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Romantic Destination Wedding at Viceroy Anguilla

When a wedding planning pro herself says “I do” we get extra excited with all the goodies coming our way! The owner of DM Events Planning and Design created her own wedding wonderland with the help of a talented team including Face Time Beauty Concierge, Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Paperfinger, and not one, but two fabulous photogs snapping away. Allan Zepeda and Mel Barlow & Co. captured every picture perfect moment, leaving us in absolute awe of this Bride and her beautiful bash.

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From the Bride… As a wedding planner and designer, I’ve witnessed countless brides walk down the aisle so I figured when it was my turn, I would be cool, calm and collected. Needless to say, I wasn’t any of those. I think because I have watched “the walk” so many times, I fully understand how important it is. When it was my turn, I was a complete mess! A well put together mess, of course, but a mess nonetheless! All the photos of me walking down the aisle are proof that even a seasoned wedding planner can fall apart on her wedding day.

While planning my big day, the question I was asked the most was, “What does it feel like to plan your own wedding?” Simply put, it feels overwhelming in the best way possible! Cliff and I knew right away that we wanted to have a destination wedding. The venue selection process can be a taunting task but with one sole contender on the list it was pretty easy: Viceroy Anguilla, our first vacation together and our go-to island getaway. There was a major problem, the only date that worked also happened to be Cliff’s birthday. He didn’t think twice and generously agreed to forgo his birthday to let me steal the spotlight ;) I, in turn, surprised him with a Clemson University-inspired birthday cake (his alma mater and obsession) in lieu of a wedding cake.

The wedding weekend kicked off with a Thursday evening cocktail party (hosted by our dear friend and officiant!) followed by a Friday night welcome dinner at our favorite island restaurant, Veya. A destination wedding on an island is not complete without a boat outing, so Saturday we took everyone to Prickly Pear Island during the day making it back to Anguilla in time for everyone to get their beauty rest for the big day on Sunday.

I always tell my clients that photography is the one item you don’t want to skimp on. Knowing this made it even more difficult to choose between my two favorite photographers: Mel Barlow and Allan Zepeda, who also happen to be two of our dearest friends. We, of course, wanted them to attend as guests but selfishly also wanted them to capture our big day, too. What is a bride to do? Beg and plead? Well, that’s exactly what I did and it worked! They nobly agreed to be there as part-time photographers and part-time guests. I will be forever grateful to them for capturing all the moments of the weekend, and sharing the priceless moments with us “behind the scenes” on the wedding day.

When it came to the design, I have to admit, I was in heaven! After all the years I’ve spent creating designs for clients, it was finally my turn to let loose and design for myself. I quickly turned to Paperfinger to help me coordinate all of the paper elements as well as the wedding day goodies. I wanted the invitation to feel warm and timeless, so the letterpress was done in soft shades of grey and blush. I’m also a lover of all things watercolor so we incorporated soft tones of pink watercoloring on the RSVP. I topped off the invite with Silk and Willow hand dyed silk ribbon. Reception goodies also included simple white linen napkins with watercolor-inspired hand-written guest names, driftwood grey and white acrylic signage, and nautical Laura Hooper Calligraphy “our adventure begins” coasters. Then came the flowers! I spend an unhealthy amount of time obsessing over flowers so I knew they had to be perfect, which is not always an easy task when importing to an island. All of the flowers came from St. Martin and they were gorgeous! I designed a lush runner of greenery down the tables featuring oversized garden roses and candlelight. Large driftwood pieces adorned the room with matching runners woven through. The room was aglow and I was ecstatic to see my vision come to life!

After all the hours spent on planning and designing, my absolute favorite moment was when my new husband gave his speech. I’ve heard my fair share of speeches and I may be partial to his, but I must say it was perfection and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world! The night ended with a candlelit serenade from our friends and family to our favorite song. The entire weekend was filled with so much love and happiness that at many times I thought my heart may explode!

Photography: mel barlow & co. | Photography: Allan Zepeda Photography | Wedding Dress: Notte by Marchesa | Invitations: Paperfinger | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Wedding Venue: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Anchor Tie Clip: J.Crew | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Calligraphy Napkins: Paperfinger | Cufflinks: Saks Fifth Avenue | Drink Stirrers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Groom's Custom Pocket Square: W.B. Thamm | Groom's Customs Sneakers: Nike 6.0 | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss Red Label | Make-Up Consultation: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Matches: Bride Designed | Planning & Design: DM Events | Reception Signage: Host And Toast Studio | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Coasters: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Wedding/Birthday Cake: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Welcome Bags: Wedding Paper Chicks

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Tropical Viceroy Anguilla Wedding

This tropical goodness from Catherine Hall Studios? It’s exactly what Monday morning deserves. From the fresh ivory palette that lets the island-y blue waters shine through to the wedding’s tiniest (and cutest!) guest, Bacon, the sweet frenchie in a bow tie, it’s impossible to leave this gallery without a grin from ear to ear. Happy Monday darlings!

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From Catherine Hall StudiosRadiant and warm, hard-working and humble, devoted to succeeding in life as both professionals as well as a pair: Lisa and Ryan are nothing short of a power couple (An incredibly loveable power couple!) They have worked incredibly hard to support one another’s careers, while loving one another every step of the way. An inspiration among their family and friends, Lisa and Ryan are a singularly unique item.

