Engage!14 Gala – Formal Destination Weddings

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If you’re planning a black tie wedding, a big destination I do or a formal affair of any kind, then you won’t want to miss these party pics!  Today we’re sharing the gala decor from the finale night party at the international industry event, Engage!14 that took place at the fabulous Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

We celebrated with friends new and old island style – but with a twist of red carpet glam instead of beach boho.

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Local event producers and designers Celebrations LTD assisted the talented Karen Tran Florals to create a look that was unforgettable!

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There were oodles of orchids and other flowers (to give a little nod to the tropics) and even a floral hallway for guests to enter through to wow the crowd!  Flowers even lined the dance floor and DJ booth!

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Nuage Designs created these gorgeous custom linens that sparkled throughout the night.

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A one-of-a-kind photo booth was even erected with flowers!  A wall designed to mimic the movement of wave was built from flowers and lounge furniture sat below it for fun photo ops.

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But my favorite part of the event?  The people!  Thank you Engage!14 and Rebecca and Kath (our fab hosts) for giving me the chance to know so many beautiful people (and parties too)!  If you’re in the wedding and event industry and want information on attending the next event, check out Engage!15 – via Mexico!  Hope to see you there!

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

 Event Vendors: Design: Karen Tran Florals, Event Production + Support: Celebrations LTD, Custom Linens + Furniture: Nuage Designs, Champagne: Veuve Clicquot, Invitations + Menu Cards: Momental Designs, Entertainment: Oneworld Ltd


Engage!14 – Tropical Beach Wedding Ideas

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We just got back from an incredible week at THE industry conference, Engage!14 in the Cayman Islands and all this week we’re bringing you some amazing destination wedding inspiration from the best in the business across the country and the globe!  Twice a year we travel to some fabulous locale and touch down to teach, learn, play and get inspired for another season of weddings and what the team at Engage produced at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman this time around was nothing short of jaw-dropping.

If you’re planning a beach wedding, then this welcome party we attended is full of ideas for you!

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This might seem elaborate for your destination wedding welcome party, but why not consider lounges like this for your wedding reception or even after party?  The colors popped off the sand but the white anchor color meant the design didn’t take away from the stunning setting on Seven Mile Beach.

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A local production and design company on Grand Cayman, Celebrations LTD was responsible for creating all this prettiness (hint: they can help you with your wedding too)!

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These are our two fabulous hosts, Kathryn and Rebecca from Engaging Concepts.  They produce this event every year for the wedding industry and each one is more unforgettable than the last!  Thank you ladies for including us again!!!

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What beach party would be complete without our own private fireworks show?!?  That’s right, we ended the evening with a bang as fireworks were shot off from just outside the shore break.  Amazing!  Such a special end to the night and beginning to the trip!

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Stay tuned for more Cayman Islands wedding planning ideas all this week from Engage!14.

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

 Event Vendors: Location: Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Overall Design, Decor, Planning: Celebrations LTD, Steel Pan Drummers: Steel Attitude, Fireworks: Fireworks Limited, Tequila: Casa Noble Tequila, Linens: Nuage Designs


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


Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

cayman islands weddingsRose 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 weddingsA 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 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 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 weddings

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


Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the Dress

Grand Cayman yahct chatersIt’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 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!stingray city 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 cayman islandsThe 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!trash the dress stingray cityWhat 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!cayman islands stingray cityAn 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.