Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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There are few beaches on earth more beautiful than Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman – soft white sands, seriously crystal blue still water, sea turtles and coral reef, warm weather and a handful of fabulous places and properties to drop anchor along the shore and stay for a week or two.  This is the epitome of a picturesque honeymoon and destination wedding.  And one of those places to make it so is The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, a super special luxury resort built right on that white sand.  A place I’ve been many times (I even had a family member wed there), this is one resort I will never get tired of visiting.

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You won’t see many indoor photos of the property here, as beautiful as it is and as inviting as the rooms and suites are – for me, it’s the grounds and beach that I just can’t stop staring at.

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Imagine waking up to breakfast on your oceanfront terrace before heading down to the beach for a lovely day lounging in beach beds and chairs just footsteps from the sea (oh, and they have beds in the water too if that suits your style).  Then enjoy lunch delivered to your spot or happy hour poolside before getting dressed to dine at one of the resort’s several stellar restaurants.  If you’re a foodie, you’re in luck.  The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman boasts several delish spots, including an acclaimed Eric Ripert restaurant, Blue.

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Now that this place is practically home and you’re settled into island time, gear up for the big day in the world famous La Prairie Spa (to give you that blushing bride glow).

Then comes the wedding – wait until sunset and you’ll have that expansive beach all to yourselves for the ceremony (and reception if you choose).  Or take your party to the pool deck, ballroom or one of the property’s seven restaurants if barefoot in the sand isn’t your style.

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Last Three Images: David Wolfe

When to Go: For the best weather, December through April is ideal (be prepared for peak season rates but no hurricanes).

Travel Tip: A day on a catamaran or yacht is a must!  Charter a boat out to Stingray City and swim with these special creatures for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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How to Get Married in the Cayman Islands

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We asked Cayman Islands wedding expert and founder of Crystal Blue Weddings, Danielle Cococcia about getting married in the beautiful country she calls home.  As an American herself, she had to learn the legal requirements, the do’s and don’ts and what makes for smooth sailing for a destination wedding in the Cayman Islands and today she’s here to share her insights with us!Aaron Rebarchek grand cayman weddings How to Get Married in the Cayman Islands

 Q: So, what are the legal requirements to get married in the Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands Government makes it very easy for non-residents to get married.  There is no waiting period and you must be at least 18 years of age.  You will need proof of age (passport or your original birth certificate and a photo ID), proof of marital status (if you have been married before you will need to supply your divorce decree or death certificate), and your Cayman Islands Immigration Card (which you will receive upon arriving to the Island).  Lastly, you will need to hire a Cayman Islands Marriage Officer who will assist you in obtaining your non-resident marriage license and two witnesses over the age of 18 to be present during the ceremony.  That simple!

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Q: Do you recommend any sites, services, or helpful places to make this a smoother process and/or to gather additional information?

The team at Crystal Blue Wedding Studio is always here to provide guidance if needed.  In addition there is also the Department of Tourism wedding website, which is very helpful.  Personally I always recommend hiring a local planner to assist with the entire process, even if it’s just the two of you!

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Q: What about all you need on the big day?  Do you recommend shipping, buying local, or carrying on and how should couples plan accordingly?

The Cayman Islands has a huge array of extremely talented service and product providers.  The on-island providers can produce a wedding of 2 or 2000, from the most simple to the most elaborate, with the quality and service you would expect and receive anywhere else in the world.  There’s no need to bring anything in with you!

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Q: Grand Cayman, the largest and most visited of the islands is the place most people pick for their destination wedding.  What might we not know about Grand Cayman that can impact the planning?

On Sundays, there is a no music-no dancing law.  A special permit is required to get around this and must be applied for by your venue (i.e. whoever holds the liquor license).

Who knew!

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Q: If someone is considering Grand Cayman as their wedding location, do you have any favorite places you recommend?

Seven Mile Beach is a favorite ceremony location – you just can’t beat the back drop!  For a reception, it’s too hard to narrow it down so I’ll give you my top four (in no particular order)…LUCA, The Wharf, Sunset Bay and Papagallos.   They are all very different, one from the next, but equally beautiful with amazing service, food, and ambiance!

