Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Destination Wedding

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Jeorjina and Michael landed on beautiful Seven Mile Beach for their Cayman Islands destination wedding.  With sixty of their closest friends and family, they traveled from Washington DC to touch down in paradise for a week of festivities.  We asked the couple what made them pick this place for their big day?  “It was important to us to have a memorable location for our wedding and the opportunity to spend time with our guests beyond the day-of-activities. Our wedding was a perfect excuse to invite our family and friends on a mini-vacation with us. Grand Cayman’s beautiful beaches, several accommodation choices, and friendly residents made the choice easy for us. 

We visited Grand Cayman a year before our wedding and were immediately sold when we figured out a way to have our wedding at Luca and Caribbean Club. The staff was tremendous and the reviews we received were exceptional. About half our wedding party stayed in the condos that week and everyone continued to rave about the Caribbean Club all week long, and to this day!”

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The palette the couple picked was one of dark blues, light pinks and white – all that blended nicely with the beautiful backdrop of the ocean.  With a chevron pattern in play and lots of destination details, guests knew from the moment they touched down that this would be a special week of celebrations!

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On the wedding day, guests were welcomed to remove their shoes before the ceremony on the sand.

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And mini beach balls awaited them to shower the bride and groom after the “I do.”  Love this idea!!

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We asked Jeorjina about the many memorable moments that day.  For her?  Walking down the aisle…”Seeing all of our loved ones gathered at the ceremony for the first time. (I cried the whole way down the aisle!) We know destination weddings can be more difficult logistically in terms of time and expense. It really meant a lot to us both that they traveled to Grand Cayman to share that moment with us.”

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That love was felt by all.  Wedding planner Meg Paterson of Octopus Events said, “There was just so much love between the two of them all day. Jeorjina is so beautiful anyway but she just glowed and Mike looked as though he could pinch himself to check that it was really happening.”

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The couple kept the ceremony decor simple to let the landscape speak for itself.  But beautiful white florals adorned with starfish marked the spot they said “I do.”

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Then – the beach ball toss!

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After the ceremony, photographer Aaron Rebarchek took the couple out and about to capture a few fabulous photos.

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Then dinner and dancing at Luca commenced.

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Meg filled us in on the couple’s personal details at the reception.  “The fusion of Panamanian, Greek and American heritage was acknowledged with a table of family photographs going back four generations.”

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“At each guests place the Bride’s mother had placed a bag of 5 Jordanian almonds representing Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility, and Longevity which was a lovely touch and was a tradition passed down in her Greek family.”

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Then a calla lily cake awaited the couple before they jetted off to Italy for their honeymoon!

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 Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Aaron Rebarchek Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Caribbean Club, Reception Location: Luca, Wedding Planner: Octopus Events, Wedding Dress: Ellie’s Bridal

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Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

cayman islands wedding Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingRose and Christian wed on the white sand of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman at the beautiful Caribbean Club.  The couple worked with local company, Octopus Events to create a seamless blend of beach decor with a modern twist and of course made sure the million dollar view was center stage.  Sequins draped the fabric flanked ceremony structure with a sparkling silver tone that created the perfect reflection off the water.  What a way to tie in the grey and pink details!    grand cayman wedding Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingA Spanish guitarist serenaded the happy couple as they said “I do” in a ceremony infused with traditions from the bride’s Philippines heritage.

And shortly after, the entire group of sixty guests posed for a picture perfect moment (a must do when hosting a small destination wedding).  Then the bride and groom and the darling grey clad bridal party and grey suited groomsmen took a stroll down the sand for a few magical sunset shots by Heather Holt Photography.grand cayman weddings Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingThen the newlyweds and their guests said farewell to the beach and headed to Luca for a more formal indoor reception.  Keeping in color palette, they continued the blend of beach and modern decor, pairing sand dollars with pink linen napkins and adding oodles of candles for ambiance in this swanky restaurant setting.pink and grey weddings Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingWith speeches galore and multiple level cakes in abundance, the party kicked into high gear as dinner turned to dancing the duo celebrated their “I do.”   pink and gray wedding Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

Congratulations Rose & Christian!!  And special thanks to Crystal Blue Weddings for sharing this wedding with us!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Heather Holt Photography

Wedding Vendors:  Accommodations and Ceremony Venue:  Caribbean Club, Coordination, Design and Decor:  Octopus Events, Event Rentals and Bridal Florals:  Celebrations, Reception Music:  Bona Fide, Reception Venue: LUCA, Rehearsal Dinner Venue:  Agua, Ceremony Music:  Nathan Herrera, Spanish Guitar

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Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the Dress

cayman luxury charters Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressIt’s day two of our “day after” wedding shoot on Grand Cayman and today our darling bride and groom models get wet!  Cristin and Dave braved the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and swam with the stingrays, wedding dress and all!  They were such amazing and willing participants and the stingrays were hamming it up for the cameras too!  Trash the dress takes on a whole new meaning when wild animals are involved!  But these unusual creatures quickly became more like pets (they meet several thousand people a week so they are quite tame).  And don’t worry, no people or rays were harmed during our shoot!

