I was going to write about how gorgeous this destination wedding is (and it is that pretty), but then I read what the beautiful Bride wrote about her wedding. From the extra boutonniere pinned to her bouquet (a sweet gift from the Groom as a tribute to her late brother) to the spontaneous kiss during the ceremony, it’s clear this wedding was something special. See it all from Kellie Kano in THE VAULT!
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From The Bride…From the very beginning of our engagement, Colin and I knew we wanted to be married by the water. It was important to us to create a beautiful and relaxing experience for our guests traveling in from all over the country, and Lyford Cay was the perfect setting to make that happen. Colin grew up visiting his Grandparents in the Bahamas and spent most holidays at Lyford Cay Club, so it holds a special significance for his family. While we were dating, he shared the beauty and charm of Lyford Cay with me and it quickly became one of our favorite places to visit.
Knowing the grounds of the Club ahead of time was helpful when planning our wedding. The natural elements on site offered the perfect setting for our organic and bohemian wedding theme. We wanted tropical flowers and décor that looked as if it could have been found on the property. Omar from Wild Seed Designs helped bring that vision to life. We used King Proteas as the focal point for flowers and accented them with air plants & succulents. The arbor for the ceremony was draped beautifully with tons of loosely gathered flowers. Everything felt light and airy just as we hoped it would.
Even more wonderful than the beautiful decor, was the party itself. It meant everything to us to have 120 guests spend the weekend with us celebrating. We wanted to make each day feel relaxing and end each evening with a lively party. We had local bands play every night and the traditional Bahamian Junkanoo surprised our guests half way through the reception. The night was hot and sweaty and exactly as you would picture a late June Caribbean reception.
It’s hard for me to choose a favorite moment of the weekend, as it was all so wonderful. One very special moment was when the bridal party flowers were delivered to my suite before leaving for our first look. There was an extra boutonnière that Colin had requested to have made for my older brother, Kyle, who passed away 6 years ago. I pinned it to the inside of my bouquet. This meant so much to me. It added to the excitement and emotion before seeing Colin.
Our ceremony was another favorite part of the wedding weekend. We spent months writing it with the help of our officiant, Suzanne. It was truly a test as we had to agree on what parts felt authentic to us as a couple. We took it very seriously and constructed it together from start to finish. We decided to make 10 promises to ourselves and share them for the first time at the ceremony. At one point, I was so moved by one of Colin’s promises that I leaned in and kissed him before I was supposed to! It made for a good laugh and a great moment captured. The ceremony felt joyful and true to who we are as a couple. Our hope is that all our guests felt connected and surrounded by love that day.
Photography: Kellie Kano | Event Coordination: Amour Affairs | Floral Design: Wild Seed Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Emma Harrison | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Catering: Lyford Cay Club | Entertainment: Junkanoo Band | Band: Visage | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Lyford Cay Club | Bride's Reception Dress: Saylor NYC | Bride's Robe: Stone Cold Fox | Bridesmaid's Hair & Makeup: Salon Deloranzo | Bridesmaids' Getting Ready Dresses: LJC Designs | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew | Veil: Johanna Johnson
The word “shipwreck” doesn’t exactly evoke class, elegance and beauty. But this shipwrecked-themed affair is all that and so much more. Painted in shades of blush, seafoam and gold, this fête came to life with a goddess-esque Amanda Wakeley gown, chic, beachy touches from Boy Meets Girl Weddings, and gorgeous photography from Cody Hunter Photography. Escape to the Bahamas in The Vault.
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From The Bride… Joey and I are very easy going and we definitely wanted our wedding to represent that. We decided on the Bahamas because it is one of our favorite places to visit. For our wedding we definitely want to use a lot of natural elements that are indigenous to Eleuthera. Our wedding coordinator had suggested a ‘shipwrecked’ theme, which was the perfect description of what we had in mind. We used shells, colored glass bottles, corals, seafans, grape wood, and protea to carry out that theme.
From Cody Hunter Photography…Amanda and Joey’s “vacation spot” has been The Cove in Eleuthera – so having their destination wedding there was the perfect fit for the couple. They have shared countless memories there and couldn’t wait to share the beauty of the island with around 45 of their closest family and friends for their “I Dos” The whole weekend was a reflection of the couple – relaxed and fun with a dose of celebration – including a traditional Junkanoo* to wrap up their reception.
To continue with their “shipwrecked” theme – they wrote one another messages in a bottle – and sealed them up and tossed them over a cliff during their ceremony as a more unique “unity” ceremony.
*A Junkanoo is a traditional Bahamian experience at a celebration with characters in traditional costumes and dancing to drums, bells, and whistles – so the couple knew that they had to include it to end their reception!
Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Event Planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Hair And Makeup: Calae Burrows | Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Groom's Shoes: Gucci
Have you ever attended a wedding where every detail was full of beauty (we’re looking at you Jennie Fresa), sunshine, relaxation and happiness? Well, you’re about to. Because we’re transporting you to paradise planned in the hands of True Event with captures from Leila Brewster and Elysium Productions. Complete with lush Hana Floral Design blooms atop La Tavola linens and pretty Paper Moss goods, every seaside moment is waiting for you here!
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From True Event…Looking back on Lauren + Dan’s wedding we can actually feel the warmth and beauty of that day! Grand Isle Resort is one of those places that just takes you away to another place, where everything is so full of beauty, sunshine, relaxation and happiness. Definitely the perfect setting for a wedding, and destination for guests to stay traveling from afar. It is complete paradise! Leila Brewster Photography and Elysium Productions captured every island detail to perfection, and the sweet love between Lauren and Dan that beamed throughout the weekend. We had so much fun taking the natural details of island life and incorporating them into their wedding design. Bright lush florals from Hana Floral were the perfect touch, as well as metallic gold accents through out the wedding. The invitation suite and day of paper by Papermoss defined the coastal elegance that surrounded the day.
From Emily at Paper Moss…There’s not much else that inspires us more than a seaside affair. Lauren & Dan’s Grand Exuma wedding invite suite was sure to include both classical navy and a warm tropical hue. An added surprise were the monochromatic sea life & Bahamas map sketches found on the back of the cards. As a lover of both coral the color and sea life itself, we made sure their monogram included both. Congrats to the happy couple, it was a joy to work with you both!
Photography: leila brewster | Videographer: Elysium Productions | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Grand Isle Resort | Reception Venue: Grand Isle Resort | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Emily Reale | Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Bride Attire: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Event Coordination & Design: TRUE Event | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper: Paper Moss