepared to live on “island time” but with that comes love, laughter and lots of smiles from some very happy locals.

All Photos via CN Traveler.

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Getting Married at One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas

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If you want a wedding with oodles of privacy, lots of luxury, an authentic island experience, and a bit off the beaten’ path, but don’t actually want to go off the beaten’ path, then One&Only Ocean Club is for you.  The Caribbean property, located on the somewhat secluded side of Paradise Island in the Bahamas, is one with old world charm, new world amenities and a calming spirit that lends itself perfectly to a peaceful and perfect destination wedding.  I had the chance to explore this tropical paradise, and from the moment I touched down, I completely unplugged.  And that’s not always easy to do!  But I guess when this is your view from your suite, it gets easier…

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Or the view from this pool!

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So what makes this property stand out from the rest?  Well, to start, it has one of, if not, THE most spectacular ceremony site I’ve seen at a resort.  See what I mean!?

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Ancient cloisters were flown in from monasteries throughout Europe and erected atop a beautiful garden hillside overlooking the crystal clear blue Caribbean waters.  Need I say more?  It’s the perfect place to say “I do” if you want that feeling of a spiritual ceremony without getting married in a church.  And if that’s not your style, the backdrop equally transforms your event into a grand affair with the comfortable formality only an Oscar De La Renta dress in the sand only could create.

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From ceremony to reception, you and your guests can tent the neighboring lawn and dance the night away, move to the beachside and drink cocktails on the deck; or depending on the size of the event, even retire to one of the villas fit for royalty (and rumor has it that Hollywood royalty call this location home regularly).  The food is superb, the service is always friendly with a smile, and the rooms are welcoming, spacious, and anchored with amazing tubs (sign of a good stay).

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One&Only Ocean Club is prime for a buyout so you and your guests can have the entire run of the property and rest and relax poolside or beachside with the serene luxury they provide.  If you and your friends are looking for a little more action, host a room block at their nearby sister properties at the Atlantis Resort.  Guests can draw out the kid in them at the waterpark, or dine at one of their 20+ incredible restaurants, then return to the quiet romance of the One&Only Ocean Club.

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White sand, clear blue waters, epic weather, the beauty of the past with the luxury of the future – what more could you ask for from your destination wedding location?

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Well, how about bathrooms as beautiful as these?!  This was my tub, fit for royalty for sure!

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Thank you Anna, One&Only, and the entire staff at Ocean Club for an unforgettable experience at one of my now favorite destination wedding locations on earth!

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A Brightly Colored Beach Wedding in the Bahamas

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Arlene and Chris held their destination wedding in the beautiful Bahamas at the sprawling Atlantis Resort.   We asked the bride and groom how they landed at such a special place.  The couple had traveled there many times before and Chris had it set in his mind he would one day wed there.  In April of 2012, “we were sitting at Cain pool just basking in the sun and soaking in the chill atmosphere and we just both knew that this was the perfect place to us to get married.”  According to Chris.  “Arlene comes from a very large family and both Chris and Arlene have a number of business associates and collectively they decided that a destination wedding was the only way to keep the guest count to a reasonable number. They also planned their wedding in less than 6 months, so a destination wedding seemed like the best option. The couples also have a very mixed background. The bride is Italian-Canadian, and the Groom is Jamaican/Lebanese/American.  There was a lot of pressure to have a big Italian wedding, but the couple wanted something more intimate (68 guests).  Another reason they chose the Atlantis is that they can always fly back every year and celebrate their anniversary, and eventually when they have kids, they can bring them too!”

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Atlantis is a stunning property, so the bride & groom chose a simple décor theme while leveraging the natural surroundings. Coral-Orange was the color for the Bridesmaid dresses as that is the color of Chris’s company SafeBridge. Wildflowers did all the beach décor and floral arrangements that were used to decorate Nobu. Guests were all given homemade welcome baskets upon arrival with a personalized letter from the bride & groom. The bride’s sister did all the wedding invitations and place cards.”

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“As beautiful as the Bahamas is, it was not without its challenges. With a very short planning window (Chris proposed May 11th in Toronto at the ROM & they were married Nov. 3rd, 2012) it was hard to get everything booked on time. In fact- the week before the wedding the Hurricane Sandy whipped through the Caribbean and consequently all the weddings were performed indoors. Chris and Arlene were lucky and ended up with a location on Cove Point which is typically not used for weddings, but provides one of the best views/sunsets on the Atlantis property.” 

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“Right before the Bridge and Groom had their reveal, the Groom had given the brides sister a Tiffany’s key necklace to give to the bride. The card was inscribed – today I give you the key to my heart.”

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Because their guests were all flying in from different locations around the world, the couple decided to host a pool party at Cain Pool in place of a traditional rehearsal dinner, which was followed by the beach ceremony the following day.

