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Garden-Inspired Puerto Rico Destination Wedding

When a wedding is set in a location as gorgeous as the St. Regis Bahia Beach, it rises in ranks pretty quickly. But add in Maria Lugo’s magic touch and a dress this stunning and well, we’re happy wedding campers. Our Labor Of Love captured the whole celebration, from fun first looks to dancing the night away thanks to The Flash Dance – see it all in our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… Even though this was technically a destination wedding planned from NY, marrying each other in Puerto Rico really felt like home. Both John-Michael’s mother and father call Puerto Rico home, so it’s always had a special place in his heart and had real significance to his family. Ironically, my family had vacationed in Puerto Rico for several years, even before we had met. We spent New Years 2012 in San Juan, and joked that when we get married one day, we would bring all of our family and closest friends back to our favorite place. Once we got engaged in August 2014, it was a no brainer choosing where our wedding would take place, so we flew out to San Juan and toured a few venue options. When we drove into the gates of the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Rio Grande, we knew we would be so lucky to be married there. We hired Maria Lugo, an incredible wedding planner based in San Juan, and she helped bring our entire weekend vision to life.

We brought in the incredibly talented Yeah! Weddings from LA for our photographer, videographer and DJ. We knew they would capture our day perfectly and we wouldn’t settle for anyone else. We worked closely with Arquetipo for flowers and decor – they completely blew our mind and brought our garden-inspired, rustic-elegant vision to life. When we first saw the table presentation about a month before the wedding, it actually made me cry! Throughout planning the wedding, we really focused on the details – from the steel band and cigar roller at our Friday Night Welcome Dinner, to the incredibly fun Rumelier, authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, personalized sunglasses, and cocktail napkins featuring our English Bulldog Norman, we really wanted to make the wedding feel intimate and put our “stamp” on it. We had hand painted menus, laser-cut gold calligraphed names for every guest which we set on their place setting, and even found a late-night grilled cheese truck which served hot grilled cheeses inside brown paper lunch bags with a sticker caricature of our faces on the front. The 16-piece band (locally-based Cuenta Regresiva) was absolutely incredible and kept everyone dancing all night (they were the band that actually played on New Years 2012 when we first promised each other we would return to PR to get married!). It felt like Spring Break all over again with our best friends; it was wild! Everyone was in vacation-mode; our childhood friends from near and far were swimming and eating and dancing and drinking with our aunts and uncles and grandparents and college friends – we just felt so much love all day, every day of the entire weekend. Our favorite part of the weekend was just that – the fact that we had an entire weekend to celebrate with our family and best friends, each day was better than the one prior. I think we both kept waiting for it to pour or for there to be some minor disaster, but the weekend was flawless from start to finish. We felt calm, excited, not one bit of anxiety and kept thinking to ourselves… “We’re just SO lucky.” It really was a dream and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Cinematography: Shark Pig | Event Planning: Maria Lugo | Floral Design: Arquetipo | DJ: The FlashDance | Venue: St. Regis Bahia Beach

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Romantic Destination Wedding at Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay

It’s not everyday you meet the love of your life while on vacation in Jamaica, but for this beautiful duo, it totally happened.  So when it came time to choose a locale perfect for saying “I do,” Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay was IT.  Think breathtaking scenery meets sandy, seaside nuptials meets dancing the night away in the place where their love first began.  Tracey Jazmin captured every crazy gorgeous moment and THE VAULT is proving that fairytales really DO exist.

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From Tracey Jazmin… Ben and Steph’s wedding took place at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica and was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve ever been to. From love notes, to handwritten vows, to a sweet father daughter first look and some heart wrenching first dances, I assure you that even my waterproof mascara was gone that day.

But tropical Jamaica wasn’t just any place for Ben and Steph; it was where they first met! Both taking a much needed vacation, Ben from Ottawa and Steph from Chicago, their paths crossed and then started their journey to forever so seemingly so Jamaica was the perfect place for them to tie the knot!

The events continued with a hilarious and incredibly welcoming family and group of friends that were sure to make Ben and Steph’s wedding one to remember. Before the evening bonfire, dancing and yoga battles started one of Steph’s best friends, was even challenged by the bartender to a Mai Tai chugging contest.

Opting for a quick day after session the following evening, we spent our last hour of daylight taking advantage of the beautiful grounds and all the resort had to offer until the sun had finally set behind the hills.

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Photography: Tracey Jazmin | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Engagement Ring: True Bijoux | Rings: True Bijoux | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay | Bridal Boutique: Vera's House Of Bridal | Bride's Barefoot Sandals: Jewels By Michele | Groom's Attire Boutique: Ernest

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Mustique Island Tropical Destination Wedding

It’s about this time every year that I desperately dream of a warm weather escape. A place with sand between my toes and ocean views for days, so this Caribbean wedding is kicking my tropical wanderlust into overdrive. Starting with a welcome BBQ for their guests, to the big day itself, followed by a post-wedding boat trip to the Tabago Keys, this is a destination wedding done right. Let’s start this private island adventure via Ana Lui’s photos inside THE VAULT.

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From Ana Lui Photography… Olly, my lovely bride, has her family home on the beautiful island of Mustique. She´s been going there all her life and knows every rock, every bay and all the locals. There is a cute little church made out of bamboo which Olly thought would be gorgeous to get married in! Of course the incredible beaches were great for BBQ parties too. Together with her (now) husband they have decided to fly over their closest friends and family.

When Olly and Duncan emailed me asking if I was available to shoot their wedding week in Mustique I literally had to pinch myself! And after pinching myself I had to Google “Mustique”. It was seriously a dream come true to be flown in to a private island in Caribbean and spend the entire week with super fun, relaxed beautiful people. Surrounded by nature, stunning sea, with our personal house keeper making sure we are fed and watered. We met everyone upon arrival and I knew we would have a great time together!

From the Bride… I spent ages and ages and ages looking at photographer’s websites, getting recommendations from people and researching it until I found Ana Lui. She has an absolutely beautiful style – very soft yet vibrant. I love how Ana Lui captured the day, the pictures seemed almost dream like and she didn’t miss a moment. 

The Bride’s Top Tips for Marrying in Mustique:

1. ‘Vincy Black Cake’, which is the local specialty (fruit cake with a LOT of booze) is the best cake for weddings, period.

2. Soft, light and delicate wedding dresses are the best for tropics. I got mine from Amanda Wakeley’s shop in Chelsea, London.

3. Our best idea was to jump in the pool at midnight! Mustique is great for partying till the morning hours!

4. You need to know how to do your hair or fly someone with you, because there aren’t any hairdressers on the island!

5. Keep it local! Mustique and St. Lucia and Grenadines have so much to offer. Rum, music, fresh fish, BBQs and reefs filled with marine life! We organized a pre-wedding BBQ and farewell catamaran trip to Tabago Keys for our guests. It was simply amazing experience.

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Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Stationery: Printstore London | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: The Grass Hopper | Earrings: Kiki Mcdonough