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