An Oceanfront Wedding on the island of Nevis

Malea and Eric wanted an intimate wedding and opted for a destination wedding on a somewhat remote island in the Caribbean to give them just that. The two tied the knot at the swanky Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Malea gave us a peek into their big day and how it came to be.

When we got engaged, we decided pretty quickly we wanted a small, intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. With that in mind, we wanted to select a destination that our guests could also spend a few extra days vacationing. Ultimately, we chose the remote West Indies island Nevis for its gorgeous beaches, quaint town, and Nevis Peak. But what really sold us on the secluded island was The Four Seasons Resort. We knew we could trust the long-standing, prestigious brand with our wedding and that it would be flawlessly executed. Not the mention, the grounds would be immaculate and the food would be top notch. Another key factor in our decision-making was that we didn’t want a bustling, tourist town with cruise ships flocking in every day. For us, it was about seclusion, uniqueness and the ability to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guests.

When we officially selected Nevis as the destination, we knew the island scenery would be nothing short of amazing with breathtaking mountain views, panoramic multi-colored ocean and lush gardens. We didn’t want to compete with the natural surroundings, so we chose a neutral palette of tans and grays, with small pops of color in the floral arrangements and groomsmen’s ties and pocket squares to bring it all together. 

  

Other than the actual exchanging of vows, there are a couple of moments that we relive regularly in complete awe. First, we strategically scheduled an “event” every day that guests were in Nevis. From the moment guests arrived, we wanted their experience to be as great as our own. On Thursday, we hosted a welcome celebration at the Resort with a full buffet dinner. Friday, guests were shuttled half way up Nevis Peak for a sunset rehearsal dinner at Golden Rock Inn, nestled in the jungle with sweeping views of the ocean. Saturday proved beautiful for our nuptials on the 18th green lawn, overlooking the ocean. And the finale included a half-day catamaran cruise complete with snorkeling adventures. The other moments that we constantly relive are the hours leading up to the wedding itself. We had a three-hour block of time that we spent with exclusively with our Details photographers, exploring the island with our wedding party. The photos and video captured the personality of our crew and in-the-moment experiences that would otherwise be lost over time. 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Details Nashville

Wedding Vendors: Location, Flowers, Catering, Rentals, Lighting: The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Resort, Wedding Dress: The White Room, Menswear: J. Crew Ludlow Suit, Wedding Specialist: Sabrina Shelton, The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Resort Resort, Band: Jazzique & The Green House Band, Catamaran: Leeward Island Charters, Rehearsal Dinner: Golden Rock Inn, Bride’s gift from Groom: Tiffany’s Paloma Picasso Rose Gold Olive Leaf Vine Pendant, Groom’s gift from Bride: SportTaucher A. BL.LS watch,  from Brinker’s Jewelers

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Picture-Perfect Private Island Destination Wedding in The Bahamas

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Kaileigh and Kyle held their destination wedding at the beautiful Hope Town Harbor Lodge on a private island in The Bahamas. The couple had a special place in their hearts for the location, a destination that the bride had been going to most of her life. Kaileigh shared the story of their big day with us.

My family has a house in the Abacos and I’ve grown up going there. My favorite place in the whole world to hang out is where we had the reception – I even took swimming lessons there when I was a child! Kyle visited a few times with me while we were dating. He instantly wanted to move there and open a coconut stand. It was safe to say he agreed with the location.

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We asked the bride about her favorite moments from the day:

When I saw Kyle’s face walking in the ceremony.

Getting ready with my friends, mom & Ky’e mom.

Seeing my dad walk in while we were getting ready in his seersucker suit and pink sailboat tie.

Surprising the guests with the fireworks.

And of course, when everyone jumped in the pool!

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We both went to/met at the University of Alabama, hence the red & white shakers.

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I wanted everything to look elegant with subtle beach elements. I picked blush, gold and white to offset the beach scenery (instead of selecting a turquoise or coral). We wanted to make it as personal as possibly and spent a lot of time with the details such as the welcome baskets, table names, Bahamian bread favors, the napkins, etc. My goal was for people to look at things and know that they were related to Kyle and I.

