An Oceanfront Wedding on the island of Nevis

Malea and Eric wanted an intimate wedding and opted for a destination wedding on a somewhat remote island in the Caribbean to give them just that. The two tied the knot at the swanky Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Malea gave us a peek into their big day and how it came to be.

When we got engaged, we decided pretty quickly we wanted a small, intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. With that in mind, we wanted to select a destination that our guests could also spend a few extra days vacationing. Ultimately, we chose the remote West Indies island Nevis for its gorgeous beaches, quaint town, and Nevis Peak. But what really sold us on the secluded island was The Four Seasons Resort. We knew we could trust the long-standing, prestigious brand with our wedding and that it would be flawlessly executed. Not the mention, the grounds would be immaculate and the food would be top notch. Another key factor in our decision-making was that we didn’t want a bustling, tourist town with cruise ships flocking in every day. For us, it was about seclusion, uniqueness and the ability to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guests.

When we officially selected Nevis as the destination, we knew the island scenery would be nothing short of amazing with breathtaking mountain views, panoramic multi-colored ocean and lush gardens. We didn’t want to compete with the natural surroundings, so we chose a neutral palette of tans and grays, with small pops of color in the floral arrangements and groomsmen’s ties and pocket squares to bring it all together. 

  

Other than the actual exchanging of vows, there are a couple of moments that we relive regularly in complete awe. First, we strategically scheduled an “event” every day that guests were in Nevis. From the moment guests arrived, we wanted their experience to be as great as our own. On Thursday, we hosted a welcome celebration at the Resort with a full buffet dinner. Friday, guests were shuttled half way up Nevis Peak for a sunset rehearsal dinner at Golden Rock Inn, nestled in the jungle with sweeping views of the ocean. Saturday proved beautiful for our nuptials on the 18th green lawn, overlooking the ocean. And the finale included a half-day catamaran cruise complete with snorkeling adventures. The other moments that we constantly relive are the hours leading up to the wedding itself. We had a three-hour block of time that we spent with exclusively with our Details photographers, exploring the island with our wedding party. The photos and video captured the personality of our crew and in-the-moment experiences that would otherwise be lost over time. 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Details Nashville

Wedding Vendors: Location, Flowers, Catering, Rentals, Lighting: The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Resort, Wedding Dress: The White Room, Menswear: J. Crew Ludlow Suit, Wedding Specialist: Sabrina Shelton, The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Resort Resort, Band: Jazzique & The Green House Band, Catamaran: Leeward Island Charters, Rehearsal Dinner: Golden Rock Inn, Bride’s gift from Groom: Tiffany’s Paloma Picasso Rose Gold Olive Leaf Vine Pendant, Groom’s gift from Bride: SportTaucher A. BL.LS watch,  from Brinker’s Jewelers

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Picture-Perfect Private Island Destination Wedding in The Bahamas

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Kaileigh and Kyle held their destination wedding at the beautiful Hope Town Harbor Lodge on a private island in The Bahamas. The couple had a special place in their hearts for the location, a destination that the bride had been going to most of her life. Kaileigh shared the story of their big day with us.

My family has a house in the Abacos and I’ve grown up going there. My favorite place in the whole world to hang out is where we had the reception – I even took swimming lessons there when I was a child! Kyle visited a few times with me while we were dating. He instantly wanted to move there and open a coconut stand. It was safe to say he agreed with the location.

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We asked the bride about her favorite moments from the day:

When I saw Kyle’s face walking in the ceremony.

Getting ready with my friends, mom & Ky’e mom.

Seeing my dad walk in while we were getting ready in his seersucker suit and pink sailboat tie.

Surprising the guests with the fireworks.

And of course, when everyone jumped in the pool!

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We both went to/met at the University of Alabama, hence the red & white shakers.

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I wanted everything to look elegant with subtle beach elements. I picked blush, gold and white to offset the beach scenery (instead of selecting a turquoise or coral). We wanted to make it as personal as possibly and spent a lot of time with the details such as the welcome baskets, table names, Bahamian bread favors, the napkins, etc. My goal was for people to look at things and know that they were related to Kyle and I.

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And an update on the events that night…
The guy doing the olympic-like backflip into the pool is ok.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Esther Louise Photography

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer + Setup: Buds N Blooms, Event Venue: Hope Town Harbor Inn, Cake Designer:Kent LeBoutillier, Dress Store: Pronovias, Church: St. James Hope Town, Band: Suppa Time, Pastor: Mr. Vernon Malone

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Havana Nights Themed Wedding Shoot

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Today we’ve got a beautiful bridal inspiration shoot from Barcelona Brides, with the theme of Havana nights to inspire your exotic Cuban destination “I do!”

