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Elegant Bahamas Wedding

When you grow up visiting a destination as gorgeous as the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, it’s sort of a no brainer to gather up your nearest and dearest and head down there to say your I do’s. That’s exactly what this beautiful Bride and her Groom did. Tracie Domino Events made sure the day went off without a hitch and the result is tropical goodness galore. Beyond the island style details, calypso and love fill the air in this gallery from Sam Hurd and the film from Voila Cinematic.

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From the beautiful Bride…John and I grew up eight miles down the road from each other. We went through nearly three decades of missed connections and visiting the same local haunts throughout our neighboring New Jersey towns. When we met – it was swiftly clear to us both that we soon asked – where have you been all my life? Fate finally brought us together in late summer of 2011 in our current hometown – New York City. I wore a white dress that evening and as soon as I walked through the door of that crowded Manhattan restaurant, Johnny said he knew instantly that I’d wear white again – as his bride.

Now we are inseparable in so many ways – perhaps to make up for lost time! We live together, work together, commute together and have a French bulldog, Gemma, together. As we are true partners in love and life, I wholeheartedly shared with John the paradise I’ve been visiting with my family for over 20 years.

The One&Only Ocean Club will always hold a special part of my heart – I grew up visiting ‘The Lady’ in the Augustinian Cloisters, always dreaming that perhaps someday she’d witness my vows and look after the little girl that came to Paradise Island every so often to ‘say hello’.

My wish came to life on June 28th 2014 with the help and love of so many and I am eternally thankful for everyone who traveled to the Caribbean to support the beginning of our new life together.

We arrived in the Bahamas on the Wednesday prior and were fully drawn into the whirlwind of emotions and excitement for the experience a year in the making. Colored only by the hues of a legendary sunset, our celebrations began with an all white-attired and decorated welcome-party on the Beach Deck. A calypso band brought in the local flavor as our guests unwound to island time underneath luminous paper lanterns.

After a wonderful night surrounded by our nearest and dearest – we knew the best was yet to come.

Our ethereal wedding evening unfolded like I had imagined – a ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ basked in the warm glow of periwinkle votive and floating candles, crystal chandeliers and the Bahamian breeze. Mercury glass and towering centerpieces overflowed with ivory garden roses and lush hydrangeas in vibrant shades of purple. Our menus, table and place cards adorned with a beautifully flourished font and a customized seahorse motif, carried throughout the wedding weekend. Tracie Domino, Grymes Cannon and team entirely captured the romantic elegance we discussed to perfectly compliment the magic and our sentimental love of the Ocean Club.

Later in the night as John and I sat together, relishing in our joy and gratitude – whilst our family and friends danced under the influence of happiness (and Bahama Mamas!) – we looked up the illuminated tiers of the Versailles Gardens to the Cloisters from our seats – where ‘The Lady’ glowed, watching over our most perfect memory.

Photography: Sam Hurd Photography | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Wedding Planner: Tracie Domino Events | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Ceremony Venue: One And Only Ocean Club | Reception Venue: One And Only Ocean Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Teri Jon By Rickie Freeman | Makeup: Cedric Jolivet | Hair: The Weech Design Group | DJ: Atlantis Entertainment - Kirk | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Officiant: Island Preacha Weddings - Matthew Sweeting | Ceremony Music: Strings'n Tings | Transportation: Bahamas Experience Tours | Bride & Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering & Cake: One And Only Ocean Club | Décor, Tent, Rentals & Lighting: Wildflowers Bahamas | Floral Importing: Grymes Cannon Designs | Groom's Tie: Brioni | Grooms' Cufflinks: Vintage Fenwick And Sailors | Invitations & Stationery: Pauline's Paperie | Linens: Over The Top Linens

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Eleuthera Destination Bahama Island Wedding from Amanda Julca

I swear, now that Summer has officially begun, every destination wedding has me literally chomping at the bit to pack up my bags and catch the first flight to paradise.  And today’s breathtaking affair has me dreaming of a weekend (or week) away in the land of clear blue skies and stunning ocean views, The Bahamas.  But, really, how could you not daydream the day away when taking in every last amazing moment captured by Amanda Julca?  It’s destination perfection from start to finish and you can see it all right here.

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From Amanda Julca… Liz and Beau’s Destination Wedding weekend was the perfect blend of relaxation, elegance, celebration and discovery. Set on the stunning and unique island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, each moment of the day was full of beautiful detail, Caribbean color, clear skies and a spirited group of guests ready to celebrate the bride and groom.

Wedding Photography: Amanda Julca | Destination Location: Eleuthera, Bahamas | Preparations: Private Residences | Wedding Ceremony: Private Residence | Wedding Reception: Rainbow Inn | Event Coordination: Boy Meets Girl | Event Design: The Bride | Wedding Dress: Sue Wong | Bolero + Brooch Bouquet + Veil: Etsy | Shoes: Badgley Mischka + BHLDN | Music: Hatchet Bay Eleuthera Junkanoo Band + Police Band + Briland Heritage Band | Catering + Desserts: Rainbow Inn

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Bahamas Wedding from Jenelle Kappe Photography

To say I am obsessed with this too-good-for-words Harbour Island wedding by Jenelle Kappe Photography would be the understatement of the century. The bride, who also happens to be the co-founder of Cocotay, an amazing jewelry line out of NYC, put together an event brimming with history, heart, character + beach-perfect color. The couple’s wedding theme of “Black Tie and Barefoot” set the tone for a truly gorgeous, but laid-back fête, and believe me pretties, you’ll be spending some serious time in the full gallery!

