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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Tropical Destination Wedding on St. John, USVI

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Meryl and Danny said “I do” at a destination wedding on St. John, USVI with an intimate group of family and friends by their sides. Full of tropical wedding details, beautiful moments (and settings), and lots of personal touches, the bride shared their story with us. To start, they chose to wed atop a hill on St. John at Villa Kalorama, a setting with stunning views! Villa Kalorama has some of the best views on St. John and they loved it’s modern design. It has the perfect floor plan for events including sliding glass doors that open to the beautiful island breeze.” 

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Meryl is an artist and wanted to incorporate painting into their theme so she painted watercolor backgrounds for their invitations. Her sister-in-law, Michelle Manfre, designed the rest of the invitation suite. The invites had the look of Caribbean water with a modern gold design which was the first indication of their wedding style. The theme began to evolve when Meryl and her mother decided to hand dip dye the welcome bags along with the napkins and table runners for the reception. They used the same blues of the water and incorporated gold into the rest of the décor. The flowers were kept simple yet stunning with the use of single King Proteas in clear vases.” 

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All guests received a hand dipped canvas welcome bag with a wedding week itinerary, large plastic cups with Meryl and Danny’s names and wedding date, island snacks, flip-flops and other goodies!” 

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“Aside from the blue and gold elements in the invites and décor, Meryl wanted the bridal party to remain neutral so the colors around them would truly pop. The girls were asked to pick their own nude toned dresses and the guys were in a simple grey suit with understated blue ties. Danny wore a blue suit with a grey bowtie that stood out from the rest and the ring bearer was in blue and grey. Everything tied together in an elegant and unique way making Meryl’s vision come to life!”

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“The reception was beautifully kicked off by their first dance, the cutting of the cake, a toast from the father of the bride and with Meryl thanking everyone for coming. Dinner was truly magical under the glowing lights, the island breeze and the view of other islands in the distance. Once dinner wrapped up, the party got started and the dancing began. The highlight of the reception was when the mother of the bride busted out HUNDREDS of glow products and musical instruments! The entire party got into it and the groom was even wearing a light-up fedora. Guests went crazy over the glow products making it extra fun for everyone. There was also an ice cream bar open for guests to serve themselves towards the end of the evening.  When it came time for their exit, Meryl and her mother surprised Danny with an accordion player which was in memory of his mother who had passed nearly 10 years prior. She loved to embarrass Danny by playing her accordion in front of his friends and it is something his family laughs about often.” 

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Meryl used single King Proteas for all of the ladies. The bride’s bouquet had some additional greenery. For décor, King Proteas were placed in simple vases lining the center of the dining tables.”

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“They wanted cake was simple and showed off the island’s flavors. It was vanilla and mango for one tier and rum cake with key lime for the second tier with butter cream frosting.” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Vann

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Villa Kalorama, St. John, USVI, Wedding Coordination: Paradise Planning, Catering: Passion Fruit Chefs, Flowers: Roses Too, Bridal Hair and Makeup: Sugar & Spice Artistry, Music: DJ Snow, Steel Drum player: Albion Sewer, Ice cream vendor: St. John Scoops, Dress: Temperley London, Shoes: Ilenia P., Hair piece: White Orchid Bridal, Earrings: Crafts and Love, Suit: Suit Supply, Shoes: Cole Haan, Bowtie: The ZB Savoy Bowtie Company, Pocket square: J Crew, Socks: Happy Socks

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St. John USVI Destination Wedding at Ancient Ruins

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Katie and Ryan selected St. John in the USVI for their intimate destination wedding with close friends and family. The pair wed at the beautiful hilltop sugar plantation called Annaberg Ruins, followed by a reception at St. John Ultimate Villas.

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Laura Hayes from Anticipation Events shared with us their story. “Katie + Ryan wanted a beach wedding, but Katie is a modern girl and didn’t want your typical sand and seashell look, so she chose St. John’s Ultimate Villas. Their villa was gorgeous and seaside, but also modern and perfect for them.”

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When Katie + Ryan asked us to hop on a plane in the middle of the Polar Vortex (i.e. Chicago winter) and head to St. John for their nuptials, there was no way we were saying no! Katie and Ryan got married at the Annaberg Ruins, a sugar plantation named by the Dutchman who acquired it in 1758.” 

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“For the reception, they rented a house called Villa Kalorama which means “Beautiful View” and it was the perfect setting for their modern beach shindig. As if that wasn’t enough, the truth is, we adore this gal.  Way back in the day when our founder, Elizabeth, planned events at Shedd Aquarium Katie was the first person she ever managed. Katie and Ryan were dating then, so it was only a matter of time before this day arrived. When Elizabeth left Shedd to travel and then started Anticipation Events, Katie was the first person she called when she realized she had enough clients to bring on a coordinator.  And, Katie is responsible for introducing at least three more of us to Anticipation Events. We love her for this and so many other reasons. As any good planner would, Katie realized her want to take over and direct all weekend long so she brought me on to do that for her.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ryan Moore Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony + Reception: St. John Ultimate Villas, Catering: St. John Catering, Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events, Cake: VI Desserts, Hotel: The Westin St. John Resort, Makeup/Hair: Sugar and Spice Spa, Rehearsal Dinner: Joe’s Rum Hut

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