Thanks so much Danielle for sharing your insights with us!  We can’t wait to come back and visit you very soon!

For more information, ideas and inspiration for your Cayman Islands destination wedding, check out Danielle’s site, Crystal Blue Weddings.

Photo Credits: Top Two Images: Aaron Rebarchek Photography, All Other Images: Rebecca Davison Photography

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Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

cayman islands wedding Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingRose and Christian wed on the white sand of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman at the beautiful Caribbean Club.  The couple worked with local company, Octopus Events to create a seamless blend of beach decor with a modern twist and of course made sure the million dollar view was center stage.  Sequins draped the fabric flanked ceremony structure with a sparkling silver tone that created the perfect reflection off the water.  What a way to tie in the grey and pink details!    grand cayman wedding Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingA Spanish guitarist serenaded the happy couple as they said “I do” in a ceremony infused with traditions from the bride’s Philippines heritage.

And shortly after, the entire group of sixty guests posed for a picture perfect moment (a must do when hosting a small destination wedding).  Then the bride and groom and the darling grey clad bridal party and grey suited groomsmen took a stroll down the sand for a few magical sunset shots by Heather Holt Photography.grand cayman weddings Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingThen the newlyweds and their guests said farewell to the beach and headed to Luca for a more formal indoor reception.  Keeping in color palette, they continued the blend of beach and modern decor, pairing sand dollars with pink linen napkins and adding oodles of candles for ambiance in this swanky restaurant setting.pink and grey weddings Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination WeddingWith speeches galore and multiple level cakes in abundance, the party kicked into high gear as dinner turned to dancing the duo celebrated their “I do.”   pink and gray wedding Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

Congratulations Rose & Christian!!  And special thanks to Crystal Blue Weddings for sharing this wedding with us!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Heather Holt Photography

Wedding Vendors:  Accommodations and Ceremony Venue:  Caribbean Club, Coordination, Design and Decor:  Octopus Events, Event Rentals and Bridal Florals:  Celebrations, Reception Music:  Bona Fide, Reception Venue: LUCA, Rehearsal Dinner Venue:  Agua, Ceremony Music:  Nathan Herrera, Spanish Guitar

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Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the Dress

cayman luxury charters Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressIt’s day two of our “day after” wedding shoot on Grand Cayman and today our darling bride and groom models get wet!  Cristin and Dave braved the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and swam with the stingrays, wedding dress and all!  They were such amazing and willing participants and the stingrays were hamming it up for the cameras too!  Trash the dress takes on a whole new meaning when wild animals are involved!  But these unusual creatures quickly became more like pets (they meet several thousand people a week so they are quite tame).  And don’t worry, no people or rays were harmed during our shoot!

To start, we dropped anchor on the Cayman Elusion out in the ocean off the coast of Grand Cayman.  Then our beautiful couple took the plunge, literally, right into the breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean waters.  The talented and thrill-seeking photographer, Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography captured it all sitting on a Sea-Doo in the choppy waters nearby.trash the dress photos Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressOnce Dave and Cristin “trashed” their couture, we took a quick ride over to Stingray City, a sandbar in the Cayman Islands where stingrays and tourists alike congregate and mingle.  But brides and grooms?  Now this isn’t something we see everyday!  Both bride and groom were very, very brave for this shoot!adventure wedding photography Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressOur photographers jumped right in with the rays, some with underwater video equipment (videos to come later) and otherwise, their wedding cameras were just above water as they hoped not to get them wet!  Well, the rays got a little playful and a splash or two made it onto a lens, but otherwise all parties were a-okay by the end of the shoot!trash the dress stingray city Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressThe rays are so accustomed to people, you can even feed them and give them a little kiss.  Though at times they looked like something from another planet, they acted like they were part of this new family.  Talk about a photo to hang up back at home!stingray city trash the dress Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressWhat do you think?  Would you dare something only thrill seekers do for your trash the dress session?  Just remember, we took every safety precaution; if you decide to get a bit adventurous with a trash the dress session, be sure to be safe first and foremost!stingray city grand cayman Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressAn enormous thank you to Danielle Cococcia of Crystal Blue Weddings for putting together an amazing dream team for a fantastic day out at sea!  And to everyone who made this shoot possible…if you’re headed to Grand Cayman, these talented folks are people you should certainly call on!

