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.
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 | Makeup: Cedric Jolivet | Hair: The Weech Design Group | DJ: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Officiant: Island Preacha Weddings - Matthew Sweeting | Ceremony Music: Strings'n Tings | Transportation: Bahamas Experience Tours | Bride & Groom's Shoes: 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