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A White-on-White Celebration That Redefines “Beach Wedding”

When it came time to plan their destination wedding, this couple knew The Bahamas was the perfect spot for them. Not only because of the island’s obvious beauty, but it was the birthplace and home to the groom during his childhood years. Julie Cate captured their white-on-white beach soiree and our jaws have officially dropped. More in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Rob and I met nearly 7 years ago on the 4th of July at a friend’s rooftop party after I had just moved to the city from Florida. We had an instant connection and have made so many amazing memories together over the years, two of the most special being our engagement in Provence and our wedding in Harbour Island.

After we got engaged, we immediately knew we wanted a destination wedding with a weekend full of activities where our family and friends could be together in a relaxed setting. We visited several venues in the Northeast and in the South before taking a chance on a charming little island we read about in the Bahamas. Rob was born in the Bahamas and lived there with his family in his early years, so we thought it was particularly relevant to us. We visited Harbour Island the year before our wedding and instantly fell in love with the people, the golf carts, the roosters, the island’s beauty and style – everything about it! As soon as we visited The Ocean View Club and met with Ben and Charlie of Little Island Design, we knew there was no one else we wanted to work with.

As we were planning the wedding, I knew I wanted an island chic vibe that would be classic and timeless. We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed and laid back, while still maintaining an element of formality. We worked with Ben and Charlie on the floral design of simple greenery and white flowers paired with a classic black and white dance floor in the sand. I knew from the start that I wanted my bridesmaids to wear fabulous white dresses of their own choice to stand out against our handsome groomsmen in tuxes.

The wedding weekend turned out to be even better than we envisioned. The island is so small that it felt like we took it over! Our families rented houses on the island, our wedding party took over The Ocean View Club, and our other guests stayed in hotels right down the beach. After events on Thursday and Friday, we were married in the iconic Pink Church in the center of the island. After the ceremony we surprised our guests with a Junkanoo band that paraded us down the street to The Ocean View Club. One of my favorite moments was looking back at the line of golf carts driving up to the reception. We had cocktails on the Terrace and then moved down to the tent on the beach for dinner and dancing. It was an amazing feeling to see your vision come to life. Ben and Charlie and the LID team exceeded my expectations with every detail from the impressive food to the custom made dance floor to the outdoor lounge area. Our band, the Sultans of Swing, who flew in from Boston had our guests on their feet and kept up the energy all night.

Lastly, I can’t say enough about Julie and James. Not only is she an incredibly talented photographer who perfectly captured our wedding day, she is the sweetest person who put us at ease on such a special day. We still joke about “almost kisses” to this day. We were blown away by the portraits she took of us and our wedding party and we were rolling in laughter at some of the candid shots she captured from the reception. We are so happy we worked with Julie and we will always cherish the beautiful images that will always bring us back to our wedding day.

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Photography: Julie Cate | Floral Design: Near The Ocean View Club | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Legends | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Ceremony Venue: St. John’s Anglican Church, Harbour Islands Bahamas | Reception Venue: Ocean View Club | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Band: Sultans of Swing | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Officiant: Father Kirkland Russell | Film Processing: The Find Lab

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Sophisticated Harbour Island Wedding

Derona and Anthony planned the perfect wedding,  a relaxed beach ceremony on the subtly pink sands of Harbour Island. What they didn’t plan for? A hurricane. Just days before their outdoor wedding, the pair made an executive decision and moved their celebration up by 24 hours. Avoiding the threat of  storm clouds, their celebration went off without a hitch. A beautiful seaside ceremony complete with hospitable touches of pineapples, Almond Leaf Studios captured every moment to share in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…I knew Anthony would love Harbour Island from the moment we hopped off the water taxi on our first visit together. Having moved to London from Nassau Bahamas several years earlier, I was familiar with and very fond of the the tiny, picturesque island. He found it as captivating as I did, and even as we headed back home to London, the notion of one day returning to marry on Pink Sands beach stuck. As fate would have it, we found ourselves making that thought a reality just a couple of years later.

The travel aspect for our guests was always something we were conscious of, but little did we know how significant this factor would become. Just days before the wedding, the threat of hurricane Erika became very real, and we decided to bring the event forward by a day. We were so grateful that so many of our guests, who were visiting from as far as the UK and Vancouver, and as near as Miami and Nassau, were able to make it to the island, despite the uncertainty of how the storm would develop. They were welcomed with goodie bags containing fresh baked goods and other local favours.

We had always visualized a laid back but stylish island wedding. As a nod to the subtle pink hue of the sandy beach that was to be the ceremony location, we used different shades of blush to form the basis of our wedding colour palette. We paired it with brighter reds and a rich plum colour for depth, creating a romantic combination.

