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Summer Engagement in the Bahamas

I kind of want to be these people. One, their engagement session was in the Bahamas. Two, they are drop dead gorgeous. Three, they had Julie Cate Photography behind the lens to snap up some seriously envy-worthy shots.  In the lottery of life, they are totally winning, and this gallery proves it.


From Julie Cate PhotographyAshley and Ash are such a beautiful couple. They are tying the knot next spring in North Florida but for engagement pictures we went to the Bahamas, a favorite of theirs. The couple went for a fun nautical and preppy look in hues of the blue and green that tied in so well with the surroundings. A simple wide brim hat is always appropriate for the sun and playful kisses.

The last evening of the trip, we went out to catch the last bit of light as the sun set. It began to rain and almost spoiled our photos. We stayed out and enjoyed the light shower. And the pictures were lovely.

It was great to spend this time with two special friends in a beautiful place that has been so memorable to them.

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Venue: Nassau Bahamas

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Style Me Pretty Destination Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

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Intimate Bahamas Destination Wedding

Let me set the scene – an intimate 4o guest affair in The Bahamas, with sparkly turquoise waters and sand between the toes. It’s exactly how these sweeties said “I do,” and even better? The bride happens to be our own beloved LBBer, Mum’s Flowers. Not only did she hand-pick her bouquet from the side of the road (ah-mazing!) but she brought on Jeremiah And Rachel to photograph the day. Oh, and you can escape to paradise via the gorgeous gallery right here!

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From the Bride… I’ve been traveling to the out islands of the Bahamas every year with my family since I was 6 months old. Over the years Eleuthera has become my favorite island with its friendly local people, colorful buildings, and old world Caribbean charm. I knew from a young age that I wanted to celebrate my marriage here, on “Bahamian time” barefoot on the beach with my closest family and friends.

Dan and I met when I was in college at PLNU and he was in Navy Seal training at Coronado. We are both from a small mountain town in Montana and met through mutual friends in San Diego. Four years later, after his first deployment to Iraq and my first year owning a busy flower shop back in our hometown of Whitefish, MT we started dating. We decided to get married a year later in a simple courthouse ceremony before his second deployment to Afghanistan, making plans for a destination wedding when he got back.

I’m at that age where all of my friends are getting married and we’ve spent so much time and money traveling all over the country to see the couple for 3 minutes at the reception and so it was important to me that we were able to spend quality time with everyone who made the trip out. I also wanted to make sure our wedding wasn’t stressful for either of us …. I see so many brides in tears the week before their wedding and I hate the stress that weddings creates. Instead we created a stress-free vacation, everyone pitching in to help if needed but really simplifying the process and making it more about time spent together rather than time spent decorating. I picked the flowers for my bouquet from along side the road by the house the morning of the wedding (since hurricane Sandy hit the island 2 short weeks before our big day, it was slim pickings!) and my dad made my favorite poppyseed cake (don’t let him fool you, he doesn’t do this for a living, he’s just an artist :) We flew out some close photographer friends of mine and walked down the beach to dinner at the beach house. My dress is from an incredible new designer, Sareh Nouri, who I met at a bridal salon in New Jersey and fell IN LOVE with her designs and her lovely personality, accompanied by a BHLDN headpiece, my grandmother’s vintage diamond Hamilton watch from 1920, and Kate Spade sandals. We printed customized welcome totes for all our guests filled with maps, underwater cameras, sunscreen, and lots of other local goodies to make their vacation more enjoyable.

After producing over a hundred weddings myself, I wanted to make sure we kept our wedding intimate with the focus on our marriage and our guests. I planned a week long getaway for 40 of our closest family and friends, renting large houses on the beach where everyone could stay together. We spend the week leading up to the wedding basking in the turquoise clear water, kayak surfing the gentle waves, snorkeling and free diving for lobster and local fish, dueling it out on the beach volleyball court we set up in front of the house, and sharing large home-cooked meals together under the bright starry skies. By the time our wedding rolled around everyone was relaxed, tan, happy and had made new friends wishing we could stay 2 more weeks.

