I don’t know if it’s the Summer months or just the seriously hot weather we’ve been experiencing here in the Southwest, but I’ve been itching for a vaca in the worst way. One that includes endless sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and sunshine for days and days… and days. So when I spotted this little gem of St. Lucia affair from Gideon Photography, my heart immediately began to race. Because this isn’t just a wedding held in a tropical paradise itching for visitors (it soooo is), it’s a serious lesson in destination perfection. And that’s a whole lot of pretty to soak in. Join me in the gallery for more.
And a beautiful film from NP Films to wrap up the day. Enjoy, lovelies. xo
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From Gideon Photography… St. Lucia. It doesn’t get much more romantic then a wedding set to views of the Pitons reflecting into the Caribbean as the sunset lights the sky on fire. An amazingly beautiful couple like Tiffany and Corbin make it that much more perfect. Their destination wedding with a small group of family and friends at the beautiful St. Lucia Heaven was the perfect wedding day. We also had an opportunity to go to Pigeon Island where the 17th century ruins of the British fort crumbles away making for some pretty breathtaking backdrops.
Photography: Gideon Photography | Cinematography: NP Films | Venue: Caille Blanc Villa with Awesome Caribbean Weddings | Day of Coordination: Topp Events | Signage: Morgann Hill Designs Event & Bridal | Dress: Grace Attire
This wedding, this couple, this group of vendors – it’s all an absolute dream. I mean, pairing up Alison Events, LLC and Cooper Carras Photography for a wedding in St. Lucia? That’s the recipe for perfection. Every single image is pinch-yourself-pretty, and the gallery is so good you’ll think your dreaming. It’s the perfect way to say goodnight to another fabulous Wedding Wednesday here on SMP, and you can see it all right here.
From Alison Events, LLC… Simmone and Kam were married on St Lucia at Cap Maison in the spring of 2011. Cap Maison is perched atop the cliffs at the north end of the island and has sweeping views of the Caribbean. Simmone and Kam chose this location because they are avid travelers and wanted their wedding to be at a location they both had never visited. They also took into consideration the fact that they both have family from the islands and wanted to get married in the Caribbean for ease of travel for those guests. They chose Cap Maison for its views of the sea, intimate feel and private beach, which is a rare find on St Lucia. Their closest friends and family joined them for a three day celebration and took over the entire hotel. Everyone danced and drank rum punch at the Thursday evening welcome party around the pool. On Friday, guests enjoyed the activities the hotel had to offer and explored downtown Rodney Bay. That evening, everyone was transported to the dock at Marigot Bay where they boarded fishing boats that took them to Rainforest Hideaway for the rehearsal dinner. Local fare was served in the restaurant, which floats on the bay with excellent views of the marina. On Saturday the wedding took place on a grassy knoll overlooking the sea at Cap Estate, which is the hotel owner’s home adjacent to Cap Maison. Guests then walked back to Cap Maison for cocktails around the pool. They dined in the restaurant and danced to the beats of DJ Jay Wright out of New York. After the cake cutting, all the guests released fire lanterns over the open ocean. A magical end to the evening. As guests were departing back to their rooms, the groom and groomsmen ended the night with a swim in their suits.
Wedding Photography: Cooper Carras Photography / Ceremony: Cap Estate at Cap Maison in St. Lucia / Reception: Cap Maison in St. Lucia / Event Design + Planning: Alison Events, LLC / Floral Design: Flower Shack / Wedding Invitations: Olive-Route / DJ: DJ Jay Wright
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Oh my goodness, SMPers… Do we have a treat for you today. An absolutely stunning, beyond amazing, fabulous in every way possible kind of treat, courtesy of these gorgeous St. Lucia nuptials and Nyra Lang Photography. And if each and every brilliant image from this stunning affair doesn’t compel you to pack your bags, call your travel agent and catch the next flight out to this Caribbean paradise, then I don’t know what will. Because this soiree is boasting breathtaking moments, a gorgeous gown and the perfect laid-back tropical island vibe… And you won’t be able to help but fall in love. Don’t miss a moment of magic. Join me in the gallery for even more!
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From the Bride… We’ve been back from our wedding in the West Indies for about 6 weeks and I am so besotted with the island we chose, the eco-estate we got married on and stayed on, and just the general dreaminess of the whole thing that I can’t resist sharing this secret plantation location. We got married on April 30th on the island of St Lucia in the Caribbean. It is a tiny island and was the most un-resorty and un-commercialized we could find. We had a limited budget so when we decided to keep it small by doing a destination, we researched the obvious options. I am so happy we chose St Lucia. We had a group of 30 friends and family and we stumbled on this eco-cocoa plantation that sits up in the rainforest called Fonddoux Estate. There are 10 tiny but beautiful french colonial cottages nestled in the mountainside, amazing food and lush lush lush island life. I can’t say enough about the people at this estate – the owners and all the staff were tremendous. It’s one of those things where I feel such happy appreciation for the entire island, all the friendly people and the beauty of it that I just want to help them get a few other cool kindred spirits there!
Fonddoux was a tremendous help and coordinated all of the details. We chose a Caribbean menu, wine and local beer in advance – all of the food was local and delicious. Fonddoux also helped us arrange 2 bands – one was a Shak Shak band, a local steel drum music for our ceremony and cocktail hour and the second was a rollicking local reggae band for our post-dinner party. Fonddoux is rustic and beautiful and untouched by resorty, overly-manicured splendor – it was perfect. The grounds are lush and picturesque, the main restaurant had a beautiful bamboo ceiling and glowing amber lanterns – we didn’t need to do much to the space for our dinner, the vibe speaks for itself. Each cottage was perfect and historic and our guests fell in love. Fonddoux helped us coordinate the entire week we stayed - whale watching, boat tours, zip-lining, hiking, etc.
There were a number of spots on the acres of land to have the ceremony – we ended up choosing a plot of land behind the owner’s home. We had rain off and on the days preceding our wedding and as the ceremony ended a huge rainbow the width of the horizon appeared! We wrote our vows and had our guests form a circle around us. The officiant was a local woman and she worked with us the day prior to iron out details. We had our wedding bands passed around the circle to be blessed by everyone in attendance. The flowers for our garlands and adorning every corner of our wedding were plucked from the grounds that morning by the staff and hummingbirds flew around us every minute. We had the amazing Nyra Lang as our wedding photographer, whom I can’t say enough about. She and her husband Keith shot the wedding and wedding eve and were wonderful additions to the family. We designed and printed our own invites, welcome packets and paper goods and designed and built our pre and post wedding website. All in all our wedding was just under $10k which was our budget and it was the most happy, rich and heavenly day of my life.
Wedding Photography: Nyra Lang Photography / Wedding Location + Flowers + Catering: Fond Doux Holiday Plantation / Wedding Invitations: Brooke Ellis (The Bride)