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From Jenelle Kappe Photography: Coco, the bride, is a jewelry designer – Cocotay. It is her and her twin sister that run the company. Hence the amazing jewelry that is seen throughout this wedding. Not to mention the Brass Invitation that was sent to everyone of the 100 guests. Coco had her jewelry manufacturer create them, so unique and amazing. Everything took place on the pink sands of Harbour Island, delightfully and magically put together by Ben Simmons, from Little Island Design. Coco (the bride), Ben (the event planner) and Coco’s father (Bruce), they worked countless hours together to create the ultimate, intimate black tie and barefoot wedding for their 100 close friends and family. Coco’s family has vacationed at Harbour Island since 1952, making it more of a second home.

From the bride: For us, weddings are about two people uniting in one journey, celebrating intimately with friends and family at a destination that not only is one of meaning, but one of beauty. What more could a bride ask for? As a young girl I wandered down these pink sand beaches, dreaming of grand adventures. Never imaging, in my wildest dreams, that I would begin the biggest adventure of my life on this very same beach. We fell in love at the White House and vacationed on these pink sands. For us there was no better place to celebrate our love for each other.

As the wedding weekend rush began, the pouring rain served as a wonderful spiritual cleansing of our past lives. The rehearsal dinner danced in candle lights and smashing stories unfolding into the night as we burst with laughter and tears. Sharing both in memories of our past island days and of when my grandparents first arrived on the island at Pink Sands Resort in 1952 in this very same dining room. Rising only to a glorious and calm weathered day, giving us peace and reflection as we spent our morning floating upon aqua waters. It was the perfect beginning to what is our new adventure, love. We all dressed for Black Tie & Barefoot, (celebrating both the glamour and island life in us both) and rose to the occasion with laughter, disco balls and tears, making it memorable and special, not only to us but to our guests. Upon our everlasting commitment to one another, we celebrated dancing to Junkanoo Bahamian Music, sipping mojitos and wandering down our new path together, as husband and wife.

Lounging aside rippling waters, a bonefire, friends & moonlight, I thought to myself “this is what magic is made of, pure magic.” As friends whispered, “I am having the time of my life” Ryan and I glanced at each other, souls entangled, knowing the time of our lives was just beginning. There are no words that describe the intimate, simple and smashing wedding that we shared not only with each other, but with the most incredible family and friends one could ask for, and in a place we consider home – Harbour Island.

Wedding Photography: Jenelle Kappe Photography / Floral + Event Design/Planning: Little Island Design / Invitations: Cocotay + Papyrus  /  Bride’s Shoes: Grace Footwear  / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Maddox from Neiman Marcus  / Welcome Bags: DIY / Jewelry: Cocotay

Bahamas Wedding by Robin Roemer Photography

It really doesn’t get better than a Caribbean wedding! The warm breezes, festive music, rum and late night soirees by the beach really can’t be topped. And this next wedding is certainly no exception and judging from the description by the bride, it must have been one heck of a celebration! Robin Roemer Photography snapped up all the pretty and there’s a whole lot more to see right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… I got married on April 14th, 2012, and it was the wedding of my dreams. My husband Ryan and I got married in Grand Bahamas Island in the Bahamas at the Pelican Bay Hotel. We chose the Bahamas my family is from the island of Grenada and I always wanted a Caribbean wedding. Because my husband’s family is from Iowa, I wanted an accessible Caribbean island. So we settled on the Bahamas. We hosted 115 guests who came from Iowa, New York and Grenada. We had our ceremony on the beach, and it was absolutely beautiful. Since the hotel was on the bay, a ferry transported our guests to a private beach for the ceremony. There was not a cloud in the sky and it was 75 degrees. Ryan’s brother, Matt, conducted the ceremony and my father, Anthony, sang “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music with a violinist. He used to sing that song for me growing up, so it was very touching.

After the ceremony, we had cocktail hour at the pool of our hotel. Steel drummers performed, and cocktails featuring liquor from where Ryan and I are from were served — whiskey from Iowa and rum from Grenada. At the reception, we shocked our guests by inviting a Bahamian Junkanoo band to come play. Junkanoo involves festive brass and drum musicians dressed in carnival attire. They ambushed the party and cranked the it way up! My aunt made my wedding cake as well. I was so honored. Our reception went until 2 in the morning!  Almost every one of my guests told us it was one of the best wedding they have ever been to. It was also the best day of my life.

Wedding Photography: Robin Roemer Photography / Ceremony: A Private Beach on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas / Reception: Pelican Bay Hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas / Event Design: Chic Bahamas Weddings / Event Planning: Marva Monroe of Pelican Bay Hotel / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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