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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A Formal Beach Wedding in Turks & Caicos

turks and caicos weddingAdriana and Phil held their destination wedding in the Caribbean, a place they held dear in their hearts.  Adriana shared with us the details and ideas behind their big day.  “Turks & Caicos was our first “away” vacation together.  We loved the intimate and private setting, not to mention the pristine beaches and boutique hotels.  Phil & I shared so many wonderful memories here and wanted to share this paradise with our loved ones.”

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“Phil and I were introduced by his cousin Vinny :)  My sister and Vinny had been friends for over 7 years. Somehow Phil and I had never met… until I hosted a party for my sister’s birthday on the rooftop of our Williamsburg, Brooklyn apt. Vinny dragged Phil (literally as he was hung over from the night before!) and 4 years later Phil got on one knee on the rooftop of our Upper West Side New York City apt!”

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After the proposal and wedding planning, the pair said “I do” on the beautiful beach in Turks & Caicos.  The day was beautiful but not everything went according to plan…almost everything!

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Brilliant Photography took amazing photos and truly captured our genuine emotions and special moments.  Anita and Preston became part of the family, after spending several hours Friday and Saturday capturing memories.” 

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We asked the bride about her inspiration for the design and decor of the day.  “After hours of endless research online, I realized 2 things, 1) I did not want the typical wedding (e.g. as viewed in “Martha Stewart”, the knot, on pinterest, etc) and 2) I did not want a typical island wedding color scheme.  I love deep purples, which you do not typically see for island weddings, and blues and thought the pop of color against the beautiful turquoise ocean and perfectly light sand would be breathtaking.”

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“With our busy schedules and considering the distance, we knew we needed assistance. When deciding on a wedding planner, the Gansevoort highly recommended Teresa, from Tropical DMC. Not only was Teresa extremely patient (I must of changed my mind 10 times on decor!), she was meticulous, thorough, extremely creative, very attentive to detail and so easy to work with.  We were beyond impressed with all the vendor recommendations.”  

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photography: Anita Marcus at Brilliant Studios

Wedding Vendors: Décor, Design + Planning: Tropical Destination Management, Reception Location: Stelle Restaurant at The Gansevoort, Dress: Vera Wang, Shoes: Gucci, Groom’s Suit: Custom Made by Michael Andrews Bespoke

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Beach House in Turks and Caicos

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I love it when we discover a fabulous new hotel or property to add to our must visit list.  Today we’re talking about the brand new Beach House Turks and Caicos.  Turks and Caicos is a group of islands that boasts some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches and clear blue waters.  Turks is now also home to a boutique luxury property perfect for honeymooners looking to disconnect from the world and reconnect to each other.

This 21 room destination has all the luxuries of a five star resort and none of the downside.  You’re treated like a beloved guest in the most gracious of hosts’ homes and then wined and dined to your heart’s content!

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The beautiful beach side rooms in Grace Bay will welcome you in and beckon you to stay for a lifetime (or at least to eventually return home to re-do your own master suit in this style).  After you check in, relax and unwind from the flight in-room or al fresco with a spa treatment in the sun.  The property offers an array of pampering treatments in an variety of locations – from the cozy couples’ rooms in the pool house spa to a secluded spot on the sand.

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Or if you’re looking to get a workout in, they’ve got that too – either on the beach or in the gym!

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This is certainly a relaxing destination, one with plenty of time for R&R, but we recommend getting out and about too.  My favorite experience on island was chartering a catamaran to a private beach to swim and sun for the morning before snorkeling off shore at the island’s fruitful reef.  What makes this reef so special however is not the coral, but that it’s home to one of the world’s (if not the only) lone dolphins.  JoJo the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin has been swimming with locals for decades.  Separated from his pod at an early age, he’s taken to humans as his extended family.  When I was there, we didn’t have to look hard to find him, he found us!  He quickly caught up with our boat and followed us to the snorkeling spot where we got the chance to swim in the wild with him.  Certainly an experience not to be missed!  Who knew Turks had one of the many wonders of the world (who likes meeting new people as a bonus)!

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And after a long day of hard work soaking up the sun and wildlife, we recommend you head back to your home away from home at the Beach House and get ready for a meal of all meals.  If you’re a foodie, then you’re in luck!  Their gourmet culinary temple, run by ‘chef extraordinaire’ Eric Vernice, serves up delicacies and local bounty perfect for a picnic on the beach or a romantic multi-course meal for two.  Humm…he sounds like the perfect chef to plan your destination wedding dinner (yep, you can book out the entire property and host 40 of your closest friends and family too if you choose)!

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Photos: Erik Graham 

Travel Tip:  Book through the personal travel experts at Orchid Worldwide (ask for Christina, she’s the best!) and you’ll receive a beach picnic for two served on their very own pampering pods on Grace Bay. Jet Fete guests will also receive the Beach House ‘bite & flight’ service where an array of small bites, along with a selection of wines to compliment the culinary creations, will be delivered to the suite at the time of the guests choosing.

Stay at the Beach House from now until September 30th and in addition to ORCHID PERKS you will receive your choice of round trip airport transfers on Providenciales or a one-day car rental (per every 3-day booking).

When to Go:  Peak season is mid-December to mid-April to find the best weather (but not always the best prices).  However, Turks and Caicos is pretty perfect year round.  A little Caribbean rainfall can be a welcome visit in the late afternoon.

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