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Tropical Great St. James Weddingmoon Inspiration

Happy Friday, SMPers! Around these parts, sprinkles of snow and wintry cold weather is the norm this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to dream of sand between our toes and a soft ocean breeze. So when a bit of tropical goodness comes our way in the form of this lovely little shoot from Island Style Weddings, you won’t hear us complaining. And for those of you considering a weddingmoon? You might want to spend some extra time cozying up to the gallery from Sara Wight!

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From Island Style WeddingsLeah and I toured Great St James, a privately owned island between St Thomas and St John, US Virgin Island as a future wedding and vacation venue. Once we stepped on the island, it was clear we had found the perfect location for Island Style Weddings’ styled photo shoot.

Inspiration came from “Gift from the Sea”, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I have always loved this book written in 1955 by Charles Lindbergh’s widow. Many of my couples have incorporated passages from the book for their wedding ceremonies. Mrs. Lindbergh’s love of the ocean is complimented with her poetic insight into relationships of all kinds.

The story begins with a couple traveling to Great St James to begin a new life together on their weddingmoon. Escaping from the rushed world left behind, our couple rediscover the beauty of simplicity and each other. The island’s 164 acres provided space for exploration, playfulness, relaxation and romance.

Our vision was to enhance the rustic nature of the island, without distraction from the natural beauty that surrounded us. The soft colors of mint and sea foam in the dresses looked gorgeous against the natural colors of the surrounding sand and crystal waters. Accents of purple flowers in all shades helped bring vibrancy to the location. Subtle hints of ombré and various textures helped create the effortless feeling we were after.

One of my favorite parts of working on a styled shoot is collaborating with such a talented group of wedding professional. As wedding designers, photographers, stylists, pastry chefs, caterers, florists and mixologists our usual focus is translating our clients visions for their perfect Caribbean celebration. I love to team up with this group to share ideas and allow our creative juices to flow.

A huge thank you to Leah of Island Style Weddings, Sara of Sara Wight Photography, Jessica of Roses Too, Liz of Queen of Tarts, MJ of Motu Bar, The gang at Rent the Runway, Thea of Hushed Commotion, Kalee of Sholdt Design, Missy of The Nest St John, Models Grace Bartolucci & Gabriel Stephen, Karl of Virgin Magic Charters, Mike and Crystal Gillich managers of Great St James, Rani of Ranifly Bikinis, Karl of Virgin Magic Charters and of course DD, the Dumpster Diva Dog of Great St James.

Arrival And Cocktail Dress: Rent The Runway | Beverage Styling: Motu Bar | Bikini: Ranifly | Brides Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Decor Items: The Nest | Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too Flowers | Grooms Attire: Sage Lane | Hair And Makeup Styling: Leah Burris | Headpiece And Veil: Hushed Commotion | Jewelry: Sholdt Design | Photography: Sara Wight | Private Island: Great St James | Sunset Sail: Virgin Magic Charters | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway

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Romantic Wedding at Trunk Bay Beach

I’m crossing my fingers that a friend will do a destination wedding. Witnessing “I do’s” combined with a vacation seems like the best arrangement ever. Seeing the pure joy on this bride’s face, you can tell just how relaxed she was, loving every beautiful moment. Elisha Orin and Nazareth Road Productions joined the party, capturing every sunny smile and beach sunset, all available to feed our wanderlust here.

From The Bride… After meeting in Italy 4 years ago, living in separate cities (Chicago and Dallas), it only seemed fair to have a destination wedding. Marco proposed at the Art Institute of Chicago, which was beautiful and sentimental. I majored in Art History in college and it was one of our favorite places to go. In front of beautiful Renoir paintings, I said yes! He presented my great grandmothers diamond in a beautiful halo setting, and later we both selected David Yurman wedding bands with matching cables.