Cayman Islands Weddings: Crystal Blue Weddings

Yacht: Cayman Elusion by Cayman Luxury Charters

Photography:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collection

Floral:  Celebrations

Just Married Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Hair:  Kelly Massias

Makeup: Cristin Alexander

Female Model:  Cristin Alexander

Male Model: Dave Connolly

Hair Pin: Maria Elena Headpieces

 

Crystal Blue Weddings, Beautiful Day Photography, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are vetted and highly recommended advertisers of Jet Fete and/or The Bridal Bar.

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Engage!11: Cayman Islands Recap

Where do I begin?  What a week I’ve had!  Just touching down from the Caribbean, and I actually have a tan as I type (for me, that’s no small feet)!  Twice a year the amazing women of Engaging Concepts (Rebecca & Kathryn) put on a three day wedding industry event.  This time it was named Engage!11: Cayman Islands, a conference that rivals any destination wedding you or I have probably ever been to.  The plan?  To party, mingle, engage, and learn from and with the most talented wedding industry experts across the country.  The venue?  The fabulous Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.  The result?  A week filled to the brim with perfectly branded swag (by the gals at Gifts for the Good Life, Trisha Hay Design, Kristy Rice and Two Paper Dolls), parties galore designed by the talented on island company Celebrations LTD, and speakers, speakers, speakers, and more speakers with the perfect mix of inspiration, ideas, cold hard facts and ways to improve our wedding businesses.  As always, I had the most amazing time.  Let me say it again, I’ve been to every single Engage event and I had the Most. Amazing. Time.  Each year, those who attend make more and more friends and each year coming back to the beautiful Cayman Islands feels a little like a luxury summer camp where we get to visit and catch up with wonderful familiar faces and supporters…all over a Chunky Monkey cocktail or Pina Colada delivered via a handsome server neck deep in the Caribbean Sea (seriously).  Engage is a mix of inspiration for destination brides (as you can see from the photos) and inspiration for us in the industry to be that much better at what we do.  So here’s a sneak peek at what your wedding planner and photographer might have been up to last week when you got that out of office reply.  The top left photo is of our fabulous hosts, Kathryn Arce (left) and Rebecca Grinnals (right)…two people who have inspired me more than they will ever know.  As a matter of fact, the blog you’re reading right now, Jet Fete, was a result of their last Engage!11 event in San Diego!

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To get a glimpse of why we go to Grand Cayman for this incredible week,  the talented beyond talented video team of Cloud 9 Creative created a short film about the Engage!11 location – the Cayman Islands.  Yes, it’s hard work coming here for business, but we managed to get through it!  If you’re looking for an island getaway for your destination wedding, this video gives you a great look at what Grand Cayman is really like!

But the week wasn’t all work, we did manage to get in a bit of R&R and fun!  We had plenty of down time on the pristine Seven Mile Beach where the resort is located (some of the whitest sand and clearest waters I’ve ever seen).  Then Red Sail Sports took all 250 of us out to Stingray City where those brave enough to swim with the stingrays had a once in a lifetime experience.  (I got in, but let’s just say, I didn’t exactly play with the rays).  From there we were off to Rum Point and then back to the Ritz Carlton for more parties, parties, and parties!

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Thank you Rebecca, Kath, Trisha, Cindy, Mr & Mrs Miller, and the entire Engage team!  I cannot thank you enough for having me and allowing me to be a part of your speaker roster in such amazing company!  As always, you have outdone yourselves and this week will go down as one of the most memorable in my career (and it was a lot of fun too)! xo

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