Montego Bay, Jamaica Destination Wedding

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Danice and James landed on Jamaica for their destination wedding at the Grand Palladium, where close friends and family gathered for a great party and an intimate wedding ceremony.  The pair found the location simply from searching online!  They wanted a space for the ceremony that was colorful but culturally neutral since she’s Filipino and he’s Puerto Rican and they weren’t hosting a wedding in either place.

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The brightly colored tropical vibe of the wedding lend itself perfectly to the feeling of fun they wanted to have!

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Wedding photographer Olivia Vale described the day and experience for us.  “Close family and a laid-back sense of fun are the most important thing to both Danice and James. They wanted the beautiful breeziness of a tropical wedding, and just wanted the closest people in their lives to be there. They had about 40 guests who flew in to celebrate with them.  The morning began with getting ready in the gorgeous Grecian villas, followed by a pavilion ceremony surrounded by water and a sculpture garden, and ended with a reception on the sweeping veranda overlooking both ocean and infinity pool. The main theme was fun, and there was plenty of it; but also some very tender moments too.”

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Guests were given fans at the ceremony to keep cool and as a keepsake from the wedding.

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Dinner was in the round!  What a place for your first meal as husband and wife!

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Colorful and creative shots got this party going :).

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The purple wedding flowers were the perfect mix of tropical for the location and romantic for the occasion.

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And clearly a good time was had by all!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Olivia Vale Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Grand Palladium, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Hair and Makeup: Resort Spa + Bridesmaids, Wedding Dress: Pronovias

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Bellefield Great House, Montego Bay, Jamaica Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s inspiration shoot comes to us all the way from Montego Bay, Jamaica at the historic Bellefield Great House.  The mastermind behind the shoot was stylist Pierre Carr, who shared with us a bit about the idea and inspiration.  “I was inspired by the Twilight wedding and the relaxed outdoor feel it portrayed and as many of the islands in the Caribbean have lush greenery but little is seen of them as a wedding option I wanted the photo shoot to be a great opportunity to showcase this.”

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This isn’t your everyday beach wedding shoot, Pierre wanted to show a different side of Jamaica.

“As I wanted to step away from the beach I was looking for two things: I wanted an island with a varied landscape and I wanted to show off the history of the island and feature a grand plantation house. If I could find these two things then I felt I would get all the elements of the rustic theme I was looking for, for the shoot.

Jamaica came top of this list, as it not only has majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls but an abundance of fertile plains, which really shows of its natural beauty.”

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Pierre’s team captured the softer side of a rustic wedding while photographer Mark Anthony Chen had some fun with the horse posing as another model.  “The horse was borrowed from the local stables near by. The model was actually scared of animals. But you don’t notice it do you?”

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The house has such history, it became the perfect backdrop for the special shoot.  “Bellefield Great House and Estate, built in 1794, is one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica and surrounded by every possible rustic element you could imagine including the lush greenery it was the perfect fit for this rustic shoot.”

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Grande Garden created this magical oasis of baby’s breath for a ceremony under a canopy of flowers.

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“All the outdoor settings were a natural part of the estate – so we worked with the surrounding as all of the rustic elements were there.”

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“The gypsophila flowers were perfect to give a relaxed but dramatically pretty feel.”

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The fashion and styling was also fitting of the era they wanted to share.  “The simple pearl jewelery and the Charlotte Casadejus Audrey dress with its flattering, flowy, silk georgette material and antique beading really illustrated a bygone era and fitted the theme beautifully.”

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“The Great House is so well maintained it still has all of the original items such as the drinking tankards, ceremonial benches, candelabras and glass vases we were able to use which dates back to the 1700’s.”

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“The textured cake – the branches and foliage was made by the cake designer which is a real alternative to just using foliage and shows that all things are possible if you find the right talent.”

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Thanks Pierre and team for sharing this shoot with us!