Our wedding was mostly homemade with coordination help on the island by Island Bliss Weddings. Our style was filled with DIY decor, soft and flowing fabrics, destination travel, Italian and Southern roots, salty air you can almost smell from here, and a gorgeous background that will make your jaw drop. The guests and bridal party spent a week in paradise leading up to the wedding. Going on snorkel trips and hiking the national park trails, new friendships were made that will last a lifetime.

All of the reception and ceremony decorations were made in the states at our small apartment and shipped to the islands to wait for the big day. Our coordinator did a phenomenal job in setting everything up exactly as we wanted. It is very rare, I am sure, that weddings go off without a hitch, however ours went by effortlessly thanks to all our wonderful vendors who helped. Our favorite part of the planning process was the invitation design, which we selected to be a boarding pass complete with map of the island. Guest tore off the RSVP portion and mailed it back to insure a checkmark next to their name! The colors we selected were deep teal, navy, and coral with hints of grey and green. We wanted to enhance the beautiful colors of the island but still select something deep since we were having the wedding in the middle of January. Our flowers were small due to our budget but we were able to get creative with their usage. Detachable arch flowers doubled as flowers for main tables at the reception, and the bridesmaid bouquets were placed in small vases around the reception to add a fresh scent. Most of the other flowers at the reception and ceremony were burlap with lace and netting complements. The programs, welcome letters, and other paper items were all designed by me in my studio and carried the island travel theme.

We are so proud to have had the opportunity to for an intimate surf side ceremony with our closest friends and family. Please accept the following images and details for this submission and I throughly hope you enjoy our wedding.

Bridal Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Cakes VI - Shelly Berry | Catering: High Tide Bar And Grill | Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay Beach | Coordination: Island Bliss Weddings | Event Design: Gold Anchor Weddings+Design | Hair Styling Bride And Bridesmaids: Sugar And Spice | Invitations: Gold Anchor Weddings+Design | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Photography: Elisha Orin | Reception Venue: High Tide Bar And Grill | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Tap Room - St. John Brewers | Videography: Nazareth Road Productions | Wedding Dress: Stella's Bridal

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Laid Back Romance in St. John

My fiancé and I had the toughest time deciding between a local or destination wedding. Ultimately, we chose a local wedding to involve more family and friends, but destination weddings will forever tug at my heart strings. Enter this laid back beach fete planned to perfection by Mary Bartolucci. A tropical breeze, soft sand grazing your feet and palms fanning your every move? dreamy right? Hope on over to the gallery from Two One Photography for more.

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From Mary BartolucciAfter one year of weekly phone calls and hundreds of emails exchanged, the wedding planning process for Janell and Mick??s tropical celebration was completed. It??s always fun to finally meet face to face couples with whom we have been collaborating with for months prior to their wedding date. Our 6??6? groom with his size 0 bride traveled from the great state of Texas along with 65 of their near and dearest. We knew the Texan??s were going to be a fun group from our many conversations with Janelle and Mick during the planning process.

The wedding festivities kicked off with a welcome party at The Tap Room, a local micro brewery featuring mango summer ale and other unique brews. Having quite a few beer connoisseurs in the group, we knew this would be the perfect location to get the party started! After an early morning rehearsal, next day was spent enjoying the many US Virgin Islands National Park beaches and a little of recovery mode too! The rehearsal dinner was held one of St John??s newest restaurants Virgin Fire which specializes in contemporary Caribbean cuisine.

The wedding day began with the team from Sugar and Spice Lux Artistry setting up headquarters in the bride??s villa at the Westin St John. Our lovely bride was gifted a custom made wedding gown by her mom and brother. Janelle flew to mainland China to collaborate with the designer Jueshe for her spectacular gown.

Janelle and Mick chose to not see each other prior to the wedding ceremony. Casey and Ryan from Two One Photography worked separately to do some pre wedding bridal photos. The ceremony was held at sunset on Trunk Bay, St John. Mick??s grandfather Phil, performed their marriage ceremony. The bride walked to Canon in D played on steel pan with a tropical flair. She was escorted by her brother as her Mom and Dad watched sweetly from the front row.

