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Jamaica Wedding at The Hilton at Rose Hall from Amy Arrington Photography

What do you get when you pair the stunning work of Amy Arrington with a dreamy Jamaica destination wedding? Well apparently you get pure gorgeousness. Her images are like a virtual vacation to this couples’ most precious moments of their big day, and you can see every last one right here.

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From Amy ArringtonKelsey and Kevin were married in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 6, 2013. Their ceremony took place on the beach between two palm trees with the clear Caribbean ocean in the background. To keep with the tropical theme, Kelsey wore a pink hibiscus flower in her hair, and Kevin wore a fun straw hat. One of our favorite details from their wedding was their “save the dates,” which were airline ticket themed. Another favorite detail from their wedding was the parting gifts for the guests, which were monogramed beach towels draped over each one of the chairs. 

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Wedding Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall

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Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding from Reign 7 Photography

This wedding is pretty much my idea of paradise.  I mean — a destination shindig on the beaches of Jamaica with the ocean breeze blowing as you swap the I Dos? Well, it sounds like heaven. And while I can’t help but be a wee bit envious as the temps here in Boston slowly drop, I think I’ll head over to the gallery from Reign 7 Photography and start my virtual vacation right…now!

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From the Bride… Description of our wedding day: Having a destination wedding has its challenges but all of those seemed to subside the day that I woke up knowing I was about to marry the man I had shared the last 9 years of my life with. The weather was great, the sky and the water were a perfect Jamaica blue- which was imperative because the ceremony and reception were scheduled to be outside.

All of our vendors were on time and our appointments went swimmingly. As we were wrapping up pictures pre-ceremony I glanced outside and noticed what looked like a tropical storm forming in the distance. I immediately went into panic mode, looked at my Maids of Honor and said “Im getting Married. Right. Now.” We rushed everyone downstairs and outside, I didn’t realize how fast I was moving, let alone that I was running, until one of my Maids yelled “Where are her shoes?” and the other yelled back “She is wearing them!!!” Our wedding coordinator, Charlene, was amazing and kept saying, “It won’t happen, it can’t happen, not to you and Joe, to anyone but you and Joe!” We did get a bit of a shower but it was, in true Jamaican fashion, about 3 minutes long – just enough to let us know that we can’t control everything and that life, including our marriage, would be a series of surprises and we just need to roll with it.

As I came down the aisle it felt so much more serious than I had anticipated – we are a fun, funny couple and I could see Joe start to get choked up. As if the island read my mind, a gust of wind caught my veil in a neighboring bush and in a moment of total awkwardness, I ripped it off my head while hysterically laughing with my dad. That loosened up the ceremony right away and it just felt more relaxed and more “us”.

Our reception was held on site at the Sugar Mill Falls water park, which I loved. I work for a music company in NYC so the set list was really important to us, I don’t think the DJ had ever received a list of 250 “do not play” songs! But to be fair the “play” list was a lot longer so he had a good amount of material to work with. We danced the night away to Ja Rule, Montell Jordan, Sean Paul and a slew of throwback songs that truly encapsulated our near decade of dating!

Inspiration around the day: Jamaica has always held a very special place in our hearts, it was where we first fell in love almost exactly 9 years prior. But what keeps us coming back are the people, the culture and the warmness the country embodies. It was important for us to use as many local vendors and have as many local accents as possible while adding our own style to our special day.

The special touches that made our day extra lovely: I really liked that we had special pieces of us woven into the day. Representing my old, new, borrowed and blue were…. Old- Pearls from my late Grandmother wrapped around my flowers, New- My Dress, Borrowed- My headband was worn by my close friend, Danielle, in her wedding and she handed it down to me, Blue- I had my married name and our wedding date sewn in blue into the skirt of my dress. Other special touches – I gave Joe an engraved watch that said “Best Day Ever” and he gave me his mother’s engagement ring to have made into anything that I wish.

DIY Projects: I created a lot of the accents for the wedding myself with the help of a slew of Etsy vendors. For all future brides, get a Pinterest board going and an Etsy account ASAP!

