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Tropical Great St. James Weddingmoon Inspiration

Happy Friday, SMPers! Around these parts, sprinkles of snow and wintry cold weather is the norm this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to dream of sand between our toes and a soft ocean breeze. So when a bit of tropical goodness comes our way in the form of this lovely little shoot from Island Style Weddings, you won’t hear us complaining. And for those of you considering a weddingmoon? You might want to spend some extra time cozying up to the gallery from Sara Wight!

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From Island Style WeddingsLeah and I toured Great St James, a privately owned island between St Thomas and St John, US Virgin Island as a future wedding and vacation venue. Once we stepped on the island, it was clear we had found the perfect location for Island Style Weddings’ styled photo shoot.

Inspiration came from “Gift from the Sea”, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I have always loved this book written in 1955 by Charles Lindbergh’s widow. Many of my couples have incorporated passages from the book for their wedding ceremonies. Mrs. Lindbergh’s love of the ocean is complimented with her poetic insight into relationships of all kinds.

The story begins with a couple traveling to Great St James to begin a new life together on their weddingmoon. Escaping from the rushed world left behind, our couple rediscover the beauty of simplicity and each other. The island’s 164 acres provided space for exploration, playfulness, relaxation and romance.

Our vision was to enhance the rustic nature of the island, without distraction from the natural beauty that surrounded us. The soft colors of mint and sea foam in the dresses looked gorgeous against the natural colors of the surrounding sand and crystal waters. Accents of purple flowers in all shades helped bring vibrancy to the location. Subtle hints of ombré and various textures helped create the effortless feeling we were after.

One of my favorite parts of working on a styled shoot is collaborating with such a talented group of wedding professional. As wedding designers, photographers, stylists, pastry chefs, caterers, florists and mixologists our usual focus is translating our clients visions for their perfect Caribbean celebration. I love to team up with this group to share ideas and allow our creative juices to flow.

A huge thank you to Leah of Island Style Weddings, Sara of Sara Wight Photography, Jessica of Roses Too, Liz of Queen of Tarts, MJ of Motu Bar, The gang at Rent the Runway, Thea of Hushed Commotion, Kalee of Sholdt Design, Missy of The Nest St John, Models Grace Bartolucci & Gabriel Stephen, Karl of Virgin Magic Charters, Mike and Crystal Gillich managers of Great St James, Rani of Ranifly Bikinis, Karl of Virgin Magic Charters and of course DD, the Dumpster Diva Dog of Great St James.

Photography: Sara Wight | Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too Flowers | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Jewelry: Sholdt Design | Grooms Attire: Sage Lane | Arrival And Cocktail Dress: Rent The Runway | Beverage Styling: Motu Bar | Bikini: Ranifly | Brides Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Decor Items: The Nest | Hair And Makeup Styling : Leah Burris | Headpiece And Veil: Hushed Commotion | Private Island: Great St James | Sunset Sail: Virgin Magic Charters

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Elegant Bahamas Wedding

When you grow up visiting a destination as gorgeous as the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, it’s sort of a no brainer to gather up your nearest and dearest and head down there to say your I do’s. That’s exactly what this beautiful Bride and her Groom did. Tracie Domino Events made sure the day went off without a hitch and the result is tropical goodness galore. Beyond the island style details, calypso and love fill the air in this gallery from Sam Hurd and the film from Voila Cinematic.

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From the beautiful Bride…John and I grew up eight miles down the road from each other. We went through nearly three decades of missed connections and visiting the same local haunts throughout our neighboring New Jersey towns. When we met – it was swiftly clear to us both that we soon asked – where have you been all my life? Fate finally brought us together in late summer of 2011 in our current hometown – New York City. I wore a white dress that evening and as soon as I walked through the door of that crowded Manhattan restaurant, Johnny said he knew instantly that I’d wear white again – as his bride.

Now we are inseparable in so many ways – perhaps to make up for lost time! We live together, work together, commute together and have a French bulldog, Gemma, together. As we are true partners in love and life, I wholeheartedly shared with John the paradise I’ve been visiting with my family for over 20 years.

The One&Only Ocean Club will always hold a special part of my heart – I grew up visiting ‘The Lady’ in the Augustinian Cloisters, always dreaming that perhaps someday she’d witness my vows and look after the little girl that came to Paradise Island every so often to ‘say hello’.

My wish came to life on June 28th 2014 with the help and love of so many and I am eternally thankful for everyone who traveled to the Caribbean to support the beginning of our new life together.

