The minute I laid eyes on this next wedding, I was done. Absolutely, completely, madly in love done. And although pretty seaside celebrations tend to always have a hint of the beautiful, I have to say, I'm not sure I've ever seen one quite as lovely. The laidback but beautiful bride, the delicate but stunning approach to styling. And the twinkle lights. Set high above the pretty table. Oye. It's beauty defined captured to absolutely perfection by Style Art Life. Click here to see even more.
From Twah of Style Art Life... When Jen and Pete initially planned their wedding, they envisioned an intimate affair in a secluded location with their closest family and friends, numbering a total of 15. Jen, an exec at Victoria Secret, had at her disposal all the locations of the best beaches that have ever been photographed for the lingerie catalog. Harbour Island, a quaint, colonial three-mile-long island nestled in the Bahamas, was the one place that her heart kept going back to. Harbour Island is best described as a transplanted Nantucket with the most unforgettable white sand beaches. It's a place where golf carts are the means of transportation and where time stands still.
As for the event design and coordination, Jen hired the talented team of Little Island Design to conjure up a concept of French provincial simplicity infused with a kick of panache brought by way of tropical seaside. At the entrance of the reception site (created by rows of lanterns) sat a “shoe check” stand for guests to take their shoes off, implying the kind of atmosphere Jen and Pete wanted to have for the evening — one of relaxed fun. Little Island Designs customized everything to the vision of the bride, from building a rustic wood plank bar to staining the dinner table to a sea-washed gray as the bride had envisioned. The tones of the burlap pillows that decorated the lounge chairs echoed the jute linen napkins on the table wrapped with twine. This wedding was filled with custom details, such as beautiful white-washed metal lanterns juxtaposed with wooden lanterns, rustic scroll etched table chargers, Edison bulbs and even a custom-built tented water closet right on the beach.
Because of the island’s beauty, Jen did not want the celebration to be encased under a tent. Ben, the owner of Little Island Designs, came up with a uncovered framed concept that still allowed for a French-style chandelier to hang overhead, creating the illusion of a tent yet still exposed to the beautiful sea around them. Conch is Harbour Island’s claim to fame, not only for their abundance but as a delicacy. It was only natural to use conch shells as the border to create the aisle for the bride and groom. The signing of the marriage papers were done on a country white wood table. Pashmina shawls were provided in baskets for guests to stay warm with as the evening temperatures dropped. The wedding date was also planned around the fullness of the moon. Jen has always been obsessed with the beautiful moonlit sky, which cast a magical ambiance over the latter part of the celebration. The evening ended with a big bonfire, where guests danced the night away under the moonlit sky.
Wedding Photography: Style Art Life / Wedding Venue: Pink Sands Beach in Harbour Island, Bahamas / Event Design: Ben of Little Island Design / Floral Design, Cakes, Furnishings + Details: Little Island Design / Musicians: Rocky and Ersly via Pink Sands Resort / Accommodations: Pink Sands Resort / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Bride's Shoes + Clutch Purse: Jimmy Choo / Jewelry + Accessories: Cartier