The reception was held at The Waterfront Bistro, a beach side setting. The restaurant boasts the best sunset view on the island, perfect for greeting the guests arriving from the ceremony location. Guests sipped pain killers and a variety of gourmet appetizers while Janelle and Mick enjoyed their first photo shoot as a married couple.

Janelle’s vision for the reception was romance and lots and lots of candles. Island Style Weddings design team along with Roses Too florist created a table scape using teal mercury vases and candle holders with silver accents. Small tea light holders were filled with single white blooms of spray roses and placed on mirrored table runners. Interspersed between the floral design were silver mercury votive and crystal tall tea lights.

DJ Adonis Morton, introduced the couple amid cheers from the crowd. After a welcome toast from the bride and groom thanking their guests for joining them on their marriage adventure, everyone was seated to a three course meal. With tropical breezes, as the sun set over St Thomas and the sounds of calypso, reggae and some old school rock the guests were not seated for long!

Mick’s brother surprised the couple with a magnum of Veuve Clicquot making a grand gesture shared amongst the guests. The evening continued with lots of rum, dances, kisses, glow sticks and a conga line finale out the door and on to their new life as husband and wife. Janelle and Mick may you have many years of happiness together!

Accomodations: Westin St John, USVI | Beauty: Sugar And Spice Lux Artistry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Liz Lowe | DJ: Adonis Morton | Earrings: Etsy | Event Design: Mary Bartolucci | Event Planning: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too Flowers | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Hair And Makeup Stylist: Sugar And Spice Salon | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Limo Service: Love City Limo | Officiant: Father Phil Lawrence | Photography: Two One Photography - Casey Wigotow | Reception Venue: The Watefront Bistro | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Virgin Fire Restaurant | Save The Dates: Magnet Street | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Steel Pan Musician: Albion Sewer | Wedding Gown: Jueshe Designer In Suzhou China | Welcome Party: The Tap Room

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Dreamy St Thomas Destination Day After Session

Day after sessions are pure genius to me. All the wedding day stress is gone, it’s another amazing opportunity to snap a few timeless shots, and I don’t think anyone would complain about an excuse to slip on their wedding gown again.  This beauty of a session from Kristin La Voie Photography proves that day after sessions are just the prettiest, and there is even more to see here.

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From Kristin La Voie PhotographyI have a goodie for you! This is a gorgeous Day After session of Liana & Leo at the popular Magen’s Bay in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. This beach is one of the top 10 beaches in the world, for obvious reasons I could tell as soon as I stepped foot on the white sand. The blue and turquoise crystal water was nestled in the bay of perfection with the most spectacular views. Liana & Leo wed the day before aboard the Oasis of the Seas, and opted for a private day after session at this popular locale (you may recognize it from the recent appearance of Edward and Bella’s honeymoon in Twilight). The beach was extraordinary and I could not load the film fast enough!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Venue: Magen's Bay

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St. Thomas Destination Wedding

If ever there was a place primed for a perfect destination wedding…I’m pretty sure St. Thomas would be it. Because you need next to nothing to make your celebration spectacular. And while this bride layered on the turquoise and coral touches – inspired from the beaches themselves – the backdrop alone was enough for us to fall in love. Even more photos from Crown Images right here!

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From the bride…We were going for a vintagey-beachy, relaxed elegance kind of vibe. We went with a lot of turquoise blue (bridesmaid dresses, mason jars for the ceremony aisle & the centerpieces, mother of the bride dress & turquoise gingham cocktail umbrellas I got from France) and coral (my shoes, troy’s socks & tie, the flowers, the ringbearers ties, the flower girls flower crowns, cocktail straws, matchbooks, the lace & burlap table runners and really pale peachy flowers on my dress). Basically, I went crazy on etsy. I actually didn’t realize how vintage-y my dress and hair looked until I saw your pictures. I loved how it all came together! It was a last minute to decision to have the flower girls & ringbearers barefoot for the wedding. I loved the kids playing in the water during & right after the wedding.