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And an update on the events that night…
The guy doing the olympic-like backflip into the pool is ok.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Esther Louise Photography

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer + Setup: Buds N Blooms, Event Venue: Hope Town Harbor Inn, Cake Designer:Kent LeBoutillier, Dress Store: Pronovias, Church: St. James Hope Town, Band: Suppa Time, Pastor: Mr. Vernon Malone

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Romantic Garden Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Collette and David said I do in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in Tuscany, Italy. The couple shared with us their sweet story and how their destination wedding came to be.

Imagine getting married in a beautiful and romantic villa in the heart of Italy. That’s how we shared one of the most important days in our life together.  On September 14, 2016, we said “I do,” at Palazzo Rosadi, a wedding location found by ourselves. We knew it was where we wanted to get married.  So, we spent a week at the location with our friends during the wedding week.

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The color scheme for the wedding was light and soft, but still very romantic.  The white, pastel purple, and light pink color added a natural, simple element to the beauty of the entire day.  Additionally, gold elements were scattered throughout the event to add a touch of elegance and sophistication.

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Memorable moments for the couple? The ceremony on the terrace with the view on the Tuscan Hills with our closed friends.

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We had much fun during the wedding party!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Studio Bonon

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: The Tuscan Wedding, Venue: Palazzo Rosadi, Videographer: Ars Nova Video, Catering: Delizia Ricevimenti, Lights: Wedding Music and Lights

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Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Banyan Tree

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If you’re seeking a swanky destination wedding spot, one with a ceremony site on the sand, exquisite food from the region and beyond, and suites or villas that are possibly better than anywhere you might call home, then take a look at the beautiful Banyan Tree Mayakoba for your wedding in Mexico.

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What stands out most in this idyllic spot isn’t its breathtaking beachfront or even its grand entry and lobby, open on all sides and complete with a boat dock for departures, but the suites that you stay in when you wed or honeymoon here.

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When you check in to this paradise, you find yourself in a villa oasis complete with a full size swimming pool, jacuzzi, set of beach cruiser bikes, and floor to ceiling walls that open up to the great outdoors within your absolutely private compound.  That’s right, each guest or family stays within their own private walls which protect a garden or a rooftop pool, and even secluded views of the mangroves.  Life doesn’t get much better than this when you’re tucked into your home at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

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If and when you decide to emerge from your villa, which is actually hard to do since it’s so special, you’ll find modern event spaces, world-class cuisine and even cooking classes for families who like to experience the culture they find themselves surrounded by.

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For your reception, this stunning beach palapa in a rustic white style just steps from the sand makes for a great party site for up to 350 of your closest friends and family.

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You might even consider the nearby Catholic Church in El Pueblito for a religious event before you’re ushered back to the beach to celebrate.

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No matter how you choose to wed at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this is how you’ll retire at the end of the night, and even entertain, should a family BBQ in your villa be on the menu.

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If a full size private pool, jacuzzi and even romantic outdoor bathtub is your style, then honeymooning here is the way to go too.  Even with friends and family on property, you’ll feel a sense of privacy that allows you to unwind – just for two.

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Just be sure to make time for their famous Thai massages in the spa and award-winning restaurants.  Once you set foot at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you’ll never have to leave…and you certainly won’t want to!

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Destination Wedding Website Deal at Appy Couple

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Hi friends and fellow travelers!  Do you have your wedding website yet?  Did you know that as a reader of Jet Fete, our friends at Appy Couple give you a discount?  That’s right!  Your wedding website comes with a matching app for use throughout the wedding weekend by your guests, and you save big when shopping as a thanks from all of us.  Just enter PROMO CODE: BB25 at checkout and no matter which of the over 500 templates you choose, you save!  It’s a little thanks for us to you and from our friends at Appy Couple too!

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Whether you’re having a destination wedding or one at home, a wedding website is a fantastic way to share important information with your guests about the big day.  It’s also a fun place to put your proposal story, pictures of your bridal party, and even your registry details too!  A wedding website will save you the hassle of answering guest questions on the regular, you simply direct them to your site and stop the phone calls from coming when you’re busy getting ready to get down the aisle.  Don’t forget, use promo code BB25 at checkout on Appy Couple and save on any purchase you make, large or small.

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