Beautiful Beach Destination Wedding on St. John

Felicia and Drew held their destination wedding on the beautiful island of St. John. So how did the couple come to select an island wedding for their big day? The pair shared their story with us…

Drew was born on an island (albeit Long Island!) and grew up in a Florida beach town. Since my childhood, I have spent nearly all of my vacation time on a beach or near the water. Through the years, most of our vacations together have revolved around water, in one form or another. Drew proposed at the top of a snow covered mountain in Lake Tahoe. So, when it came time to choose a wedding location there was no question that we would somehow incorporate our love of water. We ultimately decided that since we got engaged on a mountain, we should get married on a beach.

We knew that we wanted a U.S. destination. Neither of us had been to the Virgin Islands so we decided to cross two items off our bucket list at once! We researched St. John and after seeing photos of Trunk Bay, it was settled.

Working with Island Style Weddings was amazing! I have a Type A personality so planning a destination wedding at a location we had never seen could have easily pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone! However, Mary put me at ease from day one. On our first call she explained that they focus on one wedding at a time. At that point I knew that hiring them would be the best planning decision I would make. And it was! Mary and her team coordinated every detail from guest accommodations, transportation and pre-wedding activities to hair and makeup, décor and flowers, photography, food and music. They provided a vendor list which was all encompassing, yet not overwhelming. They have personal relationships with their vendors and that makes all the difference in the experience that you have with each of them. Mary even officiated the ceremony for us. The level of personal attention we received throughout the entire process was wonderful! They took every phone call, read every email, listened to our ideas and provided guidance and comfort when needed. When the big day finally arrived, we were able to relax and enjoy it. Thanks to Island Style Weddings, our wedding was everything we ever wanted … and more!

There had been the threat of rain all day but on the drive from our villa to Trunk Bay, in between short showers, we saw a fantastic rainbow. We accepted that as a good sign! Yet, we did have to postpone the ceremony for a few minutes to let a brief rain shower pass. During that time, while Mary coordinated the guests and the groom on the beach, Brenda waited patiently with me under an umbrella at the top of the ramp leading to the sand. Just before I started my walk down the aisle, she helped me arrange my dress and assured me that rain on your wedding day is a sign of blessings to come.

I had chosen to walk down the aisle to the acoustic guitar version of “A Pirate Looks at 40”, one of Drew’s favorite Jimmy Buffett songs, but I had kept it a secret from Drew. It was delightful to see his expression when he recognized the song … and when he first saw me.

While I was barefoot for our beach ceremony, Drew (initially) wore flip flops. About half-way through the ceremony, I noticed that he was shaking off his shoes. Literally. When I asked him about it later, he said the thought had suddenly occurred to him: He was standing on a sandy beach … why was he wearing shoes?

St. John is so beautiful naturally, we did not want the ceremony décor to distract from the existing landscape. Instead, we took a “less is more” approach and chose simple decorations in white and pale tones to accent the sand and the ocean as our backdrop.

What stands out vividly is the laughter. There was so much joy and love and laughter surrounding us throughout the entire day.

We can honestly say that the entire day was perfect! We got married on a beautiful island, surrounded by our closest family and friends. What’s not to love??

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer + Videographer: Andrew and Elisha Wedding Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Island Style Weddings, Wedding Dress: Bel Fiore Bridal, Wedding Invitations: Minted, Hair + Makeup: Cruz Salon, Flowers: Roses Too, Officiant: Mary Bartolucci, Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay, Ceremony Music: Chris Robbert, Reception Venue: The Terrace, Reception Entertainment: DJ Adonis, Wedding Cake: Queen of Tarts, Accommodations: Villa Mistral, Welcome Party Venue: Joe’s Rum Hut, Beach Day Venue: Maho Bay, Transportation: Chris Taxi and Limo Services, Dress Steaming: Kilroy’s Dry Cleaners

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Caribbean Beach Wedding on the Sand of St. Thomas

Laysha and Timothy tied the knot in a beach wedding on St. Thomas. This bride did double duty as Laysha was the bride and a wedding planner at the same time! We asked her about the big day and the details that came to be and here’s what the pair had to share:

Lindquist Beach is our favorite beach on the island. It was also the one decision I allowed Tim to make. I asked him where he wanted the ceremony. He immediately said “Lindquist”, so I gave it to him. I wasn’t disappointed.

The first look was incredible. It was so nice having that time to be with him right before we said our vows. It was perfect. Another moment was the moment that the stress melted away. That was when my Matron of Honor presented me with a glass of champagne as I fell into my chair to get my hair and makeup done. That was the moment that I felt like I was finished and from that point, on, I could enjoy my wedding day.

My inspiration for the design and theme was to be different than other brides. I wanted to be able to show my future clients that they didn’t have to do the same thing everyone else does. That’s why I didn’t have an arch, but instead went with trees. I didn’t choose colors that are typical for beach weddings, but chose darker colors which popped really well with the bright sky and turquoise water of the Caribbean ocean.

My something borrowed was my late brother’s license, which I simply stuck in my bouquet as a little secret that only a few family members and my husband knew about. I wanted to have him there somehow, but I didn’t want to draw attention to it. I wanted it to be a happy day, and it was. Having his license in my bouquet made it as if the 3 most important men of my family were there to walk me down the aisle. My brother, who was there in our thoughts, and my father and grandfather, who were physically there.

Sapphire Beach for the reception was a last-minute change. The original location became unavailable because of a communication error when it was booked. I’m glad that we ended up at Sapphire, because the venue is much prettier than where we were originally. It really put my coordinating skills to the test, having to change 2 days before the wedding, but we made it work and it was worth it in the end.

  

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blue Glass Photography

Wedding Vendors: Bride + Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Irie Matrimony Weddings + Events, Florist: East End Flower Shop, Hair and Makeup: Sugar and Spice Salon Spa, Officiant: Island Wedding Services, Food and Beverage (Cocktail Hour): St. Thomas Restaurant Group, Food and Beverage (Reception): Janee Tune, Videography: DOW Studio, Transportation: Marley Taxi, Cake: Island Sweet Stuff, Desserts: VI Desserts

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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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