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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Colorful Coral and Peach Destination Wedding on St. John

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KJ and Mark tied the knot in a beautiful coral and peach-clad beach wedding on the island of St. John. This destination wedding was designed with the help of Island Style Weddings and the end result was near picture-perfect! The happy bride and groom shared with us a little bit about their story and how this big day came together on island.

We selected St. John because we wanted to be surrounded by family and friends on a beautiful beach during sunset. 

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We selected coral, aqua and gold as our color palette because of the way the coral popped against the crystal clear water in the background.

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Favorite memories from the night? Dancing and celebrating with our family and friends under the stars on Oppenheimer Beach. 

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And the next day the couple headed back to the beach for a trash the dress session in the Caribbean Sea!

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Their advice for other destination wedding couples? Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about pleasing everyone else. Be sure to set aside enough time to explore the destination.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blue Glass Photography (Alain Brin)

Destination Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning + Design: Island Style WeddingsDress Designer: Allure BridalsBridesmaids Dresses: Donna MorganGroom’s Suit: Tasso ElbaGroomsmen attire: Tasso ElbaRings: Custom Jeweler and Diamonds DirectSave The Dates: MagnetStreet, Invitations: Coppia CreativaCeremony Program Fans: Inspirations by Amie LeeCeremony Venue: Trunk BayCeremony Music: Steel Pan Drum by Albion SewerOfficiant: Mary BartolucciReception Venue: Oppenheimer Beach, Reception Music: In The Sand BandFlorist: Roses TooCake: Queen of TartsCaterer: St. John CateringHair/Makeup: Cruz Salon St JohnWelcome Party Venue: Sunset Sail aboard KekoSailing Charter: Cruz Bay Watersports

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Romantic Beach Destination Wedding on St. John, USVI

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Crystal and Lou traveled from Boston to St. John, USVI with 55 friends and family to celebrate their nuptials in a beautiful beach destination wedding. The pair enlisted the expertise and assistance of destination wedding planners, Island Style Weddings, who had actually planned the bride’s uncle’s wedding on St. John eight years prior. The bride shared with us a bit about the experience and coming back to this special island.

St. John is Crystal’s favorite island vacation spot and she always said she would get married there after attending her Uncle Danny’s wedding, 8 years earlier. We both wanted to do a smaller, more intimate wedding that felt personal to us both. This was the best way to keep the group small, with our closest friends and family, and make it a week of celebrating. 

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The inspiration was sand and gold colors, which I thought would play off really nicely with the turquoise St. John water. We didn’t want to use too much in terms of embellishment because the surrounding beach and scenery was beautiful in itself, and we liked the simple island feel with a touch of color. After looking online at Mary’s past weddings, we loved everything we saw and put our trust in her…and it turned out more beautiful than we pictured.

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Most memorable moment from the day… was being on the beach, taking pictures with all our friends and family after the formal ceremony. It was so humbling to see all these people travel so far to be with us, on a beach that meant so much to us already. Another favorite moment of Crystal’s was walking in to the Waterfront Bistro for the first time, seeing all the people seated at the gorgeous tables that we had pictured for all those months. We had never been to the Bistro so it was exciting to watch it all come together. Also our last song was an incredible memory, when they played “Shut up and Dance” and we did a group hug with all the wedding guests. We didn’t want it to end!

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Advice for other couples… is to get a wedding planner! And research pictures of flowers, tablescapes and scenery. I was hesitant to go with gold in the beginning but was so glad that I stuck to my gut. The gold candelabras, table scape accents and the crystal chandeliers are what “made it.” The gold sand with starfish table assignments were another great accent. 