We arrived in the Bahamas on the Wednesday prior and were fully drawn into the whirlwind of emotions and excitement for the experience a year in the making. Colored only by the hues of a legendary sunset, our celebrations began with an all white-attired and decorated welcome-party on the Beach Deck. A calypso band brought in the local flavor as our guests unwound to island time underneath luminous paper lanterns.

After a wonderful night surrounded by our nearest and dearest – we knew the best was yet to come.

Our ethereal wedding evening unfolded like I had imagined – a ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ basked in the warm glow of periwinkle votive and floating candles, crystal chandeliers and the Bahamian breeze. Mercury glass and towering centerpieces overflowed with ivory garden roses and lush hydrangeas in vibrant shades of purple. Our menus, table and place cards adorned with a beautifully flourished font and a customized seahorse motif, carried throughout the wedding weekend. Tracie Domino, Grymes Cannon and team entirely captured the romantic elegance we discussed to perfectly compliment the magic and our sentimental love of the Ocean Club.

Later in the night as John and I sat together, relishing in our joy and gratitude – whilst our family and friends danced under the influence of happiness (and Bahama Mamas!) – we looked up the illuminated tiers of the Versailles Gardens to the Cloisters from our seats – where ‘The Lady’ glowed, watching over our most perfect memory.

Photography: Sam Hurd Photography | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Wedding Planner: Tracie Domino Events | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Ceremony Venue: One And Only Ocean Club | Reception Venue: One And Only Ocean Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Teri Jon By Rickie Freeman | Hair: The Weech Design Group | DJ: Atlantis Entertainment - Kirk | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Officiant: Island Preacha Weddings - Matthew Sweeting | Ceremony Music: Strings'n Tings | Bride & Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering & Cake: One And Only Ocean Club | Décor, Tent, Rentals & Lighting: Wildflowers Bahamas | Floral Importing: Grymes Cannon Designs | Groom's Tie: Brioni | Grooms' Cufflinks: Vintage Fenwick And Sailors | Invitations & Stationery: Pauline's Paperie | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Makeup: Cedric Jolivet | Transportation: Bahamas Experience Tours

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Tropical Destination Wedding at Dreams La Romana

Through my eyes, destination weddings are a treasured vacation wrapped inside a memorable celebration. So, it’s no surprise that this stunning nuptial perfectly planned by Dreams La Romana and captured by Asia Pimentel Photography is pure paradise. Escape the ordinary and hop on over to the gallery for more.

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From the Bride… Brett and I would have never considered a destination wedding if my sister hadn’t suggested it while we were looking for wedding venues locally. The idea of getting to spend a vacation with family and friends instead of just a few hours one night just made sense to us. We also were busy finishing graduate school, so going to a resort that took care of most of the details was appealing to us as well. One of the first sites she sent was Dreams La Romana, and after looking, at many more resorts we decided it was the best choice. We looked at as many pictures and reviews as we could find since we didn’t have a chance to go to the resort before our wedding.  We wanted to make sure we picked a location that would be beautiful for our wedding as well as an enjoyable vacation for our friends and family.

Planning the wedding mainly over email was stressful at times, but it did make it much easier that the resort truly does take care of everything. After exchanging many emails with our wedding planner at Dreams, we finally got to meet her when we got to the resort, and all of the stress faded away. She took care of every detail we wanted and even a few surprises.

Our wedding day was pretty much stress free from the start! My day began on the beach with family and friends followed by some time in the pool overlooking the beach. I was confident our wedding planner, Jenny, had every detail taken care of, so I was able to relax.

Our photographers, Asia and Nikolay, arrived for us to begin getting ready, and we were immediately happy they would be the ones capturing our big day. They were with us throughout our wedding day and captured so many beautiful moments. They captured little details for us to look back at forever. For example, they took pictures of Brett’s shoes. Brett had wanted these shoes (Cole Haan Nike Air Wingtips) for our wedding for years before we were even engaged. By the time we were engaged, they no longer sold them! Luckily, my dad searched far and wide for them on the internet and eventually found a pair that I gave to Brett to wear for our wedding.  They also captured one of my favorite moments, the walk up the aisle after getting married when our family and friends threw flower petals. This was one of the surprises our wedding planner prepared, and it was perfect.  Now we get to relive those moments looking at our pictures.  I cannot say enough about how happy we are with all of the photographs.  Our photographers are truly talented.

We enjoyed every aspect of our wedding from the ceremony through the dancing. Not only was the Dreams wedding planner great, the waiters and DJ were great as well. The service and food were wonderful! In the end, we were so happy with our decision to do a destination wedding.

Photography: Asia Pimentel Photography | Venue: Dreams La Romana