In a way, it’s only fitting that they found one another on the job–yes, Lisa and Ryan met at work! She is now the Vice President of Commerical Real Estate Group for Deutsche Bank Securities, while he is fulfilling his entrepreneurial dreams as the Co-Founder of Sentry Centers. While one might expect an exotic, drama-packed locale as the spot where Ryan proposed to Lisa, their engagement was actually borne of a sweet domestic moment: Ryan asked for Lisa’s hand in marriage while they were in bed, in their own apartment.

They chose the spectacular Viceroy, Anguilla—a true paradise among the world’s most-beloved destination wedding locations. In this end, this helped simplify much of their wedding planning: with nature so beautiful and an immaculate hotel with an interior created by one of Lisa’s favorite designers, Kelly Wearstler, you don’t have to add-on much to make the moment any grander. All the most important elements for a striking, unforgettable event are already in place.

In conjunction with the talented Charnissa Richardson, the Viceroy Anguilla’s Wedding Coordinator, Lisa left the creative force up to her sister, Nancy. The sisters wanted clean simplicity to shape the day, accented by candles, candles, candles everywhere. Because, of course, everybody looks lovely by candlelight.

In addition to Nancy’s artistic direction for the decor, she also served one of the chief functions of any wedding: as the officiant. As neither Lisa nor Ryan are particularly religious, their chief goal was to honor their friends and family, and who better to oversee this incredibly special ceremony than Nancy, who has been a witness to and ambassador of Lisa’s and Ryan’s relationship since the very beginning.

Naturally, such a family affair required Bacon, Lisa’s & Ryan’s adorable dog (and faithful companion through thick and thin) to be their ring bearer. While Bacon found international air travel to Anguilla to be a tad unusual, he absolutely loved being the center of attention on the Big Day.

The wedding day all came together in the perfect details—like Lisa’s stunning Marchesa gown and Prada shoes, accented by glittering blue-candy mosaic emerald marquis drop earring with diamond chips; while Ryan totally charmed in his Michael Andrews Bespoke suit and Ferragamo shoes, completed by a Paul Stewart pocket square.

It goes without saying that the Viceroy Anguilla provided the ultimate experience, in terms of execution, planning, catering exceptional food and drinks (including a delicious Ginger Collins!) Best of all, their guests literally stayed up partying all night long, dancing their hearts out and celebrating love, courage, commitment and drive. All traits embodied by Lisa and Ryan, who are truly outstanding human beings who have worked hard to create a deep, meaningful life for themselves in the context of a wonderful community of loved ones.

Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Coordination: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Wedding Dress: Notte by Marchesa | Ceremony Venue: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Reception Venue: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Grooms Attire: Michael Andrews | Invitations And Wedding Paper Goods: Swash Press | Officiant's Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Pocket Square: Paul Stewart | Shoe Designer For Bride: Prada | Shoe Designer For Groom: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Anguilla Wedding from Lime Green Photography

Here is your one and only warning. Shut your door. Turn off your phone. Put an out of office on your email. Because you are about to fall in love. We’re showing you what quite possibly could be the prettiest wedding Anguilla has ever seen, with a bride as lovely and a groom as handsome as ever. Lime Green Photography was the lucky one to travel to Anguilla with this couple in the name of capturing the most amazing memories of their lives (raise your hand if you’re jealous!). And they are all right here.

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From the beautiful bride… I stand next to my father, my arm interlinked with his. We step out into the hallway and turn to face the beautiful deck overlooking the ocean where the ceremony will be taking place. I take a deep breath. This is it.

Our music starts and people stand up, cameras in hand.

I push the lump in my throat down as we’re signaled to start walking. I feel like I am floating on air. I have imagined this day and this walk in my head countless times and I didn’t think reality could surpass my dreams. I’m amazed to find that it’s even more magical.

As we make our way down the few steps to the deck and my father steadies me, I push back tears and walk towards Kris at the end of the aisle. His smile lights me up. When I finally reach him, Kris takes my hands in his – and as always, his touch makes me feel safe and I start to feel the nerves slip away.

We decided early on that we wanted a destination wedding and settled on Anguilla as soon as we saw photos of the Viceroy. We invited 80 of our closest friends and family to celebrate with us and were ecstatic that just over half of them were able to join us. From the moment that everyone arrived on Wednesday until they departed on Sunday – we had a blast.

The morning of the wedding was beautiful. About an hour before the ceremony the clouds started rolling in. Fortunately, the rain held off through the ceremony and the cocktail reception. However, as soon as my wedding coordinator told me that we could begin sitting for dinner at the single elegant table on the pool deck, the first rain drop fell. My guests sprang into action and it was beyond heartwarming to watch them scramble to move everything inside. When there was nothing left to move, they were by my side talking animatedly about each of their contributions. Some carried chairs, others organized silverware. My brother devised a new seating chart. When it was all said and done it was even more beautiful than the original set up.

The rain let up long enough for our first dance – which was huge as our dance floor was outside. But even though the rain fell steadily for the remainder of the night, my guests embraced it and we danced and danced and danced.

Photography: Lime Green Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Jane gown | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Stella McCartney | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Best Man’s Suit: Jos A. Bank | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Florist: Black Orchid | Bride’s Jewelry: Alexis Bittar | Stationery: Designed by bride, printed by Dandelion Patch | Linens + Table Decor: Black Orchid | Chargers: Koyal chargers | Invitations: Aquamarine Invitation by Vera Wang | Hair: Fanny at Viceroy Anguilla | Makeup: Bride’s friend Lesley | Caterer: Viceroy Anguilla | Wedding Rings: Pave Jewelers

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