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“Photographer Nikki was incredible to work with- I had seen her do my best friend’s wedding a year earlier and loved her work. Nikki makes everyone feel so comfortable and had so many amazing shot ideas.”

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“The bride’s dress was custom made to morph from a bridal gown to a party dress.  Between the ceremony and the reception, the bride revealed the secret zipper and between photos surprised the Groom with a new look- he loved it.”

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“The seating chart for the dinner at Nobu was themed around all the cities the bride & groom like to visit (Rome, London, Miami, NYC, Vegas etc).”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nikki Leigh McKean

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Hotel: Atlantis Resort, Bahamas, Wedding Planner: Director of Weddings at Atlantis ~ Albertha Edgecomb, Wedding Designer: Nina Duong Haute Couture, Flowers & Décor: Wildflowers, Wedding Dinner: Nobu at Atlantis, Hair & Makeup: Julie Neff, Officiant: Dave Robinson (friend of the Bride & Groom), Invitations: Mirabelle Press

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A Beach Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Julia and Haroun came from Canada to the Dominican Republic for their destination wedding.  With the help of savvy experts, they were able to land on a location perfect for their needs (and the family tradition)!  “The location was selected with help from a travel agent from Flight Center. I had been to Punta Cana a few times prior and loved the beaches, so we thought it was the perfect spot.  As well, The Hard Rock Hotel had everything we were looking for in a hotel for our guests. Plus, we chose a destination wedding because Haroun’s two sisters both had done so it kind of became an Ali tradition. As well it was the first time my family had been on a vacation together.”

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Their rather formal attire looked stunning against the beach backdrop!  And even better – the beach had special meaning to the pair.  “We got engaged on the beach in Jamaica so it was nice also to get married on a beach.”

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We love the look of these neutral bridesmaid dress colors against the sand – all dresses the girls picked out themselves to mismatch.

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To welcome guests to the big event, they gave guests beach bags complete with goodies inside for the trip!  “My friend Jenna made us custom tote bags that said “Plan to get a tan”. I filled them with goodies from Bath & Body Works and Target. This included hand sanitizer, lip balm, chocolate bars, itineraries, and body balm.”  

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“Since we were having our wedding on the beach, we wanted everything to be quite simple and minimalistic. White was the colour theme for the decor. The green orchid bequests added a touch of colour.”

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.  For Haroun: “My favourite part of the day was watching Jules walk down the aisle.”  And Julia: “My favourite part of the day was saying “I do.”  My second favourite was my brother Paul’s speech.”

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This little flower girl almost stole the show!

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After a day at the beach, guests headed inside to the all white wedding reception.

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The newlyweds clearly enjoyed every minute of their time on location!  “One of the most unique things about Destination Weddings is having all your closest family and friends travel with you to celebrate.  Having everyone in Dominican to celebrate our big day and enjoy an entire week with us was so special to us.”

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And for the favors?  That was personal too!  “My friend Elyse who owns Sullivan and Bleeker made us flip flop cookies in bags that had our names on it.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nikki Leigh McKean

Wedding Vendors: Gown Designer: J.Crew, Wedding Location: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Groom’s Suit: Borgo Uomo, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bridesmaid Dresses: Each girl chose her own, Wedding Favor Cookies: Sullivan & Bleeker, Travel Agency: Yorkville Flightcenter

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Mustique Honeymoon Villa Where the Royals Stay

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Mustique is quickly becoming a hot spot for honeymooners thanks to Wills and Kate who recently took time off for a babymoon on the island.  Mustique is a small island in the Grenadines (in the West Indies).  A lovely place to unwind without the hustle and bustle of big ports or cities, this oasis boasts some pretty spectacular villas you can call home on your honeymoon.

One such villa is where the prince and princess actually stayed!  Aurora Mustique is a spacious 3 bedroom suite house with awe-inspiring views of the island. The house includes a media room, a great room, viewing and dining gazebos, as well as a quaint little cottage with two extra bedrooms. You can live lavishly at the Aurora House, as it’s air-conditioned and fully staffed with a butler, chef, maids, gardener, and even Reggie, an adorable island dog ready to love! Of course, if you want you time spent here pet free, that can be arranged.

While you may want to just stay at your own private villa the whole honeymoon, there are also many things that can be done on the island during your stay! Of course you can visit the beach with its crystal clear waters. Or you can view the island by riding horses: super romantic! Or you can just stroll/explore on your own, walking along the paths (take Reggie too if you like!) So whether you are going to spend your honeymoon here or your babymoon (like Will and Kate), the Aurora House on the island of Mustique is a breathtaking location to spend your first few days of being newlyweds!

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