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Mary from Island Style Weddings added her sentiments about the big day:

What a fun group they were! I was deeply honored to be able to perform a second family wedding. How sweet it was that Crystal had attended Jennifer and Dan’s wedding eight years prior on St John.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elisha Orin

Wedding Vendors: Groom, Groomsmen, Ring bearer & Father of Bride Ties: Ralph Lauren, Groom’s Shirt: custom by Elegancia, Groom’s Pants: custom linen by Studio Suits, Rings:  Descenza, Invitations: Minted, Save the Dates: Appy Couple, Wedding Planning and Design: Island Style Weddings, Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay, Ceremony Music: Albion Sewer – Steel Pan, Officiant: Mary Bartolucci: Island Style Weddings, Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro, Reception Music: DJ Adonis Morton, Florist: Jessica Aubain – Roses too, Cake: Queen of Tarts, Hair/Makeup: Sugar and Spice, Rehearsal Party Venue: Drink, Caterer for rehearsal dinner: Local and Tasty, Sailing Charter: Daydreamer, Bridal Gown: Cristina’s Bridal

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Tropical Destination Wedding on St. John, USVI

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Meryl and Danny said “I do” at a destination wedding on St. John, USVI with an intimate group of family and friends by their sides. Full of tropical wedding details, beautiful moments (and settings), and lots of personal touches, the bride shared their story with us. To start, they chose to wed atop a hill on St. John at Villa Kalorama, a setting with stunning views! Villa Kalorama has some of the best views on St. John and they loved it’s modern design. It has the perfect floor plan for events including sliding glass doors that open to the beautiful island breeze.” 

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Meryl is an artist and wanted to incorporate painting into their theme so she painted watercolor backgrounds for their invitations. Her sister-in-law, Michelle Manfre, designed the rest of the invitation suite. The invites had the look of Caribbean water with a modern gold design which was the first indication of their wedding style. The theme began to evolve when Meryl and her mother decided to hand dip dye the welcome bags along with the napkins and table runners for the reception. They used the same blues of the water and incorporated gold into the rest of the décor. The flowers were kept simple yet stunning with the use of single King Proteas in clear vases.” 

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All guests received a hand dipped canvas welcome bag with a wedding week itinerary, large plastic cups with Meryl and Danny’s names and wedding date, island snacks, flip-flops and other goodies!” 

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“Aside from the blue and gold elements in the invites and décor, Meryl wanted the bridal party to remain neutral so the colors around them would truly pop. The girls were asked to pick their own nude toned dresses and the guys were in a simple grey suit with understated blue ties. Danny wore a blue suit with a grey bowtie that stood out from the rest and the ring bearer was in blue and grey. Everything tied together in an elegant and unique way making Meryl’s vision come to life!”

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“The reception was beautifully kicked off by their first dance, the cutting of the cake, a toast from the father of the bride and with Meryl thanking everyone for coming. Dinner was truly magical under the glowing lights, the island breeze and the view of other islands in the distance. Once dinner wrapped up, the party got started and the dancing began. The highlight of the reception was when the mother of the bride busted out HUNDREDS of glow products and musical instruments! The entire party got into it and the groom was even wearing a light-up fedora. Guests went crazy over the glow products making it extra fun for everyone. There was also an ice cream bar open for guests to serve themselves towards the end of the evening.  When it came time for their exit, Meryl and her mother surprised Danny with an accordion player which was in memory of his mother who had passed nearly 10 years prior. She loved to embarrass Danny by playing her accordion in front of his friends and it is something his family laughs about often.” 

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Meryl used single King Proteas for all of the ladies. The bride’s bouquet had some additional greenery. For décor, King Proteas were placed in simple vases lining the center of the dining tables.”

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“They wanted cake was simple and showed off the island’s flavors. It was vanilla and mango for one tier and rum cake with key lime for the second tier with butter cream frosting.” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Vann

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Villa Kalorama, St. John, USVI, Wedding Coordination: Paradise Planning, Catering: Passion Fruit Chefs, Flowers: Roses Too, Bridal Hair and Makeup: Sugar & Spice Artistry, Music: DJ Snow, Steel Drum player: Albion Sewer, Ice cream vendor: St. John Scoops, Dress: Temperley London, Shoes: Ilenia P., Hair piece: White Orchid Bridal, Earrings: Crafts and Love, Suit: Suit Supply, Shoes: Cole Haan, Bowtie: The ZB Savoy Bowtie Company, Pocket square: J Crew, Socks: Happy Socks

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