A Coral Colored Destination Wedding on St. Croix

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Semone and Duane traveled from Greensboro, NC with 50 of their closest loved ones to celebrate their nuptials on a beautiful island in the USVI – St. Croix. Semone shared with us how the location came to be the spot on which they would wed. Finding a personal connection to a destination makes it that much more special! “We wanted a smaller wedding and thought a destination wedding would be ideal. My family is from the island and it’s where I was born and where my parents were married.”

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Personal touches were sprinkled throughout the day – even on the bride’s dress and veil!

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The couple opted for a neutral palette with sand tones and peachy corals. They said they “wanted soft beachy colors” – and they got just that!

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After the ceremony, the 50 guests and bride and groom headed off to dance the night away at dinner.  The celebration was a huge success, in part due to the help of their wedding planners, Island Style Weddings.

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Semone’s favorite memory?  “The whole day was amazing, but dancing at the reception with all of our guests was so fun. It was hard to get anyone off the dance floor to go eat dinner!”

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Then it was a sparkler send off to end the night on a high note!  And when the big day was done? The couple headed back to the mainland for a domestic honeymoon in Dallas, TX. Why? To attend a Cowboy’s football game for Duane before heading off to Italy for a week of R&R.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Greer Rivera

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Lord God of Sabboth Lutheran Church, Reception Location: The Buccaneer, Wedding Dress: Marisa, Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Veil: Kristina Eaton Bridal Veil, Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo, Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos E Banks, Video: MJS Vision, Cocktail reception music: Bill Bass Steel Pan, Florist: Antilles Lilies – Glora Powell, Wedding Planners: Island Style Weddings


Beach Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, DR

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Bianca and Matthew were married in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, a place near to their hearts and just what they had in mind! Bianca shared their wedding story with us and how it came to be on the beach that day.

“Matt and I always knew we wanted a destination wedding, but narrowing down the destination was the hard part! Originally, we were set on Switzerland (I’m originally from Basel, Switzerland and have always envisioned a Swiss wedding), however it didn’t end up fitting the image we had for our big day. We actually ended up with Punta Cana completely by accident! One day while searching for destination weddings and wedding blogs, I found this beautiful, beach front, off-resort wedding held at the Jellyfish Restaurant. At the time, I had no idea where it was, if they did weddings often, etc. I just knew I absolutely loved the feel of this venue; and I emailed it to Matt immediately saying, “I think this is it… I don’t know where it is, but this is it!” 

The DR does hold a special place in my heart. My family and I have been traveling to the island for years and we have a vacation house in another city on the island. I love the Dominican culture and they are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people I have ever encountered. 

…Luckily, we had a trip to Punta Cana planned for a few months later, and while there were able to visit the restaurant and meet with their staff and the rest was history.”

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“My colors for the day were all neutrals (whites, creams, beige, and browns) with the accent color being green to bring just a pop of brightness and color to the mix. My coordinator/decorator brought together all the natural and rustic ​elements and combined it with tons of fresh white flowers with green accents to pull the vision together.”

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“We incorporated aspects of both Christianity and Judaism in our ceremony (readings and the breaking of the glass). We also included some foreign languages into our vows (German, Hebrew, and Spanish) to tie together our cultures as well as that of the DR.

We also had a friend officiate the ceremony for us, which brought a very personal and unique feel to it (more in another section below).”

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“The 2 biggest challenges we experienced while planning were 1) the language barrier, both Matt and I speak and understand some Spanish but when it comes to planning a wedding and having specific ideas and desires, it definitely wasn’t easy and we had to rely on pictures… A LOT. 2) Island time is a real thing… and for a fast pace east coast couple, island time is very tough to adjust to.”

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“Since all planning was done by e-mail, and a few skype dates, we often had to wait a while to hear back. Also, we booked our date 1.5 years in advance but then we did the majority of the planning and decision making in the final 3 months… which seems crazy in comparison to our friends getting married here and planning for a year in advance. It definitely required calming yoga classes and wine nights with bridesmaids during the stressful or freak out times when I felt that there was no way I would be able to get it all done in 3 months!”

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“Our vision or theme was “Earthy, Beach Chic” – yes, it is a real thing, haha! I envisioned a ton of natural elements, like driftwood, palm leaves, sand, shells, starfish, and tropical plant​s, and mixed it with rustic things, like burlap, lace, and ribbon.”

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“Rather than having 1 large floral arrangement per table, she used several smaller vases and bottles filled with small arrangements or even single blooms and mixed that together with elements like starfish, shells, wood, etc. to create large and elaborate table decorations. I thought that was the most incredible part of all the decor; it made it special and unique and felt so much like “us”.

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“Our actual wedding day was from about 4:00pm until 3:00am! And our guests danced and enjoyed themselves through the whole night. For us, the food, bar, and entertainment was most important because we wanted everyone to have a great time after travelling all that way for our wedding. We offered a menu with several meal choices, appetizers, hors devours, and a full bar and signature cocktails. We also had 3 wedding cakes of different flavors and a midnight fruit buffet for those still going strong on the dance floor.”

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“The entertainment included an electric violinist during cocktail hour, a DJ during the party and also the fire show in the middle of the reception. The amazing thing was watching all of our guests, young and old, having an absolute blast on the dance floor and on the beach just dancing up a storm all night long. Even now, a year later, our friends and family still tell Matt and me what an amazing time they had and how much they enjoyed our wedding… most of friends want a redo every year!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Karina Jensen

Wedding Vendors: Location: The Jellyfish Restaurant, Coordinator/Decorator: Mayte Mari ** Please note that she does not work at The Jellyfish anymore; she is now available at The Huracan Cafe (another gorgeous beach restaurant used for weddings in Punta Cana) **​, Videographer: Florian Koetter of Video Punta Cana (VPC), Hair & Make-Up: Krystie Ann


St. John Destination Wedding with Teal!

