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Sophisticated Harbour Island Wedding

Derona and Anthony planned the perfect wedding,  a relaxed beach ceremony on the subtly pink sands of Harbour Island. What they didn’t plan for? A hurricane. Just days before their outdoor wedding, the pair made an executive decision and moved their celebration up by 24 hours. Avoiding the threat of  storm clouds, their celebration went off without a hitch. A beautiful seaside ceremony complete with hospitable touches of pineapples, Almond Leaf Studios captured every moment to share in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…I knew Anthony would love Harbour Island from the moment we hopped off the water taxi on our first visit together. Having moved to London from Nassau Bahamas several years earlier, I was familiar with and very fond of the the tiny, picturesque island. He found it as captivating as I did, and even as we headed back home to London, the notion of one day returning to marry on Pink Sands beach stuck. As fate would have it, we found ourselves making that thought a reality just a couple of years later.

The travel aspect for our guests was always something we were conscious of, but little did we know how significant this factor would become. Just days before the wedding, the threat of hurricane Erika became very real, and we decided to bring the event forward by a day. We were so grateful that so many of our guests, who were visiting from as far as the UK and Vancouver, and as near as Miami and Nassau, were able to make it to the island, despite the uncertainty of how the storm would develop. They were welcomed with goodie bags containing fresh baked goods and other local favours.

We had always visualized a laid back but stylish island wedding. As a nod to the subtle pink hue of the sandy beach that was to be the ceremony location, we used different shades of blush to form the basis of our wedding colour palette. We paired it with brighter reds and a rich plum colour for depth, creating a romantic combination.

Upon reflection, the decision to use pineapples, the symbol for hospitality, as a decorative motif couldn’t have been more relevant. That this part of the Bahamas is known to grow the sweetest pineapples in the world made it even more fitting. Adorning the ceremony arch and nestled in hand crafted floral centerpieces, the pineapples added a touch of whimsy. Together with other local accoutrements – palm leaves, conch shells, and seagrape vines – they brought the decor to life. Even with the last minute change of plans, Ben and and his team were able execute the concept beautifully.

After a relaxed beach ceremony, our guests were treated to conch fritters, snapper ceviche, and sliders during cocktail hour. Speeches followed the reception meal in the intimate space of the main house at Ocean View, and with the arrival of Junkanoo, the dancing kicked off. With the moon shining on the sea and the breeze picking up on the beach, we danced into the night surrounded by our family and friends.

Our wedding day was exactly as we hoped, a wonderful start to married life together.

See even more beach weddings in THE VAULT! 

Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: Little Island Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Invitations: Strawberry Sorbet | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Darcy Antonia Jewelry | Rings: Burt & Gurt | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | DJ: DJ Safire | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Groomsmen Attire: Reiss | Ceremony Music: Rocky + Ersly Via Little Island Design | Venue: Ocean View Club | Bridal Boutique: Browns Bride | Hair Accessories: Debra Moreland Paris | Place Cards: Bonjour Laura J

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cornerback Marries His Childhood Sweetheart

What do you get when you combine one seriously stunning bride, her dashing childhood sweetheart (talented NFL-er, Brandon Boykin) and a dream team of vendors in one of the world’s most beautiful locales?  A little slice of wedding heaven.  Think rustic meets modern details crafted by Tropical DMC, romance-filled blooms from Flowers By EA and a Katie May gown that is ah-mazing.  Head to THE VAULT for every stunning moment captured by Kellie Kano.  It will take your breath away.

There are wedding films, and then there is this sweet work of art from East West, a little sneak peek into the day that will make you sooo happy.  From the beautiful vows (bonus points to the groom for rhyming) to the loving speeches from friends + family to the heart-filling looks of love these two share in every.single.moment of their celebration.  This is love, friends…. prepare those happy tears and hit play.

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From Kellie KanoThis groom Brandon Boykin (who plays for the Steelers, formerly a beloved Eagles corner back in the NFL), married his 5th grade crush in mid-July. His bride Tess found me through my last Turks & Caicos feature on SMP Destination in 2013! This couple is SO wonderful and happen to be absolutely stunning, too.

From The Bride… It’s not everyday you hear, “I met my husband in the third grade.” Brandon and I met when we were nine and eventually shared the same fifth grade class together. It’s safe to say that it was not love at first sight, but in fact, we were enemies. The years went on and we branched off to different middle schools and high schools. To be honest, we completely forgot about one another until we ran into each other at our school’s basketball tournament and from that point on we started a friendship. Fast forward to our senior years of high school, we made the decision to start dating and nearly eight years later, we are finally married!

