If you’ve ever dreamed of a wedding on the beaches of the Caribbean, glistening ocean as the backdrop with sand squished between your toes – take note from this Anguilla “I do.” Destination wedding extraordinaire, Michelle Rago brought her expertise to the table with paper pretties by Cheree Berry Paper, and it all made for an epic day captured by Braedon Photography. This way to sunny skies and so much more.
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From Michelle Rago Destinations… The bride’s father has a gorgeous home on Anguilla where we were able to host both the ceremony and cocktails, which created such a sense of intimacy and family. Eliza was able to get ready in her bedroom and walk straight out past the pool and face the sea for their ceremony.
The inspiration was Bohemian Chic for ceremony. We created a chuppah out of driftwood collected throughout the year and adorned with orchids and hydrangea. We also accentuated the aisle with manzanita and orchids.
The reception dinner and late night fun took place at the Malliouhana Hotel, where Eliza and Chris got engaged. We transformed the restaurant which sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
The ceiling was strung with orchids and hanging candles which twinkled and swayed in the breeze. The centerpieces were all white, lush and low. The flowers were white hydrangea and dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids. We created a lounge for dancing under the stars after dinner and then moved guests up to the pool for late night dance party with fun lighting!
Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematography: Hart Pictures | Wedding Planning: Michelle Rago Destinations | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: The Restaurant at Malliouhana | Makeup: Deanna Imerti | Hair: Nikki Avanzino | Music: Asher and Vanessa | Paperie: Cheree Berry Paper | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Dune Preserve | Wedding Design: Couture Concepts
When it comes to tying the knot in paradise, not all island locales are created equal. So if you’re looking for an idyllic setting rich in breathtaking views and luxurious accommodations, Sandals Emerald Bay is IT. Think 500 secluded tropical acres, a pristine (mile-long!) beach and some of the most amazing service you will ever receive. Saying “I do” in complete luxury has never been this fun… or pretty.
Set against the crystal blue waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay is THE perfect mix of total sophistication and that easy-going, laid-back style the Bahamian Out Islands is so well-known for. From the stunning architecture of their fabulous villas + suites to the never-ending list of awesome island activities to their SEVEN world-class restaurants and their three amazing pools (hello, half-acre, zero-entry pool with fire pit), you AND your guests will have the time of your lives. Not to mention their amazing team of event professionals that will make sure every moment of your Big Day goes flawlessly, so you can sit back and relax in paradise.
Ready to start planning the ultimate vacation/wedding? Contact the amazing team at Sandals Emerald Bay today to begin your journey filled with their all-inclusive perks and total luxury. You’re going to love every minute of it, you guys. Trust me.
Photography: Dante Carrer | Ceremony Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course | Reception Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas | Wedding Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Suit Designer: Hugo Boss
This wedding is bringing all the romance and glamour to the shores of Punta Cana and to say it’s a true beauty would be an understatement. Crafted by Claire Duran Weddings And Events along with palm tree dotted imagery by Asia Pimentel Photography, peek inside a celebration that marries a tropical locale with a stunning alfresco affair. Plus, find even more right here in the vault.
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From the Bride…Washington, DC – world’s melting pot – is where a girl from Peru met a guy from New York and their happily ever after began. On May 5th 2016, Jack proposed at top of Huayna Picchu, located in the Cusco Region, after a beautiful hike up. He proposed with the ring that his father gave to his mother when he proposed in 1968. It was beautiful! More than I ever dreamed it would be!
My now Husband and I love to get away, be in the sun- and we figured what better way to celebrate our marriage than surrounded by our family, friends, and the warm culture of the Dominican Republic. We were told 30% of invites don’t come through to destinations weddings, and much to our pleasure we had a 90% return rate on acceptances and over 100 guests. Family and friends from New York, Washington DC, and Peru.
The day itself, was so much fun to be able to do the bridal get-ready suite, the last-minute details from flowers to my 6 year old niece’s flower basket, all in the context of the Caribbean sea and a resort where everyone was having fun. Jack swam out to a reef with his best friend from college/high school the day of our wedding (and even returned!!) and my mother in law played tennis and swam until it was time for hair and make-up. When getting married here, we enjoyed a beautiful view of turquoise colored waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful sunsets. This location was picture perfect! For us, warm tropical weather and an ocean view created the perfect setting. In fact, everything about this location in general is romantic in nature. I wanted a classic and romantic feel, soft muted neutrals with lots of greenery, and the backdrop for our ceremony was the beautiful Caribbean Sea, couldn’t have asked for a better setting.
Wedding Planner: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro | Stationery: Spurle Gul Studios | Hair and Makeup: Krystie Anne | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony Music: Quartet | Venue: Jellyfish Restaurant | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Wedding Photographers: Asia Pimentel Photography | Wedding designer : Claire Duran Weddings And Events