Inspiration Shoot Vendors: Location: Bellefield Great House, St James, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Photographer: Mark Anthony Chen Photography, Stylist: Pierre Carr, Wedding & Event Design, Cake: Nyla D’ Andrea Cakes, Flowers: Grande Garden,  Hair: Hair by Chellz, Make Up: Loni Jones Makeup, Stationery: Paper Lily Stationery, Wedding Dress: Charlotte Casedejus, Jewelry: Luella’s Boudoir, Shoes: Freya Rose, Models: Pulse Models

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Rose Hall, Jamaica Destination Wedding

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Lindsey and Francesco selected an old favorite for their destination wedding – Montego Bay, Jamaica.  But not just any spot would do, they opted to wed at the historic Rose Hall Great House, a stunning property with rich history (built in 1770).  Lindsey tells us how they found such a spot.  “The first time we traveled to Jamaica, we saw an advertisement for the Rose Hall Great House in the Mobay Airport.  While we were waiting for our transport, we inquired about it and learned that it was a “haunted” and beautiful home used for functions and a museum.  We though, we should check it out while we’re here.  We weren’t even engaged yet, not even talking about marriage!”

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Lindsey wore a beautiful Monique Lhuillier wedding dress while Francesco donned a dapper custom tux.

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Once the location was secured, the tone for the event was set.  “The theme of the entire event was simply whimsical.  We wanted it to feel like the perfect mix of party and reprieve, and we wanted people to see the sky, feel the air, and sink right into the feeling with us.”

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We asked Georgia Watson, the couple’s destination wedding planner about the event.  “Lindsey’s style was sophisticated, fun, simple yet spunky, with clean and {happy} details. Silver, Plum, Peacock blue, Turquoise, were all hues that we played with.” 

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What a beautiful ceremony site!!  And with a local children’s choir to serenade the couple – how perfect!

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Georgia filled us in on working on island.  “We arranged for many of the details to be supplied by the Jamaican vendors.  The business owners and vendors that were secured in Jamaica were wonderful people, big hearts, proud of their work, and willing to please.  But yet, I came packed. I brought with me: the linens, the stationary, the rocks for the placecards (which we soon learned I could have gotten them from the beach), the ceremony items, led lights, programs, the brooch bouquet, and of course my SOS kit.” 

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For the cocktail hour, tropical and of course, color coordinated drinks were served to kick off the festivities!

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Then the blue hue was carried into the reception with table runners and even sea glass and shells around the escort cards.

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This historic house then went from day to night for the reception.

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“Lindsey and Frank are simply gifted with having a family like they do. The group danced and partied to the very last possible minute….a true tribute to how much this couple was loved and supported.”

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“ WOWOWOW! Lindsey and Frank have secured their place – a special place in my heart.”  - Georgia Watson.

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To see more of this wonderful wedding, check out the video highlights from Jeffrey Stoner Video:

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ryan Joseph Photographs

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Rose Hall Great House, Rose Hall, Jamaica, Stationary, Invitations, Programs, Escort Cards, Brooch Bouquet and Coordinator: Georgia Watson Events, Videography: Jeffrey Stoner Video, Catering: Michelle Rousseau, Ciao Bella Catering, Band: Rootz Underground, Travel: Sonoma Travel, Choir: Ardenne High School Choir of Kingston, Jamaica, Reverend: Courtney Walters, Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Elena Joseph, Bridal Party’s Hair & Makeup: Salon at Iberostar Suites, DJ: Kovas Myvette 

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Destination Wedding in Jamaica

montego bay jamaica wedding Destination Wedding in JamaicaShelby and Brian wed on Oct. 17th in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The couple selected The Grand Palladium Resort to touch down with friends and family for the big day and a weekend of fabulous festivities.