Music is also really important to me so that’s why we had the guitar player for the wedding (I walked down the aisle to “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers). We also had a steal drum player for the cocktail hour & dj for the reception. Our wedding song was “I Got You” by Jack Johnson.

Since my guests were coming a long way & using up vacation time to come to my wedding, I wanted them to have as great a time as possible. So that’s why we also had a welcome party the night before and a beach party the day after the wedding. Lots of great food & great drinks by Passion Fruit caterers for all 3 events.

Catering: Passion Fruit Chefs | Groom\'s Attire: Hugo Boss | Hair and Makeup: Sugar and Spice Artistry | Music: Chris Robberts | Photography: Crown Images | Planning: Island Bliss Weddings | Villa: Sand Dollar Estate | Wedding Dress: St Pucchi | Wedding Venue: Sand Dollar Estate

St. John Destination Wedding from Carina Skrobecki Photography

Is there anything better than celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise?  I think not.  Especially when that paradise happens to be the ever-wonderful St. John and those “I do’s” happen to be sprinkled with pretty pink hues, fab paper goods from Carina Skrobecki Design and drop-dead gorgeous blooms from Roses Too, Inc..  That’s what we call a love-filled wonderland with crystal blue waters and acres upon acres of glistening sand.  See it all captured by Carina Skrobecki right here.

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From Carina Skrobecki PhotographyAmy and Kenn were married on the beautiful island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands at the Caneel Bay Resort. The venue was beyond picturesque and left us no shortage of amazing places for photos. All guests were invited to come a couple of days early to enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktails as well as a rehearsal dinner at breathtaking restaurant nestled into the side of a cliff overlooking Cruz Bay. Guests came from all over the country and made the entire week an enjoyable celebration.

Being from the Pacific Northwest myself, it was amazing to see how lush the island was, and how it’s wet atmosphere reminded me of home. The two of them decided to keep decor pretty simple, letting the natural landscape do most of the work with “decorating”. The wedding itself incorporated some tropical details, but also felt fresh and unique to Amy & Kenn. A palette of corals, oranges, and blues were present in paper materials as well as floral arrangements, and small anchors and nautical details were dotted throughout the scenery. The bride wore a simple lace dress accented with pearl and diamond jewelry, and bridesmaids wore an assortment of dresses varying from purples & pinks to corals and fuchsias. The groomsmen were sharp in navy sport coats with a touch of tropical, Tommy Bahama dress shirts.

The best part was getting to document Amy slipping into her reception dress at the end of the evening to make dancing a bit more fun. Even the groom was surprised and the little feathered number was totally a hit!

From the Bride… We loved that we did a destination wedding! Kenn had previously taken me on a trip to St. John and we instantly fell in love with the small, quaint, beautiful island. When we were inviting guests, we knew they were coming from all over the country, so we wanted to make sure that they felt taken care of and could relax. I have to say, my favorite memory from the wedding was seeing all of our guests during the cocktail hour of reception they had all made friends with one another during the days leading up to the wedding and it was great seeing everyone happy for us and mingling.

We also planned a few activities for guests through the week to opt into or opt out of…. like a welcome dinner, island tours, and cocktails on the beach. It was also nice to have our parents arrive a day earlier then friends, so we could have a nice dinner with them prior to the festivities. We loved having our wedding on St. John.

Floral Design: Roses Too, Inc. | Grooms Attire: Robert Graham | Grooms Attire: Tommy Bahama | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Bahama | Hair: Bumble and Bumble NY, Stephanie Andary | Jewelry: Paris Bridal Jewelry by Debra Moreland | Make-up: Colleen of Grapevine Salon + Spa St. John | Photography: Carina Skrobecki Photography | Reception Dress Style: Lulu | Stationery + Design: Carina Skrobecki Design | Venue: Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort | Wedding Dress Style: Inka | Wedding Dresses: Tulle New York