When Brandon proposed, I immediately jumped on the wedding planning. Initially, we figured that having a big wedding in Atlanta seemed right because that is our home and most of our close friends and family lived there as well. I found the perfect venue and an amazing planner. However, I started to slowly second guess our decision. The more we began to think about it, a big affair didn’t feel like us. We are private people and enjoy intimate settings with those closest to us.

One day while scrolling through the pages of Style Me Pretty, I stumbled upon a beautiful wedding at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos. The venue was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Without even visiting, we scratched our initial wedding plans, and decided to do a destination wedding. As soon as our schedules opened up, we were on the first flight out to Turks and Caicos. The Gansevoort did not disappoint. The boutique style resort provided a unique sleek and sexy vibe, exactly the feeling we wanted for our wedding. In addition to the beauty of it, the staff at the Gansevoort are among the nicest people you will ever meet. They made our first trip unforgettable and we left feeling like we had gained lifelong friends.

During our stay we met with our planner, Teresa Brunner of Tropical Destination Management Company, who immediately put us at ease. I could tell right away she understood the vision of what we wanted for our wedding. Brandon wanted me to have the wedding that I always dreamed about and because of that, he let me take over every single detail. I appreciated that he trusted me with such big decisions and it was also fun for me because the final product was going to be a surprise to him as well. For the next year and a half, I worked closely with Teresa via email and phone to establish the exact style I was going for. I’ve always been a fan of light pastel colors; I wanted something that I could look back and still love over the years. We went with all tones of blush, ivory, white, colors with plenty of greenery and hints of gold and silver. Though I wanted to play up the sleekness of the Gansevoort, I still wanted rustic elements throughout the day but was perplexed on how to fuse the two together. On one solo visit to the island to plan, Teresa and I met with the florist from Flowers by EA. It was at that meeting that everything took shape. We decided that we would play up the rustic theme for the ceremony with a big driftwood arch with flowers all around along with driftwood and large lanterns going down the aisle. Once the guests arrived poolside to the cocktail hour, we would then glam it up having the hightop tables draped in gold, sequined tablecloths. As for the reception, I told our florist I wanted to feel like I was in a garden overloaded with flowers but for it to feel sexy and from there I wanted everything else to be a surprise. I trusted my planner and florist to take over and deliver on my vision.

Just before guests were ready to move into the reception area, Brandon and I had our big reveal for the setup. It was far better than anything I had envisioned. Every table paired with ghost chairs and glass plate chargers. Large centerpieces sat in the middle of the round tables overflowing with beautiful garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, peonies, and amaranths with crystals hanging down. The longer tables were paired with glass table tops and flowers running along the center and chandeliers over them. The way Teresa tied everything in together was impeccable. Everyone was in awe the whole night.

As much as I loved our reception, our ceremony was by far my favorite part of the day. Brandon and I weren’t nervous because we knew we were ready for marriage. Thankfully we were able to have our pastor officiate our wedding who played a large role in preparing us for the next step in life. It was a sentimental moment to walk down the aisle and have my dad give me off to my best friend. I especially love that Brandon and I took the time out to write our own vows. They were fun and quirky and showed who were were as people and just how fun our relationship is. Overall, from the beginning of the trip to the end, it couldn’t have been a better time. I still can’t believe that it is over. All of our closest friends and family were able to visit a beautiful island, have a vacation, and celebrate our union. If you have the opportunity to have a destination wedding, you won’t regret it.

Lastly, we cannot say enough about our vendors. Each and every single one of them were consummate professionals! They all made our wedding day extraordinary and we will forever be grateful to have such a fun day to look back on. We are truly blessed!

See more Turks & Caicos weddings in THE VAULT!

Photography: Kellie Kano | Event Planning: Tropical DMC | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Invitations: Suite Paper | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos | Hair And Makeup: Sheque Makeup | Groom's Attire: Guffey's Of Atlanta | Venue: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos

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Romantic + Bohemian Bahamas Destination Wedding

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: Paulette Davis Of Amour Affairs | Floral Design: Wild Seed Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakes | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala | Catering: Lyford Cay Club | Entertainment: Junkanoo Band | Band: Visage | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Lyford Cay Club | Bride's Reception Dress: Saylor "Jessica" Dress | 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

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