The wedding was absolute perfection, more than anything I could have ever dreamed … from the laid back beach venue, to the hand made cake my mom and dad baked, designed, and decorated together, our simple personal vows, the high tide coming up to soak our feet, the yummy coconut fresh grouper and conch fritters, and the local rake and scrape band to dance the night away. We’re already planning a yearly reunion with all of our guests.

Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Videography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Event Design: Goldfinch Events & Design | Floral Design: Mum's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Stationery: Posh Paperie | Bridesmaids Dresses: Shopbop | Catering: The Beach House | Mens Attire: J. Crew | Bridal Headpiece: BHLDN | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Vacation Rental: Lush Life | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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Destination Wedding at The One & Only, Ocean Club from J. Cogliandro

Destination weddings always feel like a lovely escape from the work day. Through images like these by J. Cogliandro Photography, you can spend hours pouring over this Bahama beauty at The One & Only – Ocean Club, and almost feel like you were there to soak in all the gorgeous coordinated by  Belle of the Ball. It’s the perfect example of why I will always swoon over destination weddings, and you can see why right here.

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From Joe CThe ultimate party in the Bahamas! Stephanie & Trey, along with the talented Natalie of Belle of the Ball, planned their dream wedding on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Their wedding style was understated elegance – with white florals, accents of teal, pink and seashells — an upscale island wedding. They hosted multiple events at the Atlantis and spent lots of time of their 100 foot yacht, “The Silver Fox.”

Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography | Cinematography: Dakine Films | Coordination: Belle of the Ball | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Invitations: Antheneum Creative - Amy Boyter | Stationery: Antheneum Creative | Shoes: Miu Miu | Makeup: Jentry Kelley | Hair: Blush & Company | Band: Falcon | Wedding Venue: The One & Only- Ocean Club, Bahamas | Floral Design + Lighting + Tent: Wildflowers Bahamas | Welcome Bags: Antheneum Creative

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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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Nassau, Bahamas Wedding from Karen Hill Photography

I might have the absolute best thing ever to get you through the next few hours and off into your weekend. How does a trip to the Bahamas with the Karen Hill Photography sound? Like Heaven? It should, because it is. This wedding was stunning in that way that only a relaxing, yet totally awe-inspiring wedding can be. And the photos? Don’t even get me started.

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From the photographer… We arrived the day of the wedding, it wasn’t what we had planned, but super storm Sandy had other plans. Hurricanes, like Sandy, reek havoc. Here in Nassau, the storm was settling down and as guests arrived to beautiful Lyford Cay Club, the sun was shinning. Laura and Kyle’s hope’s and prayers were answered. Family and friends gathered from near and far. Their wedding day was perfect.

Lyford Cay is the most beautiful little private club with a nostalgic, 1950’s meets modern charm that we loved photographing! Frank and I shot this wedding with a few cameras in both film and digital. Our cameras of choice were the Rollei, Hasselblad, the Contax 645 and the Canon Mark ll D5.


Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lyford Cay Club | Coordination: Bernadette Burrows of Bahamas Bridal Affairs | Floral Design: Patricia Darville of Island Leaves | Hair + Makeup: Anna Berardelli-Knowles of Studio Vivo | Band: Traffic Jam Band of Falcons Entertainment | Music (ceremony, cocktails and Junkanoo): Arranged by Fred Munnings of Bahamas Events Intl Ltd; Steel Pan Selections by Leslie Munroe; Royal Bahamas Police Band Fanfare Party | Dress: Jenny Lee from Bergdorf Goodman Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid | Invitations: Cartier | Calligraphy: Sarah Hanna Calligraphy & Design | Programs: Dempsey & Carroll | Cake: Anne Lever of Simply Sweet Cakes | Officiant: Ricardo Errington Turner, Sr. | Reader: Timothy Watts of Temptations, United Kingdom

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