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Margarita and Mark traveled to St. John for their destination wedding in the sand! The duo had been to the island before and knew it was the perfect spot to wed. So Margarita and Mark enlisted the help of Mary Bartolucci at Island Style Weddings to make the magic happen and she shared with us a bit about their big day.

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“Saying ‘I Do’ in the sand at sunset was a must for this peppy couple! Elisha Orin captured the joyful romance perfectly at breathtaking Trunk Bay.

The Caribbean allows busy couples to get away from it all and really focus on their guests and each other.  It also allows them to really “get it” their big milestone in their lives.”

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What was the inspiration for the décor and that fabulous fashion? The colors of the Caribbean – islands – sea life – natural beauty.”

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Barefoot in the sand gets even cuter with these two flower girls!

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“We even acquired a surprise guest just before the ceremony; his furry entrance made quite an adorable statement with his custom bow tie and lovable face.”

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The beach wedding ceremony was lined with shells and elements befitting of the ocean.

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“As the newlyweds entered into their private reception in Peter Bay, they were greeted with festive streamers, cocktails, and live music from a band they fell in love with in the states and flew them down for their big day! One large dinner table expanded the length of the patio and created an intimate dinner setting that was bustling with laughter.”

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“The evening was filled with smiles, dancing, and love! And towards the end of the night, the pool was filled with the happy newlyweds, their guests, and lasting memories.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elisha Orin

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner + Design and Decor + Officiant: Mary Bartolucci and Leah Burris of Island Style Weddings, Wedding dress: Allure Bride, Brides shoes: Tory Burch, Groom’s Attire: J. Crew + Perry Ellis, Bridesmaids Dresses + Groomsmen Attire + Flower Girls: J. Crew, Ceremony location: Trunk Bay, Reception location: Villa Carlotta, Upper Peter Bay, St John USVI, Videography: Nazareth Roads Productions, Ceremony Music: Violin- Chris Robberts, Florist: Jessica Aubain- Roses Too Flowers, Reception Entertainment: Orange Yellow Red Music, Catering: St John Catering, Save the dates + Programs: Decadent & Design LLC - Etsy


Engage!14 Gala – Formal Destination Weddings

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If you’re planning a black tie wedding, a big destination I do or a formal affair of any kind, then you won’t want to miss these party pics!  Today we’re sharing the gala decor from the finale night party at the international industry event, Engage!14 that took place at the fabulous Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

We celebrated with friends new and old island style – but with a twist of red carpet glam instead of beach boho.

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Local event producers and designers Celebrations LTD assisted the talented Karen Tran Florals to create a look that was unforgettable!

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There were oodles of orchids and other flowers (to give a little nod to the tropics) and even a floral hallway for guests to enter through to wow the crowd!  Flowers even lined the dance floor and DJ booth!

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Nuage Designs created these gorgeous custom linens that sparkled throughout the night.

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A one-of-a-kind photo booth was even erected with flowers!  A wall designed to mimic the movement of wave was built from flowers and lounge furniture sat below it for fun photo ops.

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But my favorite part of the event?  The people!  Thank you Engage!14 and Rebecca and Kath (our fab hosts) for giving me the chance to know so many beautiful people (and parties too)!  If you’re in the wedding and event industry and want information on attending the next event, check out Engage!15 – via Mexico!  Hope to see you there!

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

 Event Vendors: Design: Karen Tran Florals, Event Production + Support: Celebrations LTD, Custom Linens + Furniture: Nuage Designs, Champagne: Veuve Clicquot, Invitations + Menu Cards: Momental Designs, Entertainment: Oneworld Ltd


Engage!14 – Tropical Beach Wedding Ideas

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We just got back from an incredible week at THE industry conference, Engage!14 in the Cayman Islands and all this week we’re bringing you some amazing destination wedding inspiration from the best in the business across the country and the globe!  Twice a year we travel to some fabulous locale and touch down to teach, learn, play and get inspired for another season of weddings and what the team at Engage produced at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman this time around was nothing short of jaw-dropping.

If you’re planning a beach wedding, then this welcome party we attended is full of ideas for you!

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This might seem elaborate for your destination wedding welcome party, but why not consider lounges like this for your wedding reception or even after party?  The colors popped off the sand but the white anchor color meant the design didn’t take away from the stunning setting on Seven Mile Beach.

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A local production and design company on Grand Cayman, Celebrations LTD was responsible for creating all this prettiness (hint: they can help you with your wedding too)!

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These are our two fabulous hosts, Kathryn and Rebecca from Engaging Concepts.  They produce this event every year for the wedding industry and each one is more unforgettable than the last!  Thank you ladies for including us again!!!

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What beach party would be complete without our own private fireworks show?!?  That’s right, we ended the evening with a bang as fireworks were shot off from just outside the shore break.  Amazing!  Such a special end to the night and beginning to the trip!

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Stay tuned for more Cayman Islands wedding planning ideas all this week from Engage!14.

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

 Event Vendors: Location: Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Overall Design, Decor, Planning: Celebrations LTD, Steel Pan Drummers: Steel Attitude, Fireworks: Fireworks Limited, Tequila: Casa Noble Tequila, Linens: Nuage Designs