To start, we dropped anchor on the Cayman Elusion out in the ocean off the coast of Grand Cayman.  Then our beautiful couple took the plunge, literally, right into the breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean waters.  The talented and thrill-seeking photographer, Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography captured it all sitting on a Sea-Doo in the choppy waters nearby.trash the dress photos Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressOnce Dave and Cristin “trashed” their couture, we took a quick ride over to Stingray City, a sandbar in the Cayman Islands where stingrays and tourists alike congregate and mingle.  But brides and grooms?  Now this isn’t something we see everyday!  Both bride and groom were very, very brave for this shoot!adventure wedding photography Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressOur photographers jumped right in with the rays, some with underwater video equipment (videos to come later) and otherwise, their wedding cameras were just above water as they hoped not to get them wet!  Well, the rays got a little playful and a splash or two made it onto a lens, but otherwise all parties were a-okay by the end of the shoot!trash the dress stingray city Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressThe rays are so accustomed to people, you can even feed them and give them a little kiss.  Though at times they looked like something from another planet, they acted like they were part of this new family.  Talk about a photo to hang up back at home!stingray city trash the dress Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressWhat do you think?  Would you dare something only thrill seekers do for your trash the dress session?  Just remember, we took every safety precaution; if you decide to get a bit adventurous with a trash the dress session, be sure to be safe first and foremost!stingray city grand cayman Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressAn enormous thank you to Danielle Cococcia of Crystal Blue Weddings for putting together an amazing dream team for a fantastic day out at sea!  And to everyone who made this shoot possible…if you’re headed to Grand Cayman, these talented folks are people you should certainly call on!

Cayman Islands Weddings: Crystal Blue Weddings

Yacht: Cayman Elusion by Cayman Luxury Charters

Photography:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collection

Floral:  Celebrations

Just Married Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Hair:  Kelly Massias

Makeup: Cristin Alexander

Female Model:  Cristin Alexander

Male Model: Dave Connolly

Hair Pin: Maria Elena Headpieces

 

Crystal Blue Weddings, Beautiful Day Photography, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are vetted and highly recommended advertisers of Jet Fete and/or The Bridal Bar.

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Grand Cayman Wedding Shoot

Starfish Point Weddings1 Grand Cayman Wedding ShootA destination wedding often means ample time at a unique and picturesque setting and hopefully with a destination wedding photographer in tow.  So why not take advantage of that time (and team) and get the most out of your locale?  A “day after” wedding shoot is becoming increasingly popular.  It’s when the newlyweds and photographer get out and about for a day of fun and photos without the stress of a timeline and pressure of the ceremony.  Destination weddings are the PERFECT time and place for a “day after” shoot!  Get out and see the island, take time away just for the two of you to sightsee, really enjoy your environment and marvel at all that’s around you.  And while you’re at it, why not ask your photographer to capture it all?  That’s exactly what we did with today’s inspiration photo shoot.starfish point wedding Grand Cayman Wedding ShootWhen we jetted off to the Cayman Islands a few weeks back for the Engage!11 conference, we thought why not take advantage of the stunning setting and put together a day after adventure!?!  So today and tomorrow, you’ll see what our fantastic team came up with.  The setting – a dreamy day out on the Cayman Elusion, a Cayman Luxury Charter (the perfect way to get away the day after your “I do’s”).  The stops – Starfish Point, a secluded beach where starfish are in abundance and Stingray City – a sandbar off the island where dozens of stingrays congregate.  Our plan was to capture those more casual bride and groom shots once the wedding was done and end the day with a very brave and adventurous trash the dress session, with stingrays and all!  Our models, Dave and Cristin (Cristin was Miss Cayman Islands 2010) were so amazing, we were so lucky to get to work with them!  And of course it didn’t hurt that we had the fabulous adventure-seeking destination wedding photographer, Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography to capture it all!weddings at starfish point Grand Cayman Wedding ShootCristin wore a beautiful dress by Kirstie Kelly (chiffon flows perfectly in a windy locale and made for some great shots floating in the water).  Her look, paired with the neutral suit worn by Dave and the white sands and crystal clear water nearby made the colors of the sky and trees around really pop.  Her bouquet incorporated local flowers and even shells from the island, and was created by the talented local Cayman team at Celebrations.starfish point cayman islands Grand Cayman Wedding ShootWe had the best time out on the ocean and at the beach for this shoot!  Imagine getting away from it all after the wedding and taking some time just for two, yet you’re back by dinner to continue the celebration with friends and family still on island!starfish point grand cayman Grand Cayman Wedding ShootYou can even get a little cheeky…here Dave and Cristin channeled their inner music video divas as they headed back to the boat by Sea-Doo.cayman islands wedding Grand Cayman Wedding ShootWhile you’re out for the day, keep in mind you might just find the perfect Christmas or holiday card photo or the ideal thank you photo for the many thanks you’ll be sending to those who traveled near and far to be with you on your big day.  If you plan ahead and bring a sign or prop or two, you’ll have that much more to work with when planning out your stationery when you touch down back at home.  Just remember to have fun with it, whatever you do!!  This is after all, the day after…no pressure, just fun and time together out of the hotel to see what your chosen destination has to offer.just married signs Grand Cayman Wedding ShootStay tuned tomorrow for photos of the grand finale – Christin and Dave dive in with the stingrays!

