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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.

See even more beach weddings in THE VAULT! 

Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: Little Island Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Invitations: Strawberry Sorbet | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Darcy Antonia Jewelry | Rings: Burt & Gurt | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | DJ: DJ Safire | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Groomsmen Attire: Reiss | Ceremony Music: Rocky + Ersly Via Little Island Design | Venue: Ocean View Club | Bridal Boutique: Browns Bride | Hair Accessories: Debra Moreland Paris | 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: Paulette Davis Of Amour Affairs | Floral Design: Wild Seed Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakes | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala | Catering: Lyford Cay Club | Entertainment: Junkanoo Band | Band: Visage | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Lyford Cay Club | Bride's Reception Dress: Saylor "Jessica" Dress | 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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Romantic + Relaxed Shipwreck-Themed Bahamas Destination Wedding

The word “shipwreck” doesn’t exactly evoke class, elegance and beauty. But this shipwrecked-themed affair is all that and so much more.  Painted in shades of blush, seafoam and gold, this fête came to life with a goddess-esque Amanda Wakeley gown, chic, beachy touches from Boy Meets Girl Weddings, and gorgeous photography from Cody Hunter Photography. Escape to the Bahamas in The Vault.

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From The Bride… Joey and I are very easy going and we definitely wanted our wedding to represent that. We decided on the Bahamas because it is one of our favorite places to visit. For our wedding we definitely want to use a lot of natural elements that are indigenous to Eleuthera. Our wedding coordinator had suggested a ‘shipwrecked’ theme, which was the perfect description of what we had in mind. We used shells, colored glass bottles, corals, seafans, grape wood, and protea to carry out that theme.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyAmanda and Joey’s “vacation spot” has been The Cove in Eleuthera – so having their destination wedding there was the perfect fit for the couple. They have shared countless memories there and couldn’t wait to share the beauty of the island with around 45 of their closest family and friends for their “I Dos” The whole weekend was a reflection of the couple – relaxed and fun with a dose of celebration – including a traditional Junkanoo* to wrap up their reception.

To continue with their “shipwrecked” theme – they wrote one another messages in a bottle – and sealed them up and tossed them over a cliff during their ceremony as a more unique “unity” ceremony.

*A Junkanoo is a traditional Bahamian experience at a celebration with characters in traditional costumes and dancing to drums, bells, and whistles – so the couple knew that they had to include it to end their reception!

 

Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Event Planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Hair And Makeup: Calae Burrows | Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Groom's Shoes: Gucci