Beautiful Beach Wedding in Turks & Caicos

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Did you catch Elaine and Graham’s rehearsal dinner on the blog yesterday? Check it out here if you missed it! This happy couple landed in Turks & Caicos for their destination wedding weekend with loved ones and at the helm of the production was one of our favorite destination wedding planners, Ali Phillips of Engaging Events by Ali.

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Welcome bags, paper details, a wedding monogram and more – no details were left undone at this big day!

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We asked Ali to tell us a bit about all the festivities on island and here’s what she had to say!  “One hundred family and friends enjoyed a gorgeous (and windy) sunny day at the pool at Seven Stars Grace Bay Hotel and met Elaine and Graham on the beach at 5:30pm as they said their vows on the white sand of Turks and Caicos on Grace Bay beach at the Seven Stars Grace Bay Hotel. It was a gorgeous backdrop for a very special ceremony that the couple helped write with their officiant.”

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The on-the-sand ceremony had such a breathtaking backdrop it didn’t need much, but the pops of color made the otherwise all white decor scream with celebration!

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“Guests were invited to enjoy appetizers after they washed off the sand on their toes at the shoe station, donned their heels and made their way to the 7th floor Penthouse Suite to enjoy a gorgeous view of Grace Bay Beach and the magical sunset.”

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“The cocktail hour featured a fun photo montage of the couple and a toast by the father of the bride, who then invited everyone to dinner.”

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“Guests made their way to the sun deck for a seated dinner on the West Deck. Candlelight, colorful flowers and crisp white linens greeted the guests as they took their seats for dinner.”

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“The DJ took over after dinner and kept everyone entertained with general dancing until 11pm. But the party continued once the music stopped at 11pm with a bonfire on the beach, a cigar roller for all and completed with S’mores stations for guests to enjoy.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Brilliant Studios, Andrew Mann

Wedding Vendors:  Planning and Design: Engaging Events by Ali, Ali Phillips, Location: Seven Stars Grace Bay Hotel, Wedding Invitations and Paperwork/Logos for welcome bag: Clementine Ink, Music for Ceremony: Kelci Talbot, Keyboards, DJ: Cliff Sampath, Flowers: Environmental Arts

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Beach Rehearsal Dinner in Turks & Caicos

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Today is day one of our two part story of the darling destination wedding of Elaine and Graham to Turks and Caicos where they kicked off the weekend with a beachside rehearsal dinner for all their excited guests. We chatted with their destination wedding planner, Ali Phillips from Engaging Events by Ali to get the scoop on all the details.

Elaine and Graham expressed to me that they wanted to have a fun experience for their guests on the beach for their welcome dinner. They also wanted guests to experience a different beach area than the hotel the guests were all staying at so I found this specific location on the beach.”

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“We worked with the local catering company, Kissing Fish, to create a fun buffet style menu. Then we added the tent to protect the guests from the sunshine and possible rain.”

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The decor complimented the setting perfectly with blues and white tones along with some starfish and nautical touches.

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“Guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset and Kelci Talbot performed on the steel drums and also brought his keyboard and sang. Guests set up an impromptu dance floor in the sand!”

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Stay tuned tomorrow where we share Elaine and Graham’s destination wedding in Turks and Caicos!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Brilliant Studios, Andrew Mann

Wedding Vendors: Planning and Design: Engaging Events by Ali, Ali Phillips, Location: Bay Bistro Beach at Sibonne, Catering: Kissing Fish Catering, Music: Kelci Talbot – Steel drums and keyboards and singing

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New Sandals LaSource Caribbean Honeymoon + Destination Wedding Location

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Looking for an off the beaten path place to touch down for your honeymoon but you don’t want to forgo luxury for a little taste of untouched paradise? Then look no further than Sandals LaSource on the island of Grenada, the Spice Isle. Known for it’s local nutmeg, beautiful beaches and Southern Caribbean hospitality and charm, Grenada is an island lush with rainforest, peppered with quaint and quiet beaches, and perfect for those who want to say “I do” to something tropical but a tad different too.

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When you stay, whether to wed, moon, or both, the must go-to is the new Sandals LaSource Resort – an all-inclusive property complete with butler suites, plunge and infinity pool-clad rooms and all the amenities you’ve come to know and love from a luxury property.  If you like a little adventure, they’ve got that too!  From scuba to paddle boarding, boat cruises to secluded snorkel spots and even Jeep tours to waterfalls deep within the rainforest, you will never run out of things to do while you’re here.  Oh, and how could we forget the spa!  Ahhh-mazing!

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Not only to honeymoon, this spectacular place is also great for destination weddings. With only one wedding at a time at the resort, couples have the luxury of making last minute location changes due to weather or simply a change of mind. When you arrive, you’ll meet with your onsite wedding specialist to finalize all those destination wedding details that are oh-so important to you. Meanwhile, the planning and prep work has been done for you, but this is your chance to touch and feel, even taste your choices, giving you the time and freedom to make changes as you see fit on the spot. Then, once the details are ready for the big day, you hit the beach and let Sandals and their dedicated and truly enthusiastic staff take care of the rest!

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I had the pleasure of touching down at Sandals LaSource recently and I was blown away by the service, the staff, and the caliber of suites available to couples (I highly recommend the Rondoval Butler Suite complete with a private pool, patio and room in the round!). If you want a place to call home on your big day that has all the amenities you could ever ask for while maintaining the natural experience of a virtually untouched island in the Caribbean, then you’ve just found it at Sandals LaSource.

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For more information about Sandals LaSource on Grenada, check out their website and wedding planning tools.

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Four Seasons Destination Wedding in Nevis

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Sarah and Nate said I do at a small church on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean before celebrating with friends and loved ones at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Nevis.  But let’s back up a minute and first take a look at how these lovebirds met – in a very unusual way, back when it all began!  Sarah shared with us their love story.

