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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Romantic Beach Destination Wedding on St. John, USVI

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Crystal and Lou traveled from Boston to St. John, USVI with 55 friends and family to celebrate their nuptials in a beautiful beach destination wedding. The pair enlisted the expertise and assistance of destination wedding planners, Island Style Weddings, who had actually planned the bride’s uncle’s wedding on St. John eight years prior. The bride shared with us a bit about the experience and coming back to this special island.

St. John is Crystal’s favorite island vacation spot and she always said she would get married there after attending her Uncle Danny’s wedding, 8 years earlier. We both wanted to do a smaller, more intimate wedding that felt personal to us both. This was the best way to keep the group small, with our closest friends and family, and make it a week of celebrating. 

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The inspiration was sand and gold colors, which I thought would play off really nicely with the turquoise St. John water. We didn’t want to use too much in terms of embellishment because the surrounding beach and scenery was beautiful in itself, and we liked the simple island feel with a touch of color. After looking online at Mary’s past weddings, we loved everything we saw and put our trust in her…and it turned out more beautiful than we pictured.

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Most memorable moment from the day… was being on the beach, taking pictures with all our friends and family after the formal ceremony. It was so humbling to see all these people travel so far to be with us, on a beach that meant so much to us already. Another favorite moment of Crystal’s was walking in to the Waterfront Bistro for the first time, seeing all the people seated at the gorgeous tables that we had pictured for all those months. We had never been to the Bistro so it was exciting to watch it all come together. Also our last song was an incredible memory, when they played “Shut up and Dance” and we did a group hug with all the wedding guests. We didn’t want it to end!

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Advice for other couples… is to get a wedding planner! And research pictures of flowers, tablescapes and scenery. I was hesitant to go with gold in the beginning but was so glad that I stuck to my gut. The gold candelabras, table scape accents and the crystal chandeliers are what “made it.” The gold sand with starfish table assignments were another great accent. 

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Mary from Island Style Weddings added her sentiments about the big day:

What a fun group they were! I was deeply honored to be able to perform a second family wedding. How sweet it was that Crystal had attended Jennifer and Dan’s wedding eight years prior on St John.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elisha Orin

Wedding Vendors: Groom, Groomsmen, Ring bearer & Father of Bride Ties: Ralph Lauren, Groom’s Shirt: custom by Elegancia, Groom’s Pants: custom linen by Studio Suits, Rings:  Descenza, Invitations: Minted, Save the Dates: Appy Couple, Wedding Planning and Design: Island Style Weddings, Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay, Ceremony Music: Albion Sewer – Steel Pan, Officiant: Mary Bartolucci: Island Style Weddings, Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro, Reception Music: DJ Adonis Morton, Florist: Jessica Aubain – Roses too, Cake: Queen of Tarts, Hair/Makeup: Sugar and Spice, Rehearsal Party Venue: Drink, Caterer for rehearsal dinner: Local and Tasty, Sailing Charter: Daydreamer, Bridal Gown: Cristina’s Bridal

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Luxury Destination Wedding Location in The Bahamas

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Quite possibly the best, relaxed luxury you’ll find in the Caribbean, The Cove Eleuthera is The Bahamas’ best kept secret. I got the opportunity to check out the boutique property recently and few hotels are designed more perfectly for destination weddings than this.   It would be hard to relocate for your honeymoon and ever leave, so I suggest you don’t.

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A destination wedding at this spot means picturesque nature 360 degrees. For your ceremony site, how about standing on a point straddling two bays in the Caribbean for views on all sides? You and your fiancé can literally say “I do” between two beautiful, white sand beaches.

From there, cocktails could be served at the Greecian-esque outdoor bar perched overlooking one of those breathtaking bays.

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When you’re ready for your group to reset and relocate for dinner, there’s an expansive infinity pool deck awaiting your wedding reception just steps away with equally as stunning of a view – from all sides.

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In the event of rain, the modern, white, and perfectly appointed restaurant will not only suffice but serve as a swanky spot to dance the night away in.

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Or, should a true beach wedding be more your destination style, celebrate in the sand on either private beach – just take your pick!

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And the best part about The Cove Eleuthera? With only 57 rooms (mostly bungalows and private villas), it’s built for a buy-out. Just imagine, you and all your favorite friends and family taking over this 40 acre property, strolling through 600 palm trees seeking out fresh coconut water, napping amongst the 30 hammocks, and bumping into each other not only at dinner, but perhaps around the point during an afternoon snorkel or paddleboard session.

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It’s truly the perfect home away from home for a wedding party – even the rooms are wedding chic white in color! And for the newlyweds, opt for one of the beachfront three bedroom villas complete with butler service and private infinity pool (and double it as a welcome cocktail spot or post-wedding brunch venue).

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Then bring in a rake and scrape band for some local tunes, serve up some fresh lionfish (that’s caught off the reef to help eradicate them from the area), and toast with an “I Love the Cove” cocktail – complete with fresh sage and you’ve got yourself the perfect destination wedding party.

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Saying “I do” to the island of Eleuthera and The Cove means your happily ever after begins the minute you touch down in this paradise.

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All Photos from Enchantment Group.

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