And a big hug and giant thanks to the amazing professionals who produced this fantastic day!  Crystal Blue Weddings, the go-to for all things Cayman weddings organized an epic on island team!!   And thanks to those from the states who packed up their gear and goods and joined forces with the amazing local companies.  Such a fun day!

Photo Shoot Team:

Yacht: Cayman Elusion by Cayman Luxury Charters

Photography:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collection

Co-Producer & Cayman Islands Weddings: Crystal Blue Weddings

Floral:  Celebrations

Just Married Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Hair:  Kelly Massias

Makeup: Cristin Alexander

Female Model:  Cristin Alexander

Male Model: Dave Connolly

Hair Pin: Maria Elena Headpieces

 

Crystal Blue Weddings, Beautiful Day Photography, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are vetted and highly recommended advertisers of Jet Fete and/or The Bridal Bar. 

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Engage!11: Cayman Islands Recap

Where do I begin?  What a week I’ve had!  Just touching down from the Caribbean, and I actually have a tan as I type (for me, that’s no small feet)!  Twice a year the amazing women of Engaging Concepts (Rebecca & Kathryn) put on a three day wedding industry event.  This time it was named Engage!11: Cayman Islands, a conference that rivals any destination wedding you or I have probably ever been to.  The plan?  To party, mingle, engage, and learn from and with the most talented wedding industry experts across the country.  The venue?  The fabulous Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.  The result?  A week filled to the brim with perfectly branded swag (by the gals at Gifts for the Good Life, Trisha Hay Design, Kristy Rice and Two Paper Dolls), parties galore designed by the talented on island company Celebrations LTD, and speakers, speakers, speakers, and more speakers with the perfect mix of inspiration, ideas, cold hard facts and ways to improve our wedding businesses.  As always, I had the most amazing time.  Let me say it again, I’ve been to every single Engage event and I had the Most. Amazing. Time.  Each year, those who attend make more and more friends and each year coming back to the beautiful Cayman Islands feels a little like a luxury summer camp where we get to visit and catch up with wonderful familiar faces and supporters…all over a Chunky Monkey cocktail or Pina Colada delivered via a handsome server neck deep in the Caribbean Sea (seriously).  Engage is a mix of inspiration for destination brides (as you can see from the photos) and inspiration for us in the industry to be that much better at what we do.  So here’s a sneak peek at what your wedding planner and photographer might have been up to last week when you got that out of office reply.  The top left photo is of our fabulous hosts, Kathryn Arce (left) and Rebecca Grinnals (right)…two people who have inspired me more than they will ever know.  As a matter of fact, the blog you’re reading right now, Jet Fete, was a result of their last Engage!11 event in San Diego!

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To get a glimpse of why we go to Grand Cayman for this incredible week,  the talented beyond talented video team of Cloud 9 Creative created a short film about the Engage!11 location – the Cayman Islands.  Yes, it’s hard work coming here for business, but we managed to get through it!  If you’re looking for an island getaway for your destination wedding, this video gives you a great look at what Grand Cayman is really like!

But the week wasn’t all work, we did manage to get in a bit of R&R and fun!  We had plenty of down time on the pristine Seven Mile Beach where the resort is located (some of the whitest sand and clearest waters I’ve ever seen).  Then Red Sail Sports took all 250 of us out to Stingray City where those brave enough to swim with the stingrays had a once in a lifetime experience.  (I got in, but let’s just say, I didn’t exactly play with the rays).  From there we were off to Rum Point and then back to the Ritz Carlton for more parties, parties, and parties!

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Thank you Rebecca, Kath, Trisha, Cindy, Mr & Mrs Miller, and the entire Engage team!  I cannot thank you enough for having me and allowing me to be a part of your speaker roster in such amazing company!  As always, you have outdone yourselves and this week will go down as one of the most memorable in my career (and it was a lot of fun too)! xo

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