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.


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


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


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