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A Modern Cinco de Mayo Wedding (Margarita Bar Included!)

There are few things in life better than a margarita bar – at least in my opinion. Pair that concept with a chic destination wedding held on Cinco de Mayo, and you’ve got all the makings for the Best. Day. Ever. Island Style Weddings came on board to coordinate, Erin McGinn (dear friend of the bride) photographed, and you can find your happy place waiting right here.

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From Island Style WeddingsJoslin and Adam started off their island wedding week with a welcome party for their guests at Hawsknest beach. Delicious local food and tropical drinks were enjoyed in between snorkeling, lounging in the sand and floating in the crystal waters. A private sailing charter was the next event before their wedding day that all the guests savored together aboard Kekoa. By the time the wedding day came, all of the guests had shared in beautiful memories, making the wedding day all the more special and a perfect send off to their destination celebration.

The ceremony venue had stunning views and the perfect intimate setting without any distractions other than a warm breeze and a dreamy sunset. Simple white orchids complimented the space and island feel just perfectly while the guests were greeted with a guitar and violin duo. The guests were transported to another villa for the reception portion of the evening where breathtaking views, and appetizers were enjoyed by everyone as they arrived. White linens and tulle draped chairs continued the effortless feel for the reception setup. The white orchids were carried through to the reception decor and the gold accents sparkled under the strung bistro lights at dusk.

Dancing under the stars with all their loved ones finished off the celebration; it was truly a memorable week of celebrating for the beautifully happy couple!

From Erin McGinnAs a photographer, there is nothing more special than being asked to capture one of your closest friends’ weddings. That is unless they have worked in the event industry for years with you and have seen thousands of stunning weddings (and wedding photos) and still choose you to be the one to photograph their day.

Joslin and Adam invited their nearest and dearest to St. John in the US Virgin Islands from New England and beyond to spend a week of adventure, sun, sand, boats, and laughter with them in the most spectacular of locales. Beach days, a trip aboard the sailing charter Kekoa, and a locally inspired BBQ welcome party at Hawksnest Beach, were just some of the fun they had in store for their small group of family and friends. The wedding planned in the modern and sleek Villa Kalorama for Thursday May 5th – Cinco de Mayo, was purely their taste.

All white, with lots of glass and clean, contemporary architecture. When the weather decided not to cooperate earlier in the week, the most perfect Plan B was put into action by the amazing Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings at Aqua Blu Villa. While the ceremony still took place at Kalorama under the cover of the villa’s open air living room in case of rain, guests were transported after a few glasses of bubbly to another spectacular villa with a completely different view and a Caribbean-elegant vibe.

The weather held out for us, and we were able to do our first look and couple portraits all around the grounds of Kalorama, and then after the ceremony, explore the rugged cliffside and lush surroundings of Aqua Blu for romantic golden hour photographs. Having the best of two locations, Joslin and Adam’s guests sipped their favorite Margarita recipes and dined on the most delicious Mexican-inspired feast to revel in the Cinco de Mayo holiday (after all, the couple did have their first date at a Mexican restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island, complete with tequila shots!). Joslin and Adam did it right, followed their hearts and created a full Caribbean experience for their guests- a personal and memorable event that we will all hold close to our hearts always.

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Photography: Erin McGinn | Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Legends | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Invitations: Folia Stationers | Ceremony Venue: Villa Kalorama | Reception Venue: Acqua Blu Villa | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: Mullen Brothers Jewelers | Catering: Ocean 362 | Hair + Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Calligraphy: Jessie Rae | DJ: Adonis Morton | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Officiant: Ray Conover | Ceremony Music: Chris Robbert | Bridal Boutique: Musette Bridal | Signage: New England Invitations | Welcome Party Catering: Local and Tasty | Welcome Party Venue: Hawksnest Beach

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Nighttime Wedding With a Candlelit Ceremony = Total Romance

With an incredible event designer like Maria A Lugo by their side, it’s easy to see why Laura and David’s San Juan wedding turned out amazing. That, paired with the fact that they chose a nighttime candlelit ceremony that sent romantic vibes soaring. Our girl Kayla Barker came along to photograph and you can see every bit in The Vault plus the clip from NDF Films below!