Upon reflection, the decision to use pineapples, the symbol for hospitality, as a decorative motif couldn’t have been more relevant. That this part of the Bahamas is known to grow the sweetest pineapples in the world made it even more fitting. Adorning the ceremony arch and nestled in hand crafted floral centerpieces, the pineapples added a touch of whimsy. Together with other local accoutrements – palm leaves, conch shells, and seagrape vines – they brought the decor to life. Even with the last minute change of plans, Ben and and his team were able execute the concept beautifully.

After a relaxed beach ceremony, our guests were treated to conch fritters, snapper ceviche, and sliders during cocktail hour. Speeches followed the reception meal in the intimate space of the main house at Ocean View, and with the arrival of Junkanoo, the dancing kicked off. With the moon shining on the sea and the breeze picking up on the beach, we danced into the night surrounded by our family and friends.

Our wedding day was exactly as we hoped, a wonderful start to married life together.

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: Little Island Designs | Wedding Dress: Browns Bride | Invitations: Strawberry Sorbet | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Darcy Antonia Jewelry | Rings: Burt & Gurt Jewellery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | DJ: DJ Safire | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Groomsmen Attire: Reiss | Ceremony Music: Little Island Designs | Venue: The Ocean View Club | Bridal Boutique: Browns Bride | Hair Accessories: Browns Bride | Place Cards: Bonjour Laura J

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Romantic + Bohemian Bahamas Destination Wedding

I was going to write about how gorgeous this destination wedding is (and it is that pretty), but then I read what the beautiful Bride wrote about her wedding. From the extra boutonniere pinned to her bouquet (a sweet gift from the Groom as a tribute to her late brother) to the spontaneous kiss during the ceremony, it’s clear this wedding was something special. See it all from Kellie Kano in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…From the very beginning of our engagement, Colin and I knew we wanted to be married by the water. It was important to us to create a beautiful and relaxing experience for our guests traveling in from all over the country, and Lyford Cay was the perfect setting to make that happen. Colin grew up visiting his Grandparents in the Bahamas and spent most holidays at Lyford Cay Club, so it holds a special significance for his family. While we were dating, he shared the beauty and charm of Lyford Cay with me and it quickly became one of our favorite places to visit.

Knowing the grounds of the Club ahead of time was helpful when planning our wedding. The natural elements on site offered the perfect setting for our organic and bohemian wedding theme. We wanted tropical flowers and décor that looked as if it could have been found on the property. Omar from Wild Seed Designs helped bring that vision to life. We used King Proteas as the focal point for flowers and accented them with air plants & succulents. The arbor for the ceremony was draped beautifully with tons of loosely gathered flowers. Everything felt light and airy just as we hoped it would.

Even more wonderful than the beautiful decor, was the party itself. It meant everything to us to have 120 guests spend the weekend with us celebrating. We wanted to make each day feel relaxing and end each evening with a lively party. We had local bands play every night and the traditional Bahamian Junkanoo surprised our guests half way through the reception. The night was hot and sweaty and exactly as you would picture a late June Caribbean reception.

It’s hard for me to choose a favorite moment of the weekend, as it was all so wonderful. One very special moment was when the bridal party flowers were delivered to my suite before leaving for our first look. There was an extra boutonnière that Colin had requested to have made for my older brother, Kyle, who passed away 6 years ago. I pinned it to the inside of my bouquet. This meant so much to me. It added to the excitement and emotion before seeing Colin.

Our ceremony was another favorite part of the wedding weekend. We spent months writing it with the help of our officiant, Suzanne. It was truly a test as we had to agree on what parts felt authentic to us as a couple. We took it very seriously and constructed it together from start to finish. We decided to make 10 promises to ourselves and share them for the first time at the ceremony. At one point, I was so moved by one of Colin’s promises that I leaned in and kissed him before I was supposed to! It made for a good laugh and a great moment captured. The ceremony felt joyful and true to who we are as a couple. Our hope is that all our guests felt connected and surrounded by love that day.

Photography: Kellie Kano | Event Coordination: Amour Affairs | Floral Design: Wild Seed Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Emma Harrison | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Catering: Lyford Cay Club | Entertainment: Junkanoo Band | Band: Visage | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Lyford Cay Club | Bride's Reception Dress: Saylor NYC | Bride's Robe: Stone Cold Fox | Bridesmaid's Hair & Makeup: Salon Deloranzo | Bridesmaids' Getting Ready Dresses: LJC Designs | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew | Veil: Johanna Johnson

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