The bride wore a beautiful vintage inspired dress by BHLDN while the rest of the bridal party coordinated flawlessly.  The flower girls wore custom handmade dresses and carrying handmade baskets while the bridesmaids also wore custom dresses.  Shelby spent much of her pre-wedding time shopping for gems like these on Etsy.Jamaica destination wedding Destination Wedding in JamaicaPhotographer Marta Locklear took time the day of and day after to capture some really beautiful photos of the bride and groom.  What style and what surroundings!jamaica wedding photos Destination Wedding in JamaicaI Love this photo!  It embodies what a destination wedding should feel like – love, relaxation, and taking time to enjoy your amazing surroundings!destination wedding photographers Destination Wedding in JamaicaThe couple chose chartreuse green and chocolate brown as their wedding colors with touches of brown and taupe through the use of burlap accents.  Filled with beautiful orchids and a contrast of wooden elements, this wedding was idyllic Jamaican event.jamaica weddings Destination Wedding in JamaicaIn may have rained a tad on the big day, but that’s good luck, you know!  So the group made a split second decision and relocated the ceremony under cover and it looked as though it had been planned that way from day one.jamaica wedding locations Destination Wedding in JamaicaThe guest book was a creative map of Jamaica custom made for the event.  On the table to accompany it were moss covered initials of the bride and groom making it just that much more personal.destination wedding map Destination Wedding in JamaicaThe guests and bride and groom dined on one long feasting table, keeping the intimate wedding feeling a bit more like home; while hand painted rocks served as place cards for each in attendance.jamaica wedding reception Destination Wedding in Jamaicawedding initials Destination Wedding in JamaicaAt the end of this magical night, the newlyweds and their guests opted for a ceremony a bit different from fireworks.  The family went out to the cliffs overlooking the ocean and lit and let fly Chinese Wish Lanterns.  What a fantastic idea and great way to end the day!  We hope all their wishes come true!wedding lanterns Destination Wedding in Jamaica

Congratulations Shelby & Brian!  May all your wishes from this special night come true!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Marta Locklear Photography

Wedding Vendors:  Destination Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Wedding Venue & Catering: The Grand Palladium Resort, Makeup Artist: Crytal Jo Makeup

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Destination Wedding in Jamaica

jamaica destination weddings Destination Wedding in JamaicaBryan and Andrea traveled all the way from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to the sunny spot of Jamaica for their destination wedding.  Held at the Sandals Whitehouse Resort, this bride and groom settled on this site because, “We wanted something intimate and private.  Based on a family referral and the highest recommendations for the location we decided it was exactly what we were looking for.”  So off they went, packing up not only their belongings and 30 of their best friends and family, but their wedding photographer and videographer too in order to capture every memorable moment and detail.

And the details of this beach wedding were plentiful, as Sandals offers their couples one of several signature Martha Stewart Wedding designs.  The orange and fuchsia colors were perfect for the Jamaican backdrop and the bride and groom recall loving the relaxing day leading up to the main event, “As the day was completely stress free we remember all the little details and think the whole day was special. We especially loved that the whole day took place on the beach and that our friends and family were able to participate in all of the events.”   And on the beach they went, including an al fresco dinner in the sand, “The dinner reminded us of our trip to Greece where we frequently ate outdoors.” – A great way to share in things you love and lovely memories is to incorporate them into your event!

To get a feel for this fun-filled day, First Kiss Films sent us a highlight film of the event.  The entire day was shot using vintage movie cameras and Kodak 16mm film stock!  Love the look of this vintage (but color) film.

When you take your wedding videographer with you (or your photographer), ask that they spend some time capturing the landscape and location.  As you can see from this video, it certainly adds to the memory and beauty of the day!destination wedding jamaica Destination Wedding in JamaicaThe happy couple said “I do” on July 10th, 2011 and we wish them many more perfect sunsets and summers to follow!

Destination Wedding Videographer: First Kiss Films

Additional Wedding Vendors: Destination Wedding Photographer: Images of Distinction Photography,
Dress: Allure Bridals, Venue: Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica, Decor: Martha Stewart Weddings for Sandals

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