Oh my goodness, SMPers… Do we have a treat for you today.  An absolutely stunning, beyond amazing, fabulous in every way possible kind of treat, courtesy of these gorgeous St. Lucia nuptials and Nyra Lang Photography.  And if each and every brilliant image from this stunning affair doesn’t compel you to pack your bags, call your travel agent and catch the next flight out to this Caribbean paradise, then I don’t know what will.  Because this soiree is boasting breathtaking moments, a gorgeous gown and the perfect laid-back tropical island vibe… And you won’t be able to help but fall in love.  Don’t miss a moment of magic.  Join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… We’ve been back from our wedding in the West Indies for about 6 weeks and I am so besotted with the island we chose, the eco-estate we got married on and stayed on, and just the general dreaminess of the whole thing that I can’t resist sharing this secret plantation location. We got married on April 30th on the island of St Lucia in the Caribbean. It is a tiny island and was the most un-resorty and un-commercialized we could find. We had a limited budget so when we decided to keep it small by doing a destination, we researched the obvious options. I am so happy  we chose St Lucia. We had a group of 30 friends and family and we stumbled on this eco-cocoa plantation that sits up in the rainforest called Fonddoux Estate. There are 10 tiny but beautiful french colonial cottages nestled in the mountainside, amazing food and lush lush lush island life. I can’t say enough about the people at this estate – the owners and all the staff were tremendous. It’s one of those things where I feel such happy appreciation for the entire island, all the friendly people and the beauty of it that I just want to help them get a few other cool kindred spirits there!

Fonddoux was a tremendous help and coordinated all of the details. We chose a Caribbean menu, wine and local beer in advance – all of the food was local and delicious. Fonddoux also helped us arrange 2 bands – one was a Shak Shak band, a local steel drum music for our ceremony and cocktail hour and the second was a rollicking local reggae band for our post-dinner party. Fonddoux is rustic and beautiful and untouched by resorty, overly-manicured splendor – it was perfect. The grounds are lush and picturesque, the main restaurant had a beautiful bamboo ceiling and glowing amber lanterns – we didn’t need to do much to the space for our dinner, the vibe speaks for itself. Each cottage was perfect and historic and our guests fell in love. Fonddoux helped us coordinate the entire week we stayed -  whale watching, boat tours, zip-lining, hiking, etc.

There were a number of spots on the acres of land to have the ceremony – we ended up choosing a plot of land behind the owner’s home. We had rain off and on the days preceding our wedding and as the ceremony ended a huge rainbow the width of the horizon appeared! We wrote our vows and had our guests form a circle around us. The officiant was a local woman and she worked with us the day prior to iron out details. We had our wedding bands passed around the circle to be blessed by everyone in attendance. The flowers for our garlands and adorning every corner of our wedding were plucked from the grounds that morning by the staff and hummingbirds flew around us every minute. We had the amazing Nyra Lang as our wedding photographer, whom I can’t say enough about. She and her husband Keith shot the wedding and wedding eve and were wonderful additions to the family. We designed and printed our own invites, welcome packets and paper goods and designed and built our pre and post wedding website. All in all our wedding was just under $10k which was our budget and it was the most happy, rich and heavenly day of my life.

Wedding Photography: Nyra Lang Photography / Wedding Location + Flowers + Catering: Fond Doux Holiday Plantation / Wedding Invitations: Brooke Ellis (The Bride)