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Romantic St. John Destination Wedding

The Annaberg Ruins might be one of the most unique ceremony sites I’ve come upon in a while, and also one of the most beautiful. Enchanting and romantic, they added a whole other amazing element to this island wedding, and Elisha Orin captured every stunning view and special moment between these newlyweds. See it all, from sunup to last kiss, right here.

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From the Bride… We chose a destination wedding because we wished to be surrounded by natural beauty as we celebrated the past, present and future. What better place than St. John! We hired a fantastic wedding planner to help make our vision come alive, which helped us stay focused on soaking up the sunshine and the love from our family and friends. We wanted to plan fun, casual activities leading up to the big day in order for everyone to hang out because having our two families get to know one another really meant a lot to both of us. Our first time to the US Virgin Islands was 72 hours before we said “I do” and that aspect made each wedding event even more special and memorable. We finally got to see an island that we always hoped to visit and now can look forward to anniversary trips – a huge perk! We have bonded over shared travel experiences; the journey has shaped us as a couple. “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

Photography: Elisha Orin | Videography: Andrew Orleans | Event Design: Mary Bartolucci And Leah Burris, Island Style Weddings | Coordination: Mary Bartolucci And Leah Burris, Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Jessica Aubain, Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Liz LOwe, Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair And Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Vineyard Vines | Cake Topper: Danielle Lechuga | Officiate: Pastor Sampson | Sailing Charters: Kekoa | Welcome Party: Dr!nk

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Jamaica Destination Wedding in an Ancient Aqueduct

Ready to get lost in a sea of pretty? Well, sit down, because thanks to Sunglow Photography there is so much Jamaica gorgeousness waiting for you below. With the stunning Hilton Rose Hall orchestrating an event that will make your jaw drop, this gallery will be sure to inspire your entire day.

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From Sunglow PhotographySandy and Ryan traveled to Montego Bay Jamaica for a tropical intimate wedding with close friends and family. From their visit the year prior Sandy was set on exchanging their vows under the 18th Century aqueduct ruins located on the Hilton Rose Hall property.

The wedding details were all handled by the staff at the Hilton Hotel — very appealing since planning a destination wedding in a third world country can be challenging.

Photography: Sunglow Photography | Floral Design: Hilton Rose Hall | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Rose Hall | Reception Venue: Three Palms Restaurant

Elegant Island Wedding

I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth repeating: we love destination weddings.  So when a stunning St. John, USVI affair comes our way from the uber-talented Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings, you better believe we’re going to share that beauty faster than you can say “non-stop pampering.”  Think a sophisticated color palette meets breathtaking views meets all kinds of pretty.  See it all captured by Lindsay Vann right here, and soak in the gorgeous film from Nazareth Roads Productions below.  

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From the Bride… When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding. We love to travel and one of our favorite places on earth is St. John, USVI. The pristine, white sandy beaches, and the natural beauty of the island was something that we wanted to share with our friends and family.

We hoped our guests would fall in love with this magical island as much as we have, so we planned a welcome party and day sail during our stay. To start the week of wedding festivities, we dined at Dr!nk overlooking the beach in Cruz Bay. The following day, we sailed to Jost Van Dyke on Kekoa, where we snorkeled and enjoyed the famous Painkiller drink at the Soggy Dollar Bar.

St. John is such a beautiful island with so many choices for a wedding venue, but Turtle Bay Point at Caneel Bay Resort was the perfect place to say ‘I do’. The grassy landscape overlooking the water is absolutely breathtaking. I could not have a dreamed of a more beautiful wedding! The memories we shared with our friends and family during that week is something that we will forever cherish.

Photography: Lindsay Vann | Videography: Nazareth Roads Productions | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Coordination: Mary Bartolucci | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Turtle Bay Point | Reception Venue: Kalorama | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Sugar And Spice Salon | DJ: Adonis Morton | Grooms Attire: Egara | Groomsmen's Attire: Egara | Day Sail: Kekoa | Steel Panist: Albion Sewer | Welcome Party: Dr!nk

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Romantic Virgin Islands Destination Wedding

This here is an instance where I need to re-read the info to see if this was an editorial shoot or an actual wedding. The photos of the Bride and Groom in the water look like something out of a magazine and have me considering some epic post-receptions pics myself. Closer to Love Photography worked their magic behind the lens and Zomei Film Stories captured the romance of this breathtaking celebration.

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From Closer to LoveThere truly are no words to fully describe how beautiful the Virgin Islands are. Full of lush greenery and the most beautiful crystal clear turquoise water we’ve ever seen, it was like paradise on earth. Marci and David, along with their families became our very own family, and we built a lifetime of unforgettable memories. As photographers, we often times found ourselves speechless and in awe at all the amazingness that was before us. We had to come to grips that nothing could ever top this trip, and we just had to accept the reality that everything would be compared to the Virgin Islands – which would be a very tough location to follow! Marci and David’s St. John wedding was filled with detail and personal touches. They chose green as their main wedding color to honor David’s Irish background. To honor Marci’s Louisiana roots, the couple along with their guests had a traditional New Orleans Second Line, marching through the streets of St. John after their beautiful ceremony! We were truly honored to be part of it all and will forever treasure these memories (and more) in our hearts!