While Havana may have been on the brain, the shoot actually took place in an industrial warehouse in Barcelona and here’s what Barcelona Brides had to say about the day.

We wanted to really create a feel of Havana so this warehouse was perfect with its grey unfinished walls and aged feel.

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The smile of our model Delma’s was so sweet and joyful, every time she smiled it was memorable.

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The grey walls contrasted with a vibrant palette of coral pink, orange and green with aged creams and browns to give a feel of tropical Old Havana. Floral Designer Pepe Von Strudel combined dried wild flowers and daisies with exuberant tropical orchids and minimal floral design which provokes sensations and connects us with our senses, passion and love.

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Little pleasures in the form of Cuban motifs; aged rum, Cohibas and fresh mojitos set the tone and a beautifully simple 3 tier wedding cake by Platitos de Azucar added a sweet touch. We used original Cuba textbooks from the 1950s courtesy of the Florist’s grandmother (she was from Havana).

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Photo Shoot Team: Veil + Dress: Larca, Hair and Makeup: Erika Gisbert Makeup, Model: Delma, Floral Design: Von Strudel, Planning + Design: Barcelona Brides, Wedding Cake: Platitos de Azucar, Plates: Graciela Amor al Plato, Photographer: The Red Tuft

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Sweet Punta Cana Destination Wedding on the Beach

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Jessica and Barry tied the knot in a beautiful destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.  With friends and loved ones by their side, they said “I do” in an idyllic spot that was picture-perfect for them.  Blushing bride Jessica shared with us the story of their big day.

We chose Punta Cana because it is stunningly beautiful. The water is sparkling blue, the sand is pure white, and the sunsets are breathtaking.

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We were aiming for a relaxed bohemian vibe. The bridesmaids were mismatched because we wanted the styling to look organic but cohesive. We paired the turquoise blue with cream to tie the decor together in a natural way.

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Our favorite part of the day was dancing the night away with our friends and family. The bistro lights strung up over the beach made the perfect setting for an amazing dance party.

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Advice for other destination wedding couples? My best advice is to arrive at your destination a few days ahead of your guests. It allows you to attend all the meetings to finalize plans, visit the events locations, and chat with your wedding planner without missing any quality time with your loved ones.

Planning a destination wedding can be challenging because you make your decisions without ever actually seeing the location or decor. Trust your wedding planner. They know what’s needed to create an unforgettable experience.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Now Larimar, Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Bridal Shoes: Michael Kors

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New Caribbean Destination Wedding Location: Kimpton Seafire

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We’ve got a bit of breaking news to share with you – about a stunning new Caribbean property that’s picture-perfect for a destination wedding, posh bachelorette weekend or romantic honeymoon too!  The new Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa recently opened on the famed Seven Mile Beach of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands and we had the chance to see it just a few weeks after the doors opened.  The property boasts four restaurants, multiple wedding venues (large and small), a stunning spa, and plenty of activities to keep your guests enjoying every minute – from jet skiing right off the shore to sleeping under the Caribbean sun or sitting by a fire pit sharing stories at night.

But what about the actual wedding itself?  If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping ceremony site with a tropical setting, I think we may have found just what you’re looking for!

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The highlight of the property for me is not only its gorgeous wedding ceremony site, but its aisle too!  That’s right, the grand entrance for brides and grooms is just that grand!  Picture walking down a curved stone path in the sun and entering the sand under a modern archway to greet your guests sitting on the beach, framed by two large tropical trees.  Then of course the clear blue Caribbean water sets the scene as the backdrop for your vows and you’ve got a ceremony site no one can soon forget!

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For your reception, just steps from the sand you’ll find intimate spaces among the Beachfront Bungalows as well as a large lawn space on the Seabridge Green, both ideal for al fresco dining with epic sunset views and some serious stargazing at night.  With spaces to suit over 500 guests, you can invite all your loved ones to celebrate in the sand and sun with you!

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Speaking of dinner, when visiting the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa don’t forget to dine at a number of the four swanky eateries on property (and even partake in the complimentary wine hour for all hotel guests every night in the lobby!).  My personal favorite spot was the casual Coccoloba Bar & Grill where you can cozy up to the bar facing the waterfront and stay all day with a fresh cocktail in hand.

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When you retire at night you’ll find that the 266 rooms and suites are modern and chic yet inviting and even fun!  Most all have floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views and if you’re planning to entertain during your wedding week then I highly recommend you stay in the posh oceanfront bungalow suites.  These spacious suites have gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces with plenty of room to party among friends, and in the evening, the view sets the scene for a romantic evening for two!

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For a spectacular beach wedding with all the finer amenities, service, staff and food and drink you could want, check out the new Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa to call home during your destination wedding weekend in the Cayman Islands.

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