After putting planning on hold due to a deployment to Afghanistan, this beautiful couple picked back up where they left off, with the help of Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings, and created a celebration truly fitting of their personalities and wedding wishes. Lindsay Vann captured both the sparkling sands and smiles and this gallery is bound to be an unburied treasure for years to come.
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From the Bride… Getting to our wedding day was quite a journey for us. My husband proposed to me on Memorial Day 2013 on Catalina Island. We then started the process of deciding a wedding location. We threw out many ideas but kept coming back to St John, a place he and I both fell in love with after traveling there twice together. When the location was set, we then selected Mary and her team at Island Style Weddings to assist us with the planning and coordination. We were able to set a date the following May and started to sort through some of the details. During the fall of 2013, right before we gave the green light to print our save the dates, my husband (a pilot in the Marine Corps) found out he would be leaving at the beginning of the year for a deployment to Afghanistan which could be up to a year duration. Mary was extremely understanding when I contacted her to let her know what was going on and told me to give her a call when we were ready to pick back up on the planning. Thankfully, Ben did not have to be in Afghanistan for the full year and we were able to set a new date in February 2015. Though the journey to get to our wedding was longer than we initially had planned, having our friends and family there with us to experience the magic of St John was more fun than we could have dreamed it could be. Choosing to have a destination wedding allowed us to have more time and make more memories with our guests. Island Style Weddings helped to arrange a Welcome Party, a day sail to the British Virgin Island and a beach BBQ on the days leading up to the wedding. From saying our vows overlooking the beautiful blue waters to dancing the night away with our friends, the wedding is a day we will both remember forever. As I look back now, the only word I can think to describe our wedding is “perfect” and the wait was sure worth it.
From Island Style Weddings… As the daughter of a former Marine Captain, this couple holds a special place in my heart. Ben, a fighter pilot in the US Marine Corps was called for deployment to Afghanistan nine months prior to their wedding date. Everything went on hold as we all prayed for Ben’s safe return. I was delighted when Jen called to tell us he was coming home and we set a new wedding date.
Jen was a dream bride to work with. Easy going, with a strong sense of style, Jen made wedding planning easy. She had a clear vision of what she wanted and we helped her make her vision a reality. I am honored to have been part of their wedding celebration and thank both of them for the sacrifices they have made for our country.
Photography: Lindsay Vann | Event Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Invitations: Inspirations By Amie Lee | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: Ocean Grill | Hair And Makeup: Sugar And Spice Lux Artistry | DJ: Adonis Morton | Groom's Attire: Mercy Streams | Officiant: Mary Bartolucci | Day Sail: Daydreamer | Musician: Chris Robberts | Save The Dates: Serendipity Beyond Design | Wedding Rings: Charles Koll | Welcome Party Venue: High Tide Bar And Grill
The Annaberg Ruins might be one of the most unique ceremony sites I’ve come upon in a while, and also one of the most beautiful. Enchanting and romantic, they added a whole other amazing element to this island wedding, and Elisha Orin captured every stunning view and special moment between these newlyweds. See it all, from sunup to last kiss, right here.
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From the Bride… We chose a destination wedding because we wished to be surrounded by natural beauty as we celebrated the past, present and future. What better place than St. John! We hired a fantastic wedding planner to help make our vision come alive, which helped us stay focused on soaking up the sunshine and the love from our family and friends. We wanted to plan fun, casual activities leading up to the big day in order for everyone to hang out because having our two families get to know one another really meant a lot to both of us. Our first time to the US Virgin Islands was 72 hours before we said “I do” and that aspect made each wedding event even more special and memorable. We finally got to see an island that we always hoped to visit and now can look forward to anniversary trips – a huge perk! We have bonded over shared travel experiences; the journey has shaped us as a couple. “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
Photography: Elisha Orin | Videography: Andrew Orleans | Coordination: Mary Bartolucci And Leah Burris, Island Style Weddings | Event Design: Mary Bartolucci And Leah Burris, Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Jessica Aubain, Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Liz LOwe, Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair And Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Vineyard Vines | Cake Topper: Danielle Lechuga | Officiate: Pastor Sampson | Sailing Charters: Kekoa | Welcome Party: Dr!nk
I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth repeating: we love destination weddings. So when a stunning St. John, USVI affair comes our way from the uber-talented Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings, you better believe we’re going to share that beauty faster than you can say “non-stop pampering.” Think a sophisticated color palette meets breathtaking views meets all kinds of pretty. See it all captured by Lindsay Vann right here, and soak in the gorgeous film from Nazareth Roads Productions below.
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From the Bride… When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding. We love to travel and one of our favorite places on earth is St. John, USVI. The pristine, white sandy beaches, and the natural beauty of the island was something that we wanted to share with our friends and family.
We hoped our guests would fall in love with this magical island as much as we have, so we planned a welcome party and day sail during our stay. To start the week of wedding festivities, we dined at Dr!nk overlooking the beach in Cruz Bay. The following day, we sailed to Jost Van Dyke on Kekoa, where we snorkeled and enjoyed the famous Painkiller drink at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
St. John is such a beautiful island with so many choices for a wedding venue, but Turtle Bay Point at Caneel Bay Resort was the perfect place to say ‘I do’. The grassy landscape overlooking the water is absolutely breathtaking. I could not have a dreamed of a more beautiful wedding! The memories we shared with our friends and family during that week is something that we will forever cherish.
Photography: Lindsay Vann | Videography: Nazareth Roads Productions | Coordination: Mary Bartolucci | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Turtle Bay Point | Reception Venue: Kalorama | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Sugar And Spice Salon | DJ: Adonis Morton | Grooms Attire: Egara | Groomsmen's Attire: Egara | Day Sail: Kekoa | Steel Panist: Albion Sewer | Welcome Party: Dr!nk