 “Nate and I met on twitter. Our initial exchange debated the merits (laziness) of using the valet at the gym. Nate didn’t see the wisdom of using the valet, but I did. From there it was more weighty debates like how Khloe Kardashian affects Lamar Odom’s play, why anyone would want to be a Montreal Canadien’s fan and how many chicken wings Nate should eat that night. The rest was history!”  True love can be found on twitter!  So great!

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So how did this happy couple land on the small Caribbean island of Nevis for their big day?  “We knew we wanted a destination wedding, but not the typical destination wedding places, somewhere unique and different. It was while in Nevis for the baptism of my goddaughter that the idea was put in motion. We loved the Four Seasons and the attention and care they provide their guests and felt that Nevis would offer our guests a unique experience; an idyllic, unsullied and often unheard of Caribbean island.”

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“To set the mood, the invites were brightly colored and margarita-scented. The RSVP cards were created with special attention to the geographically challenged destination and for our Caribbean friends. We included a photo Welcome booklet in a welcome bag for our guests designed from Minted, as well as Sea Turtle adoption certificates from Sea Turtle Conservancy, Nevis Group. We wanted to give back to the island, so on behalf of our wedding, we adopted two Hawksbill Sea Turtles – Caribelle and Banjo.” 

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The inspiration for the day came from the remoteness of Nevis – the theme was The Great Gatsby entertaining pirates. We wanted guests in black tie and gowns celebrating on this tiny secluded island, dancing on a wooden deck, under the stars.” 

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“Pedro from the Four Seasons understood the theme perfectly and suggested their restaurant Mango.” 

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“To lessen the formality and add a Caribbean laid back vibe, the escort cards had everyone’s nicknames instead of their proper names. One can’t think of pirates sailing around the Caribbean without thinking of rum. We included a Tiki Rum Hut with rums from all over the Caribbean. Guests were invited to rum tastings and to create custom rum cocktails.”

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“We wanted an authentic nautical map of Nevis as our guest book, and chose a navigational map issued by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office; the same map used by the British Navy.” 

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“Kathy and her team from Meeting Dynamics flew in and built custom shadow box tables. The shadow boxes were filled with sand, twinkling lights, coral and seashells and the table had a centerpiece of candles and hydrangeas. Walking into Mango and seeing the set up with the backdrop of the water was breathtaking.” 

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“One of the best surprises of the evening was recorded message from my ninety-eight year old grandfather who couldn’t attend. It was so nice that he was a little part of our day.” 

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“Nate wanted a chocolate cake but acquiesced to a vanilla sponge cake so I surprised him with a groom’s cake. Nate is an avid baseball fan so the pastry chef at the Four Seasons created a cake that was baseball shaped with double chocolate.” 

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“Being in Nevis with our closest friends and family was so special and wonderful – sunbathing by the pool, the welcome party at Sunshine’s (THE beach bar to visit on the island) and the wedding itself. It was really amazing having this time with everyone who traveled so far to celebrate with us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Janice Yi Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony location: St Theresa Catholic Church, Reception venue + catering: Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Reception styling: Meeting Dynamics, Guestbook: Nevis Nautical Map, Wedding favors: Sea Turtle Conservatory, Reception music: Green House Band, Welcome booklet: Minted, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Bride’s fascinator: Blair Nadeau, Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin via David’s, Bride’s gown: Justin Alexander via Diva Boutique, Lace capelet: Pronovias via Diva Boutique, Groom’s attire: Tom’s place, Florist: Bloom Bridal

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Formal Destination Wedding in Old San Juan, PR

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Melissa and David said I do in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico after a love affair that had them living far apart to start.  We asked the couple to share their story with us.  “We met in January 2010 when we were introduced by mutual friends. Dave lived in Wilmington DE at the time and I lived in NYC. We met in a bar called the Other Room in NYC’s Greenwich Village. We met the day after to watch football and then started our two and a half year love affair with Amtrak and the NJ Turnpike. The long distance made us closer and we were engaged in May of 2012.”

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“One of the best moments of the wedding day was electing to do a “first look” before the ceremony began. This allowed us to have some special alone time before the big day officially kicked off with all of our family and friends. Taking photos at the forts in Old San Juan was really fun and exciting.”

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For the ceremony the couple incorporated Filipino wedding traditions close to their hearts.

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“Our favorite photo is the infamous “grassy knoll” shot where Dave is chasing me up the hill (mostly because he is helping to keep me from falling down the hill). It really captured the beauty of San Juan and the playfulness of our relationship. It was also very hot and we kind of forgot about all that for a minute.” 

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After the grand Cathedral wedding, a swanky reception was under way!  “Our theme was Classic. We wanted the beauty and charm of Old San Juan and the history of the Cathedral and El Convento to set the stage for a simple and elegant celebration.”

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“The color palette was kept neutral to help emphasize the architecture and the old world feel of this part of the city.”

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We always ask couples for advice for our readers as they look back.  This bride’s tip is priceless!  “It is important to let all of your planning and hard work go into “autopilot” in the days leading up to your wedding. A lot of the little details that you sweat and agonize over are just that — little. Keep sight of the big importance of the day and the uniqueness of the moment. It is rare and once-in-a-lifetime to have all of your friends and family in one place for one day. Take time to savor the special day and absorb as much of the moment as you can… it zooms by too fast.”

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And for the honeymoon?  The couple was then off to the W Resort Vieques, Puerto Rico – an island nearby but apart from their wedding party.  Great idea!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Caroline + Ben Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer:C&M Cakes, Makeup Artist: Caridad Vidro, Event Designer: Festivo, Reception Venue: Hotel El Convento, Event Planner: Momentus Special Events & More, Band:Sin Prisa

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