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From Kayla Barker Fine Art PhotographyI was so delighted when Laura and David asked me to be a part of their elegant wedding in the historic San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their wedding ceremony took place after dark at the historic fort, Castillo San Cristobal. It was a romantic ceremony by candlelight with guitar playing by Pancho Irizarry. Their reception took place at Hotel El Convento, which was built in 1646 as a Carmelite convent and is now a popular venue in Old San Juan. The elegant black and white wedding design by Maria Lugo with floral design by Arquetipo mimicked the beautiful black and white checkered floor. Huge gold candelabras drew your eye up to the arched ceiling and large chandeliers. Laura and David celebrated with their family and friends that had journeyed from all over the United States to historic San Juan. It was a beautiful and romantic night and wedding weekend!

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Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: NDF Films | Floral Design: Arquetipo | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: D'Lights Cakes | Invitations: Krystal's Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Hotel El Convento | Makeup: Jessica O'Kane | Hair: Caridad Vidro | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Pancho Irizarry | Hotel: Hotel El Convento | Venue: Joshua Tree National Park | DJ + Lighting: DJ Rockhand | Event Design + Coordination: Maria A Lugo | Transporation: First Class Chauffeurs

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From Umbrellas to OMG Views!

This duo always knew that a destination wedding was in the cards for them so when it came time to pick a place to become Mr. and Mrs. they set their sights on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla. When rain made an appearance at their ceremony, smiles never faded and when those umbrellas were soon put away, stunning views took their place. Alison Conklin captured it all – see it all in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride…  Mike and I met in high school through a mutual friend, although romance wasn’t in the cards until 10 years later. Our two groups of friends hung out for a few months in high school, but we quickly faded out of each other’s lives until the stars aligned and we ended up living in the same building in Manhattan after college. An innocent elevator encounter led to some Facebook stalking and messaging, which led to a first date… and the rest, as they say, is history.

We share a love for travel and after attending my best friend’s wedding in Turks and Caicos, we knew that when it was our turn, a destination wedding was the way to go. We had been scouting Anguilla for a potential vacation spot, and after seeing pictures of the Viceroy on Instagram and showing them to Mike, he casually said, “We should get married there”. When he proposed two weeks later in Long Beach Island, NJ, we barely finished our first bottle of champagne on the beach with friends before I had sent an inquiry to the Viceroy.

We were enamored with the chic, modern decor and breathtaking views the Viceroy offered and booked our venue without ever seeing it in person. The Viceroy provided us with a wedding coordinator who took all of the stress out of planning a wedding from so far away. Couture Concepts helped bring our vision of a romantic, candlelit reception to life. I will never forget entering the room and seeing the candles reflecting in the windows, which truly took my breath away.

While the weather the whole weekend was perfect, it didn’t exactly cooperate the day of the wedding, and the sky opened up just as I started walking down the aisle. Luckily, it didn’t last long enough to prevent Mike and I from exchanging vows in front of the picture perfect view that sold us on the location to begin with. Mike’s oldest friend officiated our ceremony in front of 75 of our closest friends and family, which made the day all that more special.

One of the greatest things about having a destination wedding is that everyone is on vacation and ready to let loose, which made our reception one of the most epic dance parties I’ve ever been to. Our guests danced the night away, and ended the night with some mini grilled cheeses and a dip in the pool.

After the biggest weekend of our life was over, we were thankful to have something else to look forward to – receiving our photos from Alison Conklin and video from Jet Kaiser. They didn’t let us down! We couldn’t be more thrilled with their work, which truly captured all the love that was in the air that day and all the small moments that may have otherwise faded into the back of our memories. When we look back at the photos and video, we can’t believe that was our own wedding.

Our entire wedding weekend was a dream come true. We were thankful that we were able to spend so much quality time with our friends and family – something that is truly precious with everyone being so busy. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to kick off our married life together – the memories will last a lifetime.

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Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Cinematography: Jet Kaiser Films | Event Planning: Rosina Gumbs | Floral Design: Couture Concepts | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Invitations: Sarah Metzger | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Keepsake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Catherine Maldrino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Hair + Makeup: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Calligraphy: Minted Feather | DJ: DJ Sugar | Groom's Attire: Theory | Venue: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Rentals: Couture Concepts

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