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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: Charnissa Richardson, Viceroy, Anguilla | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Ceremony Venue: Viceroy Anguilla | Reception Venue: Coba, Viceroy Anguilla | Grooms Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | 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: 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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Mimmo + Naz In Anguila ~The Wedding Film

Mimmo and Naz’s images and films are all over the pages of Style Me Pretty … and with good reason! Their artistry has woven the fine story lines in many a magnificent celebration.  If you’re just joining us ~ we’re in Anguilla with Anita and Bobby and 100 of their friends and family …

The entire weekend was filled with the stunning cultural traditions of their heritage and culminated with a modern ~ equally fabulous ~ white wedding! The film below is just one more example of the incredible sensitivity of mimmo + naz

Super 8mm Wedding Film – Punjabi & White Wedding | Anita & Bobby – Anguilla, BWI | by mimmo+naz from mimmo+naz on Vimeo.

Punjabi Ceremony In Anguila ~ From Mimmo + Naz

We speak of beauty and tradition often ~ we speak of love and marriage always. Today, we will speak very little. We will allow the images from the genius of mimmo+naz to say it all …

“As our plane broke through the clouds what came into focus was breathtaking…
the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Anguilla welcomed all 100 guests
for a four day weekend that would see Anita and Bobby marry …

Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory measuring some 16 miles in length and 3 miles at its widest point. It has been blessed by some very famous architects and hoteliers who have designed divine yet understated properties that almost magically materialize in their environments. With the majority of their guests settled in secluded private beach houses and villas perfectly coined “castles in the sand” Covecastles seemed more like a dream that we all simply never wanted to wake from. It played one night as backdrop to a perfect evening of cocktails and lush details of all things classic old Hollywood! Sheriva played host for many of the weekend’s more ritualistic celebrations ~ in particular the Mehndi as well their white wedding. Cap Juluca saw the couple’s Indian ceremony perched on top of a green hill overlooking the sea which was beautifully adorned and officiated by Anita’s father. This was a weekend that we all will look back on and smile … the company, the island, the love ~ it all just married perfectly!
– a guest

We will be back shortly with Anita and Bobby’s incredible wedding film from mimmo + naz.  For those of you who simply can’t wait, you can get a sneak peek here!

Anguilla Destination Wedding From Elegant Occasions

Just back from a much needed mini-vacation to Florida ~ what better way to start the week than with the rest of the story from JoAnn at Elegant Occasions ~ Eliza & Jeffrey’s destination wedding on the fabulous Caribbean island of Anguilla …

images courtesy of CLICK photo company Inc.

First ~ a little of the behind the scenes story from Eliza …

The Proposal: Because Jeff works so much, we didn’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual day and had to wait until Saturday night. He surprised me with a packed a suitcase and a beautiful hotel room in New York City so we could just relax and spend time together. As we opened the door to our room, I found a path of rose petals leading up to the bed which had a message written in the petals: “Will you marry me?” I was in shock and incredibly happy, but sad that our families would not be there to celebrate with us that night, something he knew was important to me. I called my parents in Boston to tell them the good news, knowing they were at an important benefit for my dad’s hospital in Boston that they had been telling me about for months. They congratulated us and told me they would celebrate with me soon. Jeff and I went to Bar Americain to celebrate, and as we walked in, I saw both of our families sitting at a table! I was SO happy! Even now ~ today ~ I can’t stop smiling just thinking about it.


The Venue: My family and I have been going to the island of Anguilla for the past 14 years. I brought Jeff along with me twice and the third time we went it was our engagement celebration! We had about 10 weddings to attend that year and most were at New York City hotels, so we knew we wanted to do something different! My one concern was the logistics ~ planning a wedding from New York that would be taking place in Anguilla … being that I am very hands-on, I interviewed a few wedding planners and was extremely happy when I found JoAnn from Elegant Occasions. I was immediately drawn to her as she has planned many weddings on the island and I knew right from the beginning that I could trust her.

And from JoAnn

This amazing wedding was held at the serene resort of Cap Juluca. Our vision and inspiration came from the natural elements surrounding us and the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Our color palette included pale blues and whites and set the tone for the entire celebration. We set long banquet tables in the venue of Blue (aptly named). Frosted cubes were taped over to create a patchwork effect. Blue and white hydrangeas plus custom blue linen runners brought from NYC highlighted the centerpieces while white chivari chairs completed the look. Escort cards were attached to starfish and placed in a wooden box filled with sand from the beaches of Anguilla. The ceremony was held on the wedding bluff overlooking the island of St. Maarten.

from Eliza ~ My bouquet was wrapped in a lace handkerchief that was my great grandmother’s. On the day that I was born she wrote a note to my mother that said “please make sure Eliza uses this on her wedding day.” I also pinned my grandfather’s mezuzah that he always wore as a necklace to the inside of my dress.  My mother made my garter belt out of what was left of my grandmothers wedding dress. Although only one of my grandparents was able to make it to the wedding, I felt like I had a part of the others with me the whole day.

Our favors were from Navy & Lavender ~ fans with custom tags for our guests to use (and they did!) during the ceremony! Our beach welcome totes printed with a sandy colored starfish from Navy & Lavender also doubled as wedding keepsakes. It was so incredible to see everyone on the beach wearing them – all our guests knew each other from seeing that starfish! I still use my tote, and it is a great reminder of our magical weekend.

The dress code was island chic, and my bridesmaids all wore dresses of their choice in various shades of blue. Vera Wang makes so many different style dresses in pretty shades colors of blue that most of my bridesmaids happened to pick Vera dresses!

When asked if there were any wedding vendors that she & Jeffrey would like to recognize, Eliza replied…

Navy and Lavender did an incredible job creating our welcome totes and working with our wedding planner to get them down to Anguilla. They created a custom map and itinerary for guests to go in the tote along with sun block, water, and lots of island-themed goodies. Ceci New York made our beautiful invitations that incorporated the sandy starfish from our welcome totes and the blues of the ocean. It was important to me to convey to my guests the feel of the wedding from the very start and she helped me do that!

Also, I could not have pulled this weekend off without the endless help of my wedding planner JoAnn from Elegant Occasions. We were in constant communication everyday for a year and now that it is all over I miss it! JoAnn and her team were so helpful right from the beginning. I would tell her my image of the wedding and she was extremely helpful in giving me suggestions, yet not being controlling. I was so confident in her that once I got down to Anguilla for my wedding, I was able to relax and knew that she would pull the whole together. I was able to literally “show up” to each event and it was set up exactly how I had pictured it.

Click Photography (Che Thomas and Jessy Pagliaroli) certainly gave me photos and video that will last a lifetime. Since they flew down just for us, we have pictures from the whole weekend! Our videographer from Images Weddings shot part of our night with a special 8mm camera that invokes the nostalgic days of my parents’ wedding. He captured the mood of the wedding perfectly.

Our thank and a hug congratulations to Eliza & Jeffrey, JoAnn at Elegant Occasions and CLICK photo company, Inc. for the awesome images from this destination wedding weekend! There are lots of additional photos of the welcome totes and invitations over on Navy & Lavener’s blog.

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