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Boho Chic Wedding on the Beaches of Anguilla

If you’ve ever dreamed of a wedding on the beaches of the Caribbean, glistening ocean as the backdrop with sand squished between your toes – take note from this Anguilla “I do.” Destination wedding extraordinaire, Michelle Rago brought her expertise to the table with paper pretties by Cheree Berry Paper, and it all made for an epic day captured by Braedon Photography. This way to sunny skies and so much more.

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From Michelle Rago Destinations… The bride’s father has a gorgeous home on Anguilla where we were able to host both the ceremony and cocktails, which created such a sense of intimacy and family. Eliza was able to get ready in her bedroom and walk straight out past the pool and face the sea for their ceremony.

The inspiration was Bohemian Chic for ceremony. We created a chuppah out of driftwood collected throughout the year and adorned with orchids and hydrangea. We also accentuated the aisle with manzanita and orchids.

The reception dinner and late night fun took place at the Malliouhana Hotel, where Eliza and Chris got engaged. We transformed the restaurant which sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

The ceiling was strung with orchids and hanging candles which twinkled and swayed in the breeze. The centerpieces were all white, lush and low. The flowers were white hydrangea and dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids. We created a lounge for dancing under the stars after dinner and then moved guests up to the pool for late night dance party with fun lighting!

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Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematography: Hart Pictures | Wedding Planning: Michelle Rago Destinations | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: The Restaurant at Malliouhana | Makeup: Deanna Imerti | Hair: Nikki Avanzino | Music: Asher and Vanessa | Paperie: Cheree Berry Paper | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Dune Preserve | Wedding Design: Couture Concepts

From Umbrellas to OMG Views!

This duo always knew that a destination wedding was in the cards for them so when it came time to pick a place to become Mr. and Mrs. they set their sights on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla. When rain made an appearance at their ceremony, smiles never faded and when those umbrellas were soon put away, stunning views took their place. Alison Conklin captured it all – see it all in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride…  Mike and I met in high school through a mutual friend, although romance wasn’t in the cards until 10 years later. Our two groups of friends hung out for a few months in high school, but we quickly faded out of each other’s lives until the stars aligned and we ended up living in the same building in Manhattan after college. An innocent elevator encounter led to some Facebook stalking and messaging, which led to a first date… and the rest, as they say, is history.

We share a love for travel and after attending my best friend’s wedding in Turks and Caicos, we knew that when it was our turn, a destination wedding was the way to go. We had been scouting Anguilla for a potential vacation spot, and after seeing pictures of the Viceroy on Instagram and showing them to Mike, he casually said, “We should get married there”. When he proposed two weeks later in Long Beach Island, NJ, we barely finished our first bottle of champagne on the beach with friends before I had sent an inquiry to the Viceroy.

We were enamored with the chic, modern decor and breathtaking views the Viceroy offered and booked our venue without ever seeing it in person. The Viceroy provided us with a wedding coordinator who took all of the stress out of planning a wedding from so far away. Couture Concepts helped bring our vision of a romantic, candlelit reception to life. I will never forget entering the room and seeing the candles reflecting in the windows, which truly took my breath away.

While the weather the whole weekend was perfect, it didn’t exactly cooperate the day of the wedding, and the sky opened up just as I started walking down the aisle. Luckily, it didn’t last long enough to prevent Mike and I from exchanging vows in front of the picture perfect view that sold us on the location to begin with. Mike’s oldest friend officiated our ceremony in front of 75 of our closest friends and family, which made the day all that more special.

One of the greatest things about having a destination wedding is that everyone is on vacation and ready to let loose, which made our reception one of the most epic dance parties I’ve ever been to. Our guests danced the night away, and ended the night with some mini grilled cheeses and a dip in the pool.

After the biggest weekend of our life was over, we were thankful to have something else to look forward to – receiving our photos from Alison Conklin and video from Jet Kaiser. They didn’t let us down! We couldn’t be more thrilled with their work, which truly captured all the love that was in the air that day and all the small moments that may have otherwise faded into the back of our memories. When we look back at the photos and video, we can’t believe that was our own wedding.

Our entire wedding weekend was a dream come true. We were thankful that we were able to spend so much quality time with our friends and family – something that is truly precious with everyone being so busy. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to kick off our married life together – the memories will last a lifetime.

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Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Cinematography: Jet Kaiser Films | Event Planning: Rosina Gumbs | Floral Design: Couture Concepts | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Invitations: Sarah Metzger | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Keepsake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Catherine Maldrino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Hair + Makeup: Viceroy Miami Hotel & Resort | Calligraphy: Minted Feather | DJ: DJ Sugar | Groom's Attire: Theory | Venue: Charnissa Richardson, Viceroy, Anguilla | Rentals: Couture Concepts

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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: Marchesa | Invitations: Paperfinger | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Charnissa Richardson, Viceroy, Anguilla | 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 | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Make-Up Consultation: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Matches: For Your Party | Planning & Design: DM Events | Reception Signage: Host And Toast Studio | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Coasters: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Wedding/Birthday Cake: Charnissa Richardson, Viceroy, Anguilla | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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