Photography: Reign 7 Photography | Cinematography: Elite Media Concepts | Floral Design: Gande Garden | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Invitations: LamaWorks | DJ: Elite Media Concepts | Bridesmaids' Robes: Wedding Prep Girls | Cake Topper : LandscapesNMiniature | Engraved Forks: BellaJacksonStudios | Father of the Bride Tie: DanaMarieCreations | Favor Bags: BeautifulAdditions | Frames: Michaels | Luggage Tags: 0namesleft | Menus: Printed by Mimosa Digital | Sand Ceremony: ThirdShift | Stamp: AproposRoasters | Wedding Dress via: Kleinfeld Bridal | Wedding Venue: Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa | Welcom Bags: DIY by Bride + Zazzle

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Montego Bay Wedding from Closer to Love Photography

If you ask me, destination “I dos” are where it’s at. Because when you combine the romance of a wedding, the excitement of adventure, and those postcard-perfect views…well, it’s like snagging yourself a one-way ticket to swoonville. And this Jamaica love fest? No exception. With Round Hill Hotel and Villas as their backdrop and the crazy talented Closer to Love duo behind the camera, there’s no doubt this wedding was the ultimate day.

From the Bride…We were the couple that never thought we would be wed – that progressive couple that thought we didn’t need marriage to define our relationship.  But something happened to us ten years later, our hearts changed and we were open to the idea.  Aaron popped the question and I had butterflies.  It couldn’t have been more perfect of timing.

Needless to say, I’ve never dreamt once before of what my wedding could be and had no expectations other than for it to be intimate and relaxed.  And since we’re not the traditional couple, we certainly did not want a traditional ceremony.  All of these things led to an easy decision, destination wedding.  We fell in love with Montego Bay right away, but trying to find the perfect resort was tricky.  With much research, it led us to the most incredible place on Earth (according to us), the Round Hill Hotel and Villas.  This former pineapple plantation captured everything we wanted:  complete sophistication but with an effortless atmosphere.  Grand enough to house the likes of Grace Kelly and the Kennedys but small enough that the entire Round Hill staff knew my guests by name. 

Transferring and planning for 40 people was certainly a tall task – someone described it on the trip as to “herding kittens.”   However, we were up for the challenge and made it work.  We were incredibly fortunate in assembling the best team that made everything incredibly easy for us – from our coordinator, Raquel, to our lovely photographers to the local artist that we used to letterpress our invitations and menus.  Everyone went above and beyond and made the planning process equally as enjoyable as the execution was.  Each detail was valued as a memory and was tailored to giving our guests the ultimate experience.  It was important for our friends and family to feel the gratitude that Aaron and I had for them – that they had traveled so far to witness us say ‘I do’ and that they had patiently waited all these years for our big day to come.

Every day was planned with an event.  A chartered sailboat served as our welcome party, where we snorkeled in a nearby lagoon and toured the bay until sunset.   The following day, Aaron proudly organized beach games on the shore, which involved tossing mangos into rings and relay races on paddle boats.  Later that night, we kicked off our shoes and dined directly on the beach in the sand for our rehearsal dinner.  We enjoyed a Jamaican barbeque feast and celebrated with folklore dancers, fire breathing artists and the now-infamous limbo.  News traveled quickly, and I was greeted as “Limbo Queen” from there on out.   

Our ceremony was held on a shallow cliff overlooking the bay and the cocktail party in a large hut next to the infiniti pool.  Candles illuminated the path for our guests which lead them to our sunset reception at the Hanover terrace.  Paper lanterns adorned the large tree that pierced through the balcony and shaded our guests below.  Candles glistened throughout…  That night was perfect and will forever have our hearts.  Every second was divine.

Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas | Wedding Coordinator: Raquel Bernard | Cinematography: Elite Media Concepts | Floral + Candles: Tia Flora Services Ltd. | Invitations + Menus: Blackbird Letterpress  | Calligrapher of invitations + Menus: Neithersnow | Calligrapher of place cards: Nancy Hopkins Handlettering | Guest Bags: Faux Pas Printing | Cake: Round Hill | Officiant: Glenroy Clarke | Ceremony Guitarist: Jorge Valenciano | DJ: Kevan Stewart | Makeup: LVO Makeup Artistry by Lynna Vo | Hair: Huey Nguyen | Wedding Dress + Hairpins: BHLDN | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil: Mia Bridal Couture | Garter: Bella Fleur Bridal | Maid of Honor Dress: J.Crew | Groom + Best Man Suits, Custom: Luca Falcone | Shoes: To Boot New York | Tie: Tie Bar | Cufflinks: Zara

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