A Swanky St. Thomas Wedding Full of Color

Kate and Alex wed on the island of St. Thomas, a beautiful destination on it’s way to being rebuilt after the recent hurricanes. Resident destination wedding planners, Island Style Weddings assisted the pair in tying the knot on location with ease and the couple shared their experiences with us.

We chose to have a destination wedding in St. Thomas because we wanted to spend time with our closest family and friends.  We loved everyone being in one location and planned multiple events for our guests to mingle, have fun and celebrate.

We wanted the décor to be fun, bright and as personal as possible. Alex’s favorite color is orange and we both love bright vibrant colors and stripes. So, we went with a preppy, nautical, colorful vibe that fit our personalities. Mary and Brenda (Island Style Weddings) were able to take our vision and make it cohesive and beautiful.

We asked the couple about their favorite moments from the big day.

Kate: After the ceremony Alex and I took some time alone to take photos. It allowed us to celebrate together and bask in the moment of “Woah, we’re married. We did it!” Some of my favorite photos are the candid ones Savannah captured of us during that time, because you see how truly happy we are to be husband and wife.

Alex: Mine was definitely seeing Kate for the first time walk down the stairs to the ceremony. They had me facing away from her and facing the ocean until she got to the top of the stairs. Once they told me to turn around I looked up and there she was, my (soon-to-be) wife!

Mary and Brenda were the best wedding planners we could have asked for! They took our vision of a fun, relaxed, colorful wedding and made it come together flawlessly. Every detail for every event was perfect! Planning a wedding, yet alone a destination wedding can easily become overwhelming. Mary and Brenda are experienced and have wonderful relationships with vendors, so we felt at ease. They really listened and understood who we are as a couple. They were able to take a few inspiration photos and create a magical wedding. Because of Mary and Brenda we were able to enjoy a stress free week and celebrate with our friends and family.

Advice for future destination wedding couples?

Definitely hire a wedding planner. The reason to have a destination wedding is to enjoy time with friends and family. We were able to do so because of Mary and Brenda. I’d also arrive a few days earlier, so you can meet with your planner, visit the venue, finalize details etc. That way when your guests arrive, you won’t be stressed and can actually have fun.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Savanah Loftus

Wedding Vendors: Brides Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Grooms Suit: Abbeydale, Engagement Ring: Swiss Jewelers, Wedding Bands: Malak Jewelers, Invitations + Save the Dates: Minted.com, Wedding Signs + Menus: Nikki Goldman, Wedding Planning + Design: Island Style Weddings, Ceremony + Reception Venue: Spring Bay Villa Estate, Ceremony Music: Darin Laurence, Officiant: Meaghan Goldstein, Reception Music: DJ Adonis, Florist: Roses Too, Cake: Island Sweet Stuff Wedding Cakes, Caterer: Norbu Events, Hair/Makeup: Sugar and Spice Salon Spa, Welcome Party Venue: Cruzan Beach Club, Welcome Dinner Invitations: Swoozie’s

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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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St. Thomas USVI Destination Wedding in Purple

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Colleen and Allen wed with family and friends present in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI. Though due to a few travel delays, a few almost missed the ceremony! We asked Colleen to share their special trip with us and how the big day came to be.

“We chose to do a destination wedding because we knew we wanted to incorporate travel into our wedding plans. I had never been anywhere tropical and knew that it would make for the perfect backdrop. We settled on St. Thomas, V.I. because we fell in love with the gazebo view from The Marriott Frenchman Reef. It was also a much easier destination for our guests to attend. Choosing the venue for our reception was all based on one thing… how late we could dance! Sunset Grille would allow us to stay the latest with a dj. We wanted to be able to dance as long as we could. Those are the best memories for us.”

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“The groomsmens’ “RAWR” tee shirts stem from an every morning text Allen and his best man share. For the last 7 years, every morning, before they do anything else they send a Rawr text to each other. Talk about an adorable Bromance!”

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“Allen and I met at a retail store I was managing. He came in shopping and chatted me up. We talked for a while and he was totally my type but I was dating someone at the time and before he hit me with the “can I get your number” line, I simply told him I’d see him around. One night when my roommate and I were having some drinks and scrolling through Myspace I saw his picture and recognized his name. I told my friend, “hey, that’s that guy”. With a little liquid courage and some pressure from my friend I sent him a message and we’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since.”

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“We had always talked about travel and how that would be a priority before we got married as marriage was not a necessity for either of us. We were both very content in our relationship. So in 2012 we planned a 2 week European trip that started in Amsterdam and 2 days later we were in Venice. One night he took me on a gondola ride, nothing out of the ordinary and while we were in the middle of our ride he got down on his knee and purposed. I was in complete shock, so much so that I thought he was kidding and told him to get up before he knocked us out of the gondola. It was the most romantic night and a trip I will never forget. When he thought about purposing he didn’t have a ring because it was a last minute decision and when speaking with one of his girlfriends she told him he had to purpose with something so he bought a simple band with intention of having me pick out a ring when we returned, however, I did not want to. I told him I wanted him to pick out my ring.

He had it custom made for me and he did an amazing job because I love it!”

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“We had 2 major “set backs” when it came to shipping items and travel. First, we shipped our flower bulbs and they all broke in shipment. I ended up buying more, prepping them and carrying them on my carry on so they wouldn’t break. Once on the island I spent an afternoon in my room putting them together with the hanging crystals. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the way they were hung around the gazebo but with such a beautiful back drop I couldn’t complain.”


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“Second hiccup was guests arriving on the island. Some guests had delayed or cancelled flights and didn’t get to the island on their scheduled days. Allen’s parents being one of them.  We delayed our ceremony to make sure they were there. Once they landed they headed straight to the ceremony and never got a chance to change as their luggage was missing. What great sports to show up in, what they would consider, undesirable outfits but we were just glad they were there with us and didn’t miss their only sons ceremony.”

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“Our guest sign in book was a thought I had of not wanting a book full of pictures of us. So I created our book putting pictures of us with all of our friends. Leaving blank pages for them to sign. It was a much better idea for us to have the memories of the last 10-15 years of friendship and the lifetime of family on those pages that we can now look at everyday.”

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“I am not a girly girl and am not a big fan of lace and frills etc. I am girly in the sparkly, glittery way. I fell in love with the look of the silver sequined table cloth so we started with that and went from there adding pinks and purples as those are my favorite colors. Thank god for Pinterest, I got so many ideas from there. My favorite pieces from the wedding were our hanging bulbs from the gazebo at the ceremony. I put them all together myself, hanging them with crystals to tie in with the blingy theme. Allen added his touch too, wanting mustache and kisses on the back of the place cards. All the guests loved those little details.”

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For more prettiness from this big day, check out their wedding video here by Awolfey Productions:

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Hoffmann Photographer

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Marriott Fisherman’s Reef, St Thomas USVI, Reception Venue: Sunset Grille, St Thomas USVI, Gown Designer: Winnie Couture (Style: Katarina), Florist: East End Flower Shop, 
Videography: Awolfey Productions, Make-up & Hair: Sugar and Spice Artistry, DJ: Virgin Islands DJ, 

Men’s Attire: Express, Cake Topper: Etsy, Decor: Melissa Denny Designs

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