From the Bride… It wasn’t a difficult decision for us to choose the Virgin Islands as our wedding destination. It is after all where David and I met and fell in love ten years ago. We couldn’t wait to share our marriage with friends and family in such a magical place, and it was truly everything we dreamt of.

I was in shock when David got down on one knee in the middle of Rome, though I should’ve expected it, he’s such a romantic! I loved being engaged and tried to soak in every moment of the planning process. I’ve never been a “big wedding” bride, much to the dismay of my large southern family. However, my family didn’t mind the smaller wedding idea once they saw photos of our favorite islands.

The most important aspect of planning was ensuring all our wedding events were as personal and intimate as possible. From Australia to Germany, California to Rhode Island, our guests came from many places to celebrate, and we wanted them to feel at home. Our welcome party started off with a huge pot of my dad’s Louisiana crawfish étouffée, a sure hit amongst our southern and northern friends alike. We hosted beach parties, boating trips, and a sunset cruise after our rehearsal.

Since we were unable to visit our location prior to the wedding week, we took pleasure in the unknown and tried not to obsess over every detail. This worked to our advantaged as we were surprised and completely blown away with how perfect it all turned out. My mother’s cathedral length veil, a custom handkerchief made from my mother, grandmothers, and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses, and David’s grandfather’s tie pin set the tone for a ceremony filled with love and tradition. We chose green as our main wedding color to honor David’s Irish background. To honor my Louisiana roots, we had a traditional New Orleans Second Line through the streets of St. John after our ceremony.

Personalizing our wedding details was very special to me. I loved creating our invitations, party favors, and place cards. I took calligraphy and watercolor courses in order to prepare, and David and I stayed up late many nights hand embossing each invitation, water coloring our wedding map and menus, and putting together welcome bags. My most favorite detail was the stamps we used on our wedding envelopes. I found vintage stamps from every state we’ve lived. They were the first thing wedding guests saw when their invitation arrived and it showcased our love of our past and excitement for our future.

Our wedding could not have been more perfect. It was intimate, romantic, and relaxed, as well as hilarious and wild when we completed our night with an impromptu dance party with locals in the town square. The starlit boat ride home after our reception still gives me chills. David and I sat hand in hand as husband and wife, surrounded by our nearest and dearest in our favorite place on earth, on our now most favorite day.

Photography: Closer To Love Photography | Videography: Zomei Film Stories | Wedding Coordinator: Angela Berry | Florist: Passion Flower | Wedding Dress: Watters - Jacinda Gown | Wedding Cake: VI Desserts | Invitations: Made By Bride Via Doucet Lettering | Church: Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, St. John | Reception Venue: Asolare | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Groom's Attire: Cubavera | Boutique: Lovely Bride NYC | Bridal Veil: Bride’s Mother’s Veil | Cake Topper: Milk Tea Cake Toppers | Hair + Makeup: Artistry By Kristina | Headband: BHLDN | Welcome Bags, Custom Luggage Tags, Menus, Place Cards: Doucet Lettering

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Elegant Puerto Rico Wedding at Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve

I’m kind of a super fan of Abby Jiu. It never fails. the second she steps foot behind a camera magic ensues. Timelessly beautiful yet fresh all at the same time, her images tell the stunning story of this couples’ gorgeous destination wedding. Complete with an envy-worthy Oscar De La Renta gown, a first look in a pineapple field and too many perfect details to count, this gallery should not be missed.


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From The Bride…How did you decide on Puerto Rico? We visited Puerto Rico together for a close friend’s wedding in 2013 and fell in love with the island. We really enjoyed exploring San Juan and the beaches, and found everyone we met to be incredibly warm and friendly. Our guests were also traveling from all corners of the country (and world!) so we wanted to find a location that would be an easy trip and a fun little getaway for everyone.

How did you decide on the Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve? As soon as we stepped on to the property we absolutely fell in love with the venue. It felt secluded and private and had such a romantic vibe – we loved the drama of seeing the waves crashing on rocks from virtually every angle. The property is also a nature preserve, so the lush vegetation also made the otherwise modern resort feel rustic. As history nerds, we also loved that the property has such a rich history. It was bought my Laurence Rockefeller who preserved its lushness and enhanced the property. He opened it up to celebrities such as John F Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Amelia Earhart.

What was the inspiration for your wedding decor? I was mostly inspired by the venue itself. The architecture is completely harmonious with its natural surroundings – the ocean, the beach and the plant life. I wanted the decor to feel similarly integrated and organic. Arquetipo helped us with our decor and blew us away, using lots of white orchids, willow vine and green dianthus, which almost looks like a sea creature itself! The lanterns and mercury glass helped to give everything a shimmery glow.

What is your favorite memory from the wedding day. My favorite moment from our wedding day (other than marrying Matt) was looking around the room at our reception and seeing the faces of so many people I love (who also happen to be fantastic dancers!). It was so special to have so many of our family and friends in one room having a blast together.

Photography: Abby Jiu | Event Planning: Chezelle Dezines | Floral Design: Arquetipo Inc | Invitations: Dauphine Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Make Up: Ingrid Rivera | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Ceremony Music: Violons Frenesi | Hotel: Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve | Bridal Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Reception Music: DJ Rock Hand | Veil: Oscar De La Renta

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