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Colorful Jamaica Wedding Designed With Effortless Island Elegance

If I had to describe this wedding in one short phrase, “easy, breezy island elegance” are the words that jump straight to mind. Karen and Mark hoped to give their guests a tropical escape and a celebration set in Montego Bay, Jamaica totally fit the bill. Shannon Leahy Events and Bows & Arrows infused the affair with color-happy moments, and the one and only Sylvie Gil captured everything behind the camera.

From Sylvie Gil… Karen & Mark’s Caribbean wedding was a lovely spring departure from the bustle of city life. The ceremony and reception were highlighted by richly colored island florals, a bright tropical color palette, and coral and pineapple accents. The couple integrated plenty of custom designs with the surrounding Jamaican culture – monogrammed “escort cups” for guests, ikat table runners, local flowers, and steel drums at the farewell brunch. A relaxed and idyllically beautiful affair, this wedding is the definition of effortless island elegance.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Cakes by Noida | Invitations: Bourne Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: Half Moon Resort | Reception Venue: Golden Castle Golf and Spa | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: Cohen Diamond | Makeup: Gourmet make up | DJ: Elite Media Concepts | Band: Ritual Salon & Spa | Transportation: Jamaica Tours (JTL) | Pool Cover + Lighting: Starlite Productions | Rentals: Novelty Party Rentals | Video: Elite Media Concepts

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Top 10 Reasons to Get Married at Round Hill Hotel and Villas

You probably don’t need convincing that rushing off to paradise to tie the knot is a really good idea, but just in case you were looking for a little somethin’ to push you in the right direction, our friends at Round Hill Hotel and Villas are here to break it down for you. Think of it as 10 friendly reminders as to why Jamaica is the best place ever to celebrate, then grab those suitcases and get to planning.


You can’t say “I do” without a big ol’ side of romance and Round Hill Hotel and Villas most definitely delivers on every front. Think an awe-inspiring Montego Bay locale (on a private hillside!), secluded beaches and a never-ending list of romantic activities (hello, sunset cocktails and candlelit dinners) that will make your entire stay the wedding/honeymoon you’ve always wanted… and more.


They say it takes a village and when tying the knot, that couldn’t be more true. Luckily, at Round Hill Hotel and Villas, you’ll never be going at it alone, because their talented staff of wedding planners will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process. Yep, every single detail will be completely taken care of, which means you can sit back with that cocktail and totally relax with your love.


The best part about destination weddings? They’re a wedding and vacation all wrapped up into one. Which means saying “I do” against a stunning paradise-filled backdrop (hello, Round Hill Hotel and Villas), then sharing an amazing vaca with all of your loved ones. It honestly doesn’t get any better… or more fun.


Whether you plan on an intimate wedding with just a few of your closest friends + family or want to party the night away with everyone you’ve ever known, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has a customizable package perfect for you and yours. From small, laid-back beach affairs to elegant four-course dinners, your vision is their reality. And that’s why we love ’em.


Saying “I do” in Paradise isn’t just 24-7 lounging on the beach – you definitely need to get your party on, too. Which is why we love Round Hill Hotel and Villas awesome options for keeping things lively, like live Calypso music and romantic jazz under the stars. Sooo fun.


Been dreaming of that perfect seaside locale since before you were even engaged? Or maybe an elevated terrace with panoramic views or a sprawling beach is more your thing. Either way, Round Hill Hotel and Villas most definitely has THE spot that will make all of your dreams come true… AND take your breath away.


For all of those moments pre and post-wedding that you’ll want to kick back and relaxRound Hill Hotel and Villas has a sophisticated + completely luxurious room or villa that is more than perfect for you and yours. From their island-inspired 2-6 bedroom villas to their Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront rooms, you’re entire stay will be dripping in absolute luxury.


After an entire year (or more!) of planning your Big Day, you’ll be ready to spend some time getting completely pampered. Trust us. So, what better way to unwind than with an indulgent spa treatment with breathtaking views of the ocean at Round Hill Hotel and Villas? It’s awesome.


Six words: James Beard award-winning Executive Chef. One that creates beyond tasty dishes inspired by Jamaica’s bounty and cultural influences. Think a completely custom event menu that will more than impress your guests with fresh ingredients and herbs + veggies from Round Hill Hotel and Villas’ on-site organic garden. Yum.


Saying “I do” to the one you love is truly about being in the moment and creating those memories that will last a lifetime. And, honestly, there is no better place than Round Hill Hotel and Villas to help you host that special day. With a talented staff, breathtaking views AND unparalleled exclusivity (only one wedding per weekend!), you’ll be living the dream you’ve always wanted. Contact them today to celebrate under the stars.


What: Round Hill Hotel and Villas is giving away a 50-minute Couple’s Massage at the Spa Lawn Gazebo!* A brief stroll along the aquamarine sea, on a nature path rimmed with Jamaica’s exotic greenery, will lead you to The Spa at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Here you will retreat in an 18th century Great House “Welcome Wharf” with sweeping lawns and views which offer the ideal setting to replenish your mind, body and soul. Body, facial treatments and beauty salon services are performed in an oasis of serenity by trained professionals. *Valid until October 31, 2017

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us the one reason you would LOVE to say “I do” at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. (Ex: The ocean backdrop is everything I ever dreamed of!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 10, 2017. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Photography: Alan Smith | Photography: Raquel Reis | Photography: David Massey | Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Photography: John-Paul Teutonico | Wedding Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas

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Bridal Beauty 101: Finding That Perfect Style for Your Gown

You’ve found that dress of your dreams and now it’s time to focus on putting the entire look together with hair and makeup.  Need help? Well, we’ve got you covered, because today we’re joining forces with Jennie Kay for a quick run-down on all things beauty with tips + tricks on achieving that glam wedding day look, no matter the gown or style you’re dreaming of. Let’s get started.


Your style? Laid-back with a big ol’ side of sophistication. Which means rocking a stunning gown that shows some skin and hair + make-up that is just as sleek and glamorous. Jennie Kay suggests pairing your dream dress with a rope braid pony or soft low bun that is dressy enough for a wedding, but is also completely effortless.


You’re a vintage-inspired lady looking to rock that elegant lace number, but still maintain a modern, yet sexy edge. Jennie Kay’s tip? A bright red lip for that much-needed side of sophistication and a stunning updo that frames one side of the face, plus sweeps across the back in a beautiful style that is reminiscent of the past.

“Look at the way you wore your hair at your initial dress fitting. It usually mimics your initial idea on how your hair should be.” – Jennie Kay Beauty


Crave a look that is soft, romantic and free, just like you and your wedding? Then this fab boho look from Jennie Kay Beauty is sooo for you. Simply keep your hair natural in wave and texture and add three gorgeous braids for a little pop of WOW.  Want to add a little glamour to the look? Really make those eyes stand out with just the right shade of shadow and mascara.


For those of you who want to keep it sweet + classic on the Big Day, Jennie Kay suggests a low twisted ponytail that is equal parts show-stopping and wholesome. Pair it with subtle makeup (like a light pink lip) and a gown that has just a pop of sass and the results are absolutely timeless.


Waves are a girl’s best friend and when it comes to a wedding day look that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Jennie Kay keeps those tousled waves down with just a few sweet strands pulled back for a look that is all sorts of romantic. Add some soft pink lips and some barely-there makeup to complete the look.

Contact Jennie Kay Beauty to create a seamless, stunning look from head to toe… you won’t regret it.